Repair Pricer

We’re excited today to announce the launch of a new service for home buyers we feel has been seriously lacking in the marketplace for years. In fact, we would go so far as to say there has been a dire need for a solution to this problem since home inspection reports became widely used. We’re just happy someone finally came up with an answer!

So what are we talking about? When buying a new home, a home inspection report gives people invaluable information about the house or condo that they are considering purchasing. It can create leverage to get homeowners to fix certain problems and even lower the sales price.

But in cases where there are issues that need addressing, it’s normally not a good idea to have the home seller
complete repairs themselves as this can delay closing and also may require extra inspections. The best practice
is to make sure any repairs are done correctly under your supervision after closing, which means you need to
know exactly what those repairs will cost, so you can have the seller credit you that dollar amount.

This seems simple, until you realize you’ve now got to schedule multiple repair services to visit the property — hopefully all at the same time — and then wait for them to get you a bid back all before your option period expires. And sometimes even that isn’t possible; electricians for instance simply won’t come out without you paying a service fee. So all this ends up costing you, your agent and the seller considerable time and money, and there’s no definite answer at the end of it all.

Wouldn’t it just be easier if you could give your inspection report to someone and they could tell you with incredible accuracy what each item would cost to repair?

Enter RepairPricer.com.

This new online service aims to make it easier for everyone during the option period by taking any inspection report, running it through their proprietary pricing tool, and also having local contractors actually review every report for accuracy to give you an exact cost for each repair item on your report. Their service has been found to be 98 percent accurate when it comes to true repair cost, and this is the reason they are now accepted as the industry standard and are widely used by some of the largest and most successful inspection companies across the country.

“Our extensive database took a year and a half to create and we’re the only folks that can do this,” said Robert Tye, operations manager for Repair Pricer. “After receiving one of our reports, for the first time our clients are truly aware of what a house is really going to cost them. And if there are any serious issues with large ticket items like roofing or foundations, we even offer free onsite inspections. We are essentially trying to bring further transparency to the home buying process.”

Tye is offering CandysDirt.com readers a promo code for $10 off any Repair Pricer service – keep reading to get it! 

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One of the hottest new neighborhoods in Dallas is Hines’ Merion at Midtown Park, which sports a luxurious amenity center. (Courtesy photo)

Hines has announced that Merion at Midtown Park — one of Dallas’ newest and most amenitized in-town, single-family, gated communities located off Meadow Road near the Royal Oaks Country Club — is now open to prospective buyers. Home prices start in the $450s.

The 23-acre development will contain about 300 single-family homes created by homebuilders Chesmar Homes, Coventry Homes and K. Hovnanian Homes.

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Texas Tax Protest

If you’re a member of your neighborhood NextDoor, or even a neighborhood association Facebook page, you’ve likely seen homeowners commiserating about how much their tax bill has increased since last year.

And those increases, people say, aren’t wholly unexpected. After all, the Dallas/Fort Worth area is in the middle of an incredible home sales boom — a recent report by Texas A&M’s Real Estate Center revealed that demand for housing statewide has meant that inventory levels continue to hover around 3.7 months — a historic low that means home values continue to rise.

Here are a few statistics that might grab your attention:

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It’s a big week, with housing data being released, Trump’s first trip overseas, and of course, stocks. What is the impact it will have on mortgage rates this week? Which way will they go? Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) is there to give his lock or float opinion with today’s Mortgage Report.

Johnson is the senior mortgage advisor at Wallick & Volk, the nation’s oldest privately-held mortgage company. He has helped more than 25,000 families get into the homes of their dreams, in 20-plus years of lending service.

Now with five offices across the DFW Metroplex, the nation’s oldest mortgage firm is helping thousands of consumers get into homes with the most up-to-date financial information possible. Wallick & Volk brings experience and integrity into every single loan, but they also deliver a highly personalized touch that conforms to each client’s need. Is it speed of delivery, unique products, total transaction transparency, or great pricing you need? Wallick & Volk has it all in a broker-friendly banking platform that can do the impossible when it comes to home financing.

THIS WEEK: New housing data, and the effects of President Trump’s first overseas trip, will likely influence the market. Should you lock or float?

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It took Michael LaFido years to learn that marketing a luxury listing is a whole different universe from traditional real estate marketing. His comprehensive, proactive approach was gleaned through 15 years of burnt shoe leather, trial and error, and hours of coaching and feedback. What he developed is a targeted lifestyle marketing strategy that has propelled his business skyward.

Not everyone has the patience and tenacity to learn to market luxury properties the hard way. Luckily, you don’t have to, as LaFido is offering a two-day live certification training event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24 in McKinney. This Certified Luxury Listing Specialist “boot camp” offers resources to up your game, with 12 hours of MCE credits that show you how to target luxury sellers, how to maximize sales price, and how to dominate your market. This is far from a one-size-fits-all marketing strategy, as LaFido will guide you through developing your own blueprint to your best year ever in the luxury real estate market with video marketing, special impact events, and lifestyle writing.

Here at CandysDirt.com, we’re sweetening the pot by offering a $100 discount on your registration! All you have to do is use the code CANDY when signing up here.

Jump to learn more about LaFido and his Marketing Luxury group:

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Mortgage Report Bob Mortgage New

A June fed funds rate hike is likely. What is the impact it will have on mortgage rates before the hike? Which way will they go? Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) is there to give his lock or float opinion with today’s Mortgage Report.

Johnson is the senior mortgage advisor at Wallick & Volk, the nation’s oldest privately-held mortgage company. He has helped more than 25,000 families get into the homes of their dreams, in 20-plus years of lending service.

Now with five offices across the DFW Metroplex, the nation’s oldest mortgage firm is helping thousands of consumers get into homes with the most up-to-date financial information possible. Wallick & Volk brings experience and integrity into every single loan, but they also deliver a highly personalized touch that conforms to each client’s need. Is it speed of delivery, unique products, total transaction transparency, or great pricing you need? Wallick & Volk has it all in a broker-friendly banking platform that can do the impossible when it comes to home financing.

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Lake Ridge Community

I’ve found a unique and exceptional luxury home in the gated Lake Ridge Community of Cedar Hill, just 15 minutes southwest of downtown Dallas. Lake Ridge is a 3,400-acre master-planned community of lots with acreage. A serene and tranquil setting suffuses the property, which sits on over an acre and backs up to the 165-acre Valley Ridge Park. It is just two blocks from the exclusive Tangle Ridge Golf Course and minutes from Joe Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park. Outdoor living takes on a glorious scale here.

The Mediterranean lines on the home at 1626 Pebble Beach Ln. are complemented inside by soaring ceilings and windows, a domed office, and Travertine flooring. The palatial entryway is two stories high and features a dramatic winding staircase — you’ll make an entrance here every time you arrive home!

Every detail was considered in this spacious property, with 7,225 square feet on two stories and five bedrooms, located in different wings of the house and each with its own ensuite bathroom. Privacy is ensured. But it’s also created for entertaining, with a partially open floorplan, three living areas, a formal dining room with butler’s pantry, an upstairs game room adjacent to the theater-style media room with a wet bar, workout room, and a study. There’s even a wine cellar on the first floor.

This dramatic and impressive house is listed by broker Thelma Goldman, owner of Goldman and Associates for $975,000. There’s an open house this Saturday, May 13, from 2-5 p.m. with champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Let’s take a look before someone snatches it up!

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Desco Fine Homes

When it comes to building a new custom home or remodeling an existing one, the task of hiring a builder can feel overwhelming. DFW has no shortage of professionals who specialize in luxury builds. How to find one with the experience and integrity to create something with superior craftsmanship, and a timeless marriage of function and beauty?

David Goettsche, owner of Desco Fine Homes, is the answer for people looking to create sophisticated houses with energy-efficient construction. For more than 40 years, he has worked with his clients to translate their visions into beloved family spaces in the area’s most distinguished neighborhoods, like Preston Hollow, Lakewood, and North Dallas.

“Most of our new clients come to us from referrals, either that of a satisfied customer or a Realtor friend, and that is the highest compliment,” said Goettsche. “Our reputation for quality precedes us because we form true partnerships with our clients and really listen.”

Goettsche is known for his extensive construction knowledge, excellent customer service, and attention to detail. He brings his expertise to updating and refining his homes; his team is on the leading edge of innovations in homebuilding, from design elements to finish and decor. He works with only the best architects, plan designers, interior designers, craftsmen, and home automation consultants. Some have worked with Goettsche for more than 30 years.

“We offer inventive ideas for clients looking to live in a home that isn’t cookie cutter or commonplace,” he said. “Whether they’re Old World, Mediterranean, transitional, or soft contemporary, our homes really stand out from the rest.”

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