A Homestead Advantage
Most Texas homeowners are aware of the homestead law that exempts them from certain taxes, but the law provides two other key provisions: homestead protection from creditors and the right of occupancy.
A Homestead Advantage
As recession talk heats up… Concerns about housing slowdown not supported by the data
Is a recession looming? It’s an important question because the U.S. economy has been experiencing one of its longest expansions ever.
Everything you need to do to keep your home and yard in tip-top shape this summer. With the change of each season comes a new set of maintenance tasks for your home. Now that summer’s here, you’ll want to prepare your home and yard for the onslaught of summer heat. From air-conditioner upkeep to hanging a clothesline, these simple chores will help keep your home happy and healthy. Check detectors. Check your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly. Inspect air-conditioners. If you haven’t already, prep air conditioners and fans for their busiest season: With the help of your spouse, install window air-conditioning units. Remove and clean the filters before firing up the AC. If you have central air-conditioning, consider a professional servicing. Clean all ceiling fans and other fans with a damp rag. If you have high ceilings, a ceiling-fan duster can help you de-grime hard-to-reach blades. Enjoy a dry spell. Install an outdoor clothesline to dry your laundry in the summer sun; you’ll save money and energy by skipping the dryer. Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of air-dried sheets? Clean your outdoor cooker. Give your grill a deep cleaning with these simple steps: For gas grills, turn the heat up to high and let the grill cook with the lid closed for about half an hour. Allow the grill to cool and then brush it off with a grill brush. Wipe down the exterior with a damp sponge and a gentle cleanser. Clean the grill’s drip pans. For charcoal grills, completely empty the grill and wipe out any ashy residue. Then clean it inside and out with hot water, a scrubby sponge and some liquid dishwashing soap. Let the grill dry completely before using it again. Polish your porch. Thoroughly sweep painted porch floors; then mop them with an all-purpose cleaner. If there’s a lot of built-up dirt on the floorboards, you may need to scrub them with a brush. Analyze your deck. Look over your deck for signs of rotting and hammer in any nails that are poking up. Then, determine if your deck needs sealing. Sprinkle water on the deck’s boards. If the water beads up, you’re in good shape; but if it soaks right in, it’s...Read More
$105 million Grapevine Main on track to be the coolest place in Texas to catch a train
From its 150-foot observation tower to the five-story train station and 121-room hotel all tied together with 19th-century-style architecture, TEXRail passengers won’t need an announcement over the train’s speakers to know where they are. Grapevine Main, located at the northeast corner of Main and Dallas streets, will be a statement that speaks for itself. …
Bigger Deficits Yield Higher Interest Rates
Long-term interest rates’ climb since December is largely because of the unexpectedly bigger government deficits associated with Republicans’ tax cuts. The pending two-year budget agreement on Capitol Hill will spend even more, piling onto the deficit, thus boosting interest rates. Lawmakers are set to prove that about the only things they can agree on are slashing revenue to the treasury and leaving it full of IOUs.
How might Texas win Amazon’s second headquarters?
Some cities fighting to house Amazon’s coveted second headquarters have offered up billion-dollar financial incentives. If a Texas city lands the headquarters, experts don’t expect incentives to be the main reason.
Existing-Home Sales Soar 5.6 Percent in November to Strongest Pace in Over a Decade
Existing-home sales surged for the third straight month in November and reached their strongest pace in almost 11 years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the West saw a significant hike in sales activity last month.
D-FW will be one of the country’s hottest home markets in 2018
North Texas’ hot housing market won’t cool in 2018, according to a new forecast. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is expected to be one of the top home markets in the country next year, according Realtor.com’s just-released projections. Only Las Vegas will have a stronger home market in 2018, the report predicts…