Chip Franks's Blog Posts

Good News About Financing

Even though rates are on the increase, credit is not as hard to come by as it was just after the recession, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced it will increase lending limits for

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Christmas Safety Tips

As you're sprucing up your home this season, keep an eye out for these common1. Merry and Bright: Carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked

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Top 12 Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

 The holiday season is here! No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or all three, we’re excited to share in the holiday spirit. It’s easy to get caught up in the,

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Mileage

THE MILEAGE CONUNDRUM – WHY MILEAGE DEDUCTIONS ARE VULNERABLE TO IRS AUDITSIf you are a sole proprietor writing off your business expenses on a schedule C you should be aware that certain expenses

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5 Steps To Sell A House That Wont Sell

Lower the price. This is the most obvious suggestion, but price is often the problem. "Often sellers make the mistake of factoring in what price they need in order to sell the property," says

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Home Purchase After Foreclosure

Now, buyers have a “second chance” program designed for borrowers who previously owned and have less-than-perfect credit. This exciting program provides a path to homeownership to those who

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Need New Windows

I recently had several clients ask about the condition of windows. Here is some information to share with you! New windows are an expensive investment, easily costing $300 to $1,000 per window,

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Buying A Home In The Fall

The real estate market is open 365 days a year – yes, even on holidays – but there are cyclical trends to the marketplace. Some of those ups and downs are based on mortgage interest rates and

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Aug 31 2016 10446 1SAFETY FOR FEMALE AGENTS AND FEMALES IN GENERAL

You never realize how quickly something can happen till it happens close to home. Today I found out that one of the female agents on my team had an incident over the weekend showing a home, this man

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When Is The Best Time To Buy A Home

When the weather outside is frightful...Home sales tend to rise along with the temperature. According to Realtor.com, 50% of homes are sold in summer. But if you want to get the best deal—and

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Inspection Problems DONT AVOID

No home is perfect, and a home inspection is bound to uncover something, even if relatively minor. Following an inspection, your clients are going to look to you to put things in perspective. Buyers

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Texas Housing Demand Development Remains High While Household Income Growth Stalls

 Texas housing demand, development remains high while household income growth stallsTexas Association of REALTORS® releases annual Texas Homebuyers and Sellers ReportFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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2 Tips For Getting The Most Money When Selling Your House

Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the

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Fraud Notification OR Credit Freeze

In today’s information age, protecting your credit

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4 Reasons To Buy This Summer

Summer is here! The temperature isn't the only thing heating up right now, so too is the housing market in many areas of the country! Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today

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Misperceptions

I hear quite a few people complain about real estate agents — from loan officers to title companies and beyond. However, most people don’t understand what it’s actually like to be an agent.For

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June Is National Homeownership Month

by The KCM Crew Blog submitted by: Tina Young (Investor, Realtor) of The Real Estate MarketPlace – Servicing the Greater Fort Hood area which includes: Killeen,

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When Is It A Good Time To Rent Definitely NOT NOW

People often ask whether or not now is a good time to buy a home. No one ever asks when a good time to rent is. However, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good

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Rabbit Fest 2016

 Are you ready for Rabbit Fest 2016?Join the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce as it presents the annual Rabbit Fest. The 2016 event will take place May 19th - May 22nd at Copperas Cove City

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Billionaire Buy A Home And If You Can Buy A Second Home

Three years ago, John Paulson gave a keynote address at the CNBC/Institutional Investor Conference. In his speech, he told those in attendance that he believes housing will continue its strong

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New Construction Inspection

This is always a subjective question.Why would a new built home need to be inspected by a disinterested third party?Don’t assume your builder — or the contractors — did everything right just

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Why Its Important To Have A Home Warranty

 Why It’s Important to Have a Home Warranty As a homeowner, there are going to be things that come up down the road that could require some maintenance or construction work to be done. If

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Investment Home Sales Rebound In 2015

       Some Highlights:2015 marks the first year-over-year increase in investment home sales since 2011.62% of all investment homes purchased were single family homes.The

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Looking For A New Home

Look No Further Whether you are a local homeowner or future resident of the Greater Killeen - Fort Hood area, Sabrina Brown's site is a one-stop resource for

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What Are The Differences Between Conventional FHA And VA Loans

 What Are The Differences Between Conventional, FHA And VA Loans? Understanding the differences between conventional, FHA and VA loans can help you decide which loan

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More Single Women Hunt For Homes Not Husbands

Andrew Bret Wallis/iStockAlayna Tagariello Francis had always assumed she’d marry first, then buy a home. But when she found herself footloose, free, and definably single in her early,&

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Cocktail Garden

Turn ordinary drinks into gourmet beverages with fresh and delicious cocktail-friendly fruits and herbs sourced right from your own backyard. Whether your outdoor space is large or small, favorites

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The Top Reasons Why Americans Buy Homes

Last week, the inaugural “Homebuyer Insights Report” was released by the Bank of America. The report revealed the reasons why consumers purchase homes and what their feelings are regarding

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Sales Contracts Hit Highest Level In Months

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just announced that the February Pending Home Sales Index reached its highest reading since July 2015.What is the Pending Home

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5 Facts About Central Texas Real Estate

Facts You Should Know About Today’s Central Texas Real Estate MarketEvery market is different and when it comes to investing in Central Texas real estate, it’s important to know all

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For Sale By Owner 8 Costly Mistakes Sellers Make

.Think you’ve got the chops to sell your house on your own? Many people believe they’ll save money by listing their home as “for sale by owner” (FSBO), and sometimes they do. But

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When Do Texas Bluebonnets Bloom

When Do Texas Bluebonnets Bloom?As the first hints of spring appear, the question on every good Texan’s mind is “When will the bluebonnets bloom?”And for all y’all wanting to visit Texas

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5 Firsttime Homebuyer Mistakes

 Dreaming of becoming a homeowner?Some of the challenges 1st-time buyers must face include: Getting approved for a mortgage.  Finding the right agent. Searching for the perfect

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Veteran Ownership Rises

Historically, the homeownership rate for veterans of the United States military has outpaced that of non-veterans. At the peak of the market in 2006, the ownership rate for veterans was 79.5 percent

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Spring Lawn Care Guide

As the world outside finally begins to turn green after a long winter, it’s time once again to pay attention to your lawn. Spring is a sensitive time for your yard – the soil is spongy, the

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Housing Markets That Are Heating Up

Just in time for spring selling season to start, sellers are finally starting to put their homes on the market, upping the selections for buyers, according to the latest analysis from realtor.com®.

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10 HomeBuying Costs You Need To Know About

If you’re a first-time home buyer, you might get a little queasy when the last line of yourgood-faith estimate comes in at several thousand dollars. And after the color returns to

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Low Income Tax Benefits

If you earned less than usual in 2015 – and you’re preparing your tax return right now – there are some things that you need to know in order to improve your chances of receiving a larger

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Buyer Agents Working For You Free Of Charge

Home buyers should always have their own agent. Buyer agents work to negotiate the best terms and price for the buyer. Best of all, the buyer agent’s services are free to the buyer.Most

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How To Quickly Improve Curb Appeal In 2016

First impressions are everything. People often say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and that couldn’t be more true for curb appeal in real estate. The

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Dont Sign A Contract With A Builder Until Youve Done These 5 Things

It’s awesome.  Your dream home.  You’ve gone to a few builder model homes in Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove, and this is The One.  You’re excited.  Your spouse

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Military Tax Deductions

Tax Deduction Benefits for MilitaryMaximum interest rate capped at 6 percent. As a member of the military, you cannot be charged more than 6 percent a year on any money you may have owed the IRS

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Investing In American Real Estate While Serving In The US Military

I have a lot of respect for the men and women in our armed services.Each day, while I’m out there picking up rent, recording an episode of the BiggerPockets Podcast, or watching the latest episode

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When Is The Best Time To Move

Moving anytime of year is difficult, but if you have a flexible schedule and are not on a specific timeline, there are several factors to consider when deciding when to move. Keep in mind

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8 Things Your Realtor Does Behind Your Back

Geri Lavrov/Getty ImagesHave you ever wondered what on Earth your real estate agent is doing behind your back?No, we don’t mean anything underhanded, naughty, or downright felonious—far from it,

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Clunker Donation

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as the saying goes. But when you donate your vehicle to charity, both parties reap the rewards of your generosity. If you have an old clunker that you

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HomeBuying Benefits For Veterans Military Buyers

Veterans UnitedVeterans, service members, and their families believe in homeownership. In fact, the homeownership rate among veterans far outpaces that of civilians.But the financial toll of

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8 Things To Do Right After You Move In

So you’ve moved into a new home—yay! Maybe you’ve even celebrated with your first takeout meal in the middle of your fabulous (and empty) living room floor. But before you get too

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The Best Ways To Save Tons Of Money On Your Home In 2016

It’s New Year’s resolution time—when we vow to drop 18.5 pounds, start training for a triathlon, cut back on sodium, and maybe even give up our crippling HGTV addiction.

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5 Real Estate New Years Resolutions You Should Make

At the end of every December, people make all kinds of resolutions for the coming year. Typically, these are things they want to improve about themselves, ways to make their day-to-day personal

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Its Tax Season

As you calculate your tax returns, be careful not to commit any of these nine home-related tax mistakes, which tax pros say are especially common and can cost you money or draw the IRS to your

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A Littlte Something About Me

Hi I'm Ebun Muhammad, and I want to introduce myself to the community. I came to Fort Hood with my family in 1981. I came to the, Hell on Wheels, 2nd Armored Division, 124 Main

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Good Reason To Buy A HOME NOW

 Interest rates are not going down anytime soon.   Interest rates are currently hovering slightly below 4% for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. However, Zillow is expecting interest rates

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Decorating Your New Home

Moving into your new house is a liberating, landmark life passage. After you've freed yourself of your college futon and your roommate's attempt at fine art, it's time to come up with a plan

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Why You Should List Now

Thousands of homeowners speak to their real estate agent this time of year to consider their sale options — typically for the spring. It takes a few months for the agent and seller to

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Home Appraisal

What Is An Appraisal & How Can ItAffect Me? What Is a Home Appraisal? A property appraisal is an estimate of a property’s value. The appraiser will look at the age of the home and

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Holiday Shopping

How Holiday Shopping Can Kill a Closing DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2015 Everyone loves a good sale, but make sure you don't go crazy with holiday shopping — because it

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Not Ready

LEASE OPTIONIf you're ready to buy the home of your dreams, but your credit or savings isn't quite ready yet, a lease with option to buy (often simply called a "lease option" or, somewhat

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Number One Way To Make Homebuying Less Stressful

10/16/2013 | Author: Summer MandellAlthough it doesn’t rank as high as some other stressors, purchasing a home is still considered a stressful—though exciting—life event. The exciting part has

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Commercial Leases Which One Is The Right Type For Your Deal

View image|gettyimages.comLet’s take a quick look at the four most common types of commercial leases: gross, modified gross, triple net, and bond lease. Which one is right for the deal you’re

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TXVET Loans

VLB offers Texas veterans below-market interest rate loans on home improvements. However, many people don’t know which projects recoup the most money when the home is sold. You might be

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Lease Option

If you're ready to buy the home of your dreams, but your credit or savings isn't quite ready yet, a lease with option to buy (often simply called a "lease option" or, somewhat inaccurately, "rent to

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Commercial Leases

Let’s take a quick look at the four most common types of commercial leases: gross, modified gross, triple net, and bond lease. Which one is right for the deal you’re trying to complete? 

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Credit Education Seminar

Education SeminarDo you know how to receive a copy and/or read your credit report?80% of credit issues are due to errorsDo you know your rights?Do you know about the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

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The Phone Number New Homeowners Will Want To Keep Handy

Source: TAR Website| Author: Jaime Lee Shaking hands at closing doesn’t have to be your last interaction with your Texas REALTOR®. In fact, you may want to keep in touch for a while.  

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Two Scams To Avoid When Buying A Home

Source: TAR website/Author: Ward LoweA new family moved in next to us, and my wife and I stopped by to welcome them. They asked us when trash pickup is (Friday), if the city will fix the broken

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DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE A SELLERS DISCLOSURE NOTICE

09/08/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff | Source: TAR WEBSITEI'm selling a single-family investment property that I haven't seen in years. I have no knowledge of the property’s condition. Do I have

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TEXANS FOR PROP 1

09/04/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff | Source: TAR WEBSITEProposition 1 on the November 3 ballot offers an opportunity for Texans to save money now and in the future. How? Proposition 1 ...;

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20 Reasons To Hire A Realtor

1. Homes are bought by comparison. I have a large inventory at my disposalthrough MLS while you have an inventory of one.2. I am very familiar with competitive houses so I can help you position

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New Laws For Solar Power

Excerpt: The law, which takes effect Sept. 1, says developers of expanding neighborhoods larger than 50 homes may not ban solar devices.“They cannot say 'no' anymore,” said Patel, standing

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Common Homebuying Mistakes

Sometimes it appears that people have short-term memories when it comes to making major financial decisions such as buying a home. Less than a decade ago, our nation experienced a major housing

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Three Ways To Prepare For Homeownership While Renting

Author: Summer MandellYou may not be quite ready to buy your first home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing now. Here are three actions you can do while renting that will put you in

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Home Buying Myths Busted

07/24/2015 | Author: Summer Mandell Buying a home can be complicated, so it’s easy to get misinformation about the process. A Texas REALTOR® can help you avoid problems, but here’s some

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How Much Is Bad Credit Really Costing You

How your credit score affects your interest rate could mean thousands of dollars to a home buyer overthe life of a loan. Even if you’re just getting a credit card, over time the higher interest

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July 3 2015

Author: Editorial StaffAs of July 1, nearly 700 operators have received a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration to legally fly drones commercially—and the number

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Jul 3 2015 14149 1 Inspirational Quote

I love quotes that inspire. Let he who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to cconvince himself.                      

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Land Lender

FIND THE RIGHT LENDER FOR YOUR RURAL LAND PURCHASEArticle provided by Farm Credit Bank of TexasImagine this: You found your perfect property in the perfect location at a great price. Your

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Why You Should Ask For The Sellers Phone Number

Author: Ward LoweI like my house, but I think I like the guy who sold it to us better.After my wife and I closed on our house 13 years ago, we walked into the kitchen and found a wonderful surprise

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Cast Your Ballot To Save Some Money

I don't know anyone who enjoys paying their property taxes, and here in Texas they are especially high. Thankfully, you can file a Homestead Exemption to get a break on your property taxes on

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Inspectors

Mold and rot eating away at supporting beams, problems with the electrical system, plumbing issues... It’s the stuff of nightmares, but for many home owners, it’s a reality. Sometimes,

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Giving Clients Correct Info On Credit Reports

One of the best pieces of advice you probably share with clients and prospects is to monitor their credit reports … but are you giving them accurate information? See if you can answer these

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Surprising RealEstate Tip

"Use the right words in a listing. Avoid 'unique,' 'TLC', 'investment'  and 'potential'- these could lower sales prices by as much as 7 percent. But words like 'luxurious' for bottom-tier

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5 Must Do Items Before You Start House Hunting

If you’re like most people, looking at homes and imagining yourself living in them is your favorite part of the home buying process. However, in order to make that dream become a reality, you have

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Good Neighbor Program

Law enforcement officers, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians can contribute to community revitalization while becoming homeowners through'

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6 Renovations That Will Give You The Best And Lowest Return On Investment

Thinking of adding a deck this year? Need to replace your garage door? While you may not be looking forward to spending money on those upgrades, there’s good news: They may help your resale value

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Tax Time

Here are the most common tax deductions taken by real estate pros:1. Car Deductions: The single most claimed tax deduction for all small businesses is car and truck expenses. The cost of all

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Choose Yourself

I'm not letting up on you. You're destined for great things. There's a reason you have that little seed of discontent in your soul, knowing you can do more with life. Read the book. Start writing

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The Big Idea To Change Your Life

I'm not letting up on you. You're destined for great things. There's a reason you have that little seed of discontent in your soul, knowing you can do more with life. Read the book. Start writing

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IT Is ALL A Miracle

I want to let you all in on a secret: it's ALL a miracle.The sun rose, providing the relatively narrow band of temperature that most life needs to survive. By grace, we are in the precisely, perfect

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Do You Know About The Fair Credit Reporting Act

United Credit Education/Financial Education SeminarDo you know how to receive a copy and/or read your credit report?80% of credit issues are due to errorsDo you know your rights?Do you know about

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The Accomplishment Trap

"The accomplishment trap." If you hinge your happiness and self-worth on accomplishing certain things, then there's a good chance that you'll never be truly happy. Especially if those goals are

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The Divine Spark

The Divine Spark.Do you have it?It's that constant feeling that you want to do more and be more. It's the belief that one should always strive for more, to get better and make things better for

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The Importance Of Using A Realtor When Buying Your Home

Picture this scenario:Buyer: “We really love this house. We’d like more information about it.” Agent: “I’m sorry, but that house has just gone under contract.” Buyer: “Every time we

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Ten Commandments Of Buyers

If you are in the process of buying a home, remember you do not want to do anything that will change your credit or affect it in any way until after you close on your home. Lenders will look into

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HOW MUCH IS BAD CREDIT REALLY COSTING YOU

More today than ever before, our increasingly tight credit market demands a high credit score. Why?Over three quarters of all lenders use credit scores when approving loans or credit. The importance

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Make 2015 The Year You Get Off Your Butt And Buy A House

I was reading through some great Real Estate blogs yesterday and came across this one and decided I had to share. It’s likely many of you have already made, and maybe even broken, your

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How Much Is Your Bad Credit Really Costing You

More today than ever before, our increasingly tight credit market demands a high credit score. Why?Over three quarters of all lenders use credit scores when approving loans or credit. The importance

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Restore Your Credit Change Your Life Forever

LET US HELP YOU MAKE GOOD CREDIT AND FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE AREALITY, NOT JUST A DREAM!M IMore today than ever before, ourincreasingly tight credit marketdemands a high credit score. Over• three

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Check Out This Class For Realtors

How Realtors Can: Make $50,000 MORE per Year, Working Less than 40 Hours a Week, And Actually Have a Life.Dear Realtor Friends,I am spilling my guts to everyone. I’m teaching a complete course,

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Change It Because You Are Not A Tree

If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you have some not-so-great stuff happening in your life. Or--nothing that's really just noteworthy. Maybe you're just eking out an existence when

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How To Get Out Of A Deep Dark Funk

Disclaimer: I'm not telling you that these ideas will work for you. I'm just mentioning some things that have worked for me. You can give them a try, and I sincerely hope they help! Let's get on

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This Is Blessing

"This is Blessing." I just had an elderly Korean lady approach and talk to me while at the gym this morning. She approached me saying, "This is blessing." She waved her hand, taking in the huge

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The Ugly Truth About Foreclosures In Central Texas

The truth? You can't handle the truth! --Jack Nicholson in A Few Good MenHere is the real scoop on Foreclosures in the Killeen, Texas area, and it's given to you by someone who is in the daily

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Do Not Lose Hold Of Your Dreams

"Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live." --Henry David ThoreauWow. I read and re-read that quote this morning, and it really

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What Is Your Excuse

Well, Happy New Year! As I write this blog, it's January 6th, 2014.Awww, it's a new year and there's a new beginning to things. It's the time of year that we set 'resolutions,' and feel really good

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Texas Law Requires That We Show This To You

The title to this sounds a bit scary, eh?Well, this is all about the Information About Brokerage Services form in the glorious State of Texas.Here's my take on it:Here's the text of the form in

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A Fantastic Quote Got Me Thinking

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only

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Why Your Realtor Keeps Pushing You To Get Prequalified

Here's why that seemingly nice Realtor starts nagging about pre-approval/pre-qualification!While idly shopping for a home may be pleasant, serious home buyers need to start the process in a lender's

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A Gigantic Thank You To Our Soldiers

Yesterday, I got to witness a very powerful moment that nearly brought me to tears with pride for my country and gratefulness for those that defend it.Fairway Mortgage, where my wife Laura Franks

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The Blog That Was To Be

I had what I thought was going to be a really informative blog to tell all of the Home Buyers out there something that would change their lives! Ok, maybe not their lives but for sure how they

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YES Our Services Are FREE

I have a quick confession to make.I didn't realize that many of our fine Clients didn't realize that our services for Buying Clients won't cost them a single, thin dime!It's true. I just talked to a

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These Words Do Not Belong Together

I Can't.These are two of the most debilitating, cancerous words in the English language when they're used together.It abdicates responsibility. It eliminates hope that something can be done. It

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What Is My House Worth

http://chip.killeenlistings.com/sell.php"We haven't decided if we want to sell--or maybe rent our house out."I get this all of the time...and I understand. It's actually a decision that we can help

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A Spectacular Creation Of God

A few weeks back, my sweet daughter Aly was having a tough time in school. It seems that some kids were picking on her and calling her, “nerd.” Now, full disclosure: obviously, this is my

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Selling Your Home In Killeen Texas

Do You Have a Property that You Just Don’t Want Anymore? Dear Worried Homeowner, We understand that you might want to unload your property, and so far have been unable to do so. Well, we

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First Time Buying A Home

As a Realtor, I come across this quite a bit.  People know that they would like to buy a home but they have no idea where to start.  They are overwhelmed. They need advise.  Well the

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Ive Never Bought A Home Before

As a Realtor, I come across this quite a bit.  People know that they would like to buy a home but they have no idea where to start.  They are overwhelmed. They need advise.  Well the

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The Best Home Search In Killeen Texas Real Estate

Oh yeah, we did.This is the best...and we couldn't say that if it weren't true, right?I just wanted to take the time to let you know a few things that went into the home search on this website right

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The 7 Mistakes Homebuyers Make in Killeen Texas

Okie dokie. This will be a bit of a long post...but it's chock full of good, good information. The reason I know that is because I wrote it (heh, heh). I just e-mailed a new Client this information

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Helping People in West Texas

My wife and I were looking for ways that we can help the people of West Texas.  We came across this short article and thought it would be a good idea to share. By: Rebecca Angel Baer Here's

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Why Rent to Own in Killeen Sucks

I just had a request from someone that is looking at trying to do a, "rent to own," home here in the Killeen, Texas area. I just finished emailing them as to why, as a Buyer of a home, that this

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One of the Things I Hate About Realtors

Ok, I'm ranting a bit here--and maybe I shouldn't be upset that Realtors do this, as it makes things easier for the good guys (that's us wink, wink). Here it is: Agents tell home SELLERS something

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Not Real Estate Related but this is FUNNY

I am biased. I understand this. BUT! This is the funniest video I've ever seen, and it happens to involve two of my three children: Mandy, my 13 year old daughter and Alec, my 17 month old (as of

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WIIFM The best radio for a business

Have you heard of the acronym, "WIIFM"? No, it's actually not a radio station. It's a saying that marketers and smart business folks try to always keep in mind: "What's In It For Me?" I see a lot of

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Unless Just Any Ole Home Will Do

I just went to a marketing seminar, and one of the things that they mentioned was a USP, or Unique Selling Proposition. That is, the reason that someone would choose you over any competitor or even

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Working with a team

One of my first contracts was a Fannie Mae contract. Now as a new Realtor in Texas I read all the TREC contracts until I had almost memorized them. So I get a client two extremely wonderful

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Builders Rep or Realtor

I just had an interesting conversation with a real estate agent who works with a big builder in the area. This person was extremely professional and carried themselves very well. I could tell that

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