Articles Tagged "buyers market"

Real Right Ready Blog Home

rss logo RSS Feed
Holidays | 4 Posts
housing market | 7 Posts
real estate | 4 Posts
trends | 4 Posts
Uncategorized | 4 Posts

Vacations are top-of-mind this summer, after everyone has been home for more than a year. We're all anxious to stretch our legs, see the sights and travel. Implement a few of these helpful tips for peace of mind on vacation.

Securing Your Home:
• Make sure all your doors and windows – even second-story ones – are locked. 
• Add a broomstick or metal rod to the inside track of your sliding glass door.
• Unplug the power to your automatic garage door to prevent access via a universal remote.
• Lock the door between your garage and the interior of your home.
• Make sure your exterior lights are all in working order. Pro-tip: add a timer and/or movement sensor.
• Home security systems are great. Pro-tip: video security systems that you can monitor from your phone are even better.
• Let your close neighbors know that you'll be gone and ask them to keep an eye out. Give them contact information for where you'll be on vacation.

Planning Ahead for Maintenance:
• Hire someone to mow your lawn while you are gone.
• Ask a neighbor to bring your trashcans in while you are gone.
• Ask a neighbor to water your plants and lawn periodically.

How to Make it Seem Like You're Still Home:
• If your blinds or curtains are usually open, leave them that way. (A closed-up look signals no one is home)
• Put a few interior lamps on timers.
• Ask a neighbor to drive your car around the block and park it in a different spot daily.
• Ask a neighbor to collect your mail. If you'll be gone for more than a week, place a vacation hold on your mail with your local post office. Pro-tip: you can also request a vacation hold from FedEx and UPS. Or, if packages are expected, arrange for a neighbor to gather them.

What Not to Do:
• Watch what you post on social media. The best idea is not to post your vacay pics until you've returned. Or, only share photos with your close friend group.
• Don't leave visible valuables in front of open windows. Move that computer.

These are easy steps you can take to make sure your home is safe while you are away on vacation – so you can really relax and enjoy yourself without worrying. After being in your home every day for so long, it's time for you to let go for a few days. Just don't forget to lock up and keep your home safe.



Summertime is finally here. If you made it thru Snowmaggedon with your pool pump intact, take some time to spruce up your swimming pool to make this the best backyard summer your family's ever had. 

After last year, swimming pools have become a must-have item for homeowners. Having an inground pool in your backyard used to add an average of $22,000 to a house – this year a house with a pool in DFW could sell for $30,000 more. So, if you are one of these lucky swimming pool owners, here's your chance to make a big splash this summer AND increase the value of your home by making that pool shine.

Think about your pool wish list. What would make your pool "extra" summery? You could add a pool heater or chiller which would regulate the temperature of the water. This will lengthen the swimming season for you and make you the envy of the neighborhood when you are still swimming in October.

You can also spiff up your pool by adding:
  • Accessories like diving boards, volleyball nets and slides
  • More reasons to be outside with new floats, floating lights and outdoor speakers
  • Style with new finishes like ceramic tile and stone pavers 
  • Accessibility with additions like railings on the stairs or wider step ladders 
  • Safety features like a pool cover or an updated privacy fence
  • Durability and longevity by having your pool resurfaced or retiled
  • Beauty and ambiance to your pool area with landscaping or a water feature
Once you have a vision for your upgraded pool and install all the extras, you'll be set to dive in and enjoy the Texas summer – on your new pool floatie with an umbrella drink in hand of course!

This summer, people will be planning and enjoying their first vacations in a long time. DFW is located smack in the middle of a whole bunch of readily accessible day trips that families can take safely and easily to get out and see something different for the day.

Take a small-town tour of the area to enjoy charming historic downtowns and nature attractions available just a short drive away. Slay the day by packing a picnic lunch or finding a patio restaurant in these destinations that are all less than two hours away from DFW. 

Waco, TX
Stroll the outdoor shopping district Magnolia Market at the Silos or ponder America's oldest soft drink at the Dr Pepper Museum. For outdoors fun, check out the Lake Waco Wetlands or the Cotton Belt Trail. And for the sports fans in your family, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum are sure to be a hit.

Denton, TX
Besides the UNT campus, visit the redeveloped historic town square and the free Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum built in 1896. Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center offers a cool spot for hiking. And don't forget to visit the whimsical Chairy Orchard, home to dozens of colorful, abandoned chairs.

Granbury, TX
Got dinosaur fans in the family? Visit Dinosaur Valley State Park to see fossilized footsteps and life-size dinosaur replicas. Another historic downtown square awaits complete with boutiques, restaurants, and even a saloon – as well as the Historic Railroad Depot. You can also spend the afternoon walking the nearby sandy beaches at City Beach Park.

Lake Texoma, OK
Known for water sports, this area is one of the largest reservoirs in the US. Get ready for hiking, biking, fishing and boating. The Crosstimbers Trail at Juniper Point, the Heard Museum of Natural Science and the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge offer endless adventure outdoors. 

Whether you want to take a short tour or stay the whole day, there are several vacation spots that are within a few hours drive from the DFW area. Take advantage of those first few magical days of summer vacation and get outside!

Small businesses are at the heart of every neighborhood. They are the backbone to our economy. That's why we try to support small businesses each opportunity we get. Who doesn't, right?
Ready? Here are a few of our favorite locally owned and operated small businesses:

  • The lovely flicker and gentle glow of a candle helps ease and soothe the mind. B's Knees Fragrance Co. candles are our favorite. They also sell reed diffusers and oils. All their products are made in the U.S.A.
  • The house made mac-n-cheese and devilled eggs at Big Al's Smokehouse BBQ are awesome! Their Bar-B-Cuterie trays are perfect for group lunches and small gatherings.
  • The darling and delicious cheesecakes from Cheesecake Society can be ordered by phone or online and are available for pick up or contactless delivery. Try the Pecan Praline. It is Jeanne's favorite.
  • Try Chocolate Angel's merengue cookies - they're yummy and gluten-free. They are hosting a Valentine's Tea at the Richardson and Plano locations. We heart this!
  • According to a study, people with a good hairstyle feel smarter and more capable at performing tasks as opposed to those who are going through a bad hair day. We agree. That is why we have a standing monthly appointment at Hair by Jennifer Henry.
  • Who knew some of the best Japanese food around could be found at a food truck? Try out the food at Hibachi Master. It will not disappoint.
  • We love a good drink! Try Lockwood Distilling Co in Richardson or eight|11 in Frisco for a relaxing way to unwind after work.
  • Dance not only builds flexibility and strength, but it also teaches emotional expression and empathy. PDT Dance Arts, with locations in McKinney and Prosper, is where Danée's daughter found her second home.
  • Flowers help stimulate a sense of pride and excitement with others, and release serotonin – whether you grow, buy, give, receive or admire them. Anything from Petals & Stems makes us happy.

In late 2020, 67 percent of small businesses continued to experience negative business impacts tied to the pandemic, while 43 percent suffered "significant impacts," according to Alignable's State of Small Business Report.
We remain steadfast and optimistic that consumer confidence will rebound mid to late 2021. Cheers to all small business owners! We salute your perseverance, tenacity, drive and passion.


Finding a Home To Fit Your Lifestyle
If you're a cyclist, but the home you're looking at is not near the Katy Trail, is it really the perfect home for you? When you're looking for the perfect home this year to fit your family, take into consideration that you're looking for more than just a house – you're looking for a home that is a lifestyle fit.  

Scrutinizing more factors than just the house itself will make your next home purchase a better fit. You're not looking for help to get into just any house, you want help finding and securing the perfect house, on the perfect street in the perfect neighborhood. And that means checking the boxes on all the wants and needs on your lifestyle list. 

We want you to love more than just your house.

When you purchase a home, you're not just buying a house, you are buying into the neighbors, small business owners and amenities that make up that community. What does your ideal community look like? Does it have a cute little coffee place nearby? A fun boutique? Want a fishing pond in the area? A neighborhood that's really big into holiday lights? Neighbors with kids that are your kids' ages? If these things matter to you, they matter to us.

The value of expertise like this can mean an easier transition for your family, better schools, a shorter commute, an instant set of BFF neighbors, a place to ride your bike every weekend, or even tacos within walking distance. 

If you are thinking about finding your family's new dream home in 2021, let's connect! We've got the inside scoop on the perfect fit for you.

Login to My Homefinder

Login to My Homefinder