Open Doors for DFW Homeless Families

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This update is brought to you by our friend Kendall Molsberry, Brand and Marketing Manager of Family Gateway. Remember what life was like when you were in second grade? You were probably 7 or 8 years old, and your biggest concern was whether or not the little boy or girl in your class gave you cooties while playing tag at …

How to Overcome Design Paralysis

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 If you’ve just moved into a new home and are furnishing entire rooms/houses, you may have no idea where or how to start. Pinterest has so many ideas, but just ends up leaving you feeling paralyzed. We asked our design expert Anne Nowak how to overcome design paralysis and actually get started. Here is her smart game plan:  Get Inspired: The …

Should I Buy a Foreclosure? Seems Cheap!

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Nail & Key co-founder, Brandt Barham, specializes in investment properties. Read his valuable insights below before you purchase a foreclosure… “I often get questions from friends about whether or not they should purchase a foreclosure. However, there are several factors I encourage people to consider. First of all, buying a foreclosure today is much different than 2009 or 2010. Back …

Use These 6 Tips to Get Your Perfect “Shelfie”

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Follow our staging expert Anne Nowak’s quick tips to successfully style your shelves and bookcases to sell or dwell in your home. You’ll have your perfect “shelfie” in no time: Plan.  I’m a planner, and mapping it all out ensures my outcome. Draw a quick sketch (no art degree necessary) to create a template of sorts for yourself.  See my …

Cut Costs on Curb Appeal

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Low on street cred? Here are staging expert Anne’s tips to increase your home’s curb appeal for potential buyers without breaking the bank: Dress Up the Door: Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a (inexpensive) statement by giving your front door a blast of color with fresh paint or stain. Clean off any dirty spots …

What’s in My Monthly House Payment?

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Your house payment is a significant expense each month that is important to fully understand. There are four primary components of this payment that contribute to the total amount. Brittany Wilson of Integrity Mortgage, our trusted local lender, breaks down the cost for you. The Four Components of Your Monthly House Payment: 1. Principal & Interest This component is usually …

Use These Packing Pro Tips For a Happy Moving Day

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Our staging expert, Anne Nowak, knows moving. After many times moving herself, she’s gotten the art of packing down to a science. Benefit from her packing pro tips to make your moving day a happy one.  3 Key Steps Before Moving Day → PURGE!! – If you aren’t taking regular inventory and routinely minimizing the  items you accumulate in your home …

Learn Why The Title Company Matters

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Many first-time home buyers and sellers may not understand why the title company matters to the process. Their role is crucial to the success of the transaction and to prevent legal issues popping up down the road. Our trusted local title company is the Alamo Title in Grapevine run by Christopher J. Everett, PC. We asked Christopher a few key questions …

How to Maximize Your Closet to Impress Buyers

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Seeing a closet jam packed with clothes looks messy and chaotic leaving potential buyers thinking, “There’s not enough storage.”  When you’re trying to sell your home quickly and for top-dollar, the last thing you want is to deter buyers with a closet that doesn’t look spacious or livable. This is especially critical if your home’s square footage is a selling …

Easy Meals for Moving Week

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Moving can really throw a wrench in your normal schedule. Instead of eating out every meal during your moving week, use these easy meals while you pack. Your budget and your hunger will thank you for it! BREAKFAST: Homemade Breakfast Bowls Basic Baked Fritatta How to Freeze Pancakes for Quick, Easy Breakfast   LUNCH: Light and Easy Chicken Salad Recipe …

What to Expect: Closing Day

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Closing Day is, by far, everyone’s favorite day. It’s the day that you officially become a new homeowner! Brittany Wilson, our recommended local lender, tells you what to expect on your exciting day: WHEN: The closing day is scheduled by your realtor when he or she first submits your offer, and it usually takes place about a month after you …

Pro Tips For Summer Showings

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Trying to sell your home this summer? Our staging expert, Anne Nowak, is here to help. When you use the season to your advantage, you can have successful summer showings that will have buyers making offers in no time. Use Anne’s pro tips to beat the heat with summer showings: 1.Call a pro.  It’s a good idea in general to …

Expert Staging for Faster Selling

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FREE Expert Staging for Faster Selling When you sell your home with Nail & Key, our home-staging professional, Anne Nowak, prepares your home to sell quickly and at top-dollar at absolutely no cost to you! It’s like having your own personal Joanna Gaines to help put your home’s “best foot forward” before listing. Homes staged prior to listing sell 79 …

Why You Can Stop Renting

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Young? Long-time renter? Afraid you’re not ready to invest in a home? It’s time to STOP RENTING. You may be more ready than you think. Our trusted local lender of Integrity Mortgage, Brittany Wilson, shares about why you should consider buying instead of renting: “The biggest thing that holds most young people  or first-time buyers back is the down payment …

When Home-Buying Dreams Become Reality

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David and Yessica Carlos began looking into buying their first house seven years ago. However, they realized it was not financially possible at that time. They needed to wait, save, and plan. David, the General Manager of Mercat Bistro in Dallas, and Yessica, International Records Specialist at Southern Methodist University, worked hard over the years to become home-buyers. In November 2016, after …

We Need a Runner

Job Title: Runner Description: Driving around the DFW metroplex dropping and picking up real estate signage, checks, keys, lockboxes, and documents. Our office is located in Old Town Coppell. Time Commitment: flexible part-time Requirements: Knack for customer service, awesome attitude, a functioning car, and license Compensation: $10/hour + $.25/mile Give Davis a call at 214-912-1291 if you’re interested.    

Share Our Post to Donate Bedding to Families

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  Share our Facebook post to donate bedding to a family in need! Our friends at Family Gateway are now reclassified as an Emergency Family Shelter. Now the turn-around time for families moving in are much quicker. As Family Gateway bring in more families in urgent crisis/need, staff quickly puts rooms together using donated goods from their Donation Closet. This means …

Increase Your Home Value With Simple Changes

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You don’t get a second chance to make a great first impression! Research has shown that these budget-friendly home improvement projects go a long way in increasing the buyer’s perceptive value of your listing. Below are some simple ways to maximize your home’s value and appeal without breaking the bank: EXTERIOR Keep the grass freshly cut. Remove all yard clutter. Make …

Protest Property Taxes: Save BIG

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If you checked your mail in the last week or so, you’ve likely received your 2017 tax assessment for your property. As far as property taxes go, it’s been a rough couple of years for DFW’s middle class. In 2016, we saw some record valuation spikes, and 2017 hasn’t been any kinder to most. Rioting and disputing your valuation are …

Discover Why Local Lenders Rock

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Local lenders may be the best option for your home loan… At Nail & Key, we value excellence at every stage in the home-buying process. That’s why we choose to refer our buyers to our trusted local lender who shares our same values, Brittany Wilson, at Integrity Mortgage. What sets Brittany apart from other lending options: Streamlined Process Say goodbye to …

Empower Families Affected by Homelessness

The “Why” Behind Nail & Key… Nail and Key exists to help end family homelessness in our community by providing world-class real estate services. Dallas ISD recently identified 3,700 homeless students throughout the district. Because homeless families are often more hidden than those homeless on the streets, it can be easy to forget that they exist and need help. This is …

Home Inspections: Setting the Right Expectations

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Keep these 7 tips in mind… The responsibilities of homeownership aren’t always glamorous. Our job as agents is to discover the condition of the house so we know what we’re getting into. However, getting out of the option period and into your new home hinges upon realistic home inspection expectations. It’s important to keep the below factors in mind when …

WHAT IS OPENDOOR?

THE FUTURE OF HOME-SELLING MIGHT HAVE JUST HIT THE DFW METROPLEX. Opendoor, a Silicon Valley startup, has allegedly reconfigured the entire home-selling process for you– modernizing an industry that has seen little change over time. Launching in late 2014, Opendoor is taking the stresses and waiting out of the real estate transaction by essentially doing everything for you. Here is the …

MARKET HEAT INDEX

There are horror stories in the DFW housing market right now. Putting your offer in only to find out that you’re competing with 13 other bids and it goes for $10,000 above asking price. You’re not alone. Hundreds of families across the Metroplex are shaking their heads and saying “the market is just so hot right now.” On the other …

GRANDMA’S HOME-BUYING ADVICE

Buying a home, especially your first home can be overwhelming. It is easy to catch the home-buying bug, but not nearly as easy to determine whether you should actually pursue your home ownership dreams. After you have decided to purchase, it’s a whole new mountain to climb in figuring out the process and trying to make good choices. Here are …

2017 DFW Market Forecast

Hey everyone!  I’d like to take a moment to explain what’s happening in the real estate market today as well as forecast what we can expect for the rest of this year and 2018.  We are presently in the midst of of shift from a sellers market to a buyers market.  I first noticed the shift in August 2015 in …

6706 Duffield, Dallas, $515,000, FOR SALE

Gorgeous custom remodel by local designer in one of the most sought after neighborhoods of North Dallas. This single story home was completely gutted and rebuilt. Nothing original was left behind. It’s the perfect home for entertaining or a growing family. Split bedrooms, as well as an oversized 4th bedroom could be used as a second living space. The master …

The W Life- COMING FALL 2017

Here is a teaser for a listing coming in a few months. Expect much more to come soon. Iconic. Innovative. Influential. Every W Residence is a new chapter in our dynamic story and a unique and individual expression of visionary modern living. Fusing landmark architecture with a spectrum of local and global influences—past, present and future—and our signature W features and …

622 Andover Ln, $3200, FOR LEASE

Beautifully updated 4 bedroom home in Coppell ISD. Slate and wood floors throughout all the living spaces and carpet in the bedrooms. The kitchen was completely gutted recently and now it’s a chef’s dream kitchen with Thermador range and luxury built-in refrigerator. The floorplan is perfect for family life and entertaining. From the family room and the downstairs master, you …

5614 McCommas, Dallas, $800,000, FOR SALE

Great opportunity to buy a completely rebuilt Tudor in the M-streets. This entire two-story home, aside from the front facade, was taken down to the studs and completely rebuilt with a modern floor-plan. The inside has open-concept living area with large low-e windows. All living areas have nailed- .nailed-down hardwoods throughout, low-e windows, 16 seer HVAC, frameless showers, and attached 2 car …