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Luxury New Construction Homes: Town Lake at Flower Mound, Texas

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Keep heading west on Cross Timbers Road, past Bridlewood and Wellington, and hang a left on Flower Mound Road. There on the right, you’ll see the beautiful new community of Town Lake at Flower Mound, Texas.

If you’re looking for a luxury new construction home, Flower Mound has several great options, and we’re really excited about adding Town Lake to that mix!

Town Lake at Flower Mound – Brand New Toll Brothers Community

Town Lake is being built by Toll Brothers, so there are never any questions about quality or craftsmanship. Toll Brothers is a tried and true builder with the reputation to give you peace of mind throughout the entire process. Speaking of process, Toll Brothers gives you the personalized touch from day one, letting you design the home of your dreams. We especially love the 3D Kitchen Visualizer that lets you visual all the details of your kitchen.

Close Proximity to it All

At Town Lake, you’re never too far from anything. Within 3.5 miles of your home, you’ll have access to the area’s top restaurants, shopping, and experiences, including the Shops at Highland Village. Town Lake is also an easy drive to Highway 114, I-35W, Highway 121, DFW International Airport, and more. It’s access that makes Flower Mound one of the most sought after suburbs for luxury new construction homes.

Amenities

Would you rather stay close to home? Enjoy the hiking and biking trails, as well as the equestrian trails that can be accessed from the neighborhood. Town Lake is also served by exceptional Flower Mound schools that feed into Flower Mound High.

New homes are going up now in Town Lake at Flower Mound, and our team at Jeff Brand & Associates would love to show you around! There are a plethora of house plans and home sizes to fit your lifestyle, starting at $700K.

Home Buying 101: The Home Expenses You Might be Forgetting About

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Buying a new home is exciting.

 

You’ve run the budget calculators, you’ve been approved for the loan, and you’re ready to go! Right?!

 

While these are all important steps in the home buying process, don’t forget about some of the hidden expenses of buying a home. While you may not be responsible for all of these home expenses, here are a few that we find are often forgotten by buyers:

 

Inspection Report

Before buying a home, home inspections are crucial to understanding exactly what you are buying. It outlines any structural defects or repairs that are needed on the property.

 

Home Repairs

Speaking of the home inspection, don’t forget that while the buyer may cover the costs for critical home improvements outlined on the inspection documents, they may not repair everything. This would then leave the burden on you, the buyer, to fix these things and those costs can add up.

 

Closing Costs

Maybe you’ve heard this term thrown around, but aren’t exactly sure what it means. Plan to spend somewhere between 2-5% of the purchase price on closing costs. Those costs can include such things as administrative fees, title fees, attorney fees, the appraisal, and interest costs, and they make up a crucial part of your home expenses.

Mortgage Insurance

If you aren’t planning to put 20% down on your new home, then you’ll likely be paying Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. PMI is typically somewhere between .5-1% of your loan amount.

 

Taxes and Insurance

Many of the budget calculators out there do not accurately depict the costs for property taxes and homeowners insurance when calculating home expenses. Call your insurance company for a quote on insurance and look up historical tax records on the property you are considering in order to know exactly what those numbers will look like for you.

 

Need help buying a home in Flower Mound, Lewisville, Highland Village, Lantana, or Argyle? Give Jeff Brand & Associates a call today, and let us walk through the process with you, ensuring a smooth buying process with no surprises. We are proud to be one of the best realtors in Flower Mound, Texas!

Selling Your Home Soon? 4 Holiday Gifts to Avoid.

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You may be asking yourself, “What do holiday gifts have to do with selling your home?”

The answer: more than you think.

While they may not be directly tied together, if you are planning to sell your Flower Mound home in the next 6 months to a year, here are 4 holiday gifts you should avoid:

#1: New Pets

Sure, your kids will love to see a new puppy with a big bow wrapped around its neck on Christmas morning, but this may not be the year. New puppies will need to be house-trained and taught not to tear things up, and cats often need the same. The last thing you want is unnecessary repairs right before you sell your home.

 

#2: New Furniture and Appliances

You may be eager to redecorate, but hold off until you buy a new home. The last things you’d want to do is purchase the new living room set of your dreams, only to find it doesn’t really work in your new home. The result: frustration and more money spent on furniture in the long run.

 

#3: Excessive Purchases on Credit

This includes cars, recreational vehicles, or anything purchased on credit. While these make stunning gifts, taking out more credit right before buying a home could have a negative impact on your credit score when qualifying for your mortgage, equally a higher interest rate.

#4: Oversized Toys

It’s fun to “wow” your children with large gifts, but maybe this year is the year for giving experiences instead. The goal before selling a home is to declutter and simplify, so that each room looks bigger and shows as its best. If you absolutely must do a large toy, plan to pack up other things in order to make room and declutter.

If you’re in the market for a new home in the next year and not sure where to turn for an experienced Flower Mound realtor to sell yours, give Jeff Brand & Associates a call today! There’s a reason our team is consistently recognized as some of the best realtors in Flower Mound!

3 Reasons to Sign-up NOW for Jeff Brand’s New Listing Alerts

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Whether you are in the market for a new home now, or looking to purchase within the next year, now is the time to begin your search! Jeff Brand & Associates makes your life easier with our customized, fully tailored new listing alerts service. Let us explain why NOW is the time to get signed up for our new listing alerts service!

 

Understanding the Market

You are better poised to pounce on a great deal if you have an understanding of price per square foot in the areas you are looking, which areas frequently have homes on the market and which don’t, etc. Even if you aren’t in the market just yet – but see yourself buying a new Flower Mound home in the next 12 months – the new listing alerts service can really help you hone in on which homes and neighborhoods are the best fit for you.

 

Real Time Information

Want to hear about the latest listings days before the major listing sites? Jeff Brand’s new listing alerts service has you covered! Our service checks MLS every 15 minutes, and if there are new homes that meet your search criteria, you will immediately get a notification. It’s real time information; you’ll know when our agents know!

 

Expand your Search

When filling out the new listing alert criteria, expand your search to include any areas or criteria you would consider in a new Flower Mound home purchase. As you begin to get the new listing alerts, you may be surprised to learn that there are homes that perfectly meet your needs, outside of the area you originally thought was the best fit! Expanding your search results and being open minded leaves you with more opportunities to find your dream home.

If you’re ready to sign up for our new listing alerts service, simply visit us here and fill out all pertinent information. It’s absolutely free!

Want to take your search a step further? Contact us today at Jeff Brand & Associates and begin working with one of our expertly trained Flower Mound realtors. As the best real estate agency in Flower Mound, we keep our ears to the ground and typically know about new listings before they ever hit MLS.

Fall Home Staging: How to Stage Your Outdoor Space for Fall

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The great thing about Texas is that the weather is typically mild year-round, leaving plenty of opportunities to use indoor/outdoor spaces – assuming you have indoor/outdoor spaces that are inviting!

During Fall in Texas, buyers want to see ways that the backyard can become an extension of their home. Here are a few Fall home staging tips from Jeff Brand & Associates to help maximize those outdoor spaces:

Fire Pits

According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, outdoor fire pits are one of the hottest landscaping trends for Fall. Buyers love envisioning themselves around a cozy firepit, roasting marshmallows, and swapping stories with friends. If you don’t have one permanently installed, consider purchasing one and putting nice chairs around it to set the stage. Be sure to take a picture of the firepit at dusk with flames to get the full effect in the listing!

Outdoor Living Room

Transform a plain patio into another living space with simple, clean-lined backyard furniture. Permanent outdoor lighting adds ambiance, so if you have a pergola or other covered patio, consider installing strings of lights or other fixtures to make the patio glow. Set boundaries to the space and give it a cozy feel with plants, tables, etc.

Fall Foliage

Fall foliage means more than just leaves; think pumpkins and mums! Pumpkins are a cheap and easy way to give any outdoor space a dose of Fall home staging! They look great and really warm up a space. Also, at Jeff Brand & Associates, we love recommending mums for outdoor spaces! They add tons of color, and are easy to maintain with regular watering. Plus – they tend to thrive whether in a shady or sunny spot.

Ready to learn more about Fall home staging? The experts at Jeff Brand & Associates can give you an in-home consultation, providing recommendations on how to make the most of your space and help you get the highest return-on-investment. We are the #1 realtor in Flower Mound for a reason!

What We Love about Double Oak, TX – Jeff Brand & Associates

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If you’re new to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, or even if you’ve been here awhile, you may not have heard about the wonderful little community of Double Oak, TX.

Encompassing a mere 2.5 square miles, Double Oak, TX is the self proclaimed “Best Little Town in North Texas!” Here are a few reasons Jeff Brand & Associates loves showing this great little town to our clients:

 

Room to Breathe

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, finding a home with land – even if it’s just an acre or two – can be tricky. In Double Oak, nearly all the homes are on large lots, whether that’s an acre or five. What that translates to is a small town with room to breathe. Each home is set apart from each other and gives a wonderful, open feel to the whole community. You’ll feel like you’re in the country – yet you’re minutes from everything.

Amenities Within Minutes

And on that note, let’s talk about proximity to everything! Double Oak, TX is just on the cusp of Flower Mound and Highland Village, meaning Whole Foods Market, the Shops at Highland Village, and all the premier shopping and dining options you’ve come to love about city life are simply minutes away. You’re also an easy drive to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Downtown Dallas or Forth Worth, and really anything the metroplex has to offer.

Acclaimed Schools

The town of Double Oak, Texas is unique in that the town is split between two school districts. The good news: you can’t go wrong with either! Both provide highly touted schools, with Lewisville ISD’s Flower Mound Elementary, Downing Middle, and Marcus High School and Denton ISD’s Rayzor Elementary, Tom Harpool Middle, and Guyer High School. Check the zoning map here for more information.

If you’re interested in buying a home in Double Oak, Texas or have questions about Double Oak real estate, call Jeff Brand & Associates today, as we have multiple listings in the area. In fact, we just listed a beautiful 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with 3 car garage and backyard paradise; check it out here! The great news about Double Oak is that there are a variety of price points available. Give us a call to see what we can find for you!

160 Fox Trot Lane, Double Oak, TX, 75077

Flower Mound #1 Most Prosperous Town for Its Size

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Per a new study released by the Economic Innovation Group, Flower Mound has been ranked #1 in prosperity for towns of similar size (small to mid-sized towns). The study – the 2017 Distressed Communities Index – evaluates cities nationwide and determines where they rank on a scale of distressed, all the way up to prosperous. Flower Mound came in at most prosperous with a distress score of just 0.1%. Just another sign Flower Mound is one of the best places to live in Texas.

More Good News for Texas: Economy is Strong

Not only did Flower Mound rank well in the study, but other Texas towns performed well also. Four other Texas communities ranked in the top 10 for small to mid-size towns, including #2 Allen, #4 Frisco, #9 League City, and #10 Cedar Park. Plano also made the cut for large cities, ranking #2 nationally as the second most prosperous community of that size. The strong showing from Texas – and North Texas – communities shows that our economy is strong.

About the 2017 Distressed Communities Index

The study uses a variety of economic factors to determine whether a community is prospering, comfortable, mid-tier, at risk, or distressed. Those economic factors include unemployment rates, rate at which people move jobs, median household income, housing availability, levels of education, and the overall rate of businesses opening and closing in the area. The Economic Innovation Group is committed to locating distressed or at risk communities and then determining ways to help bolster the communities to thrive on their own. The good news from this year’s study: 27% of the nation lives within a prospering area, the largest amount of any of the groups ranked. Learn more about the study here.

This is yet another great sign that it’s time to buy a home in Flower Mound, Texas! It truly is one of the best places to live in Texas. Give us a call at Jeff Brand & Associates and let us show you new construction and pre-existing homes on the market today. We’re the best realtor in Flower Mound for a reason!

How to Protect your Credit After the Equifax Breach

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The latest reports are saying that approx. 145.5 million people were affected by the recent Equifax breach. Chances are, you could be one of them. (Go here to check.)

Because of the nature of information reportedly stolen – Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers, credit card numbers, etc. – the ripple effects of this Equifax breach are likely to be felt for years to come. If you are concerned your personal information may have been compromised, it is critical that you do your due diligence to monitor your credit so that future purchases – such as buying a home – are not affected. Here are a few tips from Jeff Brand & Associates on what to do to protect your credit after the Equifax breach:

  1. Sign-Up for a Credit Freeze

While this step may seem like a pain – because it is! – it is a valuable shield against hackers. A credit freeze stops anyone from opening an account under your name, including yourself. This means that anytime you want to open a new line of credit – home, auto, new credit card, etc. – you will need to call the credit reporting agencies and remove the hold. Equifax is offering a free credit freeze; TransUnion and Experian offer a credit freeze for a small fee.

 

  1. Place a Fraud Alert on Your Credit Report

In order to place a fraud alert on your account, simply contact one of the major credit reporting agencies, Experian, TransUnion, or Equifax, and sign-up for a fraud alert on your account. This does not freeze your credit, but it does alert anyone who is pulling your credit that there could be suspicious activity and they need to do due diligence to verify the person’s identify before proceeding. This service is generally free.

 

  1. Monitor all Accounts

Make it a point to monitor all of your accounts on a regular basis, going through statements to make sure no charges seem amiss. Even a suspicious small charge may be a hacker trying to test the waters before making larger purchases.

 

If you are looking for homes for sale in Flower Mound, Texas and plan to make a purchase in the next year, give us a call at Jeff Brand & Associates today. Our team can answer any questions you have about protecting your credit after the Equifax breach, buying and selling homes in Flower Mound, and so much more.

Best Fall Home Maintenance Projects to Tackle this October!

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Friday, September 22, was officially the first day of Fall, and whether it feels like it or not, Fall is here!

October – and Fall in general – is a great time to tackle some home maintenance projects you’ve been putting off because the weather is cooler and everyone is settling back into a routine. So what do we recommend? Here are a few of the best Fall home maintenance projects to tackle this October:

Inspect the Roof

If you haven’t already, have a licensed roofer out to inspect your roof and determine whether or not you need a new roof as a result of the storms this past Spring. Most in Highland Village, Lantana, and the surrounding area have replaced their roof, so chances are, you need a new roof too! Not only will it give you peace of mind, but buyers like knowing your roof is new.

Give your Trees & Shrubs a Little TLC

If your property has trees on it, take the time this Fall to call an arborist out to inspect the trees, prune back the dead wood, and administer deep root fertilizer to give the trees a boost to stay healthy through the winter months. Trees are slower growing and dormant in the Fall/Winter, so it’s a great time to identify problem areas that need to be addressed before you lose a precious asset to your curb appeal.

Conduct an Energy Audit

The last thing you want is to have heat seeping out of your home through cracks and crevices around the windows, doors, etc. Caulking windows is one of the most inexpensive things you can do to upgrade the efficiency of your home. We also recommend adding extra insulation in your attic and looking into Energy Star appliances. Not sure where to start? Jeff Brand & Associates can recommend a professional to do an audit of your home.

Reverse the Ceiling Fans

This is an easy one! Reversing the fans in your home will redistribute the warm air near the ceiling, giving your heater a boost of efficiency.

As always, if you ever have questions about Fall home maintenance projects or what maintenance projects are necessary to sell your home or improve the ROI, give Jeff Brand & Associates a call. Our team is happy to help with all of your Flower Mound, Argyle, Lewisville, and Highland Village real estate needs.

The Truth about “Sale Pending” Homes: What You Need to Know.

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So you’re browsing MLS, and you come across a home that appears to be your dream home. Unfortunately, MLS shows that there is an active contract on the house and lists it as “sale pending.” What do you do?

Do you keep scrolling?

Or do you call your Flower Mound realtor to take a look anyway?

Don’t Fear the Home that is Under Contract

As long as the seller’s agent gives you the green light to tour the home under contract, then take this opportunity to explore your options. While some might be hesitant to get their hopes up by looking at a home marked as “sale pending,” we recommend you jump on the opportunity if it might be the right fit for you – and here’s why:

  • Deals Fall Through All the Time: It might be that the buyer couldn’t get financing or that they got cold feet and backed out. No matter the reason, deals fall through all the time, so you can’t assume because a home is under contract that the home is history.

 

  • First Opportunity to Jump: Should a deal fall through, you have a much higher chance of getting the home if you’ve already put a back up offer in on it. Say the home doesn’t appraise for asking and the deal turns south, but you love the house and are able to put in a backup full-cash offer with no appraisal. A seller is very likely to jump at your offer with no competition!

 

  • Chance to Snag a Deal: If a potential sale falls through and the house is back on the market, it opens the home up for competition again. If you are poised and ready to get the home with an offer in before the sale falls through, a seller is much more likely to go with your offer vs. opening the home back up to more buyers.

Looking for the best realtor in Flower Mound to help you find the home of your dreams? Call Jeff Brand & Associates today! We’ve got the experience you need to snag that house, whether it’s already under contract or not.