Bryan Sawyer's Blog Posts

Bryan Sawyer's Blog Posts

Moonscape Selling Unreal Estate
Talk about out-of-this-world real estate. Would you believe millions of earthlings have bought land on the moon?According to the Lunar Embassy, more than 400 million acres of the m...

Good Bad Home Renovations
Not all renovations are equal. Before you start knocking down walls, the experts offer some words of advice. They say the two most important words to remember are: resale value.Bas...

Feeling Crabby A Bigger Home May Help
In the animal kingdom, humans are not the only species with the urge to find a bigger home. One of my favorite videos is the BBC production "Amazing Crabs Shell Exchange." It's had...

Living In A Doghouse You Have Company
Millions of animals live in America's homes. The 2017 National Association of Realtors (NAR) Animal House Remodeling Impact reports 61 percent of U.S. households have an ...

Charmed Im Sure Pricing A Home To Sell
When it comes to selling a home, the big question agents and homeowners wrestle with is, "How much should we ask?"According to a recent study, the asking price should be slightly l...

Capture Homeowner Attention In 80 Characters Or Less
If Facebook is part of your integrated marketing approach, as it should be, then adopting these simple lead generation techniques from RPR could be the key to earning high quality ...

Texas Taxes No Easy Answers
Few Texas property owners are fans of the property tax, but many local services, including public schools, depend on the revenue. While a number of alternatives have been suggested...

Big Smiles Mean Big Deals Around Big D
Texans pride themselves on being friendly. In North Texas, that friendly attitude has paid big dividends for real estate developers. In the last two years, several major corporatio...

First Comes Home Then Comes Marriage
U.S. - According to experts such as real estate expert Matt Parker, couples face much more risk if they take out a mortgage as two unmarried individuals.If they later dec...

A Chicken In Every Pot And Four Cars In Every Driveway
My neighborhood has a private Facebook page where residents (or "friends," as the page refers to them) can post items for sale, advertise babysitting and lawn-care servic...

For Petes Sake Lets Just HomeSchool The Kids
I've been a parent for 15 years. For ten of those, I've worked at the Real Estate Center. So for some time now, I've had a pretty solid understanding of th...

Outlook For The Texas Economy June 2016
SummaryThe Texas economy grew moderately in April. The number of jobs in the state increased in April, annual employment grew primarily due to the services, trade, and le...

Mexico Means Business For Texas
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has come under fire during the current presidential campaign, so now is a good time to examine what the 22-year-old document means t...

Monthly Review Of The Texas Economy
Texas' economy is slowly recovering from the impact of the 2015 oil price collapse. The state gained 181,800 nonagricultural jobs from March 2015 to March 2016, an annual growth ra...

New Paperwork Required For Selling Lakeside Property
A sign in my neighbor’s house reads, “A man lucky enough to own a lake house is lucky enough.” I guess that makes me lucky enough. For the last 15 years, I have owned a secon...

On The Rise Again Abundant Land Keeps Texas Flexible
The supply side of Texas’ housing market is more flexible than the nation’s as well as California’s and New York’s. Currently, the state’s housing supply is in the growin...

Sprucing Up Your Listing
A fresh coat of paint and flowers on the front porch are not staging, nor are decluttering and removing personal photos. That is basic presentation, which is very important. Stagin...

PMRG DallasFort Worth Office Market 4Q 2015 Jan 8 2016
DALLAS-FORT WORTH - The DFW office market recorded 1,252,571 sf of direct net absorption during fourth quarter 2015 — increasing its 2015 absorption tally to nearly 5.3 mi...

Whats Your Landlord Tenant IQ
If you are a renter, own rental property or are considering renting property to others, you need a copy of the Real Estate Center's Landlord's and Tenant's Guide by Judon...

The Texas Economy
The Texas economy gained 218,400 nonagricultural jobs from September 2014 to September 2015, an annual growth rate of 1.9 percent (rounded), close to the nation’s growth rate, wh...

Outlook For The Texas Economy
SummaryThe Texas economy continues to grow at a slower rate as the decline in oil prices has negatively affected the energy industry, and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar ...

International Homebuyers Add 832 Billion To Texas Economy
AUSTIN (Texas Association of Realtors) – According to a new report from the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR), Texas homes purchased by international home buyers adde...

Oil Prices Down But Home Sales Prices Up
AUSTIN (Texas Association of Realtors) – Texas home prices hit an all-time high in second quarter 2015, while sales remained strong, according to the Texas Quarterly Housing...

TAR Report Condo Townhome Sales Slowed In 2015s First Half
AUSTIN (Texas Association of Realtors) – Condominium and townhome sales slowed in Texas’ major metro areas in the first half of this year, according to the 2015 Texas Cond...

Texas Fifth Nationally In Home Price Appreciation
COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Texas ranked fifth nationally in home price appreciation for April, according to CoreLogic's latest home price index report. At the city le...

Signs Signs Everywhere Are Signs
Besides the fall in oil prices to approximately $50 dollars a barrel, other signs point to a decline in the Texas oil industry. Recently published employment figures show the numbe...

Dont Expect Interest Rates To Go Up Much
Okay, so the Fed may finally start raising the one-day rate of interest, otherwise known as the Fed Funds rate. The financial news media and the stock market seem to be infatuated ...

Economy Still Has Plenty Of Room To Run
The American economy is dynamic. It runs in cycles. When economic activity and hiring are increasing, we call that an expansion. When economic activity and hiring are decreasi...

Clearing Market Is Good News
During 2009 and 2010, the federal government was being encouraged to “do something” about the large number of families that were delinquent on their home mortgage.I’m sure th...

RealtyTrac Knows If Youve Been Bad Or Good
You better watch out because Santa’s not the only one with his eye on you this year. Last Thursday, RealtyTrac released its lists of the ten “nicest and naughtiest” hous...

Why Hasnt Fulltime Employment Recovered
Since the end of the Great Recession in June 2009, the number of full-time employed in the United States is 2.2 million below its 2007 pre-recession peak (Figure 1). Although, the ...

Why Raising The Minimum Wage Is A Bad Idea
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just tell every business owner to raise the wages of their employees? Then everyone would be happier and better off. Right?The mantra I’ve hea...

Dont Expect Inflation Anytime Soon
It’s no secret that most of the things we buy today are made by Chinese workers. We buy other things from European and Japanese workers, and we buy oil from the Middle East.When ...

Too Much Money Chasing Deals
Remember back in the halcyon years of 2007 and early 2008 when commercial real estate prices were high and yields were low? Real estate investors large and small were having a hard...

Wall Street Landlords
Just a few short years ago, Wall Street took its first look at buying homes to rent out for income. Large institutions like pension funds, real estate investment trusts and insuran...

Inflation Rate Low It Depends On What You Buy
Inflation Rate Low? It Depends on What You BuyWant to pick a fight with a senior citizen? Just try suggesting to them that inflation is really low in this country. It’s amazing h...

Lack Of Supply Sending Home Prices Up
As I have well documented in previous blogs, many parts of Texas need to have more new homes under construction. The months of inventory of existing homes is at an unprecedented lo...

Looking For Deals With A Lot More Hair On Them
Aggressive real estate investors have been buying troubled real estate properties from banks in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2008. How much of this property has been pur...

Texas House Price Increases
Home prices are increasing again, and the media just can’t resist reporting the possibility of a new crisis forming. This time it has to do with reports that home prices are over...

2014 Real Estate Outlook
So far this year, the housing market has been hampered by negative factors such as weather, higher mortgage rates and prices, shortage of properties for sale and tight lending prac...

Powers Of Attorney
If your client plans to use a power of attorney to execute closing documents, make sure to have the form prepared or reviewed far in advance of closing. Many forms are not accept...

New Mortgages To Get Pricier Next Year
Increase in Fannie, Freddie Fees to Hit Borrowers Without Perfect Credit or Big Down Payments!The mortgage giants said late Monday that, at the direction of their regulator, they...

Sellers Disclosures When Are You Exempt
Seller’s Disclosure Notices are required in most Texas residential transactions. Many sellers mistakenly assume that if they never occupy the property, they are exempt from the...

Its The Type Of Deed That Counts
Of all the documents signed at a title closing, by far the most important has to be the deed. It is the deed, after all, that actually transfers ownership of the property from th...

Wraparound Mortgages
It’s usually best for your buyer clients to purchase property utilizing their own financing source, rather than seeking seller-financing. If the seller does not ...

Who Should Provide The Survey
My buyer has a contract to purchase a home. The 1-4 Family Residential Contract (TAR 1601) has Paragraph 6C(1) checked regarding the survey, with the buyer paying fo...

Large Home For Large Family In Mansfield Texas
Do you have a client needing 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and a 3 car garage? Check out this home at 1414 Wheeler Drive in Mansfield, Texas in the popular upscale neighborhood of W...

Home Features That Sell Real Estate In America
Size used to be the main priority when buyers were looking for homes. If you had a bedroom for every person and a large yard, the home was sold. That's no longer the case, as buy...

Texas Real Estate Commission 1 To 4 Family Residential Contract
Title Tip: When writing up an offer on a Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) 1-4 Family Residential Contract form, always make sure to have the buyer and seller’s c...

sneak preview of 2 new listings with pools
5003 River Ridge-SW Arlington w/ pool $249,900 & 2714 Antero-N. Arlington w/ pool $274,900. Call me at 817-657-9159 if you would to see either of these homes before they hit th...

Crash Course Training Video
I just completed the "crash course" video and this system seems to be a very powerful and useful tool for our industry! I look forward to learning more about it as I continue to us...


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