5 Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Mortgage

Posted on: May 20, 2018 by in Blog
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5 Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Mortgage

Buying a home is a major financial commitment. It’s exciting, but can also be confusing and overwhelming. Choosing the best mortgage that fits your needs is an important first step and first-time homebuyers in particular should research the many options and know the right questions to ask. Here are some questions to ask a lender that will help you make an informed mortgage decision: * How much can I afford? A home affordability calculator can help you get an idea of what you may be able to Continue Reading ...

Marrying Households: 7 Savvy Moving Tips for Newlyweds

Posted on: May 17, 2018 by in Blog
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Marrying Households 7 Savvy Moving Tips for Newlyweds

Launching your pad: 7 savvy tips for newlyweds planning a move If you’re planning a wedding or you’ve just tied the knot, congratulations! Getting ready to start the next chapter of your life with the one you love can be an exciting time, filled with anticipation about your future together. That said, combining two households can take considerable planning and preparation, especially if both parties own troves of treasured possessions. As you are getting ready to make the transition Continue Reading ...

Make Your Mom Happy with These Landscaping Projects Tips on Mother’s Day 2018

Posted on: May 11, 2018 by in Blog
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Home improvement projects aren't constrained to a single season like Mother's Day, but during these warmer months, your focus is no longer simply on your home's indoors. Now there’s outdoor yard work to do as well, and if you're looking to recreate your outdoor space, your outside projects may include some landscaping. If you have landscaping as part of your to-do list this season, the right strategy can ensure that you get the most benefit from your landscaping goals with the least amount of Continue Reading ...

Insider Tips and Tactics for Buying a Home in a Seller’s Market

Posted on: April 25, 2018 by in Blog
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Insider Tips and Tactics for Buying a Home in a Seller's Market

Whether you're a millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you're probably aware that it's a seller's market out there. Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiation and the price of those homes keeps rising. But don't worry! Just because it's a seller's market doesn't mean you can't get a good deal on the home of your dreams. Here are some insider tips and Continue Reading ...

4 Ways Hardscapes Can Add Value to Your Home

Posted on: April 10, 2018 by in Blog
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Outdoor hardscape projects add resale value to a home as well as bring extra enjoyment to homeowners while they are living in the home, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features” by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The report confirms that investing in landscaping and hardscaping is a win-win, whether you plan to stay in your home or prepare it for market. “This report validates that outdoor Continue Reading ...

Limitations of Dallas Home Inspections

Posted on: April 2, 2018 by in Blog
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Limitations of Dallas Home Inspections

The Home Inspection Defined By: David Selman, Certified Master Home Inspector, TREC#10299 A home inspection is a visual inspection of systems, major accessible component defects and safety issues performed by a licensed home inspector. The inspection is not a technically exhaustive list of every deficiency in a home. At Selman Home Inspections, our inspectors exceed the Texas Real Estate Commission training requirements and are as thorough as possible without causing damage to Continue Reading ...

The Most Common Causes of Homeowners Insurance Claims

Posted on: March 28, 2018 by in Blog
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Homeowners Insurance Claims - Warranty Home Inspections

The value of homeowners insurance is often thrust into the national spotlight when natural disasters happen. The devastation and financial loss they can cause reinforces the importance of making sure you have adequate insurance coverage to rebuild if disaster strikes your home. In 2017 alone, the U.S. was struck by 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events, resulting in a record-breaking $300 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Thankfully, Continue Reading ...

The Value Of A Home Inspection

Posted on: March 26, 2018 by in Blog
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By: David Selman, Certified Master Home Inspector, TREC#10299 Homebuyers and sellers both benefit from hiring a certified, licensed, insured Professional Home Inspector. It is important to be aware of the condition of a home, new or old, before settling on a sale price. Foundation repairs, plumbing, electrical systems, roof coverings, and appliances are often more critical and valuable than cosmetic upgrades. At Selman Home Inspections, our mission is to educate people about the conditions Continue Reading ...

Silent Destroyers: Tips to Spot Termites and Prevent Infestation

Posted on: March 21, 2018 by in Blog
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There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname "silent destroyers." Five billion reasons, in fact. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at wood, flooring and even wallpaper. To make matters worse, the damage they leave behind is not typically covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. How to spot termites (Termite Continue Reading ...

House Hunting? Use This Handy Checklist Before You Make the Offer

Posted on: March 12, 2018 by in Blog
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House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love. Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, it’s smart to take a deeper look at the overall structure and its systems, just to make sure warning signs of major and costly problems are not hiding in plain sight. If the households more issues than your budget Continue Reading ...