Saturday, November 27, 2010

Overstuffing the Holidays

It seems that the over abundance of food and activities are causing other things besides people to be overstuffed during the holidays. The plumbing in our homes can be overwhelmed with an excessive workload caused by the demands of additional folks or the additional food and food products coming through our disposals and/or drains.

The case for the stoppage in the plumbing usually rests in the fact that most drains are already partially clogged before the festivities and meal preparations began. To help avoid these unpleasant and unexpected stoppages homeowners should consider these helpful hints. When preparing meals never pour drippings or fatty oils down the drain pipes and consider carefully what you put into the disposal. Some items such as onion or celery do not work well in the disposal leaving behind particles that contribute in clogging the drain. Coffee grounds are also a known cause in clogging drains.

Like the disposal, certain items flushed down the toliet bowl can contribute to a problem. Items such as cotton balls, facial scrub pads or hair should never be flushed down the toliet. These items as well as many others do not disolve well and can contribute to a clogged drain. If you already experience slow drains it may be helpful to have an interval between showers allowing proper time for the drains to clear.

Home for the holidays is where we all wish to be and it is our wish to make it a memorable experience without the unexpected. May you and your family be blessed with overflowing joy and peace in abundance.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

HOA Resale Certificate ~ A Buyer's Representation Tale

Here in the Dallas Ft Worth area most of our newer subdivisions have been built with a HOA, Homeowners Association in place to manage the upkeep of community areas and other aspects. Most folks really never give much thought to the HOA until the bill comes in for assessment dues or it's time to resale.
One of the requirements of the Texas Property Code is that when resaling the buyer receives "Subdivision Information". Subdivision information, according to TAR, Texas Association of Realtors and found on the Addendum for Property Subject to Mandatory Membership in a Property Owners Association, means (1) the restrictions applying to the subdivison, (2) the bylaws and rules of the Property Owners' Association and (3) the resale certificate.

On a recent transaction the Title Company was very quick and responsive to send over the subdivison information. Only they did not include number 3 above namely the resale certificate. As the buyer's representative it is an important aspect of protecting the buyer's rights to make sure that the buyer receives the resale certificate.

The information contained in the resale certificate helps the buyer to make an informed decision about the property and the Homeowners Association that manages it. Information that may be found on the certificate includes the right to transfer property, the frequency and amount of assessments, whether there are any outstanding dues, existing violations, unsatisfied judgements or pending lawsuits in regards to the property or the HOA. The current operating budget and balance sheet of the propety association should be made available as well. Other pertinent information is usually provided in addition to that wihich was mentioned so you can see how important this document is to the buyer when making a decision to buy a property within a Homeowners Association.

Buyers as well as their agents should be aware of their rights to recieve all of the information pertaining to the subdivision located within a property association. I hope that you found this information useful. If I can be of further assistance in your buying needs please contact me directly.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

3003 San Paula Avenue Dallas 75228

3003 San Paula Avenue
Casa View Crest, Gus Thomason and Ferguson area with corner shopping centers, a public library nearby and local churches in the vicinity.

3BR/2BA Single Family House

Year Built 1955
Sq Footage 1,306
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking Unspecified
Lot Size 7,405 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month


A charming home nestled in a quiet neighborhood that offers refurbished wood floors in the living areas, hall and two bedrooms, one bedroom has carpet, the kitchen has been completely remodeled with updated appliances & pantry has pull-out shelves, freshly painted rooms, and updates to hall bath.

Home is conveniently located close to I30, I635, Downtown Dallas, White Rock Lake & the Dallas Arboretum.

Property Features

Central A/CCentral heatHardwood floor
Tile floorLiving roomDining room
Granite countertopAtticLaundry area - inside
Balcony, Deck, or PatioYard

Community Features

Garage parking

Other Special Features

Storm Doors
Ceiling Fans

Additional Photos

3003 San Paula Avenue

Living Room

Dining Room (Office)

Kitchen View

Kitchen View 2

Master Bedroom

Contact Info
Teral McDowell, GRI
Posey Properties
(972) 795-2571
For sale by agent/broker

6014 Hawkeye Rd Rowlett TX 75089

6014 Hawkeye
Great location! Corner lot; interior neighborhood with a pretty drive up appeal.

4BR/2BA Single Family House

Year Built 1991
Sq Footage 2,485
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 8,829 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month


Super floorplan for gatherings with family or friends; 2 living areas w see-thru fireplace adding to home's warmth. Separate dining room w breakfast area & island in kitchen. Split bedrooms; large master w bay area & french doors opening to patio area. Master bath w garden tub, shower, separate vanities & closet. Good size backyard w storage building.

Property Features

Central A/CCentral heatFireplace
Hardwood floorTile floorFamily room
Living roomDining roomBreakfast nook
AtticLaundry area - insideBalcony, Deck, or Patio

Community Features

Garage parking

Additional Photos

6014 Hawkeye

Liiving Room View

Kitchen View

Family Room

Master Bedroom View

Master Bath View

Contact Info
Teral McDowell, GRI
Posey Properties
(972) 795-2571
For sale by agent/broker

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Today's Motivational Quote

‎"People are like the buttons on an elevator; they will either take you up or down." Alexander Lockhart

Where Were You Nine Years Ago Today?

Today marks an event so tragic in America's history that most of us would rather not have endured. When I first learned of the news it seemed unreal as though something like this should never happen in America. We were vulnerable and the terrorists had hearts filled with hate set on the intent to kill and destroy innocent men, women and not all American.

As we look back on the tragic events of 9/11 in the year of 2001 may we also look forward to the grace of God who has blessed this country with mighty men of valor. Our hearts and our prayers go out to all the families and victims who suffered the great sacrifice of a loved one on that day.

God bless America, Land that I love.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Here in Murphy, Texas the pace of living slows down from that of the big city with a whole lot less noise. The small-town atmosphere of Murphy offers its residents ample opportunities to enjoy some of life's leisurely experiences.

A favorite of mine is heading on over for happy hour at the local drive-in during my mid-afternoon break. Most folks would think that if you have seen one drive-in you have seen them all. As for me, it is what the city offers that makes this drive-in experience enjoyable.

Springtime and the car window goes down to enjoy the breeze, the sunshine, the chirping of birds and the loud speaker music, well, if it happens to be the 70s. Other times I take the opportunity to catch up on my reading. Whatever I choose to do, it provides a good break in my work schedule and a refreshing beverage too.

The best part of all this excursion is that I can travel to the drive-in within minutes and be home within minutes never once required to travel on a highway which makes me all the happier to live in the City of Murphy, Texas.

It's a good life in Murphy, Texas.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

KITCHENS and BATHS of the 1950's

Tuesday afternoon I spent checking out available homes in a neighborhood built during the 1950’s. Some of the homes have been nicely updated; some not so updated but what really caught my attention was all the colors of the 50’s. It was an interesting afternoon and we are certan that one home was haunted! Check out the kitchens and baths of the 1950’s and more…

Posted via email from teralmc

Double or Triple Coupons on Wednesdays OR WAIT...

  I could save $8,000 yep, $8,000 towards the cost of buying a new home if only I find it and have a written binding contract on or before April 30, 2010."

     "You can't just save $8,000 just like that!"

"Sure I can so long as I have not owned an interest in a principal residence for 3 years prior to purchase."

     "What else should I know before I get rolling?"

"Well, there is an income limit for singles like me, it's $125,000. But you married folks can earn up to $225,000."

     "Are you telling me I can buy any ol' house that I want and get an $8,000 tax credit?"

"Just so long as the new house does not cost more than $800,000, you can get a tax credit up to $8,000."

"Hey, where are you going?"

     "I got to go call my Realtor ~ Teral McDowell so we can get started right away!"  

Posted via email from teralmc

Sunday, March 14, 2010

MRC, Murphy Realty Connection Growing Strong

 A couple of months ago some local Realtors and Brokers met to form the Murphy Realty Connection, MRC. The group was formed from the vision of one Realtor who saw a need and took the initiative to get it started. To read our story, click on Murphy Home Sales, bringing Realtors, sellers and buyers together.

Last week we held our second meeting and tour of homes with several new Realtors looking to join our group. With all of today's technology real estate still remains to be most successful face to face, Realtor to Realtor.