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Lisa Ackerson

DFW Fine Properties

2900 W Southlake Blvd
Southlake  Texas 76092

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  • You sure you want the internet to solve your real estate problems? 2016-10-14 19:11:00

    I was reading user comments on a real estate website the other day. The questions buyers and sellers were asking reminded me that real estate transactions can get complicated in countless ways. Here’s a random sample of issues buyers and sellers were having … A lien the seller didn’t know about is making it difficult to sell the home. A person buying a home is thinking of renting out her current home rather than selling it. The seller accepted the buyer’s offer, and now the buyer has found a home he likes better. The homebuyer wants to move in before closing and rent the home until the closing date. An inspection revealed costly repairs are needed, and the buyer wants to renegotiate the purchase price. A buyer has a contract to buy a home and learned the seller has another a contract with a second buyer. The buyer and seller disagree about what items should stay with the property after the sale. A buyer of a commercial building doesn’t understand the seller’s reply to his offer. The seller wants to know how to handle multiple offers. The seller didn’t show up to closing, and the buyer doesn’t know what to do. This list could keep going and going. I understand why people would “ask the internet” about their real estate problems, but I would be wary of the advice found there. You don’t really know what you’re getting. On the other hand, a Texas REALTOR® is a professional with the experience and knowledge to help you avoid many problems, deal with those that arise, and help you reach the best possible outcome on your real estate transaction. 

  • How smart home features can make you safer 2016-10-07 19:00:00

    Smart home technologies have obvious benefits, such as more efficient heating and cooling or being able to unlock doors remotely. But do you know a smart home can also be a safer home? Smart smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors are clear examples of devices that keep your family safe. If these devices connect to a central hub or mobile device, they can alert you to issues in the home and let you take action whether or not you’re present. Smart garage doors can let you know if they're left open. Internet-connected cameras and motion sensors can detect intruders in the home. Smart locks can quickly and easily be programmed to block a person who is now unwelcome in your home. Keep in mind that smart home features, like any online service, can be vulnerable to security weaknesses. Create strong passwords, secure any wireless networks or hard-wire devices, read reviews before purchasing devices, and stick with devices or systems from established brands that you can trust to update security features and provide support. Smart home features may not be at the top of your list when shopping for a home, but they can add value and safety.

  • What’s the point of mortgage points? 2016-09-30 18:00:00

    If you’re financing a property purchase, you’ve probably come across the term points or discount points. Although there are other meanings, most often these terms refer to prepaid interest, with one point equal to 1% of your mortgage loan. Lenders offer borrowers the opportunity to purchase points on their mortgage, which means you’re paying up front to lower the interest rate of your loan. Here are some questions to ask when deciding whether you should buy points: How long will you live in the house? You usually benefit more from points the longer you stay in the property. That’s because the savings you realize on each monthly payment will accumulate and eventually offset—hopefully exceed—your points payment. Can I afford points? You need to provide a downpayment and cover the closing costs to secure a mortgage. Do you also want to pay for points?  How much will the rate come down? Each point costs 1% of the loan amount, but the interest-rate reduction you receive varies from lender to lender. Don't worry. Experts like your Texas REALTOR® are available to help you make the decision right for you.

  • 3 ways to prepare for November 8 2016-09-28 14:20:00

    Mark this date on your calendar: October 11. That's the deadline to register to vote for the November 8 election. Go to votetexas.gov to learn how you can get and submit an application. If you’ve already taken this important step, there are a few other ways to ensure you’re ready for this historic election. Double check your info Did you move recently? Even if you just moved across town, you may be in a different district or precinct, so it’s important to keep your record up to date. The Texas secretary of state’s website votetexas.gov is a great resource to see where you’re registered and to change your information. Learn when and where to vote Early voting will be October 24 to November 4. This convenient option lets you cast your ballot at any location in your county, but you may have to vote in your precinct on Election Day. Get deputized for democracy If you’re really dedicated to the election process, contact your county to find out how to become a deputy voter registrar. After completing a brief training, you’ll be empowered to educate people about the voter-registration process.

  • Becoming a homeowner? Test your knowledge of common home features 2016-09-23 20:05:00

    Buying your first home is an exciting time, but there’s a lot to learn about your new investment. If you’ve never owned a home before, you may not be familiar with some of their most common exterior features. Learning about these features now can help you maintain your home in the future. Your Texas REALTOR® is an excellent resource for the basics of homeownership. In the meantime, take this quick quiz to see how well you know houses. <a data-cke-saved-href="//mschrantz2016.polldaddy.com/s/can-you-name-these-common-home-features" href="//mschrantz2016.polldaddy.com/s/can-you-name-these-common-home-features">View Survey</a>

  • How slowly do you want to sell your home? 2016-09-16 18:21:00

    I've never heard a homeowner say he wants to sell his home as slowly as possible. Yet some people make poor decisions that lead to their homes staying on the market much longer than average. In fact, there are a few homes in my neighborhood that have been for sale way longer than others nearby. With each of those homes, my reaction was the same when I first saw the asking prices. Wow, can they really get that much?  So far, the answer has been no. In the meantime, those sellers have been paying carrying costs for their homes ... month after month after month. How do you determine an asking price that's high enough to maximize your profit but not so unrealistically high that it will make your home harder to sell? A Texas REALTOR® can go over the numbers with you and explain how your home's value fits in to the current sales market.  

  • How we support your real estate interests on all sides 2016-09-13 18:00:00

    In Lehman’s Terms Sometimes I receive calls from people asking why we support certain candidates. Maybe the caller doesn’t agree with the candidate’s stance on an issue, or maybe it’s just because he's from a different political party. Would you believe that I actually enjoy taking these calls? They provide an ideal opportunity for me to explain how Texas REALTORS® select who will receive our support … and the answer is simple: We support those who support the Texas real estate industry. There’s a process in place Before a candidate receives our support, we want to know where he or she stands on private-property rights. Candidates at every level (locally and statewide) are thoroughly vetted by Texas REALTORS® through a questionnaire and interview process. Incumbents who are running are also vetted based on their voting record. Because pro-real estate candidates span the political spectrum, it should be no surprise to learn that Texas REALTORS® are known for supporting people from both sides of the aisle. We like to say we belong to the REALTOR® Party. We are always willing to have respectful discussion with people across party lines. In fact, a great example of this bipartisanship happened just a few days ago.  What we did last week During the 2016 Texas REALTORS® Conference in Galveston, we invited the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Tom Mechler, and the chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, Gilberto Hinojosa, to share their insights on a moderated panel. They discussed their parties’ presidential candidates, voter turnout expectations, and down-ballot races, among other topics related to the November 8 election. The panel was followed by our keynote speaker for the event: political consultant, media columnist, and TV producer Mark McKinnon. McKinnon has bipartisan experience advising both Democratic and Republican campaigns and is co-founder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to bipartisanship, political problem solving, and civil dialogue. McKinnon offered a lesson in media literacy, helping Texas REALTORS® identify what makes political messages successful. How does this benefit you? Events like these are just one of the ways we help Texas REALTORS® enhance the services they provide to real estate consumers. I believe that part of our role as an association is to ensure Texas REALTORS® are plugged into the latest issues affecting real estate consumers. In Lehman’s terms, I believe that more involved REALTORS® make for a better real estate industry. Give me a call if you ever have questions. I’ll be glad to talk about the great work Texas REALTORS® are doing for you. Mark Lehman is vice president of Governmental Affairs for the Texas Association of REALTORS®. 

  • What to know about buying new windows 2016-09-02 17:06:00

    Maybe you want to upgrade the windows in your house or the property you’re buying needs new ones. Where do you start? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with what’s available, but here are some tips to help you choose windows that will work best for your property. New window options If the frame around the window is in good shape, you can replace just the window itself. This is commonly called a replacement window. Have the window installer take the measurements for you to get a good fit. But if the frame is badly damaged, both the window and the frame will need to be replaced. This is sometimes called a construction window and is usually a more expensive option. Energy-saving options The energy characteristics of a window depend on the type of frame, the type of glazing, and the overall construction of the window. A good place to begin your search is with windows that meet Energy Star requirements. Energy Star is an Environmental Protection Agency program that promotes energy-efficient household products, including windows. The Energy Star program considers three measurements: U-Factor. This measures the rate at which the window, which includes the frame and the glass, conducts heat. The lower the number, the less heat it conducts. The U-Factor for windows in northern climates is lower than those required in the South, where air-conditioning costs are the largest energy drains. Solar heat gain coefficient. This measures a window's ability to block unwanted heat from outside, both from direct sunlight and reflected sunlight. It’s a number between 0 and 1. The lower the number, the better the window is at blocking heat. Air leakage. This measures the tightness of window construction and is signified by a number between 0.1 and 0.3. Energy Star windows must have a measurement equal to or less than 0.3. The country is divided into four climate zones—see the image below—each with different requirements. Find the requirements for your county here. If the windows in your home or a home you’re going to buy need to be replaced, consider energy-efficient models. You’ll save money in the long run with a lower energy bill. Fran J. Donegan writes on home improvement for Home Depot. He's a longtime DIY author and has written several books, including Paint Your Home. To review a number of window installation options, you can visit homedepot.com.

  • 5 ways to tell if the house you’re touring will need new windows 2016-08-26 19:00:00

    New windows are an expensive investment, easily costing $300 to $1,000 per window, and most homebuyers don’t factor in window costs when searching for a new home. However, if you’re aware of what to look for when touring a home, you can spot windows that may need repair or replacement. Here are things to pay attention to: 1. Windows that are difficult to open and close. You might not be able to test every window in the house, but try some out. If you are unsure, you can ask permission.  2. Damage to window frames. Look for signs of water damage, rotted wood, or recently made repairs, both inside and outside.  3. Missing hardware. Most hardware can be replaced, including cranks for casement windows, but if the hardware is missing, it could be a sign that the window does not work properly.  4. Foggy double-pane windows. Condensation between the panes of glass means the seal has been broken and the energy efficiency of the window has been compromised.  5. Single-pane windows. This is a sign that the windows are fairly old and not very energy efficient. New double-pane windows are much more energy efficient.  Consider future maintenance when surveying the windows. Wood windows need to be scraped and painted every few years. If new windows are an option, there are number of low-maintenance models available, including vinyl, fiberglass, and composite, as well as wood windows where the wood is exposed inside but covered with vinyl or aluminum outside to protect it from the elements. If you get to the stage of the buying process where you visit the property with a home inspector, point out any concerns you have. While you may not have planned to spend money for window fixes as a new homeowner, you’ll benefit in the long run by having a more energy-efficient home. Fran J. Donegan writes on home improvement for Home Depot. Fran is a longtime DIY author and has written several books, including Paint Your Home. To review a number of window installation options, you can visit homedepot.com.

  • Do some laws do more harm than good? 2016-08-18 19:00:00

    In Lehman’s Terms I saw a driver run a red light recently and it got me thinking about laws. There are laws that benefit our society, and laws that arguably do more harm than good. But what about laws that are just unnecessary? These unnecessary laws often seem to be among the most intrusive into our daily lives and lead to a lack of trust in our government. Nowhere is this truer than in Washington, D.C., where our federal government has reached new lows in public confidence. Laws with consequences Most unnecessary laws can be classified into a category I call the Laws of Unintended Consequences. Every day, private citizens must attempt to live and do business in a system that is fraught with layers upon layers of legislation that was passed with the best of intentions but ultimately collapsed thanks to unintended consequences. A great example of this was the attempt by Congress to respond to the 2008 financial crisis with the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. An attempt at reform Dodd-Frank was a quick-fix congressional action designed to rein in Wall Street and squelch the actions of unscrupulous lenders to protect the consumer—certainly an honorable goal.  Except that the act created a bureaucratic quagmire of governmental regulations that add considerable cost to real estate transactions, delay closings, and prevent qualified homebuyers from obtaining the American Dream of homeownership. The regulatory authority of Dodd-Frank was ultimately turned over to half a dozen federal agencies and led to the creation of two new agencies, one of which is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As an example of the challenges Dodd-Frank created, a CFPB initiative implemented last year has made it difficult for real estate professionals to obtain copies of their clients’ closing documents. This is a common practice that enables real estate agents and brokers to answer clients’ questions and look out for their best interests. After much lengthy outcry by real estate professionals and consumers, the CFPB is now considering reversing course and proposing updates to this unnecessary rule.      This relatively new agency has far-reaching supervisory powers over most financial institutions. And for the first time in history, a federal agency now has jurisdiction over many non-banking financial companies, including mortgage companies. To me, the worst part of the CFPB is that it operates outside the purview of Congress.  In Lehman’s terms, this means Congress created a superagency with significant enforcement powers to levy fines and penalties, but Congress has no oversight over the CFPB’s actions.  Most lawmakers agree that Dodd-Frank went too far and has actually hurt some of the consumers it was trying to help. Unfortunately, any repeal or reform efforts have been thwarted by congressional gridlock and partisan bickering. Fixing—and avoiding—the problem The Laws of Unintended Consequences are not limited to the federal government.  Just like at the federal level, repealing a state law is a difficult—if not impossible—proposition. The solution is something Texas lawmakers discovered decades ago, and no matter how much our state changes, lawmakers haven’t compromised this basic premise of lawmaking: The best way to avoid unintended consequences of laws is to not pass those laws in the first place. Texas does this by avoiding knee-jerk reactions to isolated and often minor events. Most state legislatures have followed the federal government model and now meet on an annual and almost full-time basis. The Texas Legislature meets only for 140 days every two years. This gives lawmakers plenty of time before session to slowly and deliberatively consider legislative intent of laws and the consequences of their actions. This system works, and it’s what makes Texas the free-enterprise envy of the nation. That is an intended consequence to be proud of. Mark Lehman is vice president of Governmental Affairs for the Texas Association of REALTORS®.