Neigborhoods are all about personal preferences, budgets, wants, needs, lifestyle; therefore consider further researching areas of interest on your own, and take the time to visit more than once, then determine where your comfort level can best be reached; don't simply just entertain what other people think or say, another's opinion may not be anywhere near the best thing for you. If you are concerned about schools, perhaps the links below may be of some help...
Best bet is to go through Trulia, Craigslist, or other sites. Be careful though, there are a LOT of scammers out there who want YOU to send THEM money through the mail or western union. They are probably CROOKS! you can always verify ownership of a house in Texas through the tax site such as tad.org for tarrant county. Be wary of meeting anyone at a house by yourself for safety reasons.
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The second question is easy: RealtorsÂ® may suggest a lending institution to assist their customers and clients, but I can't think of a circumstance that obligates you to use "their" lender.
Many times we recommend a lender because they can deal with the situation of the buyer or we have dealt with the person before and know they're good at what they do.
If you have a lender that you're confident can help you, you should stick with what you want, although a second opinion won't hurt.
If you don't have a lender, at least start with the suggested person and try at least one more lender, to be sure.
The first question is a little more complex.
Think about it as a food server at a restaurant. RealtorsÂ® work solely for commission, similar to waiters. If you talk to a waiter, discuss food items and then order food from one waiter, you wouldn't tip a different waiter. That would be ethically unacceptable.
But if your waiter doesn't meet your needs in some way, you need to ask for help from the manager (and maybe get a different waiter). The bad waiter will eventually quit his job if he doesn't change, simply because he won't earn enough.
Similarly, RealtorsÂ® leave the business when they can't please customers and earn income.
Are you legally bound to a particular RealtorÂ®? No, unless you sign a representation agreement (for them to be your server).... more
A typical pump for a swimming pool is a 1-1/2 HP electric motor. These typically consume less than 2 kW. If your swimming pool motor ran continuously for a whole month, it would use about 1400 kW-hr. Rates in Oncor tend to be around $0.10/kW-hr. So, worst case running your pump 24x7 you're talking $140/mo.
You will find, however, that most people run the pump about 6 hours a day and the actual consumed energy is only about $30/mo. You can pay more for electricity - some providers are quite high. I didn't use my provider's rate (Champion), but it's only about 9 cents/kW-hr.
Remember to add the cost of the pool light, if you have one. A 100W main bulb will knock down 70 kW-hr worst case 24x7, which is about 5% of the pump. You'd have to leave it on all the time, and you're probably only lighting the pool a couple of hours a night or just on demand. So, it's probably negligible in comparison to the pump.... more