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My husband and I are both Accredited Buyer's Representatives and investors as well and we make it our business to know the market. Here are some links to the city websites so you can peruse at your leisure.
Colleyville: http://www.colleyville.com Ranked #40 by Money magazine to its list of â€œBest 100 Places to Live in America" in 2005. Grapevine was named #97 in 2007
No matter where you will live, we hope you will enjoy your stay in Texas.
Historically strong appreciation rates. Should continue. Go to http://www.tea.state.tx.us/ and check accountability ratings.
Marga - if you're not familiar with the area, and schools are a real concern, I would advise a trip to greatschools.net before you do anything in the East Dallas or M-streets areas. While the houses are great (I put my own mother into one in that area), they tend to be older and smaller. For the amount of cash you're going to spend, I would suggest going into a farther out area where you're still commutable to Dallas for entertainment, but you're getting a newer, larger, house with higher-rated schools.
If you're not working with someone in the Dallas area, I'd love to help you out. If you are, best of luck and I hope you find the right fit.
The average appreciation rate in the D/FW area is about 4%. Does that mean the property you purchase will net you that amount? No agent can predict that. With that being said, I recommend hiring an agent that works with buyers frequently, and let them lead you to properties that fit your needs and wants along with being aware that you are looking for a good deal as well. I am more than happy to assist you and your family in finding the right home at the right price. Please feel free to contact me at 214-908-5080 or visit my website below, where you can search properties for free.
Don't get me wrong, I am a real estate investor and broker and I'm from Dallas where I started my career and made lots of money on my own personal holdings, but I believe most consumers have grossly uneducated and exaggerated expectations out of real estate.
First and foremost, buy a home that is BEST for your family and DON'T overpay. Choose that home based on LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION but do not expect to get rich quick. Housing is a long term investment, not short term. No one has a crystal ball. Real estate is hands down the safest investment risk anyone can make but it is still a risk. You need a good agent to help you hedge this risk not predict the future. Find an agent who has been through the ups and downs of the market and knows Dallas like the back of their hand. Not sure where you are relocating from but Big D is HUGE and I certainly wouldn't want a newby (no offense to newbies).
Lastly, check out the map north of Las Colinas (Las Colinas is nice too!). There are so many up and coming great areas north and north west of Dallas proper. Try city-data.com for more info and go to the states website for school info.