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Tech Tips in Dallas : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Nov 4, 2015
Sunergymarketing answered:
I really like trulia, zillow, and to rent my places.
Its really a pain to sort through all of the people from craigslist who are not qualified.
Its worth the time to get your rental up on the bigger and more reputable sites. ... more
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Thu Aug 6, 2015
Erica Texada, Realtor answered:
You can have listings on one and not the other. It all comes down to what sites you choose to have your listings syndicated on.

Erica Texada, Broker Associate
(214) 680-4566 DIRECT
(972) 692-5770 FAX
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Mon May 6, 2013
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Terry:

The only site I know of that does estimate for property value is Every time I get a question like this, I go to Zillow to get an estimate on my own home, and it is still not accurate as of today.

I think the reason why is because Zillow does use the most recent sales around the neighborhood for a home and try to estimate the value of the house. The only problem is that it takes the hard facts (# BD/BA, SF, acreage, etc) but does not account for upgrades, views, location (open space, hillside, etc), unique characteristics (horse property, cul de sac, office/loft vs. bedrooms, etc); all these can make a big difference on the price of the home.

So, zillow might work for cookie cutter homes in a cookie cutter development, but will have a difficult time coming up with values for homes that can be quite different from each other within a neighborhood. Those will need human interpretation for a more accurate value.

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Mon Oct 25, 2010
T.E. & Naima Sumner answered:

Why don't you stop by our office 9669 N Central #270 and see the carrels for agents. Each carrel has a built-in computer connected to a networked printer and a phone. The carrels have cloth walls to knock down noise but aren't "offices".
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Fri Aug 28, 2009
T.E. & Naima Sumner answered:
Bruce has a good answer. In several states I know of, interest-bearing accounts are required. The lease agreement can stipulate that the owner gets the interest, but the money must be set aside.

Not so in Texas (you can consult an attorney to understand more fully) the security deposit is held by the owner or a management company. Nothing requires it to be a trust account. Nothing requires it to be interest-bearing. The law does require it to be accounted for and the proper amount refunded to the tenant within 30 days of termination.

You can read the Texas Property Code on line, if you like. Much of what applies to you is in section 92.

So, unless your lease agreement says it must be held in a trust account or an interest-bearing account, you're free to hold it any way you like. Just account for properly when the lease terminates and refund what is due. You might want to read up on "normal wear and tear" and where to send the refund, too.
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Sun Jul 19, 2009
Sherri Bond answered:
As a consumer when you're on the Internet, you don't have time to waste on endless searches for useful real estate information. You want to get things done quickly and without hassle. So chances are you'd like a real estate agent who is on the cutting edge of technology to meet those consumer demands and needs. That is where the EPRO comes in. As more consumers begin their search for real estate related information on the Internet instead of calling a Realtor, it is critical that real estate professionals are well educated in the use of technology. The real estate industry has undergone a change over the past five years and today more that 80% of all buyers and sellers begin their search online. As an EPRO, I have the information they need and the customer service they demand. Its both hi-tech and hi-touch. The elite group of course graduates represents only one perence of all Realtors in the country. I have always been computer and technological savvy but this course was invaluable. ... more
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