Chris Soignier's Blog Posts

Here Is Why You Need A Home Inspection

You should never judge a book by its cover, or a house by what you can see during a showing. Not only are showings about seeing yourself in a space, rather than assessing a home’s structural

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How To Prepare For A Successful Open House

There are mountains of resources available that give you a million different ways to prepare your home for a successful open house. It can be overwhelming looking at these lists and narrow down

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Dont Forget To Spring Forward Sunday March 11

Be sure to advance your clocks by 1 hour tonight.    It's also a great time to change your air filters and check your smoke alarm batteries.  ;

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7 Tips For Saving More On Your Next Remodel

In 1986, Tom Hanks starred in a movie called “The Money Pit.” It was all about a couple’s adventures in remodeling what has to be the worst house ever. Even though it was a comedy, if you’ve

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Jennifer just closed on her very first home, a cornflower blue and white bungalow with a big front porch on a tidy cul de sac. She’s ecstatic as she thanks her Realtor for all his help, he opens

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IDEAS FOR ACCENT WALLS

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically

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Welcome Home 10 Tips To Turn Your Neighborhood Into A Hometown Haven

"Communities work better (students perform better, crime rates are lower, kids are safer, people live longer) when neighbors know one another better. Knowing your neighbor on a first-name basis...is

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How To Watch The Once In A LIfetime Eclipse Without Burning Your Eyes Out

It is never safe to look directly at the sun's rays - even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or

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RECONSIDER THESE CHOICES WHEN YOURE DESIGNING YOUR KITCHEN

The kitchen is one area of the home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal when you’re

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HIDDEN HOMEOWNER COSTS

Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you're just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of home ownership. Some of

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Real Home Value Calculator Assessed Value Vs Market Value

Real Home Value Calculator: Assessed Value vs Market Value Understanding a home’s true market value is about more than pictures, software assessments and price-per-square-foot. Whether you’re a

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AVOID THESE TWO BIG MORTGAGE MISTAKES

We all know that searching for and viewing potential homes is the fun part of the home-buying process. The not-so-fun part? The mortgage.But if you don't pay attention to the details, your mortgage

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BATHROOM TRENDS FOR 2017

Staying on top of the latest trends in home decor isn’t for everyone, but even for traditionalists, it can be fun to incorporate some new ideas. Here are five bathroom decor trends that are

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WHAT AFFECTS NORTH TEXAS PROPERTY VALUES

Some the features that increase property values are obvious-like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not

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QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR HOME INSPECTOR

When you buy a Dallas-Fort Worth home, you need to know exactly what you're buying. Imagine how frustrated you'd be to find out that the hot water heater wasn't working-in the middle of a shower!

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Increase Your Home Value Up To 28 Percent With These 5 Tips

Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to

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County Tax Appraisals Are Here And Higher Than Ever

The local real estate market is hot, and many of us are feeling the impact of the market via our new appraisals that Tarrant Appraisal District (TAD) and other local appraisal districts recently

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Drive A Little To Save A LOT In Sherman Texas

Are high real estate prices and property taxes pricing you out of the DFW Metroplex?    Sherman, TX, located only 9 miles north of Collin County, offers a dramatically lower cost of living

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Spring 2017 Consumer Sentiment On Real Estate Market

Using data from the 2017 Q1 HOME Survey, this infographic looks at whether people think it's a good time to buy or sell a home, and how student debt is affecting people's ability to buy.;

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Five Money Saving Green Upgrades

Going green is great for the environment, but that's not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings. 1. Solar panels: The upfront cost

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How Do HOAs Work

When you purchase a home, there's a good chance you'll have to pay a homeowners association fee, especially in gated communities, townhouses, condominiums, and other similar planned neighborhoods.

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Budget Friendly Projects With A Big ROI

Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some renovations may cost a lot but not add significant value to your home. This list goes in the opposite direction: Here are some inexpensive

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Improve Or Move

Improve or move?Unless you built a custom home, you probably have a long list of things you’d like to improve in your current home. Browsing online listings might get you in the mood to upgrade to

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3 Ways To Ease Your Concerns About Making A Move

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real

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Tackle These Projects In A Single Day

It’s easy to get stressed out just hearing the word “renovation.” You’re instantly thinking of having your home life disrupted by construction debris, cluttered rooms, and loud noises.But

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Real Estate 2017 What To Expect

Real Estate 2017: What to Expect One of the most common questions we get at this time of year is, “What’s going on in the market?” It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are

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Open House Alternative The Brokers Open House

You’re probably familiar with the traditional open house, where your real estate agent hosts an open house at your property for a few hours on the weekend, allowing prospective buyers and

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Five Big Trends In Home Decor

Thanks to websites like Houzz and Pinterest and TV networks like HGTV and DIY, it’s easier than ever to keep up with home decorating trends and find inspiration for improving your own home. Here

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NORADs Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

This Christmas Eve, people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar. This all started in 1955, with a misprint in a

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Spotlight On Colleyville

Looking for a home or place to locate a business in North Texas?     Colleyville is a beautiful, upscale community that you should look into!Colleyville is an affluent city and suburb

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8 Scams To Watch Out For This Holiday Season

8 Scams to Watch Out For This Holiday SeasonThe holidays are a happy time for celebrating with family, friends, and co-workers. Unfortunately, this time of year can also be turned sour by a wide

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OPEN HOUSES THIS WEEKEND IN FORT WORTH

#FortWorth Open Houses for this Weekend.http://chrissoignier.ntx.exprealty.com/index.php?types[]=1&areas[]=city%3AFort+Worth&fbts=627706&beds=0&baths=0&min=0&max=30000000&map=0&options[]=openhouses

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Choosing A Realtor To Represent You In The Sale Or Purchase Of Your Home

Whether you're interested in buying or selling a home, there's no bigger decision than choosing the person who represents you during the transaction.   A qualified, competent agent makes all

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North Richland Hills Night Of Holiday Magic Friday December 9

NOTE: This event was originally scheduled (and posted here) for Saturday, December 3, but the date been postponed  due the the threat of inclement weather this weekend.Celebrate the holiday

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Thinking About Buying Soon Make Sure Your Credit Is In Order

There’s no more important time to work on your credit score than when you’re about to apply for a mortgage. Improving your credit can save you a ton of money—we’re talking about thousands of

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Thank You Veterans

"A veteran - whether active duty, retired, or national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an

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Now That The Election Is Over Lets Come Together To Make America Better

Having watched Barack Obama's speech earlier today, I was impressed with the leadership, maturity, and efforts to unify our country by him, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump. Obama and

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Five Steps For Better Garage Organization

For many people the garage is the place you mindlessly store stuff just to get it out of the way, and before you know it, you’ve got a cluttered mess on your hands. Here are five steps toward

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Before You Fall In Love With A Home Analyze The Little Things

It’s easy to be wowed by a house. You’re anxious to discover your dream home and accomplish a big goal. You can’t wait to cook in the brand new kitchen or relax in the spa-style tub. All that

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Top Family Fun Halloween Events In Dallas Fort Worth Area 2016

You don’t have to spend a fortune this season to enjoy some Halloween fun and games with the whole family. We found some wallet-friendly fall and Halloween activities for the entire

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A Beginners Guide To Real Estate Investing

A Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate InvestingDespite the grim economic outlook for some industries, one sector is gaining viability -- real estate. According to the 2016 Emerging Trends in Real

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Three Ways To Ease Your Fears About Making A Move

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real

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IS IT HARD TO SELL A HOUSE ON YOUR OWN

The average estimate for real estate agent fees and closing costs on a home runs 7-10%. Over half of that is agent fees. As a homeowner, it’s tempting to think you can save that money. The:

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Dont Get Burned Get A Home Inspection To Save Money On Your Next Purchase

Okay, you made one of the most important decisions in your life: you’re buying a home! You found your ideal home. It’s in your desired neighborhood, close to everything you love, you dig its

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Fort Worth And Dallas Named Among Top 10 Cities To Be A Kid

"If kids ruled the world, parents wouldn’t head to the coasts for jobs, but instead move to cities full of parks, big yards and other playmates."A recent study by Zillow analyzed the top 100

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Money Magazine Names Arlington Best Big City In The South

Arlington shines in the national spotlight once again thanks not only to its sports and entertainment venues but its job opportunities, affordable housing, low crime, quality schools and other

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The Nations Hottest ZIP Code Is In Watauga TX

Every month, we take a look at the nation’s hottest housing markets. But once a year, we get a little more granular. After all, when people are house hunting, it’s all about the,

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Oktoberfest Comes To Fort Worth At Panther Island Pavillion September 22 Through 24

Oktoberfest, zie fest with zie best, is back in Fort Worth, Texas! Join us Thursday, September 22nd through Saturday, September 24th at Panther Island Pavilion for an authentic German

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Looking For Multifamily Properties In The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

As an active real estate investor in addition to being an investor-friendly REALTOR®, I understand why building a portfolio of income-producing properties is such a great idea.   I'm also well

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Join Me At EXP

At eXp Realty, our family of agents and brokers build their own businesses. We work, attend classes, strategize, collaborate, innovate, enjoy water-cooler chats, build teams, build unity and share

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Get Your Wine Fix At GrapeFest This Weekend September 16th Through 18th 2016

Sip some fun at Grapevine’s 30th Annual GrapeFest, A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, September 15, 16, 17 and 18. Set in beautiful Historic Downtown Grapevine,

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Colleyville TX Open Houses This Weekend

We have it all in Colleyville. Blue skies, wide open green spaces, easy airport access and big city amenities with a small town touch. If you want the best of both worlds, you’ll find it here.Are

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The Most And Least Expensive Cars To Maintain

I know this isn't directly real estate-related, but most of us in the Dallas-Fort Worth area put a lot of miles on our cars.   The DFW Metroplex covers a lot of territory, and if you rack up

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Five Tips For First Time Home Buyers

No matter how much time you spend on researching and educating yourself about your home purchase, it’s hard to cover every detail. Here are a few tips for avoiding rookie mistakes with your first

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Please Take A Moment

It is hard to believe that fifteen years have gone by since we experienced the horror of that Tuesday morning in New York City. On today's anniversary of those attacks, please take a second to

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10 Best Texas Weekend Getaways 2016

BY MOLLIE JAMISON                                             

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Be My Neighbor

Here is a selection of 5 gorgeous homes in the upscale East Thornbridge neighborhood in North Richland Hills, TX.    My family and I love this neighborhood, and all of the homes in it are

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5 Hot Hurst Listings For Sale

Hurst is a great place to live.   My parents live there, and my son attends elementary school in Hurst.   It's conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth, and near DFW

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8 Smart Home Technology Trends That Can Save You Money

The ‘smart home’ is the new ‘internet of things’, or objects that can serve you better by communicating with each other or directly with you through apps on your smart phone. In the ideal

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Warm Nights Cool Grass The Big Texas Sky Free Music And You

Levitt Pavilion Arlington, in the heart of Downtown Arlington, is the place for families and friends of all ages and backgrounds to experience more than 50 nights of free, culturally diverse 

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Budget Friendly Home Improvement Projects With A Texas Sized ROI

Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some renovations may cost a lot but not add significant value to your home. This list goes in the opposite direction: Here are some inexpensive

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Why Top Real Estate Agents Are Joining EXP Realty

At eXp Realty, our family of agents and brokers build their own businesses. They work, attend classes, strategize, collaborate, innovate, enjoy water-cooler chats, build teams, build unity and share

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How A REALTOR Can Help Alleviate Stress

Purchasing a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can be a stressful experience, whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’ve been through the process before. But that’s one of the reasons

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Downsizing Now The Trend In North Texas

TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A downsizing trend in North Texas is taking hold when it comes to real estate. According to industry insiders, gone are the days where home 

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Five Things That Factor Into Comps

You may think that sale price is the only factor when you’re looking at comps and trying to set a price for your listing. But it’s actually a bit more complicated. Here are five things that

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Easy Upgrades Tackle These Projects In A Single Day

t’s easy to get stressed out just hearing the word “renovation.” You’re instantly thinking of having your home life disrupted by construction debris, cluttered rooms, and loud noises.But you

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Questions To Ask About The Neighborhood

Where you live should reflect your lifestyle. These questions will help you find the best community for you.Is it close to my favorite spots?Make a list of activities you engage in and stores you

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