Low inflation, a lower-than-expected increase in jobs, and some less-than-stellar bond market performance has upset the apple cart a bit. We consulted our most-trusted mortgage expert to find out how the quickly changing market dynamics will affect our readers. In this week’s Mortgage ReportBob Johnson, (AKA BobMortgage) offers the kind of market insight that will change the way you look at mortgage rates from now on.  (more…)

This time last year, and it looked like Texas would be plenty represented on HGTV — but with the end of Fixer Upper last season, the number of Texas-based shows on the network dropped to exactly none.

Last season, we saw (in addition to Fixer Upper) the debut of Flip or Flop Fort Worth. Also, the sister network DIY Network offered Texas Flip N’ Move

But recent press releases from parent company Discovery Inc. indicate that the Fort Worth renovation show helmed by military veterans Andy and Ashley Williams is not on the lineup. (more…)

In this week’s Mortgage Report, our most-trusted mortgage expert outlines the market’s current conditions, including a lagging bond market that is in a sideways trading range. Plus, more people are in the market to buy homes, and inventory isn’t increasing to match demand.

What does that mean for homebuyers? Find out from someone with more than 20 years of experience who has helped thousands of people finance the homes of their dreams — Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage), senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk.

See Bob’s report on CandysDirt.com.

With this heat, are you dreaming of adding a cool oasis in your backyard like we are? If you don’t already have a pool, Texas summers will surely have you wishing that you did, and if you’re wishing for a pool, why not wish for a top-of-the-line design?

That’s what Harold Leidner offers his clients. We asked the founder of his eponymous landscape design and maintenance firm about the latest in pool design and construction. Read on for his answers and you’ll be dreaming of your summer respite in living color!

Come see the latest in pools and landscape over on CandysDirt.com.

You may not have heard of Toor yet but get ready. Come August, the Texas-based, high-tech lock box company plans to unleash a multi-platform media blitz highlighting its progress since first garnering national television attention in 2016.

“We are excited to turn the marketing machine on and make sure that everyone’s aware that Toor is not only great for real estate but also for delivery,” founder Junior Desinor said.

Two years ago,  Desinor was a successful Realtor looking jumpstart a new venture.  He had applied for a patent on his lock box design and raised more than $100,000 through a Kickstarter campaign. Then he appeared on television’s “Shark Tank”  where the judges (aka “Sharks”) praised him for being one of the best salespeople they had ever met. (more…)

In this week’s Mortgage Report, our most-trusted mortgage expert gives you a peek behind the curtain — how exactly can you determine when it’s an auspicious time to lock in a mortgage rate. Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) gives us a primer on how to read those often confusing economic charts, specifically the 100-day and 25-day moving averages.  (more…)

Realtor Casey Lewis with Cearnal Realtors has been waiting for a good while to deploy his dinomite marketing strategy — and he finally did in Granbury last week.

In fact, when he saur this two-bedroom, one-bath lake house, he also knew that the owners wouldn’t think it was a pterrible idea.

Yes, you can see where we’re going with this, probably.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get raptored up in this mammoth marketing story of a ploy that, despite some super short arms, had tremendously long reach.

We have more on CandysDirt.com.

I live in a high-rise with terrible cellular coverage (nature of the beast). I bet many of you have issues with cell phone coverage in your single-family, townhouse, or whatever homes too. All manner of obstacles can degrade a signal from four bars on your patio to a crackly, jittery mess when moving a few feet indoors. That awful signal may be all that’s keeping you from cutting your landline. (more…)