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This is the most useful real estate website in the area, with advanced search technologies that allow you to view listings in the MLS, or to ensure your own home is sold in reasonable time and for top dollar.
You'll also find my web site to be a one-stop resource for your online real estate research. We're eager to tell you what we know about the local market for condos or homes, or preconstruction, or whatever is most interesting at the moment - that's where you'll usually find us! I delight in helping people succeed in this market, and when our clients come out of the transaction breathing that big sigh of relief, I'm just as satisfied as they are.
So please, have a look around, and contact me with any questions you might have about the market or my services. No question is too mundane - I want to help!
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CREATIVE SOLUTIONS WITH YOU IN MIND
Hi, my name is Mary Lou Jaimes. I am the owner of the Make It Happen Homes Team with Fathom Realty. I have been a top producing Real Estate Expert since 2007. A time, I might add, was one of the most challenging times in the real estate industry.
My approach has never been selling. My approach to success is relationship building. Through identifying, listening, and interactive communication my objective is to help you achieve what is truly important to you.
In real estate I don’t follow the crowd. Instead, I seek ways to make it a win/win for all concerned. I am always on the look-out for what gets results, even if it is outside the box of normal thinking. I have raised the sales bar on some of my listings after being told by other agents we were over-priced.
I use atypical solutions to get atypical results. Continue reading and you will see why.
What has made me successful is my great upbringing, my experiences and how I chose to deal with circumstances.
I learned at an early age to be okay with not fitting in and taking a stand. At 14 I went from a parochial school to a public school and soon found myself to be the target of an older girl. We both belonged to the same school club but for some reason she chose to signal me out by criticizing me, correcting me and embarrassing me. I was like most teens—trying to fit in, identifying my persona and still developing my social skills especially in a new environment. After one too many criticisms, I finally had enough and challenged her and stood up for myself. She retreated much to my surprise and delight. This was a major turning point in my life. I realized that my fear and insecurity were the issues not this bully. I gained confidence. I was not afraid to stand alone and stand up.
In my corporate life my regulatory position was being migrated into a sales organization. There were two slots—Sales Engineer and Account Manager. Because of my analytical mind and attention to detail the Sales Manager offered me the Sales Engineer position. I wanted the Account Manager’s position. I took matter into my own hands and presented my case to the Sales Director. I guaranteed I would exceed quota in six months or they could fire me if I did not. He laughed and said that was a pretty bold statement. I replied I never make promises I don't keep. Guess What? Not only did I exceed quota in six months, I was one of the top 10% Account Managers nationwide with this Fortune 50 Company and repeatedly was a “Winners Circle” recipient throughout my career.
As long as I can remember I have a tendency to get results. I think I can thank my dad for grooming me to be creative. If I wanted something I had to come up with a compelling reason why I should have it. My most creative presentation involved an expensive dress and a school dance. The story has a happy ending but the most important thing is learning the value to look at problems from all angles and not giving up until I had a solution that worked for everyone. To this day my mind automatically seeks “what if” answers.
• I believe in an upfront no-nonsense approach to my real estate consultation;
• I will provide you with the best options for your particular situation;
• I will be always be honest about the pricing of your property.
If you want your house sold in record time with atypical results, it would be my pleasure to help you. Ready to get started? Give me a call or shoot me an email and let’s get to it. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 972-849-0476.
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For many Texans, a home is often the largest purchase they will ever make. The state of Texas offers citizens an easy way to save money on their property taxes through a homestead exemption. By filing a homestead exemption, eligible Texas homeowners can reduce the taxes owed on their home by a certain percentage or dollar amount. Homestead exemptions in Texas go all the way back to 1839 as a way to prevent families from losing their homes and land due to foreclosure from high taxes. Today, filing a homestead exemption on your home can save you hundreds of dollars on your property taxes! Want to know how to apply? Check out our helpful guide below to learn more about Texas Homestead Exemptions.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION?
Any homeowner who files an exemption on their primary residence that they were living in as of January 1st of the tax year when they are applying is eligible for a homestead exemption. There are special exceptions for anyone 65 years of age or older, as well as those who are disabled.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION?
All you need to file your Texas Homestead Exemption is an application from your county of residence, a photo ID and proof of residence. For most Texans, your proof of residence is your vehicle registration receipt showing the physical address of the property for which you’re applying the exemption. You can request your vehicle registration receipt from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. If you don’t have a registered vehicle, you may provide an affidavit stating non-ownership of a vehicle as well as a current utility bill showing the address of the property with your application.
HOW TO APPLY
1. Complete the Application
You must file an application with your county of residence. If you are married, only list one person as the primary homeowner. If you are 65 years of age or older, or disabled, be sure to follow the special instructions detailed within the application. Click the links below to access the homestead exemption application for your county of residence:
2. Include Proof of Residency Documents
If you are married, make sure the documents match the information for the person listed as the primary owner on the application. Applicants who are ages 65 or older or disabled may require additional documents to be included with their application.
3. Submit the Application
You may mail, fax or hand deliver your application to the county appraisal district where your property is located. You can find the address, phone number and fax number for your appraisal district on theTexas Comptroller’s website. It’s free to apply and the deadline is April 30th.
YOU'VE FILED YOUR APPLICATION, NOW WHAT?
After you’ve submitted your application, it can take four to six weeks for any action to be taken. If your application is rejected, you will be notified and given the opportunity to challenge the decision. The amount of your exemption depends on a number of factors, including where your home is located and how much it is worth. All school districts in the state of Texas grant a reduction of $15,000 from your home's value. Travis County offers exemptions of up to 20% of your home's value. Each homestead exemption situation is unique. If you have any questions regarding your situation, contact your county appraisal district's office.
After your exemption is accepted, you don’t have to apply again the following tax year. A homestead exemption lasts as long as you live in that residence. If you move to a new home, the exemption on your old home expires and you will need to file a new homestead exemption for your new residence.
Should you have any questions about the Texas Homestead Exemption, please refer to the application for your county of residence or visit the Texas Comptroller’s website.
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WARRANTIES ON RESALE HOMES
After closing and claiming the keys, having a home warranty in place allows buyers to move in with confidence, knowing that their appliances and the other major mechanical tickings of the home are covered. A basic service contract will pay for the repair or replacement of the dishwasher, oven, range, garage door opener, water heater, disposal, wiring, plumbing and HVAC systems. There are numerous licensed providers of home warranties, and we encourage you to shop around or begin your research here.
In Texas, the service contract business is regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission, and regarding who pays for the warranty - buyer or seller – that’s negotiable. However, almost without fail, sellers tend to set a maximum price point of what they’ll pay towards the warranty, and buyers are then free to shop for the one that best fits their coverage needs. The actual warranty excerpt from the TREC contract is below, and the fill-in-the-blank point is where the buyer and seller sit down to agree on a price.
"H. RESIDENTIAL SERVICE CONTRACTS: Buyer may purchase a residential service contract from a residential service company licensed by TREC. If Buyer purchases a residential service contract, Seller shall reimburse Buyer at closing for the cost of the residential service contract in an amount not exceeding $____. Buyer should review any residential service contract for the scope of coverage, exclusions and limitations. The purchase of a residential service contract is optional. Similar coverage may be purchased from various companies authorized to do business in Texas."
The prices of warranties are contingent on the size of the home, whether it has a pool and whether you add optional items to cover, but costs typically run from $400 to $600. Coverage for optional items that add to the price include refrigerators, well pumps, septic tanks, swimming pool pumps, spas and free-standing appliances such as freezers, washing machines and dryers. Because your home warranty is renewed annually, you can always add items for coverage down the road.
WARRANTIES ON NEW CONSTRUCTION HOMES
When it comes to newly constructed homes, builders typically provide their own warranties. New home contracts generally include one-year coverage for the builder's workmanship and two years for repairs and replacement of failing components such as such as windows, heating, ventilation, doors and trim, air conditioning, electrical systems and plumbing. More often than not, the builder will also offer 10-year coverage for "major structural defects", for example, if a main beam in your living room is threatening to collapse seven years down the road. Some buyers also buy additional coverage from a third party after they review the basic warranty and discover that some home components are not covered by the builder's warranty.
HOME WARRANTIES BENEFIT BOTH BUYERS AND SELLERS
For buyers, the benefits of a warranty are realized when an unexpected break down happens in the home. If your AC putters to a stop or your dishwasher dies, a quick call to your warranty provider will have the item repaired or a new one installed. If you're unsure whether an item is covered, check with your warranty provider before arranging for repairs. Instead of out-of-pocket, costly replacements - which you probably won’t appreciate after just buying a home - you’ll only pay a small service fee as stipulated in your warranty agreement.
For sellers, a warranty protects you in the event of something breaking down in the home post close. If the warranty is in place, buyers refer directly to their provider to handle - and most importantly, to pay for - the issue. Some warranty companies also give sellers the option to purchase a home warranty when they list their home. Having this kind of warranty in place protects sellers when potential problems with a covered item are discovered during the home inspection. Your Realtor can help you decide which warranty is right for you during the sale of your home.
When it comes to giving you peace of mind concerning your new purchase, I encourage you to find the right warranty coverage. We'd like to work with you to make sure you're ready for the unexpected and that you're ultimately happy in your new home.
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- Flower Mound
- Highland Village
- Farmers Branch
- Grand Prairie
- The Colony
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For the last FOUR years in a row - Inc. 500 has included Fathom Realty as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the nation - from all industries! And most recently, we were named as the fastest growing privately held residential real estate company in the nation. Although that is wonderful recognition for us, it hasn't changed who we are or what has fueled our growth. Our motto certainly isn't original, "Whoever wants to be great must become a servant," but more and more people say they find it refreshing. As a company, the fact is we still simply exist to serve. If we get that part right, we believe growth will continue to take care of itself.
What does it look like at Fathom to "serve?" By providing our real estate professionals with support, technology, and training while encouraging, mobilizing, and equipping them to serve you, we have an atmosphere that considers others more important than ourselves. After all, we want you to experience the highest level of integrity and service when you need it most: when you are making a real estate decision.
Our goal is to ensure you are thoroughly served throughout your Fathom experience. Perhaps you can go out and do the same for someone that needs it as well? Let's change the world together (at least our corners of it!).
Thank you for placing your trust in Fathom Realty and God bless!
"Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.” Matthew 20:26