Dallas Fort Worth real estate news, local home price trends, statistics, and profitable insights written by Chandler Crouch Realtors.

March 12, 2019

Broken New Year's resolution, Homestead Exemptions & Market Update

Let's start the year (Well, I said "start" since we are still in the first quarter, right?) with a few pep talks-- on broken New Year's resolution, homestead exemptions, market update and property tax protest. 

I have made timestamps so you can skip directly to the exact topic of your interest:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:32 Broken New Year's Resolution
  • 3:32 Homestead Exemption
  • 4:19 January Market Update
    • 4:26 Sales Prices
    • 5:15 A look at supply
    • 5:40 Accuracy of sales numbers
    • 8:54 Property Tax Protest

Broken New Year's Resolution

I will bet to my last dollar, you have broken your New Year's resolution. But let me tell you something. I did some reflecting during our company Christmas party last year when we recognized our top-performing employees. It dawned on me that at the end of the year, what we really value are the positive things and we do not dwell so much on losses and negativity. Another thing, most people choose to not lose, but we need to get out of the comfort zone, do the things that we have never done before.

Homestead Exemption

People who bought the home last year didn't qualify for homestead exemption until January 1st of this year. They still have until the end of April to have it filed. You may check out our video about filing your homestead exemptions here.

Market Update

You can see a trend in sales price, however we also discussed how these numbers may not be accurate yet, and explain the reasons why such thing happens. Details with facts and figures are explained starting at 4:19 in the video above.

March 12, 2019

Thank you for 1,000 subscribers!

One for the books! We just hit 1,000 YouTube subscribers. Hooray!

It has been an amazing privilege to have all of you with us on this journey. Real estate is a relatively complex yet interesting topic that is why we are glad to share our knowledge with all of you guys. 

We also look forward to helping more property owners in the local community in doing their property tax protests. We always believe that there is no better way to pay it forward than to serve and give love to the ones who are close to us.

Special shout out to my buddies and of course to our avid followers who made this possible. Cheers to more informational videos and to more awesome subscribers! Sending you more than a thousand of love!

Posted in Just for fun
Dec. 7, 2018

How to Sign up for Santa Home Visit & December Market Update

I can't believe it's already December!

This month's video is different. If you saw our live Halloween facebook video, you heard about all of the upcoming plans we have over the holiday season.

Many people have been asking for an update, so this video is your answer!

This video is longer than most, so I made timestamps so you can skip directly to the exact topic of your interest:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:52 Update - How we fed 57 foster families a Thanksgiving dinner (Thank YOU!)
  • 1:40 Update - Chandler's botched "Dog Father" attempt
  • 2:29 Update - Chandler on his experience running his first marathon
  • 3:00 How to sign your child up for a free Santa home visit (first come first serve)  www.chandlercrouch.com/santa
  • 4:00 December real estate market update
    • 4:40 Month's of inventory (absorption rate)
    • 5:33 A look at supply
    • 6:45 A look at demand
    • 8:30 Median sales price
    • 11:10 What does this mean for sellers
    • 11:45 What does this mean for buyers
  • 12:10 Tax protest tips

 

 

Nov. 8, 2018

Market Update - Feeding Orphans - Free Santa Home Visit

Scroll below the video for a text summary.

0:45 November real estate market update

5:55 How we're feeding 56 orphans/foster families and what you can do to help

9:35 How to get Santa to visit your child at home for free

Market Update

Inventory levels are softening because demand is down. Supply remains steady. Home prices continue to stay strong.

Details with facts and figures are explained starting at 0:45 in the video below.

 

Feeding 56 Foster Families for Thanksgiving

This year we are partnering with CJ Wilson with foodtronix.com feeding 56 foster families.

We need your help:

  1. Volunteer to cook. Sign up here.
  2. Help by delivering a meal. Sign up here.
  3. Donate to feed a family here:  mychosenones.org Click "Give" in the top right corner. Click "special instructions" then enter "Thanksgiving Mission." This will ensure the funds go to the appropriate place

 

How to get Santa to visit your child at home for free

Santa is going to take a break from managing the elves to visit a few lucky families this year, for free.

We have an overwhelming demand for this. As a way to thank our volunteers, we will give priority access to sign up for Santa home visits to the volunteers of our Thanksgiving foster feeding mission.  

 

Oct. 12, 2018

Market Update - Is the bubble popping?

The most recent real estate sales numbers show a pretty grim change in our local real estate market. 

Inventory levels are up almost 14%, demand has dropped off a shelf, and it seems as if the sky is falling... but is it really?

In this month's real estate market update video Chandler and the Team take a deep dive into the numbers, consider recent headlines, and put the most recent market changes into perspective.

Also, learn about an exciting company announcement, and discover where you can get free mulch and dispose of your toxic trash (paint cans, tires, batteries, etc) for FREE!

April 16, 2018

Tax Protest FAQ's

To get our help protesting your property tax value (for free) go to www.chandlercrouch.com/protest

I apologize for the brevity. Right now I'm in the middle of helping thousands protest their taxes, so I'm making this blog post in ad-hoc fashion. This won't start as a comprehensive FAQ post, but it might be someday. As I answer people's questions, I will add my responses to this page. 

  • Why are you protesting for me every year? 
    • Originally, we helped by answering questions. Our service evolved. We now offer to protest for you for free. To do this the state requires written authorization on an appointment of agent form for us to handle your property tax account. When you complete our free protest request form, you are agreeing for us to place your electronic signature on this form. 
  • How do I cancel?
    • Just complete this Revoke Property Tax Agent 50 813 form and send it to aoa@tad.org This email is purely for appointing tax agents and revoking tax agents to your account. It's free to cancel. We just ask that you send us an email to let us know at protest@chandlercrouch.com.
  • When will my protest be complete? 
    • Filing the protest and completing the protest are two different events.  Your protest will be filed before the May 15 deadline.  We will attempt to complete your protest as quickly as possible. This year will take a little longer than next year because they are processing documentation that allows us to protest on your behalf.  They don't give us a timeline on when the hearing will be scheduled, but it will be before July 20th because that is the appraisal district's own internal deadline.  We will try to complete your protest much sooner.
  • How will I know when my protest is complete?
    • We will send you an email to the address you provided in your request to let you know your protest has been completed and what the outcome was.
  • How can I find out the status of my protest?
    • It is challenging to communicate with several thousand people, but we've figured out some ways to manage everything in a practical way so that we can still offer these services for free.  Please try to help by not emailing to ask about the status of your protest. I know this can be difficult and I understand.  Just know, that the confirmation email you receive serves as your status update that your protest will be filed as long as you completed our form with accurate info.  Due to high volume, the best way for us to update you is by posting updates on our Facebook page.  To receive notifications, please "Like" the page: https://www.facebook.com/chandlercrouchrealtors/
  • Who will send me emails?
    • Emails regarding tax protests will come from protest@chandlercrouch.com  Please add this to your email safe list to ensure you receive all our communication does not get flagged as spam.
  • Is it necessary for me to send you photos or repair quotes?
    • No.  We can complete your protest using the market data we have access to as Realtors.  If, however, you have any photographs or repair quotes that show the property was in disrepair as of 1/1/2018, you are welcome to send them to us at protest@chandlercrouch.com  Please make sure to include your property address in the subject line of the email. Unfortunately, flooring, paint, landscaping and fencing issues aren't taken into consideration by the appraisal district. 
  • What can I do to help you? 
    • The best thing you can do is share our link in Facebook groups, at church, in your neighborhood or with anyone. We are trying to help as many people as possible.  It may motivate people if you tell them all they need to do is sign up once and we'll protest for free every year and they can cancel at any time. No strings attached. Also, if you know of anyone looking to buy or sell a house or anyone that might want to be a Realtor with our company, please send them our way. 
Posted in Property Tax
April 13, 2018

Home Repair Checklist DIY Inspection

Home inspections by a licensed property inspector are well worth the money.  They have tools to test various components (eg hvac), and experience of seeing hundreds of houses. You can't replace an expert with a checklist.

 

You can, however, use a checklist like this to prepare your house for sale, eliminate issues to avoid an overly negative inspection report, and help to find issues for your property tax protest.

Here is a link to the home inspection checklist

 

March 21, 2018

Property Tax Problems and Solutions

As my team protested for over 3200 people (for free) my team and I became aware of many problems in the system. We also began proposing some solutions.

If you can help identify problems or brainstorm solutions, please write them in the comments below, or contact us directly to discuss them. We want your input!

(Also, if you would like to put your technical writing skills to good use and help edit this document, please contact us)

 

Posted in Property Tax
March 21, 2018

Homeowner Advocacy Group - By Expert Property Tax Realtors

If you are a REALTOR who is passionate about providing expert assistance to homeowners against unfair property taxation and you would like to be a part of the Homeowner Advocacy Group, complete the form below.

 

 

Posted in Property Tax
March 21, 2018

Property Condition Checklist

If you need to get your home in "market-ready" condition or you need to find everything wrong with your house to serve as evidence in a property tax protest, this checklist will be your best friend. 

 

 Scroll down or click here: Property Condition Checklist