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OHT serves June
This quarter The OHT has partnered with Radio South Sudan.
Radio South Sudan is a non profit that is busy building radio stations throughout South Sudan.
These stations will make it possible to broadcast a
unified message to every South Sudanese citizen. The programming for
both the radio and television will feature conversations about conflict
resolution, mediation, forgiveness, and reconciliation, as well as general
information related to health services and the new programs of the local
governments. By building a system for South Sudanese media, Radio South
Sudan is helping to build a unified South Sudan.
OHT donations will be going to the South Sudan Refugee camps in Uganda. War has ravaged South Sudan causing many to flee for their lives. Nearby Uganda has set up
refugee camps along the border. Uganda is suppling land for the refugees to farm
but they have no seed. Our dona4ons will be going to get seed to the refugees.
Also, the makeshift schools have no supplies. We will be suppling chalk and other
supplies for the school.
Mike Gwartney, a Radio South Sudan founder will be leading a team in August to bring badly needed supplies to the refugee camps. If you would like to make a donation to help go to hLps://radiosouthsudan.com/donate/
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navigating DFW's crazy market
What, WHEN, where, why, and how in dfw’s CRAZY Market
by Pat O’Reilly
This is a CRAZY Sellers Market . A Sellers Market happens when there is a shortage of homes for sale. Last year we were already short. This year=Yikes. It’s all about supply and demand. Demand is off the charts, supply is low. Depending on the price range, homes can sell in a maGer of days. The HOME is officially SOLD when the contract is signed by all parLes. It closes when the paperwork is completed by the lender and all parLes sign. This is usually 30 days; cash transacLons can close in a week. That’s the what.
Since January of 2016 the supply of homes has been low. It was a wild seller’s market all last year. Usually it’s busy summer months, full of transacLons––people are trying to get established and set before school starts in mid-August. Last year, it started in January and didn’t let up. The market stayed moving fast and it’s been very compeLLve. Realtors working with buyers are working harder than ever because homes have been geXng mulLple offers. While realtors are wriLng contracts, they get kicked out by a beGer offer. Then, we’re showing more homes and wriLng more contracts in this market too. We at the OHT have a client that we have shown over 100 homes to and we’ve wriGen 11 contracts. These are 11 good contracts. But, we’ve lost each Lme.
*This seller’s market is projected to last another 2 years.
Five of the top ten fastest growing ciLes in the naLon are in Texas. Conroe comes in a #1, with Frisco and McKinney at 2nd and 3rd. CRAZY!!
The bigger ciLes like Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and AusLn were all among the naLons 10 ciLes that added the most people between 2015 and 2016. Texas is projected to double by 2050!!
With all this movement, huge developments are presently under construcLon or planned out throughout the Metroplex. McKinney is starLng construcLon on a subdivision with over 6,000 individual single family homes. That’s 6,000 families moving into this one development. And developments are starLng in Farmers Branch, Irving, Aledo, Frisco, Fort Worth ... OK! EVERYWHERE!!
Businesses are coming to Texas and to North Texas. Texas is business friendly (we want you and we will tax you less), no state income tax, good weather (if you don’t count June July and August). Toyota, State Farm, Boeing, Kubota Tractor, and McKesson are just a few that have moved to North Texas or will soon be here. More than 60,000 people are coming to the DFW area to fill those posiLons. Toyota is bringing over 4,000. Plus, we have the companies that do business with these companies coming! This is why the market is packed.
If you are selling, then your job is much easier in this market. What you should be looking for is how much you can stretch your property to get the most money. If you are a buyer, you’re in for a more bumpy ride. You need to be prepared to move fast, but it’s not impossible to buy in this market! We are here to help and we’ll keep at it for you. We are making it happen.
So How Do I Compete as a Buyer in this Market??
6/23/2017 0 Comments
Summer at your House
Summer is here, and the housing market is doing it’s normal summer dance, perhaps even faster and vigorously! And if you're looking to buy or sell, you may be jumping into this wild conga line. BUT, you don't need to stress ... you have the O'Reilly Home Team!
Yeah, you've got us going to work for you so you can make some lemonade and put your feet up while you switch on the TV and watch the middling .500 baseball of our 2017 Texas Rangers! Give us a call at 214-289-6176 and let us deal with the swirling market.
If you're thinking about your house, here are some Ups for summer. Tips for your AC: **Keep constant humidity. Consider running the AC a bit, even when you’re at work or out having fun. Don’t let the temperature fluctuate more than 10 degrees – most will find 70 to 80 degrees to be the ideal zone. You can also help out your AC system by closing blinds and drapes to keep the sun’s heat out during the day. **Remember to change your filter every 30 or 180 days, depending on filter type.**Pour a 50-50 bleach and water mixture in the condensate line every six months, or as needed to keep it from becoming clogged. **Leave the serious air condiUoner maintenance work to the professionals. Purchase a maintenance agreement from your HVAC contractor who can perform semi-annual checks and cleaning.
Tips for watering (founda;on and yard):
Water restricUons do exist in our DFW area, so start by paying acenUon to them. Check in with your municipality to determine when you’re allowed to water, and whether soaker hoses and hand watering can be done anyUme. Check your sprinkers and their zones and make sure everything is in working order so that when you are using water, it’s all going to the places you’re expecUng it to flow.
In the Texas heat, watering your foundaUon with a soaker hose can help.
This will keep the soil moist, helping to prevent your home from secling.
Make sure your soaker hose is around 18 inches from the foundaUon.
It’s also a good idea to water around fence posts, with soaker hoses or by
hand watering, to keep the soil moist; otherwise, fence posts may start to lean. And another summer landscaping maintenance Up: don’t transplant flowers or shrubs in the heat of the summer months. If there’s a garden space you’d like to fill, now’s the Ume to plant summer flowers. Check with a local nursery for the best plants for now.
And, Go through and give the details some love. Tips for Home Maintenance:
**Touch up caulking in kitchens and bathrooms – running the heat during the colder-than-usual winter may have caused seals to shrink or crack. **Fix sUcking doors that have expanded due to humidity – just apply a licle elbow grease and sandpaper. Repaint the sanded area to protect it against moisture.* *Touch-up paint on joints or walls that cracked in winter. **Check to see if the weather stripping and thresholds on exterior doors need adjusUng to help keep out the heat.
And then, OHT Community, make sure to tune back in to your baseball team, hovering everso thinly right at .500. Or pick Stephen Curry or Lebron to cheer for and tune in to the NBA. Becer yet, go watch a summer sunset. We’ll be in our office drawing up the paperwork. :)
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