Friday, April 27, 2012

Grove Team - Open Houses this Weekend

8904 Saratoga Road, Fort Worth
Open Sunday, April 29th, 3:00 - 5:00
Offered by the Grove Team for $155,000, 8904 Saratoga Road 
has so many charming features to offer.  Join us Sunday!


Joiun the Grove Team this weekend from 3:00 - 5:00 and visit two amazing listings!  Find us in the Vineyards at Heritage at 8904 Saratoga and in the quiet Buddy Hardeman Addition at 345 Cedar Crest Drive - just minutes from Texas Motor Speedway.  For more information on these awesome open houses, call the Grove Team, Keller Williams - (817) 337-0000

345 Cedar Crest Drive, Justin
Open Sunday, April 29th, 3:00 - 5:00

Too many upgrades to mention!  Price reduced to $200,00, this home
sits on just more than a 1/4 acre. Open, light and bright!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Just Listed in the Villages of Woodland Springs

Just listed by the Grove Team, Keller Williams
5728 Braewood Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76244

Come visit this stunning home situated on a corner lot in the highly sought Villages of Woodland Springs.  No detail left undone, featuring three living areas, four bedrooms, three and a half baths AND a separate study. 

Relax in the fantastic backyard with its expansive deck that is perfect for entertaining or just relaxing. 

Call the Grove Team, Keller Williams today, (817) 337-0000 to schedule your private tour of this home.  Find us online, and LIKE us on Facebook!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Just List / Video Tour - 12137 Walden Wood Drive

Just Listed by the Grove Team, Keller Williams

12137 Walden Wood Drive, Fort Worth

Offered at $137,500

MUST SEE! You will feel right at home the moment you step out of your car...the welcoming modern style arched stone and brick facade set the tone as you approach. Fully landscaped in front and back, complete with covered back patio and a great outdoor entertaining space.

Inside the open design lends itself to entertaining. Harwood flooring, crown molding, update paint both inside and out are just a few of the wonderful appointments you will find in this home.

Call the Grove Team today, (817) 337-0000, visit our website or plan to visit the OPEN HOUSE, this Sunday, 4/22 from 3:00-5:00 to see this awesome new listing.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 Northeast Tarrant County Tax Rates

A quick follow up to the blog post last week regarding your Monthly Payment calculator. Below is the tax table for the locate rate combinations for Northeast Tarrant County. Looking in a particular city? Use the rates below for a more accurate payment calculator!

For more information on the home buying process, contact the Grove Team, Keller Williams today. Our team of buyer specialist are available and on hand to assist you!

(817) 337-0000

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Curious about monthly payments?

Monthly Payment Calculator

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Video Tour - 940 Chestnut, Saginaw

Offered for sale by the Grove Team, Keller Williams
940 Chestnut, Saginaw

Attractive and well maintained - welcome home to 940 Chestnut Lane, Saginaw. Open, light and bright...this home has been well maintained and the pride of ownership is apparent. Featuring four bedrooms and two baths, call the Grove Team, Keller Williams Realty today to schedule a showing of this fantastic new listing. (817) 337-0000.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The new real estate reality: To buy or not to buy?

(ARA) - Generations of Americans have considered owning their own home a key aspect of achieving the American Dream. But the lingering aftermath of the Great Recession has caused many people to rethink that belief. Rental occupancies are rising as more Americans opt to lease their homes, rather than buy.

Long gone are the days when Americans assumed home ownership could only have a positive impact on their finances, and that renting was equivalent to throwing money away.

Like any debate, the question of renting versus buying has pros and cons on both sides. Buying a house creates the potential to build equity and provides a sense of stability, while renting affords a level of mobility. In many areas of the country, the gap between lease costs and monthly mortgage payments has narrowed, making both options equally affordable.

While the decision to rent or buy will depend on your personal circumstances, when you're considering the question some facts are universal. Among them: What impact might your credit have on your decision to buy or rent, and what impact will either option have on your credit score?

When you're evaluating whether buying a home or continuing to rent makes sense for you, consider these facts:

* Rental vacancy rates have been falling while rent prices have been rising, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

* While home prices have begun to increase again in some metro areas, the majority of regions continued to see them falling in 2012, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

* A 2011 study by Experian found that while more Americans are paying credit card bills on time, the percentage of consumers paying their mortgages late by 60 days or more rose 25 percent.

Existing debt and the impact home ownership might have on your credit and overall financial situation are key considerations when deciding whether to rent or buy.

American consumers had more than $252 billion in outstanding debt as of December 2011, according to the Federal Reserve. If your share of that amount is already significant, taking on a mortgage might be problematic. Even if you can get a mortgage with a lot of pre-existing debt on your credit report, how will the additional monthly costs of home ownership affect your ability to pay other bills?

On the other side of the argument, if you have little or no debt, have a good credit score and a stable job, mortgage rates are very low right now. Buying now could save you thousands in interest costs over the life of a loan.

Your first step in deciding whether renting or buying is right for you must be to understand your credit. Landlords and mortgage companies will both check your credit, so it pays to know what they'll find. Websites like can help you obtain and better understand your credit score.

Ultimately, the question of whether to rent or buy will have different considerations and implications for each individual. But regardless of your situation, the resulting impact on your credit standing should be a key consideration, since that will affect all other aspects of your financial wellbeing.

Are you considering whether to buy or rent? The real estate market is GREAT in NE Tarrant County! Call the local experts on the Grove Team, Keller Williams to learn more -

(817) 337-0000 or find us online,

Friday, April 6, 2012

Video Tour - 8904 Saratoga Road

The Grove Team introduces
8904 Saratoga Road, Fort Worth

Located in the Vineyards at Heritage in the highly sought after Keller ISD. This home is welcoming from your first step in the front door, featuring two living areas, four bedrooms, two and a half baths and a large back yard. Call the Grove Team today to schedule your showing of this awesome new listing, (817) 337-0000.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

When It's Time to Sell the House

We often work with clients who are making long term care decisions, and these decisions often mean moving out of a house. There's no easy answer as to when it's the best time to sell the house, if ever, but here are some things to keep in mind as you move forward with planning.

Many folks own their house free and clear. If you don't have a mortgage, it can certainly be easier to keep the house. But even without a mortgage payment every month, there will be other ongoing expenses.

If you are over 65, it is possible to defer paying property taxes, but at the time of death, your estate will have to pay all those deferred property taxes. If the house does not have much value, or if your estate is not large, you might not be doing your heirs any favors by deferring taxes.

You will likely want to keep the home insured. We are in tornado alley after all, so if the roof blows off, you want the insurance to pay. Many insurance companies are reluctant to insure an empty house, so be sure to check with your carrier about their policy requirements.

Even if the house is empty you will want to at least keep water and electric on, and perhaps gas, if the heating system is gas. It's important to maintain a moderate temperature, especially in the winter, so there are no frozen pipes, and you'll want to prevent foundation problems by keeping the ground around the foundation moist.

There will be ongoing maintenance to think about. The yard still needs to be mowed, plumbing might malfunction, and trees still drop leaves and limbs.

Some people are well able to afford these ongoing expenses, and if this is the case, it can be comforting to know that the house is always there as an alternative to whatever the current living situation is. If cash is limited, then renting or selling may be the best options, and each person's situation will determine the best course to pursue.

*Senior Real Estate Specialists
Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES) are those realtors who have specialized training in the real estate needs of people over 50.

As talked about above, sometimes people are faced with deciding whether to keep a home or sell a home, and this is when talking to a Senior Real Estate Specialist can help. They can help you consider all the pros and cons of keeping a home that you may not live in anymore, or help you look at whether selling the home is the best way to utilize your asset.

If you do decide to sell, they can help you make decisions about renovations, including referring you to trusted contractors. They can assist with arranging estate sales, and they often work closely with estate planning or elder law attorneys.
If you need to find a Senior Real Estate Specialist, we know several we can refer you to, or you can find

THANK YOU to Katten & Benson for sharing this helpful information. For more information on out the team at Katten & Benson can help you, we have posted their information below.

A full service Elder Law Firm
dedicated to the human side of aging.

Katten & Benson is dedicated to helping older adults and their families by providing answers and reassurance. We use a team approach to provide care not only for the client, but the entire family.

Need Help? Please call us at (817) 263-5190 or email for an appointment.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Video Tour - 10621 Melrose

Just Listed

10621 Melrose Lane, Fort Worth

Fantastic new listing offered by the Grove Team, Keller Williams in the Crawford Farms Addition. The pride of ownership is apparent in this immaculate home. Situated on a greenbelt, this home offers three bedrooms and two bath rooms, with over 2,150 sqft.

Call the Grove Team, Keller Williams today to schedule a showing, (817) 337-0000 or