Friday, August 17, 2018

4 ways technology can simplify your home buying process

Searching For Homes on Laptop

While spring is typically the busiest period in real estate, particularly for families looking to get in to a new home before the school year starts, the fall months have become increasingly active for those who have more flexibility or are looking for a good deal.

With increased competition in Keller, TX, finding ways to simplify the home buying process while saving money is top of mind for potential home buyers. Many consumers are seeking real estate brokerages that make the home buying process less stressful by providing access to tech-based tools, data and the guidance of smart, local agents.

Consider these tips for ways potential Keller home buyers can utilize technology to simplify the real estate process.

Ensure that your finances are in order. To purchase the home of your dreams you’ll need the right loan. So before you begin your search, request a free annual copy of your credit report from the government-authorized AnnualCreditReport.com. Pay attention to the scores in your report, as the better your scores, the more likely you are to receive favorable terms and interest rates on your loan.

Narrow your housing search. Searching for homes on the internet is easy, but finding the one that is just right for you can be more difficult. Fortunately, groveteam.com can help, as it leverages data and technology to connect you to homes matching your personal preferences. You will have access to local listings from the Multiple Listing Service and for-sale-by-owner properties, so you don’t miss out on a potential home.

Explore the area before you get there. Whether it’s a local dog park, fun shops to visit on the weekend or a quaint bistro for a night out, your neighborhood needs extend beyond the walls of your home. Fortunately, hyper localized data such as walk scores, neighborhood and school information and modern mapping solutions can give you insights into the entire community before you even start your search. And don’t be afraid to look up area attractions on social media and read some reviews. It’s a great way to learn what everyone is saying about your potential neighborhood.

Find the right agent. A great real estate agent can help you save time and money in the real estate process. Aim to find a local agent that’s right for you, as well as one who'll provide you with the digital tools to make the process less stressful. An expert local agent can provide inside knowledge of the property and community, on-the-ground expertise, and help you strike the best deal to get into your dream home.

Finding the best home for you

The fall real estate market won't wait for you, so start your planning now and begin your housing search with the power of technology at your fingertips. With you, your agent and technology working hand in hand, your Keller home is there for the taking.


Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Friday, August 10, 2018

1406 Mary Court Keller, TX 76262

1406 Mary Court

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/PQEWUB/1406-Mary-Court-Keller-TX-13910366
Its park-like setting evokes a relaxed lifestyle. If you desire graceful living among beautiful surroundings, you must see this spacious, updated home located in North Keller on a quiet cul-de-sac. The open concept and abundance of natural light are perfect for entertaining. Cook up a feast in the well appointed kitchen offering stainless steel appliances, island with second sink and breakfast bar. Retreat to the master suite and spa-like bath featuring his and her vanities, jetted, garden tub and separate shower. Large secondary bedrooms, gameroom, study and sun room with hot tub offer a place for everyone. Amazing private backyard with covered patio, deck and plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors. Don't miss it!
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Square feet: 3,260
Price: $500,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 5192441 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


See more listings at: http://www.groveteam.com


MLS ID: 13910366

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

4 ways to prep your Keller home for winter


Towels on Table

While the hot Texas weather is still in full form, the prospect of winter should put Keller homeowners in preparation mode. Yes, the Metroplex is known more for its hot months than its cold ones, but your home could be even more vulnerable if you fail to anticipate. Remember, your property's exterior is fully exposed to the elements, and this past winter proved how cold Keller can actually get.

We take steps to protect ourselves from the cold when we’re out and about. But what do you do to protect your house against the hazards of winter? If you don’t take time for maintenance and winterization now, you can end up paying for it later, whether it’s in the form of higher energy bills, frozen pipes or fixing a broken furnace.

Here are four problems that can hit home during the winter and what you can do to ward them off.

Sky-high energy bills: Do your electric bills rise during the wintertime? Heating your home accounts for about half of your home’s energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Combat the cold by sealing off any cracks or gaps with caulk and inspect entrances for worn or broken weatherstripping. Schedule a furnace inspection tuneup with an HVAC contractor and consider installing a smarter thermostat. Learning thermostats, such as Nest, can remember your favorite temperatures, turning itself down when you leave for work, as well as returning to your favorite temp at the end of the day.

Water leaks: We take our pipes for granted, but we don’t always anticipate what can go wrong when we’re not home. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage accounts for half of all property damage claims. Add winter’s colder temperatures to the mix, and you can end up with a big problem if your home has a power outage or your furnace malfunctions.

For extra peace of mind, there’s now a leak and flood protection system you can purchase that shuts off your water main’s supply when it detects leaks — and sends an alert right to your smart device. Modern systems will still work if the power and internet go out, so you don't have to worry about coming home to water damage. The system can work on its own or be integrated with smart home systems.

Power outages: When a winter storm hits, the ice and wind can break power lines and interrupt the supply of electricity to our homes. It’s not uncommon for some outages to last for days, which is why it’s always smart to be prepared.

Before winter hits, make certain your generator or other backup power source has ample fuel and is in good working order. Keep some basic supplies at the ready, so you can keep your family comfortable. Make sure you have extra blankets, stocking caps, batteries and fully charged power banks for your mobile phones. It’s also good to have a few gallons of fresh water and some cans of ready-to-eat chili and stew. If you have a camp stove, keep it in an easy-to-reach place, along with a fuel supply.

Ice dams: Another thing to watch for in the winter are pools of water forming on your roof. These can manifest in cold temperatures, and eventually cause leaks to the interior of your Keller home. Ice dams can also lead to the formation of large, pointy icicles that hang from the gutters, which can fall and injure people.

Luckily, a little work upfront can go a long way toward preventing ice dams and the damage they can cause. First, make sure the gutters and downspouts are clear of leaves and other yard debris, so the water has a place to go. Next, poke your head into the crawlspace of your attic and see if the insulation layer is still thick enough to keep the heat from escaping through the roof. While you’re up there, look for gaps and leaks. Finally, this is a good time to invest in a simple snow rake, so you can easily remove wet, heavy snow from your roof before the dams can start forming.

Now that you know the most common winter hazards that can hit home, you can take the steps to protect your investment and keep your family comfortable and safe. DFW is not known for its winters, but the absence of snow doesn't absolve residents of the Metroplex from other winter threats.


Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

How Keller homeowners can save on home improvements

Residential Home Overview

Construction material costs in 2018 are up about 10 percent compared to last year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and some raw materials, like crude petroleum, are up nearly 50 percent. Labor is also getting more expensive as construction workers are in high demand due to the skilled labor shortage.

So, as a Keller homeowner getting ready to start a project, what can you do to mitigate these rising costs?

1. Don’t delay

Building materials are projected to get even more expensive and the project backlog for some contractors across the country is up to three or four months. Waiting to start the process of a home repair or improvement, especially a needed one like a new roof, could push off the repair for months due to the contractor’s schedule, and only cause the project to get more expensive as building material costs continue to rise.

2. Look for low-cost quality products

Home improvement isn’t the place to cut corners by buying the cheapest supplies, but in many product segments there is a low-cost leader — a product or brand comparable in quality to more expensive brands, but offered at a lower cost to provide the best value per dollar.

3. Choose a reputable contractor

Don’t cut corners when hiring a contractor. Even if it may be more expensive upfront, or result in a longer waiting period for work to start, hiring an experienced local contractor with a good reputation can save thousands of dollars in the long run. Keller homeowners can look for qualified contractors on HomeAdvisor, Yelp, Google My Business and Facebook.

4. Plan, plan, plan

With any home improvement project, there are many decisions to be made, both large and small. Making as many of those decisions early in the process can reduce project delays or rework. Some of the decisions that can be made before the contractor ever starts include establishing the scope of the project, identifying potential issues, having utilities mark lines and deciding what brands to use and product colors to install.


Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Monday, July 30, 2018

5 landscaping tips for Keller homeowners

Keller Home Yard Outlook

It’s easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but when it comes to your Keller home's yard there is much more to consider besides pleasing aesthetics and aromas. Many would even be surprised to learn that the benefits of a lush lawn and stunning landscape design extend well beyond a yard’s perimeter.

That’s right, well-managed landscapes offer tremendous benefits for the community and environment. Here are just a few:

Scrubs the air: Beautiful greenery, including grass, catch dust, smoke particles and other pollutants to make the air you breathe fresher and cleaner.

Protects waterways: Well-maintained yards and lawns help prevent soil erosion and unwanted runoff into nearby lakes, streams and rivers.

Adds oxygen: A 50-by-50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen to supply a family of four.

Boosts home values: The yard is the first thing a potential buyer sees, and it sets the first impression. If you plan to sell your home in the next few years, investing in your landscaping now can pay dividends later. A recent study by the National Association of REALTORS and National Association of Landscape Professionals found that investing in landscape maintenance recovers 100 percent of the cost at the time of sale!

Makes you feel good: Having a nice yard with lush turf and well-tended landscapes delivers some mood-enhancing properties as well. Looking at plants and trees, even through a window, has been found to lower stress and blood pressure, while walking among plants and trees improves attention and memory.

Ideas to enhance your yard's natural benefits
Now that you know the benefits of your lawn and landscapes, you may be inspired to try some of these simple improvements to make it look and feel even better. Some of these can even save you time and effort, so you have more hours to spend outdoors.

Mow properly: Raising the deck height of your lawn mower is one simple thing you can do right now to improve your green space. When mowing, the blade should remove no more than a 1/3 inch from the blade of grass.

Mow at the right time: Professionals recommend to not mow right after it rains. Mowing wet grass will cause clumping and ruts. This also leaves the lawn more susceptible to certain diseases.

Let the clippings drop: “Grass cycling” your clippings allows nitrogen and other nutrients to return to the soil. Even better, it eliminates the step of hauling around heavy bags of yard waste.

Invest in smarter watering tools: An irrigation system saves time on watering chores, but one that uses smart technology and weather-based data will apply water only when your lawn and garden need it.

Consider natural landscaping: The next time you choose flowers, shrubs or trees, opt for species native to your region. These plants have adapted to the climate, so they’re more resilient to your region’s weather patterns, and require less watering than exotic species.

With these tips, you have plenty to get started on creating a beautiful lawn and landscape that looks and feels even better. If you’re seeking fresh ideas to amp up your landscaping or want to maximize its full environmental and enjoyment benefits, consider turning to the expertise of a lawn care or landscape professional. With help from a professional, your Keller home can have the outdoor oasis of your dreams.

Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

4 ways gardening is good for Keller homeowners

Homeowner Prepares Flowers For Garden

In this increasingly digital world, there's an app for just about everything. People are glued to their smartphones, texting instead of talking, and, in general, interacting with technology more than they do with the living, breathing world around them. But there's a cure for tech overload: Gardening. Whether you're creating a vegetable garden in your backyard or planting flowers and herbs on your apartment balcony, it's all about getting outside, feeling the sun on your face, and putting your hands into the soil.

If you find you're desperately in need of a break from devices, try gardening to get back in touch with what's real.

If you've never gardened before, it might sound intimidating, but just dive in. Plant a flower in the ground or grow herbs on your Keller home's windowsill and see what happens. Sun, water, and a little TLC is all it takes. You'll find that gardening is an easy, enjoyable hobby that anyone can learn to do. And it's good for your health, too. Here are four surprising ways gardening is good for you.

Locally grown food is healthy. Eating local is on trend these days. What's more local than your own backyard? Pick your veggies at the peak of ripeness and walk 20 feet to your table, rather than having them picked early and transported for 20 (or 200) miles to the grocery store. That means they're full of flavor and freshness. You're getting more nutrients, too. Specially selected vegetables with higher antioxidants filled with vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, selenium and lycopene foster a healthier diet. Another health benefit: Growing your own vegetables allows you to choose what fertilizers and pesticides come in contact with your food. Instead of paying more at the grocery store for organic produce, grow it at home for a fraction of the cost. And the convenience factor can't be beat. Craving a salad for dinner? Pop outside and pick some lettuce.

You'll have more compassion and less anxiety. Research has found that gardening creates compassion toward others, less worry and anxiety, and lowers depression. Further, people who spend more time around plants are more likely to help others and engage in social relationships. If you want to experience the satisfaction for yourself, start with something simple. Petunias are the perfect easy-maintenance, high-performance plants that are great for beginners!

Gardening combats loneliness. Studies show that chronic loneliness increases your risk for all kinds of ailments, from stress hormones to inflammation to heart disease. Gardening combats loneliness by giving us a sense of community as it allows us to come together to enjoy local gardens or meet fellow gardeners in your neighborhood. Looking to go one step further? Start a weekly cooking group with friends using ingredients from your gardens!

It counts as a workout. You might not think of gardening as a physical activity, but it gets your heart rate pumping. Whether you’re pulling weeds, lifting petunia planters, or working the soil, research shows you'll be burning 200 to 400 calories per hour!

So, the next time you're feeling digital fatigue, let gardening in your Keller home's yard be your refuge. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.

Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

640 Unbridled Lane Keller, TX 76248

640 Unbridled

Property Tour: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/JM6JXC/640-Unbridled-Lane-Keller-TX-13891784
Curtain rising! If you desire graceful living among beautiful surroundings, you must see this spacious home located on over one half acre in Keller ISD. The open concept and abundance of natural light evoke a relaxing lifestyle. A warm and welcoming family room perfect for entertaining guests features a wall of windows and the warmth of a fireplace. Retreat to the master suite with sitting area and spa-like bath offering his and her vanities, jetted, garden tub and separate shower. Large secondary bedrooms, gameroom, media room and study provide a place for everyone. Enjoy the private backyard with patio and plenty of room for outdoor fun. Conveniently located close to restaurants and shopping.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.2
Square feet: 3,610
Price: $450,000

For more information about this property, please contact Diane M. Grove at 817-337-0000 or info@groveteam.com. You can also text 5159857 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


See more listings at: http://www.groveteam.com


MLS ID: 13891784