Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Attention Texas Homestead Exemption Procrastinators


If you have never filed for a Texas Homestead Exemption on your primary residence, you need to file before the end of THIS WEEK.

The Homestead Exemption caps the annual property tax assessment increases at 10% rather than the current approximate 28%.

The deadline is April 30 each year. Even if you purchased your home this year, you can file for the exemption now. Follow this link for more information.

I've Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, New Build certified
214-862-7212
DFWmark.com

Friday, April 22, 2022

Market Watch - 22 April 2022


Since last week, New Listings have increased while Active Option Contract, Pending and Closed properties all decreased.

The market is showing signs of a correction after months of record high appreciation.


The Lease market had decreases in New Listings and Pending Properties while Closed Properties increased. 

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com


#DFWmark #REALTOR #MarketWatch #MLS #changes #InvertedMarket #HousingShortage #NewListings #Pending #Closed

Monday, April 18, 2022

Free Stuff!

Free items are available to folks who know when and where to look. Most businesses and government agencies require recipients to register online to get coupons or free items. While there are plenty of discount coupons, with purchase or BOGO (Buy One Get One) offers, we need to know what is FREE. Here’s your guide!

Please check websites. Most offers don’t include taxes and always remember to kindly tip your waitstaff!

See the full list with details and website links below.

Free Birthday Stuff
Free Other Stuff
Free Stuff on a Specific Date
Free Veterans Day Stuff

Free Birthday Stuff
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Birthday: Everyone has a birthday, and it needs to be celebrated! Here’s an entire section of free birthday treats. Please follow the link to the DFWmark blog to learn more about these and options from other businesses - many free desserts.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Free movie ticket! They have a loyalty program called Alamo Victory. Members receive a FREE movie ticket on their birthday every year.
AMC Theatres: Free large popcorn.
Auntie Anne's Pretzels: Free pretzel.
BarkBox (for pet): Enter your pets birthday and get a special box that month.
Baskin-Robbins: Free kids scoop (2.5 oz) or one 3 oz soft serve swirl.
Best Buy: Members receive a special birthday gift during their birthday month.
Big Boy: Free hot fudge ice cream cake.
Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang shrimp or dessert.
Boston Market: Free dessert.
Bubba Gump Shrimp: Free birthday cupcake, complete with candle and song.
Buca di Beppo: Free colossal brownie sundae (feeds 4 people) OR double dark chocolate cake.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free order of 6 buffalo wings.
California Pizza Kitchen: Free dessert during your birthday month.
Carrabba's Italian Grill: Free appetizer or dessert.
Checkers: Free large fries.
Cheesecake Factory: Free birthday sundae with a tiny “scoopette” of vanilla ice cream & fudge.
Chick-fil-A: Free chocolate chunk cookie or chocolate fudge brownie.
Chili's: Free dessert.
Church's Chicken: Free piece of chicken (thigh, leg, or strip).
Cicis: Free adult pizza buffet.
Corner Bakery Café: Free bakery fresh sweet.
Denny's: Free Grand Slam breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon or sausage.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit: Free barbecue classic sandwich.
Dippin' Dots: Free small cup of Dippin' Dots.
Edible Arrangements: Free 12-ct chocolate dipped fruit box.
El Chicos: Free brownie sundae.
Firehouse Subs: Free medium sub.
GameStop: "Free gift on your birthday."
Genghis Grill: Free appetizer or dessert (less than 3 visits) or 1 free regular bowl (3+ visits).
Godfather's Pizza: Free medium one-topping pizza.
Hooters: 10 free boneless wings.
IHOP: Free full stack of ANY pancakes.
Joe's Crab Shack: Free dessert.
Krispy Kreme: Free original glazed DOZEN doughnuts.
la Madeleine: Free individual pastry or slice of cake on your birthday.
Logan's Roadhouse: Free appetizer or dessert, up to $7.99.
Luby's: Free dessert.
Marco's Pizza: Free small 1-topping pizza.
Nothing Bundt Cakes: Free bundtlet.
Olive Garden: Free dessert, up to $8.50 in value.
On The Border: Free bowl of queso or brownie sundae.
Outback Steakhouse: Free dessert.
P.F. Chang's: Free appetizer or dessert, valued up to $12.50.
Panera Bread: Free pastry or sweet.
Papa John's: Free dessert.
Pei Wei: Free Small Plate. Eligible Small Plates include Crab Wontons (2 piece), Traditional Edamame (small), Vegetable Spring Rolls (1 piece), Pork Egg Roll (1 piece) or Vietnamese Chicken Salad Roll (1 piece).
Petco: Free bag of treats from the treat bar (aprox. 1 lb.).
Pilot FlyingJ: Your choice from three meals (breakfast, pizza, or hot dogs) and a drink.
Pizza Hut: Free Cinnamon Sticks.
Popeyes: Free apple pie dessert.
Qdoba: Free chocolate chunk cookie.
Red Lobster: Free chocolate cake dessert.
Red Robin: Free Gourmet Burger or Chicken Sandwich.
Redbox: Free 1-night DVD rental during your birthday month.
Ruby Tuesday: Free Garden Bar entrée or Free Burger up to $11.
Sbarro: Free slice of XL NY pizza.
Smashburger: Free side and/or classic smash burger OR Free dessert with any purchase.
Starbucks: Free any sized drink, with any additions.
Steak 'n Shake: Free Double Cheeseburger and Fries.
Subway: Free cookie.
Taco Bell: Free Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze.
Taco Cabana: Any 2 tacos for free.
TCBY: Get your first 3oz. of FroYo free.
TGI Fridays: Free dessert.
Tim Hortons: Free breakfast sandwich or beverage.
Twin Peaks: Free birthday meal from soups, salads, wings, bites, hot dishes, handhelds, or sweets.
Waffle House: Free waffle.
Wetzel's Pretzels: Free original, flavored, or cheese pretzel.
Which Wich: Free regular Wich (sandwich).
Wienerschnitzel: Free corndog.
Wingstop: Free large fresh-cut seasoned fries.
Zoes Kitchen: Free slice of YaYa's chocolate cake.

Other Free Stuff
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Free Gmail address: Set up a secondary free Gmail account to handle your registrations or other less important emails.
Free Fishing without a license - Texas State Parks: Fishing is free year-round at every Texas State Park (entry fee still applies) Lowe’s Workshops: In-store workshops for DIYers and kids.
Museums on Us: During 1st full weekend of each month, Bank of America cardholders get free general admission to more than 225 cultural institutions across the USA.
Local Museums: African American Museum, Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art and the Latino Cultural Center have free entry and sometimes free tours. See websites.
M-Line Trolley: Free historic street car rides.

Free Stuff on Specific Dates
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Free National Parks Entrance Days are MLK Day, 1st Day of National Park Week, Aug. 4 (Great American Outdoors Act anniversary), Sept 24 (National Public Lands Day), Veterans Day.
March 20 is Dairy Queen Free Cone Day. Get a small vanilla soft-serve cone around first day of spring annually.
Texas Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday is on April 23. It is free from taxes at least. Get ready for tornado and hurricane seasons. See other states here: taxadmin.org/2021-sales-tax-holiday
Memorial Day - Dallas Symphony Community Concert series: Free DSO concerts at parks throughout Dallas. Starts with Memorial Day Concert and fireworks at Flagpole Hill.
May 7 is Free Comic Book Day 2022: Get a free comic book at participating locations. Color coded labels distinguish ages.
June 4 is Texas Free Fishing Day: No license or endorsements needed for recreational fishing on any public waters in Texas. See other states at DFWmark.blogspot.com.
July 11 is Free Slurpee Day: Since 2002, 7-11 convenience stores offer a free Slurpee ice beverage on 7/11.
Aug. 5 is Texas Sales Tax Holiday: Typically first full weekend of August. Get Back To School items without the taxes. See other states here: taxadmin.org/2021-sales-tax-holiday

Free Veterans Day Stuff
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Veterans Day on Nov. 11 is special to many former service members. Many restaurants and businesses provide free menu items or entire meals to military veterans. Vets can literally graze across town for 24 hours. Find vets and have fun watching them get rewarded for the price they already paid for your freedom. It often won’t cost them anything, but the experience is invaluable.

B&B for Vets: Free one night stay at participating Bed & Breakfast inns.
Grace For Vets: Free car wash on Veterans Day. See list at website.
9/11 Memorial & Museum: Free admission for veterans Nov. 7-11 plus half price admission for up to two family members.
Pro Football Hall of Fame: Free admission. Has been for entire month of November in the past.
54th Street Grill & Bar: Free entrée up to 12.
Applebee's: Free meal from Veterans Day Menu.
Bar Louie: Free craft burger or flatbread.
BJ’s Restaurant: Free entrée up to $14.95 plus free Dr Pepper.
California Pizza Kitchen: Free entrée from Veterans Day menu - includes pizza, salads and pasta.
Cantina Laredo: Free meal.
Chick fil A: Free Chick-fil-a sandwich, waffle fries and beverage.
Chili's Grill & Bar: Free meal from Veteran's Day Menu.
Cotton Patch Café: Free chicken fried steak or fried chicken.
El Finix Mexican Restaurant: Free meal from Veterans Day Menu (enchilada and taco plates).
Fish City Grill: Free entrée (up to $20.99).
IHOP: Free red, white and blue Pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
III Forks: Free entrée (up to $50).
Ikea: Free entrée from Nov. 9 to 11.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Free doughnut of choice and coffee.
Logan's Roadhouse: Free American Roadhouse Meal.
Macaroni Grill: Free Mom's Ricotta meatballs + Spaghetti.
McDonalds: Free combo meal at many franchises. Each is independently owned and set their own reward programs.
Olive Garden: Free meal from Veterans Day Menu.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and Coca-Cola product.
Perry's Steakhouses: Free pork chop dinner.
Rock and Brews: Free pulled pork sandwich or strawberry fields salad.
Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar: Free Snuffer's burger or sandwich.
Torchy's Tacos: Free taco (ANY taco) and fountain drink or iced tea.

Face coverings are required in many places. Check before attending.
Sources: Hey, It’s Free, The Military Wallet, Veterans Advantage & linked.

I've Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, New Build certified
214-862-7212
markhancockrealty@gmail.com
DFWmark.com

Friday, April 15, 2022

Open House in Oak Point on Saturday


Saturday, April 16, 2022
710 Emerald Sound Blvd. Oak Point 75068
Offered at $650,000
MLS# 14755249

This 2,971 sq.ft. home has 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, 2-car garage attached with separate detached 2-car garage/workshop, 2 living rooms, dining and breakfast rooms, game room, fireplace, screened patio, spacious barn-style shed on a full acre of land.

Roof replaced March 2022. Screened outdoor living was completed in 2021. Enjoy the firepit, yard to romp and space to park RVs.

Kitchen has double oven, island, planning desk, walk-in pantry, and window bench. Formal dining and parlor are great for entertaining or convert into a relaxed home office. Downstairs is complete with a powder room, utility room and large family room with a fireplace.

Upstairs, primary suite can easily handle a Texas King bed, has walk-in closet, garden tub, separate shower and double sinks. Three bedrooms share a Hollywood bath with two separate sinks and vanities. The large game room can convert to a 5th bedroom, media room or super-sized office. Solar panel lease must transfer.

You can see the details here: dfwmark.kw.com 
Or a video slideshow of the property at this YouTube link.

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com

#DFWmark #REALTOR #OpenHouse #house #home #OakPoint #DentonCounty #Acre #land #LargeYard #RVSpace

Market Watch - 15 April 2022


Since last week, New Listings have decreased while Active Option Contract, Properties Pending and Closed Properties have all increased. 

The market is back in inverted territory.


The Lease market decreased New Listings and Closed Properties while Pending Properties increased.

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com


#DFWmark #REALTOR #MarketWatch #MLS #changes #InvertedMarket #HousingShortage #NewListings #Pending #Closed

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Easter Open House in Oak Point

Easter Open House
Sunday, April 17, 2022
710 Emerald Sound Blvd. Oak Point 75068
Offered at $650,000
MLS# 14755249

This 2,971 sq.ft. home has 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, 2-car garage attached with separate detached 2-car garage/workshop, 2 living rooms, dining and breakfast rooms, game room, fireplace, screened patio, spacious barn-style shed on a full acre of land.

Roof replaced March 2022. Screened outdoor living was completed in 2021. Enjoy the firepit, yard to romp and space to park RVs.

Kitchen has double oven, island, planning desk, walk-in pantry, and window bench. Formal dining and parlor are great for entertaining or convert into a relaxed home office. Downstairs is complete with a powder room, utility room and large family room with a fireplace.

Upstairs, primary suite can easily handle a Texas King bed, has walk-in closet, garden tub, separate shower and double sinks. Three bedrooms share a Hollywood bath with two separate sinks and vanities. The large game room can convert to a 5th bedroom, media room or super-sized office. Solar panel lease must transfer.

You can see the details here: https://dfwmark.kw.com/property/LST-6913000466394451976-4
Or a video slideshow of the property at this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/oRZxuE6FgUA

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com

#DFWmark #REALTOR #OpenHouse #house #home #OakPoint #DentonCounty #Acre #land #LargeYard #RVSpace

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Market Watch - 10 April 2022


Since last week, New Listings, Active Option Contract and Pending Properties all increased while Closed Properties decreased.

This is the first time Closed Property volume has been below New Listings since 20 November 2020 - after 71 weeks of mostly inversion. 

This occurred on the heels of the War in Ukraine, historic inflation, fuel prices increasing dramatically and the Fed raising the interest rate with a promise of more to come. 


The Lease market had increases in all categories.

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com


#DFWmark #REALTOR #MarketWatch #MLS #changes #InvertedMarket #HousingShortage #NewListings #Pending #Closed

Monday, April 4, 2022

Lux Market Watch for March 2022


Since last month, the Luxury Market (homes priced higher than $750,000) had increases in Active Listings, Pending Properties and Closed Properties while there was a decrease in Active Option Contract properties.

The two most obvious observations are 1) the market is inverted and 2) the low AOC indicates a strong cash-buyer influence on the market. Keep these issues in mind about the luxury market.

With that said, it’s important to understand that this report is a snapshot of Active, AOC and Pending while it is a cumulative analysis of Closed properties for the month. As such, a high closed-to-listed ratio is understandable in this market because it only means that there are fewer homes currently for sale than closed transactions during the entire month.

There are currently 1,255 properties for sale in the lux market. Of these, 761 (60%) are priced higher than $1 million. Last month, there were 1,307 in this category. The total drop of 52 houses in the luxury market for one month is significant leading into the spring buying season. Inventory is lower than demand while inventory traditionally increases.

This sets up a strong seller’s market in the Luxury submarket that can demand higher prices while interest rates rise because – combined with the information above - interest rates don’t alarm cash buyers.

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
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#DFWmark #REALTOR #MarketWatch #luxury #Lux #InvertedMarket #HousingShortage #NewListings #Pending #Closed

Market Watch - 1 April 2022


Since last week, New Listings and Closed Properties have increased while Pending properties decreased and AOC remained flat. Closed properties also exceeded Pending this week, which could indicate more cash transactions.

The primary resale market remains inverted for the 34th week since 13 Aug. 2022 when 82 more homes were listed than sold in one week. 

Volume is significantly lower in AOC, Pending and Closed than last year although there is a slight increase in listings from this point last year. Please also see my monthly Lux Market Watch.


The Lease market decreased in all categories largely due to it being the first of the month. The Lease market also remains inverted with leases strongly tied to listings. 

There are currently 3,024 lease properties available in North Texas and Northwest Louisiana. Of those, 151 are priced at $5,000 or more per month. The highest-priced lease is a two-level penthouse condo off Turtle Creek for $35,000 monthly ($420,000 annual lease).

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com


#DFWmark #REALTOR #MarketWatch #MLS #changes #InvertedMarket #HousingShortage #NewListings #Pending #Closed

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Open House Treats!


Please visit the open houses at 710 Emerald Sound Blvd. in Oak Point today or tomorrow from 2-4 p.m. There will be information, snacks and treats.

You can see a video slideshow of the property at this YouTube link

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com

#DFWmark #REALTOR #Allen #acre #DentonCounty #HouseForSale #OpenHouse #OakPoint #treats #candy

Friday, April 1, 2022

Open House Sunday in Oak Point


Open House
Sunday, April 3, 2022
710 Emerald Sound Blvd.
Oak Point 75068
Offered at $650,000
MLS# 14755249

This 2,971 sq.ft. home has 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, 2-car garage attached with separate detached 2-car garage/workshop, 2 living rooms, dining and breakfast rooms, game room, fireplace, screened patio, spacious barn-style shed on a full acre of land.

Roof replaced March 2022. Screened outdoor living was completed in 2021. Enjoy the firepit, yard to romp and space to park RVs.

Kitchen has double oven, island, planning desk, walk-in pantry, and window bench. Formal dining and parlor are great for entertaining or convert into a relaxed home office. Downstairs is complete with a powder room, utility room and large family room with a fireplace.

Upstairs, primary suite can easily handle a Texas King bed, has walk-in closet, garden tub, separate shower and double sinks. Three bedrooms share a Hollywood bath with two separate sinks and vanities. The large game room can convert to a 5th bedroom, media room or super-sized office. Solar panel lease must transfer.

You can see a video slideshow of the property at this YouTube link

I’ve Got Your Six!

Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, Certified New Home Sales
214-862-7212 (call or text)
DFWmark@kw.com
DFWmark.com

#DFWmark #REALTOR #OpenHouse #house #home #OakPoint #DentonCounty #Acre #land #LargeYard #RVSpace

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