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American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has just put her local ranch property for sale at 5986 Bennett Lawson Rd., Mansfield, TX 76063.  Currently on the market for $1.495M.  The home was built in 1993 and sits on 14.81 acres and has 6,880 sq.ft. 4 bedrooms , 5 1/2 baths.  The home overlooks a large private pond, walking trails, a diving and separate lap pool, serene surroundings. Features Dual master suites, large gym, theater room,  and even a treehouse.

According to Zillow Blog, this has been  her primary home and largely customized by Clarkson. Known to love  four-legged creatures she’s shared the estate with a “menagerie of rescue animals”—apparently her collection of 50-plus animals includes “several dogs, horses, miniature horses and a few pigs.

Singer-songwritier Kelly Clarkson could live anywhere in the United States, but since her “American Idol” win in 2002, her primary residence has been in Mansfield, TX, just 25 minutes outside Burleson, TX, where she grew up.

If you or anyone you know is interested in this or any other home for sale, I’m available to show them.  Just call, e-mail, text me or  post a message for me on Facebook or Twitter.

This residence is the centerpiece of a 56 acre estate with two additional distinguished homes connected by paved walking paths meandering through park like grounds with ponds, lovely bridges and barns, a rock lined creek and much more.  If you need additional information I can be reached personally at 972-897-7206.  Showings are strictly scheduled through appointments only.  Please contact me to schedule and for specific details and requierements for showings.

Some of the  Information herein provided  by Local MLS and is  deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 

5986 Bennett Lawson Road, Mansfield, Texas [Zillow]

Kelly Clarkson Lists Mansfield Ranch For Sale [Zillow Blog via Casa Sugar]

Virtual tour made available thru Listing Broker WILLIAMS TREW SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY and Produced by Mosaic Photo Media

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Once again Dallas and surrounding mayor Cities in Texas are enjoying growth in Real Estate home sales and an economic recovery quicker than other cities in the Nation.  It’s no wonder we are now known as the Texaplex.  We are graced with a strong vibrant Real Estate market and growing job opportunities.  If you haven’t watched before, see previous post ” Fascinating news about Texas Real Estate” .
This is part 2 of Texaplex. Hope you enjoy this one as much as you did the last.  Let us know your comments & don’t forget to like us.

 

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Your Credit Score is the single most important thing a Mortgage Company will look at when you decide you want to purchase a home.  When you decide the time is right and you are on the market to buy a home it’s important to talk to a Mortgage Company or Loan officer to find out where you stand before starting your home search.  If you have the right loan officer, he or she, will point you in the right direction.  Some of them will help walk you thru the steps to take to increase your credit scores in order to qualify and buy your new home.  Your Real Estate Agent can sometimes help you choose the right fit for your specific need. Having a good Mortgage lender along with a good Real Estate Agent are key in purchasing a home.  Here are some tips that will go a long way  in making sure you don’t fall victim to what I call ” Credit Score Vampires”.

1.  Renting a Car With a Debit Card– You think you are being responsible by using a debit card. But noooo! In the fine print of the agreements some (most) include a clause that says they have the right to pull your credit report if you use a debit card. They see this as extra protection for the privilege of “loaning” you a car. This can drop your score up to 14 points!

2.  Saying Yes to Dept. Store Credit Cards– It is tempting to say yes to the nice lady who offers you up to a 10% discount for instant store credit if you just fill out this application, takes 5 minutes! Just say NO! Dept. store cards carry a much higher interest rate than national brand cards. Applying for store credit triggers a “hard inquiry” on your credit because you are seeking credit.  A single inquiry could drop your score between 5 and 35 points depending on your current credit status.

3.  Closing a Credit Card With a Zero Balance– It’s tempting to close a card once you have it paid off. Think twice! About 30% of your FICO score is based on the amount of credit you’ve charged. The lower the better. Now you decide to take advantage of the 0% balance transfer offer. You transfer from one card to another offering a 0% deal. Suddenly your credit profile has changed, and not for the better. 15% of your FICO score is determined by the length of your credit history. Old accounts boost ratings, closing an account you have had for some time could be detrimental to your credit health.

4.  Buying Furniture From a Local Store Using Their Financing– You think, debt is debt. Credit card debt is know as “revolving debt”, and is scored less favorably than say, a home loan. Financing furniture in the store could lower your rating because they are seen as lender of last resort. If you have $1000 credit limit and buy a $900 couch you appear maxed out. FICO grades by the type of loans you have. The “mix” of credit you have accounts for 10% of your FICO scores. A healthy mix, home loan, auto loan, student loans are all good as long as you pay on time. Stay away from Household financing options.

5.  A Credit Card Company Not Reporting Your Credit Limits-All major card companies usually report your card balances and payment history to the “Big Three” agencies-Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. In some cases they don’t report your card limits or the maximum you can charge. When your limits aren’t reported, as is the case for people with no-limit credit, your scores could suffer. The reason: With no indication of your limit, most credit card models don’t know how to properly calculate your utilization rate.

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According to the latest housing trends, the days of the McMansions have passed. Rather than acres of sprawl to care for, today’s savvy buyers are far more interested in a little patch of heaven to call home.

And they want it in pristine condition. These buyers aren’t interested in fixer-uppers. They want well-maintained smaller properties, to avoid potential big ticket expenses in the future. Smaller properties also require less heating and cooling, and their smaller yards require less maintenance. These are all factors today’s buyers are weighing as they shop for a home.

The purchase price is very important, too. The current housing market puts buyers in a great position to negotiate for the best deal. Even reasonable asking prices are being answered with counter-offers at lower price points, and some buyers are asking for (and getting) little extras thrown in to sweeten the deal.

Small but Spectacular
Instead of buying more square footage, buyers are allocating funds to set the scene indoors, creating comfortable and efficient spaces to enjoy. They’re seeking energy efficient and eco-friendly solutions to further maximize their investments. Smart, multi-purpose furnishings are being incorporated into their homes, allowing rooms to serve multiple needs. Whole lines of multi-functional furnishings have sprung up due to this strong demand.

Style won’t be sacrificed for space. Buyers are making the most of their compact dwellings with bright, cheery colors and creative designs. They are filling their homes with upgraded features typically found in large, upscale homes, preferring a limited number of top-quality items over a large collection of cheaper alternatives. Granite countertops are chosen over laminate, and natural finishes throughout are prized by buyers. Besides creating a more enjoyable residence, such choices hold their value and may also help to realize a nice profit at resale time.

Take It Outside
Outdoor canopies add space and privacy with affordable elegance and increase the home’s effective usable space without needing to pay for more structural square footage. As people are foregoing lavish vacations, they’re creating their own little getaway spots right at home. They’re exchanging their travel dollars for long-lasting appointments like built-in gas barbecues and fashionable but durable outdoor furnishings.

Attractively priced, smaller properties in excellent condition, appointed with eco-friendly, energy efficient features, and boasting natural finishes and outdoor spaces will surely draw the interest of today’s home buyers.

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The rich, warm color and sleek look of a hardwood floor adds elegance and class to any home. However, unless they are properly maintained, hardwood floors will become noticeably dull and scratched after only a few years of wear. To keep your hardwood floors beautiful, you must carefully maintain their condition.

1. Prevention is key. Sand and dirt that is brought into the home by foot traffic can have very damaging effects on a hardwood floor. If there is sand on the floor, daily activity will grind it into the surface of the flooring and leave scratches and scuffs. To prevent this, do not allow shoes in the home. Get into a routine of removing your shoes at the door, and place a large mat at the entrance of the home to catch dirt before it enters the home.

2. Surface clean daily. At the end of each day, it is a good idea to pick up surface dirt with a quick sweep. This does not have to be a thorough cleaning, but this quick, simple chore can go a long way to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your flooring.

3. Rugs. For high traffic areas such as entryways and stairs, it is a good idea to protect your floors with small rugs. Just be sure to use a quality rug pad underneath the rug to protect the floor from any dirt that sifts through the rug fibers.

4. Consider your furniture. Dirt is not the only adversary to a beautiful hardwood floor. Every piece of furniture, from tables to couches, will scratch a hardwood floor unless it is fitted with a felt pad. You may think that your couch is stationary, but every time you sit on the couch it moves a small amount. Simply place self-adhesive felt pads on the bottom of your furniture to help it slide along the surface of your floor without causing any damage.

5. Conceal scratches. In a perfect world, you would be able to prevent every nick and scratch from harming your floor. However, life happens and sometimes your flooring takes a bit of abuse. If you notice a scratch, it can easily be concealed with simple shoe polish. Just apply a color that closely matches the coloring of your floor, and use a clean, dry cloth to buff and polish the scratch away.

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