David McKay's Blog Posts

Hidden Mickeys On My Landscapping

 If you clicked on this you're probably a big Disney fan like us! I was cleaning my yard as I shared my Disneyland experience with a friend. The topic of hidden Mickeys came about.

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The Stress On Pets When You Move

 love my dogs! But after all the hoopla settled regarding my brand new home, I realized my puppies were not handling the move well. Before I continue I would like to make it

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Home Buying Timeline

1) Make a decision to buy a home2) Call a Realtor to represent you3) Get Pre Approval from Lender (How much you can afford)4) Start Home Search5) Make an offer on a home6) Negotiate / Accept

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How To Get Fixer Upper Financing In El Paso Texas

Click here to see a list of Fixer Uppers In El Paso, Texas.  Call me for details at 915-215.

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Find The Hero In You

Blood donations are very important because: 4.5 million Americans would die each year without lifesaving blood transfusions. Approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United

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Texas Voters

Texas Voters-Get involved!  9 more days.  Vote "for" these two propositions.Proposition 1.   This will increase homestead exemption for school districts from $15,000 to $25,000.

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Buying A Home After A Foreclosure

Some people believe they will never be able to buy a home if they lost their home due to a foreclosure.  The truth is, it will take some time and some work, but you can buy a home again.  

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New Urbanism Coming To El Paso Texas

The long awaited Aldea Project is finally set to move forward next year.  According to an article in El Paso Inc., the new urbanism development which consist of 204 acres will have broad

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Open Houses

Are you looking to buy a house? Open houses are a great way to start looking and getting an idea of what you would or would not like in a house and neighborhood.  And you never know,  

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Teach Every Kid How To Ride A Bike

I came across an interesting article from the Atlantic City Lab "Why D.C. Wants to teach every kid how to ride a bike", where the goal in Washington is to teach every second grader in the city

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Things To Do Labor Day Weekend El Paso

The much anticipated three day weekend is almost here and there is much to do in the Sun City and nearby New Mexico.  Here's a list of favorites:St. Anthony’s Bazaar — The 51st

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Growing Family Bigger House

Is your family growing? Is it time to upgrade your house to a larger size? Selling and buying a house at the same time is a scary process but it can be done.  I have been there and I

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End Of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

As we are nearing the end of summer, it is a good idea to prepare your home for winter.  Start by checking your home's air flow. Vacuum  and clean dust from stove hood, fans,

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Rental Homes

Renting a home can be an overwhelming process. You can break it up into five easy tasks: determine what you can pay, brainstorm the features you are seeking, map your day, choose your rental type

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Millenials

Research has shown millenials prefer other alternatives of transportation besides private owned vehicle. El Paso has several communities which are near hike/bike trails and rapid transit.

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Work, live and play.  El Paso has several smart growth communities to meet your needs. Call me for more details.;

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The SAFE Use Of Extension Cords During Christmas

The SAFE use of electrical extension cords during Christmas Fires involving holiday lights or other decorative lighting with line voltage  Holiday lights and other decorative lighting

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Hiring A Contractor

                                                       

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Green Buildings

     The word "green" is used more frequently by the construction and real estate developers.  Some individuals are not concerned about the environment, but to others, it is the

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Repeal Of The Mortgage Interest Deduction A Bad Idea

According to Realtor Magazine (May/June 2013 Issue) and the National Association of Realtors, home owners, regardless of individual wealth and income levels have benefited from the Mortgage

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6 Tips To Reduce Your Debt

From the March 2013 Issue of Realtor Magazine comes this interesting and useful article:Start your financial spring cleaning with these critical strategies:1. Assess your debt - Should you

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The Low Down on Big Down Payments

I came across this interesting article in the Realty Times written in March of 2013 by a realtor in Boston by the name of Susie Shortsleeve. She talks about why putting a higher down payment on a

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Rearrange Your Psychological Furniture

From the Desk of Exit Realty Founder, Steve Morris...  'Change this moment and you change your destiny. Do not waste time grieving over past mistakes. The future is your present thinking made

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Cost vs Value 1st Impressions Count

Realtor Magazine conducts its annual Cost vs Value Report and this years study has some interesting conclusions. According to the study, if a home seller is wondering what home improvement projects

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Why buy instead of renting

There are many reasons why buying a home makes more sense than renting. If you are renting, you are essentially throwing your money away. Whereas if you buy, eventually your loan will get paid off

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Growth in Home Prices to Continue

According to RIS Media, consumer confindence in housing grew last month as shown by continued positvie attitudes toward home price, rental price, and mortgage rate expectations according to Fannie

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reasons to use a Realtor

When selling your home, do it right.Be prepared for surprises like a failed insoection, erroneous survey or miscalculation associated with costs.  A home that does not sell in a reasonable

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Old versus New Homes

According to Realtor Magazine, a recent study examining consumer purchases found that home buyers prefer existing homes over new homes, but that many will still consider a new home offered by a

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Are you tired of renting

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Investors embracing Real Estate purchases to fund retirement

Some Americans are  embracing the investor role in real estate, hoping it will fund their retirements. First time investors are taking the strategy of buying foreclosed homes at super low rates

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Amp Up the Curb Appeal

A property's curb appeal very naturally can make a great impression when selling your home. If everything out front is in perfect reapir from the mailbox to house numbers to the walkway and

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Homes are Selling More Quickly

Good news for Home Sellers! According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), typical amount of time it takes to sell a home is down 29.6 or from 98 days in July of 2011 to 69 days in 2012.

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Buying a Home Vs Renting a House

According to the Home Buyers Information Center there are many advantages to buying a home. For many people, it's their ultimate dream. What are  some of the advantages of buying a home? 1)

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El Paso Tx Best Climate

Of all the cities in the United States, El Paso Texas has one of the best climates. Although the month of June has some days with temperatures of 100 degrees or more, it is dry so one can stand

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What is a Home Warranty

Do you want to provide a home warranty for a buyer when selling your home? Is it worth the cost of a few hundred dollars? Do I ask for one when purchasing a home? Will it help me sell my home? Is it

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El Paso Texas A Great Place to Live

El Paso TX is one of the best places to live in the United States for many reasons. It is the safest city of its size, it has an incredible climate that allows for sports to be played outdoors

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Property Taxes Texas vs New Mexico

When is it more economically feasible to own a home in New Mexico vs. Texas? Naturally, there are other factors in play when in comes to purchasing a home in Texas or New Mexico. However, property

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