Live Music at Cedar Creek Lake Brewery on Friday’s

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Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations! We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas. Click here to view our website. Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

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Dallas Boat Expo – 2018 Dallas Summer Boat Expo, July 19 – 22

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2018 Dallas Summer Boat Show July 19-22, 2018 Dallas Market Hall 2200 Stemmons Fwy Dallas, Tx 75207 Presented by: The United  Boat Dealers of North Texas DATE AND HOURS (hours subject to change) Day Date Time Thursday July 19, 2018 3 PM to 8 PM (Free Admission) Friday July 20, 2018 3 PM to 8 PM (Free […]

Source: Dallas Boat Expo – 2018 Dallas Summer Boat Expo, July 19 – 22

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations! We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas. Click here to view our website. Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com 469.283.8656 |

Is that a Bedroom?

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What Makes a Room a Bedroom?

Does That Count as a Bedroom?

There’s no single legal definition for a bedroom in Texas. The International Residential Code (IRC), published by the International Code Council and adopted by Texas in 2001, establishes a set of residential building standards for public safety and welfare that include requirements for what can be considered a bedroom. Amendments to the IRC adopted by local jurisdictions may add to those requirements.

What about your home?

If it is not obvious whether a room in your home counts as a bedroom, the IRC and other codes mentioned here can help you resolve the question.

Your local building official is a good source of information on local codes and amendments to the IRC.

Misrepresenting the status of a room in an MLS listing could put an realtor at risk of violating the MLS’s rules, Article 2 the Code of Ethics, which states that REALTORS® must avoid exaggerating or misrepresenting facts related to the property, and TREC Rule 535.155(d), which states an advertisement could mislead or deceive the public if it is inaccurate in any material fact or representation.

The IRC requires a bedroom to have:

  • A floor area of not less than 70 square feet and not less than 7 feet in any horizontal dimension
  • A minimum ceiling height of 7 feet, and if there is a sloped ceiling, then a minimum of 50% of ceiling must be a minimum of 7 feet high
  • At least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening with a clear opening of not less than 5.7 square feet, and a required egress window that must have a minimum width of 20 inches, a minimum height of 24 inches, and a maximum window sill height of 44 inches.

Housing built prior to the adoption of the IRC by Texas that remains unchanged is not required to comply with IRC standards for what may be considered a bedroom. However, there are some instances when requirements on what may be considered a bedroom are imposed on such housing, including specific requirements of the IRC, the International Property Maintenance Code, the International Fire Code, or from a local building official. Additionally, the Texas Property Code’s definition of “an area of a dwelling intended as sleeping quarters” applies to rooms offered for rent.

Whether a bedroom must have a closet is not governed by the IRC or Texas Property Code, but local residential codes may require one, along with heat sourcing and other amendments to the IRC. Furthermore, certain lenders, like FHA, VA, and Fannie Mae, may have definitions for a bedroom within their appraisal guidelines.

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas. Click here to view our website. Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com 469.283.8656 |

This Texas Supreme Court Ruling is a Significant Win for Texas Property Rights

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Private-property rights in Texas gained a huge victory last month when the Texas Supreme Court unanimously sided with a San Antonio-area homeowner who was renting out his property on a short-term basis.

The homeowners association for the neighborhood claimed that this was a violation of the deed restrictions limiting property use to “residential purposes.” However, the justices ruled that short-term rentals are residential uses.

The Texas Association of REALTORS® sees this as a significant win for property owners across the state, as TAR has consistently stated that homeowners should be able to use their homes how they see fit, including as short-term rentals, without government intrusion.

While TAR did not file a “friend of the court” brief in this case, TAR closely monitored this case throughout the court process. Look for a more extensive review of the case and its impact on private-property rights in a future issue of Texas REALTOR® magazine.

https://www.texasrealestate.com/members/posts/this-texas-supreme-court-ruling-is-a-significant-win-for-texas-property-rights/

The Schwanbecks Will Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

 

 

3 Steps for Unmarried Couples Looking to Buy | Realtor Magazine

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These three tips are for couples who haven’t tied the knot but want to make homeownership their reality.

Source: 3 Steps for Unmarried Couples Looking to Buy | Realtor Magazine

The Schwanbecks Will Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

FOMO Drives Young Buyers Toward Ownership | Realtor Magazine

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The “fear of missing out” is a cultural phenomenon influencing millennials to consider purchasing a home, according to a new Bank of America survey.

Source: FOMO Drives Young Buyers Toward Ownership | Realtor Magazine

The Schwanbecks Will Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

10 Commandments Between Now & Closing

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The Schwanbecks Will Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

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6 Reasons Our Understanding of Agency Is Clouded | Realtor Magazine

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The subtleties of client representation are sometimes difficult to uncover, especially in the real estate industry. Here are a few reasons I feel the waters are so muddied.

Source: 6 Reasons Our Understanding of Agency Is Clouded | Realtor Magazine

The Schwanbecks Will Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

Sellers – Want to Sell Quick?

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We are in an active buying and selling market.   Even with that, sellers who want to sell should complete some projects that could bring a quicker sale .  This flyer is very informative regarding projects and what to focus on.

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The Schwanbecks Will Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Texas, SchwanbeckGroup@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

Ebby is Well Connected

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Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc. stays connected to consumers, wherever they are, in many different ways.

In addition to traditional marketing, the firm’s agents and listed property benefit from presentation to the market through a robust social media presence, including frequent blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and Twitter posts. Ebby Halliday’s Facebook page has more than 17,000 followers and the Ebby Blog is one of the most popular real estate blogs in Texas.

The Ebby Blog features ‘DFW Daily’, profiling events in the DFW and N. Texas area; ‘Fabulous Finds’, highlighting great homes available for sale; and ‘Helpful Hints’, offering everything from insight on the latest paint colors to apps that help around the home.

The firm’s award-winning website, ebby.com, is one of the most visited residential real estate sites in the nation. Offering a mobile approach, the site was built with mobility in mind for today’s highly mobile buyer.

And, the Ebby Halliday Realtors app, recently named the “Best Real Estate App in America”, provides property information in a natural way, starting with a map instead of a menu. Featuring the latest in augmented reality, it’s specifically designed for buyers on the go.

While the Ebby Organization provides innovative marketing and advertising for our agents and listings, the firm believes it all comes down to the connection between agents who are ready to serve and our clients. To connect with a real estate agent who is a true professional, visit an Ebby Halliday Companies’ web site.

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas. Click here to view the listing.    Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |