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Why Now Is Still a Great Time To Buy: Tips for a Home Buyer

"It's a seller's market out there!" I hear that phrase quite often in day to day conversations when discussing what I do for a living. Lower inventory of homes in the North Texas area have certainly made for an interesting market, there is still hope for a buyer yet. Now is a great time to buy a home in North Texas and here are a few reasons why... 1. Less stringent loan approval requirements are encouraging lending. Down payment requirements, as well as credit score requirements, are beginning to loosen, to encourage more people to buy homes. Interest rates are still low. I still continue to hear people say they will have to put 20% down to qualify for a mortgage. This is simply not the case. If you are curious whether you would qualify for a mortgage, there are some great lenders out there who would love to work with you. Concerned about some dings in your credit? There are also professionals out there who only work to get your credit score ready for a mortgage. Wo…

Cousins Love

Colbi came and spent the night with us last night. We love having her here. The girls have SO much fun together (and fight like sisters). They are getting into trouble together too, we had some jumping-on-the-bed instances. Oh, those kids. We heard ALOT of laughing. And it wouldn't be an official spend the night at the Whiteheads night if we didn't have popcorn.
Uncle Jason built a fort...they then proceeded to pull everything off shelves within arms distance into it, which is awesome.
And here they are, the angelic angels.
Love those girls!

Vegas, Baby! Take 2.

This was SUCH a lower-key trip than last year. Jason had a conference at the Mandalay Bay and we got moved to the Delano, which is a tower connected. This is the room... ( This was our view at night...
We loved this hotel. It smelled great and it was all suites, so we had a one room, 1.5 bath room. The Mandalay is a pretty place to stay. It's all the way on the south end of the strip, so you aren't close to the Bellagio or Caesars, but I was just fine with that, to be honest. There was a very nice hotel/beach area. The sodas were $5.50 each, so the hotel was incredibly expensive! But I found ways to eat cheaper and brought a few snacks in my bag, so that helped.

When Jason goes on these trips and I follow him, I have to admit, I spend a lot of time by myself. I think it would be nice to take someone with me next time! I did a lot of eating alone and taking selfies. I did a little gambling and it was nice to have some alone time, but it was a l…

Happy 13th Birthday, Jordan!!

My 13 year old. I said this phrase this morning. Jordan turned 13 last Thursday. 13. I can't believe he is a teenager....I can't believe this is the same kid I met when he was 7 that was obsessed with Legos and watching Indiana Jones.

The same kid who always seemed a few years ahead of his time. Who was clean and organized even as a first grader. Who was reading large books in the 2nd grade. The same kid who surprised us by his interest (and aptitude) for music and joined the choir in 4th grade and band in 6th. The same kid who was at one time timid about sports but is now the best defender on his soccer team. I just can't believe how fast he has grown. And how tall! He is almost as tall as me and will probably end up surpassing his dad. As a 29 years old, I hadn't been around that many kids in my adult life. And I never grew up with boys. Having a boy was a new experience for me....Jordan has always been a kid who has fascinated me. He is smart beyond his years, s…

Starter Story: Our Home Journey

I was recently made aware of a company called Compass. It's a home search company that works mainly in Washington D.C. and New York City that helps pair people with neighborhoods and agents that best fit what they are looking for. They are running a series called Starter Stories so it inspired me to write a little about our first homes we shared as a family. I always think of a home as any place you live; it doesn't have to be a house you own, just a place where you come home to be with family. Jason and I have lived in a few homes in our time together. Our first "home" together was a three bedroom apartment. When we signed the lease, we had the two kids, the two dogs and ourselves. It seemed perfect because it was much bigger than the two bedroom Jason was living in and we only had the kids a portion of the time. Until we quickly found out we would be expecting a baby! This apartment was the first place Jason's kids had their own rooms (at least for a little …