Thursday, December 18, 2008

2-Minute Video with Jim Fite: Real Estate 2010 and Beyond

Jim Fite, President of CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company in Dallas/Fort Worth, talks about the real estate market today and where it's headed in 2010 and beyond.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Real Estate 2010 and Beyond

Real Estate 411 - FACTS
Growing population and greater technology demands shape our FUTURE

FACTS for our FUTURE: The US population increases 1% per year, or 3 million annually¹. With over 164 million in total US employment by 2014², housing will remain a vital need and attaining it will continue to be the American Dream.
FACTS for our FUTURE: An estimated 75% of American Adults (age 18 and above) go online³. Increased dependency on a burgeoning Internet will continue as technologies become even more to read complete article.

Real Estate 411 - TIPS
Navigating into the FUTURE

TIPS: Real Estate investments are a “get-rich-slow” strategy. Using this process, one finds that the creation of wealth is not an event, but a life-long journey. In Real Estate 2010, there will be strong demographics for housing. The market will continue to offer more opportunities for buying and investing in real estate. Remember that the minimum holding time frame is a reasonable 5 to 10 years and should produce wonderful opportunities for the patient investor. Buy to read complete article.

2-Minute 411 with Jim Fite
Driving factors for the FUTURE

Real Estate will remain a smart investment in 2010 and Beyond. With the population growth expected to double in the United States by 2050, sound real estate investments will remain a wise choice for the savvy investor. Population growth points to a powerful trend and incentive for the accumulation of properties. In the US, our population increases by about 3 million per year. Real estate markets are local in nature. Within the United States there are many regional markets, each with their own unique growth to read complete article.

We are spreading the word that “Real Estate is GREAT! at CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company”. There is real estate to be bought and sold in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and we are doing it! Join us in spreading the word that real estate really is GREAT here in our market. Each month we will deliver a new Real Estate 411 that will give you INFORMATION you need to know. REAL ESTATE 411 will deliver GOOD NEWS about what is happening here at CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company and in our local real estate market. To join our subsriber list and have the Real Estate 411 delivered personally to your inbox, complete the sign-up form on the right and click submit! We promise not to share your information with any other company.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

What does legacy mean to you when it comes to buying and selling real estate?

At Judge Fite Company we have been selling real estate since 1937 and over the years we have had the opportunity to provide you with a vast array of services. We have sold your home, facilitated the purchase of your home, insured your home, financed your home, and managed your properties. All this experience we bring to you today in a legacy of service, trust and professionalism that was started many years ago. Here at CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company, the past really does represent the future!

We are also proud to bring a legacy of service to our industry. The Judge always said “a percentage of your time should be devoted to the up-building of your industry”. He taught and believed that with a passion, and in fact was known as the “
Dean of Real Estate”. Judge B. Fite was recognized for his service and contribution to real estate and was awarded the Realtor of the Year award in 1970 by the Dallas Association of Realtors, and in 1987 by the Texas Association of Realtors. He also received the Rural Land Institute of Realtors “Realtor of the Year” award in 1984.

Part of the legacy of experience The Judge Fite Company offers are the prestigious awards that have been given to us, noting our dedication and service to our agents, our customers and our market:

* Realtor of the Year awarded to Jim Fite by the Greater Dallas Association of Realtors in 1987

* Realtor of the Year awarded to Jan Fite Miller by the Greater Dallas Association of Realtors in 1997

* CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company was named one of the “Best Companies” in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2006 and 2007

* CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company was the proud recipient of the coveted Century 21 Art Bartlett 2100 Cup in 2007

Our legacy does not stop here though. We continue to be a ground-breaking company, offering the latest in technology, marketing, training and career opportunities for our associates. We set the standard of real estate to be more than a just a real estate agent, but to be a real estate professional that makes a difference in YOUR life…our Mission Statement says it all: To Serve the Community, Develop People, Have Fun and Achieve Profits!

Call us today with your real estate needs and questions . . . experience the legacy!

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Friday, October 17, 2008

How can I build wealth with Real Estate?

Jim Fite, President of CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company in Dallas / Fort Worth, shares his easy tips to building wealth through real estate investments in this month's 2-minute video, below. For more information on the Real Estate 411 campaign, click here.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Can Real Estate Help Me Build Wealth?

More millionaires are made through real estate than in any other industry!

FACT: 60% of homeowner’s wealth is from the equity they have built in their home.

FACT: The average homeowner’s net worth is 46 times the net worth of the average renter.

FACT: During the last three decades, home values have increased an average of more than 6.0% per year.

FACT: There have been more millionaires made through real estate than through any other wealth building medium anywhere in the world!

A wealth of housing data clearly demonstrates that housing is a good long-term investment. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 60 percent of a homeowner’s wealth is from the equity they have built in their home. A Federal Reserve study has shown that the average homeowner’s net worth is 46 times the net worth of the average renter.

You might be wondering if buying a home right now is a smart financial decision. The fact is, homeownership is key to building long-term wealth, no matter when someone buys. Studies show that, over time, most homeowners will steadily build equity. For example, during the past three decades, home values have increased an average of more than 6.0% per year*.

If you’re one of the five million people who list their home for sale this year, it has been shown that when it comes to selling a home, you’re better off using a real estate professional. Someone who can get the job done in half the time and can sell it for more than if you sold it on your own. That’s because CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Real Estate Associates are experts—they have extensive experience staging the home, marketing it, showing it and attracting qualified buyers to view it. They can explain options in your area that best fit your situation. Every market is different, contact a real estate professional before you embark on buying or selling real estate.

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*Source: NAR existing home sales historic series.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

How Can Technology Help in the Real Estate Process?

With 84% of home buyers searching online for homes, it is important - now more than ever - that real estate agents offer more than just a nice car and a mapsco! The new tech-savvy real estate agent understands all the new technology and can help you the consumer understand how it all works together to give you a better real estate experience. Finding the right agent is the key. When looking for a high-tech real estate professional, do your homework, contact several successful agents and prepare a list of questions to ask. Some of the questions should concern how involved the real estate agent is in the high-tech aspects of real estate.

1. A high-tech REAL ESTATE AGENT uses Email to keep in touch with their clients.
If you want to communicate with your agent via e-mail about houses for sale, purchase negotiations and the status of your real estate transaction, you obviously need an agent who not only is equipped to send and receive e-mail messages, but also actually uses e-mail. Even better would be an agent with a laptop computer and an e-mail system faster than dial-up.

2. A high-tech REAL ESTATE AGENT has great access to information.
It's no secret that the Web contains massive amounts of pertinent, informative and helpful information about real property and the business of real estate. A high-tech agent can not only help you understand all that info but also has access to neighborhood profiles, mortgage qualifying calculators, real estate news, markets trends reports and much more with a few mouse clicks.

3. A high-tech REAL ESTATE AGENT can show you educational Web sites.
First-time homebuyers, in particular, need to educate themselves about the wide world of home-buying and homeownership. A high-tech agent can recommend Web resources that explain everything from how to shop for a mortgage and why you need title insurance to how to pack and move your belongings.

4. A high-tech REAL ESTATE AGENT can help you house-hunt on the Web and by e-mail.
The days of squinting at tiny blurry pictures in a proprietary MLS book, then driving around for hours in the agent's car are fast coming to an end. A high-tech agent can point you to the best and biggest house-hunting Web sites and uses e-mail to zap new listings that meet your criteria directly to you. By working with a high-tech agent, you will be up to date on homes on the market.

5. A high-tech REAL ESTATE AGENT networks online with other high-tech agents.
E-mail is becoming a popular means of communication for real estate agents, which use it to promote their listings to one another and keep in touch with market developments. A high tech agent uses the web and its capabilities to keep you the buyer up to date and informed. Ever wonder why certain agents always seem one step ahead. The advantage is the web.

6. A high-tech REAL ESTATE AGENT will market your home on the web.
A high-tech real estate agent will market your home not on one website, but many. Through advertising partnerships in the cyberspace world, your real estate agent may have as many as 2, 4, 10, 15, 20 to 40 websites that show their listings! Mastering the process and keeping up with it all is what makes a high-tech REAL ESTATE AGENT so valuable. The results that good web marketing gets are what make this type of agent the better choice in most markets today.

If you need help finding the right agent, contact CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company and let us help you find YOUR high-tech, high-touch real estate agent...for the RESULTS you deserve
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

What are the REAL facts on the DFW real estate market?

There is a flurry of information out there about the real estate market, but most of the "BAD" news is coming from areas far far away from Dallas/Fort Worth. So what is really going on in the DFW market? Here is a look at the REAL FACTS:

#1 The DFW Economy is Strong
Fact: DFW & Houston Rank As The Most Affordable Housing Markets of the 20 Largest U.S. Cities - Housing affordability means that most families in North Texas can afford a bigger, nicer house. A household income near $60,000 likely is able to afford the median priced new home in DFW.
Fact: Texas Leads The U.S. In Job Growth - Job growth is the most important market driver in creating housing demand. Texas created 218,600 jobs in 2007.
Fact: DFW Ranks As the #2 Job Growth Market in the US - DFW’s diverse and strong economy produced 65,800 new jobs in 2007.
Fact: Job Growth Is Steady In DFW - DFW has maintained a steady production of new jobs.
Fact: Unemployment Is Low In DFW - The unemployment rate has steadily declined in DFW this decade. At year end 2007, the unemployment rate for DFW was a very low 4.2%.
Fact: DFW Is Now the 4th Largest Metropolitan Area In the United States - The DFW area adds 370 residents every day. The Dallas/Fort Worth area has been consistently growing for decades because of its central location, outstanding airport, low cost of living, housing affordability, pro-business environment and temperate climate. The Metroplex is the largest metro area in Texas and ranked #4 largest MSA in the nation at over 6 million in population
Fact: DFW Population Growth is soaring - ranks DFW as the #1 growth market in the U.S. for 2006-2011 with over 630,000 estimated population growth.

#2 The Housing Market is Strong
: DFW Is A Low Risk Market - This listing of the U.S. real estate markets ranks each on the likelihood for future price devaluation. DFW’s strong local economy, continued employment growth, housing affordability, stable home prices and steadily increasing home appreciation make it a very low risk real estate market.
Fact: Supply vs. Demand: Housing Market Returning to Balance Levels - Builders slowed new home starts (supply) by 36% in 2007. Closings (demand) fell by only 17% in 2007. Builders are now closing about 7,500 more houses per year than they are starting. With the slowdown in new construction, the supply of new homes will tighten in the months ahead. PEOPLE ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF DEALS!
Fact: No Housing Bubble In DFW - Unlike many other markets in the U.S., DFW has not experienced the massive appreciation and then depreciation of housing values. Housing appreciation has been slow and steady in DFW
Fact: DFW is Not Experiencing Price Declines Seen In Many Coastal Markets - The 20 City Composite Index fell 8.9% for the 12-month period ended December, 2007. DFW displayed more stable house prices with a year-over-year change of -2.4%
Fact: Texas Has Moderate Price Appreciation - Texas has maintained steady 6.3% house price appreciation while coastal markets have lost double digit percentages of their home’s value.
Fact: DFW Median New Home Price Continues to Escalate - Despite competitive market conditions, the base price of new homes continues to increase in DFW, now over $200,000.
Fact: DFW Still Affordable - Average Price of a 2,200 sf house with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, family room, 2-car garage, DFW housing remains affordable compared to the rest of the U.S.

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Also, watch the 2-Minute 411 video with Jim Fite, President of CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company in Dallas, where he talks about "Buying and Selling in Today's Economy". Click here to watch!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How do I get ready for a loan?

Real Estate 411 - TIPS on applying for a mortgage

- First and foremost get your credit in order! Most lenders require at least a 580 credit score. Go online and check your credit score at

- Be prepared to make a down payment: Minimum of 3% for FHA loans and minimum of 5% for conventional loans...and remember, if you don't have the funds for a down payment there are options. Ask your real estate agent or mortgage loan officer to give you more information on down payment assistance.

2-Minute 411 with Jim Fite

Jim Fite shares his thoughts on MISSION POSSIBLE: Loans are happening!

"Think outside the box". When it comes to getting financing, you must think outside the box. Owner-financed is an often overlooked yet viable option for financing. There can be situations when it is financially advantageous to the seller to finance the home (age, retirement, tax consequences). When the owner is financing, they can finance the full amount or just the down payment.

"Just remember, there are many ways to finance a home: FHA, VA, Bridge Loan, Bank Financed Loan, Cash, Conventional loans, and owner-financed. See your real estate agent or your mortgage loan officer to find out what best suits your situation."

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I want to buy a house, how do I know if I am ready?

Are you ready to buy a house?

Knowledge and experience are the keys to successful real estate transactions. Working with a trusted real estate agent is the first essential key to your success.

One of the keys to making the homebuying process easier and more understandable is planning. In doing so, you'll be able to anticipate requests from lenders, lawyers and a host of other professionals. Furthermore, planning will help you discover valuable shortcuts in the homebuying process.

Do You Know What You Want?

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or entering the marketplace as a repeat buyer, you need to ask why you want to buy. Are you planning to move to a new community due to a lifestyle change or is buying an option and not a requirement? What would you like in terms of real estate that you do not now have? Do you have a purchasing timeframe?

Whatever your answers, the more you know about the real estate marketplace, the more likely you are to effectively define your goals. As an interesting exercise, it can be worthwhile to look at the questions above and to then discuss them in detail when meeting with your real estate agent.

Do You Have The Money?

Homes and financing are closely intertwined. (Financing is the difference between the purchase price and the downpayment, commonly referred to as debt or the mortgage.) The good news is that over the years innovative loan programs have evolved which require as little as 5 percent downpayment.

In addition to a down payment, purchasers also need cash for closing costs (the final costs associated with closing the loan). Do be careful of the loan programs that allow the purchase of a home with no money down. Less money down means higher monthly mortgage payments, so most homebuyers choose to buy with some cash up front.

As to closing costs, in markets where buyers have leverage, it may be possible to negotiate an offer for a home that requires the owner to pay some or all of your settlement expenses. Speak with your real estate agent for details.

Is Your Financial House in Order?

Those great loans with little or nothing down are not available to everyone: You need good credit. For at least one year prior to purchasing a home, you should assure that every credit card bill, rent check, car payment and other debt is paid in full and on time.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

There are so many real estate do I find the right one?

Century 21 Real Estate Corporation's
Top Ten Suggestions for Selecting a Real Estate Agent:

In order to find a real estate broker or agent who meets your needs and makes your buying or selling experience a positive one, Century 21 Real Estate Corporation recommends you:

1. DO NOT blindly walk into or call a neighborhood firm and ask for an agent at random.

2. Ask friends and family for recommendations.

3. Interview several real estate agents:
- Find out their history with the brokerage, their experience and background.
- Gauge their knowledge of your favorite towns.
- Ask for a list of previous clients and their phone numbers.

4. Pay attention to whether a potential agent is listening closely to what you say.
- Is he or she asking follow-up questions which prompt further explanation and help him or her understand exactly your needs and wants?

5. Give a potential agent the opportunity to educate you.
- A good agent should walk a customer through the buying or selling process before ever showing properties or discussing a specific transaction.

6. Have a good idea of what you expect from an agent and communicate those expectations.
- How often do you want to hear from your agent?
- Do you want to hold meetings at your house rather than the real estate office?

7. Weigh the benefits of working with an experienced agent versus a novice.
- An experienced agent may have more insight, but a new agent may have innovative ideas or more energy and time.

8. Find an agent who complements your personality.
- If you like to start your day at 7:00 a.m., don't choose an agent who arrives to the office at 10:00 a.m.
- If your preferred method of communication is e-mail, don't choose an agent whose most advanced technology is a fax machine.

9. Evaluate the agent's firm and/or office.
- Look for a real estate organization whose agents can empower you with real estate expertise and resources and provide first-rate customer service.

10. Look for an agent who will be your partner.
- Find someone you trust, who will give you the facts, help you make intelligent, well-informed decisions and work with you throughout the entire process.

To find a CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company agent near you, call 1-800-451-8055.

Located at 1140 Empire Central, Suite 520 in Dallas and in 21 other convenient locations across the Metroplex, CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company is a full service brokerage specializing in residential, commercial, recreational, investment and luxury properties. CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company celebrates over 70 years of real estate service and was recently named one of the “Best” Companies to work for in the state by Texas Monthly Magazine for 2006 and 2007. To learn more about CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company, log on to

Friday, February 1, 2008

What is a McMansion?

I’ll have a McMansion and some fries!
By Marc Miller, Vice President/Sales Executive at ServiceLinklp/A Fidelity National Financial Company

Although I admire their supreme architecture and overwhelming appearance, I keep driving by these big monsters wondering, “who are these people”. Among the many terms that would be fitting to label these huge homes with, I have discovered one that seems to describe them perfectly…“McMansion”. Can’t you just see that image in your mind?

A 2002 study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) found that the size of homes have been growing in the United States by leaps and bounds. In 1987, the size of an average new home was 1900 square feet. By 2001, the living space had increased by 20 percent to an average of 2,300 square feet. The percentage of new homes larger than 3,000 square feet has almost doubled, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 1988, 11 percent of new homes constructed exceeded 3,000 square feet. By 2003, this number had grown some 20 percent. And according to a report by Pulte Homes, the average new home is growing by 150 to 200 square feet ever few years!

Ready for the next puzzling piece? Average household size is down from 3.11 (don’t ask) in 1970 to 2.59 in 2000, according to the Census Bureau. Not only is the household shrinking but the lot sizes are as well. Between 1987 and 2002, lot size has decreased by 6.5% to 16,454 square feet. Someone is going to advertise this as a niche indeed!

Are there any controls? In Texas, regulators focus on controlling infill development to ensure a proper fit within an existing neighborhood. I will call them McMansion regulations, but they are commonly referred to as conservation districts. One of the more popular areas in Dallas is the M Streets Conservation District. These regulations are intended to protect the existing architectural and cultural attributes of the neighborhood and to control construction and remodeling. Welcome to tear down city.

Why is this happening? Probably because it’s the best of both worlds. First, new homes in established neighborhoods close to the heart of the city attract the cool urban professional. These areas point to the American sense of identity and a statement of prosperity. And secondly, these larger “resort” style homes make a statement to the reclusive nature of the baby boomer. After all the stress of the day making those big bucks we like to retreat to our sanctuaries (home) and enjoy a good glass of wine while we sit in our Jacuzzi watching the flat screen on today’s market review. Over the holidays, I had the opportunity to be in some of these McMansions. Talk about reclusive, I kept thinking…if I just hide up here, I could live in the house for two weeks before they ever found me and charged me rent!

You have heard “everything’s bigger in Texas”. It’s true, especially in the new home market. Your homework assignment this week is to note as you drive around the metro area the condition of the homes in your favorite old neighborhoods AND the amount of remodeling or new homes that are under construction. Those empty lots and/or older homes in the area just might be the next candidate for mcsomething!

Marc Miller is Vice President/Sales Executive at ServiceLinklp/A Fidelity National Financial Company You can contact him at