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Lifelong resident and Realtor, April Ivie has successfully helped countless buyers and sellers realize their homeownership goals and she looks forward to helping you achieve your goals as well. April has access to the latest technological tools and resources to help you find the perfect home or market your property to the right buyer.

 April worked as real estate investor for five years where she mastered the art of contract negotiation. As an investor, April learned how easy it was to add value to a property by simply rehabbing the property. Naturally, her specialties lie in rehabbing homes and new construction; she is also experienced in working with short sales and foreclosures, and holds the Green designation.

April understands that real estate can be an emotionally trying experience; as such, she will work around your schedule and can be easily reached to answer any questions or put any concerns to rest. Her no pressure approach to real estate is also greatly appreciated by her many referral clients, which accounts for over 80% of her business.

April and her husband of over 20 years, Terry, live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. They both share a passion for real estate and enjoy helping others make the most out of their real estate experience. Trust April Ivie with your next real estate move and contact her right away.

There are currently 12 blog entries published by April Ivie.

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Growth in Prosper Texas

Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 9:21am. 125 Views, 0 Comments.

I am recently noticing the growth that is taking place in Prosper Texas.With the expansion of HWY 380 and the North Dallas Toll road it makes it a easy commute to and from Prosper.Many builders are calling it the up and coming place to move to.In the next few months another neighborhood close to 423 and 380 will open to over 3,000 lots with home starting in the 400s and up.Shopping is a close commute to Frisco offering malls and upscale restaurants.To search current homes for sale in Prosper Texas as well as Frisco Texas go to www.ivyleaguerealtytexas.com.If you have a home to sale and buy a home through Ivy League Realty we will help you by selling your home for 1.5 percent commission on our side of the sale.Contact us today by logging on to our website!

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What is something fun to do in Dallas Texas?

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 8:31pm. 107 Views, 0 Comments.

Many people come to Dallas Texas to visit many favorite and well known places such as the Dallas Cowboys stadium,Fair Park and White Rock Lake located in Lake Wood area in Dallas.But what they dont know is how inexpensive our housing is ! Cities in the Rockwall Texas are for instance are located near Lake Ray Hubbard lake.It is a popular lake in that it is man made and surronds such cities as Rockwall Texas,Heath Texas,Garland and Rowlett .In fact Rowlett is in the middle of both Rockwall and Garland and with the recent completion of George Bush Freeway ,getting to just about any area is now a breeze.To search current homes for sale in the Texas areas mentioned please search on my site at www.ivyleaguerealtytexas.com

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How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Quickly

Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 2:31pm. 156 Views, 1 Comments.

It is very important for homeowners to keep a track on their monthly expenditures so as to ensure that they do not miss out on a mortgage payment. It is imperative that when you are paying off such a loan, you prioritize your expenses in such a way that your mortgage is paid off at the earliest. You can do so by first ensuring that you have a monthly surplus through savings. Then make sure you use this amount to pay extra towards the monthly principal amount, as it will help you save on payments towards the end of the loan. It is also advised that you refinance your loan for a shorter term. This will require you to spend a little extra each month, but if you are getting a monthly surplus on a regular basis then it would be a good idea to getter a shorter…

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Waterview Rowlett Texas

Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 6:47am. 597 Views, 1 Comments.

There are many choices of neighborhoods in Rowlett Texas,the choice to live near close commutes,restaurants and shopping.Waterview in Rowlett Texas offers a PGA golf course as well as several catch and release ponds stocked with catfish and bass.This beautiful neighborhood has existing homes priced for the mid 170s to the 350s.The master planned neighborhood was developed by Huffins who also developed several other neighborhoods near Denton Texas.On site HOA is available to answer all questions in regards to rules and regulations of the HOA.The beautiful neighborhood water park offers something for everyone,with a large pool area boasting two water slides to a smaller pool area for those that want to splash instead of swim.Tennis courts,walking paths and a…

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Tips for buying a house

Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 4:52pm. 128 Views, 0 Comments.

1. Don't buy if you can't stay put.

If you can't commit to remaining in one place for at least a few years, then owning is probably not for you, at least not yet. With the transaction costs of buying and selling a home, you may end up losing money if you sell any sooner - even in a rising market. When prices are falling, it's an even worse proposition.

2. Start by shoring up your credit.

Since you most likely will need to get a mortgage to buy a house, you must make sure your credit history is as clean as possible. A few months before you start house hunting, get copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you discover.

3. Aim for a home you can really afford.

The rule of thumb is that you can buy

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Reasons That Could Be a Hindrance for Home Selling

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 10:38am. 652 Views, 0 Comments.

It surely is a tough task to sell your house, and the more time it takes, it could affect the sale. Rather than pondering on why this is happening, you could take matters in your hands to fix the common issues and look forward to a successful sale.

If you are quoting an unreasonable price, this could be termed as one of the primary reasons for a prolonged sale. There is a high chance that your buyers are getting a better deal elsewhere with the same amenities. If your home is in not-so-favorable location, then you need to do some heavy marketing to promote your home.

Another main reason could be that the house isn’t appealing to the buyers. Make sure your house is in a presentable condition both on the insides and outsides. Use accessories to

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Bohac Files for Tax Relief for Texas Businesses and Homeowners

Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 7:49pm. 627 Views, 1 Comments.

Dwayne Bohac, representative of the state of Texas, filed a tax relief package which aims on reducing taxes on businesses and homeowners residing in Texas. The package contains HB 1943 which restricts homestead appraisal amount, HB 1946 which restricts homestead reappraisal frequency and HB 1944 and HB 1945 which aims in setting franchise tax exemptions as $5 million and $2.5 million respectively.

According to Bohac, Texas has experienced an increase in the number of new people settling down in the state and continues to draw in more new people, jobs and businesses. The tax relief package was filed to assist in meeting larger demands of growing population and economy, and make sure that the infrastructure of the state continues to grow.

Interested in

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Beginner Tips to Look for Houses in Dallas

Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 7:46pm. 189 Views, 0 Comments.

If you are a first time home buyer, looking for a good home in Dallas can be challenging due to the high demand of housing spaces. But you can make your home search easier by determining what kind of home you want, like an apartment or a townhouse. You should not look for a suitable home based only on price ranges. You should also consider the other factors like the number of bedrooms, bathrooms etc., along with the total area of the home.

Dallas has many types of neighborhoods from quiet country areas to busy streets. You can get both newly built houses and pre-owned homes in these areas. Determining the type of location you want for your home will also help you narrow down your search.

Interested in purchasing your home or selling your home in

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How much down payment is needed to purchase a house?

Sunday, November 4th, 2012 at 2:38pm. 246 Views, 0 Comments.

This is a great topic many buyer asked every day.The question is how much money do I need to purchase a house?There are numerous loans available based on that very question.If you are wanting to put a minimal amount down there are some options available .One loan is called a USDA loan,it is available for buyers to use in areas considered rural.If you google USDA loan you can find a site that will help you see the areas that will allow financing in the cities,of course checking winorth mortgage lender is always important to make sure it is a qualifying area and that funds are available .Even with USDA don't forget about fees such as earnest money,option money,and inspection fees as well.It will vary per

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Why buy new ?

Sunday, July 8th, 2012 at 7:13am. 311 Views, 0 Comments.

Buying a new built home today has many advantages. Builders today are making homes cost effective for buyers.Radiant Barrier is almost always standard in homes to provide buyers lower utility bills as well as Low  E windows offering  cost effective savings as well.With a standard warranty on foundations of usually 10 years ,the piece of mind comes with knowing issues that may come up,are in fact covered,Not to mention that builders offer closing costs assistance as well as competitive  interest rates to make the buyer comfortable with the monthly payment.Ivy League has several lenders available to help you in your home search.Now is the time to buy,as interest rates are at a all time low.

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