Alexander Chandler Realty Real Estate Blog

Rent Vs. Buy




  A lot of people understand the main concept of why they should buy rather than rent. The main reason? IT MAKES THE LANDLORD RICHER! Here, we highlight the main points that you should know before you make a decision on what your future holds.

                Of course, everyone should know that there are good and bad things about buying vs. renting. It depends on your situation and other factors that can vary depending on the current. Here, we highlight the key factors that will ultimately help you decide what should be the best decision for you.

                First, it should already be in your mind where you want to live. Whether it’s the big city or a small rural area, this all plays a major factor in the

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Aledo is a small town with a big appetite, and their eateries are definitely worth checking out if you plan on living in or around this Parker County town. The town’s small size also comes with a strong push for economic development, and restaurants are at the forefront thanks to their tourism appeal. From taquerias to diners to bakeries, Aledo has a delicious assortment of local restaurants.

aledo texas dinerAledo’s Diner

Like Aledo, this is a tiny diner. But don’t let that fool you: the portion sizes will satisfy even the hungriest of patrons. Texan classics like country-fried steak and eggs and breakfast specials are on the menu, along with pancakes and French toast for those with a sweet-tooth.

213 N Front Street, Aledo, TX

mexican food aledo texasMaria Bonita Mexican Cocina

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As with most things in life, the most valuable and meaningful experiences are those spent with the ones you love, creating memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Those most cherished memories are often the ones that don't cost you anything at all. Let's take a look at all the options that Fort Worth, TX can offer you in creating some timeless memories, minus the price tag. Here are the Top 10 things to do in Fort Worth that won't cost you a dime, perfect for long-time residents and visitors alike.

#10 - Monnig Meteorite Gallery

Come check out the long, storied history of the Cosmos. Named for long-time Fort Worth resident and businessman, Oscar Monnig. This gallery is made up of his own personal collection donated to the Texas Christian

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north fort worth commercial real estateMake way for Fort Worth's first premium outlet mall - "The Outlets At Alliance". The Woodmount Company has purchased 45 acres of prime land in North Fort Worth in order to develop a brand new outlet mall. Plans show that this new commercial real estate development will look like a race track, with pedestrian sidewalks circling the complex. According to a press release, the mall will feature the "most prominent brand names in the industry", however, which stores will call The Outlets At Alliance home remains a mystery.

This mall will feature at least 50 stores, and over 1,500 parking spaces spread out over an impressive 350,000 square feet. With only one other outlet mall in the Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, this is the first mall of its kind within

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By: Jeanne Huber

Published: June 18, 2013

Here’s our take on your insulation options, with tips on cost effectiveness and whether to DIY or hire a pro.

However, it you’re not remodeling, think long and hard about replacing or adding wall insulation. Retrofitting wall insulation has a long payback period that should make you think twice before committing to it.

Batts and Blankets

This is the most common type of insulation. It comes in convenient rolls that are easy to transport and carry. It’s especially suitable for do-it-yourself projects, but take care to cut the material to fit around plumbing pipes, wires, and electrical outlets. Clumsily stuffed into awkward spaces, it loses effectiveness — sometimes as much as 50%.


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By: Jan Soults Walker

Published: December 27, 2012

If clutter trumps cars in your garage, get organized (and make room for your vehicles) with these smart garage storage solutions, each costing less than $50.

  • Hoist bicycles to the rafters with a rope-and-pulley system ($22) that makes it easy to raise the bike and lock safely in place. When you’re ready to ride, release the lock and lower your bike to the garage floor. You’ll need an hour or two and basic tools to secure the pair of pulleys to ceiling joists and thread the ropes. (Similar hoists are available for kayaks or small boats; $25.)
  • Avoid unintentional skateboard “tricks” with a specially designed wall rack that makes it easy for kids to hang up helmets and skateboards
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By: Jan Soults Walker

Published: February 1, 2012

From babies who adore you to teens who ignore you, kids change -- and so do their storage needs. Here’s how to organize kids’ rooms from cradle to college.

Toddlers and elementary age
Look ‘em in the eye. Stow books and puzzles on a low magazine rack or shelving unit so toddlers and elementary-age children can grab a good read or brain teaser on a whim. As children grow, paint the shelf to suit changing tastes and use it for teen magazines, framed photos, and school books.
Cornering the market. Young kids love nooks, so create a cozy hideaway by arranging storage units — open shelves, a desk top, and cabinets — so they (mostly) enclose one corner of your kid’s room. Bookshelves and kids’ desks

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REALTORS® Confidence Index in November Reflects Tempered Market Expectations


Economist Commentaries, by Ken Fears, Manager, Regional Economics and Housing Finance Policy 

With the end of 2013 closing in, it is time to take stock of the impact from the strong 2013 housing market.  Home price growth was robust in 2013 compared to 2012 and is currently forecast by NAR Research to finish the year 11.3% stronger.   This improvement is important for the market as it has created equity for homeowners, boosted buyer confidence, and pulled many underwater homeowners into positive equity positions.

A borrower who purchased a median priced home[1] in 2004 and held it for nine years, the current median tenure of a

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By: Dona DeZube

Published: December 12, 2013

It’s the last year for three sweet home tax benefits, but the first for a way simpler home office deduction.

These days few things start a fight on Capitol Hill faster than taxes. Despite the fact that three important tax benefits used by millions of American homeowners are days from expiring, Congress is unlikely to do anything to re-up them any time soon.
So if you’re eligible, tax year 2013 is possibly the last time to claim the private mortgage insurance (PMI) deduction, the energy tax credit, and debt forgiveness benefit, all of which all expire on Dec. 31, 2013.
At least there’s one piece of good news for homeowners: If you have a home office, there’s a new, simpler option for calculating the

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By: John Riha

Published: October 1, 2012

You’ll be ready for winter’s worst and head off expensive repairs when you complete this checklist of 10 essential fall maintenance tasks.

2. Don’t be a drip.

Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and in the plumbing pipes just inside your exterior walls. If freezing temps hit, that water could freeze, expand, and crack the faucet or pipes. Make this an early fall priority so a sudden cold snap doesn’t sneak up and cause damage.

Turn off any shutoff valves on water supply lines that lead to exterior faucets. That way, you’ll guard against minor leaks that may let water enter the faucet.

While you’re at it, drain garden hoses and

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