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Mesa Properties Blog

Typical Neighborhoods Renters Love Most

Some neighborhoods are going to be better than others. It’s just a natural fact of life. Take The Urban Avenue in Dallas for instance. It’s located in the gorgeous Oak Lawn section in Dallas. It’s perfect for those looking to enjoy fine dining experiences and an exciting and urbane nightlife. Couples with young children probably won’t want to live in this cultural hotspot.

Let’s face it. Some regions will be perfect for some people and not so hot for others. It all depends on where they’re at in life. So to help renters discover the best neighborhoods perfectly suited to meet their needs, we’ll share information about the various types of neighborhoods below.

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Everything You Need To Know About A 3 Day Notice To Pay Rent Or Quit

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, everyone dreads the 3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit. No one wants to be evicted and no landlord wants to make that difficult decision or go through the process of evicting someone.

For landlords, this is a big reason why they hire a property management company in the first place. They dread this process and many have a hard time following through when it comes time to serve this notice and possibly file an unlawful detainer.

For tenants, receiving this notice can be scary, frustrating and confusing. Maybe you didn't realize that your check bounced or your account had insufficient funds so the automatic rent payment didn't go through. Or maybe you had a financial emergency and you just don't have the money for rent this month.

Landlords are not required to serve tenants with this notice as soon as they are late on rent and most won't. If there's a good relationship between landlord and tenant, it's much more likely that the landlord will call the tenant to figure out what's going on and when the rent will be paid. If there have been multiple late payments or there isn't a good reason for the rent being late, tenants can likely expect one of these notices from their landlord. Legally, this notice can be served the day after rent is late or if the lease has a grace period, the day after that has passed.

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What Does An Appraiser Do?

If you're looking at buying a home, chances are you've been told that you will need to get an appraisal.

You may then find out that you are responsible for paying for the appraisal and that it can cost several hundred dollars.

Maybe you don't need to have an appraisal done. Is it actually required in order to purchase a home?

Usually, it is and is ordered by the lender. You will end up paying for the appraisal as a part of your closing costs.

So what are appraisals and why are they so important?

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Should You Buy a Home That's Part of an HOA?

There are a lot of misconceptions as to what a homeowners association actually does. Depending on your preferences, an HOA can either be a great asset or a great pain!

When you buy a home, there's a newfound freedom that you didn't have before. There's no landlord telling you that you can't paint the house whatever color you want or install a fancy new patio cover.

That is until the HOA steps in and tells you they don't approve of that lime green color and your patio cover detracts from the well groomed look of the community.

Wait a second. I own this home. I can do whatever I want to it! Can the HOA actually prevent me from making the modifications I want to make?

Unfortunately, they can. Homeowners Associations have rules (covenants, conditions, & restrictions) commonly referred to as CC&Rs on what the home owners can and can’t do to their homes.

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What Credit Score Do I Need To Buy A Home?

A good credit score is an excellent asset when you are in the market for a new home. It's one of the first things a lender or mortgage broker will look at and will play a big part in determining what loan amount and interest rate you qualify for.

Does this mean you need a 700 or higher FICO before you buy a home?

Not necessarily, but for the most part, the higher your credit score, the better loan you will be able to secure.

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What defines a good or bad credit score?


All three major credit reporting agencies grade your credit history from 350-850. The ranges for what's good and bad are as follows:

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How to Get the Best Home Loan

Securing a good home loan at the right rate is one of the most important steps in the home buying process.  This can be a pretty confusing part, especially if it's your first time buying a home.  Here are some steps to take and where to go when it's time to find the perfect loan.

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