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Rhythm Realty, a boutique residential brokerage, specializes in the housing needs of our clients throughout the DFW Metroplex and it's surrounding counties in North Texas. 

Our team of seasoned professionals are knowledgeable in today's technology and social media platforms, but recognize nothing is more important than building our reputation upon the cornerstone of human relationships. We believe a direct look in the eye and a firm handshake still mean something and we prove it everyday by rolling up our sleeves, working to make sure that your real estate needs are met. We know that it takes a team of real estate professionals working closely together to deliver the level of service we demand for our clients. We pledge our unwavering attention to detail to ensure every professional involved in your transaction is in step with you.

Whether you're preparing to buy or sell, we think the tools within our website will be beneficial to you. Buyers can explore area and neighborhood information about the North Texas cities that we serve along with a complimentary search page for homes that are listed in the DFW MLS®.  As a seller, you will find information, tips, and data to help you prepare for marketing your home so that it sells quickly and at the highest price the market will bear. Of course, our talented staff is always just a phone call or email away with personalized solutions sturctured around your personal housing goals.

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Rhythm Realty LLC

Texas Lic #569352

1333 W McDermott, Suite 200
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  • 5 ways to tell if the house you’re touring will need new windows

    New windows are an expensive investment, easily costing $300 to $1,000 per window, and most homebuyers don’t factor in window costs when searching for a new home. However, if you’re aware of what to look for when touring a home, you can spot windows that may need repair or replacement. Here are things to pay attention to: 1. Windows that are difficult to open and close. You might not be able to test every window in the house, but try some out. If you are unsure, you can ask permission.  2. Damage to window frames. Look for signs of water damage, rotted wood, or recently made repairs, both inside and outside.  3. Missing hardware. Most hardware can be replaced, including cranks for casement windows, but if the hardware is missing, it could be a sign that the window does not work properly.  4. Foggy double-pane windows. Condensation between the panes of glass means the seal has been broken and the energy efficiency of the window has been compromised.  5. Single-pane windows. This is a sign that the windows are fairly old and not very energy efficient. New double-pane windows are much more energy efficient.  Consider future maintenance when surveying the windows. Wood windows need to be scraped and painted every few years. If new windows are an option, there are number of low-maintenance models available, including vinyl, fiberglass, and composite, as well as wood windows where the wood is exposed inside but covered with vinyl or aluminum outside to protect it from the elements. If you get to the stage of the buying process where you visit the property with a home inspector, point out any concerns you have. While you may not have planned to spend money for window fixes as a new homeowner, you’ll benefit in the long run by having a more energy-efficient home. Fran J. Donegan writes on home improvement for Home Depot. Fran is a longtime DIY author and has written several books, including Paint Your Home. To review a number of window installation options, you can visit homedepot.com.

    2016-08-26 19:00:00
  • Do some laws do more harm than good?

    In Lehman’s Terms I saw a driver run a red light recently and it got me thinking about laws. There are laws that benefit our society, and laws that arguably do more harm than good. But what about laws that are just unnecessary? These unnecessary laws often seem to be among the most intrusive into our daily lives and lead to a lack of trust in our government. Nowhere is this truer than in Washington, D.C., where our federal government has reached new lows in public confidence. Laws with consequences Most unnecessary laws can be classified into a category I call the Laws of Unintended Consequences. Every day, private citizens must attempt to live and do business in a system that is fraught with layers upon layers of legislation that was passed with the best of intentions but ultimately collapsed thanks to unintended consequences. A great example of this was the attempt by Congress to respond to the 2008 financial crisis with the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. An attempt at reform Dodd-Frank was a quick-fix congressional action designed to rein in Wall Street and squelch the actions of unscrupulous lenders to protect the consumer—certainly an honorable goal.  Except that the act created a bureaucratic quagmire of governmental regulations that add considerable cost to real estate transactions, delay closings, and prevent qualified homebuyers from obtaining the American Dream of homeownership. The regulatory authority of Dodd-Frank was ultimately turned over to half a dozen federal agencies and led to the creation of two new agencies, one of which is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As an example of the challenges Dodd-Frank created, a CFPB initiative implemented last year has made it difficult for real estate professionals to obtain copies of their clients’ closing documents. This is a common practice that enables real estate agents and brokers to answer clients’ questions and look out for their best interests. After much lengthy outcry by real estate professionals and consumers, the CFPB is now considering reversing course and proposing updates to this unnecessary rule.      This relatively new agency has far-reaching supervisory powers over most financial institutions. And for the first time in history, a federal agency now has jurisdiction over many non-banking financial companies, including mortgage companies. To me, the worst part of the CFPB is that it operates outside the purview of Congress.  In Lehman’s terms, this means Congress created a superagency with significant enforcement powers to levy fines and penalties, but Congress has no oversight over the CFPB’s actions.  Most lawmakers agree that Dodd-Frank went too far and has actually hurt some of the consumers it was trying to help. Unfortunately, any repeal or reform efforts have been thwarted by congressional gridlock and partisan bickering. Fixing—and avoiding—the problem The Laws of Unintended Consequences are not limited to the federal government.  Just like at the federal level, repealing a state law is a difficult—if not impossible—proposition. The solution is something Texas lawmakers discovered decades ago, and no matter how much our state changes, lawmakers haven’t compromised this basic premise of lawmaking: The best way to avoid unintended consequences of laws is to not pass those laws in the first place. Texas does this by avoiding knee-jerk reactions to isolated and often minor events. Most state legislatures have followed the federal government model and now meet on an annual and almost full-time basis. The Texas Legislature meets only for 140 days every two years. This gives lawmakers plenty of time before session to slowly and deliberatively consider legislative intent of laws and the consequences of their actions. This system works, and it’s what makes Texas the free-enterprise envy of the nation. That is an intended consequence to be proud of. Mark Lehman is vice president of Governmental Affairs for the Texas Association of REALTORS®. 

    2016-08-18 19:00:00
  • These loan programs can help you buy and renovate that fixer-upper

    It's tough out there right now for first-time homebuyers. Even though home sales are rising, the share of first-time buyers fell in 2015, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS®. Part of that is the difficulty of saving for a downpayment and strict financing requirements, but in many areas, the inventory of appealing, entry-level homes is limited. Where there is a dearth of updated or move-in-ready homes for first-time buyers, some will consider buying a fixer-upper. If that's you, make sure you know what your options are for financing the purchase and renovation of your first home. While using a traditional mortgage to purchase the home and financing the renovation separately is an option, there are loan products that combine the cost of the home and the renovation in one payment. The Federal Housing Administration's 203(k) program allows homebuyers to finance $5,000 to $35,000 in renovation costs as part of their mortgage. Many of the same rules and restrictions that apply to typical FHA-insured single-family residential mortgages also apply to 203(k) loans, but there may be more fees charged by the lender for additional services that are part of the 203(k) process. The value of the property must fall within FHA limits for the area, as well. With this program, the money is held in an escrow account and released as the work is completed. Like other FHA products, insurance is required throughout the life of the loan. Interested buyers can find a lender using HUD's online tool. While the 203(k) program is limited to primary residences, FannieMae's HomeStyle Renovation mortgages can be used for one-unit second homes or investment properties. HomeStyle mortgages are more like traditional mortgage products in terms of requirements for downpayments and private mortgage insurance, where mortgage insurance can be dropped after a set amount of equity in the home is reached. The amount buyers can borrow through the HomeStyle program depends on either the post-renovation value of the home as determined by an appraiser or the purchase price plus renovation costs, whichever is lesser. HomeStyle loans are also subject to conventional mortgage limits. Unlike the 203(k) program, there is no online tool to find a lender that deals in HomeStyle mortgages. Work with your lender and your Texas REALTOR® to get the property that's right for you. 

    2016-08-12 19:34:00
  • How to increase your chances of getting the home you want

    People from all walks of life want to move to Texas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state is home to five of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, and the two largest metro areas in Texas gained more residents in the past year than any other metro area in the country. What does that mean for homebuyers? Competition. One way to increase your chances of getting the home you want is to know the mortgage process. Understanding different loan types and terms With loans, there is no right or wrong choice. Instead, look at each option as good, better, or best. You need to work with a lender who can explain all your options and the anticipated outcomes before you make a final decision. The lender should identify your wants and needs and educate you on what’s available. Mortgage rates have been near or at all-time lows, so see if you can lock in that low interest rate for the term of the loan—regardless of whether it’s a 15-, 20-, or 30-year mortgage. If your lender suggests an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), make sure you known how the “adjustable” component affects the loan. ARMs have benefits, but the overall savings on an ARM are not usually significant enough to offset the risk of mortgage-rate uncertainty. You could also save money by selecting a shorter term, such as a 15-year mortgage, but the payments will be higher. You’ve identified the best loan … now what? You’ve picked the loan product, but don’t jump into the home search yet. First, seek preapproval for the loan. Remember, competition is fierce, and working with a lender to underwrite your file for preapproval will allow you to quickly submit a concrete offer. This is a competitive edge because it shaves weeks off the processing time, which is appealing for the seller. In addition to getting preapproved for your loan, another way to make your transaction go smoothly is to work with a REALTOR®. No one understands your real estate market or the process of buying property as well as your Texas REALTOR®. Don’t forget to enjoy the experience The homebuying experience is sometimes described as confusing and stressful. It should really be one of the most exciting times in your life. Make no mistake, the process can be overwhelming, but that does not mean it can’t be enjoyable. Work with trusted partners that will educate you and make this a memorable event and provide a sense of accomplishment that comes from realizing the American dream of homeownership. A native Texan, Jason Dickson is Texas regional manager for Churchill Mortgage, a prominent and financially sound leader in the mortgage industry, providing conventional, FHA, VA, and USDA residential mortgages across 36 states.

    2016-08-05 19:01:00
  • Do you know what the presidential candidates have in common?

    In Lehman's Terms Do you know which major party's presidential nominee supports homeownership? That’s a trick question—they both do. But you wouldn’t know it after listening to their nomination-acceptance speeches during the national conventions. We usually expect presidential candidates to highlight policies that support housing or real estate in those speeches. For the first time in recent memory, however, neither candidate for president of the United States even mentioned housing or real estate. I find this especially interesting in light of a recent poll by Make Room—a national organization dedicated to renters—in which 76% of Americans who are likely to vote in the 2016 presidential election said they’re more likely to support candidates who make housing affordability a focus of their campaigns. A missed opportunity? During the conventions, each party received four days of primetime coverage on major TV networks, round-the-clock cable news reporting, and scrutiny on social media like never before. With this kind of attention, you’d think the voting public would come away from the conventions with a true understanding of the candidates, including their stances on housing-related public policies. Well … not so much. Luckily, you can find a candidate's positions in other places. Where to find what they didn’t say The candidates’ position papers on their official websites address a wide range of public policy matters, but neither specifically mentions housing or real estate—despite the fact that real estate is a leading indicator of the strength of most of our local, state, and national economies. So about the only avenue left to see where the candidates stand on real estate is their respective party platforms, adopted at each convention. One industry expert who compared the respective party platforms found that both support policies to help more Americans become homeowners and policies that help current homeowners protect their investments. The common ground of homeownership In Lehman’s terms, it should be no surprise to see similarities between the parties’ platforms on homeownership. This remains an issue that transcends party lines at every level. A great example is the recent passage of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act. This important real estate bill was signed into law by the president on August 5 after receiving unanimous approval in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate—a rare feat in D.C. Elected officials generally work together when it comes to helping Americans achieve the goal of owning their own home … even if they don’t want to admit they agree on national TV. Mark Lehman is vice president of Governmental Affairs at the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

    2016-08-04 15:19:00
  • Can you trust online price estimates for your home?

    Have you ever entered your address into a website that claims it will tell you how much your property is worth right now? And have you ever been shocked at the number it calculates? As it turns out, many of those websites don’t have access to important information about your property and instead use data that might not be so accurate. In fact, these popular websites explain the limitations with their own data in their disclaimers—which you can read for yourself in this free flier. A Texas REALTOR® is the best source for real estate information online or in person, especially when it comes to helping you determine how much your home is worth. They also have a lot of other useful advice about buying, selling, or leasing property in Texas, and they’ve shared some of it for this free guide, Now that’s a smart move. Check it out and then contact a Texas REALTOR® for more useful—and accurate—information.

    2016-07-29 19:00:00
  • Learn from others’ homebuying and selling mistakes

    Sometimes it's better to learn from other people's experiences than your own ... especially when it comes to mistakes. You get the benefits of wisdom without paying the price of failure. Texas REALTORS® are offering that type of opportunity with a free 14-page download filled with valuable tips for homebuyers and sellers. This guide includes advice from REALTORS® and lists dozens of expensive mistakes they've seen people make. You can learn which remodeling projects have the highest return on investment, what the most important activities are before putting your home on the market, a list of common steps in purchasing a home, and more. Of course, working in person with a Texas REALTOR® is the best way to proceed with any real estate transaction. In the meantime, check out this free guide titled Now that's a smart move. 

    2016-07-22 13:47:00
  • One issue that even a divided Congress agrees on

    In Lehman’s Terms We hear it over and over: Washington is broken. The phrase is especially popular every four years, when both major political parties host their national conventions to officially nominate their candidates for president and adopt their party platforms. It’s always interesting to see the deep divisions that characterize both parties. However, I find it intriguing that inherently both platforms and major candidates seem to always agree on one thing: the political system in Washington, D.C., needs fixing. Regardless of a candidate's party or whether that party is in or out of power, each candidate seems to rail against "the system," calling it broken, bloated, and bureaucratically bankrupt.  A challenging time for legislation Adding to the malaise, the government almost comes to a halt during this period, as Congress adjourns for the summer and lawmakers return to their districts to focus on their constituents and re-election. So, what happens if you need to get something done in Washington, D.C., during this do-nothing period? Conventional wisdom and every legislative insider will say, “Nice try, but don’t waste your time or mine when nothing is going to pass.” This is the situation REALTORS® found themselves in during the closing days of the 114th session of Congress. Fighting for homebuyers this summer Hard-fought legislation known as H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act, was designed to make homeownership more accessible for many low-income and first-time homebuyers. The bill unanimously passed the House of Representatives in February, but was stalled in the U.S. Senate as lawmakers and special-interest groups attempted to add their less popular legislation to this bill.  So with only a few weeks left until the Senate recess, REALTORS® took matters into their own hands to get this bill out of Congress. In less than one month, REALTORS® generated 139,660 supportive messages to members of the Senate. This included 13,973 calls, emails, and text messages to both Texas senators. Their message was clear: H.R. 3700 was too important to local economies and housing markets that are still trying to recover from recent economic downturns to become victim of insider power plays and manipulations. The message was received loud and clear—the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the measure as one of its final actions before adjourning on July 15. The good news continued on July 29 when the president signed this much-needed bill into law.  Make the call to make a difference In Lehman's terms, the unanimous passage of H.R. 3700 is an example of what can be accomplished when individuals make their voices heard on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers are there to serve the public, and sometimes the public just needs to remind them of that … like almost 140,000 REALTORS® did over the last few weeks. I believe the system works when citizens are willing to make the calls.    Mark Lehman is vice president of Governmental Affairs for the Texas Association of REALTORS®. 

    2016-07-21 14:03:00
  • Avoid these mistakes between loan approval and closing

    You've been careful with your finances, saved for a downpayment, and finally received approval for a mortgage loan. It’s time to celebrate, right? Not yet. Your lender will recheck your credit right before closing. Don't give him or her reason to question your creditworthiness by making these mistakes: 1. Changing jobs Changing employers could mean delays due to employment and salary verifications. Of course, you shouldn't ignore a great career opportunity. It means only that optional moves should wait. 2. Making a big purchase Your debt-to-income ratio is an important factor when being considered for a loan. If you add to your debt by purchasing a car or boat, you risk exceeding the ratio that your lender finds acceptable.  3. Opening credit accounts You might apply for a credit card so you're ready to buy furniture for your new house. But similar to taking on new debt, applying for a new credit account can harm your mortgage approval. The credit inquiry necessary for the new account will ding your credit score a few points, and the lender might wonder just how much you plan on spending with that new account. Part of the mortgage process is a final check to ensure you can afford the loan. Neither you nor the lender wants the payments to be a struggle, so don’t give the lender any reason to doubt your creditworthiness. There are other ways a transaction can fall apart before closing. Be sure to consult with your Texas REALTOR® about contract deadlines and other to-do items to ensure you close on your new property.

    2016-07-08 20:56:00
  • Holidays aren’t the only time to protect freedoms

    In Lehman’s Terms My social media accounts were on fire leading up to July 4 with people sharing messages honoring Independence Day. You probably saw it, too: hundreds of Facebook posts and tweets from parades, picnics, and fireworks displays, alongside inspirational messages quoting our founding fathers, public servants, and the average guy next door.  Some of my favorites posts were videos of patriotic songs ranging from radio star Kate Smith singing Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” to a phenomenal mariachi band performing “The Star Spangled Banner” before a Major League Baseball game. Could anything be more American? Occasions like this serve to remind us that while our freedoms are extensive, we should never take them for granted—especially the freedom we refer to as the American Dream of homeownership. More than 60% of Americans own their homes, according to the Census Bureau. But this dream is under attack every day at almost every level and branch of government. I believe it’s our responsibility to make sure this freedom is not compromised. On the national level, for example, an intense public outcry in 2011 forced lawmakers to stop an effort to require prospective homebuyers to make a 20% downpayment when purchasing a home—that would’ve meant $40,000 up front for someone purchasing a modest $200,000 home. This arbitrary action would have placed the American Dream out of reach for many first-time and low-income homebuyers.   At the state level, Texas voters went to the polls in November and overwhelmingly approved changing the state constitution to permanently ban real estate transfer taxes. Other states see how costly these taxes can be for prospective homebuyers—Texas wanted to avoid that possibility altogether. And right now, pro-property rights groups like the Texas Association of REALTORS® are gearing up for the next session of the Texas Legislature by promoting legislation that will add more transparency to the property tax process. The goal is to ensure that people won’t be forced to sell their homes to afford the taxes on their property. Visit thehiddenpropertytax.com to learn more about this important issue. It even continues at the local level, as many governmental entities constantly attempt to compromise homeowners’ rights by imposing self-serving eminent domain and selective annexation policies or increasing property taxes to feed an often bloated and wasteful local bureaucracy. Many of these efforts go unnoticed by homeowners because of misleading and confusing tax policies. In Lehman’s terms, we need to remain vigilant to ensure the freedoms we enjoy remain in place. July 4th is a wonderful time to focus on these unique and cherished freedoms. But it’s also a time to recall the engraving on the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.: “Freedom Is Not Free.” Each generation of Americans has sacrificed much for these freedoms. It’s our shared responsibility to see that these freedoms are not compromised or discarded so we may always be known as the land of the free. Mark Lehman is vice president of Governmental Affairs for the Texas Association of REALTORS®. 

    2016-07-06 00:15:00