Julie Johnson

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Look who is a Rainmaker!

February 14th, 2011 · Meta

I was just recently interviewed for Frogpond.com. Check it out and let me know what you think.
http://frogpond.com/Julie-Johnson-FP7-80

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TheAgent.tv

February 4th, 2011 · Marketing, Real Estate

TheAgent.tv was picked up by RISMedia’s digital version with a great article about the new comedy series. The story was sent out in RISMedia’s daily email. Here is a link to that article: http://rismedia.com/2011-01-26/dallas-broker-turns-heads-with-new-web-comedy-series-the-agent/

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Technology Won’t Replace Good Realtors

February 2nd, 2011 · Technology

By the time potential home buyers contact a Realtor, most have already spent hours mulling over the dozens of listings they’ve found online. Does this mean that Realtors will become obsolete? Not the good ones.
Modern realtors have adapted to technology but the basics haven’t really changed. We are still their consultant and the professional they will look to learn all of the options available and to help them decide which strategies will be the best for them. The client depends on their agent to learn the effects of each decision made. The best agents will develop an excellent working relationship with clients and learn their individual needs. Using technology will only enhance the buying or selling experience for the client, such as making sure they know which websites have the most accurate information and the best photos.
Technology can make a Realtors day to day job easier, but making buying or selling a home a positive experience is the best marketing tool a Realtor has.

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Ready for Spring

February 2nd, 2011 · Weather

What a crazy winter! Inches of snow and ice have hit the Dallas area harder than I have ever seen in my life time. Instead of being out showing houses, I am stuck at home with rolling blackouts. The temperatures are so cold in Texas that our power grid cannot handle it. So, ERCOT decided to turn off everyone’s power for 15-45 minutes to save energy. Didn’t they see this weather coming? And why didn’t they just ask us to turn down our heaters and try to conserve energy?
So far, 3 times today, we have been hit is a power outage. We were lucky because they only lasted 10-15 minutes, but I feel for the people who have had the power off for hours. The temperature in our home dropped 5 degrees in just a few minutes.
Anyway, the groundhog did not see his shadow, and spring should be here soon. I am excited to see what the season brings, not only as far as weather, but also buyer and seller traffic.

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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | David Winans and Associates

November 11th, 2010 · Real Estate

The future is here. David Winans GMAC is now Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. With tons of brand recognition, cutting edge technologies, and innovative ideas, BHGRE is the future of real estate. I am so excited to be a part of this brand. Not only does the marketing collateral surpass anything I have had access to in the past, but I also have access to a huge database of potential buyers to help with the marketing of my listings. Besides being a part of the best real estate franchise, I also work for the best broker. David and Dana Winans make real estate fun and exciting, and yet they are professional and intelligent at the same time. I would not want to be anywhere else!

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The Future Begins November 11th

November 7th, 2010 · Real Estate

Huge brand change coming for my office. I am so excited!
The Future Begins November 11

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Dallas is the Fastest Growing City in the U.S.

November 7th, 2010 · Market Updates

The DFW area grew by staggering 25% during the last decade, according to CNNMoney.com. That’s an increase of about 1.3 million people flocking to the prosperous area. Dallas boasts no corporate tax, low building costs and minimal regulations and the state of Texas has no state income tax. Dallas Mayor, Tom Leppert says “It’s a great place to do business, especially attractive for companies from high-tax states.”

Recent additions to the thriving Downtown Dallas area, including a beautiful new arts center, urban park, light rail system and new housing area all adding to the urban appeal. Also, the DFW International Airport, the third busiest in the nation, is well positioned in the south to ensure good weather and central enough to provide good service to the rest of the country and the Latin American markets.

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Tax Credit Boom

March 19th, 2010 · Economy

My mother-in-law decided to sell her home in Benbrook, just south of Fort Worth, to be closer to her grandkids. While I was putting the for sale sign in the yard, a couple drove by and asked to see the home. They looked at the home and loved it. That night their Realtor called me saying he was sending me a offer. Her house was sold and on to the fun part of finding a new home.

For the past week, I have been trying to find her a home in Frisco for under $150K. Each time we found one she liked, by the time we got back home, it was under contract. Now of course, there are still a few homes with mold damage or foundation issues, but I don’t want her to be in a home like that.

This $8000 first time home buyers tax credit ends April 30th, and I think a lot of home buyers are rushing to find something. This is making it a great time to sell, but not so fun on the buying end. Are buyers overpaying for these homes because of the high demand right now? When the tax credit is over, will anyone still need a home?

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2% Decrease In Foreclosures in February 2010

March 19th, 2010 · Economy, Market Updates

Good economic news in February points to a slow down in home foreclosures. RealtyTrac is reporting a 2% decrease from January 2010 in it’s February Foreclosure Market Report. Although it is still 6% above filings from February 2009, it is still the smallest annual increase they’ve seen since January 2009. This is certainly a good indicator of recovery and a leveling of the foreclosure trend,

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You’ve got til April 30th to find a home

March 4th, 2010 · Taxes

Just a quick reminder, if you are a first time home buyer or have not owned a home in 3 years, you have until April 30th to get a home under contract to get up to $8000 from the government. You do not have to close on the home until June.

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