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What Part of “Thou Shalt Not” Don’t You Understand?

February 9, 2014 Leave a comment

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS When applying for a Real Estate Loan


•·       Thou shalt not change jobs, become self-employed or quit your job.

•·       Thou shalt not buy a car, truck or van (or you may be living in it)!

•·       Thou shalt not use charge cards excessively or let your accounts fall behind.

•·       Thou shalt not spend money you have set aside for closing.

•·       Thou shalt not omit debts or liabilities from you loan application.

•·       Thou shalt not buy furniture.

•·       Thou shalt not originate any inquiries into your credit.

•·       Thou shalt not make large deposits without first checking with your loan officer.

•·       Thou shalt not change bank accounts

•·       Thou shalt not co-sign a loan for anyone.




Eagle Mountain Lake – Where to launch, where to eat & what’s for sale!

Eagle Mountain Lake



A popular freshwater Lake located about 12 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Texas. The lake was created in October of 1932 by damming the West Fork of the Trinity River.  Eagle Mountain Lake sits below Lake Bridgeport and above Lake Worth.  The lake offers public beaches, boat ramps, marinas, restaurants/bars, gas docks; boat & water toy rentals, camping, and more! Eagle Mountain Lake is also known for sport fishing of Largemouth, Spotted & White Bass; White Crappie, Catfish & Channel Catfish!

Fort Worth Boat Club

Membership to the internationally known Fort Worth Boat Club (est. 1929) is by invitation only. FWBC members enjoy a secluded family oriented atmosphere with a swimming pool and tennis court. Amenities include a year-round, full-service restaurant and bar, large harbor with sailboat slips, covered boathouse and full harbor services including gasoline, hoist, launching, etc. Dry storage of boats is also available. On-site security is provided 24 hours a day. Non-sailors join the Boat Club as social members just to use the dining facilities with family and friends! Written applications must be endorsed by two FWBC members in good standing and approved by the Membership Committee. If no written objections are received once posted (for a minimum of two weeks) the applicant becomes a member. For more information, pricing, or to apply for membership please visit the FWBC office or call 817-236-8393.


Places to Launch


Lakeview Marina817-236-4633 6574  Singleton Road, Ft. Worth, TX  76179

Eagle Mountain Marina817-237-5558  6500 Wells Burnett Rd. Ft. Worth, 76135  (Marina Del Restaurant on site) Gas Dock.

Lake Country Marina– 817-236-8362 9290 Herring Drive Ft. Worth, 76179  (Scampi’s Cove Restaurant on site) Gas Dock.

West Bay Marina (817) 444-1622 From Jacksboro Highway (Texas 199) take FM 730 north to Timber Road and turn right. Turn north on Liberty School Road and follow to marina.

Creek Harbor Camp- (817) 236-6111 From FM 1220 Take Indian Creek west to ramp.

Harbor One- 817-236-8150 From Jacksboro Highway take Boat Club Road north 6 miles to marina. (The Spot! Restaurant & Bar on site) Gas Dock.




Creek Harbor Camp817-236-6111 at Lakeview Marina.  Cabins, Tents & RV Parking. Shady & quiet!

Eagle Mountain Park

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400-acre Park located in northwest Tarrant Country on Eagle Mountain Lake is open seven days a week from dawn until 30 minutes after sunset.  

Click here for a printable map of the trails 





Boat & Water Toy Rentals


Aqua Time Boat Rentals has pricing available online. To reserve a Ski boat, Deck boat, Pontoon boat; or water toys such as skis, knee and wakeboards, or fun shaped tow-behinds dial 1-877-910-BOAT.

For WaveRunner rentals call Jet Ski Rentals DFW of Eagle Mtn Lake at 817-875-9935




Augie’s Sunset Café 6172 Park Rd. Ft. Worth,76135():  BLT’s, Burgers & Beers! Karaoke every Friday night.  Patio dining available. 817-237-5868

Cantrell’s Lakeview Grill (Weekends only through the boating season) Signature burgers, pork tenderloin, Godiva chocolate liquor brownies.  Relaxed waterfront restaurant located at 6574-B Singleton Rd. Ft. Worth, 76179.  817-236-1006

Scampi’s Cove: 9216 Live Oak Ln. Ft. Worth, 76179: Live music every Saturday night! Check out their event calendar online. Conveniently located at the Lake Country Marina. Patio dining overlooking the lake. 817-236-8838

The Spot!: 9307 Boat Club Rd. Ft. Worth, 76179 817-236-4600. Restaurant & Bar Overlooks Harbor One Marina.


Real Estate


According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) – As of October 1st, 2010 there were 63 Eagle Mountain Lake waterfront homes for sale ranging in price at $119,000 for a 1,200 sqft Condo to a 7,000 sqft estate offered at $2,900,000.

 Several area neighborhoods have a boat ramp, boat slips, docks, beaches, and/or parks available exclusive to their residents. You will find all types of architecture new and old whether searching for a condo, townhouse, executive zero-lot line, or sprawling manor! Some waterfront properties are available in gated communities, or in a subdivision which also features a golf course! Apartment rentals are also available.

I have the magic key to get you in to any listed property. Simply call 817-714-2898 today to discuss your waterfront or surrounding area real estate needs with me. I would be delighted to talk with you.

Upcoming Events


 December 04, 2010- Christmas Boat Parade of Lights



Area Links & Resources

Azle ISD: The Azle Independent School District

Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club:

Eagle Mountain – Saginaw ISD: Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District

Eagle Mountain Lake Equestrian Center:

Eagle Mountain Park:

Catfish Guide:

Save Eagle Mountain Lake (NPO) / Because we all live Downstream  

Texas Parks & Wildlife:


What does PITI stand for?

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Principal, Interest, Taxes, & Insurance



Consider PITI when determining how much house you can afford.  Most online calculators only calculate P&I which can mislead some buyers into thinking they can manage to pay for more home than they can actually afford.   Below is PITI  defined:

Principal-The amount borrowed or remaining unpaid. The part of the monthly payment that reduces the remaining balance of a mortgage.

Interest- The interest charged on a loan used to purchase a residence. (Not the same as MIP or PMI which protects the lender in case of default)  

Taxes- Local tax assessed on property owned. Usually federal income tax-deductible.

Insurance– An insurance policy that combines personal liability insurance and hazard insurance coverage for a dwelling and its contents. Hazard Insurance- coverage that in the event of physical damage to a property from fire, wind, vandalism, or other hazards. Liability Insurance– coverage that offers protection against claims alleging that a property owner’s negligence or inappropriate action resulted in bodily injury or property damage to another party.)

PITI reserves

A cash amount that a borrower must have on hand after making a down payment and paying all closing costs for the purchase of a home. The principal, interest, taxes, and insurance (PITI) reserves must equal the amount that the borrower would have to pay for PITI for a predefined number of months.

If you are considering buying a home don’t forget to consider Taxes & Insurance into your monthly budget!

51 thought provoking 1-liners to help YOU think rich!

May 17, 2010 1 comment


Rich people believe “I create my life” Poor people believe “life happens to me.”

Money is extremely important in the areas in which it works, and extremely unimportant in the areas in which it doesn’t.

When you are complaining, you become a living, breathing “crap magnet”


There is no such thing as a really rich victim!

Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game not to lose.

If your goal is to be comfortable, chances are you will never be rich. But if you goal is to be rich, chances are you’ll end up mighty comfortable.

Rich people are committed to being rich.  Poor people want to be rich.

The #1 reason most people don’t get what they want is that they don’t know what they want!

If you are not fully, totally and truly committed to creating wealth, chances are you won’t.

Rich people think rich, poor people think small.

The law of Income: You will be paid in direct proportion to the value your deliver according to your marketplace.

Rich people focus on opportunities.  Poor people focus on obstacles.

“Bless that which your want”- Huna philosophy

Rich people associate with positive, successful people.  Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people.

Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their values. Poor people think negative about selling and promotion.

      Leaders earn a heck of a lot more money than followers!

Rich people are bigger than their problems.  Poor people are smaller than their problems.

The secret to success in not to avoid or get rid of your problems; the secret is to grow yourself so that you are bigger than any problem.

If you have a big problem in your life, all that means is that you are being a small person.

Rich people are excellent receivers. Poor people are poor receivers.

If you say you’re worthy, you are. If you say you’re not worthy, you’re not. Either way, you’re right.

Whether you think you can, or your think you can’t, you’re right.

For every giver their must be a receiver, and for every receiver their must be a giver.

Money will only make you more of what you already are.

How you do anything is how you do EVERYTHING!


Rich people chose to get paid based on results. Poor people choose to get paid based on time.

There is nothing wrong with getting a steady paycheck, unless it interferes with your ability to earn what you are worth. There’s the rub. It usually does.


Rich people think both, poor people think either/or.

Rich people believe “You CAN have your cake and eat it too”

Middle class people believe “cake it too rich, so I’ll just have a little piece.”

Poor people believe they don’t deserve cake so they eat doughnuts, focus on the hole, and wonder why they have “nothing”.

Rich people focus on their net worth. Poor people focus on their working income.

The true measure of wealth is net worth, not working income.

“Where the attention goes, energy flows, and results show.”

Rich people manage their money well. Poor people mismanage their money well.

Until you can show you can handle what you’ve got. You won’t get any more!

The habit of managing your money is more important than the amount.

Either control your money or it will control you!

Rich people have their money work hard for them. Poor people work hard for their money.

Rich people see every dollar as a “seed” that can be planted to earn a hundred more dollars, which can be planted to earn a thousand more dollars.

Rich people act in spite of fear. Poor people let fear stop them.

Action is the “bridge” between the inner world and the outer world.

A true warrior can “tame the cobra of fear”.

It is not necessary to try to get rid of fear in order to succeed.

If you are willing to do only what is easy. Life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what is hard, life will be easy.

The only time you are growing is when you are uncomfortable.

Training and managing your own mind is the most important skill you could ever own, in terms of both happiness and success.

Rich people constantly learn and grow.  Poor people think they already know.

To get paid the best, you must be the best.

“Every Master Was Once A Disaster.”T. Harv Eker


I can’t remember from which resource(s) I took these from so  for disclaimer sake, I didn’t come up with any of this on my own!

A Sign in the Yard Doesn’t Mean the Owner is Desperate to Sell!


It is a sign o’ the times; distressed properties are for sale!   Today the market is flooded with more foreclosures and Short Sales than I have ever seen in my near decade of practicing real estate and it’s forecasted to  get worse before it get’s better.

 You’ve heard those sayings: “If it sounds too good to be true, it is” &  “You get what you pay for”.  That holds true [pretty much] in the real estate world too!  Bank owned, or short sale properties seem like a great deal at first glance but are typically priced in line with what an “AS IS” price would be for a property in its condition.  Buyer’s need to beware of the cost of repairs exceeding the true market value once completed after the sale.

As I see it,  foreclosure listings are not grotesquely reducing their asking price as a way to undercut the rest of us or so a Buyer can  get a steal-of-a-deal;  they’re pricing their properties based on one or more suggested list price of a professional BPO (Broker Price Opinion). Banks  are not in the business of giving houses away and those BPO’s are conducted by local real estate agents advising them on how to get TOP DOLLAR in as short amount of time possible! I cannot imagine any Realtor who would be suggesting prices below anything but top dollar as that negatively effects their own hometown economics! 

While it is true that foreclosure sales have negatively affected the value in some neighborhoods,  A savvy agent will consult a traditional seller to price their property inline with recent sales as well as current competition (just like an appraiser will do).  I’d like to consider myself a “savvy agent” and I do tell my clients to price their property respective to current market conditions but even still I constantly see ridiculously low offers.  I’m sure there are plenty of stories of Buyer’s getting a deal but my rant today is merely to say I’m looking forward to the day when the mentality out there isn’t that if there is a sign in your yard, you must be desperate to sell and buyer’s stop making crazy low offers on homes that are clearly not over-priced. 

(quick disclaimer: Every city is like a snowflake with their own unique set of market conditions affecting their communities so I can only speak for what I see through my eyes here in Fort Worth, Texas.)

Have a Facebook Fan page? Here’s how to add tabs like Twitter, PDF’s, Flickr, & more!

I didn’t know it was going to be so difficult until I got stumped on the application for Twitter  on Facebook while trying to add the “Twitter” tab to my Business Page.

 The problem was that as I kept trying to add it to my page, it wouldn’t let me! I spent more time than I care to admit trying to figure out what button I didn’t click correctly.  Once I was out of problem solving ideas I went to the Twitter Application Fan Page’s discussion tab and scrolled down until I found a 13+ page discussion about the very same issue. It wasn’t until about the 11th page or so did someone FINALLY offer a solution to the 10 pages of people with the same problem begging for help!

 I thought I would share this simple solution today so that you don’t go through the same agonizing frustration I did, and also because this was provided by someone with a servant’s heart, I thought it fitting to Pay it Forward. (By the way, it CANNOT be added via the Facebook Twitter application and is provided by an outside source only) So, Thank you Robert Holland for the following post:

Robert Holland For those of you interested in having a Twitter tab on your Facebook Fan Page using Involver, I’ve also put together a “how to” for setting up Involver:


I also learned today that offers complete brand marketing for Facebook. Make sure and check out the Application Gallery of other FREE* and basic** applications that can be easily added to your Facebook business page as well.  (For Example: You Tube Channel, PDF’s, Flickr, and much more!)

*Free: Careful! You are limited to only 2 Tab add-ons. After which you would need to upgrade to a Premium service for more.

**Basic: Free apps have limitations such as for Twitter it only updates every 3 hours. For faster feeds to Twitter you can update to a paid Premium Account with 

Keep in mind these applications are available to Facebook “Become a Fan” business pages, NOT your regular social “friend” page.

Creating Checklists so NOT TO Overpromise and Under-Deliver! (Includes free ideas & examples)

February 25, 2010 1 comment

Operate with integrity and the money will come by way of referral business.

As you’ve seen on the back of many business cards (that just makes me roll my eyes) is:  “The greatest compliment I could ever receive is a referral… blah, blah, blah but it’s TRUE! Whether by accident or not- It only takes getting busted once for not doing something you promised at the listing presentation for you to jeopardize your reputation! If you don’t do what you say you’ll do you risk losing referrals.  When you lose referrals, you’re starting your business over from scratch. There is nothing sweeter than receiving a call out of the blue that says “so-n-so” told me to call!

I consider myself a seasoned agent on auto-pilot but I am not too proud to keep a checklist in the front of every file.  Just like pilots who KNOW how to taxi down the runway (no matter how many times they’ve done it before) they check all systems before giving the “CLEAR” for take-off to make sure a safe flight. We should all run our business with the same mentality.

Here are examples of some of the items found on my listing checklist:

• Measure rooms, place sign & lockbox

• Verify schools w/ school district

• Create action plan in Wise Agent*

• Order Virtual Tour

• Enter into MLS

• Listing paperwork turned in to office

• Showing instructions to Appointment Service

• Upload disclosures/ CC&R’s

• Create & deliver color graphics for “take one” box

• Post on Craigslist, twitter, Facebook, blogs & my website

• Verify virtual tour on

• Mail Just Listed Cards

• Send Lowes coupon **

• Order Residential Service Contract

• Copies & links to Seller

• Etc, etc…

I keep copies OF EVERYTHING and stay organized by using the 2 partition, 6 fastener classification folders (blue for listings, green for buyers, red for short sales, brown for land. Yes, I’m a freak…about my files) I even have a checklist for what goes in each section! (there’s my next blog idea)

Staying consistent by having my systems in place is not only for me, but for an Administrative Partner, or for another agent handling my business while I’m on vacation. 

You must have systems in place to run a smooth operation.

* Tip- Always lead with revenue.  Keep your lists all on paper or a dry erase board until you can afford a database program such as Wise Agent or Top Producer; buying into it only when you are convinced having such a system will be worth more to you in return. 

 **Free personalized Lowes coupon delivered on your behalf. Check it out by visiting: .

As always, I welcome any questions & Subscribers!