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Friday, June 11, 2021   /   by Breanna Thornton

Dog Friendly Activities in DFW

Are you a dog owner and lover? Here at Hip Realty Group, we take our dogs very seriously! If you are in need of good places to bring your furry friend to, you are in the right place! From dog parks to normal community activities, here are five dog friendly places in DFW.

1) NorthBark Dog Park

This dog park in Dallas has tons of great reviews! It is a 22 acre park filled with open space, shaded areas, walking trails, picnic tables and a pond. There are also water stations for you AND your pet. You and your dog will have a great time outdoors at this park!

Website: http://www.dallasparks.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/NorthBark-Dog-Park-359

Address: 4899 Gramercy Oaks Dr Dallas, TX 75287

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2) White Rock Lake

This lake is known for its famous biking/walking trails. This is a great place to come with your family, and there is a 3 acre dog park on the northwest side for your pet! This place is the perfect summer day activity.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021   /   by Breanna Thornton

Why Are There so Many Buyers Right Now?

Hip Realty Group is flooded with buyer leads every single day. You’ve heard that the buyers are dominating the market, but why is this the case? There are a few reasons why so many people are looking to move and become homeowners.

1) New Home Needs

With Covid-19 changing so many lives last year, big house adjustments have become necessary. Lots of people are now working from home and need an office space in their house to accommodate. People are also looking for indoor gyms to avoid the monthly gym membership and have a more convenient workout. A different, larger backyard is also something people are searching for.

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2) Low Interest Rates

While homes are selling for way over asking price in this market, buyers are saving a lot of money in the long run by purchasing now! With record low interest rates, the monthly mortgage amount will decrease dramatically, saving buyers money. Experts forecast that the interest rate will increase over the next year, ; ...

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Thursday, June 3, 2021   /   by Breanna Thornton

Volunteer Opportunities in DFW

Now that it’s summer, it is the perfect time to get out of the house and spend some time in the community! There is nothing more rewarding than giving back to the people in this wonderful place we live in. If you are looking for some high quality places to donate your time, we have five amazing places for you to learn more about!

1) Minnies Food Pantry

Located: 661 18th Street Plano, TX 75074
Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Saturday, 8:30am to 11:30am

The goal of Minnies is to provide the basic healthy food people need and give educational resources for children. They have had a huge impact on the community by giving over 15 million meals to families! You can donate food to the organization or go volunteer in person. Click here and scroll down on the website page to register for an opportunity to help.

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2) Dallas Habitat for Humanity

Located: 2800 N Hampton Road Dallas, TX 75212
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021   /   by Breanna Thornton

Spring & Easter Decor Ideas

Easter and springtime snuck up quick this year! Here are a couple decoration ideas that would be a fun family activity, or just a colorful addition to your home. If you want any more DIY decor ideas, let us know!

Pom-Pom Bunny Easter Eggs


How could you not love these cute little table decorations? They are perfect for Easter decor and super simple as well!

Instructions:

Cut a 6 inch piece of pipe cleaner, fold it twice to look like an “M” or bunny ears

Twist the two ends of the pipe cleaner together to finish the ears

Use glue to attach the ears to the top of a pom-pom

Once dry, attach the pom-pom to the narrower part of the egg

Customize it however you want!!


Pinterest idea from Mike Garten

Sprinkled Eggs


These adorable eggs would look great as a coffee table decoration, on your dinner table, or anywhere else during this spring season! They bring some color and life to any space.

Instructions:

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Saturday, March 27, 2021   /   by Breanna Thornton

What Credit Score Do I Need for a Loan?

Based on trends, it’s easy to notice that the average credit score for obtaining a mortgage is getting higher. This seems scary to some, but if your score is lower than the average there is no need to panic. The purpose of this blog post is to talk about the different credit scores and options associated with each one. 

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The average FICO credit score right now for people successfully getting mortgages is about a 750. In this range, you can qualify for some of the best plans during this competitive market. This looks like a high score, but trends across the country show that Americans are starting to increase their scores with better financial habits.

There are some conventional loans that require a minimum of a 620 credit score. This is basically a loan that is not backed by a government agency, and instead by private companies. These agencies will typically look at your credit history as well as your credit score.

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