Building in 2016

*Edited 7/26/16 to include better detail about the effect of interest rates on buying power*

We all know that there are certain advantages that come with building: customization, quality control, planned neighborhoods, etc.  Less known, are the benefits of building for completion this year. Since the deadline is fast approaching to build your home for completion within the year, we decided to share some of the benefits for those of you on the fence.

Make this lot yours in 2016

Low Interest Rates

-Rates are holding steady now but this is expected to change soon. With rates at historic lows and the Fed looking to increase, rates don’t have anywhere to go but up.

-Get more home for your money now! With lower interest rates, you can afford more home. When rates rise, your hard earned dollar will be eaten by interest. The table below is from this site and illustrates the impact of rising interest on your monthly budget.

Max Principle & Interest
4.50% 5.00% 6.00%
$1,000 $245,000 $235,000 $208,000
$1,200 $295,000 $280,000 $250,000
$1,400 $345,000 $325,000 $292,000
$1,600 $395,000 $372,000 $335,000
$1,800 $445,000 $420,000 $375,000
$2,000 $495,000 $465,000 $415,000

DFW on the Rise

-The cost of older homes, and home sites are on the rise, and expected to continue with the steady stream of new jobs coming to the metroplex.

-As property prices rise, rent prices rise.

First Time Buyer Advantages

-There are still funds available for First Time Buyer programs! Both the government and the banks have programs specifically for first time buyers.

-Take advantage of Down payment assistance programs with low interest rates. See a community sales counselor for qualifying details


-Qualify for your full homestead exemption when you purchase a home before 2017!

-Take advantage of tax savings in 2016! Any Mortgage Interest, property taxes and points paid on your loan will be tax deductible for your 2016 tax return!


Interest Rates, DFW on the Rise, First Time Homebuyer, Taxes

Until Next Time,



To qualify for the $878/mo payment on this home, you only need to bring home $3000/mo Before Taxes!

After all of the gloomy predictions about what a downgraded credit rating will do to our economy I was shocked to learn today that many of our recommended lenders are offering a 30 year fixed rate loan at 3.75%.  Crazy!  Just a few weeks ago rates were hovering around 5%.  What does that mean to you?  On a 30 year fixed rate FHA loan for $120,000 your payment at a 5% rate including Taxes, Insurance, Mortgage Insurance and Interest is around $1065/month.  At 3.75% that number drops below $1000/month to a shocking $979/month!  If you buy our least expensive home, priced at $99,490, your payment becomes $812/month.  Why would you not buy today?  With prices and rates so low, you can’t miss this opportunity to invest in your future!

Link to 8825 Highland Orchard, pictured above.

Property Taxes

The tax bill is due by Jan, 31, 2011 for the 2010 tax year.  You are responsible for making sure that your taxes are paid even if your taxes are escrowed by your mortgage company.  You can request a receipt from the county to make sure they were paid if you are the type that tends to worry.  It is also good to keep a record on hand in the event you need to prove that taxes were in fact, paid. 

If you purchased your home last year, do not forget to claim your Homestead exemption.  The Tarrant Appraisal District has all of their forms on one page for easy access

If you want to know how to calculate tax rates in a neighborhood you are interested in purchasing a home in, here’s how I do it.  Let’s use Tarrant County as an example since we sell most of our homes in Tarrant County.  On the Tarrant Appraisal District website they have a spreadsheet of their tax rates.  Print it out.  There are lots of codes to on the left-hand column.  They correspond to the Taxing Jurisdiction Name. 

The next step is to perform a property data search on the property you want to purchase.  If you want to build a home or the home is a newly completed home and not listed in the tax records, I use the model home as a reference.  Let’s use 404 Elk Run in Fort Worth.  That’s the model home at the Parks of Deer Creek

You will see the Taxing Jurisdictions called out one by one.  Those codes and names correspond to the tax rate in the third column of the tax spreadsheet.  Sometimes you have to go by the name instead of the code as in Tarrant County Hospital which is actually code 091, instead of 224. 

Go through the list and add it all up.  The grand total is the UNEXEMPT amount.  Multiply this amount by the total price of the home you are purchasing and that sum is what you pay without Homestead exemption or any other additional exemptions you may qualify for.  By my calculations I came up with a tax liability of 3.039537% for the value of the home.  When you multiply that by $118,900 (the value given for the 2010 tax year) the number is $3614.00 

This is a really good way to figure out ahead of time if the taxes in one neighborhood are lower or higher than another.  If you plan to escrow your taxes into your mortgage, this can make a big difference in your monthly house payment.

If you have more questions about Taxes in Texas you can visit the State Comptroller’s website or call one of our Home Buying Experts at 1-800-Antares!