I want to personally thank you and welcome you to my website. Feel free to use rickallenrealtor.com to browse, select and request personal showings for any homes for sale in McAllen Real Estate Area. As a Realtor®, my goal is to assist clients through the confusing process of purchasing or selling a home. The simplest real estate transaction involves a body of laws. These laws include the law of contracts, general property law, landlord-tenant law, the law of agency, real estate law, and consumer protection laws. Although a real estate agent does not provide legal advise, it is obvious that you need a real estate agent that is competent to protect your interest. I am a member (Realtor®) of the National Association of Realtors®, the largest real estate trade organization. I am also a member of the Texas Association of Realtors® and the Greater McAllen Association of Realtors®.
As our Standard of Conduct states "Realtors® pledge to protect and promote the interests of their client". That is my mission and I accept it with honor. I am committed to continuing education to ensure your interests are best served. As such, I have achieved the following certifications from the National Association of Realtors®: Military Relocation Professional (MPR), Price Strategy Advisor (PSA), At Home with Diversity (AHWD), Short Sell and Foreclosure Resource (SFR), and E- Professional, advanced digital marketing (ePRO). I am also a Certified Texas First Time Home Buyer Specialist. This means if you are a first time home buyer, veteran, or home buyer that has not owned a home within 3 years, the "My First Texas Home Program" could provide down payment and closing cost assistance up to 5% of the sales price, expanded low-rate mortgage loan opportunities which include government and conventional 30 year fixed rate mortgage options, and a direct mortgage tax credit up to $2,000 on your individual tax return (dollar-for-dollar) on a qualifying mortgage over the life of the mortgage. More information can be obtained from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Website. Contact me to find out if you qualify. All of these certifications are critical when advising and representing buyers or sellers.
Most people don't buy or sell a home everyday. This is a once or twice in a lifetime experience. When you get serious about buying or selling a home you can get overwhelmed very quickly. There is a lot more to the journey than finding a home. That's why having a professional real estate agent to represent you as a buyer or seller can be a valuable resource. You need to figure how and where to obtain a home loan, negotiate a price with the possibility of requested repairs and concessions. You will also need to get a home appraisal and inspection and a whole line of other formalities before you can close. I have included two sections; Buying and Selling to provide some important considerations. You are welcome to explore these sections by clicking the links in this section or use the navigation tool bars at the top or side of the page. Another important section is Rick's Real Estate Blog. In this section you can find popular trending articles in real estate. When it comes to homes for sales in McAllen, I want to be your representative.
Also, as a retired U.S. Army Veteran, I have a strong desire to assist and represent veterans. There have been so many changes to veteran home loan programs and eligibility criteria, that there are serious misconceptions as to whether many veterans feel they are qualified for a home loan. I have included a Veterans section on my website that highlights some of the critical criteria. However, I strongly encourage those with questions to contact me.
At anytime when using my website that you have questions, please feel free to contact me. Also, one of the most important facets of buying a home is deciding a budget and getting pre-qualified by a home loan lender. I have several local lenders I can provide as recommendations. Again, use the contact me for those recommendations. Good luck and enjoy the 100s of listings of homes for sales in McAllen. Please join me on Facebook as well.
When using the term "Greater McAllen in terms of Real Estate" it implies a misconception when it comes to homes for sales in McAllen geographical area. The Greater McAllen Association of Realtors manages the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which includes homes for sales in Hidalgo, Willacy, Starr, Webb and Zapata counties. This area encompasses hundreds of homes, condominiums, townhouses and land for sale. Also, Rick Allen Realtor® is a member of the RGVMLS service making browsing Cameron County Real Estate listings convenient. For convenience, you may perform a quick search on local metro areas such as McAllen, Edinburg, Mission and Pharr using the side and lower navigation tool bars.
The Rio Grande Valley was once called El Magico Valle del Rio Grande, the Spanish translation of "The Magical Valley of the Rio Grande". Now, it is the main region within four counties: Starr County, Hidalgo County, Willacy County and Cameron County. Most refer to the area simply as the RGV. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission is considered the 5th largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in Texas. The McAllen metro area has been ranked as the 3rd fastest growing area over other Texas metros such as El Paso, Houston and Austin. What the Rio Grande has that most metropolitan areas in the U.S. don't have is truly affordable real estate. The median home price in McAllen is 22% lower than the national average. The median rent asked in McAllen is 23% lower than the national average.
The RGV also encompasses several landmarks. Popular destinations include the Port Isabel Lighthouse, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Anna National Wildlife Refuge and Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. The valley is also popular for tourists seeking to visit Mexico. Most popular destinations across the border include Matamoros, Nuevo Progresso, Rio Bravo and Reynosa. The warm climate also attracts a large number of retirees from the Northern United States and Canada, often referred to as Winter Texans. Because of its warm climate, the RGV is known for its vast array of exotic birds and citrus orchards.
The economy is reliant on agriculture business and tourism. Its leading crops are sugarcane, maize, sorghum, cotton and grapefruit. The RGV region is the most important in the State of Texas when is comes to citrus and vegetable production. There has been a strong emergence of factories and plants (maquiladoras) driving a strong surge of industrial development along the border. South Padre Island also drives enormous tourism especially during Spring Break season. The health care industry has made substantial growth in Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen with major hospitals and a diversity of clinics and private practices.
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A very important part of our community that demands our attention is Age and Senior Care resources. A fast growing segment of the U.S. population is nonagenarians, those in their 90s, and centenarians, those that have aged 100 or more. Census projections put the number of nonagenarians at 2.7 million in 2020. Centenarians are a population that have experienced depression, several wars, and all events by later generations, plus the losses of friends and family. They generally keep a positive outlook and have an innate ability to "let go" of life's sad events. However, many are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help them maintain their independence and quality of life. Caring.com is a Community Outreach and Senior Advocate group dedicated to providing the McAllen, and surrounding communities, free resources that provide information like financial support and care options regarding senior living. As a Senior Real Estate Specialist, I feel it important to share these important resources. Please refer to the links below for more information.
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