About patrickmoconnor

Realtor; BA in Media and Communications; Clergy Spouse; Lots of kids and grandkids. Happy.

It’s Coming!

North Texas Real Estate Corner

Starting in August, I will be publishing short videos, about 3 minutes each, related to real estate in North Texas.

Don’t worry. I’ll post links to the videos here so it’s easy for you to find them.

Here’s a list of the first five videos that will be created. I’ll keep you in suspense about the actual content until August.

  1. Business: Realtor Verbiage You Should Know
  2. Business: Why Referral Based?
  3. Business: Discount Broker vs. Full-Service Broker
  4. Market: What Is A Seller’s Market?
  5. Market: What Is A Buyer’s Market?

This is just the beginning. Just enough to get started.

I will try to post all five of these in the first week of August to get things started.

After that, I’ll be posting another video every two weeks. That’s my goal. I’ll pick the day of each posting once I get there so I can be consistent.

If you leave a comment on a video, I’ll respond, either there, or by creating a video about the topic.

Let’s face it. Real estate changes on a daily basis. It’s hard to keep up with what’s going on in the market when typically, you only buy a home about 4-5 times in your life.

I don’t claim to know everything about it, but I am a lifelong learner and will dig, ask questions, and research like crazy until I understand. Then I will share it with you.

Join me in August as I launch “North Texas Real Estate Corner.”

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Always check with your Realtor about your particular area and the differences that might not be addressed here. If you don’t have a Realtor, I can help.

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Thanks for stopping by. Please share this post and remember, I’m never too busy for you or your referrals.


We Survived

99 Word Challenge from Carrot Ranch.

We Survived Fence

The wind howled.

Rain came down almost sideways.

Shutters rattled.

Lightning came closer by the minute.

Day became night.

We left to find shelter in our storm cellar. Tornado sirens had been going off for several minutes.

Suddenly, the sirens stopped; but we could hear the wind whipping all around. The pressure change made our ears pop.

Finally, the winds subsided. We waited a few more minutes and then cautiously came out of our hideaway.

Looking around at the devastation, we were happy to be alive.

But – all that was left of our house was a sad, broken fence.

Panic Button

Panic Button

Working with technology can be stressful, especially when you are the one tasked with fixing it when it isn’t working correctly.

Some people handle the stress easily while others become anxious. After all, everyone from co-workers to management wants to know when it’s going to be fixed.

Having people stand over your shoulder just aggravates the situation more.

That’s when I had the great idea to create something that would help with the stress.

I created a portable “Panic Button” to share with anyone who was stressed.

It’s amazing what a little laughter can do to help exasperating situations.

Realtor Verbiage To Know

Whether it’s a designation related to an aspect of education or a term related to financing, acronyms are many times related to specific industries.

When I worked in automation systems, we used acronyms such as PLC, PAC, TON, RTD, OTE, and the list goes on. No one outside those circles understood anything about it. Even in places like the church, there can be acronyms. Ps., Rev., D-Min., Mk., and that list goes on.

If you are not in the specific industry, none of the acronyms make sense so it’s important for the Realtor to explain what they mean. If the Realtor is good, it’s no problem but if they are less than stellar, they may look at it as an inconvenience to have to take the time to explain everything.

What Is That Verbiage

MLS, FDA, FHA, RENE, VA, GRI, CHMS, CMA, FSBO, ABR. That’s just a few of the acronyms you might hear a Realtor throwing around.

Designations are nice and I have several. Mine are CHMS, GRI, and USMOM. CHMS is Certified Home Marketing Specialist. GRI is for Graduate, Realtor Institute. USMOM is United States Military On The Move.

The reality is that anyone who is not directly involved in real estate cares little about what these are or what they mean. However, for Realtors to use these acronyms without explanation could be construed as unprofessional. If you hear a Realtor using acronyms, stop them and ask what they mean.

Having said all that, here are just a few acronyms everyone who is thinking about a real estate transaction should know.

MLS – Multiple Listing Service. Every area around the country has a Multiple Listing Service. This is a program available to all Realtors and Brokers so they can see what properties are for sale, sold, expired, or canceled. No specific Realtor has an advantage over someone else over this. The exception is that the Multiple Listing Service is for a specific area. For instance, as a Realtor in Texas, I have access to certain information. However, I would not have access to the same information in Florida.

FHA, USDA, VA, HUD – These include the Federal Housing Authority, United States Department of Agriculture, Veterans Assistance, and Housing and Urban Development loans. Each of these loan types have different requirements to qualify for and your Realtor or lender should be able to help steer you in the right direction

There are so many acronyms out there for every industry. It’s only natural that if you aren’t in that industry, you will not necessarily know what they all mean. If you are having a conversation with a Realtor and don’t understand something like an acronym or a topic, stop them and ask them to explain it. Honestly, they may not have the information right away. A good Realtor will tell you that they don’t have an answer right then but can get it instead of making up an answer and hoping it will fly.

Always check with your Realtor about your particular area and the differences that might not be addressed here.

Thanks for stopping by. Please share this and remember, I’m never too busy for you or your referrals.

Blog Focus Areas

I’ve been going through a lot lately. Especially when it comes to my business but I’ve also been refocusing on my writing.

Blog Personal Finance

I’m a Realtor but I have an “inner teacher” within me that needs a way out. Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate teaching into my business.

As a result, I’ve been starting to write video scripts with the intent of creating video education classes related to real estate in the North Texas area. I’m trying to keep them to a few minutes since people tend to get bored with video if it goes too long and doesn’t get to the point.

This is a heads up. I’ll start filming in the next month or so and will be including links to the videos in this blog.

Blog Finances

But there are other things I like to write about.

I’ve been involved in a literary group on and off for most of this year. It’s called Carrot Ranch and they offer a weekly challenge to write a complete story in 99 words – exactly. Although I haven’t participated each week, I find it helpful in my writing. It challenges me to choose my words carefully and to get to the point. I encourage you to participate in this group if writing in any form is your cup of tea.

Other topics I write about that you can find in this blog are faith stories, personal finance, and sometimes, just straight fiction.

Blog Faith

If you like to write or buy/sell houses, this is the place to come.

In the future, I may create several different blogs so that I can put specific types of writing in each one instead of having it all in one place. When that happens, I will let you know.

I’ll be posting a sample of the transcript for the first video I will be doing related to real estate soon so you can get an idea of how long they will actually be. I’d enjoy hearing your feedback so I can improve the text for the video. I’d also like to know about any issues or pain points you have had around real estate. This feedback will help me to produce videos that answer your questions or addresses a pain point.

If you or someone you know is considering buying or selling a home, I’d like to be the one who helps make that happen. If you need a buyer’s guide or seller’s guide, visit my business website and contact me. Make sure you indicate which guide you need and remember…

I’m never too busy for you or your referrals.

Memory Scars


The call came in after 9pm and interrupted movie night with my daughters.

My doctor called to tell me I had a brain tumor. I’ve never been so shocked in my life.

The emotions associated with that phone call are etched forever in my memory.

There was a flurry of activity that took place to find the right doctor for the surgery. Six months later, I landed in Los Angeles to get the best care I could find around the country.

Four years after that, I created a sketch of my head scar. I titled it “Scarred Not Broken.”

Transaction Closed!

Ebby Halliday, REALTORS

Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc. is pleased to announce that its acquisition by HomeServices of America, Inc., is complete and the Ebby Halliday Companies are now proud Berkshire Hathaway affiliates. The three real estate brands: Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Williams Trew Real Estate, as well as the firm’s mortgage and title companies,  are now fully affiliated with the powerful HomeServices organization. The acquisition provides a unique avenue for the Halliday organization to continue its legacy of providing the unparalleled real estate services for which it is so well known far into the future.

Serving North Texas residents since 1945, Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc. is one of the country’s most highly respected real estate brokerages. Its affiliation with Home Services joins the firm with the nation’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage company and the nation’s leading provider of homeownership services.

Memberships in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio International, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, and numerous other industry networks, and now its new affiliation with Home Services ensure that Ebby Halliday Companies’ sales professionals are ideally positioned to continue to represent clients across North Texas for years to come.

I am personally delighted to share this exciting news with each of you, and look forward to our mutual opportunity for an even more successful and rewarding future as the undisputed leader in Texas real estate!

Mary Frances