Kim Buish's Blog

View Housing TrendsFollow Me@SOLDbyKimBuishYouTube ChannelView My Profile
(713) 819-1642

Client Experience Rating    4.99/5.0       Based on 274 Surveys   View Rating Detail
Giving YOU Presidential Treatment!
        EMAIL ME        7810 Fm 1960 E suite 104, Humble, TX 77346     Phone: (281) 852-3667     Fax: (877) 544-6996
Hi, I am Kim Buish (pronounced Bush). I may not be related to former President Bush, but I CAN help you whether you want to buy a WHITE HOUSE, a blue house or a yellow house! Please check back often for IMPORTANT and HELPFUL Real Estate information.

By Kim Buish 

One of the most common things we’ve seen people experience over the years when they buy Houston Texas Real Estate is sticker shock once they realize the total costs they need to pay for a home.

In today’s post we will share with you some of the costs you will be expected to pay so you can avoid that moment of sticker shock after searching for Houston Texas Homes for Sale and ultimately finding the home of your dreams, only to realize the real costs associated with buying a home.

Appraisal Fees

These fees will be charged by your lender so they can hire an appraiser to estimate the value of the Houston Texas Real Estate you want to buy.

A typical lender will want to lend money that is less than the value of the home or land you want to purchase because if the amount of the mortgage loan is less than the value of the property this means less risk for the lender if you default on your mortgage loan and are unable to pay it back.

Credit Report Fee

During the loan application process your lender will want to run your credit report and ultimately charge you for that fee.

Most credit reports cost about $35 but they give the lender the ability to see what all three of the major credit bureaus are saying about your credit score

Discount Points

These pints are charged by most lenders so they can lower the interest rate you will pay for your mortgage loan. The good news about this fee is that it’s entirely optional so you don’t have to pay it if it won’t fit within your budget as you are buying Houston Texas Real Estate but one thing to keep in mind is that this fee is tax deductible so you will be write it off the next time you pay taxes.

Document Preparation Fee

This fee will be charged to you so your lender can prepare all of your mortgage loan documents.

Endorsement Fee

An endorsement fee is an additional coverage that’s going to be added to your Title Insurance policy.

Escrow Holdback

This is the amount of money which will be held in an escrow account. These funds are typically used when there’s work to be done on the property and the seller agrees to get the work done before you release the final amount of money to them.

Flood Certification Fee

After paying this fee you will know if your Houston Texas Real Estate is located in a flood zone and if you will be required to pay for flood insurance when buying the home or not.

Homeowners Insurance

One of the most common fees that homeowners have to pay is homeowners insurance because this fee covers your home from loss and damages.

Buy Houston Texas Real Estate 

To get started with buying Houston Texas Real Estate, or to view Houston Texas Homes for Sale, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor(R) with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling me at (281) 852-3667 or click here to contact me online. 


You’re searching for Houston Texas Real Estate and are excited about buying a home because it's your first home but one of the biggest mistakes you want to avoid as a home buyer is falling into the trap of buyers remorse. 

Regardless of the reason why you are buying a home it’s important for you to take the steps NOW to avoid buyers remorse because buying a home is one of the biggest financial transactions you will ever make and you won't be able to take that back.

Here are some simple tips you can use to avoid buyers remorse:

Step 1 – Make Sure You Can Really Afford a Home

Before you even commit to buying a home you should sit down with your spouse or significant other and determine if you can afford to buy a home especially considering the long term costs like Private Mortgage Insurance if you put down less than 20%, property taxes, insurance and the long term costs of maintaining a home.

If you are unable to buy a home it might be worth waiting a little while longer so you can save more money for your down payment or pay off some debts so you can lower your debt-to-income ratio.

Step 2 – Confirm That You’re Ready to Stay in One Spot

When you buy a primary residence you’re not just committing to the concept of homeownership you’re also committing to settling down in one area for at least the next 10 years because if you are serious about realizing all of the financial advantages homeownership it’s recommended that homeowners hold their properties for 10 years or longer before moving onto their next homes.

Step 3 – Think about Where You Really Want To Live

As you are searching for a Houston Texas Home For Sale you should also make sure that you’re searching the location and or near the shops, stores, restaurants and amenities you want to have in your life because choosing a great home in the wrong location could mean that you have to commute longer to work every day or drive a little farther to the things that you love.

Step 4 – Get a Great Mortgage Loan

One of the most frequent causes of buyer’s remorse is because a buyer rushed the process of buying a home and they didn’t get the best mortgage interest rate.

To insure that you qualify for the best mortgage interest rate you should do your “due diligence” by compiling all of the financial paperwork that’s required of you to insure that there’s no questions about your credit or finances.

Step 5 – Hire an Awesome Realtor®

Last of all, but most important you should hire a great Realtor® who is experienced with helping their clients find the very best Houston Texas Real Estate.

Buy Houston Texas Real Estate  

Get started with buying Houston Texas Real Estate by caling me, Kim Buish, Realtor(R) with Red Door Realty & Associates today at (713) 819-1642 or click here to connect with us through our website. 



By Kim Buish 

One of the hottest trends right now is multi-generational Houston Texas Real Estate because as the Baby Boomer generation ages their adult children are searching for options to care for them and a multi-generational home is one of the best options to consider. 

If you’ve been thinking about searching for multi-generational Houston Texas Homes for Sale now is the right time to buy the home you’ve been searching for.

In this post we will share with you several tips you can use to buy a multi-generational Houston Texas Home. 

Tip #1 – Talk About The Specific Needs Of Each Family Member 

What are the needs of everyone who will be living in the multi-generational Houston Texas Real Estate

Will elderly residents need a living space with a large bathroom that’s wheel chair accessible? Or a shower that they can sit down in and take a shower?

Should the hallways and doorways be large enough for someone to easily navigate through using a walker or wheelchair?

Does the home have to be close to the hospital and other elder care facilities?

Before searching for multi-generational Houston Texas Homes for Sale it’s important to ask all of these questions because the needs of everyone in the family will need to be addressed sooner rather than later so you can avoid buying a home that’s not the right fit for everyone in your family.

Tip #2 – Search For Homes That Can Be Renovated 

While you are searching for multi-generational Houston Texas Real Estate you should also try to find a home that has plenty of room for renovations because you may be able to add an in-law suite after buying a home and ultimately build the right multi-generational home for your family.

“According to the Federal Administration on aging data, the U.S. population of people aged 65 or older, is expected to multiply from 39.6 million in 2009 to about 72.1 million in 2030”

If you find Houston Texas Real Estate with plenty of room for an addition or renovation you should first consult with an architect before deciding to purchase the home just to confirm that you can indeed add onto the home without overpricing or making it stand out like a ‘sore thumb’ in the community.

Tip #3 – Choose a Home with More Than One Electrical Outlet In Each Room 

Another important thing to do when choosing multi-generational Houston Texas Real Estate is to choose a home that has plenty of outlets because it may be that one or more residents of the home will need to have hospital beds, oxygen or other devices and it’s always handy to have plenty of outlets to plugin devices in a room rather than having to resort to using multiple drop cords.

Tip #4 – Talk With All Residents Of The Home Before Moving In

Last of all, but most important, before moving into Houston Texas Multi-Generational Real Estate it’s also important to sit down with all residents of the home and discuss a ‘game plan’ including what the goals of the residents are when living there.

Some older residents might prefer to pay their own bills while other residents might prefer to live temporarily until they move on in their lives so it’s best to talk with your elderly parents or grown children about what their plans are for the home before they move they move there with you.

Search For A Multi-Generational Home In Houston Texas

To buy multi-generational Houston Texas Real Estate, or to start searching for Houston Texas homes for sale, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor(R) with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or CLICK HERE to connect with me online. 


So you’re thinking about selling your Houston Real Estate, this is smart move to make because thanks to low mortgage interest rates and high demand for homes and there’s never been a better time than right now to sell Houston Texas Homes but make sure you don’t make these seller mistakes when you list your home.

Setting A High Price For Your Home

Although your brother, co-worker or business associate may have been able to sell their Houston Real Estate for more than what it was worth that doesn’t mean you should price your home too high because overpriced homes will keep buyers away since most buyers in this day and age have access to Real Estate listings online and will know what your home is worth in minutes.

Don't Choose An Agent Who Recommends The Highest price

Over the last two years many people who have listed their Houston Homes for Sale made the mistake of choosing agents who recommend the highest list prices. This is called “buying listings” and it commonly occurs during a booming Real Estate Market.

Before choosing an agent make sure that they can back up the price they recommend you sell your home for instead of just choosing them because they recommend you sell your Houston Real Estate for $50,000 more than what it’s worth because this strategy almost never works.

Skipping The Comparable Market Analysis 

Another big mistake some homeowners have made over the last several years when listing their Houston Real Estate is not requiring their agent to do a comparative market analysis before listing their homes for sale.

Asking your agent to do a comparative market analysis is an essential part of selling a home because this will show you what your home is really worth based on the data of other homes in your neighborhood which have sold within the last 60 days to one year.

Overpricing Your Home Because You Have Time To Wait

Even though you may not be in a hurry to move, you do not have time to price your home high then wait for the right buyer to show up.

Pricing your home high will make it stand out from other Houston Homes for Sale because buyers will know that it’s overpriced and after it sits on the market for several weeks without offers your home listing will not be available to view on real estate websites like Zillow.

Attract More Buyers By Giving Them A Reason To Bid On Your Home

Before selling your Houston Real Estate it’s important for you to make sure that you give buyers a reason to bid on your home.

Consider listing your home at market value, or $5,000 under market value, since either option will help buyers to see that they are getting a great deal and you may ultimately be able to sell your home for more than what it’s worth.

Sell Your Houston Home For Sale

To get started with selling your Houston Real Estate, or to search for a Houston Home for sale, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor(R) with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or click here to connect with me online. 


By Kim Buish

HOUSTON, TX. – Pricing your Houston home for sale correctly is one of the keys to success with being able to sell your home for what it’s worth and to quickly move on to buying your next property.

Sadly, many homeowners make the mistake of pricing their homes incorrectly and they learn the hard way that their homes are overpriced because, just about every single home buyer these days has the ability to research home values thanks to their smart phones and mobile devices.

If you’re planning on selling your Houston home within the next few months, or sometime early next year, here are the most important factors you should consider when pricing your home for sale.

#1 – Market Conditions

Depending on when you’re reading this article that conditions for the Houston real estate market may have changed and we could be in either a sellers’ market, or a buyers’ market.

Regardless of the state of the real estate market, it’s important that you first evaluate conditions of the real estate market and make sure that there is a demand for homes because, selling your home during a market where there is no demand means that you could face the possibility of selling it for less than what it’s worth, and it may be worth your while to wait a few months for the market to pick back up.

Historically, during the fall and winter months, the real estate market has dropped by as much as 3% due to the holidays and the fact that more people are spending time traveling, visiting family or celebrating.

Before deciding to list your home in the fall make sure that you consult with a professional Houston real estate agent like myself, to determine if it really is the best time for you to list your home, or you may want to consider investing time and money during the next couple months staging, decluttering and fixing other problem areas in your home before you do eventually list it sometime early next year.

#2 – Get a Comparable Analysis

Once you decide to sell your home the next important thing that you need to do is consult with your Realtor® and have them do a comparable analysis of other properties that are similar to yours that have sold recently within the last 6 to 12 months.

A comparable analysis is important because, this will give you a clear indication of what you should be able to sell your home for and without this comparable data it really is difficult to come up with the most accurate price.

Many home owners over the last couple of years have made the mistake of relying upon online data from websites like Zillow when pricing their homes and sadly, they don’t realize that most of the home price information that’s online is not always accurate, that’s why it’s always important to consult with a professional real estate agent and have them do a comparable analysis for you before you take the time to list your Houston home for sale.

#3 – Price Your Home Correctly

Last of all, but most important, during the process of pricing your Houston home for sale it’s important to always remember to price your home correctly.

Consider pricing your home at just below market value or right at market value because, opting for either of these solutions will make your home seem like a great deal to home buyers, and since nobody wants to miss out on a great deal it may be that you’ll see multiple offers on your home compared to seeing little to no offers if you did overprice home from the very beginning.

Remember that you should always be willing to adjust price on your home when your real estate agent recommends it because, being willing to adjust your price accordingly will draw the interest of more buyers who are searching for homes within that price range or it could bring in new buyers who recently have started looking for homes on the real estate market.

List Your Houston Home for Sale

To get started with listing your Houston home for sale contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor® with Red Door Realty and Associates by clicking here to connect with me online or calling me at 713-819-1642.

If you found the tips in this article helpful please consider sharing it on Facebook or your favorite social media network.


Thanks for reading!


By Kim Buish

HOUSTON, Texas – Fall is a wonderful time to buy a home thanks to cooler weather and the vibrant fall colors but even though it’s a great time of year there are 5 important things Houston Texas Home Buyers should be looking for in homes during the fall.

#1 – Check The Air Conditioner 

Even though most people won’t be running their air conditioners during the fall that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the A/C in a home checked out as part of the inspection.

During the process of checking out the air conditioner on a home you should also have the filter changed and the condenser inspected as well.

#2 – Review The Lot 

When inspecting a property you should specifically look at the location of the property and see how water drains because if you see water that has accumulated in puddles on the property this could mean there is a broken pipe underground, or that the property wasn’t graded effectively.

#3 – Find Out What's Nearby 

Although Houston seems to slow down during the fall and winter months you should still verify if there are any popular attractions near the home that people might be flocking to during the spring and summer months like community swimming pools or summertime attractions.

If you are buying a newer home you should also confirm if the neighborhood is finished or not because there could be more new homes which will be under construction nearby or shops and stores planned for the neighborhood and this could change the dynamic of your neighborhood. 

#4 – Inspect The Driveway 

Homes with steep driveways are great during the spring and summer months but they are a hassle during the winter months especially when we have ice on the ground so it’s important to keep this in mind when buying a home during the fall.

#5 – Verify That The Home Doesn't Have Drafts 

Last of all, but most important, make sure that the home is properly sealed around all doors and windows because if you feel a draft this is a good sign that the cold air is getting in and the cold air will escape during the winter.

Buy a Houston Texas Home

To get started with buying a home in Houston Texas contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor(R) with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or click here to connect with me online. 


By Kim Buish 

You just bought a new Houston Texas Home and to avoid having to pay two mortgages you’re searching for ways to sell your home fast.

In this post we will share with you 8 quick and easy ways for you to sell your Houston Texas Real Estate faster than you thought possible.

Tip #1 – De-Clutter Your Houston Texas Home

The truth about Real Estate in 2015 is that a home that’s been decluttered sells faster than a home that’s being listed “as is”.

When decluttering a home focus on packing up items you haven’t used in at least 3 months and place those boxes in a temporary storage unit.

Tip #2 – Remove Odors from Your Home

Invite a group of friends and family members over to your home to smell each room in your Houston Texas Home to determine if it has an odor or not.

Rooms that have specific odors like pet or carpet odors should be dealt with immediately because those smells will only be very obvious to buyers when they arrive.

Tip #3 – Update The Bedding In Each Rom

Another great way to make your Houston Texas Real Estate look more stylish and upgraded is to change your bedding because, buying a new bed set is an inexpensive way to upgrade a bedroom without having to spend thousands of dollars.

Tip #4 – Take Care Of Routine Maintenance Now

Take the time to complete all routine maintenance checks for your home like having your heater and air conditioner serviced because, getting these things done now will help your Houston Texas Home to sell faster since a home inspector won’t find problems and bring these issues to your attention later on.

Tip #5 – Clean Out The Basement and Garage

One of the biggest things you can do to help your Houston Texas Home sell fast is to clean out your basement and garage now because, this will mean less work for you later on and a buyer will be impressed with the space that those areas of your home offers them.

Tip #6 – Invest In Mirrors

Another clever way to make your home feel bigger is to invest in mirrors for each room of your home because mirrors can make a room feel brighter and more cheerful plus bigger as well.

Tip #7 – Clean Up Your Patio Furniture

If your Houston Texas Home has a nice sized patio you should showcase your patio furniture because the patio furniture is a reminder that your patio is a useable space that will be perfect for fun during the spring and summer months.

Tip #8 – Remember Your Schedule

Last of all, but most important, while your home is for sale you should establish a schedule with your Realtor® just so they know the best days and times for when they can show your home because, life can get complicated while your home is for sale and you don’t want to give your agent approval for when they can bring buyers over if you’re not ready to show your home.

Sell Your Houston Texas Real Estate

To get started with selling your Houston Texas Real Estate, or to search for a Houston Texas Home for sale, contact me today by calling (713) 819-1642 or click here to connect with me online. 


By Kim Buish 

There are many important things to do when buying Houston Real Estate and one of the most important things is hiring a home inspector because they can save you the heartbreak of buying the wrong home and make sure you are aware of the defects in a home before you purchase it.

In today’s post we will provide you with 6 tips for choosing the best home inspector so you can start searching for a home inspector now before you start searching for Houston Homes for Sale.

Tip #1 – Search Online For a Home Inspector

One of the best ways to find a home inspector is by searching online because you literally have access to dozens of home inspectors who are qualified with inspecting Houston Real Estate.

As you are reviewing home inspectors make sure you choose someone who has plenty of feedback from their clients on websites like Yelp and they should be easy to contact via phone, fax or email.

Tip #2 – Confirm That They Want You There for the Inspection

Since buying a home will most likely be the biggest financial transaction of your life it just makes sense for you to be there during the home inspection since this will give you a clear picture of the Houston Real Estate you are buying.

You should confirm with the home inspector that you can follow them during the inspection and learn from them while they are working.

Tip 3 – Request a Sample Home Inspection Report

Another great way to really get to know a home inspector is to ask them for a sample home inspection report because this will give you a great idea of the quality of their work.

Make sure that their home inspection report includes plenty of pictures because you want to have confidence that you’re getting the most value for your investment in the home inspector.

Tip 4 – Ask Them If They Are a Member of Any Trade Groups

As you are interviewing home inspectors you should always ask if they are members of any professional home inspectors group like ASHI, InterNACHI, NAHI or any other home inspection organization based out of Houston.

Tip 5 – Inquire About Their Certifications and Experience

One of the most important questions you must ask when choosing a home inspector is to ask them about their certifications and level of experience including questions like if they take any special courses to enhance their knowledge.

Tip 6 – What Won’t Be Included In The Home Inspection Report?

Last of all, but most important, you should ask the Houston home inspector what won’t be included in the home inspection report because some areas of your home may not be inspected depending on the time of the year.

Search for Houston Homes for Sale

To buy Houston Real Estate or to search for Houston Homes For Sale contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor(R) with Red Door Realty & Associates by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or click here to connect with me onine. 


By Kim Buish 

There’s no denying that the Houston Real Estate market has been booming this year but there are still concerns most home buyers have.

In today’s article we will address the top 6 home buying concerns so can be more prepared if you plan on buying or searching for Houston Homes For Sale.

Concern #1 – Home Affordability

In a recent survey of home buyers across the country 27% of buyers said that affordability is their top concern since home prices have been rising fast nationwide.

Although home prices are certainly going up it’s important to keep in mind that you can still find short sales, foreclosures and fixer upper Houston Real Estate.

Concern #2 – Too Much Competition

Thanks to recent data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) we know that 17% of buyers recently said that there was too much competition from other buyers.

Yes the Houston Real Estate market is highly competitive right now but you can make your offer stand out by doing things like: eliminating contingencies and submitting a letter to the seller.

Concern #3 – Not Enough Homes Available

14% of home buyers recently said that one of their primary Real Estate concerns was that there wasn’t enough homes (inventory) to choose from.

While the Real Estate market is competitive right now there are plenty of Houston Homes for Sale and the best way to find them is by hiring an experienced Real Estate Agent.

Concern #4 – Have To Sell a Home before Buying

This concern has been more common over the last two years and 8 percent of home buyers recently indicated that they have to sell their homes first before buying a home.

If you plan on selling a home before buying make sure your Realtor® is aware of your needs because they could help you with negotiating a rent back with the buyer so you don’t have to move out until you’ve purchased another home.

Concern #5 – Not Enough Money for Down Payment

In today’s Real Estate Market almost every industry expert recommends buyers come up with at least 20 percent for a down payment on a home.

6% of buyers indicated recently that this was a major concern for them but, you can still purchase Houston Homes For Sale with a down payment as low as 3.5 percent when you use an FHA loan.

Concern #6 – Mortgage Interest Rates Will Increase Before I can buy A Home

Last of all, but most important, 5% of home buyers recently told the National Association of Realtors that they felt mortgage interest rates would increase before they could buy a home.

Yes, rates could increase but it’s looking like mortgage interest rates could not be increased for the rest of the year thanks to economic instability in China.

Buy Houston Real Estate

To get started with buying Houston Real Estate or to search for Houston Homes For Sale contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor(R) with Red Door Realty & Associates by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or click here to connect with me online. 


By Kim Buish 

Over the last 24 months one of the best ways to sell Houston Texas Real Estate is to stage a home so it sells but sadly few people really know the secrets to success that make Houston Texas Homes For Sale stand out from other homes.

In this article we will share with you the secrets to home staging so you can have the advantage over other homes for sale in the area and sell your home for the most money.

Stage the Outside of Your Houston Texas Home First

Before you can begin staging the inside of your Houston Texas Real Estate you must stage the outside of your home by following these simple tips:

1.     Remove all debris from your yard including branches, tree limbs and leaves.

2.     Sweep and power wash your driveway.

3.     Remove weeds from your flower beds and plant new colorful flowers.

4.     Remove and replace rotten trim boards around your flower beds and grass.

5.     Repaint your mail box and fence (if needed).

6.     Clean your front porch and place clean porch furniture there so buyers will want to sit down and relax.

7.     Repaint your front door a bold color like red, orange, yellow or green so it “pops” from the street.

Use These Tips to Stage the Inside of Your Home

When staging the inside of your Houston Texas Real Estate it’s best to start slow and work in one room at a time because staging can become slightly overwhelming if you try to take on too big a project at once.

During the process of staging the inside of your home you should first de-clutter or box up all of the items in each room that are not being used then place those items in your garage or into storage since you’re going to be moving anyway.

Here are 5 things you should do when staging the interior of your home:

·         Paint each room neutral colors plus remove your decorating preferences or choices from your home.

·         Remove stains from the ceilings and carpets in each room.

·         Clean everywhere including your closets and refrigerator because buyers or the home inspector are going to test everything inside your home.

·         Remove bulky furniture like sectional couches or large tables and replace with smaller furniture.

·         Clean all windows in your home on the inside and outside because windows are the first things buyers will look out of when they arrive at your home.

Final Tips on Staging Your Home

As you are staging your home it’s important to remember that your goal is to have it stand out from other Houston Homes for Sale so that your home is “the house” buyers will remember and want to submit offers on.

If you are unable to clean your home yourself it’s best to hire an outside cleaning company to do the work for you since this will insure that every area in your home is cleaned and staged.

Before buyers arrive you should also ask your Realtor® to print a copy of the floor plan for your home since this will also give buyers something to take with them after they tour house.

Sell Your Houston Texas Real Estate 

To get started with selling your Houston Texas Real Estate or to view Houston Texas Homes for Sale contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor(R) with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling me at (713) 819-1642 or click here to connect with me online. 

Zip code

View subdivision price trends for the past 13 years, and create comparative subdivision analysis reports online.
View a list of my sold listings.
Search for information on Houston and Texas schools based on the county, district, campus and/or zip code.
Golf Course Finder allows you to search for Houston golf courses and to view properties on or near a golf course.
Search for Houston area highrises and see their comprehensive list of features and amenities.
Includes residential home sales statistics for residential properties and new homes listed by REALTORS®
Online resource center for affordable housing information
Information source for mortgage info, lenders, refinancing and more!
Providing links to valuable Real Estate news and Information.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Houston Association of REALTORS®
Copyright© 2015, HOUSTON REALTORS® INFORMATION SERVICE, INC. All Rights Reserved.