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Since 1995, I have helped people achieve their goal of finding their new dream home. Whether you are planning to buy or sell a home, this experience, along with my knowledge and credibility will help you make the most of your real estate decision.

From  RealtyTrac analyzed school test scores for nearly 27,000 elementary schools in more than 7,200 U.S. zip codes, along with home price affordability in those same zip codes.

Out of 1,823 zip codes with at least one good school, 1,192 (65 percent) were unaffordable for average wage earners — meaning average wage earners would need to spend more than one-third of their income to buy a median-priced home.

In zip codes with at least one good school, the median home price was nearly double the median home price in zip codes with no good schools. The median sales price in 2015 for homes in zips with good schools was $411,573 on average, 95 percent higher than the median home sales price in zip codes without any good schools ($210,662).

What does it take to afford a home in some of the top-rated school districts in the nation?  Look at the full article here to see a breakdown by state.


From  To compete with other retailers, many stores have been making themselves available to Black Friday junkies earlier and earlier, spilling over into Thanksgiving Daycelebrations. The holiday has become less about giving thanks, and more about shoving people out of your way to snag a television set for 75% off.

While many encourage it by participating in the events, it has outraged others and even sparked some to pass around petitions pleading retail stores to stay closed on the holiday.

Thanksgiving-lovers nationwide will be happy to hear that plenty of others are reclaiming the holiday for family time.  Look here for a list of those stores.


From "" -- How scared should investors be that we're headed for another real estate crash as we approach the 10-year anniversary of the infamous 2006-2007 housing bubble? Not at all.

Although buyers are paying spectacular prices for commercial properties and trophy homes, just as they did then, this time price increases are being fueled by foreign investors seeking diversification and a haven for their funds, as well as investors on the hunt for a low interest-rate environment. Real estate is still a favorite life raft for nervous investors, who are seeking safety amid market volatility.

Many feel that there are signs that the real estate market is climbing into bubble territory and headed for another crash.  Here are 10 reasons the real estate market isn't going to crash.


From the latest MLS release with October 2015 residential sales statistics:   After performing largely on a par with the record 2014 sales year, the Houston real estate market lost momentum in October as the downturn in the oil industry coupled with the traditional fall season slowdown sent sales into a double-digit decline.

According to the latest monthly report prepared by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), October single-family home sales dropped 10.2 percent with a total of 5,873 sales compared to 6,541 a year earlier. That marks the fifth time this year that sales have fallen.

For the complete report on the real estate market and statistics, look here.


From  Over the last 18 months, the federal government and the enterprises that it sponsors have taken several significant steps in an effort to open up the credit box and ensure more lending is done to more people.

Exactly one year ago, at the 2014 version of the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention & Expo, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt announced a number of policy steps aimed at increasing mortgage credit availability.

Now, a new report from Ellie Mae suggests that those efforts may finally be taking hold.  You can find more information on this subject here.


Jonathan Smoke, the chief economist of, pens this interesting and informative letter to millennials who are in a position to buy a home this year. This group, born between 1981 and 2000, is the country's largest, and believes home ownership has a role in building wealth.

That being said, they also believe that they face several economic challenges in the path to home ownership.

Look here to find a list of those challenges and things milllennials can do to over come them.


From; Because, let’s face it, moving’s stressful. And expensive. And did we mention stressful? It’s no wonder most people eventually decide to ditch the DIY approach and hire professionals. But that doesn’t mean the stress goes away. There are plenty of things that could go wrong.

To make the day go as smoothly as possible, you need to know how your movers work best—which includes when you should be there, when you can pitch in, and when you need to get the heck out of the way.

We quizzed some movers on their biggest pet peeves when it comes time for moving day. Here are seven things you need to know.


From  A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many rookie homebuyers find the process trickier to navigate than they expected. This is why we created our First-Time Homebuyer Checklist. The 12-month timeline will help you sidestep common mistakes, like paying too much interest or getting stuck with the wrong house.

To find out more informaton and details in this 12-month timeline, look here.


From  Before you commit to buying, make sure you consider whether some of your favorite features might actually hold back your house when (way down the line) it comes time to sell. Some design and architectural details—such as pools and multiple stories—split homeowners evenly, with half considering them a no-go and the other half completely obsessed.

So be informed! While these features won’t necessarily be the main factors determining whether or not you sign on the dotted (home-purchase) line, it’s best to know exactly what you’re getting into.

Here’s what to look for in your future home.


From the Washington Post:  Millennials have tough new competition for the condominiums and apartments heating up the nation’s housing market: Mom and Dad.

Roughly 10,000 baby boomers are retiring each day, and recent data shows that half of those who plan to move will downsize when they do. Many are seeking the type of urban living that typically has been associated with young college graduates — so much so that boomers are renting apartments and buying condos at more than twice the rate of their millennial children.

You can find some interesting statistics and more information on this subjet here.

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