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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.
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From REMAX Housing Blog: “We all have fantasy images of our dream house. These images may be hard to let go of when buying a home, especially when all you can afford are homes that, well, let’s just say need some TLC.

That’s when it’s important to keep in mind that the fixer-upper you’re looking at could have the potential to someday become your dream house. It’s just one advantage fixer-uppers can offer.

Here are a few other advantages.

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From Houzz.com: “Although we all love to drool over images of gorgeous designer bathrooms, we may not have the budget to go all-out when the time comes to spruce up our own washrooms. But that doesn’t mean your remodel has to be generic and uninspired. There are many ways to get a high-end look without a hefty price tag.”

Here are 12 tricks to do just that.

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Home buying season is upon us, and while some buyers get caught up in the emotions of finding their new home, an important part of buying a home is paying attention to red flags. Red flags are those items that could potentially cost you a lot in the future, or even in the beginning - essentially, warnings of a danger or a problem. According to HouseMaster, a major home inspection company with offices in the United States and Canada, 40 percent of previously owned homes have at least one serious defect (housemaster.com). Provided is a list of items and things to consider or avoid when looking for your next home.

I have posted the entire article on my web site.  You can find it here.

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Home owners are building net worth at a pace that is up to quadruple that of a renter.

In the past 15 years, the net worth of the typical home owner has ranged between 31 and 46 times that of the net worth of the typical renter, according to the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances, which is based on 2013 data.

On average, home owners had nearly $200,000 in net worth compared to the average $5,000 net worth of renters, according to the survey.

Look here for a very informative comparison chart of renter vs homeowner net worth.

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From the REMAX Housing Blog:  "You’re done buying your new home and, at last, the moving truck’s been unloaded. Now it’s time to unpack and make the new place your own – a labor-intensive process that will go a lot easier when you follow these five quick tips."

Click here to find these five fast and easy ways to feel at home.
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From the Houston Chronicle: “The local housing market is on an upswing, but prices are still rising despite an increase in home inventory.

According to a new affordability report by McAlister Investment Real Estate, the median price of a home in Houston has risen to $204,000. That's a 10 percent increase from the first quarter of this year.”

Look here to see a slideshow of some Houston area homes that could be had for the city's median price.

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According to Business Insider, Houston is “by far the country's No. 1 job creator and home to 26 Fortune 500 companies. A paycheck goes farther here than anywhere else in the country, and it has a medical center larger than downtown Dallas. 

Add a thriving restaurant and cultural scene, and you've got a winning case for Houston as the best city in America.”

Look here to find 18 reasons so many people are relocating to the Houston area.

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From Houzz.com: “Front porches nearly disappeared from new homes in the late 20th century, but our fondness for them remains. The porch allows a gracious and practical transition from public to private — a place where one can soak up the late-summer sun, visit with neighbors, watch a thunderstorm pass, greet arriving guests or just shake off the umbrella and remove dirty shoes. For a porch to function for all these purposes, a few key dimensions and configurations should be taken into consideration.”

Here are some great ideas you can use when designing your front porch.
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According to RISMedia.com: “Home loans are about to go on the discount rack for first-time buyers willing to spend a few hours learning the ropes of home-ownership, from applying for a mortgage to choosing a contractor for a kitchen remodel.

The Homeowners Armed with Knowledge program, or HAWK, was announced by the Federal Housing Administration last month as a way for homebuyers to cut their mortgage insurance premium costs by attending housing counseling classes. The idea is that the more borrowers understand about home-ownership, the less likely they are to default on their loans, reducing the risk for FHA.”

To find more information on this topic, you can find the complete article here.

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When you decorate interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery, but they also interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.

According to Houzz.com: “The humble houseplant is well and truly back on trend, and for good reason. A splash of healthy greenery instantly makes a room feel fresh and welcoming. Indoor plants also help purify the air, creating a healthier home.”

If you are looking to Brighten a room and clean the air with a houseplant, here are some helpful ideas.

 
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