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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.
AUG
28
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.

AUG
27
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.
AUG
23
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.

AUG
15

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.

JUL
15
While a majority of products found in homes are now produced elsewhere, there are still American companies producing quality products for every facet of life. When celebrating the Fourth of July this year, wave a flag made by Annin & Co, the oldest and largest flag manufacturer in the United States, a company started in 1847. Celebrate American independence by supporting local workers and craftsmen!

You can read more on this in my July Real Estate Advisor.
JUL
9
From the Houston Chronicle: Nine Houston-area communities earned spots on a ranking of the nation’s top 20 selling master-planned communities based on sales in the first half of 2014, according to a report by real estate market research firm RCLCO.

Riverstone in Fort Bend County came in the highest among local communities on the list, moving up two spots in the ranking to No. 4 with 384 sales in the first half of the year.

Find out which other Houston area communities made the list.

JUN
23
This exceptional, move in ready home has been meticulously maintained and features amenities such as beautiful tile flooring, large bedrooms, island kitchen, amazing closets/storage and covered patio. Spacious master includes private sitting room & bath with warm tones. The family room features fireplace and plenty of natural light. Visually impressive and beautifully proportioned, this is a property that offers high quality and flexible lifestyle living in a cozy neighborhood.

Find all the details of this lovely home here.

JUN
3

From loveyourlandscape.com:  Outdoor living spaces have evolved from a grill and a picnic table to lavishly landscaped patios and decks with couches, lounge areas and dining spaces under shaded arches, trellises, and porticoes. It is a trend that is expected to continue indefinitely. Americans have had a long love affair with the backyard barbeque, and now, they are taking it to the next level.

Here are the top five ideas to transform an ordinary yard into the ultimate retreat, family fun, or entertaining space this summer

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MAY
29
From the Houston Chronicle: “Amid a booming economy growing across multiple sectors, Houston-area employers will create 85,000 jobs this year, a noted economist said Thursday, raising the estimate he made in November by about 30 percent, or 20,000 jobs.”

Employment has picked up substantially in recent months, in part from companies like Occidental, Exxon Mobil and Chevron that have committed to bringing large numbers of workers to the Houston area.”

You can read this informative article here.

MAY
17
From the Houston Chronicle: “Houstonians are unable to catch a break in the local housing market, where demand for homes has continued to grow and shrinking inventory is pushing prices to new highs.”


Read the article here and find out how the housing market has affected one local family.
 
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