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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.
JUN
22

A great article in the Washington Post by architect Julia Caswell Daitch: "I believe that homes are much more than just drywall and studs — they are part of the family.  A lot of people feel a sense of devastation in having to leave the home that they have occupied for many years, and I know I would be the same way. To me a home becomes like another person in the family. Adding loss of a home to loss of mobility can be really traumatic. I believe if we dream big and design smart, it doesn’t have to be.

So what can I do, as an architect, to help people live how they want to live for as long as they possibly can??

For the answer to that last question, look here for some interesting ideas.

 

JUN
12

88 percent of homebuyers begin the home search process online, looking at pictures on the listing site. Good photos and real curb appeal help entice buyers to check out your house in person. You want to make a great first impression, so don't feel scared to make a statement -- you want buyers to fall in love with your house. The fixes below are minor and budget friendly enhancements that can be done in a day to help make your house more inviting and appealing, and help get potential buyers to schedule a showing!

You can find these great ideas for sprucing up your home to make a great imperssion on my blog here.  If you have additional ideas, feel free to share them with me and my other readers.

JUN
7

From the Houston Chronicle/Homes:   With the recent flooding in the Houston area, there are scam artists posing as legitimate contractors who want to cheat you out of your money. These “fly-by-night” operators often show up in communities impacted by natural disasters to try to scam distressed home owners into paying for shoddy repairs or work that they will never show up to perform.

Your best bet is to take your time, do your research and choose someone you feel completely comfortable with. Make sure they don’t have a record of consumer complaints lodged with your local Better Business Bureau. You can also contact the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) for a list of reputable contractors in your area.

For some warning signs to look out for, look here to go to the full article.

MAY
30

From the Houston Business Journal:  Despiet concerns that home prices will fall due to the oil slump, projections from Esri, a geographic information systems company, show that the number of Houston homes valued $250,000 and greater will increase by more than 40 percent by 2020.

The Houston Business Journal analyzed this data and found that the entire Houston area will add more than 130,000 owner-occupied houseing units between 2015 and 2020, an increase of approximately 10 percent.  Homes valued above $250,000 and greater will increase by more than 40 percent by 2020.

You can find more economic data on this subject and read the entire article here.

MAY
27

From the RE/MAX National Housing Report for May 2015: “In the 53 metro areas surveyed for the April RE/MAX National Housing Report, the average number of home sales increased 6.5% over sales in April 2014 and were 7.0% higher than March sales. The average month-over-month increase for the first four months of 2015 has been 4.0%. February, March and April 2015 have all recorded the highest number of sales in these months since the RE/MAX National Housing Report began in 2008. In April, 39 of the 53 metro areas surveyed reported higher sales on a year-over-year basis, and 20 of those saw increases in double-digits.”

The full report can be found here or watch a 40 second youtube highlight from this months report.

MAY
14

From the Houston MLS Report for April - The Houston housing market saw across-the-board gains in April, with single-family home sales, total property sales, total dollar volume and pricing all up compared to April 2014.

Month-end pending sales for all property types totaled 6,717, a 39.8 percent increase versus one year earlier. Active listings, or the number of available properties, at the end of April rose 4.9 percent to 29,486.

Houston’s housing inventory grew slightly in April to a 2.9-months supply versus the 2.6-months supply of one year earlier. That matches the inventory level from September 2014. According to the National Association of Realtors, the current supply of homes nationally stands at a 4.6-months supply.

Read the full report here.

MAY
11

Vacations are a time to relax and escape from regular life. When you're miles from home, the last thing you want to worry about is the safety of your home. If you plan on taking a vacation this summer (or any time this year), here are some simple tips on prepping your home for a vacation.

To learn more about preparing your home for your vacation, find these important tips here.

APR
16

From the REMAX Housing Blog: Moving can be stressful for every family member – including the four-legged ones. The tough part is you can't explain to your dogs and cats what's happening. Every animal reacts differently to new living quarters, and temperament has a lot to do with it. Some pets take a move in stride, while others exhibit anxiety or insecurity for days or weeks.

Here are some things to consider as the big move approaches and after your're in your new home.

APR
14

From Houstonia Magazine: “In a city that only thinks big, the only way to truly make an architectural statement is with a skyscraper. Or, better yet, nine of them.

That’s how many new residential high-rises are scheduled to be built in Houston’s downtown district by 2018 (including the recently completed SkyHouse). Combine that figure with the 10 additional mid-rises that are either under construction or on the boards, and downtown’s population—currently sitting at 4,000—is expected to triple in the next three to four years, according to Houston Downtown Management District director of marketing Angie Bertinot.”

For more information on this topic, read the complete article here.

 

APR
11

From the REMAX Real Estate Advisor:  "Spring has arrived, which means real estate season is upon us. When selling your home or property, attracting full price offers is always top priority, and a properly staged home can be your number one asset in drawing as many offers as possible."

Here are staging tips to help you prepare your home for the market.

 

 
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