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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.
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.
MAY
14
From the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), home sales were unchanged from a year earlier, with April single-family home sales totaling 6,438. That is the largest one-month sales volume recorded since last August.

The average price of a single-family home increased 7.0 percent year-over-year to $270,505. The median price—the figure at which half the homes sold for more and half for less—rose 5.4 percent to $195,000. Both pricing figures represent record highs for Houston.

For the full press release and the Houston Housing Minute video of HAR Chair
Chaille Ralph discussing the statistics go here.


MAY
12
The recession may have delayed the inevitable for a time. The financial crisis wiped away billions in retirement savings, forcing many Americans to work longer than planned. But the stock market has since rebounded, and there are signs that more Americans are at last feeling confident enough to leave the workforce.

Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65. That’s a trend with profound economic consequences. Simply put, retirees don’t contribute as much to the economy as workers do. They don’t produce anything, at least directly. They don’t spend as much on average.

What effect will this have on the economy?  You can find the answer in this interesting and informative article.

MAY
11
It isn't every day that you shop for a home, but when we do, its best to do it with us much knowledge and preparation as possible. Doing your homework can be daunting and challenging, but on that closing date, you'll be glad you followed through and got the best home you could get.

Here are 8 savvy ideas that will help you be well prepared to get that home you have always wanted.
MAY
9
From the Houston Chronicle: Business and city leaders often tout the Houston region as one of the most affordable markets in the country. But first-time homebuyers are finding that image increasingly outdated.

The housing market has seen sales soar, prices rise and inventory shrink. Many households now could spend up to half their paychecks on housing and commuting.

Read the article and get more information here.

 
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