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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.
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.

 

APR
7

From Realtor.org  "The spring home-buying boom is underway, and this year buyers in some markets will face an increased amount of competition due to low housing inventory. In fact, the most recent existing home sales report from the National Association of REALTORS® cautions that "Insufficient supply appears to be hampering prospective buyers in several areas of the country and is hiking prices."

Real estate professionals around the country are echoing the concern about the lack of available housing options."You 

Here are five tips you may wish to incorporate into your search for your dream home.

APR
1

From Realtor.com: "A newly unveiled forward-looking housing index by Nationwide says the U.S. housing market is at its healthiest level since 2001.....The index’s current leading indicator score for the fourth quarter of 2014, was 109.8, the highest level in the 15 years of data already examined by the study's authors. A reading of more than 100 suggests the national housing market is healthy and shows few signs of a housing downturn over the next year."

For the entire article, you can find it here.

 

MAR
7

My insurance agent, Tim Halloran at G & H Financial Insurance Services, sent me this handy guide to screwing up your insurance.

From PropertyCasualty360.com: “We often hear from people who seem hell-bent on paying higher insurance rates or getting their policies canceled. So in the interest of time we've compiled this step-by-step guide to bungling your coverage.”

You will find this informative article here.  After reading this hopefully you won't fall into any of these traps.

MAR
5

From Forbes.com: “Houston’s job base overall has grown faster than virtually any large metropolitan region in the country over the past decade, a result of the state government’s refusal to over-regulate starting and running a business. Since December 2008, Houston has added 9.8 percent to its job base, the highest percentage of any of the top 25 metros in the country, followed by Dallas at 8.2 percent. New York is only up by 3.5 percent, Los Angeles, 1.2 percent, and Chicago, 0.9 percent. Employment in Philadelphia remains below its 2008 level. With the energy boom and expanding trade, most economists expect Houston’s growth trend to continue, if not accelerate, through 2015.”

You can look here to find the entire story at Forbes.com.

FEB
12

From HAR.com: Sales volume and prices climb while the supply of homes remains low

HOUSTON  (February 11, 2015) — The Houston real estate market began 2015 much as it ended 2014 – with home sales and prices on the rise and housing inventory at historically low levels. The majority of January sales took place among homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000, with the pace of sales slowing significantly among homes priced above $500,000.

Find the details of the report here.

FEB
11

We all appreciate electricity-- each one of us uses it in some capacity every day. Heating and cooling our homes is one of our top priorities, not only for our comfort but also for our safety. In recent years more and more information about alternative and green energies has become available to consumers. Green or alternative energy is energy that is produced from renewable resources: wind, water, or sunlight.

Here are some of the most-readily available options for alternative energy systems offered to home owners.

FEB
5

From Forbes.com:  Trulia says that home prices do tend to follow oil prices in major cities, but with a significant lag — roughly two years, historically. In other areas of the country, falling oil prices tend to encourage home ownership, since the cost of driving, heating a home and other activities will fall. In short, the oil price drop shouldn’t have much of an immediate impact on major cities with oil industries, like Houston, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

To read more on this, you can find the entire article here.

 
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