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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.
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.

DEC
10
From the MLS report for November 2014: “Homes appear to be high on holiday shopping lists as consumers continued to snap up properties in November, pushing prices up once again while driving the supply level down. The majority of the month’s sales activity took place among homes priced between $250,000 and the millions.

The Houston real estate market grew in all categories in November, with total property sales, total dollar volume and average and median pricing all up when compared to November 2013.”

You can read the complete report here.

DEC
9
Americans age 65 and over are holding onto home ownership instead of downsizing into rentals or moving to senior centers, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

According to the article; “These Americans better withstood the financial crisis. They were more likely to have paid off their mortgage, less likely to face a job loss since many were retired, and positioned to reap gains in the rising stock and bond markets.”

You can find more information on this topic here.

DEC
9
Just purchased that new dream home? Congratulations!

From ElleDecor.com: A new house can be so exciting: The decorating possibilities! The organizational ideas! But before you start moving in your stuff and arranging your furniture, check off these must do maintenance task to make sure everything is safe and in working order.

DEC
2

Looking for a unique way to show off your home on the market. Here is something that will get extra attention. These folks got a rollercoaster that runs through their home.

It's a little drastic, but if it works, go for it. 

NOV
26
With the holidays quickly approaching many of us will have overnight guest, which means getting our home “guest ready.” More than providing a place to sleep, we want to make our guest feel welcome and their time with us memorable.

Here are a few easy steps to help you begin your hosting with a little prep work
to ensure your guest will have a happy weekend.


 
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