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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.
OCT
5
RE/MAX researches 52 major metropolitan markets and analyzes the data to get a pulse on the US housing market.

Here are some highlights from this months report in a 40 second YouTube video.
OCT
2
From usnews.com: The peak home buying season may be over, but there are still steps you can take to ensure a speedy sale. Setting the right price and making an excellent first impression are both essential to attracting buyers, but what else can you do to get the offers rolling in?

Here are 10 tips to help you sell your home as quickly as possible - even in the off season.

 

SEP
24
Looking for some kitchen design ideas? Here are some from Houzz I'm sure you will enjoy: "Kitchen design tends to be centered around the presumption that you will be spending loads of time in your kitchen cooking. Not so earth shattering, right? But the fact is, not everyone loves to cook. Not everyone could really use a super size fridge, dual ovens and an enormous island. So what do you do when it’s time to think about a kitchen design, when all you’ve used your oven for is storage? While it makes sense for certain basics to be in place (sink, stove, dishwasher) even if you rarely cook, there is plenty of room for creativity."

Find these great kitchen design ideas here.

SEP
22
Just in time for the first day of fall, Houzz brings us these fall traditions. “Apple picking, baking, crunching through piles of leaves, sipping warm drinks by the fire — these are just a few of the many simple pleasures autumn has to offer. Traditions like these become rich with meaning when returned to year after year, and sharing them with family and friends only makes them sweeter.”

Check out these 15 fall traditions to consider adopting.

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16
From REMAX Housing Blog: “We all have fantasy images of our dream house. These images may be hard to let go of when buying a home, especially when all you can afford are homes that, well, let’s just say need some TLC.

That’s when it’s important to keep in mind that the fixer-upper you’re looking at could have the potential to someday become your dream house. It’s just one advantage fixer-uppers can offer.

Here are a few other advantages.

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15
From Houzz.com: “Although we all love to drool over images of gorgeous designer bathrooms, we may not have the budget to go all-out when the time comes to spruce up our own washrooms. But that doesn’t mean your remodel has to be generic and uninspired. There are many ways to get a high-end look without a hefty price tag.”

Here are 12 tricks to do just that.

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11
Home buying season is upon us, and while some buyers get caught up in the emotions of finding their new home, an important part of buying a home is paying attention to red flags. Red flags are those items that could potentially cost you a lot in the future, or even in the beginning - essentially, warnings of a danger or a problem. According to HouseMaster, a major home inspection company with offices in the United States and Canada, 40 percent of previously owned homes have at least one serious defect (housemaster.com). Provided is a list of items and things to consider or avoid when looking for your next home.

I have posted the entire article on my web site.  You can find it here.

SEP
9
Home owners are building net worth at a pace that is up to quadruple that of a renter.

In the past 15 years, the net worth of the typical home owner has ranged between 31 and 46 times that of the net worth of the typical renter, according to the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances, which is based on 2013 data.

On average, home owners had nearly $200,000 in net worth compared to the average $5,000 net worth of renters, according to the survey.

Look here for a very informative comparison chart of renter vs homeowner net worth.

SEP
5
From the REMAX Housing Blog:  "You’re done buying your new home and, at last, the moving truck’s been unloaded. Now it’s time to unpack and make the new place your own – a labor-intensive process that will go a lot easier when you follow these five quick tips."

Click here to find these five fast and easy ways to feel at home.
SEP
3
From the Houston Chronicle: “The local housing market is on an upswing, but prices are still rising despite an increase in home inventory.

According to a new affordability report by McAlister Investment Real Estate, the median price of a home in Houston has risen to $204,000. That's a 10 percent increase from the first quarter of this year.”

Look here to see a slideshow of some Houston area homes that could be had for the city's median price.

 
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