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The perfect Heights Bungalow everyone is looking for on one of the most sought after streets in the neighborhood. Kitchen features glass front cabinets and lots of storage with center island. Stroll to the dining room via the arched and enjoy meals under the coffered ceiling. Take the French door to outdoor dining/entertaining on the brick patio situated under a pergola. Master has separate seating area and a dream size closet . Painted inside and out late 2013.

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This is a fun post about homes that post their street address in interesting and innovative ways. Curb appeal is more than just lanscapaing or a beautiful house. It's about making a statement and standing out from the crowd. Using address numbers in inventive ways is one way to convey a sense of style and make a statement. Send me pictures of any homes you see that use their address in a fun and inventive way. Enjoy! --Cynthia

Cool Curb Appeal: Slip Into These Little House Numbers

by John Riha, originally appearing on HouseLogic.com



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Lighting can make or break a home. Good lighting adds warmth and ambience. Bad lighting can draw attention to flaws and be downright gloomy. Not only that, we've made great advances in lighting technology that there are many energy efficienct options out there that will save you money in the long run and they're designer chic! This article pulls together some lighting 101 tips for the whole home.
--Cynthia

Lighting Isn’t Cheap: Here’s How to Do It Right
By Lisa Kaplan Gordon, originally appearing on HouseLogic.com. Above image: Emily Dunn

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Lighting was once the poor relation of remodeling — a check-off item more endured than embraced.

A few years ago, you would have spent maybe 1.5% of your remodeling budget on lighting. But today you’re looking at more like 5%. After all, one LED bulb can cost $35; and the newest, smartest, wireless-connected bulbs featured on the Apple store site cost $60 each.

“It’s a new world of lighting,” says lighting guru Joseph Rey-Barreau, an architect, lighting designer, and University of Kentucky design professor.  “Changes are happening so quickly, people have to think about it more than ever.”

Even design professionals are scampering to keep up with the latest and greatest. Rey-Barreau says lighting classes accounted for seven of the 10 top-attended workshops at the American Institute of Architects’ annual conference last June.

“Five or six years ago, lighting was at the bottom of the list,” he says.

Skilled lighting design may not be the primary part of a renovation, but it shouldn’t be an afterthought.

“Once you’ve put holes in your drywall, you’re stuck,” says Philip Finkelstein, a New York lighting specialist. Finkelstein recently revised a customer’s kitchen lighting plan (drawn by an electrician) that would have shadows on all prep areas — and cost more to install.

Design plan

Image: Philip Finklestein/Illuminations NY

Still, lighting can be a bear to understand. The world has its own language (know what lumens and Kelvins are?), and increasing costs can make decisions intimidating. So it makes sense to learn about lighting before you begin your remodeling project. Believe us, you’ll love your remodel much more when it sets the right mood and saves you coin because you installed the correct fixtures and bulbs from the get-go.

Learning the Language of Lighting

Lighting design that’s done right has three layers:

1.  Ambient (general lighting of a room).
2.  Task (such as food prep).
3.  Accent (for highlighting a piece of art or focal point).

To do these three layers well, you’ll need to understand the terms used to describe light bulbs:

Language of lighting

Kelvin: A scale of measurement for the “color” a light produces. The higher the Kelvin (K) number, the cooler the light appears. Most bulbs will be in the 2,500K to 6,500K range — with 2,500 being the warmest and 6,500 the coolest. For reference, a candle burns at 1,900K and sunlight is 10,000K.

Wattage: How much electricity a bulb consumes. Most of us are used to wattage being an indicator of brightness (the higher the wattage, the brighter the bulb). Not so anymore. LEDs and CFLs use far fewer watts than the old incandescents. Today, lumens are the gauge for brightness.

Lumens: The amount of light you get from a bulb — in other words, its brightness. For instance, you need a total of 1,000-3,000 lumens to properly light a 250-ft. living room.

This chart from the Lighting Research Center shows how many lumens you need for particular tasks. If you’re older or your eyes are weak, you’ll want to increase the lumens.

Task Area

Minimum Lumens

Reading 98
Closet 381
Dressing 1,680
Dining table 315
Kitchen cutting counters 360
Range 450
Sink 450
Toilet 45
Vanity 1,680
Outdoor entrance 996
Paths 297
Flower beds 972
Stairs, entries, hallways 1,200


To help simplify all this data about lights, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission requires light bulb makers to place labels on packages that estimate:

  • Yearly energy cost.
  • How long the bulb will last.
  • Whether the bulb feels warm, cool, or somewhere in between.
  • How many watts of energy the bulb uses.

Example: A soft, incandescent table lamp bulb might use 60 watts; cost $7.23/year for about one year; emit 630 lumens; and appear warm at 2,850K.

A bright, LED bulb to light hallways might use only 9 watts; cost $1.08/year for 22 years; emit 800 lumens; and appear closer to daylight at 5,000K.

Related: Choosing the Right Bulb to Get the Look You Want

Room-by-Room Lighting Tips

If you’re trying to set a romantic mood in the bedroom, you don’t need the same amount of light as when you’re julienning fries in the kitchen. Each room has its own lighting needs. Here’s a breakdown:

Kitchens (5,000-10,000 total lumens)


Kitchens are a challenge to light because they serve so many purposes — food prep, family dinners, homework location. Layering light — recessed, pendants, ceiling fixtures — gives you the type of light you need.

  • To reduce shadows, place recessed lights on the sides (not centers) of ceilings.
  • Light kitchen islands so shadows don’t fall where you’ll be cutting vegetables or kneading dough. For a 6-foot island, that could mean placing two to three small pendants in a row directly above where you’ll be standing.
  • Chandeliers in the center of the room should have shades that direct light down.
  • Use above-cabinet lighting for ambient and mood lighting.

Bathrooms (4,000-8,000 total lumens)

  • Ceiling fixtures aren’t good lights for applying makeup or shaving; they shadows on faces. Placing lights on the sides of a mirror is better. Tubular fluorescents that are the same length of the mirror work well. If you have a big wall mirror, place a fixture with shades pointing down above the mirror, which will cut down on shadows.
  • Budget for a light above the tub and shower when you remodel. Showers especially can be dark, making it hard to see when you’re cleaning or shaving.
  • Separate water closets should have their own light and exhaust fan.
  • Install dimmers for middle-of-the-night bathroom visits.

Bedrooms (2,000-4,000 total lumens)

  • Install recessed lighting or a center fixture for general bedroom tasks, such as making the bed, dressing, and cleaning.
  • Use table lamps with warm lights to help set the mood for rest and relaxation.
  • Add dimmers to bedroom lights so you can quickly change the mood.

Living rooms (1,500-3,000 total lumens)


Living room lighting should be flexible for the many things you do at home — sit and talk, read, watch TV (whether on a big screen or a mobile device), play games, etc. Your living room or family room will need to make the most of the three lighting layers mentioned earlier.

  • With ambient lighting, avoid placing lights directly over seating unless you angle them away.
  • Use task lighting, usually lamps, for reading and other things you do while sitting.
  • Install accent lighting in the form of spotlights and picture lights for the room’s focal point and artwork.  Light individual artwork with picture lights set at a 30-degree angle. If you’re lighting several pictures, light the wall with track lighting or spotlights.

Dining rooms (3,000-6,000 lumens)

  • Don’t position lights above your dining chairs — it’ll ugly shadows on faces.
  • To prevent head clunks when getting up from the dining room table, size the fixture no wider than the table less 12 inches.
  • Adjustable recessed lights (ones you can position at different angles) are great for highlighting centerpieces, candles, or flowers.
  • Dimmers are a must to set the mood.

Home offices (3,000-6,000 lumens)

  • Don’t forget to highlight your accomplishments — college diploma, picture with the president, Best Dad award — with adjustable recessed lights or surface-mounted spotlights.
  • Train recessed lights at the walls — called wall-washing — to make home offices feel larger and look brighter.
  • Poorly placed lights will produce annoying reflections on computer screens. Portable lamps are good light choices because you can move them to avoid reflections.
  • If you’re in and out of your office all day, install occupancy sensor controls to avoid energy waste.

Feel Like You Need Professional Help?

A long line of professionals is eager to help you add lighting to your remodel. But when it comes to designing a lighting plan, you don’t always get what you pay for. Architects and electricians will charge, maybe, $100/hour to map out lights, and they don’t necessarily have the latest lighting design training, says Larry Lauck of the American Lighting Association (ALA).

A lighting designer — the gold standard certified by the International Association of Lighting Designers — will charge between $250-$350/hour to place recessed lights and train LED spots on your artwork.

However, lighting showrooms typically employ ALA-certified lighting specialists and consultants who have completed several levels of training on all aspects of lighting design. Lighting showroom professionals will design your plan for free, or for a starting fee, which you can apply to the products you buy.

Because selling lighting is their business, these professionals know all the latest lighting trends and products — there are over 200 options for recessed lights alone. 

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This beautifully updated condo is in the heart of the Heights on White Oak and provides quick access to hike/bike trails, shopping and great restaurants. Modern updates include: granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile and beautiful cabinets. 












Buying a home? Give me a call at 713.829.3052 or email me at cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.

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This stunning home was custom built and designed by esteemed builder, Charles Martin and also served as his prior personal residence. Elegant touches and thoughtful design define this home which also includes skylit indoor pool, a flowing floorplan, gourmet kitchen and designer finishes throughout.















Buying a home? Give me a call at 713.829.3052 or email me at cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.
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Beautiful, modern townhome in Cottage Grove is just minutes from downtown and the Galleria. High ceilings in the master with a walk-in shower plus garden tub in the master bath. Gorgeous hardwoods and granite in the kitchen. The perfect home for a young professional!






Buying a home? Give me a call at 713.829.3052 or email me at cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.

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Stately home on one of the most desirable streets in the Heights is the perfect urban oasis with a heated salt water pool nestled amidst lush landscaping. Tasteful details throughout the home include warm, inviting colors; a granite kitchen with beautiful stained-glass window; a master balcony and porches that are perfect for entertaining.














Buying a home? Give me a call at 713.829.3052 or email me at cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.

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This stunning home was custom built and designed by esteemed builder, Charles Martin and also served as his prior personal residence. Elegant touches and thoughtful design define this home which also includes skylit indoor pool, a flowing floorplan, gourmet kitchen and designer finishes throughout.















Buying a home? Give me a call at 713.829.3052 or email me at cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.
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This beautifully updated condo is in the heart of the Heights on White Oak and provides quick access to hike/bike trails, shopping and great restaurants. Modern updates include: granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile and beautiful cabinets. 












Buying a home? Give me a call at 713.829.3052 or email me at cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.

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Great article about our 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park and Hike and Bike Trail.  Houston is working to connect 150 miles of trails and Buffalo Bayou Park is undergoing a $58M renovation.  It has come a long way....if you haven't seen it lately, you owe it to your self to jog, hike or bike it!  Or even canoe it!  Trails are being added, 15,000 trees planted, and an 11-acre native prairie installed. In addition, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership is restoring a historic building and grounds downtown at Allen's Landing where the city was founded and canoe, kayak and bike rentals will be offered.  The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department paddling trail covers a 26 mile stretch of the bayou and new canoe/kayak launches are being added at points along the way. 

Visit Texas Parks & Wildlife at www.tpwmagazine.com.

To learn more about the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the history of Buffalo Bayou, visit www.buffalobayou.orgYou can also check out events they have going on throughout the year http://www.buffalobayou.org/eventsrec.html and sign up for boat tours of the bayou  http://www.buffalobayou.org/boattours.html or check out their master plan at http://www.buffalobayou.org/summary.html.

Looking for a house near the bayou?  I can help :-)
Call me at 713.829.3052.

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This charming estate find has a lot to offer. Situated in the desirable Brays Oak area, this home is a short commute to the Med Center, Galleria and Downtown. Large windows flood the cathedral living room with open light. Plenty of space with 4 bedrooms, built-ins throughout and a large fenced in yard. Great neighborhood civic association and lot of promise overall.




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Here is that perfect Heights Bungalow everyone is looking for on one of the most sought after streets in the neighborhood. Kitchen features glass front cabinets and lots of storage with center island. Stroll to the dining room via the arched and enjoy meals under the coffered ceiling. Take the French door to outdoor dining/entertaining on the brick patio situated under a pergola. Master has separate seating area and a dream size closet . Painted inside and out late 2013.

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JUN
19
Stately home on one of the most desirable streets in the Heights is the perfect urban oasis with a heated salt water pool nestled amidst lush landscaping. Tasteful details throughout the home include warm, inviting colors; a granite kitchen with beautiful stained-glass window; a master balcony and porches that are perfect for entertaining.







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JUN
19
Beautiful, modern townhome in Cottage Grove is just minutes from downtown and the Galleria. High ceilings in the master with a walk-in shower plus garden tub in the master bath. Gorgeous hardwoods and granite in the kitchen. The perfect home for a young professional!






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JUN
5
Stately home on one of the most desirable streets in the Heights is the perfect urban oasis with a heated salt water pool nestled amidst lush landscaping. Tasteful details throughout the home include warm, inviting colors; a granite kitchen with beautiful stained-glass window; a master balcony and porches that are perfect for entertaining.














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MAY
28
Last one of the season!  It's time again for Sunday Streets HTX, so Washington Ave. will be closed from Studemont to Milam (Market Square in Downtown) this Sunday 6/1 from 11 AM - 3 PM.   With no cars on the road, you’ll be able to enjoy these streets for walking, running, dancing or riding with friends and family as never before. Please help spread the word and visit www.gohealthyhouston.org/sundaystreetshtx for further information.

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MAY
22
Patio home loaded with gorgeous upgrades in the Lake Pointe gated community located minutes from Med Center, Downtown and the Galleria. Tasteful touches throughout: granite countertops, hardwood floors, high ceilings and crown molding. Community amenities include: jogging trail, 24hr security, outdoor pool and exercise room.












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MAY
15

National Association of REALTORS®
April 30, 2014

Effective May 1, 2014, all buyers of older properties (“pre-FIRM”) will see a premium rate reduction under the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. 

Instead of jumping to “full cost” for flood insurance, buyers will assume the seller’s Oct-2013 rate for a pre-FIRM property.

NAR prevailed upon FEMA to implement this provision seven months early.  FEMA also extended the rate relief so all pre-FIRM properties (including the second homes and businesses) will begin paying Oct-2013 rates when they purchase or renew their flood insurance after May 1, including:

  • ALL buyers of a pre-FIRM property, not just those whose seller has an existing policy;
  • ALL recent owners who apply for a new flood insurance policy on a pre-FIRM property;
  • ALL recent owners who reinstate an old pre-FIRM policy that previously lapsed for any reason;
  • ALL recent owners who renew a policy on a pre-FIRM property bought or newly insured after the 2012 Biggert-Waters law.

While expediting the rate relief, FEMA must still issue refunds to all those who paid more than their Oct-2013 rate.

NAR will continue working with FEMA and Congress to quickly issue these refunds to anyone overcharged for flood insurance under Biggert-Waters.

NAR Flood Insurance Resources on the Web:

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MAY
15
Who knew there were so many uses for hydrogen peroxide? There are a lot of green cleaning solutions already under your sink or in your medicine cabinet, by using green cleaning solutions you minimize your family's exposure to chemicals and a lot of times you actually save money on cleaning products. This miracle elixir is right up there with baking soda in terms of a must-have item to keep in your home for green cleaning! See here for other green cleaning solutions for your home and family. Happy Spring Cleaning!
-- Cynthia

10 Clever Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

By Courtney Craig, originally appearing on HouseLogic.com
Image: Liz Foreman

When it’s time to clean, have your trusty green cleaners at the ready — baking soda, vinegar, castile soap — plus another ultra-cheap gem: hydrogen peroxide. You can use it anywhere, and can’t beat the price: A 16-oz. bottle only costs a buck.

Here are 10 ways you can use that ubiquitous brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your home’s advantage:

In Your Kitchen

1. Clean your cutting board and countertop. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any nasties left after preparing meat or fish for dinner. Add hydrogen peroxide to an opaque spray bottle — exposure to light kills its effectiveness — and spray on your surfaces. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean.

2. Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning places that store food and dishes. Just spray the appliance outside and in, let the solution sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean.

3. Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

4. Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

In Your Bathroom

5. Whiten bathtub grout. If excess moisture has left your tub grout dingy, first dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times, depending on how much mildew you have, but eventually your grout will be white again.

6. Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

In Your Laundry Room

7. Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Anywhere in Your House

8. Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

9. Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Fill an opaque spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis. You could also soak a rag in peroxide to make a wipe.

Outside

10. Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants. Use 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide added to one gallon of water for your plants.

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MAY
14

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Low housing inventory ends 34 consecutive months of positive sales

HOUSTON May 14, 2014

Houston's 34-month positive sales streak came to an end in April, reflecting the extremely tight supply of available housing. Despite the unchanged year-over-year sales volume, homes that did sell pushed pricing to the highest level of all time.

According to the latest monthly report prepared by 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 supply of homes has remained at 2.6 months of inventory since December. However, it is down from the 3.4-month supply in April 2013 and markedly lower than the national supply of 5.2 months of inventory.

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.

Single-family homes priced from $250,000 through the millions saw the greatest sales activity and accounted for the latest jump in prices. Homes priced at $150,000 and below experienced declines.

"It doesn't come as a huge surprise that April sales were flat given our depleted housing inventory and the fact that sales last year at this time were virtually off the chart," said HAR Chair Chaille Ralph with Heritage Texas Properties. "We also believe consumers may be waiting for more homes to hit the market in the price range they can afford before taking action. Many continue to rent in the interim, as reflected in our April report showing a further increase in single-family and townhome/condominium rentals."

Foreclosure property sales reported in the HAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS) declined again, falling 43.7 percent compared to April 2013. Foreclosures now comprise 6.1 percent of all property sales, down from a 10.4 percent share a year earlier. The median price of foreclosures rose 8.5 percent to $90,084.

April sales of all property types totaled 7,857, statistically flat compared to the same month last year. Total dollar volume for properties sold rose 6.6 percent to $2 billion versus $1.8 billion a year earlier.

April Monthly Market Comparison

Despite no gains in total property sales for the month, total dollar volume and average and median pricing rose when compared to April 2013.

Month-end pending sales totaled 4,806, a 3.9 percent decline versus last year, which might suggest an environment of slower sales until inventory levels pick up. Active listings, or the number of available properties, at the end of April tumbled 13.5 percent to 28,114.

Houston's housing inventory has held steady at a 2.6-month supply since December 2013, but is down from the 3.4 months of supply one year ago. The inventory of single-family homes across the U.S. currently stands at 5.2 months, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors.

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April 2013

April 2014

CHANGE

Total property sales

7,806

7,857

0.7%

Total dollar volume

$1,872,367,656

$1,996,240,808

6.6%

Total active listings

32,498

28,114

-13.5%

Total pending sales

4,999

4,806

-3.9%

Single-family home sales

6,419

6,438

0.3%

Single-family average sales price

$252,725

$270,505

7.0%

Single-family median sales price

$185,000

$195,000

5.4%

Single-family months inventory*

3.4

2.6

-21.9%

* Months inventory estimates the number of months it will take to deplete current active inventory based on the prior 12 months sales activity. This figure is representative of the single-family homes market.

Single-Family Homes Update

April sales of single-family homes in Houston totaled 6,438. That is statistically unchanged from April 2013 and effectively ends the market's record run of 34 consecutive months of increased sales. It also represents the greatest one-month sales volume since August 2013.

Home prices reached the highest levels of all time in Houston. The single-family median price climbed 5.4 percent from last year to $195,000 and the average price jumped 7.0 percent year-over-year to $270,505.Single Family

Broken out by housing segment, April sales performed as follows: $1 - $79,999: decreased 33.4 percent $80,000 - $149,999: decreased 6.3 percent $150,000 - $249,999: increased 7.0 percent $250,000 - $499,999: increased 7.7 percent $500,000 - $1 million and above: increased 6.0 percent

Single Family Average Home Price

HAR also breaks out the sales performance of existing single-family homes for the Houston market. In April 2014, existing home sales totaled 5,564, a 1.7 percent increase from the same month last year. The average sales price rose 4.7 percent year-over-year to $252,497 while the median sales price increased 6.7 percent to $180,000.

Townhouse/Condominium Update

Townhouse and condominium sales in April increased 3.2 percent from one year earlier. A total of 619 units sold last month compared to 600 properties in April 2013. The average price rose 9.2 percent to $209,434 and the median price increased 14.0 percent to $159,000. Inventory slid to a 2.7 months supply versus a 3.6 months supply in April 2013.

Townhouse/Condominium Sales

Lease Property Update

Houston's lease property market showed continued strength in April, buoyed by the diminished supply of for-sale properties. Single-family home rentals rose 10.9 percent compared to April 2013 while year-over-year townhouse/condominium rentals climbed 7.8 percent. The average rent for a single-family home increased 4.1 percent to $1,667 and the average rent for a townhouse/condominium rose 5.1 percent to $1,477.

Houston Real Estate Milestones in April

Single-family home sales were statistically flat year-over-year, marking an end to the market's record 34 consecutive months of positive sales;

Total property sales were also statistically flat compared to one year earlier;

Total dollar volume increased 6.6 percent, from $1.8 billion to $2 billion on a year-over-year basis;

At $195,000, the single-family home median price achieved a new record high for Houston;

At $270,505, the single-family home average price also reached an all-time high;

A 2.6-month supply of inventory of single-family homes is unchanged from December 2013, but down from a 3.4-month supply in April 2013, while comparing to the national average of 5.2 months;

Rentals of single-family homes were up 10.9 percent while rentals of townhouses/condominiums rose 7.8 percent.

The computerized Multiple Listing Service of the Houston Association of REALTORS® includes residential properties and new homes listed by 25,000 REALTORS® throughout Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, as well as parts of Brazoria, Galveston, Waller and Wharton counties. Residential home sales statistics as well as listing information for more than 50,000 properties may be found on the Internet at http://www.har.com.

The information published and disseminated to the HAR Multiple Listing Services is communicated verbatim, without change by Multiple Listing Services, as filed by MLS participants.

The MLS does not verify the information provided and disclaims any responsibility for its accuracy. All data is preliminary and subject to change. Monthly sales figures reported since November 1998 includes a statistical estimation to account for late entries. Twelve-month totals may vary from actual end-of-year figures. (Single-family detached homes were broken out separately in monthly figures beginning February 1988.)

Founded in 1918, the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) is a 26,000-member organization of real estate professionals engaged in every aspect of the industry, including residential and commercial sales and leasing, appraisal, property management and counseling. It is the largest individual dues-paying membership trade association in Houston as well as the second largest local association/board of REALTORS® in the United States.

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