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JUL
22

Houston home sales were back on the rise in June. Up and down sales numbers have been an ongoing theme for Houston’s 2015 housing market. And, according to HAR’s June report, that trend has continued. After a drop in May sales numbers, June saw a 4.1 percent increase in year-over-year home sales. Home prices have also been steadily rising throughout the year. This upward swing carried on in June with new home price highs set again. The slow, but consistent improvement in Houston's housing inventory continued in June as well.

7,935 single-family homes were sold in June which is the highest one-month volume ever seen in Houston. Pending sales for single-family homes at June’s end also rose. The 8,063 pending sales were a 10 percent increase over June 2014. These booming sales numbers come on the back of low May sales numbers. Fluctuating sales have been reflective of the market rebalancing and the see-saw ride will likely continue during the second half of 2015.

The record home prices set in May didn’t last long as June raised the bar once again. Single-family average home prices were up 6.6 percent year-over-year which brings them to a new Houston high of $302,942. The median price for single-family homes was 4.9 percent higher than June 2014 which now makes $225,000 Houston’s all-time median price record.

Houston’s housing inventory has been slowly, but steadily climbing in 2015 and June saw a continuation of that progression. Inventory increased from 2.9-months supply in June 2014 to 3.2-months supply this June. That number represents the highest level the city has seen since September of 2013. However, It is still well below the current national supply of 5.1. Many believe this relatively low supply is the driving force behind the record setting home prices Houston has been seeing. All this could be set to change though.

A Metrostudy report indicates that housing inventory is primed to rise across the country. This likely means that prices will start to come down. According to the report, countrywide housing starts rose 9.8 percent in June. The investments being made in land and lots lead builders to believe that a steady increase in single-family home starts is coming in the next 12 to 24 months. Permitting is up for single-family construction, which is a sign that housing production is positioned to increase in the second half of 2015.

Houston housing inventory has already been growing at a consistent rate in 2015. Strong indicators that more housing starts are coming means that inventory will presumably continue to increase and maybe even at a more rapid pace. This, in turn, should lead to a normalizing market with lower home prices. HAR Chair Nancy Furst acknowledges that these high sales numbers and home prices probably won’t last, but that the Houston market is in a good place. “I think it speaks very well for the health of our real estate market when you have a month in which sales are up, rentals are up, inventory is growing, and you’re comparing it all to the record year of 2014.” She adds, “we still expect normalization in the marketplace later this year, and that may well mean these alternating up and down sales months, but the bottom line appears to be that there is no lack of interest in housing in Houston, Texas.”

Looking to buy or sell a home, or just have questions about the market? Always feel free to contact me at 713.829.3052 or cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.

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JUL
16

The status of the real estate market revolves very much around the number of homes sold. Whether the market is seen as up or down largely depends on how many homes are being sold and for how much. If consumers are renting at higher levels than normal, it can negatively affect home sales. On the flip side, if consumers are looking to buy instead of rent, it can be a boost for the market. Thus, an interesting note to consider as we sit here halfway through 2015 is the willingness of consumers to buy instead of rent for their next move. Taking a look at statistics on a macro level reveals a bit of uncertainty regarding this topic. 

According to Fannie Mae, the share of consumers who indicated they preferred to buy instead of rent for their next move improved to 63 percent in April following monthly declines during March and February. And, according to Bloomberg, Consumer confidence in the real estate market and other facets of the economy reached an 8-year high in April. These are national statistics, but Houston real estate numbers seem to fall in line with these indicators. Statistically, April was a big month for the Houston real estate market. April numbers were up pretty much across the board as single-family home sales, total property sales, total dollar volume and pricing were all higher than in April 2014.

Despite the positive April numbers though, the U.S. homeownership rate has been in decline. Over 69 percent at the height of the housing bubble, homeownership had fallen all the way to 63.7 percent by the beginning of 2015. That means that, over the last 10 years, the U.S. has lost all of the homeownership gains of the previous 20 years. That steep drop has put the national homeownership rate back where it last was in 1993.

Maybe millennials can help bring the homeownership numbers back up. CultureMap recently published an article discussing millennials and home buying. The numbers show that they do indeed want to buy homes. According to the Zillow Housing Confidence Index, 12.9 percent of millennials want to buy homes versus only 12.1 percent of the population overall. Another Zillow study determined that, at 2014’s end, 70 percent of homes across the nation were affordable for millennials. Homes were a little less affordable for Houston millennials as only 68 percent of Houston homes landed in the study’s affordability zone. This put Houston 59th in affordability out of the 96 metro areas included in the study. This isn’t terrible (as Houston ranks higher than Austin and Dallas), but obviously could be better.

The eagerness of millennials to buy homes as opposed to renting them should be seen as a positive. And, since many of them are new to the job market and/or are just starting their careers, it can be reasonably expected that the median income of the group will rise in the coming years. This means that more homes would fall in their affordability range, which would likely result in more home buying from millennials. If the next group to enter the housing market is similarly interested in buying homes, then homeownership rates could be headed upward.

Looking to buy or sell a home, or just have questions about the market? Always feel free to contact me at 713.829.3052 or cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.

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1

July has arrived, which means summer heat is here to stay, it’s time to celebrate our nation’s independence and half the year is behind us. That also means we have six months of real estate data, information and trends to look at. With that in mind, I would like to dedicate a few posts to analyzing what we’ve seen so far in the 2015 real estate market and what to expect in the second half of the year. Today, I will focus on Houston real estate as a whole, and what the 2015 numbers to this point have told us.

Heading into 2015, there was much concern over how the Houston real estate market would fare due to falling oil prices. With oil prices dropping to around $50 per barrel, there was an overhyped sensation that the Houston housing market was going to suffer a serious drop off. Many feared that the Houston economy was overly dependent on oil and would be in complete shambles due to the low oil prices. The high number of cutbacks in the sector meant that Houston job growth was supposed to be non-existent. And with job growth so closely tied to home sales, the expectation was that the city’s home sales were going to fall almost as hard as oil prices.

This concern, while somewhat warranted, has proven to be overly exaggerated. Home sales have fallen, but not as drastically as some expected. More importantly, the decreasing sales have been a result of a natural rebalancing more so than the falling price of oil. The numbers have fluctuated from month to month, and HAR stated in June how “the Houston housing market had a mixed bag of indicators,” but a trend does seem to be developing. The trend is that of a market normalizing after a record-setting year for sales in 2014.

2014 was an anomaly for housing sales and those record high numbers were likely to come down in 2015 regardless of the price of oil. When placed against this greater background of a long period of economic expansion (64 months as of May, if we are to consider the start of expansion to be July 2009), it was improbable that a significant upward trajectory was to come. Thus, in this broader context, year-over-year sales being down 4.3% and 11.7% from where they were in May 2013 shouldn’t be reason for concern. This clearly just represents a natural correction, as the recent incredible highs of the market were unsustainable in the long term.

While Houston home sales are trending downward, thus far the slowdown has not been as severe as May numbers suggest. HAR’s sales data shows that “27,831 homes have been sold year-to-date in 2015 through May, only 393 houses fewer than the sales during the first five months of 2014." That amounts to about 1% fewer homes sold so far this year than through this time in the record-setting 2014. There were significant dips in February and May numbers, but overall, the market’s rebalancing has been a smooth one.

During the past couple years, the Houston housing market has been one of low supply and high demand. 2015 inventory levels up to now though, reveal that supply is slowly, but steadily increasing. May months of inventory jumped to 3.1 percent, which not only represents a 9.1 percent increase over May 2014, but is also the highest Houston has seen since October 2013. Every indication is that supply will continue to increase. To this point in 2015, prices have been on the rise, but with inventory also on the rise, prices are set to fluctuate in the coming months. The performance of listings in the marketplace (DOM, number of showings, price adjustments) will also start to be affected by the increasing housing supply.

What does all this mean for buyers and sellers? For buyers and sellers alike it means that the best approach is to show caution in pricing, negotiation and expectations. With more inventory to see, sellers should notice an increase in days on the market. This new climate calls for a more concerted effort from sellers, but still leaves room for much success given smart pricing and realistic expectations.

Looking to buy or sell a home, or just have questions about the market? Always feel free to contact me at 713.829.3052 or cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.

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JUN
26

No matter how safe a neighborhood you live in, you are always at risk for burglars. Some people like to think that, if they live in a friendly, well protected neighborhood, their homes are immune to crime. Sadly, criminals are looking for any opportunity to strike, and even the most secure areas are at risk. That’s why you can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your home. Leaving a burglar an opening may be the reason why your house is broken into and not your neighbor’s.

In an article for House Logic, Jan Soults Walker playfully divulges ways to avoid robbery through “thank-you notes” from burglars. Her notes suggest that much of what you can do to keep burglars away is to avoid exposing personal information to them. According to Walker, a surprising number of homeowners mistakenly place a mirror in their foyer which allows burglars to see their alarm’s status just by looking through a window. Thus, simply moving a mirror can make your house that much more safe.

Another piece of information that many homeowners leave too readily available can be found on trash day. Placing big empty boxes on the curb shows a burglar exactly what they can find inside your house. And if those boxes once held a brand new laptop or a huge flatscreen TV, that will make your house all that more enticing of a target. Instead of just tossing them to the curb, break boxes down and get them out of plain sight by placing them in your recycling bin.

The personal information most important to keep out of a potential burglar’s hands is that of your whereabouts. When a burglar eyeing your house thinks you aren’t home, they’re more likely to make a move. When they know for a fact you’re not around, they see it as a golden opportunity to strike. Thus, keeping a burglar from picking up any hints of whether or not you’re home can do wonders for your house’s safety.

If you’re going out of town, make sure that fact isn’t obvious just looking at your house from the outside. Uncharacteristically tall grass, a few days of newspapers, and lights that are always on or off are telltale signs that you’re out of town. These are practically invitations for a burglar to swoop in. Take the proper precautions before going out of town. Have your newspaper stopped or picked up by a neighbor and set some timers for your lights. And, if you’re going to be gone for a few weeks, you’ll want to make sure someone comes by to mow your lawn.

Technology has made it so that robbers have plenty of other ways to find out if you’re home or not besides just looking at your house from the street. Social networks can tip off burglars. Photos and comments posted of a lovely vacation while you’re still on it will let burglars know that they can head on over to your house without fear of being caught. Geo-tracking apps, like FourSquare, can also be dangerous because they notify people where you are. And if that place is somewhere other than your home, it tells a burglar that your house might be open for the taking. So you may want to be careful when using geo-tracking apps.

Burglars are looking for an empty home with easy access and a big score. Don’t give them any indication that your house fits that description. Being cautious when it comes to keeping your personal information hidden may be a little extra work, but it could be the difference between your house being broken into instead of a neighbor’s. Keep burglars in the dark and you can have peace of mind even if you’re on vacation a thousand miles away.

Looking to buy or sell a home, or just have questions about keeping it safe? Always feel free to contact me at 713.829.3052 or cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.

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JUN
18

May has come and gone, but record breaking Houston home prices have remained. HAR released their report for the month of May and, after reaching new heights for average and median single-family home prices for an April, prices only continued to climb in May. May prices weren’t just the highest ever for a Houston May, but the highest for any month in the city’s history. While home prices continued to ascend, home sales actually took a step back. This likely is a reflection of rising housing inventory levels which reached their highest point since October 2013.

The average price of single-family homes in May was up 4.5 percent year-over-year. That meant a new all-time Houston record of $292,040 compared to $279,422 in May 2014. Median prices also set a Houston record with an even more impressive year-over-year increase. The median price in May 2014 was just over $200,000. By reaching $223,000 this May, the median price had risen 10.5 percent!

These record home prices did not, however, mean an increase for the number of homes sold. Instead, May saw a 4.3 percent year-over-year decrease in the number of single-family home sales from 7,110 to 6,807. Single-family homes pending sales at month’s end also dropped, from 8,378 in May 2014 to 8,127 this May. That represents a 3 percent decrease.

Despite the low home sales numbers, the total dollar volume for May 2015 remained almost completely the same as it was a year earlier. This was obviously due to the historic home prices. The healthy increase in sales for homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000 was the biggest reason for this. Sales for homes priced between $150,000 and $250,000 were flat while lower-priced home sales declined. The positive sales activity for homes between $250,000 and $500,000 was enough though, to keep the total dollar volume steady.

The decrease in homes sold is presumably a result of Houston’s increasing housing inventory levels. Months of inventory, or the amount of time it would take to sell all the houses on the market, based on recent sales, has continued to rise since January. In May, the months of inventory jumped to 3.1 which not only represents a 9.1 percent increase over May 2014, but also is the highest the city has seen since October of 2013.

While Houston’s housing inventory has steadily risen throughout the year, home sales thus far in 2015 have been largely inconsistent. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. This is why a drop in sales in May after an increase in April should not be much of a surprise. The market is normalizing after the incredible highs of the past two years. The sales numbers have not been taking a direct route to reach this normal housing state though. Instead, we’ve seen a lot of ups and downs as the market begins to settle in. May sales numbers were down, but June numbers could very possibly be positive again. HAR Chair Nancy Furst likens the market to the final approach on an airplane. “We are on our way to a more normalized housing market after a record-setting 2014, and just like an airplane coming in for a landing, passengers are told to expect the possibility of some dips and bumps on approach.”

Looking to buy or sell a home, or just have questions about the market? Always feel free to contact me at cynthia@cynthiamullins.com or 713.829.3052.

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JUN
12

Memorial Park has long been renowned as Houston’s preeminent green space. The park, which covers 1,500 acres of the city’s inner loop, boasts a handful of sports fields, playgrounds, picnic tables, a nationally recognized municipal golf course and over thirty miles of running, walking, biking and hiking trails. As a recent unanimous vote proved though, the city isn’t prepared to just sit pat and enjoy the existing space. In April, Houston City Council approved a master plan designed to restore, improve and maintain the park.

The master plan, which could cost up to $300 million, was produced by Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Memorial Park Conservancy and the Uptown tax increment reinvestment zone. In an article for the Houston Chronicle, Mike Morris notes, “the plan was developed through months of public meetings, surveys and workshops with park users, and incorporated research from local experts on such matters as soil ecology, hydrology, archaeology, history and traffic.” Landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz headed up the design process. With City Council’s approval, the project will now move forward, with the plan set to be steadily laid out over the next twenty years.

Memorial Park is nearly twice as large as New York’s Central Park. That may surprise you because it doesn’t necessarily feel like that’s the case. The separation of the north and south sides of the park by Memorial Drive makes it feel significantly smaller than it really is. Thomas Woltz, principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz, feels that the massive green space isn’t living up to its 1,500 acre size and sees its lack of unity as one of the park’s biggest problems. His solution? The creation of two land bridges that will cross Memorial Drive. The bridges, by rising over newly created tunnels, will reconnect the north and south sides of Memorial Park. Woltz recognizes that having a major street running through the middle of a park still isn’t ideal, but states that the land bridges are “a kind of triumph...the park wins.”

Molly Glentzer, in a Chronicle article about the initial planning, explains how Woltz has also incorporated the area’s past into the plan. Centuries ago, when the region was home to the Karankawas, the landscape was a mixture of savannah, wetlands and prairies. Woltz plans to incorporate each of these terrains into the remodeled park. The area’s more recent past will be remembered too. Camp Logan, a World War I training camp, used to occupy much of park. As a result, the park was named to honor those who lost their lives serving the country during the war. Those soldiers will now be commemorated by a Memorial Grove of pine trees, planted in straight lines like soldiers at attention.

Improvement of the park’s ecosystem is another major focus of the master plan. The area is still feeling the effects of the 2011 drought, but Woltz and his crew intend to make it a thing of the past. One such way is by prominently featuring irrigation systems in the retooled park. That includes a natural pond system which could also be used to irrigate Memorial golf course. Fire suppression systems and improved drainage will be incorporated into the park’s landscape as well.

Other major features of the plan include increasing the number of parking spaces by 30 percent, moving the park’s ballfields to a sports complex in its northeast corner, a wildlife observation tower, an indoor pool, a new running track and an improved driving range. The plan will take some time to come to fruition as it should be about two decades before the remodeled park is completely realized. But it should be exciting to watch it come along. And, honestly, it looks like it’ll be well worth the wait.

Looking to buy or sell a home or just want to discuss Memorial Park's makeover? Always feel free to contact me at 713.829.3052 or cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.

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JUN
4

It’s hard to question the popularity the Heights. It has become one of Houston’s most sought after neighborhoods for young professionals and families alike. There are many factors driving people to the Heights. Its beautiful houses, central location and small town feel are some of the major selling points. Living in a nice house, in a friendly neighborhood close to downtown is great, but part of what makes the neighborhood so appealing is that there’s always something to do or somewhere to go. As Jody Schmal points out, you’ll never grow bored in the Heights.

In an article for the Houston Chronicle, Schmal lists and describes a handful of popular Heights destinations. With so many lively restaurants, quirky shops and natural charms, the list is just the tip of the Heights iceberg, but it’s an excellent place to start. One of the most important items on Schmal’s list has been a Heights attraction since the neighborhood was founded in the 1890s. It was unquestionably the neighborhood’s biggest selling point then and remains one of its most impressive features today. That item would be the street that bears the neighborhood’s name, Heights Boulevard.

Heights Boulevard, which runs through the heart of the neighborhood, was designed to be a monumental statement about the Heights. It was modeled after Boston's Commonwealth Avenue and based on the grand boulevards of Paris. With the magnificent Victorian houses and overhanging trees that line it, the picturesque boulevard remains one of the most attractive and beautiful parts of the Heights. The wide esplanade that runs down its center includes benches, water spots and oversized art. All this makes for a wonderful place to take an afternoon or early evening stroll.

19th Street is another Heights road which deserves your attention. While Heights Boulevard’s beauty and tranquility are much of its charm, 19th Street holds a different type of appeal. For those looking to shop, this street offers a great place to do so. Antiques emporiums, vintage boutiques, art galleries and folksy gift shops are all found here. The street is also home to First Saturday Arts Market which, as its name would suggest, takes place on the first Saturday of each month. It offers local artists a special chance to display and sell their original art.

Walking up and down these streets will likely build up your appetite. Luckily, the Heights has plenty of unique restaurants that will fill your stomach and delight you all at once. One of Schmal’s recommendations is Coltivare. This Italian/American restaurant is owned by the same people as Revival Market (another place to stop by), and offers a simple, yet delicious menu that features pasta, pizza, fish and salads.

Those who have lived in the Heights for awhile will probably be very familiar with Schmal’s suggestions. But maybe you’ve fallen in a rut and are out of touch with some of the Heights’ best spots. Maybe you’re new to the neighborhood and are looking for things to fill your weekend. Or maybe you don’t even live in the neighborhood, but are simply seeking out some Houston fun. No matter what the case may be, if you don’t get out and start exploring the places on this list, you’ll be missing out!

Check out all of Jody Schmal’s Heights gems here. And for a full list of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, take a look at my 2015 Heights Dining Guide.

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JUN
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4-5 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, 2 car garage, study, 3 living areas and garage apartment.

Relax and entertain in your oasis in the heart of the Heights. The backyard has an exotic Ipe wood deck surrounded by soon to be blooming Star Jasmine complete with a shade awning that remains. The recently renovated kitchen is a chef's dream with an Italian made 6-burner Bertazzoni gas range, Viking steam oven, Miele built-in coffee system and cup warmer, 2 U-Line under counter wine fridges (1 is dual zone), Asko 3-rack dishwasher, 48" built-in Northland glass door refrigerator, ROHL Shaws fireclay handcrafted farmhouse sink, Perrin & Rowe plumbing fixtures and a 3" thick black walnut island. Intricate beveled glass transoms beckon an earlier time. Garage apartment lease expires June 2015. Exterior paint and gutters 2014. Click http://goo.gl/5XiWz0 for more info.

Front living room open to dining room, perfect for entertaining dinner parties.

Incredibly spacious kitchen with high-end finishes appliances such as Asko 3 drawer dishwasher, ROHL Shaws fireclay handcrafted farmhouse sink and Perrin & Rowe plumbing fixtures, Viking steam oven, 48" built-in Northland glass door refrigerator, Miele built-in coffee system and cup warmer

6-burner Italian Bertazzoni gas range March 2015

2 U-Line under counter wine fridges (1 is dual zone)

Kitchen open to second living area which opens into backyard oasis.

Ipe deck is great for entertaining and surrounded by a privacy fence infused with Star Jasmine. Shade awning stays.

Garage apartment with rear balcony.

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MAY
29

The Heights has undergone many changes in recent years. Old houses are being knocked down to make way for impressive new ones and many new businesses have popped up. Some would say these changes have morphed the identity of the neighborhood. That the Heights no longer is what it once was. But at its essence, the Heights is still an old, historic neighborhood with a tight-knit community. Just ask the people who live there. That’s what Maggie Martin of Houston Matters did.

Martin recently caught up with three longtime Heights residents to talk about the neighborhood they love. She sat down with Mitch Cohen, artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market (Heights resident for 21 years), Viula Torgerson, creator of The Heights Life blog (11 years), and David Leftwich, executive editor of Sugar and Rice magazine (11 years). They discussed how the Heights has changed a great deal in recent times and is growing in popularity. The group acknowledges that the area is much different than it was even ten years ago. That being said, they still feel that the neighborhood’s history and sense of community are the driving forces behind its appeal.

Torgerson and Leftwich both touch on the historic value of the Heights. Leftwich explains how there’s such a rich history of the Heights with it being one of the first suburban neighborhoods in Houston. Torgerson, a resident of the Norhill area of the Heights, says that living in a historic district is very important to her. She wanted to live in a place that wasn’t prone to constant developmental changes and being in a historic district has protected against that. Unfortunately, not all parts of the Heights are protected from new developments.

With the neighborhood growing in popularity, a lot of old houses in the area are being torn down to make way for new ones that will sell for a huge price. Developers aren’t concerned with whether the new houses will fit into the neighborhood, or even really fit their lot, but with how much they’ll sell for. For longtime residents, this is mostly disappointing to see, but they’ll tell you that, despite all the new developments, the Heights has maintained its small town feel.

Torgerson describes how these new houses and the neighborhood’s increased popularity have actually led to a greater sense of community. Partly because of the new developments and partly because of the desirability of the Heights, houses in the area are no longer seen as starter homes. People are buying houses and staying in them. As a result, residents are getting to know their neighbors better and developing enduring relationships with them.

One of the biggest changes Leftwich has seen in his eleven years in the Heights is in the number of small, independent businesses. He sees a lot more of these small restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the neighborhood today and says that they’ve created a very vibrant community. Torgerson agrees, adding that many people in the Heights are getting to know fellow residents by frequenting the same local businesses. This has only increased the already high sense of community in the area.

Many people are moving to the Heights because of its magnificent new houses and popular reputation. But Cohen says that the real reason people continue to come to the Heights is for its small town feel. He describes the “front porch mentality” of the neighborhood’s residents and how, despite the changes, there is still an overwhelming sense of community. It truly feels like you’re living in a small town. The Heights may not be the same place it was twenty, or even ten years ago, but as the people who live there will tell you, if you take a close look, it’s really not that much different either.

Listen to Martin’s full conversation with Cohen, Torgerson and Leftwich here.

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MAY
29

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2-Car Detached Garage, 7,920 SQ FT Lot

Great Heights home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage PLUS guest house on oversized 7,920 sq ft corner lot. Plenty of possibilities...live here now and update it for yourself, OR live in now and build later, OR build your dream home right away! Home is well maintained, with recent renovated kitchen, hardwood floors, great natural light. Guest house in back for guests or rental. Sellers are Master Gardeners and the lush native landscaping shows it, but they promise it's all easy to maintain! Click http://goo.gl/poKajG for more info.

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MAY
22

Located in the heart of the Houston Heights, yet outside of the Historic District, this home offers great versatility. Spacious yard and large rooms could be perfect for either residential or commercial use. Conversion of nearby homes into business offices represents intriguing possibilities. Completely remodeled in 2006, this home features hardwood floors throughout. Rewired electrical, a new roof and central HVAC, replaced water and sewer lines, bath tile, exterior paint and light fixtures as of 2009.

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MAY
21

Seeing an expensive energy bill is never fun. Especially if you believe you have an energy efficient home. No one likes paying a big bundle for their energy. And when you feel like you’re putting in the effort to lower your energy bills, but aren’t seeing results, it can be downright frustrating. If you think your home’s energy efficient, but the bills don’t seem to match up, that’s probably because your home isn’t actually very efficient at all. The good news is, there’s probably more you can do. As Christina Hoffman explains in an article for House Logic, if you make the right improvements and stick to energy efficient behavior, you’ll start seeing energy bills that match up with, and maybe even exceed your expectations.

A study done by the Shelton Group (a marketing and advertising agency specializing in energy-efficiency issues) shows that you aren’t alone in thinking your energy bills should be lower than they actually are. According to their research, about half of people think their homes are energy efficient and 89% think they’re using less energy than they did five years ago. Unfortunately, almost 60% say their energy bills have increased. There are a few main reasons for this disconnect.

Inflation is causing our bills to increase. Through 2040, energy bills are expected to rise two percent per year. Technology is constantly on the rise as well. That means we’re buying and using more gadgets and appliances than ever before. As a result, we have more things to plug in today than we had in the past. The whole ambiguity of your daily energy usage also makes it difficult to know how much your bill should actually be. Cliff Majersik, Executive Director for the Institute of Market Transformation, explains “energy is the only product we buy on a daily basis for which we have no idea how much we pay until a month later.”

Because energy costs and usage are going up, we have to make a more concerted effort to save on our energy bills than we may have had to do in the recent past. According to Hoffman, a couple changes here and there aren’t going to result in noticeable differences. If you’re truly committed to seeing smaller energy bills, you need to be truly committed to making your home energy efficient as well. Hoffman gives five fairly quick and painless projects that can help you save about 20% to 30% on your energy bill.

First, caulking and sealing air leaks can help you shave a great deal off your bill. Areas to focus on are plumbing lines, electricity wires, recessed lighting, windows, crawlspaces and attics. Next up, have an HVAC contractor check out your ductwork and reseal it/give it a tune-up. This could be where you see the biggest annual savings. Programming your thermostat is a simple, yet often unutilized energy saving tactic. In fact, according to the Shelton Group’s study, 40% of people conceded that they don’t program their thermostat to energy-saving settings. Replacing all your light bulbs with Energy Star-rated CFLs or LEDs is simple, yet can make a big difference. Finally, lower your water heater’s temperature. By reducing the temperature twenty degrees, you can see around an 8% drop on your annual water heating costs.

Hoffman urges you to do all of these things if you really want to see significant changes in your energy bill. By taking care of all of these tasks, you can expect to see somewhere between $440 and $660 disappear from your annual bill. Don’t just sit back and rest on your laurels once you’ve completed those tasks though. Be diligent! Little things like unplugging your devices once they’re done charging can help you reach your full savings.

To learn more about energy savings and the false assumptions we make about them, read Hoffman’s full article.

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MAY
15

The HAR report for the month of April has been released and the numbers remain widely positive. After dropping in February, home sales returned to positive territory in March and remained there in April. Single-family home sales, total property sales, total dollar volume and pricing were all higher than in April 2014. Inventory also continues to rise and at a steady rate. April’s inventory reached a height not seen since September 2014.

April 2015 totaled 6,502 single-family home sales compared to 6,380 in April 2014. This comes out to an increase of 1.9 percent. This slight increase in home sales can be seen as a positive for the market, but the real number of note is the price increase for those homes sold. Home prices for the month were the highest that they have ever been for an April in Houston. That meant a 4.3 percent increase of the average single-family home sales price from $270,167 to $281,724. The median price for single-family homes was also a record for an April at $209,790.

The report showed that Houston’s housing inventory continues to rise. The 2.9-months supply is the highest for the city since September 2014 and an increase from the 2.6-months supply of last April. This is still well below the current national inventory level of 4.6-months supply. It is, however, a positive sign for a Houston market that has been well below the national supply for some time now. A Metrostudy report on new Houston housing numbers from the first quarter of 2015 supports the idea that the city’s inventory is headed in the right direction. Through the first quarter of 2015, the number of annual new home starts was at 29,852 which is the second strongest total since the third quarter of 2008.

HAR Chair Nancy Furst cites the importance of strong inventory. Furst indicates that the April increase in inventory certainly was a factor for the positive sales numbers for the month and sees the need for a continued increase in inventory levels. She contends, “in order to satisfy the long-term needs of the Houston housing market, we need to see substantive growth in inventory levels.” The continued increase in inventory is reassuring, but a bigger leap will need to be made to have a prolonged effect on the market.

The relatively low inventory level is likely the biggest reason for the record high sales prices. Scott Davis, Director of Metrostudy’s Houston region, explains, “tight supplies of available housing historically lead to home price appreciation, and prices in housing are rising quickly in both new and resale homes.” If inventory continues to increase, we’re likely to see prices come down a bit.

Looking to buy or sell a home, or just have questions about the market? Always feel free to contact me at cynthia@cynthiamullins.com or 713.829.3052.

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MAY
12

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Oversized 2-Car Detached Garage, 2-Car Detached Carport

Beautiful facade greets you at this charming bungalow on a corner lot with fully fenced front and backyards. Interior features hardwoods, period moldings, stained glass windows, updated light fixtures, and good storage throughout. Spacious master bedroom with tray ceilings and en-suite bath. Sunroom located just off the updated kitchen. Backyard includes oversized garage with space for a workshop, carport for additional parking or entertaining, driveway gate, green space, and a huge pecan tree! Click http://goo.gl/a1ZlL1 for more info.

The updated kitchen features granite counters, stainless appliances, and great storage.

A spacious master suite with enough room for a seating area. Tray ceilings, wood fan, and an abundance of windows to allow light to flood in.

En-suite master bath with granite counters, jetted soaking tub and separate shower with slate tile surround.

The screened in porch located just off the kitchen features window treatment, ceiling fan, and beadboard ceiling. This is a wonderful space to enjoy the sun and stay cool in the summer!

Spacious backyard features lots of green space, brick patio, and mature trees.

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MAY
7

The official start of summer is still more than a month away, but as all Houstonians know, Houston weather doesn’t strictly adhere to conventional seasons. Summer weather is sure to arrive well ahead of the summer solstice on June 21st and we’ll likely still be feeling the heat even after the official start of fall on September 23rd. We’re used to beating the heat by cranking up the AC, but Monte Large, Jeff Kaplan and Evan O’Neil have proposed an intriguing new way to deal with Houston summers, a huge swimming hole.

Large, Kaplan and O’Neil are the men behind the Houston Needs a Swimming Hole project which calls for a ten acre natural swimming pool in central Houston. Andrea White covered the project in an article for the Houston Chronicle last year when the idea was first beginning to pick up steam. Large remembers going to swim at the Shamrock Hotel pool when he was a kid. He recalls the massive size of the pool and the fond memories he has of it. O’Neil adds, “Shamrock’s legendary Texas-sized swimming pool was so large you could water-ski in it.” They feel that the city hasn’t had anything like it since the hotel closed. Austin’s Barton Springs Pool, the man-made recreational pool filled with water from Main Barton Spring, was a source of inspiration as well. Instead of just building a large pool, why not create a giant swimming hole filled with natural water?

Houston’s subtropical environment and the fact that the city has become a leader in the use of green technology made it obvious to Large and O’Neil that a natural swimming pool in the heart of the city makes sense. White explains how a “green” pool would work. “Managed properly, natural swimming pools have clear water and require no chemicals to maintain. Instead, they are self-cleaning: cattails, water lilies and other water plants serve as natural filters.” The 20,000 plus natural pools in Europe are a sign of the popularity natural pools can have. Minneapolis’ Webber Park Pool, the first natural pool in the United States, is a sign that a natural swimming pool can work in a big U.S. city. The project members see it as an opportunity to create, not only a wonderful social space for Houstonians, but also a place that people from outside the city will want to come visit.

Jared Monmouth, in an article for Houstonia, proposes that Large, O’Neil and Kaplan think even bigger. He takes an “everything’s bigger in Texas” sort of mindset. Houston has the largest medical center and largest rodeo so, if we’re going to have a swimming hole, he figures we should have the largest one of those as well. Monmouth looks at San Alfonso del Mar, the 19-acre pool on the Chilean coast, which is considered the largest of its kind in the world. He suggests going even bigger than that massive pool. The San Alfonso del Mar, though, cost around $1.5 billion.

Building a swimming hole with that price tag may be hard for Houstonians to get behind, but one the size Large and O’Neil have suggested, at around $8 million appears to be something the city can support. The team set a $30,000 goal to kickstart the project, and, with the support of various Houston civic leaders and organizations, they were able to reach it. That money is now being put to use for the feasibility study which is the first big step in making this ambitious idea come to fruition. Large recognizes that a lot of questions still need to be answered before they can move even further with the project, but they “are meeting with city and community stakeholders, environmental groups, landowners, management districts, researchers, and just about anyone who we can think of in order to help make this project happen.” Thinking of those 100 degree midsummer days, let’s hope they do make it happen.

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MAY
6

4-5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 3 Car Garage, Pool, 2,971 SQ FT

Spacious home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a 3 car garage in the highly sought after Sec 25. Cool off on those hot summer days in the resort style pool & spa surrounded by professional landscaping. Gourmet kitchen features glass front cabinets, island with wine rack, double ovens, granite counters with glass tile backsplash, gas cooktop, under mount lighting & spacious breakfast bar open to family room. Open floor plan with formal dining, formal living/study, family room & breakfast area. Master bedroom is a retreat with garden tub to soak in after a long day. Click http://goo.gl/fwsU7h for more info.

DINING ROOM

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MASTER BEDROOM

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MAY
5

I was really impressed by some of these storage solutions for your bathroom from HouseLogic.com. Families spend a lot of time in the bathroom and an efficiently organized bathroom promises to make the whole household run smoother. Hopefully, using some of these organizational strategies will make your morning bathroom routines a lot less stressful!
 --Cynthia


An inexpensive ($3) wire wall rack combined with plastic storage boxes ($6-$14) adds up to well-organized under-sink storage. The rack puts everyday-use items right at your fingertips, and the clear storage boxes let you easily see what’s inside — aided by decorative labels. The individual boxes let you configure storage around plumbing pipes.
Image: Everyday Organizing


The heart and soul of this well-sorted sink cabinet are stackable plastic bins ($8-$15) that allow easy access to makeup, toiletries, and supplies. Smaller bins in the center let you avoid plumbing pipes at the back of the cabinet. Image: Alejandra Costello of Alejandra.tv

Got an open cabinet and no place to hide bathroom supplies? Add a skirt that’ll keep stuff out of sight. Tack the skirt in place, and some fun fabric goes a long way toward sprucing up your bath. Image: Katie Barber

A bit of 1-inch PVC pipe with end caps is all that’s needed to corral your brood’s collection of toothbrushes and keep your countertop clutter-free. Cut pipe 4¼ inches long, and drill holes in the back of the pipe to hang them from stick-on hooks. Don’t glue the caps on so you can remove them now and then to clean out the pipes. Image: Steph of Crafting in the Rain


 

A small access hole in one side of this sink cabinet leads to a hidden litterbox where Kitty can conduct her business in private. The main door swings open for cleaning and changing litter, and a plug-in air cleaner ($21) keeps everything smelling sweet. Short partition walls prevent litter bits from scattering. Image: Tom Cunningham


A fixed panel covers the upper part of a sink cabinet because the bottom of the sink bowl makes the space useless — or does it? Vanity sinks are often shallow enough that you can sneak in some storage behind a hinged, drop-down panel. Retrofit your vanity with a pair of cabinet hinges ($5) and a curling iron holder ($40) — a plastic shelf that’s made specifically to fit this narrow space (also fits hair dryers!). Image: Stowaway Products


Heavy-duty custom-made shelves glide out at the touch of a finger. These are configured to fit around plumbing pipes and can support up to 50 pounds when fully extended. A good-quality glide-out shelving system costs $100-$250 each; add another $50-$100 for professional handyman installation. Image: ShelfGenie


Find a home for odd-shaped stuff on the back of a cabinet door. Here, a chrome wall-mount cup holder ($15-$35) keeps a hair dryer and curler away from the door surface so you can stash them while still hot. Two clothes hooks facing away from each other are a great way to wind up those loose electrical cords. Image: Annabelle of Down the Rabbit Hole

By John Riha, originally appearing on HouseLogic.com

 

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MAY
4

Oil prices falling to around $50 per barrel is crippling the energy industry. Seeing as Texas is so heavily invested in the oil and gas game, numbers that low will no doubt have a negative effect on the state’s economy. These effects are already evident in the cutbacks being made. Rigs are getting shut down all over the state and layoffs are being felt throughout the industry. Lost jobs and the fact that a big part of the Texas economy is faltering have many people concerned that the state’s housing market is headed for serious trouble. Dr. James P. Givens suggests that this may not necessarily be the case.

Dr. Givens tackles the 2015 Texas housing market and how it relates to the price of oil in an article for the Texas A&M University Real Estate Center. In the article, he analyzes the relationship between oil prices and the Texas housing market in past years. Based on his analysis, Dr. Givens determines that, despite the low oil prices, the state’s 2015 housing market should be fine.

He acknowledges that low oil and energy prices negatively affect an important part of the Texas economy, but observes that the low prices also positively affect the U.S. economy. Dr. Givens explains, “lower gasoline prices, lower fuel oil costs, lower transportation costs to move goods to market and lower energy costs to run industrial facilities create greater economic activity, better profit margins, higher GDP and, generally, more employment.” And while low prices hurt the face of Texas’ economy, the state still benefits from the positive impact the prices have on the U.S. economy as a whole.

Dr. Givens also notes that, while oil and gas may be the face of the Texas economy, the state has developed a very diverse economy that is much better equipped to deal with low oil prices than during the energy bust of the 1980s. Health care, technology, trade and professional services are just a few examples he provides in support of this argument.

Citing the improved U.S. economy and job growth in Texas’ non-energy sectors, Dr. Givens predicts a slowdown in the state’s economic growth rate instead of a complete decline. He contends that job growth will be lower than in 2014, but should still result in job gains.

Positive job growth is reassuring for those concerned about the Texas housing market, but Dr. Givens gives a more intriguing reason to be optimistic about the market despite low oil prices. He discusses how Texas home sales and single-family permit data indicate that there is an identifiable “optimum range” of oil prices in which the Texas housing market thrives. Extremely high or low oil prices cause a significant drop off. The data suggests that demand (sales) and supply (permits) usually are at their highest when oil prices are between $50 and $80 per barrel. So while $50 per barrel is terrible for the oil and gas industry and those involved in it, it actually can still be favorable for the housing market.

With an economy that can survive, and continue to produce positive job gains, in spite of a struggling energy sector, Texas should feel just fine about its housing market. Throw in the fact that historically, the market has flourished when oil prices are barely above $50 per barrel, and maybe there’s even reason to be confident.

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MAY
1

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 2-Car Detached Garage, 2251 SQ FT, Built in 2011

Located half a block from the Heights Hike & Bike Trail, this home features a large kitchen, breakfast niche, utility room, great room, parlor, formal dining, and beautiful master suite with a computer niche on 2nd floor. Elaborate moldings and reclaimed hardwoods give this home that Heights-area charm. Front and back gallery porches extend your living areas. Tankless hot water heater and sprinkler system. Click http://goo.gl/jdPLwm  for more info.

DINING ROOM

LIVING ROOM

KITCHEN

BACKYARD PATIO

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