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Tawnya Marney's Blog

Useful tips and tidbits about Houston and its real estate market for current and future residents.

10 Tips to Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Hometown Haven


November 1st, 2017

"Communities work better (students perform better, crime rates are lower, kids are safer, people live longer) when neighbors know one another better. Knowing your neighbor on a first-name basis...is a surprisingly...
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Cut Your Utility Bills By $2000 Or More With Smart Home Tech


October 1st, 2016

The ‘Smart Home’ is the new ‘Internet of Things’ or objects that can communicate with each other. The ideal version of the wired future might look like this:  You awaken to lights gradual...
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Don’t Get Burned – Get a Home Inspection to Save Money on Your Next Purchase


September 1st, 2016

Okay, you made one of the most important decisions in your life: you’re buying a home! You found your ideal home. It’s in your desired neighborhood, close to everything you love, you dig its design and feel, and you’re...
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Is it better to buy a new or existing home?


August 22nd, 2016

Maybe your dream home has the intricate details that you usually find only in older construction - wainscoting and crown molding in the interior, the front porch with a swing, an older tree shading the back yard, and the white picket fen...
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A Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Investing


July 6th, 2016

Despite the grim economic outlook for some industries, one sector is gaining viability -- real estate. According to the...
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Get Your Credit Score in Shape Before Buying a Home


May 10th, 2016

How strong is your credit? Cleaning up your credit is essential before you make any major financial moves. Having a bad score can hurt your chances of being able to open a credit card, apply for a loan, purchase a car, or rent an apartme...
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How to Amp Up The Resale Value of Your Home


April 10th, 2016

Whether you're putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home's resale value now. Here are some ways to create a comfortable home while making it easier to...
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7 Smart Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling


March 14th, 2016

Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than on any other home improvement project. And with good reason: Kitchens are the hub of home life and a source of pride. A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may...
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7 Home Buying Strategies and Secrets from Real Estate Industry Insiders


March 7th, 2016

No matter if you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market, there are a few critical steps you can take to make a smarter purchase. Since buying a home is likely the biggest single investment you will ever make, being prepared...
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Top Homeowner Tax Deductions That Decrease Your Tax Burden


February 20th, 2016

You can't avoid paying taxes, and we all need to pay our fair share. However, paying your fair share shouldn't place an unjust burden on you. As a homeowner, your tax burden is doubled because you pay both income and property tax...
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