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What does "median" mean? And why is it different than "average" for sales price or days-on-market.   I see the figures, but I don't understand what the data is telling me. FIRST - WHAT IS IT? The short answer is it is a way of viewing data. When you have a property with an oceanfront view, the "view" of the ocean is different on the ground level patio than it is on the covered 3rd fl...
Read Post [Posted on 04/24/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
Where is real estate going in the next few years. consumers are using the internet to buy homes more than ever. As an investor/Realtor I want to provide the tools which will allow my buyers and sellers to be more proactive in there home needs. At the same time provide the knowledge and hands on assistance in their home buying or selling venture. The question is will I provide the internet portal...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Daniel McKinney]
Great Home for Family or Investment. Three BR's/2Baths with Ceiling Fans in all bedrooms. Fully remodeled.  Large fenced grassy rear yard (est. 39' x 27') with space for swing-set or child's play fort.Located in SW Houston with convenient access to 288, Downtown, Medical Center, Hobby Airport, Galleria, NASA or Galveston. Access the PDF floor plan file and Amenities Text at MLS# 36243885This ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
Great Investment Property Beautifully Remodeled. 2-Story; 3 BR's/2Baths with downstairs Half-Bath. Large fenced grassy rear yard on (oversized) lot - 8152 sqft per Appraisal District. Located in South Houston with convenient access to 288, Downtown, Medical Center, Hobby Airport, Galleria, NASA or Galveston. Access the PDF floor plan file at MLS# 60249846This property is listed...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
Tech firms are ramping up offerings for businesses and consumers on mobile security, responding to the growing threat from hackers and viruses hitting mobile devices.   Mobile devices are "uniquely more sensitive than PCs," because "the device is with you all the time," says Tarek Alawdeen with Trend Micro. And the mobile threat is not about just about protecting against viruses, Kevin Maha...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By John Askins]
Home sales and prices are on the move in many markets.CNNMoney.com highlighted several keys to getting a home sold rapidly in today's real estate market. 1. Study the area trends to find the right asking price. 'The first 30 days on the market are the most important," says Elizabeth Kamar, a real estate professional in Norwalk, Conn. That crucial time is when the home gets the ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By John Askins]
Real estate professionals say incentives to sweeten a real estate deal are certainly good ways to generate buzz about a property, but the asking price is the real key to getting a home sold.  Incentives to get home buyers’ attention have gotten lavish. Recent examples include a new BMW, season tickets to football games, a boat for waterfront properties, $3,000 gift cards at interior design s...
Read Post [Posted on 04/19/2014 By John Askins]
The share of first-time home buyers on the market is falling to historical lows, despite recent record levels of housing affordability. With low mortgage rates, many would expect first-time home buyers to be flooding the market for their chance to get part of the American dream. However, the number of first-time home buyers is shrinking, falling to around 32 percent of buyers who purchased their ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/18/2014 By John Askins]
Smartphones and tablets are being increasingly important tools that home buyers are relying on in their home search, according to a new survey from The Real Estate Book and RealEstateBook.com.  The survey shows that 68 percent of mobile users contacted a real estate professional to schedule a showing based on their mobile search. What’s more, 98 percent of those who reported using mobile dev...
Read Post [Posted on 04/17/2014 By John Askins]
Home buyers are willing to pay 4.2 percent more for a property with the word “country” in the name, and an additional 5.1 percent for the phrase “country club,” according to researchers from the University of Georgia. In the study, researchers evaluated the effect of property names on home values by analyzing MLS data from Baton Rouge, La. Researchers found that buyers do assign a price ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/16/2014 By John Askins]
Home with Curb Appeal Success or failure in the sale of a Houston home listing depends on many factors.  When it’s your own home that is being offered for sale, you want to do the most you can with any factor you can control.  Your home’s interior condition and design are likely to be the key considerations in a buyer choosing your home.  However, it’s the exterior view from the ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/15/2014 By Kevan Pewitt]
Home buyers are saying they’re willing to pay more for a residential property due to concerns over low inventory, according to a survey of more than 1,300 home buyers in 22 major markets by the real estate brokerage Redfin.  The number of buyers who say they’re concerned about rising home prices has more than doubled in the past year, according to the survey. Seventy-nine percent o...
Read Post [Posted on 04/15/2014 By John Askins]
Self-employed members of the workforce such as realtors can start now to reduce their 2014 tax bill through such methods as buying business equipment, like computers, software, or even a car by the end of the year. The Internal Revenue Code enables them to deduct the entire amount in one year for tangible personal property used more than 51 percent of the time for their business. Self-proprietor...
Read Post [Posted on 04/13/2014 By John Askins]
A massive security flaw exposed on websites could put at risk your private information, such as credit card numbers and other data. The bug is known as Heartbleed, and security experts are warning Internet users to change their passwords on sites they use — and then be prepared to change them again soon. Researchers uncovered the vulnerability in a Web security measure known as OpenSSL....
Read Post [Posted on 04/12/2014 By John Askins]
The kitchen remains one of the most popular rooms in the house. If it's well laid out and equipped, it becomes a magnet for family members. “It’s the place where they begin and end their days and also interact with friends,” says designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon, founder of In Detail, Kitchens, Baths, Interiors, a design firm in Pensacola, Florida.But it can do more. “A home that’s in move-in condit...
Read Post [Posted on 04/11/2014 By John Askins]
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