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Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in Spring Branch, this large family home has the features that Buyers want both inside and out.  The inside features include gorgeous Brazilian cherry wood floors throughout the property, Formals, Granite Kitchen, Windowed Breakfast Room, 2-Story Great Room and an amazingly large Master Suite secluded in its own wing. The outside space is equally desirable. Th...
Read Post [Posted on 03/05/2015 By Judith Sinnard]
Fast and Easy But is it Accurate? There are sites all over the web that offer to tell you what your home is worth.  Simply plug in your address and email and you’ll get a value.  It’s fast; it’s easy but is it accurate? The value is determined by what is called an Automated Valuation Model (AVM) that analyzes public record data w...
Read Post [Posted on 03/05/2015 By Valery Smith-Blank]
* The Energy Corridor & Memorial Homeowners' Coffee Meet Up  every Saturday from 9am- 10am.  No need RSVP. Just show up! Venue:  Chick‑fil‑A at Parkway Village - Energy Corridor 13412 Briar Forest Dr, Houston, Texas 77077.   HOUSTON, KATY, SUGAR LAND TX: Interested what homes have sold for in your neighborhood. Just&nbs...
Read Post [Posted on 03/05/2015 By Benjamin Huynh]
Your housing market may be heating up, tempting you to sell your home. But you may not be quite ready to let it go, or, when you run the numbers, you may not be able to sell it for as much of a profit as you may want. Have you considered leasing   your home instead? You still   retain ownership, giving you the opportunity to buy another home. And thanks to some generous tax rules,...
Read Post [Posted on 03/04/2015 By Tiffany Markovsky]
This is not so much about what improvements you should do to make your home more valuable, but it might be considered what items you already have that you should fix so it doesn't bring the value down.  First impressions are everything when it comes to a home.  Buyers will often label a home after seeing it so they will remember.  You don't want to be the house with that &qu...
Read Post [Posted on 03/03/2015 By Karen Sherrill]
The harsh winter weather throughout the country is shuttering open houses, delaying closings, and keeping some home buyers out of the market. New England has seen record-breaking snowfall this year, with storms dumping eight feet of snow in some areas. Some real estate agents in the area say they’ve had to cancel their weekend open houses for more than a month due to the snowstorms. &q...
Read Post [Posted on 03/03/2015 By John Askins]
Selling homes during the winter months requires proper staging for the season to ensure a quick sale at top dollar. Although buyers can overlook barren trees and snow piles in the yard, they will not be forgiving if bad weather makes the home inaccessible. Agents should provide alternate directions or change the date of the showing if heavy snow is forecast. Additionally, they should ensure tha...
Read Post [Posted on 03/03/2015 By John Askins]
The real estate portal space is heating up with Zillow and Trulia finalizing their merger. The number of major competitors serving this market has been reduced to two big titans: Move Inc., which operates realtor.com®, and Zillow-Trulia. Following the Zillow-Trulia announcement, Move released a statement saying, “2015 will mark Zillow’s year of the merge and realtor.com®&rsq...
Read Post [Posted on 03/02/2015 By John Askins]
Sixty-four percent of women say home ownership is essential in achieving the American Dream. Meanwhile, 52 percent of men say owning a home is a vital component of achieving the American Dream, according to a Home Buyer Poll conducted by TD Bank of more than 1,300 Americans. The study found that women hold more aspirations for home ownership too. Sixty-six percent of female renters say they int...
Read Post [Posted on 03/02/2015 By John Askins]
When it comes to the tax benefits of renting vs. buying a home, the benefits of buying are many, while there are few or no tax benefits for renting. This simple fact motivates many to take the plunge into homeownership. Below are six quick tax benefits of buying a home: 1.  Home mortgage interest deduction: The interest paid on a mortgage or mortgages of up to $1 million for a...
Read Post [Posted on 03/01/2015 By John Askins]
Fresh paint can turn a dark, tired property into a brighter, more saleable home. Here are some suggestions from the service providers on Angie’s List for anyone contemplating a paint job: · If the home was built before 1978, hire a qualified lead specialist to examine the property for lead before you start the job. · The contract should include a thorough description o...
Read Post [Posted on 03/01/2015 By John Askins]
On Aug. 1, real estate and industry professionals are preparing for a change in loan closing policy...that last-minute changes three days before closing will become much more challenging to make. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is combining mortgage forms and disclosure documents that will be required to be given to clients much earlier, which means any changes after the fact could qui...
Read Post [Posted on 02/27/2015 By John Askins]
Rent-to-own, also known as a lease option, is a contract that allows renters to lease a property and, at the end of the lease (usually one to three years), have the option to purchase the home at a predetermined price. Ideal candidates for a rent-to-own option are potential home buyers who dream of ownership but are also concerned they haven&rsq...
Read Post [Posted on 02/25/2015 By Tiffany Markovsky]
Industry perceptions about newly built, single-family homes moved slightly lower in February, with dips mostly attributed to recent severe weather conditions across the country, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. The index, which gauges builder confidence in current single-family home sales conditions as well as future expectations, f...
Read Post [Posted on 02/24/2015 By John Askins]
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