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5 design trends for new homesPrivacy, personal elements, and practicality are a few of the features that buyers purchasing new homes desire, according to experts interviewed by Builder magazine. Here’s what designs those experts say are popular this year.Private outdoor spaces. Buyers are looking for outdoor areas that have some privacy from nearby houses.Outdoor “rooms.” These...
Read Post [Posted on 10/25/2014 By Rochelle Barrow]
Possible routes revealed for bullet train between Houston and DallasOct 24, 2014, 8:27am CDT UPDATED: Oct 24, 2014, 9:46am CDTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleEnlarge PhotoJR CentralThe N700 train in Japan is similar to what the Texas Central Railway wants to use to connect Dallas to Houston. The first of six public meetings regarding p...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Snapchat, texting, Facebook: It's time to update your cell phone policiesJay Starkman, Contributing WriterOct 16, 2014, 12:25pm CDTImage provided by Getty Images (LDProd)Many companies have long established cellular phone use policies, but the majority of these policies have not been updated to address the expanded capabilities and usage patterns of employees with smartphones.FacebookLinkedInTwitt...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Houston named No. 1 real estate market to watch in 2015Oct 22, 2014, 1:52pm CDTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleEnlarge PhotoThinkstockThe "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015" report by the Urban Land Institute and PwC ranked Houston the country's No. 1 market to watch next year.The "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015" report ranked Housto...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Christopher Chin]
The following is a guest blog, written by my seller, Robin Anderson.  I believe you will find this blog entry entertaining, enlightening and informative!  Thank you so much, Robin, for contributing to my Blog!  Readers, enjoy!******************************************************************** So… several months ago, I hired a personal trainer to help me get in shape.  He wa...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Renee Buckhoff]
Neighbors wage war every day over blocked views, loud noise, big and small annoyances. Do you have a good neighbor policy? How’s it working out?If you live in a neighborhood, you’ll have to interact with your neighbors at some point. How do you keep the peace? Image: JJRD/iStockphotoFile this under No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A Buffalo home owner sued her neighbors for cleaning up her littered&n...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Would you rent a room in your home to a complete stranger? It can be risky. But it also can reap benefitsTaking a renter into your house is a great way to save money — if you can handle the potential headaches. Image: Jeff TurnerFind a great housemate and you can end up with a new best friend.Make a bad choice, and you can end up with a fiend.I had the fiend experience back in the ‘80s when I...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
A big trend in the modern American lifestyle is changing the way we remodel our homes.Work features like an extra sink into your kitchen remodel now, and you’ll be in good shape should you find yourself living with your grown kids or parents later. Image: Tales From the SouthMultigenerational households are on the rise, led by an increasing number of college graduates who come home to live wh...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
With stairs being one of the first elements home buyers see when they enter the front door of many homes, sprucing up the steps can be a great investment."People think of stairs and hallways as strictly utilitarian —a place to get somewhere else," says Genevieve Gorder, host of HGTV's Dear Genevieve. "But they are some of the most beautiful places to decorate."Gorder offers these ideas for making ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By John Askins]
Some housing deals come with sweet incentives for the real estate agents who can bring in a buyer, everything from big bonuses to fancy cars. But if you’re not careful, you might get in trouble for 'steering', some real estate professionals warn. One home seller in Virginia offered a C-Class Mercedes, priced at $37,900 — or a $30,000 bonus— plus commission to a buyer’s agent who is able to ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By John Askins]
Here are some products grabbing the attention of the home building and remodeling industries, according to Bill Millholland, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Case Design/Remodeling in Maryland, and Jamie Gibbs, a New York-based interior designer:· Appliance Drawers. Small warning drawers, modest-sized dishwasher drawers for small loads, refrigerator drawers and microwave drawers....
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By John Askins]
Have you thought of downsizing your home in Texas? Sometimes downsizing can be a big step before retirement. As you read this post, it is important to prepare for retirement, and real estate is a great way. If you are purchasing your first home or an additional home, smaller might be better.The number 1 reason to downgrade is to get a smaller mortgage. What is a better way to save f...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
The population is getting older, and those who are 65 and up now make up the biggest part of the nation’s population in size and percentage, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Older residents comprise over 40.3 million people.  The older adult population has increased by 15.1 percent since 2000, while the combined remaining age groups saw 9.7 percent growth.  The state...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
NEED TO SELL YOUR HOME ASAP? IN PRE-FORECLOSURE, OWE MORE THAN THE HOME IS WORTH, INHERITED A PROPERTY, OR JUST NEED TO SELL YOUR HOME NOW?We have several SERIOUS/QUALIFIED or CASH investor buyers who are wanting to purchase homes in Houston! We are a reputable Multi-Million Dollar Producing Real Estate Team (licensed Real Estate Agents)! We can discuss with you your various options, inc...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
A recent Zillow survey again confirmed that extensive renovations are usually not the shortest path to a sale. Across the board, experts agree: it’s still curb appeal and home staging—staging that highlight’s a home’s best features while downplaying its flaws—that often prove most effective.So, after your house smells like fresh-baked cookies and your walls have been freed from family ph...
Read Post [Posted on 10/15/2014 By Connie Inmon]
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