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During summer months when gardens are in bloom and the sun is shining bright, curb appeal comes naturally to many homes. But when the autumn chill turns to winter cold and the sun sets earlier in the day, it becomes more difficult to create that inviting exterior look that grabs buyers from the curb.Fortunately, it is still possible to create striking winter curb appeal without expensive or compli...
Read Post [Posted on 12/20/2014 By John Askins]
Homebuilders continue to incorporate solar power, energy savings and green building techniques into their new home construction. National builder KB Home says that sales in communities with solar power as a standard are 30 percent higher than in communities that don’t offer homes with solar panel as a standard. In the southwest, the firm plans to make solar power a standard home feature ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/20/2014 By John Askins]
The American dream of owning a home is something everyone should have if they want it. You should be able to live where you want and enjoy the features of your environment that help you relax, entertain, play, and do more of the things you enjoy without the restrictions imposed by a landlord.You can own a pet, build a treehouse, paint the walls your favorite color, and play music and videos as lou...
Read Post [Posted on 12/19/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
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Read Post [Posted on 12/18/2014 By Susan Greer]
Energy services companies sign big office leases in HoustonDec 17, 2014, 11:51am CSTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleThomas Properties GroupHouston-based Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), which provides helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, signed a 115,000-square-foot new lease at CityWestPlace in the Westchase submarket.Olivia Puls...
Read Post [Posted on 12/18/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Exxon and ConocoPhillips make record-breaking bid for offshore exploration rightsDec 17, 2014, 8:52am CSTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleExxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Canada-based Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) bid $559 million Canadian dollars for exploration rights in the Flemish Pass offshore Newfoundland in nor...
Read Post [Posted on 12/18/2014 By Christopher Chin]
There's a perception that listing a home for sale over the winter months in a northern state is foolhardy. However, recent research has pointed to the opposite: Listing during the "off-peak" selling season can actually be the perfect moment for sellers to get attention from serious buyers in less time than usual. How would you convince potential sellers of this? Well, according to sale...
Read Post [Posted on 12/18/2014 By John Askins]
High-speed rail plan to Dallas leaves The Woodlands strandedDec 12, 2014, 2:15pm CSTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleCourtesyThe proposed routes for the high-speed rail from Dallas to Houston appear to have snubbed The Woodlands.Joe MartinReporter-Houston Business JournalEmail    TwitterPlans for the high-speed rail from ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Southwest Airlines to launch six international routes from Houston Hobby AirportDec 12, 2014, 7:18am CSTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleLance MurrayA Southwest Airlines jet on approach to Dallas Love Field.Paul O'DonnellEditor-in-Chief-Dallas Business JournalEmail    Twitter    OtherSouthwest Airlines ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By Christopher Chin]
What falling oil prices mean for Houston's housing marketDec 10, 2014, 4:10pm CSTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleCourtesyJim Gaines is a research economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.Home of the DayPaul TakahashiReporter-Houston Business JournalEmail    TwitterRealtors may be worried about how falli...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Enbridge cuts jobs amid slumping oil pricesDec 15, 2014, 8:28am CST UPDATED: Dec 15, 2014, 11:01am CSTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleHouston-based Enbridge Energy Partners LP (NYSE: EEP) is the latest energy company to announce budgetary cuts due to dropping oil prices.Nora OlabiEditorial intern-Houston Business JournalEmailHouston-ba...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Deal of the Week: Downtown Houston tower trades hands in record-breaking deal SUBSCRIBER CONTENT: Dec 12, 2014, 5:00am CSTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this article1000 Main, formerly known as Reliant Energy Plaza, was marketed for sale by CBRE and fetched $450M, or $537 per square foot, in a record-breaking deal in Houston.Emily WilkinsonPrint ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By Christopher Chin]
The standard mileage rate for federal income taxes is rising next year. The IRS issued its 2015 optional standard mileage rates, and beginning Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be the following: 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (an increase from 56 cents in 2014) 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving re...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By John Askins]
If there are other homes around yours that are "distressed" with homeowners who have lost jobs, or some other hardship, they won't be in top condition.Show pride of ownership by putting your home in top move-in condition so that your home is more appealing to buyers than any other home in your area and price range.Price it right.You can expect lowball offers in a buyer's market, but homes that are...
Read Post [Posted on 12/15/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
Marketing multimillion-dollar mansions may require stepping outside-the-box and getting fancy in luring potential buyers, from hosting mini-circuses, raffling off Botox treatments, to having models lining the properties, and more.  "Price is key, but it's the presentation that will sell the property," Lisa Sorrentino, a real estate agent in Calabasas, Calif., told The Los Angeles Times. Sorr...
Read Post [Posted on 12/14/2014 By John Askins]
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