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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]
Is the room 20x20 or 10x10? If you advertise a room to be 20x20 and it is only 10x10 the buyer will know something is not right! The same with over pricing your home when you list. If you overprice your home it "WILL" take longer to sell. When looking at reasons for overpricing it usually is the owner saying I think it is worth more, let's test the market. Did you notice not one of the reaso...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Debra Nowaski]
Existing homes were selling faster and at higher prices in September 2014. But buyers may find they have fewer choices when they head out to shop.After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September.The med...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
The world of real estate has dramatically changed over the past few years. Before the power of the internet, a home searcher would have to contact an agent to run a Comparative AnalysisReport in order to determine what a piece of property is worth. Now, due to the increase of real estate sites, somebody can find the estimated value of a home by turning to the internet. The most popular of these si...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
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]
(BPT) - No one ever said "trendy" translates to "cheap." Yet when it comes to on-trend, luxury upgrades, you don't have to spend like a diva to make your bathroom look and function like a designer's dream. From skylights to shower seats, some of the hottest bathroom trends of 2014 are surprisingly affordable to accomplish. Home website Houzz polled users and asked what bathroom upgrades they most...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Home buyers all have different scents they love. Some might like the smell of fresh baked cookies, while others dispise the smell. The best thing any home seller can do is use a scent that is all natural so that it does not distract any potential buyers. Some of the best scents to use in any open house or during showings include lemon, green tea, cedar, basil, pine, and vanilla. Some of the worst ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
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]
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]
You might want to take a closer look at your home's curb appeal: Upgrading your landscaping from average to excellent can help raise its overall value by 10 percent to 12 percent, according to research from Virginia Tech.Researcher Alex X. Niemiera with the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech found that a $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by addi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Q: We signed a contract to purchase a house. When we finished the inspections, we amended the contract to provide that the seller perform certain repairs. During our walk-through on the day of closing, we discovered nothing had been repaired. The seller refused to delay the closing or perform the repairs. What is our next step? A: This is a people-problem. You appear to have done everything rig...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Mary Ann Lipsey]
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