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Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.  Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends January 20...
Read Post [Posted on 01/27/2015 By Susan Roddy]
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Read Post [Posted on 01/27/2015 By Sallie Wheeler]
I have noticed a bit of trend in my own neighborhood, overpriced homes for sale!  Now, as a resident of this community I am all for increased sales values as it helps me - however some of the listing prices I've seen make me gasp! Why is a listing price that is too high for the area bad? In the case of the home in our area, this means that they sit there.  The market is to...
Read Post [Posted on 01/26/2015 By Karen Sherrill]
Home sales picked up at the end of 2014, closing off a year that had a sluggish start but then showed encouraging signs in the second half, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest housing report. Existing-home sales rose 2.4 percent in December month-over-month, bouncing back after a dismal November. Total home sales –reflecting completed transactions of ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/26/2015 By John Askins]
Home buyers have high expectations for their purchases, the most critical of which may be a really great deal. In addition to more bang for the buck — and the bragging rights that go along with a superior bargain — today's house hunters also are looking for incentives, such as gift cards that they can use to decorate their new home or financial assistance at the settlement table.&n...
Read Post [Posted on 01/24/2015 By John Askins]
When it’s time to sell, you have to price your home right, using tangible factors. Here are six rules to remember: 1. Price is king Your asking price determines how long the home will sit on the market. Pricing the home too high may reduce the number of interested buyers, which can cause your home to sit on the market too long. If your house is on the market too long, it may create the...
Read Post [Posted on 01/23/2015 By Tiffany Markovsky]
Cultural Kite Festival Set for March 7 Sugar Land, TX - Up, Up and Away! Vibrant kites will once again accent the big Texas sky at the sixth annual Cultural Kite Festival on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd. Activities and entertainment will include kite competitions for all ages, kite flying lessons, cultural performances and more...
Read Post [Posted on 01/22/2015 By Stanley Poscovsky]
Oil prices are plummeting, which is great news for drivers at the pump, but could it negatively effect economies and housing markets that have been fueled by the energy boom? Communities most impacted by the drop in oil prices may start to see a slow in home prices, according to a report by CoreLogic. Dropping energy prices could notably strike states such as Texas and North Dakota. "Th...
Read Post [Posted on 01/22/2015 By John Askins]
A study by the Brookings Institution found that the walkability of urban areas has a direct impact on real estate values and rents. Using Washington, D.C., as a test case, the report identified five levels or steps in walkability. For every step up the walkability ladder, the price per square foot jumps more than $300 on average for apartment rents, versus $82 for house values, $9 for annual of...
Read Post [Posted on 01/22/2015 By John Askins]
Strong year-over-year price gains is taking a bite into housing affordability, particularly in the West, according to the National Association of Realtors. The median single-family home price rose in 73 percent of the markets, or 119 out of 164 metro areas, with 26 percent, or 42 of those metros, posting double-digit gains. “The vast majority of home owners have seen significant gains ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/21/2015 By John Askins]
Contributed Article for Breaking Energy:  January 20, 2015 By Michele Marano, Founder, Real Estate for the Energy Professional   When you live in a state heavily influenced by oil, saddle up and hold on for the ride. What comes up must come down, and real estate has room on the downside. The real question is really just how much. My clients are all energy professionals, and w...
Read Post [Posted on 01/20/2015 By Michele Marano]
Homes within highly rated school districts tend to have a higher median sales price, sell for a greater percentage over the list price, and sell faster, according to a new study by the real estate brokerage Redfin. Highly rated public schools were found to have homes with a median sales price of $474,900 compared to $290,000 in an average-rated school zone. Redfin researchers also found that ho...
Read Post [Posted on 01/20/2015 By John Askins]
With home listings competitive, buyers are looking for a neighborhood that has a greater likelihood of holding its value over the long term. But how do you know what neighborhood is doomed and which will appreciate over time?  A recent article at Bankrate.com says judging a neighborhood’s worth over the long haul comes down to two main factors: Jobs and access to amenities. ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/20/2015 By John Askins]
This is  a good time to cash in on the property market in Houston and its suburbs.  Houston's property market is as good as it gets.  Comparatively, property prices are almost 2 to 3 times lower in Houston than say, California, New York, New Jersey or Florida.  This means you get a lot more value for every single dollar.  With a lot of young professionals moving i...
Read Post [Posted on 01/17/2015 By Veronica Ricketts]
Changes in the technology industry are redefining the housing markets where tech dominates the landscape. For example, as San Francisco became an urban bedroom community for workers in Silicon Valley, home prices and rents there have soared, outpacing most other major metro areas across the country. With the median rent hitting $3,200, many San Franciscans were forced to move to Oakland and Berkel...
Read Post [Posted on 01/17/2015 By John Askins]
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