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This stunning home was custom built and designed by esteemed builder, Charles Martin and also served as his prior personal residence. Elegant touches and thoughtful design define this home which also includes skylit indoor pool, a flowing floorplan, gourmet kitchen and designer finishes throughout.Buying a home? Give me a call at 713.829.3052 or email me at cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.......
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Well-off borrowers increasingly are turning to interest-only mortgages, the same ilk of loan that drove many home owners into foreclosure in recent years. With this product, borrowers pay interest but no principal during the first few years of the loan. The monthly payments can be 30 percent to 40 percent lower than regular mortgages. Interest-only mortgages accounted for about 14 percent of priv...
Read Post [Posted on 08/05/2014 By John Askins]
Luxury homebuyer's tastes have changed in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Affluent Houstonians are skipping the once popular large suburban "McMansions" for smaller urban properties that maximize space and convenience through thoughtful design. These more modest, but still upscale, amenities are becoming increasingly popular as empty nesters downsize from suburbia to more 'in town' areas, ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/04/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
More home owners are considering adding a bunker to their backyard. The 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Japan, as well as the ever present tensions in the Middle East, have prompted doomsday bunker sales to skyrocket, as much as 1,000 percent in some cases.When it comes to bunkers, there are plenty of options to choose from too — from reserving your spot in a giant wa...
Read Post [Posted on 08/02/2014 By John Askins]
Where do home buyers have the most to spend on housing? CNNMoney highlighted a map that shows which states millionaires gravitate to the most. Here are the 10 states that boasted the highest number of millionaires, along with the ratio of millionaires to households in each state: Maryland: 7.70% New Jersey: 7.49% Connecticut: 7.32% Hawaii: 7.18% Alas...
Read Post [Posted on 07/30/2014 By John Askins]
The growing popularity of jumbo loans is increasing the potential for mortgage fraud with these high-priced loans, according to Interthinx in its latest mortgage fraud risk report.  In recent months, jumbo rates, in some cases, have been lower than conforming rates, leading to them grow in popularity.  "With the rise in popularity of jumbo loans, lenders must be aware of both the credi...
Read Post [Posted on 07/28/2014 By John Askins]
2032 Quenby is located in Southampton, one of Houston’s most coveted neighborhoods. Conveniently located 3 blocks from Rice University and just one block from Fleming Park, this residence sits on one of those wide old-fashioned streets ---- the kind lined with large trees on both sides that creates a leafy tunnel by the intertwined overhead branches.   Let’s open up the SMARTePLAN a...
Read Post [Posted on 07/24/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
An amazing estate, built in 1933, is nestled on 13 treed acres along Dickinson Bayou. Review the aerial photography1 provided for this listing to see the acreage with its wonderful park-like setting, naturalized landscaping, old oaks with branching canopies, and strolling broods of peacocks. This 2-story home is one you want to put on your list to see. With 5 (or 6) bedrooms, vaulted and coffered...
Read Post [Posted on 07/22/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
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Read Post [Posted on 07/21/2014 By Kevin Baker]
Update Jul 18: You can access the SMARTePLAN and Amenities Text by clicking the links. Enjoy!=======Four bedrooms on a quiet street in the Panther Creek Area of the Woodlands with rapid access to I-45, Town Center and the Mall.  Reportedly* one of the lowest MUD tax rates in the area. Significant upgrades in features, finishes and new stainless kitchen appliances completed in 2013...
Read Post [Posted on 07/18/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
Asian home buyers are willing to cough up the most cash for their next home compared to other races and ethnicities, according to a study by the National Association of Home Builders. Asians expect to spend an average of $283,469, while whites will pay $205,775, Hispanics will pay $181,444, and African-Americans will pay $176,397, the study shows. NAHB notes that Asians tend to have the h...
Read Post [Posted on 07/17/2014 By John Askins]
Real estate agents selling homes belonging to celebrities face unique challenges. To preserve their privacy, celebrities often desire listings to be out of the public eye; and these homes also tend to be larger with upscale amenities like movie theaters and bowling alleys. Both of these factors make the resale process more difficult. "The ability to afford all that satisfies your wants and needs...
Read Post [Posted on 07/16/2014 By John Askins]
Houston’s economy is steadily rising and the city’s growth is evident by the new 40-story, high-rise luxury apartment building, scheduled for construction beginning this August. This building, which is one of several new residential properties planned to be build downtown, is slated to be the tallest residential rental building in Houston, and will contain 463 luxury apartments. The apartment h...
Read Post [Posted on 07/15/2014 By Marta Guerrero]
UPDATE July 15th - This West U family sized home with pool is not yet on MLS. The SMARTePLAN has been completed, (see above graphic) as well as the amenities text and is being reviewed.  I'll be embedding the photos into the SMARTePLAN and uploading this onto MLS soon when complete -- so check back --- I will place a link to it here!===========Originally Posted July 9th:This is one gorgeous p...
Read Post [Posted on 07/15/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
Guide To Boulevard Oaks Houston Boulevard Oaks is a group of upscale communities located within Houston’s Inner Loop. Comprised of 21 home sites with different architectural styles, Boulevard Oaks is one of the most diverse communities in the city. Each Boulevard Oaks enclave boasts of unique style and atmosphere, with most homes in the area dating back to the early 20’s. The price ra...
Read Post [Posted on 07/15/2014 By Paige Martin]
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