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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]
Absolutely gorgeous and FULLY RENOVATED 4 bedroom/ 2 bathroom home in North Houston: 1247 Wardmont Street, Houston, TX 77037.  Treat your family to a great gift for the holidays!!  This gem will not last long!!
Read Post [Posted on 12/19/2014 By Morad Fiki]
About 600,000 Americans travel more than 90 minutes each way—more than 50 miles—to get from home to work each day, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. “Megacommutes” are known for being worst in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. Megacommuters tend to be male, older, married, and paid higher than the average worker, according to Census data. Nearly 1...
Read Post [Posted on 12/19/2014 By John Askins]
Another GORGEOUS home is now being listed by me for lease $1,650 per month 3 bedroom/ 2.5 bathroom in Richmond, TX 77407 PERFECT for a family! This listing will hit the MLS today.....I can get someone approved and moved in rather quickly....Contact me ASAP if you're interested!! ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By Morad Fiki]
More baby boomers are planning a move, and they're targeting cities with a lower cost of living, greater job potential, and warmer weather, according to new research by the National Association of REALTORS®. "A broadly improving economy and rebounding home prices are giving baby boomers the opportunity to sell and move to support their retirement lifestyle," says Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/16/2014 By John Askins]
One of my goals for 2015 is to take renters out of long term leases and turn them into home owners. I find that leases have escalated to the amount of a mortgage and are continuing to rise. Let me help you with this, for everyone looking to become homeowners within the next year or two, email me you name and contact information so that I can get you set up with a wealth of timely interesting info...
Read Post [Posted on 12/15/2014 By Desiree Gallow]
Though renters say they dream of owning a home one day, most of them will need to keep renting for at least the next three years, according to a new survey of more than 2,000 adults conducted by Freddie Mac. The majority of renters say they are still struggling financially, but 91 percent say the financial crisis has not deterred their motivation to become home owners. "It's no secret th...
Read Post [Posted on 12/15/2014 By John Askins]
While investors are reportedly dwindling in numbers lately, some single-family rental markets are still garnering a great deal of investor interest. Some investors are finding it’s the little-known areas that may offer some of the highest returns due to less competition.  “Buying single-family homes as rentals still yields solid returns in many markets across the nation, but it is difficult...
Read Post [Posted on 12/14/2014 By John Askins]
The recent housing crisis has prompted questions over whether home ownership is still a viable way toward greater wealth in this country. Confidence in home ownership was shaken, and many have had to turn to renting (the number of renters has increased nearly 25 percent since the housing crisis). The home ownership rate, in turn, has fallen from a peak of nearly 70 percent in 2004 to a t...
Read Post [Posted on 12/11/2014 By John Askins]
As builders quickly ramp up building of apartments across the country to meet rising demand, vacancy rates are starting to rise. That could help limit rent increases in 2015, according to economists with the CoStar Group. The economists predict rent growth to slow to below 2 percent in 2015 as the multifamily market increases construction. They say apartment vacancy rates will rise in 46...
Read Post [Posted on 12/11/2014 By John Askins]
Renters need to brace themselves: Apartment rent is expected to continue to outpace inflation next year. It’s a landlord’s market, which means strong demand continues to give landlords justification to hike rents.  Rent growth will likely reach 3.9 percent in 2015, only a slight dip from 4 percent this year, according to a recent forereleased by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/10/2014 By John Askins]
Starting on Dec. 13, Fannie Mae will allow the lower down payments for first-time home buyers and permit refinancing borrowers to reduce equity to 3 percent to cover closing costs, the company said today in a statement. Freddie Mac will begin a program in March giving breaks to lower-income buyers and first-time borrowers who get housing counseling.  “These underwriting...
Read Post [Posted on 12/08/2014 By Diana Walton]
While shoppers were trampling each other to get the season’s hottest stuff, a glimmer of hope emerged for the economy. Does it have legs?A woman pepper-spraying her fellow shoppers to better her chances of getting an Xbox. A crowd of people stepping over the body of a heart attack victim, worrying less about his fate and more about their Christmas purchases. Violence, mayhem, and chaos seemed to b...
Read Post [Posted on 12/05/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Houston's home market is currently among the most competitive in the nation—a trend that's expected to extend well into 2015. While there was a slump shortly after the recession, sales quickly escalated as the economy picked up, leaving a housing shortage with an abundance of buyers that drove house prices up.And while the housing market typically lags in the fall—with school starting up agai...
Read Post [Posted on 12/05/2014 By Ronald Tata]
If you own a condo, or hope to buy one someday, changes in FHA’s mortgage program could end up costing you — and further crimp the housing market.More and more condo sellers and buyers are being shut out of the housing market. That’s because of tougher condo qualifying rules for FHA loans — on top of an already tough lending market.You may not realize it, but buyers can’t use an FHA loan to purcha...
Read Post [Posted on 12/02/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
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