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Read Post [Posted on 08/29/2014 By Connie Vallone]
Thieves are continuing to prey on foreclosed and bank-owned properties, removing copper, appliances, and other fixtures, and leaving behind a mess for those who have to sell it. Foreclosures often become prime targets since they are vacant. The Memphis Area Association of REALTORS® recently warned its members of scams involving thieves who remove “For Sale” signs from yards and then bring a tru...
Read Post [Posted on 08/28/2014 By John Askins]
With August being one of the top months for home sales, WalletHub compared the 300 largest U.S. cities to determine the ones that are most and least attractive to first-time home buyers.Six Texas cities were among the top ten best cities names for first-time homebuyers. The new ranking is in 2014′s Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers.Allen ranked second on the list behind Br...
Read Post [Posted on 08/27/2014 By John Askins]
Median list prices continued to move up in the majority of markets in July, according to realtor.com®’s latest National Housing Trend Report. The median list price is where half of active listings are higher and half are lower. The following markets posted the largest gains in median list prices in July year-over-year, according to realtor.com®’s data: Stockton-Lodi, Calif.: 31.9% ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/27/2014 By John Askins]
Texas has been a major beneficiary of increased oilfield employment, and that continues to have a positive impact on many of the state’s real estate markets. “It’s no secret that the oil and gas sector has a bright spot in the U.S. economy during the past few years,” said Dr. Harold Hunt, research economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. “A PricewaterhouseCo...
Read Post [Posted on 08/27/2014 By John Askins]
Recent data shows rents for apartments in the Houston area are increasing at the fastest pace on record.    Construction underway on a Montorse-area apartment complex. Houston has experienced fast risings rents and is building more and more projects to make up for shortage. (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle) Recent data shows that apartment rents are increasing a...
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By Rita Nelson]
Depending on how Americans' experienced last decade's housing crash—whether they were a home owner or a bystander reading about it in the news—as well as their age influenced their perceptions of home ownership today, according to a study by economists at the Boston Federal Reserve.Two-thirds of Americans who did not personally suffer a loss directly from the housing crisis and who knew of the hou...
Read Post [Posted on 08/24/2014 By John Askins]
The quality of schools is an important criterion among home buyers in finding a perfect home. In fact, millennial home shoppers say they’re ready to move to the suburbs if it means they can find quality elementary schools there, a new realtor.com® survey shows. Realtor.com® analyzed the results of its search-by-school feature – which helps buyers filter local school information during thei...
Read Post [Posted on 08/23/2014 By John Askins]
Rendering of Swayze Court - Photo from Urban Living At the corner of Alba and Wakefield Urban Living's latest development is getting attention from the locals. Not just for the homes, but for the name - Swayze Court. It's a nod to famous Oak Forest native and Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze's mother Patsy. According to Vinod Ramani, owner of Urban Living, the original developer of the prope...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
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Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Susan Greer]
This is a fun post about homes that post their street address in interesting and innovative ways. Curb appeal is more than just lanscapaing or a beautiful house. It's about making a statement and standing out from the crowd. Using address numbers in inventive ways is one way to convey a sense of style and make a statement. Send me pictures of any homes you see that use the...
Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
The Houston Press recently took a look at eight popular Houston neighborhoods with at least 15 single family homes available for lease. They did not include townhouses or duplexes in their consideration which caused several hot areas to be excluded from consideration including Midtown, Upper Kirby and the entire Galleria area.To get their numbers, the Press used Zillow's map tool and approximated ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/19/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
Where Do Most People Want to Live?If you could live in any state, except the one you live in now, what state would you choose to live in?The Harris Poll has asked this question every year since 1997. While California tops the list of most popular states to live in among Echo Boomers (now ages 18 to 33) and Gen Xers (ages 34 to 45), Hawaii is the top pick for Baby Boomers (ages 46 to 64) and Mature...
Read Post [Posted on 08/19/2014 By John Askins]
Texas has a new state park a little more than an hour west of Fort Worth, in the rolling woodland near the town of Strawn, population 700. A public hearing on the new park attracted a big crowd, and locals had lots of questions about the 4,400-acre Palo Pinto Mountain State Park. After hearing two hours of questions from his neighbors and explanations by Texas Parks and Wildlife ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/16/2014 By John Askins]
Randall Bell, a California-based damage economics specialist, says stigmatized homes that once were crime scenes can lose 10 percent to 25 percent of their value; but some properties, particularly those in urban areas, retain their value even if violent crimes were committed there. Stigmatized properties in rural areas tend to be most affected by the memories retained by residents of these quiet l...
Read Post [Posted on 08/16/2014 By John Askins]
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