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In an effort to prevent blight, municipalities increasingly are imposing ordinances that require mortgage servicers to cough up fees, post bond for repairs, and register homes headed toward foreclosure. The number of laws mandating registration of vacant or foreclosed property has surged more than 50 percent over the last few years, with California and Florida each approving more than 100 such or...
Read Post [Posted on 09/29/2014 By John Askins]
Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta were the most popular moving destinations of this summer, according to United Van Lines' Summer Long-Distance Moving Trends Study. The moving company giant found that more Americans this summer left cities in the Sun Belt and West Coast to move to Midwestern and Northeastern cities."Bucking recent trends, more people are moving to cities in the Nort...
Read Post [Posted on 09/28/2014 By John Askins]
San Rafael, CA. city officials have adopted an ordinance that makes it illegal for residents to smoke in their homes if they share a wall with another dwelling. The ban applies to not only renters but owners too.   The ban applies to condos, co-ops, apartments, and multifamily residences with three or more units. The ordinance is believed to be the most stringent in the nation against smokin...
Read Post [Posted on 09/27/2014 By John Askins]
Several U.S. cities are losing population, according to census data. But according to a recent article at CNNMoney.com, many of these cities still make great places to live and raise a family. Here are four cities that make its list of best shrinking cities to live: 1. Ocean City, N.J.Population: 14,699Drop since 2000: 4.4 percent"It's very quaint," says Mark Grimes, a real estate broker...
Read Post [Posted on 09/27/2014 By John Askins]
All the townhomes on Melanie Gravdal’s street looked similar and she was struggling to get hers to standout. So she thought maybe “booze” might sweeten the deal.   Gravdal suggested to her real estate agent that they offer $1,000 in alcohol and food from a local pub as an incentive for a buyer of her 3-bedroom, $450,000 townhouse.  Her marketing twist: Drink for free at a bar across th...
Read Post [Posted on 09/25/2014 By John Askins]
Come join me this Sunday from 1pm - 4pm at 22927 Emily Trace Ln. in Cinco Ranch. I'll be hosting an open house at this gorgeous home, and you don't want to miss it!From the exterior of the home you would have no idea that there are almost 4300 square feet of living space! You probably wouldn't guess that there are SIX bedrooms (4 downstairs, 2 upstairs). I bet you would also be surprised to hear t...
Read Post [Posted on 09/22/2014 By Tiffany Gwin]
Everyone wants to live in a smart place. But the magic mix that draws people in is composed of a lot of different dynamics coming together all at once, according to the National Geographic Channel’s Smart Cities program. “A city needs a heart and soul—typically the center, where people congregate for work and leisure. Smart cities are well-connected locally and internationally, have a s...
Read Post [Posted on 09/21/2014 By John Askins]
If you're in the market for a new construction home, there is no shortage of builders to choose from in the Houston area. However, today I want to focus on 3 upcoming David Weekley neighborhoods, all in Central Houston near Garden Oaks - Oak Forest, that have been announced in the last few weeks. The Reserve at Washington will be built in Timber Grove, just south of the GOOF and ins...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
NEW LISTING! 1515 Dodd Lane, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 86580901 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By Connie Vallone]
The “Long Acres Ranch Nature Center” The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Nature Tourism program has partnered with a private non-profit foundation to establish a center and open it to the public for fee based recreation and educational programs. Educational programs include youth and adult programs and specialized training for tourism professionals and community representatives interested in gain...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Arlene Hinsley]
Knowing your neighbors may be good for your heart — and not just emotionally — according to a new study by psychologists at the University of Michigan. The more social connections you have in your neighborhood, the less likely you are to die from a heart attack, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.The study is based on assessments...
Read Post [Posted on 09/14/2014 By John Askins]
If you're looking for spacious backyards, best to head to the Northeast. Northeast states had the largest number of states that made it into a top 10 list of states boasting the largest median lot sizes for sale, based on data from Realtor.com.  According to the site, the average median lot size nationwide was 12,632 square feet, but in these states you can find more supersized backyards: 1...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By John Askins]
Sugar Land Extends Reduced Pet Adoption Fees Sugar Land, TX - Sugar Land Animal Services is extending reduced adoption fees of $20 for cats and reducing the dog adoption fee to $40 through Oct. 19. The fee includes vaccinations, spaying/neutering and a microchip with a lifetime registration. Through the month of September, the shelter will give out $20 PetsMart gift cards with every blac...
Read Post [Posted on 09/08/2014 By Stanley Poscovsky]
Looking for Katy? Which part? Old Towne Katy, North Katy, South Katy? Now we've even started breaking it down to just neighborhood names. Cinco Ranch, Firethorne, Nottingham Country, Green Trails, Grand Lakes, Lakecrest, Williamsburg Settlement, etc. But why? Why are there so many different parts of Katy? Why can't I just say Katy?Well, you see, Katy started many, many years ago as a SMALL town. E...
Read Post [Posted on 09/07/2014 By Tiffany Gwin]
Butterflies, Bees and Plants, Oh My! Where will you find a butterfly garden, bee hives and an amazing selection of plants to create your own enviable ecosystem? Why, the 16th Annual Sugar Land Garden Club Plant Sale and amazing FALL FESTIVAL, of course! Visit the Butterfly garden and get expert advice from Don Johnson, a member of the Fort Bend Master Gardeners’ Entomology Group and of the Texas ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/06/2014 By Diana Miller]
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