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From Houzz.com: “Front porches nearly disappeared from new homes in the late 20th century, but our fondness for them remains. The porch allows a gracious and practical transition from public to private — a place where one can soak up the late-summer sun, visit with neighbors, watch a thunderstorm pass, greet arriving guests or just shake off the umbrella and remove dirty shoes. For a porch...
Read Post [Posted on 08/27/2014 By Alex Handley]
Are you paying more or less every month than the typical American homeowner?The median amount American homeowners pay per month for their mortgage is $1,015, says new data from the Census Bureau’s 2011 American Housing Survey.The midpoint price paid for homes was $110,000 and the median home value was $160,000. The median U.S. home was built in 1974 — half were older and half were newer....
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
3 Keys to Being an Attractive Mortgage Candidate When you’re searching for a home loan, you want to make yourself look as financially attractive as possible to a mortgage lender. Having a good credit history, a healthy down payment and job stability are three key ways to boost your buyer attractiveness. If you need some help with one or all of these categories, don’t worry—with a littl...
Read Post [Posted on 08/25/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Should we waive the contingencies on a home purchase? It's not unusual in a seller's market or in a multiple offer situation for buyers to consider waiving contingencies. The typical contingencies on a home purchase are inspections, appraisal and financing.  In Texas our promulgated contract allows the buyer a negotiated option period in lieu of an inspection contingency.  Once agreed up...
Read Post [Posted on 08/24/2014 By Nadine Cius]
Professional Energy Audits: The Costs and Benefits Published: August 28, 2009 By: Jane Hodges 27 Comments 89 People Did It Tagged in: Green Living Saving Energy . Address the energy efficiency issues weighing down your utility bills, with help from an energy audit. Effort: Low 1-4 hrs Saves: Med $110-$660/yr Investment: Low $150-$600 . . ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/24/2014 By Cassandra Dixon]
Are you ready to find your dream home? Let's get started ASAP! Give Kevan Pewitt a call at 281-500-7077 and ask to schedule your Home Buyer Consultation. OR Just go here to get started: http://houstonprimerealty.com/dream-home-finder/ ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/23/2014 By Kevan Pewitt]
You can create an outdoor space that both you and your pooch will love with a few simple landscaping tweaks, like switching to organic, pet-friendly fertilizers. Image: Steven Smith DO: Give up the idea of having a perfect yard — a place that’s perfect for you and your pet is better.DON’T: Let your dog rule the roost. Train him to respect boundaries and do his business in a designated spo...
Read Post [Posted on 08/23/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
As autumn colors set in this season, make sure your all-important home and garden upkeep checklist is ready.Although the lawn is often overlooked during the fall, it’s actually the perfect time to make sure everything is organized before the harsher winter elements take hold. Paul James, host of HGTV’s “Gardening by the Yard,” advises homeowners to start early – approximately six weeks before the ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/23/2014 By Susan Roddy]
According to RISMedia.com: “Home loans are about to go on the discount rack for first-time buyers willing to spend a few hours learning the ropes of home-ownership, from applying for a mortgage to choosing a contractor for a kitchen remodel. The Homeowners Armed with Knowledge program, or HAWK, was announced by the Federal Housing Administration last month as a way for homebuyers to cut...
Read Post [Posted on 08/23/2014 By Alex Handley]
The Rice Urban Lofts909 Texas AveHouston, TX  77002The Rice is a fabulous 18 story apartment building in the heart of Downtown Houston.  Originally built as The Rice Hotel in 1912, the building was converted into loft apartments in 1998.  It still retains many of the original hotel's features, such as the Crystal Ballroom, the lobby with the original front desk key rack, and other ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Joseph Culotta]
This goes without saying, but it's worth saying over and over. Whether you are buying a house, selling a house, or both, look at everything without letting your emotions get the better of you. Try to think of every part of the process as business/a business decision. ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Loretta Morehead]
If your house is starting to look a little scruffy, you could re-caulk and re-paint, but that’s a lot of work. Plus, you’d be out there again in a few years doing it all over again. And would it really make that much of a difference in the overall look? To really jolt your curb appeal, maybe it’s time to re-side.If so, you’ll want to balance beauty and performance, says designer, and home improvem...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Susan Roddy]
http://realestatehoustonhomes.com/Thewoodlands-Properties/how-is-my-ability-to-own-a-home-being-challenged/ Legislators and regulators are debating overhauls to various programs that could sink a home ownership tax benefit, require higher downpayments, and raise mortgage interest rates. That would make home ownership unaffordable for millions of qualified buyers and owners — perhaps even you. Read...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Your Final Steps to Securing a Home Loan   Once you’ve made an offer for a home and the sellers have accepted it, you may feel you can relax and just get ready to pack up and move. However, until you get to the settlement date and have the keys to your new home in hand, you will need to stay vigilant about finances and keep in close communication with your real e...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
As a native Pittsburgher, I have had a long-time love affair with the legendary architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, since first visiting two of his most magnificently designed homes nestled in the lush landscape of the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Although Fallingwater is built partly over a waterfall  and is considered to be the "best all-time work of American Architecture ", the magnificent...
Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Susan Whitacre]
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