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From our family to yours...Have a Safe and Enjoyable Labor Day, 2014!John AskinsRoyce Realty - Houston ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/01/2014 By John Askins]
The beach is so central to California's identity that the right of surfers and sun lovers to access the sand is guaranteed in the state Constitution. But now so many local landowners want to block public access to their chunks of the coveted coastline that there are several hundred alleged violations pending before state officials, including a highly charged case in which Vinod Khosla, a green ene...
Read Post [Posted on 09/01/2014 By John Askins]
Interior designer Vicente Wolf’s new book, Lifting the Curtain on Design, says simply, "White can do everything. Painting a room white simplifies the environment. It brings it to its essence."Wolf, who has spent most of his career trying to expand small places in New York City, relies on white strategically throughout an apartment. His approach could work in properties elsewhere."I almost always u...
Read Post [Posted on 09/01/2014 By John Askins]
The latest  economic reports included some good growth grooves for the unofficial end of summer. Second-quarter gross domestic product growth was revised to more than 4%, the durable goods new order rate rose to the highest level in its history, and an index of consumer confidence returned to territory not seen since October 2007. However, a pullback in personal spending, a slo...
Read Post [Posted on 08/31/2014 By John Askins]
In the Center for Housing Policy's Paycheck to Paycheck study, researchers reveal the gap between wages for workers in the vacation industry and the costs of housing in more than 200 U.S. metro areas.  "One of the most overlooked aspects of this recovery is that for many workers, incomes are not rebounding in step with local housing markets," said CHP senior research associate Maya Bren...
Read Post [Posted on 08/31/2014 By John Askins]
To see the speed of demographic change in Texas, look no further than its largest city — Houston. Only 40 percent of the city's population is non-Hispanic white, and by a Rice University count, it's the most racially and ethnically diverse city in America."Houston is an immigrant magnet," says Glenda Joe, a Chinese-Texan community organizer whose extended family came to Houston in the 1880s."Texas...
Read Post [Posted on 08/31/2014 By John Askins]
Home owners may find higher electricity costs are taking a bigger chunk from their wallet. The average price of electricity to residential customers reached its highest point in May than in the past two years, increasing 3.4 percent year-over-year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.In May 2012, customers were paying an average of 11.90-cents per Kilowatthour nationa...
Read Post [Posted on 08/30/2014 By John Askins]
Violent crime in the U.S. has fallen, according to FBI crime data. However, violent crime increased in more than half of the cities that have among the highest crime rates in the nation, according to a review of crime data by 24/7 Wall St.“The cities with the highest crime rates tend to have particularly high poverty rates, high unemployment, and low median income,” according to its analysis. The ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/30/2014 By John Askins]
The American Lung Association, which has compiled the list of dirty cities, said the 20 million residents that live in these areas are at increased risk of asthma and chronic bronchitis.Seven of the dirtiest cities in the U.S. are in California.The 10 dirtiest cities are:1. Bakersfield, CA2. Los Angeles, CA3. Fresno, CA4. Visalia, CA5. Hanford, CA6. Phoenix, AZ7. Birmingham, AL8. Modesto, CA9...
Read Post [Posted on 08/30/2014 By John Askins]
Credit Building TipIn this present economy credit card companies are closely watching their customers overall credit as well as how they use their credit cards. If a credit card company feels you are at risk of defaulting on your account with them or another credit card company you could potentially have your account closed. If this happens this will significantly decrease your credit scores. To h...
Read Post [Posted on 08/27/2014 By Marcia Smith]
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]
You have done the hard part in the homebuying process and chosen a lender and a real estate agent to work with. You have also gone out and found the home of your dreams! Best of all, your team has done a great job of negotiating the best deal for you.Now, as a buyer, all you have to do is sit back and wait for your loan to close ... right? Wrong!!Getting a home loan these days is a very interactiv...
Read Post [Posted on 08/25/2014 By Susan Arnoldy]
The architects of the new building on Rice University’s campus hoped the Anderson-Clarke Center for Continuing Studies would reshape an underutilized part of campus and also create a gateway to the rest of Houston. Rice recently unveiled the  three-story, 54,800-square-foot building, designed by San Antonio-based Overland Partners.  The building, which is expected to earn...
Read Post [Posted on 08/25/2014 By John Askins]
The water temperature may be just right, but the cost of buying and operating a pool is scalding.Anyone who contemplates owning a pool should expect it to cost at least $3,000 a year, or $5,000 if they turn the job of maintaining it over to a pool service, estimates Susan Elser, a certified financial planner in Indianapolis.Installing a pool along with the required extras like a high fence costs a...
Read Post [Posted on 08/25/2014 By John Askins]
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]
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