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There are a lot of enthusiastic, prospective buyers that often have credit challenges. Credit challenges can be discouraging. Buyers with credit challenges should be given some direction and education. Contact a lender or a credit repair agency. Helping people in these situations builds trust. ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/24/2014 By Kenya Thomas]
"BUYER BEWARE" Please beware of Craiglist real estate scams. Real estate listings are being stolen and posted on fraudulent Craiglist ads. Please consult a licensed real estate professional to assist you with your purchasing and leasing needs. ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/23/2014 By Kenya Thomas]
The recent of announcement of the Heartbleed bug caused mass confusion and panic across the Web. Although there are still some websites that are vulnerable to the exploit, the majority of the Web’s most popular sites have been patched. Encryption and computer security can be complicated stuff, and there are experts in the field who can discuss the topic more intelligently than me. However, no...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Trisha Dear]
Where is real estate going in the next few years. consumers are using the internet to buy homes more than ever. As an investor/Realtor I want to provide the tools which will allow my buyers and sellers to be more proactive in there home needs. At the same time provide the knowledge and hands on assistance in their home buying or selling venture. The question is will I provide the internet portal...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Daniel McKinney]
Do you have a fear of being apart from your cellphone? If so, you may suffer from "nomophobia" or "no mobile phone phobia," MSNBC.com reports. It's on the rise. And in careers like the real estate industry, where smartphones are dominant, you may be at risk. Do you never turn off your phone? Obsessively check it? Constantly worry about losing it? If so, you may be among the 66 perc...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By John Askins]
Tech firms are ramping up offerings for businesses and consumers on mobile security, responding to the growing threat from hackers and viruses hitting mobile devices.   Mobile devices are "uniquely more sensitive than PCs," because "the device is with you all the time," says Tarek Alawdeen with Trend Micro. And the mobile threat is not about just about protecting against viruses, Kevin Maha...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By John Askins]
Walk into the little church in Dubina, Texas, and you feel like you've entered an Easter egg.The sanctuary's ceiling and walls boast robin's-egg-blue paint with beautiful stenciling and hand-painted frescoes of angels, stars and floral vines.Carved, framed depictions of the Stations of the Cross adorn the walls. The room is drenched in light, reflecting the Czech preference to let the sun shi...
Read Post [Posted on 04/20/2014 By John Askins]
Prescription drug abusers reportedly are posing as home buyers and using open houses to raid medicine cabinets and night stands in search of drugs. A group of real estate agents, organizations, and businesses have teamed up to form the Safe Homes Coalition to raise awareness. The group’s initial focus is in San Diego County, but it hopes the message will spread across the country. The ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/19/2014 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 04/18/2014 By John Askins]
'Zombie lots' returning to life in some neighborhoodsImage 1 out of 5James Nielsen/StaffA sidewalk ends in the Southview Villas subdivision Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )By Nancy SarnoffApril 17, 2014A for-sale sign in front of a new house in Southview Villas is one of the few signs of life in this seemingly forgotten neighborhood near...
Read Post [Posted on 04/17/2014 By Kenya Burrell]
photo NOAABy 2014 NAR President Steve Brown With the passage of the NAR-supported Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act in early April, REALTORS® were able to help bring property buyers and owners relief from exorbitant rate shocks and potentially inaccurate rate quotes that were causing uncertainty in the real estate market. But, the story doesn’t end there.  In fact, that is only ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/17/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Houston leaders discuss a proposed anti-hoarding ordinance relating to hoarding and related behavior. The vote was delayed, but Mayor Annise Parker says it's a problem that is not unique to Houston."This is an issue that had been popping up over and over again, and we have worked with mental health professionals. We've worked with police through the Department of Neighborhoods to in...
Read Post [Posted on 04/17/2014 By Kenya Burrell]
5 Buying TipsWHEN PURCHASING A HOME These 5 buying tips will save you time, money, and headaches. 1. Get Pre-Qualified – before you can seriously consider purchasing a home, it’s important to know exactly how much you can afford. This can be the scariest part of the buying process for some. It’s perfectly natural to be nervous, but we can put you in touch with someone you can trust to help ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/17/2014 By Mary Ann Lipsey]
 Budgeting to Buy a House No matter how good the credit rating, today's homebuyer no longer has the luxury of buying with little or zero down. Unless you are low-income with good credit, or a veteran, no-down loans are also a thing of the past. Most lenders today want at least 20 percent of the loan amount as a down payment on a house. For a home priced between $168,300 and $287,500, ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/16/2014 By Shayne Stone]
March Housing UpdateHouston home sales rose again in March, with most of the buying taking place at the higher end of the market. We’ve also seen ongoing strength in the leasing market, which illustrates that many consumers continue to take advantage of available lease property. We are happy that there hasn’t been any further decline in the local supply of homes and are hopeful that new const...
Read Post [Posted on 04/14/2014 By Kenya Burrell]
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