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The median sales price of homes with green, eco-friendly features is $47,600 higher than for homes without any green features, according to a new analysis by the real estate brokerage, Redfin. Green features include solar panels, low-flow faucets, dual-pane windows, energy-efficient appliances, strong environmental ratings, and certifications from programs such as Energy Star or LEED. “A...
Read Post [Posted on 07/23/2014 By John Askins]
If you are looking for homes for sale zoned to Morton Ranch Elementary School in Katy ISD, you can find them here:http://houston-real-estate.houstonprimerealty.com/i/homes-for-sale-zoned-to-morton-ranch-elementary---katy-isd ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/21/2014 By Kevan Pewitt]
Soon, you may actually be able to text and drive, as driverless cars are closer to reality than you may think. In fact, Bosch, a global automotive supplier, said during a recent conference that it will likely have a completely automatically powered car available to the public within the next seven to 10 years. It already has two models that it is testing in San Francisco and Germany that...
Read Post [Posted on 07/20/2014 By John Askins]
Colleges and universities continue to snap up big pieces of property at low prices, hoping that eventually the land will be worth much more.For example, the University of Dayton, Ohio, bought the 115-acre world headquarters of NCR Corp. for $18 million, and the University Delaware bought a 272-acre former Chrysler auto plant for $24 million.York College in York, Pa., bought 28 acres for $5.8 milli...
Read Post [Posted on 07/20/2014 By John Askins]
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME   Think long-term and think re-sale: Are you planning to have kids? Will you be taking care of elderly relatives? You might be planning to live in your first home for only a few years. In that case, who is your target audience when it comes time to sell the house? If you buy a house in a very bad school district or a house on ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/19/2014 By Mary Ann Lipsey]
Important factors about credit scoring  A few days ago an article was provide to us by Sandra Womack.  She shared some very vital tips on factors that can hurt or help your credit scoring.  Before applying the 5 factors to improving your credit score, FIRST get copies of your credit report and SECOND make sure information is correct.  There is 5 factors involved  to y...
Read Post [Posted on 07/16/2014 By Tammi Freund]
Be sure you’re walking away with all the money you’re entitled to from the sale of your home at closing. Here's 7 tips to follow:1. Take services out of your nameAvoid a dispute with the buyers after closing over things like fees for the cable service you forgot to discontinue. Contact every utility and service provider to end or transfer service to your new address as of the closing date.If you...
Read Post [Posted on 07/15/2014 By John Askins]
If you want to live in a more equal community, it might mean living in a less vibrant economy.That is one of the implications of a new study of local income trends by the Brookings Institution, the Washington research group. It found that inequality is sharply higher in economically vibrant cities like New York and San Francisco than in less dynamic ones like Columbus, OH, and Wichita, KS.The stud...
Read Post [Posted on 07/15/2014 By John Askins]
There are many payments, costs and fees associated with buying and selling a home. Some are paid by the buyer and some are paid by the seller.Costs and Fees Generally Paid by Buyer:While there are a number of categories of costs and payments, the most significant buyer fees are related to financing.Inspection fees – In the Houston area, these are generally mechanical, structural, foundat...
Read Post [Posted on 07/14/2014 By James Brodnax]
Defaults on reverse mortgages are hitting record highs and these loans are being blamed for turning seniors out of their homes.Home owners who are 62 and older can apply for reverse mortgages to borrow money against the equity in their homes. The loans don’t have to be repaid until the home owner moves out or dies. Reverse mortgages are seen as a way for home owners to use the equity in their home...
Read Post [Posted on 07/13/2014 By John Askins]
You may have batted around ideas for a kitchen remodel, but Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross isn't going to listen to your advice: The kitchen she's working with is 300,000 years old. Shahack-Gross discovered the site during an archaeological dig that began in 2000 outside Tel Aviv, Israel, and has found artifacts such as teeth, animal bones, and flint tools whose design suggests they were u...
Read Post [Posted on 07/12/2014 By John Askins]
What’s the median monthly mortgage payment of home owners? $1,015, according to the American Housing Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey reveals a range of data, from who is living in homes to characteristics of the homes themselves. The survey is conducted only during odd numbered years. 2015 numbers will be available during the next year. Among the survey...
Read Post [Posted on 07/12/2014 By John Askins]
Any home school families looking for a place that is homeschooling friendly? Check Houston out! I started homeschooling my children back in 1990. In those days people had lots of questions for us when they saw us out and about on school days. I believe that Texas considers a home school to be a private school. Here is a link you might find helpful regarding homeschooling in Texas:http://www.thsc.o...
Read Post [Posted on 07/10/2014 By Loretta Morehead]
Though buyer's remorse is never fun, there's usually something we'd change if we could go back and make a big purchasing decision again. In a new survey, Chase Bank found out what some of the most common things are that recent home buyers would change about their real estate purchase if given a second chance. Chase's survey, "What I Wish I Knew About the Homebuying Process," asked 807...
Read Post [Posted on 07/10/2014 By John Askins]
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