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If you’re a renter thinking about buying your first property, you can be proactive about buying before you even start your search. Here are three steps you can take toward homeownership without signing any paperwork. Try out a homeowner’s budget. Although you can’t predict all homeownership costs down to the last penny, you can get a rough estimate of how it will affect your budget. Consid...
Read Post [Posted on 11/22/2014 By Brandy Clark]
You’ll consider several criteria when purchasing your first home, but have you thought about how easy it will be to sell later? Things like location, features, and nearby amenities—the same criteria you’ll consider—can affect a property’s resale value. You like it, but will they? If it’s your first home, you may only plan to stay in it for a few years. And while you may be willing to buy a h...
Read Post [Posted on 11/22/2014 By Brandy Clark]
DECEMBER HAPPENINGS ON GALVESTON ISLANDPeriod costumes, parades and entertainment will fill the streets at Dickens on the Strand. Put on your top hat and join the fun on Dec. 5-7. www.galvestonhistory.orgEbenezer Scrooge will take the stage in Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" at The Grand 1894 Opera House on Dec. 5. Check out www.thegrand.com to see all the wonderful Holiday entertainment comin...
Read Post [Posted on 11/19/2014 By Dee Richmond]
DOWNTOWN began its renewal in the mid-1990s, and since then, more than $5.5 billion of buildings, parks and infrastructure have been completed. Recently completed developments include One Park Place, a 346-unit high rise apartment building overlooking Discovery Green, a four-year-old 12-acre park; GreenStreet (formerly named Houston Pavilions), a $170 million mixed-use entertainment, retail and o...
Read Post [Posted on 11/19/2014 By Askia Bell]
Not only is the Medical Center #1 when it comes to its facilities. It is also quickly becoming a booming residential area for various types of young professionals, students etc. With its vast offerings of apartments, condos, townhomes, homes to rent, lease, buy or sell. Medical Center offers affordable and luxury living at its finest. So rather you a student, young professional, or experience indi...
Read Post [Posted on 11/19/2014 By Askia Bell]
Homebuilders offer new ideas for additions that make room for more family members.Lennar, the home builder, is selling a new multigenerational house in Irvine, Calif., that I would have loved to live in 10 years ago when I was sandwiched between a mother with Alzheimer’s and a toddler daughter.Lennar’s floor plan shows a neat way you can add on to the typical traditional home to make room for...
Read Post [Posted on 11/19/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
A simple children’s book message speaks volumes about individuality and the importance of home ownership.The children’s book “The Big Orange Splot” reinforces what we know about home ownership — your home should be a reflection of who you are. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic“My house is me and I am it … It looks like all my dreams.”That’s the key message in Daniel Manus Pinkwater’s children’s bo...
Read Post [Posted on 11/19/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Home sales rise, mortgage rates fall, and flood insurance reauthorization gains momentum in Washington.Some of the country’s hardest-hit cities are turning around and the latest numbers from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® show existing-home sales were up more than 3% in April. With the outlook looking rosier than it has in a long time, will a new deal struck in the Senate ensure that the na...
Read Post [Posted on 11/19/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Celebrating 25 years Running for a CAUSE! A holiday tradition in The Woodlands Town Center, the annual Thanksgiving Day Run Thru the WoodsSponsored by GE and Directed by the South Montgomery County YMCA, is a race/walk designed for all ages and levels of fitness. This year marks the event’s 25th year as one of Texas’ premier running and walking family events. The 2014 event, which s...
Read Post [Posted on 11/18/2014 By Don Arsenault]
Houston named No. 1 real estate market to watch in 2015Houston's real estate market has caught the eye of investors worldwide, prompting one to call the Bayou City the "perfect storm for commercial real estate," according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute and PwC.The "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015" report ranked Houston the country's No. 1 market to watch nex...
Read Post [Posted on 11/18/2014 By Ronald Tata]
I had the privilege to host an open house and showcase one of Houston's premier mid century modern homes.  It's described as a Renovated, Mid Century Modern home (1956), ''California Contemporary,'' designed by architect-emeritus William Floyd. Banks of clerestory windows, sloped, beamed ceilings throughout open, light-filled spaces. Office/study, large family room. Energy-efficient upgr...
Read Post [Posted on 11/18/2014 By Bobette Gonzalez]
Best Places to Eat Thanksgiving in Houston 2014Want to avoid standing in those long lines at the grocery store or are you tired of trying to find the best deals and the perfect size turkey!  If standing in the kitchen for hours cooking an elaborate meal on Thanksgiving Day doesn’t sound appealing to you, there are some great Houston eateries that got you covered! Let the professionals prepare...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Samantha Mitchell Cotten]
 What's your pick?  With Houston's suburb areas growing 90% more than the city itself from 2010 to 2013 (according to an article in Houston Agent Magazine by Peter Thomas Ricci) it seems that the majority of home buyers prefer the suburbs.  But this is not really a shock by any means.  With better schools, less crime rates, and more house for the money it seems like a...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By Teresa Sartin]
If you haven't used Hobby recently you would be amazed at just how much new construction is going on there; things are being knocked down, redesigned and rebuilt at seemingly breakneck speed, as if to defend itself against a tidal wave. Indeed, if the latest monthly report from the Houston Association of Realtors is to be believed, the wave is in human form - and it's already arrived. 12...
Read Post [Posted on 11/17/2014 By John Paulus]
Asian investors are continuing to eye office and retail properties in North America. The Wall Street Journal reports that Asian private investors are targeting small office buildings, retail shops, and branded hotels in North America as well as in Europe. "There's great depth and interest in deal sizes between $30 and $80 million,” says Alastair Meadows, head of the international capital grou...
Read Post [Posted on 11/16/2014 By John Askins]
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