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The Wounded Warrior Home Project uses universal design to help disabled vets live independently.The Wounded Warrior Home Project will include 21 single-family homes designed to be comfortable and accessible for soldiers wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan. Image: Michael Graves & AssociatesWe’re boosters of ageless design (aka universal design), the common-sense features that let home own...
Read Post [Posted on 11/28/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
There’s a hot debate brewing over hurricane shutters. It boils down to curb appeal vs. home protection. Both sides have valid points. What’s yours?A community in Florida is considering allowing neighbors to keep hurricane shutters on their windows all hurricane season long. Image: StormShutters.com/DecorativeShutters.comProtect your property from occasional killer storms? Or protect your prop...
Read Post [Posted on 11/28/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
There's something for everyone in #MyHouston ! Imagine pulling into your community under 'living arches', enjoying an amphitheater, 1,500-square-foot conservatory modeled after the Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas , and a dog ambassador welcome program in your own neighborhood! Cane Island also offers the amenities you've come to expect in master planned communities like a&nb...
Read Post [Posted on 11/28/2014 By Susan Whitacre]
Houston apartment rents aren't going down anytime soon, according to a market report by Transwestern.The Houston-based real estate firm released its 14th annual Trendlines report, which looked at emerging trends in the Houston commercial real estate market. In the multifamily sector, the city's job growth and subsequent population boom has resulted in skyrocketing rents and a constructio...
Read Post [Posted on 11/26/2014 By Ronald Tata]
With the holidays quickly approaching many of us will have overnight guest, which means getting our home “guest ready.” More than providing a place to sleep, we want to make our guest feel welcome and their time with us memorable.Here are a few easy steps to help you begin your hosting with a little prep work to ensure your guest will have a happy weekend....
Read Post [Posted on 11/26/2014 By Alex Handley]
Thanksgiving is upon us, a holiday that celebrates the harvest that has been reaped from the preceding year, hence the focus on food and drink, yippee! It's not a religious holiday so this week I thought I'd slip in a picture of a cross ...This is of course not a religious icon but the top of a telegraph pole and if you look closely you will see, poor thing, that its left arm is broken. It's ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/24/2014 By John Paulus]
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]
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