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Know a fixed rate from a floating rate? Homeowners in 13 states now have the freedom to pick their energy supplier. But before you sign that new contract, do some research to make sure you're really getting the best deal. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By Vanita Cooper]
 Afton Oaks Houston Real Estate TrendsAs one of the top 20 most expensive communities in Houston, Afton Oaks exhibit strong market appreciation rate as well as sales. Offering luxurious single-family homes to buyers who want to live in Houston’s most beautiful communitiesLocated right beside Houston Galleria, Afton Oaks is a collection of mainly French, Mediterranean, and Spanish villa homes....
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Paige Martin]
Boulevard Oaks Real Estate TrendsRegarded as one of the premier real estate properties in Houston’s Inner Loop, Boulevard Oaks is a luxurious neighborhood located along Southwest Freeway.Boulevard Oaks is a collection of 21 subdivisions, with each neighborhood boasting of its own style and atmosphere. The area is surrounded by Southwest Freeway to the north, Morningside to the west, Bissonnet to t...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Paige Martin]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Holly Smith]
Hard to believe. This is my 50th blog. Whether this is a cause for celebration or not I guess depends on whether you still derive any pleasure from their receipt each week ... I'm sure some of you just endure them out of sympathy for this old curmudgeon of an Englishman. Through doing them I have definitely been kept more observant and aware of the little differences in day to day life of liv...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Paulus]
All roads lead to real estate “With Proposition 1, Texans have the unique opportunity to have more money in transportation funding with no new taxes, no new fees, or no funding for toll roads,” said Scott Haywood, president of Move Texas Forward, speaking at the Public Policy Forum. Haywood explained that the statewide proposition on the November ballot gives voters the chance to improve Texa...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Marti Pattinson]
Houston's 77005 ZIP code — which includes West University Place and Rice University and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center — is one of the "Best ZIP Codes in America," according to Movoto.  In yet another ranking of neighborhoods nationwide, Houston has one of the “Best ZIP Codes in America,” according to Movoto Real Estate Blog. Houston’s 77005 — which includes West ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By Kenya Burrell]
We take driving for granted as we climb into the car or pick-up truck and go. Most Texans don't know how much they pay in state gas tax when they fill up — or that the gas tax has not increased in 23 years. Most Texans don't realize borrowed money ($20 billion) has financed most of our highway construction during the past decade. Unless we act, money for new highway construction runs out...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By Kenya Burrell]
The average price for a home in Houston has increased by nearly $94,000 over the past decade.In 2004, the average price for a Houston home was $175,800. Today, that price has increased more than 50 percent to $269,440, according to data from the Houston Association of Realtors and the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.In recent years, home prices have skyrocketed in Houston, squeezing...
Read Post [Posted on 10/15/2014 By Susan Arnoldy]
Houston will never have the natural beauty of San Francisco, the hipness of Portland or the luxury of New York. That's not what it should strive for, says author and academic Joel Kotkin, who was in Houston last week presenting his latest research on the city.For the most part, what makes Houston unique and what brings people here are jobs and an abundance of relatively inexpensive housing. What's...
Read Post [Posted on 10/15/2014 By John Askins]
Congratulations on selling your home! As you depart, think of things that would make the new owners' lives easier as they transition into their new home. Be sure the home is clean (of course). Leave all extra keys and label the keys if they are for specific locks. Don't forget the garage door opener, or instructions on the home's security system. If you have warranties and manuals for appliances o...
Read Post [Posted on 10/14/2014 By Holly Smith]
Columbus Day, which you could have easily not noticed, was today. It celebrates the day in 1492 when Christopher Columbus discovered America. I discovered (doing my due diligence as always when bringing really important facts to you) that he actually first landed in the Bahamas and thereafter focused his exploration on south America. Why the day is celebrated in north America on that basis, I'm no...
Read Post [Posted on 10/13/2014 By John Paulus]
The real per capita GDP rose a modest 3.8 percent from 2010 through 2013, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis data. But in a few metro areas — mainly those that have large technology sectors or are in energy-boom areas — incomes have risen much faster, by up to 13.2 percent in the same timeframe.What's more, much of the gains are in the nation's "long-distressed industrial heartland...
Read Post [Posted on 10/13/2014 By John Askins]
The Houston housing market resumed its upward trajectory in September after a slide downward in July and August.  Sales for October look very strong as well.  Read how the upper tier market is outpacing the lower-priced housing for the moment:   http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Houston-housing-market-resumes-its-upward-5810284.php?cmpid=twitter-premi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/10/2014 By Cynthia Guest]
The spring pilot program was so successful that Sunday HTX Streets is returning for more outdoor activities for the fall starting October 12th on 19th Street in the Houston Heights from 12pm to 4pm.  19th Street will be closed to cars between N. Shepherd and Heights Boulevard and open to pedestrians and bicyclists in an effort to promote a more healthy Houston by encouraging people to ge...
Read Post [Posted on 10/10/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
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