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Winter wonderlands are cute and all, but they get pretty cold, too.But you still have time to avoid all of its frigid pitfalls it puts on your home. It's best to be prepared for the frost, snow and freezing temperatures with a few simple tasks that will prevent drafts, frosty windows and every homeowner's nightmare: Busted pipes.A good place to start prior to tackling problem areas i...
Read Post [Posted on 12/13/2014 By John Askins]
Amenities can make or break a listing, but one seller in Telluride, Colo., isn't taking chances: The home, listed at $13.7 million, has features that will catch the eye of any buyer who enjoys wine. If that buyer happens to enjoy skiing, so much the better, and if that buyer happens to love the idea of setting these activities in a mining motif, it's time to talk money.The 8,706-square-f...
Read Post [Posted on 11/23/2014 By John Askins]
More buyers are being lured to the idea of purchasing a second home thanks to competitive prices in many areas. But with the rising costs of travel and more cost-conscience buying habits, many of these buyers are bypassing typical vacation hot-spots and resorts and choosing to buy a vacation home closer to their primary residence. The median distance between the buyer’s primary residence and vac...
Read Post [Posted on 11/23/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 11/18/2014 By Tamera Pendleton]
 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]
Where can you snag some of the best housing deals? Head to North Dakota, where you‘ll find some of the most affordable ZIP codes in the nation.Real estate company Movoto recently ranked the most affordable ZIP codes in the nation, factoring in the unemployment rate; median home cost; median monthly owner expenses (as percent of income); median monthly rent. Movoto also factored in median hous...
Read Post [Posted on 11/01/2014 By John Askins]
10 maintenance tips for first-time homeownersIf you’re first-time homeowner, you’ll probably experience some trial and error before you know how to properly care for your new place. But you can avoid some costly mistakes by doing routine home maintenance that protects your investment. Here’s a basic home-maintenance checklist to help you get started.Check gutters regularly to make sure they’re pro...
Read Post [Posted on 10/26/2014 By Rochelle Barrow]
Luxury ski homes have seen prices rise by nearly 6 percent over the last year, as they’re increasingly being courted by the wealthy’s top 1 percent.Knight Frank’s annual Prime Ski Property Index, which tracks prices across 20 of the top resorts in the world, recorded a 5.9 percent uptick for the year ending in June. Overall, North America saw the biggest price jumps for luxury ski homes,...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By John Askins]
This is a MUST SEE! Check out the link to this amazing property! http://search.har.com/engine/3320-Otto-Rd-Spring-TX-77373_HAR41230477.htm BREATHTAKING!Fall in LOVE Immediately!Do Not Let this One Get Away!Pictures Can't do it Justice!Custom home on 3.81 Meticulously Maintained acres.Out of this World Saltwater Pool with a ''Mega'' Rock Waterfall.Pool Cabana w/Restroom,Sink,Tv hook up,BBQ area.Ga...
Read Post [Posted on 09/28/2014 By Monique Wren]
LUXURY-ONE OF KIND-CUSTOM BUILT EXECUTIVE HOME. YOU MUST SEE THIS SPECTACULAR ONE STORY, WITH A LAKE AND POOL VIEW MASTERPIECE. SUPERBLY DESIGNED FOR GRAND ENTERTAINING, YET IDEAL FOR FAMILY LIVING AND INTIMATE GATHERINGS. ITS PRIVATE, SPACIOUS, WITH HAND-CRAFTED DETAILS. YOU WILL HAVE PRIVACY, STUNNING VIEWS, WITH ARCHITECTURAL ELEGANCE AND UTMOST COMFORT. 4BR, 3.5 BATHROOMS,HUGE MASTER BR W/77''...
Read Post [Posted on 09/26/2014 By Ethel Easter-Dismuke]
Land prices rose a median of 4 percent across the country for the 12 months ending in June, according to the 2014 Land Markets Survey of more than 600 members of the REALTORS® Land Institute. About half of the most recent land sales were located in the heartland, including Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. About 26 percent o...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By John Askins]
Which cities offer retirees the most bang for their buck?CNNMoney ranked the best places for retirement. Here are the top 10:  Marquette, Mich.Population: 21,400Population over age 50: 30%Median home price: $145,000 Cape Coral, Fla.Population: 154,300Population over age 50: 38%Median home price: $95,000 Boise, IdahoPopulation: 205,600Population over age 50: 30%Median home price: $120,000...
Read Post [Posted on 09/14/2014 By John Askins]
Home searches often slow down in the autumn season, but not everywhere. A new study by Trulia shows that of the 500 largest U.S. metros, some markets see house-hunting pick up in the fall — particularly markets in New England, the San Francisco Bay area, and New York state.In analyzing home searches on its site, Trulia found the following metros often have the highest numbers in autumn: ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By John Askins]
Real estate practitioners in vacation spots across the country say the market for second homes is hot as buyers grow more confident given signs of growth in small businesses. The median vacation home price is down from a peak of $204,100 in 2005, but agents in some locales say prices are beginning to spike upwards as the distressed inventory is all but depleted. Vacation-home buyers are s...
Read Post [Posted on 09/01/2014 By John Askins]
Purchasers of vacation or second homes are continuing to buy properties much closer to their primary residence.In the past, second-home buyers tended to buy properties out-of-state or were lured to vacation homes near far-flung resorts and tourist destinations. But second-home purchases these days seem to be more restrained, as more purchasers opt for vacation spots that are within a relatively sh...
Read Post [Posted on 08/19/2014 By John Askins]
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