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College towns have long been known as havens for investors looking to cash in on rentals or turn a profit on a home flip. RealtyTrac recently ranked the best college towns for flippers in 2014.RealtyTrac analyzed public four-year universities that had enrollment of 20,000 or more as of 2012 and also were located in counties that had unemployment rates below the national average of 6.2 percent. The...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By John Askins]
Homebuilders are throwing in some extras to lure home buyers back this fall in many markets. For example, 10 homebuilders in a new suburban Phoenix community called Bridges at Gilbert are offering swimming pools, built-in barbecues, and subsidized mortgages.Joseph Beben, a home buyer in the Phoenix area, says he chose to have a house built by Woodside Homes, which agreed to cover up to $10,000 of ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By John Askins]
Have you thought of downsizing your home in Texas? Sometimes downsizing can be a big step before retirement. As you read this post, it is important to prepare for retirement, and real estate is a great way. If you are purchasing your first home or an additional home, smaller might be better.The number 1 reason to downgrade is to get a smaller mortgage. What is a better way to save f...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
If you are considering a move to League City, Texas, the new beautifully landscaped Tuscan Lakes master planned community may be of strong interest you and your family. Whether you are a first time home buyer, raising children or retired, Tuscan Lakes has a place for everyone. The European inspired designed homes with built in technology and Tuscan landscaping, provides residents with a simple and...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By Genevieve Bilodeau]
Q: We signed a contract to purchase a house. When we finished the inspections, we amended the contract to provide that the seller perform certain repairs. During our walk-through on the day of closing, we discovered nothing had been repaired. The seller refused to delay the closing or perform the repairs. What is our next step? A: This is a people-problem. You appear to have done everything rig...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Mary Ann Lipsey]
Whether it's a buyer's market or a seller's market, all homebuyers have one thing in common: they don't want to get ripped off. But how do you know if you're getting a fair deal on the home you're prepared to place an offer on? Read on to find out how to evaluate the price of any home so you can make a sound investment decision. Tutorial: How To Buy Your First Home Research Recently So...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By Tansel Coskun]
Buyers needing financing for their home purchase often struggle to compete with other buyers willing to pay all cash to close the sale. All-cash buyers make up an large part of sales.Some lenders are helping buyers better compete. Known as “pre-underwriting,” they’re putting loan applications through a more thorough venting process before the buyer even enters into a contract for a home,...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By John Askins]
Maybe it’s time to refinance again? A weekly survey released by Freddie Mac on Thursday shows that 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.97 percent this week, down from 4.12 percent last week and 4.28 percent a year ago. That’s the first rate dip below 4 percent in 16 months. Rates were pushed down by the chaos that erupted on the stock market Wednesday as investors reacted to...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Tansel Coskun]
18617 Egret Bay Blvd #1105Houston, TX 77058Updated 2 Bedroom Home For SalePrice:$71,500.00Bedrooms:2Bathrooms:2.00Square Foot:900Lot Size:132,181 sq.ft.Community:Egret Bay VillasCounty:HarrisProperty Type:Condo, TownhomeYear Built:1983MLS Number:95044587click for more information and picturesProperty DescriptionShow this one first! Beautifully maintained and updated 2/2! Wood laminate flooring th...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Monica Foster]
DR Horton has just unveiled their beautiful new master planned community located on Lake Houston in Atascocita.  The Bridges of Lake Houston is a unique neighborhood with a bridge entering into the subdivision and each street will be named after a famous bridge from around the world.  There are already several inventory homes available and inventory is being updated frequently.  The...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Kimberly Berger]
The fall housing market isn’t known for being as robust as the spring market, but there are different motivations that tend to attract consumers during this season, experts say. "We've observed in seasonal household buyer patterns that there is a higher ratio of first-time buyers and childless couples in the fall," says Walter Molony, economic issues media manager at the National Association of RE...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By John Askins]
What do you think about home warranties?  Have you had a good or bad experience?  I would like to hear about it!  We at Keller Williams Realty in Huntsville, Conroe and The Woodlands, use several different ones. We always ask the customer or client if they have any preference. Do you?  Let me know!  http://http://www.homewarrantyreviews.com/reviews/american-home-shield-ahs...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By Marie Castecka]
Open house This Saturday 10/18/2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.Feel free to bring along a friend and enjoy some cookies while you view this lovely home.  This would be a great opportunity for you to invite someone who would make the perfect new neighbor for you! Address:11411 blackstream CT,cypress,TX 77433...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By Mike Elgoher]
What do you do if a friend or relative asks you to co-sign a loan? Before you say yes, think about the obligations involved and how they may affect your own finances and creditworthiness. When you agree to co-sign a loan, you’re taking a risk a lender won’t take.The Co-signer’s NoticeWhen you co-sign a loan, the lender (known as the “creditor”) must spell out your obligations in a co-signer’s noti...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By Susan Roddy]
If you apply for a mortgage, your inbox, answering machine, and mailbox may fill up quickly with competing offers from other mortgage companies. It’s not that the company you applied to is selling or sharing your information. Rather, it’s that creditors – including mortgage companies – are taking advantage of a federal law that allows them to identify potential customers for the products they offe...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By Susan Roddy]
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