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From understanding licensing to hiring specialized experts, prepare your clients for the home inspection process. These six tips can help. In the typical home purchase, the buyer receives only one expert review of the residence prior to purchase — the home inspector report. While economical and useful, these reports have limits that must be acknowledged. Too often, the significance of thi...
Read Post [Posted on 03/04/2015 By Susan Arnoldy]
According to REALTOR Mag, Builders Are Shying Away From Building Starter Homes The median new home price for 2015 is well over $280,00 in most markets. Three  Reasons why starter homes are losing traction are:  Land costs are higher Higher fees in building such communities.  Builders often face significant infrastructure and expanded support service costs...
Read Post [Posted on 03/04/2015 By Sheryl Hunter]
A study by the Brookings Institution found that the walkability of urban areas has a direct impact on real estate values and rents. Using Washington, D.C., as a test case, the report identified five levels or steps in walkability. For every step up the walkability ladder, the price per square foot jumps more than $300 on average for apartment rents, versus $82 for house values, $9 for annual of...
Read Post [Posted on 03/04/2015 By John Askins]
HOUSTON, KATY, SUGAR LAND TX: Interested what homes have sold for in your neighborhood. Just Text / Email me your Email & your Subdivision's name & the SOLD REPORT will be sent directly to your inbox. NO COST TO YOU! NO QUESTIONS ASKED! Ben Huynh: 832.607.1679 Voice/Text. BenRealEstate@yahoo.com.   * PLEASE KEEP BELOW  INF...
Read Post [Posted on 03/03/2015 By Benjamin Huynh]
Get festive with the family for free at the yearly St. Patty’s Parade in Downtown Houston, Saturday, March 14, 2015, at noon. Break out the emerald green t-shirts and mini-Irish flags as the 56th annual parade marches through the streets of Downtown Houston. The two-hour affair is one of the largest St. Patty’s events in the U.S. as more than 100 groups of participants will be ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/03/2015 By Ronald Tata]
  $8,000  481 Quarter Horse Trail  Broker: TCP Real Estate Office Contact: 979-297-6000 Agent: Karen Baker Email: ksbaker12@yahoo.com Subdivision: Bar X Ranch City: Angleton TX MLS#: 83646245 Zip: 77515 Property Type: Residential Lots...
Read Post [Posted on 03/03/2015 By Samantha Mitchell Cotten]
The harsh winter weather throughout the country is shuttering open houses, delaying closings, and keeping some home buyers out of the market. New England has seen record-breaking snowfall this year, with storms dumping eight feet of snow in some areas. Some real estate agents in the area say they’ve had to cancel their weekend open houses for more than a month due to the snowstorms. &q...
Read Post [Posted on 03/03/2015 By John Askins]
Selling homes during the winter months requires proper staging for the season to ensure a quick sale at top dollar. Although buyers can overlook barren trees and snow piles in the yard, they will not be forgiving if bad weather makes the home inaccessible. Agents should provide alternate directions or change the date of the showing if heavy snow is forecast. Additionally, they should ensure tha...
Read Post [Posted on 03/03/2015 By John Askins]
More than 4 million homes were lost to foreclosure during the recession and many of those former home owners are now starting to ask: When can we buy again?  Many banks have guidelines that prevent them from issuing loans to people with a foreclosure or short sale in their credit history in some cases for as much as seven years. That also doesn’t factor in the damage foreclosures and...
Read Post [Posted on 03/03/2015 By John Askins]
If you are one of the more than 500,000 Americans who lost their homes during the foreclosure crisis, you are now poised to become a homeowner again and I can help you. You can recover from foreclosure in as little as one years and be ready to buy a home again depending on the type of loan you had at the time of the foreclosure. In 2013, the year to date foreclosure rate read, Harris ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/02/2015 By Diana Walton]
Where you put down roots says a lot about you. Suburb vs. city; condo vs. single-family house—these are all decisions that home buyers tackle, and what they decide speaks to who they are. Also telling is how much they can afford to put down on that house. It seems that as the housing market corrects, buyers are increasingly opting to put down more money despite programs touting the opposi...
Read Post [Posted on 03/02/2015 By Michelle Cannon]
$289900 / 5br - 3917ft2 - PRICE REDUCTION! Absolutely Stunning Home on Large Corner Lot!(Spring, TX)   © craigslist - Map data © OpenStreetMap 2407 Meadow Tree Ln (google map) (yahoo map) 5BR / 4.5Ba 3917ft2 houseavailable feb 16 w/d hookups attached garage   Location Featu...
Read Post [Posted on 03/02/2015 By Katie Kohlhauff]
Texas’ long-standing status as a state with affordable housing continued in 2014, according to the Real Estate Center’s latest Texas Housing Affordability Index (THAI). In fourth quarter 2014, the state had an index value of 1.74.   “This means the state’s median income was 1.74 times (or 174 percent of) the income required to qualify to purchase a median-priced home...
Read Post [Posted on 03/02/2015 By John Askins]
The real estate portal space is heating up with Zillow and Trulia finalizing their merger. The number of major competitors serving this market has been reduced to two big titans: Move Inc., which operates realtor.com®, and Zillow-Trulia. Following the Zillow-Trulia announcement, Move released a statement saying, “2015 will mark Zillow’s year of the merge and realtor.com®&rsq...
Read Post [Posted on 03/02/2015 By John Askins]
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