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Luxury home builder Toll Brothers Inc. CEO says that home buyers may be taking longer to make a home purchase, but “once they do, they’re not skimping on the extras.”  Douglas Yearley, Toll Brothers’ CEO, told the Associated Press that buyers are loading the “house up with just as many options as they did in those glorious days of ’03, ’04, ’05.” Yearley says they are seeing about $110,000 p...
Read Post [Posted on 09/21/2014 By John Askins]
Unique blend of residential and commercial. The three-story main residence is separate from the Office / Guest House -- yet joined by the gated Garden Courtyard.  2 BR Guesthouse has full Kitchen and Laundry, as well as large Living Room, Dining Room and Family Room.Guest House can easily be used as commercial space with separate entrance, driveway and garage. Gallery display space and c...
Read Post [Posted on 09/20/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
What home-design trends will likely catch on in new construction?  Builder Online recently spoke to Mollie Carmichael, principal at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, and Nick Lehnert, executive director at architecture firm KTGY, about the design trends that are gaining popularity in the new-home market this year:Private space Baby boomers, empty nesters, and Gen Yers are showing a p...
Read Post [Posted on 09/20/2014 By John Askins]
An improving housing market made it a different picture in many areas compared to recent years, housing experts say. A recent article at Bankrate.com notes some of the following trends that took shape in the housing market during the last 12 months: 1. Fierce competition. Housing affordability is at record highs, due to falling home values and mortgage rates hovering near record lows. Mor...
Read Post [Posted on 09/20/2014 By John Askins]
Q: I'm buying a house, and the seller is willing to provide me a copy of the survey so I can save the cost of getting a new one. Is this a good idea? A: Not in our opinion. First, the survey was done for the seller, not for you. If it is wrong (and you'd be surprised how often this occurs), you have no one to look to for a remedy. In addition, surveyors frequently disagree, and then you have a ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/19/2014 By Mary Ann Lipsey]
Affordability Options for First-Time Home BuyersProspective first-time home buyers face several challenges, including the need for a down payment and the financial stability to qualify for a home loan.While home prices and affordability vary from one market to another, individual buyers must find a balance between what they can comfortably afford and what they want in their first home.Know Your Ma...
Read Post [Posted on 09/19/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
Builder confidence in the new-home market rose to its highest reading in nearly 9 years, according to the latest reading from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. September marked the fourth consecutive month that builder confidence has been on the rise."Since early summer, builders in many markets across the nation have been reporting that buyer ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/19/2014 By John Askins]
Housing affordability nationwide creeped lower once again, as home prices continue to outpace incomes, according to the National Association of REALTORS®' Monthly Housing Affordability Index. Nevertheless, price gains are slowing and mortgage rates are hovering near yearly lows, which is helping to keep homes more affordable to the average family.The median single-family home price in Ju...
Read Post [Posted on 09/19/2014 By John Askins]
Margin loans for short-term financing can help potential home buyers get cash fast to close a deal or win a bidding war — and an increasing number of people are turning to them for a quick fix. "A person with easy access to cash may have a leg up over someone who has to have long-term financing," explains Tucker Watkins, a private wealth adviser with wealth-management company Ameriprise Finan...
Read Post [Posted on 09/19/2014 By John Askins]
There are so many Open Houses going on this weekend. Stay dry and come on in! Check out this open house finder and find your dream home this fall!  http://rem.ax/12Rl9zSWe are always here for your home buying and selling needs!The Stewart Team ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
1. If you've owned and lived in your home for two of the five years prior to selling it, you can generally exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from your income ($500,000 on a joint return, in most cases).2. You are not eligible for this exclusion if you sold another principal residence within the past two years and excluded the allowable gain from your income. 3. If you can exclude ALL of the ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
You've just gotten approved for a mortgage and now you’re waiting to make it to the closing table. Make sure you don’t throw your loan approval into jeopardy by making one of these common mistakes: Making a big purchase: Avoid making major purchases, like buying a new car or furniture, until after they close on the home. Big purchases could change your debt-to-income ratio that...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By John Askins]
Down payments have declined this year and mortgage lenders are loosening standards slightly as the housing market improves, according to an analysis by LendingTree. Credit scores for borrowers also have dropped 6 percent year over year, LendingTree reports. "As the housing market improves and refinance activity declines, lenders are adapting their guidelines to improve credit acces...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By John Askins]
If you're in the market for a new construction home, there is no shortage of builders to choose from in the Houston area. However, today I want to focus on 3 upcoming David Weekley neighborhoods, all in Central Houston near Garden Oaks - Oak Forest, that have been announced in the last few weeks. The Reserve at Washington will be built in Timber Grove, just south of the GOOF and ins...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By Tawnya Marney]
NEW LISTING! 1515 Dodd Lane, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 86580901 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By Connie Vallone]
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