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Must-Have Items For When Disaster Strikes   You can’t prevent disasters, but you can take charge of how you respond if you’re prepared. The first step is putting together an emergency preparedness kit. What should go in an emergency kit? Here are the basics: Your Most Important Papers If a flood destroys your home, you could spend weeks or even months just trying to re-cr...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials on behalf of the environment. Earth Day is important to help raise awareness of the impact we have on the environment and what can be done about ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Alex Handley]
What are the Requirements to Qualify for a Home Loan Today? Many homebuyers are entering the market and preparing to apply for a mortgage loan.  The following guidelines are an execellent starting point to learn what you should expect in advance of applying for a loan.  There's been changes in qualification standards following federal legislation, and home loans have stricter guidelines than i...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Kathy McQueen]
Like many of the residents in the Katy/Fulshear area, Tamera Pendleton arrived in Texas via the long road. After moving from her hometown of Statesville, North Carolina, Tamera has relocated to Roanoke, Virginia; Powell, Ohio; and finally to the great state of Texas. Throughout these many moves, the one thing Tamera became convinced of was that clients need someone they can trust, someone that t...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Tamera Pendleton]
Access to mortgage credit is at its highest level in at least three years, and credit standards are expected to loosen even more this year, according to a newly-released index by the Mortgage Bankers Association. MBA’s index, which tracks mortgage credit availability, shows that in March the gauge rose to 114 – the highest reading in the gauge’s three-year history. “I don’t think there’s...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By John Askins]
A new report from Smart Growth America and the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Urban Center finds that living in sprawling metropolitan areas has major repercussions on a poor child’s chances of moving up the economic ladder as they enter adulthood. Researchers found that living in more compact and connected metro areas can help low-income families, surmising that better access to eco...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By John Askins]
Home owners trump renters when it comes to finding someone to date, according to a new survey of 1,000 single people. More than a third of women and 18 percent of men would rather date a home owner than a renter, according to the survey, which was conducted on behalf of Trulia. On the other hand, only 2 percent of women said they’d prefer to date a renter, while 3 percent of men said they’d prefe...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By John Askins]
Do you have a fear of being apart from your cellphone? If so, you may suffer from "nomophobia" or "no mobile phone phobia," MSNBC.com reports. It's on the rise. And in careers like the real estate industry, where smartphones are dominant, you may be at risk. Do you never turn off your phone? Obsessively check it? Constantly worry about losing it? If so, you may be among the 66 perc...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By John Askins]
First-time home buyers in 2014 are faced with a question that hasn’t changed for generations: is it more practical to buy right now, or to continue to rent?Over the past few years, buying has been the easy choice. Nationally, in 2013 it cost 35% less to own a home than to rent according to that year’s study by real estate website Trulia. That despite rising house prices and mortgage rates. But tha...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By Connie Inmon]
Great Home for Family or Investment. Three BR's/2Baths with Ceiling Fans in all bedrooms. Fully remodeled.  Large fenced grassy rear yard (est. 39' x 27') with space for swing-set or child's play fort.Located in SW Houston with convenient access to 288, Downtown, Medical Center, Hobby Airport, Galleria, NASA or Galveston. Access the PDF floor plan file and Amenities Text at MLS# 36243885This ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
Great Investment Property Beautifully Remodeled. 2-Story; 3 BR's/2Baths with downstairs Half-Bath. Large fenced grassy rear yard on (oversized) lot - 8152 sqft per Appraisal District. Located in South Houston with convenient access to 288, Downtown, Medical Center, Hobby Airport, Galleria, NASA or Galveston. Access the PDF floor plan file at MLS# 60249846This property is listed...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By Judith Sinnard]
LOOKING FOR NEW HOMES!!!Houston has been growing and builders have been creating inventory all around HOUSTON and surrounding areas, such as Katy, Cypress, Humble, Sugar Land.
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By Astrid Vera]
These Landscaping Mistakes Can Make Your House Harder To Sell   Clumsy, neglected, and hodgepodge landscaping not only hurts your home’s curb appeal, it can cut the value of your property and make it harder to sell. Real estate appraisers say bad landscaping is a buyer turnoff that can increase the number of days a property languishes on the market, which also hurts prices. “...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
             Wow, feel that sting? Its not the scorching sun but the Houston housing market and it is on FIRE! Have you been thinking about selling but were not sure when the best time would be? Well, the time it NOW!  My last listing was on the market for 6 days when it sold! 6! And the house my sellers bought was only on the m...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By Jodie Hoagland]
Sugar Land Earth Day Celebration Scheduled for April 26 Sugar Land, TX - Sugar Land’s Earth Day Celebration – called Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rock – will be held April 26, from 1-5 p.m., at Sugar Land Town Square. Paper shredding will be available at no cost throughout the event in the City Hall parking lot. Paper shredding will follow the following guidelines: •Residents must remain i...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By Stanley Poscovsky]
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