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Developers Starting Construction in Houston’s Strong Apartment Market Houston Real Estate Buying Opportunities of a Lifetime? Tread Lightly The Benefits of Selling with an Internet Savvy Realtor Interview with Houston Real Estate Legend – Ralph Bivins No Instant Fix Coming for the Housing Market Real Estate Taxes and Mortgage Escrows
 
Developers Starting Construction in Houston’s Strong Apartment Market

Developers Starting Construction in Houston’s Strong Apartment Market

The Houston apartment market, driven by positive job growth, is one of the most impressive multi-family markets in the nation. Occupancy is rising. Rents are up. And new construction is moving ahead at a tempered pace that is unlikely to result in extreme overbuilding. “Things are all good right now,” says Stacy Hunt, executive director [...]

Houston Real Estate Buying Opportunities of a Lifetime? Tread Lightly…

Houston Real Estate Buying Opportunities of a Lifetime? Tread Lightly…

Nationwide, average home prices are down 33 percent since the 2006 peak. However, home prices have remained stable or actually increased in the Houston real estate market over the past year.

The Benefits of Selling with an Internet Savvy Realtor

The Benefits of Selling with an Internet Savvy Realtor

Because the majority of home buyers are “armchair” buyers, meaning that they surf the Internet to perform their home search, it is more important than ever to make sure your realtor is Internet savvy.

Interview with Houston Real Estate Legend – Ralph Bivins

Interview with Houston Real Estate Legend – Ralph Bivins

With 27 years' experience under his belt and numerous awards to his name, it's safe to say Ralph Bivins knows real estate.

No Instant Fix Coming for the Housing Market

No Instant Fix Coming for the Housing Market

The nation’s housing market has pulled out of the deepest pits. But it’s going to take more time for a full recovery to arrive and the market is going to go through more pain before it happens.

Real Estate Taxes and Mortgage Escrows – Pay Now or Pay Later

Real Estate Taxes and Mortgage Escrows – Pay Now or Pay Later

One important decisions homebuyers need to make is whether or not to have an escrow account for real estate taxes and home insurance. If you have an option, it is worth at least considering whether or not you should escrow.

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Developers Starting Construction in Houston’s Strong Apartment Market

Developers Starting Construction in Houston’s Strong Apartment Market

21 September 2011

The Houston apartment market, driven by positive job growth, is one of the most impressive multi-family markets in the nation. Occupancy is rising. Rents are up. And new construction is moving ahead at a tempered pace that is unlikely to result in extreme overbuilding. “Things are all good right now,” says Stacy Hunt, executive director [...]

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Houston Real Estate Buying Opportunities of a Lifetime? Tread Lightly…

Houston Real Estate Buying Opportunities of a Lifetime? Tread Lightly…

08 August 2011

Nationwide, average home prices are down 33 percent since the 2006 peak. However, home prices have remained stable or actually increased in the Houston real estate market over the past year.

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The Benefits of Selling with an Internet Savvy Realtor

The Benefits of Selling with an Internet Savvy Realtor

03 August 2011

Because the majority of home buyers are “armchair” buyers, meaning that they surf the Internet to perform their home search, it is more important than ever to make sure your realtor is Internet savvy.

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Interview with Houston Real Estate Legend – Ralph Bivins

Interview with Houston Real Estate Legend – Ralph Bivins

20 July 2011

With 27 years' experience under his belt and numerous awards to his name, it's safe to say Ralph Bivins knows real estate.

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No Instant Fix Coming for the Housing Market

No Instant Fix Coming for the Housing Market

01 July 2011

The nation’s housing market has pulled out of the deepest pits. But it’s going to take more time for a full recovery to arrive and the market is going to go through more pain before it happens.

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Real Estate Taxes and Mortgage Escrows – Pay Now or Pay Later

Real Estate Taxes and Mortgage Escrows – Pay Now or Pay Later

30 June 2011

One important decisions homebuyers need to make is whether or not to have an escrow account for real estate taxes and home insurance. If you have an option, it is worth at least considering whether or not you should escrow.

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Interview with Houston Real Estate Legend – Martha Turner

Interview with Houston Real Estate Legend – Martha Turner

26 June 2011

Martha Turner Properties is ranked by Houston Business Journal as the second largest realty brokerage in Houston. The firm has 215 agents, 70 administrative employees and five offices with and plans to open another office in Sugar Land.

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Two Gardeners, Exterminators and Little Ol’ Non-Confrontational Me

Two Gardeners, Exterminators and Little Ol’ Non-Confrontational Me

03 June 2011

I have two gardeners and no backbone. Every week, I’ve tried to get up the nerve to let him go. Every week, I fail. It’s seriously giving me major anxiety.

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Ask George & Chuck

Ask George and Chuck September 18, 2011

02 October 2011

Question (TX): A builder has asked me if he can use my property to lean ladders onto another townhouse he is building. He can use scaffolding but apparently that would cost him more money. He has stated that he will provide me a written document that he will assume all liability for any damages to [...]

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Real Estate News

Inventory of existing homes for sale surged in June

Inventory of existing homes for sale surged in June

13 August 2014

The National Association of Realtors reported prospective homebuyers now have a bigger supply of homes to choose from compared to recent months. The inventory of all existing homes for sale reached 2.3 million in June, a...

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Houston is growing into a workforce hotspot

Houston is growing into a workforce hotspot

06 August 2014

As a slew of companies continue to relocate their headquarters to Texas, Houston has become a hotspot for many working adults across the nation. Taylor Francis, a 24-year-old advertising executive who recently moved to Ho...

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Federal Reserve continues to taper quantitative easing program

Federal Reserve continues to taper quantitative easing program

30 July 2014

As the economy start to improve, the Federal Reserve will reduce its amount of bond purchasing under its quantitative easing program. According to the minutes of the June Federal Open Market Committee meeting, the Fed has cut ...

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Homeownership rate dropped in the second quarter

Homeownership rate dropped in the second quarter

30 July 2014

Although the homeownership rate dropped during the second quarter of 2014, that does not accurately reflect the state of the housing market. The homeownership rate for the second quarter came in at 64.7 percent, a decline...

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June pending home sales activity down

June pending home sales activity down

28 July 2014

Pending home sales were down slightly in June, according to the National Association of Realtors. The activity the past month comes after three consecutive months of positive sales. The Pending Home Sales Index for J...

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Housing recovery requires patience

Housing recovery requires patience

24 July 2014

Housing recovery seems to be moving at a snail's pace, but several industry experts are preaching patience and that the results will not happen overnight.A new study from Fannie Mae said that housing and economic activity ...

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Majority of US homes underwater

Majority of US homes underwater

24 July 2014

A new study from real estate information company RealtyTrac reported that a majority of home mortgages are currently underwater. During the second quarter of 2014, 9.1 million homes were seriously underwater. This equates to 1...

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