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Houston Real Estate’s Busy Season during Saturday’s Solstice

Houston’s summer solstice arrives this Saturday, June 20th. Astrophysically speaking, the solstice marks the longest day of our year. The moment of the summer solstice prompts a lot of scientific explanations, some more confusing than others. For instance, since the Sun doesn’t revolve around the Earth, Vox.com’s definition (“Technically speaking, the summer solstice occurs when the sun ...View More

What Workplace Change Could Affect Houston Real Estate?

lifestyle changes that began as temporary adaptations may be around for a while. One of those could impact Houston real estate in ways that are only gradually becoming apparent—at least that’s one conclusion Houston readers of last week’s Wall Street Journal would have drawn. WSJ’s “Management and Careers” editors reported on a phenomenon that’s been developing for a while. It...View More

Friday’s News Shock Rocks Houston Real Estate Prospects

Last Friday morning, Houston residents who had braced themselves for the dismal details of an unprecedented surge in national unemployment heard some astounding news instead. The greatest surge in hiring for a single month left the commentators scrambling to explain how it was possible that all of them could be so far off (some by as much as 10 million jobs). For homeowners who had been watchi...View More

Houston Mortgage Interest Rates: Calm in the Storm

The unsettling events of the first half of 2020 have prompted some Houston residents to adopt a wait-and-see attitude—especially major decisions concerning Houston real estate. For most of the spring, it had looked as if June would be the month when more clarity would surface, starting with how soon Covid-19 restrictions would be relaxed. To some extent, that’s been the case—but many oth...View More

Why Do Both Buyers and Sellers Call Houston Realtors®?

Most Houston homeowners who prepare to put their homes on the market come to the same decision—to tap into the services of one of Houston’s Realtors®. They decide they’ll have enough to do without tackling the piles of paperwork generated in the course of a sale—nor do they have any desire to familiarize themselves with the changing regulations that govern Texas real estate transactio...View More

Airbnb Turmoil: Early Signal for Houston Homebuyers?

Prospective Houston homebuyers who have held fire during the pandemic emergency might be encouraged by some signs emanating from Wall Street. Although the news was narrowly focused on a vacation area phenomenon, it might signal early stirrings that could have local ramifications. The news came from Marketwatch, the financial information website operated by Dow Jones & Company. Last week i...View More

Why are Houston Home Values More Stable This Time?

About the last thing area homeowners need now is to spend time worrying about the effect the pandemic will have on their Houston home values. Given that memories of the Great Recession have yet to fade, a replay of that decline in home values might seem logical. So, it was reassuring to read Claire Trapasso’s calming analysis pointing out the multiple reasons why a housing crash is viewed a...View More

Houston House Hunting for a “Very Satisfied” Result

One consequence of the pandemic was the on-again/off-again nature of this year’s Houston real estate busy season. The restrictions resulted in what you’d expect: pent-up demand. The promise of loosening restrictions is widely expected to bolster the number of “For Sale” signs that we’ll soon be seeing—in any case, we should know before long. For house hunters who will be looking t...View More

Cloudy Houston Real Estate Picture Gets Rays of Sunlight

Houston homeowners could be forgiven if recent months of preponderantly bleak reportage have driven them to cut down on their news consumption. Since no one has a very clear picture of how quickly the nation will be able to get fully humming again, endlessly dwelling on the latest details of various downturns eventually loses its charm. It’s why there was one sunny tidbit you might have miss...View More

Buying a Home in Houston Now: 6 Factors

The other day, it was interesting to read a featured commentary on the MoneyCrashers.com website. It promised to pinpoint the “6 Factors” to consider when deciding whether you “should buy a home now— or wait?” No dateline was visible, but you’d have to deduce that it had first been published a while ago. The absence of any mention of today’s changed circumstances and the uncertaint...View More

5 Tips for 2020’s Summer in Houston

Officially, Houston’s summer won’t arrive for a couple of weeks—but Memorial Day was the unofficial starting date, and the thermometer has seemed to agree more with that than with the meteorologists. That means it’s already time to dust off the ‘Best of’ tips for accommodating summertime weather. Here are some of the best ones: 1. Pollen control. We’ve all been experiencing the ...View More

“Stickiness” is the Goal for Effective Houston Listings

Crafting language that makes a property stand out in the Houston listings is one of the skills that successful Realtors® continue to develop throughout their careers. Initially, a listing’s photos may be more important than the text when it comes to grabbing buyers’ attention—but after that, the words matter a lot! Especially when they’re sticky! When it works—when one Houston list...View More

Top 7 Spring Cleaning Tips Houston Pros Know

The feeling of being cooped up that has predominated throughout so much of Houston’s springtime may be loosening up, but one way to capitalize on the situation is to take the extra indoors time to make this year’s spring cleaning project a more-serious-than-usual event. In addition to relieving the monotony that the semi-voluntary confinement has wrought throughout Houston, it will add the...View More

The Business of What Your Houston Home is Worth

Looking at the prospect of selling your Houston home from a purely business perspective, it has some odd sales attributes. Pricing is definitely one of them. Consider how manufacturers arrive at a selling price for the things they make. Before even beginning to lay out their production line, the target sales price for their product is usually pretty well pegged. First, the cost of production ...View More

Houston Mortgage Rates Make History

For Houston mortgage interest rate chroniclers, this month began with the culmination of a trend that’s been playing out for quite some time. It’s “the other shoe” that finally dropped. The headlines confirmed the numbers that government-owned mortgage backer Freddie Mac posted: “Mortgage Rates Dip to New Record Low.” The 3.23% national average on the 30-year fixed-rate hit was, ...View More

For Houston Homeowners, Potting Season is Game On!

We’ve arrived at the familiar post-Mother’s Day time of year. The birds are cheering up everyone’s Houston mornings with their noisy springtime come-hither commotion. Out in the garden, flowers have broken out where they are supposed to (hopefully—if not, it’s time to hightail it to the garden store). Post-Mother’s Day is also an ideal time for adding color in other places around t...View More

Home Equity Report’s “Rosy” Picture Needs Perspective

Last Thursday was the regular release date for ATTOM Data Solution’s quarterly Home Equity report. This year, ongoing events created the need for some additional commentary. As the “curator of the nation’s premier property database,” ATTOM’s figures can be relied upon to gauge the nation’s residential real estate equity levels—Houston homes included. This latest report covered 2...View More

For Houston Home Buyers and Sellers, a Shift in Tone

The “Real Estate News” tab in Realtor.com is a reliable source for information that real estate followers—especially active Houston home buyers and sellers—can turn to for the latest takes on real estate market activity. Since it comes from the National Association of Realtors®, it’s not where you’d turn to for a completely impartial view—nonetheless, the underlying information ...View More

What’s the Chance of Selling Your “Unique” Houston Home?

Suppose your Houston home is an oddball? It may be a terrific residence, but there’s no denying that it just doesn’t fit in very well with the feel of the neighborhood. In Houston, we have a reasonably eclectic mix of architectural styles, so it’s unusual to come across a house that stands apart as decidedly out of place. If your own Houston home is one of those oddball properties, when...View More

Houston Real Estate is “Live”—Even if TV isn’t!

Despite all hurdles, Houston residential real estate continues actively—now with the sense that an uptick is in the wind. Even for area homeowners who have been waiting for a return to pre-pandemic life before listing their Houston homes, the positive signs have to be encouraging. Texas official pronouncements make it clear that the need to get more businesses back up and running is gaining ...View More

Are Houston Home Loan Bargains Being Passed Up?

Last week Yahoo’s Finance page led with a commentary that posed the question, “Why Aren’t Homeowners Taking Advantage of Low Mortgage Rates?” Although the premise (“mortgage rates have plunged back to the lowest levels in at least half a century”) may have been slightly overblown, Houston home loan shoppers could indeed have found published rates that were at bargain-basement level...View More

Listing Your Houston House Now: Surprising Positives

At first blush, the idea of listing your Houston house during today’s emergency conditions would seem impractical—but it turns out to be entirely doable. There are even some plusses. Some sellers apparently agreed. Last week’s Forbes magazine offered an interesting view from one area where home sales rose significantly in March. A local agent there realized a human dimension that seemed...View More

What’s the True Reason for “Soap” and “20 Seconds?”

By now, everyone in Houston has had drummed into their consciousness the advice repeated endlessly from every quarter: that we wash our hands for 20 seconds. It’s sound advice that’s now part of everyone’s new daily routine—a routine that, for a while at least, includes a lot more time spent at home. For the legions of new Houston homebodies, there’s suddenly time to muse over thing...View More

For Houston Homes, a More Predictable Road Ahead

Like many other local professional people, we Houston Realtors® have been working in a challenging (you might say, “topsy-turvy”) business environment. It’s one that nobody had foreseen—much less prepared for. It has taken multiple adjustments to navigate through some awkward restrictions, but since the need for shelter can’t always be put on hold, they were necessary. As in many lo...View More

History’s Surprise Hints for Future Houston Home Values

After what seemed like ages, the tone of the news started to slowly brighten last week. Government officials began to discuss how they anticipated managing a return to pre-pandemic life—one replete with businesses open to the public, sporting events, and even restaurants with sit-down service. “Light at the end of the tunnel” was the metaphor used most often, even though the length of th...View More

Through Dire Circumstances, Houston Real Estate Happens

For the next wave of Houston home buyers—as well as for homeowners who intend to offer their Houston properties for sale—the past week produced little to clarify what to expect from future Houston market conditions. Even so, as Texas’s state and county officials scrambled to offer guidance on public health and safety issues, there was also a growing national awareness of the simultaneous...View More

Friday is Houston’s May Day (Maypole or No Maypole!)

May Day is an officially recognized public holiday in 66 nations and unofficially celebrated in many more—but here in the U.S., it isn’t. That’s why on Friday, there won’t be any official Houston May Day celebrations that have to be canceled; local banks will remain open (to the same extent that they are, currently); and the mail will be delivered as usual. The principal observance of ...View More

Amid Wall St. Tumult, Houston Residential Investors Encouraged

Last week there came this snippet from a radio commentary: “No matter how business is doing, the landlord business is doing just fine.” Especially in the context of last week’s nerve-rattling tumult on Wall Street, that remark seemed particularly relevant—especially for investors newly motivated to investigate the upside of Houston residential investments. There is one national stati...View More

Houston Residents: Come to Your Census!

By now, just about everyone has been contacted in one way or another by the folks at the Census Bureau. For Houston residents who received a letter, email, or smartphone notification, it probably pointed out that there is a legal obligation to provide truthful answers for the every-ten-year canvass. For those who have yet to respond, this might have provided a degree of anxiety—especially g...View More

Distressed Houston Homeowners Get Forbearance Relief

Fallout from the abrupt closure of local businesses has created financial chaos for some Houston homeowners. For breadwinners forced to make painful choices between creditors, there seems to be no right answer. With payments pending for auto loans, credit cards, student loans, and/or the big one—the monthly mortgage payment—the dilemma can be all but disabling. Recognizing the unfairness ...View More

What’s One Houston Real Estate Solution for Cabin Fever?

The “closet space” factor is something most Houston house hunters think about—but it's not one that is likely to determine the final choice. Yet, as the whole country adjusts to the changes in lifestyle needed to address the health emergency, the “closet space” factor may become more important. As people find themselves spending a lot more time indoors, the value of ample closets—a...View More

Five Simple Things to Do if You’re Feeling Under the Weather

Now for a purely temporary diversion from the Houston real estate topics you usually find here. As with so many other aspects Houston life, we are straying a bit off the trodden path due to the pandemic that’s been turning Houston topsy-turvy. This, too, shall pass—but in the meantime, this practical advice just appeared on Yale University’s Medicine website. It hasn’t been widely refe...View More

Houston Mortgage Rates Finally Do It!

It seems like forever that TV and radio ads have been boasting about their “near-historical” or “near-record” mortgage interest rates—and they haven’t been exaggerating. Compared with what Houston home loans have cost in past eras, recent quotes have indeed been exceptionally low. The resulting expansion of “how much house” an individual buyer’s monthly income can prudently s...View More

Houston Listing Plays the Biggest Role in Marketing Your Home

  Of the many pieces that together make up your home’s marketing effort, none is more likely to play a leading role than your Houston listing. Since at least half of today’s buyers wind up purchasing a home they first see on the internet, the factor that used to be called ‘curb appeal’ could equally well be renamed ‘screen appeal.’ Your Houston listing is a lot more than j...View More

Houston Real Estate in a Tumultuous Week

Last week will probably stand as one that people in Houston will look back on as a turning point—the kind of week that marks the end of an era. As ever, the nature of the next will be unknown for a while. As for Houston real estate, it’s a sign of the times that last week, despite the Federal Reserve’s surprise slashing of the benchmark interest rate to next to nothing (literally 0%, fo...View More

The Two Different Houston House-Hunting Approaches

One way to think of various ways that house-hunters approach their search is by how the project has been initiated. If you are already house-hunting in Houston, you’ll recognize which of the two house-hunting approaches yours fall into. The one that’s most common is the Gradual Getting Serious method. The second is more Structured. GGS usually prevails because most changes in residence re...View More

Will Houston Sight Unseen House-Hunting Increase?

As of last Sunday, nearly half of Americans found themselves in one variation or another of government-mandated “stay-put” orders. While you might think that alone could freeze much of Houston’s house-hunting activity—one trend indicates why that doesn’t necessarily follow. The fact is that for years now, a trend has been developing that makes actually visiting a home before buying ...View More

Piercing a Fogbound Future for Houston Home Sales

Homeowners who began 2020 planning to sell their Houston homes this year are by now acutely aware that the shape of future economic conditions is (to put it mildly) foggy. Pea soup foggy. There are always buyers who proceed, unfazed—but they aren’t usually in the majority. With so much in flux, the latest sales numbers for the quarter ending last December don’t help point to what comes n...View More

Last Week’s Events Affecting Houston Home Sellers

In addition to last week’s earthshaking mortgage interest rate developments, a batch of other events that also could affect Houston home sellers made news: • Houston home sellers who’ve been hearing that millennials constitute the next wave of prospective buyers might have been momentarily discouraged by CoreLogic’s new report, which included the dire-sounding, “only 40% of millenni...View More

Houston Investors React to Wall Street Record-Breaking

As you’d expect, the Wall Street Journal had a hard time keeping up with the head-spinning reverses and double-reverses in its namesake roadway’s fortunes. Houston investors with holdings in the sometimes-plummeting, sometimes-soaring equities weren’t alone in being unsettled by the whip-sawing proceedings. In truth, just about everyone with an IRA or other retirement stake had reason to...View More

What Steps Can Boost Prices for Houston Homes for Sale?

Taking any action that helps improve the environment is bound to return some degree of personal gratification—but for homeowners with Houston homes for sale, recent research adds less esoteric rewards. In fact, homeowners don’t have to be planning to sell to begin to cash in on the financial benefits it identifies. The research comes out of the Department of Energy and the Federal Home Lo...View More

For Houston Buyers and Sellers, it’s “Business as Unusual”

If we thought the shifts in Houston lifestyles had been developing rapidly, the onset of COVID-19 and the disruptions now upon us make yesterday’s changes seem positively glacial. In the past two weeks, we’ve seen fundamental dislocations in nearly every aspect of Houston living—changes that make trying to plan ahead mostly an exercise in “maybe, if this” followed by “unless that...View More

Buying or Renting Houston Homes? The “Savings” Grace

Some of the reasons cited by advocates of renting over owning are the financial burdens homeownership entails. • “Maintenance and Repairs are On The Landlord,” boasts online site rentberry.com. • “Renting frees up money to save,” says onerent.co. There are certainly circumstances that make renting Houston properties a prudent choice—some are due to specific career, lifestyle, ...View More

When Will the Spring Rush begin for Houston Homes?

January has often been a month when Houston homeowners decide to get serious about projects they’ve put on hold during the past year. It’s only logical: most of us tend to regard the annual calendar changeover as a kind of mental departure point. “Out with the old! In with the new!” is more than just a greeting card motto: January has long been a month for committing to major initiativ...View More

Why Today’s Houston Homebuyers May Inspire Future Envy

As Houston homebuyers arrive at their final choice, it’s impossible to ignore how greatly their decision will influence their future. Five, ten, twenty—or more— years from now, the purchase will likely have shaped a lot of what’s to come. Buying a home in Houston at this point in time may be seen to have been a great move for the family. Or not. It’s a truism that puts most homebuyer...View More

What are the 3 Greatest Financial Decisions You Can Make?

Houston homeowners who regularly watch the “Today” show or Fox Business, or who listen to NPR’s “All Things Considered” on the drive home from work may already be familiar with the views of Liz Weston, a regular contributor to ATC and a number of other leading media outlets. Her best-selling book, “Your Credit Score-Your Money & What’s at Stake” is a years-long bestseller, ...View More

Minimizing Unintended Outfall from Inheriting Houston Homes

The wisdom behind the truism that there’s no such thing as a free lunch can even apply in a context as virtuous as inheriting Houston homes. Parents bequeathing the family home—or generations passing down the ancestral vacation cottage—are intended to be acts of unalloyed generosity. But common to many commentaries on the subject are some common unintended consequences. For Houston homeo...View More

Houston Real Estate Investments’ DSCR: a Simple Tool

Houston real estate investors who are taking a hard look at this autumn’s Houston listings can be counted on to have some blend of two objectives in mind. They’ll be looking for a property that will bring in cash on a regular basis, or one that grows in collateral value over the long haul—or some combination of both. Experienced investors can do a quick estimate of how most Houston prope...View More

Auspicious News for Selling Your Houston House

For those pondering the timetable for selling their Houston house, last week’s developments may add a couple of plusses into the “sooner” column. There are always pros and cons about listing in the fall versus waiting for the spring and summer market—but last week’s information could tilt toward acting now. First (and most well-publicized) was the outlook for home loan interest rate...View More

Downsizing Alone Doesn’t Guarantee Moving Success

If “downsizing” figures large as a goal many Houston homeowners are seriously considering, The Washington Post is now citing a newer phenomenon that many older home buyers are discovering: “smart sizing.” It’s a cute phrase that might sound like a real estate feature writer’s invention—but the details will probably ring true for some retirement-bound adults who plan to be moving fr...View More

Houston Homeownership Boost from the Father of the 401(k)

Ever since its introduction in 1965, Americans by the millions have embraced the retirement vehicle known by its IRS handle, the “401(k).” It hardly matters that few Houston breadwinners know much about its relatively recent origins (much less, its family lineage)—but had they attended the Wall Street Journal’s recent “Future of Everything Festival,” they’d have been enlightened....View More

Time is Money Applies to This Houston Property Feature

If you ask the web, “what does Time is Money mean?” it tells you that time is a valuable resource, so do things as quickly as you can. That’s one way to look at it—from a superior, it probably means, “stop wasting time” or “get back to work!”But when it comes to property values—certainly including those here in Houston—it has another valid application. Of interest to anyone...View More

In Houston Real Estate Parlance, a Word with Many Meanings

The word “estate” is one of those words that can carry a boatload of different meanings. As part of the “Houston real estate” caption, it’s one of the positive ones. “Real estate” means physical property that’s anything but imaginary. In fact, the U.S. Constitution initially restricted voting rights to owners of real estate! As a stand-alone, “estate” can summon up image...View More

House Selling in Houston Calls for This Gracious Touch

When you first begin thinking about house selling, most Houston sellers are rightly focused on getting the property in top shape, establishing a solid relationship with their Houston Realtor®, and making some key decisions (like what the optimal asking price should be). In other words, laying out a practical strategic house selling game plan. About the last thing anyone thinks about is the...View More

Houston Neighborhood Prospects Deserve a Look-See!

Every serious house hunter is aware that the Houston neighborhood surrounding any house has a significant effect on its ultimate value. It follows that the future of a neighborhood will have a measurable impact the future value of the properties in it. Part of the reason not much emphasis is given to this factor is the difficulty of gauging a neighborhood’s future prospects. That’s espe...View More

Houston Real Estate Investing Without Pop-Up Ads

Few Houston residents who spend much time online have avoided the unnerving experience of having their screens populated with ads aimed at them, personally. Whether the culprit is Google or Facebook or one of the otherwise-useful apps, it’s close to impossible to avoid having your personal preferences noted and exploited by the omnipresent web snoops. Among the annoying pop-up ads that re...View More

Newly Sold Houston Houses: Tending to Invisible Remnants

When most of us envision the momentous occasion when you hand over the keys to your just-sold Houston house, it’s probably some variation of the traditional mental image: people gathered at the front porch, everybody beaming. Realistically, that Norman Rockwell grouping happens only occasionally—but even when it takes place in a lawyer’s conference room, the occasion is likely to trigger...View More

Enhancing Your Own Houston Home? A New Idea that’s Elderly!

According to Alina Dizik, one of the leading Wall Street Journal’s real estate commentators, a growing number of luxury homeowners are finding new appreciation for an old idea. In fact, the older, the better. Pursuing a way to enhance the feel of modern homes, more and more homeowners are “getting into the groove” of reclaiming ancient materials—especially old wood. Antique timbers ...View More

Houston Landlords Cheered by News of U.S. Rent Acceleration

Houston landlords who have already profited from the national tilt toward rental popularity will have been further cheered by last month’s Zillow report on the growth of rents across the nation. They might be including apartment housing in their data, but in any case, according to the report, rent revenue is accelerating (except in Milwaukee). Landlords had to be pleased everywhere else. ...View More

Houston Homebuying Basics: What Some People Don’t Know

The government thinks that Americans are sorely lacking when it comes to key homebuying information. It’s hard to say whether that’s true of the Houston homebuying population—but Fannie Mae’s latest study explains some good reasons why it might be. In Fannie’s recently issued publication, 3,600 respondents were ‘largely unsure’ or just plain wrong about current homebuying real...View More

Houston Mortgage Rate Watchers Get Scattered Messages

For those who’d been monitoring Houston mortgage rates ahead of last week’s Federal Reserve interest rate cut, the news that followed was less than definitive. The Fed’s decision to lower their overnight lending rate for the first time since the Great Recession commanded first page headlines—but the details that followed provided little clarity. For those whose interest in Houston m...View More

Houston Lender Pre-approvals Make Sellers Comfortable

The idea of gaining a lender’s pre-approval is one of Houston house financing’s “no downside” ideas—it can only help. Can’t hurt. Theoretically, even if you belong in the upper reaches of the upper crust, having a bank pre-approval in your hip pocket couldn’t be a mistake. For instance, suppose you happen to run across one of Houston’s all-time dream homes, for sale at a rea...View More

Houston “For Sale” Signs Really Do Pack a Whallop!

Every now and then we have to shake our heads at how much the electronic transformation has changed daily living in Houston. Electronics have invaded practically everything—from home wifi to ultra hi-def TV to cell phones that double as search engines. As you read this, you’re only a couple of clicks away from being able to summon up all the current Houston homes for sale that fit your ...View More

Your Houston Energy Bills can Improve Your Home’s Value

cooling capacity, its energy consumption will rise (just as it does in the chilliest depths of winter). It isn’t at the top of most homeowners’ summer to-do list, but now is an ideal time to take a hard look at how to reduce your Houston home’s energy consumption. According to the people who study these things, now is actually an ideal time to assess how your home’s energy use can b...View More

7 Step Progression for Buying Houston Homes Under Pressure

Buying Houston homes takes some degree of organization no matter what. Especially when time is a screaming imperative, it can make or break whether you land a home that’s right—or one you ultimately determine isn’t adequate over the long haul. Whether the time pressure is due to a sudden job transfer, family emergency, or the unexpectedly rapid sale of an existing Houston residence (that...View More

Surprising Finding: Younger Persons may Afford Home Ownership

It may just be me, but doesn’t it seem as if the general drift of things is that it’s getting harder and harder to make ends meet? And that younger people are getting the brunt of it? If that sounds familiar, it could be one generalization that’s no longer quite so valid when it comes to younger adults—specifically, about their prospects for owning their own Houston homes. If we are ...View More

What’s the Houston First-Time Buyer’s Safety Valve?

It may just be me, but doesn’t it seem as if the general drift of things is that it’s getting harder and harder to make ends meet? And that younger people are getting the brunt of it? If that sounds familiar, it could be one generalization that’s no longer quite so valid when it comes to younger adults—specifically, about their prospects for owning their own Houston homes. If we are ...View More

Friday News Flash Makes Real Estate a Front-Page Story

On Friday, Houston’s real estate outlook ended the busy month with a genuine surprise—one that could well augur an extension of Houston real estate’s traditional peak selling season. The news was significant enough to move from financial sections to front pages and bottom-of-the-screen crawls on cable channels. Atop the Mortgage News Daily broke the story: “Mortgage Rates Drop Well ...View More

How Prospects for Buying a Home in Houston Just Grew

If you find yourself suddenly revisiting the idea of buying a home in Houston, it won’t surprise you that you’re not alone. Lately, it’s seemed as if the stars are continuing to align to draw more and more people—first timers as well as those who are already Houston homeowners—to make that decision. Last week ended with yet another inducement to point people in that direction. The imp...View More

Friday News Flash Makes Real Estate a Front-Page Story

On Friday, Houston’s real estate outlook ended the busy month with a genuine surprise—one that could well augur an extension of Houston real estate’s traditional peak selling season. The news was significant enough to move from financial sections to front pages and bottom-of-the-screen crawls on cable channels. Atop the Mortgage News Daily broke the story: “Mortgage Rates Drop Well ...View More

What 10 Things Should Houston Open House Hosts Know?

It was the Washington Post’s real estate reporter Michele Lerner who came up with the list of the most important “10 things” house hunters look for when they stop by Houston open houses. The ‘ten things’ list is a useful one—and every bit as relevant for homeowners selling their own Houston homes. It’s valuable to be aware of which features are bound to get the closest scrutiny in...View More

Put Your Houston Utility Bills on a Summertime Diet

It’s around this time of year that the bottom line on Houston utility bills tends to begin to grow larger once again. Power and water consumption can’t help but rise as we bid farewell to Houston’s mild springtime conditions. Gardens and lawns get thirsty now that the days are growing longer, and once deep summer heatwaves develop, household utility bills report what happens when air conditi...View More

Retirement Security and Insecurity — and Houston Real Estate

The title alone was slightly chilling. Houston readers didn’t have to be anywhere near senior discount age to furrow their brows if they happened to come across last week’s white paper, “Retirement Insecurity 2019.” Worse yet, there wasn’t much in the National Institute on Retirement Security’s 28-page manifesto to brighten their mood. Fortunately for Houston homeowners who are anyw...View More

New Homeowners Can Explore Household Landscaping Ideas

When your new Houston house is literally brand new, you are presented with the kind of ‘empty canvas’ landscaping scenario that true gardening enthusiasts dream about. (If you fall into that group, your head is probably already filled with possibilities—so never mind). On the other hand, if your new Houston residence is an existing home dotted with mature plantings, unless it’s already...View More

4710 Cashel Circle; Houston, TX 77069-For Rent-(832) 445-4957

NW Houston has been growing at record numbers. Rinnovare Realty, LLC has just completed a renovation project located in 4710 Cashel Circle; Houston, TX 77069. These apartments have no record of flooding and have been renovated with only the customer in mind. Look at these photos! These are just a few of the photos... We added storm drainage all around the property to help reduce the water dur...View More

Your Houston Real Estate Planning Can Pay Off Immediately!

Any Houston home sale, like everything else, tends to go better when preparation has been carefully thought out—and then acted upon. For homeowners who suspect that they will be selling sooner or later, there are some planning steps that can be taken long ahead of time. Some Houston real estate planning is the long-range variety. The first thing the canniest new homeowners do is to take a ...View More

Do Remodels Make Sense when Selling Your Houston Home?

The numbers are in! If you are among the local homeowners counting the days until Houston’s hot selling season begins, unless your house is already in perfect showing shape, you might be pondering which—if any—possible remodeling projects would be wise to take on before you list. The answers aren’t simple. The first consideration is the calculation for whether your property is like...View More

How Houston Architecture Differs from Malibu’s “The Case”

If you page through this month’s Houston listings, you’ll find a collection of homes that embody all kinds of structural styles. There is no single “Houston architecture”—although some homeowner associations are aimed at preserving a pleasantly homogeneous neighborhood look. Now, from out in Southern California, comes word of a small but impressive architecturally conscious project...View More

What House Size Should Houston House Hunters Aim For?

A few years ago, the Realtor® website weighed in with some ideas addressing a question that Houston house hunters face all the time: what house size should they be aiming for? I have one approach, but the Realtor.com team took another tack—posing five questions buyers should ask themselves. Here they are: 1. How long do you intend to live in the new house—and what will your family size ...View More

Houston Homeowner Improvements Need to Be Done Right

If Houston homeowners search the web for anything like “surprising things that decrease your home’s value,” they will be answered with literally millions of links. Some of the “surprises” are anything but. "An Outdated Bathroom,” for instance, is hardly surprising. Likewise, “Brightly-Colored Kitchen Cabinets” (especially if it’s accompanied by a picture of a blinding expanse...View More

Four Words Sum Up the Goal for Choosing Your Agent

When you boil down what most people are looking for when it comes to choosing their Houston agent, it’s usually an outcome that can be summed up by a simple 4-word phrase, “best price, least hassle.” It’s no different whether you’re buying or selling. For Houston home sellers, the best price, least hassle observation certainly holds—but it might not be the first thing that leaps...View More

Houston Home Sales Could Reflect National Turnaround

A couple of storylines have dominated national real estate news outlets for more than a year. Houston homeowners who are less industry-focused have been hearing the same thing from the national news media, too. Last week, they both staged a partial about-face. The storylines are interconnected. The dominant one dealt with the national trend toward a weakening in the number of homes being so...View More

The Best Houston Real Estate Agents Help Minimize Headaches

The topic of preventive maintenance seems particularly timely, given last week’s record-breaking polar vortex and the many tales of household plumbing disasters it spawned. The best Houston real estate agents do more than just represent their selling clients in the marketing, negotiation, and documentation of their homes’ sale—they also roll up their sleeves to make the entire process l...View More

Buying Your Houston Home without Credit Confusion

“It can be kind of confusing.” - Tom Quinn, V.P Business Development for myFICO in “The Scores That Matter in Mortgage Lending.” Unless you’re a buyer who falls into the all-cash category, once you begin to zero in on buying your next Houston home, you will already have been paying close attention to your bill-paying reputation. You will probably have requested one or more of the fr...View More

Buyer’s Market or Not, It’s Still All about YOU!

Houston ears that were attuned to some of the nation’s commentators might have heard that last year’s gradual slowdown in residential sales might signal a dawning “buyer’s market.” That may be true or not, but as for its impact on your own home-buying plans, there are a couple of realities to bear in mind. First is that any shift from seller’s to buyer’s market is at best bare...View More

Will Friday’s Giddy Turnarounds Benefit Houston Real Estate?

Last week ended with a quadruple-barreled blast of good news that bolstered prospects for Houston real estate—an effect magnified by how unexpected all had been. When times are good, Houston real estate can’t help but benefit. That may seem to be so obvious that it doesn’t even need to be said, but a close cousin is arguably even more important: When people feel times are good, Houston ...View More

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