Archives for March 2015

Study Shows Consumers Aren’t Shopping Around for Mortgages

A recently released study done by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found nearly half of Americans looking to purchase a home do not do their due diligence by shopping around for mortgage lenders.  Rather, the survey found potential borrowers seriously consider only one lender, and that lender is often someone they’re already working with […]

Houston’s Best Neighborhoods for Families and Millennials

Being the 4th largest metropolitan area in the US, Houston is as diverse as it is widespread.  So California based NerdWallet Inc., an on-line tool for financial and credit advice, decided to compare Houston neighborhoods to find the top 10 for families and Millennials. The study found that the #1 neighborhood for Millennials in Houston is the greater […]

The Answer to Houstonians’ Most Common Question about Their HOA

Most Houston homeowners live in a master-planned community with a homeowners association.  An HOA board is charged with making improvements as well as enforcing developers’ guidelines to protect property values.  However, homeowners often have disputes with their neighbors or their HOA, which can sometimes lead to lawsuits. Can homeowners paint their door a certain color?  […]

Distance Between Jobs and Homes Growing in Most Metro Areas

Jobs are getting farther away from where people live, according to a new analysis of demographic and employment data by the Brookings Institution. The number of jobs within a typical commute distance for residents of the nation’s 96 largest metro areas fell by 7% between 2000 and 2012, Brookings found.  That’s not true for all […]

Why Public Art Matters to Developers of Houston’s Master-Planned Communities

Houston’s master-planned developers have created increasingly elaborate amenities to attract prospective residents.  Over the years, concrete swimming pools have turned into modern, resort style pools with waterslides.  The old schoolyard playground has been replaced by “natural” playgrounds with treehouses and a 100-foot zipline. Today, displays of public art – typically found in urban parks and in front […]

Houston Custom Builders Prepare for New Smart Home Technology

When John Leggett began building homes in Houston 10 years ago, the latest home tech gadgets were motion-detecting security systems and a built-in surround sound system featuring an iPod dock. Today, manufacturers are beginning to offer more internet and smartphone-connected devices, appliances and systems that promises to transform the way homeowners live and interact in their homes.  […]

Major Parkway, Waterway Coming to Northwest Houston

The Howard Hughes Corporation is building a main thoroughfare and waterway in Bridgeland that will resemble Houston’s Allen Parkway and Buffalo Bayou.  The Dallas based developer is construction Bridgeland Creek Parkway, which will connect Fry Road to the Grand Parkway by the end of 2016.  Once finished, the parkway will bisect the 11,400 acre master-planned […]

Texas Lawmakers to Debate Bill to End Daylight Saving Time Permanently

The phrase, “spring forward, fall back” may soon fall out of our vocabulary.  Daylight Saving Time could be a thing of the past if some Texas lawmakers have their way.  There’s a hearing before a house committee in Austin on HB 150, a bill that would eliminate the twice-a-year time change. Republican State Rep. Dan […]

Residential Plans Emerge for Former Camp Strake Property

The Johnson Development Corporation has released more details about the residential portion of Conroe’s Grand Central Park, a master-planned community built on the former Camp Strake property. Construction will begin early next year on the first portion of homes in the 2,046 acre community.  Luxury patio homes, townhomes and single-family residences will be built on […]

Northeast Houston’s Lack of Identity Stymies Development, Experts Say!

When you hear “The Woodlands,” you might thing the new Exxon Mobil Corp. campus, which is technically in Springwoods Village, or high-end homes and retail.  When you think Katy, you might think great schools and easy access to the Energy Corridor. But when you think Northeast Houston, many people draw a blank.  And that’s hurting […]

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