Archives for April 2015

Historic Heights Theater Up For Sale; Could be Residential

If you are cruising the home listings today, you might have noticed an anomaly . . . the Heights Theater, an iconic Heights building, is up for sale as a residential property.  The listing says the 7,058 square foot building, built in 1923, is a “perfect live/work space for a buyer with artistic sensibilities.” Star […]

Sellers: Ramp Up Your Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is one of the most important factors in selling a home, and one of the most difficult to quantify, but one thing is certain . . . homes sell for more money when they have it. It’s common knowledge that drive-up first impressions count.  Buyers want to be charmed and excited about a property […]

Texas Realtors Demand Tax Relief, Transportation Funding

More than 2,500 Realtors descended on the Capital April 14th to support both House and Senate versions of tax relief and transportation funding, and they opposed a resolution that could lift the cap on home equity loans. Realtors typically prefer to be in favor of, rather than nixing, bills.  But Rep. Richard Raymond’s House Joint Resolution […]

The Hottest Trends in Outdoor Living – Part II

Great ideas for outdoor living continued: Outdoor Kitchen Outdoor kitchens are another feature that has transcended the idea of being a trend.  Today, they are every bit as amenitizied – and sometimes even more – than the indoor kitchen.  “These cooking areas feature all the accessories and niceties of indoor kitchens so you never have to […]

The Hottest Trends in Outdoor Living – Part I

Gone are the days when the yard is used for just a few months.  Today, the outdoors are an extension of the indoors, with gracious spaces for eating, lounging, and playing year-round.  The latest trends in outdoor living have you covered – literally. Patio Covers Adding a pergola or arbor to your outdoor space can protect […]

Houston Homeowners See Less Payoff from Home Remodeling Projects

Houston homeowners often turn to local remodelers to add value to their property before putting it on the market.  However, home remodeling projects in the Bayou City aren’t as profitable as they used to be, according to a new report from the Texas Association of Realtors.  The statewide professional Real Estate organization released its 2015 Texas […]

Sellers: Make Your Home More Inviting to Potential Buyers

We’ve all heard of the term “staging” when getting a property ready for the market.  Staging involves making the home show at its best and may require fresh paint, new carpet or even new furniture.  The final step to showing perfection is often overlooked.  This is critical and should be used as a best practice when showing […]

New Master-Planned Community in Northeast Houston to Open in Mid-April

A national developer plans to open its first Houston community to the public on April 18-19.  Crescent Communities is getting ready to unveil The Groves, a new master-planned community in the woods northeast of Houston.  The 993 acre community if off West Lake Houston Parkway, just sought of Kingwood near Beltway 8 and Lake Houston. […]

8 Ways First-Time Homebuyers Can Prepare for a Mortgage

When it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes.  One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar with the mortgage financing process  Even amount those with an understanding of the overall process, many first-time homebuyers still had significant knowledge gaps in important areas […]

Why Are Home Inspections So Important?

Purchasing a home is a lot different than purchasing a loaf of bread at the grocery store.  If the bread goes bad, you can go back to the store and return it.  At worst, you are only out a couple of dollars if you decide to just throw it out instead.  However, you can’t just […]

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