Archives for June 2015

Simple Tips for Better Home Showings


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Remove clutter and clear off counters.  Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items.  Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space.  Don’t forget to clean out the garage too. Wash your windows and screens.  This will help get more […]

New Study Recommends Minimum 7 Hours Sleep for Adults


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Seven hours of shut-eye:  That’s the minimum amount of sleep that adults need each night for best health, according to new recommendations from a panel led by a University of Washington sleep expert.  And functioning effectively – without guzzling gallons of coffee – could require even more time between the sheets, says Dr. Nathaniel F. […]

Forget New York & San Francisco: Millennials are Flocking to Houston


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For decades, young college graduates have flocked to major metropolitan cities like New York and Los Angeles.  Graduates in Generation Y, however, are eschewing these so-called “primary cities” in favor of smaller “secondary cities” like Houston, where the cost of living is cheaper and job opportunities are plentiful, according to a new Bloomberg LP report. […]

Top 5 Buyer Desires


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Knowing the home features people desire most and what buyers are seeking: The majority of women in the US think smart technology makes a home safer and enjoyable.  The specific smart-home features they are most likely to adopt?  Indoor and outdoor lighting, door locks, and security cameras. A separate laundry room is in high demand […]

Here’s the Estimated Economic Impact of Houston’s Recent Floods


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The economic impact from the recent floods that damaged property and public infrastructure in Houston could range between $200 million and $550 million, according to BBVA Compass economists.  That estimate takes into consideration the damage to housing, structures and cars, as well as lost value-added and tax revenues.  A local contractor stated how rain delays […]

Hot Books for Summer – Part I


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It’s time to stuff your beach bag, load your purse, or check out from the library this summer’s hottest reads.  From Stephen King to Harper Lee to Dr. Seuss, there’s something for readers big and small.  Check out what is available in June: 1.  Finders Keepers by Stephen King – on sale 6/2 2.   […]

Rents are More Affordable in Houston for College Grads than Almost Any Big City in the Nation


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Now that the school year is over, millions of recent graduates are looking for jobs and places to live, and according to a new study, Houston is one of the country’s most affordable markets for these recent grads. Real estate website Trulia found that 2 Texas cities are within the top 5 most affordable rental […]

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