Houston Ranked Among Top Cities for Senior Living

Older adults in Houston have more freedom to live independently than their counterparts in most other US cities, a new study has found.  According to Redfin.com, Houston has the 5th best technology-assisted living options for senior citizens in the US. Houston is ne of 14 cities that has access to Uber, Rover, Porch, Instacart and […]

Best Month Ever! Houston Home Sales Reach Record Levels

June was the strongest month for home sales in Houston Real Estate history with 7,935 single-family homes sold, the highest one month sales total ever reported by the Houston Association of Realtors.  Industry experts and economists had been predicting that Houston home sales would crater following the collapse of oil prices and layoffs in Houston’s […]

Mall Makeover for Willowbrook

Willowbrook is getting a facelift.  Owner General Growth Properties, Inc. has announced plans for a large scale project to update the interior and exterior of the 1.3 million square foot northwest Houston shopping complex that was built in 1981 and renovated in 1992. A contemporary, two story clear structure will be added to the mall’s […]

4 Takeaways from Yellen after Fed Decides Not to Raise Rates

Here are 4 takeaways from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s news conference following the Fed’s decision to keep its federal funds rate at or near zero: Stop focusing so much on when the Fed will start raising rates Too much attention is being paid to when the Fed will begin raising its federal funds rate […]

New Mortgage Lending Rules Will Likely Delay Home Closings

Forget the days of 30 day home closings.  New federal regulations taking effect this summer will provide a better home buying experience for consumers, but will likely slow down the closing process for Realtors, mortgage lenders and title companies, according to Mike McFarland, outgoing president of the Houston Mortgage Bankers Association and a senior loan […]

HUD Wants to Require ‘Affordable Housing’ in Wealthy Neighborhoods

Republicans hope to block a proposed federal regulation that would force localities to take additional steps to integrate segregated neighborhoods and bring affordable housing to wealthy areas.  If localities fail to take such actions, they would no longer be eligible for community development block grants and other housing related grants. At issue is the “Affirmatively […]

6 Common Financial Pitfalls

We all make mistakes, and through them, we learn.  But when it comes to finances, it is best not to take the trial-and-error approach.  Avoiding some of the following financial mistakes might save you a great deal of money and heartache. Cashing out a retirement account to pay off loans Substantial income tax penalties can […]

Simple Tips for Better Home Showings

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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