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 […]

Houston Housing Market Heats Up with More Sales, More Inventory, Record High Prices


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If you can’t stand the heat, get out of Houston’s housing market.  Despite a short downturn due to the oil slump and winter weather, Houston’s housing market continued to improve in April as the homebuying season began to heat up. All metrics increased year over year, with single-family home sales increasing 1.9% to 6,502 and […]

New Residential Community North of Houston to Open in June


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A luxury homebuilder plans to open its first master-planned community North of Houston in mid-June.  Toll Brothers Inc. is scheduling a grand opening for Woodson’s Reserve on June 13-14.  The 700 acre master-planned community is located off Riley Fuzzel Road and The Grand Parkway extension project, a few miles east of Interstate 45, The Woodlands and […]

3 Ways to Green Your Spring Maintenance Routine


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Spring has nearly sprung completely and the change of season means 1 thing for homeowners:  maintenance.  This year, introduce eco-friendliness to your spring maintenance routine.  Many of the green fixes require just 1 or 2 more steps in projects likely already on the docket. Aerated Interior – There’s no better sign that spring has arrived […]

6 Low Cost Steps to an Organized Kitchen


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Keeping your kitchen organized is essential to cooking and a good room aesthetic.  If your kitchen is disorganized, you’re likely scrambling to find what you need when you cook.  That’s never good, and it’s completely unnecessary too.,  There are various quick, low cost ways to organize your kitchen and make it suitable to your needs. […]

Your Budget: Rethink Modern Day “Necessities” – Part II


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6.  Frequent restaurant meals:  Yes, dining out is convenient.  But done regularly, it can also be awfully expensive.  Deep down, you know that with a little planning and prep work, you can save a lot of money by cooking at home.  You may also find that staying at hone is relaxing, and chances are, most […]

Your Budget: Rethink Modern Day “Necessities” – Part I


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Compare your monthly expenses to those of your grandparents (maybe even your parents), and you’ll probably find your expense list is quite a bit longer.  Over the decades, more and more conveniences, habits, and gadgets have found their way into our everyday lives.  And gradually we’ve accepted them as normal, even necessary.  (For instance, who thinks […]

Sellers: Ramp Up Your Curb Appeal


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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


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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


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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 […]

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