Creating the Perfect Study Space

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So it's that time of year again! With school back in session, you might be scrambling to get your family back to a normal routine. But, fear not! Here are some great tips for setting up a designated study space in your home. The kids will be back to their studious selves in no time. Before making any executive decisions, talk to your kids. What … [Read more...]

Three Things You Should Know Before Meeting Your Agent

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THIS IS A RE-PUBLISHED ARTICLE - originally written in early 2011. I recently received a call from a writer at the Houston Chronicle, asking me to answer a real estate-related question for an upcoming column. I believe some things are just meant to be, and after she revealed the question to me, I knew that question was meant to be … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane

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Hurricane season officially arrived in June, but often, the end of the season can be the worst. And while there is no immediate threat to our part of the Texas coastline right now, it’s always good to be prepared. Besides common prep procedures like boarding up windows, here are a few things to you can do to protect your home the best you … [Read more...]

Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Tips

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First impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home. And while you might think the abundance of interior square footage, open layout, or prime location of your home are enough to bring in an offer, never underestimate the importance of curb appeal. The feeling buyers get when they first pull up to your home will influence how they view … [Read more...]

Sales Continue to Rise

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Sales continue to rise in the Greater Houston market area, with the higher end market and the lease market seeing the strongest growth. … [Read more...]

Who can terminate a real estate contract?

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The termination option paragraph of the Texas purchase contract provides the Buyer, and only the Buyer, with an opportunity to create an “option period,” during which the Buyer has the unrestricted right to terminate the contract.   When such an option is purchased, the following must apply: Monetary consideration must be paid to the … [Read more...]

Top Spring Cleaning Tips

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The official first day of spring has arrived! And while some of us naturally get the urge to start the season fresh, tidying up all those troublesome spots in our homes, the rest of us could use a game plan. Yes, the thought of a thorough spring cleaning can seem daunting, but breaking tasks down by room and dividing them up amongst family members … [Read more...]

What is a Title Insurance Policy?

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Imagine you've just bought your dream home.  You're finally unpacking boxes and arranging furniture after a lengthy search and closing process.  One day, you receive a notice of a lien on the property that was somehow missed during the title search. A title insurance policy is designed to protect you in situations like this. How is title … [Read more...]

Is the Buying “Frenzy” Tapering Off?

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  Check back soon for a review of the 2013 year-end market and my thoughts on what to expect in 2014. … [Read more...]

What is a Property Survey?

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Buying a new house or thinking about adding on to your existing home? These are just a few instances where you may need a property survey. By calling in a professional to assess the property lines, as outlined by the deed, you can protect yourself from legal disputes and determine the true value for a home and it's surrounding lot. In fact, many … [Read more...]