What to Look for in an Income Property

With the real estate market so hot right now, for both home sales and rentals, it may be a great time to think about investing in an income property. But what exactly is important when looking for a rental property? Of course you will need to consider your budget, but what other factors should you pay special attention to? Here are a few things to … [Read more...]

Who can terminate a real estate contract?

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...]

Three Things You Should Know Before Meeting Your Agent

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...]

Staging Basics: The Living Room

If you are trying to sell your home, it's important to note, a house almost always makes a stronger impression on buyers when it is furnished. With that being said, leaving your house furnished as-is is not always enough, even if you are sure to tidy up before showings. Staging is an important topic to think about as a seller. When done properly, … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane

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

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...]

What is a Title Insurance Policy?

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...]

What is a Property Survey?

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...]

Home Security for the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, peak travel season is upon us. And whether you are venturing near or far to visit with friends and family, it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is secure while you are away. So, to help you prepare, here are a few tips to deter crime, for a safe holiday season: Secure all windows and … [Read more...]

Looking at the True Cost of Installing a Pool

With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, it's swimming season. And while The Woodlands boasts some excellent community pools, the warmer weather may have you dreaming of hosting pool parties at your own home next summer. But what are the true costs of installing an in-ground pool and what type of return on your investment can you expect to … [Read more...]