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...]

Sales Continue to Rise

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...]

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...]

What is a Home Appraisal?

A home appraisal is a full evaluation and subsequent written report regarding the value of a home. Many lenders may require such an appraisal before approving buyers for a mortgage. Regardless of whether or not you have been approved for a mortgage of a certain amount, the lender will want to ensure the home is actually worth the price agreed upon … [Read more...]

The Woodlands Market Update – It’s Hot!

The real estate market in The Woodlands is almost literally "on fire".  Inventory of homes is at an unbelievable low, requiring buyers to be assertive in their purchasing strategies to secure the home they want.  Following are a few highlights from The Woodlands real estate market statistics, as of the end of February. Number of home sales are … [Read more...]

What is a Pocket Listing?

A pocket listing is one that does not appear officially on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). These listings, sometimes known as "quiet listings," are not public and are usually only discovered by word of mouth, private open house events, or other non-traditional marketing techniques. Occasionally, sellers will sign an exclusive contract with an … [Read more...]

Staging Basics: Bedrooms

While compared to other rooms in a home, bedrooms may seem less important when trying to sell a home, but it's still essential to create a warm and inviting space for potential buyers. And, yes, it can be tempting to leave these rooms set up for your regular day-to-day lifestyle, but some thought should be put into staging, beyond just making sure … [Read more...]

Houston Market Update for August 2012

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The End of 2011 – Market Update

It was a busy and brisk year in The Woodlands this year as far as real estate goes. The seasonal market cycles returned to normal as the federal government home buyer tax credit incentives finally disappeared from the market place. Although the national economy and job market caused many to become more cautious in expenditures, rates remained … [Read more...]

While the Rest of the Country Drudges Along, The Woodlands Bounces Back

In June I posted a video to my Facebook page that was created by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR). The video was a May 2011 press release from HAR that gave some statistics about the Houston real estate market. Carlos Bujosa and David Mendel also pointed out in the clip that because the 2010 Homebuyer Tax Credit was in place during the … [Read more...]