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...]

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...]

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...]

Looking at the True Cost of Installing a Pool

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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...]

What to Look for in an Income Property

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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...]

What is a Home Appraisal?

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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...]

What is a Home Energy Audit?

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With warmer weather approaching, many of us are already bracing for higher energy bills. But there are some steps you can take to help ensure your home is as efficient as possible. You can check basics such as drafty doors and windows yourself, or you may opt to have a professional home energy auditor come and evaluate your home. In fact, Energy … [Read more...]

What is a Pocket Listing?

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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: The Dining Room

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Not all homes have a formal dining room, and some families do not use their space for sit down dinners on a regular basis. However, if you have a formal dining room, it is important to stage it as such, even if you use it as a home office or play room in your daily life. Buyers love the added entertainment potential of a formal dining room and it … [Read more...]