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The average price for a home in Houston has increased by nearly $94,000 over the past decade.In 2004, the average price for a Houston home was $175,800. Today, that price has increased more than 50 percent to $269,440, according to data from the Houston Association of Realtors and the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.In recent years, home prices have skyrocketed in Houston, squeezing...
Read Post [Posted on 10/15/2014 By Susan Arnoldy]
Houston will never have the natural beauty of San Francisco, the hipness of Portland or the luxury of New York. That's not what it should strive for, says author and academic Joel Kotkin, who was in Houston last week presenting his latest research on the city.For the most part, what makes Houston unique and what brings people here are jobs and an abundance of relatively inexpensive housing. What's...
Read Post [Posted on 10/15/2014 By John Askins]
Congratulations on selling your home! As you depart, think of things that would make the new owners' lives easier as they transition into their new home. Be sure the home is clean (of course). Leave all extra keys and label the keys if they are for specific locks. Don't forget the garage door opener, or instructions on the home's security system. If you have warranties and manuals for appliances o...
Read Post [Posted on 10/14/2014 By Holly Smith]
Columbus Day, which you could have easily not noticed, was today. It celebrates the day in 1492 when Christopher Columbus discovered America. I discovered (doing my due diligence as always when bringing really important facts to you) that he actually first landed in the Bahamas and thereafter focused his exploration on south America. Why the day is celebrated in north America on that basis, I'm no...
Read Post [Posted on 10/13/2014 By John Paulus]
The real per capita GDP rose a modest 3.8 percent from 2010 through 2013, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis data. But in a few metro areas — mainly those that have large technology sectors or are in energy-boom areas — incomes have risen much faster, by up to 13.2 percent in the same timeframe.What's more, much of the gains are in the nation's "long-distressed industrial heartland...
Read Post [Posted on 10/13/2014 By John Askins]
The Houston housing market resumed its upward trajectory in September after a slide downward in July and August.  Sales for October look very strong as well.  Read how the upper tier market is outpacing the lower-priced housing for the moment:   http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Houston-housing-market-resumes-its-upward-5810284.php?cmpid=twitter-premi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/10/2014 By Cynthia Guest]
The spring pilot program was so successful that Sunday HTX Streets is returning for more outdoor activities for the fall starting October 12th on 19th Street in the Houston Heights from 12pm to 4pm.  19th Street will be closed to cars between N. Shepherd and Heights Boulevard and open to pedestrians and bicyclists in an effort to promote a more healthy Houston by encouraging people to ge...
Read Post [Posted on 10/10/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Home prices continue to rise nationwide, albeit at a slowing pace. Including distressed sales, home prices rose 6.4 percent year-over-year in August, according to CoreLogic's latest Home Price Index.All 50 states showed year-over-year home price gains, with nine states soaring to new highs. Those states were: Texas Colorado Iowa Louisiana Nebraska North Da...
Read Post [Posted on 10/10/2014 By John Askins]
The developer of west Houston's CityCentre has acquired more than 6 adjacent acres for a major expansion that will bring the northern boundary of the high-end mixed-use complex all the way to Interstate 10 for the first time. "This is pretty big in the sense that we'll create a gateway entrance from I-10," said Shon Link, executive vice president of devel...
Read Post [Posted on 10/10/2014 By John Askins]
AmReit has begun a long-term $1.2 billion plan to redevelop the 17-acre Uptown Park, a European-style shopping center on the west side of Loop 610 at Post Oak Boulevard not far from the Galleria in Houston’s Uptown area. The first part of the redevelopment effort is the demolition of a building occupied by several retailers, and replacing it with a high-rise residential tower atop 20,00...
Read Post [Posted on 10/10/2014 By John Askins]
Fall has officially arrived, folks! And you know what that means: It's time for pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted houses.  Here are a few local places you might want to check out! Click on the pictures below for more information!  7705 FM 362, Brookshire, TXNOTE WEEKEND HOURS: Saturdays 10am-dusk and Sundays Noon-dusk! ​Enjoy 8-acres of Corn Maze to explore8-ac...
Read Post [Posted on 10/09/2014 By Don Arsenault]
The fall home buying season began with gusto in Houston as sales and prices did in September what they have done for months – rose. The continued buying frenzy caused housing inventory to shrink very slightly after holding steady for two consecutive months. And in another scenario that has become all too familiar in this market, prices reached record one-month highs. ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/09/2014 By John Askins]
October is National Pasta Month!Check out this coupon for some AMAZING food!Brio Tuscan Grille  Phone:  281 465-8993  Contact Us For More Info1201 Lake Woodlands Drive   Suite 303The Woodlands, TX   77380Check out more of our Specials and Coupons!DJ & Elizabeth Arsenault281-989-6934Info@TexanRealtor.com ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/08/2014 By Don Arsenault]
Being a first time home buyer can be scary! Here are some common mistakes and misconceptions to avoid.1) Lack of credit- Make sure you have a credit score around 620 in order to qualify for a mortgage.2)Lack of cash-You will need cash for a down payment, earnest money, inspections, appraisal, closing costs, prepaid interest, 3-6 months of reserved money to use for the first few months of house pay...
Read Post [Posted on 10/08/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
The front door and entrance to your home can convey the spirit of the season be it Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, or Spring. It can also send a strong message to buyers: welcome, joy, sanctuary, luxury, warmth.  That first impression sets the tone as buyers enter your home and imagine it as their own. Before you decorate, be sure the door is freshly painted and the porch is clean, clear, ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/08/2014 By Holly Smith]
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