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March 24, 2014

3 Advantages of Selling Your Home During the Holidays

From Dave Ramsey’s Real Estate Minute Thanks to reduced competition, motivated buyers and a warm and cheery holiday home, you can sell your home faster and for more money during the holiday season. We all know—or maybe we assume—that spring and summer are the best times to sell a home. And it’s true that many buyers do plan their new home purchases during the warmer months. But that doesn’t mean all the serious buyers evaporate after Labor Day. If your home is for sale now, you’re actually in a great position to sell your home faster and for more money by taking advantage of the unique characteristics of the holiday selling season. 1. Less Competition You’re not the only homeowner […]
March 24, 2014

Houston Real Estate Hotness Index for October 2013

March 24, 2014

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Hosts 6th Annual Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting Ceremony

WHAT: The Christmas tradition continues as LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in Katy hosts the sixth annual “Home for the Holidays” tree lighting ceremony, Presented By: Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. The annual Christmas celebration will include a magnificent 30-foot tree, hand bells, carolers, train rides, face painting/balloons and of course, Santa Claus making his grand appearance at LaCenterra! Thank you to our title sponsor: Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and to our sponsors; Costco, enTouch, Excel Urgent Care, Fidelity Investments, Green Mountain Energy, The Goddard School and Whole Foods Market for making this event a huge success! WHEN: Saturday, November 23rd 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (with tree lighting immediately following) WHERE: LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch – Heritage Square (central […]
March 24, 2014

Officials discuss Grand Parkway’s influence on Cy-Fair

Segment E of the Grand Parkway is poised to open in December, connecting Cypress and Katy by a 15-mile toll road and bringing with it potential residential, commercial and job growth. During the Nov. 7 Cy-Fair Houston Chamber mobility forum, officials discussed the affect the toll road could have in the Cypress area, comparing it with the rapid growth that occurred after Segment D opened in the mid-1990s in Katy and Fort Bend County. “We’re looking at a game changer here with the Grand Parkway coming in,” said Peter Houghton, chairman of the West Houston Association. The Cypress area should expect to have much growth that occurs in the years following the opening of the Grand Parkway, which is similar […]
March 24, 2014

Why today’s homebuyer needs a real estate agent more than ever

Last summer I got an email from a local real estate attorney who wanted to buy a house. He’d just gotten engaged and wanted to save some money by representing himself. This attorney wanted to do all the work an agent would do to find and buy his first home, and get paid a commission for his work. I explained to him that the commission is payable to the listing agent who agrees to pay a portion of it to the Realtor representing a buyer. Usually, if there’s no buyer’s agent, the seller’s agent gets the entire commission. Some agents will accept a reduced commission for representing both parties. The seller saves some money that way. Sometimes the savings get […]
March 24, 2014

4 Things Real Estate Agents Want You to Know

By Shayla Mars Real estate agents can be the saving grace one needs in buying or selling a home. If you have done either one of these things, you know how stressful it can get. It is the agent’s job to get things done quickly and smoothly, but they could use a helping hand from you as well. Knowing just four simple things can help move along a sale or close a deal with ease. 1. Be flexible with your timeline You may have hired the Babe Ruth of real estate agents, but that does not mean you should bank on a quick sell or a quick buy. The housing market is volatile.  The average time your house will sit on the market varies […]
March 24, 2014

Comment From A Valued Client!

Angela S. said, “Amy was the BEST. We had several glitches that were outside her and our control, but she went to bat for us and continuously kept us apprised with what was going on–both with the buyers of our old home and sellers of our new home. Our first buyer didn’t qualify last minute, and Amy said that she would find a new buyer as soon as possible–and less than a few weeks later she did! Then, when our bank messed up, she worked tirelessly to get people to respond, and she was calm when I was not. Amy responded, every time, quickly and with answers, and she never seemed put out with my questions or concerns. Her level […]
March 24, 2014

Houston Continues to Lead the Nation

Written by Metrostudy News (Houston, TX – January 29, 2014) Throughout 2013, several significant trends continue to stand out in significance for the Houston housing market. These include robust job growth thanks to strong economic fundamentals, low resale inventory partially driven by investor activity, high rental rates, and high affordability resulting from continued low mortgage rates. This is according to a recent report by Metrostudy, a national housing data and consulting firm that maintains the most extensive primary database on residential construction in the US housing market. The Houston new home market continued to surge in the fourth quarter, with builders starting construction on 6,141 new homes, the fastest fourth quarter pace in more than six years. Representing a year-over-year […]
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