Sunday, December 02, 2018 / by Michael O'Neal
Finding your dream home is an exciting adventure that, at times, can also feel all-consuming. On a good day, it's fun to swipe through listings and whiz through every open house in your area, but after umpteen hours of it—and perhaps a lost bidding war or two—it can almost drive you mad.
If you sometimes feel like you're spinning your wheels and wandering aimlessly from property to property, we get it. House hunt burnout is real. Yet there are also plenty of smart ways to keep your stress levels and sanity on even keel.
Get pre-approved for a mortgage before you even start
Do not pass Go, do not even look at online listings until you have your mortgage pre-approval lined up.
“Not only will a pre-approval make it easier to eventually make an offer as a serious buyer, but it will also help you narrow down your property search criteria so you can focus better,” notes Jackie Hinton, a real estate broker for Center Coast Real ...
Sunday, November 25, 2018 / by Michael O'Neal
Every winter, homeowners run the risk of spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on home repairs due to the extreme winter conditions. It’s extremely important to prep your home ahead of time and avoid these dangers. To keep your home safe, warm and in good working order we recommend these quick and easy winter home maintenance projects:
#1 Weather-Strip Your Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are an often-overlooked source of air leakage, but it’s important to weather strip them to keep warm air in and cold air out. Weather stripping presents two options: call a professional to install weatherstripping or do it yourself. If you do it yourself, you can use either caulk or expanding foam. It will cost about $20 to $30 to cover 10 feet.
#2 Upgrade Your Thermostat
If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance you have an outdated thermostat — the kind on which you move a bar between 50 and 90 degrees. These thermostats regulate heat inefficiently compa ...
Thursday, November 22, 2018 / by Michael O'Neal
Thursday, November 15, 2018 / by Michael O'Neal
Despite low inventory, home sales see gains and prices reach October highs
After a down month in September, directly influenced by the surge in post-Hurricane Harvey home sales exactly one year earlier, the Houston real estate market returned to more normalized conditions in October with gains in both sales volume and pricing.
According to the latest monthly report from the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR), 6,716 single-family homes sold in October compared to 6,417 a year earlier. That translates to a 4.7-percent increase. Year-to-date, home sales are 5.3 percent ahead of 2017’s record volume. Inventory grew slightly from a 3.7-months supply to 3.9 months.
The single-family home median price (the figure at which half of the homes sold for more and half for less) rose 3.6 percent to $234,653, and the average price increased 3.5 percent to $294,500. Both represent the highest prices ever for an October. All housing segments experienced gains except for homes priced at ...
Sunday, November 11, 2018 / by Michael O'Neal
Thank You, Veterans
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