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It’s not news that Texas, and Houston in particular, have fared better than most of the nation during the economic turmoil of the last few years.  While Texas home prices appreciated at a healthy pace in the 2000’s, none of it approached the huge increases seen in some of the “bubble” markets aro...
03/01/2011
A new program in Houston designed to encourage property owners to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings will offer incentives for some types of renovation, Mayor Annise Parker announced this week."The Energy Efficiency Incentive Program is an unprecedented opportunity for commercial bu...
02/11/2011
It didn't take long to learn that dealing with an attention span of 15 seconds could kill my online business. That's what we were facing when it came to luring Web traffic to our real estate Web site. Only 15 seconds to determine if visitors liked what they saw! Tick, tock. Through experimentatio...
11/11/2010
Life in Texas can bring many unexpected surprises. The land is large and for the most part, still uninhabited. Texans are often privy to erratic weather; pests in their homes, even the occasional stampede of wild horses is not unheard of. However, throughout Texas and Houston in particular, resid...
11/02/2010
The Alvin area was settled in the mid-1800s by ranchers and cattlemen, and once the Santa Fe Railroad expanded into the area, a settlement was established along the railroad. Alvin was initially named Morgan in honor of its original resident, Santa Fe employee Alvin Morgan. Upon discovery the nam...
08/23/2010
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08/22/2010
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In a recent article by Phoebe Chongchua for www.realtytimes.com, the ‘walkability ‘ of a home's neighborhood is now in high demand for prospective buyers. Market trends change constantly, and Houston Realtors have noticed that first time buyers and baby boomers have quite a bit in common with thi...
07/16/2010
In March 2009, shortly after President Obama took office, an ambitious $75 billion federal program (Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP) was launched promising to help modify the mortgages of up to 4 million Americans who were struggling with their payments or facing foreclosure. The re...
07/09/2010
In real estate, buyers are often on the hunt for a residence that feels comforting, inviting, and well, feels like home! The search for a house can be overwhelming, and disappointments are often a frustrating and unavoidable part of home tours. However, some realtors are looking to change this pr...
06/23/2010
With media coverage focused on the oil spill in the Gulf, another news story which affects coastal families has slipped somewhat under the radar. Authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides flood insurance to more than 5 million homes in the U.S., expired on May ...
06/15/2010
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