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Will We Lose Our Mortgage Interest Deductions?

Will We Lose Our Mortgage Interest Deductions?

How would you feel if you owned a home and Congress decided to take away the mortgage interest deduction on your federal taxes. Honey Dunlap would be MAD! There’s been lots of talk of mortgage rates and tax credits and…

Home Ownership is a Good Idea!

Home Ownership is a Good Idea!

My husband Trey and I have been living in the Northampton neighborhood in Spring for 14 years. Do we think buying a home was a good financial decision? We do. And according to a recent study by the National Association…

HELP! Buying a House in a Seller’s Market

HELP! Buying a House in a Seller’s Market

There is no question that the Houston area is a seller’s market. Thousands of Exxon employees are moving here from around the world plus all the people who will move here to support them.  So if you are interested in…

Arghh! It’s Back to School Time

Arghh! It’s Back to School Time

Ah, good old “back to school”! Let’s face it, it’s a stressful time for parent and child alike.  (Thank goodness my two are now in high school and college!) Here’s a couple of tips for the little ones. Back to…

Keeping the House Cooler (and other tips)

Keeping the House Cooler (and other tips)

Does it seem like the air conditioner is running all the time, but it’s still to hot for comfort? Before you call your AC guy, try checking the system yourself.  One of the things that is most often overlooked is…

Mortgage Rates Drop–Good News for EVERYBODY!

Mortgage Rates Drop–Good News for EVERYBODY!

How are the fixed-rate mortgage rates affecting the sale of your home? GREAT!  I just checked and the rates fell AGAIN to a three month low in July. (Yes, someone named “Honey” can check mortgage rates!) If you were worried…

More Power to the Entrepreneurs

More Power to the Entrepreneurs

    A few days ago, I went to a client’s home to double-check that it was ready to show to some prospective buyers.  The house was in perfect order (as I knew it would be) except toys were spread out…

When Does Exxon Open Its Headquarters in Houston?

When Does Exxon Open Its Headquarters in Houston?

Have you been wondering just when the Exxon move to Houston will be completed? The campus is located on a 385-acre wooded site on company-owned land near the intersection of I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road. It will   accommodate approximately 10,000 employees…

Sprucin’ Up the Backyard

Sprucin’ Up the Backyard

If you’re like Trey and me, we spend a LOT of time in the backyard during the summer.  With your backyard furniture and seating getting increased use, consider upgrading the look and style of your backyard. There are plenty of…

Have You Met Your Next-Door Neighbors Yet?

Have You Met Your Next-Door Neighbors Yet?

If you’ve just moved into your home or are considering buying a new home, you may be wondering who lives next door. In this day and age, it might take awhile to meet your neighbors. If you’re shy about reaching…

How to Get Information about Your Prospective Neighborhood

How to Get Information about Your Prospective Neighborhood

The Fair Housing Act prohibits real estate professionals from advertising and advising on specific demographics, such as school boundaries or crime rates. But that doesn’t mean you can’t check out the neighborhood before you buy! The following resources may assist you…

Determining the Landscaping for Your Home

Determining the Landscaping for Your Home

Improving the landscape around your home is not just about good looks. Home value can also increase with fine-tuned and maintained landscaping. But don’t think you have to hire a landscape designer to reconstruct your home. (If you can, great!…

Your Home, Interest Rates and Quantitative Easing

Your Home, Interest Rates and Quantitative Easing

You’ve no doubt noticed the increase in mortgage rates in the last month – maybe that statistic has even caused you to wonder if NOW is the time to sell your home. Happily the real estate market continues to flourish…

5 Ways To Help Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

5 Ways To Help Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

Summer is definitely here and vacation plans may have you planning on leaving your home in the very near future. Don’t forget to take a few preventative measures to ensure the safety of you and your home while you are…

Reducing Stress When Relocating Your Home

Reducing Stress When Relocating Your Home

Moving from your home can be a stressful experience. Regardless of whether you are moving across town or two states away, it is a process that requires time, organization, and a plan. If you are selling your home, you probably…

Will Creeping Mortgage Rates Affect Your Home?

Will Creeping Mortgage Rates Affect Your Home?

Despite that fact that mortgage rates are slowly creeping higher, Freddie Mac reports that they are still low enough to allow high home-affordability for your home. In fact, home sales continue to rise and new construction is being completed nationwide…

Communicate More Easily About Your Home with Houzz

Communicate More Easily About Your Home with Houzz

As you’ve thought about your home and its many needs, chances are you’ve visited Houzz.com. Design ideas for both inside and outside your home abound at Houzz and luckily they have now added a “Real Estate Agent” category! This is…

Selling Your Home “As-Is”

Selling Your Home “As-Is”

Thinking about selling your home but not sure you want to make needed repairs before listing it for sale? You’re in luck! These days, many homes are being sold “as-is” due to an ever-increasing lack of inventory. An “as-is” home…