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houston real estate: Houston Property Owners Could Benefit from Initiative for Green Technology - 02/11/11 05:32 PM
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 building owners and managers to actively engage in the city-wide sustainability strategy - to make Houston a greener, cleaner and healthier place for ourselves and future Houstonians. The energy efficiency projects completed as part of this program will .... help buildings achieve their sustainability goals," she said in a statement.City government will commit $3 million in seed funding to (1 comments)
houston real estate: 2M Realty Elevates Real Estate Agents Earning Capacity With Treehouse - 08/22/10 12:03 PM
Virtual, End-to-End Office Program for Real Estate AgentsOffers Up To 100 Percent in Commission Guarantee Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 17, 2010 2M Realty, an independent firm providing services throughout the Greater Houston real estate market, has exclusively partnered with Treehouse Agent Services to "un-tether" the sales agent from their brick and mortar broker through the use of the Internet and a new virtual office program. The Treehouse program provides a complete, end-to-end service for independent agents looking to conduct their trade online. According to the pricing package purchased, agents can retain a guaranteed 100 percent or 80 percent commission upon closing. (1 comments)
houston real estate: Buy Real Estate Now and Save Big on Your Mortgage - 05/27/10 02:18 PM
In a New York Times article entitled Interest Rates Have Nowhere to go but Up, it is suggested that now is the time to buy as mortgage rates are not likely to get any lower for buyers looking to purchase Houston real estate. According to the article, after a historic 30-year decline in the cost of borrowing, interest rates are on the rise. The switch comes as no surprise, and is a natural facet of the ebb and flow of economics. Unfortunately though, the current rise in interest rates looks like it may continue for quite some time, at the very (1 comments)
houston real estate: Is the Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full? - 05/17/10 12:21 PM
So much of how we view the Houston real estate market depends on how we see the financial picture in general. Are we economic optimists or pessimists? Does the financial crisis bring buying opportunities and lessons to learn, or fear of the unknown and a desire to retreat? Some days we might feel a bit of both. While certain facts don’t lie, often our assessment of the market lies in our own perceptions, and how we interpret the data. Home values: If you were to look at the latest Home Value Index for Houston properties on Zillow.com, you’d see a 4.4% year-over-year (1 comments)
houston real estate: Helping Houston Home Buyers Find the Right School - 05/11/10 12:12 PM
If you have school-aged children and are looking at Houston homes for sale, questions about schools are bound to come up. What local school options exist? Does one district have a better performance record than another? What would be the best fit for my child? The task can seem overwhelming - especially in a city as large as Houston. Although the options are many, having the right information and resources can help make the decision process easy (OK, easier). First, arm yourself with some basic facts. Not surprisingly, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the largest in the Houston area. (1 comments)
houston real estate: Houston Area Neighborhoods: Bellaire, Texas: The “City of Homes” - 04/13/10 01:45 PM
Known as the "City of Homes", Bellaire, Texas is infamous for having a wide variety of residential properties. Located in southwest Harris County on Interstate Loop 610, Bellaire is surrounded by several Houston cities and is nestled within the Sugarland/Baytown metropolitan area. Due the city's close proximity to Houston and its abundant residential offerings, Bellaire real estate is ideal for Houston home buyers that are looking for a city that has a strong community, great schools and an abundance of outdoor activities. Overview
Founded by William Wright Baldwin in 1908, the city was named after Bellaire, Ohio, a location that (0 comments)
houston real estate: Home Improvements - Big and Small - Help Sell Houston Homes - 04/05/10 01:28 PM
As the spring and summer Houston real estate season heats up, many potential sellers may be looking at their homes with a critical eye and wondering if they have what it takes to sell in this competitive market. "Hmm, all the neighbors have granite countertops. Should we upgrade ours?" "Would updating the bathroom cabinets make the house sell faster?" The short answer is - maybe. Certainly, new and updated features will catch many buyers' eyes, but at what cost? The fact is, most home remodeling jobs don't give a 100% return on their investment in terms of resale value. However, some (1 comments)
houston real estate: Finding the Perfect Houston Family Home - 04/01/10 10:38 PM
The number one thing that Houston home buyers fixate on when they are looking to purchase family homes are schools and school districts. Yet, when searching for Houston family homes, it is important for home buyers to consider a variety of factors before making an investment in Houston real estate. If you're looking for family homes in Houston, whether in the Clear Lake real estate market or the booming Dayton real estate market, take the time to answer the following questions: •§ How large will your family be? Sometimes, home buyers focus on their current situations and do not consider what (0 comments)
houston real estate: Houston Home Curb Appeal Is Simple with Spring Color - 03/21/10 06:17 PM
Yes, spring is here. It seems like we were just shivering in 20-degree temperatures and building snowmen (!), and then - faster than you can say "spring training in Kissimmee" - we have blooming trees and picnic weather. And while this time of year is a thing of beauty in Houston, your yard...well...might not be. Those frigid winter nights left many owners of Houston homes with brown, bare spots where their lush landscaping once was. And although the process of returning our gardens to their former glory may take awhile, it's amazing what a few brightly-colored plants can do to spruce up (0 comments)
houston real estate: What to Expect from the 2010 Houston Real Estate Market - 02/26/10 11:56 AM
In January, the Houston Association of Realtors claimed that the 2010 Houston real estate market started with a, "mixed bag of readings, making it difficult to determine a clear direction for the months ahead." Today, sites like Yahoo! real estate are showing that the prices for Houston homes for sale have increased by 1.9% from last month, indicating that the real estate market may be on a slow-but-steady upswing. At this time, there are just over 5,000 homes for sale in Houston and the median price for these homes is set at $162,900. There are also 7,256 Houston foreclosures. During the (0 comments)
houston real estate: Houston real estate: The Benefits of a Sports Town - 12/28/09 11:12 AM
Taxpayers often rally against the construction of new athletic venues. In many cases, millions in public funds are diverted from schools and social programs so that team owners can oversee the creation of revenue-generating sports cathedrals. Houston, however, features five professional sports teams and has embraced the construction of stadiums and arenas in recent years. And if you are thinking about purchasing Houston real estate, the local sports scene may prove to be an unanticipated selling point. The NFL’s Texans, MLB’s Astros, NBA’s Rockets, WNBA’s Comets and MLS’s Dynamo call Houston home. The city, whose growth has been fueled by the oil and (4 comments)
houston real estate: Houston Real Estate Home Sales Rise Again - 12/01/09 04:03 PM
For the second straight month, Houston home sales increased on a year-over-year basis. So if you are looking to invest in Houston real estate, opportunity is knocking. According to a recent Houston Chronicle article*, Houston-area October home sales rose 13.8 percent compared to a year ago. The author attributed the jump to the first-time homebuyer federal tax credit, and to the avoidance of any natural obstacles such as Hurricane Ike in 2008. Should two consecutive months of positive sales - September single-family home sales soared an unbelievable 31 percent after the impact of last year's hurricane - be considered a trend? (0 comments)
houston real estate: 2M Realty Gives Demographics and Neighborhood Info for Houston Real Estate when viewing Houston MLS - 10/28/09 10:31 AM
The majority of Houston real estate buyers start their search process on the internet. 2M Realty knows that empowering real estate buyers with as much information as possible provides them the opportunity to make informed decisions. With that in mind, 2M Realty proudly announces the implementation of the Get Local Info tab on its website. This feature is designed to empower real estate buyers with neighborhood information and demographics directly surrounding real estate listings. "The 2M Realty website enhanced with the Get Local Info feature is an invaluable resource for all Houston real estate customers", said Mark W. Martin, principal broker (2 comments)
houston real estate: Five Reasons Why Houston Real Estate is the Perfect Investment - 10/19/09 12:35 PM
Famous for deep ties to the energy industry, Houston has redefined itself as one of the nation's foremost industrial, educational and financial centers. As home prices continue to decline, now is the ideal time to invest in Houston real estate. Houston offers a wide variety of upscale, fashionable urban districts, in addition to many attractive surrounding neighborhoods. Whatever your tastes demand, Houston real estate delivers. Consider the following five reasons why you should buy Houston real estate. Reason 1: Homes are starting to move. The volume of single-family home sales in August across the Greater Houston area dropped 10.1 percent compared (0 comments)
houston real estate: 2M Realty Gets Its Houston Real Estate Office Accredited By Better Business Bureau - 09/17/09 11:24 AM
With consumer trust being an integral part of any business success, especially for companies collecting information on its website, 2M Realty has taken steps to increase the level of confidence with their customers by becoming an Accredited Business of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). As a member of the BBB, 2M Realty is authorized to display the widely recognized BBB Accreditation Seal on its website, which links to a BBB report on the business and allows its website visitors to instantly verify its trustworthiness. "Many studies have shown that the majority of real estate buyers and sellers begin the process on (0 comments)
houston real estate: Living At Home vs. Selling Your House - 08/24/09 03:34 PM
Are you selling your home? If so, there are several things to consider before a potential buyer comes through the door. 1) Is cleaning the home good enough? NO ...being clean does not remove the clutter. To elaborate: We all love our "stuff" and think our stuff makes the home feel comfortable. But guess what? The potential buyers who visit your home will most likely think it is cluttered, messy, and uninviting. Buyers need to see a home in "model perfect" condition and they should be able to picture themselves living in your home. That means a minimum number of pictures of (2 comments)
houston real estate: What Interest Rate should a Seller Charge for a Seller-Financed Property? - 08/21/09 12:27 PM
Texas usury laws say that interest rates cannot exceed 18% ...which would be the max rate a buyer would pay if they were crazy enough to agree to an 18% interest rate. As a seller of hundreds of seller-financed notes in the Houston real estate market, I have charged anywhere from 8% to 12%. The rate will vary depending on annual salary, credit history, employment history and how much down payment. Typically, the more favorable the credit factors means the lower the interest rate, and/or the larger the down payment usually means a lower interest rate. Bear in mind, if you (0 comments)
houston real estate: 2M Realty Certified to Display TRUSTe Privacy Seal of Approval - 08/20/09 12:46 PM
- 2M Realty Demonstrates Commitment to Consumer Privacy Protection with the TRUSTe Privacy Seal of Approval - 2M Realty today announced that its Web site has been certified to display the TRUSTe Privacy Seal, which demonstrates its commitment to consumer privacy and trust online. Real estate buyers, sellers and investors can now have peace of mind when searching for Houston real estate securely on the 2M Realty Web site. TRUSTe, the leading privacy certification and seal program, awards its privacy seal only to companies that complete the rigorous TRUSTe certification process and agree to comply with ongoing oversight and TRUSTe's consumer (0 comments)
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