real estate: 6 Steps to make sure your Mortgage Process Goes Smoothly! - 04/11/12 11:45 PM
Often you will hear that someone had a lousy experience getting their mortgage.  Now 99% of the time this is due to the lender doing a poor job.  Granted this is not all lenders.  My #1 Goal is to make the process as stress free as possible.  Here are the top 6 ways you can make sure your mortgage process will go smoothly:
1.      Local Lender- Getting a mortgage is a HUGE financial decision, so do not leave it up to an internet lender that you do not know.   Or some lender who is promising some unbelievable rate.  Ask for … (3 comments)

real estate: Pearland's Paws in the Park - This Weekend! - 03/27/12 08:25 AM
This sounds like a lot of fun and a great time.  You and Your Furry friend wont want to miss it.  Once again great Pearland info from the Pearland Real Estate Expert Maggie. 

DATE: Saturday and Sunday, March 31-April 1LOCATION: Independence Park (3919 Liberty Drive)TIME: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.ADMISSION: FREE admission, FREE on-site parking
ABOUTPearland Parks & Recreation is gearing up for the 18th Annual Paws in the Park, benefiting the Pearland Animal Adoption center. We will kick things off on Saturday morning with the HEB Plus! Pet and Owner Fun Run followed by the national Dock Diving competition. Dock Diving for dogs is … (0 comments)

real estate: Stafford, the Texas Town with No Property Taxes - 02/20/12 02:51 AM
Did you know that Stafford Texas has no Property Taxes?   It’s true, they don’t.  And it is all because of their mayor Leonard Scarcella.  Since 1995 they have gone with a no property tax system.  That is a risky plan, but it has worked for 17 years.  When many cities, towns and Counties are going bankrupt, how does Stafford make it work?  They focus on staying within the budget and use Sales Tax as their main source of income.  Along with Hotel Tax, Building permits and franchise tax. 
Without Property(real estate) Taxes, it is possible to buy more home in … (4 comments)

real estate: 6 Quick and Easy Tips to Increase Traffic to Your Real Estate Website - 02/19/12 10:34 PM
The key to being found on Google Searches is simple, the more visits(hits) you get the more popular your page looks to Google.  Good content is the biggest key to this.  But sometimes we need to help people find our website.  Here are 6 quick and easy tips to help folks find your website and increase your traffic:
1.      Email Signature- Think of all the people you email daily.  Your email signature is the best way to inform someone about your website.  So put a link to your website and maybe certain pages of your website.  Such as Search for … (7 comments)

real estate: The Cost of Buying vs Renting a Home In Pearland or anywhere in the Houston Area - 10/25/11 08:52 AM
Maggie gives a great example on why it is better to buy a home, instead of renting one.  This is especially true in the Houston area.  And if you are looking to buy a home in Pearland, contact Maggie today.

It makes good sense to consider purchasing a home in today’s Pearland, Texas Real Estate market. The Houston Association of Realtors just reported that homes sales climb up closed to 17% from last year.  They also reported record home sales for four straight months.  Clearly stated, the Real Estate market is moving along strong.
In Pearland, TX, our … (1 comments)

real estate: Get To Know Anja Drewes Your Sugar Land, Texas Realtor! - 08/30/11 08:32 AM
Tell us a little about yourself(work history, family, interests) 
My name is Anja Drewes, I am a Realtor for Re/Max Elite.
I Graduated in Hamburg, Germany with a Major in Graphic and Art. Before getting into Real Estate, I worked in Marketing for over 12 years.
I have lived in Sugar Land / Missouri City since 1999. I am a single mother of 2 amazing children. They both attend Clements High School.  They are both great athletes, we are at Swim Meets or Soccer Tournaments almost every Weekend. 
I have been actively involved in many service oriented associations (including PTA's, PTO's, Women's Associations, … (0 comments)

real estate: The Best Social Media Book For Realtors and its…….. Free. Soci@l - 06/23/11 11:08 AM
I recently downloaded my Free Copy of Soci@l the Book .  And wow.  Soci@l is written by Ben Kinney and Jay Papasan.  I have been to ActiveRain's Rain Camp before and learned a lot from Ben.  So when I came across the book, I knew I needed to read it.  If you are like me you have read a lot of social media books on facebook, twitter, blogging,etc.  Or maybe read the articles online.  Many times, I walk away more confused then when I picked the book up.  Ben has done an amazing of writing a book about Social Media that is completely … (39 comments)

real estate: Texas Expected to Ban Real Estate Transfer Fees - 05/27/11 06:18 AM

This is great information for Buyers and Sellers in Texas.  Like Mike Wong mentions below, this fee can be up to 1% of the sales price of the home.  So this bill would save buyers and sellers money when buying or selling a home. 
The Texas House and Senate have overwhelmingly voted for a bill that would ban private transfer fees on real estate. The new legislation bans new private transfer fees. Developers who have existing fees on properties must file a notice of the obligation in county property records by Jan. 31, 2012, and update it every three years, or the transfer … (4 comments)

real estate: Youtube's NEW Online Video Editing Tools - 04/21/11 11:12 AM

YouTube has just made your life easier with improving your videos.  YouTube can be a HUGE tool, so start using it today.  And let YouTube be your friend. 
Youtube's NEW Online Video Editing Tools and Features
I've been waiting since the launch of Youtube for them to do this.  Now that it's finally in place, I can only imagine that it's just going to get better and become an even more powerful module for Youtube video users.  The new Video editing features are awesome.  Let me show you some things you can do with that raw video from your mobile … (1 comments)

real estate: Houston Area is #10 for Best Real Estate Long Term Investment - 01/03/11 03:15 AM
For the majority of us, the biggest investment we will ever make is buying a home. recently names the top 25 metro areas where home prices increased over 20yrs. Making these areas the best for buying a home, since the values greatly increased over a 20yr period (1990-2010). Houston was ranked as the 10th best city.  During that 20yr period, home values increased by 34.6%.  Once thing that helped us have a increase in home value is that Houston did not get as affected by the Real Estate bubble like most major cities.  If you are looking for a home … (0 comments)

real estate: How much home does $300,000 buy you in Houston, Texas? - 10/11/10 07:53 AM
Yahoo recently did an article on how much home you can buy for $300,000 across America.  The point of the article is that now is a great time to buy a home.  Home prices are down 22% since the peek in 2006.  The Least amount of home you can buy for $300,000 is a 576 square foot home in San Diego.   And how much home can you buy in Houston for $300k, drum roll please....... 3,176 square feet.  WOW!
Like the article points out, the home prices in Houston have stayed more steady then the rest majority of the U.S.  … (0 comments)

real estate: Is there a new 3.8% "sales tax" on real estate in the Health Care Bill? - 09/22/10 06:33 AM
This is extremely important information.  Currently right now there are a lot of rumors saying this affects all transactions and it does not.  Also check out's explanation of the 3.8% tax. 

3.8% Real Estate Sales Tax - True or False?
You may have received an email or heard something on Twitter about the 3.8% real estate sales tax that has recently been brought up as an issue with the Health Care Bill (HR 3200).  In the emails, the tax is railed against and brought up as an absolute for all Americans selling their homes.
But wait...maybe we should dig further.  … (0 comments)

real estate: The Sky is Not Falling on Houston Real Estate - 08/20/10 09:44 AM
Paul has written a great post on the Real Estate market in Houston, Texas.

Yesterday, the front page of the Houston Chronicle spelled doom and gloom for the Houston Real Estate Market. The article reported sales were down 25% compared to the year before. Most would look at this and think Houston homes are finally in the same slump as the rest of the nation. As a Houston Realtor, The more I look deeper into the statistics I find the market is still in good shape. The Federal First Time Buyer's Tax Credit had a tremendous effect on the … (2 comments)

real estate: Top 10 Real Estate Web Sites- based on Visits - 07/26/10 06:22 AM recently released the list of the top ten Real Estate websites for May 2010.  This list is based on the number of visits to these sites.  Here is the List of the Sites and the % of their market share of visits: Yahoo! Real Estate- 4.31% Zillow-4.11% ZipReality-2.44% MSN Real Estate 1.94% Apartment Guide-1.54% Re/Max Real Estate-1.42% While the %'s change monthly and some sites move in and out of the list, the top 6 websites have stayed in that order for March, April and May. provided me with this information. I  hope you find it helpful. 

real estate: Grade Your Real Estate Website for Free!! - 07/15/10 03:48 AM
I recently came across a great website to grade your Real Estate website.  It is free and the website is  Here are just some of the areas that it grades your site:
Overall Score- It will rank your website out of all websites based on marketing effectiveness.  The Calculation is based on 50 variables such as: search engine data, website structure, approximate traffic, site performance, etc Compare You're Site to your Competition's- This site will also let you input which sites you compete with.  And how your site compares to theirs.    Grade Your Blog- There is also a … (5 comments)

real estate: 100 Ways to Create Real Estate Leads - 07/02/10 03:12 AM
This is great information on how to find investment properties. 

100 Ways to Create Real Estate Leads.
How effective is your marketing? Until you start this important element of your business, your business will not really get started...
The key fundamental element in the first level of your real estate investing business is creating systematic and consistent lead generation. Have you focused on that area yet? If not, you do NOT have a business, you have a hobby and a dream. Your commitment to this area of your investing career is critical to your success. There are many different … (1 comments)

real estate: Austin still stronger than national picture - 06/26/10 03:14 AM
This is helpful information if you are looking to buy a home in Austin Texas. 

As always, I study market conditions in Austin and Central Texas real estate, and I continue to see significant contrasts between our area and conditions elsewhere around the United States:

National:  On Tuesday, the National Association of Realtors® reported that sales of existing homes were down 2.2% in May compared to April (May Shows a Continued Strong Pace for Existing-Home Sales).  They indicated that sales last month would have been weaker without tax incentives for homebuyers.  

Austin:  In the Austin metro area sales of … (1 comments)

real estate: 6 tips to improve your Real Estate Facebook Page. FREE BOOK - 06/24/10 04:44 AM
With the market we are in, online marketing has to be a large part of your time and business plan. Facebook is a great and easy way to increase your presence on the internet. I recently read a great book(provided by on ways to market on Facebook and I wanted to pass along some points. These are 6 points on how to improve your Facebook page and increase your chances of being found on the internet.
Use a profile photo that shows what you do and offer- ex. Use that marketing photo that shows a photo of you and your website … (3 comments)

This is great information for anyone looking to buy a home in the West University/Rice Area of Houston Texas. 

Kirby Drive to the East, Union Pacific Railway railroad track to the West, Bellaire Boulevard/West Holcombe Boulevard to the South, and Bissonnet and Law Streets to the North.
Commonly referred to as West University or West U for short, West University Place in Houston, Texas was developed by former Tennessee Governor Ben Hooper. His idea for a community of country homes was conceived in 1910 when Governor Hooper … (0 comments)

real estate: HOUSTON TEXAS HOME SALES - MARKET REPORT MARCH 2010 - 03/30/10 03:34 AM
This is great information for anyone looking to purchase a home in Houston Texas. 

Known as both the Bayou City and Space City, Houston, Texas was founded in 1836 and named after General Sam Houston. With a population of close to 2 million, it's the 4th largest city in the United States. The city has been a dynamic center of business since the early 1900s and is also the leader in space technology, being home to NASA and the Johnson Space Center. The port area is thriving and connected to the city by the Houston Ship Channel. Other … (0 comments)

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