houston tx: Austin #1 Dallas #3 Houston #4 Houses Moving Fast - 07/25/14 01:40 AM
Austin #1  Dallas #3  Houston #4  Houses Moving Fast
The market is hot in Texas, so if you are buying you best decide quickly
ZipRealty just released new data analyzing the fastest-moving housing markets, and new research on how consumers might increase their chances of buying a home in these competitive markets. The median days on market in these metros remained relatively steady at 29 days, compared to 27 days as of June 30, 2013. The fastest-moving markets at the end of the second quarter were: - See more at: http://www.ziprealty.com/blog/ziprealty-names-fastest-moving-housing-markets-mid-year#sthash.wzkHtyee.dpuf

houston tx: Duck or Eagle - 07/31/13 12:10 PM
Great Service is a Choice!  Will you be a Duck or an Eagle?
No one can make you serve customers well. That's because great service is a choice. Years ago, my friend, Harvey Mackay, told me a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point. He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to … (0 comments)

houston tx: Hire a Humble TX Realtor - 07/23/13 12:29 PM
Hire a Humble TX Realtor!!
Did you read this article?
Why buying a home is more complicated than buying a car, and how you can make it easier
Article By:  Marty Kramer | Consumer columnist
A friend of mine once commented that a person can walk into an auto dealership and drive away in a $100,000 car a few hours later. So why, he wanted to know, does it take so long to purchase a home?
Here’s why
You don’t need to hire a surveyor to measure a car to find out if the neighbor’s fence encroaches on your … (0 comments)

houston tx: Homestead Exemption Just Became More Complex - 09/03/11 02:59 AM
Homestead Exemption in Texas...more complex
The application process for a homestead exemption in Texas is about to grow more complex.  Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature approved new standards of mandatory disclosure for any one of several kinds of homestead exemptions.  Beginning on September 1, 2011, those new rules go into effect.  Prior to September 1, a homestead exemption was relatively easy to obtain; a property owner simply filed an application.  Now, home buyers will have to follow new rules and provide more proof they are eligible for the claimed exemption.
In order to receive a homestead exemption for property tax purposes, applicants must now provide a … (5 comments)

houston tx: Housing Market is shrinking - 08/27/11 02:26 PM
Diana Olick says: The housing market is shrinkingThe foreclosure headlines today are that one third of all homesales in Q2 were of distressed properties (foreclosures and shortsales). The discount on those homes from comparablenon-distressed properties was 32 percent. What the headlinesdon't say is that while the percentage of the market that'sdistressed rose from a year ago, from 26 to 31 percent, theactual number of distressed sales fell. The share only went upbecause the number of non-distressed sales fell, leaving thetotal pool smaller.  And there's the biggest problem in housingtoday. Sellers are afraid to put their homes on the market forfear of … (2 comments)

houston tx: Texas Housing Trending at 2009 - 08/02/11 05:38 PM
Texas housing market trending at 2009 levels Real estate markets nationwide reported steep drops after thefederal homebuyer tax credit expired last year, but Texas salescontinue to track alongside 2009 levels, according to the TexasQuarterly Housing Report. While the Lone Star State'ssecond-quarter sales fell 12% from a year earlier, Texas' totalsales volume of 58,795 homes was in line with 2009 levels,suggesting the market is maintaining a steady pace with orwithout federal stimulus. "Texas has dominated nationalheadlines for economic strength, which makes it clear therecovery continues in our state," said Jim Gaines, an economistwith the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, whichpublishes the … (1 comments)

houston tx: 7 out of 10 Renters See Ownership as a Priority - 07/26/11 09:41 PM
Did you see this? NAR - 7 out of 10 renters see ownership as a priority
According to the 2011 National Housing Pulse Survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®, 72% of renters surveyed said owning a home is a top priority for their future, up from 63% in 2010.  Seven in 10 Americans also agreed that buying a home is a good financial decision while almost two-thirds said now is a good time to purchase a home. The annual survey, which measures how affordable housing issues affect consumers, also found that more than three quarters of renters (77%) … (0 comments)