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Home Inspections are essential! Take a look at this checklist!

Home buyers have it drilled into their heads that they need to get a home inspection. In California, for example, real estate agentsadvise home buyers to do a home inspection 15 ways from Sunday. Our purchase contracts contain two pages that talk about doing a home inspection, and those two pages are repeated in the buyer’s broker agreement. That’s just [...]

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Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Putting Home on Market!

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is looking forward to more than just a new basketball season: His living situation is about to change.   He’s tasked Jamie Adams with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with selling his Park Cities home on Greenbrier Drive. Adams is no rookie real estate agent, having represented other notable [...]

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Calling all HOUSE HUNTERS!!!

Before you go house hunting, arm yourself with some secret insider tips. One of my favorite Disneyland experiences was the time I went with a neighbor who worked there. Although it was a crowded Fourth of July evening, my neighbor knew how to navigate around the park to avoid the crowds and the best spot [...]

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Existing Home Sales up 1.2% in February!

Existing-home sales crept up 1.2% last month despite harsh winter storms, but they remain weaker than last year’s average, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. Sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million, a bit better than January’s 4.82 million. Last year’s monthly rate averaged 4.92 million, which was down from [...]

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8 Proven Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home!

Heed these 8 suggestions from real estate pros to ensure your property fetches the highest possible price. I’m no real estate investor, but I’ve bought and sold two houses in my time (one on my own and one with an agent), and what I can tell you from those experiences is that little things mean a [...]

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Gorgeous Ideas to Make Home Maintenance Less of a Pain!

1.  Front Yard Patio Image: Westover Landscape Design, Inc. Lawns are classic suburbia; they’re also classic maintenance time-sucks. Good-looking patios, on the other hand, don’t need mowing, watering, or fertilizing. Ever. Be a trend-setter and put one in your front yard for you to enjoy and your neighbors to envy. A professionally installed brick or flagstone patio runs $15 [...]

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** Whole Foods Announces Another Houston-Area Opening Date!**

**Whole Foods Announces Another Houston-Area Opening Date!** * Whole Foods will open its 1407 S. Voss Road location on April 8 at 8 a.m. The new 45,000-square-foot store is a relocation of the Whole Foods on Woodway Drive. * The current and future locations are less than a mile away, but the new store is [...]

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Houston named the fastest growing city in the US!

Houston has landed the No. 1 spot on Forbes‘ latest annual list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities. “Thanks in large part to the boom in horizontal drilling and fracking, which has helped the Houston metro area add a whopping 667,800 new jobs since 2005, the energy city is an economic powerhouse: Its 4.5 percent year-over-year job growth rate [...]

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It’s BACK! The return of the 3% down payment!

It is getting easier for some buyers to land a house with less money up front. More lenders are lowering down-payment requirements, allowing borrowers to commit 3%—or even less—of a home’s purchase price to get a mortgage. Many had been requiring down payments of at least 20% since the recession began. Some lenders also are [...]

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5 Home Decorating Tips from Houston’s Hottest Home Designer!

“Two thousand and fifteen is the Year of the Sheep, a docile animal born to follow, and although we are seeing some trends that coordinate nicely, many of this year’s design trends are anything but meek,” Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors says. Flanigan shares her tips to ring in the New Year in style. Mid-Century Modern “In 2015, [...]

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