Let’s Buy Rental Property!

From one of our favorite guest writers - Bruce Becker from SWBC - comes this well-written post about rental property and how it can fit your portfolio. Once you had a chance to peruse it, call us to Boost your plan … [Read more...]

The Numbers – Rainy Day Edition

First of all, we sincerely hope that you and your family are safe and sound, and that the storm simply caused no more than the best lights and fireworks display and a sleepless night for our little ones. If you are willing and … [Read more...]

Let’s do the numbers – Pre-Spring Break 2016

With the first months of 2016 in the books, I'm sure you'll agree that quite a bit has happened. Between oil prices, job figures, interest rates, and the stock market, it sure feels like things are more than shaking up. Its impact … [Read more...]

Change is in the air – October 2015

With the cooler weather comes a cooler RE season - at least, that's the typical cycle. We can definitely argue that last year (2014) was an anomaly in the business, given all the folks that moved into our area to fill in the … [Read more...]

What exactly is going on?

If you're reading this post, it's likely that you have recently opened the HAR app on your phone and your face probably turned blue with the sea of green on the screen. Yes, it's true - the sudden influx of supply has tilted … [Read more...]

Full plan for Camp Strake revealed

The Johnson Development Corp. has revealed its master plan for Grand Central Park, a new master-planned community on the former Boy Scout Camp Strake property north of Houston. The Houston developer released a map and a video … [Read more...]

The power of Interest Rates

Interest rates are rising, don't wait to buy your next home, you could be throwing away hundreds of dollars each month. The table below graphs average interest rates for the last 12 months. The upward trend you see of late is … [Read more...]

The bottom line on the change ahead

The real estate industry was (almost literally) holding their breath on a major administrative change that was set to take effect starting August 1, until the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau delayed its implementation to … [Read more...]

The Numbers – Market Trends May 2015

The month of May has already flown by and we're getting busier by the day -- which is definitely better news than the activity we had during the first few months of the year. We are definitely blessed that our community, including … [Read more...]

The Road Bond – A Front Row Seat in the Discussion

By now, every resident in Montgomery County should know that on May 9th, voters will have a chance to voice their opinion on the Road Bond proposal. Our team was honored with the opportunity to participate in a round-table … [Read more...]

Ready for a Free (Toll) Ride?

The much anticipated flyover ramps connecting I-45 and Texas 242 will be opening in 2 to 3 weeks, according to Jennie Tanaborelli, the managing partner at PTP overseeing the project.  The I-45N to 242W and 242W to I-45S … [Read more...]

What a couple of weeks can do

Spring Break - the time in the year where there's typically some time set aside to rest. Not necessarily for us, though, because this year it clearly marked the start of the Real Estate selling season. What changed is that … [Read more...]

What’s happening in our market? – Q1 2015

As we have come to learn, the economy comes in cycles, and this year has had an interesting start in the geopolitic arena -- in Europe, the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, the potential big fat Greek exit from the Euro … [Read more...]

Que esta pasando en nuestro mercado – Q1 2015

La economia como bien sabemos es cíclica, y este año parece haber iniciado de manera interesante en ámbito geopolítico - En Europa, los problemas entre Rusia y Ucrania así como la potencial salida de Grecia (y posiblemente otros … [Read more...]

Let’s do the Numbers – January 2015

As we look into the charts, keep in mind that, although the market may look like it's not moving, the climb in inventory can be attributed to (a) Sellers that are trying to get a higher price than market value; (b) it includes all … [Read more...]

Latest update from Springwoods Village

We had an interesting discussion with Clayton Benedict from Coventry Development (CDC) - the Colorado-based developer that owns the land in Springwoods Village. To follow are the key points that were shared with us: - The next … [Read more...]

Commercial Development Update – Q2 2014

The Houston area in general has been notorious for its growth - although the same can be said about Texas as a whole.  The oil boom from the different shales across the state (and even in Oklahoma) is driving additional employment … [Read more...]

Defining a 1031 Exchange

Our thanks go to Bernard Abercrombie from the renowned Abercrombie and Associates PC firm, for their assistance in writing this article.   If you're reading this post, it's likely that you've heard or seen "1031" in a … [Read more...]

Interest Rates… trending lower?

Mahalo nui to our friend and frequent contributor, Bruce Becker from SWBC for providing some insight into what's happening these days with one of the many variables we deal with in the housing market. Also, and for your … [Read more...]

Has the Real Estate Market Peaked?

According to a study prepared by HAR, the Houston area’s persistent lack of housing inventory resulted in the market’s first home sales decline in three years in May. Thirty-four consecutive months of positive sales ended in April … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Sell Now

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage?  These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons … [Read more...]

Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas – Traffic Impact

With preparations for the event well underway, and our OutRival Racing athletes getting in tip top shape, we want to make sure that you're prepared for one of the things that will definitely be affecting us mortals on that date … [Read more...]

Quick Mortgage News – End of January 2014

Marc McClendon from Oak Mortgage Group shares his point of view on rate behavior, as well as the potential impact of national/international indicators that are due out in the near future. If you have any questions about these as … [Read more...]

Top 11 Reasons to Sell your Home during the Holidays

If you're debating on whether or not to wait until the feeding frenzy begins again during the Spring, consider the following points. They just might play in your favor. Give us a call if you're considering selling within the next … [Read more...]

US Government Shutdown and HUD Financing – What’s the Impact?

Although we have taken proactive steps with our clients to make sure that their HUD loans will proceed as planned, it's worthwhile sharing this set of FAQs with you (from the White House's contingency planning page) to help you … [Read more...]