Real Estate News

  • Furniture shopping for a new home It's not uncommon to redecorate when moving into a new home. Those looking to add some furniture to their new Houston home may want to stop by the Ashley Furniture HomeStore at the Galleria this weekend. June 30th, 2010 9:26pm
  • Houston tops list for high utility costs Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs can save on energy bills. If a person owns or rents a Houston home, it's probably no surprise to them that this southern city was recently ranked the second-most expensive for monthly utility costs. June 30th, 2010 9:26pm
  • Houstonians still buying foreclosed homes Foreclosed homes were found to be 27 percent cheaper than others in the same location. Foreclosure has been on just about everybody's mind lately, and a recent report shows that locals looking for deals on Houston homes are still turning to these properties. June 30th, 2010 12:32am
  • Job creation plan would help avoid commercial real estate crisis One company believes creating more jobs will help the commercial real estate market. There's been a lot of concern among experts about the commercial real estate market in Houston and all over the country. Recently, a nonprofit organization came up with a job creation plan that could alleviate many of those problems. June 29th, 2010 12:33am
  • Using apartment communities' social networking sites helpful Checking an apartment community's Facebook page can help renters get a leg up in their search. In case locals haven't heard, there's an apartment shortage coming soon. One way to make sure there are some Houston rental properties available to scoop up is to visit apartment communities' social networking websites. June 29th, 2010 12:33am
  • Eco-friendly Houston homes Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs is one thing environmentally-conscious homeowners can do. Searching for that perfect piece of Houston property can be time consuming. However, locals looking for an eco-friendly home may make Ashton Woods Homes the last stop on their house-hunting trip. June 28th, 2010 12:33am
  • Houston one of the most recession-proof cities Houston residents were less likely to lose their jobs during the economic downturn compared to those living in other areas. Houstonites have always known that Texas really is a great state to live in. Now they have economic proof to back it up. June 25th, 2010 10:45am
  • Attention Houston renters: Check credit reports Landlords will call employers to verify income. When it comes to renting to perfect place, nothing counts more than a person's credit report. June 25th, 2010 10:45am
  • Houston's new hot neighborhoods The local housing market will pick up as more Houstonites become employed. While some people believe it will be a while before the American economy is back to its old self, there is plenty of proof that the rebuilding has already begun. As more Houston residents find themselves with jobs, the number of homebuyers will rise as th June 24th, 2010 10:45am
  • Houston construction outlook not so bleak anymore Unlike the rest of the country, Houston construction expects to pick up. There's been a home building slump around the country, but Houston is set on bucking the trend. June 24th, 2010 10:45am
  • Existing home sales remain high Even after the expiration of the tax credit, people are still buying homes. Recent reports from the National Association of Realtors show that existing home sales continue to stay high, which is good news for Houston real estate. June 23rd, 2010 4:22pm
  • Agents: How to develop qualified home buyers It's important for agents to know who is serious about buying or selling a home. Being able to tell which consumers are motivated home buyers and sellers can be a difficult task for some real estate agents. However, developing this skill could be one the best investments an agent can make, Realty Times said. June 22nd, 2010 3:21pm
  • National Flood Insurance Program lapses again Houston homeowners should seriously considering purchasing flood insurance. In a move that is sure to bring more groans from those in the Houston real estate market, the Senate voted against an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. June 21st, 2010 11:02am
  • Common housing market myths When buying a home, a consumer should have all the facts. The collapse of the housing market sent many into a panic. A recovery is still underway and there's a lot of information out there misleading consumers about the actual state of things. June 21st, 2010 11:02am
  • One-quarter of Houston home prices dropped in June Some Houston home sellers lowered their asking price during June. During June, 25 percent of Houston consumers selling their homes lowered the selling price, according to a recent report from the real estate research firm Trulia. June 18th, 2010 11:02am
  • Homebuyers tax credit extension granted Foreclosed homes or those purchased through short sales were given an extension for the homebuyers tax credit. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate approved a limited extension of the federally funded homebuyers tax credit. June 18th, 2010 11:02am
  • More consumers opting for a home warranty A home warranty can cover repair costs for appliances. When a consumer buys a home, the last thing they want to do is sink more money into it for repairs, which is why more people are opting for home warranties. June 17th, 2010 11:03am
  • Real estate agents should keep websites search engine friendly Real estate agents should consider using key word optimization on their websites. When it comes to landing customers, real estate agents try a number of different tactics. One of them should be to make their websites search engine friendly, according to RISMedia. June 17th, 2010 11:02am
  • Houston single-family home sales rise Single-family home sales continue to rise in Houston. The Houston real estate market saw single-family home sales increase for the third month in a row during May, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. June 15th, 2010 2:13pm
  • Plenty of senior housing in Houston There's a high demand for senior housing in Houston. Senior citizens living in the Houston area have a large number of housing options to choose from, the Houston Business Journal reported. June 15th, 2010 2:13pm