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D.R. Horton building in Cypress Forest Lakes

Since its beginnings in 2006, Cypress Forest Lakes has struggled to find the right builder with the right product at the right time.  The first builder in Cypress Forest Lakes, a small gated community of 71 home sites in Spring Texas, was Meritage.  Meritage built homes in 2006 - 2008.  The next builder was Dunn & Stone. Dunn & Stone built homes in 2009 - 2010.  In 2011, builder #3, D.R. Horton started constructing homes. Based upon the brisk sales activity being experienced...Continue Reading!

Are you stuck with the Realtor assigned by the RELO company?

If your employer offers you relocation benefits, the relocation company will "assign" a Realtor to work with you. The Realtors who agree to be assigned have taken relocation certification courses and agree to pay your relocation company between 35% to 40% of the commission they earn from either helping you with the purchase of a house or helping you sell your current house. If you are selling your house, the relocation company will typically have two Realtors from two different real estate brokerages meet...Continue Reading!

Relocating to The Woodlands

If you've been thinking about relocating to the Woodlands, watch the video below.  It will motivate you to stop thinking about relocating to the Woodlands and to start relocating to the Woodlands.   When you are ready to start house hunting in the Woodlands, give us a call at 281.300.3141 or 281.804.8626.  We will be happy to help you find the right house to call "Home".  Continue Reading!

Top 10 Homebuyers regrets

Woulda, coulda, shoulda .... the regrets of home buyers. Here's a list of regrets I have compiled from Spring Texas home buyers so that maybe you can gain from their hindsight. I wish I would have chosen a house with a smaller yard. Cutting grass when it's 95 degrees and 85% humidity is exhausting. I should have gotten the home inspected. Since it was a new home, I thought there wouldn't be anything wrong with it. Builder says the repair is not covered under the warranty. Ouch!! I should have asked...Continue Reading!

The Chancel says “Goodbye” to Plantation and “Hello” to Travis

The Chancel, a 140 home site community in Spring Texas, has said "Goodbye" to Plantation Homes and "Hello" to Travis Homes.  Located at the intersection of T.C. Jester and Spring Cypress, Plantation Homes and Meritage Homes have been the exclusive builders in The Chancel. But Plantation Homes was not keeping up with their lot commitment and the developer said "Goodbye". Travis Homes seized the opportunity to build in The Chancel and bought all of the 46 lots previously committed to Plantation Homes. Without the...Continue Reading!

Close our loan!

Fed up with closing delays by their lender a Georgia couple got creative and launched a social media campaign pressuring Bank of America to close their loan. The video went viral and on December 16th (46 days after the original closing date), Bank of America finally closed their loan. The video they created is below: If you are thinking about buying a Spring Texas home, ask your Realtor for lender recommendations. Realtors know which lenders you can count on to close your loan on...Continue Reading!

So – so house or so – so subdivision?

After searching for the perfect Spring Texas house to call home, you have finally narrowed your choices down to two houses. One house is a so - so house in a great subdivision and the other house is a great house in a so - so subdivision. Both houses have pluses and minuses and you would be perfectly happy living in either of them. Which one should you choose? If you are making the decision purely from a future resale perspective, the best house...Continue Reading!

Best city for being a landlord

Based upon home prices, economy, rents, and job growth, the best city for being a landlord is Houston, Texas.  1.  Houston, Texas  with Projected 3-year rent increase of 18%, Q2 home price of $174,000, Current monthly rent of $818, and an annual job growth of 2.5%. According to Local Market Monitor, the other top cities for being a landlord are 2. Grand Rapids, MI 3. Rochester, NY 4. Dallas, TX 5. Tulsa, OK In Spring, Texas, the demand for single family homes rentals are up 25% over...Continue Reading!

How low can they go …

The rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage seems to be playing a game of limbo.  Less than 60 days ago, mortgage rates hit a new 50 year low when they averaged a paltry 4.15%.  This week, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage hit a new low when it dipped below 4% for the first time ever. Times certainly have changed from when I purchased my first home in the early 1990s. Back then the interest rate on a 30-year mortgage was 10%. Did...Continue Reading!

What stays and what goes?

What customarily goes or stays with the sale of a house varies from state to state. Thus before your purchase a Spring Texas house it's best to find out what stays and what goes with the house. What stays and what goes when you are selling your Spring Texas home? Stays: Curtains, rods, blinds, valances, window treatments light fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans built-in closet systems decorative shelves, storage shelves, all items that look as if they are permanently attached to the wall landscaping pool equipment fireplace screen brackets and mounts for wall...Continue Reading!