Building a house is a huge responsibility that comes with lots of pressure and decisions. While you have a team of people to handle the intricacies of the process – including an architect and builder – you have to think about the big picture and designing. The more strategically you think about your home’s design now, the more satisfied you’ll be with the finished product.
Real estate transactions are complicated for several reasons. They involve legal, financial, and emotional aspects – many of which are intertwined together.
In order to make sure a real estate transaction involves a smooth transfer of money and ownership, there are a number of closing costs associated with a normal deal. While no single fee, payment, or tax is exuberant, they can compound and become rather expensive. Knowing how to lower your closing costs could be the difference between spending more than you have to and staying within a reasonable budget.
The ROI of real estate investing is well known. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find any investment vehicle that delivers a higher return than real estate over a three-, five-, or ten-year period.
So, why do so many people with the means to invest in real estate never give it a go? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not laziness or complacency. In most cases, a failure to invest has more to do with fear than anything else.
Smell is a funny thing. All it takes is one whiff of something and your mind can be taken to a totally different place.
For many, fresh cut grass takes them back to summers playing baseball in the backyard. Popcorn is associated with movie theaters. That one perfume your best friend wears reminds you of high school prom. There are smells you don’t even know you’ve committed to memory until you encounter them again many years later – such as your grandparent’s house. … [Read More]
For many Americans, a home in a gated community is a goal that will verify wealth and success. When you live in a gated community, there’s a sense of privilege that comes with owning the property at that address.
If you wish to purchase such a home in the Houston region, there are plenty to choose from. The Woodlands is one of the most highly valued areas, and it can boast of an array of prestigious, gated neighborhoods.… [Read More]
When it comes to buying a home, most people immediately think there are only a couple of options: apartment/condo or single-family home. But ignoring the feasibility of a townhome would be a huge disservice. … [Read More]
Even in a seller’s market like the one we currently have here in Houston, it can take some time to get an offer that you find acceptable. It can take weeks, or even months if you have a unique situation. But what if you want to sell your house quickly? … [Read More]
Owning a home is a quintessential part of the American Dream. There’s nothing like being able to live on a piece of land and call it your own. But for most people, the process of home ownership is one that extends across many decades – even a lifetime.
A large portion of “homeowners” never fully pay off a mortgage – meaning they don’t actually own their homes. And if they do pay off the mortgage, it takes at least 30 years. But just because you have a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, doesn’t mean you have to wait that long to own your house free and clear.
When buying a house, we all have the best of intentions. We tell ourselves that we’ll be meticulous in how we care for the property and won’t let things get out of hand. Then life happens, and little issues crop up here and there. Before you know it, the house is in disrepair, there’s not enough money to fix the problems, and you just live with the consequences and hope everything will miraculously come together.
But what would it look like if you stopped being passive and actually became a proactive homeowner who took initiative and did things right the first time around? Believe it or not, you’d save a lot of money and experience far less stress and anxiety.
The move into a new house is exciting … especially if it’s the first home you’ve ever owned. But it can also feature a lot of anxiety and stress.
You’re moving into a house with which you aren’t familiar — other than a couple of showings and inspections — and you’d like the process goes smoothly. In order to ensure a smooth move-in, you need to do certain things after closing … but prior to unloading all your belongings into the house.
If you take the time to familiarize yourself with the following actions in proper sequence, you can speed up the process and set the stage for a successful move-in.