January 27, 2009

Buying your first home – Step 11: Home Warranty

We only have a few more steps to go before we get to the much anticipated closing day.  What is a home warranty? Not to be confused with home owners insurance, a home warranty sometimes referred to as a residential service contract provides a level of protection for the internal systems of your home. The typical period […]
January 26, 2009

5 things that will derail your home’s closing

You have just signed the real estate contract for the sale of your Spring Texas home. Now all there is left to do is go to closing and move. Sounds simple enough. Because after all what could possibly go wrong? Oh, it is was only that easy. The time frame between contract signing and the home’s […]
January 24, 2009

Buying your first home – Step 12: final walk

We are counting down the final remaining days before what will become one of the most anticipated and cherished days of your life (Closing Day).  We are not done yet though because there are still things that need to be done before you can close on your first Spring Texas home. Final Loan Conditions: In the last week before closing […]
January 23, 2009

How to get the first time homebuyer tax credit

Its that time of year … again. The time of year most of us dread because it means hunting down receipts and gathering forms so we can prepare our income taxes. But if you were a first time homebuyer and purchased a Spring Texas home after April 9, 2008, you may be having a little […]
January 21, 2009
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Spring TX Real Estate: Market Report for 2008

How did the Spring TX Real Estate Market fare for 2008?  If you listen to the national media you would believe that very few homes sold and the homes that did sell sold at garage sale prices.   But what the media reports on at the national level is not always reflective of what is going on in […]
January 21, 2009

Buying your first home – Step 13: Closing Day

We have now arrived at the end of our journey down the path to homeownership as we have arrived at the anxiously awaited day of Closing Day.  Although there were many steps we had to complete the actual time elapsed from Step 5 – Negotiating an Offer to Step 13 – Closing Day has only been about 30 calendar days. Closing day is the […]
January 9, 2009

How can two identical homes have different square footages?

When inputting the listing of a Spring Texas home for sale in our local MLS, we are provided with four options from which to choose as the source of the square footage. The options are builder, seller, appraisal, or appraisal district. Since there is no common standard for calculating square footage, it is easy to understand how four different sources would yield […]
January 5, 2009
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How to save money on your real estate taxes

These days we are all looking for ways to save money whether it be on our grocery bill or our real estate tax bill.  The easiest way to save money on your Spring Texas real estate taxes is by filing for the general homestead exemption. And it is as easy as cutting coupons out of the Sunday […]
December 31, 2008

Happy New Year !!!!

Happy New Year to all my family and friends!!  I gave up making new year resolutions a long time ago. And I don’t have any new year predictions to share with you. What I do have to share with you are a couple of our favorite New Year traditions. Maybe they will become yours too. […]