Home Buyer Information

October 25, 2012

New developer breaths life into Discovery at Spring Trails rebrands it Harmony

Discovery at Spring Trails once touted as the first ecomagination community in Northwest Houston never really got off the ground.  The plan was to develop an 1,100 acre community in a prime location off Riley Fuzzel (path of the proposed Grand Parkway) include resort style amenities and add a green element with a mandatory requirement for […]
October 17, 2012

How many days has it been on the market?

One of the first things a buyer will ask me about a Spring Texas house is “How many days has it been on the market?” Days on Market (DOM) is a measurement of time.  It represents the number of days a house has been listed as Active on the Spring Texas real estate market. If the house […]
October 4, 2012

The three words every buyer wants to hear – Clear to Close

Buying a Spring Texas house is a series of steps and upon the completion of each and every step the anticipation and excitement of move-in day builds. The most stressful and the least fun step in buying a Spring Texas home has to be getting a mortgage. The mortgage process starts off easy. The loan […]
July 17, 2012

Just because it’s new doesn’t mean it was built correctly

Should you have the Spring Texas home you are buying inspected?  Yes.  But do you need an inspection if the home is new?  Most buyers think the answer is No. But the answer is still the same – Yes. Just because the home is new doesn’t mean it was built correctly. I know … the builder told you he was having […]
June 3, 2012

What’s your risk?

In 2005, when Hurricane Rita headed towards Spring Texas did you stay or did you go?  In 2008, when Hurricane Ike came barreling ashore did you stay or did you go? For both Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike, we waivered back and forth in our decision to stay or to go.  But ultimately we decided to stay in Spring Texas […]
May 15, 2012

How much did they buy the house for?

When you’re interested in buying a Spring Texas house, do you wonder how much the sellers paid for it?  Or maybe you wonder how much the sellers mortgage is? This is what I call “good to know” information. But that’s all it is. How much a seller paid for his house or how much he owes on […]
May 3, 2012

Mortgage rates hit new record lows

Freddie Mac has announced mortgage rates have hit new record lows with the average 30-year mortgage rate being 3.84%.  No, that’s not a typo.  It is 3.84%. But with the 3.84% being an average rate, it makes you wonder if any home buyer / borrower is ever able to get the low average rate?  The answer is YES! […]
April 25, 2012

Crime Reports for Spring Texas

When working with buyers relocating to the Spring Texas area, I am typically asked “What’s the crime like in Spring Texas?” That’s a loaded question because the National Association of Realtors code of ethics prohibits Realtors which includes me from directly answering the question. What I am permitted to do is to provide a source where you can […]
April 11, 2012

96% of people believe now is a good time to purchase a home

The American Dream of owning a home is still alive. According to a recent national survey conducted by Prudential Real Estate, the majority of people still believe real estate is a GOOD investment. A couple of key findings from Prudential Real Estate’s recent survey are: With interest rates at historical lows, 96% of people believe […]