Home Buyer Information

July 17, 2011

Your Realtor’s out of town. What do you do?

A new house just came on the Spring Texas real estate market that you really want to view. The house looks perfect. It looks like it may be “the house” you have been searching for. The problem is your Spring Texas Realtor is out of town for the weekend?  What do you? You could wait until your Realtor gets back into town […]
June 30, 2011

35% of Texans denied home loans

Five years ago when a potential buyer called requesting a showing of one listings I didn’t ask if he was pre-approved for a loan.  I just scheduled the appointment and showed him the Spring Texas home I had for sale.  Then if he liked the home, I told him the next thing we needed to do was get him […]
June 3, 2011

National Open House Weekend June 4 and June 5, 2011

Are you in the market to buy a house in Spring Texas?  If so, this weekend (June 4th and 5th) is a great time to get out and view some homes.  As many local Spring Texas Realtors along with numerous state and local real estate associations will be participating in the second National Open House […]
June 1, 2011

Preparing for hurricane season

Today, June 1st is the start of hurricane season. Will this be the year another Allison or Ike comes to pay us a visit?  Who knows?  But now is the time to prepare. Put together a basic hurricane emergency supply kit that includes: a three day supply of water and non-perishable food, flashlight and extra […]
April 8, 2011

When should you start your hunt for a house?

You have your down payment saved up and you are ready to move out of your cramped 1 bed apartment and buy a Spring Texas house. But you don’t want to be paying for both an apartment and a house for too long so when should you start your hunt for a house? To minimize your overlap of housing […]
April 5, 2011

2010 Census Data for Spring Texas

Almost every client I talk with who is relocating to Spring Texas asks me which neighborhoods should I stay away from or which are the most family friendly but due to Fair Housing Laws I can’t answer those questions.  I can only point you to websites that you can use to develop your own opinions. An excellent resource […]
April 2, 2011

Does buying a house “AS IS” mean you can’t do inspections?

Even if the Spring Texas home you are interested in is being advertised “AS IS”, you still have the right to have the home inspected. Homes that are being sold as a short sale or as a foreclosure are typically sold ”AS IS” and it means the owner/seller of the home is selling it in […]
March 19, 2011

Is a part-time Realtor the best person to represent you?

Recently while at a family gathering, you told an aunt you and your husband were thinking about buying a house in Spring Texas.  Your aunt’s response was “You need to call your cousin, Joe. He’s a Realtor®”.  Cousin Joe’s a Realtor?  When did this happen?  Last you heard he was working at Home Depot.  Your aunt’s response was “Yes, Joe does still […]
March 11, 2011

How many excuses does a lender have for not closing on time?

When you are buying or selling a Spring Texas house, your life evolves around the closing date.  For weeks you have been coordinating schedules.  You set a date for the movers. You lined up a babysitter for the kids. You scheduled time off from work. You called the utility companies to establish service.  You are ready to go. You are just […]