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Landscaping and Pet Safety

We actually had a winter in Texas! It’s hard to believe, but it’s true, and now that the weather has warmed up we are all looking to get in our yards and repair the damage and replace some of the plants that didn’t make it after the freeze. Many homeowners will take this opportunity to change the landscaping in their yard. Perhaps you would like to add some color; maybe you’re looking to go a completely different direction with your landscaping plan. For some of us, just having a plan would be a new direction!

The Latest Facts and Figures From Your Katy and West Houston REALTOR May 2010

We are committed to providing you with the latest information to keep you informed on the housing market and sales trends. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click on this link to view the MAY-2010 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter:

Finding the Right Location is Important

There are so many things to consider when you are thinking about buying a home. Finding a home with the right layout, plenty of space in the living area or kitchen, an open kitchen that’s easy to work in, and plenty of storage space…the list of needs versus wants can, at times, seem endless. While all of these are certainly important, there is one thing that should be at the top of everyone’s list. Location, location, location!

Cash for Caulkers

A new bill has passed the House and is awaiting a vote in the Senate. Dubbed “cash for caulkers”, a play on the cash for clunkers program from 2009, it is another infusion of stimulus money. This one would be tied to homeowners who seek to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates would be offered to those who invest in upgraded/added insulation and energy efficient window and doors.

Tips for Air Conditioner Maintenance

The heat is back in Houston! This past winter really socked it to us. If you live in Houston, Katy, or one of the other surrounding suburbs you’ve certainly noticed the growing lines at the garden centers. Everybody’s yards took a hit this year, and now that the temps are on the rise it’s time to get outside and fix some of the damage Jack Frost did.

Home Sales Jump

Chalk up one more point on the economic recovery side.  Housing statistics released late last week gave us the strongest reason to date to believe that the worst is definitely behind us.  New home sales jumped 27% last month, which was good news coming off a record low month.  Better weather and the tax incentive are largely responsible for this huge gain, the biggest month in 47 years.

National Flood Insurance Program is Back for Now

Congress took a step in the right direction last week and acted on the bill that extends the National Flood Insurance Program.  Buyers and sellers throughout the nation, many right here in Houston and Katy, were left in limbo when the program was allowed to lapse prior to Congress leaving over Easter.

More Information About the Homebuyer Tax Credit

The Homebuyer Tax Credit is set to expire, and while there is talk about another extension, not everyone will require one to qualify. Click the image below the left to learn more about the tax credit and who will get an "free pass" if they didn't take advantage before the deadline.

 

FAQ about the Homebuyer Tax Credit

 

The Housing Market Continues to Lead Us to Recovery

Uncertainty has abounded since the market began it's downward spiral.  Though corrections have caused many of us to see a decline in home value, overall our area has faired very well and the nation as a whole is beginning to climb out of recession.

Click the image below to read this months report.  In it you'll find plenty of reasons to believe that the housing market is already on it's way back and will become stronger, and more stable, than before.

 

Saving Money Has Become Trendy

I'm going to make it official...the recovery is officially here.  While times may still be tight, the worst appears to be behind us and all indicators point to cautious growth through 2011.  This latest recession was markedly different from those of the past.  There were no protected positions in corporate America; all were affected by the shake up in the market.

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