The Jones Team Blog
The word is out, and it looks like folks are paying attention. We've seen a huge increase in activity in the world of real estate and it looks like there is going to be a mad rush to get things closed before the Homebuyer Tax Credit expires. With this said, I wanted to take a moment to prepare our readers for what lies ahead.
Is your dishwasher on its last leg? Are you just keeping your fingers crossed hoping that your old refrigerator will make it through one more summer? Well, there is good news for those Texas residents who are in the market for a new appliance. Texas is tapping into $23.3 million of the nearly $300 million in federal stimulus funding to offer a rebate program this spring to help residents replace older, inefficient models with newer, more energy efficient models.
Congress elected to take a break before passing critical legislation that may have a huge affect on housing, particularly those of us who live in Harris County. It is no big secret that flooding is a sensitive issue in Harris County. Folks who live in Houston know that you don’t have to live in a flood zone in order to experience a flood.
I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Janet Burkett, marketing director for the community of Firethorne. Firethorne is a thriving master designed community located in the Katy/Fulshear area of Northern Fort Bend County.
Air quality is an important issue for all of us. Many people new to Houston develop what we locals refer to as “Houstonitis”. Folks that have never had allergies before in their lives can discover that our little slice of paradise can be rough on your bronchial tubes and nasal passages. While there isn’t a whole lot we can do about the quality of the air outside, there are several things we can do to make ourselves more comfortable on the inside.
Where you get your information can be just as important as the information you are getting. How can you be sure that the information you are getting is correct? Unfortunately, mainstream media seems to adhere to a hard fast rule...misery sells. When it comes to the real estate market, doom and gloom appear to be on the menu night after night regardless of the facts. And while Katy Texas saw a slow down in the market, we didn't even come close to the difficulty our friends accross the nation endured.
There is change in the air. Katy REALTORS® haven’t had it as tough as our friends in other parts of the nation, but it hasn’t been a walk in the park. REALTORS® throughout Houston have been forced to take a long hard look at their businesses. Some have had to move on to other industries while others have taken on part time jobs. Still others have taken on full time employment and continue to practice part time, waiting for the market to take a turn for the better.
Humidity, it’s as much a part of living in Houston as chili cook-offs and the Livestock Show and Rodeo. When we talk about humidity down here, we are usually complaining about how soupy the air feels. This is one of the few places where you can work up a sweat just standing outside. We often joke about adding a disclosure about the temperatures and humidity our relocating families will experience during their first summer.
Going green...everybody is doing it. Energy efficiency is all the rage as builders continually try to one-up each other with lots of different strategies and changes to the quality they include. What used to be an upgrade in many instances is now a standard feature.
We spent some time in another post discussing two stategies to make your offer more attractive to a seller, especially in the case of multiple offers on the same home. When you've found the home that is right for you, we want you to be in the best position possible so your offer will not only be accepted, but the seller would feel like your offer was infinantly safer and more stable than those competing buye
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