Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. However, the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. In April, new listings fell nearly 45%, and sales volume fell 15% compared to last year.1 Fortunately, as restrictions have eased, we’ve seen… Read More Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?
These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their income further. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments can add up to significant savings each month. Here are… Read More 20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget
People are still buying and selling real estate, but Realtors are now doing things a little differently.… Read More Wondering how things have changed when buying a home? Realtors are now doing things a little differently. Here are answers to your Top 5 Questions about buying and selling real estate.
To escape the confines of our virus-imposed isolation, we broke out and went on a safari in search of wild bluebonnets. After packing a lunch and loading Jackson in the Jeep. We set off in search of Texas wildflowers. Driving north to Chapel Hill we stealthily escaped notice and took the old Brenham Highway to… Read More 2020 Bluebonnet Safari
Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us are spending a lot more time at home. We’re all being called upon to avoid public spaces and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of this infectious disease. While it can be understandably challenging, there are ways you can modify your home… Read More #StayHome: How to Create Functional Spaces in Your Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak
The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will begin to come to market over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Construction Report, the number of building permits issued in… Read More New Homes Coming to the Housing Market This Year
Whether you’re planning a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make tasteful updates can generate increased buyer interest and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately (or in… Read More Top 5 Home Design Trends for a New Decade
Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and their children do better in school.1 But one of… Read More Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide
We’re in the midst of the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, and economists think there’s still room to grow. A recent survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that experts believe the U.S. economy will remain positive throughout 2020.1 Still, given that recessions are a natural (and necessary) part of a business… Read More 2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast
We hope 2020 is a great year for you, both personally and professionally!