“2020 will be known for a lot of things, and a record-breaking year for real estate will certainly be one of its more unexpected legacies,” prominent economist Daryl Fairweather said.1 And he’s right: most of us would have expected the housing market to suffer from circumstances like a once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic and historic inventory shortages. But,… Read More The New Normal: A Strong Housing Market Expected to Continue into 2021
For years now, virtual home tours have helped real estate buyers far and wide find the perfect home. From long-distance military personnel being relocated, to investors expanding their portfolio, to homeowners looking for a vacation getaway, this technology makes finding a house that’s a bit out of driving distance much easier. And for real estate… Read More 5 Secrets Buyers and Sellers Must Know About Virtual Home Tours
The pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and attend school—and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home. According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if… Read More Move-Up vs. Second Home: Which One Is Right For You?
In July, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell below 3% for the first time in history.1 And while many Americans have rushed to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity, others question the hype. Are today’s rates truly a bargain? While average mortgage rates have drifted between 4% and 5% in recent years, they haven’t always… Read More Lowest Mortgage Rates in History: What It Means for Homeowners and Buyers
Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, these nine home improvement projects are great ways to add function, beauty, and real value to your home. The best part is, once you’ve secured the materials, most of these renovations can be completed over the… Read More Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements
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