Every buyer is different. To some home buyers it could be just what they are looking for, a smaller home. To others it may not be. You should always purchase a home that works for you first then considering re-sale second.... more
Section 8 does NOT boost the economy. The economy is based on or boosted by people who SPEND money on big ticket items: houses, vehicles, retail and investments. Section 8 people don't have money to spend - therefore do NOTHING for the economy. Working at a job does not boost the economy. Spending money at grocery stores does not boost the economy because the amount of money spent is very small - not thousands of dollars.
As for realtors - it's a waste of time to work with Section 8 or voucher holders. You need to learn that the dollar amount for vouchers is not enough to pay the market rent. Landlords want tenants who can afford the market rate rents and they have the legal right to discriminate against you because your voucher is not enough money. Example: Let's say the average rent for a 2 bedroom in Boston is $3,000./month. Your Section 8 voucher is $2,000. If you have $1,000. Every month to pay your landlord, any landlord will accept you because your voucher + your $1,000. = $3,000. However, Section 8 people don't have $1,000. To pay their landlord, so the landlord rejects them. Landlords refuse to take a loss of $1,000./per month just to be nice and accept a Section 8 person. Forget it.
What Section 8 people need to do is contact their Housing Authority and get their name on a list for city owned housing or the projects (subsidized housing). Another option is to rent in the bad neighborhoods where rentals are cheaper. Landlords will accept you because they cannot charge high market rents like the better neighborhoods can.
Bottom line - Section 8 people did this to themselves by making bad decisions. Examples: not getting a college education, getting pregnant as teenagers, using drugs, not saving money, getting married as teenagers and spending money foolishly. If Section 8 people did NOT do any of the above, they would have successful lives and be rich.... more
Speaking to an insurance agent to determine if a home has made a claim due to flooding. I'm posting below a link to the Harris Co Flood District Map that shows the recent floods. These don't actually indicate if the homes in these areas flooded, but it can give you a good idea if the area flooded. Use the map when searching for homes as well.
Bernstein Realty... more
The colony tx rebound? Lol, the city runs itself like non-other. Reason everything developed around the colony and not within. I cannot say they are behind the times since atleast by 1950 most subdivisions had street drainage and street lighting. The colony is only just now "starting" to add those apparent luxory's. Make matters worst, their tax rate is just slightly higher than the surrounding cities and home appreciation, not worth mentioning.... more
On HAR.com you can look under "Search by Neighborhoods" to obtain general information about a particular community including average dollar per sqft on a yearly bases going back 20 years. Now this is not "Houston", but different areas of the city increase/decrease in value. Click on the web link provided to give you an example of a neighborhood called "Copper Lakes", a 1,600 home master planned area in northwest Houston.
I think you will find Houston, as the rest of the nation, has been on a upward trend in your time frame. Some downturns with recessions and oil bust, but Houston always bounces back. If your an investor, you want to look at rent trends as well and resale after a rehab of a home (know as a "flip"!). Let us know if we can assist you.
Mark McNitt, Bernstein Realty
Guaranteed Sale Programs can be lifesavers for sellers that MUST sell their homes by a certain date. The programs do involve aggressive pricing to motivate buyers to choose their property over other similar properties. Each real estate agent has their own qualification rules and conditions. If a seller is not in a hurry to sell they wouldn't need the benefits of a Guaranteed Sale Program. If time is of the essence the Guaranteed Sale Program may be a better option than defaulting on a mortgage.... more
Stop by K. Hovnanian Homes in Glade Parks (off Heritage Avenue behind Dave & Busters). We have a 3 bedroom 1-story showcase home that's 2017 sqft. Reduced to $434,900 to move in by end of October! This home comes finished with nail-down wood flooring, stainless appliances, granite counters, custom cabinets and a full Energy Star 3.0 package complete with 16 SEER HVAC, radiant barrier tech shield in the attic, tankless gas hot water heater, etc. For more information, please call our sales office at 972-588-6135.... more
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The rental market is still very strong in Katy. Your rental property is even more attractive when you allow your tenants to have a pet. There are always pet owners looking for a yard for their 4-legged family member.
If you email your preferred zipcode and price range, I will email recent rentals in that area which will allow you to see how long those properties stayed on the market. That is your indicator as to the strength of the rental market.
My email address is: Tanya@TanyaWarnerRealty.com... more
If you were not successful with your refinance in 2013 you might try again now.
We've seen great price increases the past couple of years in the DFW area.
If you need a referral to a great lender just let me know.... more