Fun & Functional: Gift ideas for new homeowners

Scott Blair Articles
Fun & Functional: Gift ideas for new homeowners

Gifts for new homeowners often fall into two categories: things they’d like, and things they need. It’s not unusual for people to move in with a slew of hand-me-down objects for cleaning and tools for light handiwork, which can simplify your gift-giving decision. But it’s a good bet they’ll find plenty of items they need […]

DIY or Hire? The Answer for 3 Popular Remodeling Projects

With the high cost of remodeling, it’s no wonder that so many homeowners turn to DIY when it’s time to update. However, some renovations are over the average homeowner’s head. Here’s what you can do yourself and what you should save for the pros when it comes to three popular remodeling projects.

Are Expensive Foundation Piers Always Needed?

The slab that your house is sitting on is a massive concrete and rebar engineered structure.  The average size house may contain 60 to 80 cubic yards of concrete.  The piers that foundation repair companies use are comparable to pencils holding up your desk.  These foundation piers do work to level your house but my point is […]

Power Tips
Save Money With 3-7pm Peak Power Tips

It’s nearing summer and the heat in Houston is only going to get worse. Here are some practical tips on how to save some cash during the peak energy periods of 3-7pm when electric companies typically charge higher rates for energy. Save up to 20% by adjusting your AC, especially when you use a programmable […]

April 2017 Houston Housing Market
Houston’s housing market increases in sales, prices and inventory in April

“The Houston real estate market had another strong showing in April among sales and rental properties alike, and as we had hoped, inventory levels got a healthy boost,” HAR Chair Cindy Hamann with Heritage Texas Properties said in a statement. “The latest Texas Workforce Commission employment update states that 13,300 jobs were created throughout greater […]

Houston Home Value Estimates
Zillow and Trulia don’t trust their own home value estimates. Why should you?

It’s easy and maybe even fun to enter your address on a website and instantly receive a home value estimate of what your property is worth. But, just how accurate and reliable is data you’re receiving? NOT AT ALL, say the major real estate websites. And the vast majority will highly recommend talking with a […]

Seller’s Guide: How To Sell Quickly in a Competitive Market

We are all aware the process of buying or selling a home can prove to be time-consuming even though many people are looking to purchase homes. Finding the right person interested in your home can be a complicated process. With thousands of homes for sale in your area, there is always some stiff competition. The […]

The Hidden Perks of Leasing an Apartment in Houston

Although you may possibly believe there is much more to gain in buying real estate property, there are gains to renting apartments as an alternative. Renting as an alternative to buying might allow you to save cash on rent, which you can then put away for a future purchase on a home. You may also […]

Top Five Ways to Sell Your House Fast

With the economy and the housing market so uncertain, selling a house has become very difficult for most. The people with nice houses in the best parts of town are even having some difficulty finding qualified buyers. If that is the case, you can imagine how difficult it will be for those that have properties […]