Month: February 2014

Houston Area Real Estate Market Update: January 2014

MLS Report for January 2014 HOUSTON’S HOME BUYING FRENZY TAPERS AS THE NEW YEAR BEGINS A lack of housing inventory slows January sales and boosts prices HOUSTON — (February 18, 2014) — The Houston housing market exhibited the textbook laws

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MSN Real Estate: Names Houston No. 2 in Best Cities for Kids

Best cities for kids No. 2: Houston Percentage of population under 14: 23.0 percent Percentage under 14 in city core: 21.8 percent Percentage in suburbs: 23.6 percent See the entire article at: http://realestate.msn.com/best-cities-for-kids#10

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MSN Real Estate: Names Houston as one of the 10 fastest-Growing Cities

10 fastest-growing cities 10. Houston MSA: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown Median pay: $72,100 2013 population growth rate: 1.82 percent Unemployment rate: 5.75 percent See all of the cities at http://realestate.msn.com/10-fastest-growing-cities-in-2014#2

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Last Year’s Foreclosures Hit Lowest Total Since 2007

This is great news for Home Values! In the past year, the national foreclosure rate declined each month by at least 20 percent from where it had been the year before, according to the CoreLogic Market National Foreclosure Report from

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How Rising Mortgage Rates May Impact You

While mortgage rates fluctuate daily and the interest rate you’ll pay on a home loan depends on multiple factors, most mortgage experts anticipate an increase in average mortgage rates by the end of 2014…. Click link to read more http://www.realtor.com/news/how-rising-mortgage-rates-may-impact-you/#.UvmM7LTDwvY

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Video: Texas Quarterly Housing Report, Q4-2013

Here is a great video from the Texas Association of Realtors talking about the major home markets in Texas, including Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

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What the New Mortgage Rules Mean for Borrowers

Whether you’re refinancing your home loan or planning to buy a home in 2014, you’ll be among the first consumers to apply for a mortgage under new rules established by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Known as “Qualified Mortgages” or

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