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5 Step Strategy for Downsizing Your Home

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In our “bigger is better” culture, there’s an expectation that each home should be larger and grander than the last. But life changes like divorce, kids leaving for college, or even the simple act of growing older can prompt us to find a smaller home that better suits our shifting needs and lifestyle. In fact,…
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0% Rate Increase

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The TWIA Board of Directors voted not to increase rates for residential and commercial policies at their August 6, 2019 quarterly meeting. TWIA will submit the 0 percent rate change filing with the Texas Department of Insurance by August 15, 2019, as required by statute. In making their decision, the TWIA Board considered public comment…
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Is Renting Right for Me?

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If you’re currently renting and have dreams of owning your own home, it may be a good time to think about your next move. With rent costs rising annually and many helpful down payment assistance programs available, homeownership may be closer than you realize. According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan…
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My top 10 ways to enhance a property for sale, without breaking the bank:

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1. Top up garden mulch ⠀ 2. Update bathroom towels⠀ 3. Display stylish hair, body and cleaning products ⠀ 4. Incorporate indoor plants throughout ⠀ 5. Introduce fragrant candles and/or diffusers ⠀ 6. Invest in new bedlinen (including cushions and throws) – nothing polarising! 7. Style sofas with new cushions and throws⠀ 8. Define spaces…
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Should I Refinance My Home?

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With the recent lower interest rates, many homeowners are wondering if they should refinance. To decide if refinancing is the best option for your family, start by asking yourself these questions: Why do you want to refinance? There are many reasons to refinance, but here are three of the most common ones: Lower your interest…
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5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

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Owning a home has great financial benefits. In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained: “Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater financial flexibility due to secured borrowing, built-in ‘default’…
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Know What to Expect at Your Home Inspection

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Know What to Expect at Your Home Inspection So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers…
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3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!

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A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet. The following three areas of the housing market are critical to understand: interest rates, building materials,…
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HOUSTON HOME SALES AND PRICES GAIN MOMENTUM IN MAY

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Supply of homes outpaces 2018, helping to meet increased demand HOUSTON — (June 12, 2019) — Encouraged by continued low interest rates and a growing selection of housing options, home buyers kept the greater Houston real estate market in positive territory for a fourth straight month in May. As it did in April, the luxury…
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