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How can aging in place impact your family?

Independent living is often cited as being good for one’s well-being, so it’s no surprise that aging in place has become so popular. Thankfully, many options in today’s housing market make it possible.

Preparing for physical safety and financial security are the most immediate concerns that come to mind as we plan for aging in place. However, convenience and overall well-being should also be considered before deciding where to settle in.

Here are three housing options to weigh as you or your loved ones plan for continued independence.

1. Renovate Your Current Home
Adding front entry ramps, bath bars, sit-in tubs and other safety features may make it physically possible to stay where you are. However, renovation costs can add up quickly, especially if they’re needed all at once.

Home maintenance should also be factored in. Who will manage the upkeep if the property has multiple floors or a large yard?

2. Right-Size to a Manageable Floor Plan
Some may find it easier to purchase a home with barrier-free, universal design rather than deal with the stress of home renovations. Moving closer to family and friends can also help to prevent social isolation or depression.

3. Buy a New Home With Family Members
Floor plans for multi-generational homes are often designed with individual privacy in mind while allowing family to be nearby. Sharing home maintenance costs also minimizes living expenses. And this is an excellent way to help family members enter into home ownership.

Aging in place requires thoughtful preparation. Get in touch today for a referral to a trusted financial adviser to begin this journey. You can also reach out if you’re interested in learning about your home’s value or finding a new property.

Hope you found this information helpful. When needing the assistance of a professional real estate, contact RE/MAX Integrity. 281-370-5100, we’d love to assist you.

Which bathroom design trend will you add?

A bathroom remodel is one of the most rewarding projects you can undertake as a homeowner. When well-planned, it can improve your home’s aesthetics while adding convenience. And it usually offers a significant return when it comes time to sell.

Remodels don’t have to break the bank, either. With just a few hundred dollars and a little elbow grease, you can make a remarkable impact to your space — both in value and style.

Not sure where to start on your bathroom remodel? Here are some of today’s hottest trends:

Bold Metal Fixtures
Budget: Low
Forget those old handles, faucets and drawer pulls that blend in. Today’s designers are making these small details stand out. Think bold brass, matte black or even rose gold.

Modern Wallpaper
Budget: Low
Wallpaper is back — especially intricately illustrated designs and bright, bold patterns. It’s low-cost, easy to DIY and makes an immediate impression.

Smart Tech
Budget: Low to Medium
Savvy consumers are using smart tech in their powder rooms for a touch of luxury. Some of the most popular features include auto filling bathtubs, voice-activated mirrors and sound systems, and LED-enhanced shower heads.

Exposed Concrete
Budget: Medium
Concrete floors, walls, counters and sinks are popular with celebrity designers and new home builders. They offer a minimalistic, contemporary look that goes with any color palette.

Freestanding Tubs
Budget: Medium to High
Freestanding tubs may date to the Roman Empire, but they’re making a stylish comeback. Tuck one into a corner or under a skylight to create a beautiful focal point to relax in.

If you’re interested in remodeling your home or if you want to learn more about the latest trends, any of the professional agents at RE/MAX Integrity would love to assist you. Beautiful, updated homes keep area homes sales up!

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HOW TO CHECK YOUR HOME FOR AIR LEAKS

We’re well into the fall season and winter is right around the corner. This is the time of year when it’s especially important to make sure your home is properly sealed. Air leaks can make it difficult to keep your home properly heated and can lead to high utility bills.

Here’s quick guide to checking your home for air leaks.

Do an air pressure test. You can quickly check for air leaks with a simple test using household items. Seal your home by completely closing all doors, windows, and vents and turning off exhaust fans. Then pass a burning incense stick along the edges of all doors, windows, and other openings to the outside. If the smoke is forced into or away from an opening, you’ve found a leak.

Inspect doors and windows. To check for leaks near your windows, attempt to rattle the frame. This will reveal whether there are gaps along the edges. Also check for cracks in the frame, loose screws in locks, or gaps anywhere in the window.

Door hinges and thresholds are common places for air leaks. Deteriorated weather stripping can also lead to leaks and the door itself can develop cracks that allow air to pass through.

Skylights are a little trickier to test and examine, but you can still do it yourself. Check for water stains near your skylights, which is a dead giveaway of a leak. If you suspect there is one, you’ll have to get on the roof for a closer inspection. Look for loose shingles, cracked roofing cement, and debris.

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MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS

The article below is for real estate professionals to use on their own blog or website copyright free.

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects.

Cordless drill. A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month.

Drain cleaners. Shower and bathroom sink drains are susceptible to clogs because of the daily buildup of hair and whisker clippings. You can use chemical clog removers like Drano, but they’re expensive and the lingering chemical scent is unpleasant. Instead, buy some plastic drain cleaners that can reach into the drain to pull out the clog of hair and gunk. You can purchase them on Amazon or at a local hardware store for a low price.

Shop-vac. No matter how careful you are, spills and accidents will happen and there are some tasks that just can’t be handled with paper towels or a standard vacuum, like pet messes or broken glass.

Loppers. Even the minimum amount of care for your landscaping will require some loppers to remove damaged branches, vines, thick weeds, and any other unruly plants in your yard.

Flashlight. You’re going to want something a little more powerful than your iPhone flashlight when you’re in the crawlspace!

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5 SECRETS WEAPONS FOR DIY PROJECTS

Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projects you can tackle with items that are almost certainly already in your home.

Vinegar: There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. You can soak items in vinegar to remove mineral deposits (like in a clogged showerhead), and you can boil vinegar in your microwave to remove odors and make it easier to clean.

Cola: A can of Coke or Pepsi can be used to clean many surfaces, including your glass windows, porcelain toilet, or chrome fixtures. Just do some research before using it on metal surfaces, as it can be corrosive.

Baking soda: This item may actually be more useful for applications other than baking. A baking soda-vinegar paste is great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. Baking soda can also be used to absorb odors.

Butter knife: Screwdrivers are easy to misplace. If can’t find a screwdriver when you need one, a butter knife—preferably an older one that you no longer need for table setting—is pretty effective for both Phillips- and flat-head screws.

Toothpaste: Is there an unsightly scratch on your car or bike? The grit in tarter-control toothpastes makes for an effective scratch remover. Clean the scratch, apply some toothpaste, let it sit for a few minutes, and then buff it out with paper towel.

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SHORT SALE AND FORECLOSURE: HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?

As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options for moving on financially. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a brief overview.

A short sale comes into play when a homeowner needs to sell their home but the home is worth less than the remaining balance that they owe. The lender can allow the homeowner to sell the home for less than the amount owed, freeing the homeowner from the financial predicament.

On the buyer side, short sales typically take three to four months to complete and many of the closing and repair costs are shifted from the seller to the lender.

 

On the other hand, a foreclosure occurs when a homeowner can no longer make payments on their home so the bank begins the process of repossessing it. A foreclosure usually moves much faster than a short sale and is more financially damaging to the homeowner.

After foreclosure the bank can sell the home in a foreclosure auction. For buyers, foreclosures are riskier than short sales, because homes are often bought sight unseen, with no inspection or warranty.

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MARKET UPDATE

Housing Starts scored a disappointingly small gain in July, but they’re very volatile month to month. So, comparing the year-to-date pace with the same period in 2017 finds starts are up 5.9% from a year ago.

There’s lots of yak about builders being down about labor shortages and materials costs. But Building Permits are increasing at a faster rate than Starts and strong buyer demand keeps builder confidence historically high.

Freddie Mac’s chief economist observed that mortgage rates have been mostly flat since late spring, but “this pause in rates is not leading to increasing home sales.” Buyers who can act probably should while rates are at restructuring

Building Permits

Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual
rate of 1,311,000. This is 1.5 percent (±1.3 percent) above the revised June rate of 1,292,000 and is 4.2
percent (±1.7 percent) above the July 2017 rate of 1,258,000. Single-family authorizations in July were at a
rate of 869,000; this is 1.9 percent (±1.4 percent) above the revised June figure of 853,000. Authorizations
of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 410,000 in July.
Housing Starts
Privately-owned housing starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,168,000. This is 0.9
percent (±11.5 percent)* above the revised June estimate of 1,158,000, but is 1.4 percent (±11.7 percent)*
below the July 2017 rate of 1,185,000. Single-family housing starts in July were at a rate of 862,000; this is
0.9 percent (±9.6 percent)* above the revised June figure of 854,000. The July rate for units in buildings
with five units or more was 303,000.
Housing Completions
Privately-owned housing completions in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,188,000. This is
1.7 percent (±10.9 percent)* below the revised June estimate of 1,209,000 and is 0.8 percent (±11.3
percent)* below the July 2017 rate of 1,197,000. Single-family housing completions in July were at a rate
of 814,000; this is 5.2 percent (±7.8 percent)* below the revised June rate of 859,000. The July rate for units
in buildings with five units or more was 371,000.

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WHY YOU NEED TO HIRE AN AGENT WHEN BUILDING A HOUSE

Many home buyers think they don’t need to hire an agent when building a new home. After all, you’re buying directly from the builder and they already have contractors, lenders and inspectors. Why should someone else be brought into the mix?
The truth is, buying any home without an agent can be a costly mistake. It can mean paying more than you should, missed opportunities for upgrades, contract errors that aren’t in your favor or a delayed closing.

Thinking of buying a new construction home? Here are three reasons to have an agent on your side before going into the sales office:

1. Expert Negotiation: While their advertising would have you believe otherwise, builder’s prices aren’t always set in stone. Agents are skilled negotiators who can likely get the price dropped slightly or have a few upgrades thrown in.

2. Preferred Vendors: Your builder might have an affiliated mortgage lender or title company, but chances are they aren’t going to offer the best deal. It’s important to shop around, and what’s better than a vendor your agent already knows and trusts? Usually your Realtor can refer you to someone they have used previously and can trust.

3. Guidance and Support: The homebuying process can be complicated, with lots of twists, turns and steps along the way. When buying new construction, you also have design reviews, electrical work and other construction needs. An agent can guide you through all of these, making sure your purchase stays on track, on time and on budget from start to finish.
It’s important to note that while you may be working with an agent or representative from the builder, they may not have your best interests at heart. Enlisting your own trusted agent can give you an advocate from the very first meeting to closing day.
Are you interested in buying a new construction home? Get in touch with us today for more information about new construction in your area.

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About RE/MAX Integrity:
RE/MAX Integrity is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Spring, Texas. Founded in 2007, RE/MAX Integrity just expanded last year to include their second office in Willis, TX – Lake Conroe area. The brokerage has over Realtors® and specializes in both residential and commercial real estate. RE/MAX Integrity is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, Soles for Souls Foundation, and Texas Sentinels along with numerous other local charities. Two office to service you better – 19510 Kuykendahl, Spring, TX and 14202 FM 1097, Willis, TX. To learn more, please visit www.realtorsatintegrity.com.

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5 Tips for Purchasing a Home in a Seller’s Market

Purchasing a home in a seller’s market doesn’t have to be challenging. Some preparation and a strategy may give you an advantage over other potential buyers and increase your chances of having your offer accepted by a seller.

Selling your home in seller's market

  1. Get lender preapproval or prequalification. Determine your loan options and obtain a pre-approval letter from a lender prior to beginning the home search. Some homes are going under contract within days, if not hours, so being able to move quickly with financing is often a plus. The letter gives you an idea of how much home you can afford – so you can easily eliminate homes not in your price range – and lets sellers know you have been vetted financially. Remember, being pre-approved does not guarantee a mortgage – be prepared to shop around with different lenders or work with a mortgage broker.
  2. Be available to close as quickly as the seller requires. A seller wanting to close within 30 days may not be interested in an offer from a buyer who also has a home to sell prior to closing on a new one.
  3. Offer more earnest money. Earnest money, typically 1% to 5% of a purchase price that eventually goes towards a down payment, is held in escrow until a sale closes. By offering more earnest money, you’re letting the seller know that you’re a committed buyer.
  4. Make your best offer. In a seller’s market, you probably won’t be able to present an offer that’s below the asking price. If you love the property, present the seller with your best offer price.

Include an escalation clause. If you want your offer to compete with multiple offers, consider having your real estate agent include an escalation clause. The clause details how much you’re willing to pay over competing offers. Including an escalation clause in your offer is another way to show a seller that you’re a serious buyer.

Still unsure how to navigate the housing market as a buyer? The right home starts with the right agent. When looking for a real estate professional, call RE/MAX Integrity, offering two locations to better serve you! Spring office 281-370-5100 or Willis/Lake Conroe office 936-202-3131

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WHY RE/MAX INTEGRITY?

“OUR MISSION”
Our goal at RE/MAX Integrity is to support associates in building their business and increasing their success. RE/MAX Integrity measures success by attitude and commitment – we are committed to providing unparalleled quality service with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.

RE/MAX Integrity is a full service real estate brokerage firm serving North Harris & Montgomery County – including but not limited to Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, Katy, Cypress, Tomball, Lake Conroe, Montgomery and Magnolia. On average, RE/MAX agents sell more homes than any other Realtors. Today, choosing the right real estate agent has never been more important. Whether it is finding your dream home, investment property, or making certain your home sale stands out and sells for the highest and best price in today’s market, we take the goals of our clients personally and dedicate ourselves to making certain your real estate transaction is as seamless as possible.

RE/MAX Integrity is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Spring, Texas.  Founded in 2007, RE/MAX Integrity recently expanded to include their second office in Willis, TX – Lake Conroe area.  The brokerage has over 75 Realtors® and specializes in both residential and commercial real estate. RE/MAX Integrity is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, Soles for Souls Foundation, and Texas Sentinels along with numerous other local charities.  Two office to service you better – 19510 Kuykendahl, Spring, TX and 14202 FM 1097, Willis, TX. To learn more, please visit www.realtorsatintegrity.com.

 

RE/MAX INTEGRITY… Doesn’t that sound like a company you would want to represent you with all your real estate needs?
Contact us at 281-370-5100.