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19510 Kuykendahl Rd.
Ste B - Spring, TX 77379
14202 FM 1097 Rd. Willis, Texas 77318
Spring Location: 281-370-5100
Willis Location: 936-202-3131
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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.

 

Outdoor Checklist: Preparing For an Open House

By Emily Bishop

Selling a home can be a stressful experience but it doesn’t have to be! You can easily alleviate some of the headaches of the home selling process. Open houses are a great way to showcase your home with potential buyers coming through your door. Make sure to do these outdoor items before your open house so that interested buyers will want to make an offer on your home:

Keep It Mowed

Having a lush and well-kept lawn is one of the simplest landscaping elements that can increase resale value to a property. Initial impressions are important in selling a home and one of the first things that potential buyers will notice is the front lawn. Make sure to mow your lawn the day before an open house in order to keep an overall fresh look. Allowing your lawn to grow too long may deter some buyers or even subconsciously cause them to discount their potential offer. If you can’t make time to mow the lawn before the open house consider hiring a lawn care service to do it for you in order to get top dollar for your home.

Clear It Away

Whether it is leaves, weeds, or trash that blew into your yard, make sure that your lawn is in top condition at the start of an open house. Rake leaves and clear away debris that has gone unnoticed for far too long. Pick up sticks that may have fallen from a recent storm and make sure to kill and remove all weeds in the lawn and garden beds in order to leave a good impression. Do a thorough overview of your lawn before an open house to make sure that things have been picked up and put away.

Add Some Color

Invite potential buyers into your home by adding pops of color near the front door. A simple pot with bright flowers will leave a positive impression on those entering your home. You may also consider adding a few planters near walkways to subtly welcome potential buyers.

Light It Up

Most open houses are planned in the afternoon where lighting most likely won’t be needed, but that doesn’t mean that you should ignore your outdoor lighting. Update your outdoor patio lights that will look sharp even without the lights on. Or consider adding walkway lighting that adds a safety feature to the home. Solar pathway lights are easy to install and are also energy efficient.

Fix the Small Things

Could your mailbox use a coat of paint? Is there a ripped window screen that needs to be replaced? Be sure to do these things prior to an open house. Other areas that are easily overlooked include a rust spot on the front door or a lightbulb that is burnt out on the patio lighting. These small projects are easy to forget when trying to sell a home but may become detractors for potential buyers. Make sure that everything is in tip top condition so that potential buyers will see only the good parts of your home.

Maybe even bake some homemade cookies, for the warm and inviting smell.

A RE/MAX agent can make sure your home is in great condition to show to potential buyers at an open house. Find one to work with on remax.com.

Emma Bishop is a lifestyle and design writer, and mother of two beautiful girls. She is also a social butterfly and loves to entertain guests at home with beautifully decorated spaces for any occasion.

Things you should know before listing your Spring Texas home

Spring and Summer is always the beginning! The Spring Texas real estate market heats up just as the weather heats up. So if you are planning on selling your Spring Texas home anytime in the near future, here are a few things you should know.

Showing your Spring Texas home.

Remember when buyers make a decision to purchase a home they do it emotionally! First they decide what area they want to live in. Spring Texas is many buyer’s first pick! Then they begin house hunting. The feeling they get from the homes they view in the Spring area, and the way they picture themselves enjoying the home are two of the most important factors in the decision process.

Prior to every showing.

1. Open drapes or blinds.
2. Turn on lights.
3. Turn on soft music.
4. Put any animals outside or in their kennels.
5. Be sure the thermostat is set for cool or heat depending on the time of year.
6. Leave during your showing if possible. Most buyers prefer to view homes with their Realtor only.

Removing these things from your home while you are on the market is recommended.

1. Personal Photos & Decorations – If your shelves and/or walls are covered with and abundance of photos and decorative pieces, it is time to start packing them up. When buyers are looking at homes, you want them to focus on the wonderful features your home as to offer, not your décor.
2. Your Personal Valuables – it is always best to put away any money, jewelry, and family heirlooms. Even though a licensed Realtor will be with any protentional buyers while they view your home, it is best to be safe than sorry.
3. Personal Documents – Sadly identity theft happens more than most people even imagine. Therefore, it is recommended that as a seller you put away any bills, personal paperwork, credit cards, etc. that someone could obtain your personal information from.
4. Medication – Many home owners tend to leave their daily medication in view as a reminder that they need to be taken i.e. in the kitchen, bathroom or next to the bed. To insure that your medication does not come up missing, be sure to put it away and out of sight while your home is on the market for sale.
5. Personal Calendars – Calendars, like social media, is one of the best ways criminals find out who is home and not home. Don’t make it public information by leaving out your calendars or any other information that might reflect when you will be gone. Why make things easy on today’s criminals?

Hopefully this information serves to be helpful to you as a Spring Texas seller. For more information please contact one of the professional Realtors at RE/MAX Integrity, 19510 Kuykendahl, SPRING TEXAS 281-370-5100.

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Celebrating 1 Year With The Dosey Doe Breakfast & BBQ!

The Dosey Doe Breakfast & BBQ lovingly referred to as the DDBBQ is now open! Located at 2626 Research Forest Blvd right next to the Dry Clean Super Center and featuring your Dosey Doe favorites from Huevos Rancheros and Biscuits & Gravy offerings to the Ginormous Chicken Fried Steak, Gumbo and, of course, our own Roasted Coffees.
Sixteen hour hickory and red oak smoked brisket, smoked and jalapeno sausages, pulled pork and smoked chicken, as well a great assortment of handhelds such as the Fried Catfish Sammy and Fried Green Tomato BLT.

Dosey Doe is a gourmet country restaurant and coffee shop located in an historic 150 year old barn transported from Kentucky, which was re-raised and given new life as a Dining/Live Music Hall. The main location of Dosey Doe is located on I-45 and offers live entertainment as well as a select menu of gourmet entrees. The “Little Doe” Coffee Shop is conveniently located in the Village of Alden Bridge offering your favorite Dosey Doe coffee and a full breakfast menu. The Dosey Doe Music Cafe was located on FM 1488 about a half mile west of I-45, until construction forced it’s closure at the end of 2016. Dosey Doe Breakfast and Barbecue offers just as the name says; Dosey Doe’s signature BBQ dishes, as well as favorites from the Dosey Doe breakfast menu – for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All Dosey Doe locations are non-smoking.

Our own BBQ Sauce, Honey, Specialty Pickles added to Betty’s State Fair of Texas Blue Ribbon Marmalades and, of course, our own award winning Coffees are on the shelf.

We know that lunchtime can be tight so we make sure it’s FAST, FRESH & FABULOUS at the DDBBQ!

DOSEY DOE BREAKFAST & BBBQ : 832-823-4414

2626 RESEARCH FOREST DR SUITE B, THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS 77381

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Are You Ready for a Hurricane?

WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR: PREDICTIONS FOR 2018 HURRICANE SEASON

NOAA Photo: Map of hurricanes strikes on the United States coast from 1950-2017

Colorado State University’s Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability For 2018 predicts a slightly above average amount of activity for the 2018 hurricane season and no anticipated El Nino event.

Colorado State’s Forecast

  • 14 Named Storms (average 12)
  • 7 Hurricanes (average 6.5)
  • 3 Major Hurricanes (average 2)

https://tropical.colostate.edu/media/sites/111/2018/04/2018-04.pdf

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast

  • including 10-16 named storms
  • 5-9 hurricanes
  • 1-4 major hurricanes (wind speed at least 111 mph)

www.fox26houston.com/news/us-forecasters-expect-10-16-tropical-storms-in-active-2018-season#/

GETTING PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON: MAKE AN EMERGENCY KIT

  • Water (one gallon a day for each person for two weeks)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Medications and medical records
  • First aid kit
  • Medical supplies and batteries
  • Important documents
  • Cellphone chargers
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Personal hygiene necessities
  • Cash (ATMs and credit card machines may not function immediately after a storm)
  • Sentimental or special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowls
  • Maps
  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle (to signal for help if needed)
  • Dust masks, plastic sheets and duct tape (to filter contaminated air and build shelter)
  • Manual can opener
  • Extra clothing and rain gear

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