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curb appeal

Small Budget Curb Appeal

Whether you are looking to sell your home or just spruce it up a little, curb appeal is the best way to do that. Here are some things to think about changing for that exterior pop on your house.   Paint front door, trim, or shutters: Pick a color that matches the rest of the house, but also makes your house stick out from the rest.   Upgrade your mailbox: Doesn’t matter if it is by the street or attached to your house, an upgrade gives your house a better curb appeal. Just make sure you comply with the city regulations if you are upgrading a mailbox that is by the street. Here is a DIY Mailbox video.   New House Numbers: If your house doesn’t have any numbers on it, then you can purchase some. If it does, you can paint them or buy new ones. One idea is to have them match the light...

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Winter is here

Winter is Here!

Winter is here! How to winterize your home for this crazy weather! It’s that freezing time of the year, where we will get below freezing a few times. There are many ways to help prevent any damage to your home and make sure you and your family stay warm. During the time you run your heater, you should change your filter once a month. If you don’t, the filters get dirty and that will restrict airflow. There are a few options for better filters, like permanent which will reduce the waste and is less hassle. Then there’s Electostatic filters which trap around 88% of the debris and are better at controlling the bacteria, mold, viruses, and pollen. All those ceiling fans you never expected to use in the winter? Turn them on, but put them in reverse. Doing this will pull the heat back up to your ceiling and circulate back...

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DIY APPLIANCE UPDATING

DIY Appliance Update

We all know a focus in any home is the Kitchen. Ever wanted stainless steel appliances, but just couldn't bring yourself to spend that kind of money? Admit it, when you bought or rented your home, the kitchen was one of the deciding factors to make you choose that home. Appliances can make a big difference in how the kitchen looks as well. What happens when you find that amazing home, but the appliances are not exactly how you had hoped? What if one of your appliances breaks and you don’t have the money for new stainless steel one? Good news for you, there is a fix that is much cheaper, you can DIY your appliances.   Materials All you will need for this project is: Stainless steel Contact Paper: Walmart $13 Credit card or something comparable to smooth out the contact paper Scissors Razor blade A helper And a little patience   How To First...

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agent vs investor

Investor vs Realtor

So, you’re in the need to sell your home quickly, but not sure what to do? Maybe you are just trying to figure out the whole process of how it all works. There are different types of investors out there to talk to. Some investors will talk to you on the phone and after looking at the property online and knowing what you tell them, they can possibly make an offer over the phone. Other investors will schedule an appointment to go look at the property and evaluate the situation to give an exact offer after talking on the phone. Then there are investors who do a pre-qualification over the phone (like Gulf State Homebuyers) and if that goes well, come look at the home to make an offer. Each type gets a little more serious about what type of home they give offers to, they are looking for more...

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Housing and Retail Black Friday

Not that people don’t know already, but let’s just throw the question out there. What is Black Friday? Stores drop their prices for 24 hours the day after Thanksgiving for people to get some great deals on Christmas presents. The ads for each store participating in the event, come out a few weeks in advance to Black Friday. A lot of stores will open around the same time, early in the morning, and some deals only last a few hours with limited quantity. Consumers do great research at each store, making lists of what they will be going after and putting together a game plan on how to get all the items. It is known that there are people who completely skip Thanksgiving dinner to camp out in front of a store, making sure they are one of the first few in line. Cops stand outside of stores the whole...

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thanksgiving

New Thanksgiving Traditions!

Thanksgiving..… It is interpreted in so many ways by so all kinds of families. Of course, there are the main traditions that most of us do EVERY year, but there are other traditions that are implemented into families as well. Most see it as a feast fest with all the Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, and a bunch of other foods anyone could ask for. Not only the food, but a time for family gathering, relatives come into town that you have not seen since last Thanksgiving. This is also time to give thanks for everything in life. With all that said, some of the biggest traditions for Thanksgiving have been watching the Macy’s Parade, of course FOOTBALL games, and let’s not forget BLACK FRIDAY shopping! You might be looking for something different this year, starting a new tradition with your family and kids. So, what are some...

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Halloween Time

First off, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! This is such an exciting time, for kids and adults. I think adults enjoy this holiday just as much as the kids. Who doesn’t like dressing up and getting the adrenaline pumping from getting scared a bit. Each house you go to is decorated a little or a lot different than the last, there are a big variety of costumes and how they are made, and getting candy we all secretly indulge while everyone else is sleeping. Although we don’t want to indulge that candy that we dread getting because no one really likes it. That is why I am revealing to you, the verdict of the not cool candy survey.   Not cool candies: Parade says these candies are the worst to give out this year. Some of these candies are just crazy to be on this list, but I guess everyone has their likes and dislikes. Smarties?...

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Harvey Dontations

Harvey Recovery Time

Yes 2 months later, we are unfortunately still talking about Hurricane Harvey. Crazy to think it was already that long ago, it seems like it was just a few days ago we were all surrounded by tons of water. Nearly 203,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed in the catastrophic Harvey, costing an estimated $180 billion of damage. This is more than any other natural disaster in U.S. history. Harvey made its first landfall on August 25th, 2017 and then made landfall another 2 times after that over a 6-day period. A total of 738,000 people who registered for assistance with FEMA.   The recovery time for Harvey is very well above average, rebuilding is expected to start around 3 months after landfall. How long is this rebuilding process expected to take? BuildFax is estimating that the rebuild recover time will be up to 20 months. BuildFax is a data analytics firm...

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houston sports

Sports getting Houston excited!

Houston is the 4th most populous city in the United States and the largest city in the Southern United States with the population of 2.303 million in 2016. With a city that big, you can expect sports to be just as big.   Hockey You would only expect this huge city to have all major sports teams, but that is not the case for one sport. I can only imagine that when you live in Houston and you hear the word HOCKEY, you’re thinking "That's crazy, hockey fans in Houston?" Houston did have a hockey team called the Houston Aeros, which was an AHL/IHL team. This could all be changing soon though. Now that Tilman Fertitta owns the Toyota Center, thoughts of more entertainment have occurred. Question is: will it be a new team that forms, just like the Las Vegas Knights? Or will they move an already formed team to H-town? There have been...

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Before and After Harvey

Housing Market Post Harvey

What will happen to home prices post Harvey?   Houston is the 4th largest city in America, accounting for 25% of the housing market in Texas. After devastating Harvey floods, what will happen to this huge city and surrounding areas? It is being said that it will take months for all affected to enter recovery phase and a few years before the impacted communities fully recover. I think the major question pondering minds is “what will happen to the housing market?”   Facts about the Flood   Before Harvey hit, Houston was a rare fast-growing area in the U.S. The homes were strikingly affordable even though the prices had risen in recent years, but stayed the same during the 2014 oil crash. The average median home price for July was $230,000 for selling price and off the market was around $190,000. Now that Harvey floods have put a damper on the city and surrounding areas, will that...

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