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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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Dangers lurking from Harvey floods

Texas just encountered devastating, or should we say catastrophic, floods that were completely unexpected from all. Yes, we knew it could get bad, but who thought it would be like this? We went from hearing that Harvey could become a Category 1 by land fall, to making it all the way to a category 4. Not to mention the stalling and going back out to waters only to make another landfall. Houston areas hit an all-time high in rain fall with the amount of time it fell in. The record was 48 inches, and some of us had well over 50 inches. Houston gets an average of 79 inches a year, this storm put us at just under 72 inches and we have months to go still.   So, what about after the flood? What are the dangers we witness?   Injuries Ever heard the saying “Turn around Don’t Drown”? Well, as crazy as it...

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reverse mortgage

Is a Reverse Mortgage a Viable Option For Me?

Wouldn’t it be nice to grab some quick cash from the equity in your home once you get into your later years?  You might have some medical expenses coming up or you might even have a nice vacation that you have been planning for years. I’ve always said that if it is too good to be true then chances are it is. We want to talk about the risk involved in pulling out a reverse mortgage on your home:   Moving out of the property Whether you are the one getting the reverse mortgage or the child assisting the parent getting the mortgage, there are some details to consider before you do so.  Most loans require you to fully occupy the property while the debt is still outstanding.  This means that if you or your parent must be put into a nursing home or an assisted living facility at any time, the debt is still...

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Why you should sell your house to a real estate investor?

Why sell your house to a real estate investor?   This is a question that we get asked a lot when we have clients that call us.  There are many things to think about before selling a home in general and we thought it would be a good idea to break down the pros and cons of selling a home to a real estate investment company.   Pros:   Payment options - Most investors have the ability to pay in all cash so this means you can close very quickly.  This might be your whole reason for selling your property in the first place.  In this situation it is best to get proof of cash funds or verifiable certified funds to back up the offer before closing.  Some investors may even offer to take over the existing mortgage on a property to allow the debt burden to be lifted from the homeowner.  The most important...

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Looking to sell a house fast? Check out our process to sell today.

Do you have a property that you are looking to sell but you want to sell it fast?  Do you have a home that needs a lot of repairs but you would rather sell it as-is?  Or maybe you inherited a house that you want to sell fast in order to settle the estate.  We have years of experience handling all of these situations.  We have been buying houses in Houston and the surrounding areas for over 15 years.  We have assembled a team of professionals here at Gulf State Homebuyers that have experience in all of these areas.  Our core values here at Gulf State Homebuyers have been centered on making sure that our seller’s needs are met from start to finish.  We make sure that our wonderful sellers have all of their questions answered and that the process of selling their home is stress free.  Give us a...

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Gulf State Homebuyers, LLC recognized with the 2017 Distinction Award

In recognizing businesses and non-profits for their achievements and commitment to quality in the workplace, Gulf State Homebuyers, LLC. was one of 292 companies recognized at the annual Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence on May 10, 2017. Recognized as a winner of distinction this was the second time to be recognized by the Better Business Bureau for service excellence. When asked what it means to Gulf State Homebuyers, LLC. to receive this recognition, Dwayne White states “We work hard to provide top notch service to our customers and clients and it is an honor to be recognized for our efforts.  We strive to make our sellers feel like family when they sell us their house.” You can check out Gulf State Homebuyers BBB profile out click here...

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