September Madness – A look at the current market

After a long break of writing market reports due to work, life, loss and more life, I’m back. Of all the market reports I have written the last 18 years, this by far is the hardest. We are all familiar with the term March Madness so I am nicknaming this report September Madness. The reason this report is so complicated … Read More

Houston Realtor Offers Important Advice on Buying an Older Home in Houston

When buying an older home, there are many precautions a Houston Realtor should suggest their buyer take when effectively evaluating the condition of the home based on the age. While there are many factors to consider, one of the most important is the condition of the drain pipes in the foundation. Before the 1970’s era, most homes were built with … Read More

Protest Your Taxes in Houston and Surrounding Areas

As they say, the only two things we can’t avoid is death and taxes. Due to skyrocketing property values the last few years, property taxes have had a severe financial impact on many Houston area homeowners. With the market starting to soften in certain areas and price points, this presents a great opportunity to protest your property taxes in Houston and … Read More

Using Social Media in Real Estate

When we think of effective uses for social media in real estate, we often think of agents posting their listings or clients posting the homes they sell or buy. While these activities are useful celebrations or promotions, social media can also be used to learn about the parties in a transaction and also unknown property information.  So what you might infer … Read More

Selling Your Home In A Softening Houston Housing Market

Let me first say that it is still a wonderful time to sell a home in Houston. When we look at the appreciation rate the last couple of years, there is a really strong chance that you will make a nice profit selling your home. While it is still common to see reports claiming the market is still on fire, … Read More

Houston Housing Market Bubble or Business As Usual

What To Look For In The Houston Housing Market There is no doubt that we have two distinct Houston housing markets colliding at the end of 2015. The first is the amazing market filled with multiple over list price offers that sellers remember from 2014. The second market is filled with present day buyers who heard the stories of friends … Read More

Choosing a Houston Realtor

There are many things that a consumer needs to know before hiring a Realtor to represent them. There are many factors to look at when making this important decision. Most often, there are qualities to look for in a Realtor other than who has the most signs in the area. Here are a few things to consider as well as … Read More

Houston Realtor Cheers New Consumer Protection Rules (CFPB)

New CFPB Rules for Obtaining a Mortgage As of October 3, 2015, the process for obtaining a home mortgage and the closing process will completely change due to the introduction of new rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). While most consumer advocate groups are cheering this change, the Real Estate community is throwing a hissy fit. The truth is, … Read More

Top 5 Issues For Houston Realtors and Consumers

Every time I walk into the Houston Association of Realtors for a meeting, I often think back in time to how the housing market and its process have changed over the years. While many could take a simplistic view with today’s technology, the process has become overall easier for everyone involved in a transaction. The truth poses a different view, … Read More

Hire a Martha Turner Realtor – How it Benefits You

I am often asked why should a buyer or seller hire a Martha Turner Realtor – ok, let’s revise that now to Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realtor since we were acquired in January. There are a lot of ways to answer this question but I think it starts with looking at the basic value proposition of any Houston Real Estate company … Read More

Inspections 101

Congratulations, your Realtor called to let you know your offer has been accepted. After the celebration, panic sets in when it is time to schedule your home inspection. While most people choose their inspector based on a referral from a friend or their Realtor, there is more that goes into the selecting who will inspect your largest investment. Not only … Read More