When a Discount Isn’t A Discount

Most people associate the word “discount” with a reduction in price. Webster’s actually defines it as, “a reduction made from the gross amount or value of something”. It’s no surprise that selling a home for a discounted rate seems so attractive. Unfortunately, many of the discount programs we see advertised are quite the opposite – they actually end up paying … Read More

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

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

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

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

Top 5 Things Every Houston Flood Victim Should Know

With the recent flood and the wealth of information that has been shared, I want to combine my construction knowledge with that of some experts to help deliver a comprehensive strategy and safety advice for those in the process of restoring their home from the Houston flood. Below are my top 5 suggestions. I realize that this isn’t a short … Read More

2015 Houston Housing Market – A Houston Realtor Perspective

January is the recognized month of the year for all of the real estate gurus to publish their forecast for the Houston housing market in the year to come. After carefully reading a few forecasts, I noticed some were based on fact while some seem to come from a crystal ball. So in response, here is my forecast of the … Read More

Paul Silverman Earns NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification

Paul Silverman, Houston Realtor with  Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty  has earned the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification.  The National Association of REALTORS® confers the MRP certification to REALTORS® who want to help military personnel and veterans find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits. When military … Read More

Houston Realtor® Achieves National Association Of Realtors Green Designation

Paul Silverman, MIRM, GREEN, ABR, with Martha Turner | Sotherby’s International Realty  has been awarded the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR’s) Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR. Paul achieved this prestigious designation after completing 18 hours of course work designed specifically for REALTORS®. The courses were created in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of … Read More

Real Estate Terms You Should Know

In the world of real estate there are plenty of terms that only real estate professionals seem to know enough about. Yet, it would be a boon for home buyers and sellers to know many of those terms well. There are scores of real estate terms you should know, and I’m about to give you about a dozen of them. Let’s start from A … Read More