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

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

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

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

5 Tips to Effective Negotiation

What most consumers don’t realize is there are three types of negotiators, aggressive, submissive and collaborative. When most people are asked what makes a good negotiator, they often think it is the “in your face confrontational” negotiator that will get you the best deal. In reality, the confrontational and submissive negotiators are often the worst one to use and contribute … Read More

Houston Realtors Top 4 Reasons for Appraisal Problems in Houston

As any Houston Realtor knows, getting a contract accepted is half the battle and a major hurdle to jump is the property appraisal. Appraisal problems in Houston are at an all time high due to our rapidly increasing market.  The property appraisal seems like a silly, expensive and unnecessary expense considering the real value is what the buyer and seller … Read More

Moving to Houston

Moving to Houston After reading the facts below, please visit our Houston Relocation page to see the amazing ways we can help make your move and buying a home simple and stress free. Are you thinking of moving to Houston, TX or the surrounding areas? The Urban Land Institute has ranked Houston as the 2nd hottest real estate market for … Read More

Are HAR.com, Zillow and Others Accurate When Buying a Home in Houston?

In the field of Real Estate, we are often presented with challenges while trying to offer as much information to our clients in order to help them make the most informed decision. Being a Houston Realtor for over 14 years, I have seen a pretty substantial transformation in terms of the exchange of housing information among all parties involved in … Read More

Houston Realtor Advises Caution and Questions on Homes with Foundation Repair

Lets face it, there are two types of older homes, ones that have had foundation repair and ones that will need it. There are several reasons for foundation failure in Houston not limited to our gumbo soil, broken plumbing pipes, differential watering patterns and original construction defects. As a Houston Realtor, I am use to seeing what to me is … Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a New Home in Houston

Many people struggle with deciding between buying a new home in Houston or one that has already been lived in (known as resale). As a Houston Realtor, I have helped many people facing the same choice. While most Realtors are only trained in resale, I have over 10 years experience in new home sales and construction. With this experience, I … Read More