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Tuesday, November 6, 2018   /   by Marion Franke

Useful Home Upgrades

It's easy to pay most attention to the bigger items relating to house upgrades. Often times the most useful upgrades are the inexpensive changes. Whether you are purchasing a new house or fixing up an older one, consider the following helpful house upgrades.

Thinking Ahead

When planning a room, think about more than the initial use. For instance, if you plan to upgrade carpeting to hardwood flooring in the future, the height difference may impact the threshold between flooring types or against a staircase. Plan the house with that in mind to minimize future expenses. It is also wise to anticipate things such as sound systems, plumbing, central vacuum, and lighting.


Consider spots in a room where you may want to power appliances. Add outlets to those spaces. For instance, an extra fridge or freezer might be helpful in the garage. Maybe you want an outlet in a bathroom cabinet for plugging in toothbrushes or electric razors hidden from sight. Exterior GFI outlets ! ...

  conroe, montgomery, new waverly, willis, home upgrades, remodeling

Wednesday, October 3, 2018   /   by Marion Franke

Reasons Why You Should Consider Purchasing A New Home

If you are trying to choose between purchasing a new property or an old one, there are many things to consider. Each kind of home has pluses and minuses. The better option for you depends on your preferences and past home ownership experience. New homes continue to be preferred by a majority of people. Below are a few reasons why you should consider purchasing a new home.
Value Retention
Typically, new homes will continue to be valued more than older ones, even if they contain comparable designs and enhancements. Buyers prefer new construction because of the benefits they offer. Higher demand results in higher values.
Fewer Repairs Required
All houses need maintenance, but with new homes there are typically not as many (because it is new). Also, with old homes, maintenance records may not be provided. This will make it hard to forecast when future work will be required.
Room to Make Alterations
New homes provide an abundance of customization options, but it will vary based on wh. ...

  conroe, new homes, montgomery, new waverly, willis, new construction

Wednesday, September 26, 2018   /   by Marion Franke

Advantages of Pre-approvals

Benefits Of Loan Pre-approvals Prior To Viewing Homes In Montgomery County Texas

If you are getting ready to purchase real estate, do not forget the critical first step of requesting a mortgage pre-approval. A pre-approval involves evaluating your financial information and credit history to gauge your ability to obtain a loan. It is not a guarantee for a loan, but the best estimation in lieu of a full application. Obtaining a pre-approval letter is important for a variety of reasons. This blog discusses benefits of loan pre-approvals prior to viewing homes in Montgomery County Texas.

Understand Your Price Range

Lending options and interest rates will vary. A pre-approval provides an understanding of the programs and options currently available, what your closing costs may be, and most importantly, your price limit. Without this information, you can waste valuable time and energy evaluating properties that you can not afford. Understanding what you can afford also prevents. ...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017   /   by Marion Franke

Spring Cleaning Blunders and How to Avoid Them

While our spring is not the big shift in temperatures found in other parts of the country, it is still a great time to do a little more cleaning than in the other seasons. Before the sweltering heat of the summer, take time to move furniture and dig into other dark places to discover the hidden corners of your home needing attention. Here’s a list of blunders many people make when doing this annual task:

Believing in Bleach

Many perceive bleach as the ultimate cleaner. However, its role is more of a disinfectant than a cleaner. You must first clean the surface to remove dirt, food particles other grime. Then, you may want to use the bleach to remove any germs.

Bleach can actually be dangerous. When combined with acidic products, it creates a toxic chlorine gas Low levels can cause coughing and breathing difficulties. High levels can cause severe distress, even death.

Not De-cluttering First

Moving piles around or stopping to . ...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017   /   by Marion Franke

New Year – New Home Buyers

While the highest volume of home sales happens in the summer, every season is a great time to buy and sell a house.  This year has brought in a new group of motivated buyers in the middle of winter.  These buyers are different than the young family with a goal to move during the kids summer vacation.  As a home seller, it’s important you understand why they are in the market to buy right now.

First-Time Homebuyer

When someone is buying their first home it usually comes with a bit of procrastination.  Today’s buyers may spend months (some even years) studying listings on the internet. They are knowledgeable about communities, prices and feel confident about what is available.  Still, many have not been able to “pull the trigger” and seriously look for a home.

Since the election, interest rates have trended upward.  Since each uptick in mortgage interest means a higher monthly payment, many will be prompted to stop thinki. ...