Which rooms are most important to prep for home sale?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Two of the most critiqued rooms in a home are the kitchen and the master bath.  What does this mean for sellers? They should look to improve these two influential rooms first. Whether undertaking a major remodel or making small improvements, these are the two most lived in rooms in the home and they draw the […]

Washers, dryers, fridges oh my! What’s included in home sale?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

I get asked often about what appliances are included with the home sale. The Texas Real Estate Commission contracts say that an item that is “permanently installed and built-in” is part of the property-this means it will stay with the house when it sells. Whether that applies to the washer, dryer, or refrigerator depends on […]

Did you know…

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

…that the Super Bowl is the unofficial kickoff to home selling season? So after the chips and dips are gone and hopefully your team has won, let’s talk strategy for your home sale! If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report: http://lindakjordan.housingtrendsenewsletter.com/dispConten… Sound […]

A quiet but important victory for Texas taxpayers – by Mark Lehman

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

We finally have some good news for taxpayers. Last August, with great fanfare and intense media coverage, the City of Austin filed a lawsuit against the Travis County Central Appraisal District in an attempt to rewrite Texas law regarding the state’s property tax system, which says all taxpayers must be treated in an “equal and uniform” […]

Texas Voters Support Tax Relief for Homeowners

Friday, November 6th, 2015

State Proposition 1 passed with 86% of the vote. This resounding victory will save the state’s current and future homeowners money in two ways: The homestead exemption will increase from $15,000 to $25,000, reducing homeowners’ property-tax burden. Passage of this proposition also means real estate transfer taxes are constitutionally prohibited, which saves consumers money when they […]

Our aging population and real estate concerns

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

As we age, we demand specialists in our healthcare needs, so why not in our real estate and equity needs, too? Did you know that the fastest growing segment of the senior demographic is 85 and older? The older people get, the more support they need with activities of daily living. Additionally, many people are […]

Patio Shade Ideas Under $300

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Not all shady deals are bad. These patio shade projects are each under $300. If you hop-skip like a rookie firewalker across your sun-drenched patio, then patio shade projects are probably a hot priority. But there’s no reason to get burned on price; you’ll find plenty of low-cost shade-giving options to cool your tootsies. If you’re looking for […]

Did you wake up this morning and decide to buy a house?

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

I didn’t think so. We understand that a home purchase is most often part of a bigger life strategy.  Marriage, a new baby, a new job location, rightsizing your space, access to amenities, investing and retiring are just some of the events that shift us into strategy mode. When life demands a strategy, you demand […]

Schools districts and your new home

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

   

Lowering homeownership cost

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

In Lehman’s terms: Texas property owners scored several victories during the most recent session of the Texas Legislature. I think the biggest of these victories is landmark legislation that could lower your property tax and prevent a tax on real estate sales-important if you ever buy or sell property. I say “could” because the legislation […]