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Tips to follow when house shopping   By Stephen Fritz, Realtor 832-483-1839 www.BuysellHoustonhomes.com www.longpointwoods.com Shopping for a home can easily become overwhelming as the details of each property run together. Below are some tips to help you wade through the details and choose the h...
11/10/2008
Are Texas property taxes out of whack?   By Stephen Fritz, Realtor 832-483-1839 www.BuysellHoustonhomes.com www.longpointwoods.com If you are a property owner in Texas, you have likely noticed that rising property appraisals, combined with property taxes, can sometimes place a strain on the budge...
11/10/2008
Is 40 the New 30 in Home Loans?   By Stephen Fritz, Realtor 832-483-1839 www.BuysellHoustonhomes.com www.longpointwoods.com Lordy, lordy, look what's 40 . . . and even 50. When it comes to applying for home loans, buyers now have options other than the traditional 15- and 30-year home mortgages. ...
11/10/2008
Stay cool, save money with higher SEER   By Stephen Fritz, Realtor 832-483-1839 www.BuysellHoustonhomes.com www.longpointwoods.com If you plan to buy a home, take a look at its air-conditioning unit. Older model are less efficient than those installed today, which usually results in higher electr...
11/10/2008
How to get rid of your PMI   By Stephen Fritz, Realtor 832-483-1839 www.BuysellHoustonhomes.com www.longpointwoods.com Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is required for mortgage loans where the buyer contributes less than 20 percent of the purchase price as down payment. Lenders require PMI on mos...
11/10/2008
Getting a CLUE about Texas homeowner's insurance   By Stephen Fritz, Realtor 832-483-1839 www.BuysellHoustonhomes.com www.longpointwoods.com When a homeowner files a claim with their insurance company, it is recorded in the company's records and then sent to the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Ex...
11/10/2008
Ike stalled Houston sales, created surge in rental demand   Hurricane Ike wreaked havoc with the local real estate market in September, according to statistics released mid-October by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR). Sales of single-family homes dropped 30.2 percent for the month of Sep...
11/10/2008
Texas foreclosures down while nation up   Some leading economic analysts estimate that more than 10 percent of all homeowners in the United States have negative equity in their homes and predict that percentage will increase as prices continue to fall. The major areas affected by lower home price...
11/10/2008
Make the most of moving expenses on tax deductions   Deductions for moving expenses can ease the tax burden, but taxpayers must meet a "start of work" test, two distance tests and an employment time test to be eligible. A different set of rules applies to members of the armed services and retiree...
11/10/2008
  By Stephen Fritz, Realtor 832-483-1839 www.BuysellHoustonhomes.com www.longpointwoods.com Check your Insurance Coverage   Few homeowners take time to regularly review their homeowners' insurance policies to make sure they have a clear understanding of their coverage. For example, many homeowner...
10/24/2008
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