Quail Valley (Missouri City, TX)
By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
One key question that's top of mind for homebuyers this year is: why is it so hard to find a house to buy? The truth is, were in the ultimate sellers market, so real estate is ultra-competitive for buyers right now. The number of buyers searching for a home greatly outweighs how many homes are available for sale.While low inventory in the housing market isn't new, its a challenge that continues to grow over time. Here's a look at two reasons why todays housing supply is low and what that means for you.1. New Home Construction Fell Behind for Several YearsThe graph below shows new home construction for single-family homes over the past five decades, including the long-term average for housing units completed. Builders exceeded that average during the housing bubble (shown in red on the g...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Having space within the home is important to most homeowners. If everything is too small and cluttered, it can make an otherwise charming home seem claustrophobic and unpleasant. With that said, adding space to your home can be a significant ordeal that comes with a lot of cost; at the very least, adding space means a major remodeling project even if you don’t have to make major modifications like taking out a wall.It’s often possible to create the illusion of space without actually making modifications to the home, though. The available options will depend on the layout of your house and a few other factors, of course. If you want to make your home seem a lot more open without making major changes or sinking a lot of money into remodeling, here are a few ideas to get you started.Keep I...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Having access to a sink when you need one is a great convenience. Most people are used to having sinks in their kitchen and bathrooms, but there are other locations where a sink can come in handy as well. Installing a utility sink in these areas can make tasks such as laundry and cleaning easier, while also keeping you from having to dump things like cleaning wastewater into your kitchen or bathroom sink.Installing a utility sink in places like your laundry room, basement, or mudroom can be a great idea, especially if there aren’t any other sinks convenient to those locations. Depending on how your home is laid out, though, it might also be a significant undertaking. If you’re thinking about adding a utility sink, here are some things to keep in mind.What Is a Utility Sink? If you aren’...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
In general, people tend to think about air conditioners as a way to keep a home cool and heating units as a way to keep it warm. There’s nothing wrong with this line of thinking, of course. If you’re only relying on heaters and air conditioners to maintain the temperature, though, then you may be spending way more than you need to keep your home comfortable.One key part of controlling your home’s heating and cooling costs that you might be ignoring is the humble ceiling fan. By using ceiling fans effectively, you can keep your home at more consistent temperatures throughout the year while spending a lot less on heating and cooling. If you like the thought of staying comfortable while spending less, here’s what you need to know about using your ceiling fans effectively.Ceiling Fans Save ...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
 Some Highlights When deciding whether you should rent or buy, make sure you're considering these factors. Buying a home means consistent monthly payments. Homeownership also helps to build your wealth. And owning a home gives you greater flexibility than renting. If you're ready to take advantage of the perks of homeownership, lets connect to explore your options.   
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Day to day life has a lot of moving parts. Unfortunately, this sometimes makes it a little too easy to misplace some of those things that we use every day. This can be a real hassle, causing you to spend time looking for the various things you need instead of using them. Most smartphones come with a “find my phone” feature, so wouldn’t it be great if everything else had a similar function?With the advent of smart tags, this is actually possible. These tags make it easy to locate lost items around the home and can even provide extra security against theft or loss while you’re out and about. The specific features and functions depend on the brand of smart tags that you use, but regardless of brand you’ll find that there are some features that are universal.How Do Smart Tags Work? Smart ta...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
One of the major story lines over the last year is how well the residential real estate market performed. One key metric in the spotlight is home price appreciation. According to the latest indices, home prices are skyrocketing this year.Here are the latest percentages showing the year-over-year increase in home price appreciation: The House Price Index (HPI) from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA): 18.8% The S. National Home Price Index from S&P Case-Shiller: 18.6% The Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic: 18% The dramatic increases are seen at every price point and in all regions of the country.Increases Are Across Every Price PointAccording to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, each price range is seeing at least a 19% increase year-over-year:Increases Are Across...
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