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Do’s

Know your financial health.  Before you start falling in love with homes make sure you understand financial health.  Consider that there are a few intrinsic costs associated with buying a home. These costs may include; closing costs, inspections, appraisal, down payments, etc. that you need to budget for.  It is important to have a great Lender Partner that can pre-approve you to establish your buying power.  I am not sure why, but most buyer’s wait until the last minute to do this and this should be the very first step you take.  A good lender will help you identify if you are ready to buy a home or provide you with advice on getting you approved.  

Hire me as your Buyer Agent!  Once you and your lender have determined your buying power

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Houston is a very affordable market compared to other markets its size throughout the United States.  People sometimes make mention of the high property tax rate but forget to observe that Texas does not have a state tax. Harris County is the larger county that encompasses most of the city of Houston with some outskirts going into neighboring counties. Here are a few examples on property tax exemptions.  

Homestead Exemption

Most property owners who purchase their properties as primary residences can file for Homestead Exemption.  You must qualify for this exemption however by having lived in the home from January 1st of the year you hope to qualify for the exemption. The Homestead Exemption is calculated by reducing the market value by $5,000 or

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National Night Out Houston

National Night Out is on Tuesday, and many communities in the Houston area are celebrating the event. The event is designed to unite citizens against crime and send a message to criminals that they're fighting back. Many city officials participate in the events and local law enforcement agencies help heighten crime and drug prevention awareness among residents; they also generate support for and encourage participation in local anti-crime programs.

Below is a list of communities in the Houston area that have plans for National Night Out tonight. The communities and cities are listed in alphabetical order. 

Baytown

From 7 to 10pm, residents in neighborhoods throughout Baytown and across Texas, are asked to lock their doors, turn on

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Edinson Properties - Save on Energy Bills

Energy costs may not be skyrocketing as quickly as some other costs, but Houston home owners continue to watch incoming utility bills with a wary eye. It’s only natural: they remember sudden energy price leaps in the past.

One of the ripple effects of high energy prices is the possible impact on anyone planning a future sale of their own property in Houston. Canny prospects are likely to demand to examine past utility bills — sometimes going back for a year or two. As we encounter cooler weather, it’s more important than ever to keep a lid on gas and electricity bills. Some of these steps you can take are easy to accomplish…and all too easy to forget!

  1. Water Heater Thermostat. Most experts recommend setting the water heater thermostat between
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