Springtime in Houston

The first day of Spring brings on the anticipation for blooming flowers, weekends at the ball park and for the real estate world, the start of busy season. Houston is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas and per Moonraker Marketing and Great Guys Moving, one of the more affordable areas in which to purchase a home. While the competition may increase in a Springtime realty market, buyers shouldn’t be dismayed. With Houston-area housing prices remaining below the national average, home ownership can be the ideal option. Per statistics and information gathered by Moonraker Marketing and Great Guys Moving, this housing cost difference is about six percent lower than average while apartment rental prices are more than 30% above the national average. Coupled with the affordable housing costs, Springtime often offers an increased inventory of homes from which to choose. Sellers find Spring to be ideal for many reasons, including their Springtime curb appeal. Houses don’t get a second chance to make a first impression and a well-manicured yard in full bloom warmly welcomes interested buyers. As the school year wraps up, buyers begin to realize if they are wanting to be settled before the next school year, now is the time to be buying. Heightened competition can also result in a higher selling price for many sellers compared to other, slower real estate seasons. For buyers looking to buy in this hot season, there are a few tips to consider to help edge out the competition. Get pre-approved by a lender before setting out on your search. This works two-fold to give you a more realistic budget and...

The Groves Builder Series: Highland Homes

Highland Homes was founded in 1985 and has grown to a production of over 2800 homes a year in Houston, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio. Highland offers homes in many Houston area neighborhoods, including 18 of their varied yet equally beautiful home plans available to buyers in The Groves. Highland Homes’ high standards of quality and customer satisfaction have been recognized across the industry. Highland earned a spot in the top 20 of the “The Builder 100 List” by J.D. Power and Associates and was also named the People’s Choice Builder of the Year five consecutive times. Highland offers 60 foot lots in the Groves with homes ranging from 2,400 to 3,700 square feet. Prices range from the $320s to $400s for these impeccable homes. Highland’s current inventory and available floor plans can be viewed here. If you are considering building a home, now is the time to get started. Start now and be in before the new school year begins. Let us help you find your home in a neighborhood that suits every family’s needs and...

The Groves Builder Series: Village Builders

It is said practice makes perfect and Village Builders has been perfecting their craft for more than 40 years. Village Builders began in Houston and quickly became one of the premier names among builders in the area leading to their expansion into the Austin, Dallas and San Antonio markets. Village unveiled the Heartland Collection in The Groves, a series compromised of their signature architectural details and classic appeal. These homes start in the low $300s and range from 2300 to 3350 square feet. Village Builders is also known for its feature packages which can be inquired about at the model. Buyers in The Groves have nine beautiful and well thought out plans to choose from, allowing each client to find a floor plan suited to their needs. Their nine plans can be viewed online here. If a pre-built home suits your wants or needs more, take a look at their current inventory of move-in ready homes on the “Quick Move-in Homes” tab. Give us a call today so we can schedule your visit to The Groves and to tour these beautiful...

Could the Fall be a Seller’s Market?

It is often said that fall and winter are considered the slow season for listing a home to sell. However, Realtors have seen a change in recent years and this old adage isn’t holding as true anymore thanks to motivated buyers and less competition. Strategically, these two conditions could make the fall the best time to make your move. Buyers who are out looking for a home during the fall months are typically needing to find a home quickly do to a job relocation or other life change, making them eager and ready to buy the right house. In addition to a more keen buyer, listed houses often face less competition during the fall and winter months. This less saturated market can be a huge advantage to the seller. Furthermore according to research on listed homes compiled by the Redfin Corporation, homes listed during the off months “have a 9 percentage point greater likelihood of selling, sell a week faster, and sell for 1.2 percentage points more relative to list price than homes listed in any other season.” It’s time to put the thought of slow fall season to rest and get your house ready to...

The Benefit of Selling with a Realtor

Selling your house can be an emotional experience. It’s a time of transition from a home that has held many memories into a new chapter of life. Without a Realtor, there are many unknowns that can add to the stress. Realtors are able to minimize this stress with their market knowledge, negotiating skills, insight on home staging and preparations, and more. In today’s world it’s all about who you know and real estate isn’t any different. Selling with a Realtor opens doors to a vast network of potential buyers including contacts in the real estate world who may have the right buyer for the house. According to REALTORMag, “Property doesn’t sell due to advertising alone. A large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner’s contacts with previous clients, friends, and family.” The Doug Erdy Group is able to help you navigate the selling experience, market your house in the most effective way and make this transaction as easy as possible. Contact us today to get set up with one of our knowledgeable Realtors and let us get your home...