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Monday, February 25, 2008


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Great slideshow. That slideshare site that allows you to post such things seems like a great find!

Dee Copeland

Thanks! I really like Slideshare except their site is slow at times. I've heard that it takes 45 minutes to load when it's really busy, which is why I started offering the PDF download.

I really wanted to stress that it's important to evaluate each area and get a strong CMA whether you're a buyer or seller. There are some really great areas in Austin selling quickly, so sellers will leave money on the table if they aren't aware of this. On the other hand, buyers will think they have more room than they actually do.

I'm excited to see the market heat up. Listings that have been sitting since the Summer are starting to sell, which is great for those owners.

John Lockwood

It makes no sense, Dee, admittedly. Part of the problem is, people look at real estate like a stock certificate, and all they see are prices going up or down. What they don't look at is cash flow -- which is what they really should be focused on.

Lance - Houston Texas Real Estate Expert

Dee... I LUVVV your site... absolutely "smashing"!!

I've been surfing for quite a while this evening & just before crashing for the night I find this little jewel!!!

You're now on my blogroll... I don't want to lose sight of you!

I've also subscribed to your feed.

Anyway... to get back to the post... I analyzed various market segments in The Woodlands the other day... between $250k & $500k homes are selling within 44 days on average for the months of January. That, my friend, is a seller's market!!!

So, the markets in certain specific areas in certain price segments are still very good... pick the right niche and your properties fly off the shelf!

Lance - Houston Real Estate Expert

Oh, the other thing I noticed & forgot to mention in my earlier post.... you're with Keller Williams!!! Bonus!

I need someone in Austin that I can refer business to.

Do you have someone in the Houston area that you work with on a regular basis?

Dee Copeland

Hi Lance and John. Thank you for commenting.

Lance- No I don't have anyone I sent to Houston, but I LOVE the Woodlands. My 'future' in-laws live in Magnolia, so I stop by the Woodlands in Houston when we visit them.

John- I agree. Housing is being treated like stock, which is no good for a variety of reasons. More families are negatively affected when speculators start buying up a neighborhood. You should see the hundreds and hundreds of condos coming into 78704 because it was a "hot" area. If someone wants to buy in 78704, maybe it can be a house because home sellers are now hurting.

I value infill development, obviously, but developers can get over-zealous at the detriment of the people who want to live in their homes and enjoy the peace. Some of these condo projects should be postponed until we have enough buyers to support them.

Danny Frank

There are many great reasons…

…to feel very good about Texas real estate

As the housing market continues to make national headlines, I want to clarify that our strong economy in Texas is supporting a stable housing market.

According to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors®, seven of the eight Texas major metropolitan areas monitored had an increase in their median home price from the fourth quarter of 2006 to the fourth quarter of 2007. Those cities are Amarillo, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Houston and Dallas. Pearland is also following this trend. The price trend for Pearland real estate is still on the increase as well.

Other Factors contributing to a positive outlook for Texas housing include:
• A relentless growth in population will fuel the need for homes. In the next 15 years, enough people will move to Texas to create a new Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio.
• Texas has one of the best real estate climates in the nation with affordable housing and affordable lifestyles.
• Texas has the best tax structure for business and will continue to outperform other states in attracting relocating companies and job growth.

Most media reports capture real estate at the national level, but our industry is very localized. As a member of the board of directors for the Houston Association of Realtors®, I encourage you to turn to a REALTOR® who is monitoring the trends and conditions in your community when you need real estate information or assistance.

With appreciation,

Danny Frank
Board Member, Houston Association of Realtors®

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