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Thursday, August 24, 2017   /   by Paige Tamburello

Last Minute Severe Weather Preparation Tips

Water is the Number 1 Essential
After a major storm, the water system could be compromised due to flooding and power outages, making it unsafe to drink. You will want to store between a 10 and 14 day supply of water for you and your family, including any pets. That breaks down to at least 1 gallon per person for every three days. Be sure to account for any pets you have. Check out this awesome hurricane water storage calculator to figure how much water is needed for you and your family. In addition to storing water bottles, we also recommend you fill all the bathtubs in your home with water. Use this water for filling the tank of your toilet for flushing, not for drinking. To prevent drainage, line the tub with plastic. You may also store water in large buckets and containers for this purpose if you don’t have a bath tub in your home.

Ice, Ice, Baby!
Before the storm, set your freezer to the coldest setting and begin making as much ice as possible ...

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  real estate, home owner tips, houston flooding, hurricane preparation tips, severe weather

Wednesday, July 05, 2017   /   by Rene Sorola

An Effortless Move in 4 Simple Steps from 3 Men Movers

This is a guest post by 3 Men Movers

After 30 years of helping our clients get moved into their dream home we consider ourselves moving aficionados at 3 Men Movers. What we’ve discovered throughout the years is that a stress-free move is not only possible, it’s also surprisingly easy to create. Keep reading to discover four tips for a move that goes off without a hitch!

Start packing early and label everything

Our recommendation is to begin the process of packing at least two weeks out. This way you have the time to pack and stay organized while doing it. Along with boxes and packing tape, markers are going to be your best friend during this process. Ensure that you are labeling every single box that you pack. This will make all the difference when you begin the unpacking process.

Let the professionals do the heavy lifting

Take some of the weight off your shoulders by hiring professional movers. But before you m ...

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  home owner tips, moving tips, home buying

Friday, May 19, 2017   /   by Rene Sorola

Protesting your Property Taxes in Harris County (HCAD): Breaking Down the Process

The deadline for filing your property tax protest in Harris County is May 31st. That’s right around the corner! If you’ve been procrastinating filing your protest, because you’re not sure how to best approach it, not to fear! You still have some time!
Of course, you could always employ a property tax representive, to handle the matter for you. There are many property tax companies and law firms that provide this service, and produce great results. But, for those who would like to DIY, or are just curious as to how the system works, we’re here to help break things down!
Harris County Appraisal District gives property owners two options for filing.

Option A.
Option B.
Submit a ‘Notice of Protest Form’ via snail mail.
So what’s the difference?

Convenience of filing your protest online.
Property owners using the iFileTM system can request to be considered for HCAD’s iSettleTM program, which is n ...

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  home owner tips, property taxes, protesting property taxes

Tuesday, May 03, 2016   /   by Rene Sorola

Here are some top features that homebuyers are looking for in Houston

Do you have a house with a barn door, subway tiles and a game room upstairs?
If so, it’s more likely you’ll be successful at selling your home, according to a new report.

Zillow Inc. (Nasdaq: Z) analyzed thousands of home listings across Texas and found certain popular amenities and features likely helped sell homes faster and for more money than others.

Homes with features like barn doors can sell for a higher price — up to 13 percent more — and up to two months faster than homes that don’t have these amenities.
Here are some of the Seattle-based real estate company’s major findings for Houston homeowners:

Listings that mention the following words can be sold at a premium:
“Barn doors” or a rustic sliding door” — sold for 13 percent more than expected
“Shaker cabinets” — sold for 9.6 percent more than expected“Farmhouse sink” — sold for 7.9 percent more than expected
“Qu ...

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  home owner tips, real estate, home selling, real estate market update, selling

Tuesday, March 15, 2016   /   by Rene Sorola

When Do You Really Need a Real Estate Lawyer?

By Stephanie Reid
Price-conscious consumers are constantly looking for ways to snag savings. Be it a do-it-yourself bathroom backsplash or self-help legal documents, the current trend in real estate is shying away from enlisting a perceived-as-pricey professional. However, some projects are too complex, valuable, or regulated to take on as a layperson — and the result is often a frantic call to the local plumber or electrician.
In the legal realm — particularly the transfer of real estate — there are definitely times when an attorney is not necessary, and the transaction will most certainly process without the assistance of a real estate lawyer. However, certain states mandate attorney involvement (or at least prohibit non-attorney over-involvement), making it unlawful to participate in a real estate settlement without a licensed attorney presiding. And certain transactions are too complicated, costly, or stressful to go it alone.
Here are four ...

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  real estate, home owner tips, home selling, selling, home buying, real estate law, real estate advice