Houston Flood Appraisals – What You Need to Know
Houston is no stranger to the devastation that can be caused by flooding. In recent times, Houstonians have lived through the Memorial Day floods of 2015, the Tax Day floods of 2016, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey which impacted over 68,000 homes in the Houston area alone. With flooding always a threat, homeowners must consider what impact can flooding have on home values in Houston?
How The Houston Floods Will Affect Real Estate Values
The Impact of the Houston Floods: The flooding in Houston will have serious impacts on the real estate sector for […]
Markets, Neighborhoods and Subdivisions Part I
The more I review appraisals, the more apparent it becomes that many appraisers in Houston are confusing the terms Market and Neighborhood. This creates misleading results in appraisal reports and can lead to an incorrect conclusion of value. For starters, let’s give some basic definitions for each of these real estate terms:
Using Firefox with HAR MLS
I'm not a fan of the Internet Explorer browser at ALL. For those of us that prefer to use other web browsers such as Firefox, it is terribly frustrating IE is the only web browser that will properly browse the Houston MLS system. However, I just found a cool tip for using FF with Houston Association of Realtors Site
FHA Appraisal Requirements: What You Should Know
In a nutshell, FHA is mainly concerned with 3 attributes of a home: Safety, Security and Soundness. Here are a few FHA appraisal tips that will help you ascertain whether or not a home will pass FHA inspection.
Selling Your Houston Area Home FSBO
If you are planning to sell your home, it might be a wise decision to make a small investment in a professional appraisal. Unless you study real estate trends on a day to day basis like a professional appraiser, it may be difficult for you to get a handle on real estate values in your market area.
The Truth About Flooding in Houston
There are a lot of myths about flooding in Houston and Harris County. With hurricane season once again on top […]
How to Quickly Find Lot Sizes In Fort Bend County
This is a trick I learned a few years ago and was a necessity for performing real estate appraisals in […]
Photos Houston Area Realtors Should Also Include on MLS!
As real estate appraisers we rely heavily on our data sources to assist us in performing our research. On of […]
White Oaks Bayou Flooding & Shady Acres – An Example of External Factors Affecting Value
I was recently sent a request to perform an appraisal on a property in the Shady Acres subdivision of Houston. […]
The Process of Protesting Your Real Estate Taxes
There are also several good reasons to dispute county values beyond the usual “That value is too high”. You may […]
Housing Jump-Starts After Bottoming at Historic Low
The U.S. Commerce Department reported that housing starts rose 22% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 583,000. The last time housing starts increased was in June, and this was the largest percentage increase in 19 years.