Houston in a week: Sept 19-23

This week’s Houston news relating to the real estate industry …

Home values and rents rising across major metros as inventory continues to fall

For the first time since 2011, incomes are rising at a faster pace than home values, according to recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and reported by Zillow. The report shows home values rose at a 5 percent annual rate while incomes grew by …

Illinois best and worst cities for homeowners

Ever wonder what cities are the best for homeowners in Illinois? ValuePenguin, a personal finance company, recently released its detailed ranking of cities in the Land of Lincoln based on their attractiveness to homeowners. …

Zillow’s trendiest markets for hopeful transplants

If you want to move Denver or Portland because of how fun they look, chances are a lot of other people feel the same way, too. But just how many like-minded movers are looking at the same trendy cities you are? …

Houston in a week: Sept 12-16

This week’s Houston news relating to the real estate industry …

Why playing the long game means winning the consumer

The hardest part of running any business is finding customers. Real estate is no different. One way or another, as a broker, you’re going to spend money to attract clients and leads. You pay in either time or money. Although I understand the need to balance short-term and long-term lead generation as a way to ensure there’s food on the table next month, it continues to puzzle me to see the industry make so few investments on long-term strategic consumer initiatives …

Zillow ranks the best cities for kids

As much as it felt like your parents didn’t care about what you had to say growing up, child-friendly homes and communities are a high priority for homebuyers with young families, especially those moving to a new city …

What’s hot and what’s not in 2017 kitchen trends

Tuxedo cabinets. Hidden appliances. Sleek wood paneling. It reads like a scene ripped out of the latest James Bond movie, but they’re actually the stars of Zillow Digs’ latest Home Trends Forecast for …

HousesForSale.com: Does this agent-built portal have chops?

Dallas-based HousesForSale.com sells agents access to their market under its domain. An agent in Houston, for example, could scoop up his or her ZIP code on the site’s homepage. But a number of things concern me about this product …

Are fixer-upper homes really worth the price tag?

Some people get giddy at the thought of rolling up their sleeves and improving a home for profit, but do they really know the savings of a typical fixer-upper home in their market …