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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine
Despite fears of a double-dip recession, home owners are choosing to invest more money in upgrading their homes. Home owners who can’t afford to sell their properties and buy new are realizing if they can’t move anytime soon, they want to fix up the home they have.
Remodeling activity reached a record high during July, according to the BuildFax Remodeling Index, which has tracked residential remodeling activity since 2004. The July index increased 24 percent year-over-year to 130.4, the highest to date. It was the 21st straight month the index increased.
“As millions of Americans believe that they will not be able to secure a new home due to a variety of factors including tight credit, limited buyers and challenging job prospects, they are more and more turning to renovating and remodeling their current properties, sending remodeling activity to record levels,” said Joe Emison, Vice President of Research and Development at BuildFax. “However, this remodeling boom is leaving many of these properties under-insured, as the value of these renovations are often not being captured by the home owners’ insurance companies.”
BuildFax says it’s important for home owners to make their home insurance is up-to-date after major remodeling projects. Many home owners fail to increase the insurance on their homes to account for the remodeling projects, which means their insurance doesn’t likely reflect the true value of their home.
MLS Press Release: “HOUSTON HOME SALES RISE AGAIN IN JULY
The second consecutive monthly increase is still attributed to slower than usual home sales in 2010 following expiration of the tax credit HOUSTON — August 16, 2011 — What do you get when you compare seasonal summer home buying in a single month to the same month a year earlier shortly after a home buyer tax credit expired? If its July 2011 in Houston, Texas, its a nearly 17 percent increase in home sales. Last years third quarter slowdown in home sales continues to make this years generally typical real estate activity appear slightly more positive than it otherwise would be considered. July marked the third time in 2011 that sales volume entered positive territory. It also saw the average price of a single-family home reach its highest level for a July in Houston.”
HOUSTON, TX – August 11, 2011 – The team at Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors’ Katy office recently hosted another successful fundraiser for their favorite charity, the Sunshine Kids.
The fifth annual Katy Sunshine Fest was held recently at the Katy office. Agent Bob Miles chaired the event, and Christi Borden served as media chair this year.
“We took the Katy Sunshine Fest to another level from last year’s great event and exceeded our expectations.” Miles said. Julie Lower, auction co-chair added that more than 700 people attended the event. “At our May 24 sponsor thank-you event we presented Shannon Lillis, director of operations for the Sunshine Kids, with a check for $50,000.”
The Katy Sunshine Fest started in 2006 as an open house for the office, but the agents wanted to have an annual community fundraising event for the Sunshine Kids, according to Borden. Each year the event has grown in stature and in contributions to the charity.
The Sunshine Kids Foundation provides positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients and their families. The foundation offers a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for children who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.
“Real Estate Market Conditions Video Update – 08/09/11
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My husband and I visited Cape Town a few years before the 2010 World Cup. We traveled with friends and started out in Johannesburg. From there, we took a tour to Kruegar National Park . Besides the great safaris, we saw beautiful scenery on the way back to Johnannseburg. From there, we flew to Zambia to see the Victoria Falls. Then back to J’burg and onto Cape Town. I would love to go back there one day to see the changes. Highlights of Cape Town were the day tour to see penguins, the tip of the cape where two oceans merge, and the wine tour north of Cape Town. Check out this World Travel Guide for Cape Town.
“You cant fail to be blown away by Cape Town: gorgeous beaches, dramatic vineyards, a stylish centre plus that astonishing flat-topped mountain plonked smack bang in the middle add up to jaw-dropping glory.While Cape Town is one of the worlds most beautiful cities, its also among the most easily manageable. Although the suburbs now sprawl outwards, most tourist attractions are clustered close together. You cant walk far without stumbling across colourful African crafts, eclectic restaurants, fascinating museums and world-class hotels.”
See Cape Town Travel Guide via GOTTA TRAVEL.
Dreaming of building a vacation home on a beautiful island? Dreaming of a vacation home on a small island? Here is just the most beautiful location to build that home.
Lot K-15 Villapark in Zuurzak Residential Estates, Willemstad, Curacao
This is one of my favorite sites to get detailed travel guides. I have used them for years. My husband and I are getting closer to making final plans for our roadtrip from Boston, Nova Scotia, Canada, Niagara Falls and then Albany and New York. That’s a long way from Katy TX.
A South American cruise is on my bucket list…
“X is heading south for the winter. Toss out the parkas and wool socks and head to warm, uninhibited South America. It’s cities full of excitement with décor as colorful as the locals and music that will have you dancing in the streets. Then, there is the wild and untamed side of a different sort. Rain forests, wildlife and staggering mountain peaks that reach high into the sky. You’ll get the most out of visiting this exotic and diverse destination, stretching from the world’s highest waterfall to the land’s end in Tierra del Fuego. Bask in the living mosaic of inviting people, natural wonder and unforgettable moments.”