Real Estate Update May 2010

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Meg & Jim Zoller of The Zoller Group
May 2010

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Fixed-Rates Stable

In Freddie Mac’s results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.06 percent for the week ending April 29, 2010 – down slightly from the previous week when it averaged 5.07 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.78 percent.
“Mortgage rates on 30-year fixed loans have averaged about 5% over the first four months of this year, staying within a band of roughly

Mortgage Rates

Source: Realty Times

U.S. averages as of April 29, 2010:

30 yr. fixed: 5.06%
15 yr. fixed: 4.39%
1 yr. adj: 4.25%

a quarter percentage point and virtually matching 2009’s annual average,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac chief economist.

Costly Mistakes First-Time Buyers Make

Five common and costly mistakes that novice home buyers make:
Ignoring the costs of having a low credit score. Lower-score borrowers pay thousands of dollars in increased interest rates over the life of the loan.
Shopping for other things before closing. Lenders continue to check credit scores right up until closing. Too much shopping could cause the lender to take back the loan.
Scrimping on an inspection. Being surprised by the need for expensive repairs can be financially devastating.
Buying without contingencies. Buyers should give themselves an out if the inspection turns up problems or the bank raises rates.
Insurance can be surprisingly pricey. Buyers who don’t budget for it can face a nasty surprise.

The Cost Between Renting and Owning Narrows

The cost difference between buying and renting is as narrow as it has been since 1993, according to a study on home ownership by Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services for the Associated Press.
The study examined rent and home prices in 45 metropolitan areas and concluded that gap between a payment on a median-priced home and median rent on a similar property is on average only $256.
Marcus & Millichap calculated the number using median home prices for the last three months of 2009, assuming a 10 percent down payment on a 30-year fixed-rate loan at 5.07 percent.
It factored in mortgage insurance, but didn’t include either repair costs or tax benefits.

Use Your Tax
Return for Good

Tax season can be a challenging time of the year. Some people wait until the last minute to file their taxes, while others file and received their funds before the mid April deadline. If if you are one of the lucky ones who get a tax return, what will you do with those long awaited greenbacks? A popular choice amongst consumers is to pay off credit card debt; another is buying something extravagant. But why not consider how your tax return can help maximize your mortgage product and your financial situation in the long run?
Consider refinancing if you have an ARM or a high interest rate loan. Refinancing into a fixed rate and/or a lower interest rate can save you money in the long run. Why not do it now when rates are at all time lows? You can use your tax return for closing costs.
If you are happy with your mortgage product and rate, why not use your tax return to help add the gourmet kitchen you’ve always wanted? Not only can you have that extra bedroom or outdoor kitchen you’ve always wanted, but you may also be increasing the value of your home and get more money when you are ready to sell. Let your tax return help increase the value of your home by using it to help fund a rehab loan.
Perhaps you want to upgrade to a new home for your growing family. Your tax return can come in handy with closing costs.

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Meg & Jim Zoller of The Zoller Group
Meg: 713.875.4844; Jim: 713.545.6338
Toll Free : 1-800-808-6153
meg@FineHomesHouston.com
http://FineHomesHouston.com

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550 Post Oak Blvd. Suite 350
Houston, TX 77027

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Bellaire, TX Townhome Attracts People Needing a Downstairs Master Bedroom

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HOUSTON REAL ESTATE

Houston real estate, buyers and sellers always keeps me interested in the needs of those buying, selling, renting and building new construction.  It is what makes me passionate for the business.  After selling real estate for over 19 years, you would think that I’ve encountered most everything that you can imagine in the residential real estate business.  However, I continue to have something new or different come up in almost every transaction.  Therefore, I am constantly learning.  What I learn . . . I try to share.

BELLAIRE, TEXAS

Bellaire, TX is basically a city and a community of homes located near downtown Houston.   Many people want to live in this community because of the city environment, location, schools, and homes.  Homes now sell for anywhere from the mid $200’s to over $3,000,000.  There are some custom built homes that are probably worth considerably more. 

There is very little that you can buy right now for under $300,000.   However, Bellaire does have a few gems that will entice many.  There are a number of townhomes that offer much more than some of the surrounding communities.  Some of these features include low maintenance fees, small yards, one and two story properties and some with master bedrooms located downstairs.

5714 INNSBRUCK, BELLAIRE, TX

I recently listed a lovely townhome at 5714 Innsbruck in Bellaire, TX that has quite a few of the features that people request on a regular basis.  It offers:

  • Low maintenance fees of $25. per month
  • Some front yard, a large side yard and bit of a back yard
  • Two story home
  • Downstairs master bedroom presently used as a study/family room
  • Gleaming wood floors
  • Corner brick gaslog fireplace with a pretty mantle
  • Granite kitchen counters with tumbled travertine backsplash
  • Double paned window and doors
  • Large walk-in closets and ceiling fans in each bedroom
  • Very nice bathrooms
  • Back patio area
  • Well located inside Loop 610 in Bellaire, TX
  • Zoned by HISD to Horn Elementary, Pershing Middle (can apply for Pin Oak Middle) & Bellaire High schools (sought after schools)
  • Price in the mid $200’s.

 

PICTURES OF 5714 INNSBRUCK, BELLAIRE, TX

 

 

front view - 5714 Innsbruck
Front view of the townhome as seen standing under the large shade tree in front near the street.
Entry - 5714 Innsbruck
Pretty landscaping, the side yard and touch of slate invite you into this beautifully updated 3/2/2 in Bellaire located inside Loop 610.
Living room 1 - 5714 Innsbruck
Living room features include recently installed wood floors, built-in entertainment center, optional TV, breakfast bar opening to kitchen, and built-ins with mirrored backing.
living room 2 - 5714 innsbruck
Another view of the living room from the edge of the dining room. A point of interest is that all the windows have recently been replaced with vinyl double paned windows and garden doors.
living room 3 - 5714 innsbruck
From the hallway you can view the living room, corner gaslog fireplace(could be made woodburning again) and garden doors. Aren’t the floors beautiful?
living room 4 - 5714 innsbruck
Once again the living room is nicely presented.
living room 5 - 5714 innsbruck
The charming brick corner fireplace is cozy and offers a nice hearth and a gorgeous custom made mantle. Presently the fireplace is gaslog, but supposedly can be converted back to woodburning.
dining room - 5714 innsbruck
Tastful mirrored wall and garden doors aid in making this dining room light and enjoyable for dining.
breakfast bar - 5714 innsbruck
Peek over the granite breakfast bar into the kitchen from the living room.
kitchen 5714 innsbruck
Viewing the kitchen from the breakfast bar allows you to see the abundant cabinetry and gorgeous granite countertops. The electric range is a flat surface.
kitchen 2 - 5714 innsbruck
Looking down into the kitchen gives you an idea of the attention to detail from the tile floor, cabinets and hardware, granite counters and tumbled travertine backsplash.
upstairs bedroom - 5714 innsbruck
Large upstairs bedroom is presently being used fot the master bedroom. All bedrooms have ceiling fans and large, deep walk-in closets.
other upstairs bedroom - 5714 innsbruck
The other upstairs bedroom has a high window for better furniture arrangement. All bedrooms are carpeted.
master bedroom - 5714 innsbruck
Presently the downstairs master bedroom is being used for a study. You can peek into the master bath that features decorator touches.
patio - 5714 innsbruck
The slate step helps you enter onto the patio area from the dining room. This is a great spot for grilling. The back and large side yard are fully fenced.
side yard - 5714 innsbruck
This large fully fenced side yard can be used in so many ways. The back corner of this yard has nice landscaping. There is quite a bit of yard space that comes along with this home. The low maintenance fees cover mowing the front yard.
 

There is very little that you can buy in Bellaire for the price of this nice three bedroom, two bath, two garage home.  Prices are historically and continually rising in Bellaire.  Buying a townhome like this one that I listed is a great deal in my opinion . . . if you want to live in Bellaire, TX.

 

If you are looking to buy or sell in Bellaire, TX . . .would this information be helpful to you?  What would you add or delete to make this post better?

 

 

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