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Homeownership Linked to Happiness

In Buying a Home, Environmentmentally Friendly Homes, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, new homes houston energy corridor, Selling your home on September 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Based on data from the OECD Better Life Index, homeownership in the U.S. can lead to higher levels of subjective well-being. Translation: homeownership is linked to happiness.

The Better Life Index gauges worldwide development, zeroing in on quality of life indicators that affect global progress – housing, jobs, civic engagement, health and safety, to name a few. The objective? To answer to the age-old question: How’s life?

At face value, this assessment is dead-on – most agents can attest to smiling faces when first-time buyers become homeowners – but that heightened sense of well-being may be more closely tied to our basic need for shelter, according to Aida Caldera Sánchez and Caroline Tassot, authors of a recent Index analysis. And, when viewed through American Dream-colored glasses, homeownership lends itself to status and independence, qualities that resonate with those seeking to better their lives.

In addition, the Index measures well-being indicators on a regional scale. Housing performs better than all other indicators in 75 percent of states in the Midwest. In the South, housing tops all other indicators in 70.6 percent of states in the region. In the West, housing in just 15 percent of states outperforms other indicators like environment and education. Income trumps housing in 55.5 percent of states in the Northeast – and it is also the dominant indicator in states home to major metropolitan areas, including New York, Illinois, Texas and California.

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I am happy to help you buy or sell your home! Call Connie Vallone at 713-249-4177 .


Now is Still a Great Time to Buy

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, new homes houston energy corridor on September 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Recently, the media has painted a one-sided portrait of the housing market and real estate industry as a whole. Although we surely have seen better days, now is still a great time to take advantage of low prices and rates, writes Brett Arends on Enough with the negatives-here are 10 reasons from The Wall Street Journal why it’s still a great time for you to buy a new home.

Amazing Deals

Buyers who act fast can still get an amazing deal on a new home purchase. Home prices are down about 30% from their peak, according to Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Index. We’re still experiencing a buyer’s market, and if you like to take on a negotiator role you can get a great buy at a fantastic price. Don’t wait to catch the bottom-chances are prices will go up before you pull the trigger. Prices are down, and now is the time to capitalize.

Low Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates have recently been the lowest they have been in decades. You can get a 30-year fixed-rate loan in the 4% range. Two years ago, rates were about 6.3%. As prices and values go up, so will these rates. Buyers who act now get to take advantage of great pricing and great rates. Why wouldn’t you buy under these ideal conditions?

Tax Savings

Mortgage interest is tax deductible. You can also get a tax break on capital gains when you sell if you itemize your deductions. Any real estate tax is deductible, and come income tax time, this is money you’ll save just by being a homeowner. The more you earn and the bigger your mortgage, the more valuable your tax breaks will be.

You’ll Own It

A simple reason to buy, but you can do anything you’d like to with your own home. Extend walls, repaint or redesign, anything you want to do can be done. Renters can’t say the same thing. Occasionally a landlord may make an allowance, but as a homeowner you never have to worry about going against a clause in a lease. You own it, and you control everything.

Better Homes

When you decide to buy, you are able to narrow down exactly what you want. By putting down more money, you’re also paying for more space and nicer quality living conditions. Money talks in real estate. By making the commitment to buying your own home, you are more likely to get exactly the type of home you are looking for, and that in itself is a luxury.

Risk Capital

Although you shouldn’t view your home as a way to get rich, your home can grow in value as the market rebounds. Once the economy is stronger, real estate prices and values will strengthen with it. After all, “Equity in a home is another way of linking part of your portfolio to the long-term growth of the economy,” reports

Forced Savings

Buying a home is sort of like a forced savings. Instead of squandering money on rent, you are putting money towards something that you will own. You’re paying yourself by building equity for later down the road.

Plenty of Options

According to NAR, the current inventory in the U.S. is around four million homes. This number is below last year’s peak, but well over normal levels. With this many homes on the market, you have quite a few options to choose from. There is definitely more of a chance that you’ll find exactly what you want if you look for a home in a market like this-great prices, great rates and great choices.

This Market Won’t Last Forever

Sooner or later, demand will meet the supply. With the population only expanding, more and more people will start making the transition over to homeowner and the supply of available homes on the market will shrink. Buying a house now is a great step and plan for the future.

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If you or someone you know wants to buy a home, please call Connie Vallone at

(713) 249-4177 or email .

Ready to Relocate? Avoid Hiring a ‘Rogue Mover’

In Buying a Home, Houston Energy Corridor, new homes houston energy corridor, Relocating to West Houston, West Houston on June 30, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Ready to Relocate? Avoid Hiring a ‘Rogue Mover’

Are you ready to relocate? If so, a new Better Business Bureau report warns folks to be very selective before hiring a mover to avoid common problems, some of which may or may not be illegal.

Every year BBB and law enforcement officials hear about “rogue movers” who demand an additional and unexpected payment before releasing possessions to their owner. In addition, consumers may also be held responsible for additional charges if the moving company puts belongings in storage pending payment of the final amount.

Consumers across the country filed more than 8,000 complaints against moving companies last year, according to BBB. So in this first of two reports on the subject, we’ll look at a few warning signs that might indicate your mover is up to no good.

The most common disputes in the BBB database involved damage to or disappearance of personal belongings, difficulty obtaining compensation for damage, a final bill well in excess of the original quote and damage to apartments, homes and condos caused by movers during the process.

Anyone with a truck and a website can claim to be a mover, and unfortunately, the moving industry is plagued by con artists who don’t adhere to best marketplace standards for honesty and ethical conduct.

So Better Business Bureau recommends consumers watch for common red flags before hiring a mover:

  • They prefer to give you an estimate over the phone, sight unseen.  That preliminary estimate will likely be lower than the actual cost when the job is over.
  • They demand a large sum of money before the move. However, it is not unusual for a mover to ask in advance for $100 or $200 to make sure you don’t cancel and leave them hanging the day of the move.  Usually, the bill must be paid in full the day of the move.
  • Be wary if you cannot find a local address, contact information and proof of licensing or insurance on their website, or
  • If they use a generic truck.

The BBB recommends consumers thoroughly research prospective moving companies at before selecting one.

If your planning a move to West Houston contact

Connie Vallone 713 249 4177  Broker Associate First Market Realty

Houston Energy Corridor Homes

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.By John Voket

NEW LISTING! 12114 Piping Rock Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 15065841

In Buying a Home, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, new homes houston energy corridor, Terry Hershey Park on October 24, 2014 at 7:09 pm

NEW LISTING! 12114 Piping Rock Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 15065841

12114 Piping Rock DriveBeautifully updated! One and a half story home with three bedrooms downstairs and a huge game room with full bath upstairs. Light and bright living area with a wall of windows and high ceilings that leads to your own private oasis with heated pool that features two water falls. Spacious island kitchen with granite tops, wood floors and Stainless Steel appliances. Retreat to your master retreat with doors leading to backyard retreat and fully remodeled bath with imported Italian marble. New and recent Air Conditioners. See online brochure for complete update list.

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New Construction in Houston Energy Corridor

In Buying a Home, Eldridge Parkway, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, New Construction, new homes houston energy corridor on September 19, 2014 at 6:57 pm

It’s hard to find new construction homes in Houston’s Energy Corridor !

Parkway Terrace is an exciting new Darling Homes subdivision located in the Energy Corridor just off Eldridge Parkway.   The community offers scenic lake, walking trails, pool and clubhouse.  Not surprising that almost all the lots are sold out !

If your looking for an Energy Corridor real estate professionally call Connie Vallone 714 249 4177