Quail Valley (Missouri City, TX)
By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(Champion Real Estate Group)
Having access to a sink when you need one is a great convenience. Most people are used to having sinks in their kitchen and bathrooms, but there are other locations where a sink can come in handy as well. Installing a utility sink in these areas can make tasks such as laundry and cleaning easier, while also keeping you from having to dump things like cleaning wastewater into your kitchen or bathroom sink.Installing a utility sink in places like your laundry room, basement, or mudroom can be a great idea, especially if there aren’t any other sinks convenient to those locations. Depending on how your home is laid out, though, it might also be a significant undertaking. If you’re thinking about adding a utility sink, here are some things to keep in mind.What Is a Utility Sink? If you aren’...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(Champion Real Estate Group)
In general, people tend to think about air conditioners as a way to keep a home cool and heating units as a way to keep it warm. There’s nothing wrong with this line of thinking, of course. If you’re only relying on heaters and air conditioners to maintain the temperature, though, then you may be spending way more than you need to keep your home comfortable.One key part of controlling your home’s heating and cooling costs that you might be ignoring is the humble ceiling fan. By using ceiling fans effectively, you can keep your home at more consistent temperatures throughout the year while spending a lot less on heating and cooling. If you like the thought of staying comfortable while spending less, here’s what you need to know about using your ceiling fans effectively.Ceiling Fans Save ...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(Champion Real Estate Group)
 Some Highlights When deciding whether you should rent or buy, make sure you're considering these factors. Buying a home means consistent monthly payments. Homeownership also helps to build your wealth. And owning a home gives you greater flexibility than renting. If you're ready to take advantage of the perks of homeownership, lets connect to explore your options.   
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(Champion Real Estate Group)
Day to day life has a lot of moving parts. Unfortunately, this sometimes makes it a little too easy to misplace some of those things that we use every day. This can be a real hassle, causing you to spend time looking for the various things you need instead of using them. Most smartphones come with a “find my phone” feature, so wouldn’t it be great if everything else had a similar function?With the advent of smart tags, this is actually possible. These tags make it easy to locate lost items around the home and can even provide extra security against theft or loss while you’re out and about. The specific features and functions depend on the brand of smart tags that you use, but regardless of brand you’ll find that there are some features that are universal.How Do Smart Tags Work? Smart ta...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(Champion Real Estate Group)
One of the major story lines over the last year is how well the residential real estate market performed. One key metric in the spotlight is home price appreciation. According to the latest indices, home prices are skyrocketing this year.Here are the latest percentages showing the year-over-year increase in home price appreciation: The House Price Index (HPI) from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA): 18.8% The S. National Home Price Index from S&P Case-Shiller: 18.6% The Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic: 18% The dramatic increases are seen at every price point and in all regions of the country.Increases Are Across Every Price PointAccording to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, each price range is seeing at least a 19% increase year-over-year:Increases Are Across...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(Champion Real Estate Group)
There are many headlines about how housing affordability is declining. The headlines are correct: its less affordable to purchase a home today than it was a year ago. However, its important to give this trend context. Is it less expensive to buy a house today than it was in 2005? What about 1995? What happens if we go all the way back to 1985? Or even 1975?Obviously, the price of a home has appreciated dramatically over the last 45 years. So have the prices of milk, bread, and just about every other consumable. Prices rise over time we know it as inflation.However, when we look at housing, price is just one component that makes up the monthly cost of the home. Another key factor is the mortgage rate at the time of purchase.Lets look back at the cost of a home over the last five decades ...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(Champion Real Estate Group)
Some veterans are finding it difficult to obtain a home in todays market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR):Conventional conforming mortgages (mortgages that conform to guidelines set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), accounted for 74% of mortgages obtained by homebuyers in May 2021, an increase from about 65% during 2018 through 2019The share of VA-guaranteed loans has also decreased to 7% in May 2021 from about 10% in past years.Recent data in the latest Origination Insight Report from Ellie Mae sheds light on the continuation of this trend. Below, we can see just how small of a share of total financing VA loans made up in June of 2021, according to that Ellie Mae report:The drop in VA loan usage can be attributed to the difficulties veterans continue to face when ...
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