What are the top 5 things Women look for in a home?

1. Big closets- Women tell researchers, real-estate agents and anyone else who will listen that they want a home that helps manage a family’s accumulation of stuff. That means cupboards, drawers, cubbies and organizing systems. But above all, it means great walk-in closets.

2. Jetted Bathtubs- As retro as it may sound, the bubblier the better. Moms love ‘em because kids love ‘em,” . Life’s hard enough without having to drag kids kicking and screaming into the bathtub.”

3. Location- Women generally care more about location and less about size. A small home with great architectural character or a beautifully built little jewel box will fulfill many a woman’s dreams better than a megahouse — provided she loves the location.

4. Security- Feeling safe at home is crucial to everyone, but women rank it as an extra-high priority. Qualms about safety will break a deal, particularly for single women.

5. A place for Socializing- A party space is nice, but an even bigger priority, women tell housing experts, is a comfortable environment for sitting around and sharing. Preferably with food. It could be a kitchen island or counter, a comfortable den or a corner with a couple of chairs and a sofa pulled up in front of a fireplace.

Taken from MSN.com

Good news for people thinking about selling their home

In the past five months 188 homes for sale in Houston went under contract within a day, ranking third in a list of the nation’s fastest real property markets, reported by Redfin, the online real estate firm.  Sellers are seeing multiple offers and more buyers are participating in bidding wars.

Taken from Houston Chronicle

Buying your first house?

So, you’ve gotten your financial situation in order and are ready to buy a house. Do you know how much house your monthly budget can handle?  You’ve probably used a mortgage calculator to get an idea of the price range in which you should be looking. While that might give you a very rough idea of the homes you should consider, it shouldn’t be the only budgeting you do, said Kelli Roland, housing manager for American Financial Solutions, a nonprofit credit-counseling agency.

Melinda Fulmer- MSN Real Estate