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Sept. 24, 2022

Top 5 Country Clubs In Houston

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The country club lifestyle has long been associated with luxury and sophistication. For many, the idea of living on a golf course or in a prestigious community is the epitome of style and success. If you're considering making the move to a country club you will be happy to know that Houston has some of the best in the country.

From the moment you arrive in each of these communities, you will be impressed by the grandeur of the homes, the pristine golf courses, and the impressive amenities. And with a wide variety of home styles and prices finding one that meets your needs in all the right ways will be easy. Now let's take a closer look at the top five country clubs in Houston and what each has to offer.

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Posted in Lifestyle
Sept. 13, 2022

Downsizing Your Home In League City

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If you're like most people, your home is your largest and most valuable asset. So when it comes time to downsize, you want to be sure that you're making the right decision for yourself and your family. Downsizing your home in League City can be a great way to simplify your life and reduce stress. But it's essential to weigh all of your options before deciding what's best for you. This blog post will explore some helpful tips and tricks for downsizing in League City.

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Posted in Home Buyers
Sept. 1, 2022

Moving To & Living In Dickinson TX

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If you have been thinking about a great Texas city to move to, then have a look at Dickinson, Texas. This city is full of great homes and fantastic features that make it one of the best cities in Texas to consider. If you've thought about making a move, then have a look at this article to see what it's like moving and living in Dickinson, Texas. 

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Posted in Home Buyers
Sept. 1, 2022

6 Reasons You Should Move To Santa Fe, TX Today

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Texas has started to become an incredibly popular place for people to buy a new home in the last few years. Moving to Santa Fe is an excellent idea if you are looking for a rural community with old fashioned family values. If you are considering moving to somewhere new in Texas, have a look at this list to see the 6 reasons you should move to Santa Fe, TX, today. 

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Posted in Home Buyers
July 27, 2022

What To Know About Moving To Houston

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Do you enjoy humid summers that are perfect for spending in the water, diverse cuisine to tickle every tastebud, and plenty of cultural attractions to keep people of all ages and interests entertained for hours on end? If so, then the city of Houston may be a great place for you to call home.

As the most populous city in Texas, Houston is home to over 2.3 million people. It's also one of the most diverse cities in the country, with a large international community and various ethnic and religious backgrounds represented.

In addition to its large size and diverse population, Houston is also home to some of the best museums, galleries, and parks in the state. From the Space Center to the aquarium, the zoo to the various art galleries, there's plenty to do all year long. And in this article, we'll cover everything you need to know about moving to Houston–from where to live in Houston to the safest, family-friendly neighborhoods you'll find there, and what you can do in the area.

So whether you're looking for an urban adventure or a suburban oasis, Houston may be the perfect place for you.

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Posted in Home Buyers
July 27, 2022

The Best Guide To Downsizing In Houston

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Downsizing your home is a huge decision. You've become comfortable in your space and have years of memories in every corner. But there comes a time when you might consider moving into a smaller home. There are rooms you rarely go into, a basement gathering clutter, and a yard that takes up too much of your time just keeping it looking good. 

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Posted in Home Owner Tips
June 29, 2022

Houston, TX: Find Out What Neighborhood Is Best For You!

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Are you thinking of moving to Houston, TX? If so, you're in for a great time! This big city has something for everyone, from amazing restaurants and nightlife to plenty of outdoor activities and sporting events. But what's the best part? There's a Houston neighborhood perfect for everyone.

Whether you're looking for an active community with plenty of nearby amenities or a quiet suburb to call home, we've got you covered. Keep reading this Houston neighborhood guide to learn more about the best places to live in Houston and to find the perfect one for your needs.

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Posted in Home Buyers
July 16, 2021

5 Tips to Quickly Sell House for the Best Price

  1. Do the things you always said you would/should do. Now is the time to do these things. This includes fixing broken fences, cleaning up your yard and landscaping, fixing minor things around the house, worn out / broken outlets and light switches, etc.
  2. Walk through your house as if you’re a prospective buyer. Check water taps, if they are leaking, fix them. Turn your appliances off and on and make sure they are working. Check all the housing appliances and make sure they work properly. Light bulb dimmed, or not working, replace it. Do all the things a buyer would check when walking through a house.
  3. We can’t stress this enough, but one of the best things to do to sell a house is to de-clutter. Try to open your floor plan by removing excess furniture. Remove trash, debris, old packaging, boxes, and get them out of the house. We tell people, the goal is to make the house as close as possible to a “museum\show home” for buyers to walk through.
  4. Ask your Realtor to walk through your house before listing it. At OwnYourParadise.com we walk through all our client’s homes long before putting them on the market.
  5. Request a Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) from your Realtor and see what other houses are offering with regards to amenities, such as appliance packages, housing upgrades, etc, and then try to match them. For example, if you are doing a kitchen remodel and planning to sell your house afterward, check the houses in the neighborhood to see if they are all selling with a base appliance package or stainless packages. If the houses are all selling with stainless steel, then we would recommend putting in stainless steel. Deep clean your house, either by yourself or have it professionally cleaned, but do it. No one wants to see another person's dirt and it is so easy not to recognize it in your own home.

Bouns Tip - Tell your Realtor what you love about your house, neighborhood, community, location, etc. This information is invaluable and makes the Realtor’s job much easier when creating a description for your house, matching your house up with buyers, or talking to other Realtors who are representing buyers.

Thinking of selling your house? Call us today at 281-616-8401 and we will come out to your property, walk through it, and give you advice tailored to your house for an optimal selling experience.

June 25, 2021

What You Should Do Before Working with a Realtor

As realtors we want your home buying/selling process to be as comfortable as possible and therefore we have put together a list of what you should do before contacting a realtor and then what you need to tell a realtor before you begin the process of looking for a house.

  1. Work with a mortgage broker to see what you’re financially capable of buying and the type of loan you are qualified for. A mortgage broker will access your credit rating, assets, debt to income ratio, and will be able to tell you how much you can expect a bank to lend. This information is needed when it comes to saving yourself time and heartache. As a realtor, we don’t want to take you to a house you will love but can’t afford. This is a letdown for all parties involved and something we want to avoid. If you don’t have a mortgage broker you are working with, ask your realtor to recommend one. Don’t be surprised if a realtor refuses to show you any houses until they know what that you are pre-qualified for a mortgage.
  2. Tell your realtor what type of home loan/s you qualify for. Are you qualified for an FHA, Conventional, or VA Loan? Let the Realtor know because some home loans are specific with regards to what homes you can buy. This information is also included in the pre-approval letter from the mortgage broker.
  3. If you need down payment assistance, let your realtor know. Down payment assistance (DPA) is for more than first-time homebuyers and there are a variety of DPA programs and services available. At Hidden Paradise Realty Team, we recommend numerous DPA programs that assist buyers with their down payment, but you need to let us know as early as possible in the buying process. DPA is not always the best option for you as a buyer, as there are strings attached.
  4. Be clear on what you are looking for, what your needs are, and where you want the house to be located and why. Also, decide what is a necessity and what is a want. Right now, we are in a seller’s market, and you might have to compromise a little on what you want so a realtor can find you a house you need and that you can afford. When you’re working with a Realtor, they will actively search for a house for you and they will set up a listing notification for houses that match your criteria, but if you are too specific and not flexible with your “needs and wants” then it can dramatically increase the time it takes to find your new home.
June 16, 2021

3 Tips for Finding a Great Realtor

Getting your house prepared to be listed, listing it, and then managing offers and contractual responsibilities is not an easy task and it becomes many times more difficult when you have a Realtor that is not a good fit for you. We have put together a list of ways to find the right Realtor for your housing transaction

  1. Check Realtor Reviews as well as the reviews. We can’t stress this enough as reviews tell you such a lot about a Realtor’s business model and how they operate. This also provides valuable information on how they handle their clients.The following is a list of websites and ways you can find realtor reviews -;

    HAR.com

    Zillow and using their agent search engine -Realtor & Real Estate Agent Reviews | Zillow

    Realtor.com Agent Search - Find Real Estate Agents and Brokers in Your Area | realtor.com®

    Google My Business – Search Google for the Agent’s name or brokerage and look for a Google Business listing with reviews.

    Search for a Facebook Business Page where clients might have left reviews

  1. Look for Realtors who are Area Experts, who preferably live in and intimately know the neighborhoods and housing market conditions that they operate in.
  2. Find a Realtor that you feel comfortable with and don’t be afraid to ask a brokerage if you can work with another Realtor if needed. At Hidden Paradise Realty Team, we strive to make our clients feel comfortable with their Realtor and if you want to work with a different Realtor in the office, just ask.

The process of buying/selling a house can be very stressful but having the right Realtor can make all the difference in the world. Contact us at 281-616-8401 today to see if we are a good fit for your next housing transaction.