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Affordable kitchen upgrades for your Pearland home

Staging a home renovation is always an expensive task. Between working with a contractor and plumber, buying new appliances, painting, flooring, and everything in between, it’s easy for a simple renovation to equal a huge bill.

Home renovations, and specifically kitchen renovations also add incredible value to your home. But if a full-scale kitchen renovation is not in the budget this year, there are still several upgrades you can make to your kitchen that is easy on the wallet and will still add great value to your home.

Replace the Faucets

Upgrading your faucets to shiny and modern fixtures will add a world of difference to your kitchen. Today’s faucets and fixtures come with many amazing features such as automation or motion detection,

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Sell Your Home During The Holidays

While many real estate experts will try and discourage homeowners from trying to sell during the holidays, they may be forgetting some of the top benefits of a holiday sale.

Yes, selling a home during the holidays can be more stressful and is often more difficult than selling during peak times in the year, however, there are many benefits and advantages to putting your home up for sale during this time of year.

Take a look at some of our top reasons to sell your home during the holidays:

Holiday Buyers Are More Motivated

If someone is looking to purchase a home during the holidays, it’s probably because of a very specific reason. For instance, job relocation or buyers who are working with a tax deadline. This means that potential buyers

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2017 Housing Trends to watch for in Pearland, Houston, and Manvel TX

Every year, releases the much-anticipated National Housing Forecast to outline the potential road ahead for most markets across the nation. As a whole, the report expects many of the markets in the nations top metros to slightly cool, yet still continue to grow. The report suggests that there could be a nationwide average of 3.9% growth in housing prices, a 1.9% increase in the number of transactions, and interest rates are expected to climb 4.5% as well due to inflation.

The report examines the top 100 metros across the U.S., and ranks them based on their expected growth. The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area is ranked as number 29 on the report, ahead of San Antonio, Dallas, and El Paso, and behind Austin. The report expects the

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Meridiana in Manvel, TX

If you've driven south of Houston lately, you may have noticed the freshly minted complex located off of Highway 288. Some of you may even recognize it as Meridiana Elementary School. While it may seem counterintuitive to open an elementary school miles from the larger municipalities of Pearland and Fresno, the school was built preemptively to serve the thousands of homes about to be built within the community of Meridiana.

Meridiana Homes

What was once an agricultural area composed of endless fields and rolling grass pastures is now becoming one of the largest master-planned communities in the Houston area. Dubbed Meridiana by designing firm Rise Communities, the 2,700 acre development will have between 5,000 and 7,000 homes when it's

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Best Pearland neighborhoods for families

Pearland has a lot going for itself. Unlike many other Houston suburbs, it has affordable housing, a booming economy, top-rated schools, a low crime rate, and the list goes on. Some are even suggesting that it could become the next major employment hub in the Houston area. Beyond it’s great diversity and amenity-rich neighborhoods, Pearland has something to offer everyone, from childhood to retirement, and especially families.

If you’re thinking about relocating to Pearland, here are the best communities this year for families:


Wrapped around a challenging 18-hole golf course, homes in Silverlake have exclusive access to Pearland’s premier golf destination –and that’s not all. Residents of Silverlake are a stone’s throw from parks,

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Pearland Halloween activities, 2016

Halloween is fast approaching, which means it’s almost time to get your ghosts and ghouls ready for their big night. While ‘candy’ might be their primary motivations for dressing up, there are a number of ways to get in the spirit in the weeks leading up to the 31st. Here are just a few fun events happening in and around Pearland this Halloween season.

Trick or Treat Trail

On Halloween night, the Veterans Sports Complex will be the place to be for a hauntingly good time. Bring your trick-or-treaters to the 14th Annual Trick or Treat Trail between 5:30 and 8 PM for candy, good times, music, and a movie! There’s also going to be a costume contest for kids under 12 for a chance to win some great prizes.

Date: Monday, October 31, 2016

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things you should know before selling your home

I am always amazed by the huge variance between "perception" and "reality" in almost everything, but especially in home buying, selling, and investing. I suppose TV Reality shows like "Flip this House" and "Love it or List it" fuel the fire. I talk to people every day who love these shows and envy my 41+ year career "doing what these shows indicate." I get emails and phone calls every day from people saying that they're "investors looking for homes under $55,000 that they can put in new carpet and paint and sell it for $150,000." Really? Me too! lol

Then there are people who wander into new home models and get swept away by the builder sales reps who have fabulous homes to sell ... with incredible financing options to boot! "You don't need a

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Mortgage tips for first-time home buyers

Buying your first home is something you’ve probably dreamed about for many years, and maybe now you’re starting to take that dream a little more seriously. That said, before you start looking for the perfect property in Pearland, Manvel, or Houston, you’ll need to find out where you stand financially. Here are some of the top tips from mortgage experts to consider while shopping for your first home loan.

1. Know Your Credit Score

Before you start shopping around for a loan, find out what your credit score is and see if there’s anything you can do to improve it in the short-term. Maintaining a good score is easy, you just have to pay your bills on time and keep your balances down to a manageable level. If you have to have a balance, experts

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Congratulations Katie-Ferreri See

Yesterday, my daughter Katie Ferreri-See, posted her 10-year-anniversary certificate for her long-time association with RE/MAX Top Realty. Yes, she's starting down the path that I took in 1975, that of a Lifetime Realtor®. She got married a few years ago to Travis See whom she met at RE/MAX Top Realty where he started working while in high school. Interestingly, they both lived in Southdown and went to the same schools, but didn't meet until they were both working at The Top! Now, they're expecting my first grandchild, Karlene Faith! (Yippee!) #excitedgrandpatobe

A Lifetime Career In The Real Estate Industry

I also read Kathy Kipp's post about feeling old when she booked a hotel room with her AARP discount! (Hey, why not? I like to use mine for

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The Houston Association of Realtors' MLS Press Release, which was distributed yesterday, proclaimed that "the Greater Houston real estate market experienced its first sales decline in six months in July. What you know as "" went on to say that not only the upper end was affected this time, but both upper and lowest ends of the pricing spectrum had a slowdown. In fact, they went on to report that the drop was 8.8%, year-over-year.

The good news, however, is that home sales are still up about 1% overall in year-to-date sales numbers versus last year. More good news is that RE/MAX Top Realty continues its pattern of growth and increase per agent in sales, far outselling our competitors in "per agent production." And here at The Top, we're "bullish"

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