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Houston Ranks In Top 3 U.S. Condo Markets
22 Oct 2014

While the national condo market is recovering, analyzing condo sales activity in the top 25 condo markets by total sales reveals some very different patterns at the metro level measure. Similar to the impact it had on the rest of the market, the interest-rate rise in the second half of 2013 caused condo sales to cool off somewhat, and by June 2014 only 14 of those same markets were exhibiting increases year over year. As of June 2014, Denver led the pack with condo sales that were 16.9 percent higher than a year ago, followed by Houston (15.5 percent) and Naples, Fla. (10.8 percent). Examining a variety of real estate transaction-related data reveals that cash sales have had the largest impact on changes in condo sales. This should not be a surprise given that the cash share of condo sales was 53 percent in the first half of 2014. In fact, in some of the markets, condo cash sales almost exclusively account for all sales. For example, three of the top 25 condo markets had condo cash sales that exceeded 85 percent. Via: http://www.corelogic.com/blog/authors/sam-khater/2014/09/the-long-term-rise-of-condo-sales.aspx#

Texas jobs surge
19 Oct 2014

The Texas economy, from our employers across all major industries to our skilled and dedicated workers, continues to perform at a record pace," said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar


Michael Stuart's insight:

Over the month, nine of the 11 major industries tracked by the state agency showed positive growth.


The Leisure and Hospitality sector led the growth with 9,300 jobs.


Mining and Logging, which includes the oil-and-gas sector, added 5,000 jobs over the month, and construction added 5,400 jobs over the month.

What Luxury Buyers want in Houston on the Texas Coast
16 Oct 2014

What Are Luxury Buyers Looking For?

Location is no longer the top search criteria among luxury buyers, particularly the younger generations, according to the survey.

With the ability to work remotely becoming an option for a growing number of people, only 25 percent of the under-35 age group indicate that location dominates their home search criteria.

  • The under-35 group factors in lifestyle considerations instead, with 75 percent saying that dictates their choice of which home to buy. 
  • The demand for eco-friendly homes is growing, too. Nearly one-third of all wealthy buyers under the age of 45 surveyed said a “green” or “LEED certified” home was more important to them than it was just three years ago.
  • Twenty-five percent of luxury home buyers also a fully automated, high-tech home as a greater priority.

Michael Stuart's insight:

For affluent individuals under the age of 35, the percentage of those planning to buy a luxury home in the next year jumps to whopping 81 percent.

This group of affluent Millennials also reported the highest average purchase price of all age groups at $7.8 million, according to the survey.

Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12%
15 Oct 2014
A $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by adding a landscape with color and large plants, according to research from Virginia Tech.

Michael Stuart's insight:

"The most preferred landscape included a sophisticated design with large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants and colored hardscape," according to Niemiera. Adding different plant sizes to a front yard, for example, can boost curb appeal, as well as mixing fruit trees and flowers for added color.

What Slowdown? Eight Housing Markets That Are Speeding Up
08 Oct 2014

Buyers should prepare themselves: These markets are shaping up to be even more competitive than they were in 2013. Read MoreThe post What Slowdown? Eight Housing Markets That Are Speeding Up appeared first on Redfin Real Estate Blog.

Source: Redfin Real Estate Blog » Real Estate News & Analysis
URL: http://blog.redfin.com/?p=22962
Keywords: Featured Posts,Real Estate News & Analysis,featured,research-special-report

The post What Slowdown? Eight Housing Markets That Are Speeding Up appeared first on Redfin Real Estate Blog.

Keep Rollover Pass Open
13 Mar 2013 Keep Rollover Pass Open   By Wayne Stupka and Ted Vega Recently, in a gross example of government overreaching in violation of private property rights, the General Land Office of the State of Texas went to the Corps of Engineers and applied for and received a permit to close Rollover Pass. Not only do they not own the land in question, they did not ask the owner of the land – the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club – - if they could. They just did it. If this wasn’t bad enough, they are seeking to remove the best public access fishing location on the Upper Texas Coast. It is a high quality recreational resource available to handicapped and less wealthy fishermen and women of the coast – persons who cannot afford boats and motors. Furthermore the grounds on which they are overreaching do not hold up. It is a land grab, pure and simple. Now, how would you feel if the government came to you and told you that they had applied for a permit to take action that would destroy your property? How many of you citizens out there would stand still for an arrogant, oppressive government agency telling you what they were going to do with your private property? And now because the General Land Office has no power of condemnation, the GLO is trying to force Galveston County to do their dirty work for them by asking – or perhaps coercing – the County into condemning our property on their behalf. To date, Galveston County has not acted, but let’s be clear. It will be a “gut check” on whether the members of Commissioners Court are really concerned about overreaching government or not. This is an issue that puts the rhetoric of support for private property rights to the test. So why are we closing the Pass? First, we are always told it is because of erosion. Unfortunately, the big erosion problem on the Upper Texas coast is that the source of sand for all of our beaches is not what it used to be. Rollover Pass is a small symptom of the larger disease of loss of sand supply due to dams up the Mississippi River. Shutting Rollover Pass is not going to solve the erosion problem on Bolivar or anywhere else. Severe storms such as Ike cause ten to a hundred times more erosion in one day across a hundred miles of beach than does Rollover Pass in a decade. If the jetties were constructed that were part of the original plan, the erosion issue – such as it is – would go away. Second, we are told that the problem is siltation of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – that sediment comes through the Pass and is deposited in the canal and causes increased maintenance dredging costs. However, consider this. A diversion was recently constructed (and permitted by the Corps and the GLO) to allow the diversion of Taylor’s Bayou in Jefferson County southward into the GIWW about fifteen miles in from the easternmost point of East Bay. That diversion will dump incredibly large amounts of sediment into the GIWW – a much larger amount than is contributed by Rollover Pass. So if increased dredging were really a concern, that project would never have been allowed. Yet it was with full support by the very entities that are trying to shut down the Pass. Third, we are told that the GLO wishes to restore East Bay from an ecological perspective. To us, that sounded like a decent reason. But once again, this issue must be viewed in a cumulative context. The Taylor Bayou diversion mentioned above will divert millions and even billions of gallons of floodwaters into the GIWW and East Bay. That diversion is a new event. If Rollover Pass is closed, the ecology of East Bay will be dominated by freshwater inflow and will cease to function as a salt water fishery for long periods of time. The Taylor Bayou diversion is a much bigger threat than Rollover Pass. However, if the Pass is left open, the freshwater domination of the Taylor Bayou diversion would be moderated by an exchange with the Gulf of Mexico and East Bay will likely be just fine. With the Pass closed, East Bay is doomed. On the positive side, Rollover Pass is a poor fisherman’s dream. It offers truly quality fishing literally out of the back of your truck. You can drive right up to it. You can roll your wheel chair to it. It is open to all ethnicities and all classes of users. It is all about equality – equal access and equal rights. By shutting the Pass, the government will be taking private property from the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club for the supposed purpose of benefiting beachfront homeowners – homeowners who now own the majority of the beach after the Severance decision by the Texas Supreme Court. Why should the Club’s private property be condemned to help private property owners? Artist's concept of how Rollover Pass could look (click image for larger view). All of us involved in supporting the Pass – the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club and the Gilcrist Community Association – recognize that the Pass must be improved. We have produced an image of what it could and should be, and we believe that we can raise the money – private money, not government money – to build this newer and better Pass. But since Ike, the Club, the Gilchrist community and Rollover Pass have been under attack. All we ask is that the government leaves us alone – that we be allowed the chance to restore this fabulous recreation asset and get back to the business of providing quality fishing, bird watching and recreation to the residents of the Upper Coast. Wayne Stupka is President of the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club. Ted Vega is President of the Gilchrist Community Association.
ATV- ROV's frequently asked Questions by Galveston Sherriffs Dept.
06 Aug 2012 Frequently Asked Questions – ATV/ROV’s
ATV News
06 Aug 2012 Last month, a State Attorney General’s opinion provided some guidance for both operators and government officials about the use of all-terrain and recreational off-road vehicles (ATV/ROV’s) on Bolivar Peninsula beaches. 
Specks on a Fly- “UBETCHA” by Ed Snyders
05 Dec 2011 Rolling out a cast to the grassy edge of the salt-marsh settled my streamer right on top of a swirl left by a feeding trout, when, after a few quick line jerks, the reaction for the action "imploded" on it bowing the fly rod to the fight of speckled silver.  
Those Amazing GULP! Ed Snyder/Outdoors Bolivar Peninsula, TX.
28 Nov 2011 Massaging my jig along the bottom as it drifted with the tide I could feel every grain of sand and click of shell as it thumped its way along a submerged sandbar. Then, a sudden, aggressive “TIC” triggered my hook-set into a big fish, a strong fish. Arching rod and a reset drag prepared me for a long, hard fight…. “Gulp” had paid off for me again with a nice 22inch doormat sized flounder coming to net.
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Houston Ranks In Top 3 U.S. Condo Markets
22 Oct 2014

While the national condo market is recovering, analyzing condo sales activity in the top 25 condo markets by total sales reveals some very different patterns at the metro level measure. Similar to the impact it had on the rest of the market, the interest-rate rise in the second half of 2013 caused condo sales to cool off somewhat, and by June 2014 only 14 of those same markets were exhibiting increases year over year. As of June 2014, Denver led the pack with condo sales that were 16.9 percent higher than a year ago, followed by Houston (15.5 percent) and Naples, Fla. (10.8 percent). Examining a variety of real estate transaction-related data reveals that cash sales have had the largest impact on changes in condo sales. This should not be a surprise given that the cash share of condo sales was 53 percent in the first half of 2014. In fact, in some of the markets, condo cash sales almost exclusively account for all sales. For example, three of the top 25 condo markets had condo cash sales that exceeded 85 percent. Via: http://www.corelogic.com/blog/authors/sam-khater/2014/09/the-long-term-rise-of-condo-sales.aspx#

Texas jobs surge
19 Oct 2014

The Texas economy, from our employers across all major industries to our skilled and dedicated workers, continues to perform at a record pace," said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar


Michael Stuart's insight:

Over the month, nine of the 11 major industries tracked by the state agency showed positive growth.


The Leisure and Hospitality sector led the growth with 9,300 jobs.


Mining and Logging, which includes the oil-and-gas sector, added 5,000 jobs over the month, and construction added 5,400 jobs over the month.

What Luxury Buyers want in Houston on the Texas Coast
16 Oct 2014

What Are Luxury Buyers Looking For?

Location is no longer the top search criteria among luxury buyers, particularly the younger generations, according to the survey.

With the ability to work remotely becoming an option for a growing number of people, only 25 percent of the under-35 age group indicate that location dominates their home search criteria.

  • The under-35 group factors in lifestyle considerations instead, with 75 percent saying that dictates their choice of which home to buy. 
  • The demand for eco-friendly homes is growing, too. Nearly one-third of all wealthy buyers under the age of 45 surveyed said a “green” or “LEED certified” home was more important to them than it was just three years ago.
  • Twenty-five percent of luxury home buyers also a fully automated, high-tech home as a greater priority.

Michael Stuart's insight:

For affluent individuals under the age of 35, the percentage of those planning to buy a luxury home in the next year jumps to whopping 81 percent.

This group of affluent Millennials also reported the highest average purchase price of all age groups at $7.8 million, according to the survey.

Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12%
15 Oct 2014
A $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by adding a landscape with color and large plants, according to research from Virginia Tech.

Michael Stuart's insight:

"The most preferred landscape included a sophisticated design with large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants and colored hardscape," according to Niemiera. Adding different plant sizes to a front yard, for example, can boost curb appeal, as well as mixing fruit trees and flowers for added color.

What Slowdown? Eight Housing Markets That Are Speeding Up
08 Oct 2014

Buyers should prepare themselves: These markets are shaping up to be even more competitive than they were in 2013. Read MoreThe post What Slowdown? Eight Housing Markets That Are Speeding Up appeared first on Redfin Real Estate Blog.

Source: Redfin Real Estate Blog » Real Estate News & Analysis
URL: http://blog.redfin.com/?p=22962
Keywords: Featured Posts,Real Estate News & Analysis,featured,research-special-report

The post What Slowdown? Eight Housing Markets That Are Speeding Up appeared first on Redfin Real Estate Blog.

Keep Rollover Pass Open
13 Mar 2013 Keep Rollover Pass Open   By Wayne Stupka and Ted Vega Recently, in a gross example of government overreaching in violation of private property rights, the General Land Office of the State of Texas went to the Corps of Engineers and applied for and received a permit to close Rollover Pass. Not only do they not own the land in question, they did not ask the owner of the land – the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club – - if they could. They just did it. If this wasn’t bad enough, they are seeking to remove the best public access fishing location on the Upper Texas Coast. It is a high quality recreational resource available to handicapped and less wealthy fishermen and women of the coast – persons who cannot afford boats and motors. Furthermore the grounds on which they are overreaching do not hold up. It is a land grab, pure and simple. Now, how would you feel if the government came to you and told you that they had applied for a permit to take action that would destroy your property? How many of you citizens out there would stand still for an arrogant, oppressive government agency telling you what they were going to do with your private property? And now because the General Land Office has no power of condemnation, the GLO is trying to force Galveston County to do their dirty work for them by asking – or perhaps coercing – the County into condemning our property on their behalf. To date, Galveston County has not acted, but let’s be clear. It will be a “gut check” on whether the members of Commissioners Court are really concerned about overreaching government or not. This is an issue that puts the rhetoric of support for private property rights to the test. So why are we closing the Pass? First, we are always told it is because of erosion. Unfortunately, the big erosion problem on the Upper Texas coast is that the source of sand for all of our beaches is not what it used to be. Rollover Pass is a small symptom of the larger disease of loss of sand supply due to dams up the Mississippi River. Shutting Rollover Pass is not going to solve the erosion problem on Bolivar or anywhere else. Severe storms such as Ike cause ten to a hundred times more erosion in one day across a hundred miles of beach than does Rollover Pass in a decade. If the jetties were constructed that were part of the original plan, the erosion issue – such as it is – would go away. Second, we are told that the problem is siltation of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – that sediment comes through the Pass and is deposited in the canal and causes increased maintenance dredging costs. However, consider this. A diversion was recently constructed (and permitted by the Corps and the GLO) to allow the diversion of Taylor’s Bayou in Jefferson County southward into the GIWW about fifteen miles in from the easternmost point of East Bay. That diversion will dump incredibly large amounts of sediment into the GIWW – a much larger amount than is contributed by Rollover Pass. So if increased dredging were really a concern, that project would never have been allowed. Yet it was with full support by the very entities that are trying to shut down the Pass. Third, we are told that the GLO wishes to restore East Bay from an ecological perspective. To us, that sounded like a decent reason. But once again, this issue must be viewed in a cumulative context. The Taylor Bayou diversion mentioned above will divert millions and even billions of gallons of floodwaters into the GIWW and East Bay. That diversion is a new event. If Rollover Pass is closed, the ecology of East Bay will be dominated by freshwater inflow and will cease to function as a salt water fishery for long periods of time. The Taylor Bayou diversion is a much bigger threat than Rollover Pass. However, if the Pass is left open, the freshwater domination of the Taylor Bayou diversion would be moderated by an exchange with the Gulf of Mexico and East Bay will likely be just fine. With the Pass closed, East Bay is doomed. On the positive side, Rollover Pass is a poor fisherman’s dream. It offers truly quality fishing literally out of the back of your truck. You can drive right up to it. You can roll your wheel chair to it. It is open to all ethnicities and all classes of users. It is all about equality – equal access and equal rights. By shutting the Pass, the government will be taking private property from the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club for the supposed purpose of benefiting beachfront homeowners – homeowners who now own the majority of the beach after the Severance decision by the Texas Supreme Court. Why should the Club’s private property be condemned to help private property owners? Artist's concept of how Rollover Pass could look (click image for larger view). All of us involved in supporting the Pass – the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club and the Gilcrist Community Association – recognize that the Pass must be improved. We have produced an image of what it could and should be, and we believe that we can raise the money – private money, not government money – to build this newer and better Pass. But since Ike, the Club, the Gilchrist community and Rollover Pass have been under attack. All we ask is that the government leaves us alone – that we be allowed the chance to restore this fabulous recreation asset and get back to the business of providing quality fishing, bird watching and recreation to the residents of the Upper Coast. Wayne Stupka is President of the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club. Ted Vega is President of the Gilchrist Community Association.
ATV- ROV's frequently asked Questions by Galveston Sherriffs Dept.
06 Aug 2012 Frequently Asked Questions – ATV/ROV’s
ATV News
06 Aug 2012 Last month, a State Attorney General’s opinion provided some guidance for both operators and government officials about the use of all-terrain and recreational off-road vehicles (ATV/ROV’s) on Bolivar Peninsula beaches. 
Specks on a Fly- “UBETCHA” by Ed Snyders
05 Dec 2011 Rolling out a cast to the grassy edge of the salt-marsh settled my streamer right on top of a swirl left by a feeding trout, when, after a few quick line jerks, the reaction for the action "imploded" on it bowing the fly rod to the fight of speckled silver.  
Those Amazing GULP! Ed Snyder/Outdoors Bolivar Peninsula, TX.
28 Nov 2011 Massaging my jig along the bottom as it drifted with the tide I could feel every grain of sand and click of shell as it thumped its way along a submerged sandbar. Then, a sudden, aggressive “TIC” triggered my hook-set into a big fish, a strong fish. Arching rod and a reset drag prepared me for a long, hard fight…. “Gulp” had paid off for me again with a nice 22inch doormat sized flounder coming to net.
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Show your support to restore the Beautiful Bolivar Peninsula. Please click here to sign the "Bring Back Bolivar" support roster.


Purchase your Bring Back Bolivar T-Shirt. All proceeds benefit the Bolivar Peninsula Economic Development Fund. Call now to order 409-684-3345.

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Physical Address: 2840 Hwy 87

Mailing Address: Po Box 1158

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Phone 409-684-3345

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Swede's Real Estate
Physical Address: 2840 Hwy 87

Mailing Address: Po Box 1158

Crystal Beach, TX 77650

Phone 409-684-3345

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Anne Willis Broker


Your Crystal Beach Bolivar Peninsula - Beach Property Expert - a member of the TexasGulfCoastOnline network