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Best Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home: 45 Experts Weigh In
30 Jan 2015
A survey of 45 experts and 113 prospective home buyers, to find the best home improvements to make in order to increase the value of your home.
Newly completed pipelines to carry more Canadian oil to Gulf Coast
30 Jan 2015
Canada's Natural Resources Minister is in Texas to celebrate the opening of two new pipelines that will increase the flow of Alberta crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Michael Stuart's insight:

The Seaway pipeline, with a capacity of 850,000 barrels per day, funnels some of the crude from Flanagan South from Cushing to the Texas coast.

What thrived during the Texas coast recession?
29 Jan 2015

This study is about the lessons learned from two “high-end real estate project developers” that thrived during the worse recession and storms to hit the Texas coast in history. A silver lining from the unfortunate times the region experienced from 2008 to 2012.

At the real estate peak in 2007, over a dozen high-end projects were under way on the Texas coast transforming the skyline and promising better lifestyles. Some of the projects completely failed, most will redeem their value sometime in the future, but only two thrived and are roaring out of the recession.

The report shows how it was a combination of negative factors that took the Texas coast market by storm, while Texas overall had only minor effects from the recession.

Free App Friday: 5 Home Improvement Tools For Putzers And Pros Alike
29 Jan 2015
Whether you have no business even owning tools or you dream in blueprints, there's a house-augmenting app for everyone.

Michael Stuart's insight:

1. Make sure Houzz Interior Design (Android, iOS) has a spot in your collection.

The app merely features ideas by way of some four million photos of rooms in houses that are far nicer than yours, along with products to buy, ideabooks to flip through and project articles to read.

2. If you want to paint before actually painting

Take Paint Harmony (Android, iOS) for a spin. You take a photo of the room you're looking to recolor and the app lets you slap a virtual coat of paint on the walls.

3. If you're tackling a big remodel

Load up PlanGrid (Android, iOS). The app stores all your blueprints, letting you create punchlists and track issues room by room. You can attach photos to each room, along with accompanying descriptions of what needs to be done (or fixed).

4. If you want to lighten your tool belt somewhat

Multi Measures (Amazon, Android) might do the trick. The app sports 12 measurement tools, including a compass, a sound meter, a stopwatch, and even a vibration-sensing seismometer.

5. If you know better than to do it yourself

Use Smith (Android, iOS) to hire someone who knows what the hell they're doing. You snap a few photos or shoot some quick video of the work you need done, and the service collects bids from pre-screened contractors.

Energy Projects Fueling a Prosperous Texas Coast
26 Jun 2011 New pipelines, offshore rigs, port expansions and wind farms bring additional prosperity to the Texas coast
Read the National Association of Realtors report on Second Homes
13 Apr 2011 The share of home buyers purchasing second homes remained steady compared to the year before according to an annual report from the National Association of Realtors
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Best Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home: 45 Experts Weigh In
30 Jan 2015
A survey of 45 experts and 113 prospective home buyers, to find the best home improvements to make in order to increase the value of your home.
Newly completed pipelines to carry more Canadian oil to Gulf Coast
30 Jan 2015
Canada's Natural Resources Minister is in Texas to celebrate the opening of two new pipelines that will increase the flow of Alberta crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Michael Stuart's insight:

The Seaway pipeline, with a capacity of 850,000 barrels per day, funnels some of the crude from Flanagan South from Cushing to the Texas coast.

What thrived during the Texas coast recession?
29 Jan 2015

This study is about the lessons learned from two “high-end real estate project developers” that thrived during the worse recession and storms to hit the Texas coast in history. A silver lining from the unfortunate times the region experienced from 2008 to 2012.

At the real estate peak in 2007, over a dozen high-end projects were under way on the Texas coast transforming the skyline and promising better lifestyles. Some of the projects completely failed, most will redeem their value sometime in the future, but only two thrived and are roaring out of the recession.

The report shows how it was a combination of negative factors that took the Texas coast market by storm, while Texas overall had only minor effects from the recession.

Free App Friday: 5 Home Improvement Tools For Putzers And Pros Alike
29 Jan 2015
Whether you have no business even owning tools or you dream in blueprints, there's a house-augmenting app for everyone.

Michael Stuart's insight:

1. Make sure Houzz Interior Design (Android, iOS) has a spot in your collection.

The app merely features ideas by way of some four million photos of rooms in houses that are far nicer than yours, along with products to buy, ideabooks to flip through and project articles to read.

2. If you want to paint before actually painting

Take Paint Harmony (Android, iOS) for a spin. You take a photo of the room you're looking to recolor and the app lets you slap a virtual coat of paint on the walls.

3. If you're tackling a big remodel

Load up PlanGrid (Android, iOS). The app stores all your blueprints, letting you create punchlists and track issues room by room. You can attach photos to each room, along with accompanying descriptions of what needs to be done (or fixed).

4. If you want to lighten your tool belt somewhat

Multi Measures (Amazon, Android) might do the trick. The app sports 12 measurement tools, including a compass, a sound meter, a stopwatch, and even a vibration-sensing seismometer.

5. If you know better than to do it yourself

Use Smith (Android, iOS) to hire someone who knows what the hell they're doing. You snap a few photos or shoot some quick video of the work you need done, and the service collects bids from pre-screened contractors.

Energy Projects Fueling a Prosperous Texas Coast
26 Jun 2011 New pipelines, offshore rigs, port expansions and wind farms bring additional prosperity to the Texas coast
Read the National Association of Realtors report on Second Homes
13 Apr 2011 The share of home buyers purchasing second homes remained steady compared to the year before according to an annual report from the National Association of Realtors
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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

Swedes Real Estate Logo

Swede's Real Estate
Physical Address: 2840 Hwy 87

Mailing Address: Po Box 1158

Crystal Beach, TX 77650

Phone 409-684-3345

Sitemap

Anne Willis Broker


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