May 2011 Newsletter


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May 2011 Newsletter

  1. 1. Volume 1, Issue 2 May 2011 Talking with Taylor It’s Warming Up in Houston!May Newsletter Hot Trends in 2011 HomesNew Build Trends Wondering what new homes are going to look like in Houston? Here are a fewMarket Update trends you may start seeing: Dual Master Suites: Multi-family residences are on a riseRefinancing? Front and side porches are making a comebackTaylor’s Treats Energy efficiency, everywhere - Not surprising! Prayer rooms: Builders are accommodating for Houston’s growing diversity One stories: As baby boomers age, one stories are more practical Now for the crazy one...Secondary Kitchens: What you have now is for show; The second kitchens will be a part of the garage so you can leave your mess when your guests arrive! Cong Houston’s Hot Market ratul on y our ation The 2011 Fortune 500 list was released on May 5th, 2011 and Mela succ nie K essfu l clo sing s guess who is ranked third! That’s right, Houston is - We have 23 Davi rueg ! companies on the list that are headquartered right here in our dW er an hitm d metropolitan area. We are behind New York with 74 and Chicago with 27, arsh and ahead of LA with 21 and Dallas/FW with 20. How lucky are we? No matter what the media may say, these numbers show that good paying jobs are still available in our town, and of course real estate follows that. With job openings, houses are going to continue to sell. Whether it is from people upsizing or downsizing, or even relocating because their corporate office is here, Houston continues to hold a smaller month of inventory of houses than the national average! Source: “Houston Hotness Index” by Area: Don’t know what area you live in? Call me! (
  2. 2. Taylor Skidmore Direct: 281-728-6806 Texas Realtor® Email: 8817 Louetta Rd. Web: Spring, TX 77379 Blog: Considering Refinancing?Naturally, if you’re paying 6% for your mortgage and you can refinance at 5%, you’re going do it. Consider thesefour other reasons to consider a mortgage refinance, for long-term savings and convenience. 1. Change your mortgage term: Changing from a 30 to a 15-year, means lower interest rates and shortening total interest costs. Monthly payments are higher but home equity is built faster and the loan is paid off sooner. 2. Move from an adjustable rate to a fixed rate: ARMs offer low introductory rates, but they also offer long periods of uncertainty that make it hard to budget. It makes sense to make this change dur- ing a low-interest rate environment - You’ll get emotional security and your rate won’t fluctuate with changing economic conditions. 3. Take out cash: With a cash-out mortgage refinance, you can turn an intangible asset, accumulated home equity, into a tangible one - cash. It makes sense for a project that will generate long-term benefits, like a home improvement or funding a child’s college education. However, don’t do it for frivolous reasons. Unless you’re extremely disciplined, you could find yourself in even deeper debt 4. Consolidate two mortgages: When interest rates are low, a mortgage refinance lets you consoli- date your main mortgage and an outstanding home equity loan to realize a lower overall monthly payment. Plus, you’ll have only one mortgage payment to make each month. Local Restaurant Tequila Sunrise Pops Spotlight: 1 orange, peeled and cut into slices 1/4 cup tequila Maraschino cherries (1 per pop) [Locatelli’s Pizza] is my neighborhood 3 cups fresh orange juice 1/4 cup cherry grenadine pizzeria. Located at Louetta and Grant Road, it is family owned, high school Combine orange slices and tequila - Let sit for 10 minutes. In a pitcher, student staffed, and always busy! You combine the orange slices and the orange juice. Put a cherry in each cannot order wrong with ANY pizza. pop mold. Fill the molds three quarters full with orange juice mixture. My personal favorite is to start with Put in freezer for 20 minutes, until slushy. Remove from the freezer, their fried ravioli - crispy and gooey, divide grenadine among the molds. Insert the sticks. Freeze for at least and a little spicy when you bite into 12 hours. Remove from the freezer; let stand for 5 minutes them; Then order the HawaiiaTelli before removing the pops from the molds. with Heat pizza (Pepperoni, pineapple and jalapenos); and finish off with a Stick in the Mud for dessert. Do you want to submit information for my newsletter/Advertise your company (for free)/Submit FAQ for me to answer? Just let me know!