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August 2012 Sales are Humming!

HOUSTON — (September 21, 2012) — August marked the 15th consecutive month of positive home sales across the greater Houston area, with single-family homes selling at the greatest one-month volume since August 2007. Buyers gobbled up enough properties to drive inventory down to a level last seen more than 10 years ago. According to the […]

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APRIL – 2012 Newsletter by Emily Lopez dba Near Town Props

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general. Please click on this link to view the […]

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FHA will Keep Funding Flips

Waiver for 90-day resales extended through 2012 For the second year in a row, the Federal Housing Administration is extending a temporary waiver of its “anti-flipping” rule, meaning homebuyers relying on FHA-insured financing will continue to be able to buy homes that have changed hands in the last 90 days. The waiver is a boon […]

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Neartown Properties Proudly Joins the East End Chamber of Commerce!

On June 8, 2011, Neartown Properties owner, Emily Lopez, accepted her new member plaque from the East End Chamber of Commerce.  The ceremony was held in conjuction with the East End Chamber-Port of Houston Appreciation Luncheon and featured all the Port of Houston Commissioners and Chamber members.  There were over 500 people in attendance.

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Mortgage Rates Stable

Mortgage rates were little changed this week on news that the economy improved and inflation remained in check at the end of 2010, Freddie Mac said in releasing the results of its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent during the fourth quarter, up from 2.6 percent […]

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The Tax Benefits of Homeownership

Q: How can real estate agents be a resource for buyers on tax issues, such as the tax benefits of buying vs. renting? A: Unless a real estate broker or agent is a bona fide tax professional — for example, has an MBA or other specialized training in taxation — he or she should not […]

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Near Town Properties Owner Named Among Houston’s 100 Hispanic Women in Leadership!

Near Town Properties President, Emily Lopez, accepting her award of 100 Hispanic Women in Leadership

Near Town Properties Owner, Emily Lopez, accepted the award of Houston’s 100 Hispanic Women in Leadership on the evening of Thursday, November 4, 2010. In front of a crowd of 400 business and community leaders, Emily accepted her award and thanked the crowd. Emily mentioned that, “instead of retiring, she decided to start her own […]

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House Passes Flood Insurance Reform Bill That Extends Program to 2015

Washington, July 15, 2010 The House today approved a flood insurance reform bill that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program to September 30, 2015, a provision strongly supported by the National Association of Realtors®. Passage of H.R. 5114, the Flood Insurance Reform Priorities Act, would strengthen the NFIP and bring certainty to many real […]

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Pending Home Sales Rise

Washington, September 02, 2010 Following a sharp drop in the months immediately after expiration of the home buyer tax credit, pending home sales have modestly risen, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator, rose 5.2 percent to 79.4 based on contracts signed in July from a downwardly […]

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