Helga Lozano

RE/MAX Grand

5540 S. Peek Rd
Katy, TX 77450


Cell: 713-515-4642   
Phone: (713) 515-4642 
Fax: (713) 559-3015

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Existing-Home Sales Rise In February

WASHINGTON , March 23, 2009 - Existing-home sales increased in February, reversing losses in January. Even so, sales activity remains relatively soft, reflecting additional layoffs and buyers waiting for housing provisions in the economic stimulus package to take effect, according to the National Association of Realtors®. More...
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Gain Seen In Pending Home Sales, Housing Affordability Sets New Record

WASHINGTON, April 01, 2009 Pending home sales have edged up, hinting at a possible pickup of sales activity in coming months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. More...
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Pending Home Sales Down but Housing Affordability at Record

WASHINGTON, March 03, 2009 Pending home sales declined on the heels of a weakening economy and with some buyers waiting for clarity on housing stimulus provisions, according to the National Association of Realtors®. More...
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National housing indicators

Existing home sales ()

4.72 million units*

Existing home median price ()

$165,400

Housing Starts ()

583,000 units*

New home sales ()

309,000 units*

*Seasonally adjusted annual rate. Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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Home ownership

4th Qtr 08

67.5%

4th Qtr 07

67.8%

The homeownership rate in the fourth quarter 2008 (67.5 percent) was not statistically differerent from the fourth quarter 2007 rate (67.8 percent). No region showed a significant change from corresponding rates in the fourth quarter 2007.

New home sales

Feb 09

+4.7%

Jan 09

-13.2%

Sales of new one-family houses in February 2009 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 337,000. This is 4.7% above the revised January 2009 estimate of 322,000.

Source: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

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Home Ownership matters…to people, to communities, and to America. Why? • For every two homes sold, one job is created in the U.S. • Each purchase generates as much as $60,000 in economic activity over time. Read more

Buying is now cheaper than renting in 74 percent of the nation’s largest cities. Low home prices and “rock-bottom” interest rates as well as tax advantages of homeownership are the reasons why it’s now cheaper to BUY a 2-bdrm home than to rent one. Check out this CNN Money article with the details. Read more

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Are you PreApproved or PreQualified?

Smart buyers know that starting the mortgage process early in their search for a home can make for a much smoother real estate transaction. However, simply corresponding with a mortgage lender before you make an offer on a property isn’t enough. You have two options available to you when you contact a lender prequalification and preapproval. Both may place you in a potentially stronger buying position, but they mean very different things. More...

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What do Texas Homeowners Care About?

Most Texans know that Realtors are there to help you buy or sell your home. But many folks may not realize the role that Texas Realtors play in advocating for public policies benefiting homeowners. Earlier this year, the Texas Association of Realtors commissioned a telephone survey of Texas homeowners. More...
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New-Home Sales Rise 4.7%

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