Starter Home Benefits

From The Desk of Courtney Okanlomo:

Starter Home Benefits

Over the past 10 years, we have all witnessed the real estate market crash and re-build itself in an extremely impressive timeframe, thusly confirming its considerable contribution to the wealth of most Americans today. Purchasing real estate, whether for investment or personal purposes, is one of the single most sought after ways to build savings and equity over a period of time. In fact, many Americans claim that their starter home purchase single-handedly saved their financial life.

One of the largest misconceptions about purchasing property, is that you can't spend less than $200,000 on a 'quality' property. This is simply untrue. For example, look at these beautiful starter homes currently listed here in the Houston area

    i. Kings Chase Drive; Houston, TX - $150,000 - 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths

Open concept floor plan...

    ii.  Sweet Olive Drive; Tomball, TX - $150,000 - 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths

Beautiful 2 story home with large backyard...Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances...

    iii. Audubon Hill Court; Houston, TX - $140,000 - 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths

2200 square foot home with covered back porch...Quaint kitchen with lots of cabinet space...

Beautiful homes, right? Studies have shown that properties purchased for less than $200k tend to experience the most appreciation in the shortest amount of time. This appreciation ultimately translates to equity, which is very tangible when you go to sell a property. 

Moreover, starter homes make the perfect rental investments in many cases. The mortgage payment is usually relatively low, and the size of the home is fitting for a small family or single individual that wants more space than an apartment can provide. The profit and savings of building equity, selling the property, or even renting it, all have the ability to extend endless financial opportunities.

Are you considering purchasing your first starter home? Or perhaps a home under $200k that would be ideal for renting out regularly? Contact me today to get started on these goals! 

Houston Real Estate Forecast: Sunny and Selling

From the Desk of Courtney Okanlomo:

Houston Real Estate Forecast: Sunny and Selling
 

It is no secret that 2008 marked the largest real estate bubble in United States history, but one city that has managed to stay successfully afloat has certainly been Houston. In fact, Houston, Texas never lost its position as the #1 single-family market in the country. There appears to be alot of optimism surrounding Houston real estate at the moment, and I for one do not want any of my clients to miss out on this.  

Between first time and repeat buyers, experienced sellers, and knowledgeable Realtor representation, this accomplishment is of no surprise to most. In fact, it is has been forecast that Houston will realize 10% or higher growth in home sales volume this year - coming behind setting a 2016 record in this category.

If you're considering purchasing a home, or even positioning yourself to purchase one, it certainly seems as though Houston wouldn't be a bad place to start your search.  Home sales in Houston could potentially see double digit price increases in the year 2018, which is quite frankly an occurrence that the region hasn't seen in 35+ years.  

Houston real estate has proven to be a force for quite some time. Are you ready to join us?!

 

 

 

 

April Boxycharm: What’s Inside

April 2016 Boxycharm Reveal

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Anderson Lilley Manhattan Beach Butter Hand Cream (Retail Value $24.00) - What girl doesn't love a hand cream to throw in her purse to use on the go? I find myself purchasing travel size lotion regularly for this very reason, so this month I won't have to. This cream smells edible, and is super moisturizing.

OFRA Long Lasting Lipstick in "Pasadena" (Retail Value $19.90) - Truthfully, this is my 2nd lippie from a Boxycharm box and it stays on ALL DAY LONG with good application. Their shades are great, and the quality is as well. I will stick to receiving these in my charm boxes however due to their retail price!lol NYX's Liquid Suede Lipstick equally does the trick for me at just $6.99.

 

Your Minerals Eyeshadow (Retail Value $24.00) - Your Minerals is definitely an underrated beauty brand, and I've figured this out after receiving a few of their amazing products in my charm boxes. This eyeshadow is super pigmented, a beautiful shade, and loosely compacted so I'm excited to try it out on my lids. 

Pur-lisse Daily Lip Nourisher (Retail Value $16.00) - Lip moisturizer is another staple item that I use daily. Before lip applications and before bed, I apply a lip balm for extra moisture and lip protection. Moisture is key with any beauty regimen, so I'm ALWAYS happy to receive such items in my charm box.  

Blinc Black Lash Primer (Retail Value $26.00) - I've never used a lash primer before, so this item was a pleasant surprise as well! Not only does this item 'prime/protect' your lashes, but it was also created to encourage lash growth and retain moisture. In a previous box we received Blinc Mascara, and using the two together (as recommended) was a lot of fun. I noticed a little difference in the thickness of my not so thick natural lashes, so I definitely plan to use this until the last drop! 

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It's so exciting to reveal each month's Boxycharm goodies with you all! This month I received 5 full size products retailing over $100 for just $21/month.

What beauty subscriptions do you all have and love?

3 Ways To Stay Confident While Expecting

3 Ways To Stay Confident While Expecting

Easier said than done right? Trust me, I get it. I'm just here to say that we must find a way to! 

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  1. Carve time out for your appearance, health, and fitness. - I have found with all of my pregnancies that excuses are sooooo easy to make. No time for this, no energy for that. Each time they all made sense to me as well. This third time around however - even through the 15-16 weeks of constant nausea - I have vowed to take pride in my appearance, plan snacks and meals (as best as I can), and walk for at least 15 minutes/day. Whatever you can do, do it. Every pregnancy is different and so is every woman. Just remember that confidence is so much easier to maintain when you feel good and reach goals, however small they may be. fruit and veggie lunch idea
  2. Lean on other pregnant women. - Not everyone has the amazing, quintessential pregnancy. If you reach out to other ladies who are expecting, you'll find out just how 'not alone' you are. From nausea, to mood swings, to weight gain worries, to feeling like a failed wife or mom, there are tons of women who feel the same way. Get together, join forums, etc to find out the best ways of coping. It is important to remember that your pregnancy is temporary, and that you will begin to feel like yourself again just days after birth in most cases.
  3. Remember that it's a BLESSING to be expecting. If nothing else, find confidence in THAT! - I was politely humbled and reminded today of the many women who pay thousands of dollars per year to aid in fertility issues and conceiving. Having experienced loss before, I also know what it feels like to have your dreams shattered in that respect. Each day, try to be grateful for the experience itself if nothing else.   

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Of all of these tips one thing is for sure, confidence is certainly a conscious decision that expectant women must make. With or without the validation of others, decide to be confident, feel beautiful, and bask in the blessing that truthfully many women don't get to experience. I know that I will be from this day forward.

Humbly Yours,

Mrs. O.

Our 3rd Bundle Of Joy is A

Our 3rd Bundle Of Joy is A_______!

As most expectant moms know, the thrill of the gender reveal is truly a rollercoaster. While we all sincerely just want a healthy baby, there is an entire team of uncles, aunts, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers in-laws and sometimes even husbands, that have their 'preference' of what they would like to see added to the family. With that being said, when you're on baby #2 or 3, the pressure is immense!

So needless to say, I am on my 3rd bundle of joy. I'm very familiar with ultrasounds at this point, so the moment I saw between the legs I knew what I was having. My bundle of joy is a BOY!

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A pretty big boy at that for just under 19 weeks. He's currently measuring in the 90th percentile overall, and 88th percentile for his legs alone!

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I am one proud mother of boys and anyone who knows me, knows this. At times I find that it just may be my calling in life. To raise strong, God-fearing, respectable, intelligent, loving children that will grow to be incredible husbands and fathers one day. So ladies, I'm challenging you to have those girls READY for great men!

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While we have 1-2 more shots at the girl that everyone in my family wants *smile*,  I couldn't be happier bringing another handsome and healthy boy into this world. All hail the reigning Queen of the household for another couple of years!LOL