Lauren Silva's Blog Posts

5 Winning Tips For Writing An Offer Letter

In some hot housing markets, including a letter with your formal offer to buy a home is all but required. Unfortunately, Hallmark doesn’t make a card for the occasion (yet). Here are a few tips:1.

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The Great Debate Should You Buy Or Rent A Home

It’s a question that most Americans will ask themselves at one point or another in their lifetime: should you buy or rent a home? Those who take the rental route often wonder if they’re wasting

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What You Should Know About The Fall Real Estate Market

As many prepare for the busy fall real estate market ahead, the decision on whether to buy or sell a home this year will be mired in more than the typical uncertainties that come with a

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Wont You Be My Neighbor

More than anyone, RE/MAX understands that real estate is local. In a business as community-driven as ours, building a supportive community is in everyone’s best interest. Wouldn’t you like to be

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5 Ways To Boost Your Community Involvement

These days, we seem more disconnected from our surroundings than ever. Through smartphones and modern technology, everything is seemingly available at our fingertips and it can be easy to lose sight

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7 Questions To Ask A Realtor That Will Ensure The Perfect Fit

With over 2 million real estate agents in the U.S., picking the perfect one may feel like stumbling upon your dream backsplash in your ideal kitchen, in the perfect community at your comfort

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How To Use Gift Money For Your Down Payment

Saving for a down payment can be a particularly challenging part of the homebuying process, but luckily, you’ll get by with a little help from your friends, or family, or labor union

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The Best Home Improvements For Resale

A little sweat equity always goes a long way, but not all home improvement projects are created equal. According to Remodeling Magazine you're much more likely to recoup costs poured into

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Important Tips To Follow When Getting Your Home Ready For Sale

We reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers – a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates – to find out some tips and best practices that will help you get your home ready for sale.Clean &-

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Is A Renovation Worth The Return On Investment

Is a Renovation Worth the Return on Investment? Consumers think so. One of your objectives as a homebuyer – and ultimately, a home seller – is to achieve the highest return on investment. A

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This Is The Best Time To Buy A House

No matter how many times you’ve done it, purchasing a new home can be intimidating, stressful, and of course, incredibly exciting. Before you jump online and start drooling over wraparound 

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Ready To Sell

The process of putting your home on the market and finding your next place can be overwhelming. Fortunately, an experienced agent can help you weigh all your options. Here’s where a RE/MAX

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The Purpose Of A Realtor In The New Build Market

What is the purpose of a realtor if you are buying a new construction home? Do we need to have a realtor if we are using builder's financing? Katy, TxAsked by Anjeliqueellegan, Houston, TX;

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Did You Know A Realtor Can Help You With

Buying a New Construction? Why You Need Your Own Real Estate AgentBy Cathie Ericson | Jul 12, 2017When you're house hunting, the allure of new construction is undeniable. You get to

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How To Negotiate An Offer On Your Home

When making purchases at the grocery store, mall, or even a local coffee shop, we’ve become accustomed to simply paying whatever the displayed price tag is. In real estate, that is not the

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4 Things To Consider Looking For When Viewing A Home Or Open House

Whether you are a first-time home-buyer or a current homeowner looking to downsize, more than likely you will be viewing houses or attending open houses while searching for the perfect home.

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House Painting The DIY Vs Pro Debate

If your exterior looks a little worse for the wear, you’ve likely debated picking up a paintbrush or calling in a pro. The best bet varies by situation, but there are some helpful general

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Things To Avoid Doing Before Putting Your House On The Market

Buying and selling a home can be a highly time-consuming process with a myriad of intricacies that influence the length and scope of the deal. Thus, for first-time sellers, mistakes are bound to

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Tips And Tricks For FirstTime Homebuyers

The homebuying process is notoriously complex. From Real Estate jargon to bidding wars to 30 years of mortgage payments, most first-time buyers could use a little guidance. Here’s how to

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What Does A Buyers Agent Really Do

Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Buyers Agent When Buying A House Kyle HiscockRe/Max Realty GroupHave questions about buying or selling a home?Should I Hire A Buyers Agent When Buying A Home

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Date Night On A Budget

Things to Do on a Date at Home BJ FOSTER Date Ideas When my wife and

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22 Great Conversation To Have With Your Kids About Marvel Movies

22 Great Conversations to Have with Your Kids About Marvel MoviesAs you binge-watch Marvel films to get ready for Spider-Man: Far From Home, don’t miss the incredible opportunities for

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3 Ways To Sabotage The Family Bond

3 Ways to Sabotage the Family BondRaising kids is a constant negotiation. We want them to be independent, to build meaningful friendships and to become their own person. And yet, a healthy family

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Back To School Is Coming Faster Than You Think

25 Tips to Prepare for SchoolAs summer ends, many of us are now thinking about how we can prepare for school. The back to school sales are everywhere and your home will soon be overwhelmed

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Hurricane Season Is Here

What To Pack In Your Hurricane Survival KitDon’t know what you need to prepare for a hurricane? We’ve got a list for you right here.Hurricane season doesn’t officially end until November 30th.

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All The Pieces Of The Mortgage Payment Puzzle

When financing a home you love, it’s important to understand all the pieces that make up your mortgage payment What’s your mortgage payment? No, not how much is your payment but

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101 Fun Things To Do With Kids This Summer

101 fun things to do with kids this summerTry these 101 ideas for activities to keep kids from getting bored this summer and create memories that they'll have for a lifetime (or at

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How A Home Office Can Increase Appeal For Homebuyers

With housing inventory remaining tight in recent years, RE/MAX agents are diligent about keeping up with the trends to help clients buy and sell properties in this competitive market.“Remote

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National Homeownership Month 2019 Finding Your Happypathhome

National Homeownership Month 2019: Finding Your #happypathhome Anyone who has had the privilege of becoming a homeowner knows when you’ve found the right home, it isn’t just about the

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As The Summer Season Officially Begins Check These Off Your Todo List

6 Tips to Prep Your Home for the Best Summer EverYou’ve been waiting for summer all year, but just how prepared is your home? You’re probably planning for a beach trip or some time to unplug,

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11 Reasons Why Its Important To Follow Your Dreams

11 Reasons Why It’s Important to Follow Your DreamsCatherine AlfordEveryone always says, “Follow your dreams!” But not everyone does it.Life interjects, bills pile up, and sometimes we have to

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Houston Home Sales Are Growing

Local single-family home sales jump in April ByOlivia Pulsinelli – Senior web editor, Houston Business Journal May 8,

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Top 10 Mistakes Sellers Make

Every good Realtor® knows how to parse an offer.  It’s not just about price, it’s about closing date, earnest money, financing terms and concessions. So why do homeowners still think

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What Is Houston Famous For

Houston is by far the country’s number one job creator, the home of America’s booming energy industry, is more diverse than New York City (PDF) and lets you stretch a paycheck farther than

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Easy Curb Appeal Projects You Can Tackle This WEEKEND

When it comes to updating exterior, many homeowners balk due to lack of funds and time. There are plenty of quick, easy projects you can complete in just one weekend, though, whether selling your

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4 Ways To Make Your Garage A Selling Point

Your garage can be one of two things: an empty space for cars to park and clutter to build-up over time, or it can be a useable space that provides value to new homeowners. When you’re competing

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Tips For Making Small Spaces Work For Your Family

Small spaces aren’t the traditionally sought–after spaces for growing families, but with more millennial parents choosing to live a minimal lifestyle — families are adapting to life

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A Plan For First Time Home Buyers

If you’re a first-time homebuyer who has succeeded in saving enough for a down payment (remember, you don’t necessarily need 20%) on your very first home – congratulations! You’ve tackled

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How Cash Strapped Consumers Can Become Home Owners

Anyone who has saved for a down payment for a home knows it’s tough — especially for first-time homebuyers. In 2018, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that for 13 percent of first

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Hiring An Agent Do These 4 Things First

Hiring an Agent? Do These 4 Things FirstIf you’re looking to buy the right home, it often starts with hiring the right real estate agent. But how do you determine which agent is the one for YOU

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Affordable Home In The Heart Of Alvin

This adorable home is located near the Junior High on a large lot with beautiful and mature trees. It features a large and open living room, plenty of storage throughout, and a master retreat

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This adorable home is located near the Junior High on a large lot with beautiful and mature trees. It features a large and open living room, plenty of storage throughout, and a master retreat that

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Move In Ready Home In An Established Part Of Alvin

This adorable home is located near the Junior High on a large lot with beautiful and mature trees. It features a large and open living room, plenty of storage throughout, and a master retreat that

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Affordable Alvin Home On Large Lot

This adorable home is located near the Junior High on a large lot with beautiful and mature trees. It features a large and open living room, plenty of storage throughout, and a master retreat that

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Helping Homebuyers Get Through The Market

Tight Housing Inventory, Stiff Competition – How Homebuyers Can Best Navigate the MarketBaby boomers and millennials are going head-to-head when home shopping. Here’s how everyone can win.BY

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Summer Garden Tips & Plants to GrowMay 19, 2018 by Isis Loran Leave a CommentThank you for Sharing! Share Tweet Pin Google+ LinkedIn 219SHARESSummer

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How Much Does It REALLY Cost To Build A House

How Much Does It Cost to Build a House?For many Americans, the dream of building a home is more appealing than just buying one. Building a home comes with many benefits, and if we’re being

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MARCH 28, 2019Six Trends in Commercial Office Space DesignOffice design is a critical component to attracting and retaining talent, and providing a productive work environment. When purchasing or

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Just watched the Houston housing minute and things look good on both sides of the fence. There were increases in sales and the highest level of inventory we have had in.

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Time To Start That Spring Cleaning

Spring has officially sprung, giving way to longer days but plenty of spring cleaning. If you’re short on time or motivation, resolve to tackle the chores with the biggest impact. Whether buying,

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A Plan For First Time Homebuyers

A Plan for First-Time Homebuyers: Go from Prepared to PurchaseIf you’re a first-time homebuyer who has succeeded in saving enough for a down payment on your very first home — congratulations!

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Looking To Get Growing

Indoor Gardening Lets You Grow Greens in Any SpaceDo you have a green thumb but no garden to grow your greens? Indoor farming methods have seen a resurgence over the past few years, particularly

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Its Time To Invest In Real Estate

Is Real Estate a Good Investment?That is a question that real estate agents get asked a lot. In general, real estate tends to be a good investment as, in most cases, real estate appreciates in value

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Spring Repairs To List Your Home

7 Spring Repairs You Need to Make Before Listing Your HomeAs the snow begins to melt and the sun shines brighter, the time for new beginnings — and new listings — is upon us.Make sure

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Its Tax Time Now What

Smart Ways to Spend Your Income Tax RefundYou’ve filed your taxes (or you’re planning to very soon) and you’re expecting an income tax refund. To some, this perceived windfall can be a sign to

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The US Housing Market Outlook

Here are some updates and insight on the Housing Market for 2019. Let's set a time to talk about our local market. I would love to share my housing market insights with you and do an annual

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10 Ways To Refresh Your House For Spring

10 Ways To Refresh Your House For Spring Add these tasks to your spring cleaning list to make sure the exterior of your home is in full bloom for warmer weather.Clean Out The Clogs As the rainy

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The Fordham At Baywood Luxury Apartments

The Fordham At Baywood Luxury ApartmentsStarting the search for your next home online – whether it’s a rental or purchase – has become commonplace, if not completely expected. But

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5 Easy Curb Appeal Tips For Listing Your House

5 easy curb appeal tips for a stand-out listingIn a competitive housing market, how do you ensure your home gets seen by the most prospective purchasers? We have two words for you: curb appeal.The

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How To Win A Bidding War

How To Win A Bidding WarImagine walking through the front door of a home, and with each room you pass, you check off more and more boxes on your wish list until you realize this home has everything

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