Michelle Musslewhite's Blog Posts

Welcoming Your Plants Back To Life After A Long Winter

The Results of Minimum Plant CareMany homeowners just let their plants come and go as they please. Usually, they’ve inherited the vegetation from the former owner and have little interest in

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5 Surprising And Useful Ways To Save For A Down Payment

Buying your first home conjures up all kinds of warm and fuzzy emotions: pride, joy, contentment. But before you get to the good stuff, you’ve got to cobble together a down payment, a daunting sum

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8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do In A Weekend

Win home shoppers over before they even think about stepping foot inside.A polished home exterior creates an inviting experience for visitors or passersby, which is especially important if your

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Hey Siri Shut The Shades Smart Blinds For Homeowners

What are Smart Blinds? Smart blinds, like most things that are considered “smart,” are literally window blinds that can be controlled remotely through a smartphone,

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Understanding The Home Buying Process

First and foremost let me say, being a home buyer has MANY steps... Let's be real with each other here, it isn't that often when the average person is seasoned enough to remember the entire process,

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Sellers Disclosure Obligations

 Anything that could be potentially harmful to the new occupant or the home itself must be addressed in the seller's disclosure.   Seller disclosure can include previous damage, homeowner

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How To Kill And Prevent Bathroom Mold

If you’ve never experienced bathroom mold, perhaps you aren’t looking deep enough into the corners of your bathroom.It’s one of the most common problems in any house; it’s also one of the

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The Difference Having A Professional On Your Side Makes

In today's fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search

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Buying A Home Young Is The Key To Building Wealth

Homeowners who purchase their homes before the age of 35 are better prepared for retirement at age 60, according to a new Urban Institute study. The organization surveyed adults who turned

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The Everything Guide To Purchasing Your First Home

How to find exactly what you want, and how to work with the experts who’ll help you get it.So you’re thinking about buying your first home. Your very own house (and mortgage). A place to—

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6 New Years Resolutions For Homeowners

We all make New Year’s resolutions, but let’s be honest, most are wishful thinking. By February, that “lose 20 pounds” or “learn Spanish” resolution has gone right out the window.But not

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Have You Completed Your Residential Homestead Application

What is a Residential Homestead Exemption?In general, when a taxing authority approves a residential homestead exemption, the exemption removes part of your home’s value from taxation. This

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Tips For Being Financially Ready To Buy A Home In 2019

Are you planning on buying a home in Houston during 2019? If so, even though the current real estate market may be favorable to buyers, every person who is serious about buying a house in

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Things To Do In Houston On New Years Eve

Looking for what to do to bring in the New Year... Here is a list of Family Friendly Events in the Houston area as well as Adults Only events in the Houston area.... I would LOVE to hear which-

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5 New Rules Of Real Estate

We’re about to enter the peak season for real estate shopping: spring. But, before you jump in with both feet, you should know a lot has changed since the last time you may have bought or sold a

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5 Reasons To Sell This Winter

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this winter makes sense. 1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR)

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9 Ways To Share The Spirit Of The Season Starting From Home

The holiday season is upon us, and many of us have already begun to celebrate. From trimming trees to lighting candles, it’s the time of year to fill your homes (and hearts) with holiday joy.But

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Holiday Proof Your Home

To-do lists can get pretty long during the holidays with all of the decorating, cleaning, and gift buying involved. As a result, it’s easy to overlook important safety concerns. Take action to

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House Selling Tips

A few small updates, which can be done on a budget, can increase your home’s value — and selling price. While you can’t change your home’s location or other market forces that determine

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The Number One Reason NOT To Wait Until Spring To Sell Your Home

Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to place their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year, but what they don’t realize is that if every

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Countdown To Thanksgiving

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of ALL the things I am truly thankful for.  My husband, parents, siblings, friends, extended family....and these are just the people

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Giving Thanks

Most of us probably say “thank you” several times a day … when someone holds the door for you, when someone gives you a compliment, or when someone does something nice for you. “Thank you”

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How Will Home Sales Measure Up In 2019

There are many questions about where home sales are headed next year. We have gathered the most reliable sources to help answer this question. Here are our sources:Mortgage Bankers Association 

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How To Sell A Home Fast Even Before The Holidays

Need to know how to sell a home fast, even though the holidays are speedily approaching? If you're thinking of throwing up your hands and giving up hope until the new year, we're here to

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7 Must Know Smoke Detector Facts

Every morning, it’s the same thing. You get out of bed, take a shower, burn the toast and then curse the smoke detector. Although its singing the song of its people can be incredibly loud and

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Understanding Mortgage Closing Costs

Almost all closing costs relate to fees that the mortgage lender is charged by a third-party company and then passes on to the borrower.Shopping for the best mortgage involves more than just&

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7 Trick Or Treat Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Plenty of people love a good Halloween scare — as long no one gets hurt. And that includes your house.Hot lights and large crowds present some real risks to homeowners. Follow these

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4 Money Mistakes To Avoid

Do you make a lot of mistakes when it comes to managing your finances? Here are some of the more foolish things we often do – or don’t do:Not having a budgetYou can’t begin to manage your

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Need To Boost Your Credit Score

Are you thinking of buying a home, if you are you want to take a look at your credit score. Not in the 600-700 range, then read the following article to help you boost your credit score so that you

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Tips For Decluttering Without Regret

Are you planning on selling your Houston Texas Home and have been thinking about decluttering it before you move?Although decluttering is now a commonplace thing to do before selling a

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5 Most Popular Paint Colors In 2018

5 Most Popular Paint Colors in 2018The easiest way to modernize a room or home is with paint; color can provide a subtle backdrop or steal the show. From soft neutrals to vivid brights, here are the

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Just Reduced

Looking for a lot in Santa Fe subdivision, Haylee Park?! Look no further! This is the last lot available in this.

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The Cost Of Selling Without An Agent

You’ve heard of buyer’s remorse; but without your market expertise and sales skills to back them up, sellers who choose to sell their home on their own just may experience “seller’s”

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Hurricane Harvey Distorts Houston Housing Analysis

Current market conditions are healthy, but storm’s effects distort traditional measurementsHOUSTON — (September 12, 2018) — Thousands of people are still haunted by Hurricane Harvey’s

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What You Should Know About The Home Inspection

You want to know as much as possible about the property you’re buying—it’s a big investment. Hiring a home inspector is a great way to learn more about the condition of your potential home

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Winning Tips For Buyers And Sellers In A Sellers Market

For sellers, success is all about managing the offers, while buyers must strategize and be prepared to compete.In a market with limited inventory and lots of willing and able buyers, we find a hot

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I Need 20 Percent Down And Other Home Buying Myths About Mortgages

Tips for shopping around for a mortgage -- even if you think you don't qualify.Think you're not ready to unlock home ownership yet? That the financial hurdles are too high? You may be short

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5 Things To Look For In A Rental Listing

Lackluster listings abound — learn to cut through the clutter and spot the keepers.Whether you’re looking for an apartment, single-family house or townhome — and whether you’re in a,

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7 Things To Paint Instead Of Replace To Save Money

Paint isn't just for walls. Here's how to breathe new life into old stuff.You know a fresh coat of paint can give any room a quick and inexpensive face lift. But did you know that a little paint can

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Home Buying Myths

Why BUY a house instead of renting? Because it's usually CHEAPER!  I have helped a few clients that initially intended to rent, buy a house for about the same cost-OR LESS-than it would have

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Why You Should Not Hate Your HOA Dues

You may not love making that payment, but the benefits are bigger than you think.If you buy a house in a planned development, a subdivision or a gated community, you’ll likely have to join a

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The Everything Guide To Buying Your First Or Next Home

How to find exactly what you want and, how to work with the experts who'll help you get it:So you’re thinking about buying your first home. Your very own house (and mortgage). A place to call —

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Tips To Maintain Your Lawn During These Hot Summer Month

With the summer season already one month in, if you haven't already been doing so, caring for your lawn should begin as soon as possible. Summer is the peak growing season for your lawn, which means

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Tips To Improve Your Credit Score

Wait! Don’t destroy those old credit cards yetYou know that “starter” credit card collecting dust in your wallet? The one with a high interest rate, lackluster benefits, and zero rewards? Now

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Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day everyone! How can I help you accomplish the American Dream of purchasing your new home? Today we supported the Friendswood 4th of July parade handing out fresh lemonade

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Is Pearland In A Sellers Market

As part of the Houston real estate market, Pearland sales have performed in line with the rest of the area.  The median home price in Pearland is at $295,000 as compared to the average home

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Common Mortgage Myths

Myth – I Need 20% DownThis is probably one of the most popular myths surrounding mortgage loans, and it's also one of the most outdated. While it may have been a requirement generations ago, a

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5 Things Homeowners Should Repair Before Selling

As summer approaches and the U.S. real estate market heats up, prospective sellers might be anxious to list and rush to market. Although timing is important, there are some things sellers should

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The Ten Commandments Of Buying A Home

Looking to buy a home? Many home buyers make these 10 common mistakes during the home buying process that could jeopardize their loan.;

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Choosing The Right Movers

Choosing The Right Movers Can Save You Time And MoneyIt can be overwhelming to choose a moving company if you are buying or selling your home. There are usually numerous ads for movers offline and

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7 Real Estate Facts You Should Know

How many of these 7 Real Estate Facts did you already know?There's a lot of information about real estate on the web. But even if you consider yourself the most research-savvy digital consumer

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Tips For Selling Your Home

Click the link below to view a couple tips to help you stop making some of the most common mistakes made by sellers and get your home sold faster.https://www.dropbox.com/s/m53l1io3a5gsthv/Less%20is

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6218 Pearland Closing Costs Who Pays What

Confused or curious about who pays what at the closing table? Check out this helpful document that just came across my desk in the link below, to help you better understand who pays what at closing

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