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  • Fall Parade of Homes(TM)

    The Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association invites you to visit any of the 50 plus new construction homes during the 2017 Fall Parade of Homes™ on Saturday and Sunday October 21st & 22nd.  These new homes are located in some of the most beautiful subdivisions in the area and the builders will be on-site to assist […]

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  • Remodel or Relocate? 8 Critical Questions to Consider

    Home buying and home remodeling television programs aren’t just a fad; their enduring popularity indicates that they’re here to stay.  If you’re among the growing masses of dedicated viewers, you might begin (if you haven’t already) to look around and notice some of your own home’s shortcomings. Inadequate storage, limited cooking space or simply an […]

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  • New Downpayment Program Expands Homeownership Opportunities

    Even as the housing market continues its slow and steady recovery, many potential buyers find that qualifying for a mortgage and saving for a downpayment remain high hurdles to homeownership. The good news is that while lenders are looking more closely at borrowers today than in recent years, there are options for purchasing your home […]

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  • Smart Strategies to Sell Your Home This Fall

    Conventional wisdom may say that spring is the best time to put your house on the market, but there are advantages to selling in the fall, too. If you’re ready to move into a new home of your dreams, don’t let the cooler weather and shorter days deter from putting a For Sale sign in […]

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  • Taking a Closer Look at Today’s Home Buyer

    As the housing market continues its gradual recovery, who are today’s home buyers and what motivates them to make a purchase? Recent analysis from the National Association of Homes Builders of the latest American Housing Survey (AHS) provides insight into recent home buyers and the home buying process. Conducted in odd-numbered years by the U.S. […]

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  • Homeownership More Accessible as Affordability Increases

    As America’s home owners and home builders celebrated National Homeownership Month in June, lower interest rates and home prices are boosting housing affordability across the country. According to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index, 66.5% of new and existing homes sold between January and the end of March were affordable to families earning the […]

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  • Add Green to Your Home- And Your Pocketbook

    The rapid growth of green building means that new home owners can take advantage of the lower operating and maintenance costs that come with these energy- and resource-efficient homes. But for the 120 million existing homes in the United States, remodeling is the only way for home owners to incorporate green practices. NAHB Remodelers offers […]

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  • Remolding Right: DIY vs. Pro’s

    It’s fun and inspiring to watch TV shows about home design and remodeling – everything from the latest looks in countertops to whole-house remodels. And YouTube and other online video sites are chockfull of helpful how-tos and demos to assist home owners through countless do-it-yourself projects. There are relatively simple home projects that can be […]

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  • Much Ado About Ceilings

    A ceiling with a pop of color, a stylish ceiling fan or detailed trim work can give a room personality and character. Ceiling décor also can add drama to an otherwise dull space, give the illusion of height in a compact room, or increase the feel of intimacy in a large one. Making a ceiling […]

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  • How to Hire an Honest Contractor

    With the start of hurricane season and other severe summer weather upon us, home owners may find it necessary to call in professionals to help repair damage to their homes. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that after a natural or man-made disaster, there are people who will try to profit from a community’s misfortune. […]

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  • New Closing Rules Introduced in October

    Closing on your new home is an exciting time — but it also can be an overwhelming process. Home buyers are usually required to sign a seemingly endless pile of documents, most of which are written in terminology that can be difficult to understand. Fortunately, the process is about to get easier. Under new rules required […]

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  • Easy Ways to Green Your Home

    Green building, where new homes are built using materials that conserve energy and environmental resources, is one of the fastest-growing segments of the home building industry today.  But for the owners of the millions of existing homes in the United States, remodeling is the only way to incorporate green. NAHB Remodelers offers the following suggestions […]

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  • How to Finance Your First Home

    As our nation’s housing and job markets continue to recover, many first-time home buyers are gearing up to become home owners. Yet, with stricter regulations put in place after the housing crash and the long list of paperwork that’s already required to buy a home, many prospective home buyers remain concerned about the home financing […]

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  • Preparing for Severe Summer Weather

    As the weather begins to warm up around the country, the likelihood for severe weather increases too. Hurricanes, tornadoes, heavy rains, and flash flooding all threaten to wreak havoc on homes and communities during spring and summer. Taking the time to prepare your family and home now will help ensure that you are ready when […]

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  • Summer Fire Safety

    During the summer months many Americans celebrate with barbeques, camping trips, family reunions, Fourth of July fireworks displays and other outdoor celebrations. But many of these activities involve fire, and not taking the proper safety precautions can result in serious injuries or death. These fire safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration (www.usfa.fema.gov) and the […]

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  • Enjoy Summer on a New Front Porch

    Outdoor living spaces are one of the most popular design trends of the past few years in both new home construction and remodeling, and it’s a trend that looks like it’s going to be around for many years to come. Judges for the Best in American Living Awards, an annual National Association of Home Builders […]

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  • Design Trends for 2015

    The National Association of Home Builders recently announced the winners of the Best in American Living Awards – a prestigious award program that spotlights design excellence for the entire residential building industry. Award recipients are lauded as the most creative and inventive builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners and interior designers in the nation. Take […]

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  • May is National Home Remodeling Month

    Are you among the growing number of home owners who are choosing to remodel their homes to fit their changing needs, rather than selling their home and buying another one? If so, you’ll soon learn that even simple remodels can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. With that type of investment on the line, it’s […]

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  • Beautiful and Bountiful- Raised Gardens

    A charming landscaping feature that delivers home-grown vegetables, herbs and fresh flowers without a trip to the farmer’s market – it’s no wonder raised-bed gardens are popping up in neighborhoods around the country. A raised garden bed sits above its surroundings in a lush display of color and edible bounty whose care and maintenance is […]

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  • How to Maximize Your Storage

    As summer approaches and people shed their layers of clothing from the cooler months, many want to also lighten the load their homes are carrying—or at least make it look neater. Before you toss the tools in a garage corner or stuff the down jackets into a box and toss it in the attic, why […]

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  • Design with Your Pets in Mind

    Home owners love their pets – and they also love great design with modern function. So it’s no surprise that home builders and designers increasingly are being asked to consider pets when developing floor plans and custom amenities. Builders are responding to this demand by offering homes with pet-friendly design in the kitchen, laundry room/mud […]

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  • Big Design Ideas for Small Spaces

    There are any number of reasons families might want to make better use of the space they have in their current or new home. As a family grows, their lifestyle changes, and space for storing toys or doing homework is at a premium. Multigenerational living, where elderly parents, grown children or other relatives all live […]

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  • What Do New Home Buyers Want In Their Next Home?

    New Homes Month in April is a great time to think about what you want in  your next new home. We’ve all seen a stunning hillside mansion and dreamed what it would be like to raise our families there. Or envied the amazing renovation makeovers depicted on television shows that give the home owners a sense of […]

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  • Changing Trends in Remodeling Reasons and Rooms

    Americans are in love with remodeling. Television networks such as HGTV and DIY run 24 hours a day with shows like “BATHtastic” and “Design Star.” Magazines, websites and blogs feature happy home owners gushing over perfect room makeovers. And with the continuing challenging economy, more home owners have decided to stay in their current home […]

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