Archive for the ‘Living in Houston’ Category

Are There City of Houston Websites to Show Their Green Plans or Their Growth Plans?

Do you want know how the City of Houston will grow? Are you curious abut our efforts to keep the city looking beautiful or green? The city has some websites for you.

How Can You Celebrate Arbor Day in Houston

Looking for a Houston Arbor Day celebration? Looking to help young adults discover their world? Then Green Bank is hosing an event for you.

Creating Better Spaces to Live

There is much discussion about our urban environment with ideas like the Transition Town and Livable Streets movements, but are you considering how your neighborhood should move forward.

The Housing Forecast for Late 2010 in Houston

Where is the real estate market heading? Is the housing market recovering or not, and is Houston an exception? As new data come into pay, we real estate professionals focus on one data point to say great, but we need to see the broader picture.

Review of Houston’s Green Building Resource Center

Knowing about the products going into your home can help you understand the consequences to your budget and environment.

Considering Foreclosures as Green Homes in Houston

This is more of an editorial piece looking at the foreclosure problem that does exist in Houston and elsewhere, and how this can be a green home opportunity.

Looking Back: Older Homes in a Small Texas Town

Schulenburg has some wonderful examples of old houses, and there is a furniture museum there.

Eulogy for the TRCC

The Texas Residential Construction Commission was not re-established by the Texas State Legislature, which may put an end to county inspections.

My House is Burning Down! The importance of burn bans.

There is a good reason for burn bans, and maybe I should have pointed this out at a party to prevent the fire at my home.

After a Hurricane: Feeding the Family

After Ike, I was amazed that many people who I encountered were not prepared for feeding their family. Here are some tips.

Preparing Your Home for the Hurricane Season

A home inspector’s look at often overlooked items which could cause damage during a windstorm.

Green Building Initiatives in Houston, May 2009

A look at some news coming from the Mayor’s office on the greening of our city.

How to Build an Improved Solar Oven

Simple family project which can substitute for your slow cooker, but no home power needed.

Looking at the Smart Grid as it Enters Your Home

Energy storage devices will be the key for residential smart grids, but so will new energy efficient appliances.

Standby Natural Gas Generators to Survive Houston Severe Weather Power Outages

CenterPoint Energy has an offer which is available for a limited time to help you secure power to your home.

Should We Want a Smart Grid in Houston?

Arguments against smart grids are arising, and the Mayor’s Electric Reliability Task Force’s Report may find some detractors.

What is a Smart Grid? And How Will a Mid Grid Effect Houston?

Finding ways to deliver energy efficiently, cheaply, and securely while avoiding power outages is becoming a new goal.

Watching Vacant Homes; Selling these Houston Lots for $1

Houston Real Estate may be cheaper than many US markets, but did you know know that you could buy a lot for $1. Here is one way to get rid of a vacant home.

What Could Be Happening in Houston Real Estate when We Have Banks Failing?

With bank failures looming large, Houston real estate could be looking bad, but look closer to find bright spots.

Where is the Houston Real Estate Market Heading?

Good news and bad news for the Houston housing market from press releases and blogs.

The Houston Real Estate Market at a Glance

This is the time of year when home sales decrease, but there may be more to it than the season. Look at these posts to see the Houston Real Estate market.

Houston’s Housing Crisis: A Viewpoint

Houston’s has its own housing crisis, but it might be able to quickly address it.

After Hurricane Ike: Going Back to Normal

Some news about clean-up efforts after Hurricane Ike, and Houston’s curbside recycling.

This Week in Houston Real Estate 10/23/08

A look at what is happening in Houston real estate from the perspective of blogs. Topics include apartment construction and the housing market recovery.

This Week In Houston Real Estate: 10/16/08

Houston Real Estate Market Analysis from different Realtors in the area.

The Full Service One Stop Houston Real Estate Shop

Houston real estate is changing with home inspections being offered as part of the service when buying or selling a home. This may mean cost savings for clients

This Week in Houston Real Estate: 10/09/08

A guide to some blog posts about the real estate market in Houston.

Thoughts after the Hurricane

Lessons learned after a hurricane or just some random thoughts from a home inspector.

National Night Out is Tomorrow (7 October 2008)

National Night Out is the opportunity communities need to be communities again where neighbors help neighbors.

Continuing to help our city recover from Hurricane Ike

The City of Houston’s website has updated its information on the recovery efforts status after Ike. You can find the links here.

The State of Our Trees After Ike

Driving around Houston after Hurricane Ike, shows an immediate need for some homeowners to take action and prune their trees to have them cleared.

Flooding, Water Damage, Insurance, and You

A look at different types of insurance and the damaged that you may have to deal with after a hurricane’s flood waters damage your home.

Do I Need a Home Inspector to Check Out My Home After the Hurricane?

Obvious damage from a storm will be handled by your insurance company, but you may need a home inspector if there are unseen problems, but there are steps to take care of this yourself.

Real Estate News For Those About to Sell/Buy A Home or About Your Appraisal

News for people dealing with a home sale in the Houston area after Hurricane Ike. Also some other news about building inspections in storm effected areas.

Internet Links For Applying for Assistance After Hurricane Ike

Some quick links to drive your towards the proper place on FEMA’s site to apply for assistance due to damage from hurricane Ike.

What Does It Mean When My House Has Been Red Tagged?

Once your home has been red tagged due to hurricane damage, you should take proper steps to have the home repaired in the correct way.

Hurricane Ike Home Repair: Finding Sources of Water Stains on Ceilings and Walls

A quick run down of common areas where a leak can occur in your home. The roof is not always the culprit.

Hurricane Ike Home Repairs: Tarping Your Roof

Fully covering your damaged roof with a tarp, because it sustained hurricane damage, is not always a wise idea. Here are some facts to consider when taking on this task.

Your Home and Its Repairs After Hurricane Ike

Time to clean up and start repairing your home after Hurricane Ike. Here is some information to help you start.

A Unique Blog: Firefox told me so with its related links

Finding that Firefox does not list related links for my site, I decided to create my own list of home inspection blogs for those wanting to see what else is being written.

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