Good Credit Scores Mean Lower Mortgage Payments

We’ve all heard that awful singing about on TV commercials. But if you are like me, you may not know why getting a credit report matters, even if it is free!

Good credit reports are critical for today’s homebuyers. They need good credit to get approved for loans which are harder to come by these days with more stringent lender standards.

Area Home Sales Cool Down in July As Homebuyer Tax Credit Expires Houston

Sales of single family homes in Houston fell sharply in July after an artificial boost due to the federal tax credit came to a close.

Following four consecutive months of comparable sales gains, the Houston market sold 25 percent less single family homes in July 2010 than July 2009, according to the Multiple Listing Service Market Update released by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR).

The same trend occurred in two areas of northeast Houston. Single family home sales in HAR Area #1 (Atascocita/Humble) and Area #32 (Kingwood) were down 27 percent and 31 percent, respectively, in July.

Kelly McGuire Band Receives a Warm Welcome at the Harbor

Kelly McGuire’s brought his blend of tropical songs and storytelling to Kings Harbor last Friday night. The award-winning songwriter from Clear Lake entertained a large, enthusiastic crowd which enjoyed a warm, breezy evening at the free Keller Williams Summer Send Off Concert.

“Is it as beautiful as this all the time in Kingwood?” McGuire asked the crowd. “Now I know why all these Clear Lake people are moving up to Kingwood!”

Kelly McGuire To Perform at Keller Williams Concert

With back-to-school time just around the corner, families will be able to enjoy a last taste of summer at the free Keller Williams Summer Send-Off Concert at Kings Harbor on Friday, Aug. 20 from 7-10 p.m. As a perfect complement to the summer night, Keller Williams Realty Northeast will present Kelly McGuire, who is known for his original songs about islands, boats, beaches and the Gulf Coast that have an obvious Jimmy Buffett influence.

Keller Williams Realty Named Highest Ranked in Home Buyer Satisfaction

According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Home Buyer/Seller Study, Keller Williams Realty, Inc., the third largest real estate company in the United States, has received the highest overall satisfaction ratings from home buyers among the largest full-service real estate firms for the third year in a row. The company also ranked second among home sellers in the study for the second year in a row.

Keller Williams Announces Sponsors for Viva Las Vegas Gala

Keller Williams Realty Northeast has announced the sponsors for its Viva Las Vegas Gala benefitting FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center. The charity event will take place on Sat., Sept. 25 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Marriott Hotel at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Current sponsors include: Keller Williams Realty Northeast, Keller Williams High Rollers Club, Comfort Concepts, Farmers Insurance – Ken Pickett, First American Title, The Forest Image, Friendswood Development Company, FSR Services, Genesis Mortgage Company, The Observer Newspapers, Lone Star Home Maintenance, The Mint National Bank, Stewart Title, Summerwood and Eagle Springs by Newland Communities, The Tribune and the Zach Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Sundance Head Returns for Keller Williams Concert at Kings Harbor

American Idol finalist Sundance Head will return for a command performance at Kings Harbor on Thurs., Aug. 5 from 6-9 p.m. as part of the Keller Williams Realty Northeast and Kings Harbor free Summer Nights at the Harbor concert series.

A blues artist, Sundance released his first CD self titled “Sundance Head” in February and has performed locally at the House of Blues. A versatile musician, he plays a variety of instruments including the guitar, drums and harmonica. Sundance will be joined by Keith Rowe on vocals and guitar.

These Guys Here Band Re-Scheduled for Summer Nights at Harbor Concert

They say the “third time is a charm.” After being rained out twice, the These Guys Here Band has been re-scheduled to perform at the Keller Williams Realty Northeast and Kings Harbor free Summer Nights at the Harbor concert this Thursday, July 29th from 6-9 p.m.

Keller Williams Gives Concert for USO

The only southern breeze at the Keller Williams Concert at Kings Harbor last Friday night was the band. The hot summer evening did not deter hundreds of people from attending the free concert by The Southern Breeze Band in honor of the USO Operation Enduring Care, a program for veterans of the U.S. armed forces wounded in the War on Terror.

Government Program Provides Alternatives to Foreclosure

The U.S. Treasury Department is now offering help for America’s homeowners who are on the brink of foreclosure on their home. Effective April 5, 2010, the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA) provides financial incentives to homeowners and lenders who utilize a short sale or a deed-in-lieu to avoid a foreclosure.