Economists expect Dallas housing market to be calmer this year

Posted on Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 8:16 pm    

Economists believe Dallas-Fort Worth home sales and prices will still continue to rise in 2014, although the increase will not be as rapid as in 2013, an online report published by Dallas News Business Thursday, January 2, stated.

Experts said the increase in the number of houses available in the market and the rising cost of home financing would prevent house prices from going up too rapidly. They also believe the rise in home construction activity around the state contributed significantly to the growing inventory of available houses to buy.

In an interview, National Association of Home Builders chief economist David Crowe said home construction in the country is forecasted to grow by 30% this year. If you feel 2014 is the best time to have your own home built in Texas, consult our team at Easy Road Home for a wide array of home construction services ranging from designing to constructing. Call us at 888-405-2817 to know more about our services.

Designing the interior of your custom-built home

Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 7:38 pm    

Home construction provides you the avenue to design the interior of your custom-built home in a manner that suits your taste and fits your budget. For a new homeowner and a creative, budget-conscious interior designer like you, here are some tips that can help you design your home while saving money:

  • Kitchen and bath cabinets and counter tops – These are quite simple to remove and install, so buying low-cost cabinets might be cost effective, especially if you are looking to replace all of the cabinets/counter tops.
  • Floor finishes – Floor finishes are also easier to remove. You can buy less-expensive floor finishes first and upgrade them when funds are available or when you decide to change your interior’s motif.
  • Exterior finishes of walls, windows and doors – Exterior finishes should be considered non-disposable, so it is necessary to choose the best quality that your budget can afford. For instance, many choose genuine wood over plastic for shingle sidings.

Our team at Easy Road Home is equipped with the knowledge and resources to assist Austin residents in building their own home. Call us at 888-405-2817 for your home construction needs.

Home construction in November hits highest in five years

Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 9:49 pm    

A report published in the New York Post on Wednesday, December 13 revealed U.S. home construction in November hit its highest pace in the past five years, which shows the recovery of the housing industry is continuing despite higher mortgage rates.

The Department of Commerce stated that home construction in the country soared 22.7% last month. Economists believe this was due to a steady job growth in the country and the adaptive attitude of home builders and buyers towards price adjustments in the home construction industry.

The Department of Commerce also revealed construction of single-family homes climbed 20.8% last month, the highest since November 2008. Meanwhile, construction of five-unit buildings also climbed 26% within the same month.

The National Association of Home Builders is hoping for a steady improvement in the home construction industry this coming year.

Without the help of our custom home experts from Easy Road Home, building your own home in Austin could be difficult and frustrating. Make sure you get the best deals and have a team on your side that knows how to navigate real estate issues by calling 888-405-2817 today.

Tips to help you save more when building a house

Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 11:04 pm    

Many families choose to build their own house instead of buying a new one for many reasons, such as cost and design aesthetic. Additionally, home construction may also give you the freedom to add or utilize features that may help you save more money. Several ways to lower home construction costs include:

  • Building your home in problem spots, such as hillsides and in-fills lots. Getting the help of a knowledgeable contractor might convert undesirable hillside or in-fill property to a lot that may seamlessly suit the needs of your new home.
  • Buying expensive but low-maintenance building materials. These materials are proven to be more cost-effective than buying cheap materials that may require intensive and repetitive upkeeping overtime.
  • Shopping. Home construction provides you the freedom to look for the most cost-efficient roofs, tiles etc. that may suit your housing needs.

Building your new home might be extremely expensive without the help of real estate experts. Learn more about the tricks of home construction by calling 888-405-2817. Our custom home experts at Easy Road Home are ready to assist Austin residents who are planning to have their house built.

Why many people choose Texas

Posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 7:03 pm    

Recent figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau suggest Texas is ideal for real estate development and home construction. The results were furthermore supported by the chief economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University Mark Dotzour, who stated that while many parts of the country have not yet fully recovered from the housing crisis and recession, single-family home building and home sales rebounded dramatically in 2012, and are expected to gain more this year.

Here are some of the reasons why Texas continues to be among the states with the most thriving real estate markets:

  • Low tax – Texas is one of the only few states in the country where residents do not have to pay personal state income taxes.
  • Family friendly – Texas has been very popular with young families because of its good-value housing. Also, Texas is known for good schools, family-friendly restaurants, and down-to-earth people.
  • Homes – Home construction in Texas is very ideal due to cheaper cost of land and efficient process of getting a building permit. This flexibility provided the state protection from the recent housing market crash in 2006 and 2007.

If you are in need of help finding a home or building a home when moving to Austin, our real estate experts at Easy Road Home can help. Call 888-405-2817 to find out more about our services and how we can put them to use for you.

Housing construction industry boosted by 20,000 employees

Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 8:20 pm    

The Department of Labor announced on Tuesday, October 22 that construction employment improved by 20,000 people in September, which spells a good change for the industry after six months of the industry’s employment remaining flat.

Three-quarters of the boost came from non-residential construction, the agency noted. Home building jobs consisted of an increase of 5,400 in September, which is a 4.8% increase from the data gathered for the same section during the same period last year.

However, this kind is considered weak, as according to Department of Commerce records released the same day, residential construction spending has increased over 18% from August 2012 to August 2013.

According to National Association of Home Builders’ chief economist David Crowe, the fact that contractors are not hiring more workers speaks of their relatively weak confidence in home builders.

Crowe admitted, however, that the September improvement speaks of a more positive outlook for the home construction industry in general.

Our real estate agents at Easy Road Home can help anyone in Austin with real estate matters, from finding the home a person wants to handling mortgage payments to assisting people in custom home building endeavors. Call our offices today at 888-405-2817 today to schedule an appointment.

Housing booms in Texas as bidding wars surge

Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 9:53 pm    

Texas is now experiencing a boom in the real estate market as residential sales across the state soared and surpassed its peak, a 15 percent rise in median home prices in August this year.

Homebuilders worked double time to complete houses quickly to meet the surge in buyer demands. A state law that limits home-equity borrowing spared Texas’ homeowners from lending excesses. Together with lower inflation values placed on land properties and easy zoning requirements, home prices dropped 2.5 percent, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Other factors that have contributed to the housing market increase are job growth, more state investments, growth in oil production, and a shift to a seller’s market. One agent noted that the affordable housing situation has been ‘absolutely crazy.’

If you’re looking to build a new home in Texas, feel free to contact our real estate experts at Easy Road Home by calling 888-405-2817 today. We can provide the expert guidance you need.

Real estate not much affected by government shutdown

Posted on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 6:45 pm    

Though the government is currently shutdown, homeowners applying for loans with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) should not be greatly affected, a report from the Houston Chronicle stated on Tuesday, October 1.

According to economist Jim Gaines, transaction delays may be expected for homeowners due to the shutdown. Small inconveniences and these delays are to be expected in processing transactions, especially those that may require additional work from the government. The economist is expecting minimal hassles, assuming that the government shutdown will not last more than a week.

For now, only a few employees will work to process mortgage loans that were supported by the government, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

If you are a homeowner in need of help with home construction or a mortgage, feel free to contact our Austin real estate experts at Easy Road Home today by calling 888-405-2817. We have experience handling any real estate related issue and can provide the guidance and expertise you need.

The advantages of building over buying a home

Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 8:12 pm    

There are many things to consider when considering whether to buy or build a new house. New home construction offers many benefits to consider.

Firstly, when building a home, the owners may tailor all factors of the house to their own personal taste. From deciding on the layout to the house to the color of the exterior, the customization options are endless.

Secondly, custom homes tend to have more environmentally-friendly appliances and a more enclosed structure that allows the home to remain cool in the summer and warm during winter. Factors like triple- and quadruple-paned windows are far more prevalent in newer homes.

Thirdly, a custom built home will require less maintenance. Since everything is brand new, owners will have to pay less for regular repairs or replacements.

If you are considering having a custom home built in the Austin area, please feel free to contact a representative from Easy Road Home at 888-405-2817.

Tips for selling your home quickly

Posted on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 10:05 pm    

Homeowners who put their home up for sale face a number of uncertainties, such as what price their home will sell for and how quickly it will see, if at all. Fortunately, there are certain ways that homeowners can prepare to potentially get their home to sell more quickly.

In order to make your home ready for purchasing and get it off the market as quickly as possible, consider the following:

  • Make small and easier completed augmentations, like enhancing the landscape, to improve the overall look of your home
  • Stage your home for potential buyers by making sure it looks clean and presentable. Also, try to make your home’s best features stand out

These tips can potentially help you sell your home more quickly. Learn more about selling or buying a home from our real estate experts at Easy Road Home by calling 888-405-2817.