Real Estate Blog & Resources

Builder Confidence in Housing Market Holds Steady

While the market environment in the homebuilding sector has fluctuated due to weather, builders are confident that the housing market will grow. Texas is among the state-level markets that may see continued gradual increases in new home sales. Demand for new homes in the Texas real estate market are expected to increase based on improvements in the economy and housing industry and the rise in state population. 

Builder Confidence Solid as Pent-up Demand for New Homes Grows

Although reports show national homebuilder confidence was down due to harsh weather in major U.S. regions, Texas is still a hot spot for new residential construction and development.

Builder outlook in the market for single-family homes dropped two points for February to a reading of 55, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, a measure of overall builder sentiment, shows builder confidence is still solid, said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods. An index reading above 50 indicates builders believe there are favorable conditions for the market for new homes in the single-family housing market.

How to financially prepare for your new home

One of the many financial advantages of building a custom home is that you build it to your specifications, financially and otherwise. Your custom home can be as grand as you want it to be, but custom homes can also be designed and built to be comparable cost-wise to already-built homes or new homes from a production builder. It all comes down to what’s right for you. To financially prepare for your custom home, you will want to take a few things into consideration.

How to choose the perfect homesite

When choosing a homesite on which to build your custom Texas dream home, there are many things to consider. Price and location are obvious. But there are a number of factors you should consider when choosing the perfect homesite. With some careful preparation and thoughtful research, you can end up with the Texas land you have always wanted.

Texas Land Buyers Guide: A Resource for Home Buyers

Looking to buy land in Texas? At SouthStar Communities, we understand that it can be an overwhelming task trying to create a custom home that is perfect for you, but planning your dream home just became easier. Now is the time to locate that perfect homesite in Texas as business is booming, taxes are low and availability of land is plentiful. SouthStar Communities has several premier communities all around Texas, including Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake, Vintage Oaks and King Oaks.

Easy Interior Design Tips

For many new homeowners, the process to finding the perfect home takes some research. During this process, homeowners should also remember the interior of the home may need some personalizing and sprucing up. The steps to making your home more “you” can actually be the most fun!

Texas Homeowners Buying More New Homes, Finding Homes Faster

Today, the Texas Association of Realtors released the Texas Home Buyers and Sellers Report. Based on the 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers by the National Association of Realtors, the report showed that Texas homeowners are buying more new homes and finding homes faster, indicating a steadily growing, competitive Texas housing market.

Tax Programs to Finance Clean Energy Catch On

Over the years, as Rick Murphy helped expand his family's auto business in Edina, Minn., outside Minneapolis, he wanted to install solar panels to cut the electricity bills, but the upfront cost was too high.

Simple Tips for Conserving Water

Texans are gearing up for another hot summer this year. Conserving water is something that every Texan should understand how to do effectively during the summer months to keep bills low while staying environmentally friendly. SouthStar Communities has compiled a few simple tips for you and your family on how to conserve water this summer.

Easy "Green" Updates for Your Home

Thinking about going “green” in your home? Being “earth-friendly” goes beyond the recycling and solar power energy, it starts in your home. Now with summer in full swing, this is the best time to start making these changes in your home.