Kelly Lawson's Blog Posts

Kelly Lawson's Blog Posts

9 Things Buyers Regret Overlooking In A Home
9 Things Buyers Regret Overlooking in a Home: Will You Miss Them, Too?By Cathie Ericson | Jul 6, 2017 stockinasia/iStockIt was your dream home—until it wasn’t. ...

9 Ingenious Tricks To Make Your Bathroom Look Expensive
9 Ingenious Tricks to Make Your Bathroom Look ExpensiveByHolly Amaya|Jul 31, 2017With the average bathroom remodel tapping in at nearly $18,000, we wouldn't blame you for throwi...

MLS Explained
What Is the MLS? The Multiple Listing Service, ExplainedByCathie Ericson|Aug 2, 2016Whether you're looking tosellorbuy a home,you will no doubt encounter themultiple listing ser...

5 Common Mistakes Sellers Make Resulting In Loss
5 common mistakes sellers make resulting in lo$$ when onlyreviewing online validations and real estate sites.Online tools and sites can be usedin conjunction with opinions of local...

Realtorcom Presents Best DIY Bang For Your Buck
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I Have Never Recovered A Deceased Individual With A Life Jacket On Cade Says
Thanks to Postcards Magizine and Ruth Fields for this great feature on Lake Conroe and those who serve to protect it and us on Lake Conroe.http://www.postcardslive.com/community-bu...

Please Do Not Judge Me I Cannot Tie My Shoes
I can’t tie my shoes. I know that is surprising and funny – but truth remains; I can’t.  I am ... well, let’s just say that my age is not at sea level anymore, ...

Attention FirstTime Buyers
Attention First-Time Buyers: Here's the Key Stuff You Don't Know About MortgagesBy Jonathan Smoke | Feb 9, 2017When it comes to mortgages, there’s a big gap between what people...

Want To Retire To Jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville
Would You Really, Truly Want to Retire to Jimmy Buffett's 'Margaritaville'?By Natalie Way | Feb 28, 2017Ever since Jimmy Buffett‘s inexplicably colossal 1977 hit “Margaritavi...

Real Estate Titles Explained Agent Broker REALTOR
Real Estate Titles Explained: Agent, Broker, REALTOR®By Michele Lerner | Mar 10, 2014Couple with realtorIf you’re entering the real estate market for the first time, you may fi...

10 Things To Toss From Your Attic ASAP
How Many Are Hiding in Yours?By Julie Ryan Evans | Jan 31, 2017http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/things-to-toss-from-your-attic/?iid=rdc_news_hp_carousel_theLatestMos...

FHA Mortgage Insurance Price Cut Is Trumped What Impact Will It Really Have
http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/fha-mortgage-insurance-premium-cut-reversal/FHA Mortgage Insurance Price Cut Is Trumped: What Impact Will It Really Have?By Jonathan Smoke | Jan...

Here Is Another Good One On Finding Your Dream Extra Room
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Glitter
As I got into my car this morning, after an office Christmas Party – I looked to my left and found that my passenger seat was sparkling with green dots of light.  Yes – ...

Still And Waiting
I went to lunch with my friend the other day and as we were about to walk in the door she received a phone call. It was an important one and one that she had been waiting on – ...

Safety First On Halloween
Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). ALL DRESSED UP:P...

Deadline To Register To Vote Coming Up October 11
Are you ready to cast your ballot in the upcoming General Election Tuesday, November 8,? Have you registered to vote? The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct...

7 Tips For Staging Your Home
By:G. M. FiliskoMake your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process.The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to i...

6 Reasons To Reduce Your Home Price
By:G. M. FiliskoWhile you'd like to get the best price for your home, consider our six reasons to reduce your home price.Home not selling? That could happen for a number of reas...

Getting You HOME Is Where My HEART Is
It’s been a long couple of weeks. It’s the end of the summer, during an election year. It’s been hot. It’s been just a long, and I’ll say it – a difficult summer. Th...

Rain Or Shine
Until this week, it hasn’t rained in a month… of course last time it rained, it rained for a month. Nevertheless….that brings me to earlier this week, when it rained, a lot...

Time To Renew Your Lease Or Move To Home Ownership
The summer is mid-way through and the lease market is picking up and you might be asking yourself – is it the right time to purchase my first home or renew my lease?It is a hot...

5 Newbie Mortgage Mistakes And How Much Each Could Cost You
By ALAINA TWEDDALECan’t wait to cozy up in that cute Colonial, but anxious about signing up for your first mortgage? We get it. Buying your first home is a big stinking de...

Opinion After Brexit From Market Watch
By Matthew Lynn  From Market Watch..... The pound is in free fall. The London stock market tanked for two days. Big banks are looking for offices in Frankfurt and Paris,...

After The Rain RePrint From 2015 But Still Good Information
WOW, that was some storm.  Yes, it will rain again, and maybe this afternoon, but I heard that we have not seen this amount of flooding in Texas since 1929.  That is be...

Create A Welcoming Front Entrance
Wouldn’t it be nice to approach your home’s entrance with a grin instead of a grimace? Take our tips for beating a clear, safe, and stylish path to your front door.First impr...

Update On The Approved Road Bond Projects
http://moco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0be7c7748dee472da3da146c7263bf4dAbove is a link to the new Montgomery County Web site that reports the status of the Roa...

Real Estate Professionals Who Is Who And Who Does What
The real estate profession is regulated by state governments, which have different requirements for earning a license. In general, though, the titles you may come across include:...

Need A Buyers Agent
 Author: Summer MandellWhatever your reasons for not hiring a buyer’s agent, they probably aren’t good enough to forgo such an important homebuying resource. Here are th...

Food Drive For Benefiting Compassion United Food Pantry Conroe
All during the month of March 2016 Mariner Realty is joining with other local businesses to collect canned and non-perishable food items to feed the homeless of Montgomery County.T...

2016 Primary Election Date In Montgomery County
Early Voting for the 2016 Primary Election begins this Tuesday, February 16, and concludes on Friday, February 26.If you do not participate in early voting, Primary Election Day is...

Listing Agent Vs Buyer Agent
Listing Agent vs. Buyer Agent: Who Works for You? ByChrystal Caruthers  From Realtor.comIt may seem perfectly logical to call the agent on the yard sign while driving around ...

REALTORS Expect Moderate Price Growth In Next 12 Months
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2016/01/11/realtors-expect-moderate-price-growth-in-next-12-months-2/REALTORS® who responded to the November 2015 survey expected price...

Have You Registered To Vote
The last day to register to vote in the Texas Primary Election is Monday, February 1st with early voting beginning on Tuesday, February 16th continuing till Friday, February...

10 Home Renovations That Offer The Best And Worst Return On Investment From Realtorcom
Thank you Judy Dutton for the following information:  From Realtor.com  There is some really great data here!Remodeling may be a labor of love, but it’s also an in...

Preparing To Sell Your Current Home
Everyone is interested in how to sell their home fast while bringing in top dollar.  It’s not just luck that makes that happen, there is planning and know how that will ge...

The First Step
If you are looking to purchase a home in 2016, one of the first steps you can take is to get your financial house if order before you look at any home.  It is important in ...

Boom Time Again Happy New Year Safetly PLEASE
This is a somewhat a reprint of my blog from this summer.. but it still holds true during this winter season of fireworks. Special Shout out to my friends in the Willis Band Booste...

The Wells Fargo Wagon Maybe Not But Could Be Just As Good
O-ho the Wells Fargo Wagon is a-comin' down the street,Oh please let it be for me!O-ho the Wells Fargo Wagon is a-comin' down the street,I wish, I wish I knew what it could be!Read...

Leave A Toy Create A Smile
Once again Mariner Realty is helping to make Christmas time a little brighter for some area youth with our yearly TOY DRIVE for the Montgomery County Youth Services.  Th...

Tips On How To Deep Fry A Turkey Thank You Daniel Gritzer
Deep Frying is serious business... seriously tasty and seriously dangerous.. here is an article I found that has some really great tips if you plan on trying to fry one this Thanks...

Famous Thanksgiving
It’s here, the start of the Holiday’s, the first toast good-bye to 2015 and welcome 2016, IT"S  THANKSGIVING WEEK!!!!!  So I thought I would start us out with a few ...

The Time To Prepare Is Now
If you are thinking that 2016 is the right time for you to purchase a home; then starting to prepare now is a good plan.  There is volumes of advice out on the web on how t...

Being Thankful Giving Back Habitat For Humanity
“Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity" is an  nonprofit interfaith ministry bringing the community together to build decent, affordable homes for all God's people ...

7 Spooky Credit Myths
In the mood for a bedtime story - or maybe it's just time to displace some myths - either way here is a Blog I found online by Laura Slawny that is in time with the seaso...

FALL AND FALLING BACK
The fall weather is rolling in this week – of course I predict that summer will still try to chase old man winter away again – after all it is Texas. However, the leaves are ...

On The Ballot Bonds
On the Ballot in November 2015 in Montgomery County are several Bond elections.  11/2015 Magnolia ISD ...

Why Monday White Hushpuppies And A Good Time To Buy Or Sell A HOME
“Headed up to San Francisco – for the Labor Day Weekend show” Great lyrics by Buffett1 – and one of my favorite songs.  However Labor Day is more that hushpuppies an...

Cheering For The Home Team Under The Lights
Friday Night LightsIt’s that time of year again – how can anyone resist the lights?  Varsity High School Football, Popcorn, Cokes, Candy, Nachos and my favorite the...

And Now For Something Completely Different
I know you came here to look for real estate news or search for new listings online – but I just have to tell you that it is soon to be fall and that means back-to-school, foo...

An Edited Life
I recently had the opportunity to meet a Cowboy Poet that grew up in New York and was a teenager during the 60’s.  We talked about those days as compared today. He was luc...

Spoonful Of Sugar
I have been told that cooking and baking are not similar to each other. Yes, both are completed in the kitchen, and both are methods in which raw foods are combined, cooked and ...

The Eyes Have It
In 5th grade I co-produced a science project entitled ‘The Eyes Have IT’, Karen and I still talk about that project when we get together. We don’t recall what we said the e...

Area Firework Displays
Area Fireworks? If you are staying close to home or traveling to see family - below is a list of some of the areas firework displays that are planed for the 4th of July - God Bless...

Lake Conroe History
One hour north of Houston you will find the reserve drinking water supply for the City of Houston.  A reservoir created by the San Jacinto River Authority and the City of H...

Fathers Day Yesterday Today And It IS TOMORROW
In 1910 Washington state first proclaimed the nation’s first Father’s Day.  But it wasn’t until more than 50 years after the first Mother’s Day that the United ...

Do As I Say Not As I Do Firework Safety
As I look out the window at a cloudy sky, it occurs to me that we will most likely not have a ban on fireworks in Montgomery County this year.  Firework Sales begin in Texas...

I Will As Your REALTOR
I WILL as your REALTOR ®I will never be too busy to listen to your needs or to listen to you. I will be present in all conversations and meetings. I understand that you need me...

Road Blocks Are Not Always Bad
It was on a family vacation – driving vacation to Colorado that we first used our GPS.  It was a great tool and I loved it from the start.  I don’t know what I wou...

Life Lessons Learned From A Jimmy Buffett Concert
First a confession - I am a Parrothead.  Have been for a while.  It was necessary to become one before the ink dried on my marriage certificate.  However, that is ...

Lewis Creek Reservoir Dam Update Stay Alert Be Prepared Please Share
UPDATE:  5.26.2015 2PMhttp://montgomerycountypolicereporter.com/lewis-creek-dam-update/Sallie Rainer, president and CEO of Entergy Texas. “The inspection revealed one area w...

I Cannot Promise Things Will Not Change
During the summer of 2011 I heard repetitively “Will it ever rain again?”, today the phrases I hear most often is more along the lines of  “Rain? Again today? We need a...

When The Rains Come
It’s been awhile since we have seen this much rain and high water.  I heard yesterday that the Texas decade long ‘Mega drought’ has been cracked!  I guess the la...

Spring Buying
If it’s spring then people are thinking about getting outside, working in the yard, backyard BBQ and maybe buying their first or next home.If you are thinking that it could be t...

Simple Recognition Of Motherhood
I heard on the radio today that Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 as a memorial to celebrate the life of Ann Jarvis by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia.  Ann ...

The Battle Of Puebla Day Or Cinco De Mayo
As I read today in a CCN article by Raul Reyes that Cinco de Mayo has become as American as the 4th of July;  I learned that the celebration was not what I tho...

Me At The Zoo Not Really What This Is About But It Still Is The Title
I heard on the news this morning that on this day in 2005 that the first You Tube video was uploaded ( just in case you want to see it  https://www.youtube.com/watch...

Welcomed Rain
Welcomed rain? I think so, even if we have had days and days of it of late. After the last couple of dry years, I welcome the rain.  However, with it being such a rainy ...

Barndowhatminiums
When I was just out of college, I went back for a weekend to visit with some friends that still lived in my college town.  Heading north of town we went to pick up...

Pollen Problems
If you suffer from allergies, and I do, this is the best and worse time of year to be outside.  After the cold winter we have had not to mention all the rain; there is nothi...

Montgomery County Road Bonds On The Ballot
UPDATE:  Great read in Community Impact News on the Bond Issue -  http://impactnews.com/houston-metro/tomball-magnolia/montgomery-county-to-vote-on-%24350-million-ro...

Looking At The Top Of The Pines
Being only few years ago when I first heard about Pine Tree Crosses I have been excited about this year as it is an early Easter.  I have been waiting to see i...

No Joking
Amazing to me how many and how popular  April Fool’s Day jokes are on social media -  most are humorist. However, it got me thinking, so much that is floating around ...

Excited To Be HERE And Ready To Get You HOME
There is no way for me to tell you how excited I am to announce that I am now part of Mariner Realty.  The thought occurred to me that this would be the perfect time...


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