Houston home sales cooled off a bit in August, possibly because inventory is at the lowest it has been in five years. August homes sales were up on a year-to-year basis, but that wasn’t the case for month-to-month sales. Sales are still better than they were the first few months of this year. Typically, when school starts there is a slight decline in sales.
|Category||Jan. 2020||Feb. 2020||Mar. 2020||Apr. 2020||May 2020||June 2020||July 2020||Aug. 2020|
|Total Property Sales||5,800||7,393||8,965||7,192||7,917||11,153||13,043||11,121|
|Total Active Listings||39,699||40,091||40,932||41,151||39,516||36,901||36,055||34,181|
|Single-Family Home Sales||4,699||6,044||7,566||6,199||6,671||9,328||10,917||9,195|
|Single-Family Months of Inventory||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.6||3.5||3.2||3.0||2.8|
|Single-Family Pending Sales||7,212||8,547||7,885||7,125||10,559||11,610||11,185||10,598|
|Days on Market||68||68||65||58||58||56||56||51|
|Price Range||Jan. 2020||Feb. 2020||Mar. 2020||Apr. 2020||May 2020||June 2020||July 2020||Aug.
|$1 - $99,999||109||107||97||82||98||92||100||79|
|$100,000 - $149,999||277||328||361||258||301||346||316||253|
|$150,000 - $249,999||1,757||2,131||2,688||2,180||2,309||2,927||3,406||2,845|
|$250,000 - $499,999||1,461||2,056||2,547||2,200||2,278||3,403||4,157||3,464|
|$500,000 - $749,999||226||277||402||324||342||548||766||613|
|$750,000 and above||124||161||258||191||157||282||424||398|
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Has spending more time in your house this year made you realize there are places that are in need of good scrubbing? Below are some hints that can make the job a little easier.
Kitchen Grease on Walls
Any decent dish soap can remove grease stains on walls.
For small stains, mix: 1/4 teaspoon of soap in a cup of warm water, and wipe. Rinse with clean water, and blot until dry. Clean stubborn grease stains with solution of 1/3 cup of white household vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.
Dirt and Grime Buildup
The oil from your hands gets onto walls, cabinets, doors, and door frames. A wall eraser, like the Mr. Clean Eraser ($3 for 4 pads), easily wipes away these stains.
Wet the sponge and rub gently to avoid taking bits of paint off with the stain.
Or make your own homemade wall cleaning sponge:
Wall erasers work like a charm on crayon marks. If they don’t do the trick:
Ballpoint ink, which is oil-based, often melts away if you use foaming shaving cream, dry-cleaning solvents such as Carbona, or nail polish remover.
Make sure you open windows when using cleaning solvents and polish remover.
Mildew is a fungus that eats soap scum and body oil. To remove from walls, spray with vinegar water: 1 tablespoon white vinegar to 1 quart water. Also, try an enzyme laundry detergent; follow the pre-treating directions on the label. Blot it on the stain, and then rinse thoroughly with water.
After you’ve solved the problem that caused the water stains, rinse with a solution of 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water to prevent mold and mildew from growing. Thoroughly dry with a hairdryer or fans. If bleaching doesn’t remove water stains, you’ll have to repaint. Prime the walls with a stain-killing primer, such as Kilz Paint.