RE/MAX 2017: The Fight to Find a Home. Will It Be the Same in 2018?

As we wrapped December’s RE/MAX National Housing Report, we noticed one glaring anomaly: there were no real anomalies for 2017. No real valleys and no big peaks other than the expected seasonal ebbs and flows. Throughout the year, so many of the key market indicators in the monthly housing report remained steady: tight inventories, rising median home prices and increased sales. This was all good news for sellers but bitter news for buyers – especially ambitious first-time home buyers looking to lay down roots. And although inventory remains the primary story line in the New Year, here are a few other trends we can expect for the 2018 U.S. housing market:

1. Inventory is Key 

Turn up the volume on new home building. Until that happens, we’ll struggle with low inventory and some markets will feature all-out bidding wars. In 2017, housing starts were down 2.9% year-over-year and well below the historic 50-year average. That hurts. Even though there’s a shortage of labor and a spike in material costs, the primary reason for the low starts is that builders have focused on more profitable, higher priced homes and multi-family residential construction.

We’d love nothing more than to see the next generation of home buyers start building equity now. We saw glimmers of hope at the end of the year as U.S. single-family homebuilding and permits began to surge. We’d like to see that trend continue.

2. Existing Home Sales on the Rise

Fueled by renewed consumer confidence, wage growth and an improving economy, existing home sales could increase and may even surpass record levels. What would slow us down? Any negative impacts on the stock market, or a repeat of 2017’s devastating hurricanes and fires or even the recently signed tax reform bill.

The tax bill that passed at year end, new restrictions on mortgage interest deduction and property tax deduction could deter some from buying homes. This could also deter some homeowners with existing large mortgages from selling. With the changes to the standard deductions for both individual and married filers may also remove some of the incentive to buying a home. But we’ll wait and see what the real effects are of these provisions as buyers weigh their options.

3. Changing Migration Patterns

Home buyers discouraged by affordability and low inventory in certain cities, markets and states, will look to other, more attractive and more inviting neighborhoods.  At RE/MAX we expect to see more home sales in the suburbs, less-populated markets and even more affordable states. Cities that have the most effective transportation systems, those that promote high-amenity, “walkable,” contemporary neighborhoods will benefit the most.

4. Always the Unexpected

Gadgets, apps, online tools, skilled agents with killer technology. Anything that makes buying and selling a home more plausible and less stressful will continue to evolve.

RE/MAX agents understand the complexities of a home transaction. That’s why we’re here. But, we’re all for streamlining that process by signing documents online, video chats with our clients and perusing open houses via virtual reality.

We’ll certainly see our share of challenges in 2018 but with that will come ecstatic home buyers and sellers, new and booming communities and fresh innovations in real estate that we never saw coming.



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The Villarreal Team, RE/MAX  Integrity

Honored as a Top Producing Team

 January, 2018 –  The Villarreal Team, with RE/MAX Integrity, was honored as one of the Top Twenty Producing Teams (#14) in the State of Texas at the RE/MAX Statewide Convention for 2017.

Ruben & Nancy Villarreal are the owners of RE/MAX Integrity, along with their team, they provide professional real estate services.  Ruben, offers 30 years in the real estate industry, and began growing his team in 1993.  They’re continuously climbing the ladder of success, as a result their ability to thrive in a constantly changing market.  This dedicated team work together to maintain the highest degrees in continuing education, innovative marketing, social media, and market knowledge.

“This is a great honor for Ruben & Nancy, and we are highly pleased for their team’s ongoing success,” said Esther Cordova, Broker of RE/MAX Integrity. “They have built a great business, and are very dedicated to the development of our community as much as they are into helping people achieve their home buying and selling needs.”

In addition to Ruben and Nancy, The Villarreal Team consists of Ray Humphrey, Beth Perque, Andree Ward, Robin Webster, Dawnya Simmons and Ashley Silvey.

RE/MAX is the most productive real estate network with its Sales Associates averaging more sales than other real estate agents. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX!

About Ruben and Nancy Villarreal, The Villarreal Team
Ruben and Nancy Villarreal are the founders of one of Houston’s most award-winning RE/MAX teams. Known for their customer service, market knowledge, innovation marketing, constant attention to details and genuine care for its clients. They specialize in North/Northwest Houston, The Woodlands, Spring, Klein as well as Montgomery County. For more information, please call (713) 557-7095, or visit



A New Year’s Resolution that is easy to keep!

2018 Resolutions:

This is the time of year when people make resolutions. Lose weight, save money or eat healthier are all worth while goals, but often times they don’t make to February.  Another popular resolution according to recent poll is self-improvement.  If you’re thinking maybe it’s time to advance in your life, Lone Star College has the solution to your resolution with classes that are affordable and close to home.

LSC offers nearly 200 academic and workforce programs that can put you on the path to a better life.  From two-year program to eight-week fast track workforce certification course, there is something for everyone here.

Are you interested in workforce training?  LSC recently opened its LSC-Skilled Trades and Technology Center with other centers to follow.  These state-of-the-art technology centers will educate you on the skills needed to gain employment fast. Workforce scholarships, provided through Workforce Solutions, allow students to obtain the skills needed to successfully reenter the workforce.

There are also, scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, and other related costs for individuals who enroll in one of the training programs on the Gulf Coast Workforce Board’s High-Skill, High-Growth Occupations list.

If just starting or finishing your education is on your resolutions list, now is the time to head on over to to start close and go far in 2018.



Color of Choice…Here’s a few Pointers

Learn how to implement the hot colors of 2018.

Forecasters predict:

Color can impact the overall mood of your surroundings as well as what potential buyers feel when they step inside your home. The challenge comes in choosing the right combination for your particular space.  You want it to be inviting and warm.

Hues to Use

Experts from Pantone, Sherwin Williams and other companies make annual paint color predictions based on global themes. Hues such as BEHR’s color of the year, In the Moment, along with its peaceful palette, focus on people’s need to unplug from an over connected world. Similar shades like Equilibrium and Off the Grid also promote a sense of serenity.

The Light and the Dark

Contrasting light and dark colors is a great way to create dynamism in your home decor. The lighter the shade, the more spacious the appearance. If your furniture or flooring is primarily neutral, adding dark colors to the mix can bring balance and help create attractive focal points.

Capitalizing on Color

Our mood is subtly yet consistently influenced by the colors around us. For example, soothing shades such as the powdery blue Casual Day can help you unwind and relax after a long day at work. Conversely, vibrant deep oranges like Civara invigorate and promote an optimistic tone.

Pointers for Color Pops

Both fun and formal spaces are equally enhanced by accents. Whether you use them to highlight a unique architectural feature or tie an area together, the trick is to be strategic. In design, the 60-30-10 rule is a well-known way to bring balance to a room.

What is the 60-30-10 Rule?

You don’t need to be a mathematician to use the 60-30-10 rule in your decor, nor do you need a ruler or a calculator. The rule simply states that for the most balanced, appealing look, you should choose a three-color palette for decorating a room, and use it as follows:

  • Decorate 60% of the room with the dominant color
  • Decorate 30% of the room with the secondary color
  • Use the remaining color as an accent in 10% of the space

Like all decorating guidelines, the rule is not written in stone, just follow the basic idea: one dominant color for the majority of the space, a secondary color that fills roughly half as much space as the dominant color, and a third color to add splashes of interest around the room.

New Restaurant: Uncle Julio’s Authentic Mexican Food in Spring, Texas

Our Story:

The first Uncle Julio’s opened in Dallas, Texas, in November 1986. The popularity of Uncle Julio’s food grew rapidly.  Including a drink they call The Swirl, the original frozen mixture of margarita layered with home-made sangria. Uncle Julio’s has grown to 29 restaurants in seven states: Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Tennessee, and continues to grow.

Mexican food made from a scratch kitchen, serving only the freshest locally grown ingredients. This is the quality of food that is found at Uncle Julio’s every day. They have unique customer service, plus a welcoming atmosphere to create an experience that will be remembered. Specialties are to include, chicken & steak fajitas, tender filet mignon, and bacon wrapped shrimp. A few fantastic favorites are their seafood fajitas, shrimp al pastor, and ahi tuna served with homemade corn tortillas or bibb lettuce. But don’t forget the Tex-Mex classics such as tacos, enchiladas & tamales, all with a selection of homemade sauces. Also here’s a tip, order the table side guacamole! It’s prepared for you at your table; if you like it spicy, kick it up a notch with fresh chopped jalapenos.

If you are looking for the perfect setting for a homemade sangria, a sizzling plate of fajitas, or our smash-hit dessert, the Chocolate Piñata, this is the place. Bring your friends and family to Uncle Julio’s for delicious food, one-of-a-kind drinks, an experience you’ll never forget.


MONDAY – FRIDAY 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

6835 N Grand Parkway, West
Spring, TX 77389
(346) 220-6655

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Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Lineup

RODEO HOUSTON Lineup at NRG Stadium, Feb. 27 – March 18.

The 2018 RODEO HOUSTON entertainment lineup features a mix of country, rock, R&B and Spanish pop artists. There are several RODEOHOUSTON favorites, plus six entertainers that are new to RODEOHOUSTON.

RODEOHOUSTON 2018 will feature a brand new, star-shaped stage with top-of-the-line technology that will greatly enhance the performance plus place fans closer to the entertainers inside NRG Stadium,” said Joel Cowley, Rodeo president and CEO. “There is something fun for everyone at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It has been Houston’s favorite tradition since 1932.”  Whether you are young, old, new to the area or a native Texan, there’s something you will or have enjoyed about the rodeo.

As the Stage is set:

And as the Rodeo dust settles each night, a superstar takes the stage to entertain the crowd. The star entertainers will begin their performance after the last rodeo event is completed each evening.  The actual start times for the concert can vary day to day due to the different number of rodeo competitors and other production elements.

Rodeo Houston

Here’s the fantastic entertainment lineup:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27: Garth Brooks
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: Little Big Town
  • Thursday, March 1: Blake Shelton
  • Friday, March 2: Leon Bridges
  • Saturday, March 3: Kelsea Ballerini
  • Sunday, March 4: Alessia Cara
  • Monday, March 5: Rascal Flatts
  • Tuesday, March 6: Jason Aldean
  • Wednesday, March 7: Thomas Rhett
  • Thursday, March 8: Luke Bryan
  • Friday, March 9: Chris Young
  • Saturday, March 10: Cody Johnson
  • Sunday, March 11: Calibre 50
  • Monday, March 12: Zac Brown Band
  • Tuesday, March 13: J Balvin
  • Wednesday, March 14: OneRepublic
  • Thursday, March 15: Keith Urban
  • Friday, March 16: Chris Stapleton
  • Saturday, March 17: Brad Paisley
  • Sunday, March 18: Garth Brooks

Tickets will go on sale next Thursday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m., through AXS Ticketing via

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The Villarreal Team

Checklist to Keeping Your Home Functioning Properly

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

5 Reason You Need a Realtor

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers where home buyers/sellers are asked about their experiences.  An entire section of the profile is dedicated to buyers’ experiences with their realtors.
National Association of Realtor
Here are the top 5 benefits of using a Realtor, when you are looking to buy your dream home as cited by recent buyers:

1. A realtor is to help the buyer understand the process – 60%

An experienced Realtor will explain exactly what to expect during the entire sales transaction, so you aren’t caught off guard.

2. Pointed out unnoticed features/faults with the property – 56%

A Realtor will point out positives and negatives of each home.  They will also use their trained eye to see potentially disastrous hazards that may be hiding out of site.  Protecting your interests is their job!  Let them make sure your home buying experience is a good one.

3. Negotiated better sales contract terms – 47%

When it comes to negotiating the complex terms of your contract, it never hurts to have a Realtor.  One who has your best interest.  A Realtor will make sure that any needed repairs are complete prior to closing.  Furthermore, they make sure that contingencies are in place for you at the best price. Their analysis of comparable properties will also help to make sure that your dream home is priced properly for the market.

4. Provided a better list of service providers – 46%

Realtors are titans of networking. Many have a list of preferred providers who they trust to work as a part of your team to make your dream come true. This includes mortgage professionals (listed as the #8 reason to use an agent at 22%), home inspectors,  contractors, home stagers, plus so many more! In addition, Realtors can usually negotiate better pricing on many of these services.

5. Improved the buyer’s knowledge of search areas – 44%

Realtors are often members of community organizations and are usually well versed in their area’s history. Their ties to the community make them a great resource whether you plan to relocate to a new area or across town.

Bottom Line

If your plans for 2018 include purchasing your dream home, The Villarreal Team with RE/MAX Integrity would love to assist you in this process. Thanks A Million!
Your Realtor for life!
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A Review of Homes For Sale Spring, Texas

Homes in Spring, Texas

The Township of Spring, Texas is situated in North Houston, which is regarded as a wonderful suburb to live in.  Over the last few years there has been an increase in the demand of homes for sale. Spring has plenty of Master planned communities that allow residents to enjoy high quality facilities. Shopping strips, malls, restaurants and business centers that are on just about every corner.  Homes here are selling at very reasonable prices, depending on your specifications.  In addition, the area features plenty of neighborhoods with newly constructed homes, planned or individual homes, fully fit with essential amenities and facilities. There are plenty of different options to choose from.

Old Town Spring

There is a community called, Old Town Spring, which has museums, shops, art galleries and restaurants. You can stroll thru the streets in this scenic little area. Whether you are just passing through, an investor or a new home buyer. It is situated near the original railway constructed in the early 1900’s.  The Victorian shops here provide a nostalgic feel with unique merchandise that can be bought as unique gifts items.  Although Spring is not a city, it has wonderful social and business amenities that rival those available in big cities.

Part of Old Town Spring spills over into Montgomery County, allowing the residents of Spring to share some of the facilities available in Montgomery county. People looking to find affordable housing here, will also find properties that are attractive and full of amenities such as golf courses, shopping malls, schools, several entertainment and recreational centers.

Schools and Housing

Spring residents have an excellent public education system that extends into various school districts, such as, Klein and Spring ISD.  These are comprised of several different campuses for each of the junior, elementary and high schools. Making it possible for parents to easily find a school that is located near their home. A real estate/property agent, can assist you when looking to purchase a home or property. Since they are professionals that have connections, plus access to a wide range of property listings. Enabling them to know where properties are available, plus details and pricing. RE/MAX Integrity would love to assist you in your search.

Homes Sold by RE/MAX Integrity

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Ruben and Nancy Villarreal Team, Honored Top Producing Team

The Villarreal Team with RE/MAX Integrity, were honored as one of the Top 20 Producing Teams in Texas, plus one of the Top 10 Producing Teams in the Houston Council of RE/MAX offices. The team is lead by Ruben and Nancy Villarreal, who provide professional real estate services.  Ruben who is a real estate veteran of more than 25 years, began growing his team in 1993.  As a team, they have continuously climbed the ladder of success.

” This is a great honor for Ruben and Nancy. We are extremely pleased for their team’s ongoing success,” said Esther Cordova, the Broker of RE/MAX Integrity. She also said, “They have built a great business of repeat clients, plus referred clients. Their dedication to handling the long-term development of our community is outstanding, they also enjoy helping people achieve their home buying and selling goals.”

Ruben & Nancy Villarreal Team

In Addition to Ruben and Nancy, The Villarreal Team consists of Ray Humphrey, Beth Perque, Andree Ward, Robinn Webster, Dawnya Simmons and Ashley Silvey.

The Villarreal Team

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About Ruben and Nancy Villarreal, The Villarreal Team:

As founders of one of Houston’s most award-winning RE/MAX teams.  The Villarreal Team is synonymous with customer service, market knowledge, constant attention to details and genuine care for their clients. They specialize in North/Northwest Houston, in addition to surrounding areas.  For more information, please call (713)557-7095 or (281) 370-5100 or visit us on the web by going to or come and see us at our office 19510 Kuykendahl Rd #B.

RE/MAX is the most productive real estate network with its Sales Associates averaging more sales than other real estate agents. Over 100,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of nearly 100 countries. Nobody sells more real estate the RE/MAX.