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Buying Property in The Clear Lake Area

Mar 2, 2008
If you are thinking of buying property in the Clear Lake area, new homes are going for next to nothing in some of this city's up and coming property developments. There are some good buys to be found in just about every price range, and you would do well to get in on some of these developments before the growth stops.

So why would you want to buy a home in the Clear Lake area? New homes here were rated by CNN last year as one of the best new places to live in Texas, and this year Clear Lake made the top ten of best new places to live in the USA. This is in large part due to the decline in housing prices and standards countrywide that have yet to affect the greater Houston area as heavily as many parts of the country.

You can expect some of the new homes here to be a little bit pricey in comparison to some other areas, but this does not mean there isn't significant investment potential in this county. The prices for medium sized family homes have shown solid growth over the last decade and are expected to recover from the current housing crisis. There is no reason to expect a drastic drop in property value in the area any time soon.

So if you are looking to buy your new dream home and you want to invest in a property that is sure to appreciate dramatically in value, this area is a good option to look at. There are many advantages to living in this city, not the least of these is the pleasant weather that you don't usually find around Houston. The lake breeze does a lot to cool the afternoon heat, and winters around this area are not nearly as severe as they are in other parts of the state.

Another major benefit to living here is the choice of fine public and private schools. If you want your children to attend the best schools in Texas, then you should definitely consider looking at some of the new homes that are being built.

While property prices for some of the newer homes in the area remain high, these developments are definitely offering their buyers good value for money. You won't find cardboard box houses or squashed semi-detached housing in many places, and most of the security estates that are being built consist of medium size fully-detached homes that are well worth their market value and more. Most of these developers are offering large discounts if you pre-buy in the planned stages, so get down there straight away and start looking at blue prints.

If you are looking at top of the range homes in the Clear Lake area, new homes in the higher price ranges are definitely in those price ranges for a reason. In the upper $600s you can buy beautiful restored or brand new mansions that would cost over $1 million in other parts of the country. Some of these properties might look to be priced a little high though - but remember that capital appreciation on larger homes in this area is very strong, and you can expect significant returns on any significant investment.

The market here is also primed for smaller buyers right now, with many of the smaller developments going for next to nothing in the early phases. Developers are desperately trying to attract buyers despite the current subprime lending crisis, and if you have some capital to invest or sufficient credit it would be well worth your while to have a look at the new homes that are going up in the next few months to a year. Stay clear of any developments with a longer time frame than this, as then you could end up paying higher prices for these units as the market moves.
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