Every week, we ask a Houston real estate professional for their thoughts on the top three stories from the week before. This week, we talked with Vicki Nelsen, owner of Fast Homes & Fast Loans LLC. In addition to being a real estate broker, Vicki is a licensed mortgage originator.
Houston Agent (HA): We recently reported on new data that showed that homebuyers are an older bunch with the majority between 34 and 54 years of age; is that consistent, generally speaking, with the clients you work with?
Vicki Nelsen (VN): Yes, that would reflect the majority of our buyers. However, I do see some younger than that investing in homes as rental properties.
HA: We also published a story recently on Houston’s priciest neighborhoods; rather than ask you about those specific areas, though, can you tell us which of your areas have been generating the most interest among prospective homebuyers?
VN: The area that I operate in and that has sparked a lot of business is the Woodlands/Conroe/Spring area. We have ExxonMobil building its national headquarters in that area, and everyone is excited with anticipation of all the new people who will be moving into our area.
HA: Finally, what kinds of things are you focusing on in your business, as 2014 reaches its halfway point?
VN: The majority of my business is with people who want to invest in Houston and buy rental properties. I do have people who want to move, and I tell them to keep their current home as a rental if it all possible, but go ahead and move up as prices and interest rates are both increasing!