Jessica Hamilton

Jessica Hamilton

Stories by Jessica Hamilton

Best Bets: Renovations That Can Add Value to Your Houston Home

Jan 30, 2014

As I find myself spending more time indoors during these gray, chilly winter days, my thoughts turn to home improvement. Sure, new furniture is always a nice way to spruce things up, but there’s typically not a way to recoup the costs. Renovations, on the other hand, not only make a home more pleasant to […]

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The Real Cost of Owning a Car in Houston

Jan 23, 2014

New car shopping can be equal parts exciting and challenging. Finding a car that meets your expectations while remaining within your budget can be a bit tricky – especially when you begin to consider the add-on costs that increase its price beyond the sticker value. According to a recent study of total car ownership rates […]

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Rain, Slush, & Ice: Staying Safe on Houston Winter Roads

Jan 8, 2014

With our warm climate, residents of the Bayou City can be unaccustomed to winter weather. A few flurries or icicles are enough to terrify many Houston drivers and empty our normally buzzing roads. But just because true winter conditions are a rarity in H-Town doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be ready – especially since we might […]

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Wonderful Winter Weather Photos [SLIDESHOW]

Dec 18, 2013

Winter tends to be a season that creates mixed feelings. Some of us love to bundle up and sit around the fire, while others prefer daydreaming of warm beaches. Regardless of your personal preference, we think we can agree that the winter season does provide a beautiful backdrop. Take a minute to appreciate the beauty that […]

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Study: Texas Home Fires and Thefts Spike During the Holidays

Dec 17, 2013

The holidays are undoubtedly a time for celebration, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down at home amid the festivities. According to a new claims study and consumer survey by Allstate, home fires surge by 23 percent and thefts increase by nine percent in Texas during the holiday season. Holiday parties, travel, […]

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Holiday Pinterest Boards

Dec 16, 2013

There is so much to enjoy during the holiday season — friends, family, celebrations and the excitement of giving to others. While the holiday season has many perks, it can be a stressful time between travel, additional expenses and the pressure to make the holiday memorable. But don’t fret! I have put together a list […]

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Where to Buy in Houston: City, Suburb, or Exurb?

Dec 12, 2013

If you’ve been for a recent drive on the city’s outskirts, you might have been surprised by how much more developed places like Spring and Richmond-Rosenberg seem. During the housing boom, home value increases in Houston’s distant suburbs and exurbs surpassed those in the city center and inner-ring suburbs, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency; […]

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Holiday Drives from Houston to Get You in this Season’s Spirit

Dec 6, 2013

Our mild winters are just one of the great reasons to call Houston home. But with an average Christmas Day high temperature of 65 degrees (according to, getting into the holiday spirit might require a bit more creativity. Fortunately, our region is full of beautiful holiday destinations just a short car ride away. From […]

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Save Some Green for 2013: Texas Tax Rebates and Incentives

Dec 5, 2013

With the holidays fast approaching, you might be thinking about the extra cash you’ll soon be parting with. Holiday meals, gifts and travel expenses can add up and put a strain on your budget. Fortunately, the holiday season is also a good time to take stock of tax rebates, incentives and refunds on home and […]

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Holiday Sweaters: Eccentric, Bold and Fun

Nov 25, 2013

Holiday sweaters can sometimes be a little eccentric and a bit over the top — at least, that is how I prefer mine.  The thrill of seeking out that perfect holiday sweater gem at the thrift shop is an essential part of my seasonal holiday preparation. I like to gear up for my gift-shopping spree […]

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