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By Michelle Sandlin in the Houston Chronicle

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Latest “On the Move” articles By Michelle Sandlin in the Houston Chronicle

Houston newcomer shares experience, advice

April 24, 2018
By Michelle Sandlin in the Houston Chronicle

Houston newcomer shares experience, advice

Jessica Donahue

Moving to a new city and settling in can be daunting and stressful in the best of times.  So, image moving to Houston and experiencing a major weather event like Hurricane Harvey just three weeks after arriving.

That’s exactly what happened to Jessica Donahue, who relocated to Houston with her husband last year from Redding, California.

But surprisingly, the flooding and devastation that they witnessed didn’t discourage them or cast any doubts about their decision to move to Houston.

Much to the contrary, it strengthened that decision, and gave them deeper insight into the people who call Houston home.  They were exposed to the kindness of their new neighbors, and experienced firsthand the sense of community that is so well-known among Houston residents. Read More.

What newcomers need to know about Houston area property taxes

April 15, 2018

By Michelle Sandlin in the Houston Chronicle

Houston Property Taxes

Jeremy Fain

Houston property taxes

Pat O’Connor

Although most people are probably thinking about their income taxes this weekend, it’s also a good time to be thinking about property taxes, as the deadline for filing a protest is May 15.

This is an important topic for people who are moving to Houston, because they often experience a bit of sticker shock when they learn about our property tax rates, which can be substantially higher than in other parts of the country.

Also, newcomers are often unaware that there are specific actions that they can and should take to potentially reduce their property taxes, including the right to protest. Read More

Overcoming challenges when moving back to Houston

January 19, 2018
By Michelle Sandlin in the Houston Chronicle

By Michelle Sandlin in the Houston Chronicle

Leslie Sjurseth

Many people spend their entire career relocating from one city to the next.  This is especially true for those connected to the oil and gas industry.

Since Houston is known as the Energy Capital of the World, a large number of people within that industry find themselves moving here not once, but possibly multiple times.

This has been the case for Leslie Sjurseth, a Realtor with Boulevard Realty.  Since 1982, she has accompanied her husband on five international assignments through his employment in the oil industry.  At the end of each one, the Sjurseths have moved back to Houston, which they consider to be their home.

Their most recent move back to Houston was a year ago, after living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sjurseth said that even for people whose careers take them all over the world, that sometimes the most challenging move can be the one back home. Read More