Plan to Attend Bridgeland’s Wonderful Nature Fest on April 26th, 2014!

Birdeland Nature Festival

Bridgeland’s Nature Fest 2014 is certain to be a wild adventure with amazing new acts and returning festival favorites! It will be held next Saturday, April 26th. from 10:00 am until 5 p.m. at Bridgeland’s Oak Meadow Park.

To watch a video of last year’s celebration, click this link: 2013 Nature Fest.

Back for a third year is Staples Safari Zoo – a menagerie of more than 100 animals!  This group, led by Brian Staples, will entertain guests throughout the day with hourly animal shows, including the Primarily Primates performance, which will feature a capuchin monkey who starred with Eddie Murphy in “Dr. Dolittle.” Staples is also bringing some new animals that were recently rescued, including a lion cub named Rory and a baby water buffalo named Jackson.  More surprises are sure to delight guests of all ages!

Join us at 11:30 for a Guinness World Records attempt for most people bird-calling!  The first 1,000 people will receive an official attempt t-shirt. We will begin admitting participants into the area at 11:15. Birding experts Gary and Kathy Clardwill instruct the participants on how to mimic the call of a Northern Cardinal.  Sara Wilcox, a representative from Guinness World Records will be onsite to adjudicate the attempt and grant the award.

Enjoy stage performances throughout the day presented by Crocodile Encounte Birds of Prey, Circus Safari and much more. A second stage hosted by Brian Staples will contain a variety of comedic animal shows.

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Katy Home Prices Continue to Rise as Demand Outweighs Supply

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Pictured above is a Cinco Ranch Southwest home that I listed in late February. We had 18 showings the very first day and four offers. It sold for $10,000 above list price cash!

I have never, in my 24 years of selling Katy real estate, seen a market as ferocious as this one! It’s a seller’s dream come true and a real challenge for buyers. Buyers definitely need to be working with a Realtor so they can get into see the new listings as soon as they go on the market!

March brought about the 34th consecutive month of positive home sales, despite the record low 2.6-month supply of inventory that has prevailed throughout 2014.

According to the latest monthly report prepared by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), home sales rose 3.7 percent year-over-year, with March single-family home sales totaling 5,971. That is the largest one-month sales volume recorded since last September.

The supply of homes first reached 2.6 months of inventory in December 2013 and has held steady ever since. However, it is down from the 3.5-month supply in March 2013 and significantly lower than the national supply of 5.2 months of inventory.

The average price of a single-family home increased 11.0 percent year-over-year to $261,329. The median price—the figure at which half the homes sold for more and half for less—climbed 9.8 percent to $189,900. Both figures represent the highest prices Houston has ever seen in a March.

Single-family homes priced from $250,000 through the millions saw the greatest sales activity and accounted for the latest jump in prices. Homes priced at $150,000 and below experienced declines.

“Houston home sales rose again in March, with most of the buying taking place at the higher end of the market,” said HAR Chair Chaille Ralph with Heritage Texas Properties. “We’ve also seen Read the rest of this entry »

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Cinco Ranch #3 Top Selling Neighborhood in the Nation!

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That figure was enough to put Cinco Ranch third nationally. 

“We are very pleased and excited to be No. 1 in Texas and No. 3 in the nation,” said Heather Gustafson, Cinco Ranch Director of Marketing. “We have great schools, great amenities, great roadway links and a variety of homes for different needs.”

Cinco Ranch is due to complete development in 2017.  By then, the neighborhood is expected to number 15,000 homes and have new water slides, tennis courts and additional playgrounds.

 Here are the developments in the Houston area that made the list:

 3. Cinco Ranch, Katy, TX.

6. Riverstone, Houston, TX.

8. The Woodlands, Houston, TX.

13. Cross Creek Ranch, Fulshear, TX.

15. Aliana, Houston, TX.

16. Woodforest, Montgomery, TX.

17. Sienna Plantation, Houston, TX.

18. CanyonLakes West, Cypress, TX.

To tour these outstanding neighborhoods, call me at 713-818-2404 or email me at [email protected]. I have sold Houston real estate for over 24 years and would love to share my expertise with you. Experience does count!

 

 

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Homes Sale Slowdown? Not in Houston!

You won’t find signs of the traditional autumn slowdown in the Houston real estate market as August provided a 27th consecutive month of positive home sales. Following July’s small uptick in home inventory, buyers once again outpaced sellers in August, sending months of inventory from 3.4 to 3.3 months versus 4.9 months at the same time last year.

According to the latest monthly report prepared by the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR), home sales climbed 16.2 percent year-over-year, with contracts closing on 7,504 single-family homes. Monthly home sales volume has topped the 7,000 mark for four straight months, matching levels last seen in the spring of 2007.

The median price of a single-family home—the figure at which half the homes sold for more and half for less—rose 12.8 percent to $186,200. The average price increased 16.4 percent year-over-year to $260,607. Both figures represent the highest prices ever seen in an August in Houston.

August brought gains to all housing segments except the under-$80,000 market. Homes selling from $250,000 through the millions registered the greatest increase in sales volume.

“This has definitely been a summer sales season unlike any we have seen before,” said HAR Chairman Danny Frank with Prudential Anderson Properties. “Our small bump in inventory in July was short-lived as consumers bought faster than homeowners sold in August. It’s difficult to say exactly when Houston’s boiling real estate market will begin to cool down.”

Foreclosure property sales reported in the HAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS) dropped 47.0 percent compared to August 2012. Foreclosures currently make up just 7.7 percent of all property sales, down Read the rest of this entry »

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Make the Home Improvements Buyers Most Want

 
The most important home features buyers want are the ones that keep them cool, entertained and give them room to store their stuff.
 
Central air conditioning, (a “given”  in Houston), a walk-in closet in the master bedroom and being pre-wired for home entertainment and Internet were the three home features most valuable to buyers according to the 2013 National Association of Realtors Profile of Buyers’ Home Features Preferences.
 
If resale is important to you, the survey offers insights on improvements that can help when you’re ready to sell and add to your enjoyment of your home now. Chances are your home already has air conditioning — most owner-occupied U.S. homes do. But you can add a master closet for roughly $3,000 to $10,000. Get the most from your new master closet by including a laundry area, Read the rest of this entry »

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David Weekley Homes and the New Cinco Ranch Development — Ashfield Gardens

 

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Ashfield Gardens is an exclusive new area within Cinco Ranch. It offers easy access to freeways, shopping, entertainment, restaurants, 11 swimming pools, tennis courts, bike/walking trails and an 18 hole golf course. Set right in the heart of Cinco Ranch, this luxury development has its  own “residents only” Clubhouse.

The Clubhouse offers a wonderful center in which to entertain when residents don’t want to entertain at home. It features a  great room, game/card room, kitchen, outdoor kitchen with  living space and a full exercise room. There is also a gorgeous fire pit. It’s a grand gathering place in which to hold club functions. A part-time activities hostess is coming soon.

David Weekley Homes has especially designed new home plans with this section in mind. The David Weekley Homes incorporate an open, (no wasted space concept), which includes living space both inside and outside. There is an understated sense of luxury!

Plans range from 2255 square feet up to 3200 square feet. All can be personalized to fit the Read the rest of this entry »

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Cinco Ranch’s Heritage Grand Offers Residents a Grand Lifestyle

 
Heritage Grand in Cinco Ranch is a grand lifestyle for active adults over 55-years old! Part of the master-planned community Cinco Ranch, this gated community is in an ideal location, just west of Houston in Katy. Heritage Grand offers spacious Luxury Homes so residents can spend time enjoying their new life.
 
Heritage Grand active adult community sets the standard for lifestyle, fulfillment and value. This unique resort-at-home community provides a private world where friendships flourish.
 
Today, there are five patio homes on the market ranging in price from $200,000 to $372,300. There are eight homes that are sale pending! This is indicative of the bustling market in Heritage Grand. If you are shopping for a home in Heritage Grand, call me so we can get started looking right away! Read the rest of this entry »

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Westpark Tollway/FM 1093 Expansion to Begin in November 2013

 

Construction on expanding FM 1093 and the Westpark Tollway is scheduled to begin in November once the design and environmental clearance processes are completed, according to an update from Fort Bend County.

The project is split into two phases with Phase I stretching more than four miles from FM 1463 to the Grand Parkway, and has a price tag of more than $60 million. An update released on Feb. 21 announced that the survey and property mapping are complete, and the design is pending approval by various entities.

If the process remains on schedule, the design will be finalized in June, construction will start in November and finish in summer 2015.

Phase II runs from James Road to FM 1463, and the schedule is currently under development.

If you would like to discuss touring tour Katy, Cypress or Houston homes or selling your home, contact me at 713-818-2404 or [email protected]  I have sold local real estate for over 23 years. Experience does matter!

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Carpets in Need of a Tune-Up? Try These Ideas!

 

Before you try any of these methods, be sure to pre-test the carpet or stain; do this somewhere inconspicuous, like inside a closet.

First, to really get it clean, sweep the carpet with a broom, which will make the nap stand up and loosen embedded dirt. Next, vacuum the carpet. Your carpet should show a noticeable improvementjust from taking these two steps.

If you have pets and need help neutralizing strong odors, mix one cup Borax with two cups cornmeal. Sprinkle the carpet with this mixture. Let stand one-hour, then vacuum. To freshen the carpet, combine three-quarters of a cup of baking soda, two tablespoons cornstarch, and one-quarter cup perfumed talcum powder. Sprinkle on the dry carpet, let stand five to fifteen minutes, then vacuum.

Spot cleaning tips:

  • Do use a clean white, absorbent terry towel
  • Do blot or tamp the spot
  • Do pretest the carpet in an inconspicuous area
  • Do clean the stain from the edge to the center
  • Do apply cleaner to the towel
  • Do clean with modest amounts of cleaning solution
  • Do adhere to product safety guidelines and general instructions
  • Do remove the stain as soon as it is noticed
  • Do remove the dirty excess before cleaning.
  • Do use cleaning compounds at lukewarm temperature
  • Don’t saturate the carpet with cleaning compounds
  • Don’t apply heat or vigorously scrub the stain
  • Don’t leave the stain until later
  • Don’t fail to remove dried excess stain prior to cleaning

Don’t forget to pre-test the carpet or stain. Follow these tips and your carpet should look good as new again in no time!

If you would like to discuss touring Katy, Cypress or Houston homes or selling your home, contact me at 713-818-2404 or [email protected]  I have sold local real estate for over 23 years. Experience does matter!

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Taste of Texas: Firethorne to Showcase 12 Homes, Four Model Home Parks May 4-10

Firethorne is revving up for its 2013 Taste of Texas Model Home Tour Saturday, May 4 – Friday, May 10, showcasing 12 homes in the master-planned community’s four Model Home Parks, including a model in Firethorne’s first-ever gated section.  The Model Home Tour, free and open to the public from10 a.m. to7 p.m., will feature prize drawings for those who complete the full tour. 

Firethorne will open its dozen fully furnished and landscaped model homes in the four Model Home Parks, including a new brick and stone veneer Perry home in Firethorne’s Model Park III.  The Perry model is a one-story, four-bedroom, three-bath home with a three-car garage. Perry Homes is the exclusive builder in this gated neighborhood composed of 60-foot lots. The two-phase section will house approximately 150 homes upon completion.  

Other members of the Firethorne builder team are Ashton Woods Homes, Coventry Homes, Highland Homes, M/I Homes and Plantation Homes.  

Firethorne’s Model Park I, II and III are east of FM 1463 on Pinpoint Crossing Drive and Iron Read the rest of this entry »

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