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Jazz takes center stage at The Centrum - 02/29/08 10:25 AM
On March 7th at 8:00 pm the joint a.k.a The Centrum will be a rocking to the sounds of big band swing jazz performed by Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band. Comprised of L.A.'s finest musicians this 18-piece ensemble has quickly become one of the most hard swinging jazz ensembles around. The Big Phat Band's debut album "Swinging for the Fences" received two Grammy nominations and Goodwin won a 2006 Grammy for Instrumental Arrangement of Incredits from the film, The Incredibles. If you are lover of jazz, swing, or big band, you won't want to miss The Big Phat Band's first appearance in (2 comments)
Spring TX Real Estate: For Sale in The Falls at Champion Forest - 02/28/08 03:25 PM
Custom home in EXCLUSIVE gated, The Falls at Champion Forest 16618 Churchill Falls Ct, Spring, TX 77379 View Map Custom St. James home on a culdesac lot in the exclusive gated community of The Falls at Champion Forest in the heart of Champion Forest. You will love the outdoor oasis of tropical landscaping, salt water pool, spa, and outdoor kitchen. Inviting entry with hardwood floors and a curved staircase with wrought iron balusters. Custom Plantation Shutters and Blinds. Numerous Built-ins. Stainless Steel Kitchen Aid appliances with double ovens and five burner gas cooktop. Romantic master suite with coffered ceiling overlooks the (1 comments)
Spring TX Real Estate: Sellers Closing Costs - What should you expect? - 02/25/08 11:05 AM
If you ask a seller what's the first question he has about selling his Spring TX home, he will tell you its "How much am I going to net?". Its not "How long is it going to take for my house to sell?" or "What do I have to do to get my house ready to sell?". Its simply SHOW ME THE MONEY. And why wouldn't it be the first question. Especially since the majority of reasons why people sell their homes and move are due to lifestyle decisions. Not because someone or something is making them move. They are moving simply because a different (4 comments)
Spring TX Real Estate: Very Motivated Seller? - 02/23/08 12:21 PM
Again today, I saw another home in Spring TX that is being advertised as VERY MOTIVATED SELLER. But what exactly is a very motivated seller? Is a motivated seller a seller that wants to sell? And if that is the definition aren't the majority of sellers motivated? I can not say that all sellers are motivated. Because there are those sellers that say "if I can get the price I want for my home I will sell it and if I can't I won't". Its easy to spot the homes with the non-motivated sellers. They are the overpriced and non-staged homes. These are the homes (1 comments)
Spring TX Real Estate: Getting Buyers through the door - 02/22/08 01:41 PM
The other day I received a call from a seller who has had his Spring TX home on the market for two years. He was thinking about changing his Realtor and he wanted me to come and talk with him. When the seller told me his house had been on the market for two years, I wondered what could be so terribly wrong with his house that it hadn't sold. Because even in today's real estate market, two years is a long time for a house to be on the market. At my first meeting with the seller, I asked a lot of questions. I wanted to know about the (5 comments)
Spring TX Real Estate: The key is the KEY - 02/21/08 12:10 PM
When I am out showing homes to buyers I am frequently asked "Can we see the garage?" Sure no problem, I say. Until I realize that I have just spoken too soon. The home that we are viewing has a detached garage and there is no key or garage door opener to be found. I used to think that it is only a garage and just because we were unable to view it is no reason for my buyers to delay writing an offer. I was wrong. The garage has become much more than where we park our cars. In fact drive down the streets of any neighborhood in Spring Texas and you (6 comments)
The Year of the Mustang - 02/17/08 11:09 AM
2008 - The year of the Mustang? I know you probably thought it was the year of the Rat. Well its both the year of the Rat and the year of the Mustang. At least it is in Houston Texas. At the end of February, a herd of 28 hand-painted mustangs will go on display to celebrate the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The majority of the horses will be on display at the rodeo, but a select few will be roaming the streets of downtown Houston. After the rodeo is over, the mustangs will make their way back to their owners. Many of (2 comments)
Spring TX Real Estate: Is Spring Texas a Good Place to Retire to? - 02/16/08 07:00 PM
Retirement .... the first place that pops into my mind is Florida and the next would be Arizona. It would not be Spring Texas. Why? Maybe because over the years Florida and Arizona have received a lot of exposure from the press. And until lately I don't think the reporters knew where Spring Texas was yet alone if it would be a good place to retire to. Well they must have discovered our area because lately I am receiving more calls from people living in Florida inquiring about life in Spring Texas. What makes an area a good place to retire to anyway? CLIMATE - (1 comments)
And the winner is ...... - 02/15/08 06:57 PM
Almost 1.2 million Texans in addition to myself went online and voted for our new state license plate design. I am proud to say the design I voted for "Lone Star Texas" was the clear winner capturing almost almost half the votes. I suppose the Texas Department of Transportation wants to make sure no vote tampering occurred because they have yet to declare the results official. It was really all for fun anyway. Since the Texas Transportation Commission will be making the final decision on February 28th. The new plates are needed because its projected that by the end of 2008 we will have exhausted our current (3 comments)
Spring TX Real Estate: How much did that house SALE for? - 02/10/08 03:54 PM
In other states, how much a home sold for is considered public information and is available through tax records. This is not the case in Texas. Texas is a non-disclosure state which means the price the home sold for is not recorded. The Deed of Trust is the recorded document but it only contains the borrowed amount and not the sales amount. Since Texas is a non-disclosure state, Zillow.com is NOT a reliable source for sold information. Zillow.com relies on public county records as their primary data source for their Zestimates which creates challenges when sales data is not in the public county records. So (4 comments)
Spring TX Real Estate: How is the Market? - 02/08/08 11:27 AM
Based upon what the national media has been saying, you have to believe that the real estate market everywhere is terrible. Just the other day, I received a call from a potential buyer who was going to be relocating to Spring Texas. He said that he thought that I would just love to work with him because I was probably not busy. I was puzzled. He continued on saying that based upon how slow he has heard the real estate market is, he thought for sure that I would just jump at the chance to help him. He was right that I would love to help him but (1 comments)
Spring TX Real Estate: The Truth about the Homestead Exemption - 02/06/08 02:35 PM
If you ask Realtors how much is the Homestead Exemption for homes in Spring Texas, the majority of them will tell you that its 20%. The sad part is that this is just NOT True. The TRUTH is it depends. Now I know that sounds like a vague answer, but let me further explain. In Spring TX, your home will be taxed by three taxing entities. They are the County which will be Harris or Montgomery, the school district which will be Conroe, Klein, or Spring and the Municipal Utility District (MUD). The County - Harris County offers a 20% homestead exemption (2 comments)
Spring TX Real Estate: What is Earnest Money? - 02/06/08 10:57 AM
Earnest Money is the money that accompanies the real estate contract and is meant to show that the buyers are serious about purchasing the home. These funds are NOT in addition to the sale price. The Earnest Money is an amount that is negotiated between the buyer and seller. There is no set minimum amount that is it has to be. The typical Earnest Money is 1% of the sales price. The higher the amount the more negotiating leverage it gives you with the seller because it shows the seller that you are serious about purchasing their home. What do you do if you don't have (0 comments)
Texans Get online and Vote ... for your next license plate that is - 02/05/08 04:19 PM
My fellow Texans, here is your chance to go online and cast your vote for our new 2009 state license plate. The voting started on February 4th and you have until noon on February 11th to submit your vote for one of five designs, including the current license plate. All four new designs feature Texas on the top and "The Lone Star State" on the bottom. The four new options are: 1. New Texas - A red, white and blue design featuring a composite of Texas urban skylines at the bottom. 2. Traditional Texas - Blue highlights and a white background with a gold Lone Star. 3. Lone (2 comments)
Tips for First Time Spring Texas Home Sellers - 02/04/08 03:18 PM
Numerous articles have been written and seminars held addressing the needs of the first time home buyer. But very few to help you, the FIRST time Spring Texas home seller. You have one real estate transaction under your belt as a buyer, but what you need to know as a seller is so very different than that of a buyer. So if this is your first time at selling a Spring Texas home, here are some things you should know: 1. Sellers Disclosure Notice - Texas law requires you to provide a sellers disclosure notice for the property. The notice is a disclosure (3 comments)
Pearl Fincher Museum hosts Student Art Competition - 02/03/08 11:31 AM
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts in Northwest Houston is hosting its second annual "Student Art Competition". Students in the Aldine, Conroe, Klein, Magnolia, Spring and Tomball Independent School Districts are being encourage to produce their best original artwork.
The theme of the contest is "Flora and Fauna in the Greater Cypress Creek Area". The purpose of the competition is to educate and provide an appreciation for the arts in the community. Art Competitions are a wonderful way to challenge the creativity of students. I enjoyed entering art competitions when I was in school. My pieces of art were not good enough (0 comments)
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