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Since it feels like Spring here, I got into the mood to get busy arranging flowers. In my quest to bring the some Spring-like feeling into my home I went and shopped for the non-real flowers, the container and the other necessary items to make it happen. Those of you who have shopped for the completed flower arrangements know that they typically run between $300 - $500 each. Of course the more variety, the more expensive it can be. Paying attention to details is what will allow you to create your own arrangement fairly easily. You really don't need (6 comments)
YOU'VE GOT MY PINTEREST - 01/29/12 11:53 PM
YOU'VE GOT MY PINTEREST! If you haven't found the time to discover "Pinterest" then you are missing out. This is a great site that helps you find fabulous pictures, ideas, recipes, inspiration and more! Fair warning though, it is addicting! I have had the best time discovering this site and now have several bulletin boards. It basically is a giant bulletin board and you can collect pictures and pin them to your boards. Very cool and very fun! Take a minute to head over there and check it out! Just be ready to stay awhile! Enjoy! Find me and follow my (8 comments)
Hello my Active Rain family! This is a super exciting post for me to write. I began my journey here in the Rain two years ago this February 12th! Little did I know what I was getting myself into! No really, little did I know the coolness, awesomeness and fun that would come with my blogging efforts! WITH THIS POST I ACHIEVE THE 500,000 POINT MARK! I truly had no idea of what I was doing or how to go about this blogging thing so I just plugged along. Little by little, people (69 comments)
If you have never been to Texas when our state flower the Bluebonnets are in bloom, you have missed out! These gorgeous wild flowers will blanket almost every roadway in Texas during March and April. This year we might be seeing them a little earlier due to the spring-like weather that we have been having. People will come out in droves to photograph these flowers! It is a favorite thing to do to take the family and have those family pictures taken in the flowers. The pictures of babies in the Bluebonnets are especially lovely! Just be careful (3 comments)
Today in The Woodlands it is an exceptionally gorgeous day! Here it is late January and the skies are crystal clear blue and the temperatures are in the 70's. There is no wind and it is breathtakingly beautiful! What a wonderful thing to be thankful for!
Today I simply rejoice in being alive, enjoying this day and giving thanks for the many blessings that I have. Even on gray days there are reasons to give thanks but for whatever reason, on days like today it is such a reminder (3 comments)
When you put your home on the market, there are several processes and situations that it is important to understand. As listing agents, it is sometimes so easy for us to recognize that this is something that we deal with everyday and that you the Seller don't encounter all of the time. Therefore, I will be writing a series on various topics that a Seller should be educated about. Today I will focus on using a Showing Service. There are many reasons that an agent may choose to use a (6 comments)
In The Woodlands, Texas right now a very severe line of thunderstorms are pushing into the area. Although we need the rain, this storm is producing high winds, flooding, dangerous lightening and tornadic activity. Taking precautions now are important: Find a room or closet without windows in case you need to take cover. Keep your phone with you in case you need to make an emergency call. Stay tuned in to any updated weather alerts. If driving, pay attention and head to a covered area if needed. Hopefully none of us will have (10 comments)
Real Estate in The Woodlands, Texas is flourishing right now. With the announcement of companies such as Exxon/Mobile and Talisman Energy USA moving to the area, the excitement is high and people are circling The Woodlands real estate market heavily. Not only are we seeing increased activity in The Woodlands Commercial Real Estate market, we are seeing The Woodlands residential market booming as well. As companies continue to announce plans for moving to The Woodlands, families are already checking out the market here. The days on market numbers are decreasing steadily reminding (8 comments)
ACTIVE RAIN ~ NICE FACE LIFT! - 01/24/12 12:14 AM
ACTIVE RAIN ~ NICE FACE LIFT! Tonight as I was plugging away as a busy Blogger, the Active Rain site changed before my very eyes! One second the old and the next - an entirely NEW LOOK! I like it and enjoy seeing Active Rain continue to keep the site fresh and try out new things. It might take a little time getting used to our new look but I think it is sleek and up with the times. Now, if only we could all experience a change like this so easily! Now that would be something! Fall asleep one way (11 comments)
Joining the other top retailers that have come to The Woodlands, Texas, renowned fashion designer Michael Kors will be opening a new store in Market Street. Market Street is the home of Tiffany's, Tommy Bahama, Ann Taylor, Maggies, Brooks Brothers and Allen Edmonds to name of the few top retailers to be found here. Having the Michael Kors store in this venue will be the perfect compliment.
Those of us living here in The Woodlands are very excited to welcome this new store. Scheduled to open this March, the store (1 comments)
After a long hiatus, The Woodlands Marathon is returning in six weeks! Everyone is so excited and geared up to see this race return to the area. For those of us who have been around for awhile, we can remember when this race was a common thing here. I actually ran the race back in 1985! Man do I sound old! The race is being sponsored by My Fit Foods in The Woodlands. There will be a full marathon, half marathon, a 5K run and a 2K family walk. There is something for (7 comments)
Due to the severe drought that we experienced here in The Woodlands, Texas this year, our beloved trees have taken a beating. Back in 2009 when hurricane Ike slammed into the area, the trees sustained major damage and caused the to weaken. As our temperatures this summer climbed to record breaking numbers along with the absence of rain, the already distressed trees have taken a major hit.
We are losing trees by the dozens on a daily basis. As Arbor Day came this year, The Woodlands residents (0 comments)
For those of you suffering in the freezing temperatures right now, it might be time to consider moving to The Woodlands, Texas. Today on January 22, 2012 we saw our temperatures reach a nice, balmy 81 degrees! People were out in droves in shorts running, biking, walking and gardening! Yes our summers are hot but the rest of the year we really do have some great weather. Now is a perfect time to plan a trip to The Woodlands! Our home prices are exceptional, our schools are fantastic and our master-planned community (1 comments)
Those of you who follow my posts know that health & wellness is very important to me. I know that many people are not able to get out and exercise due to injuries or illness. I have been there. As I was out running today, I was giving thanks that my body is healthy and injury free and able to run. Whatever it is that you are challenged with health-wise, do what you can to be the healthiest you can be. This is the only body that you have. Taking care of it is (7 comments)
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS - 01/20/12 04:35 PM
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS As more and more exciting news continues to break in The Woodlands, Texas announcing major companies such as Exxon/Mobile and Talisman Energy moving here, investment opportunities abound! Being a real estate Broker in The Woodlands, Texas, I am working with more and more Investors who are circling our area. One of the best investments appears to be the single-family housing rental market. There are so many great deals out there on many single-family homes that Investors doing their number-crunching are seeing the value in snapping up these properties to rent. With our excellent home values (5 comments)
TALISMAN ENERGY USA ~ MOVING TO THE WOODLANDS, TX - 01/20/12 04:21 PM
TALISMAN ENERGY USA ~ MOVING TO THE WOODLANDS, TX Once Exxon announced officially their plans to construct a 300+ acre campus adjacent to The Woodlands, Texas things have been popping all over! We are seeing a ton of energy-related businesses expanding and relocating to this area. The Woodlands is alive and well with all of the synergy that is being created in the commercial sector right now. This week Talisman Energy USA announced their plans to move to The Woodlands. They will find their new home in the Research Forest Lakeside building. This 77-acre development will have several buildings offering approximately 1.8 million square feet of (0 comments)
ANADARKO PETROLEUM, THE WOODLANDS, TX ~ BUILDING 2ND TOWER The Woodlands, Texas continues to see major commercial growth as new businesses are moving to the area as well as existing businesses going through expansion plans. Anadarko Petroleum Corp announced plans to construct a 31-story office building next to its existing headquartershere in The Woodlands. The company is experiencing positive growth resulting in the need for additional space. Currently Anadarko's home in The Woodlands is 30-stories tall and has a total of 818,000 square feet of office space. Because of their explosive growth, they also lease nearby office space in The Woodlands. When the new tower (1 comments)
Chevaux Group is proud to present another gorgeous Huntington Home for sale! This 4300+ s.f. home has four bedrooms with the master down, 3 full baths and one half bath, upstairs game room and separate media room, private balcony, covered back porch along with many beautiful upgrades. This 13,000+ s.f. lot faces a park so the home has great privacy and a wonderful location. Some of the upgraded amenities include real hand-scraped wood floors, Subzero refrigerator, Wolfe appliances, granite throughout, butlers pantry, designer fixtures, custom Plantation shutters, (10 comments)
I had the most incredible experience thus far as a real estate agent. An average day as I am working in front of my computer and I answer a call from an area code that I do not recognize. The woman on the other end found me via the Internet, lives in Miami and was coming to The Woodlands in search of a home for herself. As we further visited, I learned that she was specifically coming down this past weekend to participate in her first Half Marathon, the one that I was running in which was (6 comments)
Yesterday at the Chevron Houston Marathon, the 28,000 runners lined up at the staring line in the dark awaiting the gun to go off. The weather at 6:30 a.m. was a bit brisk so everyone is packed together in their running corals. You can literally feel the electric energy that this crowd generates. It is like nothing you can experience anywhere else. As I jumped into the holding area where I was supposed to be, a cute blond was next to me. As we all do, we chat for a moment about (16 comments)
This is the big weekend for the annual Chevron Houston Marathon here in Houston, Texas. The Aramco Half Marathon is also being run at the same time. Both of these races have been sold out for months so there will be literally tens of thousands of runners out in full force on Sunday morning. The races begin at 7 a.m. this Sunday, January 15, 2012. The races begin near the George R. Brown Convention Center and is where it culminate as well. The marathon is extremely well-run and there is a great area set up (6 comments)
This is a big weekend for Houston. Tomorrow morning in downtown Houston, elite runners from all over the nation will be here to run the marathon to try and make the Olympic Team. This will be a first for the city of Houston for the Marathon Olympic Trials. We are excited to host this event! The race begins at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, Saturday, January 14, 2012. Come out and cheer these runners along the course. The weather is supposed to be perfect for marathoning racing. Low 30's and highs by the end (3 comments)
The longer that I have been an active blogger, the more I realize that we all develop our own writing and blogging style. We also develop our own blog-attude. A blog-attude is the tone, inflection, personality and the attitude that comes through in our posts. I find that on days that have been difficult, if I try to write when my "tude" is off, my blog-attude is affected big time. Therefore, I find that I try and avoid writing on the days where my "tude" is not exactly making me feel all warm and fuzzy. I will often (6 comments)
ANOTHER CHEVAUX GROUP UNDER CONTRACT ~ 12 ACRES RANCHES OF PINEHURST, MAGNOLIA, TEXAS - 01/11/12 03:51 PM
ANOTHER CHEVAUX GROUP UNDER CONTRACT ~ 12 ACRES RANCHES OF PINEHURST, MAGNOLIA, TEXAS Real estate is moving nicely right now here in Montgomery County. Along with brisk sales for single-family homes, we are seeing an increase in acreage sites as well. As land becomes more and more obsolete, being able to find some acreage suitable for building your dream house is challenging. The Ranches at Pinehurst can be found by going west on Woodlands Parkway to FM 2978 and hooking a left. The first light is Hardin Store and you turn right. The subdivision will be on your right about a mile (4 comments)
Chevaux Group began 2012 with a bang with this lovely home in The Woodlands, Texas located in the Village of Cochran's Crossing. The popular Lifeforms home built in 1992 offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full plus 1 1/2 bath with 2990 s.f. Located within walking distance of Powell Elementary, this home is the perfect family dwelling. A gorgeous sparkling swimming pool complete with spa completes this home perfectly. The buyers we represented are excited to find the perfect home to raise their children. We were able to find the (6 comments)
Chevaux Group, PLLC is happy to report another happy buyer and successful closing! The home located at 25014 Auburn Bend in Spring, Texas which is in the subdivision of Auburn Lakes Reserve was a fantastic buy for our buyers! This 3245 s.f. home built in 2007 was purchased for a mere $73+ per s.f. The Houston real estate market is still one of the strongest in the country! Incredible buys are out there! Knowing where to look and having a strong negotiator on your side will ensure a happy (1 comments)
GO HOUSTON TEXANS! - 01/07/12 10:13 AM
GO HOUSTON TEXANS! Today the Houston Texans take on the Cincinnati Bengal here in Houston at Reliant Stadium at 3:30 p.m. We are super stoked that the Texans are in the play-offs in a wild card position. This should be a great game today! Our neighbors called us a few days ago and asked if we would like to join them at the game today! Duh! Oh yeah, we will be there sporting our blue and red proudly! Woo hoo! Growing up in the shadow of Texas Stadium, I have always been a die-hard Cowboys fan and still am. However, living in (4 comments)
When presenting an offer, the effectiveness of a professional cover letter I believe makes a huge difference and sets the tone. Rather than simply sending over the offer, I prefer to write a brief letter that I place as the very first thing the other agent and their clients will read. The components of an effective cover letter are: Salutation - my cover letters are made out specifically to the Seller's. This creates an instant personalization and opens the dialog we hope to create. Content - the letter typically begins with (23 comments)
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I sincerely hope that you all have had a wonderful holiday season. I am looking forward to getting the new year off to a great start. Earlier this morning it appeared that the new year was about to begin in a very sad way. My sweet little dachshund Jack somehow got lost last night. We had been moving furniture in and we think we must have gotten out during the chaos. Sadly he had a small seizure earlier in the day (9 comments)
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