katy: The Lake House at Cinco Ranch - 02/24/09 03:26 AM
The 76-acre Spring Green Recreation Center, features a scenic 30-acre lake surrounded by parks, greenbelts and wetland ledges. A water park with a resort-style swimming pool, 2 water slides and a children's spray park offers refreshing fun for every member of the family, and a Children's Garden invites the youngest ones to clamber over boulders and fallen timbers, explore a dry stream bed, and witness the cycle of life in a butterfly garden. 
At the heart of this recreation complex is the 6000 sqft Lake House, featuring architecture inspired by historic Texas train depots.  The Lake house has spacious indoor and outdoor … (2 comments)

katy: Happy 18th Birthday Cinco Ranch! - 02/24/09 02:38 AM
     Cinco Ranch in Katy, TX is celebrating its 18th birthday.  Located in the highly acclaimed Katy Idependant School District, Cinco Ranch offers homes priced from $160,000 to over $1 million.  If you're looking for new contruction then the Cinco Ranch Model Home Village with 30 decorated models is perfect for you.  There are numerous pre-owned homes to choose from as well as and many different country clubs to choose if golf and socializing is your thing.  Cinco Ranch has turned out to be a highly successful master-planned community just west of Houston.
     You can join in the celebration at Simply Cinco information center at the La Centera shopping center (across … (0 comments)

katy: Katy - The Next Medical Center - 08/07/08 10:00 AM
By: David N. Slavin, ABR, SRES   www.SellMyHouseDave.com  www.FortBendHomeFinder.com
     Katy, Texas is on track to become the next major medical center of the west Houston area.  Right now there are two hospitals currently built and treating patients.  At Fry Rd. just off of I10 you will find the Chritsus St. Catherine Hospital and at I10 just west of the Grand Parkway (HWY 99) you can be treated at Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Soon there will be St. Lukes Hospital at the Grand Parkway and Kingsland (south of I10).  Then Methodist Hospital and Texas Children's Hospital already have the land purchased to build next door to each … (0 comments)

katy: The Houston Real Estate Market - 01/31/08 07:15 AM
                                                        
 
     According to the statistics, the Houston market isn't how the national media keep talking about.  When the media talks about the crashing of the housing market, they aren't talking about the Houston real estate market.  Are there foreclosures in the Houston area?  Yes there are!  According to a study, Houston has averaged 1000 foreclosures a month for the past year and its looking steady at that number.  This may sound like a high number and it is except that we are talking about a market that has more than 2 million homes.  So 12,000 foreclosures a year isn't bad … (4 comments)

katy: 2007 Katy Rice Harvest Festival - 10/02/07 01:46 AM
                                       
     The Katy Chamber of Commerce has been hosting this event for 27 years.  Don't miss this great party!  October 13 & 14 you will enjoy the excitement and family fun with three stages of continuous live entertainment, craft and food booths, a carnival and so much more!!!  Visit http://www.katychamber.com/2007_RHF/index.htm to view additional information about this wholesome family event.  Come out and have fun with other families in the area.
David Slavin, ABR  www.SellMyHouseDave.com  www.FortBendHomeFinder.com
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katy: Katy Texas is Growing! - 09/07/07 10:43 AM
                                                           
 
     School is now in session and the enrollment of Katy Independent School District is up.  KISD now has 53,634 students with 25,255 of those students enrolled in the 29 elementary schools.  This is proof of the growth of young families moving into the area.  With so many new homes being built in and around Katy, the population keeps growing at a tremendous rate.  According to demographers hired by KISD estimatedthat enrollment would go up around 3,000 students per year, putting KISD on pace for 60,000 students in the 2010-2011 school year.  This is one of the reasons KISD just purchased … (5 comments)

katy: Katy ISD Ratings - 08/20/07 06:24 AM
    
 
This list from the Fort Bend Star Newspaper is the ratings of all Katy ISD schools after the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) testing.  The TAKS test is an assessment of students testing scores in grades 3 - 11 as well as the individual student group.  The groups consist of:
African-AmericanHispanicWhiteeconomically disadvantagedThe TEA raised the standard for Recognized and Academically Acceptable ratings by five percent this past testing period and will do so again in 2008-09. The higher requirement levels coupled with the growth in the district student population presents a challenge to the Katy Independent School District.
David Slavin, ABR www.Fortbendhomefinder.com  … (0 comments)

katy: Don't miss viewing Stephen F. Austin's desk - 07/10/07 09:19 AM
This is the desk that Stephen F. Austin signed the original land grants that created Fort Bend County!  It is at the Fort Bend County Museum and will be returned to the San Felipe State Historic Site and Stephen F. Austin State Park soon. 
This was the exact spot where Stephen F. Austin (c. 1825) signed the original land grants for the settlers throughout the state.  If you would like to get more information about the museum please visit http://www.fortbendmuseum.org/ . 
Don't Miss This Opportunity!  Fort Bend County has so much rich history like the 150+ year old Imperial Sugar Company.  Sugar Land was … (0 comments)

katy: New Homes vs PreOwned Homes - 07/06/07 07:58 AM
Benefits of New Homes
Everything in the house is newNeighborhood is newStreet Construction is newBuilder pricing and incentivesPrice appreciation (if you buy at the right time)Benefits of Pre-Owned Homes
Established neighborhoodTrees are maturedKinks worked out from possible builder problemsSchools establishedCharacterThere are many more benefits for each.  It is really up to each buyer's preference and desires.  Some people want mature trees and an established neighborhood and others would rather start from scratch.  If you don't mind a new neighborhood and are willing to stay for at least three years then new would be the way to go.  If not then buy from the … (9 comments)

katy: To Team or Not To Team... That is the Question? - 07/06/07 04:30 AM
Many real estate professionals spend their entire career as an individual agent and hiring an assistant or two or three.  Then there are those who team up with other agents as a joint force.  Then there are others who will have listing/buyer specialists, and a back office team for the processing.  I'm sure there are many otherways teams can be organized.
What I want to know and I'm sure other professionals would like to know as well, is when is a good time to start thinking about a team?  Then to follow up on that question is, what team model works better … (13 comments)

katy: Realtor & Client Safety (VERY IMPORTANT) - 07/05/07 01:56 PM
This subject is very important!  Safety in the real estate business isn't something that many of us think about.  It is something that we all need to be thinking about!  Don't take this lightly.
There are many agents that have had terrible things done to them and some have even been killed!  Don't become a statistic. 
One of the easiest things we can do when showing buyers homes is:  Lock the door when you go into a house!
I have had people walk in when I'm showing buyers, "Just wanting to look around."  You don't know who they are and they could have … (2 comments)

katy: Pictures of the House on the MLS - 07/04/07 10:17 AM
                                                                
     One of my biggest pet peeves is agents not posting good pictures or not even posting pictures at all!  I feel that this is one of the most important duties an agent can and should do, is post good if not great pictures.  If the pictures are blurry, then retake the picture.  If the pictures have bad lighting, the use a flash (DUH!).  If there is a car in the driveway, then MOVE IT.  If an agent is so lazy to take the picture of the front of the house without getting out of their car, then make sure the side … (28 comments)

katy: Why Am I The Way I AM? - 07/04/07 02:15 AM
This is a poem that my wife recieved from a friend of hers.  The author is unknown. 
Keep in mind that my wife works in the title business and I'm in real estate... I wonder what she's trying to tell me?
WHY AM I THE WAY I AM?
Last night as I lay sleeping
I died or so it seemed,
Then I went up to heaven
But only in my dream
Up there St. Peter met me
Standing at the pearly gates,
He said, "I must check your record
Please stand here and wait."
He turned and said, "Your record
is covered with terrible flaws,
On earth I see you rallied
For every losing … (8 comments)

katy: Do Open Houses Work? - 06/30/07 02:09 PM
I can't give answer for any other area except for the Houston, TX area.  The answer in my experience is NO!  Why would a seller want the agent they hire have them wake up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning to make the house sparkle and then get kicked out for three to five hours?
There aren't that many things that the seller can do weekend after weekend while their agent is holding their open house.  Secondly, holding an open house really isn't productive.  It's considered passive.  This is because the agent advertises the open house but has NO control over … (30 comments)

katy: Are you ready to make some money? - 06/30/07 07:17 AM
Of course you are and so am I ! ! !  When you have clients, friends, relatives, anyone moving into or out of the Houston area... Refer them to me.  I will pay you a 30% Referral Fee!
The areas we service are:
Houston, TXKaty, TXSugar Land, TX (ranked 3rd Best Place to Live by Money Magazine)Missouri City, TXStafford, TXOur specialty is providing service above and beyond the call of duty!  We follow the "Always At Your Service!" mentality.  Don't send referrals and only get 20 - 25% when you can now get 30% no questions asked! 
Feel free to visit my websites … (3 comments)

katy: Why would you give a referral? - 06/28/07 05:03 AM
30% Referral fee is the answer!  If you have a client moving to the Houston, TX area, I'd be honored to help them find the perfect home and pay you 30%. 
Other cities we service include but are not limited to:
Houston, TXKaty, TXSugar Land, TXStafford, TXMissouri City, TXRichmond, TXRosenberg, TXWe will also resiprocate when possible!  It would be an honor for us to help you clients with all of their relocation needs. 
David N. Slavin, ABR  www.DavidSlavin.com or www.DavidSlavinOnline.com (two different sites)
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katy: 3622 Stratford Town Ln., Sugar Land, TX 77478 - 06/28/07 04:37 AM
You deserve the best!  
                                        
                                         3622 Stratford Town Ln., Sugar Land, TX 77478
                                                                Only $169,900
                                                             3/2.5/2 2714 sqft.
                         Click here for virtual tour:  http://idx.imprev.net/03782F07/23047/317724/index.ipv
David N. Slavin, ABR www.SellMyHouseDave.com
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katy: How to Interview a Real Estate Agent to sell your home! - 06/26/07 09:11 AM
     There are hundreds of real estate agents in our area.  Choosing the right one for the sale of your home can be confusing.  It is especially difficult when you speak with serveral different agents, and they all seem so convincing.
     There is a way to find an agent who will most likely suceed in getting your desired price and terms.  The key is to ask the right questions.  The following list provides you with questions to ask your prospective Realtor.  The list will not only help you select the right Realtor, but also get you the very best from the … (6 comments)

 
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