Richmond, TX Real Estate News

By Joy Roussell, Dedicated Realtor
Aliana is a great and new up and coming neighborhood in Richmond, TX. It still has a lot of construction going on, but a lot of the homes have been built. They are beautiful homes that range from many different styles of houses. Which is really good because you have the option to choose which style you would want for your future home! Schools:  Aliana is in Richmond, TX but it is considered part of Fort Bend Isd. Fort Bend ISD is a very highly rated school district in Texas. They have great schools and great ratings. According to AlianaHouston.com, "A new Fort Bend ISD elementary school is proposed for our community, within walking distance for most Aliana families". Which means they are building a school close by! Which is a great reason to consider this beautiful neighborhood, it woul...
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By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
  USDA loans are fantastic loans.  It offers 0% down payment!  It charges a fee like monthly mortgage insurance which the USDA calls its annual fee.  This fee is treated just like mortgage insurance thou it is much lower than a FHA loan.  This particular fee is going up from .4% to .5% on all loans approved by USDA  after 10/1/14.  This is loans that have a loan commitment directly with the USDA, not just approved by your lender.  On a $200k loan amount this small change would cause your payment to go up $17.  But in general a USDA loan is always going to be a cheaper mortgage payment then a FHA loan.    Thou on USDA loans it is important to know if the home falls in a designated “rural” area.  Now this does not mean it is rural like you and I think of.  With farms and dirt roads, but r...
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By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
Conventional 30 year Mortgage: 4.25% Credit score:740 LTV:80% Loan Amount:$200k APR: 4.59% FHA 30 year:4.125% Credit Score:640 LTV:96.5% loan amount:$200k APR:5.67% Conventional 15 year:3.5% Credit score:740 LTV:80% Loan Amount:$200k APR:3.62%   Rates are Subject to Change Call me today if you are thinking of refinancing or buying a home, for the best mortgage rate possible.
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
  School is finally out and what better way to enjoy your summer than by having your grandchildren come visit. Grandkids can appreciate all of Houston's Sweetgrass community amenities in and around the clubhouse. Please be aware that there are certain hours when the children are allowed in the facility. Also, no one under the age of 19 is allowed to stay at the community for more than 90 day within a full calendar year.    
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
The summer season is finally here and what better way to spend your time than enjoying the wonderful outdoor amenities found within Del Webb’s 55+ Community, Sweetgrass. The community offers many great ways to enjoy the natural beauty while socializing with neighbors and friends.     Residents can take a dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the shade on the stunning outdoor patio. Those with a competitive side can challenge a friend to a tennis or pickleball match. There are also bocce ball courts for those who like a more relaxed friendly game. In addition, the walking and biking trails are perfect for a brisk jog or enjoying the picturesque community with its iridescent lakes.   This amazing Texas active adult community has so much to offer new homebuyers!  
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
Del Webb Sweetgrass in Richmond offers potential homebuyers the opportunity to try out the community, socialize with other residents, get a feel for the lifestyle, and take advantage of the amenities the same way that residents do. This community invites you to experience the Del Webb lifestyle for yourself by participating in the Explore Program. For just $160 for a two-night stay, you can live like a resident.  The program includes a tour of the property, access to community amenities, participation in various social events, and a complimentary lunch and round of golf.  With all this community has to offer, the best way to really know if it will fit in with your lifestyle is to try it out for yourself!  
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
Sweetgrass, a Del Webb Houston 55+ community offers many daily activities and events for residents to socialize with neighbors and make long lasting friendships. April has many exciting events for residents to participate in.     Here is a list of some of the upcoming events: April 11th from 6PM to 8PM there is a Friday Fish Fry, Saturday April 19th there is the adult Spring Festival and “Egg”stravaganza for adults and on Friday April 25th there is Boozing Bingo from 6PM to 8PM.    
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
Del Webb Houston, Sweetgrass, is a 55+ community in Richmond, Texas. This stunning community broke ground in 2011 and upon completion plans to be home to about 1,500 single-family homes. This desirable upcoming community offers well-built homes on a new and resale basis.     Del Webb offers buyers an array of new single-family homes that are customizable to their style and price. Homes range from around 1,100 to over 2,500 square feet of living space. There are three collection including the Garden, Classic and Estate Series.     The Garden Series starts around $150,990 and offer 40-foot lots with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and attached two-car garages. These homes will also feature patios and walk-in showers. The Classic Series starts at $197,900 and offers 50-foot lots with two to t...
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
Del Webb's Houston 55+ community, Sweeetgrass, in Richmond, Texas offers residents an active and carefree lifestyle. With a calendar packed with a variety of social clubs, community events and planned activities there are endless options from which residents can choose. This unparalleled lifestyle gives residents the chance to exercise their bodies, expand their minds, engage in hobbies and make new friends.     Residents can stay in stretch and tone in the fitness center, get creative in the arts and crafts studio, enjoy a book in the library or play a game of billiards. Those who love to stay in shape and keep moving will enjoy activities such as cardio dance, cardio circuits, yoga, water aerobics, Pilates and line dancing. Embrace your competitive side with a game of canasta, golf, ...
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By Rosie Moore
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
The Results Are In....                      Fort Bend is the Community of Choice for Many Residents The Fort Bend communities of Cinco Ranch (Katy, TX), Riverstone (Sugar Land/Missouri City, TX), Cross Creek Ranch (Fulshear, TX), Aliana (Richmond, TX) and Sienna Plantation (Missouri City, TX) made the nation's Top 20 List of top-selling master-planned communities in 2013.  The other Houston suburbs (not in Fort Bend County) that made the list were The Woodlands and Canyon Lakes West in Cypress. To view a complete description of each subdivision - including maps, photos, tax info, school ratings - please click link above. The survey and rankings, conducted by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, was based on net sales in 2013.  Click the link to the Houston Chronicle article for more detai...
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By Rosie Moore
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
                                  Save $$$ on Your Property Taxes Everyone wants to save money, right? Besides all of the  tax credits associated with the benefits of home ownership - mortgage interest deductions and home improvement write offs - another money-saving goldmine is the homestead exemption. What is a Homestead Exemption? A homestead exemption helps homeowners save money on their annual property taxes.  A homestead exemption can only be used for primary residences. If you temporarily move away from your home, you can still get an exemption if you don't establish another principal residence and you intend to return.  For instance, if you enter a nursing home, your home still qualifies as your homestead. How Does a Homestead Exemption Work?A homestead exemption removes part of...
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By Rosie Moore
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
Pecan Grove Plantation  August 2013 Market Report Situated among magestic pecan trees, Pecan Grove Plantation, Richmond is a 1,400 acre master planned community built around a 27-hole golf course at the intersection of Plantation Drive and FM 359.   Home prices in Pecan Grove Plantation range from the low $100's to $400,000.  The Grove  is an older section of Pecan Grove where homes sell for less than $200K.  Most of the homes in Pecan Grove were built in the 1980's and 1990's. Residents enjoy picturesque levee trails, convenient access to retail stores and restaurants, three community parks and a welcoming family-friendly atmosphere.  The best way to describe it is a small town community with big city amenities and low property taxes (2.2 - 2.4%) and LOW HOA annual dues ($195).   Pecan...
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By Rosie Moore
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
 Westheimer Lakes, Richmond Price Range:  Resale prices range from $120K to $300K.  New construction homes range from $160,000 to $270,000+ depending on the size of the home. Westheimer Lakes, Richmond is a beautiful 592-acre master-planned community located west of the Grand Parkway at the corner of FM 1093 West and Canyon Gate Drive.  The neighborhood was built around 2005. Sparkling lakes meander through the neighborhood offering gorgeous waterfront views from your own backyard.  Home sizes vary from 1,300 to over 4,000 square feet. The property tax rate is roughly 3.2% The neighborhood is close to retail shopping, dining, and provides convenient access to downtown Houston, including the Galleria and Greenway Plaza, via the Westpark Tollway, I-10, Beltway 8, and the Energy Corridor. ...
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By Rosie Moore
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
  Waterside Estates, Richmond Price Range: Home prices range from about $140K to $500K.  Waterside Estates, Richmond is a beautiful master-planned community located off of the Grand Parkway.  Residents enjoy relaxing amenities including a swimming pool, splash pad, playground, tennis courts, community parks, and several hike and bike trails.   The subdivision is located just minutes from Highway 6, Highway 90A, and U.S. 59 and close to shopping and dining venues. Waterside Estates, Richmond was built in 2000 and the average size of homes is roughly 3,000 square feet. The average lot size is 8,745 square feet. Waterside Estates is zoned to excellent Fort Bend ISD schools.   ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Map  Here ...
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By Rosie Moore
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
  Grand Mission, Richmond TX Price Range:  Resale home prices range from $130K to $350K.  New construction starts from the $160K’s to the $340K’s and up. Grand Mission, Richmond is a fast-growing master-planned community in Richmond located on Grand Mission Boulevard off the Westpark Tollway where residents enjoy a small town atmosphere with all the benefits of a cosmopolitan city nearby. Grand Mission residents enjoy beautiful hiking and biking trails, sparkling lakes, parks and playgrounds, landscaped green spaces, a recreation center with a fitness center and junior Olympic size swimming pool with a water slide and splash park. There are two subdivisions, Grand Mission and Grand Mission Estates.  Home sizes range from 1,700 square feet to roughly 5,000 square feet.  Currently, there ...
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By Rosie Moore
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
With summer half way finished, most parents of young children are scrambling to find homes to purchase or rent in neighborhoods zoned to either a specific school district or specific school before classes begin.  I've had the priviledge of working with several families who are relocating to the Fort Bend area, and one of the most important factors that pop up in conversation are SCHOOLS. Schools in Texas are rated based on academic performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test, commonly referred to as TAKS. This standardized exam assesses students' attainment of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies skills required under Texas education standards. There are 4 State Accountability Ratings: Exemplary (4-star) Recognized (3-star) Acceptable (2-star) Low Ran...
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By Rosie Moore
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
                         Here is the 2013 market report for Pecan Grove Plantation in Richmond, TX: As of January 1, 2013,  23 homes sold (which included 2 foreclosures) in the Pecan Grove Plantation subdivision ranging from $111,000 to $352, 500 with an Average Sales Price of $216,446.  Inventory is moving rather quickly – Average Days on the Market is 89 days.   The Average Sale Price/List Price Ratio is 97%, which means the seller received 97% of the asking price.                                            SOLD PROPERTIES: 23 Address Stories Sq. Feet Bedrooms/ Bathrooms Sale Price 2023 Morton League (Foreclosure) 1.5 2,097 4/2.5 $111,000 1619 Rock Fence Dr (Foreclosure) 2 2,585 3/2.5 $125,000 1718 Morton League Rd 2 2,871 3/2.5 $135,000 2115 Windmill Dr 1 2,166 3/2 $136,000 1710 Wil...
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By Rosie Moore
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
Aliana, Richmond TX     Price Range: Home prices range from $180K to $500K.     Located at the intersection of West Belfort and the Grand Parkway, Aliana, Richmond is a beautiful 2,000-acre master planned community that provides easy access to U.S. Highway 59, I-10, Beltway 8, the Energy Corridor and the Galleria area in Houston.  Children attend excellent Fort Bend schools. The neighborhood was built around 2008 and offers custom and semi-custom homes. The average size of homes in this subdivision is 3,165 square feet.  The average lot size is 8,419 square feet. Aliana, Richmond residents enjoy greenbelt trails with lush vegetation, sparkling lakes, parks, a furnished ballroom, swim center, tennis courts, 24-hour fitness facility, and a large covered patio for outdoor events.  List of ...
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By Rosie Moore
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
River's Edge, Richmond Texas River’s Edge, Richmond TX is a lovely master-planned community of single-family homes located on the west side of FM 359, just off of U.S. Highway 90A.  As you approach the main entrance to the subdivision, you’ll find a sparkling water feature that adds to the beauty and scenic landscape of this neighborhood.   Why Do People Live Here? River’s Edge, Richmond backs up directly to the Brazos River's 12-acre nature preserve and includes the following amenities: ·     Walking trails and scenic river overlooks ·      Sports fields – baseball, soccer ball and volleyball court  ·      Two lakes ·       Adult and Children’s Splash Pool ·       Party barn (reservations required) ·       Pool and splash pad ·       Playground ·       Convenient location to shopping, ...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Fort Bend County Literacy Council Presents 'Reading Between the Wines" Fund Raising Event Literacy Council of The Fort bend County Texas is holding a major fundraising event titled “Reading between the Wines’ on Friday February 8, 2013 at the Safari Texas Ranch. The Ranch is locate at 11627 FM 1464 Richmond Texas. The Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond is maybe 10 miles away from the intersection of Highway 99 and Fry Road. and from there the drive might take 12-18 minutes. The dress code is listed as snappy casual. The fun starts at 5 :30 PM and runs to 10:30 PM. The evening will feature many different food selections, wine selections, live music and several best selling authors will be in attendance. Bob Allen recently retired Sports Director of ABC News 13  in Houston is the Master of Ce...
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