The Woodlands, TX Real Estate News

By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR HOME INSPECTION IN THE WOODLANDS, TX So you have found the perfect house, have an executed contract and are now ready for the inspection process. Congratulations! Everything is happening quickly so it is important to understand the inspection process for your Woodlands home. If you need assistance in choosing an Inspector, your agent should be able to provide you with a list of good Inspectors. Most agents know the inspection companies that provide great service so they are a good resource.   The inspections that are encouraged include: A GENERAL inspection, TERMITE inspection, HVAC inspection & possibly as STUCCO inspection (if warranted).   GENERAL Inspection - This type of inspection includes a thorough visual inspection of the home both internally & extern...
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By Jeremy Williams, Business Coach, Husband, Father, and Dog Wrangler
(Red Hawk Coaching)
Latest real estate blog posts at The Woodlands TX Real Estate Careers Blog maintained by Jeremy Williams, Assistant Team Leader of Keller Williams Realty The Woodlands and Magnolia. Keller Williams The Woodlands and Magnolia Owners Share Profits with Their Agents in January   Keller Williams The Woodlands and Magnolia | Bar Louie The Woodlands Waterway   Keller Williams The Woodlands and Magnolia Featuring Woodforest Development at February Sales Meeting   Upcoming Realtor Events | Mimosas on Main Street and Montgomery County HAR Brunch   Sandy Hook Memorial Benefit Concert at Papa’s Ice House in Spring, Texas | Hands Across Texas   Papa’s Ice House Hosting the Sandy Hook Memorial Benefit Concert | Keller Williams The Woodlands and Magnolia a Major Corporate Sponsor   A Consideration in...
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By Michele Flory, Specializing In The Woodlands Texas
(Point Real Estate)
The Woodlands real estate starts 2013 with inventory of available homes for sale at a record low and written contracts at record high.  We are already experiencing multiple offers at or above list price. We are starting the year with the inventory of homes for sale down 49% from this time a year ago, and 64% from this time in 2011! Some sellers have already taken advantage of the market, our sales for the month of January are 45% higher than last January! This chart compares written contracts with new listings enterting the market. Notice the several list price ranges with number of contracts exceeding new listings.  This is going to be an interesting market this year. Months of Inventory is defined by the National Association of Realtors as current inventory divided by the average numb...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS ~ MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITY ~SMALL TOWN FEEL! The Woodlands, Texas is one of the most renowned and successful master planned communities in the country!  With a thriving population of over 105,000 people, The Woodlands has grown into a busy metropolis!  Although we continue to grow, there is still a wonderful small-town atmosphere! I have lived in this area for over 27 years.  When I first moved to The Woodlands, there were only 19,000 residents.  We had very few restaurants and shopping was almost non-existent!  We spent a lot of time traveling into Houston to go to fine restaurants and to shop. Well, times have changed and we now boast some of the finest restaurants anywhere along with superior shopping!  People now come from outside of The Woodlands to enjoy our a...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
AS A FORMER TEACHER, I SEE STUDENTS EVERYWHERE! One of the coolest benefits of being a former teacher is having the pleasure of running into my students everywhere I go!  My husband just laughs as he sees these encounters occurring all of the time.  I love it and it is the best thing to see these kids all grown up.   I taught high school Biology and loved every minute of my teaching career.  I have even had the pleasure of assisting many of my former students in finding their first homes.  How wonderful is that? last week I was in our local Best Buy store and heard my name called.  Not just one student but two of them were there.  After hugs and catching up with their lives I left there with a spring in my step.  Love it when this happens.   
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By Kathy Sexton
(Keller Williams Realty The Woodlands)
THE BROWNSTONE GROUP SELLS ANOTHER HOME IN PALMER WOODS!  We sold this home quickly and can do the same for you.  We know a lot about the neighborhood and specialize in marketing houses in The Woodlands.  We can also help you find your next home, whether it be a relocation or a new home in The Woodlands area.  If you are looking for experienced, dedicated professionals to handle the sale of your home, or know someone in need of our services, call us today!
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
WHERE TO WATCH THE SUPERBOWL IN THE WOODLANDS Superbowl Sunday is here this weekend and even though we don't have our beloved Texans playing, it is still a fun game to watch!  If you are in The Woodlands and are looking for a place to go and watch the game, we have plenty of places.   Grab your friends and come out to enjoy the game! BIKINI'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL STADIA SPORTS BAR ROOKIE'S SPORTS BAR CHILI'S BAR & GRILL PAPPA'S ICE HOUSE ON THE ROX SPORTS BAR & GRILL BAR LOUIE TAILGATOR'S PUB & GRILL WOLFIE'S BAR & GRILL FOX & HOUND WINGS & MORE Of course you can always catch the game at one of our local restaurant bars but they have limited sound.  Have fun, be responsible and enjoy Superbowl Sunday!  
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
FLORIST'S IN THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS Valentine's Day will be here in just a few short weeks.  Knowing where you can order your flowers for Valentine's Day in The Woodlands, Texas is important.  Luckily we have many great florists in our area.  Check out the list below and make sure you order your flowers early this year! THE BLOOMING IDEA BOTANICAL FLOWERS & GIFTS CM FLORAL DESIGN COLLEGE PARK FLOWERS & GIFTS CREATION FLOWERS DIANNE'S CUSTOM FLORAL DESIGN FLORAL CREATIONS BY PAM FLOWERS IN THE WOODLANDS IN YOUR DREAMS FLORIST & GIFTS HEB                                                                        KROGER LINDREW FLORAL DESIGNS SPROUT FINE FLORAL CONCEPTS TOP FLORIST WOODLANDS FLOWERS THE WOODLANDS FLOWERS Flowers are always appreciated and especially on Valentine's Day!  There ar...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
THINGS TO DO FOR VALENTINES DAY IN THE WOODLANDS - 2013 Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching.  Don't wait until the last minute to make plans for that special someone in your life!  There are many wonderful things to do here in The Woodlands, Texas for Valentine's Day: Market Street Carriage Rides Romantic Dinner Waterway Cruise Make reservations at one of our fine restaurants Take a walk along the Waterway Enjoy the fountains at Waterway Square Watch the sunset at Northshore Park Sit outside at one of our fine bars Whatever you choose to do, make your plans early!  Get those reservations on the books now!  Oh, and don't forget to order the flowers! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!  
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By Tiffany Sniezek, Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX
(RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct,)
There is always something fun to do in The Woodlands, TX! Check out our Funny Video of what we did today! Today, my niece and I went for a walk along The Woodlands Waterway with my puppy Sophie.  We stopped at the Waterway Square Water Pad to see if Sophie would want to play in the water and cool off! Check out what happened…we can’t stop laughing! My niece made me promise not to post this funny video to FACEBOOK…she didn’t say anything about sharing it with my Active Rain Friends! :)       Hope Everyone Had A SUPER FUN SUNDAY! We sure did!
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
FRAUD IN REAL ESTATE?  IT IS HAPPENING! Real estate fraud is not just coming from consumer scams, sadly there are some real estate professionals who are engaging in fraudulent activities!  This is never a good thing and looks bad for the entire real estate community.  The good news is that some of those who are engaging in these activities are getting caught and convicted. Here in The Woodlands, a well-known commercial real estate company was recently convicted by a Harris County jury of real estate fraud.  It has rocked the real estate community here as well as raising a lot of issues from our clients.  The phone calls have been pouring in with a lot of confusion and concern. Basically the fraudulent case had to do with the Broker, another agent in the firm and the Title Company being ...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
THE WOODLANDS, TX HIKE & BIKE TRAILS If you are fortunate enough to live here in The Woodlands, you know about our system of Hike & Bike trails!  Over 180 miles of fabulous trails wind through our expansive Master Planned community!   Completely paved and wide enough to accommodate both bikers and pedestrians, the pathway system is one of our most prized amenities! Connecting every Village in The Woodlands, just by hopping onto any bike path in The Woodlands can get you to any Village or Shopping Center!  The trails are well-maintained and offer all residents of The Woodlands an excellent way to get around and to also enjoy exploring and exercising!  How lucky we are to have this wonderful system of trails in The Woodlands. If you are new to the area, get out there and explore our trail...
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By Tiffany Sniezek, Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX
(RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct,)
Welcome to the beautiful place we call home! The Woodlands, TX! Everywhere you turn in The Woodlands are beautiful picturesque areas so I thought what better way to celebrate those of us that love living here and welcome those new to The Woodlands by sharing some of my own favorite images from around The Woodlands. Since it was such a beautiful day today here in The Woodlands, I thought I would share a few extra images as well! Let’s see if you recognize where these beautiful shots were taken.      If you guessed The Woodlands Waterway, You are right!   The Woodlands Waterway and Waterway Square were designed as not only a destination where nature, living, work place, and night life meet but a place where every one of all ages can enjoy.  We often find ourselves enjoying this great addi...
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By Tiffany Sniezek, Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX
(RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct,)
  It's Official! Chevaux Group has joined forces with  THE TOP RE/MAX AGENT IN THE COUNTRY! We are pleased to announce that our company,  Chevaux Group, has joined forces with  Mike Seder at  RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring!     It is an honor to be a part of this opportunity to learn and grow with the best in the business. Mike Seder has consistently been a top real estate producer for not just The Woodlands and Texas but just last week he received the news that he is THE number 1 RE/MAX Agent in The Entire Country for 2012! It is an honor for all of us at Chevaux Group to be asked to be a part of this office where positive, professional agents encourage each other and grow together all while being part of the incredible RE/MAX Organization.   Chevaux Group will bring an added dimension ...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
CHEVAUX GROUP ALIGNS WITH TOP REMAX AGENT IN THE COUNTRY! It is official!  Chevaux Group has joined forces with Mike Seder, who has just been awarded as the TOP RE/MAX agent in the country! I have known Mike for about 25 years as we both have lived and worked in The Woodlands for a long time.  We both maintian the highest standards and continually strive to serve our clients to the best of our ability.  Chevaux Group was founded by myself as I created a full-service real estate brokerage that offered expertise in commercial as well as residential real estate.  Chevaux Group has added four additional, talented agents during 2012 and have been poised for growth and success.  As we continue to look toward the future, when the opportunity arose with Mike, we as a group knew that this would ...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IN THE WOODLANDS ~ 2013 ALREADY LOOKING GREAT! The Woodlands, Texas is a thriving master-planned community that is a great place to live, work and play.  Right now not only is our housing market experiencing tremendous growth and stability, our commercial market is on fire! Because The Woodlands has worked very hard to create a balance between housing and our commercial district. Here are some great points for the commercial real estate market in The Woodlands: Located just 36 miles north of Houston Quick access to major freeways Easy commute to the George Bush International Airport Exxon/Mobil is building a 300 acre campus just to our south slated to open next year The job market has increased by leaps and bounds as new companies continue to move to The Woodlands...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
I HAVE SOME NEWS....................!!!! This was a BIG weekend for me and for my company Chevaux Group!  After much thought, prayer and counsel, we will be joining one of the top agents in the entire country!  I have known this gentleman for over 25 years here in The Woodlands.  I have the utmost respect for him and am so excited to join forces. Tomorrow, I will officially reveal the NEWS and will be sharing it with you all!  This is one of those once in a lifetime opportunities that myself and the other 4 agents that I work with fully examined and evaluated.  Every one of us is 100% on board and we are excited. Life is about change.  Sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zone and take a leap of faith!  We know that this will be a wonderful thing for us all!  And, I can't wait to...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
THE CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION IN THE WOODLANDS ~ 2nd IN WORLD! If you have ever visited The Woodlands, Texas you most likely have visited or have seen The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion!  Located right in the downtown district of The Woodlands, the Pavilion is a state-of-the-art outdoor theater that hosts some of the top performers in the world!  A true hot-spot in The Woodlands, we are proud to have this facility! Just recently the Pavilion was named as the #2 in the world by Pollstar magazine out of 100 ampitheatres!  This ranking is based on the number of tickets sold for the past year.  The Pavilion had ticket sales of 390,808 for 2012!  That is an amazing number! I have been to many concerts and events in our beloved Pavilion.  Some of my favorites this past year was the Jim...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
OUR ONE-DAY COMPANY RETREAT Last week, Chevaux Group took off an entire day dedicated to planning, brainstorming, goal setting and of course for some fun!  We all met at a local hotel, the Marriott Residence Inn here in The Woodlands.  This was a great place for our meeting of the minds as there was a full kitchen, two bathrooms, and a large, comfortable living area.  Just perfect to relax and spend a day together. Our Objectives for the day looked like this: Write a Mission Statement for our company.   Spend time writing down our personal goals for the year. Planning for the year.  Charity events, business meetings, company meetings, etc. We also had a some guest speakers show up in the afternoon which was nice.  Overall however, we spent the day putting our heads together and in doing...
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(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
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