The Woodlands, TX Real Estate News

By Jeremy Williams, Business Coach, Husband, Father, and Dog Wrangler
(Red Hawk Coaching)
I am looking for motivated individuals that have the desire to build a successful real estate business with one of the top Keller Williams Realty offices in the country. Keller Williams The Woodlands and Magnolia is consistently ranked the number one office in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Spring, and Montgomery County, Texas. Understanding that the licensing process can be confusing, I would like to provide you 5 steps to get your Texas Real Estate Salesperson License.  Sign up to take your Texas Real Estate Salesperson licensing courses with an accredited real estate school. Once you have completed your real estate courses, submit your application to the Texas Real Estate School. After receiving your Eligibility Letter and ID Number from TREC, sign up to take the Texas Real Estate License ...
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By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
Conventional 30 year Mortgage: 3.375% Credit score:740 LTV:80% Loan Amount:$200k APR: 3.63% FHA 30 year:3.25% Credit Score:640 LTV:96.5% loan amount:$200k APR:4.08% Conventional 15 year:2.75% Credit score:740 LTV:80% Loan Amount:$200k APR:3.05%   Call me today if you are thinking of refinancing or buying a home, for the best mortgage rate possible.
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
It is never easy to deal with adversity.  None of us like it.  There is no doubt that it is a character builder.  The lessons learned after we get past the initial "NO" reactions are priceless.Such is the case with August of 2011 and the fire that consumed the equestrianne teaching facility at the Goslin Nix training center on FM 1488 in Magnolia Texas.The cause has still not been determined, but the consequences have been far reaching.The horror of being powerless to save beloved horses in addition to having their venue for employment removed in a short span of time was overwhelming.  Depression, frustration and despair set in quickly.  These emotions are negatives and conquer many people.Not so the Goslins or Nixes.  Their faith and the kindnesses of the whole community helped heal th...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
ONE OF THE MANY REASONS I AM PROUD TO BE FROM THE WOODLANDS Almost a week ago, our Nation was shocked by the events in Connecticut.  Our hearts will forever be changed by this event.  As the families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and more continue to deal with this, people all over the world are praying for them all. I just learned today that the elementary school just around the corner from my home arranged a huge turnout of people for a very public prayer vigil.  Deretchin Elementary School is a school much like what I imagine Sandy Hook Elementary to be like.  A quiet neighborhood, good people with loving teachers. More than 100 parents, teachers and students prayed during the 30 minute vigil on Wednesday.  The prayers that were lifted up were heartfelt, emotional and sweet.  Somet...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
GIVE THE GIFT OF THE WOODLANDS! Having trouble finding the right gift?  Have a difficult person to buy for?  Think no more - The Woodlands has the perfect gift for that person who you might think has it all or doesn't need a thing! The Woodlands, Texas is a fabulous master-planned community just north of Houston and offers some very unique gift-giving opportunities.  See some of theses ideas below.  This might just give you the perfect idea for someone on your list: The Waterway Cruisers - purchase a ride down The Woodlands Waterway OR book a romantic dinner cruise aboard one of these fine vessels. Take an Eco-Tour - many people do not know that throughout The Woodlands there are many beautiful and unique sculptures.  The Eco Tour will take you on a really cool tour to visit each of the...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
WHERE DO YOU GO FOR A GOOD PIZZA IN THE WOODLANDS? If you are hungry for a delicious, pinpoint hot pizza pie in The Woodlands, Texas there are many to choose from.  Take a moment to view the list below and then go get your pizza fix! Brother's Pizza - Great family owned and located In Grogan's Mill & Sterling Ridge.  A favorite of little league teams to celebrate after a game! Crust - One of our newest pizza parlors.  Located in Panther Creek and awaiting a new location in Alden Bridge.  Also has a great patio to enjoy eating outside if preferred. Double Dave's - Another fun neighborhood pizzeria located in Indian Springs, Rayford Rd and Alden Bridge  .  They offer a nice, budget conscious buffet if desired. Gozzetti's - Tucked away in Sterling Ridge, this little pizza shop is perfect f...
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By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
HUD(FHA) has just announced that starting Jan 1st, 2013, the new max loan amount will be $272,550.  This increase will be for the Houston Texas area.  And include the counties of: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, & Waller counties.  The current Max FHA loan amount is $271,050.  Sure this is not much of an increase.  But every dollar helps. 
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By David Companik, Realtor ▪ The WoodlandsTX ▪ davidcompanik.com
(Keller Williams Realty - The Woodlands)
  Shop of the Week: Baby's and Kid's 1st Furniture in The Woodlands Last week my wife and I were talking about the need for a family-owned and customer-friendly baby boutique in The Woodlands. While driving to an appointment the next day, I was delighted to discover just that in the form of a new children's furniture store in The Woodlands. Baby's and Kid's 1st also offers strollers, carriers, car seats, toys, and accessories - a great selection for new parents!  As I browsed the shop, I was especially impressed by the friendly, knowledgable staff who were making the whole shopping experience more pleasant and rewarding for their customers. One customer came in asking for help in choosing the right stroller and carrier system for her newborn, and a member of the staff thoughtfully addre...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
PICTURES WITH SANTA IN THE WOODLANDS ~ 2012 Those special photo memories are always appreciated as children grow up.  One of everyone's favorite memories is getting to sit on Santa's knee each year.  You can have your picture made with Santa right here in The Woodlands at Market Street.  From now through Christmas Eve right next to Allen Edmonds, Santa will be available to visit and have your picture made. The schedule for photos is: Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.  Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.  Christmas Eve Santa will be available until 6 p.m.  Don't forget to schedule some time for pictures with Santa.  Years from now you will be glad that you captured these special moments!  MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!      
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
TEXANS PEP RALLY ~ THE WOODLANDS ~ 2012 The Woodlands is hosting a huge pep rally for our TEXANS tonight at Market Street.  The event will begin at 7:00 to cheer on our 11-1 team!  We face New England tonight and we are excited around here! There will be some special guests and I also heard that The Woodlands High School band will be playing!  You can bet that Market Street will be abuzz with Texans fans gearing up for our big game.  The Texans Cheerleaders are also expected to be there. You might want to arrive early as there should be a lot of fans showing up!  If you want to just stay there in Market Street, there are plenty of great places to watch the game! Stadia - A sports bar with more TV's than you can count! Tommy Bahama - the bar area has a few TV's. Grotto - the bar area has...
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By Mary Bowen, Real Estate At Its Finest!!!
(Coldwell Banker United, Realtor)
Wow! What a great year 2012 has been for those of us lucky enough to live in The Woodlands and Houston metroplex.  Houston has been ranked the best economy in the country and The Woodlands ranks tops in Houston area.   Real estate has come back full swing! If your home is show ready and well represented, then selling your home is exciting, with multiple offers coming in within days of listing. My record listing had 7 offers in 4 days. My last three listings sold above asking price while priced at the top of the market.   Buying homes has been nerve wrecking for many buyers this year. They are the ones in the multi offer situation waiting to find out if they will get their dream home or continue looking for a new one. Agents are begging other agents for details of up and coming new listi...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
LAYNE CHRISTENSEN CHOOSES THE WOODLANDS, TX FOR CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS Yesterday it was announced that the company of Layne Christensen from Mission Wood, Kansas will move its headquarters to The Woodlands, Texas!  Layne has been in Kansas for over 88 years.  The choice of The Woodlands as the new corporate headquarters is one of many new companies relocating to our area. The Woodlands is a natural choice as we have excellent real estate values, a very strong job market, excellent schools and a master planned community that rivals any in the country!  We are thrilled with this news and certainly not surprised.  The move will bring approximately 100+ relocations to the area. We welcome this new company and look forward to introducing them to our fine community!  Chevaux Group is poised a...
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By Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate
(Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring)
Professional Landscape Architect Company in The Woodlands & Spring, TX When I asked for Christmas Landscaping I NEVER expected this ... Stunning ..... this was completely beyond anything I ever expected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  COLORFUL ENVIRONMENTS, a locally owned & operated landscape company in Spring, Texas has been providing full-service professional landscaping to the Woodlands and Northwest Houston community for 37 years. The landscape architect is talented in every step of the landscape design and installation process.   It was amazing the amount of cars that drove by to stop and take a picture from their cell phone!   Absolutely STUNNING tones of vibrant red and green!     Call, they will quickly become your favorite!   (281)370-GROW (4769)   Offering landscaping services to The Woodlan...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA IN THE WOODLANDS Bring the entire family out to The Woodlands Resort & Country Club to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast with Santa!  This Saturday, December 8th and the following Saturday on the 15th with seating times from 8:30 - 11:30 being available.  Tickets are $21.95 for adults and children 12 and under are $16.95. Have your pictures taken with Santa and enjoy a fabulous buffet breakfast with all of the trimmings!  A tradition that is one the entire family always looks forward to.  Put on your festive Christmas outfits and join the fun! You will need to make reservations in order to ensure that you have a seat!  The phone number is 281-364-6292.  Call today and get ahead of the crowd! Merry Christmas to all!  See you at the Resort!  Christmas in The Woodlands is ...
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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,)
When I started in the Real Estate Industry, it was August of 2001 and much has changed since then.  At the same time, much has stayed the same.  Our technology is different, we have more of it and supposedly it is more convenient for everyone.  Our schedules are more packed than ever and we along with our clients want fast, straight to the point information.  One thing that hasn’t changed is relationships.  This is after all still a relationship business.  So, even though there is a lot that has changed over the last decade, I find myself in this upswing of a market we are going into, thinking of the marketing and different things I have done in the past.  They worked then, why not just update them and try them again? The last few days I have been blogging about a few things I have been...
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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,)
Last night I posted a blog No Inventory….No Problem!, about trying to find the right house for my client in a neighborhood where their are no homes listed.  I delivered letters to the homes in the desired neighborhood and I am pleased to say, I have already recieved a call! This particular homeowner was going to put their home on the market after the holidays but with small kids was not looking forward to all the showing! They seem reasonable about their expectations and they want to meet tonight! Thinking outside the box a bit seems like it will be paying off for my client and also for this family as moving now seems a little less daunting! Oh, and they need help finding a home too and werent sure who to call...I definitely have them covered there as well! I will let everyone know how ...
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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,)
My, how our market has changed! It wasn’t long ago we were begging people to buy listings. Buyers could take their time, think about it, go on vacation, come back, think about it some more….then maybe put in an offer….. Well, things have changed a bit. A client of mine I am working with would love to buy a home in a particular area.  One came on the market and we went to look at it right away.  My client thought it was a possibility but did not move quickly and it went under contract just as I thought it would.  We have looked around other areas but they want a home in an area where there are none.  Problem is….there are no homes in this particular area of The Woodlands for sale! What to do…..sit and wait?  No thank you!     No Inventory….No Problem! Trying to think outside the box and ...
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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,)
Bells will be ringing…as the Carolers fill the night air with their beautiful music in The Woodlands at The Waterway Square with yet another great concert series presented by The Woodlands!  Now until Dec 22nd, every Saturday nights from 6-8! “Caroling on the Square” is a Woodlands Tradition and is free for the public.  Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. This year the performers include the Richmond Carolers, the Merry Minstrels, and even a visit from Old Saint Nick himself on Dec 22nd…if he can take a break from the North Pole! It is sure to be a great time so make sure to stop by and enjoy the sounds of the season!   For more information on The Woodlands, TX, Real Estate Info, and ways I like to enjoy life right here in  The Woodlands, follow me at www.facebook.com/propertiesbytiffany
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
THE WOODLANDS ICE SKATING RINK ~ NOW OPEN! Even though our temperatures have been up in the 80's recently, the annual Ice Skating Rink is up here in The Woodlands.  This is something that we all look forward to as there just are not that many rinks to visit in the area.  Each year at the southwest corner of the Mall, the skating rink appears for a few months. The rink is open now through January 21, 2012 so there is a lot of time to get there and enjoy zipping around the ice.  The regular hours of operation are:  Monday–Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.Sunday, Noon to 7 p.m.   Holiday hours are: School Holidays: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (View Conroe ISD School Holidays.)Thanksgiving Day: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Christmas Da...
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