The Woodlands, TX Real Estate News

By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
SHOULD YOU LIST YOUR HOME ON THE SOFT MARKET? I have a client who is in a high-end home here in The Woodlands.  They are building a new home and are not necessarily ready to place their home on the market "officially".  However, The Woodlands is experiencing a boom with all of the high level executives relocating to our area. When they approached me with the question of when to "officially" list their home, we discussed some creative alternatives for them.  One of those of putting the home on the "soft market".  Let me explain a bit more. Because the executive-type home is in demand, agents all over town are exhausting their efforts to find the perfect home for their clients.  A group of top producing agents in The Woodlands have now formed an informal networking group to let one anothe...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
JIMMY BUFFET CONCERT~THE WOODLANDS, TX 2012  Can't believe that a year has already flown by since the last Jimmy Buffet concert here in The Woodlands, Texas!  This Saturday, June 2, 2012 Jimmy Buffet will be performing at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.  This is always a sell-out concert and the tailgating parties begin early in the day! I will be there all day enjoying the festivities and ending with the concert.  The weather is supposed to be sunny and warm so the Margarita's will be flowing!  I am sure the cheeseburgers will be consumed as well! If you don't have a ticket, there are always tickets to be found through various outlets.  You will pay a premium but it is well worth it.  The Pavilion is the perfect venue for this concert.  Just be careful of the flying beach balls! S...
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By Cindy Hamann
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
  Sometime we forget to treat others the way we want to be treated. In real estate, I have met many clients and realtors. What I have found is there are many good agents out there working on your behalf. Just like any profession, you will find those who are there for the paycheck and those who give you 150% and willing to go that extra mile to make your experience a great one.   I would rate clients, on treating my time as precious as theirs. Be on time, as I am have made appointments to show them these homes. I would take care of their vehicle as if it was my own. I would wipe my feet, no drinking, eating or smoking in someone else’s car. I would not allow my children to kick the seats. I would understand that my agent probably has a family and when they don't answer my call at dinner ...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
REAL ESTATE THE WOODLANDS, TX ~ 77382 MARKET REPORT Real estate in The Woodlands, TX is moving along at warp speed.  After a tiny slow spell over the past few years, things have picked up with a vengeance.  I have decided to do a market report on the different area codes of The Woodlands in order really break down the information to be more area-specific. APRIL - MAY 23, 2012: Up to $200K:      ACTIVE - 16 / Avg. psf = $96      PENDING - 11      SOLD - 16 / Avg. psf = $94 / DOM 56 $200 - $300K:      ACTIVE - 46 / Avg. psf = $101      PENDING - 50      SOLD - 43 / Avg. psf = $99 / DOM 44 $300K - $400K:      ACTIVE - 15 / Avg. psf = $118      PENDING - 26       SOLD - 25 / Avg. psf = $110 / DOM 19 $400K - $500K:       ACTIVE - 25 / Avg. psf = $123       PENDING - 18       SOLD - 10 / Avg....
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE IN THE WOODLANDS, TX Never in the history of The Woodlands have we been faced with a situation like we now have for Class A office space!  Basically, there is very, very little office space available at this time.  New buildings are under construction now as well as several more in the planning stages. An unprecedented leasing frenzy is occurring due to companies like Exxon who is currently building a 300 acre site adjacent to The Woodlands.  When Exxon officially announced that they were indeed building the site, this created what I call an Energy~Synergy!  The companies that have Exxon as a client such as manufacturing companies, technology, etc. are circling the area to bring their companies to The Woodlands. Finding great Class A office space will continue to...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
IRONMAN TEXAS ~ THE WOODLANDS ~ RECAP 2012 The 2nd Ironman Texas here in The Woodlands is officially over!  We had another very successful event and the spectators as well as volunteers turned out by the thousands.  We stayed all the way until midnight when the event was officially over. The most inspiring part of this race in my opinion is during the final few hours of the race.  The pros are awesome to watch however, seeing the everyday men and women out there on the course for 15 - 17 hours is truly amazing!  I don't know how they do it but I do know that it is truly mind over matter! The stories of the people competing are heart-wrenching.  So many have overcome huge obstacles to be able to do this race.  It really isn't a matter of bragging rights, rather it is a group of folks who...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
SPECIAL MEMORIES ~ HIGH SCHOOL PROM! The Woodlands High School prom was Saturday night and it was so fun to see all of the kids dressed up!  We had the group over to our home to have their pictures made!  They all looked so nice! It brings back memories from long ago for my own prom back in the day.  The styles have changed a bit and most dramatically in the tux department.  My date in 1978 wore a powder blue tux with a white, ruffled shirt.  What were we thinking? Today the kids are very sophisticated wearing sleek, black suits or tuxes while the girls are in gorgeous gowns that make them look like they are in their 20's!  Needless to say, they look so much more grown up than we did!  Also, the money they spend is astounding! This was my last Prom as a parent.  Cameron is our last one ...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
IRONMAN TEXAS ~ THE WOODLANDS, TX ~ RACE DAY! The Ironman Texas is in full swing today as thousands of athletes have arrived here in The Woodlands to compete!  As you can see in the picture above which was taken early this morning around7 a.m., there area a lot of athletes competiting in this event. The excitement has been building here in The Woodlands all week!  Now the pros are finishing while the majority of everyday athletes are still out in the Texas sun as they aim to finish this grueling race!  We are headed down to the finish line later this evening to cheer on many of our friends who are competiting. Pictured above is the leader at water station #8.  This water station is being sponsored by the Blanton Bunch who represent Lymphoma & Luekemia. This is a great group who are chee...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
IT'S PROM TIME IN THE WOODLANDS ~ BE SAFE! It is that time of year when the young men and women of our local high schools gear up for their Prom!  The Woodlands High School prom is tomorrow night at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.  This is one of those memorable occasions in a young person's life.  However, we all know that with the prom, there can be danger.  Please pass this along to all of the young people who will be going to prom.  These tips may save a life! Please designate a driver!  Make sure that your teen arrives to and from the prom safely!  Hire a driver, have a trusted friend, brother, sister or whoever to drive!  Even if there is no one drinking, teens tend to be careless and distracted with all of the hoopla! Parents - check in with your teen!  Make sure they are where ...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
IRONMAN TEXAS 2012 ~ THE WOODLANDS, TX ~ THE RUN COURSE The Ironman Texas Run section will be taking place after a 2.4 mile swim and a 112 mile bike ride.  The 26.2 mile race will be going through the Woodlands and is comprised of 3 loops that wind through the area.  The race will end directly in the heart of The Woodlands Waterway district.  The finish line will be at the bridge on Waterway Avenue. If you want to be inspired and energized, come out and watch this race!  Athletes from all over the world are here in The Woodlands.  The event fills up our hotels and brings a lot of tax dollars to the area.  The economic impact is wonderful! The Woodlands welcomed the athletes last year all the way until midnight.  Come out and cheer them on! Welcome atheltes!  Good luck in your race!    
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
IRONMAN TEXAS 2012 ~ THE WOODLANDS, TX ~ THE BIKE COURSE The Ironman Texas is taking place Saturday, May 19th in The Woodlands, Texas.  After a challenging 2.4 mile swim in Lake Woodlands, the race will transition to the 112 mile bike ride.  This being the longest of the race will impact traffic for many hours on Saturday. The racers will leave the Town Green Park area and will be heading west on Woodlands Parkway all the way to FM 2978.  From there they continue to head north up through Montgomery and into the Sam Houston National Forest before winding through the rural areas and beginning to make their way back south to The Woodlands back to Town Green Park. See the link above to the Ironman website for turn-by-turn details.  There are many great areas to watch the racers go by.  You ...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
IRONMAN TEXAS 2012 ~ THE WOODLANDS, TX ~ THE SWIM COURSE The 2.4 mile Ironman Texas swim will begin early Saturday Morning, May 19, 2012.  The beginning of the swim will start at Northshore Park and will be a point-to-point swim ending at Town Green Park.  Thousands of athletes will begin the swim as early at 6:50 a.m. The best places to watch the swim will be on the bridge overlooking Northshore Park at Lake Woodlands.  Another great location would be the pedestrian bridge at Woodlands Parkway where it overlooks the lake.  To see the swimmers emerging from the water at Town Green Park, down by the waterway near the library or over at the Boardwalk Apartments. Plan for traffic re-routing as you navigate The Woodlands on Saturday! Best of luck athletes!  Thank you for visiting The Woodla...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
IRONMAN TEXAS 2012 ~ THE WOODLANDS, TX The Woodlands, Texas is gearing up (so to speak) for the 2nd Ironman Texas competition.  Last year was the first year for the Ironman to visit Texas and The Woodlands is the location for the event.  A sold out event last year and this year as well along with huge community support makes this a wonderful thing for The Woodlands. The event will take place this Saturday, May 19th beginning at Northshore Park with the 2.4 mile swim, commencing to the 112 mile bike ride and ending with a grueling 26.2 mile run.  This brought out a ton of spectators last year as well as thousands of community volunteers.  This year promises to be even better! The bike course and the run course have been altered a bit from last year.  The finish line this year will be rig...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
MY QUACKY MOTHER'S DAY SURPRISE! I was completely engrossed in my novel sitting out by the pool yesterday enjoying my Mother's Day afternoon.  I look up after hearing some quacking ducks.  My husband saw this little flock of ducks in the front yard and proceeded to let them into the back yard. As soon as those little guys saw the swimming pool they were like "ducks to water"!  They just plopped right in looking as if this was their new home!  Oh no, my pool has gone a-fowl!  It was really great watching them swim around.  They are quite noisy though. The neighborhood children came over and fed them and absolutely loved having the ducks so close!  What a perfect Mother's Day surprise.  The book went unread but the fun we had was great! If you are looking for a home in The Woodlands, Texa...
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By Jeremy Williams, Business Coach, Husband, Father, and Dog Wrangler
(Red Hawk Coaching)
Keller Williams The Woodlands and Magnolia, Texas, today descended upon Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch for RED Day 2012. RED Day (Renew, Energize, Donate) is an initiative that was developed to commit to improving our local communities through service. RED Day takes place the second Thursday of May each year, and involves thousands of Keller Williams agents taking time from daily obligations to commit to giving back where they live. Keller Williams The Woodlands and Magnolia chose to work with Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch for their RED Day project. Real estate agents from KW The Woodlands and Magnolia spent time building and painting fences, planting flowers and a carrot garden, spreading mulch, cleaning the horse arena, and much more. In all, there were approximately 80 participant...
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By Jeremy Williams, Business Coach, Husband, Father, and Dog Wrangler
(Red Hawk Coaching)
Diane, Jeremy, and Terri would like to share a recap of what took place yesterday at our monthly sales meeting. Bert Baine with Village Builders at Creekside was the sponsor for the meeting, and they shared with our agents that the type of sales numbers taking place right now is very similar, if not better than, numbers in 2006. This further validates that our market is growing momentum and shifting towards a sellers market.Diane spent some time sharing from the KW Market Navigator information regarding affordability for home buyers today. There has been no better time to buy a home. This is information that needs to get out to your clients and customers. KW Market Navigators are available to purchase for $5 each. Let Diane Flicker know that you are interested in receiving a copy. This ...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
CHEVAUX GROUP WELCOMES TIFFANY SNIEZEK   Chevaux Group is pleased with the addition of another wonderful associate Tiffany Sniezek!  Tiffany is a Native Houstonian and has been a dedicated Real Estate Professional for over a decade!  In August of 2001, Tiffany began her real estate career with a Top Producing Real Estate Team at the large internationally recognized real estate firm of RE/MAX.    Growing Up in the South West area of Houston,(Fort Bend County) while living and working in the Inner Loop of Houston for many years, and now residing right here in The Woodlands, has allowed Tiffany to understand the complexities of our very large city.  She has lived, worked, and experienced ALL that Houston has to offer!   Tiffany and her husband, Glenn, now reside in The Village of Sterling...
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By Jeremy Williams, Business Coach, Husband, Father, and Dog Wrangler
(Red Hawk Coaching)
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By Jeremy Williams, Business Coach, Husband, Father, and Dog Wrangler
(Red Hawk Coaching)
Recently Mark Heinrich, co-owner of KW The Woodlands and Magnolia, shared his vast experience of years in the real estate profession with real estate agents in The Woodlands, Texas. The class taught by Mark Heinrich was Handling Buyer and Seller Objections - The Art of Negotiating Contracts. KW The Woodlands and Magnolia places a strong emphasis on training their Realtors to be the most professional agents in the industry. If you are interested in an exciting career of real estate, learn more by contacting Jeremy Williams, Assistant Team Leader, of Keller Williams The Woodlands and Magnolia at 281-364-1588.  
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By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
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