Spring, TX Real Estate News

By Kathy Sexton
(Keller Williams Realty The Woodlands)
  The Springwoods Village Town Center promises to bring in more retail and residential business to the Houston/Woodlands area.  The plan includes two to three hotels, numerous shops and restaurants, office buildings, and a "multifamily" development.  The Village is spread over 1,800 acres and is in the very first stages of construction.  With the Exxon Mobile community project also on its way in this potential community, Springfield Village is promised approximately 10,000 residents.  In addition, Southwestern Energy Co., based in Houston, is also settling in the Springwoods Village Town Center, consolidating over 1,000 Houstonians in this one area.  The Springwoods Village Town Center shows the capability to become another Woodlands, a mini Houston, riding the economic boom that Texas...
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By Tina Brickhouse, Tina Brickhouse
(Keller Williams The Woodlands)
Lately I’ve had several clients relocating into The Woodlands, and they all ask what a MUD Tax is? A Municipal Utility District (MUD) is a special purpose governmental entity of the State of Texas. Regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the MUD’s primary function is to provide water, wastewater and in some cases, drainage services within its boundaries. A MUD may sell bonds, levy and collect taxes, provide and charge for water and sewer services, build infrastructure, condemn property, enforce restrictive covenants and make regulations to accomplish its purposes. How do they work? All Municipal Utility Districts are managed by an elected Board of Directors. Each Director on the Board is a resident or a property owner within the boundaries of the District. The...
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By Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
(Results Realty)
In this "Spring TX first time home buyer series" I hope to alleviate some of the first time home buying mystery. I have noticed when people start thinking about buying a home the first thing they will do in this technological age is to start looking at homes online.  If that is what you are doing "STOP"; the VERY FIRST step in the process should be to talk with a good lender. It is discouraging to have started looking at homes online and then find out you don't qualify for the homes that you are looking at.  Even if you are 6 months to a year away it is a good idea to at least talk to a lender to make sure you are on the right path.  If you are serious then go ahead and get yourself pre-approved.  That way you will only be looking at homes that are in your price range. When I say pre-ap...
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By Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
(Results Realty)
Growing up in Kansas my first sign of Spring was when I would see the daffodils peeking through the winter foliage (often through a little snow). I love living in Spring TX but have missed seeing those daffodils.  In Spring our winters are too mild for daffodil bulbs unless you want to plant them every year. (Mind you I don't miss the daffodils enough to move back to the cold north. I love it when I talk to my family in Colorado and we are barefoot and they are snowing.) I have however found a way to get my spring daffodil fix in Spring TX.  I picked up these daffodils at our new Trader Joe's.  What a bargain 10 daffodils for $1.29.  It's not quite the same as seeing them come up through the winter foliage but works for me! I love our mild weather in Spring TX.  For a few months in the ...
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By Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
SPRING, TEXAS HOMES SELLING FAST!  UNDER CONTRACT IN 9 DAYS! The real estate market in Spring and The Woodlands, Texas are selling FAST!  Buyer agents are contacting listing agents before they even take a client to see a home as that is how fast things are going under contract.  There are so many factors to this extreme market turn-around.  The new Exxon Campus, a very strong job market, great national real estate prices, excellent schools, location to a major city (Houston), the Port of Houston, and convenient to George Bush International Airport.  Of course there are many more reasons that this is a great area and this market is evidence of that!  If you are in the market for a home, be a prepared buyer. 21614 Redcrested Glen is a fabulous family home that has only been on the market ...
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By Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
HOMES FOR SALE IN SPRING,  ~ NEW LISTING       This great 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home is minutes from The Woodlands and the new Exxon Campus!  Welcome to , Spring, TX 77388.  A beautiful home in a family-friendly cul-de-sac with an open play area! An inviting front porch welcomes you to your new home!  Graceful arches, new wood floors, granite counter tops and more.  The master retreat is downstairs with the other 3 bedrooms plus a game room are located upstairs. A nice big backyard awaits you and is private with no neighbors behind.  Bring the pets, build a pool or prepare that spring garden.  Whatever you would like to create, this backyard has room for it. This home is listed for $179,500!  A great value for this home!  Call you real estate agent today to schedule a private showing!    ...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
After almost sixty years between us, we are always surprised when challenges we have not had before come up.Recent inspections on a sale showed a leak under the dishwasher.  The water was running out of the brick outside the house.  The inspector did not move the dishwasher to look underneath . Instead he suggested that the prospective buyers have the area under the dishwasher inspected, looking specifically for wood rot.Ominous thoughts went through everyone's heads.  The question also arose about why the renters who were there did not report a water problem.The idea that the dishwasher could have been running water into the cabinet was one of those potentailly expensive repairs.  Things like that kill transactions .Today the sellers had the situation looked into...  Somehow, a hose to...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
Along one of our daily routes, a new restaurant appeared.   It was called "The Mellow Mushroom", and appeared to be a Pizza place.   Pizza is on my not too often, due to dietary restraints list.  Almost nothing tastes good enough to feel bad after eating!   Over time, we noticed that it stayed packed all the time, and when my craving for Pizza reached a peak, we decided to give it a try.   The menu is extensive, but they also have a create your own.  That means we can get a pie with less bad for us things than usual.  In fact we can follow our own quirks!   We asked for a thin, gluten free, olive oil and garlic base, with a blend of artichoke hearts, olives, spinach and anchovies as the ingredients.  Now, how can that be bad for you?  If my body has the poor taste to react adversely, it...
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By Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
HOME FOR SALE IN SPRING, TEXAS ~ 4 BEDROOMS + GAMEROOM! If you are looking for a great 4 bedroom home in Spring, Texas, take a peek at this little beauty!  21523 Gable Meadows Drive is a fantastic home located very near the new Exxon Campus!  Tucked away with a great open space behind the house gives you a ton of privacy in the backyard. As you enter this home you immediately notice the great lay-out.  The open floorplan in the main living areas provides any family with a lot of room to congregate and hang out!  Easy maintenance flooring allows for stress-free upkeep.     The Master retreat is downstairs affording great privacy.  The Master bath includes a separate shower and tub along with double sinks.  The Master closet is spacious for that fabulous shoe collection! Upstairs are 3 ad...
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By Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate
(Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring)
  SOLD Terranova West Subdivision Neighborhood, Spring ,TX, 4 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath, 3 Car Garage! To preview a Complete List of Available Homes FOR SALE or LEASE in Terranova, Spring TX Real Estate or to contact a Woodlands and Spring Remax Realtor at (281)620-4899 so we can discuss your housing needs. This spectacular home had curb appeal!   The Terranova subdivision offers almost every community ammenity you can think of ...  The neighborhood offers a Low Tax Rate of only 2.87% I had the pleasure to represent the sellers on this home in the beautiful neighborhood of TERRANOVA WEST in Spring, TX.  This 3600 Sq Ft Home SOLD for a little under $200,000!  It featured gorgeous hardwood floors, an island kitchen, high ceilings and more ... Terranova West attend schools in the highly acclaimed ...
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By Jeremy Williams, Business Coach, Husband, Father, and Dog Wrangler
(Red Hawk Coaching)
Keller Williams The Woodlands and Magnolia is one of the major corporate sponsors for the Hands Across Texas Sandy Hook Memorial Benefit Concert taking place on January 27, 2013 at Papa's Ice House in Spring, Texas. The event benefits Newtown Youth and Family Services. The band lineup is extensive for this event. Learn more about this benefit here.
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
A sign on Cypresswood Drive warns that there is a "hidden entrance."Now realistically, how does one hide a driveway?  What is it hiding from?  Why is it hiding ?It is not really hidden at all.  It may not be highly Visable, but you can easily see it.If the owners of the driveway are really trying to hide it, why would they put up a sign?If they want to make its more visible the task can easily be achieved.  Putting Bright stripes on it would help.  Adding colorful balloons would make it more of a spectacular entrance.  They could consider painting the gate with shiny bright  paint , and adding lots of sparkling lights .  That would make it a focus on the drive toward Stuebner Airline.Hopefully these tips  will help the situation be brought into more prominence.  No one should really wa...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
Last week about this time we negotiated an offer on one of our listings.We delivered it back to the agent and were told that she was in a seminar and would get the earnest money and option check to us as soon as she could.  On Thursday we dropped by her office to see if we could pick up the checks.  She met us in the lobby and said that she did not have them because the buyer had not delivered them yet and she would let them know again that they needed to get them to her.  She also said that she did not have a relationship with these folks.  She had just met them at an open house.Alarm bells?  Uh-huh!! We thought so.  We called the sellers who said, "maybe they will still bring the checks."  Nice!  But hardly practical.If the prospective buyer cannot deliver an option check in a timely ...
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By Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate
(Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring)
Just SOLD Terranova West ~ Spring, NW Houston Texas 77379 ~ 4 bedroom I had the pleasure to represent the sellers on this home in the beautiful neighborhood of Terranova West in Spring, TX.      This home featured:   hardwood floors  3 car garage  large backyard with room for a pool  4 bedroom  4 1/2 baths     Terranova West is a wonderful subdivision providing many amenities to its residents such as: Neighborhood Pool Walking trail (lighted & gated from dusk - 10pm) Basketball Courts Playground Tennis Softball / Baseball Field Soccer Field Sand Volleyball Court Clubhouse    Search for homes in TERRANOVA WEST   View Terranova West and The Oaks of Terranova, Spring, TX in a larger map View Larger Map  
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
These flowers were a gift from ladies at our church for our participation in catering a church event last Sunday.It was an unexpected pleasure!  If you look closely at the top flowers you will see a baby lizard.  He apparently sat in the flower arrangement from the florist shop and throughout the dinner.The visual of what might have happened had he made his presence known at any point during the dinner is amusing!On the other hand he might have just chosen to jump into the dish of guacamole that was close by.We did attempt to relocate him to the outside flower garden outside the church.  He was not interested.As a result he rode home in the flowers.We left the arrangement outside for a while to encourage his escape before we brought the flowers inside.We do not know where he went, but ...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
The photo is of mini bell peppers which come about 30 per bag at Cosco.  The recipe was originally for the stuffing of three plain big bell peppers and this is designed to stuff either.Assemble:1 diced onion3 pieces of celery chopped1 diced bell 2 cloves of garlic1 teaspoon of butter1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey.1 teaspoon of Louisiana "lightning Strike". Or Tabasco 1 cup of cooked rice or quinoa 1 small can tomato paste1/2 cup Parmesan cheese3/4 cup bread or Panko crumbs.Preheat oven to 350 degreesCut each of the peppers lengthwise into two halfs.Boil in salted water for fifteen minutes.  Remove with slotted spoon and place in a buttered casserole dish.Cook the ground meat and set aside.Sauté the vegetables in the remaining butter until sweated. Add the tomato sauce.    Add ...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
This weekend we took a break from our normal duties.   Instead of showing and marketing property, we accepted an invitation to help cater an event at church.   We participated in this last year and served a variety of our favorite fares!   Growing up in the restaurant business taught me many things including the fact that the rigors of the job can ruin your health!   So can Real Estate!  It is not the profession.  It is the approach one takes and the numberof hours.  Working smart can be applied to any job.     Ralph is an outstanding help and together we have achieved good things in several diverse jobs.  Teamwork is an art-form, and is to be sought, studied and practiced.   The photos are of the well stocked tables where a myriad of tasty stuff was assembled and served today.   We pla...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
While we were out doing errands last night we came across a house in our farm area with an unusual display of sports enthusiasm.Not only did this logo for the "Texans " football team cost an incredible amount of time and money, but it truly captures attention of those driving down the street.The marketing possibilities are mind boggling!  Just imagine the artists it could employ if each of us would do something similar with our company logos on the homes we have listed!Surely we are as enthusiastic about our sales teams and companies as this guy is about his "team".If that is not the case we all need to make a commitment to achieve that level of enthusiasm.  Sports after all are entertainment.  What we do is help people make their home owning dreams come true!
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
Last week we had a stove stolen out of one of our listings.The house is new on the market and is vacant.One agent had showed the house complete with appointment.Feedback was that the people did not like the floor plan. That is why they make black shoes and brown shoes.  No problem!The problem is that when we read the lock box after the theft was discovered, there was no entry for that agent....  So how did he get in to show?  Don't you just love puzzles?!We decided that since there was no forced entry, someone left either a window or door open.  No proof and no evidence .To ensure that this did not happen again, we decided that we would go check the house after each showing.Last night on our way to the lock check, we saw a bright pink balloon floating across the road.We wondered where i...
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