Galveston, TX Real Estate News

By Jason Keeling
(Ryson Real Estate)
By the Sea condos Galveston are right on the Galveston Seawall at 7310 Seawall BLVD. These beachfront condos are in a concrete high rise building and offer strength, stability, and low maintenance fees. The units range from low 100's to the 300's. The units range from small efficiencies of 438 sqft to larger combined units over 1500 sqft. The complex is older but many units have been nicely updated. Amenities are 24 hour front desk, coffee bar, piano room, downstairs storage, tennis court, and a nice pool area. The twin elevators will take you up to the 12th floor where you can see all the way to Moody Gardens and beyond. These condos allow short -term vacation rentals, but can also make a great full time residence.  
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By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
UPDATE 4-26-2009:  Beatrice Gutierrez, who owned the Original for eons, and who sold it to John Bannon, when she was ready to retire, passed away recently at 94.  RIP, Beatrice. One of the most famous of the Galveston restaurants is not a seafood restaurant but a Mexican one.  In fact, it is one of the two oldest cafes in the city.  The other, and it's running neck-and-neck, is a seafood restaurant -- Gaido's. Gaido's founded in 1911. The Original founded in 1916.  But only the Original remains at the same location where it was when it sold its first taco. The Original Mexican Cafe is a sort of corner grocery store looking place that's on the corner of 14th and Market Street, in the shadows of the mammoth University of Texas Medical Branch.  In all of its years, until recently that is, ...
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By Jason Keeling
(Ryson Real Estate)
Ryson RE is moving to a new office! Not too far from our old office- in fact it is next door. The space is about 3500 sqft and was occupied by a chiropractor who had this office there for 17 years... and unfortunately her office/business did not make it through the storm. We will be moving in as soon as the space is ready for us... it will feature a new layout, new sheetrock/paint, new flooring, new bathroom, and a new kitchen. The office has room for our vacation rental operation and 10+ agents. It will also have a large conference room featuring our 42 inch flat screen from our old office. The furniture will be our old solid wood, hand carved desks and bookshelves. The walls will be hung with art from our featured artist. It will be even nicer than the last office... I will post pictu...
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    This charming celebration is coming into its 35th year of operation.Dickins will be helt Decemeber 6-7, and it's a unique occasion in which the Strand is transformed into a miniature old-style London. The event is located on the Strand and broadens to the surrounding areas. In a festive spirit, Charles Dickens' characters "come to life" and can be seen nearly anywhere you look. This is a very family-friendly occasion that offers tons of holiday related activities... Read full article here: Dickens on the Strand 2008  
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By Jason Keeling
(Ryson Real Estate)
For those of you who own motorcycles- there is nothing like a huge rally to get excited about. Well Galveston's bike Rally is one of those events! Even after hurricane Ike tried to wipe Galveston off the map- we are back. This year's Lone Star rally will be a great time and feature cooler weather. Dec 11- 14 will turn Galveston into a bikers dream! Last year's rally had over 400,000 people enjoying all Galveston has to offer... and this year should not disappoint. Ryson Real Estate and Vacation rentals looks forward to helping with all of your vacation rental needs. We have 50% of our homes and condos back after hurricane IKE, so call 409-740-1600 to book your stay now!  
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By Jason Keeling
(Ryson Real Estate)
Galveston... now over 3 months after hurricane IKE. How are we doing you might ask? That question depends on who you are. Ryson Real Estate will re - build but others will not. Galveston is undergoing a rebirth. Driving around weekly will attest to that fact. Galveston is looking less like a war zone... Downtown Galveston was hit very hard and many people/businesses did not have flood insurance because its been so long since the island has had a storm like this. All of downtown flooded, and it is taking longer to rebuild that even I thought it would. But- it is happening. Our office should be open in 2 weeks!! Trash remains a problem. However, as you can see in the following pictures Galveston is like one huge construction site- and is coming back!   rebuilding Postoffice ST rebuilding ...
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By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
Even though sad, this is a terrific story of faith --Bill Cherry Cancer didn't stop Ike relief workerBy Bronwyn Turner Correspondent, The Galveston County Daily News Published October 29, 2008 GALVESTON - Two days after Hurricane Ike ravaged Galveston, Melinda Ann Davis learned cancer had surged through her body, leaving her only weeks to live.She was determined to spend her days at a disaster relief project in Galveston headed by her husband's ministry. The project, based out of RVs parked in a funeral home parking lot, was one of the few stable supply sources on the island, helping hundreds daily."In her time of crisis, she reached out to help someone else in crisis," wrote her husband, the Rev. Jerry Davis, in an e-mail describing the woman who won his heart at her 16th birthday part...
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By Ryson Vacation Rentals
(Ryson Real Estate)
Ryson real estate and vacation rentals currently have about 25 rentals back online. We are running near 100% with our rentals but new ones are coming on here and there. We have gotten a few back int he last day or two including a 2/1 beach house and a 3/2 beach house in Pointe west. The homes are fully furnished and ready to rent. Prices will range from 2500/mo to 4500/mo. We also have 2 canal homes coming on-line soon at 3000/mo.. please visit our website for pictures: Galveston furnished rentals The homes are: ready: twin palms lagoona beach   soon to be ready: owens oasis lafietts retreat  
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
I can across this blog that was passed to me.  It hope it gives many of you a idea of what Galveston went through during Hurricane Ike.  These photos are the best representation of anything I have seen so far.  They are truly amazing, heartbreaking, and beyond your wildest belief.  My quest for help should be signified with these images.  I really have no words.  Here you go.  Trust me this is worth your time. http://www.tpicks.com/pictures%20people%20have%20sent%20me.html God Bless you all and God Bless Galveston.  As you will see we need your prayers. Christina Stevens, Your Galveston, TX Real Estate agent
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
I beg you to read this blog post and pass it on.  Galveston needs your help.  This could be you no matter where you live.  Mother nature can rear her ugly head anywhere.  Maybe not in the form of a hurricane. This post is about Galveston residences who are getting no help from our government.  Residents who may have insurance ye the coverage is not enough.  The coverage offers them no temporary housing.  Did you know that the national flood coverage does not offer benefits for any temporary housing aid??  This falls under general homeowners yet when your house floods you can't use that coverage. PLEASE READ THE ABOVE AND PASS THIS ON.  WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP AND THE MEDIA DOES NOT CARE. This post is focused on my bother yet there are countless other just like him.  His friend was gran...
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
This is unbelievable. http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=6a4c3bbd89188ade Its nice to talk about a Galveston native that loved the Island so much he decide to return via paw.  ALL THE WAY FROM the Waco region of Calvert, Texas.                                                     I guess its fair to say that some cats do like the water.  ENJOY the story. Visit our website for information about Galveston, Texas, Hurricane Ike and much more.
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
Here is the link to a story featured today in The Galveston County Daily News, the oldest newspaper in Texas.  I encourage you all to read about the Presidents reactions in the above link.  Very interesting. We have received a visit fro Presidents Bush and Clinton.  They will now kick start the effort to raise money for the damage that Hurricane Ike caused to our Island.  THEY ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP AND THE HELP OF OUR NATION.  THE SAME HLEP MANY GAVE TO THE VICITIMS OF KATRINA. I just help but feel like Galveston have not received the press coverage and media that we need to start a road to recovery.  Many reported that Houston was sparred.  Houston was not sparred and many lost so much well into the East Texas area and in other regions across our nation.  Galveston however did take ...
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By Jason Keeling
(Ryson Real Estate)
  I did this photo album a long while ago, but I did not put it on here... We have been a little busy lately. I hope to add some re-building pictures on here soon... but for now this will just remind us of what we survived!   Hurricane Ike pictures
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By Jason Keeling
(Ryson Real Estate)
Galveston took a major blow with hurricane Ike- but we will recover. Cleanup and power restoration is nearing completion and real estate is getting back on track. In order to close a deal that was pending pre-hurricane you have to get all the utilities turned on, re-inspected, re-appraised, and possibly get new financing. I have my first closing post -Ike coming up in a week or two. It is a little tough to close a house unless it is cash, but that will soon change. Most of the island has power, water, and gas. We have some gas stations open, and even some fast food now! Things are looking good. Our office is being re-built even as I write this and we should be open in the next month or so. We are (all of our agents) working hard with past clients, and future clients out of our homes. T...
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
I would like to post some links that will help anyone who is interested in learning about Galveston and the effects Hurricane Ike has had on my home. http://www.ghcf.org/  This is where you can learn more about our govt involvement and give any donation that you can afford.  Over 75% of the homes in Galveston were damaged by flood waters.  Today Presidents Bush and Clinton will tour Galveston with Mayor Lyda Ann Tomas.  Both Presidents worked together to help after Katrina. The Galveston County Daily news has done a great job reporting on our journey towards recovery.  They have updated us all with vital city and county information.  They are giving away millions in free advertisement to any business that has been damaged.  If you are back and ready to work for the community give them a...
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By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
The news of the destruction and attempts for recovery after Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast has dwindled to a snail's pace.  Galveston is a fun place, but after all it doesn't have anywhere near the notoriety of New Orleans.  That reality doesn't help. You see, the destruction is of the same intensity and magnitude.  People's homes are no longer standing; others have been told theirs can't be repaired, but their insurance won't pay for the total loss that FEMA has arbitrarily put on them.  What to do?  How does this happen in America? they ask. Thousands are homeless and substitute housing is very tight, to non-existent.  Garbage, animal carcases and former yachts are piled all together in skyscraper-sized landscape art.  Hundreds of people are missing.  It's feared many of their bo...
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
I have not had much time to post due to the changes Ike borough to our lives.  I wanted to post a few pictures I took just days after the storm.  I have so much to say about this storm, Galveston, lack of media coverage, lack of govt support, and of course real estate in Galveston.  Right now I think these photos will speak for themselves.  Say a prayer for the people we so hold dear in our hometown.  My brother got 12 feet of water while most of my friends lost their homes as well.  Many Galveston agents are not even able to sufficiently work.  God bless you all.  Here is the old Gaido's Billboard on 45.  The Gaido family was awesome after the storm.  The opened up their hearts to feed so many.  They truly embody Galveston.       Above is a photo taken off Harborside drive. I think thi...
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By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
      Trinity Episcopal Church Galveston, TexasThe following message is from Erin Toberman to her Tiki Island neighbors, but it contains information concerning FEMA that is important for all of us:Hello neighbors-I went to a Galveston Historical Foundation sponsored meeting regarding FEMA yesterday and I wanted to relay some of the information about FEMA and other disaster recovery resources of which I am aware. I encourage every homeowner and renter to make sure to register with FEMA prior to the 10/13/08 deadline. Once registered, a FEMA representative will arrange a time to meet with you and review your property damage. FEMA will will want to see photos and any other available documentation regarding damage if you have already begun repairing and restoring your property. FEMA is coo...
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By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
Since World War II, Galveston has had increasing numbers of federally funded housing projects for the poor.  One reason is that the city has a huge state medical school and hospital known to Galvestonians as UTMB but that stands for University of Texas Medical Branch. Loads of charity patients are treated there every year, in fact they move there from all over Texas for free treatment.  And it's now to the point that the hospital is continually finding itself in the red and looking for more money. WELL HERE'S WHAT THIS BLOG POST IS REALLY ALL ABOUT:  You are probably aware that when the Federal Government passed building safety requirements, handicap service provisions, and that new buildings must be built above the 100 year floodplain, that it has excluded itself. What's good for the g...
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By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
Galveston, Texas is a barrier island.  And it is where I was born and lived for most of the first 65 years of my life; the last three in Dallas.  I know the island so well -- its past and its present -- that for 10 years I wrote its history and its people's stories through weekly columns for the Galveston paper.  And I told them on camera for a Houston TV station's news reports.   I continue to write them for the monthly editions of Texas Escapes magazine. My book, Bill Cherry's Galveston Memories (Van Jus Press 2000) has sold thousands.  Today I face thoughts and ideas that I have glossed over in the past.   After 108 years, with the visit of Ike, the Island has seen destruction that would likely be on par with the famous 1900 Storm if it weren't for the many-mile seawall that was comp...
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