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By Dionelle(Don) Davis, Don Davis Luxe Realty Group-DDLRG with COMPASS
(DDLRG with COMPASS RE Texas, LLC)
Client Rating & Feedback Street Name: Jacobs River Represented the Buyer - Survey On 11/07/2016 Overall Rating: 5.00/ 5.0 Competency 5/5.0 Market Knowledge 5/5.0 Communication 5/5.0 My Experience 5/5.0 I will definitely recommend Don Davis to anyone in the market to purchase a home. If you were the Seller in this transaction and above information is incorrect, please click here. Report Abuse Agent Comment: Thanks Again Mr. Curtis, I will definitely recommend you to anyone in the market to purchase a vehicle as well! " 832-512-3647 Curtis/Chevrolet Street Name: Briscoe Meadow Ln Represented the Buyer - Survey On 09/02/2016 Overall Rating: 5.00/ 5.0 Competency 5/5.0 Market Knowledge 5/5.0 Communication 5/5.0 My Experience 5/5.0 If you were the Seller in this transaction and above informat...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Alert - Coyote Spotted in Grand Lakes Katy TX This is a warning to all residents in Grand Lakes and surrounding areas as a coyote was actually seen on the porch of a resident the other day at around 2 AM. I found this information on another social media web site. This resident was awakened by her dogs barking and she went went to see what was going on. She saw a coyote on her front porch looking at her and her dogs through a side window next to the front door. This resident had a cat that went missing earlier this year and now she has an idea what happened to her cat.  The quick research I have conducted states a coyote has a potential daily range of movement from 10 - 25 miles. There have been additional confirmed reported sightings in other neighborhoods in the area with one sighting ...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
I Voted Early on Nov 1, 2016 .. How about You?  I voted early today in Fort Bend County TX and there were no lines. At the start of early voting last week the lines were reported to be very long and the time necessary to cast a ballot way longer than 1 hour. What I have heard is there are a huge number of people who have chosen to vote early for this national/local election. I am firm believer that everyone who qualifies to vote should indeed make the effort and take the time to actually vote. As a citizen we have the right to vote but I think it extends further as I also believe we all have a duty to vote. If you decide not to vote then you really should not be complaining after the election. I agree this election period of time is getting real old plus getting on most folks nerves. I ...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Community Campout Presented by City of Katy Friday Nov. 4, 2016 The City of Katy or Historic/Old Katy is holding one of its newer local events being a community campout on Friday November 4, 2016 at the VFW Park in Katy. This event is geared for family fun and towards young children. The campout starts at 6 PM on Friday but can start setting up at 5 PM. This event will end on Saturday November 5, 2016 at 10 AM. Children have to be accompanied by an adult. Participants have to bring their own tent, sleeping bags, etc. Previous years found it to be pretty cold during the night and it is a good idea to be prepared. No campers or trailers are allowed. The weather forecast looks good right now for both Friday and Saturday. Attendees will be provided with fixin’s for hot dogs on Friday evenin...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
First Open House - Became first Executed Deal Several years ago, I was a brand new agent and I was given the opportunity to hold an open house for the senior agent I was working under at that point in time. It was his listing and the home was located in Old or Historic Katy. Of course even though I was certainly not a business newbie, I was pretty nervous.   This home was built in the early 1970’s and included a second lot which was immediately next  to the lot containing the home. The home had been updated but still had its own unique charm. This home was very clean and well cared for by the owners. These folks loved this home and of course very proud of it. If I remember correctly, I believe they were moving to the Texas Hill Country as they had retired from working.  I drove the surr...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Halloween Drivers Safety Tips I drive on a regular basis in both Katy and Cypress TX and on a daily basis I see numerous drivers who are not driving very safely and many who are violating various laws. As Halloween is Monday October 31, 2016, I thought some driver safety tips are in order to post and to remind drivers to be safe.  Try slowing down especially in residential neighborhoods where children will be out on Halloween and will be distracted by the excitement. Children as we all know do make unpredictable moves and take quick actions. Take the time to look for children at intersections, on curbs, on medians and in the middle of the block ready to dart out. The usual popular Trick or Treat times are from 5:30 PM until 9:30 PM. Most neighborhoods see the bulk of these children befo...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Wordless Wednesday - Sunsets Make for Interesting Pictures I really like sunset and sunrise pictures as I think there is something new to notice every time you look at the same sunset or sunrise picture. Below is a recent picture I took and I like the clouds mixing with the sunset. The cloud cover rolled pretty quickly just before I snapped this shot.  Have a great Wednesday evening and the remainder of your week.  Wordless Wednesday - Sunsets Make for Interesting Pictures 
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
New Sporting Goods Dealer Hits Katy/Houston Market with a Huge Splash Dick’s Sporting goods opened six store in the greater Houston area including one in Katy. This weekend marked this retailer's Grand Opening of each of these stores. I went yesterday and this is a huge operation with separate sections for Field & Stream, Golf, Sports Clothing/shoes plus equipment. I have to say I was amazed and the Katy store was packed with shoppers. Parking was not easy but you just had to be persistent. There are $10 savings coupons, with a purchase of $25 or more, in the Houston Chronicle as well as inside a mailer folks should have received in the mail. The savings coupon is valid until October 30, 2016.  I think some of the other sports retailers will lose a lot of business in this whole market t...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Fall Has Finally Arrived In Katy TX People who live in this whole Katy and Houston area have been waiting for Fall Weather to finally arrive. Yesterday the temperature when I took our dog for a walk in Grand Lakes was about 52 degrees. It felt great and the high for the day was around 88 degrees. Mind you last week we had several days when the temperatures were in the 90’s plus with high humidity.  This morning when I was out with our pup the temps were about 51 degrees and it felt invigorating.  The high today is suppose to be 78 degrees. The sky is blue and the sun is shining. We get excited when the hot and humid weather finally departs every year and this year it is almost November before this took place. Mind you when the most the country is suffering with extreme cold temps and sn...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Health Alert - A Method to Keep Mind and Body Young It is a proven fact practicing Yoga on a regular basis keeps your body limber and improves the body’s strength. Recent research indicates Yoga provides a big assist to keeping your brain in excellent operating condition. Degeneration of cognitive brain functions is a major worry/concern for all seniors. I incorporate some Yoga poses into my workout routine and it helps me without question.  A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reveals very interesting conclusion. A regular routine of yoga and meditation can help you to keep your brain sharp while remaining happy and alert. Seniors usually struggle with being happy and staying alert.  Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles recruited a group of ...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Night of Positively Pink at LaCenterra Cinco Ranch Katy Houston Methodist West Hospital is a hosting a breast cancer awareness celebration of Friday October 21, 2016 at LaCenterra Cinco Ranch. The event begins at 6 PM and lasts until 9 PM and will be held in the LaCenterra Courtyard.  Houston Methodist West is inviting the entire family to celebrate Breast Cancer awareness. Their goal is to teach everyone how to prevent breast cancer.  This social event will feature: Meeting women’s health specialist from the Hospital Obtaining breast cancer important information. Live music will be played and there will be dancing along with sweet snacks. Attendees will receive free giveaway items plus many more attractions.  Cotton candy will be provided courtesy of Berripop Frozen Yogurt.  Join the f...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
National Prescription Drug Take Back Program in Katy  Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center20370 Franz RD.Katy, TX 77449 Saturday October 22, 2016 the Katy ISD Police in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA) will be giving the general public the opportunity to get rid of unused or expired prescriptions from their homes. This initiative also educates the general public about the potential for drug abuse via medications.This Taking Back event is taking place at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center in Katy which is located at the address shown above. Take Back starts at 10 AM and lasts until 2 PM. The Take Back is a National across the US program.  During May 2016, Americans across the Nation turned in approximately 884,000 pounds of prescription drugs at sites...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Reflections of Life in Katy TX Many folks like pictures of sunrises, sunsets, mountains, water and scenic views. In addition to that list I really like reflection pictures. Below are a few of these pictures I recently took in Katy, TX. I have become much more aware of picture opportunities since I started posting on platforms such as Active Rain. Have a great Sunday...  If you are looking for a family oriented and pet friendly neighborhood and want/need a local Katy Real Estate Expert contact me and let us get started on your journey to living the luxurious lifestyle dream in Katy TX. Katy has excellent schools plus has something of interest for virtually for everyone of any age. It is a great time to buy as inventory levels of available homes is higher now than they have been in at lea...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Is that Car for Sale? I need to buy one for my Sister!  We have a 1999 Ford Expedition which needs some work but still runs. I have some stuff loaded into the car to take to Goodwill. The AC does not work and making this trip during hot weather is oppressive. I thought about dropping the Goodwill items off today but it will be hot once again.  This morning after riding my bike I guy pulls up in a pickup and asks ‘is that car for Sale? I need a car for my sister! This seems on the surface to a good reason to drive through neighborhoods looking for older cars on the driveway which owner maybe willing to sell. However, this is the second guy claiming he was looking to buy for his sister. The first guy had this tear jerker story about how his sister has numerous problems, no husband, 3-4 ki...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Dog Movie Premiering during January 2017 Universal pictures will release the movie  ‘A Dog’s Purpose” on January 27, 2017. This movie is based on 2010 novel written by W. Bruce Cameron with the same name. This movie is a of course a story about a Dog who looks to discover over several lifetimes and owners what was  his purpose in life. Dog lovers I warn you in advance there might be some tear moments while watching this flick.  The movie stars Dennis Quaid , Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton and Juliet Rylance.  I know there are numerous pet lovers in the Katy and surrounding areas including our whole family. Katy is a very pet friendly area and this movie I think will be a huge hit with all of these folks and their families. I know Yolanda and I plus other family members will wan...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Alert : Highway 99 - Katy/Cypress Harris County Sheriff Looking for Speeders Highway 99 which is a toll road has been recently heavily visited by Harris County Sheriff Officers sitting in the emergency lane running their supposed laser radar looking for speeders. I have seen their heavy presence for at least the last two weeks. These Officers for the most part are riding in pickup trucks and in the distance appear to be someone sitting in the emergency lane. These guys have been out in both the morning and afternoon rush hour. Drivers beware as in my opinion is they must be behind their ticket quota for the year and are now trying to make up for it before the end of this year. ( wink wink.. They do not have a quota! SPARE ME!! LOL) Yes indeed they nailed me with a speeding ticket yester...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Photowalking in Grand Lakes Katy TX #3 Grand Lakes in Katy TX is a master planned community developed by Trendmaker Homes. Homes total approximately 2,200 and residents children attend Katy ISD which is a highly rated and acclaimed school district.  There are numerous amenities available to residents including walking/biking trails, putting green, several pools, children playgrounds, dog park, parks, numerous man made lakes, fishing (with release policy), children’s water park, plus others. Homes range in size from approximately 1,600 sq.ft. to over 5,000 sq.ft. Currently there are 39 homes for sale which range in price from approximately $250.000 to $825,000.  I live in Grand Lakes and like to take pictures of the neighborhood while I walk our dog. Here are a few recent pictures I took...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Home Seller Tip #4 - Backyard Appearance Should Create a Positive Vibe This is the Fourth post in my series of home selling tips which are aimed to be short in length and cover items which are many times overlooked by sellers and/or agents. See list of prior seller tip posts with links at bottom of this post. The backyard appearance should not be ignored or forgotten about by sellers. I have seen on several occasions homes for sale in Katy and the surrounding areas where the backyard was a total or semi mess. Many times it is just junk left lying around such as piles of lumber, tree branches and leaves in piles and other trash strewn in several spots. Most of the time just a simple cleanup will make a huge difference in the yards appearance. The backyard includes behind the garage and s...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
It Must be Christmas Time during October in Katy TX Last Sunday October 2, 2016 I was in Costco Katy TX to find there were numerous Christmas decorations and gifts already displayed for sale. I had to shake my head as we have not even got past Halloween yet and but we are already getting polluted with Christmas stuff. Frankly the Halloween decorations were few and far between.  I had been in Costco the previous Sunday and there were just a couple of Christmas items for sale. Don’t get the wrong idea as I like shopping at Costco in spite of all the people who show up, especially on Sunday,  to essentially chow down on the free samples. These folks are not hungry individuals who need to stuff themselves with the free food. The majority buy very few items based on the seeing their empty sh...
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