Katy, TX Real Estate News

By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Today is Red Shirt Fridays - Are You Wearing a Red Shirt?  There is a group named RedShirt Fridays whose basic mission is to support our service men and women by wearing a red shirt on Fridays. I just became aware of this group in the last few days. I am wearing a red shirt here in Katy TX today in support of all of our current service men and women and all of our Veterans.  Red Shirt Fridays is not a political organization at all. They want all folks to become aware of their support for our service men and women. They express by their words that they have been the silent majority but will not be silent anymore. I agree with their goal to let all of our service personnel know that we appreciate and support their sacrifices and we will never forget them. The basic concept is for folks to...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
My September 2016 Housing Newsletter Below is a link to my September 2016 edition of my Housing Trends E-Newsletter which will be sent out to my current, former and potential clients in the near future. Please take the time to view and read sections of interest. If you have any questions concerning the Katy TX and surrounding areas contact me and let us get started finding you a home in this area so you and your family can start living the Dream in Katy. Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter and Thank You for your time. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general. Please clic...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
We Slept on a Sailboat Saturday Night This past Saturday evening, being October 1 2016, we had the pleasure to spend the night on a sailboat docked on Galveston Bay at a slip in the Houston Yacht Club located in Shoreacres TX.  Our friend owns a 38 ft. Beneteau sailboat and this was a first for both Yolanda and I sleeping on a sailboat. We have been on cruise ships before where we slept but not a sail or motor boat overnight.  Last week I published a post “Living the Dream in Katy TX” and I had included one of numerous advantages of living in Katy is that the Gulf of Mexico was a doable drive from Katy. Folks living here who love the water and some or all of its potential activities can enjoy the Gulf even though they live in Katy. Living a luxurious lifestyle is certainly a potential a...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
September Marked My Working Out Anniversary in Katy TX Sometime during middle of September 2016 marked the three year anniversary of me working out on a regular basis here in Katy TX. I decided back September 2013 to begin the workout journey and have constantly followed this path ever since then. We go to Life Time Fitness which is a 5 minute or less drive from our home in Katy.  I am not writing this post to brag but I am proud of myself for staying the course and not giving in to becoming  an unfit couch potato once again. I hope by publishing this type of information I will motivate one or more persons to get active and start living a healthy lifestyle.  During the course of my adult life I have had numerous starts and stops when I started an exercise program. Many times I would ove...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Saturday Shopping - Trader Joe’s Katy TX One of my favorite places to visit and shop is Trader Joe’s (TJ’s) in Katy TX. I usually go on weekend as I do not have time to visit during any given week. Yesterday I went as I had specific items to purchase for a Sunday dinner.  October is Pumpkin Month at TJ’s as all  month long they feature numerous products containing pumpkin. The fact is TJ’s features something special every month. Just a few of the Pumpkin items include Pumpkin bread mix, honey roasted Pumpkin Ravioli, organic Pumpkin Spice Granola bark, and list goes on and on.  I usually try something unique they are featuring every month. This time I bought Pumpkin Soup Crackers which are brown rice crackers infused with Pumpkin puree.  Saturday Shopping - Trader Joe’s Katy TX 
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
New Scam - Missing Jury Duty  I have heard about a new scam in the last few days making the rounds in the Houston and Katy areas. I thought it was important enough to tell folks what I know concerning this new (at least in this area) scam. I also understand a local lawyer actually fell for this nonsense.  The scam goes something like this : You get a phone call from someone who claims they are with the local county justice system. This person is very confrontational and  states that you missed jury duty without an acceptable excuse. Due to this an arrest warrant has been issued for your immediate and impending arrest. He may also claim the police right now are their way to your home or place of business. There is only one solution to stop this arrest process that being, of course, the p...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Living the Dream in Katy TX There are numerous reasons why folks fall in love with Katy and love to live in Katy, TX. plus why they are living the American Dream!  Katy is made up of old or historic Katy which is a old city dating back to the 1890’s and  a very large unincorporated geographic area made up of numerous family oriented neighborhoods. As a generality Katy and the surrounding areas are approximately 25-35 miles west of Downtown Houston depending on where exactly you live. This area is spread out and miles of distance lose the stigma of being too far away when you live here for awhile.   Katy is close enough to Houston to allow residents the ability to enjoy all the things there are to do in the fourth largest and spread out geographically major US City. George Bush Internati...
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By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
Here are your Mortgage Rates for the Houston Area Conventional 30 year Mortgage: 3.625%Credit score:740LTV:80%Loan Amount:$200kAPR: 3.82%FHA 30 year: 3.5%Credit Score:740LTV:96.5%loan amount:$200kAPR:4.66%Conventional 15 year: 2.875%Credit score:740LTV:80%Loan Amount:$200kAPR:3.12% Rates are Subject to ChangeCall me today if you are thinking of refinancing or buying a home, for the best mortgage rate possible.
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Rice Harvest Festival Parade 2016 in Katy Texas                 Above picture taken by and copyrighted by Bob Gilbert with all rights reserved. Prior to the actual Katy Rice Harvest Festival, a Rice Harvest Festival Parade will take place that features bands, classic cars, several floats, local Katy Texas schools, youth organizations, local churches and large crowds of people while it proceeds through numerous blocks of Old or Historic Katy TX. This is annual event that precedes the actual festival by approximately one week. The parade will be held on Saturday October 1, 2016 beginning at 10 AM in downtown Katy Texas. The actual lineup of Parade participants will start at 9 AM. The Parade begins at  the intersection of Fifth Street and East Avenue at the Katy Church of Christ 5458 5TH S...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Eight Months 2016 Market Report for South Katy TX- MLS Area 36 I always prefer to examine year-to-date data throughout any given year and look at year to year comparisons for discovering market trends as I think there is too much volatility on a month to month basis to make any good conclusions. My primary market is South Katy or MLS area 36. Of course I also am interested in MLS 25 or North Katy; MLS area 37 Fort Bend West; MLS 29 Fort Bend-Sugar Land and Stafford plus a few others in Cypress TX. I posted on Monday September 19, 2016 Houston Association of Realtors August 2016  MLS Report for single family homes which indicated August was a bounce back month for this huge market segment being Houston and the surrounding area. The South Katy market also had a better August than July 201...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Almost Speechless Sunday - Antique Phone  This antique phone is located in our friend’s Condo in New York City. The phone still is operational and is connected to a direct line to the reception desk. I like antiques of just about any nature and especially old phones or phone booths.  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 Katy 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 least 3 years.  Almost Speechless Sunday - Antique Phone 
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Chirp, Chirp, Chirp.. said the Smoke Detector at 3 AM  Yes indeed we were awaken this morning at about 3 AM in Katy TX to the very unpleasant sound of a fire/smoke detector telling us its battery needed to be replaced. We guts it out as Yolanda did not tell me to get up and shut off that horrible noise. I did get up at 5:30 AM to workout. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out which of 10 or so detectors we have was the culprit this time. I cancelled my workout plans as time slipped away quickly. I made several passes and as normal for me  I could not figure which detector needed a battery pull job. I even stood underneath each one and waited for the noise to start and still could not figure which was the troublemaker!  My ladder for reaching the fire/smoke detectors on the ceilings...
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By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
Conventional 30 year Mortgage: 3.625%Credit score:740LTV:80%Loan Amount:$200kAPR: 3.82%FHA 30 year: 3.625%Credit Score:740LTV:96.5%loan amount:$200kAPR:4.76%Conventional 15 year: 3%Credit score:740LTV:80%Loan Amount:$200kAPR:3.22% Rates are Subject to ChangeCall me today if you are thinking of refinancing or buying a home, for the best mortgage rate possible.
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Almost Wordless Wednesday - Hanging out with the Roosevelt's   The above picture was taken at the location for FDR’s home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park NY. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and this is a fascinating place to visit with so many things to see and so much to learn. I think you could easily spend a few days visiting and not see everything. FDR is one of my favorite Presidents. How about you? He accomplish a huge amount in so little time!  Almost Wordless Wednesday - Hanging out with the Roosevelt's
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Annual Triathlon being held at Firethorne Katy TX   The 24th Annual Katy Triathlon will be hosted once again by the Katy Rotary Club. The event will be held in and around the Firethorne neighborhood in Katy Texas and  will take place on Sunday October 2,2016 with the starting time at 7:00 AM. Firethorne is a Master Planned Community located on FM 1463 about 2-3 miles south of I-10 and this event has been held in Firethorne for the last several years. I have written blogs about this Triathlon in the past as it is a huge local event where all the proceeds benefit local college scholarships awarded by the Katy Rotary Club.This Triathlon will consist of a new (course) 14.8 mile bike ride, 500 meter lake swim and 3 mile run. Individuals as well as teams are competing. There are several brack...
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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 #2 I read our friend Roy Kelley 's post last weekend suggesting an excellent way to end the week is post a picture from your photowalking in your neighborhood of flowers. Roy always has wise suggestions and I thought if I got the opportunity I would do just what he suggested. I am sort of watching the Broncos and Colts play ( go Broncos) and ready to call it a day for the internet. I have to get gas at Costco and start dinner.  Good night!Photowalking in Grand Lakes Katy TX #2 
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Katy Sip N Stroll at Villagio Katy, TX The Katy Sip N Stroll is being held on Saturday September 17, 2016 starting at 5 PM. and lasting until 8 PM. at the Villagio Town Center. This event raises funds for Cinco Charities being  The Ballard House which serves as a hospitality house for patients being treated at local hospitals.   The featured items at this fundraising event include food, wine samples, craft beer, silent auction and wine pull. The Robert Hartye Band will perform on the Aruba Tourism Stage in the main courtyard while Gabe Montoya will entertain folks at the Street Music stage near the Kroger Beer garden. It is expected that in excess of 1,500 people will attend this adult only event. Ticket prices and various options  information can be found by clicking here.  We have att...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Almost Wordless Wednesday - Clouds in Katy TX #2 I really like pictures of the sky, clouds,sunrises, sunsets water shots and mountain views. I took the below picture this week in Katy and I really appreciate the colors as we usually do not have this type of color shown in the skies of Katy TX and with a reflection off the water.     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 least 3 years.  Almost Wordless Wednesday...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Katy ISD Education Foundation Hosts Fireflies and Food Trucks Sept. 2016Katy ISD Education Foundation  is hosting its annual Fireflies &Foodtrucks fund raising event on Thursday September 15, 2016. This event is being held at No Label Brewery which is located in Old Katy at the address shown below. This event will benefit the foundation’s Inspiring Imagination Teacher grant program. Over the last 3 plus years in excess of$ 500 K was awarded to deserving Teachers.The foundation’s fourth grant cycle begins this fall and awards grants to Teachers in May 2017. The Fireflies & Foodtrucks special event starts at 5:30 PM and lasts until 8 PM. Ticket prices are $75 per person at the door as advance purchase tickets are Sold Out! . This includes live entertainment and all food and beverages.  Ra...
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