Katy, TX Real Estate News

By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
We specialize in Katy and West Houston. We get many calls and e-mails asking us to represent clients who want to purchase a home in the Woodlands, or Downtown, or Kingwood, or....well you get the idea. We feel that we are the AREA EXPERTS for KATY. We know what is happening, what will happen, and even what might happen in our area. Many clients moving to the area do not know that the Houston metro area has virtually no zoning! It is very important to know what the potential for a vacant piece of property can be. Has that land been bought...and who owns it. We make it our job to know what is happening and why! It would be difficult to know this type of information for every area in Houston. One of the reasons most people buy a home in one of our many fine subdivisions is because subdivis...
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By Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
(Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!)
Liz Carter and Sandie Acord recently back from attending the most important Real Estate training event that has ever been put on in North America     Las Vegas and the MGM Grand were the setting this year for Mike Ferry's annual Superstar Retreat from July 16th-July 20th.  The event was attended by over 5,000 agents out of the 2,000,000 in the US to learn the latest techniques to get homes sold, and the latest techniques for helping their clients negotiate at the right prices with buyers.  The average production for this elite group sells over 75 homes a year, compared to the average Real Estate agent, which only sells 2-3 homes a year per agent.  Mike Ferry has been the top Real Estate training and coach for 32 years, and was ranked with the President, Allen Greenspan, and Congress as ...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
La Madeleine's, the French countryside restaurant, is opening in Katy before the holiday season. It will be located in The Grand Shopping Center on Grand Parkway (99) and I-10. La Madeleine's is very popular at the Town and Country Mall and will be a welcome addition in Katy. The Grand also includes a free standing JC Penny, and will be joined in 2009 by a Dillard's and Macy's. A Barns and Noble Bookstore is also planned. This outdoor styled center will  become the third area mall in Katy.
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
We receive quite a few questions about MUDs. We figured it was time to share some of our knowledge on the subject so that people who are considering a move to the Houston or Katy area will have a better understanding.  A municipal Utility District (MUD) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas authorized by the Texas Water Code (TWC) to provide water, sewage, drainage, and other services within the MUD boundaries. The publicly elected Board of Directors manages and controls all of the affairs of the MUD subject to the continuing supervision of the Texas Water Commission. The board establishes policies in the interest of its residents and utility customers. A MUD may adopt and enforce all necessary charges, fees, and taxes in order to provide district facilities and service. Some...
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By David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier
(Keller Williams Premier)
Benefits of New HomesEverything in the house is newNeighborhood is newStreet Construction is newBuilder pricing and incentivesPrice appreciation (if you buy at the right time)Benefits of Pre-Owned HomesEstablished neighborhoodTrees are maturedKinks worked out from possible builder problemsSchools establishedCharacterThere are many more benefits for each.  It is really up to each buyer's preference and desires.  Some people want mature trees and an established neighborhood and others would rather start from scratch.  If you don't mind a new neighborhood and are willing to stay for at least three years then new would be the way to go.  If not then buy from the original homeowner and you'll be able to benefit by getting a newer pre-owned house.  There are so many ways of looking at it.  Yo...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
Clients often ask us why Houston (and most of the surrounding areas) does not have zoning. Zoning is when a community decides what and where different types of real estate can exist. In most regions of the country we have defined areas for commercial real estate, residential real estate, retail, etc... In the Houston metro area we allow the market to determine what and where any project can exist. This can cause many problems for home owners. The lack of zoning does have an upside...the rise of subdivisions and master planned communities. Master planned communities plan everything from what type of residential and commercial real estate can exist, but also what it will look like and how large it can get. When you move into a home in a master planned community you are likely to know what...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
We receive many questions, often from relocation buyers from other areas of the U.S. or around the world about  new construction homes. One of the main questions is...Why do I need representation when purchasing new construction?  We understand why people ask this question. They are wondering what value a quality realtor will have during the new home purchasing process. Building a new home, or buying a new construction inventory home (a new construction home that is at or near completion) can be very rewarding...but for anyone who has ever gone through the process...very confusing and frustrating. We understand that clients do not buy or build homes everyday and do not generally understand the changes in process and building codes that the new construction builder will follow. Buyers te...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
We receive quite a few questions about our competition and other agents selling in the Katy area (and for that mater around the City of Houston). The questions come to us about services offered and what we can do for them that another agent can not...or will not do. We know that quite a few agents advertise FULL SERVICE FOR LESS! It is difficult to tell what they mean by FULL SERVICE but sometimes the name will tell you that you are receiving limited services. If a firm name is asking the owner to sell the home (sale BY OWNER) or that it will ASSIST the owner, or they will HELP the owner sell...you should have a good idea about how much services you will receive.   We feel strongly that clients receive the largest bottom line when they appeal to all buyers...from all the sources availab...
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By Steven Teoh, Los Angeles South Bay, Palos Verdes
(West Shores Realty)
Cinco Ranch is a master planned community with new homes and real estate in Katy, Texas. A single-family residential/commercial master-planned community, encompassing 5,400 acres and now is home to approximately 23,000 people. Quick facts about Cinco Ranch A 5400-acre master planned west Houston community in Katy offers an abundance of amenities, a championship golf course, a wooded Bayou Nature Trails, The Beach Club, The Water Park and numerous lakes, parks and pocket parks Hundreds of acres devoted to recreational amenities including seven neighborhood centers offering swimming, tennis, basketball, and sports fields All neighborhoods and amenities are connected by greenbelt trails, which are popular spots for jogging, biking and roller blading Beach club amenities include a half-acre...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
We are very proud to announce that our Katy Sunshine Fest to help the Sunshine Kids...Prudential Gary Greene Realtors charity of choice...raised $10,000 to help children with cancer. The event was a great success with over 500 invited guests enjoying the live music, food, and spirits! We wanted to put in some pictures from the event and let everyone know we are already planning for next year!
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By Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
(Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!)
 A Coach!If Tiger Woods, the best golfer in the world can remove his EGO and hire a coach, why not join him?  I hired my real estate trainer and coach 16 years ago.  After selling real estate in Houston, Katy, and Sugar Land Texas for 15+ years and selling 50-75 homes a year, thank God I found MFO.  Now I sell over 200 homes a year, work less, and give better service to my clients who hire me.  I was recently at a real estate Top Producer seminar in CA and they ask me to be a table speaker on what I had learned from coaching.  I wrote 31/2 pages of my "Top Ten" ideas. I believe in sharing and will gladly help any Realtor who wants to grow, and learn how to give better service, and in turn make more money in less time.  Of course I would not be doing my job if I did not remind you to sen...
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By Christopher & Bernadette Hurley
(Go Hurley Group)
 With over a dozen builders to choose from, Cinco Ranch offers new home buyers a wide variety of housing styles and options. In addition to top-notch housing, Cinco Ranch offers new homebuyers one of the strongest amenity packages in the city. A 7,400-acre master development plan devotes hundreds of acres to recreation Most of all, the residents think it's the community spirit that is the Cinco Ranch Advantage  Amenities:The Beach Club and Swim Lagoon is a one-of-a-kind recreational facility that offers a half-acre swim lagoon with white sandy beach surrounding it. Also available is the highly acclaimed Cinco Ranch Golf Club, pools, tennis, volleyball, basketball, hike and bike trails, parks, picnic areas, and a 2.5 mile bayou trail. School Zoning:Cinco Ranch is located in the Katy Inde...
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By Christopher & Bernadette Hurley
(Go Hurley Group)
This is Katy's New Town Square.  A nice addition to provie up scale retail and office space for those residents of the newer sections of Katy who don't want to drive 20 minnutes from home.  For More information on La Centerra,  Click Here;.For the latest information on Katy Click Here.How much are homes for sale in Cinco Ranch?  Click Here
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By Christopher & Bernadette Hurley
(Go Hurley Group)
Selling your home in Cinco Ranch?  What are the current market trends and house values in Katy, Texas?   Cinco Ranch is a master-planned community located in Katy, Texas.Cinco Ranch- Katy, Texas 2007 First Quarter Market Summary As of 04/12/2007121 Homes sold in Cinco Ranch in 2007.High Sales Price   1,065,340High Price per Square Foot  181.11Low Sales Price 161,100Low Dollar per Square Foot  60.49All of the homes were built after 2000.What is your Cinco Ranch home worth?  Visit- http://www.sugarlandrelocation.com/Active Homes on the market in Cinco Ranch. 
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By Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
(Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!)
Having been a Realtor in the greater Houston Texas area since 1976, I am still amazed at how affordable it is to live in our area of the US.  We offer homes for sale that in most parts of the country seem unbelievable, and I am always ask why?  Part of the reason is the amount of land that we have to build on and develop, the cost of labor, and economic factors are the three top reasons.  The average cost of a home is only around $200,000 and that buys you a very nice home in great school districts, and great neighborhoods with outstanding amenities.  One of the top master planed communities on the west side of town in Katy Texas is Cinco Ranch.  Cinco Ranch has several large stock lakes with 11+ pound bass,catfish, perch, etc. + free sail boats, a water park, seven pools, several tenni...
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By The MyHomeHouston Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
Katy has become one of the fastest growing upscale suburbs in West Houston. Katy's Country charm mixed with its posh master planned communities, acclaimed Katy ISD, current and future shopping centers, and upper class residents has made it one of the most sought after suburbs in the Houston area.Katy Texas Real Estate Katy TX Real Estate features a wide variety of communities to create a home and family with a large complex subdivisions with numerous sections and additions with a splash of country living. There are master planned communities located in Katy, with the most popular being Cinco Ranch. There are many communities for you to tour if you are looking for a home builder or home for sale in Katy, TX. You will surely want to stop by: Cinco RanchWood Creek ReserveGrayson LakesSeve...
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Do you have a written schedule?  Or do you just "wing it"?  This is for the agents who what to go to the next level, whatever that is for YOU.  I am always available to mentor/coach/train anyone in the world who wants to grow their business and improve their quality of life with their family and their clients at the same time.  The #1 thing you must have is a daily schedule that is shared with everyone, including clients, assistants (if you have any), your family, and your coach.  You have to be hedl accountable every day for what if have promised.  To my Sellers I have promised to get their home quickly for the most amount of money and this is how i do it,  Would love to see someone else's and hopefully we can learn from each other how to preform at peek performance everyday to deliver...
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By Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
(Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!)
 Top Realtors in Houston, Katy, and Sugar Land Texas Announced by the Houston Business Journal 2007  Liz Carter & Team Realty received top honors again at the 12thannual Houston Business Journal awards breakfast held this year at the River Oaks Country Club.  The HBJ tracks sales for the greater Houston MLS area, which covers several counties and cities, on number of homes sold and total sales volume. Liz Carter has ranked in the top 25 every year, out of 25,000 Realtors regardless of company affiliation. The mistress of ceremonies again this year was Lisa Malosky, a local news-person.  Her introduction was to recognize the hard work of the best of the best in the Real Estate Profession for their outstanding achievements in 2006.  Two awards were given to the top 25 Realtors, one for do...
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By Brandon Robichaux
(Century 21 Western Realty)
"Flipping can be a very lucrative pursuit. We are not talking about flapjacks here, but real estate," says Judon Fambrough, attorney with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.Flipping refers to the practice of finding a property that is for sale - usually priced below-market - and then selling it soon after it is bought for a quick profit.The most cost-effective way to flip property does not involve closing and taking possession of the property. Those who use flipping as a way to make money often assign or sell their sales contract to another party for cash or trade. An assignment is a transfer or grant of all the seller's rights, title and interest in property or in a contract.Fambrough provided this illustration: Jones is well-paid executive who owns a second home on a lake....
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By Margie Kaplan, Broker, CRS, CIPS, CLHMS, CNHS, TRC
(MK Luxury Homes & Condos, Houston Luxury Homes)
Have you ever had clients that are depending totally on you to pick their new home? Sometimes for whatever reason you may be put in the position of looking for a home for your clients because they need to buy before getting to your city. I am currently working with a client in that situation. But I want to write about one of my previous experiences. I had a client coming from South Africa that needed a home, a special home because his wife was wheelchair bound. So, not only did I need to find a home but one that had extra wide doors for the wheelchair. They also were very concerned about the schools and I had to make sure schools were okay too. I got lucky and found a beautiful one story home that was perfect. How do you successfully help out-of- town clients buy a home site unseen?  Ge...
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