Katy, TX Real Estate News

By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Sick Yesterday in Katy TX Yesterday afternoon I became sick all of sudden. We were scheduled to go to dinner with my son, his fiancee, future step granddaughter and my sons future in inlaws . We had to cancel as whatever hit me did not go away quickly. I still do not feel that good today. We were going to have dinner at a highly rated South African restaurant located in northwest Houston.  I always say it is better to live to fight or enjoy on another day than it is to push any attempt at something when things are not right.  Have a great reminder to your Sunday afternoon and evening.  Below is a sunset picture ..   
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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 - Aquarium PicturesEarlier this year we visited an aquarium and the below pictures were taken there. I really like the colors and the sea life. The ocean is a very complex life system without question.If you or someone you know are looking for or are in need of a home in Grand Lakes, Katy, Sugar Land or Cypress TX area REALTOR® to help you with the purchase or sale or lease of a home please contact me as you will not be disappointed. I am positive if you interview me you will be very happy. I am a Professional Realtor working for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Anderson Properties in Katy TX and I have several years of successful corporate and real estate experience. I would love to hear from you and start working on finding your dream home. My cell number is...
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By Dionelle(Don) Davis, Don Davis Luxe Realty Group-DDLRG with COMPASS
(DDLRG with COMPASS RE Texas, LLC)
"Our Agents Take The C.A.K.E"C-CommitmentA-AltitudeK-KnowledgeE-Enthusiasm Licensed Realtor Looking To Enhance Your Business? Luxe Realty Group  We are looking for Licensed Real Estate Professionals with experience in the residential real estate industry. The successful candidates will be results driven, clients focused, experienced professionals possessing backgrounds in sales and OR the hospitality industry.  Responsibilities:  Conduct phone appointments creating listing activity to qualified sellers and decision makers working in our primary markets Greater Houston, Greater San Antonio, And Greater Austin Vicinities. Identify, qualify and record leads, contact information and notes regarding the new or ongoing development of new or existing client targets · Negotiate and execute cont...
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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 - Our Pup Enjoying a Leisurely Sunday Morning Our little pup Miss Duchess is a family dog and she loves to hang out with us. Below she is shown enjoying a leisurely Sunday morning cup of coffee while checking her Email plus pictures on my laptop here in Katy TX. Sitting in my spot or Miss Yolanda's spot at or breakfast room table is one of her favorite things to do when we are home. She makes us laugh every day. Small dog with a huge personality.   
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Don’t Let Student Loans Stop You from Buying a Home Buying a home is considered by many, to be an integral part of the American dream. But what happens if you have student loans, that means that you aren’t financially capable of buying a home, right? WRONG. Student loans may affect your monthly budget, but there are mortgages available for those with student loans. You still can qualify for a mortgage loan.   Please take the time to read the linked article shown below as it does a very good job of providing needed information.   Want to learn more? I am an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) in Katy TX, plus professional Realtor and have worked with first time homebuyers to manage their student loans and still be able to afford a home. Please let me know if you have any questions! ...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Today is National Margarita Day! Enjoy!!  February 22 of every year is National Margarita Day and it is a time pay a tribute to this wonderful drink. I have recently read a survey which found margarita's are the most popular drink ( alcohol) in the US. I will not get into some type of debate as to the accuracy of this survey but certainly margarita’s are very popular all over the US and especially in Texas. In fact margarita’s are enjoyed all across the world.  If you the opportunity enjoy one today or maybe one over the upcoming weekend.  My wife Yolanda makes excellent margarita’s including cranberry, blue, and others. She is a lady of many talents. Next time she makes one I will take a picture and share it with everyone.  Enjoy your day and margarita.  Above picture courtesy of Bing ...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Katy ISD Virtual School Registration is Open Katy ISD has created a virtual school and registration is now open for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Katy ISD District feels online learning is an essential segment of today’s learning environment. Online courses can provide students with an opportunity to acquire required school credit from anywhere and at time the student is availble to learn. Online education is in high demand and is a very cost effective method to provide students with instruction.  All online courses are aligned with Katy ISD curriculum and are taught by Katy ISD teachers. The key is this type of school instruction and learning provides the student and their family with flexibility. Another advantage to students of this program is students can attend specialize...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Eye Allergy Problem Spreads in Katy TX. I previously wrote a post concerning an eye allergy issue I was having back in November. I went to our eye Doctor and he told me to use over the counter cream with 1% hydrocortisone three times a day. I followed instructions and after about one week the problem appeared to disappear.  During December 2016 allergy issue on my eyelids came back. I followed the same instructions from the eye doctor but this time the condition never went away. Slowly but surely it spread to my face with the area below my right eye getting impacted. This area is is very red and looks horrible. The pain is like being stuck with tiny pins. Unfortunately the same stuff has now spread to the area around my left eye!  During the last 7-10 days the condition has gotten worse...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Excel Series at Cinco Ranch Branch Library The Cinco Ranch Ranch Branch Library which is part of the Fort Bend County TX library system and which is located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd Katy TX 77494 is offering a Microsoft 2010 Excel series of no charge classes during February 2017. I use Excel all the time but I can tell you there is always something new to learn and improve your skill set.  On Thursday February 16, 2017 MS Excel Intermediate is being presented and it starts at 10 AM. If you are a beginner this is not the class for you as of now. Take the basic class first and then practice.  Thursday February 23, 2017 at 10 AM the class is MS Excel: Advanced. This is a class I probably need to take to make the jump to the next level. Seating at all the computer related classes at t...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Picturesque Neighborhood Scenery - Katy TX Katy Tx and the surrounding unincorporated areas have numerous neighborhoods where residents can enjoy picturesque scenery when they walk, run, drive through or ride a bike in the neighborhood.  These neighborhoods have numerous amenities available to residents which usually include swimming pools, hike/walking trails, putting greens, dog parks, man made lakes, parks, green areas  plus several other attractions.   If you are looking for a great place to live in a family and  a pet friendly neighborhood contact me and let us get started finding your dream home in Katy or the surrounding areas as there are still beautiful homes available.  Picturesque Neighborhood Scenery - Katy TX 
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Home Buyers : Internet Use vs. In Person Don’t believe everything you see or read on the internet. You’ve heard that one before I am sure. It’s great to start out by conducting research if you’re interested in buying a home, but I strongly advise you to be conscientious of the websites you use to do your browsing. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) and professional Realtor, I can steer you in the right direction and better explain the online property portal process.  See the linked article shown below as it explains online web portals. I can design a custom home search which taps into HAR MLS data. This search will put all homes matching your criteria into your own web page and this can be accessed any time you want. I look forward to working with you and hearing from you! W...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC)  Owl Prowl and Coyote Howl KPS Indiangrass Preserve31950 Herbert RoadWaller TX. 77484 The Katy Prairie Conservancy ( KPC) is hosting on Sunday February 12, 2017 a special evening program out in the prairie in the greater Katy area. Participants will search for prairie night predators such as the owls and coyotes. How cool is that. Pretty cool I think! I Sorry kids but this program is meant for adults.  The cost is $50 per person. The night will start with a short talk followed and then Master naturalist and Bird Guide Glenn Olsen will take the whole group out in the prairie in search of predators. The group will be looking to find barn owls, great horned owls, screech owls, short eared owls and hopefully some coyotes. Coyotes usually travel in packs from w...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Great News as 29 Dogs plus some Cats Adopted 2/4/17Yesterday was a phenomenal day at the Fort County Animal Services shelter as 29 dogs were adopted and several cats. I do not yet have a count on the cat adoptions. In addition, four (4) dogs on their PUSH list were adopted and this just leaves 2 dogs from the list to be adopted. One of those dogs was  totally abused as she was in Rosenberg, TX. She does not get along with other dogs at all but humans no issues at all.  She gave me numerous kisses when I stuck my hand in her pen to pet her. Her picture is the first one shown below. The two remaining dogs on the PUSH list have had their deadline  extended until Wednesday February 8, 2017. The adoption fees were dropped to a total bargain price of $12 per dog and $2 per cat. This very low ...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Passport Fair in Katy TX On Saturday February 4, 2017 Annie Rebecca Elliott, Fort Bend County District Clerk, is holding a unique Passport Fair. This is a community service and its main purpose is to make it easier and more convenient to apply for a US Passport. The fair starts at 8 AM and lasts until Noon. This Fair is being held at the Fort Bend County North Annex which is located at 22333 Grand Corner Drive, Suite 105 Katy TX 77494. Appointments are NOT being accepted as this is on a walkin basis only.. All applicants have to appear in person.  If you want for information and an application go to Fort Bend County website.  Passport Fair in Katy TX 
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Super Bowl Fun Weekend in Katy TX Several organizations are teaming up to host a fun Super Bowl weekend in Katy TX. These groups include The City of Katy; The Rotary Club of Katy; Katy ISD; Celebrity Sweat; No Label Brewing and Typhoon Texas.  A Taste of Katy Chili Bowl plus tailgate activities will start the festivities on Saturday February 4, 2017 from 9 AM until noon. This will be held in Visitors parking lot at Rhodes Stadium in old or historic Katy. This is a no charge event but raffle tickets will be on sale. Following the Katy Chili Bowl is a celebrity flag football challenge from noon until 3 PM also at Rhodes Stadium. Among the celebrities participating include Doug Flutie;  Kirk Cousins; Andy Dalton ( is grew up in Katy TX) ; Michael Irvin; Michael Bennett; Victor Ortiz plus s...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Dogs Needing to be Adopted Today! URGENT!!! Fort Bend County Animal Services has six dogs on their PUSH list which need to be adopted Today February 1, 2017. I have copied from their website a poster showing the dogs which are remaining which need adoption or be euthanized. The original PUSH  list had 15 dogs and this has been reduced to 6 dogs.  If you have in your heart to SAVE a life, please consider to adopt one of these pups. I volunteer at the shelter and I have an emotional obvious connection to all the dogs. One pup got adopted yesterday was missing her back paw. I was so happy for her as she is a sweet pup. I am now very worried about the six still on the list!!  Please share this list and or go to the shelter’s Facebook page and share everywhere possible.  Thank you in advance...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
AARP Tax Aide Providing Tax Assistance at Katy/Fulshear Libraries 2017 The AARP Tax Aide is offering FREE tax preparation assistance at Four local libraries in the Katy Texas area. These programs will begin on Wednesday February 1, 2017 and end on Tuesday April 18, 2017. This free service is available to individuals with low or moderate income. Special attention will be paid to those who are age 60 or more. Yes unfortunately it is Tax Time once again. I do not know their definition of low income but there maybe some data on their website and click on the link above.  Similar to prior years, programs are being held at these Four local Katy and Fulshear Library locations: Cinco Ranch Branch Library - 2620 Commercial Center Blvd Katy Texas - Mondays from 1 PM until 5 PM , English and Spani...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Crystal Ball Predictions for 2017 - Katy and Houston TX Praful Thakkar real estate agent with Keller Williams in Andover MA created an Active Rain Challenge for January 2017 asking for a post of 2017 real estate market predictions. My main market area is Katy TX with secondary being Far West or North Katy/Cypress areas. I will discuss Katy in greater detail but I mention both  Cypress  and Houston.  I will start with a comment there is no implied or express warranty of anything included in this post. These are strictly my own market predictions made on January 30, 2017. Nothing more and nothing less.  There is NO such thing as a guarantee in Real Estate. I have had potential clients tell me about other agents who were supposedly guaranteeing certain results. I do not partake in this typ...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Happy Chinese New Year from Katy TX. Happy and Healthy Chinese New Year to everyone and this is the year of Rooster. Folks born in the Year of the Rooster are very trustworthy. They work very well on a schedule and are excellent workers/employees. These folks are said to be active, resourceful, observant, talented and courageous. These are all excellent traits. These folks have self confidence and enjoy being in the spotlight.  If you have questions about the Katy Real Estate or Cypress  markets or any other surrounding area call me and let's get started finding you and your family a home. There are still excellent opportunities to buy a really nice home. If you like some information about available and affordable family homes, I can create a custom search for you which will be presente...
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By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Spring Katy Home and Garden Show January 28 - 29, 2017 The Merrell Center and Robinson Pavilion will be the home to the Spring Katy Home & Garden Show on Saturday January 28 and Sunday January 29, 2017. There will be over 300 different exhibits in both buildings in two buildings covering 2 floors . The show will include exhibits covering home improvement, remodeling, decorating, windows, kitchens & baths, heating & cooling, flooring, granite, home theater, siding, pools & spa’s, home decor, sealing products, blinds & shutters  and landscaping themes. This is the 11TH annual holding of this fine show. The Merrell Center and Robinson Pavilion are physically located at the address shown below.Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion6301 S Stadium Dr.Katy, TX 77493 The Merrell Center is easy to f...
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