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Open House this Sunday, April 6th in Shadow Creek Ranch

4/4/2014

2010 Creek Run Dr

I have another fantastic listing in Shadow Creek Ranch.  I have sold many homes in this beautiful community located in Pearland, just off of Highway 288.  This master planned community has state-of-the-art amenities including multiple pools, splashpads, playgrounds, beach volleyball, a putting green and walking trails around numerous lakes throughout the community.  These amenities along with the proximity to the Texas Medical Center and Downtown Houston continues to make this area extremely popular.

So, on to the details of my new listing at 2010 Creek Run Dr.  This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a 2 car attached garage is stunning!  As you enter the home you see arched entries to the formal dining room to your left and the main living area in front of you.  The dining room features wood floors and crown molding.  As you walk further into the home you enter the family room that has beautiful tile floors, a high ceiling and a ceiling fan.  This open layout is perfect for entertaining with a breakfast bar separating the family room from the kitchen.

The kitchen is spacious and offers granite counters, dark wood 42" cabinets and stainless steel appliances which include a gas stove!  This kitchen has everything that the chef of the family is looking for including a pantry.  The sunny breakfast area next to the kitchen is a great space to enjoy family dinners.

The master bedroom is located to the left of the family room.  This split floorplan offers privacy.  The master bedroom has beautiful wood floors, high ceilings, crown molding and a private bath.   The master bath has double sinks and a separate tub and shower as well as a charming window seat and a large walk-in closet.

The two secondary bedrooms also have wood floors and large closets.  The guest bath located beside them has granite counters and dark wood cabinets.  Now on to the backyard which is fully fenced and has an extended patio that's great for holding backyard bbq's!

I will have this beautiful home open this Sunday, April 6th from 2-4pm.  Stop by and see it in person.  Can't make it then?  No problem!  Call me at 281-844-5969 and I'll arrange your personal tour.

Open House this Saturday, April 5th in League City

4/4/2014

I have a fantastic new listing that I can't wait to show you!  430 Magnolia Blossom has everything on your list from 4 spacious bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths to stunning wood floors in the dining room, family room and master bedroom.  All of this and a convenient location just off of FM 518 near the I-45 intersection.   This provides easy access to Houston amenities as well as Galveston and the surrounding areas.

As you walk up to this beautiful home you see extensive landscaping and solar screens (which are on all windows in this home).  As you get closer you find a charming front porch.  A great place to relax after a long day!  As you walk up to the leaded-glass front door, you see more landscaping and a covered entry.

Inside you find an elegant entry open to the second floor with an art niche in front and a formal dining room to your left that featuring a chandelier and stunning wood floors.  As you move further into the home you find the family room which has the same gorgeous wood floors as the dining room, a wall of windows, a ceiling fan and a corner fireplace.  A great place to entertain!

The family room is separated from the kitchen by a convenient breakfast bar.  This is a great casual dining space.  The kitchen itself is HUGE!  Plenty of cabinets and counter- space for the chef of the family as well as a large pantry for storage.  A center island with seating space makes a second casual dining option.  Stainless steel appliances include a gas stove!  See, this home really does have everything!  The breakfast area is spacious and sunny with neutral-colored tile floors also found in the rest of the kitchen.

home for sale in Magnolia EstatesNow on to the master!  This master bedroom is beautiful!  High ceilings, wood floors, beautiful windows and a private bath.  The master bath features double sinks and a separate tub and shower as well as a large walk-in closet.

Time to go upstairs!  Upstairs you find 3 spacious bedrooms with large closets, ceiling fans and neutral-colored carpet.  There is also a gameroom and a spacious guest bath.  Outside you find a fully fenced backyard also offers a covered patio!

This home really does have it all and won't be on the market for long!  Come check it out in person.  I will have the home open tomorrow, Saturday, April 5th from 3-5pm.  Can't make it then?  No problem!  Call me at 281-844-5969 and I will arrange your personal tour! 

Open House this Saturday, March 29th in Pearland - Southern Trails

3/28/2014

 

You have to see this one in person!  My listing at 12110 Forest Sage Lane has everything that you have been looking for!  This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features a formal living room, formal dining room, large family room, gourmet kitchen, an upstairs gameroom and a media room!  See, I told you, it has everything!  It's also in a fantastic location just off of highway 288 in the popular community of Southern Trails.  This master-planned community offers walking trails, lakes, a clubhouse and fitness center as well as a large playground area with covered picnic tables.

As you enter the home you immediately notice the attention to detail.  A gorgeous custom chandelier hangs over the entry and draws your attention up to the wrought iron spindles on the staircase and upstairs railings.

Columns separate the formal living room and dining room while still maintaining an open flow.  The family room that you see as you walk in is open to the second floor and has dramatic windows and a stunning fireplace.  I'll get to that in a minute.  First, let's talk about the dining room.  This room has unique square windows and a custom chandelier that compliments the one in the entry.  Crown molding and a wine bar/serving area add to the elegance of the space.

As you move further into the home you find the family room that I mentioned.  This beautiful room is open to the second floor and features a ceiling fan and a fireplace for added comfort.  This room is open to the kitchen and breakfast area making it a great design for entertaining guests.   The breakfast bar separates the family room from the kitchen.  This functional detail is also stunning!  The granite counters that extend through the entire kitchen are beautiful!  Stainless steel appliances and plenty of dark wood cabinets finish the space.

The master retreat offers plenty of space for large furniture and bay windows allow plenty of natural light into the room.  The private bath features his and her sinks, a separate tub and shower and a large walk-in closet with built-in shelving.

Time to move upstairs.  The second floor offers a gameroom as well as a media room with built-in niche for a large television set!  Three spacious bedrooms and a guest bath with double sinks make this a very functional  home.

Come see everything that this gorgeous home has to offer.  I will have the home open this Saturday, March 29th from 3-5pm.  Can't make it then?  No problem!  Call me at 281-844-5969 and I'll arrange your personal tour!

Pearland PAWS in the Park Event March 29th-30th

3/27/2014
Paws in the Park has become one of my favorite Pearland events! I look forward to it each year and have marked my calendar for this weekend! This year's Paws in the Park is being coordinated by Pup Squad Animal Rescue. This organization rescues puppies and nursing litters from the streets, shelters and other situations and helps to place them in forever homes.Paws in the Park will be held at Independence Park. Better yet, attendance and on-site parking are both free! The event kicks off with a Fun Run on Saturday, March 29th. Visit the Pup Squad Web-site lfor exact time of the Fun Run and to register on-line. The HEB Plus! Pet and Owner Fun Run is open to everyone. There are distances of 1K, 3K, and 5K. Registration begins at 8:00 and the fun run begins at 10:00am.After the fun run you can catch the popular Dock Diving events! Apparently Dock Diving is a huge event now and pets and their owners travel around the country to compete in these events. They will also have some teams that are competing at the national level for the US Dog Disc Nationals. There will be several amazing demonstrations of the skills of these amazing dogs!There are generally plenty of exhibitors displaying their pet merchandise or pet adoption agencies. Come out and see for yourself! This event will be held from 10am-4pm on Saturday, March 29th and Sunday, March 30th. Remember this event is FREE!

Pearland PAWS in the Park Event March 29th-30th

3/27/2014
http://content.remaxtexas.com/dyna_images/agents/225/119806/20140327120754.jpg Paws in the Park has become one of my favorite Pearland events! I look forward to it each year and have marked my calendar for this weekend! This year's Paws in the Park is being coordinated by Pup Squad Animal Rescue. This organization rescues puppies and nursing litters from the streets, shelters and other situations and helps to place them in forever homes. Paws in the Park will be held at Independence Park. Better yet, attendance and on-site parking are both free! The event kicks off with a Fun Run on Saturday, March 29th. Visit the Pup Squad Web-site lfor exact time of the Fun Run and to register on-line. The HEB Plus! Pet and Owner Fun Run is open to everyone. There are distances of 1K, 3K, and 5K. Registration begins at 8:00 and the fun run begins at 10:00am. After the fun run you can catch the popular Dock Diving events! Apparently Dock Diving is a huge event now and pets and their owners travel around the country to compete in these events. They will also have some teams that are competing at the national level for the US Dog Disc Nationals. There will be several amazing demonstrations of the skills of these amazing dogs! There are generally plenty of exhibitors displaying their pet merchandise or pet adoption agencies. Come out and see for yourself! This event will be held from 10am-4pm on Saturday, March 29th and Sunday, March 30th. Remember this event is FREE!

Open house this Saturday, March 15th in Shadow Creek Ranch!

3/14/2014

I have a stunning listing in Shadow Creek Ranch that I will have open this Saturday between 3 and 5pm. The home is located at 12802 Quail Creek Dr. It features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a 2 car attached garage and a formal dining room and study (which could be a fourth bedroom). You really can't beat the location. Shadow Creek Ranch is a master-planned community located in Pearland, just south of Houston. The close proximity to the Texas Medical Center and Downtown Houston have made this community a popular one. You have all of the convenience of being close to the city while enjoying larger suburban style lots, community amenities including pools, beach volleyball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, basketball courts and miles of walking trails.

The home itself is move-in ready. As you enter the wood with leaded glass front door you immediately see the arched entries leading to the dining room and main living area as well as the 18 inch tile floors in the entry. The formal dining room is located to the left and features crown molding, chair rail, a chandelier and beautiful arched windows.

As you move further from the entry to the main area of the home you immediately notice the open and connected feel of the space. The family room is only separated from the kitchen by a functional breakfast bar. So, the kitchen! What a kitchen it is! It features a large pantry with double doors, granite counters, lots of cabinets for storage and a large center island. Stainless steel appliances complete the elegant space. There is also a convenient breakfast area next to the kitchen. Both rooms feature the same 18 inch tile as found in the entry.

When you move from the kitchen to the family room, you notice the gas fireplace and the wall of windows looking out to the private patio in the back. I'll get to that in a minute. The family room is spacious and well-planned with details including a floor outlet. These handy features reduce the need for cords running around the room to plug in lamps, Christmas trees, etc. The room also features high ceilings, a ceiling fan and a built-in nook for a t.v. and entertainment center. There are also French doors leading to the spacious study.

The master bedroom is located to the right of the family room and has gorgeous bay windows! The private master bath is attached and has his and her sinks with additional vanity space in the center. It also features a separate tub and shower and a large walk-in closet with built-in shelving.

Across the family room you find the other two bedrooms and the guest bath. Both bedrooms feature ceiling fans, large windows to allow natural light, soft carpeting and plenty of closet space. The guest bath is conveniently located between them and has a tile tub surround and a sink with additional vanity space.

The outdoor space is as welcoming as the indoor space. As you walk out the back door, you find yourself standing on a large covered patio. The brick patio also has a ceiling fan overhead for added comfort and a lattice privacy shade. The home is located on a large corner lot so there is plenty of room for backyard games or the garden you have always wanted.

I could talk about this home all day, but it would be better if you had the opportunity to see it for yourself! Stop by this Saturday, March 15th between 3 and 5 pm. I will have the home open and ready for you to walk through. Can't make it then? No problem. Give me a call at 281-844-5969 and I'll arrange a personal tour.

Protect Your Investment- Add Flood Insurance Now

3/5/2014

 

It seems like the spring brings a wave of reorganization in everyone's lives. I'm not sure if we just crave order after the chaos of the holiday season or if it has more to do with the beginning of a new year and thus a fresh start. Whatever the reason, I am currently going through closets, updating files, etc. It's a good time to step back and review your finances and yes attack credit card debt, update savings goals, etc, but in this case I'm specifically addressing a type of insurance that many people do not have for their homes.

Homeowners insurance is part of how we protect our finances. We all have wind insurance and regular home insurance if we have a mortgage, but flood insurance is optional for many homes located outside of a flood plain. Many people believe that they do not require flood insurance if they don't live in a flood plain, but in the south or any other place subject to unpredictable rainfall amounts, I think that it is an important part of the overall protection of your home investment.

For those of you who haven't had the experience of living near the coast during a large tropical storm or hurricane, you might not know what they are capable of. Yes, you have seen the after photos of broken homes near the coast and further inland, but did you know that during one tropical storm in 1979, Tropical Storm Claudette,  dumped 42 inches of rain in 24 hours in Alvin!  The photo that I attached was taken after that storm.

My point is that flood insurance can be an essential part of protecting your real estate investment. You may not live in a flood plain (which is great because it makes flood insurance very affordable), but that doesn't mean that you don't need flood insurance. If the sky dumps 42 inches of rain over your neighborhood, will your home flood? Mine might. Regular homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by flooding or rising water. Also, these flood policies (from the National Flood Insurance Program) take 30 days to go into effect. The spring (not hurricane season which may be too late) is a good time to add one if you don't have one already.  Visit the FEMA flood insurance web-site for more information.

Not sure about your insurance needs? Call me and I'll refer you to a great agent! I know a few fantastic insurance agents who can help you review your coverage to be sure that you are protected.

What is the FIRST Thing that Buyers Notice in a Home?

3/3/2014

 

So, you are thinking of putting your home on the market, but you aren't sure how to make the best impression using the smallest budget. If you do nothing else, clean, clean, clean! Prospective buyers are shopping for a NEW home. Your home may be 20 years old, but if it is to be the new home of another family, you have to show it in move-in ready condition. This does not mean that you must do major renovations. It's the little things that count!

1. Clean up the front yard. Mow, edge, weed-eat and remove any weeds from the flower beds. First impressions matter!

2. Remove the clutter from your home. Sell the open space, not your favorite photos and figurines (they will soon have a space of pride in your new home).

3. Clean the inside of the house thoroughly. Buyers will look closely at the condition of the home and make a judgement on how well it is maintained simply by how clean it looks.  A dirty home gives the impression of lack of upkeep.

4. Buyers look up. They see the cobwebs in the corner, they see the dust on top of the door frame and the ceiling fan. Clean those areas. Then look down! Clean the baseboards too!

5. Wash the windows (or pay someone to do it). You will be surprised by the amount of light that clean windows let into a space. A few hours of elbow grease can pay off big-time with a faster sale.

6. Scrub the kitchens and bathrooms completely. Buyers are very picky when it comes to those rooms. The more they shine, the more positive the first impression of your home will be.

7. Shampoo the carpets and then vacuum daily.

8. Odors are a turn-off. Remove all garbage before showings. Consider using air freshners before showings.

So, grab your mop, broom and sponges and be prepared to use some elbow grease. No time? No problem, hire a professional! Most cleaning services offer deep cleaning services. You will be amazed at the difference it will make to prospective buyers!

I look forward to helping you with all of your real estate needs. Ready to see a SOLD sign in front of your home? Call me today at 281-844-5969. I look forward to working with you.

Open House at Home w/ Pool this Saturday, March 1st from 3-5 pm in Friendswood

2/28/2014

I have a fantastic new listing that I can't wait to show you!  This updated home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a 2 car garage and a POOL!  You just can't beat the location.  The home sits on a large corner lot with mature trees and landscaping.  

As you walk through the front door, you immediately see the gorgeous floors that extend from the entry to the formal living/dining room to your left.  This large room features great natural light from the front windows and wainscoting on one wall near the kitchen.  When you walk further into the home you get to a large family room with a brick fireplace, exposed wood beam, vaulted ceiling and ceiling fan.  Bay windows look out to the patio and pool beyond.

The kitchen features tile floors, tons of cabinet and counter space and a breakfast area which also has bay windows looking towards the patio and pool.  Now we move on to the spacious master bedroom which features a ceiling fan, a walk-in closet with built-in shelving and an updated private bath.  The master bath features a sink and vanity area separate from the tub and shower combination which has been updated with a gorgeous neutral-colored tile surround.

The second and third bedrooms are spacious with ceiling fans and large closets and each has a door lead ing directly to the guest bath.  This bathroom features updated tile floors and tub surround, plenty of storage and updated lighting.

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Now on to the backyard and oh, what a backyard it is!  A covered patio offers a shady spot to enjoy the backyard while escaping the hot summer sun!  Beyond this area is a wrought iron gate that leads to the pool and spa area.  This beautiful in-ground pool is ready for summer fun.  The pool is great by itself, but this one also has a slide!  

So, I know you are ready to see this home in person.  I will have it open this Saturday, March 1st from 3-5pm.  Stop by and see it in person!  Can't make it then?  No problem!  Call me at 281-844-5969 and I will arrange your personal tour.

On My Way to Becoming a Miracle Agent!

2/18/2014

 

It's official!  I'm on my way to becoming a Miracle Agent.  Re/Max has a unique partnership with the Children's Miracle Network that I have recently become very excited about.  This partnership allows me to commit to help them serve the children and families in my area.  I am pledging to make a donation after each sale of a home (whether for buyers or sellers).  My money will be directed to Texas Children's Hospital.  Stay tuned for additional fundraisers and events that can help you become involved as well.

Texas Children's Hospital is a name that most of us in the area are familiar with.  They are an amazing pediatric hospital which serves the Houston area with a branch in the Texas Medical Center, one in Katy and a new one planned for the Woodlands.  The money that I send in my clients' names upon closing on a home will be used to continue their charity program as well as to build the new facility intended to serve the northern part of the Houston area from the north side of downtown to Conroe.

So, where does this money go?  Well, first there is charity care.  Texas Children's Hospital will never turn someone away or refuse treatment to someone in need.  The thing that surprised me most about this is to learn that many of the charity care patients that they have helped over the years had health insurance.  Does that surprise you?  Well, many insurances have a yearly and a lifetime maximum.  Once you surpass that, you're on your own.  Considering the average N.I.C.U. patient spends $4,000/day, it isn't long before benefits can fun out.  Pediatric heart patients can surpass their lifetime maximum in a matter of weeks.  Texas Children's Hospital provided more than $150 million in charity care and community benefits in 2013.

This amazing organization is also leading the way in research and education.  Doctors with Texas Children's Hospital provide an outstanding level of care for the children in our area and they continue to push the edges of medical research to find new and exciting ways to help their patients.  I am proud to have such an organization in my community and I am now committing to support them!  I will keep you posted on any events I decide to do in the near future and will be excited to make donations in my clients' names as we close on their real estate transactions.

It's a great time to list a home and I would love the opportunity to help you reach your real estate goals.  Call me at 281-844-5969 and we can discuss my unique marketing strategies.  Your home can be my next "Miracle Home" helping to provide excellent medical care to the children in our area.

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