I know this is old but I had to comment on Al Geffon's comment. What he had right is that Summerwood is a lovely community, having lived here for 6 years. The area is growing fast and retail is moving in in the same way that the master planned community is built. Where he misses the boat on is his proximity to Houston comment. Summerwood is less than 30 minutes to downtown Houston during rush hour. Try that from anywhere else in Houston counting Clear Lake, Spring/Woodlands and Katy. Forget Cypress. Also, traffic in the NE corridor of Houston is the lightest of all areas around town. Finally, the Exxon campus is further to the North rather than South. What is being planned near Summerwood, almost adjacent is Generation Park which will bring new jobs and will help to strenghten the housing market already booming in this area. Look up Generation Park for more info.
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Congrats on the new job! Be sure to throw away any and all winter clothes-you will not be needing them anymore. It is summer here from April to November. The heat is BRUTAL AND STIFLING. Maryland has very nice seasons, I lived in Laurel, MD and loved the weather there.
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Houston is a fine city and offers a lot for people to do there. I grew up in Houston and spent most of my life there. What factors are going to be the important to you? Are you looking for schools, entertainment, or the less stressful drive possible?
If you are looking for the least stressful drive to Downtown possible, and don't mind living in an urban area, then the Inner Loop is where you want to be. Several neighborhoods in this part of town are being densely built with new townhomes. This is particularly so in The Heights, Memorial and Waugh, Midtown, and East Downtown. If you are looking for a good mix of housing styles and closeness to work, focus around The Heights and Washington Heights. That area has some eclectic restaurants, shopping, and offers a light-traffic commute into town via Memorial. Also, as a tip from a long-time Houstonian, Memorial Dr will likely get you from Point A to Point B much faster than IH-10 will!
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You have asked a very good question, before I answer to your question, I would like to know what brings you to Houston. Houston has very many safe and nice neighborhood with good schools district, as an agent I cannot direct you to any particular neighborhood, but I can provide you with different options. Is it your work that brings you to Houston, looking at the traffic you should move closer to your work in a nice neighborhood with good schools. We have Katy, Sugar Land, Wood Lands, and many other nice with neighborhoods with good schools. I will be more than happy to send you complete market reports on the zip codes or area you would be interested in, it will give you the detail ratings on schools, price point, demographics detail and any other detail you would be interested in. If you happen to be coming to Houston soon, I can give you a guided tours of some of the neighborhoods and the city. Houston is the fastest growing city, and our home values are going up fast. I look forward to hearing from you so I can forward you some detail on the neighborhoods.
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Many folks seek out neighborhoods in the top school districts, including: Cy-Fair ISD, Katy ISD, Klein ISD and Pearland ISD - although these are located in areas outside the Sam Houston Tollway loop around the city. The ratings for these school districts' elementary schools are worth checking out on: http://www.har.com/school/
Also, please consider where you will be working, as your commute into your job will be important so that you can spend as much quality time with your family as possible, and not in traffic everyday!
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The good news is: you closed the deal and now you have your home.
Your agent can submit a written compliant to the other agent's broker. although she/he did not break any laws, the behavior is clearly unprofessional and unkind.
You may have been able to buy the blinds from HomeDepot or some other on line store for way less trouble.
Try to put this behind you , and enjoy your home.
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Hello Ms. Atkins,
There are actually quite a few neighborhoods currently that are in demand. Communities in Katy, Sugar Land, Memorial, Heights, Montrose, University, Bellaire area and others are very attractive to folks depending on what they are looking for.
As you know the Houston market picked up pace in the beginning of last year and it does not seem to have slowed. Several areas are being rejuvenated and new construction fills up very quickly. In many cases, buyers have had to wait longer than the routine construction time to move into their homes.
Glad to know you are doing your homework, but before you decide on an area, do drive around on different days and at different times of the day so you can get a really good feel for it.
Best wishes on your purchase.
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Living in the area, I know it well. While Realtors are not permitted to discuss the "safety" of a given location, you'll definitely see a correlation between rental prices and crime stats.
Your daughter is probably looking at $1000 or so for anything decent. Her best bet is to contact one of the apartment locating services (there are dozens here). These firms have a better handle on that segment of the market than Realtors do.... more
Congratulations on your move to Houston! Houston is a big city with a lot of growth, so you are definitely headed in the right direction. Have you been pre approved? Is the purchase of your home continent on the sale of another property? Prices vary depending on your location and criteria. Give me a call to discuss further.
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Al Geffon hit the nail right on the head.
If you are not concerned about schools, then Ponderosa can be a great deal with a lot of bang for your buck on the square footage.
It is also close to 45 with easy Woodlands access, and to Beltway 8.
There is also a Metro Park and Ride nearby.
Do be on notice that the parts of the neighborhood are in a flood zone, but it hasn't flooded since before Ike.
You may consider going a little more northwest for older homes on larger lots that can give your children a better educational.
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One more thought ... I've encountered such situations before, and many HOA's (especially those with an older demographic) are reluctant to grant approval. I suggest you concentrate on more "family-friendly" areas, where a day care facility within the subdivision could be viewed as an asset. Your agent should only show you homes in subdivisions that will let you operate such a business. I'd ask for a copy of the deed restrictions before moving forward with an offer.
Those locations with no restrictions are generally further away from more densely populated communities, thus making it more difficult to drop off and pick up children. You'll also need to keep both your budget and cost of renovation in mind. Licensed facilities need to meet rather stringent criteria (rightfully so), and the cost to comply can be a major issue. As I previously noted, research the matter thoroughly, and make certain that you've got everything in writing. I wish you well.... more
Just be aware that there is no building code in unincorporated areas and build quality of houses in developments in these unincorporated areas reflect that. Although the house may look spectacular on the surface, and may actually meet minimum code, unless you are aware of how the house is actually being constructed from the ground up, you are likely in for some unpleasant surprises, especially if you are purchasing a pre-existing home. Most home builders in large developments in unincorporated areas use contractor grade components, i.e., HVAC, appliances, mechanical systems, concrete instead of clay brick, etc., unless you specifically ask for and pay for higher end components/techniques. One of the things I've noticed is that many homes are built without structural sheathing panels, i.e., plywood or OSB, on the exterior of the house. Instead, foam board is used which provides no structural integrity. You' never know this because it is covered up by siding or brick unless you do some detailed digging and look for exposed areas in the attic or ask for written assurances from your Realtor.... more
I had moved here from Dallas after a hard look at HOUSTON , it has a lot going for it there are many oil companies and great job market available for the right candidate ... as for the housing , it's know to be affordable , if you like you can always reach out and we can discuss your options thanks shyda... more
It depends on how you feel about commuting 'cause the commute can be WICKED. Your wife will be sitting on I45 about 2-4 hours a day...wait, what? Yeah. Not fun. The realtor below me mentioned Cinco Ranch. Lovely area west of Houston but the commute is gonna be a killer there, too.
The Heights is where you want to be if your wife works downtown. Great, safe area, the best location in Houston if you need to be downtown, and good schools. The Heights neighborhood (77008) has terrific triple decker townhomes and bungalows galore.
If I made more money and was forced to live somewhere else in Houston, Memorial would be it. Memorial Drive runs for miles through Houston and both upper and lower Memorial are bar none-beautiful homes on acreage, privacy galore, the best schools, and like-minded people.
Again, it depends on your budget and priorities. What attracts you to Kingwood? I am an individual and not in real estate, just curious. Oh, and to answer your question, yes, Kingwood is a very nice area. Just look out for the random pockets of apartments where you generally are going to have a LOT more issues with quality of the people residing there (as opposed to someone that can afford and handle the responsibility of a house).... more