Clear Lake City, TX Real Estate News

By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
Watch out, New York, Paris and Milan. The runway venue familiar to those cities will appear in our own NASA Gilruth Center on Friday, January 27, 2012. The show begins at 11:00 a.m.   In its 46th year, the NASA Go Texan Fashion Show theme will be "Cowboy to Couture, From the Range to the Runway."  Guests will be seated in chairs all facing the runway. After the show, guests will leave the fashion show area to be seated at tables for the luncheon provided by Tamara Vogt's Grand Finale Catering.   Ann Blanchard, the event coordinator, is full of new ideas and bubbling over with enthusiasm about the new approach to the old show. Phil Pampolina will serve as master of ceremonies and will have the group enjoying themselves on the dance floor after lunch.  There will be live and silent auctio...
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
For many women, uprooting their children and relocating with little-to-no possessions to a shelter is a difficult decision.  Communal living can be challenging particularly during holidays, and the Christmas season is no exception.  Here at BATP, we go the extra mile to ensure Santa reaches our facility and that our BATP families are not overlooked!   Santa's helpers - in the guise of BATP staff members together with community partners - fill the "house" with decorations and the wonderful fragrances and sounds of Christmas.  Helpers plan parties including the highly anticipated arrival of St. Nick to hand out presents and stock and prepare the Christmas Store for its special customers.  BATP's Christmas Store enables citizens to "shop" from their family's "Wish List" using vouchers to c...
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Clear Lake Area | Waterfront Homes for Sale | Galveston & Harris County Waterfront | The Bly Team | 281-823-5775                                  Clear Lake, or the Clear Lake Area, is a region in parts of Harris and Galveston County in Texas, United States. It is part of the Galveston Bay Area, which itself is a section of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area.The area is geographically characterized by the bodies of water in it and around it, including Clear Lake, Taylor Lake, Clear Creek, and Galveston Bay. For those who have dreamt of living near salt water in a warm climate, one of the Clear Lake TX homes may be just what youre looking for.  Greater Clear Lake encompasses nine communities in both Harris and Galveston counties. The eastern boundary is the Galveston Bay, a...
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
A community favorite! Come out and join residents of Pine Brook for the annual Holiday Hayride. Create new memories before the year ends and bring your children and family members to visit Santa on Sunday, December 11. The fun begins at 7:00 PM, so make sure you bring thick coats and jackets to keep warm!Residents will meet at the Pine Brook Park/Pool on Park Center near Clear Lake City Blvd. Hope to see everyone there!
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Data released by Freddie Mac shows the average rate for a fixed rate mortgage with a 30-year term has hovered at or below the 4.00 percent threshold for three straight weeks.  By comparison, at this time last year, the average rate was 4.39%. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage, often selected by consumers when refinancing, came in at 3.31% in Freddie Mac's latest survey.  Last week, the 15-year rate was 3.30% where at the same time last year it was 3.76%. Consumer confidence was also reported to have risen for the third consecutive month in early November to the highest reading since June, as measured by the University of Michigan's closely watched index.
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By Danny Frank, The Houston Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty)
Danny Frank Joins the Keller Williams Clear Lake Office Danny Frank has joined the Keller Williams Realty Team in Clear Lake/NASA area of Houston TX as the new Team Leader/General Manager. Danny is a well respect member of the Houston Association of Realtors and is the 2012 Chairman Elect and will be Chairman 2013. Danny also serves as a Regional Vice President to the Texas Association of Realtors and he also sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Realtors as well.The office Danny is now leading is expanding and now houses 126 Realtors.  Danny hopes to have to office agent count up to 175 by the end of 2012. He is now interviewing both new and seasoned agents to help agents grow their profit share that Keller Williams gives back to it’s agents.Danny Frank says “...
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By Danny Frank, The Houston Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty)
Directors Rescind Franchisor MLS IDX Display Policy The NAR Board of Directors meeting at the end of the 2011 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Anaheim on Monday voted to rescind a Multiple Listing Service policy on the display of Internet Data Exchange (IDX) listings on franchisors' Web sites.A work group has been tasked to broaden the policy to address listing displays over mobile devices and via social media (with a broker opt-out option). Listing data sent via RSS (Really Simple syndication) won't be included because of the difficulty in controlling access to RSS feeds.In other changes to MLS policy, directors took the following actions: Sales price information. Amended the Statement of MLS Policy and the implementing model MLS rules to allow MLSs to require reporting of sale prices b...
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
Have some time off this weekend?  For those about to rock, we salute you!  Bring your family to the Sci-Phonic Fest at Space Center Houston this Saturday, November 19th.    One part jam fest, one part science fair -- complete immersion in music!  Discover the relationship between musical melodies and the science that rocks it.  This special event is "orchestrated" to immerse you in the wide world of music through a jammed pack day featuring special events and live performances.   Sci-Phonic Fest activities include:   Special Presentation by the Society of Performing Arts A variety of Live Performers, featuring multiple music styles Live show by the Houston Jazz Singers A “soundsational” NEW Rad Rhonda Science Show Build and KEEP your own custom instrument “Backstage Pass” to meet the pe...
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
Clear Lake Boys Basketball is a competitive developmental league for boys in the Clear Lake area.  The season starts with tryouts and team formation in the Fall and play starts after the Winter Holiday break.   If you live in one of the following Intermediate School attendance zones (Space Center, Clear Lake City, Seabrook, and Westbrook) and you will be at least 9 years old by July 31, 2012, then you are encouraged to visit the website at www.clearlakeboysbasketball.org for an link to online registration program.   Teams are formed by draft after an evaluation session.  See website for the details!   Please note:  This year there will be online registration ONLY. Online registration is now open.  Questions and registration information can be found on the website.   Volunteers - If you ...
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
As the colder months approach, preparations should be taken to protect your home, and maintain your safety during these fall and winter months. The most obvious items to address center around keeping your home warm, hence your furnace and proper insulation.  Preventative measures should be taken to ensure that you remain safe and warm inside your home. FURNACES: regular annual maintenance inspections should be performed by a licensed HVAC technician to keep your furnace in good repair.  Cleaning or replacing filters monthly will also keep your system operating efficiently. OIL HEATERS:  like furnaces, oil heaters require annual inspections and maintenance.  Your annual inspections should include inspecting the chimney, cleaning pipes to remove soot build-up, replacing filters, checking ...
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
The Clear Creek Indepent School District (CCISD) is the Second Largest Exemplary District in Texas.  CCISD is celebrating the highest academic rating in its 62 year history, earning the coveted Exemplary rating by the Texas Education Agency.  This achievement would not have been possible without the unwavering support from parents and the community.   More than 93% of all students passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in 2009 and the District's overall completion rate was 97%.  When it comes to college readiness, Clear Creek ISD students outpace their statewide and national peers, scoring 30 to 45 points higher on the SAT.   2010 CCISD Scores TAKS (% of students passing) Reading - 97% Writing - 97% Social studies - 98% Math - 93% Science - 94%   Where The Reve...
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While you may be familiar with required weekly tests, this first-ever nationwide Emergency Alert System test may contain different elements.  Audio will indicate that this is in fact a test, scrolling text across television screens may not. When millions of Americans hear the warning at 13:00 CST Wednesday, the words will sound familiar, but the occasion will be historic. It will mark the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, a system that enables the president to address the American public within 10 minutes from any location at any time. Although state and local communities regularly use the system to notify communities about hurricanes, flash floods, tornadoes, child abductions and other events, all previous tests of the system have been local or regional, and inv...
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The 2011 Annual Meeting of Pine Brook Community Association will be held on Wednesday, 16 November at 7:00pm at Brookwood Elementary School located at 16850 Middle Brook Dr, Houston TX 77059 This is an excellent opportunity to hear updates on activities, finances and future plans.  Three of five Board positions are up for election.  Profiles of the three candidates running for the Board are following; nominations will also be taken from the floor. Please help us achieve a quorum to conduct the meeting.  All neigborhood residents have been mailed a proxy voting ballet.  If you are unable to attend the meeting in person please mail in your proxy.  If you have not received your proxy or have mis-placed it you may obtain another by contacting CIA Services at 713-981-9000.  You may also visi...
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
The Farmer's Market at Clear Lake Shores will switch to it's fall/winter hours of 9:00 am - 1:00 pm beginning November 5th.  Artisans and craft vendors will also be at the Market througout November and December offering high quality handmade wares such as custom screen printed pillows and lampshades, pottery, jewelry, and other gift items. Thoughout the fall, the Market's regular vendors will feature pumpkin themed eats and treats, seasonal produce and hamemade foods, and they will be taking special orders for the holidays.  For more information visit the Market's website a www.farmermarketcls.com As always, live music will be featured at the Market each Satruday with Cap'nRick on November 5th, JT on the 12th, Michael Orta on the 19th and Ben Reyna on November 26th. The Farmers' Market ...
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
Mark Your Calendars: Saturday, November 12th from 8:00am - 4:00pm Help save lives!  Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's Clear Lake Community Advocates will host a blood drive on Saturday, November 12th from 8:00am - 4:00pm at the Clear Lake Neighborhood Donor Center, 1153 Clear Lake City Blvd. All who donate or attempt to donate will receive a Commit for Life T-Shirt.  All successful donations will receive an additional 200 Commit for Life bonus points.  In addition, donors will have the opportunity to write a note of well-wishes to a patient spending the holiday season in the hospital as part of The Blood Center's Holiday Hugs promotion.  For more information or to schedule your donation, visit www.giveblood.org or phone 1-888-482-5663
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
A Busy November ahead at Brookwood Elementary School.  Come out and support your CCISD school: November 6 - 11   Book Fair This is an annual event at Brookwood Elementary...Come see all the books available for sale November 7          4th Grade Musical  Enjoy the entertainment at 8:30am or 7:00pm November 15        PTA Meeting  3:30pm November 21 - 25 Thanksgiving Holiday Week --- No School Week of November 28  Enjoy Lunch at School with your 4th grader For more Brookwood news and other news relative to the Clear Lake Neighborhoods of Brookwood, Pine Brook, Middlebrook, Bay Oaks, and Northfork stay informed at the www.ClearLakeBulletinBoard.com  and www.PineBrookNeighborhood.com  
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
Winter storms pose serious threats to people, pets and property.  Extreme cold, freezing rain, snow and strong winds can be especially dangerous.  Prepare yourself this winter season by taking these precautions now to protect your family and home.Before:- Keep space heaters away from flammable materials.- Bring pets indoors.- Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  Replace batteries every 6 months.- Move all vehicles inside garage if possible.  Never leave a vehicle running with the garage door down.- Insulate all exposed water pipes outside the home.- Prepare an emergency survival kitDuring:- Stay inside.- Close-off unoccupied rooms in the home.- Set your thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees.- Remove garden hoses and drain water from spigots, but allow a small...
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
Have an old computer, monitor screen or cell phone you no longer use?  Gather your unwanted electronic items and get rid of them in an environmental friendly manner at the Johnson Space Center E-Waste Recycling Event, taking place November 5 at Space Center Houston.  There will also be document shredding, of any size or quantity.  Just be sure documents are free of contaminants and taken out of binders or folders.There's no limit to what you may bring, so drop off your e-waste items between 8:00A to 2:00P, located at 1601 Nasa Parkway.  The event is hosted by Space Center Contractors and is free and open to the public. 
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
After writing my earlier Blog entry about the Fire Dangers of Using Dryer Fabric Sheets today I was speaking with an aquaintence at lunch and learned a new use for Dryer Sheets that I must share with you.  Tuck an unused Dryer Sheet into the waist band of your slacks, skirt or even your bra strap ... you will keep those pesty mosquitos away all day:) Now that's something to share with friends!  
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By Nancy Anderson
(Bay Area Elite Properties)
Start by taking your kids, not sending them Add to the fun by including other families. Find a "family friendly" neighborhood Escort young children to the door; instruct them never to enter a house   Have children use the "buddy system" - pick a partner and stick together Avoid close encounters with candles - in and out of jack-o-lanterns Light your way by remembering to take flashlights Leave dark houses behind; no porch light, trick-or-treaters are not welcome Observe safety sense; cross streets at intersections after lookin both ways Wear comfortable costumes that don't obstruct vision; use reflector tape Educate your children about "stranger danger" in age- appropriate ways Equip yourselves with cell phones or walkie talkies Nibble candy at home after a thorough checking by parents ...
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