Clear Lake City, TX Real Estate News

By Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros"
(Redesign Etc. Home Staging)
Every Wednesday evening at 6:15pm, amateur and professional sailors race on the waters of Clear Lake, TX.  Spectators can enjoy this event with easy viewing of the boats.  You can also enjoy the race from several lakes around the shores of Clear Lake.  A nice evening with food and friends watching sailboats, sounds relaxing to me.  For more information click here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~              Cindy Bryant is the owner of Redesign Etc.Home Staging & Redesign Specialist in Houston, Staging Your House To Sell By Professional Home Stagers! Our goal is to provide solutions to getting your home sold for top dollar in the most cost effective way!  Thinking of selling your house or want a new look give us a call! Contact Cindy today for a Home S...
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First American Title in Clear Lake is seeing the rush of refi's First American Title in Clear Lake Texas is seeing a rush with homeowners eager to lower their interest rate and mortgage payments. The Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday that mortgage-refinance applications rose to almost triple their level a year ago. The average contract interest rate for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages stood at 4.73%, down from more than 6% a year earlier. About 80% of all mortgage applications are for refinancing. If your a Loan Officer in The Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City, Kemah, and the rest of the Bay Area First American Title Clear Lake would love to work with you on your refinances. Please contact me for our escrow fees. kheinrich@firstam.com www.fatcohouston.com
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
Volunteers with the non profit Hospice Care Team work with pediatric patients in their homes, bereavement volunteers counsel with families for the year after the death of a loved one, guardian team volunteers work with patients, and speakers bureau volunteers inform the community about services.  All volunteers are provided training. For further information, please call 281-282-6035 or visit www.volunteerhouston.org . www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Houston home staging expertise designed to promote a rapid and profitable house sale for area Realtors and homeowners. Prices start at $150.  The owner is also a long time volunteer in the Houston Bay Area.
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By John Duncan, It's not about houses, it's about people
(Keller Williams Realty)
Clear Lake Texas Real Estate - Brookwood Subdivision Neighborhood Statistics Brookwood in Clear Lake has 904 single family homes with an average sales price this first quarter of 2009 of $259,400.  The average dollar per square foot is down slightly this year by $1.85 representing a 2% drop.  Bear in mind this reflects only a 3 month time span.  Also the average home sold in Brookwood was 3,004 square feet as compared to 2,943 last year.  Smaller homes typically sell for more in terms of dollar per square foot.  I did not factor in one or two story for either year. This could have a pronounced effect as well.    # Homes Avg Sales Avg Days Avg Price % Change   Sold Price On Market Per Ft.                Q1 of 2008 4  $259,575.00 95  $88.20               Q1 of 2009 5  $259,400.00 59  $86....
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By John Duncan, It's not about houses, it's about people
(Keller Williams Realty)
Clear Lake Texas Real Estate - Bay Knoll Subdivision Neighborhood Statistics   Bay Knoll in Clear Lake has 660 single family homes with an average sales price this first quarter of 2009 of $181,633.     # Homes Avg Sales Avg Days Avg Price % Change   Sold Price On Market Per Ft.               Q1 of 2008 4  $180,156.00 25  $      71.38               Q1 of 2009 3  $181,633.00 36  $      74.92 4.9%   Looking at the figures, it's easy to think that my calculations are off since the average sales prices are extremely are less than 1% different.  The reason for the higher dollar per foot prices in 2009 stems mainly from smaller homes being sold during that time frame.  The average square footage of homes sold in 2009 was 2,394 compared to 2,524 that same time last year. Bay Knoll in Clear Lak...
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By Kevin Heinrich
(Heinrich Group)
Heinrich's Clear Lake Texas Real Estate First American Title has been servicing the Houston Area since 1972. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff has a Customer First attitude that personifies itself in the service we provide to our clients. We at First American Title believe that success requires the ability to look into the future and see things not how they are, but how they can be. With the combination of innovative technology and skilled professionals, we can provide precision and exceptional service through every aspect of the closing process. The information needed to make sound economic-transaction decisions must be timelier and more accurate than ever before. The need for this information is the engine that powers First American Title. First American has built information resou...
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Clear Lake Branch   17225 El Camino RealSuite 100Houston, TX 77058 Phone: 281-488-0607 View Virtual TourView Brochure Melody Leary Area Manager mleary@firstam.com   j Kevin Heinrich Sales Representative kheinrich@firstam.com     
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
From 10 a.m until 4 pm, volunteers are needed to commemorate Earth Day at Armand Bayou Nature Center in Clear Lake, Texas.  Activities needing volunteers are greeters, assisting with children's activities, act as a recycling guide, or help with clean up.  Visit www.volunteerhouston.org for more information, or call 281-282-6035. www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Harris County home staging solutions to promote a rapid and profitable house sale for area Realtors and home owners.  The owner is also a volunteer in the Houston Bay Area.
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By John Duncan, It's not about houses, it's about people
(Keller Williams Realty)
    There's a new kid in town. Wouldn't you know it. Just as I posted about market activity in the Bay Glen neighborhood in Clear Lake City, another new listing becomes available.  And it's a beauty. I'm not the listing agent but she sure must be proud. This home has tons of updates. I'll be very surprised if it's not snapped up this week.  Built by Brighton Homes in 1987, it features 4 bedrooms, 2 and one half baths and an upstairs gameroom. Here are a list of updates:   · Porcelain Tile on first level   · Harwood entrance in foyer · Maple Hardwood stairs & on 2nd level   · Granite countertops in kitchen · Solar screens on all windows   · Spacious covered deck (great for those springtime barbeques!   · Hardiplank siding in July of 2006   · A/C & Furnace replaced in 2005   · Roof replac...
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By John Duncan, It's not about houses, it's about people
(Keller Williams Realty)
Clear Lake Texas Real Estate - Bay Glen Neighborhood There seems to be a lot of speculation going on about real estate prices right now and it's important to remember- real estate markets are local. It is easy to get caught up in what the media would have you to believe and that is, all real estate is in proverbial toilet. We've got the national economy, the local one and hurricane Ike thrown in for good measure. I'm looking for a GREAT deal! Hey! Who isn't? In the Bay Glen neighborhood, the number of homes closed in the first quarter of 2009 was 16. This compares to 22 last year. The average sales price this year was $168,481 compared with $162,937 last year. Market time or days on the market certainly has been to the home sellers advantage this year with the average number of days fro...
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
Faithful friends is an organization of volunteers who visit with their pets to area nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities and special events in the Houston Bay area. If you do not have a pet, you can assist other volunteers who have multiple animals.  New members should attend a workshop on Saturday, April 18 from 8:30-10:30 am at the University Baptist Church Chapel 16106 Middlebrook in Houston, TX 77059.  Please do not bring pets as appointments will be set during the workshop for pet temperament tests to be given later.  For more information, please call Julie Fernandez at 281-480-0638 or email faithful-friends@hotmail.com www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Houston home staging expertise designed to facilitate a rapid and profitable real estate sale for area...
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
In 2001 when local resident Jori Zemel died at age 14 from bone cancer, her family started a foundation that has raised over $370,000 for bone cancer research.  This year's event will take place at noon at Clear Lake High School offering music, food, rock climbing wall, obstacle course, clowns and other festivities for children.  There is a $20 registration fee for the walk and festival, which includes an event t-shirt and many free activities.  Further information can be found at www.jorizemel.org or call 832-563-4212. www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Clear Lake City home staging to promote a rapid and profitable house sale for area Realtors and homeowners.  The owner is also a long time volunteer in the Houston Bay Area. 
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
The Clear Lake Bridge Club is a non profit group promoting the game of bridge in southeast Houston.  Bridge games are offered for players from beginner rank to experts.  Lessons are given for both new and experienced players.  For information on the classes starting in May, please call Dave Glandorf at 281-488-6318.  For general information or play schedules, call Chuck Ensor at 713-501-0282. www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Clear Lake home staging expertise to promote a rapid and profitable house sale to area Realtors and homeowners.  Home staging prices start as low as $150.
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
The Dig 'n Design Garden Club will have a plant and bake sale on Friday, March 14, at the Clear Lake Park Building, 5001 Nasa  Parkway.  The sale hours are 8 am until 5 pm, and a Texas Master Gardener will be available to help with perennials, succulents, hanging baskets, vines, ferns, herbs, vegetables, bromeliads and more! Proceeds support local school habitats and several conservation, beautification, and educational efforts. www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Clear Lake home staging expertise to promote a rapid and profitable house sale for area Realtors and home owners. Home staging prices start as low as $150.
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
Help is needed with race set up, registration, refreshments, crowd management, and post race party for the Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon Weekend.  Nearly 450 racers will complete the half-marathon or marathon race on March 14-15th.  For more information, please visit www.seabrookmarathon.org www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Seabrook home staging expertise designed to promote a rapid and profitable house sale to area Realtors and homeowners. Prices start as low as $150.
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By Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros"
(Redesign Etc. Home Staging)
January 22, and 29 The Arts Alliance Center in Clear Lake across from the Johnson Space Center will be hosting an Open Mic night.  The nights will feature local artists and performers, and poets.  There willl be music, art, beer and wine along with refreshments.  No Cover Charge.  Call 281-335-7777 for more information. *********************************************************************************** Cindy Bryant is the owner of Redesign Etc. Home Staging & Redesign Specialist in Houston, Staging Your House To Sell By Professional Home Stagers! Our goal is to get your home sold for top dollar in the most cost effective way! Contact Cindy today for a Home Staging Consultation.  Please visit our website for more information. Areas Served:  Houston, River Oaks, Tanglewood, Bellaire, Pine...
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By Deborah Winters Chaney, ABR, CRS, eAgentC, SRES
(Keller Williams - Clear Lake/Nasa)
This is forwarded from the PTA president at Westbrook but has to do with Clear Lake Intermediate.  =======  All,  Yesterday (Sunday) around 4:45 pm our worst fear as a parent was nearly realized.  I was putting away groceries and preparing dinner while Craig was working on the computer.  The kids had been playing outside on our street when Phillip rushed to tell us that "a man tried to take Allison and he saw him."  Allison was in shock when she came into the house but was able to tell us what happened.  The man pulled up in a white Chevrolet truck and approached Allison from behind as she was pushing Phillip's big wheel home. He told her to "stay still."  Thank God she did not listen and instead fought back with a 36 in. toy shovel she had been holding.  She hit him several times knock...
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By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
There are several very valuable lessons for Realtors here, so stick with me as I tell this story. BACKGROUND Although my primary profession is as a real estate broker, and that's been the case for more than forty years, throughout it all, I've also played cocktail piano professionally and tuned hundreds and hundreds of pianos. I'm sorry. I just have this need to be near, around and in touch with pianos.  That need dates back to my childhood.  So I juggle tuning, repairing and playing pianos with my real estate career. THE STORY About ten years ago, I was retained by Instrumental Director Bob Wall to service and tune the nearly twenty pianos that were in the sanctuary, classrooms, choir rehearsal hall and chapels of the University Baptist Church in the Houston suburb of Clear Lake City. ...
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
New Directions is a Houston Bay Area singles organization offering support, education, and a social outlet for mature divorced, widowed, and never married individuals.  Each Wednesday, meetings are held at 7 pm at St Paul's Church (Beck Hall) at 18223 Point Lookout Drive in Nassau Bay, TX.  Call 281-508-5481 for information about the many interest groups offered such as bridge, travel, bunco, dance, dining, and theatre. www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Houston Bay Area home staging solutions designed to promote a rapid and profitable house sale for area Realtors and homeowners.
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By Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros"
(Redesign Etc. Home Staging)
Saturday, December 13 will be the 47th Annual Christmas Boat Parade.  It is scheduled to start at 6pm. It will begin at Clear Lake go to South Shore Harbour Marina to Nassau Bay onto Galveston Bay.  Over 100,000 people are expected to attend.  There will be over 100 boats of all types that will be adorned with Christmas Decorations.  The weather is in the 70's today, so tonight should be cool but comfortable.  This is a free event! I have never gone, but this year I'm going to check it out! ********************************************************************************** Cindy Bryant is the owner of Redesign Etc. Home Staging & Redesign Specialist in Houston, Staging Your House To Sell By Professional Home Stagers! Our goal is to get your home sold for top dollar in the most cost effec...
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