Sugar Land, TX Real Estate News

By Breanna Ochoa, Realtor - Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland
(Metro Realty Partners)
  If you are in town, you know that gas supply is very limited. While out driving around checking on my property and my out of town clients property I thought I'd fuel up again if I had the chance. Most of the gas stations I drove by did not have any gas. I got a few tips on stations that had gas, but when I went to them, they all had lots of cars parked at the pump and lining up down the street, but no actual gas. They seemed be an urban myths. They were just open to sell chips, soda, gum etc. I am starting a list of station that I have seen actually do have gas, please add to the list if you have any updated information. As of 7 pm Sunday September 14th these stations had gas in Sugar Land: The Shell station at 59 feeder and Hwy 6 (although I am boycotting them) The HEB station at 59 ...
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By Erelopro Out of Business, Relocation Professionals are out of business
(erelopro)
Sugar Land, Texas is an affluent suburb of Houston. Named to reflect its beginnings as a sugar plantation, it is today a modern community replete with many upscale commercial developments. Sugar Land has experienced 158% growth since 1990, however excellent planning by city leaders ensures the community can continue to keep pace as the population grows beyond its current level of approximately 78,000. For example, a soon-to-be-completed local development consists of a Town Square -- a mixed-use development combining retail, residential and commercial spaces, offering a "traditional downtown model" of a walkable Main Street, in addition to a sixty thousand square foot conference center, hotel, ballroom, and the new home of the City Hall. Demographically, residents tend to be well-educate...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
The Sugar Land Police Department has created a task force to address the 34% increase in vehicle burglaries so far this year. During the first seven months of 2008, there were 371 burglaries of motor vehicles, with the majority occurring in retail areas, fitness centers, restaurants and parks. While most of these crimes occur in high-volume parking lots, there has also been an increasing amount of vehicle burglaries reported in residential areas, mostly during the early morning hours according to Police Chief Steve Griffith. Drivers are leaving property in their vehicles, which creates an easy target for thieves. Items typically targeted include purses, wallets, computer equipment and electronics such as I-pods, GPS devices, cellular phones and radar detectors. The following tips can he...
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By Breanna Ochoa, Realtor - Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland
(Metro Realty Partners)
The city of Sugar Land has launched a new website with information on area local air quality. The site address is www.sugarlandtx.gov/public_works/air_quality/index.asp The site has educational information and links to federal agencies that are involved in air quality control. The site also gives a map showing the location of Houston area air monitoring sites. Although there are no sites located in the city of Sugar Land, there are multiple sites in the surrounding areas. New data for each site is reported hourly detailing ozone measurement. Ozone pollution is usually an issue during the daytime especially during the Summer due to the combination of sunlight and heat. This can cause ozone levels to become more concentrated. Ozone level reporting continues through November 30th. For more...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
Two new Sugar Land office building projects will get 10-year tax breaks from Fort Bend County. In July, county officials previously signed a similar deal with Town Center Lakeside Ltd. for a $13 million two-building project in Sugar Land Town Square. The agreement allowed the developer an annual 75% tax abatement for a decade beginning in the 2010 tax year. County Commissioners Court allowed tax abatements to Prisma Properties and Heavy Construction Systems Specialists for their proposed new buildings. The agreements allow Prisma to get an annual 75% tax break for its first building from 2010 to 2019 and another 10 year 75% reduction on the second building begining in 2012. The county will also cut Heavy Construction's taxes on its new building by 50% annually from 2010 to 2019. The cou...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
A new commuter bus service from Fort Bend County to the Texas Medical Center began service this week with no charge during the first week of operation. Commuters can board the vehicles at either the University of Houston-Sugar Land, at 14000 University Blvd. or at the First Colony Mall AMC Theater, at 3301 Town Center Blvd. Beginning Monday, the fare rate for travel will be $3.50 each way. $70 ticket books can be purchased with cash or check from bus drivers beginning Sept. 5. Daily tickets can be purchased with cash.
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By Breanna Ochoa, Realtor - Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland
(Metro Realty Partners)
The 2008 Sugar Land Rotary Shrimpfest is set for September 13 at 5:30 pm. This event offers a shrimp and boild catfish dinner, raffle, auction, and kids games. All proceeds go to Rotary charities. Entry tickets can be purchased from a Rotarian or at the door. Prices are Adults - $15, Children 12 & under $10 at the door, Seniors 55 and older are the same as children prices. Children under 5 are free and will be served a hot dog. Raffle tickets are $100 each which includes 2 meal tickets. The raffle is a reverse raffle with every 25th ticket drawn receiving a prize of $100, the second to last ticket receiving $500, and the last ticket drawn receives the grand prize of a 2008 Cadillac CTS. The festivities are being held at the Fluor Building Complex on Highway 6. More information can be fo...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
Donald Trump was recently interviewed on Good Morning America about the current housing market. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Story?id=5562889&page=1 Mr Trump believes this is a great opportunity to buy, and I agree not because Im a Realtor, because I believe in making my clients into millionaires. The rich and the wealthy have alway historically taken advantage of a down market. Donald Trump has always done this. The Rockefellers did this as well.  This is how they build wealth and accumulate assets by buying cheap and maximizing the power of thier dollar! While many are scared of the market right now, I have many investor clients taking advantage at this very moment and are poising themselves to become future millionaires by investing in the market when they can get more for thier dollar ...
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By Breanna Ochoa, Realtor - Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland
(Metro Realty Partners)
In many areas of Houston metro including the suburbs like Sugar Land, Pearland, and Katy we are experiencing a buyer's market. Home prices are down or not increasing, and homes are sitting on the market longer before selling. So I've got some easy and relatively inexpensive tips for homeowners to get their homes sold quickly and for top dollar. 1. Curb appeal - Everyone know that first impression are important, and this rings true when your home is up for sale. Make sure lawn is well groomed and green. I always encourage people to buy some inexpensive flowers or colorful foliage to make the yard attractive. Also take a good look at the entryway. Make sure it is scrubbed clean, all metal items are polished up, and make sure it is well lit. Powerwashing dingy driveways and walkways is als...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
Sugar Land City Council has approved a resolution that encourages members of Congress to change their flood insurance mandate. Ths is an effort to keep higher insurance costs off of Sugar Land home and business owners. The $45 million the county and levee districts have invested in improvements were designed to exceed FEMA guidelines. When the requirement for all FEMA guidelines came out, all levee districts in Fort Bend County got together and raised their levees to the standard and one foot above. Now they come back and say the insurance is mandatory. It could impact some neighborhoods up to $2,500 per household. Currently there are two bills, one passed by the House, the other by the Senate, that conference committees will meet on to get one bill both bodies can agree on passed. Hous...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
Fort Bend County reps lobbied the Federal Emergency Management Administration for a deadline extension on data that may reduce the need for flood insurance to thousands of Fort Bend County residents. A meeting in Washington D.C, allowed an agreement to extend a September deadline on the revised mapping that could ensure that Fort Bend residents living behind levees won't have to secure expensive flood insurance. Local representatives believe the new and existing levees can be fully certified to 100 year flood elevation protection by FEMA once the preliminary revised maps are published. Local residents will have to wait until the publication of the new maps to determine their status within the flood plain.   Over the past two years, Fort Bend County has worked with FEMA to update the cou...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
If you are anything like me, you left your digital camera settings on the default. So you are taking large format image sizes in high resolution. Then when you transfer or upload the large image files onto websites such as the local MLS, forums, or blogs you may get the infamous "little red x" where the picture should be because the file was too large.   If you are anything like me you overdo things and use Adobe Photoshop to open each of the images to resize them and adjust resolutions to condense the file size so they are more internet friendly. Then resaving them in the new size and format one by one. Our agent services director at our office showed me a great little download from our local MLS website HAR.com that just made my life alot easier. Its an image resizer tool that we can ...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
I just wanted to take a moment to not only thank our sponsors and donors mentioned before for making The Morris Mingle such a great and successful event, but the many others who need to be recognized who worked behind the scenes to make this such a great event.   I want to thank Kelly, Mark, and the staff at The Vineyard in Sugar Land Town Center for allowing us to host the event at thier place and for graciously providing great service to the many guests and friends who arrived. I want to thank Aimee Montgomery of Land America Title for helping out so much. Aimee has helped us every step of the way to support John. She helped distribute invitations and flyers, spread the word, volunteered, shared ideas and thoughts, and donated in so many ways. Not to mention she was the leading raffle...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
The Morris Mingle was a successful event with a great turnout this week. First I would really like to thank The Vineyards at Sugar Land Town Center for graciously hosting our event and their wonderful staff for taking care of our guests. Kelly and Mark provided an elegant venue and the perfect environment, and donated to the John Morris fund. Here is a list of donors and sponsors who provided prizes at our event: Pearl Elegance donated two custom designed fashion necklaces by Nikki Ann Ramsey also a Keller Williams Realtor. Laura Miller of Keller Williams donated an autographed Joseph Addai Indianapolis Colts football helmet Laura Miller of Keller Williams: Moet White Star wine Riverstone Development in Missouri City: donated two $50 Chipotle Gift Certificate Live Oak Grill at 12935 Dai...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
Here are more photos of the successful event we celebrated at The Vineyard in Sugar Land Town Center. Thanks to them CaringRealtors.org had a beautiful space to host the benefit event. The staff at The Vineyards did an excellent job serving the crowd of hundreds that showed up to support John Morris. Just some of the many great items donated by our vendors for the raffle drawings every 15 minutes! H&H Music donated thier time to provided live entertainment and great songs all night to our guests! The crowd and guests enjoyed the live music and dancing in the beautiful lounge area! Judy Kay on of the MC's for the evening thanks our guests and volunteers  Guests also enjoyed wine in the courtyard at Sugar Land Town Center as the crowd expanded outside
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
So did you get to join us for The Morris Mingle at The Vineyard in Sugar Land Town Center? It was a spectacular event, with hundreds showing up to support and rally for John Morris a dear friend, inspiration, and mentor to me. The crowd packed The Vineyard to full capacity within an hour, then overflowed into the courtyard. Many of our vendors and sponsors came with even more donations and items, and graciously helped us with the frenzy of raffle ticket buyers. Here are some photos of the event. I'll be following up with a list to thank our donors. Our CaringRealtors.org committee members selling raffle tickets The Vineyard at Sugar Land Town Center filled up quickly The great staff at The Vineyard kept our guests refreshed with a great selection of beverages Special thanks to The Viney...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
The event is finally here! Please come out and join us for The Morris Mingle at Sugar Land Town Center July 22, 2008 from 5:30 to 8pm. The Vineyard is graciously hosting our event to support a Realtor in need. We hope you can come out to enjoy the live band, wine, raffle, and the social event. Everyone is invited, our entire family of Realtors in the community. Our title companies that have generously supported this cause, mortgage lenders, home warranty companies, home builders, inspectors, local news media, clients, the public, everyone please join us to show our support and raise funds to help a Realtor continue getting the treatments he needs to get well.   Thanks to everyone who is contributing and volunteering to make this event a great success. Thanks to our donors and sponsors, ...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
As discussed by council member Daniel Wong a few months ago Sugar Land is exploring the possibility of an indoor entertainment venue to help it develop as a regional entertainment destination. The venue would be built in an entertainment district planned for about 1,000 undeveloped acres next to the University of Houston System at Sugar Land and the Telfair development. An indoor concert venue in Sugar Land would hold an estimated 65 events its first year, with an attendance of 192,000. Within five years, the venue could hold 150 events drawing about 500,000. Sugar Land could expect to collect about $200,000 in tax revenue as the venue is being built and to see roughly 920 new jobs and $52 million in total economic activity once completed. Construction of the venue would cost about $85...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
As many know I have been involved in this cause to help a fellow Realtor who is fighting cancer. John is a great friend and mentor to me. One of the reasons why I joined Keller Williams was because of the impression John Morris made on me. Please join us for a night at Sugar Land Town Center at The Vineyard for "The Morris Mingle". Everyone is invited to this event including all agents, consumers, vendors, and the general public. This is a great opportunity and cause. The proceeds will benefit the John Morris Fund so that John can continue to pay for his treatments to get better. Thanks to Khanh Vo and Patsy Strikeleather of Keller Williams for coordinating with the generous people at The Vineyards to host this event. There will be live music, raffle drawings for some great prizes, and ...
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By Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest)
Mike's Neighorhood Report for The Highlands (July 2008) The Highlands is located in the acclaimed City of Sugar Land. A master planned community of homes in First Colony which began construction in 1979. Located off Williams Trace near Lexington, The Highlands consists of 4 sections. The Highlands is convenient to Highway 6 and Highway 59. This subdivision is surrounded by retail and restuarants, and is surrounded by subdivisions such as Edgewater, Sugar Wood, and Englewood Place. Currently there are only 8 homes on the market for July.    6 available   1 option pending   1 pending sales   2 rental available 2422  Long Reach Drive FOR SALE CONTACT MIKE WONG FOR DETAILS 2506 Coopers Post FOR SALE CONTACT MIKE WONG 713.935.5800 2627 The Hihglands Drive FOR SALE CALL MIKE FOR A PREVIEW  26...
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