Tomball, TX Real Estate News

By Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS, RE/MAX Elite Properties
(RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston)
Canyon Gate at Northpointe Market Report November 21, 2010      No. of Homes CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET:  27 Homes Price Range                                                    $139,000 to $265,000 Average Days on the Market:   .                 . . .  129 Days    No. of Homes CURRENTLY IN PENDING: 5 Homes Price Range:     ..............                      $128,900 to $198,000 Average Days on the Market:......             70 Days    No. of Homes SOLD since January 1, 2010: 57 Homes Price Range:  ............................................ $108,520 to $259,500 Average Days on the Market:  .......             53 Days     Canyon Gate at Northpointe Leases: There are currently three homes available for lease in Canyon Gate at Northpointe ranging in price from $1,395 to $1,650; There is one...
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By Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS, RE/MAX Elite Properties
(RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston)
Canyon Gate at Northpointe   Canyon Gate at Northpointe is a master planned, gated community in Tomball, Texas and is in the Tomball Independent School District.  It is located just south of the City of Tomball, just north of Louetta Rd. and on the west side of Highway 249.  There are gated as well as non-gated sections of this beautiful master planned community.     Subdivision amenities include an awesome swimming pool area, a beautiful clubhouse, fitness center, tennis courts, a covered basketball court, sand volleyball court, walking trails, soccer / baseball field and playground.            Less than 5 minutes away is a recently built 19-screen IMAX theater.         What about Shopping?   Canyon Gate at Northpointe is approximately 5 miles from Willowbrook Mall and approximately 10...
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
Holiday Fest at Lone Star College -- Tomball, Friday Dec 3, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm.  Guests are encouraged to bring a new, wrapped toy for a child in a local hospital and new or unused personal items for senior citizens in a local nursing home.  (Please mark toys as Boy, Girl or Any Child). Come Enjoy FREE: Children's Games & Crafts Christmas Choir Performances Photos with Santa Inflatable slides Christmas Movie Lone Star College Tomball is located at 30555 Tomball Parkway, Tomball, TX  77375, 281-351-3300. Come Join The Fun!
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
Free Showing of The Movie "Inception" at Lone Star College Tomball Thursday Night November 18th 2010 at 8pm in the Library Courtyard.  This event is FREE for students, friends and family or anyone who wants to attend.  There will also be free popcorn and drinks! Just bring your lawn chairs and or blankets to sit on.  If you like Leonardo DiCaprio, make sure to come see this free showing.  If you need directions, call or email me.  Make sure to dress warm, the temperature could be in the high 30's.
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
City of Tomball's 2nd Saturday at the Depot, November 13th, 2010!  This event happens at the Depot every 2nd Saturday.  Turn at this sign at the Railroad tracks and go to the depot.  Sometimes you will see this sign around Tomball when the 2nd Saturday is approaching. The depot is decorated for Christmas. The caboose is decorated as well. The activities started at 5pm and the bouncy house was one of the activities for the kids. Tomball Fire & Rescue attended as well, making a grand entrance with lights flashing and horns blaring. After dark they showed a movie for the kids on this screen. There was a meal served or you could pay $4 for a hamburger plate from HEB.     See part II of this blog for more information about 2nd Saturday at the Depot and pictures of the inside of the depot.
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
Tomball Farmers Market -- 2nd & 4th Saturdays!  The Farmers Market is held at 2920 and Cherry Street on a lot across from the school admistration building. Usually on the second and fourth Saturdays there will be a person holding a sign up so the people passing by in their cars can see the Farmers Market is going on. This booth was selling local honey and all sorts of pickles, and canned goods. The farmers market does take place in Old Town Tomball, about 5 blocks from the rail road tracks at the intersection of 2920 (Main St) and Cherry St. Here are some good smelling lotions and candles.  I see she takes credit cards.  Good to know. Here are some interesting tiles or countertop samples.  It almost looks like Silestone. One booth had fresh herbs for sale.  I had to resist rubbing my fi...
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
I just love Panera Bread, and was excited to see it listed at #1 in an internet article a few weeks ago about Healthy Fast Food. Here is the menu.  There are lots of good selections.  One of the reasons it was touted as being so healthy is that the chicken is natural, no antibiotics etc.  Also, they give you the option of chips, apple or bread to accompany your sandwich. Do you see the little red sign at the bottom left of the sign?  It says you pick two and it is a great way to get a salad and a sandwich or soup.  I haven't tried the mac & cheese yet, let me know if you have and if you liked it. Here is my you pick 2, I got a classic cafe salad and black bean soup in a sourdough bread bowl.  The bread bowl cost extra, but it was great.  I usually get an artichoke sandwich, those are a...
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
Night At The Movies: "Skyline" At Silverado 19 in Tomball, Texas.   This is a relatively new theater in Tomball.   It sure is handy for those in Tomball, Magnolia and Houston.  They also have an IMAX theater where they sometimes have 3D movies as well.  This theater also has something called D Box.  Check the Santikos website for more information.  I saw skyline tonight.  It is the sci-fi thriller about the people disappearing into the white light (sounds like people when they die, right?).  It had a lot of the same features as the new "War of the Worlds" movie with Tom Cruise.  There were some cool looking mini UFO ships that looked like metallic mosquitoes and another set that looked like they had octopus arms.    The black stealth bomber made a good showing for our side (humans).  So...
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
Veteran's Day Celebration At Lone Star College -- Tomball, TX -- Nov. 9th, 2010.  This rousing salute to the Veteran's took place in the Commons area of Lone Star College -- Tomball Campus on Tuesday November 9th, 2010 at 12:30pm At each of the entrances to Lone Star College -- Tomball, a succession of small flags was placed along the curb in honor of the veterans. Here is a second view of the color guard before the Veteran's Day Program began.  Several branches of the armed services are represented.  There were several patriotic songs sung.  Last year they had veterans in attendance going all the way back to World War II.  I thank all the veteran's who have helped secure the freedoms I hold so dear.  Thank You for your sacrifice.
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
Stop Throwing Your Money Away on Rent, and Start Building Up Equity.  Interest rates are at an all time low.   Now is the time to buy.   Or, image being able to design your house to suit your needs, wouldn't that be wonderful?   So, call me or email me today and we can get started right away on purchasing or building your dream home.  Here is our sign out front.  We are Hardee TexStar Homes and also Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty so I can help you buy or build a house.   Here is the Rockport model.  It is located in Tomball Texas off FM 249 across from Tomball College (now called Lone Star College - Tomball).  This model is 2849 sq ft and has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.  This is the Austin II model. It is one of our most popular models.  It has 2016 sq ft down stairs and a bonus room up abov...
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
Fall Fest 2010 My movie question was: "What was the famous movie starring Janet Leigh with a shower scene?" I answered "Psycho" right after the words Janet Leigh.  I won a body part, I chose a chocolate eyeball. Here was the prize desk of the penny toss.  Like the black cat? I got 4 pennies in the containers and won the brown bear with the joy star. I didn't do so well on placing the organs on the skeleton in the right place while blindfolded. You have to have face painting at a festival.  I had a butterfly painted on my cheek. Here is a unique pumkin carving for the pumpkin carving contest. A far off view of the halloweeen balloons for fall fest 2010. Just couldn't resist putting these cute goats in this blog.  They were from the petting zoo at the Renaissance Festival last saturday, s...
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
Want To Meet The Texans Cheerleaders?  They were at Chick-Fil-A last night from 6 - 7pm.  What a nice group of young ladies they were.  I think they go to Chick-Fil-A on a regular basis during football season -- maybe once a month they will make an appearance. They were so sweet to autograph pom-poms and posters for anyone who asked. Here is the poster they signed for me.  I also asked them to sign one for my brother Bill.  I'll give it to him at Christmas.   Here is one of the Texans balloons they giving away.  Even the Chick-Fil-A cow got in on the action, dressing in a cow size cheerleading outfit -- complete with pleats. Aside from the pom-poms, I got a chuckle out of the red and white bows on cow's ears. 
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  Tomball Business & Professional Women 12th Annual"Fall Food Fest" will be held at Tomball United Methodist Church on Baker Street this coming Tuesday, October 18th, 2010 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Last year we were able to give 6 high school Seniors scholarships plus one additional scholarship to Lonestar college and one scholarship to Leadership North Houston. We are hoping that we will even be able to give more this coming year.     This event serves as our organization's primary fund-raising effort to secure funds for scholarships for high school graduates in Tomball & Magnolia School Districts as well as a scholarship to someone attending Tomball College. Additionally our organization's fund-raising contributes to numerous community needs.  Local restaurants will be providing samp...
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By Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
(Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty)
Market Update For Tomball, Texas. As of Today 10/16/10 these are the current statistics for the following categories:  Number Active: 655, Ranging from $17,500 in Sugarberry to $2,980,000 in Holly Creek Number Pending/Pending Continue to Show:  95, Ranging from $40,000 in Sugarberry to $685,000 in Walden Wood. Number in Option:  13, ranging from $75,000 in Sugarberry to $700,000 in Rosehill Ranch Number Sold in the last 30 days: 73, ranging from $40,500 in Sugarberry to $675 in Stonebridge. This shows that homes are selling, no matter what the media says.  Are ready to buy or sell?  Call or email me today so we can get started.
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
  What would we do without pets in our lives to entertain and amuse us?   After a stressing day of driving around evaluating properties or looking for just the right one for a particular client, it is a calculated part of our homecoming to find our two indoor cats and two outdoor cats waiting for us as. Even on the days when we have been out looking properties over , we can still count on the faithful kitty's to greet us and share a part of their day.   We secured the services of these two five years ago this month at the Durango animal shelter. We had made our move to Durango with an elderly cat and dog who had gone on to their rewards during our living time there. We missed them, but figured that since we were at work almost all the time we really did not need companionship. After all...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
  Open houses have been around forever and everyone does them differently. One thing they almost all have in common is refreshments.   What do you think is the perfect open house refreshment? It needs to be appealing, convenient, easy to prepare and serve, neat and tidy. Inexpensive is also a plus, but clearly we cannot have everything.   Weekend opens require different fare than an open house during the week. The target audience is different for those two times. During the week you are most likely trying to attract fellow Realtors. The time of the day is also usually around noon when casseroles and sandwiches are pretty standard. Saturday and Sunday afternoons lend themselves to snack foods, or coffee cake, cookies and punch.   If you are health conscious, you will want to serve someth...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
When we moved to the majestic woods north of Houston after having lived in the city all my life, it never occurred to me that there were basic tricks to surviving in the country. One would think that since I had read all the “Little house on the Prairie books, that I would have seen there were some basic comforts we might be without in certain circumstances. Nope. Never gave it a thought. For several years we did not have any remote problems. Not once did it occur to me that many of the conveniences I held so dear, hinged upon the adequate and constant supply of electricity.   In many country homes, things such as plumbing, heating, cooling and water are often on the electrical system. These things can suddenly run a muck. Power surges and brown outs can alter your life in a nanosecond....
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
  Since much of our Real Estate careers has been centered around predominantly country properties, we periodically find that many city dwellers would like the country life, but are fearful about the unknown things such as septic systems and wells.   Most everyone is a creature of habit, and we have a tendency to feel more comfortable with things we are familiar with. The good news is that you can have the serenity and beauty of the country and still have comforts. The inside plumbing that you have grown to know and love can be teamed up with outside extras that work well. In fact there is little chance that your mortgage company would let you purchase a home without modern inside facilities. There is a good reason to proceed with caution.   Many country properties are on some sort of pr...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
  Have you ever noticed that there are many jobs associated with the home buying process? There sure are! The seller has a job. It is to put the house they are selling into top notch condition, to pack things up, to remain calm through the process and to move out when the transaction is finished. Appraisers have a job. It is to arrive at the fair market value of the house that is going through the other processes on the way to closing. Inspectors go over the prospective purchase to be sure that it is what it appears to be, or is what it is represented to be. The title company has specific functions to be sure that all the liens that exist are discovered and paid off. Real Estate agents have numerous functions which we will discuss at another time. Lenders are essential to the process, a...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
  There have probably been studies done about the fact that when you feel like you look your best, you perform better than usual. If not, we have just done our own study on us and that is the case. We find that when we are driving a spotlessly clean vehicle, the same principal applies. Add freshener to the mix and it gets even better. Shiny wheels? Wahoo!   On a day when there is not a cloud in the sky it seems appropriate to add some shine to the day. So, we did! The car had not been spiffed in a few weeks and the interior had taken on some dust elements. We do after all spend almost all out waking hours in the car.   Given the opportunity for a discounted hand waxing, we decided to invest the few extra bucks and minutes in what we have come to know will be a beautiful experience.   So...
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