Tomball, TX Real Estate News

By Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
(Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX)
    It's that time of year again when we all start making lists, checking them twice and brave the crowds to find that perfect gift for our loved ones. The media says we aren't spending enough. They say we are keeping our money under our mattress because of the economic issues. Well I was at the mall over the weekend and to that I say HOGWASH! There were more people out this year than any other if you ask me. Were they spending money or just looking? I don't have the answer to that but I know the stores were crowded but mostly pleasant and courteous unlike other years when I wasn't feeling the Christmas spirit. Perhaps the economy is reminding us of what is important. That would be a good thing. It seems to many have forgotten. Christmas is supposed to remind us of God's gift to us. It'...
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By Jeff Anderson
(AmeriPro Funding)
In August of this year, I began the search for a new mortgage company to work with / work for.  I've made the comment more than once, that we were working 3 times as hard to close mortgage loans with about half of the revenue of previous years.  There is a natural expansion and contraction in business.  While we have continued to be profitable and have delivered the highest level of customer service available, we have also faced significant challenges in the credit market and continued scrutiny at various levels of underwriting.  Programs and products that we once accessible to brokers are either discontinued or are no longer available.  The cheese moved.  So as a business owner, I had to change my approach.  Here are 10 reasons why I chose and why you should choose Patriot Bank Mortgag...
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By Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
(Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX)
Ok, so it won't be real snow but the Lonestar College in Tomball is having it's annual Winter Wonderland December 4th beginning at 5:30pm. There will be snow, gingerbread, coffee, pictures with Santa ($5), a train ride, live music, and lots of fun for the children. Most of the activities are free. So bundle up the kids and come on out!   Winter WonderlandDecember 4     Ring in the holiday season with Lone Star College-Tomball's Winter Wonderland. The entire community is invited to this holiday celebration on Thursday, December 4. Offerings include Musical entertainment Games for children Refreshments Pictures with Santa Train rides Real Snow   Children of all ages can enjoy two playgrounds of snow located near the Beckendorf Conference Center. The snow opens at 5:30 p.m. and closes prom...
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By Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
(Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX)
Tomball once again retreats back in time to it's German heritage in our annual German Christmas Market. It's a can't be missed event with fun for all ages. There will be music, food, fireworks, lots of items for sale and lots of fun. It's December 13th and starts at 10am. You won't need directions to the festivities. Just follow the signs and people once you get to Tomball. Parking is free.  
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By Trecia Cooke
(Exit Lone Star Realty)
As I sat down trying to decide on what I would write for my first blog ever, naturally I thought about my real estate career (or should I say the career that I want).  Everything that I've learned up to this point the question that comes to mind...do I really have a shot to make this a career? Let's admit the facts of being drawn to this business: (what drove me) I was tired of being told what to do and when to do it. I was tired of giving my input and hard work and not getting ahead. I was tired of not being compensated properly for my hard work. Sounds like complaining right?  Well that was just it!  I don't want to complain!  I want to do something great!  Once you make up your mind that you want to be a part of greatness; being the cause for greatness; the feeling just wells up insi...
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By Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
(Results Realty)
Country Meadows is a pleasant neighborhood located off of Zion road immediatly north of Tomball High School in Tomball TX, (a hometown with a heart.) It is approximately 30 to 35 minutes from Houston. It is a small quiet neighborhood with lots of trees and nicely landscaped yards. There are two ways to get in the subdivision so if school is letting out you can go just a little farther east on Zion Rd and take Martens Rd. The neighborhood was developed in the late 1990's and early 2000's by Royce Homes. With only about 120 homes it is a small subdivision. The homes range in size from 1540 square feet to 3300 square feet with most homes being somewhere in between. Homes sales are currently in the $130,000 to $160,000 range. Typical amenities include 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 to 2.5 bathrooms, ma...
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By Crystal Ledbetter
(Texas Home Group)
Do you constantly wonder what's in the fridge to cook for dinner? Tired of standing in the kitchen for over an hour to prepare dinner after a long day or just sick of eating fast food? The answer is Easy Made Meals in Tomball. Vivian and Irene answer the age old question  "Whats for dinner?" by providing healthy prepackaged entrees for you to cook at home. They do the shopping, measuring, and chopping. Just defrost and cook, most meals are ready in 30 minutes or less. Easy Made Meals goal is to allow people to spend less time shopping and planning meals. Allowing you more quality time with family and friends. I personally credit Easy Made Meals with my weight loss. They helped me serve nutritionally correctly proportioned meals at home. Special dietary needs are not a problem, Vivian an...
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By Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
(Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX)
Tomball wasn't always known as Tomball. Like many things in life it has changed over the last 200 years both in name and size but not in spirit. Tomball, originally called Peck after a railroad engineer, was originally settled by immigrants in the 1800s. These immigrants were ecstatic to find untouched land that was perfect for farming and ranching. That part has not changed. There are still farmers and ranchers in our area but as Tomball grows the pasture lands are shrinking to make way for progress. Tomball was originally just a railroad stop. Thomas Ball was responsible for getting the railroad to put the line through Tomball so the city was renamed Tomball on December 2, 1907 after Thomas Ball. These rail lines brought a boom to the area because it made it easier to ship crops and m...
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By David Marshall
(Gibraltar Mortgage Services)
As much as any time in recent memory, the mortgage industry, as we’ve known it, has experienced significant changes:  guidelines have been amended, documentation requirements have increased, MI companies have expanded their influence on approvals, FHA has integrated adjustments to upfront & annual MI premiums, based on LTV and credit scores, and Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac have instituted price adjustments, also affected by LTV and credit scores. My managing broker has said countless times this year – jokingly or not – that we’re working 3 times as hard to close the same number of loans just two years ago.  The sub-prime market has vanished, for better or worse, and most of the 100% conventional financing programs no longer exist.  Sounds like the death knell for the mortgage industry, rig...
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By Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
(Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX)
I recently had to have my HVAC replaced because the old one was 10 years old, causing high energy bills and kept breaking down. I called out everyone from Trane to Carrier to American Standard to Goodman. The quotes I got were for 13 seer to 15 seer units. I got quotes that ranged from $3300 to $16,500. Yeah, that is a big difference. I hope you don't have your system go out in these tough economic times but if you do I highly recommend you give Neal a call at 936-372-3416. He was prompt, polite and best of all he got us a new system for under $4000. The system we got was a Ruud, 5 ton, 13 seer. Yes I know that isn't the highest seer rating but when you go 3 days with no HVAC, are on a budget and are paying cash....the 13 seer was much better than the 10 year old unit we had and should ...
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By Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
(Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX)
There are many places to beat the heat in Texas. Most of them are water related. There are times however when you are tired of (or it's raining) the water parks , lakes and rivers and just want to have fun indoors. About 10 minutes south of Tomball on 249, conveniently located at 18355 Tomball Parkway near Willowbrook Mall is a place called ITZ. You can find all of the information at www.itzusa.com/houston ITZ was built inside the old Home Depot building. It's an experience your children will want to repeat over and over and over again and us parents don't mind because at least it's AIR CONDITIONED!! You MUST buy a buffet to get in and enjoy the rides. Prices and hours are llisted at the bottom of this blog. There are over 150 games including bumper cars, arcade games, bowling, pinball ...
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By Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
(Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX)
It's that time again. Tomball Night is tomorrow night!! It snuck up on me this year!! This has been a tradition in Tomball since the early 70s. It's a fun community event that can't be missed even if you have no money to spend. For most of us in Tomball, this is when we start school clothes and school supplies shopping for some it's just a night out on the town and a time to get some really good deals on local merchandise. The town business owners stay open late, offer discounts and some even give things away for free that night. There will be food vendors, moon walks, snow cones, fireworks, a parade at 9:15pm, balloon making, 99.7 fm radio will be broadcasting live, etc. There are mystery shoppers walking around who you must find and if you do then you get $100. The clue is in the July...
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By Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
(Results Realty)
   FREE to you this summer the City of Tomball and The Regional Arts Council are presenting 2nd Saturday at the Tomball Depot.  Please keep in mind this is not the Home Depot or the new Office Depot; this is at the historic Train Depot.  The Tomball Depot is located at 201 S. Elm just south of Main Street.  There are two dates left July 12th and August 19th.    The July 12th date is just around the corner.  The entertainment begins at 6:00 and the movie will start when it gets dark.  For the children there will be face painting, a bounce house, wading pool and a coloring contest.  Artist Bette Gibson from the Tomball art league will be putting on an art demonstration.  The historic Tomball depot will be open for tours; which includes a model railroad.  Did I mention that all of this is ...
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By Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene
(Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX)
Tomball has many good places to get a bite to eat. I've never considered myself a food critic and I'm just as happy eating a burger as I am a steak. It really depends on my mood and budget but I like the Pecos Grill. For our anniversary my husband and I chose the Pecos Grill off of 249 to start out our evening. You can expect to pay at least $50 for two people if you get an appetizer, two entrees and no alcohol. The atmosphere is always great. The place is clean, the service great. The Texas Toothpicks are reallllly good. It's breaded and fried jalapenos and I think onions served with a sauce. Think blooming onion but with jalapenos. I usually get the shrimp and hubby gets a steak. Both are really good. If you have a special evening coming up, need a venue for an event or just want a go...
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By Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
(Results Realty)
A few weeks ago we had a rainy Monday and our daughter was in town visiting so I took the afternoon off and we went to the new Silverado 19 screen Theatre in Tomballto see Iron Man.  This was my first time to visit the new Silverado Theater and I LOVED IT.  The screen was huge and the picture and sound were phenomenal.  We were going to lunch first and checked show-times before we went and Iron Man was running every 15 minutes.  I guess with 19 Theatres it gives them a lot of options for a popular movie.  We arrived just a few minutes before the show was to start and my daughter thought we should see the one that started 15 minutes later as she always wants a good seat.  The gentleman at the ticket office checked and saw that we had 260 seats still available so we didn't even have to wa...
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By Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
(Results Realty)
  Sherwood Forest is a small subdivision located in the city limits of Tomball, off of Baker Road and SH 249.  There are about 150 homes in the subdivision.   If you are looking for a subdivision with light restrictions and a low HOA fee this might be just what you are looking for.  You may have your travel trailer in the yard but no permanent mobile homes are allowed in the subdivision.  By low HOA fees the fees at the present time are $10 per year. The subdivision was developed in the mid 1960's with homes being built through 2003.  The majority of the homes were built in the late 1970's and early 1980's.  Square footage ranges from a low of about 1200 square feet to 2600 square feet.  Current sales  ranged from $135,000 to $202,000. The lots are all on over-sized lots; especially by ...
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By Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
(Results Realty)
Tomball Tx - What's in a name! Shortly after moving to the Tomball area I had heard that the town was named after a gentleman named Thomas Ball.  At the time I remember thinking he was probably a resident of the town.  As Tomball celebrated their Centennial year 2007 I learned a more complete history about Thomas Ball and how Tomball got its name.  Thomas Ball was never a resident of the Tomball area; he was a prominent attorney and congressman from Houston who helped to bring the railroad to Tomball.  The area that we now know as Tomball became the freight center for the new Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad with the help of Thomas Ball.   The town's growth really took off when a maintenance facility used to repair steam engines was located in Tomball.  Initially it was going to go ab...
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By Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
(Results Realty)
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - Tomball TX Residing in the Museum Center of Tomball is Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.  I'm guessing you might not have realized that Tomball had a museum district but they do.  It is located at 510 Pine Street.  The museum is open on Thursday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM and on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church dates back to either 1901 or 1905 depending on which history you are looking at.  The original congregation dates back to 1876.  The Church was originally located at the Neudorf Community, southwest of Tomball over close to the subdivision of Stone Lake off of Mueschke Rd.  It was an active Church community until sometime in the 1960's.  It was abandoned for several years and then was moved to the Tomba...
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By Loretta Blendermann, CDPE, CHMS, CNE, Realtor
(ELITE TEXAS Properties)
THINKING OF BUYING NEW?....If owning a home is the American Dream, then building your own home is the epitome of that dream.  If you are seriously considering building in the near future, you have a lot of homework to do. Fortunately, we are here to help you.  All of us have incredibly busy schedules, but you need to plan time to research builders, neighborhoods, schools, and any other factors that may affect your personal situation.Once you have decided that you will probably build, and before you go wandering around model homes, take the time to select a competent Realtor who is familiar with new construction!  The majority of people we meet are surprised that you NEED a Realtor to help you if you are going to build.  Most people assume because there is a sales person at the model to ...
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By Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
(Results Realty)
Silverado 19 Theatre with IMAX opens just to the south of Tomball TX! For what seems like a long time we have been watching the Silverado 19 just to the south of Tomball off of SH 249 being built.  I remember when I saw the ground being broke.  At that point I had no idea what it was going to be and of course my curiosity was getting the better of me as it looked very big.  Then I see a sign go up that it was for a movie theatre with an IMAX.  My first response was "you have got to be kidding".  This weekend was the grand opening and  "no they were not kidding"; Northwest Houston/Tomball now boast an IMAX as of February 29th. This is the Santikos chain's eighth theater.  This is the first one in the Houston area; all the rest are in San Antonio. This is the second IMAX they have made.  ...
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