Why Work With An Experienced Houston Texas Realtor?

Houston Texas Realtor

If you’re planning buying a home in the Houston area there’s nothing more important than hiring an experienced Real Estate Agent.

In today’s post we will break down what an experienced Houston area Realtor brings to the table and how we can help you buy your dream home.

Local Real Estate Market Knowledge

The first benefit of hiring an experienced Real Estate Agent in Kingwood or the surrounding area is that we will have the local market knowledge you need to buy a home.

Besides detailed knowledge of the local Real Estate market, we will also be able to provide you with a comparable analysis of homes which have been sold in any area across Kingwood, Humble or the surrounding area so you will know exactly what type of offer to submit on a home.

An Objective Home Search

As experienced Houston Real Estate Agent’s we aren’t just skilled at helping our clients to buy homes in communities across town, we are also the first line of defense in insuring that our clients have an objective home search.

During your home search you can expect us to help you with:

  • Finding a home within your budget
  • Locating a home which is in your target area (Example: Houston, Humble, Kingwood).
  • Search for a home which has your must haves (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms) or should haves (open concept floor plan)

We will save you the time, money and hassle of searching for a home yourself so you can enjoy the process of buying a home without doing all of the hard work.

Skilled Negotiation

Another benefit of working with an experienced Real Estate Agent is that we will have the negotiation skills you need to submit a competitive offer on a home including: finding all of the things which needs to be fixed on a home before escrow closes.

Your Advocate at Closing

Last of all, but most important, when it comes time to close on a home we will be your advocate at closing and help you with explaining each document which needs to be signed, answering your questions, and making sure you feel confident about your home purchase.

To learn more about what’s involved with buying a home in Kingwood, Humble, Houston or the surrounding areas contact Mary & Chris Lallier today by calling us at (281) 948-8782 or click here to connect with us online.

Cycling – Supporting MS Research for Cure

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Hello friends and family,

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog post, and I apologize for the delay in keeping you current on my latest activity on this journey to Austin, Texas.

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There are just 15 days left until the BIG RIDE to Austin.  I have continued to exercise and train over the last few weeks. Juggling work, exercise, chores and family time has been a tremendous challenge especially, with my daughters’ competitive dance season in full swing.  The girls have been going in different directions with Kingwood Fillies and Kingwood Strutters performing at different venues on the same weekends.

Staying in the Groove!

Typical March weather patterns continue to bring varying temperatures mixed high and low pressure changes that generate lots of windy conditions.  It seems like every ride has a component where the high winds are cause for difficulty along a designated route.  For example, Just Ride for a Just Cause was held on March 19th.

Joe and Robert, my neighbors, joined me to rip thru the flats of Simonton, Brookshire and Fulshear in NW Fort Bend County, Texas.  The day started out cold, cloudy and windy.  We set out to complete the full, dedicated 65 mile route, but a steady 20 mph north wind pushed directly against us gusting to 25 -30 mph for the first 22 miles.  Robert suffered a flat tire just before the halfway mark which slowed our pace forcing us to turn back early along the 50 mile route. The good news came on our return which included about 5 miles of heavy side wind followed by a strong steady tailwind.  It’s amazing to be peddling downwind moving at 24 mph in a dead calm.  The sun came out and temps came up giving me a farmers’ tan as we literally coasted the next 25 miles back to Simonton with the wind at our backs.

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65 miles biking around Lake Houston in Humble, TX!

 

This charity ride is sponsored by Kroger, Bike Barn, Coca Cola, Volunteer Houston, and SHO to raise money to support a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

Another week in the gym

Gym workouts 3 days per week include 15 to 30 min stationery biking and 5 sets of 10 weight lifting/circuit training for upper and lower body strength, then long endurance rides on Saturday or Sunday.

Dancing Daughters!

Dance competition for Kingwood Fillies is now complete.  Piper will be competing in nationals this year in mid-April to complete the Strutter season.  I’m so proud of both of them.  They continue to grow and improve each year.

Remain flexible!

Wearing many hats is a hard juggling act.  The responsibilities of father, husband, and provider are difficult enough to test any man’s resolve.  Adding athlete to the mix throws another wrinkle to the mix.  I have certainly had to choose between participation in certain activities to remain focused on the real priorities of life.  I’m blessed to have brothers in Christ who hold me accountable to making the best choices with all the “busy-ness” of Springtime.


Houston Real Estate Market Remains Strong In Spite of 80’s Flashback

Houston Real Estate Market

By Mary Lallier

HOUSTON, TX. – There’s no denying that anyone who remembers the Houston Texas real estate market of the 1980s had a flashback recently when the price of oil dropped and hundreds of people who work in the energy market across Houston lost their jobs.

Not Your 80’s Houston Real Estate Market

With the drop in oil prices the general consensus was that Houston Texas home sales would soon follow, thankfully that hasn’t happened yet because, the 2016 Houston real estate market is a lot different than the housing market of the 1980s for the following reasons:

  • Job diversification – We have a more diverse jobs market in Houston than we did in the 1980’s and many new positions are markets like technology rather than just being just in the energy market.
  • Strong demand – Buyers continue to flock to the Houston Texas area and this created an awesome demand for real estate unlike what we saw in the 1980s. Some of the biggest reasons why people are moving to the Houston area include: better quality of life, lower taxes and more things to do than other states.
  • International buyers – One of the biggest things that’s different in the Houston Texans real estate market of 2016 compared to the 1980s is that we have more international buyers who are searching for Houston homes for sale because they want to add real estate to their portfolio and diversify rather than owning low performing investments like stocks, bonds or mutual funds.
  • Low mortgage interest rates – Last of all, but most important one of the top reasons why the 2016 Houston real estate market is strong can be attributed to historically low mortgage interest rates which have remained low in 2016 in spite of the urging of most economists to raise mortgage interest rates.

Buy Houston Texas Real Estate

Start searching for Houston Texas Real Estate including homes in Kingwood, Humble or the surrounding areas contact Mary & Chris Lallier today by calling us at (281) 948-8782 or click here to connect with us online.

Houston Texas Ranked Among 12 Best Cities for First Time Home Buyers

Houston Texas Homes For Sale

Did you know that Houston Texas was recently ranked by cbsnews.com as one of the best cities in the United States for first time home buyers?

Houston ranked #5 on a list of 12 cities which included Pittsburgh PA, Indianapolis IND and Tulsa OK but it’s no surprise to see Houston Texas rank highly on another list of best cities in the United States since we also have more lenders in Houston that are HUD approved (186 total) and this of course means that first time home buyers have more options when it comes to financing a home in Houston than they do in other cities like New York City where they only have just 67 HUD approved lenders.

Houston’s Economy

In spite of the recent hit that the energy markets in Houston have taken the good news is that Houston’s economy remains strong here since recent economic growth has produced more jobs in the tech sector and other industries so that energy isn’t just the biggest job market in Houston like it once was back in the late 1980’s.

Things to Do In Houston

Besides being a great place to buy a home, and also a city with a strong economy, Houston Texas also has plenty of things to do in the area including the Space Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Downtown Aquarium.

Great Time to Buy a Home in Houston

Thanks to affordable home values and lower mortgage interest rates right now is a great time to buy a Houston Texas home. To learn more about buying a home here contact Mary & Chris Lallier, Realtors® with Red Door Realty & Associates by calling us at (281) 948-8782 or click here to connect with us online.

Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale Rise In February

Kingwood Texas Home For Sale

By Mary Lallier

After news of the slumping oil market in January, the local Real Estate market slumped temporarily but thankfully were back on track and Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale rose in February along with home sales in the local Houston Real Estate Market.

Single Family Homes Are In Demand

Across Kingwood, Humble and Houston demand for single family homes is up especially for homes in the $150,000 to $5000,000 price range and thanks to recent statistics from the Houston Association of Realtors we know that single family home sales have increased by 2.2 percent from the same time in 2015 and over 4,500 homes were sold during the month of February

Diversified Economy Is Helping

Thanks to our diversified economy jobs are still being added in the Houston/Kingwood/Humble area and this has certainly helped Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale but with just over 15,000 jobs added in the last 12 months (down from 117,8000 jobs added in 2014) we’ve certainly seen a sharp decline in job growth recently but the drop in energy market jobs is also helping home sales in reverse since homes are taking longer to sale and this is offering buyers more home inventory to choose from now compared to last year.

With new listings added to the market last month, inventory grew to a 3.4-month supply from 2.7 months a year earlier. That means it would take that long to sell everything on the market based on recent sales velocity.

Such lower-priced suburban areas as Pasadena, Alief and Bear Creek have less than two months worth of inventory, Fama said, citing data from HAR. The Memorial, Tanglewood and Montrose areas are in the six- and seven-month range, which some say leans toward a buyer’s market.

Fama, whose company sells many of Houston’s luxury homes, said sales are also brisk on the upper end, though the realty data showed a 12 percent decline in the $500,000-and-up market in February.

Source – Houston Chronicle

Search For Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale

To get started with Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale contact me, Mary Lallier, Realtor® with Red Door Realty and Associates by calling me at (281) 948-8782 or click here to connect with me online.

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Curb Appeal: Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Make your home an inviting fixture in your neighborhood with a few simple garden ideas that create a sense of welcome for visiting guests! Better Homes and Gardens can help you find accent pieces for your front yard landscaping that create intricate focal points along the walkway up to your front door, giving off visual cues as to what your guests can expect once they get inside your home. Don’t be afraid to add colorful corner gardens and container plants along a path in your front yard to boost your home’s curb appeal, as well!

Learn More About Curb Appeal Here

For more tips about how to improve the curb appeal of your home, or to view Kingwod Texas Homes For Sale, contact Mary & Chris Lallier today by calling us at (281) 948-8782 or click here to connect with us online. 

 

Supporting MS Research for Cure – Cycling

Hello friends and family,

The generosity of donors on my behalf to support research for a MS cure motivates me to keep working hard and training for what will be a grueling test of endurance and will in April.

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Cycling is physically demanding out on the open road.  Conditions will not be optimal, so make plans for difficulties.  Conditioning both mind and body are key to successfully completing endurance rides. Hydration even in cold conditions is necessary.  Calculating calorie expenditure and replacement during long rides is essential to having energy to complete any event.

Mardi Gras!

Seems like we are having an early Spring in Houston.  Temperatures are creeping up to mid-70’s with cool mornings.  Staying the course  for this second week in February is my number one priority.  Fat Tuesday followed by Ash Wednesday always signals to me that a keen focus on massaging my spiritual side through the Springtime Lenten season will carry me past the ups and downs of the most chaotic season of the year.  A renewed commitment to physical conditioning and the struggles of cycling has demanded a keen focus on dietary planning.  My overall conditioning is improving with each workout and ride, but without dietary planning I will continue to struggle with weight loss and lean muscle development.  When I fall behind the younger riders, it becomes brutally evident that I need to shave away excess fat.  A lighter load on the bike will definitely make a difference in my ability to maintain pace on endurance rides

Saddle Time 

64 miles on Valentine’s Day in Warrenton, TX!
64 miles on Valentine’s Day in Warrenton, TX!

This charity ride is sponsored by e4  and raises money to support Easter Seals – East Texas (whose mission) is to provide exceptional services to ensure kids with disabilities (and their families) lead full, happy, engaged, and independent lives.

Another week in the gym

Gym workouts 3 days per week include 15 to 30 min stationery biking and 5 sets of 10 weight lifting/circuit training for upper and lower body strength, then long endurance rides on Saturday or Sunday. 

Dancing Daughters and Prop Dads!

Dance competition is now in full swing.  Piper and Harper will be performing their solos and team dance routines over the next 5 weekends. 

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The Kingwood Fillies always have props for the large ensemble and officer routines.  The Fillies’ Prop Dads provide all the leg work to set-up and take down props.  This Saturday will be the initial set-up of a 100’ long scaffolding backdrop for their kick routine staged to KISS’s “Rock’n’Roll All Nite.”

Remain flexible!

Anticipation of the Tri-County Hill Hopper ride was high.  Arodi and I planned to go together again.  In preparation this week, I decided to bike on Tuesday and Thursday late afternoons. Mother Nature provided beautiful weather all week, so Tuesday after work I took a solo 18 mile ride around my neighborhood and across the Lake Houston bridge to Huffman.  Stronger legs and lungs made for quick ride just over one hour.  Thursday revealed scheduling conflicts that were going to prevent us participating on Sunday’s charity ride, so we decided to bike to Kingwood to Crosby and back on Friday.

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 51 miles!

Beautiful weather in the Mid-60’s with a steady 15 mile per hour headwind out of the west the entire ride.  

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Supporting MS Research for Cure – Cycling 

Our first rest stop for a Starbucks coffee in Crosby, TX
Our first rest stop for a Starbucks coffee in Crosby, TX
CenterPoint Energy Teammates: Francisco, Arodi and ChrisDwight D. Eisenhower state park near Lake Houston
CenterPoint Energy Teammates: Francisco, Arodi and Chris Dwight D. Eisenhower state park near Lake Houston
Changing the burst innertube on the side of the road. Thank God! It was a managed fall with no resulting injury.
Changing the burst innertube on the side of the road. Thank God! It was a managed fall with no resulting injury.

Lots of traffic on West Lake Houston from Kingwood south, so we decided to take the lake shore road to Lake Houston bridge first.  We made a brief stop at Ember Church on Fairlake Ln, then down Ramsey Road to Beaumont Hwy to Crosby.  The toughest stretch of the day was the Beaumont Hwy leg with the steady 15 mph headwind.  When we turned off Beaumont Hwy onto Pineland, Arodi unfortunately got his bike wheels stuck in a wide expansion joint in the road and wiped out.

Changing the burst innertube on the side of the road.  Thank God!  It was a managed fall with no resulting injury.

Back on the road, we continue on for the 3 mile tour through Eisenhower Park.  This a favorite cycling spot for lots of local riders because of the slight hilly roads and forest area provides shelter from the wind on the open road.  I’ve often heard cyclists saying they race this 3 mile loop 2 or 3 times before continuing on that day’s ride.  After a photo, we head back to West Lake Houston Road for the last 13 mile leg of the ride back to Kingwood.

This last stretch was tiring, but we averaged over 15 mph.  My legs were tired and tight, but overall I felt really good about my stamina.  I was deliberate with my hydration and eating throughout the 4 hour ride which made for an easy recovery.  I considered riding the Tri-County alone, but due to the higher temps on Friday, I had some chafing issues which prevented me riding again on Sunday.

Next Sunday, no charity ride event scheduled!


Cycling Blog – Episode 1 – Supporting MS Research For Cure

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Chris Lallier – Red Door Realty & Associates

Hello friends and family,

The generosity of donors on my behalf to support research for a MS cure motivates me to keep working hard and training for what will be a grueling test of endurance and will in April.

This journey began late last year when I officially registered with the MS Society for the BP MS 15o.  I owned a hybrid bicycle at the time which I used periodically to get some exercise around our neighborhood.  Since then I purchased a road worthy endurance bicycle, a 2009 Specialized Roubaix, and began training with a 20 mile road ride from Santa Rosa Beach, FL to Seagrove Beach, FL while on Christmas break.

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This charity ride is sponsored by the Kingwood Fillies and generates several thousand dollars to support the dancers.  Harper, my little Fillie, and Mary, Fillie Mom, volunteered at various break points serving bike riders refreshments.

This was my first ever road ride of this magnitude with various routes up to 46 miles.

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Robert and Joe, my two neighbors, and I experienced the event together.

Joe had equipment problems which hampered his ride.  Robert and I completed 24 miles of the hills and forest, and I was pleased with the overall performance of my bike.

Gym workouts 3 days per week are now becoming routine. 15 to 30 min stationery biking and weight lifting are delivering conditioning for upper and lower body strength, then long endurance rides on Saturday or Sunday.  Saturday, Jan 20th we returned to Coldspring, so Joe could complete the hills on a new bike seat!  We considered riding the 12 mile hills twice that day, but we were all exhausted after the first 12 miles, so the next morning, Arodi, my CNP teammate, joined me on a 43 mile ride from Kingwood to Crosby.  We had some challenging headwind on the return to Kingwood, but my legs are certainly getting stronger.

Another week in the gym, then

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Anticipation of this ride was high.  Optimistically, Arodi and I decided to go together for this 71 mile ride, but Mother Nature had a different plan.  Traffic delayed our arrival by 30 minutes.  1,100 riders created a slow rolling start, and we were one of the final groups to start around 9:45am.

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By then the wind was picking up as a cold front was pushing through.  The first leg of the journey was fast with the help of the steady tailwind.  Then, we turned back into the wind for about 18 miles.

Tired, crampy legs brought me to break point #4 at mile 35, but I was determined to make it to the point in the ride where the wind would be at my back.  I had no idea how devastating a strong wind can be.  Leaving BP4, the wind and grade were helping me for about 3 miles, then the course turned dead into the wind and hills.

Over the next 7 miles I struggled against 30 -35 mph gusting winds and heading mostly uphill.  I had all but given up when I reached a small cemetery where a safety marshal was waiting on me.  I told him to find me an open grave.  I was so exhausted, but he encouraged me to forge ahead to the next break point a half mile down the road.

I made it there, and realized I was the last rider and furthest away from the finish.  I knew that I was physically spent, but mentally wanted to continue.  After 5.5 hours of hard riding, I knew I had exhausted all my energy and resources. Even if the wind would have been at my back the next several miles, I would not make it.  I gave up, through in the towel and learned several valuable lessons.

Cycling is physically demanding out on the open road.  Conditions will not be optimal, so make plans for difficulties.  Conditioning both mind and body are key to successfully completing endurance rides. Hydration even in cold conditions is necessary.  Calculating calorie expenditure and replacement during long rides is essential to having energy to complete any event.

Next Sunday, Tri-County Hill Hopper! 64 Miles!!

 

 

Kingwood Texas Home For Sale – Don’t Make These Mistakes When Selling Your Home

Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale

So you’re thinking about renovating before you list your Kingwood Texas home for sale but, did you know that you can actually do more to decrease the value of your home by making common mistakes?

In this article we will share with you some of the common home renovations you don’t want to make especially if you are serious about increasing the value of your home before it’s finally listed on the Real Estate market among other Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale

You “Over-Improved” Your Home

Did you know that you can actually ‘over improve’ your Kingwood Texas Home?

Although you may think that over improving your home will only increase its value the reality is that buyers will avoid your home if it costs thousands of dollars more than other comparable homes in the same neighborhood.

Before spending the time, money and effort to improve your home it’s best to do some investigating first by viewing other comparable homes for sale to see what improvements their owners made and you should also consult with an architect as well to insure that your “improvements” don’t make your home stand out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood as well.

Your Home Is A Little Too Personalized

Once you buy Kingwood Texas Real Estate it’s important to always take a long term view when it comes to personalizing your home because too much personalization (like lots of built-ins, bar or a theater room) will only make your home harder to sell.

Buyers who are searching for Kingwood Homes for Sale want homes that have a neutral design and minimal personalization because too many unique features will make it harder for the buyer to envision themselves living there.

The Renovations In Your Home Are Inconsistent

Another common mistake which is easy to make when buyers try to improve their Kingwood Real Estate is being inconsistent with their improvements.

Example: many buyers decide to invest big money by building a pool while devoting some of the renovation money to buying a few appliances for the kitchen and this decision ultimately results in a mix of old and new appliances or appliances of different colors or types.

For best results with home improvements you should consider investing money into your home one area at a time, rather than doing a little here or there, because it can be difficult to budget for finishing the renovation or improvements later on long after the initial work has ceased.

Your Contractor Removed A Wall In Your Home

Last of all, but most important, one of the biggest mistakes you can make when attempting to renovate or improve your Kingwood Real Estate is knocking down a wall inside your home.

Yes, it’s true that removing a wall will open the house up and make it bigger but, if you remove a bedroom when doing that you ultimately risk lowering the value of your home since a 3 bedroom house is always worth more than a two bedroom home.

For best results consider using the space that you have instead of making the decision to remove a wall or two.

For example: if you have an additional small bedroom you should consider turning it into an office or workout area rather than knocking down a wall to make one bedroom bigger.

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Is The Sinking Stock Market Hurting Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale?

Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale

Over the last two weeks the stock market has been up and down and many people are wondering if stock prices will affect Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale and the answer to this question is actually no.

In this post we will share with you several reasons to be encouraged about buying a home in 2016 even though we are living through a volitale stock market.

Mortgage Interest Rates Are Still Historically Low 

Global stock markets have been in distress since the beginning of the year, and the bond market, seen as a safe haven for investors, has rallied. As a result, yields on 10-year U.S. Treasuries, often a prime indicator for mortgage rates,  have fallen — and mortgage rates have responded in kind, falling for the third week in a row.

Speculation is growing among some Wall Street analysts that the Federal Reserve may back down from further interest rate increases — at least in the near term — to protect what may be a shaky national economy.

Freddie Mac’s just-released weekly survey of lenders shows the following average rates for the most popular home loan terms:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.81% with an average 0.6 point for the week ending Jan. 21, 2016.  A year ago, the rate averaged 3.63%.

  • 15-year fixed rates averaged 3.10% with an average 0.5 point. The same term priced at 2.93% a year ago.

  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages priced at 2.91% with an average 0.5 point. Last year at this time, the same ARM averaged 2.83%.

Source –  Nerd Wallet 

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To get started with searching for Kingwood Texas Homes For Sale Contact Mary & Chris Lallier today by calling us at (281) 948-8782 or connect with us through our website.