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Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Lineup

RODEO HOUSTON Lineup at NRG Stadium, Feb. 27 – March 18.

The 2018 RODEO HOUSTON entertainment lineup features a mix of country, rock, R&B and Spanish pop artists. There are several RODEOHOUSTON favorites, plus six entertainers that are new to RODEOHOUSTON.

RODEOHOUSTON 2018 will feature a brand new, star-shaped stage with top-of-the-line technology that will greatly enhance the performance plus place fans closer to the entertainers inside NRG Stadium,” said Joel Cowley, Rodeo president and CEO. “There is something fun for everyone at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It has been Houston’s favorite tradition since 1932.”  Whether you are young, old, new to the area or a native Texan, there’s something you will or have enjoyed about the rodeo.

As the Stage is set:

And as the Rodeo dust settles each night, a superstar takes the stage to entertain the crowd. The star entertainers will begin their performance after the last rodeo event is completed each evening.  The actual start times for the concert can vary day to day due to the different number of rodeo competitors and other production elements.

Rodeo Houston

Here’s the fantastic entertainment lineup:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27: Garth Brooks
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: Little Big Town
  • Thursday, March 1: Blake Shelton
  • Friday, March 2: Leon Bridges
  • Saturday, March 3: Kelsea Ballerini
  • Sunday, March 4: Alessia Cara
  • Monday, March 5: Rascal Flatts
  • Tuesday, March 6: Jason Aldean
  • Wednesday, March 7: Thomas Rhett
  • Thursday, March 8: Luke Bryan
  • Friday, March 9: Chris Young
  • Saturday, March 10: Cody Johnson
  • Sunday, March 11: Calibre 50
  • Monday, March 12: Zac Brown Band
  • Tuesday, March 13: J Balvin
  • Wednesday, March 14: OneRepublic
  • Thursday, March 15: Keith Urban
  • Friday, March 16: Chris Stapleton
  • Saturday, March 17: Brad Paisley
  • Sunday, March 18: Garth Brooks

Tickets will go on sale next Thursday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m., through AXS Ticketing via rodeohouston.com.

http://www.rodeohouston.com/Visit-the-Rodeo/Music-Concerts/Concert-Lineup

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5 Reason You Need a Realtor

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers where home buyers/sellers are asked about their experiences.  An entire section of the profile is dedicated to buyers’ experiences with their realtors.
National Association of Realtor
Here are the top 5 benefits of using a Realtor, when you are looking to buy your dream home as cited by recent buyers:

1. A realtor is to help the buyer understand the process – 60%

An experienced Realtor will explain exactly what to expect during the entire sales transaction, so you aren’t caught off guard.

2. Pointed out unnoticed features/faults with the property – 56%

A Realtor will point out positives and negatives of each home.  They will also use their trained eye to see potentially disastrous hazards that may be hiding out of site.  Protecting your interests is their job!  Let them make sure your home buying experience is a good one.

3. Negotiated better sales contract terms – 47%

When it comes to negotiating the complex terms of your contract, it never hurts to have a Realtor.  One who has your best interest.  A Realtor will make sure that any needed repairs are complete prior to closing.  Furthermore, they make sure that contingencies are in place for you at the best price. Their analysis of comparable properties will also help to make sure that your dream home is priced properly for the market.

4. Provided a better list of service providers – 46%

Realtors are titans of networking. Many have a list of preferred providers who they trust to work as a part of your team to make your dream come true. This includes mortgage professionals (listed as the #8 reason to use an agent at 22%), home inspectors,  contractors, home stagers, plus so many more! In addition, Realtors can usually negotiate better pricing on many of these services.

5. Improved the buyer’s knowledge of search areas – 44%

Realtors are often members of community organizations and are usually well versed in their area’s history. Their ties to the community make them a great resource whether you plan to relocate to a new area or across town.

Bottom Line

If your plans for 2018 include purchasing your dream home, The Villarreal Team with RE/MAX Integrity would love to assist you in this process. Thanks A Million!
Your Realtor for life!
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A Review of Homes For Sale Spring, Texas

Homes in Spring, Texas

The Township of Spring, Texas is situated in North Houston, which is regarded as a wonderful suburb to live in.  Over the last few years there has been an increase in the demand of homes for sale. Spring has plenty of Master planned communities that allow residents to enjoy high quality facilities. Shopping strips, malls, restaurants and business centers that are on just about every corner.  Homes here are selling at very reasonable prices, depending on your specifications.  In addition, the area features plenty of neighborhoods with newly constructed homes, planned or individual homes, fully fit with essential amenities and facilities. There are plenty of different options to choose from.

Old Town Spring

There is a community called, Old Town Spring, which has museums, shops, art galleries and restaurants. You can stroll thru the streets in this scenic little area. Whether you are just passing through, an investor or a new home buyer. It is situated near the original railway constructed in the early 1900’s.  The Victorian shops here provide a nostalgic feel with unique merchandise that can be bought as unique gifts items.  Although Spring is not a city, it has wonderful social and business amenities that rival those available in big cities.

Part of Old Town Spring spills over into Montgomery County, allowing the residents of Spring to share some of the facilities available in Montgomery county. People looking to find affordable housing here, will also find properties that are attractive and full of amenities such as golf courses, shopping malls, schools, several entertainment and recreational centers.

Schools and Housing

Spring residents have an excellent public education system that extends into various school districts, such as, Klein and Spring ISD.  These are comprised of several different campuses for each of the junior, elementary and high schools. Making it possible for parents to easily find a school that is located near their home. A real estate/property agent, can assist you when looking to purchase a home or property. Since they are professionals that have connections, plus access to a wide range of property listings. Enabling them to know where properties are available, plus details and pricing. RE/MAX Integrity would love to assist you in your search.

Homes Sold by RE/MAX Integrity

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Ruben and Nancy Villarreal Team, Honored Top Producing Team

The Villarreal Team with RE/MAX Integrity, were honored as one of the Top 20 Producing Teams in Texas, plus one of the Top 10 Producing Teams in the Houston Council of RE/MAX offices. The team is lead by Ruben and Nancy Villarreal, who provide professional real estate services.  Ruben who is a real estate veteran of more than 25 years, began growing his team in 1993.  As a team, they have continuously climbed the ladder of success.

” This is a great honor for Ruben and Nancy. We are extremely pleased for their team’s ongoing success,” said Esther Cordova, the Broker of RE/MAX Integrity. She also said, “They have built a great business of repeat clients, plus referred clients. Their dedication to handling the long-term development of our community is outstanding, they also enjoy helping people achieve their home buying and selling goals.”

Ruben & Nancy Villarreal Team

In Addition to Ruben and Nancy, The Villarreal Team consists of Ray Humphrey, Beth Perque, Andree Ward, Robinn Webster, Dawnya Simmons and Ashley Silvey.

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About Ruben and Nancy Villarreal, The Villarreal Team:

As founders of one of Houston’s most award-winning RE/MAX teams.  The Villarreal Team is synonymous with customer service, market knowledge, constant attention to details and genuine care for their clients. They specialize in North/Northwest Houston, in addition to surrounding areas.  For more information, please call (713)557-7095 or (281) 370-5100 or visit us on the web by going to http://www.rubenandnancy.com or come and see us at our office 19510 Kuykendahl Rd #B.

RE/MAX is the most productive real estate network with its Sales Associates averaging more sales than other real estate agents. Over 100,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of nearly 100 countries. Nobody sells more real estate the RE/MAX.

 

How To Sell Your Home During the Holidays

By: Ruben and Nancy Villarreal-Holiday Help

The process of selling your home at any time of the year can be a stressful experience. Especially if you are selling your home during the busy holiday season it may seem to be almost impossible.  The battle to keep your home in model condition and host open houses while at the same time entertaining friends and family, all the work can seem like a difficult task.  So what can you do to make selling your home at this time of year less stressful while still keeping your property in salable condition?  Here are a few tips to make it easier! www.rubenandnancy.com

Keep The Decorations To A Minimum

If your home is usually the brightest on the block, you might want to tone down the seasonal decorations on both the interior and exterior of your home.  You still want to make it easy for potential home buyers to see themselves in your home.  Decorations can be a huge distraction from the features of your home.  The potential buyers may not of the same religious or cultural background as you.  So if you do decorate, keep the decorations tasteful and modern.  Think of how a model home would be decorated for the season, rather than your own personal taste.

Remember The Basics Of Home Sales

When selling your home, the advice you receive from The Villarreal team will include tips such as keeping your home clean and clutter free, this should not be forgotten just because of the holidays. Keep personal items such as gifts and homemade crafts out of sight, be sure to tidy up promptly after parties and events.  When hosting an open house, using the sense of smell can always be an effective strategy, by giving it a holiday twist you can really give the effect of a cozy family home.  Bake some holiday cookies and throw on a pot of mulled wine before the potential buyers show up.

Overall, selling your home during the holiday season can present you with considerable challenges.  Trying to balance the needs of both your family and your potential buyers you can make this period as stress free as possible. 

Selling during the holiday

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Housing Market Proves ‘Houston Strong’ After Harvey

Just a few weeks after the Hurricane Harvey, September sees Houston homes sales rebound and an outpouring of rentals .

Torn up by Hurricane Harvey during the final week of August, the Houston real estate market, shows its ‘Houston Strong’ resiliency during the 4 weeks that followed with a rebound in homes sales and the strongest rental activity of all time.

According to the latest monthly report produced by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), single-family home sales climbed 4.2% compared to last September, climbing back from a nearly 24% plunge in August. All areas of the housing market produced gains except for homes priced under $150,000, with the greatest sales volume among homes between $500,000 to $750,000 range. On a year-to-date basis, homes sales remain 2.3% ahead of the 2016 volume despite Harvey’s devastation.

Lease Update

Fueled primarily by consumers displaced from housing as a result of Harvey’s widespread destruction, demand for lease homes across Houston and cities on the outskirts, soared to record levels in September. Single-family rentals rose to a staggering 83.6% while townhouses/condos skyrocketed 92.2%. Average rent has gone up by 7.9% to $1,886 while the average rent for townhouses/condos climbed 5.4% to $1601.

Housing segment, September sales preformed as follows:

  • $1 – $99,999; decreased 20.7%
  • $100,000 – $149,999; decreased 23.2%
  • $150,000 – $249,999; increased 6%
  • $250,000 – $499,999; increased 14.8%
  • $500,000 – $749,999; increased 20.4%
  • $750,000 and above: increased 4.2%

HAR also breaks out the sales figures for existing single-family homes. Existing homes sales totaled 5,783 in September, up 3.8% versus the same months last year. The average price increased 8.1% to #282,528 while the median sales price rose 6.8% to $219,000.

Houston Association of Realtors

September Highlights on Houston Real Estate Market

Single-family home sales grew with a post-Hurricane Harvey rebound, rising 4.2% year-over-year with 6,913 units sold; total property sales rose 3.2% with 8,150 units sold; total dollar jumped 10.2% to $2.3 billion. And leases of single-family homes shot up an unprecedented 83.6% with average rent up 7.9% to $1,886; and so on…

HAR continues to prompt anyone who has housing available for temporary occupancy (up to 12 weeks) to please post it on Harvey Housing page as soon as possible at http://www.har.com/temporaryhousing to provide housing to those in need.

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Home Selling 101

If you are thinking of selling your home, it may be a stressful experience, especially for first-time sellers. One of the best ways to ease anxiety and reduce stress is to know what to expect and talk to a qualified real estate agent. Moreover here is a general overview of the selling process. While everyone’s experience may be different, these steps tend to be universal. Once you’ve decided to sell your home, give your professional real estate agents, Ruben and Nancy Villarreal with RE/MAX Integrity a call and we’ll help you every step of the way.

STEPS TO GETTING YOUR HOME READY TO SELL:

  • Start packing.
  • Get your home move-in ready.
  • Have a home inspection.
  • Boost curb appeal, ask your agent for suggestions.
  • Cleaning your home is equally important.
  • Agent help stage home.

MARKETING IT RIGHT.

Marketing helps find the right qualified buyer to purchase your home. It all begins with pricing, we can help you with that. Homes that are priced right are often picked by buyers in a short amount of time. To price your home we will review comparable homes in your area that are currently on the market or have sold in the last few months. We will also take in account your homes location, square footage, amenities and condition, as well as local market conditions. All of this information is included in the Comparative Market Analysis (CMA).

 

Agents advice when selling your homeAgent advice on showing your home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVOID THESE COMMON MISTAKES SELLERS MAKE WHEN THEY LIST:

  • Getting caught up in emotions.
  • Overpricing the home.
  • Expecting buyers to pay the asking price.
  • Not allowing the agent to take listing photos.
  • Hiding issues.

SHOWING YOUR HOME.

-Identify and remove potential hazards ahead of time.

-Open curtains and blinds to let light in.

-Keep your home in show-ready condition, as well as accepting showings.

HANDLING OFFERS.

When you get an offer, we’ll present it to you and negotiate on your behave. The offer may include the amount the buyer is proposing to pay, how much they plan to mortgage, their ideal closing date, any contingencies, in addition, personal property they want included or extended.

CLOSING.

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Insurance And Property Taxes: Should You Add Them To Your Mortgage Payment?

By: Ruben and Nancy Villarreal

When you buy a home, the mortgage payment isn’t the only regular expense you will have to consider.  You will also be responsible for paying for your homeowner’s insurance policy as well as the property taxes on your new home.  There are two ways to go about this.  One is to roll them both into your mortgage payment, and pay them monthly along with your mortgage.  The other is to pay them on your own. 

Larger Monthly Payments 

Adding your insurance and property taxes to that monthly mortgage payment bill means that you will have a higher monthly payment.  If you are already cutting it close on your monthly budget with the mortgage alone, this could make it tougher.  You should keep these two payments in mind when you make up your home buying budget so that you know what you can really afford after paying both of these monthly expenses. 

Lump Sum Payments 

Both property taxes and homeowner’s insurance can be paid on their own directly.  This is usually either a yearly payment of a large lump sum or a different sort of payment plan set up by the insurance company or the county.  Coming up with all of that money at once can be tough, so many people opt for payment plans instead. 

Simplifying Your Life 

Most people choose to roll the payments into the mortgage because it is much simpler.  You have fewer monthly payments to think about and don’t have to come up with any large lump sums.  Even if you pay them on your own, in most cases it still winds up being a monthly payment, so it generally makes sense to combine it with the mortgage payment and have a lot less to think about each month. 

The person handling your mortgage can help you decide what to do about insurance and property taxes.  Usually, the first year’s insurance will be part of the closing costs on your home, since you have to have insurance in place in order to get funding for a mortgage.  Whether or not property taxes are due will likely depend on when they were last paid on that home.  After the initial payment, you can add them to the mortgage payment and not have to think about it again.

HOUSTON REAL ESTATE UPDATE – MAY 2017

May reflects another HOT month for Houston Real Estate!  The Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) reports are in, and Houston real estate sales and rentals continue to outpace last year’s record performance.  The greatest sales gains took place among homes priced from $750,000 and above (categorized as the luxury market), followed by homes in the $150,000 to $249,900 range.

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HOUSTON REAL ESTATE HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY

  • Single family home sales rose 11.5% year-over-year with 8,156 units sold;
  • Total property sales increased 12.3% with 9,744 units sold;
  • Total dollar volume jumped 17.4% to $2.8 billion;
  • The single family home average price climbed 4.3% to $302,362, which was the second highest level of all time (highest was $302,629 in June 2015);
  • The single family home median price rose 4.4% to a record high of $235,000;
  • Single family homes months of inventory grew to a 4.1 months supply, the highest level since November 2012;
  • Townhome/condo sales surged 16.5%, with the average price up 3.1% to $206,363 and the median price up 0.9% to $163,500;
  • Leases of single family homes soared 31.0% with average rent down 4.2% to $1,779;
  • Volume of townhome/condo leases rocketed 46.2% with average rent down 6.7% to $1,565.

With the Houston housing market showing another strong month for May, there is no doubt that the second half of 2016 and 2017 will reflect record numbers for Houston real estate!

If moving is in your near future, please contact us.  THE HOUSTON REAL ESTATE MARKET IT HOT!

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