New Listing in California

Our Agent, Hector, has a fantastic new listing in the California hills!  There is no mistaking, California is a beautiful state!  Views all around, privacy, and did we mention the views!!

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Contact us today for this gem of a home!

 

New Homes North of I-10 in Katy

Katy is growing by leaps and bounds.  While South Katy (zip codes 77494 & 77450) have about reached their max, new developments are popping up in the northern area of Katy, close to the I-10 and New Grand Parkway intersection.  One of the communities taking off in this area is highly touted Ventana Lakes by Perry Homes.  With homes priced from the $240,000′s up to $450,000′s, this community looks to be the next Cinco Ranch.  With high class amenities and top rated schools, Ventana Lakes is becoming more and more popular with new home buyers looking for luxury and accessibility.  Ventana Lakes is gaining so much momentum, that Katy ISD has dedicated the resources to build a large educational center in the community.

 

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With an expected opening date of August 2016, these state of the art facilities are such to be a huge incentive for buyers.  Coupled with the massive developmental plans for the Grand Parkway corridor, Ventana Lakes is sure to increase exponentially in value.  Want to get in on the ground level (and at ground level prices)?  Contact us today to schedule a showing.  We can offer invaluable resources for building your new home as well as negotiate the best incentives these builders have to offer!

Best,

Robyn

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QOTD: Education is on of the top things buyers consider when purchasing a home?  What is your top concern when looking for a new home?

Loving Your Home This Holiday Season

This time of year the wind blows, the cold comes in, and we spend more time in doors, admiring our homes,  But all too often, we take for granted the little things about the spaces we live in and get wrapped up in their flaws.  Here is an article to help rekindle your love for your home.  Cause everyone should be happy with the spaces they are in! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

City Centre Expanding to New Heights!

A sure sign that there is a growing population moving out to the West Side of Houston is the ever growing expansion of the high end shopping and dining area City Centre. Along with direct access from I-10, the newly expanded area will feature apartment homes, 1 acre of green space, and offices tailored to the small business and telecommuting offices that support larger oil companies. With the movement of headquarters once located in downtown, to the renovated Energy Corridor, these smaller companies are setting up shop in the retail offices that will accompany the new, high rise building in City Centre.

What does this mean for real estate located in the Memorial Villages and Spring Branch area? More growth and property value increases, on top of an already booming trend in the area. Currently, single family homes start at $795,000 and go to $16 million +. Compared to the same area 10 years ago, where prices peaked at $1,390,000. Read more about the City Centre expansion here.

Katy Becoming an Foodie’s Dream!

With the population and home growth that the Katy Area, especially the South Katy Area (77494 and 77450), have seen recently, there is no big surprise that many big businesses and chain restaurants are breaking ground on new stores and eateries.  Just recently, Trader Joes announced it is opening a store in the La Centerra Shopping Center. And now comes the news that Dish Society is leading the pack of new, fresh food dining options joining the Katy area.

Dish Society is a farm to table concept restaurant that offers a less processed, causal, but fast dining option.  They are currently only located in the Galleria area, but have decided to branch out to suburban areas, such as Katy.  Read more about it  here..

With more and more business moving or adding headquarters in the Energy Corridor and westward, it is no wonder the demographic of the Katy area has changed to a hipper, younger vibe.  We are so excited to see more local stores opening in the Cinco Ranch area!

See you at lunch!

Kristen

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QOTD: What local store or restaurant would you like to see come to Katy?

 

 

Robyn Jones Homes does California Property Management!

We have been flooded with requests about our Property Management services, especially for our LA Office.  So many people move to LA for a short period of time, or move up from their first property.  Investment homes in LA are on the rise and we are happy to provide our clients in California the same, high level of customer service and property management service that we do out Texas clients!  Teri Lewis just helped her Landlord lease out a home in Venice!

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These homes always tend to be a bit more maintenace and we are happy to take that stress away from our Landlords!  Let us handle the repairs, lets us handle the move ins and move outs – it is what we do!  Do you have a property that weighs on you?  Is your investement not as profitable as it could be?  We can help fine tune and stream line the management side to maximize your profit and minimize efforts!

We work for you!

Kristen

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Final Section of Cinco Ranch Opens

From one of the largest, raw land purchases in 1984 to one of the highest ranked communities in 2014, Cinco Ranch has endured a storied history or success after success in subdivision and community development. And today it opens its final section of housing development up for sale. The Village of Westridge Creek will be the site of future homes priced in the low $300,000′s to mid $400,000′s and will feature distinguished builders such as Toll Brothers, Ryland Homes, Village Homes, and Perry Homes. David Weekley Homes Custom Classics and Partners In Building will be offering new homes from the $600,000s to the $800,000s situated on larger, 80 foot wide sites.

The master planned community will also be adding a 4 acre recreational facility as well as extra schools to service the growing population. Katy ISD has also proposed a bond package to accommodate the exponential growth in students over the last five years.

Cinco Ranch has been named as the top-selling community in Texas last year by RCLCO, and continues its strong tradition as one of the state’s and the country’s top spot for families.

Read more the final Cinco ranch subdivision here.

In the month of August alone, there were 87 single family homes sold at an average price of $395,000 in the 77494 are of Cinco Ranch.

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And with the boom in housing comes the boom in shopping and restaurants. Cinco Ranch has seen many new, major retailers enter the area, including Whole Foods, Costco, Sprouts, as well as the highly anticipated Trader Joes in La Centerra.

Now is the time to sell and move up!

Best,

Kristen

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Question of the Day: Which new retailers would you like to see come to Katy?

Holy Golf Balls Batman! Woodlands Golf Course sells in part of $265 million deal!

It’s official! The Woodlands Golf Course, and its 7 individual courses, have been sold to Dallas based ClubCorp. ClubCorp says this deal will result in millions of dollars in upgrades on the courses themselves. What does this mean for your house values? Well, if you are lucky enough to live in one of these golf course communities, you know that improvements to the course can result in a resurgence of interest in the housing market in the area. If you have been on the fence about selling, the “facelift” these course are about to endure will also boost your homes value without you having to left a finger (well, maybe a club). Robyn Jones Homes is a premier, golf course community Realtor, and have been quoted by Golf Real Estate, as well as worked with the Arnold Palmer Golf and Century Partners on the sale of land in their upscale, golf communities located in Humble and Katy.

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Please contact us if you would like a free Comparative Market Analysis run for your home. We are happy to show you the value in your home!

Tees away!

Kristen

*Read more about the ClubCorp purchase here.

 

 

 

What impact do schools have on your home purchase?

Have you ever noticed where all those darling “first day of school” photos take place?

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That’s right – at home. In the front yard, by the fireplace, or in front of mom’s roses.

To the first time home buyer, the importance of surrounding schools may not seem like deal breaker. But, a good Real Estate Agent will inform any buyer of how the location, accreditation, and level of surrounding schools will impact their decision.

Location

Do you have children? If not, you may not be thinking “How well ranked is this school district?”. But, as time passes, you may find yourself taking the big step into parenthood. How close is the elementary school? Can we walk there? Do we need to cross any major intersections? These are all question not only you, but any future purchaser of your home will be asking.

If kids are not in the cards, or you have already “served your time”, location of schools is also key. What will the traffic be like? How many school zones to I have to crawl through to get to work? Anyone who does an afternoon pick up knows there are a LOT more children being picked up at school these days then we all can imagine. The lines can stretch down major roads, block intersections, and cause major traffic delays. And let’s not talk about the impact of a rainy day dismissal.

Accreditation

Again, not just for the potential family you may grow but for resale as well, school ratings and rankings are paramount. Most buyers will look in school districts with high ratings. You can always check the rankings of your surrounding schools by visiting our website http://www.robynjoneshomes.com/our-vendors/school-info. In recent years there has been a major movement to the Sugar Land and Katy areas of Houston, mainly due to the exemplary status of their school systems.

Accreditation is also important when considering your tax bill. School districts who have a better reputation are always striving to stay on top. This means constant increases in a probably high school tax bill.

Level of School

Whether it is an elementary, middle, or high school you live near is important as well. If you think parents picking up their children is rough, try 1000′s of newly legal drivers! Rushing out at dismissal. Chaos! I can remember driving on The Grand Parkway passing Cinco Ranch Blvd and gawking at the gridlock at 2:30 PM when BOTH middle and high school were being dismissed. I looked at my boyfriend and said “Who would live there?”. Ten years later, my husband and I live less than a mile away. As a first time home buyer, we didn’t even consider the traffic. As a resident, we curse it every day September through May.

Of course, it is important to also remember that, for the perfect house, all of these things can be dealt with. When a home is a home, you just know. But, after witnessing many of my friends move due to their need for a closer elementary or lose money on the sale of their home due to a poorly ranked school, it is always wise to consider not just the home, but the surroundings, and your future in it.

Happy first week back kids!

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First Day of School Obligatory Pictures.

Kristen

Question of the Day: Have you ever not chosen or chosen a house based on the surrounding schools?