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.
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!
Question of the Day: Which new retailers would you like to see come to Katy?
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.
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!
*Read more about the ClubCorp purchase here.
Have you ever noticed where all those darling “first day of school” photos take place?
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.
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.
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!
Question of the Day: Have you ever not chosen or chosen a house based on the surrounding schools?
In an effort to support the large number of families rapidly migrating to the Katy area, Katy ISD is proposing a $750 million bond to build and renovate older schools all in an effort to proivde the students of the dristrict with a better over all education experience. Katy is well known as a top ranked school district in the city, state, and national levels. With new communitiessuch as Cross Creek Ranch, Firethorne, and Ventana Lakes building more homes, the already full schools are beginning to burst at the seams. And, even if you live in these areas and do not have school aged children, the traffic back ups and pedestrian traffic causes many headaches. If it was up to you, where would the new campuses be built and why?
For more information on this potential bond, please read here.
Ahhh, 2013. You seem so close, yet so far away. Is it almost April? Time has just flown by. Could it be the new office in the HEB in Katy that has made time speed by? Maybe the leap frogging of our Property Management business? Or possibly the many, many referrals from very satisfied clients? All of the above! We are so excited for what 2014 is going to bring that we haven’t even stopped to celebrate what was an outstanding year for Robyn Jones Homes!
Robyn was named on of the Top Producing Agents by HAR in 2013! With the many choices in Real Estate Agents you have, we are so pleased that so many of you have entrusted us with the purchase or sale of your homes. Midnight deadlines, cold, winter showings – all worth it! A home is so personal, so intimate, and again we are so thankful you have invited us on this journey with you!
For the third year in a row, Robyn Jones was awarded the Texas Monthly magazine Five Star Realtor award, given to only the top 2% of Realtors in the area. This award is strenuously screened, and again, we have no one else to thank but you for the kudos.
At the end of 2013, Houston Agent magazine conducted a review and it was discovered the Robyn Jones’s profile and snap shot interview was the #3 most read biography of the year! We have to admit, we love reading about us too!
Admittedly, it has taken 3+ months to recap our most successful year to date. But, in all honesty, we would rather be up at 11 PM drafting a contract or reviewing and inspection report for a client than writing about our accomplishments. But, as there is a team of professionals working hard for you and earning these accolades, we needed to take the time and recognize the record breaking year that was 2013.
Watch out though, we have a feeling 2014 is going to leave 2013 in the dust!
Breaking News – Another two large corporate relocations are coming to the West side of Houston! The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Atwood Oceanics and American Electric Technologies are both relocating their corporate headquarters to the Energy Corridor. What does that mean for the Katy area? More expansion? Rising home sale prices? With the I-10 expansion, we are sure the traffic flow has already been planned. Katy ISD is slated to build more schools communities are popping up further and further down I-10. And, with addition of Texas Childrens’ Campus West and Methodist Hospital West, we are starting to see a shift….
On the fence and wondering what the Housing Market in Houston will look like in 2014? More of the upward growth? Is there a slow in sight? Houston Agent Magazine’s Predictions Issue: 2014 has the answers! With Robyn’s expertise and experience, she was a wealth of knowledge for the article. Read her thoughts on the upcoming year here.
Don’t you want the Agent a leading industry publication turns to for information on your side? Investors to first time home buyers all need a Realtor who knows the market so well she can help you see the potential in a home!
With Robyn’s home sales this year, she set numerous new high price per square foot for the areas of sale. All because she knows Houston and its surrounding areas, and knows what people will pay for a home, not what they have paid. This forward thinking and innovation makes her the best at marketing and selling your home for top dollar! Start 2014 out right with the right Realtor!
We were so pleased to receive an update from a previous client of ours the other day. Our job as your Real Estate Agent is to help you see the potential and future promise of a home. It is always rewarding to see a client as in love with their home as they were the day we closed! Did your Realtor just push you into a home, or did they take the time to go through the pros and cons of the home, potential value of the area, and evaluate the entire contract line by line? Thank you Nancy for the lovely note – we are so glad that we could be there to find you the right house at the right time!
There’s a huge street improvement project underway in front of our house (total nightmare, actually–it’s loud and dirty and a real pain) that will widen the road to four lanes and replace our sidewalks on both sides. As much of a pain as it is, our street obviously needed it and I’m sure it will be a good thing for the value of our house.
We are still as in love with our house as ever, and we have some friends in our hood who recently refinanced and found that their home’s value had increased $150K since they bought it four years ago (I get that the “value” means nothing unless you’re selling it, etc., etc, but still!). We aren’t planning to move or refinance but I got online to look at the prices of some houses currently on the market in our hood and I’m totally blown away and reminded of what a steal of a deal we got on this house (and at just the right time, I think!), thanks to you. Just thought I’d drop you a line to say thanks and let you know how much we appreciate everything you did negotiating for us!
Hope all is well with you!
Redfin has begun offering its Real Estate services in the Houston area, and of course, they wanted Robyn Jones Homes to help their new clients! We are happy to announce that after only a couple of months in the program, we have earned our “Picket Fencer” Badge. This designation in Redfin is given only to Agents who have helped 50+ clients buy a new home.
But what we are more proud of are the overwhelmingly positive comments we received from our clients! Like this one from our clients Andy and Anna….
“Robyn and her team are as good as it gets. We have bought and sold several homes, but the recent purchase of our Houston home with Robyn was our best experience with any realtor hands down. Robyn knows the Houston market very well and works with you to find exactly what you are looking for in a new home. She does not try to sell you on places that are not your style or not in your preferred area or price range. Overall, Robyn wants to make sure that you are truly comfortable with your decision and that you love your new home.
Robyn represents both buyers and sellers, so she knows how to play the game and she is definitely the realtor you want on your side during any negotiation. Robyn and her team are very responsive and make sure to timely answer every question/concern you might have, no matter what time or day of the week. If Robyn does not pick up the phone, your call is immediately redirected to one of her very helpful assistants. A lawyer/realtor, Robyn demonstrates the professionalism and that you want during this often stressful experience of buying or selling a home.
I do not usually write reviews or give recommendations, but I will definitely recommend Robyn to anyone wanting to buy or sell a home in the Houston area. My wife and I now consider Robyn a friend, which says a lot about how great an experience we had with Robyn as our realtor.”
Ask yourself “Does your Realtor make you feel like this?” If not, don’t you deserve to have someone who does? We are always available to discuss your Real Estate needs!