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The Kink Team Named One of America’s Top 1,000 Real Estate professional Teams by Real Trends, As advertised in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

The Kink Team, From The Woodlands, Had an Impressive $93,728,690.75 in sales on Their Way to Becoming One of Houston’s Top Professionals

(The Woodlands, Texas, June 29, 2015) Diane Kink of The Kink Team was named one of America’s top real estate professional teams by REAL Trends, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal. The Kink Team is now a member of the “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications. The Kink Team is now ranked in the top one half of 1 percent of the more than 1,100,000 REALTORS® nationwide.

The Thousand real estate professionals was announced on June 26, 2015, with four separate categories honoring the top 250 residential agents and agent teams for excellence in:

  • Individual Sales Professionals—Sales volume
  • Individual Sales Professionals—Transaction sides (in each real estate transaction, there are two sides that can be represented by a real estate agent: a buyer’s and a seller’s.)
  • Team Professionals—Sales volume
  • Team Professionals—Transaction sides

For the first time, REAL Trends has added two new categories to The Thousand ranking based off of average sales price. Like the other categories in The Thousand, both of these are broken down into the top 250 residential agents and agent teams for excellence in:

  • Individual Sales Professionals – Average Sales Price
  • Team Professionals – Average Sales Price

According to The Thousand, The Kink Team had sales volume totaling $93,728,690.75, ranking them 161st in the nation among over 1.1 Million REALTORS nationwide.

“The best individual agents and teams—including The Kink Team’s award-winning efforts—were nothing short of phenomenal considering the recovering real estate market,” said Steve Murray, founder of Denver-based publishing and communications company REAL Trends, which compiled the list.

“Becoming a member of such an elite group as The Thousand is an incredible accomplishment in any market, but what The Kink Team did during these challenging times is impressive on so many levels,” said Marti Gallardo, vice president of classified advertising for The Wall Street Journal. “Their efforts topped 99.99 percent of the more than 1,100,000 REALTORS nationwide.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to be named to The Thousand,” said Diane Kink who serves clients primarily in The Woodlands, Texas. “Even with the market’s challenges, it’s incredibly gratifying to help clients find their dream homes as well as help them sell their properties quickly and for the highest price possible.”

The ranking of The Thousand can be found at:

www.thethousandrealestateprofessionals.com

 

The Kink Team is recognized as one of the top producing real estate teams in North America and is highly awarded within the industry. Let us go to work for you. Contact us today!

About The Thousand – This awards program was developed jointly by WSJ. Custom Studios (and is not affiliated with the Editorial Department) and REAL Trends, a leading source of analysis and information for the residential real estate brokerage industry. REAL Trends The Thousand honors America’s elite real estate agents and their companies and is compiled and analyzed by REAL Trends with a special ad section included in The Wall Street Journal.

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Just Reduced! $469,000

Exemplary Galatas Elementary! Beautiful Haydens Run with Pool! Updates throughout including neutral paint, hardwoods, granite, SS appliances & large kitchen with center island. Formal living, formal dining, study & one bedroom down. Game room, master & secondary bedrooms up. Spacious family room open to breakfast area & kitchen. Beautiful hardwood floors in main living areas on first floor. Large windows throughout, lots of natural light.

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Just Reduced! Now $429,000

Spectacular Stone & Stucco Lifeforms home with custom finishes throughout! Hardwood flooring from foyer to den, kitchen & breakfast room. Both formals. Tile surround fireplace. Gourmet island kitchen features GE Profile appliances, breakfast bar, large pantry. Upgraded security system with cameras & automated A/C & front door ability. Second floor game room, spacious master suite with corner jetted tub & walk-in shower in master bath. Large backyard (pool ready!) with covered patio & gas line for grill.

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Oil Prices and the Impact on Our Real Estate Market

It comes as no surprise that lower oil prices will have an adverse impact on cities where local economies are heavily based on the production of oil. With Anadarko’s headquarters in The Woodlands, and the new ExxonMobil headquarters just a few minutes south, many people would suggest Houston is a prime candidate to take a hit.

Make no mistake; Saudi Arabia and OPEC do not want to keep prices at the current level. Once they rise again, production and jobs will increase back to $100 a barrel figures. In a short-term situation, we will see temporary job loss and cutbacks like we have already, and we will experience some declines in regards to the real estate industry as well. The question is simply, how much?

According to a report released by HouseCanary, after a thorough analysis they determined that oil price changes are a leading indicator of home values. They concluded that some cities will thrive off the lowered oil prices, and others will not. They found that oil towns like Odessa would be hit most significantly, “lowering the growth target from 20% cumulative growth in home appreciation to 10% through the third quarter of 2017.” Houston, although still negatively impacted, did not see such a dramatic drop. Instead, Houston is predicted to see only a 2% drop from 19% to 17% cumulative appreciation by the third quarter of 2017.

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In Odessa, the community thrives predominantly on oil production. Houston, although it carries a heavy burden in this regard, has other sectors where employment can be found to help stabilize the economy.

Goldman Sachs commented on the subject, saying, “if we are correct, that weakness in oil-related employment will spill over into slower job growth in closely-related non-energy sectors.” Although the drop in oil price is not good news for Houston, the city does have alternative resources to help stabilize our local economy. This in turn will limit the damage that could have been seen if we were solely reliant upon oil and gas.

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The Kink Team is recognized as one of the top producing real estate teams in North America and is highly awarded within the industry. Let us go to work for you. Contact us today!

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3-Story Urban Lofts built townhome within close proximity to Midtown! Contemporary design, split plan with first floor & third floor bedrooms. Whole home automation includes lights, doors & fans. Second floor living space with beautiful hardwood floors throughout. Open kitchen with gas cooking. Third floor master bedroom with extra flex room could be used as study. Master bath with two shower heads & tub. First floor bedroom has access to backyard covered patio and yard. Easy upkeep. Galvalume exterior, low utilities.

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Just Reduced $150k! Now $1,975,000

Elegant, Mediterranean-styled villa located in the sought after enclave of Falconwing Estates backing to a private reserve. Features include: exquisite travertine flooring, sweeping grand staircase, formal living & dining, den. Kitchen that would be the envy of any serious chef with high-end appliances from Fisher & Paykel, Bosch, Wolf & Subzero. Master bath with claw foot stub, walk-in shower & exercise room. Second floor media & game room with wet bar & homework nook. Resort like infinity pool & spa!

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The Woodlands Children’s Museum

The Woodlands Children’s Museum provides a unique learning environment with plenty of exhibits to keep the kids entertained. The museum provides these creative exhibits designed for children seven and under to learn while having fun! The hands-on activities stimulate curiosity and create opportunities for discovery and play, and provide an intellectual exercise for their young minds.

The museum also offers workshops comprised of targeted activities towards specific topics. Some of the summer workshops include the “Lego Frenzy,” where kids can design and create various beginner and advanced Lego kits to build critical thinking skills. “Kitchen Chemistry” is a hands-on activity designed to showcase cause and effect relationships, as well as create some fun substances together to make slime or bubbly concoctions.

Take a look at all the workshops offered here: Summer Workshops

Located in the Panther Creek shopping center, The Woodlands Children’s Museum is centrally located among the many villages of The Woodlands.

Admission for adults and children are $5 each; children under 2 are free. Museum memberships are available and run $67 for a family of four for 12 months.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum is open seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Peak Visiting hours are typically in the morning; their website suggests coming between 1:30pm and 5:00pm for a more peaceful visit.

The museum also hosts a small gift shop with toys, books, puzzles, and unique gifts perfect for any young child. All proceeds benefit the museum and its programs.

Go to www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org for more info.

 

The Kink Team is recognized as one of the top producing real estate teams in North America and is highly awarded within the industry. Let us go to work for you. Contact us today!

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Best Place to Live in Texas

According to a new article posted by Nerdwallet.com, The Woodlands was ranked as the “Best Place to Live in Texas.” While there are many wonderful places in Texas that one could call home, we couldn’t agree more with the assessment.

The list specified the criteria upon which the cities were ranked. Crime data contributed to 30% of the score. Housing and Demographics including homeownership rates, unemployment rates and median commute times contributed to 40% of the score. Education was addressed with the help of the Schooldigger.com and contributed to 20% of the score and the Walk Score contributed to 10% of the score.

The Woodlands easily passed with high scores for education, low crime and unemployment rates. While the site did take note of the longer commute times, they also noted the proximity to activities and parks such as the Sam Houston National Forest that helped outweigh the demerits.

Here’s the top 10 cities on the list:

1. The Woodlands
2. Allen
3. Frisco
4. Sugar Land
5. McKinney
6. Pearland
7. Plano
8. League City
9. Missouri City
10. Carrollton

Other notable Texas cities:

15. College Station
18. Round Rock
31. Corpus Christi
37. Austin
43. San Antonio
46. Dallas
47. Houston

What do you think about the list? Do you agree with their assessment of the Best Place to Live in Texas? Let us know in the comments!

To see the full report from Nerdwallet.com – Click Here

The Kink Team is recognized as one of the top producing real estate teams in North America and is highly awarded within the industry. Let us go to work for you. Contact us today!

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Shankz Blacklight Mini-Golf

Shankz is a unique indoor miniature golf facility that uses blacklights to illuminate the course.  Putt through 18 challenging holes amongst changing themes including tikis, dinosaurs, and a safari among others. To play, each person gets a colored glow in the dark golf ball and putter so you don’t lose it on the course.  To add to the fun, make sure you remember to wear clothes that will glow under a black light!  After the 18th hole, you can opt to play Cannonball, an action packed game using air cannons in order to shoot Nerf balls into targets while your opponent shoots back at you. Finally, after you’re finished, take a break and try your hand at the selection of arcade games.

Shankz is affordable fun for the whole family!  A round of 18 holes for an adult (13+) is $8.99 and $7.99 for children (4-12). Children under 4 are free!  If you would like to play another round it is $3.99. One game of Cannonball Air Blaster is $3.99. Shankz also has party packages available for birthdays. They also host corporate events. Shankz is a great spot for anything from a fun date night idea to an escape from a rainy summer day with the kids.

For more information, go to www.shankzgolf.com.

Address:
Shankz Blacklight Miniature Golf
3091 College Park Dr #270
The Woodlands, TX 77384

The Kink Team is recognized as one of the top producing real estate teams in North America and is highly awarded within the industry. Let us go to work for you. Contact us today!

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Shankz Blacklight Mini-Golf

Shankz is a unique indoor miniature golf facility that uses blacklights to illuminate the course.  Putt through 18 challenging holes amongst changing themes including tikis, dinosaurs, and a safari among others. To play, each person gets a colored glow in the dark golf ball and putter so you don’t lose it on the course.  To add to the fun, make sure you remember to wear clothes that will glow under a black light!  After the 18th hole, you can opt to play Cannonball, an action packed game using air cannons in order to shoot Nerf balls into targets while your opponent shoots back at you. Finally, after you’re finished, take a break and try your hand at the selection of arcade games.

Shankz is affordable fun for the whole family!  A round of 18 holes for an adult (13+) is $8.99 and $7.99 for children (4-12). Children under 4 are free!  If you would like to play another round it is $3.99. One game of Cannonball Air Blaster is $3.99. Shankz also has party packages available for birthdays. They also host corporate events. Shankz is a great spot for anything from a fun date night idea to an escape from a rainy summer day with the kids.

For more information, go to www.shankzgolf.com.

Address:
Shankz Blacklight Miniature Golf
3091 College Park Dr #270
The Woodlands, TX 77384

The Kink Team is recognized as one of the top producing real estate teams in North America and is highly awarded within the industry. Let us go to work for you. Contact us today!