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March Market Report

Image Courtesy www.seniorliving.org

Image Courtesy www.seniorliving.org

The Houston Association of Realtors recently released their monthly report on the real estate market in March. According to the report, “single family home sales rose 3.8% year-over-year in March, with the most activity taking place among homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000.” The luxury market (Homes greater than $500,000) experienced a 7% gain in March after a decline in home sales was observed in February.

Home prices reached a record high in March for Houston with a 6.5% increase from last year, topping out at $276,837. Further, days on market in March 2014 resided at 60 days, while March 2015 shed 7 days off that number coming in at 53.

Breaking it Down

Months of inventory is the estimated time it would take to deplete the current active housing inventory based on the last 12 months of sales. This figure gives us an idea at how quickly homes are moving in the marketplace.

In March 2015, the HAR MLS reported 2.8 months supply, which is significantly lower than the national average of 4.6 months of inventory. Record high home prices and a bustling spring market will help any sellers thinking of jumping into the “I need to sell” arena.

“If you are thinking about selling, now is a great time to have a discussion with your Realtor. Your swift decision making abilities could net you thousands of dollars now as opposed to waiting for sometime in the future.”

The Kink Team deals with properties of ALL shapes and sizes. We provide our services to folks looking to lease a home, sell undeveloped lots of land, buy a home for the family, or sell a multi-million dollar estate. No real estate need is ever too small. Give us a call today and we will walk you through the process from start to finish!

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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Exquisite Mike Feigin build located behind the gates of Carlton Woods rests on the 14th hole of the fairway. Stunning Scott Waldo pool compliments over 13,000 sq. ft. manse. Amazing attention to detail from Venetian Plaster Walls to 400 yr. old reclaimed French Oak Floors, 4 gas log fireplaces, hand-hewn oak beams, custom climate controlled wine room stores over 500 bottles. Game room and bar. High-end kitchen with two butcher block islands, caterers kitchen and master suite with it’s own separate laundry.

For More information: 3 Hepplewhite – Luxury Website

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Thing to Do #363 - Free Concert Thursdays at Market Street's Central Park

Source: Woodlands Events – www.WoodlandsEvents.com

Enjoy live music from local artists for Free on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in Market Street’s Central Park. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted so you can fully relax and enjoy the evening. If you would prefer, patio dining options like Jaspers, 1252 Tapas Bar, Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café, Uni Sushi or Cru are all within earshot of the festivities.

Here are the upcoming artists and corresponding dates:

April 23 – Mango Punch
April 30 – FAB 5
May 14 – Joseph Vincelli
May 21 – The Brew
May 28 – Hanna’s Reef

For Additional Information – Click Here

Address: 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands TX 77380

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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#364 – Kayaking Lake Woodlands

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If you’re feeling outdoorsy but don’t want to travel too far from home, kayaking from the Riva Row Boat House may be a perfect solution.

Here’s the specifics…

Cost:

Single: $15 first hour, $5 each additional hour
Tandem: $20 first hour, $5 each additional hour

Hours of Operation for 2015:

Jan 1 – May 17 – 9am to sunset (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
May 18 – Aug 23 – 9am to 8pm (Closed Wednesdays)
Aug 24 – Dec 31 – 9am to sunset (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

Where can I explore?

According to their map, it will take approximately 30 minutes to reach Northshore Park. From there, you can go north for 25 minutes and reach the Research Forest Bridge, or head south for 35 minutes and hit Southshore park and get up close and personal with the dragon of Lake Woodlands. There is also a small offshoot towards the south side of the lake, which will take you to the Cove Park. See the full map of Lake Woodlands, and approximate trip times here.

Parking is available along Riva Row and can be found in adjacent parking lots. For more information, check out the Riva Row Boat House page.

Address: 2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands TX 77380

 

 

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#365 – Concert Season at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

 

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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#365 – Concert Season at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater that provides the Greater Houston area with award winning, world-class performing arts and entertainment acts throughout the year. It is owned and operated by The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, and governed by a volunteer board of directors.

It is now mid-April and concert season is underway. A few shows already wrapped up including MercyMe, Nickelback, and Bryan Adams, but there’s so much more to come. This Saturday, April 18th, Buzzfest XXXIII starts up at 12:00pm. It’s also something to keep in mind if you’re heading down to Market Street or the Woodlands Mall area with regards to traffic delays and detours.

This year’s lineup includes fan favorites like Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett, ZZ Top, Train, Lana Del Rey, Elton John, and a surprising combination of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Quite a line-up right? There’s more! The aforementioned acts are just a few that take place up until May 30th, with many more throughout the summer. The Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera also make appearances throughout the year.

For a complete list of events at the Pavillion – Click Here
Website: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Address: 2005 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Capacity: 16,500

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TheWOodlandsPavillion

#365 – Concert Season at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater that provides the Greater Houston area with award winning, world-class performing arts and entertainment acts throughout the year. It is owned and operated by The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, and governed by a volunteer board of directors.

It is now mid-April and concert season is underway. A few shows already wrapped up including MercyMe, Nickelback, and Bryan Adams, but there’s so much more to come. This Saturday, April 18th, Buzzfest XXXIII starts up at 12:00pm. It’s also something to keep in mind if you’re heading down to Market Street or the Woodlands Mall area with regards to traffic delays and detours.

This year’s lineup includes fan favorites like Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett, ZZ Top, Train, Lana Del Rey, Elton John, and a surprising combination of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Quite a line-up right? There’s more! The aforementioned acts are just a few that take place up until May 30th, with many more throughout the summer. The Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera also make appearances throughout the year.

For a complete list of events at the Pavillion – Click Here
Website: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Address: 2005 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Capacity: 16,500

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Do you have documents that need to be shredded?

Bring those embarrassing pictures you just dug up while doing your taxes and send them to their final resting place! While you’re at it, bring some non-perishable food items with you for a chance to win a $100 gift card! Details below, see you Saturday!

 

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  • Tiger Woods' Bluejack National Golf Course Community
    Sunday Home Design, Source: Houston Business Journal
  • Tiger Woods' Bluejack National Golf Course Community
    Cottage Home Design, Source: Houston Business Journal
  • Tiger Woods' Bluejack National Golf Course Community
    Cottage Home Design, Source: Houston Business Journal
  • Tiger Woods' Bluejack National Golf Course Community
    Cottage Home Design, Source: Houston Business Journal
  • Tiger Woods' Bluejack National Golf Course Community
    Member Suite Design, Source: Houston Business Journal

We’re learning more and more about Bluejack National golf course and the surrounding 386 luxury home community since it was first announced last April. Bluejack National is the first championship-level course Tiger Woods has designed in the United States, and according to initial reports, is expected to open late 2015.

According to the Houston Business Journal Article, “the 755-acre development, located at 4430 S. FM 1486 in Montgomery County, will offer its golf club members a mix of condominium suites, cottages and patio homes ranging in size from 800 to 3,300 square feet and in cost from the mid $300,000s to nearly $1.5 million.”

The homes will be well equipped, featuring some smart home amenities including a Crestron home automation system to control the lights, speakers, and security system. Interested in ordering food from the clubhouse? With the Crestron touchpad, ordering food is just a few swipes away.

Smart lock doors, automatic shading systems and smartphone application will all contribute to creating a high-tech, highly livable primary residence or home away from home. The luxury homes will feature Dacor appliances with dual gas and electric ranges with built in tablet for finding recipes in a snap.

As for the golf course, Bluejack National will be built on the former home of Blaketree National Golf Club. The 18-hole course will address speed of play by adding pine straw to the forest floor to encourage balls to be found faster and easier. Also, players will be able to tee off between a three-hole, five-hole, and nine-route route to adjust to the golfers time constraints if they cannot fit in a whole round of 18.

Amenities include a 10,000 square foot clubhouse, with restaurant, bar, indoor and outdoor dining and meeting spaces. A golf performance center with the latest golf swing analyzing technology and grills and taverns along the course to stop and grab some Bluejack ale and some grub. Want to practice your game after the sun has gone down? A shorter nine-hole course will be lit up at night allowing players to work on their game.

It’s not just for adults either. Kids will be happy to know about the 3-acre amenity park featuring a pool, skate park, wiffle ball diamond, flag football field, zip lines, tree houses among other cool and fun things to do.

Thinking this might be a place for you? All the amenities of resort-style community will come at a cost of $75,000 to $125,000 for the initiation fee alone. Then add on the cost of homes ranging anywhere from the mid $300,000s to $1.5 million and you have a more complete picture of price.

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Are You Really The Sum of Your Social Media Profiles?

Sometimes what we see out there can impact how we see ourselves.

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I recently ran across a post on Realtor.com called “The Real You Isn’t on Facebook.” Normally I read something, then go on with my day and pay no more attention to it other than recognizing it as an interesting bit of information. This one however, seemed to stick with me for a couple days. It resonated with me, and I wanted to share it with you all.

The idea that everyone makes their lives look better than they really are on social media is not only real; it’s rampant. We tend to place ourselves in the best light possible in any situation. It’s human nature. We veer towards pleasure, and steer ourselves away from pain and embarrassment. Is there something wrong with posting good things on Facebook? Absolutely not. In fact it’s encouraged! After all, life is a celebration and should be treated as one.

See, Facebook is a revolutionary tool that ties people together from all over. It’s also a potentially risky place to get caught up in the “keeping up with the Jones’” mentality. People you know and love, and people you just met, all stand shoulder-to-shoulder in your news feed dripping details about their lives, the success they’ve experienced, and the material possessions they’ve acquired.

Let’s be honest though, who really are these people? It may be easy to piece together for the people you know very well, but what about those you don’t know so well?

Let me ask it another way. If you were to look at your own social media feed, would somebody you’ve never met before be able to tell what kind of person you are? How accurate would they be based on the content you put out?

There is no right or wrong answer; it is simply an exercise in becoming aware. The reality is that most people would feel happiness for all the good things coming into the lives of those they love, but there’s also those who will feel a bit inadequate from time to time for not having what others have. Especially if the posts you see are of people you met years ago and have lost touch with, but still show up on your news feed periodically.

Simply realize that there’s more to a person’s life than what they announce on social media. Try not to internalize other people’s successes in life as your failures. You have skills, talents, and abilities others do not, and the simple understanding that you’re enough, just as you are, is enough to combat any mixed feelings when you have a moment of weakness and self doubt.

I highly recommend taking the five minutes to read the post “The Real You Isn’t on Facebook,” it’s a great read. Tell me what you think!