Houston Neighborhoods Real Estate Blog and Tips

July 25, 2020

Pro Tips for Selling your Investment Properties

 

 

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Are you looking to sell your investment property?

 

Selling your rental unit makes financial sense when the market conditions are favorable. You can use the profits for further investments or other purposes. Putting your rental property up for sale could be the best decision in the long run.

 

There are other possible reasons for wanting to sell your rental. For instance, if it isn’t performing well, it may be time to remove this property from your investor's portfolio.

 

Putting your investment property on the market is different from selling your personal home. Planning things ahead in detail reduces the chance of leaving extra money on the table.

 

In this article, Upkeep Media Inc. goes over the best tips for selling your investment property. After reading this, you’ll understand the steps to take to maximize your sales profit.

 

#1: Conduct Plenty of Research

For starters, you should research the current market conditions. Your prospective buyers are interested in the long-term renting potential and developments in the neighborhood. Remember that they are looking to make a lucrative investment.

 

Some of the important aspects to consider checking include the local employment situation, occupancy rates and future projections. Property investors prefer rental real estate in areas that have job opportunities, low crime, and future prospects.

 

#2: Gather the Necessary Documentation

Assemble and organize all the documents that reflect your property's financial health. The income, expenses, and budget sheets all contribute to a better understanding of your rental's financial situation.

 

The paperwork should cover remodelling, repairs, maintenance, and improvement projects. Attach a complete list of your capital expenditures. Showing clarity and transparency raises the chance of closing a deal.

 

#3: Hire a Professional Home Stager

Putting your investment property up for sale means that you can benefit from offering a staged home. You may be surprised how big of a difference staging can make.

 

Professional home stagers use a wide range of strategies to maximize a property's appeal. As a result, you can expect the following outcomes concerning your selling efforts:

 

  • Depersonalizing the unit boosts the property's status and curb appeal.

  • Visiting prospects may feel that your investment property is worth more money.

  • Your rental's top features and amenities will receive the attention they deserve.

  • There’s a greater chance of quickly selling your property for a higher closing price.

 

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#4: Find the Right Price

Both undervaluing and overvaluing the price of your property are bad approaches. Neither one of these scenarios will protect your interests as an investment property seller. You need to find the correct price to land a successful agreement.

 

To find the correct price, carry out a comparative market analysis. In short, this means you will list the recent closing prices for comparable investment properties in the same neighborhood. If your property’s immediate surrounding has limited data, you can expand your scope. 

 

#5: Reduce Regular Expenses

Property investors prefer rental units that have low operating costs. You'll see an instant boost in investor's appeal when your monthly positive cash flow is more competitive.

 

Check for water leaks, raise your A/C and furnace efficiency, and switch old appliances for new ones. These small actions can lead to greater savings on your monthly expenses.

 

#6: Provide High-Quality Photos

Attach high-quality photos to your investment property listings. Nowadays, the importance of outstanding visuals is greater than ever. Some investors may overlook your listing if they can't access a photo gallery.

 

An additional option is shooting HQ videos. You can do these in a walkthrough fashion to provide a concise overview of the major features of your property. It has been shown that video content is a strong predictor of high engagement online.

 

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In a Nutshell: Selling Your Investment Properties

Selling your investment property could be profitable. When the market conditions are right, making an exit may be the best decision long-term. Plus, sometimes you just need to quickly cash out because a property drives down the performance of your portfolio.

 

Here are our top suggestions for reaching a successful sale of your property:

 

  • Consider the services of a professional home stager.

  • Do as much research as you can before putting your property up for a sale.

  • Take professional photos and shoot HQ videos to boost interest online.

  • Determine the correct price by conducting comparative market analysis.

  • Cut your monthly expenses to improve the positive cash flow.

  • Find and organize all the documentation showing your property's financial status.

 

So, there you have it – 6 ways to sell your investment property!

 

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.

 

 

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July 25, 2020

5 More Things To Check Before Selling A Home

 

So, you’ve decided to sell your home. Before you run to put your house on the market, there are a few things you’ll want to check first. We’re in a seller’s market, but you still want to make sure that your house will appeal to buyers and that you get as much as possible on the sale of your home. 

These are five quick things to check before you list and sell your home. 

#1. The Condition of the Roof  

Has it been a while since you re-did the roof? How do the shingles look? The reality is that if your roof is in disrepair, you’re going to have a hard time finding a buyer. There’s no shortage of asphalt roof problems, and you need to make sure that your roof doesn’t have any glaring issues. 

Start by stepping away from the house and checking for any visible damage. If you have an asphalt roof, and it’s been over ten years since you’ve had any work done, you’ll likely see missing and faded shingles. 

These things happen. If you aren’t in the place to replace the roof, consider patching up any minor issues, so buyers aren’t immediately turned off by your property. 

#2. The Curb Appeal

While you’re outside checking out the roof, take a good look at your curb appeal. How does your house appear to people driving by? While a lot of home shopping happens online these days, you can’t undervalue the importance of curb appeal. 

If your house looks shabby, you need to consider whipping it into shape. This doesn’t necessarily mean costly renovations or landscaping. Instead, it could be as simple as trimming up the lawn, adding some potted plants, and maybe throwing a fresh coat of paint onto your home’s siding. 

It’s amazing what a few minor changes can do for increasing curb appeal. 

#3. The Kitchen and the Bathroom 

If you are open to doing any renovations, consider the kitchen and the bathroom first. These two areas of the home are the most likely to get your home rejected or approved by potential buyers. 

Swap the countertops to quartz for an immediate visual wow-factor. If the cost of quartz countertops is too high, then consider minor changes instead. Re-paint the counters, add new storage options, and deep clean the floors. 

 

Ultimately, you want potential buyers to love your kitchen and bathroom, so be sure and check that you’ve done all you can to make those two rooms shine.

 

#4. Odds and Ends 

Do a check throughout your home for all the odds and ends. Check for loose or missing door handles, exposed outlets, and small holes in the wall. Spend an afternoon weatherproofing windows and doors. Replace missing light bulbs and repair any scuff marks. 

Also, consider doing a smell test. Sometimes we live in our homes so long that bad smells can go unnoticed. Invite an honest friend over to go through and smell various areas of your home and let you know if any areas need refreshing. 

If you have any pet smells or other unpleasant odors lingering in your house, don’t try to mask it. Instead, find the source of the smell and deep clean and deodorize it. 

#5. Mass Appeal

Once you’ve checked all the things above, it’s time to check your home for staging. You want to make sure your paint colors, décor and layout are neutral and inviting. 

Spend time decluttering and deep cleaning your house, re-paint walls if the colors are too outlandish, and pack up your decorations that aren’t universally appealing. While this might seem extreme, any skilled realtor will tell you that the key to selling your home lies in allowing buyers to see themselves inside your house. 

To do that, you have to revamp your house to be less unique to you and more appealing to the masses. 

Be Thorough to Sell Your Home Quickly

If you check these five things before you list your house, you’ll be way ahead of the curve. Rather than waiting until your home is on the market to start making improvements, start making them today. 

These small checks and minor improvements could be the difference-maker between selling your home and being stuck on the market indefinitely.

 

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Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value. 

 

 

 

Aug. 21, 2019

5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Put on The Market

As you’re preparing to put your home on the market, your real estate agent probably already has a long “to-do” list of things to make your home more “marketable.” Maybe you need to change the paint color or ditch that outdated carpet in the den. While making your home as move-in ready and appealing to every interested buyer is important, so is their safety.

 

 

As the homeowner, you have a responsibility to ensure that the property is safe by eliminating items that could pose a risk of injury to potential buyers and agents. Even though your house is up for sale, there’s still a possibility that you could be held liable for any injuries on your property. 

 

Here are some tips to help you make sure that your home is safe while on the market.

Get Rid of Clutter

 

Decluttering might already be at the top of your list of things to do before you can officially put your house up for sale. Not only does getting rid of clutter make your living space look larger and more attractive, but it can make your home less hazardous. 

 

Piles of stuff can fall over or becoming a tripping hazard. If you’re having a hard time parting with some of your clutter, think of it as safety rather than aesthetic appeal. The less clutter you have in your home, the higher the offer you’ll potentially receive.

Complete Unfinished House Projects

 

Many homes with unfinished projects go on the market as “fixer-uppers.” Sometimes an unfinished project simply cannot be done before you put your house up for sale but if you can finish a project, do it.

 

Not only do finished projects up the value of your home, it can keep your potential buyers safer. Having your floors redone? Building a patio in the backyard? Tearing down a wall to expand your dining room? These projects can be potentially dangerous if left “as is.” 

 

Be sure to also wrap up any last-minute items that could spruce up the exterior of your home as well. This can range from lawn care, pressure washing, landscaping and paint. 

Eliminate Tripping and Falling Hazards

 

Over the years, there’s a good chance that you’ve grown accustomed to all the little quirks in your home like the section of carpet that’s not pulled tight or the uneven steps leading to your front door. 

 

Tripping is often more embarrassing than anything, but it can also lead to falls and serious injuries like fractures or concussions. 

 

Invest in a Deep Clean

 

If you get a seemingly last-minute call from your real estate agent that there will be a showing later in the day, you probably feel like you have no time to clean. Spending money on someone else cleaning your home is a worthy investment. 

 

If your home is prone to mold or you have years of pet odors that you have become “nose blind” to, it’s definitely worth considering hiring a pro to clean your house. A potential home buyer could have severe allergies to either mold or pet dander and even if they love your home, they’d most likely pass on making an offer.

Get a pre-listing Inspection 

 

Most homebuyers hire an inspector to look at the home before finalizing a purchase. While this is a normal part of the homebuying process, it’s also a little unnerving for you. Considering hiring a home inspector before you put the house on the market to see if there’s anything that’s flagged as hazardous. That way, you can have it fixed before your house is sale-ready.

 

If there’s anything that needs fixing or is potentially hazardous, be honest with your realtor (or any other visitors to your home). While it may not guarantee a sale, people will appreciate your honesty and your value for their safety.





July 18, 2019

How to Design your New Houston Home like Joanna Gaines

So you’re imagining your new dream home in Houston. Or maybe you’re planning on moving soon (if it would help, here are some Houston movers that can make the transition fast and easy). And what better way to daydream about your future Texan home than to imagine an experienced interior designer like Joanna Gaines decorating it for you? 

 

The Gaines’ Farmhouse is the quintessential country-feel Texan home, full of rustic character and a comforting homey feel. But since hiring Chip and Joanna as personal decorators might not be in your budget, we have another solution for you. Below, we’ll dive into 5 interior design hacks that will give your new Houston home that same Gaines charm. 

 

#1: Balance function with form

You may have heard Joanna utter these wise interior-designer words time and again. But Joanna’s dedication to creating practical spaces that are also aesthetic and expressive is what makes her one of the best. 

 

In her own home, Joanna has collected old instruments, she’s used antique farm equipment, road signs, reclaimed wood, and scrapped brick. But these pieces don’t pile up and sit in corners or on shelves. Instead, each piece is functional. When you find this balance between function and form, moving through your home will feel delightful.

 

#2: Fill your home with story and memory

You can add the rustic pieces and farmhouse tables to your house. But how you can really give your home that rich character that makes Joanna’s home so appealing is by understanding the bigger purpose behind interior design. 

 

Beyond just making an aesthetic space, designing a home tells a story of the people who live there. Fill your home with pieces that you love - ones that are attached to some of your favorite memories, places you’ve been, and the people who matter the most to you.

 

#3: Create a warm welcome

Little features like potted plants, lanterns, and front door mats will create a welcoming exterior to your home. And even if you have a very small entryway (or none at all), try to create a welcoming space right as you walk through your door. Set aside a spot to set down your keys, kick off your shoes, hang your purse, and leave the stress and the day at the door. This trick will transform a stark house into a warm and welcoming one. 

 

#4: Create a space that’s yours

In the Gaines’ Farmhouse, each member of the family has a little spot to call their own. When setting up your home, try to carve out a space where you can go at the end of the day to regroup and get inspired. 

 

But also, make your home work for the whole family. If you’re a parent, carve out family-friendly entertaining spots rather than designing a home so Pinterest-perfect that your kids can’t be kids. Try to create a home where everyone living there will want to go to unwind. 

 

#5: Go rustic

If you really want to style your home after the Gaines’ Farmhouse, keep things rustic. Joanna decorates her home with a blend of antique and modern elements. She also fills her home with creamy whites, clean blacks, and a pop of vintage color here and there. 

 

Try out a few of Joanna’s favorite paint colors like Shiplap, True White, or Magnolia Green. Keep things warm, neutral, and rustic. Shop for antiques. And if you can’t buy more furniture, repurpose what you’ve got! Check out this farmhouse table tutorial, or make furniture look distressed using Milk Paint. 



When decorating your new home, remember, it’s all about creating a space where memories are made and where everyone feels at home. Once you’ve mastered the interior design of your home, it’s time to step outside. Check out these 6 steps to boosting your home's curb appeal.

June 10, 2019

6 Easy Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

6 Easy Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

By Meredith Hale

 

It’s no secret that curb appeal is a crucial factor in selling a house. Presenting your property in the best possible light doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. Here are six easy ways to boost the curb appeal of your home.

Add some green

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Fresh flowers and greenery go a long way toward freshening up your yard. If you don’t have the time or money for full-on landscaping, put new mulch in the front yard and flower beds, and add low-maintenance plants. Texas Lantana is a good choice in Houston. This easygoing plant has colorful flowers, and it grows well even in poor soil. Planters in strategic places add color and class. If you have enough room by your front door, put symmetrical planters with colorful flowers on either side. This trick will attract a buyer’s eye to the entrance.

Maintain your yard

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Mow the grass, pull weeds, rake leaves, and remove any trash and clutter.  You’ll also want to trim trees and overgrown bushes or hedges. Do this regularly while your house is on the market.  As far as mowing goes, you’ll want to do it regularly. According to LawnStarter, the most popular mowing frequency in Houston is biweekly and costs $37 to have your lawn mowed, edged and trimmed by a professional.

Power-wash

Blast the years of dirt and grime from your home’s surfaces with a good pressure-wash. Buy or rent a power-washer from a home improvement store, and go to work on your home’s siding, deck, patio, driveway, and walkways. This will help your home really shine. It could also save you the cost and hassle of repainting your house. Of course, if your paint is cracked or peeling, you will probably need to repaint.

Refresh or replace doors

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Painting or restaining your garage and front doors can instantly update your home’s exterior. Choose splashes of color that coordinate with your house for a fresh look. Adding new hardware (door knobs, latches, locks) is another small change that can make a big difference. If money allows, consider replacing your old front door with a new one in a contemporary color (blue is big this year). New garage doors will also add an updated, modern look.

Spruce up your entryway

 

The entryway is a buyer’s first introduction to your home, so why not make it a good one? Hang a seasonal wreath on that refreshed door, and place a welcome mat on the doorstep. If you have enough room, consider a small seating area that conveys comfort and relaxation. New, easy-to-see address numbers are another nice touch.

 

Add lighting

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Lighting is a fun and inexpensive way to brighten your home’s exterior. Clean dirt and cobwebs from existing light fixtures. Consider replacing them if they’re rusty or outdated. Add elegance and warmth by stringing lights across your patio or placing solar lights along pathways and driveways.

 

Following these six steps will help your house stand out and make a lasting impression on potential buyers. Strong curb appeal might mean fewer days on the market, which would be a good payoff for your effort and time.

 

Meredith Hale is a gardening and landscape writer, and design addict. She has coordinated the design on many house-flipping projects and freely admits her favorite part is creating inspired outdoor spaces.




April 30, 2019

How to Prepare the Exterior of Your Home for Sale

How to Prepare the Exterior of Your Home for Sale

By William Dukes

 

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Few things are more stressful than putting your home on the market. You have to get the carpet cleaned, cabinets polished, and touch up areas that need painting. But what about the outside of your home? Taking the time to update your home’s exterior can have just as much of an impact when it comes to grabbing the potential buyer. There are a few essential areas to focus on when adding to your home’s curb appeal.

 

Power-Wash

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One of the best ways to brighten up a home is to power-wash the wood and stone areas of the yard. Power washing is easy, and you can rent or borrow the tools from a neighbor. Dirt and grime built up on walkways, concrete, and brickwork around a house can mask the beauty of the home. Power-washing the deck and the bricks or siding will take away any mildew or dirt that could have crept onto the house over winter.

 

Touch Up the Paint

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While giving the house a full paint job may be financially out of reach, you can still make a big difference with touch-up paint in just a few areas. Take notice of the areas that are often worn around a house such as window trims and especially the front door (inside and out). Grab a can of leftover paint from the garage and touch up those tired places that need a bit of a lift.

Maintain the Yard

 

Your Lawn is one of the most important parts of your home, and having an overgrown lawn can take away curb appeal. Regular mowing, fertilizing, and watering are all crucial to keeping your lawn looking green and lush in Houston’s heat. Start your lawn care regimen at least a couple months before you put your home on the market. A great looking lawn doesn’t happen overnight.

 

Start by mowing as frequently as possible, so that you cut off as little grass as possible — never more than one-third of the grass length.  The humid climate means that grass grows quickly here. You’ll also want to make sure you aerate and overseed your lawn, ideally at the same time during fall or spring.  Watering regularly — especially during summertime — is also critical to maintaining a healthy lawn.

 

When you get ready to sell, be sure you pick up all leaves and debris and use a string trimmer to cut a nice, clean edge around the curbs and walkways. That edge makes all the difference.

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Remember that the backyard is just as important when selling a Houston home. Many potential buyers in the Houston market want the ability to enjoy the outdoors in their backyard year-round. Creating a comfortable outdoor living space that is both shaded from the Texas sun, as well as somewhat private, is an excellent way to show the endless possibilities of your yard. Staging the interior of your home is essential as well. Consider picking up a few new outdoor pillows or side tables that will help pull together the space.

 

Plant Pops of Color

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Plant beautiful blooms in the yard that will attract everyone’s eye. Houston native plants, including Indian blanket and Gulf Coast penstemon, look great planted along a walkway or around shade trees. Other options include adding these flowers to containers placed near the front door or beside a patio or deck, where buyers can see them. Native flowers not only provide a boost of color, but they also attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds.

 

It can be hard to know what to focus on when preparing your home for the real estate market. Taking the time to spruce up will help attract new buyers and sell your house quickly. Consider all these tips on how to prepare the exterior of your home for sale this season.

 

William Dukes is a freelance writer and home decorator. He spends most of his time landscaping and fixing up and flipping old houses. He and his wife enjoy home DIY projects and recently built a new barn for their ranch.

 

March 14, 2019

How to Find the Best Neighborhood

Whether you are buying a house for the first time or planning on moving, you need to consider the neighborhood when you are house hunting.  Ask yourself what are the things you and your family are looking for from a neighborhood.  

New development or older neighborhood

Older neighborhoods have character and the homes are unique and different from one another.  Older neighborhoods are generally stable with long-time residents.  With an older home however, they may require upgrades and renovations.  With newer developments the homes tend to be closer together and they are generally far from the city’s center.  Some neighborhoods have a zero-lot line housing.  Zero-lot lines extend close to the edge of the property line, meaning less yard space. This is ideal if you are away from your home for an extended period of time.   With this type of housing yard care and some maintenance is offered.   

School

If you have children, this is most likely the number one consideration when choosing a neighborhood. One of the first things you will want to do is research the school system. There are many tools available that will reveal the schools rating and transportation options.  Living in an area with a good school will raises your property value.

Safety

Living in a neighborhood where you feel safe will be one of the top priorities. Searching “crime statistics by neighborhood” will give the home buyer a good idea of the crime rate in that area. CrimeReports and SpotCrime are two services that collect police and crime reports.  The services will list the crimes committed as well as the date and type of crime.  A safe neighborhood is generally well kept, where neighbors look after their property and each other.  If you see people sitting outside, walking their dogs, children walking to school and playing in the parks it is a good indication that the neighborhood is safe. 

Amenities 

If the neighborhood is outside of the city, you will have to determine how far you want to travel for everyday amenities such as gas and groceries.  Do you wish to have parks, community centers, museums and other attractions in your neighborhood? It is becoming more common for home buyers to live in areas where they are able to walk to their local coffee shop, restaurants and shopping malls. 

Commute

When looking for your new home, factor in the length of your commute.  If you travel a great deal you may want to consider living in a neighborhood that is close to the airport.  The home buyer should also consider if there is easy access to public transportation.

Nov. 7, 2017

Official Guide to Houston's Craft Breweries

Saloon Door Brewing

105 Magellan Cir a, Webster, TX 77598

 

Opened in April 2016, centrally located in Webster, TX, Saloon Door has a 10-barrel system with an on-site tasting room as well as distribute to brew pubs, bars, and restaurants around the Houston and Galveston County areas.

 

Perfect for BBQs, Weddings, Special Occasions, Garage Sales, etc. Kegs are available Sixtels (1/6 barrel (20 Ltr) = 5.16 gallons = 41 pints) Quarter Kegs (1/4 barrel (29.33 Ltr) =7.75 Gallons = 62 pints) Half Kegs (1/2 Barrel (58.67 Ltr) = 15.5 Gallons = 124 Pints ). Fill growlers (64 oz) and crowlers (32 oz) also.

 

Hours:

MONDAY through THURSDAY - 4pm to 11pm

FRIDAY - 2pm to midnight

SATURDAY - 11am to midnight

SUNDAY - noon to 11pm

 

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020

 

Hours:

Monday - Friday

Beer Hall Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Friday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Public Tours at 1:00 and 3:00 PM No Admission Charge (beer and food is a la carte)

Full Weekday Beer & Food Menu

 

Saturdays

Beer Hall Hours: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

(food service ends at 3:30 PM)

 

Public Tours at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 PM

 

No Admission Charge (beer and food is a la carte)

Saturdays feature a smaller, but equally tasty food menu. Selections will vary each week.

 

8th Wonder Brewery

2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003

 

Tap room and huge outdoor area with picnic tables, food trucks, David Adickes Beatles statues, and more. Great place for groups and also to go before or after a Rockets, Astros, Dynamo game. Located close to Downtown, Near Northside, and East End.

 

Hours:

Monday thru Saturday 11a-10p

Sunday 11a-6p

 

Prices:

$15 gets you 3 beer tokens + 16oz 8th Wonder souvenir glass

$12 gets you 3 beer tokens + 12oz plastic cup -OR- Bring Your Own 8W glass

$5 gets you 1 beer token + 12oz plastic cup

 

8th Wonder Brewery is located in EaDo in the East End and very convenient to Downtown, Midtown, Third Ward, Montrose, and Museum District.

 

Brash Brewing

508 W Crosstimbers Rd, Houston, TX 77018

 

Hours:

Checkout their FB page for daily hours.

 

B-52 Brewing Co.

12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX 77304

 

Usually around 20 beers on tap and with more than seven acres of outdoor space, and games like ping-pong and horseshoes, the B52 brewery is a place where families are welcome and laughter-filled good times are highly encouraged. Kids and pets--yep, they’re both welcome, though we ask you keep an eye on the former and a leash on the latter.

 

Hours:

FRIDAY 3 PM – 11 PM

SATURDAY 12 PM – 10 PM

SUNDAY 12 PM – 8 PM

 

No Label Brewing Co.

5351 1st St, Katy, TX 77493

 

Live music from 12-3pm and food trucks on Saturdays. Food trucks on site everyday (except Monday & Wednesday). Accept cash & credit. Dog and kid friendly.

 

Hours:

Mon – Fri 3-10pm

Sat noon-10pm

Sun 12-6p

 

Lone Pint Brewery
507 Commerce St, Magnolia, TX 77355

 

Laid back brewery tasting and tour in Magnolia every Saturday from noon to 4pm. The tour starts at 2pm and cost is $10 each, cash or credit. This gets you a pint glass (yours to keep) and three tasting tokens. There is food available for purchase from local food trucks / vendors. There are two twenty foot long picnic tables. Feel free to bring lawn chairs as the tables can fill up fast. Kid and dog friendly.

 

The Braman Winery & Brewery

3421 FM 359 Richmond, TX 77406

 

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

5301 Nolda St, Houston, TX 77007

 

Hours:

The brewery is open to the public every Friday from 5 PM - 9 PM and Saturday from Noon to 3PM.

 

Sigma Brewing Company

3118 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77003

 

Offering a constantly rotating selection of Kegs, Crowlers, 12oz cans and bottles. Bring your own food (sometimes they have food trucks) and enjoy an air conditioned tap room that can comfortably accommodate 40-50 people. Outside seating consists of a shaded patio that always has a nice breeze, and a warehouse area that has large fans in order to keep it cool. Located only a couple of blocks down Harrisburg from the Coffee Plant stop on the green line.

 

Hours:

Sun 12-10

Mon: 3-10

Tues-Wed: Closed

Thurs: 3-10

Fri: 3-12

Sat: 12-12

 

Spindletap Brewery

10622 Hirsch Rd, Houston, TX 77016

 

Wildcatter Burgers and Derrick Dogs – served with Kettle Brand Chips – served on Saturdays and Sundays

 

Tap Room Hours:

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS: 12PM NOON – 9PM

SATURDAYS: NOON – 9PM

SUNDAYS: CLOSED UNTIL FOOTBALL SEASON

 

Tour Hours:

SATURDAY AT 12:30PM

MAKE RESERVATION - EMAILED TO INFO@SPINDLETAP.COM - $5 CHARGE

 

Karbach Brewing Co.

2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092

 

Food is really yummy. Great place for enjoying or hosting events.

 

Hours:

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner! (Lunch Menu served M-F 11-3PM, Bar Bites Menu served M-F 3-6PM)

 

Tours:

Monday-Friday: 3PM, 5PM, 7PM (meet in Biergarten)

Saturday every hour on the hour 1-7PM (meet in Biergarten)

Sunday: every hour on the hour 1-5PM (meet in Biergarten)

Tour space is limited to 35 people (FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE…NO RESERVATIONS). Sign up for tours upon check-in at the Biergarten or at the Restaurant + Patio. Closed-toed shoes are required.

 

Under the Radar Brewery

1506 Truxillo St, Houston, TX 77004

 

Taproom usually has 5 main beers they distribute to local bars and restaurants. Also features special one-batch-only releases. Dog and kid friendly backyard with an atmosphere for friends and Museum District neighbors to enjoy. Lots of outdoor seating, shade and fans in the summer and heaters in the winter.

 

Hours:

Thursday: 4pm til 10pm

Friday: 4pm til 10pm, live music from 6pm – 8pm

Saturday: 10am til 10pm

Sunday: noon til 7pm




Sept. 22, 2017

Free Harvey Rebuilding Resources

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Aug. 23, 2017

5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Lower Your Selling Price

5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Lower Your Selling Price

As a seller, your goal is to get top dollar for your home. Who wouldn’t? So you set the selling price at a rate that is suitable for you and your family with a few percentage set for profit.

Now you wait for offers.

What does it mean when, after a couple of months, the only offers you get are mostly low-ball rates?

There are many factors that come into play. But it is highly likely that your selling price is too high.

Not convinced?

There are plenty of indications that you may need to lower the price you set for your property. You just need to find out what they are.

Signs Your Selling Price Is Too High

  1. High traffic but no offers

 

Yes, you’re not getting any offers for your home and that’s obviously a clear sign that no one’s interested, right? Not exactly. You should definitely dig deeper when you get high traffic during open houses and private showings and you have yet to receive an offer. High traffic indicates that people find your property appealing but the asking price is simply too high.

There are also cases when there are no scheduled showings because local brokers think the property is overpriced and are not showing it to their clients. Real estate agents suggest that you should reduce the selling price if a month has passed without a scheduled showing.

  1. Comparable homes are cheaper

 

It is textbook practice for any seller and real estate agent to compare prices with other homes in the area that are being sold. Do take the time to check what the average price is in your area and determine if your property’s price falls within the same range. Check properties in the vicinity that are sporting new home designs as well. If your home is priced much higher than neighboring properties, you’re likely to be scaring off buyers.

 

Visit real estate listings online to determine prices of comparable homes in your area. Make sure to use specific criteria when making comparisons, such as approximate square footage and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.

You should also visit open houses to get a feel of what you could do better in your own public or private showing. Follow the progress of each sale until a property is sold.

  1. Multiple low ball offers

In a buyer’s market where inventory is high, one or two low ball offers should be expected. If this is not the case with your property, however, and all you ever get is one low ball offer after another, you should re-assess your property price.

It is possible that the offer you receive seems pretty low than what you expect but is actually within an acceptable range. You should adjust your selling price accordingly to make it more competitive.

  1. New construction rivals

When you’re selling your home, you not only need to keep an eye out for other houses in your neighborhood but also new construction options. If they are within your price, competing can be a real challenge.

New construction of apartments and condominiums are often a buyer’s first choice as they are brand new, which makes them tough to compete with. Furthermore, brand new properties are often offered with incentives to potential buyers.

If there are new constructions in the area, you should lower your asking price.

  1. Priced for unique amenities with no broad appeal

Did you price your home because of the indoor badminton court or platinum faucets in the kitchen and bathroom? Regardless of how fond you and your family are about those unique amenities, not everyone may share your opinion. Other buyers couldn’t care less about those platinum faucets.

More often than not, the more customized the home is the less likely a seller will see their value in sales price. This is why experts recommend to renovate wisely and to keep unique amenities to a minimum unless you see yourself living in the same house for the next 10 to 20 years.

Overall, there are different factors that can keep your property on the market for multiple months with or without offers. But if one or all five of these signs are evident in your own situation, you should reduce your selling price. There’s no point in sticking to the price you set if you don’t get any offers.

For even more information on mistakes sellers make, check out the top 10 mistakes when selling your home from viewhomes.ca.