Keller Williams Showcase Magazine Article Outlines Reasons to Buy Now

The December issue of Keller Williams Showcase Magazine features an informative article titled: “Reasons Why Now is a Great Time to Buy a Home! A Smart Buyer’s Guide to Seizing the Market.”  The free magazine is available at area grocery stores or from any agent at Keller Williams Realty Northeast. The article gives facts and Continue reading

Local Home Sales Decline, While Prices Climb

Local Home Sales Decline, While Prices Climb Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) Releases October Market Update   Sales of existing single family homes declined across all areas of Northeast Houston for the second consecutive month, according to the Multiple Listing Service Market Update released by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR).  The number of homes sold Continue reading

2nd Annual Fundraisers Planned in Memory of Kingwood Residents

The first event is the Rodney Odom Memorial 2nd Annual Golf Tournament & Silent Auction Dinner on Sat., Oct. 9 at Kingwood Country Club. Odom was the all-time leading scorer on the Kingwood High School Basketball Team, who went on to play in college and professionally. The founder of the Project Hoops organization in Kingwood, he died in 2008 at age 38. The Rodney Odom Memorial Foundation raises money for scholarships and a teen athlete cardiac screening program.

The second fundraiser is Addison Faith Bender’s 2nd Annual Walk by Faith on Sun., Nov. 7 at Deussen Park in Summerwood. The event includes a 5K race/walk and a 1K kids’ fun run designed for the entire family to participate.

Mortgage News

Last week, the Federal Reserve did as promised and discontinued its policy of buying mortgage-backed securities as of March 31. By purchasing housing loans, the Fed has provided much-needed capital for distressed lenders and investors. The policy was in effect to help subsidize the housing market and keep mortgages rates abnormally low.

So what do the experts predict will happen to the mortgage rates? The leader of Freddie Mac, one of the two government-run mortgage financing companies, does not foresee an upswing in the rates in the immediate future. “There’s not going to be, at least in the short term, a major dislocation and a major move up in mortgage rates,” said Freddie Mac CEO Ed Haldeman in a recent article.

Keller Williams Viva Las Vegas Concert Welcomes Elvis to Kings Harbor

Kings Harbor Plaza will shake, rattle and roll during the Keller Williams concert in April. Elvis Tribute Artist Vince King will perform at the free Viva Las Vegas Concert on Friday, April 16 from 7-10 p.m. at Kings Harbor.  He will be joined by a special guest act, the Keller Williams Thriller Dancers, who will Continue reading

Keller Williams Concert Highlights Spring Break

It was evident by last Friday night’s Keller Williams Concert at Kings Harbor that not everyone leaves town for Spring Break. In fact, there were several hundred people who thought that an evening with friends and neighbors down by the water in Kingwood was the perfect way to spend their break.

The featured entertainers, the 5th Avenue Band Trio, ended up being a quartet with the last minute addition of Steve Pickels from Katy on vocals. He was accompanied by Kingwood residents Terrell Tipton on bass guitar and Bill Phillips on acoustic guitar along with Chris Benton on keyboards. The group sat on bar stools and performed in the center of the Harbor Plaza close to the crowd, giving the concert a more intimate, coffee shop vibe.

February Home Sales Figures Released

On Tuesday (3/16), the Houston Association of Realtors released housing sales statistics for February 2010. While the number of homes on the market increased for the month, existing single family home sales were down in Houston and in two out of the three northeast Houston areas served by Keller Williams Realty Northeast.

Reflecting an abundance of pent up sellers, listings on resale homes were up versus a year ago across the area. Houston overall saw a two percent gain in single family homes on the market in February versus last year. Area 1 (Atascocita/Humble) saw 3.2 percent more homes listed; Area 32 (Kingwood) had a 7.9 percent increase; and Area 40 (Southeast Montgomery County) had 14.8 percent more houses listed for sale.

Texas A & M Quarterback to Speak at FCA Banquet

Texas A & M University quarterback Jerrod Johnson will be the featured speaker at the East Houston Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) annual banquet. The event will take place on April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Humble Area First Baptist Church at FM 1960 and Townsen Blvd, Humble.

Johnson was a standout football player at Humble High School and the 2005 Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year. His father Larry Johnson, who died in 2007, was a coach and principal at HHS and also played football for Texas A & M.

YMCA Announces Dancing for Partners Competitors

Keller Williams Realty Northeast General Manager Michael Clapp will soon be dancing with the stars. Clapp has signed on to participate in the The Lake Houston Family YMCA Second Annual Dancing for Partners fundraising event on Thurs., April 22 at the Humble Civic Center at 7 p.m.

The “friendly competition” will feature 14 community leaders paired with local dance instructors. Each pair will perform a short dance routine to win votes from the audience. An admission ticket is good for one vote for your favorite performer. The dance couple who raises the most funds that evening will be awarded the winning trophy.

April Showers Bring Appliance Rebates

If you are thinking of buying a new appliance, you may want to wait until April. That’s when Texans will be eligible for $23 million in federal rebates on purchases of energy-efficient appliances.

The rebates are part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the same government stimulus program that instituted Cash for Clunkers, which offered rebates for trading in old cars.