Latin artist Yelba will perform at the free Keller Williams Concert Series at Kings Harbor in Kingwood on Friday, October 15 from 7-10 p.m. The Nicaraguan-born vocalist and guitar player will be accompanied by Yelba’s Variety Band, which was nominated “Best Latin Band Traditional” by the Houston Press Music Awards 2010. The band has a varied repertoire, including Top 40, Rock, R & B, and Jazz in addition to Latin music.
At the Keller Williams concert last Friday night, Lisa Dempsey was repeatedly asked: “Do you know who you have at this concert? I had to pay to see him last time I went to an Ezra Charles concert!”
Dempsey, senior team leader at Keller Williams Realty Northeast, smiled at the response, pleased at the affect the free concert had on the legions of Ezra fans in attendance at the monthly event at Kings Harbor in Kingwood. “It’s a beautiful night on the lake and Keller Williams is so fortunate to be part of this community,” she announced to the huge crowd before introducing the evening’s entertainment.
During the month of June, sales of single family homes in northeast Houston varied widely versus the Houston market overall, according to the Multiple Listing Service Market Update released by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR). While the Houston market had a three percent gain in single family homes sold over last year, HAR Area #1 (Atascocita/Humble) declined 11 percent, HAR Area #40 (Montgomery County Southwest) increased by 18 percent and Area #32 (Kingwood) was flat with exactly the same number of homes sold in June 2010 as in June 2009.
The Village Learning & Achievement Center will mark its tenth anniversary serving people with disabilities in a big way. The non-profit organization based in Kingwood will drop hundreds of golf balls from the air onto a hole at Tour 18 golf course during the its 10th Annual Golf Tournament on May 10.
When Elvis tribute artist Vince King visited Kings Harbor on Friday night, he wasted no time getting the place shaking “like a leaf on a tree.” The “King” was the feature performer at the free concert hosted by Keller Williams which drew a record crowd to the waterfront venue on Lake Houston in Kingwood.
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 Forbes.com article.
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.
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.