Can’t wait to see this fixer-upper condo tranformation!

This condo is an an awesome location, with plenty of guest parking nearby. It is an end unit with a window over the kitchen sink overlooking a lawn maintained by the HOA! Large living areas and a patio too! I’m so excited for my client who purchased it at a price that allows her to make the updates she wants and will enjoy for years. Walkable to HEB, Cliff’s Burgers, Ginza Japanese and Southwells! I can’t wait to see the transformation!

Memorial Villages 2018 Review

This year we were impacted by the inventory of lots…including homes that flooded from Hurricane Harvey. The volume and number of sales are strong, however prices were down 5% for resales, 8 % for recent construction, 11% for half acre lots, all versus the approximately same time last year. These numbers are as of 11/16/2018…it’s supply and demand…happily we still have strong demand.

Beautiful synthetic turf

Low maintenance and vibrantly beautiful, kid and pet friendly and perfect for shady areas. In the past few years I’ve seen a lot of homes in the Heights and inner loop are choosing turf instead of grass. I hear nothing but good feedback, including those that have pets….just hose down and go! This homeowner chose synthetic turf installed by Wakasa on Westheimer, and it looks fabulous.

Memorial Villages 2017 Review

2017 was a good year, especially for the upper high end market.  New construction prices are up and lots are selling about on par with 2016.  The middle market has seen some softening, with the exception of “move-in ready” homes.  For those not impacted by Hurricane Harvey and flooding it has been business as usual.   Flooded homes and lots are hitting the market and are selling at discounts often below land value.  Many residents in neighborhoods flooded due to the dam release are rebuilding.  What a statement that makes for the resiliency of these lovely neighborhoods.  A year or two from now they will be full of beautifully remodeled and new construction homes.  It may be a tough year or two ahead but I believe down the road these neighborhoods will shine even brighter after rebuilding.

Frostwood Moms Forever!

We had tons of fun at the Frostwood Tigerfest on October 21st. Who knew Jackie was a former Carnival chair and I was a former Food chair! It’s fun to get to participate each year and see our friends who taught our kids at Frostwood Elementary!

Trendy German Smear, Slurried Brick and Steel Doors!

Lately I’m seeing brick homes being renovated with exterior treatments to give homes an aged “french country” or antiqued limewash look. Above is an “in progress” photo of a Memorial home. Brick Restoration seems to be doing several jobs in the Memorial area, they have a nice website with more description of the processes. Below is a closeup of the steel or iron front door. I’m seeing lots of these too; these can add abundant natural light and have narrow sightlines.
And below is one more example of a homeowner trying to decide which technique will look the best, it’s a personal choice!

Memorial Villages 2016 Review

The Memorial Villages 2016 Market Review shows a correction, as anticipated. Average price of Resales is down 12%, Average price of New Construction is down 21% and lot prices are down approximately 3% over the past year. You can compare the numbers in the chart below to my post about a year ago for 2015. The good news is that consumer sentiment is more positive….buyers are out looking, the election is past, and interest rates are likely to rise so buyers who have been on the fence have a new sense of urgency to make the move they have been deliberating this year.

Fixer Upper – Memorial Style – Dining Room to Study

Your home is just that….YOURS. Every homeowner has different needs and this family, like many today, didn’t need a formal dining room. Instead this space is now the super convenient study and homework area adjacent to the kitchen. For future resale there is a formal living room which could be the dining room. Generally entertaining style has become much less formal and formal dining rooms are not as important as they used to be to many families. I really appreciate Lillian Lehman who puts her clients first….what are their lifestyle needs? She was so helpful to my client in designing their remodel to suit their lifestyle.