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FOR SALE! 2110 Hickory Lawn Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 12928940

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on November 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm

FOR SALE! 2110 Hickory Lawn Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 12928940

Updated home stayed totally dry in Harvey! Open flowing floor plan with beautiful wood laminate and tile throughout first floor has soaring ceilings, French doors and tons of double pane windows make this home light and bright! Chef’s kitchen with gas stove and granite counter tops open to family room that leads to shady covered patio perfect for entertaining or family fun. Master retreat downstairs with French doors to backyard retreat. Three spacious rooms upstairs with one over sized room great for game, media or study.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/2110-hickory-lawn-drive/sale_12928940

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

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Don’t Miss! 1315 Briar Bayou Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 44925112

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on April 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Don’t Miss! 1315 Briar Bayou Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 44925112

Rare find this beautiful custom home sits on a half-acre lot in the heart of the Energy Corridor. Huge living area opens to chef’s kitchen with spacious master retreat downstairs all with French doors that lead to massive private backyard with pool. Executive study plus 5 bedrooms and 4/1 bathrooms. Don’t miss the private study/loft area with private entrance from the pool. Estate living in the city on quiet peaceful street minutes from excellent schools and Energy Corridor amenities and employers. See photos and brochure for more details.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/1315-briar-bayou-drive/sale_44925112

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

Spring Outlook: How Inflation Could Impact Housing

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home on March 31, 2017 at 9:05 pm

Indicators from all sides affect the housing market. Increasing inflation, in fact, can drive up mortgage rates—but at what pace will it prove harmful? A recent Outlook from Freddie Mac projects three outcomes for inflation—higher, lower, or stable—and each outcome’s effect on housing.

A case of higher inflation would be detrimental to the housing market, according to the Outlook, with both home sales and mortgage originations negatively impacted due to a swift rise in interest rates.

A case of lower inflation, however, would be beneficial, especially for homebuyers on the sidelines due to too-high home prices.

A case of stable inflation—on par with economists’ expectations—would hinder home sales initially, but ultimately prove favorable.

“Which course inflation takes over the next year will have important implications for housing and mortgage markets,” says Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac. “On balance, the risks to higher inflation outweigh lower inflation, but in our estimation, most of the reflationary factors have already been baked into current interest rates, and inflation is likely to increase only modestly over the next two years. With the housing market on the verge of the spring home-buying season, this is good news in an environment where historically low mortgage rates will help offset the pace of house price growth and lack of for-sale inventory in many markets.”

Source: Freddie Mac

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If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

5 Things to Look for in a Neighborhood, No Matter Where You Move

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Houston Real Estate Agent, Local Business, Local Events, Real Estate Investment, Restaurants & Shops, Restaurants & Shops, Schools, Selling your home on November 29, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Since relocating is such a major undertaking, it’s vital to thoroughly research your options. This is especially essential regarding an overseas move. Here are five things to assess in a prospective neighborhood to ensure you’ll feel at home, no matter whether your new home is here or abroad.

1. Transportation

One consideration is how you’ll navigate your new surroundings. Find out whether you’ll have access to public transportation or need a car. If you can use public transit, what are the service hours and stops? If you require airport proximity, determine how you’ll get there. Do you currently have a job lined up? If so, calculate the distance of the commute from the neighborhood in question. Will the trip be a cakewalk, or grueling? According to World Knowing, the top-ranked countries with the best transportation systems in the world are Hong Kong, Singapore, the UAE, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, and the UK.

Even if a REALTOR® lists the distance from a house to a public station, the calculation doesn’t always include door-to-door travel time. You may be able to use Google Maps to determine this. If not, the website of a city’s public transit system may provide a clue.

2. Businesses

Before visiting a neighborhood, think about businesses you’ll be frequenting, such as a bank, grocery store, pharmacy and retail shops. Make sure they’re a feasible distance from your prospective home. Also, ensure their customer service is reputable and prices are reasonable. For example, if there’s a grocer nearby, does it stock staples, or only expensive gourmet goods? Where can you find fresh produce?

You may be able to minimize leg work by reading online business reviews. Yelp is expanding internationally, with websites emerging in Europe and Asia. Reviews are also conveniently available via iPhone and Android apps. Local Yelp announces business openings and events in major cities.

3. Schools

If you have children, REALTORS® will tell you that another must-have is access to quality education. Many overseas schools provide bus services, but trip length must be tolerable for kids. In towns where public schools are sub-par, you may want to enroll your children in private school. If so, consider the extra expense of entrance fees, tuition, uniforms and transportation.

Did you know there’s a correlation between the presence of schools and crime? A 2011 study by the University of New Mexico found that elementary schools have a protective effect against property crimes. Middle schools, however, promote drug felonies, and high schools foster both property and narcotics crime. So, regarding school proximity, aim to be close enough for a short trip, though not a hop, skip and jump away.

Concerning school reputation, attend a PTA meeting at a given school. By speaking with other parents, you’ll get firsthand information on the school’s quality. A good school district increases a home’s value, should you wish to sell in the future.

4. Amenities

Is culture important to you? If you’re an avid fan of art, theater and music, this is a consideration. Do you like to frequent restaurants, pubs, or dance clubs? If these are high on your wish list, how close are they to the home you’re debating? If you must travel to a distant town, factor in transit costs.

Also, research proximity to free entertainment, such as parks, museums and libraries. If you’re a sports enthusiast, assess the distance to athletic arenas.

There’s one caveat regarding crime: Steer clear of a neighborhood where bars are prevalent. The study mentioned above concerning schools and crime found that ready access to alcohol promotes violence and vandalism.

5. Economy

Neighborhood decline has telltale signs. Drive through the streets of a potential town, and look for financial clues. Examples of red flags are unkempt parks, littered streets and a prevalence of “For Sale” signs. Are people moving out of the area? Are businesses closing up shop?

Query librarians about the town and whether it’s fiscally sound. Ask if the library has cut down its hours, another clue to a suffering economy. Look for indications that people care about their property and each other. Do houses and landscapes look maintained? Are neighbors interacting? If any seem friendly, ask about their experience of living there.

A Smart Move

Now you’ll be a savvy traveler while exploring a new town. To ensure a successful move, evaluate the local:

  • Transportation
  • Businesses
  • Schools
  • Healthcare system
  • Amenities
  • Economy

Like a good journalist, get detailed information from reliable sources. Invite conversation, and record your observations. Then, make your smart move. You’ll be able to settle down for as long as needed in a wonderful neighborhood, whether that be in the United States or abroad.

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Do you have real estate questions?   Contact Connie Vallone at (713) 249-4177 or connie@knowsrealestate.com or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or  www.vallonehomes.com.

NEW LISTING! 1315 Briar Bayou Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 80656703

In Buying a Home, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on October 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm

NEW LISTING! 1315 Briar Bayou Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 80656703

1315 Briar Bayou DriveRare find this beautiful custom home sits on a half-acre lot in the heart of the Energy Corridor. Huge living area opens to chef’s kitchen with spacious master retreat downstairs all with French doors that lead to massive private backyard with pool. Executive study plus 5 bedrooms and 4/1 bathrooms. Don’t miss the private study/loft area with private entrance from the pool. Estate living in the city on quiet peaceful street minutes from excellent schools and Energy Corridor amenities and employers. See photos and brochure for more details.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/1315-briar-bayou-drive/sale_80656703

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

Light and Bright One Story in Briar Hills! 14202 Sandfield Drive – MLS# 46122694

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Houston Real Estate Agent, Parks & Recreation, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on August 17, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Light and Bright One Story in Briar Hills! 14202 Sandfield Drive – MLS# 46122694

14202 Sandfield DriveOne story in BriarHills. Light and bright with tons of windows for natural light. Great floor plan with huge living and dining area that opens to nice sized yard with built in spa feature. Island kitchen with granite counter tops and gas cooktop. Spacious master retreat with his and hers closets plus two more bedrooms and study. Double paned windows, doors, lifetime concrete tile roof. Walking distance to Barbara Bush, John Paul II, Terry Hershey Park, subdivision pool, play area and tennis courts.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/14202-sandfield-drive/sale_46122694

If you are looking for Classic Real Estate Services from concept to closing, please contact Connie Vallone by phone (713) 249-4177, email connie@knowsrealestate.com or visit my website at www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com or www.vallonehomes.com .

BRIARHILLS MARKET FESTIVAL SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER, 2014 10am to 4pm

In Energy corridor music groups, Fall Festivals in Houston, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Local Business, Local Events, Local events, Parks & Recreation, Parks in West Houston, Terry Hershey Park, West Houston on September 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Briarhills Market Festival in Houston's Energy Corridor

Briarhills Market Festival in Houston’s Energy Corridor

BriarHills  inaugural community event invites the Energy Corridor residents to come and join the local ambiance at our own Briarhills Park.
The festival features a variety of market stalls offering craft, flea and local business and live music including EHCO Orchestra quartet, children’s moonwalk, face painting and more. Bring your picnic blanket to enjoy your choice of food vendors.
‘Meet and Mingle’ and don’t forget if you are a local ride your bike (less pollution and traffic congestion) Bike Barn will be on board for cyclist support.

 

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NEW LISTING! 14211 Sandfield Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 90041714

In Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Houston Real Estate Agent, Parks & Recreation, Terry Hershey Park, West Houston on January 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

NEW LISTING! 14211 Sandfield Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 90041714

14211SandfieldGreat one story waiting for new owners personal touches located in the Heart of the Energy Corridor. Huge living area with wet bar perfect for your own wine cellar opens to dining area that leads kitchen with views to private courtyard. Master retreat with picture windows offers views to quiet garden oasis with covered patio. Don’t miss the huge side yard plenty of room to play! Tons of storage. Walking distance to Terry Hershey Park, Briar Hills pool and tennis courts, Energy Corridor shops and restaurants.

HAR Link: http://search.har.com/engine/14211-Sandfield-Drive-Houston-TX-77077_HAR90041714.htm

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com .

 

 

Buffalo Bayou Kayak / Canoe Paddling Trail

In Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Local Events, Local events, Parks & Recreation, Terry Hershey Park, West Houston on October 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

 

 

Terry Hershey Park Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail

Sign located in Houston Energy Corridors Terry Hershey Park for the Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail

Did you know you could kayak or canoe through Terry Hershey park?

It’s hard to believe you’re in the middle of the fourth largest city in the United States when you are kayaking or canoeing along Buffalo Bayou Houston Energy Corridors Terry Hershey Park.    Put this trip on your  bucket list for the new year and see this beautiful park and all the wildlife the park and bayou support.

For more information visit

Texas Parks & Wildlife 

 

or Bayou Shuttle Service 

 

Connie Vallone , Broker Associate

First Market Realty

www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com 

or www.vallonehomes.com 

Save Lake Thicket in Houston’s Energy Corridor

In Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Houston Real Estate Agent, Parks & Recreation, Parkway Villages, Terry Hershey Park, West Houston on October 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

If you live or work near West Houston’s Energy Corridor it’s important that you read this and help SAVE LAKE THICKET.

Quoted from www.SaveLakeThicket.org

“Lake Thicket, located in West Houston, has historically been a major retention area during flood events in the Buffalo Bayou watershed and has acted as an important flood water “safety valve.””   

Please visit the website and find out more about this project and how you can help.

Connie Vallone Broker Assoicate , First Market Realty 713 249 4177

www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com