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Toni Nelson is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, Houston's largest and most productive real estate sales force in Houston, Tx. Toni began her real estate career in 1983, has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors and the Houston Association of Realtors. She specializes in marketing, trains agents, writes blogs and stays involved in the ongoing evolution of the real estate industry.

Houston Single-Family Home Sales Increase 7%

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Houston single-family home sales lost minimal sales velocity from October [8% increase] to November. The 7% increase kept sales up 3% for the year. Pending sales rose 18% in November indicating December will close out the year better than 2016!  All metrics for residential real estate indicate a healthy market as can be seen in the graph below.

*Pending sales are homes that are under contract and have not closed and indicate current buyer demand.

What price ranges have the largest increase in sales in Houston in comparison to last year? The following price cohorts experienced the largest increase compared to 2016:

Based on the entire spectrum of Houston price cohorts in the table above, homes priced $399,999 and below are in a sellers’ market.  Homes priced $400,000 and above are in a buyers’ market. You can see the difference in time on the market under “Months of Inventory”.  Months of Inventory is a figure indicating [at the current rate of sale and with no new homes coming on the market] – how long it would take a home to sell in a specific price range.  Generally, 6 months is a balanced market [neither buyer or seller has the market advantage], a sellers’ market is below 6 months and a buyers’ market is above 6 months.

The Houston overall market is so large; it rarely reflects the same trends as a submarket area located within its boundaries.  Some areas are exceeding Houston’s overall growth in sales while others are lagging behind.  For a breakdown of activity by area with a map, CLICK HERE.

To see the hottest selling geographical areas for the month in Houston, CLICK HERE.

To search for homes by price range and map, go to www.GaryGreene.com.

Data provided by the Houston Association of Realtors® Information Services™, and The Real Estate Center for Texas A&M and written by Toni Nelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

Best Holiday Lights!

Do you like holiday lights? Holiday light shows make the season a little more magical. And, if you find a house you want to tour, please give any agent at Gary Greene a call.
No matter what part of the city you are from we have you covered!

CENTRAL HOUSTON

River Oaks Boulevard

“Zoo Lights” at Houston Zoo*

Lights in the Heights Festival

NORTHWEST HOUSTON

Franck’s Christmas Light Show, Copperfield

Prestonwood Forest

Shepherd Park & Candlelight Plaza

NORTH

Christmas Ranch – Cleveland

Dearing Dazzle – Conroe

Dodd Family Holidays – The Woodlands

Gullo House of Lights – Magnolia

Schultz Holiday Lights – Spring

WEST

Candy Wonderland, Spring Shadows – Houston

Christmas Katy – Pin Oak Subdivision – Katy

SOUTHEAST

Dickinson Festival of Lights – Dickinson

Magnolia Creek – League City

Moss Lights – League City

SOUTH

Green Tee Terrace – Pearland

SOUTHWEST

Pecan Grove Subdivision – Richmond

Sugar Land Holiday Lights, Constellation Field

GALVESTON
Moody Gardens Festival of Lights*

*Fee associated with light show.

Check Visit Houston for up-to-date listings

Gary Greene Neighborhood Deep Dive!

Woodland Heights Historic District – The Heights


Quick History

Woodland Heights is a subdivision in the greater Heights area, north of downtown Houston. The William Wilson Realty Company established Woodland Heights in 1907. It was designed to be upscale, yet affordable for middle class families. Most of the houses were built in the Queen Anne, Craftsman, and American Four Square styles. Today, many homes in the Woodland Heights Historic District look the way they did in 1907.

Best Known For….

Woodland Heights is best known for “Lights in the Heights,” a holiday decoration event that has been featured in national magazines like Better Homes and Gardens.


Things to do

  • Stroll the streets of 19th – Lined with boutiques, artsy stores, restaurants and thrift shops, historic 19th street is the shopping mecca of the Heights.
  • Get a sugar rush at Fat Cat Creamery and Hugs & Donuts – How do you choose between donuts and ice cream? Maybe you don’t have to, because these two sweet spots are neighbors.
  • Live music at the White Oak Music Hall – Just on the cusp of the Heights, this music hall boasts three performance spaces.
  • Eat straight from the Garden at Coltivare – From this Italian kitchen you’ll find inspired takes on classics, like oxtail sugo with slurpable housemade pasta, blistered butternut squash pizzas, and shareable whole wood-roasted fish.
  • Sip old school classics at Johnny’s Gold Brick – The Treadsack restaurant group perfectly shows off the The Heights’ vintage feel with this hip throwback bar.

 

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Staging Your Home During the Holidays

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Creating a festive, buyer-friendly environment to sell your home during the holidays can bring advert some of the challenges others might face. The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to forgot holiday cheer this year.  Forget about that, with a few subtle touches like a holiday centerpiece,  a pinecone wreath or crackling fire in hearth can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.  We’ve got some tips for staging your home this holiday season since potential buyers want to picture themselves in a warm, cozy home!

  • Create a warm cozy vibe. …
  • Complement your palette – make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor….
  • Accentuate the positive – too many trimmings may distract buyers, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. . …
  • Go light on lights – use simple string lighting to play up your home’s architecture or draw attention the best parts of the front yard. …
  • Mind the tree – make sure the tree size fits the room and swap out gaudy heirloom ornaments.
  • Offer Tasty Treats – warm treats such as cookies, hot chocolate or apple cider will make any buyer feel right at home.

Join Gary Greene and Give Back on #GivingTuesday

Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, right.

 Have you heard of #GivingTuesday? Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. 

 This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world.  #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together. 

 Ways to participate in this global movement?

 Make a Donation

 The easiest way to participate in #GivingTuesday is to donate money to your favorite organization. It doesn’t have to be a large donation; those small increments of even $5 or $10 add up quickly to make a difference.  You can also donate to the Gary Greene Realtor Foundation through any of our agents

 Volunteer Your Time

 Volunteer for a charity or organize a larger team volunteer event with your friends, staff or neighbors to help a charity during the holidays.  Another idea is to donate pro bono hours to help charities in need of your skills.  You can also organize a donation drive for people to donate goods, clothing and other items to those in need.

 Clean out Your Household Closet

 This is the perfect time to take stock of your closet and clean it out to make room for holiday goodies.  Gently-used items you can donate to a homeless shelter, or another organization.

 How are you celebrating #GivingTuesday? We’d love to hear from you so please share with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Houston Single-Family Home Sales Increase 8%

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Houston single-family home sales increased 8% in comparison to October 2016 and this increase put year-to-date sales in positive territory.  Sales are up 3% for the year and continue to steer forward positively in the aftermath of Harvey. Pending sales rose 20% from October 2016 and that is the best indication of the future market – good sales volume – at least for November.   Due to this unusually high increase in pending sales, it is also very probable that 2017 may close out as a better real estate year than 2016 even with Harvey’s devastating impact!  All metrics for residential real estate are looking good as can be seen in the graph depicted below.

Here’s a glance at the trends for the month and year:

*Pending sales are homes that are under contract and have not closed and indicate current buyer demand.

Houston Home Sales by Price Cohort for 2017

What price ranges have the largest increase in sales in Houston in October? The following price cohorts experienced the largest increase compared to 2016:

Based on the entire spectrum of Houston price cohorts, homes priced $399,999 and below are in a sellers’ market.  Homes priced $400,000 and above are in a buyers’ market.

The Houston overall market is so large; it rarely reflects the same trends as a submarket area located within its boundaries.  Some areas are exceeding Houston’s overall growth in sales while others are lagging behind.  For a breakdown of activity by area with a map, CLICK HERE.

To see the hottest selling geographical areas for the month in Houston, CLICK HERE.

To search for homes by price range and map, go to www.GaryGreene.com.

Data provided by the Houston Association of Realtors® Information Services™, and The Real Estate Center for Texas A&M and written by Toni Nelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene