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A Taste of Cy-FairIf you are looking for something to do this weekend, "A Taste of Cy-Fair" is taking place this Saturday, November 8th, from 5pm to 8pm next to the Bridgeland Village Center off of Fry in Cypress, TX (MAP).  

The event will feature 40+ restaurants in the Cypress area as well as dozens of beer and wine.  Activities include live stage music, a holiday craft and art market, and a silent auction benefitting Cy-Hope. 

Admission is $30 for adults and $15 for the kids with proceeds benefitting Cy-Hope with funds flagged for Cy-Fair Hurricane Harvey victims and recovery efforts.  

 

More Information:

  • A Taste of Cy-Fair Website
  • A Taste of Cy-Fair Facebook Page
  • Cy-Hope Website

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I did a bit of fact checking on my own blog post, "Should I Use a Realtor To Purchase A New Construction Home?"

In that blog post / video, I had mentioned that data suggests buyers who use a Realtor typically pay less money for a new home (based off list price discounting) compared to those who do not use a Realtor.  That was based on a small sample of data that I looked at for new home sales in Bridgeland in Cypress, TX.

When I expanded the data to look at sales in Cypress and then the entire Houston metroplex, the data was a bit different.  Check-out the video for more details below!

 

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Cypress, TX is booming with new neighborhoods and new home builders. Almost 30% of all homes sold in Cypress over the past 6 months are new homes and this does not include new construction homes built "from dirt". If we had statistics on those builds, the percentage of new homes sold would be well over 30%.

So, it is not uncommon for us to speak to potential home buyers who tell us that they are looking for new homes in the area. It is also fairly common that these people tell us that they are not using a Realtor because they fell that they do not need one with a new construction home and/or they can get a better deal by not using a Realtor.  Jim Mulholland explains why this does not make sense in the video below. 

Using a Realtor For New

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In this video, Jim goes through the listing pictures of a home that was just listed in Cypress, TX by another real estate brokerage and discusses what he would do differently with the pictures.  Some of the points made in this video:

  • Lead with your best pictures
  • Turn on all of the interior lights
  • After your best pictures, try to keep pictures of the same rooms next to each other
  • Not much point of secondary bathroom pictures unless they are good sized and nicely updated

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With Hurricane Harvey bearing down on the Texas Gulf Coast and threatening to stall over SE Texas once it gets here, there has been a lot of talk about potential flooding in the Houston area. 

As for us in the Cypress, TX area, we just had a significant flood about 16 months ago.

Cypress Flood - April 18, 2016

During that storm, most of Cypress had at least 12 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. The good news is that, for the most part, flooding was isolated to streets and yards with very few homes actually getting flooded out.  

The main notable exception were homes in the community of Stable Gate near the intersection of Telge and Spring Cypress.  (Houston Chronicle -- Subdivision never flooded, until it did...)  During that April 2016

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Back in January 2013, I did some research and wrote a blog post about pricing your home at the 99's versus pricing your home at the 00's.  

Are you better off listing your home with a price ending in 9 versus ending in 0?  For example, if your home is worth $300,000, would you be better off listing it for $299,999?

Do Home Prices Ending in 99 Sell Better Than 00?

Over four years later, I did the same research by looking at homes sold in Cypress, TX between March 1, 2016 to March 1 2017.  I looked at homes listed in 4 different buckets:

  • $199k vs $200k
  • $249k vs $250k
  • $299k vs $300k
  • $399k vs $400k

Interestingly, I found that (a) most agents still list their homes ending in the 99's and (b) homes listed with prices ending in the

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Here are homes for sale in the Cypress, TX area on at least 1/2 acre of land.

Larger lot neighborhoods in the area include Lakes of Rosehill, Lakes of Fairhaven, White Oak Lake Estates,  Kluge Lake, and Tower Oaks.

You will also find oversized lots in master-planned communities such as Bridgeland, Towne Lake, Fairfield, Cypress Creek Lakes, Coles Crossing, Longwood Village, and others.

Here are homes on at least 1/2 acre current for sale in Cypress, TX. 

 

 

 

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According to data from the Houston MLS, Cy-Fair Real Estate was the 14th top selling real estate brokerage (of almost 400 brokerages with sales) for home sales in Cypress (77429 & 77433) for Q1 2017 with 15 sales and over $4M in production!

Also of note is that we were the top selling independent brokerage over that time period, our production per agent was 2nd best at $706,682/agent, and we are the only brokerage in the Top 20 with its world headquarters in Cypress, TX!

Thank you to all of our wonderful clients and our AWESOME Cy-Fair Real Estate Team!

 

 
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Pope Elementary in Bridgeland

 

When families are looking for neighborhoods for a new home, good schools is almost always a top priority. 

Below is a list of the Top 35 communities in the Cypress, TX area ranked by schools using the 2016 Children at Risk school rankings that are summarized on our "Cy-Fair ISD Schools" page.  

The topped ranked Cypress area neighborhood based on schools is Bridgeland which is zoned to Pope Elementary School (ranked #5 in Cy-Fair), Smith Middle School (#1), and Cy-Ranch High School (#2).

Coles Crossing, The Park at Arbordale, Longwood Village, and Blackhorse Ranch round off our top 5 neighborhoods based on schools.   

There is a 3-way tie for last due to all 3 neighborhoods being zoned to the same schools:  Postma Elementary (#58),

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If you are in or around Coles Crossing this holiday season, you need to checkout "Christmas in Cypress" on Lavendar Run in Coles Crossing.

This is the 3rd year Louis Mayer has put on the show and it is very well done, to say the least.  From his web site:

This year the light show has grown to over 60,000 lights with over 170 different channels controlled by a computer. The extension cords used in this show would stretch over a mile long. We have special effects of Peppermint smelling fog, moving spot lights, and a laser light effect.

They are also taking donations for a great cause with 100% of all donations will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  There is a donation box at the front of the house.  Please make checks payable to "Cystic

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