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Thanksgiving can be stressful.  Between cleaning, cooking, and hosting, I hardly have time to eat besides the actual dinner.  Much like the Snickers commercials, I’m not myself when I’m hungry. But what can I do? My entire kitchen is going to be like a well-oiled machine to get all the dinner dishes through the oven and stove top in time. I need things that I can snack on through the day that won’t take up the space and the time that I have devoted to my main course.

Here are four super easy dishes that won’t take me away from my duties as host and chef but will curb my appetite more than a fruit and veggie plate would. What are your favorite recipes for Thanksgiving appetizers?

 

Cheeseballs

Being that I live in Miramesa in Cypress, TX, the

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Cy-Fair Real Estate is excited to invite you to the 2018 Cookies With Santa event!

The event will take place on Sunday, December 9th from 5 pm - 7 pm at our new office on House & Hahl Road in Cypress, TX. We will have the place decked out with Christmas cheer and magic.

Santa Claus will be here for kids to sit on his lap while a professional photographer captures the moment. Mrs. Claus will have a sleigh outside where she will read from a variety of Christmas stories while you enjoy complimentary milk and cookies along with other activities.

No kids? No problem! Come by and enjoy our adult lounge area with one of our two beers on tap.

Cookies with Santa is a completely free event for all the friends of Cy-Fair Real Estate and we look forward

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Jim Mulholland and Jill Hartl take a drive through the master-planned community of Towne Lake in Cypress, TX.  

Jill is a resident of Katy, TX, so this video gets some of her first impressions about the community.  During this 15 minute video, Jill and Jim discuss some of Towne Lake's amenities (The Lake House, pool, the lake, boating, etc), shopping (TL Boardwalk with restaurants like Chick fil A, Burgerim, Willie's Icehouse, Torchy's Tacos, etc), and homes which range from the upper $200s to the millions. 

 

 

 

Homes For Sale in Towne Lake Cypress, TX

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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

Map / Location:


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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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