Three Things You Should Know Before Meeting Your Agent

THIS IS A RE-PUBLISHED ARTICLE - originally written in early 2011. I recently received a call from a writer at the Houston Chronicle, asking me to answer a real estate-related question for an upcoming column. I believe some things are just meant to be, and after she revealed the question to me, I knew that question was meant to be … [Read more...]

2014 Montgomery County Heart & Stroke Walk

Heart disease, stroke, and all other cardiovascular diseases, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. In order to raise awareness and fund research, the American Heart Association (AHA) is hosting the the 2014 Montgomery County Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, November 1, 2014. This will be a non-competitive 5K walk aimed at … [Read more...]

Looking at the True Cost of Installing a Pool

With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, it's swimming season. And while The Woodlands boasts some excellent community pools, the warmer weather may have you dreaming of hosting pool parties at your own home next summer. But what are the true costs of installing an in-ground pool and what type of return on your investment can you expect to … [Read more...]

Water Conservation Tips

The Woodlands is currently in stage 2 water restrictions, which means The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency is asking for voluntary water restrictions from residents. During the summer months, residential water consumption rises from about 10 million gallons to 35 million gallons per day, which puts a huge strain on the water wells and the supply of … [Read more...]

Beat Cooling Costs #3: Green Is In!

My last post in this series on home energy efficiency has probably the most fun topic -- decorating. Making small repairs or big fixes to your home is satisfying when you see your energy bill drop, but getting to redecorate your home AND make a difference in energy costs? Brilliant, if you ask me. And it all improves the value of your home. And … [Read more...]

Beat Cooling Costs #2: The Little Things

Last week I wrote a post on home energy audits, whether done on your own with a checklist or conducted by a professional. If you finish that, I'm sure you'll end up with a long list of home repairs, big and small, that could dramatically lower your cooling costs and make your home much more energy efficient. If you haven't done your home energy … [Read more...]

Beat Cooling Costs #1: Do Your Homework

Writing about the benefits of storm windows last week got me thinking about how valuable it is to save energy--especially in the summer. As the temperature starts to climb, so do the costs of air conditioning. Trying to beat triple-digit heat can really weigh on your bank account, but sweating in your home is not the most desirable alternative. I … [Read more...]

What is The Woodlands Township tax used for?

The Woodlands Township is the governing body of The Woodlands. In a master planned community, the Board of Directors of the Township is charged with maintaining the vision and the services of that community. Officially created as a “fully-elected at large Board” in 2007, the Woodlands Township levied the first property tax in 2010 and has since … [Read more...]

What is the Residential Homestead Exemption?

The Residential Homestead Exemption is essentially a tax break offered for homeowners. The exemption reduces your property taxes by lowering the value of your home’s taxable value that the tax liability is based on.  For example, if your home’s appraised value is $100,000 and you qualify for a $15,000 homestead exemption, then your tax liability … [Read more...]

Local Sites We Love

If you're interested in happenings in The Woodlands or Houston, you should check out these sites. From events to news, restaurants to personal stories, these blogs and websites have local insights and flavor to sate all your local curiosities. H-Town Chow Down This website follows food-related happenings in the Houston area (most recent post … [Read more...]