Setting the Mood is Such an Important Element of Selling Your Home

I was showing homes the other day in the early evening. ¬†It is the heat of summer here in Houston so plants can be in distress, yards a bit dry and house hunters lethargic from the humidity. ¬†But imagine walking up to a freshly painted door with great looking hardware and a pop of color in the way of a healthy potted plant. ¬† One of the places Realtors and clients seem to linger is on that front porch while the lockbox is opened for keys. ¬†It is without a doubt a first impression of the upkeep and maintenance of your home. What made me think of showing the other evening was the comment by the client. ¬†They are animal loves as am I, but the scent of candles or fragrance was so strong, the client asked to leave. ¬†There was no point in going any further. ¬†Again, that first impression was that the owners were masking animal odors. ¬†The sad part is that this may or may not be true, but without a doubt the fragrance was so overwhelming, a potential buyer chose to leave rather than continue on. ¬†I have shown many, many homes with animals successfully. ¬†The key is to have a clean, welcoming scent when clients enter. ¬†Set out a few bottled waters during these hot, summer days. The next event on this evening of showings was traffic noise. ¬†Let’s face it, there is no good way to “hide” traffic noise if your home is near a major freeway, railroad or intersection. ¬†While very low background music can be a nice touch, music set to...

Houston is Named the 10th Most Joyous City in the World

Wow! Who knew? In a new study, The Joy Index, Houston ranked 10th in this first ever index. We knew we had a dynamite food scene and awesome museum and theatre districts, but JOYOUS? Come to find out, both those factors along with being the most ethnically diverse city in the country made a big impression in naming Houston to the short list for JOY. Only 3 US cities made the cut! GO Houston!! Created by a collaboration between Bank of America, Conde Nast Traveler, and happiness experts, Shawn Achor and Gretchen Rubinaveler. the joy index, analyzes data from the United Nations and Gallup along with these 6 key happiness factors identified by the experts to create the list: environment, well being, culture, connection, adventure and wonder. The must see landmarks mentioned for Houston are the Buffalo Bayou Cistern and The Museum of Fine Arts. Love that our beloved city is getting the kudos it...

2017 Garden Oaks Spring Fling

Garden Oaks will celebrate it’s First Spring Fling, April 29, 2017 from 4 to 6:30. The 1300 block of Sue Barnett Dr. will host the fundraising event with a Sip and Stroll of gardens, yard art, gardening hints and festive creations. There will be wine and food to partake while checking out the gardens. A children’s zone with bouncy house, food and more. The kids will love the Fairy Houses on the block. More information is coming on ticket prices and sponsors. Funds raised will go to Beautification special projects for the many pocket parks located throughout the neighborhood. Garden Oaks…what a wonderful place to call...

FIRST Annual Garden Oaks Spring Fling!!

Garden Oaks will be celebrating Spring in a BIG way, April 29, 2017 from 4 to 6:30. Sip and stroll to experience the gardens along the 1300 block of Sue Barnett Dr. Who knows, a fairy house…or two may be spotted. There will be wine, delicious snacks, and food to enjoy as well as yard art, garden hints and festive creations along the way. Bring the kids for bouncy house fun, yummy treats and more! This will be a fundraiser for Beautification special projects for the many parks throughout Garden Oaks. Stay tuned for more ticket information to...

New Restaurants abound in the Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and Heights Area

If you are thinking of making a quick stop by Gatlin’s BBQ’s new location at 3510 Ella Blvd, between Garden Oaks and Oak Forest, you’ll have lots of company! The crowds are big and favorite items are quick to disappear. This new location is proving to be a fan favorite. We are so happy to have some of Houston’s finest BBQ right around the corner! Another recent restaurant opening is Southern Goods in The Heights at 623 W. 19th. Very small, intimate bar/restaurant with a new twist on Southern cuisine. At this point, the menu is still limited. We gave it a try in the first few days and will probably wait a month or so to try it again. Next up is KA Sushi, 1901 N. Shepherd. The restaurant has a cool contemporary vibe. Lots of anticipation for a Sushi restaurant in the neighborhood so there will be a wait list for a while. Can’t wait to try it though. Food selections have been earning praise on YELP. On a sad note, Lilo and Ella closed it’s doors recently. The restaurant had been a favorite for me. It was so nice to have something unique and interesting nearby. Hopefully we will see chef Kevin Nadari open a new concept in the near future. Bon...