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June 23, 2017

City of League City, Texas

Where is League City, Texas

League City is in Galveston County and lies on the edge of Harris County. It is located on the Interstate 45 corridor between Houston and Galveston. League City was named as the fastest growing small city in the country for 2016 by WalletHub.

League City, Texas Zip Code

 League City’s zip code is 77573 with PO boxes, 77574. The League City post office is located at: 240 W Galveston St, League City, TX 77573 and the phone number is (800) 275-8777. The post office is open Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-12pm and it is closed on Sunday. The last collection for mail is 5pm until the following day. The passport office is located inside the post office and it is open Monday-Friday 9-3.

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League City Tax Office

The Galveston County Tax Assessor is located at :174 Calder Dr # 139, League City, TX 77573. The phone number for the Galveston County Tax Assessor is:(281) 316-8719. The tax assessor’s office is open Monday-Friday 8-5pm. The best time to go to the tax assessor’s office with the shortest lines is typically around 10am.It may be advisable to contact the tax assessor’s office with questions before you go and wait in line.

League City, Texas Weather

The weather in League City, Tx is much like most weather in Texas. One day it can be rainy and cold and the next day it can be sunny and hot. If you don’t like the weather, stick around until you do because it changes often. League City has hot summers ranging from upper 80’s to 100 degrees. Winters in League City are mild with very few days of freezing weather. Fall weather is often pleasant with temps ranging from the mid-70’s to upper 80’s. Spring time in League City brings many showers. League City receives an average of 56 inches of rain per year. The average US city is 39 inches of rain per year. There are about 203 sunny days on average a year. Being so close to the coast, League City does have many days of high humidity so often times the temperatures feel much warmer than they actually are.

League City, Texas Fire stations

There are 6 fire stations in League City. Station 1 is located at: 601 Second Street, phone number is (281) 554-1471. This station was opened in 1986. Station 2 is located at: 2120 Hobbs Road, phone number is (281) 554-1472. Station 2 was opened in 1979. Station 3 was opened in 1994 and is located at: 3575 FM 518 E. phone number is (281) 554-1473. Station 4 I located at: 175 N. Bay Area Blvd. phone number is (281) 554-1474 and it opened in 1996. Station 5 is located at: 2898 By Creek Dr, phone number is (281) 554- 1475. Station 6 is located at: 6060 South Shore Blvd., phone number is (281) 554-1476. Station 6 opened in September 2016.  Station 4 is a League City volunteer fire department station and you can click here if interested in volunteering.

 

League City Police Department

 

The League City Police Department is located at: 555 West Walker Street, League City, Tx 77573. The non-emergency phone number for the League City Police Department is: 281-332-2566. The Chief of Police is Michael Kramm, phone number is: (281) 338-8204. Gary Ratliff is the Assistant Chief. His number is: (281) 338-4180. The League City Police Department is always in search for recruits and other positions to fill. If you are interested in a position with The League City Police Department click here. To find more about eligibility click here.

 

Florist in League City

League City has 3 local florists that can help you with flowers for any occasion. Whether you need flowers delivered or are planning a wedding the florist in League City are ready to help you.

Haute Flowers & Finds

655 FM270, League City, TX 77573

(281)332-1518

Haute Flowers does flowers for all events, such as weddings, special events, galas, and personal flowers for everyday living. Haute Flowers has been recognized by Wedding Wire and The Knot. They have also been recognized in the Houston area in the Weddings in Houston magazine. Haute Flowers serves League City and surrounding areas within a 5 county range.

League City Florist

902 E Main St, League City, TX 77573

(281)338-1313

League City Florist is family owned and has been serving League City and surrounding areas since 2011. They will help you place an order for local delivery or anywhere in the world. Along with flowers they have a variety of gifts from balloons, fruit baskets, home décor items, candy & chocolates and more.

The Power of Flowers

1101 W Main St m, League City, TX 77573

(281)557-9860

The Power of Flowers is a family owned and operated floral shop that serves the League City area. They guarantee same day delivery if an order is placed before 2 o’clock PM. The Power of Flowers offers the finest floral arrangements and gifts. They claim to go the extra mile to make sure your floral gift is perfect.

Restaurants in League City

There are many restaurants in League City that serve a variety of cuisines. There are many Mexican restaurants, Chinese restaurants, seafood restaurants, and more. Here are a few of the restaurants that the residents enjoy.

Burger House

395 W. Main St. League City, TX 77573

(281)316-8894

The Burger House in League City has been serving home style burgers since 2005. Their burgers are made with 100% fresh beef and are served on a homemade bun.

Center Court Pizza & Brew

3202 Marina Bay Drive, Suite J, League City, TX 77573

(281)339-6536

Center Court does not only offer the best pizza, but they also have a variety of other items on the menu from wraps and sandwiches to pastas. You can enjoy a craft brew and catch the game as well. Their pizzas are made on house made dough and topped with their special pizza seasonings.

Esteban’s Café & Cantina

402 W. Main St. League City, TX 77573

(281)332-4195

Esteban’s Café & Cantina has been serving League City for over 20 years. Everything at Esteban’s is made from scratch daily from the tortillas to the hot sauce. Stop by Esteban’s to enjoy a home cooked meal and let them do the dishes.

Main St. Bistro

Ocean Sushi Grill

3020 Marina Bay Dr. Suite A2, League City, TX 77573

(281)957-9122

Ocean Sushi Grill offers signature Japanese and Asian dishes. Their menu is created using local produce. Every day they have gourmet specialties, new dishes, and classic choices for you to try. 

Red Oak Café

6011 W Main St League City, TX 77573

(832)905-3150

The Red Oak Café was started by a local mother with dreams to create a special dining experience in memory of her beloved son. The Red Oak represents a strong and powerful tree and is the focal point for the restaurant. You can enjoy their “taste of Texas” at the Red Oak Café for breakfast and lunch.

Sloppy Nick’s Brooklyn Deli (Deli)

2800 Marina Bay Dr. League City, TX 77573

(281) 957-9391

The owner of Sloppy Nick’s Brooklyn Deli, Louis Floridia, grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Louis enjoyed the sloppiest sandwiches growing up. He hopes to provide the people in the area a true Brooklyn-Style deli with the sloppiest sandwiches, like the ones he grew up eating. 

Shopping On Main Street

The League City Historic District on Main St. offers shopping for unique gifts, collectibles, and more. There are a variety of shops to stop by and shop till you drop.

Annette’s Emporium

1015 E. Main St. League City, TX 77573

(832)932-5684

Unique gifts and home décor

Accents, Petals & Metals

1015 E. Main St. Suite A, League City, TX 77573

(281)724-9193

Home and garden décor

Mommie Chic and Me

501 E. Main St. #5, League City, TX 77573

(281)557-0336

Baby, kids & maternity boutique

Se La Ve

501 E. Main St. #6, League City, TX 77573

(281)557-9381

European antiques and home decor

 The Clothes Horse Boutique

809 E. Main St. League City, TX 77573

(281)332-2383

An upscale ladies boutique

 Buy or sell a house in League City.

 

If you are looking to sell a house don’t forget to get your home valuation here. If you have questions feel free to contact us at 281-479-6683 or clientcare@freundgroup.com.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 15, 2017

Open House This Saturday June 17th 12-3

Open House This Saturday June 17th 12-3

 

Address: 2823 Scandicci Lane, League City, TX 77573

 

Directions: I-45 south to LEAGUE CITY PARKWAY - 96 GO LEFT, GO TO LOUISIANA AVE GO RIGHT TO LAGE NICOLA GO LEFT TO SOFFIANO LN, GO RIGHT TO SCANDICCI GO LEFT AND FOLLOW AROUND

 

Information about the property:

BEAUTIFUL AND FUNCTIONAL! Well decorated and appointed 4+ bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 car attached garage with formal dining, game room, and huge kitchen with open island granite counter tops and breakfast area! Man-cave garage with painted epoxy floors is just one of the many upgrades in this home! Nice private suite off master bedroom, covered patio and so much more! Just call to take a look and see for yourself!


For more information about this home including photos, please click here.

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Looking for another home in League City, check them out.

If you are ready to start your search for your dream home but need some guidance on the available programs offered for home buyers, please give us a call today! 281-479-6683

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June 9, 2017

Open House This Saturday 6/10 12-3

Open House This Saturday 6/10 12-3

 

Address: 4818 Saint Andrews, Baytown, TX 77521

Directions: TX 146 N to Baytown,exit TX 330 Spur N, exit Baker Wade Rd;right on Fairway Dr;left on Goose Creek Dr, right onto W Baker Rd;right on Country Club Dr., left on Saint Andrews Dr,house is second on left.

 

 

Information about the property:

 

You have to see this beautiful home and all of its upgrades!Hardwood floors downstairs with spacious formal dining and formal living areas freshly painted.Kitchen has Corian countertops with under cabinet lighting,stainless steel appliances,5 burner gas stove, and double oven.Convenient mudroom off the back door with tons of storage and half bath.Huge bedrooms with roomy closets.Tiled showers with granite counters in full baths.Low E Argon windows throughout.Huge lot and much more,must see!

 

Want help with making an offer on this home, check out our blog here.

 

For more information about this home including pictures please click here.

 

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 Can’t make it to the open house? Click here to schedule a private tour.

 

If you are ready to start your search for your dream home but need some guidance on the available programs offered for home buyers, please give us a call today! 281-479-6683

Posted in Open Houses
June 8, 2017

Houston Area Real Estate Market Report for May 2017

Houston Area Real Estate Market Report for May 2017 

Sales of homes priced from $750000 and above led the way in April with a 15.8% increase from the same month in 2016, marking the sixth consecutive month of rising sales for the luxury market. Homes priced from $250,000 to $499999 sales increased 11.3% from April 2016.  Sales of homes priced $150,000 and less fell, likely because there are very few homes on the market in this price range. Overall property sales volume was up by 4.2%.  While homebuyers remained very active, sellers were putting homes on the market at a quicker pace helping to increase inventory levels to 4.0 months from a 3.6 month supply 12 months prior.

A Look At The Housing Stats

Single family home sales volume and prices both rose, with 6583 units sold city-wide compared to 6387 in April of 2016. City wide inventory levels rose slightly to a 4.0 month supply from a 3.6 month supply during the 4th month of 2016. Months of Inventory is a measure of how long all the existing homes on the market would last assuming no more listings are added, and the remainder of the inventory sells at the current rate of sales. Housing inventory across the U.S. is also at about a 3.8 month supply according to The National Association of Realtors. Lower inventory levels indicate a strong market. A balanced market is usually considered to be around 6 months.

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APRIL 2016

APRIL 2017

CHANGE

Total property sales

7,694

8,014

4.2%

Total dollar volume

$2,050,177,042

$2,216,093,233

8.1%

Total active listings

34,855

39,567

13.5%

Single-family home sales

6,387

6,583

3.1%

Single-family average sales price

$278,658

$291,770

4.7%

Single-family median sales price

$218,000

$228,000

4.6%

Single-family months inventory*

3.6

4.0

0.4 mos.

Single-family pending sales

7,289

8,381

15.0%

* Months inventory estimates the number of months it will take to deplete current active inventory based on the prior 12 months sales activity. This figure is representative of the single-family homes market.

The median sales price of Houston homes increased 4.6% to set a record high for an April at $228000. Median price is the price point at which ½ the homes were sold above and ½ the homes were sold below. Average sales price also set a  record of $291770, a strong increase of 4.7% over April 2016.

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June 1, 2017

Open House This Saturday June 3rd 12-3

Open House This Saturday June 3rd  12-3

Address: 1904 Pebble Lane, Friendswood TX 77546 

Directions:  Travel on South Friendswood Dr/518 then turn at Eagle Lakes Dr, then turn left onto Pebble Ln..

Information about the property:

This stately two story home is in the favored Eagle Lakes neighborhood. It features a sparkling large pool & spa. A Grand 2 story entry with sweeping spiral staircase opens to formal dining room and the large central living area with a cozy gas log fireplace and floor to ceiling custom shelving. The breakfast room seats 8+  and adjoins the large open country island kitchen. The spacious master suite is downstairs and the other bedrooms and gameroom are up. Professional landscaping adorns this tropical paradise with a true 3 car oversize garage.

 

For more information about this home including photos, please click here.

 

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If you are ready to start your search for your dream home but need some guidance on the available programs offered for home buyers, please give us a call today! 281-479-6683.

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May 23, 2017

Economic Development Update for Bay Area of Harris and Galveston Counties

 Economic Development Update for Bay Area of Harris and Galveston Counties

We continue to see a strong seller’s market due to a lack of inventory, especially around the median price range and below. Buyers have to battle it out when submitting offers on these properties because more often than not there are multiple offers for desirable homes. Watch for our monthly market update coming out soon for more details.

A couple of weeks ago we attended a presentation by The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership to receive an update on some of the activity in our area in the commercial, residential, entertainment, medical, and industrial segments.

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May 19, 2017

The Freund Group Is Looking For An Inside Sales Agent

Learn Real Estate From The Inside Out!

The Freund Group Is Looking For An Inside Sales Agent

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn the real estate business while earning an attractive and stable income?

We are looking for an Inside Sales Agent, for our office in League City, to be a critical part of our team’s continued growth and success. A real estate license is required for this position but unlicensed individuals with strong phone sales or customer service experience are encouraged to apply with the understanding that a successful applicant will be required to be on a fast-track to obtaining their license. This will be a great way to enter real estate sales, and successful ISA’s will be given priority as our team grows and adds Listing and Buyer Agents.

 

The Freund Group is one of the most established and respected real estate teams in the area and we settle for nothing less than providing the best real estate solutions to every client we work with. We are driven to meet our production goals while helping our team members reach their goals in a rewarding and enjoyable environment.

 

The ISA will spend 70 to 80% of their time having conversations with leads obtained from a variety of sources. The ISA will take inbound calls, make outbound calls and send text messages and emails in order to qualify leads and schedule appointments for our Listing and Buyer Agents.

The ISA must be able to…

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May 15, 2017

How to Sell a Home in Need of Repairs

How to Sell a Home in Need of Repairs

 

If you have a home you would like to sell, but are worried that the home needs too many repairs, you do have several options to help get your home sold. Be sure to keep in mind that many homes on the market have issues, and even if yours needs many repairs, you do have options to help get your home sold for the most money.

 

When you are getting a home ready to be placed on the market and you are aware of repairs that need to be done, there are a few options.

 

Remodel the entire home.

Now this option is not ideal if you do not have the budget for it but you could see your return increase significantly in the long run. Consider addressing the problems by hiring an inspector so you can get a clearer understanding of what should be done. Keep in mind that if you do have an inspection on the home prior to putting it on the market, any problems that exist will need to be disclosed on a seller’s disclosure.

 

Recommended for you, How do I sell a house before I buy one?

 

Some of the items on the inspection report may be things that you can do yourself if these are done prior to being under contract. Not all repairs are big ticket items and addressing the smaller items will clear the way for the larger items. If you do chose to repair some things yourself, be sure you know what you are doing to minimize liability later. If you don’t know how to repair something, hire a licensed contractor to take care of the task for you. Your agent should be able provide you with a list of contractors to choose from.

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May 12, 2017

How to sell a home with a tenant

How to Sell a Home With a Tenant

Selling a home with a tenant currently living in the home seems impossible but it is workable. If you are selling a rental home and you currently have a tenant in the home it can get sticky if the tenant doesn’t want to cooperate with the sale of the home. An uncooperative tenant can hold up the sale of a property by not allowing showings, leaving messes when showings are scheduled, and by just being difficult all around.

 

There are a few steps that can help with the selling of a home with a tenant.

 

Know the laws.

First and foremost, know the tenancy rules and guidelines. Be sure you familiarize yourself with the laws regarding selling a home tenant occupied in your area. A guide from the Texas A&M Real Estate Center can be downloaded here.

 

Typically a lease will transfer to a new buyer and they must abide by the terms of the lease so it is critical to provide a copy of any leases to the buyer up front. If the tenants are month-to-month, notices must still be provided according to applicable regulations.  If you are unsure, it may be a good idea to consult with a Real Estate Attorney.

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May 11, 2017

How to sell a House for the Most Money

How to sell a House for the Most Money 

Currently we are experiencing a hot seller’s market in the Houston Area. In many cases we receive multiple offers on homes just days after being on the market. It is a sellers’ market and sellers do have the upper hand. Buyers are struggling with lack of inventory which is appreciating property values. These tips are relevant in today’s market or in a slower market.


 

 

 

Hire a professional Realtor

 

The best advice for a home owner is to hire an agent that is knowledgeable and knows how to market your home. He/she will have a grasp on housing costs in the area and will know more about what you should price your home and position it in the market to help assure that you get the most money in your pocket as possible.  

 

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