The Freund Group Real Estate Blog

Welcome to The Freund Group's blog spot! We are a real estate group with a combined total of over 50 years of experience helping buyers and sellers in all aspects of residential, commercial, as well as, investors, foreclosures and short sale transactions.  Whether you are thinking of buying or selling a home, our helpful resources and tips will help you through the process.

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April 19, 2018

Coming Soon to HAR-Open House This Saturday April 21st, 1:30-3:30

Address: 2317 Lawrence, Deer Park, TX 77536

DirectionsFollow I-45 N and Sam Houston Tollway N to East Sam Houston Pkwy S in Pasadena. Take the exit toward Pasadena Blvd/Red Bluff Rd from Sam Houston Tollway N. Turn right on San Augustine, left on Lawrence.

Information about the property:

Beautiful home in the heart of Deer Park on a large, corner lot. Detached garage, large carport and an outdoor patio. Texas sized den, an updated master shower and so much more! 

 

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

For more listings in Deer Park, Take a look here.

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
April 19, 2018

Open House- Saturday April 21st 2-4

Address: 7218 Ave D 1/2

Directions: Take I-45 South to 646 towards Santa Fe. Turn left onto Avenue D 1/2, home will be on the right.

Information about the property:

Enjoy country like living with big city benefits in this beautiful home! This home offers 2 laundry rooms. Down stairs laundry room w/mudroom and side entrance. Open kitchen w/lrg. island, granite counter tops and a travertine back splash. Stained cement floors on bottom level. Master bedroom w/door leading to covered back patio. Master bath w/granite counter tops, soaking tubs and sep. shower. All secondary bedrooms are nice sized rooms. Lots of room to roam! 

 

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

For more listings in Santa Fe, Take a look here.

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
April 11, 2018

Coming Soon To HAR-Open House this Saturday April 14, 1-3

Address:10907 Sycamore Drive South, La Porte, TX 77571

Directions: Take Sam Houston Tollway North to Spencer Highway. Turn right on Spencer Hwy. Right on to Fleetwood. Right onto Sycamore and home is on the left.

 

Information about the property:

Don't miss you chance on this beautifully updated home located in desirable Fairmont East subdivision this home has it all, with nice sized bedrooms, game room, large utility room and so much more.

 

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

For more listings in La Porte, take a look here.

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
April 3, 2018

To convert or not to convert? Garage conversion questions answered.

 

Is it wise to convert?

Garage conversion is a topic that sometimes comes up when discussing the value of a home. Most might think that a garage conversion would add value to a home since square foot is added but often this is not the case. While a garage conversion may seem like a great idea to you and your growing family, you as a home owner need to be reminded that the conversion will, in many cases, not gain value to your home.

Just as when a homeowner adds a pool to a property, he/she will never recoup the expense of the pool in the sale of the home, a garage conversion is similar in this way.

There are many reasons a garage conversion may work for a homeowner; caring of an older relative, the need for more space, or just a “want” for that extra room.

We spoke with Appraiser and friend, Jonathan Leva, about the value a garage conversion has on a homes value. Leva says, “If done nicely a garage conversion could increase value but most are generally a wash on value because you are taking away a large improvement.” Leva adds “Garages generally add 6 to 8K  of value to your home. You will get value for the additional square footage, but to get full value it needs to flow with the rest of the house. Otherwise the additional square footage likely will receive less value than the square footage in the original house,” Leva says. In addition, “For example, if you have to go through a laundry room with a step down to get to the conversion this is not good, also central HVAC in the  house and window units in garage will not add value.”

There are many things to consider when deciding if a garage conversion is right for you and the resale of your home:

Are there many other conversions in the neighborhood? In older areas a garage conversion may be standard. Will your home have one of the few garage conversions in your area? If this is true then converting your garage may not be in your best interest.

How will you insulate the conversion? Since the conversion will be an addition of square footage to your home, insulation is very important. Street noise may not be considered when converting but with proper insulation, noise can be eliminated or at the least softened. There should be no corners cut and insulation should be up to par with the rest of the home.

Will there be windows? If the plans don’t show any windows your conversion will 100% feel just that, a garage converted. Garage door windows don’t count either.

What will parking be like once the conversion is completed? If your driveway is small and only fits a few cars, be reminded the garage will no longer be accessible by car so your vehicle/vehicles will now be on the driveway. Room for guests may be limited. If there is enough room, you may want to consider a Porte-Cochere if there is enough room. Another idea would be to add a detached garage if permitted and there is room.

You should consider the aesthetics of the home. If done correctly a garage conversion can look as if it has always been there and is a part of the original building of the home. To do this right you will need to match paint colors, brick, etc.

Treat a garage conversion the same as any remodeling of your home. Hire licensed and bonded contractors and be present while remodeling is taking place. Do your research and check contractors credentials before hiring. Get quotes for the conversion and choose accordingly. Cheaper isn’t always better.

Be reminded if you are in an HOA all has to be approved prior to beginning construction. Even if you are not in an HOA the building will require permits from the city. For the conversion to be a part of the appraised value of your home, permits will be required. Getting building permits once construction has started will slow down the process and may halt the completion completely.

If you have already completed a garage conversion and are interested in selling your home, give us a call and we can help guide you in the right direction on whether you should keep the conversion or convert it back into a garage.

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Posted in Tips for Sellers
March 29, 2018

Glen Meadows La Porte TX

Glen Meadows home search

Glen Meadows is located in La Porte ,TX. Glen Meadows subdivision is off of Spencer Hwy. There is easy access to Beltway 8 as well as 225. Glen Meadows is located near Fairmont Park.

You will not to go far for shopping, restaurants, grocery stores, and childcare as all are located nearby. San Jacinto College Central is just a few miles away. There is a community park and mature shading throughout the subdivision.

Home prices in this area are reasonable and appreciate is at a high.

 There are two sections in Glen Meadows. The front section does not have an HOA and homes were built in the 70’s and 80’s. The back section does have an HOA and was built in the 90’s. The homes in the newer section generally sell for more than the older homes.

There were 31 homes sold in Glen Meadows in 2017 ranging in price from $145,000 to $196,500. The median sales price was $179,000 . The average days on the market was 41. The average price per square feet was $98.65.

Students who live in Glen Meadows attend La Porte ISD. Elementary students attend Lomax Elementary School. Middle school age students attend Lomax Junior High and those students in high school attend La Porte High School.

La Porte ISD serves the cities of La Porte, Morgan’s Point and Shoreacres, a small portion of Deer Park and Pasadena. The district also included Lomax, which is now a part of La Porte. The school district includes 7,848 students. La Porte ISD district’s rating is 7 out of 10. There are a total of 13 schools within the district. Many of the schools within La Porte ISD show to be exemplary as well as recognized.

If you are looking to purchase a home in Meadow Glen give the Freund Group a call. 281-479-6683.

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March 26, 2018

Looking for something Fun to do this Easter Weekend?

Looking for something Fun to do this Easter Weekend?

Kemah is celebrating Easter all weekend long with fun events for children of all ages.

Take a look at our video for more information.

Friday March 30th-  

The Easter Bunny arrives for photos 4-7

Movie screening of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory 8pm

 

Saturday March 31st-

Easter bunny back for photos 1-6pm

Peep’s eating contest at 3

Children’s area all day with cookie decorating, face painting and much more

Movie screening of HOP at 8.

 

Sunday April 1st-

Easter Sunday enjoy the Sonrise Non-Denominational service at 7:30am.

The Easter bunny is back again for pictures from 1-6pm.

Easter egg hunt from 1-6pm

Peeps eating contest at 3pm.

 

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Posted in Local Events
March 23, 2018

Open House this Saturday March 24th -12-3 6291 Avenue F, Santa Fe, TX 77510

Address: 6291 Avenue F, Santa Fe, TX 77510

Directions: Hwy 6 South to FM 646 Go Right, Go to 32nd St Go Left, Go to Ave F Go left, House on the Right

Information about the property:

Come take a look at this home loaded with possibilities. 4 Bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, plus 2 car workshop and barn area go with this home on 1.82 acres in a quiet country area. New flooring, new granite counter tops, fresh paint and very quaint! Storm shutters on exterior, decking in the back, carport in the front. Bring the toys on out because there is plenty of room to roam!

 

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

For more listings in Santa Fe, Take a look here.

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
March 21, 2018

Open House this Sunday March 25th 1-4- 7218 Ave D 1/2

Address: 7218 Ave D 1/2

Directions: Take I-45 South to 646 towards Santa Fe. Turn left onto Avenue D 1/2, home will be on the right.

Information about the property:

Enjoy country like living with big city benefits in this beautiful home! This home offers 2 laundry rooms. Down stairs laundry room w/mudroom and side entrance. Open kitchen w/lrg. island, granite counter tops and a travertine back splash. Stained cement floors on bottom level. Master bedroom w/door leading to covered back patio. Master bath w/granite counter tops, soaking tubs and sep. shower. All secondary bedrooms are nice sized rooms. 

 

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

For more listings in Santa Fe, Take a look here.

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
March 19, 2018

Fairmont Park, La Porte, TX

Fairmont Park, La Porte,  TX

Search for homes in Fairmont Park

Fairmont Park is located in La Porte, TX between West Fairmont Parkway and Spencer Hwy. With easy access to Beltway 8 and I45, getting around is easy. The community is surrounded by shopping, churches, daycares, restaurants and much more.

Fairmont Park was developed in the mid 1950’s. The subdivision was annexed, and the City of La Porte took over the maintenance of streets, bridges, streetlights and trash pickup.  Prior to Fairmont Park, most homes built in the City of La Porte were pillar and beam homes. Fairmont Park were concrete slab homes, with two car garages and they were considered modern and upscale. Some of the earlier homes did not include air conditioning.

There were 25 homes sold in Fairmont Park in 2017 ranging in price from $50,000 to $160,000. The median sales price was $115,000. The average days on the market was 26. The average price per square foot was $85.63.

Students who live in Fairmont Park attend La Porte ISD. Elementary students attend either Rizzuto or Reid and sixth graders attend Baker. Jr. high students attend La Porte Jr. High and high school age students attend La Porte High School.

La Porte ISD serves the cities of La Porte, Morgan’s Point and Shoreacres, a small portion of Deer Park and Pasadena. The district also included Lomax, which is now a part of La Porte. The school district includes 7,848 students. La Porte ISD district’s rating is 7 out of 10. There are a total of 13 schools within the district. Many of the schools within La Porte ISD show to be exemplary as well as recognized.

If you are looking to purchase a home in Fairmont Park, give the Freund Group a call. 281-479-6683

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March 15, 2018

Open House This Saturday March 17th 12-3 6921 Ave. F, Santa Fe

Address: 6291 Avenue F, Santa Fe, TX 77510

Directions: Hwy 6 South to FM 646 Go Right, Go to 32nd St Go Left, Go to Ave F Go left, House on the Right

Information about the property:

Come take a look at this home loaded with possibilities. 4 Bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, plus 2 car workshop and barn area go with this home on 1.82 acres in a quiet country area. New flooring, new granite counter tops, fresh paint and very quaint! Storm shutters on exterior, decking in the back, carport in the front. Bring the toys on out because there is plenty of room to roam!

 

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

For more listings in Santa Fe, Take a look here.

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