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.

Our blog spot will feature stories of events around the Houston area, the housing market trends and the benefits of investing in Houston real estate. Please feel free to ask questions or voice a concern in the comment section. 

June 25, 2018

Glen Cove, Kemah, TX

Glen Cove, Kemah, TX

Search for homes in Glen Cove

Glen Cove is located in Kemah, TX on Clear Lake. With easy access to 146 and a short drive to I-45 and HWY 3, living in Glen Cove makes it easy to get around. Glen Cove is close to Kemah Boardwalk, shopping and much more.

Glen Cove is an older community with some homes built in the 1970’s.

There were 6 homes sold in Glen Cove ranging from $55,500 to $195,134. The average days on the market was 35 and the average price per square foot was $91.90.

Students living in Glen Cove attend Clear Creek ISD. Elementary aged students attend Stewart Elementary, middle schoolers attend Bayside Intermediate and high school aged students attend Clear Falls High School.

Clear Creek Independent School District ranks #24 in Best School Districts in Texas and #244 in Best School Districts in America according to Niche.com. It is ranked #5 as Best School District in the Houston Area.

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

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June 25, 2018

Lakeside, Kemah, TX

Lakeside, Kemah, TX

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Lakeside is located in Kemah, TX and is a small community but is located near it all. Much like Clear Lake Shores, Lakeside is a golf cart community near a local boat launch.

Fishing, fireworks, and Kemah dining are a short distance away. You will feel like you are always on vacation in Lakeside Subdivision.

There were 2 homes sold in Lakeside subdivision in 2017 ranging in price between $229,900 to $399,000. The average days on the market was 42 days and the average price per square foot was $173.88.

Students living in Lakeside attend Ferguson Elementary School. Middle school aged students attend Clear Creek Intermediate and high school aged children attend Clear Creek High School. Lakeside is zoned for Clear Creek ISD.

Clear Creek Independent School District ranks #24 in Best School Districts in Texas and #244 in Best School Districts in America according to Niche.com. It is ranked #5 as Best School District in the Houston Area.

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

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June 25, 2018

Clear Lake Shores, Kemah, TX

Clear Lake Shores, Kemah, TX

Clear Lake Shores homes for sale

Clear Lake Shores is a small community but uses Kemah, TX  zip code and is located on Clear Lake. With boat launches, private docs, fishing pier and more, Clear Lake Shores is perfect for those who love the water.

Clear Lake Shores is located near shopping, entertainment, restaurants and is named “The Yachting Capital of Texas’” as the city has more boat slips than residents.

There were 28 homes sold in 2017 in Clear Lake Shores ranging in in price between $215,000 to $1,00,418. The average days on the market for homes sold in Clear Lake Shores was 69 days an the average price per square foot was $213.77.

Students living in Clear Lake Shores attend Clear Creek ISD. Elementary aged students attend Stewart Elementary School. Middle school aged students attend Bayside Intermediate and high schoolers attend Clear Falls High School.

Clear Creek Independent School District ranks #24 in Best School Districts in Texas and #244 in Best School Districts in America according to Niche.com. It is ranked #5 as Best School District in the Houston Area.

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

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June 22, 2018

Real Estate Insights with the Freud Group-Real Estate Contract Explained Part 2

On this episode of Real Estate Insights with the Freud Group, John goes over the more of the real estate contract.

 

5.  Earnest Money- This is money given and deposited to the title company basically giving the seller a good faith that you have a vested amount of interest in the property and as the buyer you know you may lose this money if the buyer doesn’t obtain financing approval in the days allotted or other time frames. The earnest money is typically 1% of the sales price. The buyer will receive credit at closing for the earnest deposited.

6. Title policy and survey- Title policy ensures clear title of the property and if there is a lien or judgement that is not caught the title company insures the property for the buyer. Look at our video and blog about title insurance.

Survey- A drawing of the property showing where the property lines are, any encroachment, easements or improvements such as a pool. There may an existing survey that may be approved, the seller may pay for a new survey or the buyer will pay. These are all items negotiated at time of the contract being signed.

E. Title notices: Advising buyer to have an abstract of title, whether a cash buyer or not. HOA- Obligations of the payment of the associations.

MUD, PID, Districts. (John explains more about each)

7. Property condition: Talks about buyer having inspections, seller’s disclosure notice.

Lead Based paint. If property is built prior to 1978 the seller has to fill out a form giving any knowledge to if the home has lead based paint.

Property condition and acceptance. Are there any repairs required in addition to repairs requested after the inspections?

June 22, 2018

Real Estate Insights with the Freund Group Sales Contract Explained- Part 1

On this episode of Real Estate Insights with the Freund Group, John goes over the first parts of the real estate contract.

Each week John will cover a little more of the contract. Sometimes a sales contract can be confusing and when it comes to a real estate contract you need to be informed about what you are signing.

 

1.  Parties involved. The name in this section should be precise and match the buyer/seller’s driver’s license or state issued ID.

2. Legal Description. Title companies use this section to pull documents from the county. The legal description is found on tax records.

What stays with a property and what does not? Typically, those things that are permanently attached to a home stay with the property at time of sale. Examples are curtains, rods, window treatments, light fixtures.  Examples of things that are not attached: refrigerators, washer/dryers, wall mounted TV’s. Some items can remain with the property but will need to be added to a NON-REALTY ITEM Addendum and will need to be negotiated with the seller. The seller can also exclude items that are attached an example would be: a light fixture, hot tub, canopy.

3. Sales Price. The sales price is broken down into cash, financing and total. Financing will include a Third-party Financing Addendum which will break down the financing.  John will discuss the Third Party Financing Addendum in more debt. In a later episode.

4.  Texas law requires a real estate agent disclose if they have at least a 10% interest in the property. This would apply to an agent selling their own home or a relative’s home amongst other scenarios.

John will cover earnest money and more of the contract on the next episode of Real Estate Insights with The Freund Group. Be sure to check out our Facebook business page for up to date real estate information and local area events.

 

June 6, 2018

Open House This Saturday 6/9: 2-4pm- 11019 Sageview

Address:11019 Sageview

DirectionsBW 8 to south on Hughes, to right on Sageview

 

Information about the property:

Escape the summer heat by cooling off in your own private pool. This beautifully updated 4/3 has 2 master bedrooms! Completely updated kitchen stove/oven to be added! MORE UPDATES INCLUDE Stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, ceramic tile, carpet in bedrooms, paint, fixtures, roof, landscaping & more! Quick access to Beltway 8 and 45! Call today for your private tour!

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

For more listings in Clear Lake City, 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
May 30, 2018

Hurricane Season is Here! Are you ready?

Hurricane Season is Here! Are you ready?

Those living on and around the Gulf Coast are all too familiar with hurricane season and what may be expected. It is very important to be as prepared as you can be before the time comes when it may be too late to be prepared.

Scientists are predicting a total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes are expected for this 2018 hurricane season. The study completed by Colorado State University calls for the number of named storms and hurricanes to be slightly above historical averages, but less than last year. Click here for your Hurricane checklist.

The single most important thing to do NOW is get flood insurance if you feel this would be beneficial to your property and peace of mind. Flood insurance is not a requirement for some areas but after the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey many homeowners are opting in to flood insurance. Please be reminded that flood insurance takes effect 30 days after the policy is written. No flood insurance policies will be written when a storm is in the gulf. However, if you are closing on a home and have opted for flood insurance, the policy will start as soon as the property has closed and funded. It is not uncommon for insurance examiners and mortgage companies to require a re-inspection for pending properties after a storm. Meaning if you are purchasing a home and haven’t closed on the home and a hurricane/named tropical storm hits, the property will need to be re-inspected before closing.

The Freund Group has you covered with our list of how to prepare before, during and after the storm.

We have created a checklist to help prepare for this Hurricane Season. The list is intended to help with suggestions for you to get started planning. Make your own checklist and procedures to make sure nothing important to you gets overlooked in case you must evacuate. Click here for your Hurricane checklist.

May 24, 2018

What is the true meaning of Memorial Day?

What is the true meaning of Memorial Day?

It’s not just another day off from work, it means so much more. Memorial Day is a day to observe and commiserate the people who have died in our Nation’s service. These men and women have sacrificed it all to protect our country and made the Ultimate sacrifice.   

Through the years Memorial Day has somewhat diminished over the years. Graves of soldiers have become neglected and bare.  Instead of just eating hot dogs and going to the beach or pool, why not take some time to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us?

A great way to honor and remember those brave soldiers who have died protecting our country is to visit cemeteries and place flags on the graves of those fallen soldiers. Even if you don’t particularly know the soldier you can always pay your respect to them.

Another way to celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day is to visit memorials built to honor fallen soldiers. In Cy Champ Park here in Houston there is a lovely Memorial dedicated to those from Texas who have given their lives defending the United States of America in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation New Dawn) and in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom).

On Memorial Day be sure to fly your US Flag at half staff until noon. Also, participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm to pause and think what the true meaning of the holiday is all about. The idea for the Moment was born when children touring the Nation’s Capital were asked by the Commission’s Director what Memorial Day means. They responded, “That’s the day the pool opens.”

Let’s not let a day when we are to honor the valor of so many soldiers, turn into a holiday with no meaning. Pay your respects and dig deep and think about what the day truly means. I you have children be sure to reiterate what the day means and let them be a part of your celebration.

Now this being said, I am never against having fun and enjoying a day of relaxation but do make time to pay your respect to those brave women and men that risked it all to protect our country.

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May 23, 2018

Real Estate Insights with The Freund Group-Home Inspections Explained

Home Inspections Explained

Are you thinking about buying or seller? Be sure to watch this video explaining what to expect during a home inspection. You might be surprised as to what a home inspection actually entails for both the buyer and the seller. 

 

As a buyer you must know that the inspector will find things wrong with any home but not all repairs are necessarily required by the mortgage company. There is a difference between required repairs and requested repairs: Requested repairs are those repairs you as the buyer feel that you can’t live without, required repairs by a lender are the repairs that will HAVE to be made before the property can close and the lender is willing to complete the loan.

Once the inspection is completed you and your agent will go over some scenarios and you both will find the best fit for you. At this point you can accept the property as-is, your agent may create an amendment asking for major items to be repaired, there may be a seller contribution in lieu of repairs, and in worst case, termination. An experienced agent like myself will help you find the best fit for the scenario.

Sellers: Make sure all utilities are on. Be sure you fix minor things that will be caught on an inspection. This way the report is smaller and less cumbersome with things that can easily be fixed. Sellers DO NOT ATTEND THE INSPECTION. It is hard to have someone poke and prod at your home but you have to remove yourself from the situation. You will learn all you need to know when it comes time for the coop. to discuss the next step with your agent. Try your hardest to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. 

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May 16, 2018

Open House This Saturday 5/19 1-3pm: 1621 Brozzi Lane, League City, TX 77573?

Address: 1621 Brozzi Lane, League City, TX 77573

DirectionsTake HWY 96-League City Parkway South. Turn left on Lago Nicola, Via Firenza, Left on Soffano Lane, Follow around onto Cinto Lane, Follow around to Scandicci Lane, Follow around to Brozzi Lane. Home is on corner of Brozzi Lane and Mezzomonte Lane.

Information about the property:

Amazing home with a large grand entry. Large open kitchen, dining and living room overlooking back covered patio on a corner lot, great for entertaining. Large master suite with an over sized master closet. High ceilings in master, living room and study/flex room. Upgrades on the kitchen and master bath cabinets with Quartz in the kitchen and outside bricks. Re-sodding backyard soon! Great neighborhood and close to shopping, restaurants, and a short drive to Kemah or the gulf waters.

 

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

For more listings in Tuscan Lakes, 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

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