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 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

Posted in Open Houses
May 10, 2018

Mother's Day Ideas May 13th

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and giving something special to the woman in your life can be mind boggling.  We want to make sure it is a gift she will cherish and a gift showing how much we appreciate her.

Whether the special woman in your life is your mother, your wife, a grandmother or a woman you have always cared for and looked up to, Mother’s Day is the perfect day to show her how much you love and care for her.

Below are some unique ideas for mom on her special day!

 Go to a “paint your own pottery” place and create a one of a kind gift especially for mom. I love going to places like this. Once you have picked the perfect piece of pottery, design it and put add personal touches to it. The perfect piece of pottery is a vase because once the vase is complete you can fill it with mom’s favorite flowers. This is a great gift to mom from the kids. Also, it means getting the kiddos out of the house for a bit and sometimes moms love a little “me” time!

 Speaking of “me” time, the perfect gift from a husband to his wife would be a certificate for a full day of relaxation for mom! This may mean a gift card for a day at the spa, a day of relaxation at home with no interruptions from anyone, etc. Don’t just hand her a gift card to a spa and let her figure out the details. Arrange it ahead of time, so to ensure the kiddos are taken care of and she doesn’t have to do anything but show up.  If you decide to do a day of relaxation at home, take the kids away for the whole day. Start with breakfast in bed. Prepare a lunch for her to enjoy while you are away with the kids and for dinner prepare her favorite meal. Take care of all the house chores so mom can relax and unwind for the day.

 A perfect gift from a  child to a mom would be any kind of photo book. You can find some wonderful photo books that you can personalize online. Shutterfly.com is the perfect place for any personalized gift that includes photographs. You still have time to order so do it soon!! I personally love the fleece throw with pictures of the grand babies on it. This is a unique and special gift!

 Write a poem and frame it. Even if you are not the most perfect writer, creating a poem from your heart can melt moms heart! This is something mom can keep forever and always be reminded of you.

Here’s a thought and this one depends on how mom might feel about this particular gift; have a maid service come clean the house. Now this gift could be taken personal so be careful about how it is worded and if this is the right gift for you’re the special woman in your life. Remind her that a maid would do all the things she dreads doing like cleaning toilets, cleaning baseboards, cleaning showers, etc. Be sure to feel her out about this before purchasing it. You certainly wouldn’t want to offend her!

Make a homemade gift! Honestly the most heartfelt gifts are those made by our very own hands.

Purchase a piece of jewelry, a keepsake, etc. and engrave something special on it. Whether it be a necklace, ring, bracelet, a jewelry box, picture frame, engrave a saying that is special to you and her. It could be something funny you have experienced together or something you always say to her or she always says to you. Don’t pick something from the little “quotes” book at the engraving shop make it come from you. She will enjoy that so much more than something pre-written.

 Make this Mother’s Day one to remember. Something from the heart will always melt HER heart, remember that.

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Posted in Freund Group
May 9, 2018

Middlebrook, Clear Lake City, TX

Middlebrook, Clear Lake City, TX

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Middlebrook is located in the Clear Lake area with a zip code of 77059. Middlebrook is located in the Houston city limits but is within the Clear Lake City master planned community.

You are never too far from entertainment, dining, childcare, grocery stores, shopping and so much more. Middlebrook is conveniently located between Clear Lake City Blvd and El Dorado Blvd. The University of Houston Clear Lake is just a short drive away.

There were 48 homes sold in Middlebrook in 2017 ranging in price between $120,500 to $192,075. The average days on the market for homes sold in was 21 and the average price per square foot was $97.24.

Students living in Middlebrook attend Clear Creek ISD. Elementary students attend Armand Bayou Elementary School, middle school aged students attend Space Center Intermediate School and high schoolers attend Clear Lake 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 Middlebrook, give the Freund Group a call 281-479-6683.

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May 4, 2018

The Pasadena Strawberry Festival is happening May 18th- 20th.

The Pasadena Strawberry Festival

The Pasadena Strawberry Festival is happening May 18th- 20th.  If you think the Pasadena Strawberry Festival is just about strawberries, you couldn’t be further from the truth.

Each year the city of Pasadena holds the Pasadena Strawberry Festival. The event is held at the Pasadena fairgrounds. Before the event even takes place there is a large parade on May 12th starting at 10 am. The parade takes place from 10am-1pm. All entries line up on Shaver South off of Spencer. The parade will head down Spencer to South Burke Drive and will end at Memorial Stadium. Be sure to get to the parade early and bring a chair!

On Thursday May 17 is the Sneak Peak. Rides will be open at 6-10 for a SNEAK PEEK.

On Friday May 18th at 5pm everyone is invited to the opening ceremony of the Strawberry Festival. Awards will be received by all scholarship recipients, parade winners and beauty queen. At the opening ceremony you will be a witness to the world’s largest strawberry shortcake.  A piece of the delicious cake will be auctioned, and the money will go toward scholarships.

On May 19th  starting at 10 am The Baby Float Parade will take place. The babies will appear in a decorated wagon, cart, carriage stroller, or anything else on wheels making up a tiny float. Five awards will be presented: Best Theme, Most Creative Entry, Most Beautiful Entry, Best Texas Theme, Best Use of Strawberries. The contest is open to children 3months to 4 years old.  Download your entry form here.

If you are interested in getting dirty, check out the 31st Annual Mud Volleyball on Saturday during the festival. Entry forms can be downloaded here. The competition starts at 7:30am and plays all day until 6pm. If you have never played mud volleyball you are in for a real fun time! Be sure to wear some old tennis shoes and bring your duct tape. Those shoes will get stuck in the mud and come off if you don’t tape them to your feet!

Ongoing events during the festival include:

The Pasadena Music Competition at the Strawberry Fest happening May 18th 3pm-11pm, May 19th 10am-6pm and May 20th 10am-6pm.

Kids Strawberry Eating Contest: May 18th 7-7:30pm, May 19th 2pm-2:30pm, and May 20th 1:30pm-2pm then again at 4:30-5:00pm. The kids zone provides tons of fun for kids through educational, means and entertainment. There will be a petting zoo, pig races, pony rides, rides, balloon artists and fun festival food.

 

Adult Strawberry Eating Contest: May 19th 2:45-3pm and then again at 6:45-7pm.

Entertainment will include:

FRIDAY MAY 18TH

AL WHITE — 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

KODY WEST — 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

TRACY BYRD — 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM

SUNDAY MAY 20TH

LOCAL PERFORMERS — 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

THE BLACK FRIDAY PROJECT — 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

THE SLAGS — 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

SATURDAY MAY 19TH

THE SHARKS — 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

JUSTIN TAYLOR — 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

BRI BAGWELL — 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

SUNDANCE HEAD — 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

JACK INGRAM –10:00 PM – 11:30 PM

 

So make it a weekend of fun for all with lasting memories to share! The Pasadena Strawberry Festival has something for everyone! Tickets are $16 for general day admission, $6 for children 5-12, senior citizens are $6. For a three day pass it’s $30 and a Sunday only pass (family of 5) it is $30.

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Posted in Local Events
May 1, 2018

League City Music Festival is happening soon!

League City music festival is coming soon.

When: Starting this Thursday May 3rd to this Saturday May 5th.

Where: Walter Hall Park in League City, TX- 807 TX-3 League City, TX 7757

On Thursday enjoy the Lion’s den BBQ tent from 6-10 pm. Also enjoy carnival rides and carnival food.

Friday is first responders night, and all first responders get into the festival free of charge. Friday night enjoy live entertainment from: Southern Shanks Band, Bay of Donuts and the headliner Sammy Kershaw.

Saturday is family day and tickets are only $5.00 until 5pm. Bring the whole family out and enjoy a fun day of carnival rides, concessions and games! Saturday evening enjoy more live entertainment: Sierra Bernal, Mike and the Moonpies, Skinyribs and Maddie and Tae.

The League City Music Festival is a non-profit event funding the Lion’s Club charities giving back to the community.

Posted in Local Events
April 27, 2018

Open House This Saturday-4/28 1-3pm- 323 Sorrelwood

Address:323 Sorrelwood

DirectionsI45 South to FM518, Go Left, Go past FM 270 to Meadow Parkway Go Right, Go to Sugarwood, Turn Left, Go to Sorrelwood Turn Left First House on Left, Corner of Sugarwood and Sorrelwood

 

 

Information about the property:

SPLASH INTO SUMMER WITH YOUR OWN POOL! Rare property conveniently located in League City. 2 story with master suite downstairs, both flexible formal areas, large kitchen/breakfast area, den with wood burning fireplace and soaring 2 story ceiling, beautifully landscaped exterior and so much more! Come check it out this Saturday!

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

For more listings in League 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