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David Hageman Earns National Luxury Home Designation

The Woodlands, TX — David Hageman, real estate agent with Century21
Realty Partners in The Woodlands was recently awarded the Accredited Luxury Home
Specialist (ALHS) Designation from the Luxury Home Council.

The Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS) Logo is testimony to the agent’s training
and expertise in the luxury home marketplace. To display the ALHS logo and be accepted
into the Luxury Home Council, David successfully completed the Accredited Luxury Home
Specialist Course, represented a buyer or seller in at least two transactions where the
purchase price is at least twice the average sales price and David is in good standing
with the National Association of REALTORS®.

Luxury Home Council Members receive numerous benefits to assist in marketing and selling
upscale properties. Advantages of membership include access to the members only section
of LuxuryHomeCouncil.com and LuxuryHomesAndProperties.com to market luxury
listings, a subscription, to The Luxury Home Expert an online magazine, discounts on
products and services, and referral opportunities.

David Hageman joins an elite membership of top real estate agents throughout the United
States. Members must subscribe to a dedication like no others. They strive to provide
exceptional service to affluent clients through rigorous education focusing on the Luxury
Home Market and their understanding of the special demands of affluent buyers and sellers.

For more information contact David Hageman at 713-494-1402 or visit the Council website
at: LuxuryHomeCouncil.com

By | 2017-03-13T15:54:53+00:00 August 15th, 2013|Realty Partners|Comments Off on David Hageman Earns National Luxury Home Designation

Just Listed: Spacious Lake Conroe Waterfront Home on 1.5 Acres

If you love the water, this is your opportunity. Just listed with CENTURY 21 Realty Partners, this waterfront home could be yours. This home was built to enjoy the lake in style and comfort. The property has over 166 feet of bulkhead and a spacious private dock with a 29 foot boat lift. Construction on this home was only completed in 2009, and was built with ample luxury and space. There are so many classy touches, take for example the  travertine floors, coffered wood ceilings in the den, master bathroom walk-in shower,  double vanity, a sunroom, granite countertops, cherry wood cabinetry, SS Kitchen-aid appliances, and too many more to list. In addition this home features storage everywhere, a three car garage, and a separate 1440 sq. ft. barn. Plenty of space for jetskis, boats, and all the other fun stuff that goes with living on the water.

If you would like to learn more or schedule a showing contact Patti Beaulier at 281.844.5404.

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By | 2013-07-12T15:08:44+00:00 July 12th, 2013|Realty Partners|Comments Off on Just Listed: Spacious Lake Conroe Waterfront Home on 1.5 Acres

Texas Economic Boom No Secret Even in UK

The most shared story on the UK website BBC News Magazine right now are the 10 reasons why so many people are moving to Texas. Apparently the good news about Texas is no secret even in Europe. Texas has 5 of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the United States by both absolute numbers and by percentage. Houston had the second largest population increase in absolute numbers according to the US Census with San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Forth Worth also breaking into the top 10. In terms of percentage the fastest growing city in the USA was San Marcos with a nearly 5% increase. Number 10 on the list, and the fastest growing city in the Houston area was Conroe with a 4.01% year over year population increase. In terms of new arrivals, Texas led the nation with 210,590 last year, followed by North Carolina with 60,106 and Virginia with 40,844. All this good press is no surprise to us, we’ve already been sharing lots of the good news and facts regarding Texas in general and Houston in particular. If anyone in the UK does decide to pack up and move to Houston, they would be pleased to know that Houston has an office of the British Consulate General downtown on Louisiana Street. One of the many perks of living in a world-class city. Expect to see many more families moving into our neighborhoods.

Here are the 10 reasons, check out the BBC article to find the details […]

By | 2017-03-13T15:54:53+00:00 May 30th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Texas Economic Boom No Secret Even in UK

Realogy Charitable Foundation Lends Support to Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts

As many of you know, on May 20 a deadly tornado (with estimated peak speeds of 210 m.p.h.) touched down in Moore, Oklahoma just south of Oklahoma City. The tornado killed 24 people, 10 of whom were children, and injured 377 others. As with the rest of the nation we are saddened by this tragedy. As residents of Texas we are not strangers to the devastation that tornadoes can bring. We are posting here a letter from Rick Davidson President and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate LLC that touches on the impact of this storm on CENTURY 21 Franchisees in Oklahoma and the communities they call home. The letter includes and appeal for charitable donations to several organizations that are working to relieve the suffering felt in Oklahoma. Please consider giving, many of these organization offer aid during natural disasters worldwide, and many of these organizations were there for us during Hurricane Ike. Thank you.

Dear CENTURY 21® System Members,

Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma. Some members of the CENTURY 21 Family incurred property damage, but all brokers, managers, and agents are safe.

The destruction caused by these tornadoes has affected schools, homes, and businesses throughout the area. If you would like to help, you can make a donation through the Realogy Charitable Foundation. Your gift enables the following charities to provide assistance in response to this disaster:

American Red Cross – At the forefront at any disaster, the Red Cross is on […]

By | 2017-03-13T15:54:53+00:00 May 29th, 2013|Giving Back|Comments Off on Realogy Charitable Foundation Lends Support to Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts

3 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell: Curb Appeal, Clearing Clutter, Cleaning Windows

Getting your home ready to sell can be a lot of work. I find that sellers who invest in curb appeal, clearing clutter, and cleaning windows help buyers fall in love with their house.

Curb Appeal. First impressions matter. Drive up to your home as if you were a new buyer. What do you see? Are the gutters full of debris? Is the driveway clean? Do your flower beds need some fresh mulch and a little trimming? Are there brown spots or unmanicured areas in the lawn? Now, walk to the front door. Does it need a fresh coat of paint or varnish? Is the hardware okay or does it look past its prime? Look up, are there cobwebs or nests in the corners of the porch? Remember, this is the location a buyer stands waiting for an agent to unlock the door. They have time to look around and notice these things. Make a ‘to do’ list – and get it done!

Clearing Clutter. Buyers want to imagine your house with their belongings. Clean out closets to show off how much space is available. The same goes for kitchen and bathroom cabinets. If you don’t use it every day, consider packing it up and storing it. You don’t really need 50 glasses and 30 plates right now, do you? Having less clutter and storing your excess items makes it easier to keep your home tidy and show ready!

Being organized helps you when it’s time to start […]

By | 2017-03-13T15:54:53+00:00 May 6th, 2013|Advice|Comments Off on 3 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell: Curb Appeal, Clearing Clutter, Cleaning Windows

Houston New Home Permits Up 44% To Keep Up With Demand

If you're looking to buy in the Houston area, expect more and more showings to look like this. If you’re looking to buy in the Houston area, expect more and more showings to look like this. House Under Construction by Charles Rondeau As reported by the Houston Business Journal, new residential construction permits in Houston are up 44% since March 2012. These figures were compiled in a report by the Greater Houston Partnership. The city issued a total of $187.3 million worth of permits just for March, compared to $130.2 million for the same month last year.

This comes as no surprise since we have had very tight inventory in nearly every Houston area market. With Houston’s economy running wide open, and continued rise as a global city, the demand for more homes and workplaces will only increase. We have witnessed multiple bid scenarios with several of our listings and we expect supply to further tighten before it increases again.

Where have you seen new construction going up? Have you seen multiple offers on a home? Please tell us in the comments!

By | 2017-03-13T15:54:53+00:00 April 25th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Houston New Home Permits Up 44% To Keep Up With Demand

Houston: The Next Great American City

Here at CENTURY 21 Realty Partners, we always keep an eye out for what the chattering class is saying about Houston. For years, many urban planners have sneered at Houston, dismissing it as merely the center of a sprawling and anarchic metropolitan area. The suburbs, the freeways, the lack of density, the lack of zoning, the poor mass transit, Houston was deemed a backwards and tasteless city that would never amount to much. While gallons of ink has been spilled describing why Houston shouldn’t work, Houstonians have been quietly going to work, living their lives, and building a vibrant urban region. It seems that people are starting to realize what we knew all along: Houston is not just a great place to do business, Houston is a great place to live.

Coming to our intellectual defense is Joel Kotkin, Professor of Urban Development and a Fellow at Chapman University. He has recently penned and article titled, “Houston Rising—Why the Next Great American Cities Aren’t What You Think.” Kotkin’s article applauds us for many of the reasons we already know about, job

s, growth, diversity, culture, opportunity, and many more. What stood out however, was his standards by which he judges a city and his explanation as to why they grow:

“Cities grow primarily because they do what cities were designed to do in the first place: help their residents achieve their aspirations.”

What a simple yet powerful statement. A city is just a physical place where people live in […]

By | 2017-03-13T15:54:53+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Our Communities|Comments Off on Houston: The Next Great American City

CENTURY 21 advertising, now even FASTER.

Whether you’ve seen it when working with a CENTURY 21 Agent firsthand, or heard it at the Super Bowl for the last two years, it is no secret that CENTURY 21® Agents are the SMARTER. BOLDER. FASTER. real estate experts. Well now we are once again showcasing how we are FASTER by going to one of the fastest spectacles in the world, the Indianapolis 500. Here is the official blurb about the race:

At the 2013 CENTURY 21 Global Conference in Las Vegas, Chief Marketing Officer Bev Thorne announced that the we will be the primary sponsor of the #21 car at the 2013 Indy 500. This race will take place on May 26th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – and air on ABC television in front of millions of avid fans!  The #21 car, part of the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Team with driver Josef Newgarden, has a sleek design with CENTURY 21 black and gold graphics that will be highly visible on this famous oval track.  This sponsorship is a key element in the 2013 marketing plan and is designed to increase CENTURY 21 brand preference and drive more leads to CENTURY 21 Agents. We started the year by highlighting CENTURY 21 Agents with an ad in the biggest television event of the year, the 2013 Super Bowl – and now we’ll join the Super Bowl of auto racing, the Indy 500.

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By | 2017-03-13T15:54:53+00:00 March 18th, 2013|CENTURY 21|1 Comment

Why Choosing The Right Agent is Important

Choosing an agent is crucial. Here are some things to consider when selecting a real estate professional. Choosing an agent is crucial. Here are some things to consider when selecting a real estate professional.

Are you planning to buy or sell a home in the near future?  Choosing your agent is critical. Whether you’re a first time buyer or seller or a seasoned veteran, you want to make sure your agent is a professional.   When considering your agent selection, ask yourself if he or she is:

  1. Available. When you reach out to a potential agent, is he or she available to answer the phone or call you back within a reasonable time?  If you’re selling you want to know that potential buyers can reach your agent.

  2. Visible. What marketing plan does your agent provide?  Does your agent have the ability to properly promote your property and attract potential buyers?   If you are buying, does your agent have insight into homes that are available and meet your criteria?

  3. Knowledgeable. If you’re buying, how much knowledge does your agent have about the area?  Is he or she willing to do the homework to provide you with any answers for your concerns?  Will your agent advise and guide you throughout the process?  Will he or she provide you with a list of helpful references such as inspectors and handymen?

  4. Experienced. Working with an agent who understands negotiating and performs on […]

By | 2017-03-13T15:54:53+00:00 March 4th, 2013|Advice|Comments Off on Why Choosing The Right Agent is Important

Live in Montgomery County? Expect More Orange Construction Barrels.

FM 1097 is about to get a little bit bigger. FM 1097 is about to get a little bit bigger.

According to the Montgomery County Courier, FM 1097 in Willis has been approved to be widened by TxDOT. The estimated $3.2 million dollar project will widen the road between I-45 and Texas Highway 75, significantly improving access and safety. Engineers expect the project to be completed in 18 months after construction starts and will add a much needed turning lane to ease traffic. With rapid growth within the Houston Metro Area, and Montgomery County in particular, many roads and intersections are already operating at or over capacity. One of Montgomery County's most congested intersections may soon be much better. One of Montgomery County’s most congested intersections may soon be much better.

Further south on I-45 at State Highway 242 near The Woodlands and Shenandoah, plans have been approved for a $33.9 million dollar project to build flyovers allowing traffic to bypass the traffic lights at the feeder street. This in addition to the dozens of road construction projects throughout Montgomery County in the last decade including the widening of I-45 to at least 3 lanes all the way through the county.

Why all this construction? More residents and businesses are relocating to the area. The Houston Area led the nation in Gross Metropolitan Product growth (the total value of all goods and services […]

By | 2017-03-13T15:54:53+00:00 February 26th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Live in Montgomery County? Expect More Orange Construction Barrels.