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Valentine’s Day 2018

“It’s the way you say I love you and the way you hold my hand,
There’s just so much about you I completely understand,
It’s the twinkle in your eye that I only see when you look at me,
It’s the warmness of your hands it sends a shock straight to my feet,
It’s how you always amaze me, you surprise me all day long.
This I know is true.
Baby, I’m in love with you.”
By Meagan Murdoch

Ok. So reminders of LOVE and being in love is just around the corner-next week to be exact. Everyone thinks of over spending on roses, chocolates, romantic cards and dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day but this year, you don’t have to follow the crowd and be cliché. There is plenty to do in our Metroplex of Houston. If you feel like being generous towards others then you could attend the ‘Be Mine’ Date Charity Raffle at the Media Block; Sunday February 11, 2018 5-7 pm at 6023 S Loop E FWY, Houston, TX 77033 to win an expense paid Valentine’s Day Date provided by local Houston Bachelor. All proceeds raised will go to S.H.A.P.E Community Center.

Or spend it at Valentine’s Paint and Sip night by Center Stage Gallery – 3527 Highway 6, Suite 250 in Sugarland, TX 77478 on Friday, February 9, 2018 between 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Share the passion of fun, while being creative in painting and sharing sips of wine with your loved one.

If you really lust after trying something new then meet me at Sharespace, 2203 Preston St, Houston, TX 77003 at 7:30 p.m. on February 14, 2018 where models will be showcasing energy, fashion and love down the runway during the Eros Fashion Show while simultaneously raising cultural awareness combining the passion of fashion, arts and awareness.

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Houston, get ready to Rodeo …

The Go Tejano Committee just finished up its 34th annual Scholarship Gala on February 3, 2018 at the Arabia Shrine Center located at 10510 Harwin Drive, Houston, TX 77036 and raised over $20,000 towards scholarships for the 2018 class of graduating students. It was a fun evening full of Boot Scootin, Live DJ and a Silent Auction featuring donated Texas-shaped cookies by Sweet Creations.

 Trail rides are just around the corner beginning February 27, 2018 and the annual Conoco Philips Rodeo run to start the month of Country Pride in Texas. Kickin off this year with the BBQ & Chili Cookoff, there is still time to purchase your tickets to get into the VIP tent parties. Splash up your evenings because there are several returning artists with some new ones in this year’s 2018 line up waiting to perform on the new custom Star Shaped rotating Stage debuting opening day, February 27, 2018 and they are; Garth Brooks, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Leon Bridges, Kelsea Ballerini, Alessia Cara, Rascal Flats, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Cody Johnson, Calibre 50, The Zac Brown Band, J Balvin, One Republic, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Brad Paisley.

With over 1,800 entries, the annual wine competition will feature winners at the Champion Wine Garden and Best Bites throughout the Rodeo February 27, – March 18, 2018. And while you are outdoors, bring the tots to the petting zoo and Carnival then head indoors in NRG Center will there will be over 300 vendors selling clothing, leather goods, and food like; Ledde’s, Sergio’s Collection and the Blue Ribbon award winning Caramel Candy Co. featuring assorted flavors of gourmet caramel candy which won’t stick to your teeth. The taste of this caramel will savor – Plain, Texas Signature Pecan Flavor, Walnut, Chocolate Pecan, Sea Salt Almond, Sea Salt Chocolate, Cinnamon, Sugar Free Pecan, Sugar Free Almond and a new surprise flavor- Guess what it is and C’mon and get you some.

This season is going to be especially rewarding because President, Joel Crawley of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo said that officials plan to donate 2 Million dollars towards the City of Houston Hurricane Harvey relief fund to help Houstonians recover and rebuild their homes, Houston and the surrounding areas. So git your boots on and saddle up!

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Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey left Houston in a federally declared state of emergency with heavily flooded streets and interstate highways. Houston home sales plunged for the first time in nearly a year in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, according to the Houston Association of Realtors.
Local Realtors sold 5,917 single-family homes in August, a 25.4 percent drop in sales year over year, according to HAR’s most recent monthly housing report. The sales decline affected homes of all price points.

Harvey impacted Houston’s townhome and condominium markets as well. Houston-area Realtors sold 443 townhomes and condos in August, a 31.4 percent decline year over year, according to HAR.
August’s sharp drop in home sales was likely due to Harvey’s timing toward the end of the month. Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25. The last week of the month is typically when most home closings are scheduled. Many deals were canceled or postponed as prospective buyers walked from flooded homes or took an extension to re-inspect homes for hurricane damage.

Despite the drop in August closings, home sales remain 1.8 percent ahead of the 2016 volume, according to HAR.

However, pending home sales, an indicator of future home closings, fell 4.7 percent in August. At the same time, active listings, the number of homes available on the market, increased 12.4 percent in August, according to HAR. Fewer pending home sales and an increase in active listings could indicate that a number of buyers walked away from flooded homes under contract, with some of those homes going back on the market to sell “as-is.”

For homes that managed to sell in August before Harvey, prices remained steady, according to HAR. The median price for a Houston home sold in August rose 3 percent to $231,700 while the average home price increased 2.6 percent to $296,418, according to HAR. While Harvey’s impact on Houston home prices has yet to be seen, it’s likely median and average home prices could fall as flood-damaged foreclosures, short sales and “as-is”.

Houston’s housing supply grew from 4 months of inventory to 4.4 months of inventory in August. However, that increased supply will likely fall as housing demand has spiked after Harvey, according to HAR. Nationally, housing supply stands at 4.2 months of inventory. Months of inventory estimates the number of months it would take to sell all the listings in the market based on the pace of sales over the past 12 months.

Homes sold in August took an average of 50 days to sell, according to HAR. Houston’s “days on market” indicator will likely shrink as Harvey evacuees snap up available housing inventory.

Demand for temporary housing — including rental homes — has spiked after Harvey. Single-family home leases jumped 9.4 percent in August while townhome/condo leases jumped 17 percent. The average rent for a single-family home rental in August was $1,857 while the average rent for a townhome or condo was $1,551.

In response to the overwhelming demand for temporary housing, HAR recently launched a Harvey Temporary Housing website, which will allow Harvey flood victims to connect with Houston homeowners willing to rent property, some for free or at a reduced price. Flood victims may access the online portal at:
Despite the dramatic decrease in housing sales after the traumatic effects of Hurricane Harvey, statistics show that it is still a Seller’s market.