Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Luckey Climbers in Houston


Our family visits to the Children's Museum of Houston always include a climbing session at the Power Play! exhibit. Jean-Luc loves the challenge of mounting the 40 foot Power Tower, where he can get a bird's-eye view of me waving below. This playful installation, which is in the shape of a silver dollar plant, is the work of architect and artist Spencer Luckey, who has recently added two new Luckey Climber structures to the Houston area.   

Baybrook Mall revamped their kids play area and smartly added a Luckey Climber as the main attraction. Like all of Luckey's climbing sculptures, this part-jungle gym, part-work of art appeals to kids of all ages with its whimsical, petal-shaped platforms that beg to be explored. In addition to the climbing structure, the new play plaza offers interactive musical features along with plenty of shade and seating for parents. You can find the other new Luckey Climber at the new family plaza at River Pointe Church in Richmond. 

If you are looking for a new summer outing or two before school starts, I highly recommend taking the little ones to ascend to new heights at one of Houston's Luckey Climbers! 

Happy Climbing, 

Kathlyn


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Ultimate Moving Checklist


Moving can be hectic. With dozens of to-dos, a tight timeline and a growing pile of boxes, it's easy to get frazzled and let things fall through the cracks. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Get organized now by making a checklist to work from. Set deadlines for the most critical tasks like hiring movers, renting a storage unit and turning on your new utilities. Aside from packing up room by room, make sure your list has these often forgotten items, too:

Forward Your Mail: The post office makes it very easy to ensure your mail gets routed to the right place, at least for the first year after your move. Just head to a local branch or go online to update your address with the date you'll be moving, and your mail will automatically forward.

Measure and Decide: Take a measuring tape to your new home and jot down the measurements of each wall and nook. What furniture and decor will fit in your new home? What won't? It's better to make decisions about what to donate or sell before moving day.

Refill Prescriptions: It may take a bit to get your prescriptions forwarded to a new pharmacy and even longer for you to find the time to pick them up. If possible, get your prescriptions refilled ahead of time from your current pharmacy.

Back Up Your Electronics: Back up your computer and phone to the cloud, and make sure you've uploaded all your photos and documents somewhere safe. In the event something happens to your devices during the move, a backup will get you up and running faster.

Are you ready to make a move? Whether you're considering selling your current home or thinking of finding a new one, get in touch today for help and resources to guide you through the process.

Kathlyn

Friday, July 6, 2018

Best Swimming Holes in Texas!

Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas


Summer is road trip season for many of us! But you don't have to go too far from Houston to enjoy an old-fashioned swimming hole experience. Here's a round up of places to take the plunge in Texas.


  • Barton Springs Pool in Austin: Underground spring water keeps the water at a refreshing temperature range of 68-70 degrees. There's a nominal entrance fee for Texas residents, a diving board, a designated area for the smaller set, and plenty of green space for lounging. Make sure you snack beforehand because food isn't allowed on the premises. Please check their website for additional rules and information before you go. Texas Trivia: Robert Redford learned to swim at Barton Springs Pool when he was a little boy visiting family in the Lone Star State! 
  • Krause Springs in Spicewood: Founded in 1955, Krause Springs has been a getaway for Texas families for years. 32 springs feed the manmade pool and natural pool on site. There's a rope swing for channeling your inner Tarzan or bring your own inner tube for a leisurely float. Don't forget cash for the entrance fee and a cooler filled with your favorite snacks and drinks. Campground space is available too. For a sneak peek, take a look at my pics from a relaxing weekend at Krause Springs here
  • Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs: Reservations are required for this scenic destination offering a natural grotto, 50-foot waterfall, and hiking trails. Finish the day with a feast at nearby Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood. Note: Cash only for Hamilton Pool and Salt Lick.
  • Blue Hole Swimming Area in Wimberley: Reservations are also required for access to this spring-fed creek surrounded by bald cypress trees where there's a rope swing waiting for you! Bird watchers love this spot so bring along a pair of binoculars too. There's plenty of local restaurants in the area for dining before or after your swim. 
Stay cool y'all!
Kathlyn 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Home Inspections at a Glance


Most buyers and sellers know that a home inspection is an essential part of the home purchase process. But in real estate, there's more than just one type of home inspection to consider. In fact, there are dozens.

Whether you're purchasing a new home or investment property, selling your current home or trying to build equity in the home you're already in, here are the top five inspections you should know about.

Prepurchase inspections are the most common. They include a full assessment of a property's systems and structure, and they offer the buyer a full report of any repairs or issues that need attention. The buyer can use this report as a negotiating tool to have the seller address any repairs before closing or to lower the sales price to reflect the necessary repair costs.

Prelisting inspections are performed to give sellers a checklist of repairs to consider before listing the home. They can also help them gauge how much to list their property for, given its condition.

Feature-specific inspections are performed on a home's various features or systems. Some examples include inspections for swimming pools, septic tanks and wells.

Termite or wood-destroying insect inspections are needed if wood-eating pests are common in your area. Damage from these bugs can lead to costly repairs. Often, a buyer's inspector will recommend a termite inspection if they see specific signs of damage.

Municipal or COO inspections are required by municipalities to show that a newly constructed home or a home that has undergone major renovations is fit for occupancy. A municipal inspector will focus on the home's electrical, plumbing, building and fire code compliance to issue a certificate of occupancy.

Get in touch today if you'd like to learn more about a specific inspection process and how it could impact the value of your home.

Kathlyn 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer Storytime Fun in Houston

My commissioned Mini Mural on Heights Blvd celebrates my love for reading. Artist: Shelbi Nicole

Summer reading programs are underway in Houston. From the city's amazing public libraries to independent bookshops, there are so many opportunities for kids to enjoy reading - a great summer pastime for adults too.

Here's a sampling of free reading events for the young bookworms in your life!

  • Brazos Bookstore offers a Saturday Storytime session at 10:30 am for ages 2-9, plus crafts and snacks. Introduce the young ones to a literary classic, Moby Dick, when Brazos Bookstore hosts a party for kids with ocean-themed games, trivia, and food on Saturday, July 7th at 2 pm. Teen writers share their work with a public reading on Friday, August 10th at 7 pm. 
  • Blue Willow Bookshop treats toddlers and preschoolers to storytime every Thursday at 10 am. This cozy store in the Memorial area is also throwing a Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party on Saturday, June 30th at 3 pm. Come prepared to receive your house assignment from the Sorting Hat before you enter the store, plus your very own Harry Potter name and name tag. Come dressed to impress - there's a costume parade at 3:45 pm!
  • Rienzi, maintained by the Museum of Fine Arts, is a River Oaks mansion dedicated to decorative arts and lovely gardens. A Storytime Tour of the picturesque grounds is available on Wednesdays at 10 am for ages 3 and up. (Through July 25th) 
  • The Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire hosts a Nature Storytime every Wednesday at 4 pm for ages 3-5. After enjoying books on nature, the group takes part in crafts and nature walks. 
  • Check your local Houston Public Library for reading activities ranging from storytime hours and teen book clubs along with puppet performances and wildlife encounters. 
  • Downtown's urban park, Discovery Green, has a Summer Reading series on Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 am. In addition, the park hosts a Young Writers Workshop on Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 am. The class is limited to the first 25 students. 

In the words of Dr Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

Have fun!
Kathlyn

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Home Maintenance Checklist


Cleaning the gutters and weeding the garden are tasks that come with regular, visible reminders. But how do you keep up with other necessary maintenance that might not be as noticeable? 

Here are some essential home maintenance tasks that are often overlooked:

Appliance upkeep: If you want your fridge, dryer and other appliances to last you for the long haul with fewer repair calls, they need regular care and tuneups:

  • Change and clean the refrigerator drip pan
  • Wash your dryer lint screen
  • Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator
  • Change the water filter on your ice maker
HVAC care: Your heating, cooling and ventilation systems need consistent upkeep for better performance, which can help keep your energy bills lower throughout the year:

  • Clean the ducts and vents 
  • Clean or change your AC filters
  • Replace weatherstripping to help keep cool air in
  • Test your thermostat to ensure it's sending a signal 
Plumbing: Snaking the drain for a few hair clogs isn't enough to keep your plumbing system in working order. Be sure to also take care of these things:

  • Flush the water heater
  • Check your pipes for leaks
  • Test the water pressure on your sprinkler system
  • Check water levels on boilers
Safety systems: To ensure your loved ones and belongings are safe in the home, do the following:

  • Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Test your security alarms and codes
  • Inspect your fence or gate for holes or vulnerabilities
Keep this checklist handy and run through it every six months to keep your home in top condition and your loved ones safe. 

Get in touch today if you'd like to discuss other home maintenance activities that will safeguard your financial investment. 

Kathlyn 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Houston's Best Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts!

Nothing beats a scoop (or two) of  Hank's Ice Cream! 
Here's the scoop on the sweetest way to combat Houston's hot summers - from ice cream parlors to snoball stands. 

  • Hank's Ice Cream on South Main is an old school ice cream parlor that's been serving Houstonians for over 30 years. The ice cream case is filled with approximately 16 of their 100 flavors - including classics like butter pecan and chocolate and their signature scoops of banana pudding and Grape Nut! The walls at Hank's are covered with photos from celebrity visitors, including Beyonce. 
  • Amorino in the swanky River Oaks District shopping center offers traditional Italian gelato artfully shaped into a flower with the cone as your edible bouquet holder! Their menu also has milkshakes and crepes. 
  • The Chocolate Bar lives up to its name with flavors pairing chocolate with peanut butter, brownie chunks, espresso, and oreos. They've also created a summer spin on hot chocolate called frozen hot chocolate - an icy concoction topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. 
  • MAM's House of Ice makes New Orleans style snoballs with fluffy ice drenched in homemade syrups and add-ons like condensed milk or a scoop of Blue Bell for a decadent duo.  
  • Steel City Pops has a popsicle menu featuring fresh ingredients with an emphasis on all things local and organic. You can select from fruity, creamy, or even a cookie combo. Along with their storefront in the Heights, be on the lookout for their mobile stands often set up at the Houston Zoo and Buffalo Bayou Park. 
  • Nu Cafe's Snowflake Ice is a secret recipe from Taiwan that's piled high like a creamy mountain on a plate. Flavors range from vanilla to green tea with a variety of toppings available. 
Stay cool Houston! 

Kathlyn 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

5 Common Contract Contingencies

Purchasing a home is one of the largest financial commitments you'll ever make, and it's understandable to want to protect your investment throughout the purchase process. When you're ready to make an offer on a home, adding a contingency to your contract can give you time to assess the property and feel confident that it is a sound investment. Here are five contingencies that can safeguard your investment:

1. A financing contingency ensures you're not on the hook if something goes awry with your loan. If you're unable to secure a mortgage or the terms and conditions change significantly during the contingency period, you can back out without any penalties.

2. An inspection contingency gives you a set time frame to have a professional home inspection done on the property. Should issues be found, you can negotiate with the seller to make repairs or adjust the sales price to account for the home's condition. 

3. An appraisal contingency protects you if an appraisal comes in below the sales price. When this happens, it's up to you to make up the difference, either by securing additional financing, paying it out of pocket or renegotiating the deal. If none of these methods work, the contingency allows you to back out without losing your earnest money.

4. A home sale contingency is crucial if you're selling an existing home while buying a new one. Essentially, it says your purchase relies on your ability to sell your current home by a specific date. If you haven't accepted an offer in that period, you can withdraw and get your earnest money back.  

5. An occupancy contingency protects you should you need to move into your new home by a specific time. It gives you possession of the home on the date you specify. 

It's no secret that today's housing market is a competitive one, and bidding wars can be intimidating. Get in touch today to ensure that your bid stands out and your investment is protected. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Discovery Green's Thursday Night Concerts

Discovery Green's Thursday Concerts are a perfect way to spend a summer evening in Houston with free live music under the stars and the downtown skyline as the backdrop. You won't want to miss out on the remaining stellar lineup over the next few weeks. (All concerts start at 7 pm and end at 9 pm.) 

May 24th: It's an evening of Gulf Coast Blues featuring Marcia Ball and the Mighty Orq.

May 31st: Two Texas troubadours, Terry Allen & Libby Koch, take the stage.

June 7th: The Rockabilly sounds of Rosie Flores and The Octanes will kick off your weekend early. 

June 14th: Punk legend John Doe will rock the stage along with local opener VODI.

June 21st: Don't miss the bluesy sounds of Ruthie Foster and The Peterson Brothers. 

June 28th: Have some honky tonk fun with Dale Watson and Celine Lee. 

Pack a picnic for the whole family and enjoy the surrounding festivities at Discovery Green and Avenida Houston. Or make it a date night and hit up one of the nearby happy hours at MKT BarThe Grove, or Xochi before the music begins. 

Enjoy the show! 


Kathlyn



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Time to Fire Up the Grill for National BBQ Month

It's National Barbecue Month, the time to celebrate flame-grilled foods and the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy backyard burgers with family and friends or you're a vegetarian with a penchant for travel, there are so many ways to celebrate this month that fit your unique culinary style and tastes.
Here's some grilling inspiration for your family meals, social gatherings and adventures with nature.

For the entertainer: Throw a backyard barbecue bash with friends and neighbors and prepare all the favorites: burgers, ribs, corn on the cob, watermelon and more. You can even ramp it up with a smoker or pizza grill. Just make sure you test your new tools out before the big day, and be sure to have enough charcoal or propane on hand.

For the vegetarian: Meat-free barbecues are more common than you might think. Aside from tofu dogs and black bean burgers, your guests can also enjoy portabella burgers, stuffed chilis rellenos, baked potatoes or veggie skewers from the grill. Peaches and pineapples also make for great grilled desserts.

For the family: Plan a nice home-cooked outing just for the family. Have everyone pick their favorite main course, and get all the kiddos involved in the prep work and cooking. You can even invest in some monogrammed branding irons to make family grilling even more special.

For the nature lover: Take your celebration on the road, and head to the beach or a campsite to enjoy your meals with nature. Bring along a portable grill, ingredients for s'mores, comfy chairs and your favorite sleeping bag to celebrate under the stars.

As long as you've got great food and great company, you can't go wrong celebrating May with meals prepared on a grill.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Houston's Newest Park

Houston, we are spoiled when it comes to parks! The lastest addtion to the green scene in the city is Midtown Park, which celebrated its grand opening April 28th. The park is full of amazing and unique features with something for everyone.   

Visitors are greeted by Wild Wonderland, a larger than life mosaic of Houston flora and fauna by local artist Dixie Friend Gay. This impressive piece of artwork is made of over 800,000 hand-cut glass pieces, each adding incredible detail to the featured nature. Our family was especially fond of the cute ladybug, beautiful butterfly, and flashy lizard.  Nature lovers will also love the "Bayou" landscape and waterway, which mimics the bayous and wetlands of the gulf coast and utilizes native plants and trees. 

Budding athletes will love the state-of-the-art playground equipment, with its climbing sphere, interactive pipe section, and swings. Fido will love running the ramp at the dog park. If the family is still full of energy, play a game on the Great Lawn, before enjoying a cooldown in the "Rain" splash pad.  

The Camden Pavilion is a beautiful outdoor stage that will host live music and performances. Be sure to follow along the Midtown District Instagram account for upcoming events, as well as fitness, dancing, and yoga classes.

Midtown (and all of Houston) is lucky to have such a wonderful addition to the neighborhood! 

If you are interested in finding a new home near this amazing space, please give me a call! 

Kathlyn 
   


  

Thursday, April 26, 2018

INTRODUCING THE DIALOGUE: VOICES AGAINST EXTREMISM



PRESS RELEASE
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INTRODUCING THE DIALOGUE: VOICES AGAINST EXTREMISM

(Houston, TX, April 23, 2018) - Fatih Ozcan of The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, and Kathlyn Curtis of Why I Love Houston Properties, will present “The Dialogue: Voices Against Extremism” (VAE), on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM, at The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in The Turquoise Center, located in SW Houston at 9301 W. Bellfort Avenue.  They will introduce the plan and purpose of VAE to Houston, unveil “The Dialogue” an art installation depicting dozens of different modern and ancient religious leaders, prophets and symbols, and seek support from Houstonians. This event is open to the public and will include a key note speaker, breakfast and reception.

“The Dialogue” aims to align our thinking with that of great teachers and philosophers promoting peace on earth and the idea we are all connected. Created by Mary Jane Miller and Valentin Gomez, artists living in San Miguel de Allende, the installation includes seventeen paintings of Gods and Goddesses, ten paintings of master teachers and forty prayer wheels rotating in forty different languages, saying “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”.  Lastly, seventy symbols flank three ascending steps to a doorway with a portrait of our beloved planet earth.

The goal of VAE is to become a unified voice against the use of violence or any form of persecution against any religious individual or group in the name of any other religion.  Through VAE, an annual festival will be held with a visual arts exhibition, a performing arts component through music, song, and dance, and a mediated panel discussion bringing together religious leaders from diverse backgrounds to share their faith with others.  The annual VAE festival will be presented to the public in a way that condemns terrorism and increases awareness of themes of Love, Mercy, and Tolerance in all faith backgrounds.  To find out more about participating in the Festival of Faiths this fall, please contact Fatih Ozcan at fozcan@thedialoginstitute.org or Kathlyn Curtis at kat@whyilovehouston.com.  

An example of the VAE’s goal of artistically promoting Love, Mercy, and Tolerance is the Interfaith Peace Garden Project underway at the headquarters for the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in Houston, Texas.  The Interfaith Peace Garden will serve the Greater Houston community and Houston’s visitors as a multi-religious center and physical pilgrimage site for all people to meditate, worship, and learn about how their fellow Houstonians understand and worship the divine.   The Interfaith Peace Garden currently includes three, steel-frame life-size structures of a synagogue, mosque and church.  

About the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest (formerly known as the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue) was established in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) by Turkish-Americans and their friends.  The Institute aims to promote mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures by creating opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences. For more information, please visit: thedialoginstitute.org.

About Kathlyn Curtis
Consistently a Top Producing Agent at Keller Williams Realty, Kathlyn is an authority on Houston’s most desirable neighborhoods and a trusted advisor to her clients.  A driving force behind her success is her breadth of experience including being an attorney, her fiduciary duties to her clients and her love of Houston. Her passion for diversity and interfaith dialogue led her sponsor The Dialogue: Voices Against Extremism project.
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Press Contacts:

Fatih Ozcan
The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
601-454-4782

Kathlyn Curtis
Why I Love Houston Properties
713-376-3011

 


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Affordable Ways to Update Your Home

Lighting is a simple but effective way to upgrade your home 

Tired of your home looking off-trend and out of touch? Or investing in an older home and want to update it? You don't need deep pockets to do either. In fact, upgrading your home can be quite affordable with the right projects.

Here are five ways to make a big impact without spending a lot:

Repaint. Paint trends come and go, so if your walls are still the same color or have the same wallpaper from 1950, they're likely out of date. Consider giving the walls a new look with a more modern tone.

Change light fixtures. It's time to kick out-of-style light fixtures to the curb. Pendant lighting, Edison bulbs and simple recessed lighting are what's hot with today's designers and buyers.

Update your hardware. You'd be surprised at how easily doorknobs, drawer pulls, locks and handles can start to look aged. Take a good look at your existing hardware, and consider upgrading to newer models. And don't forget the hinges.

Reface your appliances. Have an old, yellowing appliance but don't want to replace what's not broken? Just use peel-and-stick stainless steel or marble contact paper, and reface those appliances instantly.

Install a kickplate. If you want to upgrade your curb appeal but can't afford a new door, consider installing a kickplate. It's an instant, affordable way to add visual appeal to any existing entryway.

These upgrades may seem minor, but when done properly, they can have a serious impact on your home's aesthetic.

If you're considering more extensive updates, let's get together to discuss ways to increase your home's marketability and long-term value.

Kathlyn 

5 Ways to Update an Aging Home

Tired of your home looking off-trend and out of touch? Or investing in an older home and want to update it? You don't need deep pockets to do either. In fact, upgrading your home can be quite affordable with the right projects. Here are five ways to make a big impact without spending a lot:

Repaint. Paint trends come and go, so if your walls are still the same color or have the same wallpaper from 1950, they're likely out of date. Consider giving the walls a new look with a more modern tone.

Change light fixtures. It's time to kick out-of-style light fixtures to the curb. Pendant lighting, Edison bulbs and simple recessed lighting are what's hot with today's designers and buyers.

Update your hardware. You'd be surprised at how easily doorknobs, drawer pulls, locks and handles can start to look aged. Take a good look at your existing hardware, and consider upgrading to newer models. And don't forget the hinges.

Reface your appliances. Have an old, yellowing appliance but don't want to replace what's not broken? Just use peel-and-stick stainless steel or marble contact paper, and reface those appliances instantly.

Install a kickplate. If you want to upgrade your curb appeal but can't afford a new door, consider installing a kickplate. It's an instant, affordable way to add visual appeal to any existing entryway.

These upgrades may seem minor, but when done properly, they can have a serious impact on your home's aesthetic. 

If you're considering more extensive updates, let's get together to discuss ways to increase your home's marketability and long-term value.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Why I Love Houston: Miller Outdoor Theatre


When I'm helping new Houstonians find their perfect home, I'm often asked for recommendations for things to do in the city. One of my favorite suggestions is a performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Its world class programming has something for everyone - concerts, musicals, dance, movies, and so much more. And the best part - it's free! The 2018 calendar runs thorugh August with lots of events to choose from for the whole family. Here are few of the performances I'm looking forward to attending. 

Introduce the little ones to opera with the Houston Grand Opera children's show of Monkey & Francine in the City of Tigers. This Bollywood style production will be sure to bring on a fit of giggles as the monkey prince and his sister outwit crocodiles and tigers to prove they are worthy of running the Monkey Kingdom one day. This show runs May 2-4th at 11 am. 

Treat mom to the ballet as Houston Ballet presents Don QuixoteMother's Day weekend, May 11-13th. I recommend arriving early with a cooler full of picnic supplies to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the hill before the performance starts. Our family go-to spots for picnic favorites are take out from Barnaby's on Binz, the drive-thru at Oui Banh Mi, and treats from the aisles of HEB on Alabama. 

The 2018 season ends with the Houston Shakespeare Festival July 27-August 5. You can choose from the drama of Hamlet or the rollicking tale of mistaken idenity in The Comedy of Errors. After the play, our family loves to end the evening on a sweet note with dessert at nearby Chocolate Bar or Sweet Cup Gelato

Hope to see you on the hill! 


Kathlyn


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Easy Ways to Save for a Down Payment


With rising rental costs and the amount of student debt at an all-time high, it's no surprise that many potential buyers are unable to save up for a down payment. If you've found yourself in this boat, don't lose hope. With the help of technology and a little foresight, you can save for that down payment -- and probably sooner than you think.

Here's how:

Set up automatic deposits. Enable automatic deposits into your savings account. Schedule them right after paydays, when you know you'll have the cash available. If you can't automate your deposits, set a reminder to transfer money every two weeks.

Try a round-off app. What if you could round off every purchase you make to the nearest dollar and then put that extra cash to good use? Apps like Acorns and Clarity Money round off your transactions and either invest your money or add it to a savings account.

Cut down on spending. Find an area of spending that you can afford to cut back on -- maybe eating out or grabbing to-go coffees. Each month, tally up your saved funds and add them directly to your savings account. You'll be surprised at the impact.

Clean house. Do a little spring-cleaning, and declutter those closets, drawers and shelves. Sell anything you don't want on Facebook, Craigslist or a consignment app. It may only be $20 to $50 at a time, but when added to an interest-paying savings account, it'll make a big difference.

Remember, you don't need the mythical 20 percent down payment ready and available to buy a home. In fact, thanks to low down payment loan options and a plethora of down payment assistance programs, you can actually buy a property with much less than that -- sometimes just 3 percent!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Why I Love Houston: The 31st Annual Art Car Parade!

Calling all Art Car fans!
Welcome to my Why I Love Houston series, where I share my favorite Houston experiences and excursions. My goal is to make my hometown of Houston more accessible to the ever-changing mix of folks adopting our amazing city as their home base and reminding natives of the hidden gems throughout H-town! 

Mark your calendar for this year's 31st annual Art Car Parade that's scheduled to roll through downtown Houston and Allen Parkway on Saturday, April 14th at 2 pm. Be sure to arrive early for the Starting Line Party so you can preview the colorful caravan before the art car drivers rev up their engines. The parade lasts about two hours so be prepared by bringing collapsible chairs, a small cooler, and plenty of sunscreen! Food and drink will be available along the parade route too. Admission is free but you can go VIP (for a price!) with special seating and other swag on the grounds of Hermann Square at City Hall. For more Art Car Parade fun, attend the Sneak Peek at Discovery Green on Thursday, April 12th from 6-8 pm where you can catch a glimpse of these moving works of art in the evening. Or get tickets to the Art Car Ball held on Friday, April 13th, for an original, uniquely Houston date night where costumes are encouraged. 

Let's roll! 

Kathlyn 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

BIG & BEAUTIFUL Homes COMING SOON & JUST SOLD!


Nearly everyday someone asks me: "What's the market like right now?"  It's no secret that the Houston real estate market is undergoing a shift at a rapid pace.  In the midst of a long-awaited economic upswing after years of precarious conditions in the upstream Oil & Gas sector, and following on the heels of the most devastating natural disaster in Houston's history - Hurricane Harvey, the real estate market in Houston is in constant motion trying to keep up.  My answer to everyone's favorite question: "The market is doing great!"  And 2018 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Why I Love Houston Properties and the Houston real estate market overall.  As buyer confidence increases, luxury properties are "in" and BIG & BEAUTIFUL Homes ideally located in the shadow of Downtown, the Med Center, & the Energy Corridor are in high demand.


COMING SOON - Family Estate Home on Gigantic Lot in Woodland Heights
COMING SOON - 2615 Beauchamp St. - Woodland Heights - 15,000 sq. ft. lot - $2.1 Million


2615 Beauchamp Street is an urban estate in the shadow of Downtown Houston, ideally situated on a 15,000-square-foot lot and featuring an incredibly flexible floorplan.  Originally built a century ago, this massive property features 4-5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, three living areas (2 down, one up), an amazing sunlit study with panoramic views of downtown, a chef's gourmet kitchen, wrap-around porch, huge back deck, and green grass and lush landscaping galore.  Bonuses include a huge gated driveway with parking for 4+ vehicles and a modern efficiency apartment over a 2-car garage.  Asking price: $2.1 Million.


COMING SOON - Architectural beauty w/ Master Down in Woodland Heights
COMING SOON - 2701 Florence St. - Woodland Heights - $1.1Million


2701 Florence Street features modern light-filled architecture and an ideal layout for most modern families - master suite downstairs and 2 or 3 bedrooms upstairs with a massive game room.  A stunning curving staircase greets guests from the dramatic two-story foyer.  Open-concept kitchen and living blends well with a separate formal dining room and wood-paneled study.  The 3-car garage is a rare bonus and the yard is easy-maintenance in front and back, complete with sprinklers.  Asking price: $1.1 M.


JUST SOLD - Million-dollar LOT in Southampton for Custom New Construction


2202 Bolsover, Houston, TX, 77005
I had 2202 Bolsover Street listed for just 10 days this month when it sold to a young couple planning to tear down the existing home that's in need of substantial repairs and build their dream home in an ideal location within a couple blocks of Rice University & the Village shopping district.  I'm sure their new home will be BIG & BEAUTIFUL and I wish them many happy years together in their new dream home!

For more information on any of these properties or any other real estate needs, please don't hesitate to email me or give me a call !  My team at Why I Love Houston Properties and I are always eager to serve you and your friends and family.

HAPPY EASTER, Houston!



Kathlyn