28 March 2016

Venetian Estates News - March 2016

Market News

Neighbor Updates
Our longtime neighbor, Yvonne Hamilton passed away in the fall of last year. She and her husband, Bill, were the original owners of the home at 122 Capri. The home was just purchased by Karen and Paul Withrow.

Karen and Paul have long-loved VE, and I have been pleased to work with them in searching for their “perfect” place in the neighborhood. They will be building a new home on this gorgeous cul-de-sac lot, and I am so excited to have them as neighbors!The Withrows have lived in First Colony for the past 23 years. Paul was CFO of a local company for 11 years until he formed his own company, Balanced Solutions, 5 years ago. Balanced Solutions provides accounting and financial management for small businesses. Karen and Paul have three children. Jessica is 22 years old and a senior at Mary Harden Baylor. Ben, 20, is a sophomore in mechanical engineering at Baylor. Will, 19, is a freshman at the University of Houston School of Business. Karen is the niece of Carolyn Tarver, a longtime neighbor on Bel Mar.  I want to give a sincere 'thank-you' to Carolyn for referring Karen and Paul to me. I have enjoyed working with them over the last 14 months - waiting for just the right property to become available!

Thinking of Selling?
As mentioned in previous newsletters, we have prospective buyers waiting patiently for homes or lots. I would like to tell you about one such prospect. This young family lives in Sienna in a beautiful waterfront home. They presently have their home on the market as their dream is to purchase a home in VE and remodel (not tear down) to suit their specific needs. They have three young children so they do need space!  Please let me know if you are considering selling (even if down the road) and if you think your home might work for this young family! 

We have other buyers waiting as well, each with different preferences. Please call if you are thinking of selling!

In January I mentioned that I had been notified by Johnson Development that I was one of the top selling Realtors in the new Imperial Development.  Well, I actually was THE top selling Realtor in Imperial last year! Johnson Development honored the top producing Realtors in Riverstone, Sienna and Imperial with a reception and award ceremony.  It was an incredible event and I was honored to be honored - especially for my work in a community as special as Imperial! 

Now, speaking of Imperial, please  SAVE THE DATE!  On Thursday, March 24th, (the afternoon/evening before Good Friday) FBRE (Kelly Ferguson and I) will be hosting an invitation-only open house at one of the beautiful patio homes in Imperial. We have been asked by Sitterle Homes to market this brand-new 3000-SF plus home with a lovely courtyard and casita, and designed for 'easy living.'  Come relax and enjoy hors' dorves and a glass of wine while visiting with YOUR VE NEIGHBORS and meet a few Imperial residents, as well.

I  sometimes hear of neighbors not receiving the newsletter.  We usually write it bi-monthly and it can also be read on my BLOG at VenetianEstatesNews.com. And feel free to comment (as long as it is nice:)! 

Looking for a Small Boat?
I recently had an email from Paul Kirwin who has repaired several neighbors' boats. In fact, his claim to fame is the fact that he and his wife have worked on the famous Mermaid boat belonging to Kay and Jim Hudnall for years :) Paul has been building small custom wooden boats for over 30 years. He builds all types of boats and recently completed a 19-foot sailboat. If you would like to know more I will put you in touch with Paul.

More FBRE News
Jeff Johnston and I are working with a client wishing to purchase in Spring. He is the son of a past client and we are close to finding the perfect home for him. It is an honor to be referred by past clients and especially when the referral is a good friend or family member. That tells us that our clients know we are "looking out for them" in any transaction.  Jeff, although relatively new to residential real estate, is one of the most thorough researchers I have ever seen.  Jeff's clients can depend on him to leave 'no stone unturned' when representing them in a transaction.