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Local Mont Belvieu News and Reports

As your local real estate market experts, agents at Blackshear Realty will constantly update and report on new events in the community of Barbers Hill. Watch our blog for market insights that are important to buyers and sellers in the Mont Belvieu Area. We'll keep you up to date with what's going on in Mont Belvieu, Tx. as well as the surrounding areas that are in the local markets that we serve. You can count on your Blackshear Realty Agents to be knowledgeable about new planning decisions and upcoming real estate developments in the city of Mont Belvieu, news and events going on at Barbers Hill with the students and teachers, as well as community groups and fundraisers to support our community and wonderful residents. If you have an important announcement and would like to be included in our blog, contact the Broker, Tye Blackshear directly. Thank you for supporting the Barbers Hill Eagles, the Mont Belvieu community, and your local real estate company. For more information about the real estate market in a specific subdivision, a local upcoming event, or the Barbers Hill School District, leave a comment for us below or sign up and let us know what you'd like information about. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Woodlands News and Market Reports

In our North Houston market area including Spring, The Woodlands, and Conroe in Northern Harris County and Montgomery County, Blackshear Realty will be bringing you monthly reports on the status of the real estate housing market and the newest information you'll need when making the decision to buy or sell a home in The Woodlands Tx. and surrounding areas. Bookmark us in your browser to check back in for community events, real estate home tours, and a whole lot more. As we expand our market area to the Spring and Conroe areas, we are looking forward to blogging about exciting developments in the real estate market in this part of Houston. If you are considering buying or selling in North Houston area, contact the Broker to set up an appointment with our Woodlands residential specialist Cody Warrick. Cody will update this blog with new content monthly to give you an opportunity to see what's happening in The Woodlands Tx. market in Spring. If there is a certain question you would like answered about the real estate housing market condition where you are located, just submit a comment when you sign up for an account, or leave a comment on one of our blog posts below.

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May 11, 2017

The 5 Most Important Things First Time Home Buyers Will Hear. PERIOD.

So you’re considering buying your first home in League City?  That’s great news!   Now stop what you are doing immediately…

Most first time buyers blindly stumble into home ownership and walk away from the experience having a bad taste in their mouth. This leaves Realtors scratching their head because they know it doesn’t have to be this way. Really. 

If you want to have a stress inducing experience that may or may not end with you owning a home, stop reading. If you want to guarantee a successful path to home ownership and have an experience you can brag about to your friends and family, follow the 5 Most Important Things Home Buyers in League City Will Hear. PERIOD.

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April 12, 2017

Finding a REALTOR® in Spring Texas

If you’ve found this blog, chances are you’re currently home shopping, and plan on making a purchase in the next few months, weeks, or even days! Often, I have many new buyers signing up on my site to browse the most current listings and who are thinking of buying a home in Spring in the next year or sooner. As such, I figured I’d write a blog about what you can expect when using www.BlackshearRealty.com to find your next home and what happens when you create your own account with us. I’ll give you a hint – we are all about helping you find a great REALTOR® and an amazing home!

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Posted in Spring TX Homes
March 2, 2017

A Foodie’s Playground; Top 3 Eateries in and Near League City

Ranked as one of the fastest growing cities by WalletHub in 2016, League City, Texas is absolutely teeming with gourmet eateries. As a resident and Realtor in the League City area, I never run out of delicious options to wine and dine my clients and associates. These are Blackshear Realty’s Top 3 Eateries in and near League City and their best menu items.

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Feb. 20, 2017

Why We Hire Professional Photographers To Sell Your Home

Gone are the days when new homebuyers drive around looking for homes with for sale signs in the yard.  Why would they when it is so easy type in the name of a city in a Google search and find your dream home from the comfort of your couch on a tablet or smartphone? This is the age of information, and you can look up just about anything with the click of a mouse or a few taps on your tablet.  When it comes to buying and selling homes, the game has changed, and we recognize that fact at Blackshear Realty.  

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Posted in Baytown
Sept. 15, 2016

Date Night in The Woodlands, TX

 After a long work week of showing homes in The Woodlands, TX, my wife and I decided to enjoy a night out with just the two of us. “Hey let’s do something tonight!” “OK…what?” The texting went back and forth throughout the day, and by the time we both met back home, nothing was decided. So we walked the dogs, cleaned ourselves up, and backed out of the driveway, destination unknown.

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Posted in Baytown
Aug. 17, 2016

Baytown and Mont Belvieu, Industry and Growth

Baytown TX Homes, Supporting Industry and Growth

The rapidly growing cities of Baytown and Mont Belvieu, located along the Gulf Coast, are homes to several Blackshear Realty sales agents, who are readily available to help those who wish to move to these charming cities. Beautiful Baytown, TX is situated along the San Jacinto River – which is part of the Port of Houston and The Houston Shipping Channel, both major worldwide ports. 

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Posted in Baytown
June 18, 2016

Family Fun Activities in Mont Belvieu, TX

Family Fun In and Around Mont Belvieu Texas

City Park Pond in Mont Belvieu, TxOne of the big questions we get asked as Realtors is: What are some fun and family friendly things to do in Mont Belvieu?  Why buy homes for sale in Mont Belvieu, Tx?  As most people know, the city is known for its amazing Barbers Hill school district and its phenomenal growth.  But what do you do here when you want to get out of the house? Here are 5 fun things to do in Mont Belvieu, TX

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April 21, 2016

Top 10 Reasons to Live in Mont Belvieu

Top 10 Reasons to Live in Mont Belvieu, Tx.

Mont Belvieu, Texas or as the locals call it, Barbers Hill, is quickly becoming the “it” place to live. Since 2001, this little mom-and-pop town has grown exponentially into a thriving and bustling community, and is located just 30 minutes from Houston. Homes for sale Mont Belvieu, Tx. are selling fast! From new schools being built to keep up with the growing population, to refineries expanding their size and hiring hundreds of new employees to keep up with demand, Barbers Hill isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Here is a list of the top 10 reasons to live in Mont Belvieu, Tx.

10. Race Days at the Royal Purple Raceway – Barbers Hill is home to Houston’s only major multipurpose motorsports venue. It offers a 3/8 mile oval and a quarter mile drag strip. The track seats 30,000 people so be sure to buy your tickets early! Residents with homes for sale Mont Belvieu, Tx. attend the yearly Spring Nationals by the hundreds!

9. Friday Nights at the Barbers Hill Football Stadium – The residents of here love their football! Go Big Blue! – and they love their football players even more. You can see this every Friday night during football season because the stadium is packed full of students, parents, teachers, and diehard fans that just love to see the Eagles win, win, win!

8. Eagle Pointe Golf Course and Rec Center – Another popular hangout spot close to homes for sale Mont Belvieu, Tx. includes the Eagle Pointe Golf Course and Rec Center.  It offers an extremely prestigious weight room and training facility, basketball courts, tennis and racket ball courts, indoor Olympic style swimming pool, outdoor wave pool, and an exemplary 18-hole golf course that is home to many golf tournaments and events. During summer, the wave pool hosts a family movie night displayed on a giant concrete projector screen.

7. Great Fishing – Barbers Hill is located right by the Trinity Bay and there are more boat ramps and marsh lands than you can count. Residents with homes for sale Mont Belvieu, Tx. always have a place to get out and enjoy a day on the river.

6. Friendliest Neighbors in Houston – Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Well Barbers Hill is that place. Mont Belvieu is a tight knit community where you can count on your neighbors to behave more like family than friends. You can be sure that after you have moved here you will meet people that will go to the moon and back for you. 

5. Small Town Feel – It’s true that Barbers Hill has experienced unprecedented growth in the past decade or so, but it still manages to maintain that small town charm. Continuing with the previous paragraph, everybody knows everybody else and if you find yourself wanting some company, just head over to Eagle Pointe and you will be sure to make some friends.

4. Wide Open Spaces – You won’t find many cookie cutter homes for sale Mont Belvieu, Tx. or small lots in Barbers Hill. Most neighborhoods have homes on extremely large lots and there is plenty of undeveloped land and acreage for sale. New neighborhoods and always being added but the homes are widely spaced and you have plenty of room to stretch your legs. A couple great examples of this are neighborhoods like Plantation and the newly built Wilburn Ranch.

3. Low Property Taxes – Chambers County has some of the lowest property taxes in greater Houston area. Cities like Deer Park, Clear Lake, and even Houston itself, can’t compete with the unbelievably low property taxes new residents are sure to enjoy.

2. The ABSOLUTE Best Schools in Texas. Period – This isn’t an opinion. It’s a fact. People move here from all over Texas just to enroll their children in the amazing school system that is Barbers Hill Independent School District. It’s hard to argue with results as year after year BHISD is recognized as an exemplary school district by the entire State of Texas. We have brilliant students, outstanding athletes, and more recently our theater arts department is building a reputation as one of the most talented in the state.

1. Blackshear Realty HQ – Located in the heart of Mont Belvieu, Blackshear Realty sets up shop right off of Eagle Drive on FM 565 North. Our agents are extremely knowledgeable about all the happenings in this wonderful town, and we are always available to help you find homes for sale Mont Belvieu, Tx. whether you are buying, selling, or just curious about the current market. For even more information about these outstanding real estate professionals, you can visit our new website at www.BlackshearRealty.com and sign up for updates on homes for sale in the area.

 

April 18, 2016

Good Idea to Have a Realtor When Buying New Construction?

Why use a Realtor when buying a NEW home?

1.       Realtors Have More Authority When Negotiating with the Builder

Why? Because Realtors account for a HUGE portion of the builder’s sales. The fact is that most buyers want someone protecting their interests when buying a home. This means that most buyers have Realtors. If builders want to continue to sell tons of their homes in the area, they have to work on friendly terms with the local Realtors – and that means when we negotiate for our clients, the builder is more likely to meet our demands (which benefits our clients).

Case in pointWe had a client who was unhappy with a granite coloration on an island bar in the kitchen…there was a very unattractive discoloration down the length of the slab.  The builder did not want to replace the countertop for the client. It was a very large and expensive slab of granite. Do you think the builder would have done the replacement if the client didn’t have a Realtor? I don’t think so, they put up quite a fight- but we were backing our client’s interests. After rounds of negotiating back and forth (Realtor vs. Builder), the builder eventually gave in to our terms and replaced the slab of granite! This was the right thing to do in our opinion – especially on a $300k+ home, but we had to fight for our clients to make it happen. We didn’t want the builder to pass on this costly replacement to the buyer. Let us represent you on your new home. You will be glad you did.

What’s in it for you… We have saved our clients thousands of dollars through negotiations with builders. Whether it’s the home price, upgrades, promotions, or time, working with a Realtor will help you keep more money in your pocket.

 

2.       Free Representation When Using a Realtor

Let’s face it, everyone wants to save money when buying a home. Most buyers who purchase a new home from a builder think they will save $$$ when skipping the Realtor and working directly with the new home sales agent. This is a mistake! The fact is, builders expect to pay a Realtor on most of their transactions, so they build the Realtor’s commission into the sales price already. You would think that by cutting out the Realtor, the builder could reduce the sales price for you. Unfortunately, this is just not the reality. The builder is in the business to make money selling homes. If they can skip the Realtor fee, that is just one less fee they have to shell out, and now they know you don’t have a Realtor that is holding them accountable for every detail in the contract! The GOOD news for you is you can get free representation from a Realtor when buying your new home.

What’s in it for you… Using a Realtor when buying a new home allows the protection provided to you by our fiduciary duty to our clients. Realtors are contractually obligated to represent your interests. We look out for you financially and provide guidance that can save you time and money on your new construction home. We make sure all details are in order before you sign the contract, and hold the builder accountable to what is in writing.

 

3.       The New Home Sales Agent Works for the Builder…

The sales agent in the model home works on the builder’s behalf. Yes, they are usually friendly and helpful when showing you all that their builder has to offer. Yes, they will write up your contract for you and submit it to the builder. What some buyers don’t realize is that even though the sales agent is a valuable resource and helps with the sale, they are still contractually obligated to represent the builder. If you don’t have someone representing your interests, you are not on an equal playing field when negotiating on a new home.

 

4.       Confidence

Walk into the new home sales office with confidence and authority. With Blackshear Realty representing you, sales agents know you are serious about customer service and that you hired the best real estate company to work with. It’s probably not the first time they’ve met us! Take the stress out of the transaction and just focus on what you are looking for in a house. We’ll make sure everything is taken care of for you.

Ready to Tour New Homes? Our agents are ready to meet you – (713) 870-5671

It's easy to see why using a Realtor is a good idea when buying a new construction home. Protect yourself and your family. Don't go into the home sales office without a Realtor representing your interests!

 

March 25, 2010

Mont Belvieu New Homes

New home builders in Mont Belvieu, Tx. are moving to the area! Homes are looking great and neighborhoods such as Brookstone, Lakes of Champions, and Barrow Ranch are all being built out by homebuilders. You can find homes by K. Hovnanian, Texas Home Development, and Anglia Homes. We have been selling quite a few out here recently, and even one of our own Realtors will be building a new home with K. Hovnanian!

Brookstone Subdivision EntranceIf you haven't been out to the Mont Belvieu city park, you should plan a picnic or fishing trip out there one day this week! The fishing pond is one of my favorite places to kick back and toss in a line. We've caught nice sized bass out of there, as well as some 7lb+ catfish! There are plenty of reasons to get outdoors in Mont Belvieu. The weather has been sunny and bright lately, but we are in for some rain over the next few days.

I think we will see plenty of new home builders coming to the area as Mont Belvieu grows in popularity. Because of the recent Exxon expansion, there are hundreds of new residents buying up homes and creating a high demand in Mont Belvieu. Barbers Hill ISD is a highly rated school district, and many workers moving to the area want to make sure their children attend this Texas "recognized" school district. The majority of buyers I talk with moving to the area have heard about the quality of education provide by the awesome teachers here.

If you need a local Realtor, contact any one of our agents and we'll be sure to help you find a great home - whether its a brand new construction or resale home. 

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