The Groves Builder Series: Westin Homes

Westin Homes has been a recognized name among Houston builders for over 20 years. It has become a name synonymous with elegance and warmth as the Westin brand prides itself on offering the “sophisticated luxury home” and not overlooking any detail. Westin Homes offers seven floor plans in The Groves, with price points starting in the low $280s. Currently there are seven inventory homes in the neighborhood, each with four bedrooms and all of the Westin touches their clients have come to expect and love. Outside of the distinguished builders, The Groves is attracting buyers with the community amenities and their proximity to schools within the award winning Humble ISD. The Groves Elementary is slated to open its doors to students for the 2017- 2018 school year. A new Humble ISD middle school is scheduled to be complete and ready for students the following school year, 2018- 2019. The Westin Homes model home is located at 12915 Fernbank Drive and is open seven days a week, including this Saturday during The Groves annual Earth Day Birthday Festival. This even is open to the public and is a great time to get a feel of what this community could offer you. With activities for the family and open houses held by all 10 builders in The Groves, you don’t want to miss this chance. Give our office a call and have one of our agents show you around and let you experience what life in Atascocita could look like for you. *photo from...

Springtime in Houston

The first day of Spring brings on the anticipation for blooming flowers, weekends at the ball park and for the real estate world, the start of busy season. Houston is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas and per Moonraker Marketing and Great Guys Moving, one of the more affordable areas in which to purchase a home. While the competition may increase in a Springtime realty market, buyers shouldn’t be dismayed. With Houston-area housing prices remaining below the national average, home ownership can be the ideal option. Per statistics and information gathered by Moonraker Marketing and Great Guys Moving, this housing cost difference is about six percent lower than average while apartment rental prices are more than 30% above the national average. Coupled with the affordable housing costs, Springtime often offers an increased inventory of homes from which to choose. Sellers find Spring to be ideal for many reasons, including their Springtime curb appeal. Houses don’t get a second chance to make a first impression and a well-manicured yard in full bloom warmly welcomes interested buyers. As the school year wraps up, buyers begin to realize if they are wanting to be settled before the next school year, now is the time to be buying. Heightened competition can also result in a higher selling price for many sellers compared to other, slower real estate seasons. For buyers looking to buy in this hot season, there are a few tips to consider to help edge out the competition. Get pre-approved by a lender before setting out on your search. This works two-fold to give you a more realistic budget and...

The Groves Builder Series: Perry Homes

Perry Homes has been designing and building their clients’ dream homes for 50 years. What started as a, “recognized need for quality homes at reasonable prices,” by founder Bob Perry, has boomed into one the most recognizable and respected names in Texas and a company which has experience with over 50,000 homes under its belt. Perry is now building their standout homes in The Groves and offers homes on either a 50 or 60 foot lot. Their homes are backed by a two year workmanship limited warranty and all include Perry’s trademark energy efficient touches. Their two different lot sizes allow for more options including beautiful floor plans on the 50 ft lots with many upgrade-like finishes that come standard, and the larger, yet still gorgeous, floor plans available on the 60 ft lots which include a three car garage. You can view both their move-in ready home and their homes available to build on their website, the 50 ft lots are found here and the 60 ft lots here. Give one of our agents a call (281-359-2172) to schedule your visit to see one of their two model homes in The Groves. Their 60 foot model is located at 13610 Overton Woods Drive, Humble, TX 77346 and the 50 foot model at 12911 Fernbank Forest Drive, Humble, TX 77346. You won’t regret checking out these houses and all they can offer you in your next...

The Groves Builder Series: Darling Homes

Darling Homes was started by three brothers in 1987 who wanted to create a product that would retain a classic and desired look throughout the years and would leave home buyers in love with their new home. Over the past 30 years, Darling has built a reputable name as builder of lavish homes offered at a great value. Darling also prides itself in thoughtfully selecting the neighborhoods in which it will build. With a preference to build in communities which offer distinctive character and access to the top schools, transportation, recreation and entertainment, The Groves is a perfect fit for Darling. Darling currently has 9 availabilities left in The Groves, including their stunning model home located at 13614 Overton Woods. Darling’s plans in The Groves range from 3000 to 3400 square feet. Their floorplans can be viewed on their website here, as well as their current promotion. With limited home sites available, you will want to get out to see these stunning homes before it’s too late. Call us to get your appointment scheduled...

The Groves Builder Series: Highland Homes

Highland Homes was founded in 1985 and has grown to a production of over 2800 homes a year in Houston, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio. Highland offers homes in many Houston area neighborhoods, including 18 of their varied yet equally beautiful home plans available to buyers in The Groves. Highland Homes’ high standards of quality and customer satisfaction have been recognized across the industry. Highland earned a spot in the top 20 of the “The Builder 100 List” by J.D. Power and Associates and was also named the People’s Choice Builder of the Year five consecutive times. Highland offers 60 foot lots in the Groves with homes ranging from 2,400 to 3,700 square feet. Prices range from the $320s to $400s for these impeccable homes. Highland’s current inventory and available floor plans can be viewed here. If you are considering building a home, now is the time to get started. Start now and be in before the new school year begins. Let us help you find your home in a neighborhood that suits every family’s needs and...

The Groves Builder Series: Village Builders

It is said practice makes perfect and Village Builders has been perfecting their craft for more than 40 years. Village Builders began in Houston and quickly became one of the premier names among builders in the area leading to their expansion into the Austin, Dallas and San Antonio markets. Village unveiled the Heartland Collection in The Groves, a series compromised of their signature architectural details and classic appeal. These homes start in the low $300s and range from 2300 to 3350 square feet. Village Builders is also known for its feature packages which can be inquired about at the model. Buyers in The Groves have nine beautiful and well thought out plans to choose from, allowing each client to find a floor plan suited to their needs. Their nine plans can be viewed online here. If a pre-built home suits your wants or needs more, take a look at their current inventory of move-in ready homes on the “Quick Move-in Homes” tab. Give us a call today so we can schedule your visit to The Groves and to tour these beautiful...

The Groves Builder Series: David Weekley Homes

The Doug Erdy Group is expanding its footprint to yet another office. Upon completion of the centre, our team will have offices a new state of the art facility located on West Lake Houston in Atascocita, TX. This location will be in addition to our current offices. This office will offer us the ability to be in the heart of the real estate boom in the area and stay one step ahead of the game while working alongside local builders and communities. One such community will be The Groves which sits adjacent to the new office complex. We are excited to continue our work with each of the builders and the developer of The Groves. Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing the builders of The Groves in hopes of helping in your home search. David Weekley Homes is one of the esteemed builders in this community and a great fit for any size family. David Weekley Homes was started in Houston in 1976 and is now the largest privately-held home builder in the U.S. With homes across the Houston area, The Groves is just one of the area neighborhoods where its beautiful homes can be found. David Weekley currently offers seven different floor plans in The Groves with prices beginning in the mid $290s. While building from the ground up is always an option in The Groves, many builders have move-in ready inventory. Currently, David Weekley has four move-in ready homes, three different floor plans, each of which can be viewed on their website. If you’re interested in viewing one of these homes or any of...

The Groves

Trees. Natural beauty. Great Amenities. Sought after schools. There isn’t much more that can be asked of in a neighborhood and The Groves checks all of these off the list plus more. Located off of West Lake Houston with convenient access to both Beltway 8 and 59, as well as sitting a short 25 minutes from the George Bush International Airport, The Groves is quickly becoming one of the most sought after and awarded developments in the Greater Houston area. At the recent Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA)’s 2016 Houston’s Best PRISM Awards, The Groves was awarded more awards than any other community in Houston, including The Developer of the Year Award. Crescent Communities, LLC, developed the community to be an oasis for homeowners filled with luxury set amidst the beauty of nature. Currently, The Groves offers homes from eight different builders with prices starting in the high 200s. Current builders include: David Weekly Homes, Village Builders, Perry Homes, Westin Homes, Darling Homes, Highland Homes, Trendmaker Homes and Taylor Morrison. All homes in the community are zoned to the highly desired Humble ISD, with two new schools to be located in The Groves within the next two years. A new elementary school will open in Fall 2017 with the middle school anticipated to open its doors in Fall 2018. Part of the lure of The Groves is its amenities and convenient location. Currently the community houses an incredible nature playground which incorporates wood recycled from trees cut down during community development. The playground, which is located at the community center, sits near the community’s splash pad, as well as the...

The Decision to Rent or Buy

Rent or buy? Buy or Rent? It’s a question that leaves many scratching their heads trying to make the right decision. So, which is the right answer? It will depend on the individual situation, but there are factors to consider. The most obvious of considerations is finances. For the majority of people, there will be no more expensive single purchase made during their lifetime than their home. Buying a home cannot be jumped into delicately for this reason. According to a recent msn.com article, it’s important to calculate your after-tax income and compare that to your expected home costs. These costs could include a monthly mortgage, potential HOA fees, maintenance fees and more. However, there may be some tax advantages to home ownership that can also be factored into these calculations. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a monthly payment worksheet that helps potential buyers assess whether their wallets are able to take on the costs of owning a home. While it may seem renting would be cheaper with all that goes into owning a home, that isn’t necessarily the case. According to Trulia.com’s Rent vs. Buy Report, in Houston and the surrounding areas, it is currently 46% cheaper to buy than rent. (Check their rent vs. buy calculator out for a better gauge of your financial situation https://www.trulia.com/rent_vs_buy/) Outside of the financial obligations, there are other responsibilities that need to be considered before making a decision. Owning a home affords the owners a sense of community and belonging. Buying a home gives one an asset and the ability to build equity. It also brings the freedom to truly make...

Could the Fall be a Seller’s Market?

It is often said that fall and winter are considered the slow season for listing a home to sell. However, Realtors have seen a change in recent years and this old adage isn’t holding as true anymore thanks to motivated buyers and less competition. Strategically, these two conditions could make the fall the best time to make your move. Buyers who are out looking for a home during the fall months are typically needing to find a home quickly do to a job relocation or other life change, making them eager and ready to buy the right house. In addition to a more keen buyer, listed houses often face less competition during the fall and winter months. This less saturated market can be a huge advantage to the seller. Furthermore according to research on listed homes compiled by the Redfin Corporation, homes listed during the off months “have a 9 percentage point greater likelihood of selling, sell a week faster, and sell for 1.2 percentage points more relative to list price than homes listed in any other season.” It’s time to put the thought of slow fall season to rest and get your house ready to...