Category Archives: Neighborhood News

The Deal About Zillow

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 12.06.30 PM      As millions turn to Zillow to begin their home shopping experience please know the conflict it can cause you when buying, or selling your home. The website is an automated property value estimate that is calculated from public  and user submitted data which is computed 3 times per week. Three times per week?! Public and user submitted data is not information you can get from your local Real Estate Agent, or Appraiser who inspect the subject properties, know the current market conditions, location and special features of a home.

Zillow’s CEO Spencer Rascoff admits to their “median error rate” in home pricing. At the bottom of Zillow’s home page you will find a Zestimate tab where you can read more about their accuracy in your market area.Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 12.07.04 PM

Catchy word that has implied meaning, Zestimate is as it sounds, an estimate of a home’s value. Rascoff also admits that these Zestimates have an error rate of 8%-26%. Houston, we have a problem! In fact, we have such a large real estate market that on Zillow’s accuracy table, Houston doesn’t even score on error rate.

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I do give Rascoff credit though, he does advise that Zestimates are no more than a starting point in pricing discussions with the real authorities, your local Real Estate Agents and Appraisers.

Admittedly I have used Zillow from time to time for a quick property search, but always question the “freshness” of the information. When you are wanting reliable information on homes for sale, you can find it on HAR.com.                      Unlike Zillow that updates their information 3 times per week, HAR updates accurately every 15 minutes!

For quality results in buying, or selling your home find the experts. Invest in contacting your local agent who has access to true market information and will get your needs met.

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Willowbend Civic Club Yard of the Month Winners for April, 2013!

Willowbend Civic Club has awarded six beautiful homes the Yard of the Month award for April.

We want to thank our home owners for keeping our neighborhood lovely and hope they inspire others with pride for our Willowbend neighborhood. This is where we live and we all are happy to be part of such a great area in Houston!

4413 Waycross Dr. Congratulations James Hall and George Roccaforte, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

4413 Waycross Dr. Congratulations James Hall and George Roccaforte, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

10514 Willowisp Dr. Congratulations David and Carrie Tollar, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

10514 Willowisp Dr. Congratulations David and Carrie Tollar, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

4517 Stillbrooke Dr. Congratulations Earl and Jennifer Fairbanks!

4517 Stillbrooke Dr. Congratulations Earl and Jennifer Fairbanks!

4831 Creekbend Dr. Congratulations Nicole Leonard, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

4831 Creekbend Dr. Congratulations Nicole Leonard, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

4733 Creekbend Dr. Congratulations Alex Caprice!

4733 Creekbend Dr. Congratulations Alex Caprice!

4305 Hazleton, Congratulations to Our Neighbor!

4305 Hazleton, Congratulations to Our Neighbor!

Thank you again to all of you for making Willowbend a wonderful place to live and making our Spring just a little bit better!

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Walking the Dogs this Morning

While walking the dogs this morning I happened upon what I thought was a good idea for the yard. These hot Houston summers are not only tough on us, they are brutal on our lawns! A Willowbend area neighbor has a great idea to combat the heat that I wanted to share.

That narrow patch of grass between the street and sidewalk always takes a beating. Here’s what she did to add color and beauty!
Crushed granite as the foundation, ivy ground cover in the center with potted garden cabbage, lettuce and a brilliant purple flower.

I just love this! Can any one identify the purple flower? I’d love to add it to my garden.

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Houston Market Up for August 2011!

I think we can all sit back and relax, things are looking better for our housing market! Rates are still historically low, not since the 50’s have they been this low.

Take advantage and start looking for your new home.

Listen to today’s HAR report on the Houston Housing Market.

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Find Something New, Find Something Old

Huge Estate Sale This Weekend

Stop by when you are out and about and check out the one of a kind Huge Estate Sale this weekend, Friday – Sunday, June 10-12, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in Bellaire, TX. 

Vintage items, furnishings from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Antique books dating back as far as the late 1800’s. Everything must go including the appliances and light fixtures.

Address: 5729 Innsbruck, Bellaire, Tx 77401

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7 Reasons To Own A Home

      Rates are moving upward, the time is NOW to buy your home.

      Watch this 3 minute video brought to you by AHS (American Home Shield) and listen to the  7  top reasons to own your own home!

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Taxi Fare

I hate to say it, Houstonians generally do not use taxi’s much. We are pretty much a drive yourself kind of city. Although we have a great Metro Rail system for taking you through the Medical Center to the Opera, or Ballet, Houston does try to compete with other metropolitan cities in the transportation department. I did say try.

If you are downtown you may be able to hail a cab without much trouble. However, if you are home and need a ride to one of our two airports you will need to make a call.

How much will that ride cost you? Check it out on the taxi meter to find out.

For Yellow Cab in Houston, call 713.236.1111 anytime if you need a ride home. Happy trails.

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