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By Ken Brand | Managing Broker in The Woodlands, TX

The Woodlands TX - Community Update - February 19th, 2010

Thank you to The Woodlands Development Corporation for keeping us updated.


THE WOODLANDS “REALTOR® OLYMPICS 2010 GAMES” ANNOUNCED

– The Woodlands Development Company has announced the new 2010 Realtor Incentive Program. The incentive program is divided into two events. Event One from January through June 2010 goes to the real estate agents who close on the most new homes in The Woodlands during the first half of the year.  The top three agents are awarded: Green Medal – $3,000 cold hard cash; Silver Medal – $2,500 Donoho’s Jewellers gift certificate; and Bronze Medal – tropical cruise, valued at $2,000.  Event Two is July through December and recognizes the real estate agents who have the widest spread new home closings in The Woodlands.  The same prizes apply to both events.

Each agent is responsible for tracking and turning in their new home closing report toThe Homefinder Center at the end of each event period.  In case of a tie, the prize will be divided evenly. For more information, contact Jeanne Lewis atjlewis@thewoodlands.com or at 281-719-6392.


CORRECTION TO STORY LAST WEEK: BEAZER HOMES HOSTS KEY TO SAVINGS SALES EVENT FEBRUARY 19 -21– As part of the Key to Savings Sales Event, this weekend only, February 19 – 21, Beazer Homes is offering Realtors® an opportunity to earn 3% commission plus up to a $4,000 BTSA on its select new high performance homes. Beazer features new homes in the neighborhood of Timarron in theVillage of Creekside Park.  Homebuyers will receive up to $30,000 in savings on select new high performance homes during this event.

The offer is valid on select inventory homes sold during February 12 – February 21, 2010. Homes must close by September 30, 2010. BTSA amounts vary by community and vary by select inventory homes. The real estate agent must be present at the time that the Beazer Home Purchase Agreement is signed by the purchaser and must be listed as the licensed real estate agent on the Beazer Homes Purchase agreement. Beazer reserves the right to terminate the program at anytime.  For more information, call Ken Barrios at 281-516-1665.

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TOLL BROTHERS’ NATIONAL WINTER SALES EVENT OFFERS INCENTIVES, SAVINGS FROM FEBRUARY 20 – 28– Toll Brothers, the nations leading builder of luxury homes, invites you to bring your clients to its National Winter Sales Event. The event takes place from February 20 – 28, 2010 and features unparalleled incentives and savings.

In addition, TBI Mortgage Company, a subsidiary of Toll Brothers, is offering an excellent selection of mortgage programs with fabulous interest rates, including both fixed and adjustable rate mortgages. Those interested can visit www.TollSalesEvent.com or www.TBIMortgage.com for more information or ask the sales consultant.

Toll Brothers is offering new homes, priced from the mid-$400’s, in the neighborhood of Tupelo Woods in theVillage of Creekside Park. The new model, St. Michael Provincial (pictured), is now open.  Call 281-255-0299 for more information. In the neighborhood of Player Vista in the Village of Sterling Ridge, Toll Brothers is offering new homes, priced from the $600’s.  Act now for pre-construction pricing. For more information call 281-516-0689.

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THE WOODLANDS CUSTOM HOMES HOSTS OPEN HOUSE – The Woodlands Custom Homes is hosting an Open House on two luxurious custom homes near the Gary PlayerSignature golf course in the neighborhoods of Player Crest and Silvermont in the Village of Sterling Ridge.  The homes include:

7 Parwood Court
Keith Morgan Custom Homes
5 bedrooms, 5 full baths with 2 half baths, 3-car garage
5,000 square feet
$1,149,000
Open Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 4 pm

74 Silvermont
Leigh Custom Homes
4 bedrooms, 4-1/2 baths, 3-car garage
4,284 square feet
$778,800
Open Saturday and Sunday, 1-4

For more information, visit www.TheWoodlandsCustomHomesOnline.com.

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MAJOR EMPLOYERS IN SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY REPORT JOBS INCREASE- The South Montgomery County Woodlands Economic Development Partnership (EDP) recently concluded its annual employee count survey of local non-retail employers. Companies with 100 or more employees are surveyed each year to determine job growth trends in the area.
The 2010 job count revealed encouraging news for The Woodlands and South Montgomery County. Employee numbers at the larger companies in January of 2010 are up by 230 jobs from 2009. This year’s tally shows that close to 23,000 people are employed by major, non-retail companies. According to DemographicsNow®, there are 75,020 people employed in our area, making South Montgomery County a significant employment destination.

“In the midst of an economic downturn, we are most pleased to see positive job growth with our major employers,” says Gil Staley, CEO of the EDP. “After evaluating the companies with job gains, we found that Healthcare and Education continue to be significant growth industries in this community.”

The company topping the list of creating new jobs in South Montgomery County this past year is St. Luke’s Episcopal Healthcare. St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital (top photo) now has 980 employees, up from 884 in 2009. In addition, the new St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital, which opened in September of 2009, created 143 more jobs, bringing their total employment to 1,123. To further enhance Healthcare’s strong presence in South Montgomery County, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital (middle photo) recently opened an emergency care center in The Woodlands. The hospital also plans to break ground during the first half of 2010 on a seven-story patient tower on its 20-acre medical campus.

In the Education employment sector, Lone Star College System currently employs 1,011 in South Montgomery County, up from 844 in 2009. The System, which has employees at Lone Star College – Montgomery (bottom photo) and the University Center, as well as at their system offices in The Woodlands, is seeing unprecedented growth.

For more information on the EDP, visit www.edpartnership.net.


HEALTHMARK GROUP DEVELOPING SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION FACILITY IN THE WOODLANDS- HealthMark Group has purchased a 6-acre site on Windsor Lakes Blvd. in The Woodlands for construction of Park Manor of The Woodlands, a 124-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, according to Dan Leverett, Vice President of Commercial for The Woodlands Development Company.

Park Manor will provide short and long-term skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. It will be operated byHMG Services, located in The Woodlands. This facility will be HealthMark’s ninth project in the Houston area. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of this year, with opening scheduled for January of 2011.


LaSALLE PURCHASES LAND FOR AUTUMN LEAVES MEMORY CARE FACILITY- The LaSalle Group, Inc. has purchased a 3-acre site in The Woodlands’ Village of Sterling Ridge for construction of Autumn Leaves of The Woodlands, a 46-bed, 38-unit memory care facility, according to Greg Jordan, Director of Commercial for The Woodlands Development Company.

The development will include a 26,000-square-foot building and 20,000 square feet of secured courtyards. Sixty percent of the facility will cater to residents with Alzheimer’s, with the remaining residents made up of patients with other forms of dementia or memory impairments. Constant Care Management Co., a sister company to LaSalle, will manage the property.

The facility, which is situated in the Terramont area of Sterling Ridge, is now under construction, with an August, 2010 opening planned. For more information about Autumn Leaves in The Woodlands, call Desirée Whitten at 888-662-8886, or send e-mail to dwhitten@constantcare.com.

Did You Know?
  • The Woodlands-based US Oncology Inc., Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc., Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Dallas-based Texas Instruments Inc. are inaugural companies named to the Governor’s Business Hall of Fame. Governor Rick Perry honored the businesses at the recentTexas vs. the Nation All-Star Football Challenge in El Paso.
  • A dazzling heart pendant necklace has been donated by Donoho’s Jewellersfor the live auction at the upcomingAmerican Heart Association’s Montgomery County Heart Ball on Saturday, February 27 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.  Visitwww.americanheart.org/montgomerycountytxheartball for more information.
  • Waterway Square will once again become a spot for residents and visitors to gather as The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau unveils three new, free events this spring and summer – “Movie Night”, “Live at Night” and“Waterway Nights”. For more information about these and other events at Waterway Square, visitwww.thewoodlandscvb.com and click on “Events” or call 281-363-2447.

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