Good evening. Let me try to answer all of your questions and then offer some suggestions:
1. There are several nice communities you could live in that meet that general description. I would need some more information such as how many bedrooms you need, the number and age of your children (make sure to get you in a good school district) and any other specific needs such as lot size, etc. Just off the top of my head, there are several communities in Clear Lake, Webster and Friendswood that are close.
2. It is definitely humid and hot! The worse months for heat are actually July and August. The weather will turn nice in late September and October and won't start getting brutally hot again until May. Swimming pool is a great idea and will provide relief. A covered patio would be a nice touch as well.
3. The beaches honestly aren't too great, but Galveston has come a long way and offers a lot or recreational, lodging and dining options. Moody Gardens is great, they have the Pleasure Pier now and of course The Strand.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can mail you out a relocation package. We have a phenomenal relocation department being a Sotheby's owned company and I would be glad to help.
Imagine, if you will, that the mount and bracket is specify engineered for that TV. The TV does not convey. The new owner may end up with an appendage they must modify, replace or remove. Or, the new home owner finds they have no place to put their existing TV if the mount and TV do convey.
I always advise sellers, "If you want to keep it, remove it before allowing a buyer to enter the home."
This situation really does require a conversation. At the same time chat about those BIG potted plants and yard sculptures, bird bath, and that big pile of clay bricks behind the garage. then GET IT IN WRITING!
Don't approach this as adversarial but as collaborative. The results will be better that way.... more
Actually this happens all of the time. Especially when a buyer is considering homes in two different locations that are a ways apart. Buyers are always best served when their agent is knowledgeable of the buyer's local market.
When a buyer finds themselves in a situation in which the use of multiple agents is essential, it's always best to make the parties involved aware of these plans so there is no overlapping or duplication of services.
However, if the use of more than one agent from an area is being used just for the heck of it, you'll likely see a decrease in effort and sincerity when the agents involved find out on their own.
Your only option could be the Texas FAIR Plan ... it's liable to cost considerably more than traditional policies, but at least you'd be covered. Check with a broker (not an agent that represents only company). Best of luck.
The advice from others is good advice but let me add one concern. Even though commission should not be something you need to worry about, if one agent is very upset, that could have some influence on the dealings with the other party (the Seller or the Seller's agent). I would not get in the middle but try to speak to each of those agents and politely remind them that your main concern is to buy this home and that you hope that they will continue to make that their priority. Again, a polite friendly hint wouldn't hurt. Good luck!... more
Sounds like you and your Realtor need to chat. Let your Realtor know your expectations. Share your frustrations with your Realtor. Also, ask your Realtor for a recent Comparable Market Analysis. Your Realtor can explain to you what is happening within your neighborhood. Where your home stands priced according to the competition within your neighborhood. Is your home clean neat and tidy? Does it have great curb appeal? Is your home staged?... more