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Greater Heights : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jun 2, 2015
Quinntonia Berry answered:

There are currently 556 properties for sale in the Heights area and by August/September the inventory still should be high. Starting in August there are some new policies that will be implemented that will affect how soon you can close on a property unless you are paying cash. Closings will no longer happen in 21 days but on average it will take 45 days. If you aren't currently working with an agent feel free to contact me about your real estate needs. ... more
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Sat Mar 7, 2015
Persis Behramsha answered:

Unfortunately there is no set Per Square Foot price on homes in most areas these days. Even two subdivisions next to each may not come close.

The best way to get an idea of what a given property is worth is to run some comparables. A realtor would be able to help you with that. Don't hesitate to hire one - you will find that there are lots of items within each transaction that they will be able to help you with.

Don't hesitate to connect with me if you have further questions.

Persis Behramsha
REALM Real Estate Professionals
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Wed Apr 2, 2014
David Randolph answered:
You can not live in The Heights without sending your kids to private school. Period, end of discussion unless you really dont like your kids that much..... Also you can not live in The Heights and send your kids to Katy ISD they are two different school districts. I moved to Katy specifically for the schools and its the best move I have ever made for my family. If you work downtown the drive will be a nightmare but if you are anywhere in West Houston its an easy commute. Good luck with your search and let me know if you want a non bias answer. ... more
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Tue Nov 19, 2013
Robert Kandiyoti answered:
Hi Katherine,

This property is listed for lease for $3000/month. A Realtor can help you find exactly what you are looking for and guide you throughout the process and show you the houses that you would like to see. Let me know if I can help!

Good luck,

Robert Kandiyoti
RE/MAX Real Estate Associates
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Tue Apr 30, 2013
Vickey Wachtel answered:
The variety of everything from eateries to events to the people that coexist in the wonderful large city with a small town feel. Last weekend we ventured into the city for the International Festival devoted to Brazil...what a good time the music, dancing and food were wonderful. Living in the burbs I forget how exciting down town can be. Just don't look up it will make you dizzy!! ... more
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Sun Apr 14, 2013
Al Geffon answered:
First and foremost, Texas Realtors are not permitted to participate in rent-to-own transactions. You'd need an attorney to draw up two separate contracts ... one for the lease, the other for the sale.

These are outstanding opportunities ... for the property owner! All the risk is on the tenant/buyer, and the landlord/seller still retains the house in the event of a default, in addition to keeping all the money. In this market, there are few if any such homes available. With properties selling almost as fast as they're listed, why would an owner enter into such an agreement, when he/she can cash out and be done with the place in a matter of weeks? If by chance you ever come across one offered as rent-to-own, it would likely be in a less-than-desirable location, have serious issues, or both. Contrary to common belief, little or none of the rent would be credited toward the down payment, the interest on the sale portion would be at least twice the going bank rate, and you'd still have to qualify for a mortgage in a few years to pay off the owner (it's referred to as the "balloon").

I assume that you're considering this transaction because you do not have a sufficient down payment at this time. The last thing you want to do is to purchase a home on a shoestring, irrespective of the type of financing used. I always recommend that potential buyers figure their current monthly expenses to the dollar, then add 15%. If the number is comfortable, it's reasonably safe to proceed. Of course, the down payment would need to be in liquid cash ... I always advise my buyers to have 6% to 8% of the sales price at hand for an FHA-insured loan, to cover all upfront costs including the down payment. Using $150,000 as a base, you'd have to show $9000 to $12,000.

My advice is the same as the others' ... continue leasing until you've accumulated sufficient cash to proceed with a purchase. Keep your FICO score at least in the mid-600's (of course, the higher the better) and focus on the objective. You'll be there before you know it. I wish you well.

Regards ...

Al Geffon
(713) 213-6350
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Fri Sep 14, 2012
Gail Levin answered:
There are various areas on Oxford Street, but the main properties are listed in the Heights. As the previous agent mentioned, Camden Heights is an apartment complex and if you are looking for a single family home in the Heights and surrounding areas, please e-mail me and I will be happy to forward you some properties. Thanks for your enquiry, I look forward to hearing from you. ... more
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Thu May 17, 2012
Persis Behramsha answered:
Hi Jhmsew,

I know this is an old post, but since no one has replied, I looked into it and see that the property still exists. It is an older home built in 1920 according to the Harris County Appraisal District.
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Thu Apr 19, 2012
Mark McNitt answered:
The property was purchased in April, 2004 Who knows if the sellers lives there or if there is a tenant?

You can see this information at Let me know if your looking to purchase or lease in this area as I have been showing several buyers recently in the $350k-$600k range.

Mark McNitt
m 832-567-4357
Bernstein Realty
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Wed Apr 18, 2012
Irina Karan answered:
Hello Robert,

You can get this done by engagin a realtor - but be specific on the price point, size, location and anything else that matters to you - so you are not overwhelmed with data. You can also use a Find a Pro tool on

Good luck with your search,

Irina Karan
CDPE - Certified Distressed Property Expert
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
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Sun Feb 5, 2012
Chris Schilling answered:
Given your great street location and lot size for the Heights, you do have lots of options. Couple of clarifying questions first:

1. If you sold- what do you think you would net, and where could you move to with that amount of money that you both would enjoy?
2. How averse are you to a remodel project and would you try to live in the property during a major remodel and if not, where would you go for the time it took to complete?
3. Tearing down and starting over take lots of time and can be a wonderful experience with the right contractor and banker and a freaking nightmare without the right team members. Does your current work life allow you the freedom to take on this large a project.

I can help with each and every choice you have here and would love to see your place to help make a final determination. I owned a house on 13th and now live in Garden Oaks. I have done this type of project for clients and myself about 7 times now...with mixed results. My wife has promised to use her knowledge from CSI to kill me in my sleep and dispose of my body if I opt to ever put her through it

If you liked my questions, make sure to give me a "Thumbs Up" and drop me an email so we can talk offline. I also appreciate being awarded the best answer or in this case the best questions....

Good luck to you either way!

Chris Schilling, ABR, CRS, GRI, GREEN
Turbo Realty
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Sun Feb 5, 2012
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Liz,
I too lived in the Heights for many years. It appears that 1545 Heights Blvd is listed for sale by Bill Baldwin of Boulevard Realty. It looks like this is also their office address. It was built in 2003 and has 4291 square feet and is listed for $458K. Here is a link to the virtual tour for the property: ... more
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Sat Aug 7, 2010
Mildred Molina answered:
Try this link out and see if it helps you.
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Fri Jan 22, 2010
Andrea Mazzoni answered:
Hi there,
you are correct when you say that some Active properties in Woodland Heights are overpriced. I am in Woodland Heights every weekend and I do Open Houses in one of them as a matter of fact....
With that being said, Ms. Laretta is also correct though. There are many factors to be considered before we can come up with an average sold price per square foot. In Woodland Heights lots are smaller compared to the Heights for example. The average is 5,000 sqft with not much of a backyard. Some properties have only one car garage ; however, to answer your question average prices range from $210 to $230 per sqft.
Please feel free to contact me if you need further info. Thanks.
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Fri Jan 22, 2010
Emily Erekuff answered:
Hi Vicky,

Welcome to Trulia Voices and thank you for your question.

If the following property at Oxford St. is no longer available, please contact Keller Williams to request that they update the listing information on their site and in the data feed they send to us. They currently still show this property as being available on their site and still indicate that it is for sale in their data feed. Once they make those updates however, our display should update automatically.

Also, I do see a listing at 71 Patti Lynn Ln on your profile.

I hope this adequately answers your questions. If not, or if you have others, please access the link below to send an email to our Customer Service team with clarifications as to how we can further assist you.

Thank you,

Emily Gibson
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Tue Jan 12, 2010
Dallas Texas answered:
Privacy issues it is best check county tax records for the data
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Fri Jan 1, 2010
Amy Law answered:
You will need to go to the Harris County Website and look for the HCAD link (Harris County Appraisal District). Dig around there and you should be able to find the deed history of the property. REALTORS are not suppose to divulge this information, but it is mostly public record and Harris County has a great website. ... more
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Tue Jun 3, 2008
Margaret T. Hatcher answered:
A lot of your answers are coming from Realtors outside of your area and Realtors are not builders. We can quote average sq ft price for resale, but in the Heights, that is even difficult with out knowing the home.

For you Realtors out there that are trying to figure out what I am saying , the Heights has homes built from the turn of the century( the last one) to today. Some of the homes have been restored some have not. Some of the homes are large some are not.

Melinda we do not even know if your addition will be contemporary, Victorian, high ceilings , a bath, a kitchen, all of this has a lot to do with the rice of the addition. A sleeping porch vs a bath room ?

A little more information and I can forward to some builders and hope they answer.

Not quite comparable to new construction cost in the MLS as the cost of the property is included there and your property is already obtained and very high.

Hoe we can get some builder to assist

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