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Quality of Life in Houston : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Dec 10, 2016
Keller Pest Control answered:
You are all wrong in your answer. While its important to get it resolved as soon as possible. Its more important to not be responsible for what could be as much as 1000.00 to 4000.00 cost. Also if not done correctly they will not be eliminated and can easily travel from one apartment to another. Contact your landlord in writing and date the certified letter, require signature from him. Talk to the other tenants to find out who else has them. Getting resolution quickly is not the best answer. Getting it done right and a professional can usually determine how long they have been there based on amount and size of Bed Bugs. It will be important to know how long you have been in the apartment More times than not the landlord will be liable for treatment and possibly damages. Contact a bed bug attorney and get a second opinion from a reputable pest control operator Make sure its a company that deals with bed bugs regularly. Do not use the landlords pest service for the second opinion and inspection You must allow his company to inspect but remember they are working for the landlord not you. Check the laws in your state and contact Government housing resources. You need to be aware if you live in an apartment they can be coming from next door. Its critical to determine the source of the infestation Be quick but don't be in a hurry to get it done. ... more
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Fri Aug 1, 2014
Tina Reed answered:
Have you considered living close to the water such as Kemah, Seabrook or Clear Lake Shores? Some great communities! Would be more than happy to provide further information.
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Mon Nov 25, 2013
Persis Behramsha answered:

Katy, south of I-10 along Grand Parkway is a sought-after area.

Commute to downtown will be rather long. You have the option to use the Metro Bus which has a couple of Park & Ride locations in Katy. Another option is to use the Toll Road that runs on I-10, or if you are further down south in Katy, you can use Westpark Tollway. My clients have worked around the commute to accommodate the lifestyle that Katy brings for families.

Katy does have a lot going and the popularity of that area is seen in the demand for housing.

Regarding schools, I would suggest going with the ratings first and then calling individual schools and visiting them if you prefer to find out what appeals to you. A new High school (Tompkins) just opening this year as a I am sure others will too, since the population is growing.

There are other options regarding areas if you are open to it. Ultimately, your preferences and your budget will command where you choose to settle.

If I can be of any assistance with any questions, please feel free to contact me.

REALM Real Estate Professionals
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Sun Nov 10, 2013
Arnold Richie answered:
Yes, TH Rogers is very good. There are homes and townhomes around that area that are priced from the "middle" to very high. All shopping is extremely close and access to freeways as well. However, if you want a true neighborhood feel for your kids where they can ride bikes, etc., you will probably do better away from town.

Houston is very large and there are "mini" cities all within and around. Best areas are north, southwest, and west. Please contact one of us (preferably me!) and let us help you.

Arnold Richie, Realtor®
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Sat Nov 9, 2013
Lestine Lakes answered:
It is not too soon to start looking. Send me an email, giving me your criteria, to include the type of property you are looking for and the areas you are interested in and I will send information. My email address is My cell phone number is (713) 854-1638. I look forward to working with you in locating a suitable property. Lestine Lakes, Realtor-Associate, Coleman & Co. Realtors ... more
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Tue Sep 10, 2013
Persis Behramsha answered:

Check out this link and if you have specific questions, please contact me at the information below.

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Wed Jul 31, 2013
Al Geffon answered:
Estefany ...

It depends on the homeowners' association ... some restrict them to certain times of year, others have "community" sales, and many have no conditions at all. If you lease your home, check with your landlord. ... more
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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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Mon Feb 25, 2013
Ken Manfredi answered:
First I would send an immediate 30 day notice of cancellation. Let them know that you intend to terminate their lease. Most leases require a 30 day notice by either party.

Second if you have a valid lease and there is an amount specified for the tenant to pay, you need to send a three day notice to vacate or cure. It should be clear that the notice is for non payment of rent. If they do not respond you will have to go to your local court and start the eviction process.

I am not an attorney and can not give any legal advice but eviction and damages are two different courts. Please consult your attorney for that part. I can tell you that Ive never collected past rent and fees.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012
Arnold Richie answered:
Hello Providence! As you can see, we would all love to have your business. My fellow Realtors have mostly addressed the "issue" of safe vs. non-safe. Houston is very much a conglomerate of small communities that stretches from near Galveston to Conroe and from near Beaumont to Katy. A very large area with many differing types of ammenities and lifestyles. You might want to consider school districts for your daughter as well. Each area generally has its own sights to see. Where you work should be a consideration as well, as traffic is an issue in this large city.

I am a native Houstonian and former home-builder. I know most of the areas well and would be happy to share my expertise. Any Realtor you choose should be able to help you find a good fit for you and your daughter. Best of luck in your move. You will soon enough be a real Texan.

Arnold Richie, Realtor®
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Mon Oct 22, 2012
Penny & James Brockway answered:
The Schliltterbahn Waterpark in Galveston is open year round. They have an indoor and outdoor park. Find out more at

The Space City Ice Station in Webster is a nice, big skating rink and entertainment complex. Check them out at:

Star Cinema Grill in Webster is a great place to catch a meal and a movie. Follow this link at:

Have Fun!
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Mon Oct 22, 2012
Tara Neal answered:
Houston is an amazing city to live in! If your single and don't have any children midtown is where it's at! There is lots of restaurants, bars and shops!
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Sun Oct 14, 2012
Margie Johnson answered:
I am involved in the Tomball Renewal Center who's mission is to provide residence, spiritual and financial support and guidance to abandoned mothers and their children with the ultimate goal of assisting them in supporting themselves. The project is still in developement and we are not yet to the point where we have taken in any families but hope to be up and running in the near future. There are countless charitable projects in Houston, some large scale and some more targeted to a specific need or community. I was drawn to the Tomball Renewal Center through prayer rather than popularity; however you find your path to community involvement I encourage your efforts. All the best to you. ... more
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Wed Sep 12, 2012
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Tue Jul 10, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
This is a really old thread, but it's a fantastic question. Here is some information collected by Trulia to share the latest about the Houston community,

Hope that helps and you are loving Houston-living!

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Tue Jun 12, 2012
Amanda Nicodemus answered:
I live near the Champions area and can barely hear the train that passes around midnight. However these condos are closer to the the train tracks, so the noise may be louder.
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Fri Feb 5, 2010
Dallas Texas answered:
In many instances if a property is "eye soar" best contact city The fines are steep if in violation

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Thu Nov 5, 2009
Dallas Texas answered:
Difficult to state based on executed lease agreement between tenants and property owner.

Notify owner what has taken place, if boyfriend has sign lease he has all rights be there as much as you do. Only property owner can evict the boyfriend not you.

Now if boyfriend is not on lease agreement or nothing in writing then confer with attorney could be no legal process is required.

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Fri Oct 23, 2009
Bruce Lynn answered:
Wow I'm not sure this is the right forum for that question. Most of the questions seem more focused on buying and selling homes. I don't know a thing about managing apt complexes, but I'd guess the bigger places want you to have some experience actually working in the business. Probably start as a leasing agent and then stick around. I'd guess it is a business with high turnover, so the people who stick around and are good workers probably get promoted. I'd bet it be smart to get involved in the apt managers assoc too. Networking with others in the business would probably be the best way to learn about job openings or opportunities. I'd be surprised if many property managers have RE license in Texas and the property management courses I've seen haven't focused on apts or hardly even talked about apts. If you want to get education and network at the same time I'd look at the apt assoc of houston and consider taking some of their courses while working in the business. ... more
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