How To Sell A House In The Winter

Easily Sell Your House This Winter With These 8 Life-Saving Tips

Do a quick search online about selling property after the summer, and you’ll probably find some conflicting viewpoints. Whether or not you can sell a house in the winter is a topic that’s constantly up for debate, but it’s worth pointing out that buyers are looking for homes every season.

For sellers, it’s important to keep in mind that buyers in the market during the winter and holiday months are serious.  These buyers want to make a decision, and I encourage my sellers to bend over backward to make the decision an easy one if and when buyers see their homes.  Marketing during the winter is challenging, but not impossible.

Always keep a positive outlook and an open mind to ideas your agent provides.

8 Secrets To Selling Your Home, Stress-Free—Even During The Wintertime!

1. Identify your biggest reasons for selling

Were you recently offered a new job opportunity

Are you an empty-nester looking to downsize your home? 

Do you need more living space for your growing family?

Every seller has some specific reason for putting his or her home on the market.  Depending on your unique situation, you may or may not be under pressure to sell your home as quickly as possible

If you have a tight deadline to sell and relocate, then your first priority will be to make the home look its best for showings. Additionally, you’ll want to get a head start on fielding Realtors to find a professional who’s familiar with your neighborhood.

On the other hand, if you’re not in a hurry to find a new home, find out how home prices in your neighborhood have been affected each season over the last several years.  Do homes comparable to yours tend to sell for more money in the winter or spring?  If you’re not in a rush to sell right now and market data suggests you can list at a higher price in the spring, then you may want to wait a few months to move.

2. Don’t forget about curb appeal

As the weather gets colder, it can be tempting to develop a laissez-faire attitude towards outside maintenance and yard cleanup.  Doing so, however, can dramatically decrease your chances of attracting buyers willing to pay your full asking price.

Cub appeal is what gets buyers’ attention when you list your home for sale.  Though it may not seem significant, a front yard full of leaves, weeds, and debris can actually be enough of an eyesore to make a buyer think twice before inquiring about the property.

3. Plan ahead and take high-quality photos

While a fresh blanket of snow may look picturesque, buyers need to know what the property looks like the rest of the year.  It’s never a bad idea to hire a professional photographer to take both exterior and interior shots before you put your house on the market. Remember, most buyers will see your home for the first time in online listings.  If you don’t own a high-quality camera, you’ll risk turning away buyers before they even get through the door.

Investing in professional photos is the perfect way to ensure your listing makes a solid first impression.

4. Winterize the entire property

Chances are, no homeowner thinks of winterization as a particularly fun task.  But the fact remains that keeping up with routine maintenance shows buyers your home has been properly cared for—something they’ll absolutely notice during showings.

Make a winterization checklist for yourself to keep track of which chores have already been completed and which ones still need to be addressed.

5. Put away over-the-top décor

There’s no harm in having a wreath on the front door or some decorative hand towels in the kitchen. In fact, most Realtors, including myself, recommend staging.  Just be thoughtful of decorations that may be too bold or too personalized to be appreciated by buyers.

As a rule of thumb, excessive knick-knacks, furniture, and anything else that buyers may view as clutter should be removed from the home before your Realtor begins scheduling showings.  On a related note, if you haven’t yet started moving out of the home, be sure to pack up valuable items and family heirlooms as soon as possible for safekeeping.

6. Keep the heat set to a comfortable temperature

Even if you’ve already moved out of the home, keep the heat running until the you close on a deal.   Not only will this prevent pipes from freezing and bursting; having the heat on helps buyers visualize themselves living in the house, thereby increasing your chances of receiving a favorable offer.

7. Let in some fresh air

Periodically opening a few windows around the house in between showings can help improve indoor air quality and eliminate odors.  Believe it or not, damp, musty air is actually one of the most common reasons buyers will decide against putting in an offer.

 

8. Create a marketing strategy that appeals to your ideal buyer

Perhaps one of the greatest advantages your Realtor can provide you with is an understanding of the buyers actively looking at your neighborhood.  Depending on where your home is located and how long you’ve owned the property, today’s buyers may have different priorities or preferences than you did when you moved in.

Work with your Realtor to figure out what types of buyers are interested in your neighborhood, what they look for in a home, and how you can create an online listing that appeals to those needs.  For example, young families may be excited by large backyards, whereas investors looking to rent out the home may care more about a property’s proximity to shopping and entertainment.

An experienced Realtor can help you pin-point all of your ideal buyer’s needs, making your property sale an easy transaction.

Get Help Selling Your Home This Winter

If you need assistance selling your Houston home, please contact me today to get started!  I frequently work with homeowners in the Tanglewood, Memorial, Uptown, and Galleria neighborhoods, and have been a part of the community for nearly 30 years.

For more information about the Houston real estate market, please feel free to visit me on Twitter, Facebook, and my YouTube channel!

Tips for Buying an Income Property in Houston

3 Steps To Take Before You Buy An Income Property In Houston

Whether you’re thinking of flipping houses part-time or buying a rental property, investing in real estate is such a fantastic way to increase your income and put your money to work for you.

 

If you’re a first-time investor, though, you’ll first need to learn how to plan ahead, the pros and cons of flipping vs renting, and how investing can differ from buying a home as an owner-occupant.

 

From there, you can determine the best course of action for reaching your goals, and you’ll be ready to confidently invest in property!

 

How To Invest In Houston Real Estate

1. Determine your budget, timeline, and projected ROI

 

Any cash you invest will be tied up in the property, so you need a realistic idea of how long you’ll be waiting to earn a profit, as well as an estimate of what your earnings and ROI will look like.  Keep in mind, if you don’t intend to make an all-cash investment, your financing options as an investor will not be the same as the typical mortgage loans you’re already familiar with.

 

2. Decide how you’d like to earn a profit

 

You have a couple of options in terms of how you’ll earn a return on your investment: namely, you can either become a landlord and rent out your property, or you can “flip” it, and sell for more money.

 

Obviously, when compared to renting, flipping a house is a faster way to earn a profit.  Doing so, however, typically requires extensive remodeling to increase the property’s value.  Plus, the amount of time during which the property is under construction and, subsequently, listed for sale, could easily last for months; that means you could be waiting quite awhile before you can earn back a profit.

 

On the other hand, should you decide to rent out the home, you’ll start earning back a return on your investment as soon as you find a qualified tenant (though of course, it will take some time before you can start collecting a profit).  It’s also worth noting that being a landlord is not exactly a hands-off job; as the owner of a rental property, it’s your responsibility to ensure the home is properly maintained and in a safe, livable condition for your tenants.  Of course, you can outsource these duties to a property management firm, though doing so will inevitably cut into profits.

 

3. Thoroughly research local neighborhoods

 

Even before you start looking at properties, you’ll want to start researching neighborhoods in your area.  As an investor, there are a few different lenses you’ll want to use when analyzing an area.  First, you should research the neighborhood as if you were planning to move there yourself; factors like crime, infrastructure, and local school ratings will all play a role in your ability to attract tenants or buyers to your income home.

 

Next, be sure to assess local market conditions to determine how much you can expect to list or rent your investment home for.  Find out how the market has changed over the past few years, and whether or not there have been any significant shifts in terms of demand.  Generally speaking, certain neighborhoods will attract more renters than owner-occupants, or vice versa; whether you’d prefer to flip your investment property or rent it out, be sure to identify a neighborhood whose market aligns with your intentions.

 

And of course, don’t be afraid to talk to a Realtor for more insight on the latest market updates!

 

Additional Resources For First-Time Investors In Houston

 

Top-rated Houston property managers*

 

  1. Rental Management Group
  2. ULR Properties
  3. Evan Howell Properties
  4. AREA Texas Realty & Management
  5. Light Hill Partners

 

*based on Yelp reviews

 

Top-rated Houston home building contractors*

 

  1. Ramirez Home Remodeling
  2. Victor Gonzalez Painting & Remodeling
  3. Ashwood Designs & Custom Homes
  4. Up To Date Decor
  5. Houston Remodel Pros

 

*based on Yelp reviews

 

Resources for local market data

 

  1. Zillow Market Reports
  2. RentCafe
  3. HAR Market Updates
  4. Trulia Real Estate Data
  5. Movoto Real Estate Trends and Statistics

 

Are You Ready to Invest in Houston Real Estate?

As an experienced Realtor who’s served the Houston area for nearly 30 years now, I’m more than happy to help you find the perfect investment property!

 

If you’re interested in the Tanglewood, Memorial, Uptown, or Galleria neighborhoods and would like assistance in your search, please send me a message today to get started!

Things To Do In Houston Over The Holidays

11 Exciting Things To Do in Houston This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here soon, and for many, that means hosting out-of-town family members.  Entertaining can quickly become overwhelming, and even exhausting at times.

 

Why not enjoy some time outside of the house this holiday season?

 

11 Fun Activities to Enjoy in Houston With Your Out-Of-Town Guests Over The Holidays:

 

1. Ice Skating at The ICE – Nov 19-23, Dec 24-31

 

If you’re looking for fun, new ways to enjoy the outdoors during the winter, head to the ICE at Discovery Green.  Tickets are available online.

 

2. Thanksgiving Brunch at The San Luis Hotel – Nov 22

 

Let someone else cook for you on Thanksgiving!  The San Luis Hotel hosts an incredible brunch with plenty of options to choose from, plus bottomless mimosas.

 

3. 59th Annual Autorama car show – Nov 22- Nov 25

 

For the car buffs, check out AutoRama’s annual show, which proudly celebrates “America’s finest hot rods, customs, trucks & motorcycles.”

 

4. TFTI Interactive Photo Exhibit – Nov 23-Dec 30

 

Get creative and enjoy plenty of photo opportunities with the whole family!

 

5. The Dinner Detective: An Interactive Mystery Dinner Show at Doubletree Hotel- Nov 24

 

Enjoy dinner and a show that you can be a part of!  The Dinner Detective has been named the Best Dinner Show in Los Angeles for four years now, and is finally making its way to Houston!

 

6. Be Someone Artist Showcase at Last Concert Cafe- Nov 24

 

Experience the art and music of local talent while you raise money to end youth homelessness at this exciting fundraiser!

 

7. Maggiano’s Breakfast With Santa – Nov 24

 

Enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet, learn all about the North Pole, and take photos with Santa, of course!

 

8. Little White Oak Night Market – Nov 24 & Dec 29

 

Shop from local vendors selling food, apparel, produce, handmade jewelry, and more!

 

9. Shop & Brunch at Heights Morning Market- Dec 23 & Dec 30

 

Enjoy brunch, live music, and plenty of shopping.  Check out items from local vendors including home goods, arts and crafts, jewelry, and more!

 

10. Lobster Tail Night at Phil & Derek’s Restaurant & Jazz Lounge – Dec 25

 

If you don’t celebrate Christmas or your family prefers to dine out, why not enjoy some delicious seafood?

 

11. Improv Comedy: Battle Station – Competitive Improv show at Station Theater – Dec 23 & Dec 30

 

Watch two improv teams go head to head, and vote to decide who will make it to the next round!

 

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Buying Or Selling A Home In The Houston Area?

 

I’ve proudly served the Tanglewood, Memorial, Uptown, and Galleria neighborhoods for years.  If you have questions about buying or selling luxury property, please get in touch with me today for assistance!

5 Christmas Gifts for Homeowners

5 Gadgets On Every Homeowner’s Christmas List This Year

Is there anything more exciting than finding helpful new gadgets to make your house smarter?

 

Thanks to today’s advanced technologies, there are hundreds of exciting new gadgets that can help you run your home more smoothly.

 

From pure entertainment purposes to automating some of your least favorite chores, technology for the home really has revolutionized the way we all live, and most of us are ready to welcome even more tech “toys” into our lives, especially this Christmas season!

 

Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas For Tech-Loving Homeowners in 2018

 

1. Doorbell cameras

 

Doorbells with built-in camera systems are among homeowners’ favorite new security gadgets.  These devices stream live footage straight to your phone, and some even have two-way talk functionality, letting you answer the door from anywhere in your house.

 

Top-rated doorbell cameras

(based on ratings from Offers.com)

 

1. Ring Video Doorbell Pro

 

2. Ring Wifi Enabled Video Doorbell

 

3. Skybell HD Silver Wifi Video Doorbell

 

4. Honeywell RCWL330A1000/N P4-Premium Portable Wireless Doorbell

 

5. Remobell Wifi Wireless Video Doorbell

 

 

 

2. Voice-assisted smart speakers

 

The new smart speakers coming out are more impressive every year, and make it easy to create a fun, interactive sound system for your home!  And voice-activated assistants are great for controlling your music hands-free!

 

Top-rated voice-assisted speakers

(based on ratings from PCMag)

 

1. Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)

 

2. Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)

 

3. Amazon Echo Show (2nd Generation)

 

4. Google Home Max

 

5. JBL Link View

 

6. Sonos Beam

 

7. Sonos One

 

8. Lenovo Smart Display

 

9. Apple HomePod

 

10. Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Generation)

Certain devices are recommended over others based on how the speakers will be used (i.e., integrating with other smart home technology vs strictly being used for music).

 

3. Smart home climate control

 

Smart thermostats have been growing in popularity since they first came out a few years ago.  Many homeowners love these systems for their energy efficiency and compatibility with smartphones.  Smart temperature control systems even offer the functionality to set custom temperatures for individual rooms.

 

Top 5 smart thermostats**

(based on ratings from Offers.com)

 

1. Nest Learning (3rd Generation)

 

2. Honeywell RTH9580WF Smart Wifi 7 Day Programmable Color Touch Thermostat

 

3. Ecobee3 Thermostat with Sensor, Wifi (2nd Generation)

 

4. Emerson Thermostats Sensi Smart Thermostat

 

5. Honeywell RTH6580WF Wifi 7 Day Programmable Thermostat

 

 

Aside from making your home more comfortable, these systems also make a house more attractive to buyers when it comes time to sell!

 

 

4. Smart lawn irrigation timers

Smart sprinklers and irrigation controllers help you keep your lawn healthy with minimal effort.  These advanced systems can access the Internet to adjust watering schedules based on the weather.

 

Top-rated smart irrigation timers

(based on ratings from Offers.com)

 

1. Rachio 8 Zone 2nd Generation Smart Sprinkler Controller

 

2. RainMachine Touch HD-12 Smart Wifi Irrigation Controller

 

3. Orbit B-Hyve Smart Indoor/Outdoor Wifi Sprinkler System Controller

 

4. RainMachine Mini-8 Cloud Independent Wifi Irrigation Controller

 

5. Rain Bird ST8I-Wifi Smart Indoor Wifi Sprinkler/ Irrigation System Timer/ Controller

 

Finally, you won’t have to worry about flooding your yard if a rainstorm is coming while you’re at work or away on vacation!

 

 

5. Robotic lawn mowers

 

Finally, we can all stop pushing our heavy lawn mowers in the hot sun!  Several brands now sell robotic mowers, so you can enjoy the warm weather and spend less time doing grueling yardwork.

 

Top-rated robotic mowers

(based on ratings from PCMag)

 

1. Husqvarna Automower 315X

 

2. Robomow RS622

 

3. Honda Miimo HRM 310

 

4. Worx Landroid M Cordless Robotic Mower

 

What Gadgets Do You Want to See Under the Tree This Year?

 

Leave a comment below with your favorite device from this list, and follow me on social media for more fun tips about homeownership!

 

Have a Real Estate Question?

If you’re buying or selling a home in the Houston area, please feel free to contact me with your questions!  I’ve happily served the Tanglewood, Memorial, uptown, and Galleria neighborhoods for years, and look forward to helping you learn more about the local market.

How to Winterize Your Home in Houston

7 Winterization Tips Every Houston Homeowner Needs To Know

Winter will be here before we know it!  Luckily, homeowners in Houston don’t need to worry about the extreme conditions other parts of the country experience, but you’ll still want to make sure your property’s ready for the colder weather.

 

Take care of last-minute outdoor projects while the weather’s still pleasant, and get your house ready for the cool temperatures ahead!

 

How To Prepare Your House For Winter

 

1. Blow out your sprinkler system

 

Removing leftover water from your sprinkler system helps prevent freezing and cracking during colder months.

 

You can usually find local sprinkler companies to complete the job on sites like Angie’s List or HomeAdvisor.

 

Alternatively, if you have an air compressor at home, it shouldn’t be too hard to complete the job yourself.  There are plenty of helpful tutorials available that you can check out beforehand.  Reference.com has a detailed step-by-step blog post outlining the process, and Instructables created a quick, informative video that you can refer to as well for some DIY tips.

 

2. Clean your gutters

 

A good rule of thumb is to clean out your gutters at least once each season.  Freeing gutters and downspouts of leaves, twigs, and other debris before the beginning of winter will prepare your house for the season, and you most likely won’t need to repeat the job until spring.

 

3. Sweep your chimney

 

Nothing’s more satisfying than curling up in front of a fire on a cold winter evening!  If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your chimney cleaned, though, you’ll want to do so as soon as possible.

 

Because chimney buildup can create a fire hazard, it’s best to hire a certified professional if you are not familiar with how to inspect and clean your own chimney.

 

4. Close your pool

 

 

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to cover the pool for the winter.  Not only does this help make the process of re-opening your pool in the springtime much easier; you could even run the risk of seeing your pool get completely destroyed if you neglect to properly clean and cover it.

 

5. Make sure your heating system is working properly

 

Before the cold weather is here to stay, it’s not a bad idea to test out your home’s heat to make sure it works properly.  You can check to make sure your pilot light is igniting as well.

 

If, for some reason, you turn on the heat and discover your home isn’t getting warmer, you’ll still have plenty of time to have a professional come fix the problem.

 

6. Get a professional roof inspection

Better safe than sorry!  If you have any doubts about your roof’s condition, have it inspected while the weather’s still tolerable.  You may only need a small repair job, but the sooner you have your roof looked at, the better.

 

The last thing you need is a leaky roof making your home cold and damp in the winter!

 

7. Tidy up outside

 

Keep your yard looking its best!  Clear away leaves, fallen branches, and any other clutter that may be remaining from the summer months.  Don’t forget to clean off outdoor furniture and properly store chairs, cushions, and tables, so they’re ready for use in the spring.

 

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Buying Or Selling In The Houston Area?

 

I serve the Tanglewood, Memorial, Uptown, and Galleria neighborhoods, and am happy to help you understand the market.  If you’re getting ready to buy or sell property, feel free to contact me today for assistance!

 

What does it actually mean to be healthy?

Disclaimer: Please consult with your doctor before trying new supplements or making changes to your diet and exercise routines.

 

 Is healthy living worth the effort?

 

Some people feel that being healthy requires too much work and is not worth the struggle; they believe keeping a healthy lifestyle means eating salads and working out every day. The truth is, being healthy means taking care of yourself so you can feel well without depending on medication.

 

Introducing guest author, Ana Sanchez-Vivas

 

Hi everyone!  My husband, Ivan, and I are parents of two toddlers, and as wellness researchers, we want to show you that being healthy doesn’t have to be difficult; you can make easy changes in your life and burn calories even without exercising!

 

Ivan and I are brokers of natural products, and we work with a wonderful team, including a urologist and expert on naturopathic medicine who recently shared the article below.   We wanted to share with you as well!

 

5 tips to Burn More Calories Without Exercising

 

By Dr. Juan Jose Ramos

The first advice they always give us if we ask how to burn more calories is to exercise. Playing sports is an excellent way to increase energy expenditure and improve our motivation and mood to lose weight in a healthy way.

However, there are other natural ways to achieve this, too.

How to Burn More Calories?

There are many people who have a hard time losing weight. There are also others who are going down in weight based on hard efforts and sacrifices, but would like to achieve the same results more easily. For all of them we propose 5 tips that are based on food and good habits.

This way, not only will we lose weight faster, but will also improve our health, which fills us with optimism and energy.

1.       Do not Reduce Calories intake.

 

The way to burn more calories does not consist precisely in reducing calories.  The hypocaloric diets accustom our body to spend less energy, so that it will still cost us more to lose weight and, in addition, we will suffer the dreaded rebound effect if we leave the diet.

2.       Infusion of Ginger.

 

Ginger is, like cayenne, an excellent activator of metabolism that we must include in our diet. In addition, it improves our digestion and favors the elimination of liquids, so it should not be lacking in any diet for weight loss purposes. We can prepare the infused ginger, accompanied by lemon juice and stevia, and take it throughout the day, cold or hot.

3.       Food Rich in Vegetables.

 

Vegetables have the peculiarity that our body spends more calories to digest them than other foods. For this reason we recommend eating a diet rich in vegetables, raw and cooked.

4.       Make Several Meals a Day.

 

Making several meals a day is good advice for those who want to increase energy expenditure, and also for those who suffer from starvation during a diet. They must be meals that satisfy us but do not fill us completely.

5.       A Good Rest.

 

Sleeping well is essential to achieve our goal. By sleeping well we mean to rest enough; what our body needs. If we sleep little we alter our nervous system and we will notice an increase in appetite due to lack of energy. On the contrary, if we sleep too much, we will reduce our metabolism, burn fewer calories and we will feel tired more easily.

Learn More

 

 

This article is merely informative. We are not recommending any medical treatment, nor are we offering any diagnoses. We encourage you to speak with your doctor prior to making any adjustments to your diet, nutrition, and/ or exercise routines.

If you would like to learn more about the concepts described in the article above, Ivan and I have put together a complete guide with 6 Energy Charged Foods to help you feel your best!

This FREE GUIDE will show you how to…

  • Avoid the afternoon energy crash
  • Add these super 6 foods to your daily routine
  • Improve your overall level of health

Go to IvanAndAna.com and download your guide today!

 

 

 

 

National Night Out 2018 Is Almost Here!

National Night Out 2018 Is Almost Here!

National Night Out 2018 will be here before we know it!  Do you have plans to celebrate yet?

 

National Night Out History

 

The annual campaign originally launched 34 years ago as a means to strengthen the relationship between individual communities and their corresponding police departments.

 

Once a year, families and police crews are invited to gather at block parties, festivals, and other events to celebrate the importance of safety and crime prevention in a community.  During these events, police officers usually provide demonstrations and seminars to teach community members helpful safety tips and best practices.

 

Neighborhoods across the country are encouraged to participate, and many recognize the event during the first week in August each year, however, Texas always celebrates National Night Out in October.

 

Where To Participate In This Year’s National Night Out Events

 

If your neighborhood isn’t hosting a block party, you can still enjoy this year’s National Night Out at one of the events listed below:

 

Midtown Houston

 

In Midtown Park on October 2, from 5-7 PM, you can enjoy food and drinks with the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, Harris County Constable Precinct 7, local security experts, and more!

 

The Woodlands

 

The Woodlands Township is hosting a Community Safety Expo at Northshore Park on Saturday, October 6, from 12-3 PM.

 

There will also be a number of National Night Out parties throughout the area on Sunday, October 14, from 3-6 PM.

 

White Oak Bayou Village Shopping Center

 

This year’s National Night Out event will take place on Tuesday, October 2 from 5:30-8 PM.  Bring your family and get to know local law enforcement!

 

Are You Excited For National Night Out?

Neighborhood safety is such an important issue, and a great topic to bond over with your local community!  Whether you’re new to the Houston area, or would like to learn more about the men and women keeping Houston safe, National Night Out provides a great opportunity to mingle with neighbors and local authorities.

 

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Follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page to see more announcements about upcoming events in the Houston area you won’t want to miss!  You can also receive updates about the local real estate market when you subscribe to my YouTube channel today.

 

As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions about buying or selling a luxury home in Houston!  I serve the Tanglewood, Memorial, Uptown and Galleria neighborhoods.

Best Healthy Restaurants in Houston

Best Restaurants in Houston That Won’t Ruin Your Diet

Committing to a diet is never easy, especially when you find yourself surrounded by tempting, unhealthy foods.  One of the best things about living in Houston is the fact that our city makes it so easy to commit to a healthy lifestyle.  As you may know, Houston is practically overflowing with amazing gyms and workout classes, but it doesn’t stop there; Houstonians are also lucky enough to have dozens of fantastic restaurants with enticing, healthy menu options available in just about every neighborhood!

Highest-Rated Restaurants With Healthy Choices in Houston*

 

Restaurants With Vegetarian Options

 

Dining out doesn’t always have to mean ordering pasta or salad if you’re a vegetarian in Houston!  These restaurants are known and loved for their creative, delicious vegetarian meals:

 

 

 

Restaurants With Vegan Options

 

As vegan diets have become more commonplace, more restaurants have finally started offering plant-based meals.  Here are some of vegan Houstonians’ favorite choices:

 

 

 

Restaurants With Juices and Smoothies

 

When you need a new way to enjoy fruits and vegetables, check out the drinks at these restaurants:

 

 

 

Restaurants With Live and Raw Food Options

 

If you prefer the purist, raw dishes, make sure you check out these restaurants:

 

 

 

Restaurants With Gluten-Free Options

 

While gluten-free diets have become more popular, so have restaurants with gluten-free dishes.  Whether you’re avoiding gluten for allergy reasons or dietary ones, make sure you check out these eateries:

 

 

 

What Are Your Favorite Healthy Restaurants in Houston?

 

Comment below with your favorite diet-friendly Houston restaurants!

 

Learn More About What Makes Houston Such A Wonderful City

 

Whether you’re planning a vacation or thinking of moving to Houston, you can learn more about our amazing city by following me on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube!

 

For more information about buying and selling property in Houston, please don’t hesitate to contact me today!

 

*Based on ratings from Yelp and Thrillist
12 Exciting Things To Do When You Travel To Houston

Why Traveling To Houston Should Be On Everyone’s Bucket List

The Dog Days of Summer will soon be over, and this time of year, Houston really does become a destination spot for travelers.

 

From interesting tours and museums to great shows and sporting events, there’s so much to see and do here, even if you’re just looking to make the most of a long weekend trip!

 

Best of all, Houston is full of great hotels that are centrally located with access to plenty of venues you can reach on foot.  This city undeniably one of the most fun place to visit over the coming months!

 

Houston Strong!

 

Here Are 12 Exciting Things To Do During Your Stay In Houston:

1. Visit amazing museums for free

 

Believe it or not, there are quite a few museums in Houston that you can visit for free during your trip.  Whether you’re interested in art, history, science, nature, or something a bit more kid-friendly, you can plan a fun afternoon even without spending money on tickets!

2. See James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace

The Skyspace is actually a music venue, designed to provide an ideal acoustic setting for live performances.  During the day, though, the structure is open to the public, and free to access every day of the week except Tuesdays or during a private event.

 

Each day at sunrise and sunset, the LED light sequence called Twilight Epiphany is performed, with beautiful lights and colors projected onto the ceiling, momentarily transforming the structure into a truly remarkable sight!

 

3. Watch a show at Miller Outdoor Theatre

 

Every year, the Miller Outdoor Theatre offers dozens of shows and events for free from March through October.  Check out the full event calendar to see what’s happening during your stay in Houston!

4. Hike through Buffalo Bayou Park

If you’re looking for ways to connect with nature, make sure you visit Buffalo Bayou Park!  It’s open to the public from dawn until dusk and makes for the perfect picnic location!  You can also rent bicycles, kayaks, and canoes, or visit the skatepark with the kids!

 

5. Visit the Cloud Column (AKA the “refried bean”)

 

Did you know Anish Kapoor, the sculptor who designed Chicago’s famous Cloud Gate, also designed a sculpture for Houston?

 

Lovingly nicknamed the “refried bean,” in reference to Chicago’s sculpture, the Cloud Column is more than 2 stories tall and a great spot to take photos!

 

6. Bring your camera to these 8 famous landmarks

 

Beatles statues

 

Artist David Adickes famously created a number of incredible sculptures that can be found throughout Houston, including the beloved 36-feet-tall statues of the Beatles in their Sgt. Pepper Heart’s Club Band gear.  Check them out in the 8th Wonder Brewery’s backyard!

 

Howard Hughes’ gravesite at Glenwood Cemetery

 

Glenwood Cemetery has become known as the final resting place for some of history’s most impressive figures, including Howard Hughes and lifelong friend, actress Gene Tierney, to name a few.

 

San Jacinto Monument

 

Whether you’re a true history buff or you’d love a chance to see a birds-eye view of Houston, the San Jacinto Monument is definitely a must-see landmark to visit on your trip!

 

Underground tunnel

 

Located 20 feet below the streets of downtown Houston is an underground tunnel system where you can escape from the city noise to explore fun shopping and dining options!

 

Eclectic Menagerie Park

 

As the name suggests, the Eclectic Menagerie Park features an expansive collection of incredible sculptures that are truly one-of-a-kind and perfect for taking some interesting photos!

 

John Milkovisch’s Beer Can House

 

This house covered in beer cans, bottle caps, and other beer-related items has become one of Houston’s most well-known pieces of folk art and is another great backdrop for your vacation photos.

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

While no longer in use, the underground cistern located at 105 Sabine Street is another breathtaking landmark you won’t want to miss!  Admission is free on Thursdays, otherwise, tickets cost $10 for adults or $8 for seniors and students.

 

7. Visit Chinatown

 

You can easily spend an entire day in Chinatown; there’s so many shops and restaurants to try!  With massage parlors, plenty of shopping, karaoke bars, and dozens of places to eat, Chinatown absolutely has something for everyone!

 

8. Rent a bicycle and tour the city

 

If weather permits, there’s no better way to explore Houston!  The new BCycle bike sharing program makes it easy to rent a bicycle and tour the city at your own pace!

 

9. Head to the Washington Avenue Arts District

 

Here, you can enjoy the work of talented local artists or see a fun theater production!  There’s also plenty of restaurant options in the area.

 

10. Check out the latest upcoming events

 

Regardless of what time of year your trip is, there are always exciting events happening all throughout the city!

 

11. Visit the Space Center

 

Would any trip to Houston be complete without seeing the space center?

 

Learn about Nasa, the International Space Station, astronaut training, and so much more!  Make sure you check out which attractions will be available during your stay!

 

12. Get a taste of local cuisine

 

When you come to a city like Houston, be prepared for incredible restaurant options.  Whether you prefer a classic American steakhouse, southern BBQ, or authentic international cuisine, Houston has it all!

 

And while you’re in town, make sure you check out long list of top-rated bars, too!

 

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Workout Classes To Try In Houston

Best Gyms And Fitness Classes To Try In Houston

One of the things that most of us have in common is a fast-paced, hectic lifestyle.   The real estate business is no different—it includes odd hours and, at times, there are no days off!

 

One of the best ways I keep my mental acuity sharp and my physical stamina and energy levels high for my clients is by squeezing in regular and consistent workouts!   I love to mix a variety of things into my exercise routine and my motto is “Keep Moving!”

 

I enjoy swimming and fitness classes at the Trotter YMCA, I’m also a regular yogi at the Yogaworks studio on Woodway at Bering, and you’ll see me cycling the streets of Tanglewood through Memorial Park up the TC Jester Bike Path and all the way Downtown.   I strongly advocate incorporating exercise blocks if it’s 10-15 minutes or 15-30 minutes at a time!   Short walks, stretching and setting goals is so important!

 

Keep moving!!

 

Where To Find The Best Workout Classes In Houston*

 

Pilates

 

Pilates workouts are a great way to increase flexibility while strengthening your core.  These types of workouts are a popular choice because, while effective, they’re usually still, easy enough for those who are new to working out regularly.

 

Some of the best places to take Pilates classes in Houston include:

 

 

Athletic Training and Bootcamps

 

Bootcamp workouts and athletic conditioning classes are great examples of high intensity, full-body workouts, and there are numerous gyms throughout the Houston area that offer these types of trainings.

 

Some of the top-rated names include:

 

 

Running

 

Running classes are a lesser-known type of workout that help to increase stamina and keep you motivated, even when you want to quit!

 

RacePace is a local gym in Houston that’s known for their highly-rated group running classes.

Dance

 

Many gyms and dance studios offer all types of dance classes that provide full-body workouts with fun, upbeat music.

 

These are some of the top-rated gyms with dance classes in Houston:

 

 

Barre

 

Barre is another popular workout that stems from ballet dancing.  Much like ballet, Barre workouts are great for strengthening the core muscles and improving posture and flexibility.

 

You can find some of the top-rated Barre classes in Houston at the following locations:

 

 

Boxing/ Kickboxing

 

Boxing and kickboxing classes are great examples of high-energy workouts that help to relieve improve posture and coordination while relieving stress.

 

Some of the most highly-rated gyms with these types of classes include the following:

 

 

Cycling

 

Cycling classes are an extremely popular type of cardio class that provides a team-like atmosphere and helps strengthen muscles.

 

Some gyms with the best-rated cycling classes in Houston include:

 

Yoga

 

There are so many benefits to practicing yoga!  With regular workouts, most people notice increased flexibility, improved metabolism, muscle strengthening, and better posture, just to name a few.

 

You can check out some of the area’s top-rated yoga classes at these locations:

 

 

Cardio

 

Of course, no workout routine is complete without cardio!  In addition to improving heart health, these workouts are essential for burning calories, reducing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight.

 

You can find some of Houston’s top-rated cardio classes at the following gyms:

 

 

 

Martial Arts and Self-Defense

 

Not only are Martial Arts classes a great way to learn about self-defense; they’re also a great way to get a full-body workout and increase your flexibility and reduce stress!

 

Here are some of the best-rated gyms with Martial Arts and self-defense programs in Houston:

 

 

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Workouts?

 

One of the biggest benefits of living in a city like Houston is being able to choose from dozens of incredible new gyms and workout classes to keep exercising fun and exciting.

 

Leave a comment below with your favorite workout class or gym in the Houston area!

 

Learn More About The Houston Area

 

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*Based on ratings from Yelp