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Mr. Smarts

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  1. I actually passed by the "town center" this afternoon, and I was pleasantly surprised. Although they haven't opened up the main street in the town center, I could see clearly into the shopping area. It looks really nice and looks appealing for an evening stroll. Reminds me of the nicer outdoor shopping areas in Denver. I can imagine how packed its going to be tomorrow.
  2. I've been driving 288 daily for the past 8 years. You must be new or don't pay attention. Because over the past few months, the cops have swarmed that area! Between BW8 and 610, you see tons of cops pulling people over. We obviously have too many police in Houston, because they have nothing better to do than give traffic tickets. I can understand 1 or 2 cops patrolling that stretch of highway, but sometimes there are 3-5 cops giving tickets. Give me a break, HPD has terrible response times, they need to take those cars off Park and start driving the streets some more. The crime also occurs on
  3. Are you serious? I've never seen or heard that before. How unique and different. I pay my guy $25 per. For about a 9k lot. I feel bad giving him so little with todays gas prices. I tried cutting it myself last summer and it took a couple hours and it also didn't come out as nice. I rather pay $25 and enjoy a nice dinner with my wife and savor those 2 hours for myself. On subject: Sorry I don't have my lawn guys #. He's just comes every week or 2.
  4. I think he's referring to the parking lot in Target. That surely hasnt been there since 288 was built.
  5. Have you gone through har.com? If so, thats pretty much what there is out there. Sure you might a few FSBO, but you'll have to schedule a showing with them to even see the inside since most dont provide a website to look at pictures. Good luck
  6. interesting, where did you find that info?
  7. after 5 months, things are finally on the right track????
  8. wow. those pictures make a world of difference. I'm always blown away at how some Realtors take the ugliest and blurry pictures. Pictures like yours make buyers take a second look at the home. What type of camera, lighting, exposure do you use. Or do you hire pros?
  9. Are these the same heads that a man from Houston is building? He's right by the new Target on I-10 and Sawyer. http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4686544.html
  10. I find it odd that Bass Pro Shops is being built on the closest corner of that lot. I can imagine that Bass Pro Shops will be the largest store in that shopping center, any smaller stores built there will be dwarfed and lost behind the big box that Bass Pro Shops is. A better placement would have been towards the other corner, acting as an anchor. But then again, this is a "town center," so the layout might be different. Anyone have any rendering of what the final project will look like? Even though no other names have been thrown out, they must have a concept.
  11. I know exactly the building you're talking about. Since you're a realtor, I highly recommend a good foreclosure. West Oaks might be a little too far inn, if you want a quick commute to 288. Traffic gets really bad on 518 in the mornings and afternoons. I'm not a realtor, but definately love real estate! Good luck.
  12. Why do you say Sunrise is not for you? I bought a foreclosed home in Pearland, it was the best decision I made. I saved about 20k on the current market value and only needed to make 2.5k in repairs/upgrades to the home. The rest I did to it was by choice. It sounds to me that buying a foreclosure would be good for you. Some people are completely opposed to buying a house that needs any types of repairs, but if you are like me, then its worth the extra k's in savings. Good luck. The trick is finding the right realtor who can show you the "right" foreclosures for you. As some need modest repairs
  13. I feel for you. You might not have direct recourse towards him. Since it is work for hire, but the contract will dictate how much so.I would get back at him by contacting several architecture magazines and maybe some television stations where they do stories about "buyer beware" situation. They might be interested in doing a story. I've had luck having some articles published about my business by solely writing the author of the article by email. It is BAD business practice. I can imagine that your situation is not the first he has done that to. Good luck.
  14. good luck with your land! I'm anxious to hear what you plan to do with it.
  15. a quick question for you. What advantage did you see in paying for a termite inspection instead of calling a termite place to come and check for termites for free? Obviously you get what you pay for, but i know most termite places do a good job in checking for termites. Thanks for the input.
  16. wow. I guess my quote wasn't too bad. I was about to come on here and mention that my quote seemed high. Its for a 2800 sq ft house built in 2001, in pearland. 2 story on slab foundation. They quoted me $445. This is with Fox Inspections.
  17. Thank you. do you happen to know if this is them? http://www.foxinspectiongroup.com/
  18. thats weird, my posts aren't bumping up the thread. Anyone? edit: now it bumped it.
  19. Is Fox inspections a 1 person company. Or do they contract their work out to other inspectors? I'm looking to inspect a home I'm looking to purchase in Pearland. Its fairly new, 2001, would they seem like the best person for the job? How much do they charge? I rather get some recommendations, then just flip through the yellow pages. A recommendation here is as good as anywhere. Thanks!
  20. I dont generally like apartments, but the silverlake apartments and townhomes are far from being affordable to the low-income masses as in Sharpstown. So I really doubt they will turn bad, especially with the taxes they are paying for the property.
  21. How come you don't like the new pearland? is it all the traffic? or just different tastes? I personally love the new area, since I love the urban feel (if it can be called that.)
  22. Inside Target there is another Starbucks too. The other starbucks is probably a quarter of a mile from 288.
  23. Thank you for the input? What areas do you like to invest in? I minimize my costs by using a contractor friend of mine for most of the work. I've easily in the past spent 10k on a house and put in a new roof, flooring, some electrical work, walls and ceilings. Sometimes a little more, sometimes less. All to code. I would never spend retail for construction work, on a house meant for resale. Since between my family and I, we give him a lot of work. I would also only purchase the home if I could get it under asking price. The realtor I work with would give me a break on her fees. But you ar
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