Katy, Texas: How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways!

January 31, 2011

I am fortunate to live and work in the sprawling western Houston suburb known as Katy, TX, recently recognized as the top community for growth in the Nation by the Gadberry Group. Click link to read more…

There are obvious reasons for my statement and a few that are not-so-obvious:

1. Location, Location, Location: Close proximity to the Energy Corridor, a major area for our top employers. 

2. Terrific Schools: Just search www.katyisd.org to see what our school district and individual campuses have to offer to our residents and their children. (As the mother of a National Merit Finalist and a Semi-Finalist, I can personally attest to the effectiveness of the administrators and their staff.) Thank you Katy ISD!

3. Cost of Living: We still have lots of available land for building and labor is fairly inexpensive so housing is affordable. However, our property taxes tend to be a high but keep in mind Texas does not have a State Income Tax so our property taxes are used to fund our great schools.

4. (Relatively) Easy Commute: Traffic, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder and it depends on what you consider an easy commute. Face it, Houston loves its vehicles so the traffic will always be with us. However, with the completion of the I-10 expansion and the Westpark Tollway completion, there are several avenues for timely travel into Houston and beyond. I know some people do not want a commute and are willing to pay higher homes prices to live closer in and perhaps sacrifice a bit on the schools but our many residents feel that the trade-off is worth it.

5. Great Communities: There are so many different neighborhoods available to a home buyer in our area. I tend to call them “communities”  because some of them are larger than many small towns. In fact, Cinco Ranch is currently the number one new home selling community in entire country and has recently acquired 500 additional acres to continue its growth. Katy offers many other terrific choices such as: Grand Lakes, Firethorne, Cross Creek Ranch, Seven Meadows, Kelliwood, Grayson Lakes and more. Our developers have thoughtfully designed and completed their communities with the homeowner in mind. With careful presentation of commercial/retail, beautifully landscaped common areas, abundant resort-style amenities (golf, pools, tennis, hike/bike trails, lakes, etc.), our residents can feel secure that they have made a wise choice with regard to their families’ enjoyment and potential resale value.

6. Quality of Life: Katy offers a true, small town experience with big city features. We have great dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities for everyone of all ages. We are thrilled to be the lucky recipient of abundant medical care, including but not limited to the new Medical Center’s West Campus: Texas Children’s Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Hermann Memorial Hospital, Christus St. Catherine Hospital and the MD Anderson Radiology Center.

7. Diverse and Interesting: Our area is truly representative of the world’s population. As the destination of choice for most expatriates moving here with their energy sector jobs, you will love our multi-cultural make-up. Our kids grow up with friends from all over the world and so many international buyers (drawn here because of our schools), develop strong ties to our community. I know on my street alone we have residents representing: US, Canada, Africa, India, Russia… and this is one street.

8. Family: Katy is family centric and is a place where you can finally stop, unwind and relax with the ones you love. This is a place where people gather to enjoy everything that a true “community” can offer.  

9. Spirituality:  At one time, this area was known as the “City of Churches” and offers a place of worship for everyone, regardless of your faith.

10. Friendly Residents: I have lived all over US and abroad and can attest that I am living in one of the friendliest places on Earth. This could be one of the reasons so many people keep moving back to Katy, TX. When a family moves away, chances are … they will be back.

Why not drop by and check us out. You just might love it and never want to  leave. For more information, please visit my website www.ChristiBorden.com .

See you in Katy!

Advertisements

Coming April 22, 2010 in Katy, TX – Katy Sunshine Fest to benefit The Sunshine Kids!

March 31, 2010

Terrific planning meeting today for our upcoming Katy Sunshine Fest, April 22, 2010.This is the fourth such event that is brought to you by the Katy office of Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors. If you have not been before, you have really missed a special event.

Great crowds at last year's event.

 We will have an amazing 8300 sq. ft. steel-erected tent in our parking lot next to La Centera. The event opens with a great Fashion Show with hot Spring fashions provided by La Centera shops. We are so fortunate to have the following area restaurants providing complimentary nibbles for our expected crowd of over 750 guests: Rainforest Cafe, Candelari’s Pizza, La Vida Loca, Hooters, Fish City Grill and Corino’s! We have delicious adult libations being presented by Falcon Point Golf Club, Stadia Sports Bar and La Vida Loca. 

Catwalk action at the Sunshine Fest Fashion Show!

 We also have an amazing live auction: Country Music Legends signed guitar and hat, Rockets Championship signed basketballs, signed Astro’s home plate, Rock Legend’s signed guitar, Taylor Swift, Hank Williams Jr., Faith Hill, Bon Jovi, George Strait signed guitar(s), and more. We have a terrific silent auction with too many wonderful items to mention but a great place to get those early Mother’s Day, Graduation and Father’s Day gifts.

We also have 3 exciting raffle items: Trip to New York to see Kristin Chenowith in a Broadway play (and personally autographed items from the star), Galveston Get-away San Luis Penthouse Suite and dinner and a fun Stay-cation in the exciting City Centre area with dinner at Flemings and a night out at the movies!

We still have sponsorships available starting from $ 250 to $ 10,000. Anyone wishing to be counted as a sponsor of this fabulous invitation-only event (expect over 700 guests), let me know.

If you would like an invitation to join us for the Katy Sunshine Fest, please contact me 832-368-5953 or email me at christi@christiborden.com.

March 2010 - Presentation of Check for $ 338,199.39 - Prudential Gary Greene top fundraiser in entire Prudential Network.

Last year we raised over $ 30,000 for The Sunshine Kids Foundation. Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors was recognized again as the number one fundraiser for the nation among Prudential Real Estate and Relocation companies. Sponsorship and donations are down across the country due to the economy. Let’s show them that Texas is strong and we never let down our kids!

For more information about (click here) The Sunshine Kids and their mission of bringing smiles and fun to kids undergoing treatment for cancer. When you meet these kids and fall in love with them, you will understand why we have made this cause our own.

*The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, we are committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. The Sunshine Kids provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.
 

Christi Borden Elected to Board of Directors of the Houston Association of Realtors

October 6, 2009

Christi Borden is newly elected director for HAR

HOUSTON, TX – October 5, 2009 – Christi Borden, Realtor with Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors, was elected to the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) Board of Directors for 2010. Borden was elected for a two-year term, which is effective on January 10, 2010. She was elected in the category of largest firms.

Borden and other elected board members and officers will be installed on Wednesday, December 16, during the annual REALTOR® Celebration at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston.

One of her goals as a director is to meet with the managers and brokers of the largest firms in the community and find out how she can support their needs. “Also, one of my main goals is to advance the level of professionalism in real estate and raise the bar in terms of training and brokerage oversight of agents,” Borden said. She is excited to represent the Katy area, one of the hottest real estate markets in Houston. She looks forward to bringing the unique concerns of the area to HAR and the leadership board.

Borden joined Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors in their Katy office five and half years ago. Enthusiastic about working in the Katy office, Borden loves the professional culture of Prudential Gary Greene. “We have an incredible work environment and team support that makes it a joy because real estate can be stressful. It’s great to have that team support behind you. I’m working with collaborators instead of competitors,” she said.

As a Certified Relocation Professional, Borden enjoys acting as the conduit for information and resources to her clients and getting them settled into the Katy community. She and her family lived abroad before she was a Realtor, and she is aware of the special stresses and needs of relocation families.

Borden is also a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and is trained to work with incoming and outgoing buyers and sellers. Her other designations include GRI, ABR, TRC and ALHS. She also begins her second, three-year term on the Board of Directors of Texas Association of Realtors.

Active in her community, Borden is involved in Prudential Gary Greene’s sponsorship of Sunshine Kids. In the Katy office, Borden and other staffers are preparing the fourth annual Katy Sunshine Fest, which raised more than $30,000 in 2009. She also supports Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and she is a supporter of the Krause Center in Katy.

ABOUT PRUDENTIAL GARY GREENE, REALTORS

Independently owned and operated, Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors became an affiliate of the Prudential Real Estate Network in 2000. Since then, it has earned a host of honors, including, most recently, receiving the company’s 10th consecutive Gibraltar Circle Award, which recognizes the top 50 companies in the Prudential Real Estate Network. Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors ranks ninth in Gross Commission Income in the Prudential Real Estate Network and is ranked #42 nationally by Real Trends in the Top 500 Brokers by closed transactions in 2008. In 2008, Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors took more listings, sold more listings, and closed more transactions than any other company in Houston. Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors was founded in Houston in 1963 as Gary Greene, Realtors. http://www.GaryGreene.com.


Prudential Real Estate – Highest for Seller Satisfactionby JD Power and Associates! How can I serve you?

September 10, 2008
 

 (Houston, Tx) – Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial, Inc. [NYSE: PRU] company, and Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors® announced that Prudential Real Estate ranks “Highest Satisfaction for Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 Home Buyer/Seller StudySM.

The inaugural study measures customer satisfaction of home buyers and sellers with major national real estate companies. Overall satisfaction is determined by examining four factors for the home selling experience: agent (43%); marketing (38%); office (12%); and services (7%).

Among home sellers, Prudential Real Estate achieved a score of 793 on a 1,000-point scale – and Prudential Real Estate received particularly high ratings from customers in the marketing and office factors.

 

“We are very proud of this distinction, as it underscores the quality of our affiliates and their hard-working sales professionals, said Laurie Keenan, president of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. “Our sales professionals are local experts, and sellers appreciate their ability to market and price homes right — along with providing exceptional, attentive service.”

The team at Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors® works hard to not only meet, but exceed the expectations of its clients – sellers and buyers, explained Marilyn Eiland, Partner, Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors®. “In the current challenging market, our clients want all the expertise and market knowledge we can offer – and by leveraging Prudential’s brand strength, its wide array of product and service offerings and its strong Internet marketing programs, we can provide sellers with the increased exposure they need.”

 

The J.D. Power and Associates study finds that despite the popularity of home buying and selling resources on the Internet, the real estate sales professional remains key to customer satisfaction with real estate companies. A large proportion of both home buyers and sellers rely on the Internet to facilitate the buying or selling process, with 68 percent of buyers saying that they used Internet tools to help them in the purchase process and 61 percent of sellers reporting that they used a website listing to market their home. In addition, among sellers, online methods are the most important aspect of marketing.

 

However, the sales professional carries the greatest importance among the factors that comprise overall satisfaction among both home buyers and sellers. According to J.D. Power and Associates, although the Internet provides home buyers and sellers with the ability to perform some essential tasks – such as listing a home for sale or researching a neighborhood in which to purchase a home – it still does not replace the importance of a good sales professional. Particularly in an uncertain real estate market, professional advice from sales professionals can be especially valuable to buyers and sellers. The knowledge and expertise provided by experienced sales professionals is an important benefit of using a full-service real estate company.

 

The study also finds that the average time a respondent’s home remained on the market was slightly more than six months, although home sellers represented by the top-ranking real estate companies report that their homes were on the market for slightly less time – approximately five and a half months, on average.

 

Satisfaction averages 794 among those customers whose homes sold within five months or less, but declines considerably to an average of 730 among customers whose homes took seven months or longer to sell, the study showed. A real estate company that provides sales professionals who are skilled at determining the appropriate market value and listing price for homes, and who can effectively market properties, can help minimize the time that clients’ homes remain on the market – which can save the seller money, inconvenience and anxiety.

Nearly one-half of respondents in the study (46%) reported using recommendations from family or friends to find their real estate sales professional. Approximately 28 percent used the Internet, 23 percent used a sales professional they had used previously and 11 percent used a printed real estate guide.

 

The study also reports that home buyers were shown an average of 13 homes before they made a purchase. Home sellers reported that, on average, their home was shown 11 times, and about five open houses were conducted before a sale occurred. The 2008 Home Buyer/Seller Study includes 3,670 evaluations from 3,205 respondents who bought or sold a home between April 2007 and June 2008.

 

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, training and customer satisfaction. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on cell phone ratings, car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance and more, visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

 

Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services, Inc. is Prudential’s integrated real estate brokerage franchise and relocation services business. Prudential Real Estate franchises are independently owned and operated. Companies are selected based upon outstanding performance records, high levels of customer service and shared business values with those of Prudential. Prudential Real Estate provides franchises with business strategies using Operation Reviews as well as numerous benefits, including access to Prudential Real Estate’s Online Seller AdvantageSM program designed to provide real-time information to sellers with the touch of a keystroke. Prudential Real Estate is one of the largest real estate brokerage franchise networks in North America, with nearly 2,100 franchise offices and approximately 64,000 sales professionals in the franchise Network as of June 30, 2008.

 

symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential’s businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, investment management, and real estate services. For more information, please visit contact Christi Borden at www.ChristiBorden.com or http://www.news.prudential.com/