Texas Association of REALTORS®

The Texas Association of REALTORS® publishes a lot of great articles regarding real estate laws and landlord/tenant law, and have been extremely helpful with posts for post-hurricane information.

We’ve compiled a few that may be of interest to you:

  • The Texas Association of REALTORS® Relief Fund helps people who’ve suffered losses due to natural disasters in Texas.  Currently, the fund is accepting applications from individuals who (i) have suffered damage to their property or (ii) have been displaced (either temporarily or permanently), as a result of the severe weather and flooding event which began August 25, 2017.
    • You can apply online (REALTOR® application and Public application) or download and email/mail the application.
    • Assistance is limited to $1,000 per applicant, and is restricted to applicants who are located within the jurisdiction of a participating local REALTOR® association and in one of the counties for which the governor has declared a state of disaster. 
  • What are your rights for terminating a lease due to Harvey storm damage?  If you signed a TAR lease, paragraph 25 details casualty loss (including a loss due to weather events).  Read more HERE.
    • If you signed any other lease, you should contact your landlord before moving out to ensure you are both on the same page!
  • If you are an agent with a current transaction, the standard TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract outlines many items that could be impacted by Harve.  Read more HERE.

If you have specific legal questions, keep in mind that the State Bar of Texas legal hotline (800-504-7030) will answer their basic legal questions and connect you with local legal aid providers.

Post-Storm Tips + Information

We have had a lot of people messaging us about temporary places to stay, new homes to purchase, what do to in order to rebuild their homes, etc., so we wanted to create a post with links to helpful information, companies, and resources for those looking to rebuild, help, or donate.  Should you have any additional information you think we should share, please send us an e-mail at katie@movemetotx.com.


If you are in Houston and want to volunteer or donate, please try to check before going to see if the shelter/donation point needs volunteers and what specific donations are needed.  There are shelters/donation points set up throughout town.  ABC 13 has a list of shelters throughout the city here.  Many shelters need overnight volunteers, as well.

If you live out of the area and are looking to donate, check out JJ Watt’s flood relief fund.  He is working with local officials to determine the best way to help give directly to those in need.  If you follow him on Facebook (or any social media), he is continually updating the public on the total donations & where the donations will be going.

Another great resource is this list from ColorLines.com.  They have compiled a comprehensive list of charities and organizations focused on marginalized communities throughout Houston and Texas.

Keep in mind, the Houston Food Bank’s biggest fundraising event is Houston Restaurant Weeks, and it has been significantly impacted by Harvey.  If you have the time or money, consider donating to the Houston Food Bank.  Every $1 provides a full day of meals.

If you are aware of a specific need or organization that needs assistance, please send us an e-mail at katie@movemetotx.com.


Due to the amount of impacted residents in Houston, insurance adjusters will be spread very thin over the next few months, and they may not be able to immediately come out to assess the damage to your home.  Try to file your claim as quickly as possible.  When you file your claim, ask when you can expect to see an adjuster.

Call your mortgage company, car loan company, student loan & credit card companies. Ask for a 3 month reprieve from payments. There should be no late fees assessed. They will work with you. You may need the money to get back on your feet.

Take LOTS of photos and videos of the damage (with time-stamps).  Be sure to back up these documents to an external hard drive, cloud-based system, or send to a family member or friend.

Be sure to document all of your conversations, e-mails, receipts, etc. in relation to your insurance claim.  Try to use a legal pad or notebook, and write down everything in one place.

FEMA has a Flood Insurance Claims Handbook on their website that can help you to navigate through the confusion.  Contact your flood insurance and home insurance companies as soon as possible so they can clarify the points of your policies. *Many are reporting that adjusters are saying just photos are not sufficient, and that you must keep damaged items (maybe in your yard) until they inspect the home

Empty your home quickly of items that are destroyed. If it has a plug, it is toast. If it runs on gas or electricity and was under water, it is trash. Cut drywall to 4′ (the width of drywall.). It saves time and money when you are replacing it.

⚠️Don’t do it like on HGTV. No sledge hammers needed. Draw a line 4′ above the floor. Cut with a razor blade. Put one hole in the wall and grab and pull. Hopefully you have drywall nails in there and not screws. Remove insulation from that same area. Feel above for dampened insulation. If it is damp, go 2′ more up.

Once you are sure you have all the wetness gone and are down to the studs, spray with bleach. You don’t want mold to grow. Make sure your windows are open. Wear an N-95 mask any time you are indoors in a house that was flooded.

Expect that this will take 3 months on average to fix. From the time you begin tossing things out to the final paint coat.


Should you need a temporary place to stay, Air B&B is waiving all service fees are waived for those affected by the disaster and checking in through September 25, 2017.  There are currently 500+ free rooms/places to stay for those displaced deemed “Urgent Accommodations” (link here).  If you are able to offer space for free, you can also list a room/place.

Additionally, the Air B&B site is available for booking, and rooms/spaces start at only $25.

If you are looking for something a little more long-term; consider corporate housing or a short term rental at an apartment community.


Corporate housing would provide a fully-furnished apartment with housewares and utilities.  Many companies have a slight backlog, but the companies we’ve spoken with are quickly working to set up more units. (They generally only have apartments based on need, not a surplus of availability).  For most companies, you will need to complete a credit application.

Corporate housing companies include:

If you are a corporate housing company and would like to be added to this list, please e-mail Katie@movemetotx.com.


Many apartment communities we have contacted are waiving short term premiums, storage fees, pet fees, etc. for displaced residents looking for a short term rental.  Please ASK the communities you’re visiting/calling what they can do for you if you are displaced.

You can browse apartments for rent in Houston here:

If you need assistance in finding a place, please fill out this form and we can send you options within 24 hours of your request.  We are currently offering a 50% rebate to any apartment clients displaced by Hurricane Harvey.  For details, contact us today.

Hurricane Preparedness

As Hurricane Harvey approaches Texas, here are a few steps you can take to help prepare for the storm:


  • Stock basic supplies: food and water, flashlight, batteries, chargers, first aid supplies, and cash.  If you have pets, remember pet food!
  • Communicate your plan with friends & family (especially those outside of the area).
  • Review evacuation routes from your home/area.
  • Make sure you have medications stocked and any medical items.
  • Locate copies of personal information and documents (ie: medications, passports, insurance policies, etc).
  • Charge any rechargeable items.


  • Ensure windows in home and vehicles are closed.
  • Secure any loose items on your property (ie: furniture, outdoor plants, outdoor equipment).
  • Turn your fridge and freezer to the coolest setting ,and open only when necessary.
  • Fill up your bathtub(s) and other large containers with water.  You may need this water to flush toilets, wash dishes, etc.


  • Fill your cars (and gas tanks) in the event of an evacuation.
  • Put your vehicle in your garage or in a carport.
  • If you live in an apartment, park higher in the garage.
  • If you are driving, please do not drive through water.

The American Red Cross provides a comprehensive checklist with important items to do, supplies to gather, and what to do after a hurricane.  Please be safe out there!

Friday Feature: 16426 Noble Meadow Ln

Great 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in Imperial Trace. Open plan features view of family room from kitchen/dining, large country kitchen with lots of cabinets, spacious bedrooms upstairs with large walk-in closets, and garden tub with separate shower in master bath. Schedule your tour today!

Schedule your private tour of 16426 Noble Meadow today.

Current List Price: $150,000
Sq. Feet: 1,986

For more info, visit our website today.

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors – Greenway Plaza
MOVEMETOTX – Katie Day Team
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

Property Feature: High Point Uptown Apartments

High Point Uptown Apartments is a 277-unit garden style apartment community conveniently located off of S Post Oak near the Galleria.  The pet-friendly community offers one, two, and three bedroom floor plans.  In-unit amenities include stainless steel appliances in the kitchens, granite counters in the kitchen/baths, and wood-style flooring in the living, dining, and bathroom areas.

High Point Uptown’s features include:

  • Heated pool with expansive sun deck and tanning decks
  • Fitness – TRX suspension system, cardio & free weights, outdoor spin studio
  • Sports gaming lounge, billiards, poker table & HD TV’s
  • Business center, conference room, internet lounge, coffee bars
  • Dog run and pet pampering area
  • Controlled access underground parking garage
  • Convenient elevator access
  • Marked area for Uber pick-up

For more info on local apartments, visit our website today.

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors – Greenway Plaza
MOVEMETOTX – Katie Day Team
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web:  http://www.movemetotx.com



Questions to Ask When Choosing a REALTOR®

The National Association of REALTORS® publishes a guidebook with a TON of great information to help buyers understand what to expect during the real estate purchasing experience.  We’re posting some of our favorite articles here.

Interested in learning more? E-mail us for your own copy today! katie@movemetotx.com.

Choosing an agent can be a daunting task.  There are over 35,000 Real Estate Agents in the Greater Houston area.  Not only do you need to find an agent that understands what you are looking for, you also need to find someone who is available, helpful, and responsive.

Here are some questions, published by NAR, as suggestions to ask agents before entering into a representation agreement with them.

How long have you been in residential real estate? Is it your full-time job?
Like most professions, experience is no guarantee of skill. But much of real estate is learned on the job.

Katie Day: My Real Estate career started in 2008, when I first got a job in residential property management.  After moving throughout Florida and eventually finding myself in Texas, I obtained my Real Estate License in 2015.  Real Estate is my full-time job and I am dedicated to learning as much as I can so that I may better serve my clients.

Do you have any designations or certifications?
Real estate professionals have to take additional specialized training in order to obtain these distinctions. Designations and certifications help define the special skills that an agent can apply to your particular real estate needs. One designation buyers should look for is the ABR®, or Accredited Buyer’s Representative.

Katie Day: I currently have my TAHS (Texas Affordable Housing Specialist) and the RENE (Real Estate Negotiation Expert) certifications.  I am continually working to obtain more certifications.  Continuing education classes offered by local associations and my brokerage help to sharpen my skills as a REALTOR®!  Recently, I obtained my GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) designation, which is a three-part course focusing on different facets of Real Estate (law, marketing, and brokerage responsibility).  I am looking to obtain more designations and learn more about the industry while balancing my current client obligations and, of course, some fun!

What’s your business philosophy?
While there’s no right answer to this question, the response will help you assess what’s important to the agent and determine how closely the agent’s goals and business emphasis mesh with your own.

Katie Day: I want to educate you so that you can feel comfortable making an informed and sound decision in what’s likely to be the biggest purchase of your life.  Buying a home is not only an investment in your future, but also a place for you to spend time with loved ones. I will be responsive and dedicated to you as a client.

How many buyers did you and your real estate brokerage represent last year?
This will tell you how much experience they have and how up-to-date they are on the local market.

Katie Day: In 2015, I helped 58 families secure a new home.  Two of those were residential sales (home or condo), and the remainder were rentals (apartment and single family homes).

What’s the average variation between your initial offers and final sales price?
This is one indication of a REALTOR®’s pricing and negotiating skills.

Katie Day: I can provide you with a full list of my listings and buyer-represented sales.  My Average Sold Price / List Price ratio is 98.98%.

Will you represent me exclusively, or might you choose to represent the seller as well?
While it’s usually legal to represent both parties in a transaction, your REALTOR® should be able to explain his or her philosophy on client obligations and agency relationships.

Katie Day: I generally will represent a buyer (or seller) exclusively.  In the past, there have been situations in which a buyer and/or seller want me to represent both parties in the transaction.  If we choose to work together, I’ll explain the pros/cons of each situation to you.

Can you recommend service providers who can help me obtain a mortgage, make home repairs, and so on?
Practitioners should be able to recommend more than one provider and let you know if they have any special relationship with any of the providers.

Katie Day: I have a list of service providers that I’ve worked with in the past and would recommend to clients, friends, and family.  I will always provide a list with multiple vendors for you to choose from.

How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction?
The best answer here is a question. A real estate agent who pays close attention to the way you prefer to communicate and responds accordingly will make for the smoothest transaction.

Katie Day: This, as NAR states, will depend on you.  I’m fine talking on the phone, via text, or e-mail (or all three!)  I find it easier, if there are multiple people/decision makers, to have a group text/e-mail and occasional phone call/in-person meetings.  But, depending on your schedule and availability, I’ll make myself available to you.  I tell my clients, “if I’m awake, I’ll respond.”

Could you please give me the contact information of your three most recent clients?
Ask their former customers if they would use the agent again in the future.

Friday Feature: 17923 Beaver Creek

Calling all investors!  Seller seeking cash offer on this beautiful two-story Ponderosa Forest 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home. Large living room with fireplace, tons of windows, and tile floors.  Entertain in your formal living and dining room.  Cook feasts in your huge eat-in kitchen with lots of cabinet and counter space (and tile backsplash)!  Large master bedroom and private bathroom located on the first floor.  Plenty of storage and tons of space for everyone to spread out.  Set up your home office in the built-in study on the first floor.  Fenced in yard, and large lot.

Current List Price: $169,900
Sq. Feet: 2,801

To view sold comps over the past six months, click here.

For more info, visit our website today.

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors – Greenway Plaza
MOVEMETOTX – Katie Day Team
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

Houston Restaurant Weeks


Today marks Day One of the best month of the year.  Houston Restaurant Weeks spans from August 1 through September 4th.  You’ll be able to dine at some of Houston’s great restaurants (from the Woodlands to Galveston, and everywhere in between).

For more information, visit the Houston Restaurant Weeks website.

HRW is the largest annual fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank.  Participating restaurants provide donations from meals sold throughout the event.

What’s the cost?
Restaurants have specific Restaurant Weeks menus for Brunch ($22, 2-3 courses), Lunch ($20, 2-3 courses), and Dinner ($35-45, 3-4 courses).

Donations from the restaurants range between $3 (9 meals provided by food bank) to $7 (21 meals) per meal.  One hundred percent of the donations raised from restaurants in these counties will go directly to their local area food banks.

Already have reservations? Let us know your top picks!