Seller Tips: Preparing Your Home for Tours

When your home is on the market, it’s important to make your home as inviting as possible for prospective buyers! A few tips in the video below.

If you’re considering selling your home or are curious about the value of your home in today’s market, please reach out today!

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
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Homes for Sale: 19 Mira Loma Dr, Manvel, TX 77578

Massive two story 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in Rodeo Palms (Palm Villas) in Manvel, Texas!

If you enjoy entertaining, the first floor has formal living and dining rooms, a family room with gas fireplace, and a fenced backyard with concrete pad for your patio furniture. The eat-in kitchen overlooks the living room space. Your master suite is conveniently located on the first floor with a large walk in closet, double sink vanity, and separate shower and soaking tub!

Upstairs, you’ll find a humongous game room, plus your three additional bedrooms. Call your Realtor today to set up a private tour.

If you’re interested in moving to Manvel or anywhere in the Greater Houston area, please reach out today!

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
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Homes for Sale: 2710 Arabelle Grove, Houston, TX 77007

Enjoy a Lakefront Oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This Cottage Grove 3 bed, 3.5 bath has a community pool, walking trail, and dog park all just steps outside your front door! Live minutes from I-10, 610, and Washington Avenue, just off TC Jester.

This three-story free-standing home features a huge first floor suite with flex space, massive second floor with adjoining living, dining, and kitchen space. The master suite on the third floor provides tons of space and has a humongous closet.

For more details on this stunning home, call today!


If you’re thinking about buying in Cottage Grove or the Greater Houston area, reach out today!

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Web: |

Coldwell Banker Open Houses: Saturday 05/19 & Sunday 05/20

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1207 Detering St, Houston, TX 77007 – 3 Bed, 4 Bath – $359,485

Open House: Sat May 19, 2:00PM-5:00PM & Sun May 20, 1:00PM-3:00PM

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Nestled between Washington Avenue and I-10, just off TC Jester, this stunning move-in ready home provides a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy entertaining friends and family in an open second floor. Your bright and functional kitchen with stainless steel appliances, built-in oven and microwave, and island-gas range overlook both the dining area and the living area. Enjoy two patios off of the living space for everyone to spread out. Each guest bedroom features an en-suite bathroom plus ample storage space, with both walk-in closets in the bedroom and linen-style walk-in closets in the bathrooms. In your master retreat, enjoy a small Juliet-style patio, lots of natural light, and a spa-like bathroom. The master bathroom is expansive, with double-sinks, whirlpool tub, stand-up shower, separate water closet, and linen closet. Walk to local bars and restaurants, and enjoy the ultimate inner-loop lifestyle at an affordable price.

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7906 High Knoll Ln, Houston, TX 77095 – 4 Bed, 2.5 Bath – $259,000

Open House: Sun May 20, 2:00PM-4:00PM

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Gorgeous semi custom one story home in the heart of Copperfield. Corner lot with detached garage, great curb appeal with lush manicured yard & water feature in backyard. Floor-plan includes game-room & additional half-bathroom. Huge Master witg sitting area & spacious two walk-in closets. Extensive tile floor, and carpet in the bedrooms. Updated Kitchen with island, granite counters, stainless-steel appliances & sink. Close-by (pocket) green space for kids or to walk your pets. Could this be your new home?

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5414 Drumlin Field Way, Richmond, TX 77407 – 4-5 Bed, 3 Bath – $274,900

Open House: Sat May 19, 2:00AM-4:00PM

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Next we have a four bedroom, three bath in Richmond, TX. This home comes with upgraded engineered wood flooring from the entry-way to the living room, a 5 burner stove, energy-saving dishwasher, and a new fixtures for the kitchen sink. Gorgeous Plantation shutters throughout entire house; Security Glass doors at front and back; enlarged patio with great Sunset-awning over patio with automatic remote; sprinkler system, yard nicely landscaped, and much more. Separate 4th-Bedroom with Full-Bath for guest or separated-suite for the in-Law’s. Wouldn’t you like to see this beautiful home?

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2858 Torano, League City, TX 77573 – 4 Bed, 3 Bath – $299,000

Open House: Sat May 19, 12:00PM-2:00PM

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This gorgeous Tremar floor plan built by Chesmar Homes is situated on a huge lot with a pool-sized back yard waiting just for you. You will walk in and fall in love with this well maintained, four bedroom, three bath home in the Heart of Tuscan Lakes, it features wood floors and tall ceilings with a warm, inviting, spacious living room that can fit a grand piano. The kitchen design makes cooking easy, a time-saving breakfast bar for those busy mornings, also features stainless steel appliances. Outside is a dream, you will enjoy the convenience of the underground sprinkler system that keeps your lawn and flowers beautiful the easy way. Watch the Kemah Boardwalk Fireworks from the second floor. Don’t wait, make the call.

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24311 Water Hill Ct, Katy, TX 77494 – 4 Bed, 3.5 Bath – $340,000

Open House: Sat May 19, 11:00AM-2:00PM

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This prestigious Katy golf course community home sits on a culdesac lot and backs to the community’s private golf course. With lush green landscaping and mature trees enjoy the shade on your covered back patio or get a little sun on your private balcony. This four bedroom three and a half bathroom home has well allocated spaces and fine finishes throughout. Enjoy walking in to this grand entry with rich hardwood floors, architectural elements, formal dining, study, gorgeous updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, a two story living room with custom built-ins and a wall of windows inviting a lush green view of the golf course. Spacious bedrooms, playroom/flex room and game room upstairs. Low tax rate and convenient access with multiple routes to major highways. You deserve this, hurry up and don’t miss your chance!

For information on these, or any other homes in the Greater Houston area, reach out today!

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
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Five Tips for Staging in Winter Months

A few weeks ago, we discussed the timing of listing your home to sell.  Should you list during the holidays? Is your home already listed? (Read more here).

This week, we wanted to touch on a few tips to consider when staging your home to sell.

  1. Let there be Light!
  2. Keep it Toasty!
  3. Decorate!
  4. Keep it Clean!
  5. Entertain!

For a closer look at these tips, check out our video below:

If you’re considering selling your home, please reach out!  I’d love to share a customized marketing strategy to market your home to sell for the highest possible dollar in the shortest amount of time!

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors – Metropolitan
MOVEMETOTX – Katie Day Team
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Friday Feature: 2504 Rusk #104, Houston, TX 77003

Imagine hosting your friends + family for a BBQ on your rooftop deck with fabulous skyline views. Enjoy the convenient location + walk to Dynamo, Rockets, and Astros games, as well as TONS of bars and restaurants! This beautiful 2 bed, 2.5 bath townhome has 1,726 sq. feet of living space and is ready for you to move in. Call to set up a tour, or contact your Real Estate Agent today.

Join us on Sunday, December 3rd from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM to take a look at this gorgeous home!

Lovingly maintained and conveniently located, this EaDo townhome offers a great location for you to call home. Entertain in style with your open first floor living, dining, and kitchen area. Upstairs, you’ll appreciate a split floor plan with private dual-master bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms, jetted tubs, and walk-in closets.

To take a 3D tour, visit

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors – Greenway Plaza
MOVEMETOTX – Katie Day Team
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 832.317.6006
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Source: Houston Association of Realtors

MLS Report for September 2017

A month after the devastating storm, September sees home sales rebound and rentals surge.

HOUSTON  (October 11, 2017) — Battered by Hurricane Harvey during the final week of August, the Houston real estate market demonstrated its ‘Houston Strong’ resiliency during the four weeks that followed with a rebound in home sales and the strongest rental activity of all time.

According to the latest monthly report produced by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), single-family home sales climbed 4.2 percent compared to last September, coming back from a nearly 24 percent plunge in August. All segments of the housing market enjoyed gains except for homes priced below $150,000, with the greatest sales volume reported among homes in the $500,000 to $750,000 range. On a year-to-date basis, home sales remain 2.3 percent ahead of the 2016 volume despite Harvey’s rampage.

As expected, property flooding and continued consumer demand for homes lowered inventory levels. While housing inventory grew from a 3.9-months supply to 4.1 months year-over-year, it was down compared to the 4.4-months supply immediately preceding Harvey’s arrival.

Lease Property Update
Driven primarily by consumers displaced from housing as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s widespread destruction, demand for lease properties across Houston soared to record levels in September. Single-family home leases rose a staggering 83.6 percent while townhome/condominium skyrocketed 92.2 percent. The average rent for single-family homes was up 7.9 percent to $1,886 while the average rent for townhomes/condominiums climbed 5.4 percent to $1,601.


Market Observations and Pricing
“I don’t think anyone expected to see home sales in positive territory this soon after a natural disaster of Harvey’s magnitude, but the September report speaks volumes about the incredible resiliency of the Houston real estate market,” said HAR Chair Cindy Hamann. “We are still mindful of the terrible property losses suffered across the region and continue to urge anyone who may have housing available for those in need (for up to 12 weeks of occupancy) to please post it on our Harvey Temporary Housing page at“.

Pricing never skipped a beat during or after Harvey. The single-family home median price (the figure at which half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less) rose 5.5 percent to $232,000. The average price increased 5.4 percent to $291,767. Both figures are record highs for a September.
September sales of all property types in Houston totaled 8,150, an increase of 3.4 percent versus the same month last year. Total dollar volume for properties sold jumped 10.2 percent to $2.3 billion.
September Monthly Market Comparison
With surprising but welcome improvement from the Harvey-influenced August report, Houston’s September housing market indicators provided positive readings across the board as single-family home sales, total property sales, median and average pricing, total dollar volume and inventory were all up compared to September 2016.

Month-end pending sales for single-family homes totaled 6,606, an increase of 13.1 percent over last year. Total active listings, or the total number of available properties in the marketplace, rose 7.4 percent from September 2016 to 40,848.

Single-family homes inventory edged up from a 3.9-months supply to 4.1 months year-over-year. However, that is down from the 4.4-months supply that prevailed before Harvey struck, as consumers scrambled for available housing. Housing inventory across the U.S. currently stands at a 4.2-months supply, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

 September Sales
Single-Family Homes Update
HAR Sept1

Single-family home sales staged an impressive post-Hurricane Harvey rebound, rising 4.2 percent to a total of 6,913 units sold versus 6,636 in September 2016. That follows a devastating decline of 23.8 percent in August that interrupted 10 consecutive months of positive sales. All housing segments experienced gains except for homes priced below $150,000.

Home prices continued their upward march in September. The median price increased 5.5 percent to $232,000 while the average price rose 5.4 percent to $291,767. Both figures are record highs for a September in Houston.

Days on Market (DOM), or the number of days it took the average home to sell, edged up from 53 to 54 days. Inventory rose year-over-year from a 3.9-months supply to 4.1 months, but that is below the healthier 4.4-months supply that existed during the two months leading up to Harvey.

Broken out by housing segment, September sales performed as follows:

  • $1 – $99,999: decreased 20.7 percent
  • $100,000 – $149,999: decreased 23.2 percent
  • $150,000 – $249,999: increased 6.0 percent
  • $250,000 – $499,999: increased 14.8 percent
  • $500,000 – $749,999: increased 20.4 percent
  • $750,000 and above: increased 4.2 percent

HAR Sept2

HAR also breaks out the sales figures for existing single-family homes. Existing home sales totaled 5,783 in September, up 3.8 percent versus the same month last year. The average sales price increased 8.1 percent to $282,528 while the median sales price rose 6.8 percent to $219,000.

Townhouse/Condominium Update
The townhome and condominium market was slower to recover from the effects of Hurricane Harvey as sales fell 5.8 percent in September with a total of 533 units sold. This follows August’s nearly 30 percent sales decline. The average price rose 3.5 percent to $208,215 while the median price jumped 8.4 percent to $159,950. Inventory expanded from a 3.7-months supply to 4.1 months.


Houston Real Estate Highlights in September
  • Single-family home sales staged an impressive post-Hurricane Harvey rebound, rising 4.2 percent year-over-year with 6,913 units sold;
  • On a year-to-date basis, single-family home sales remain 2.3 percent ahead of the 2016 volume, despite Harvey’s effect on Houston housing;
  • Total property sales rose 3.4 percent with 8,150 units sold;
  • Total dollar volume jumped 10.2 percent to $2.3 billion;
  • At $232,000, the single-family home median price rose 5.5 percent, achieving a September high;
  • The single-family home average price increased 5.4 percent to $291,767, also a record high for a September;
  • Single-family homes months of inventory rose year-over-year from a 3.9-months supply to 4.1 months, but that is below the healthier 4.4-months supply that prevailed during the two months leading up to Harvey;
  • Townhome/condominium sales fell 5.8 percent, with the average price up 3.5 percent to $208,215 and the median price up 8.4 percent to $159,950;
  • Leases of single-family homes shot up an unprecedented 83.6 percent with average rent up 7.9 percent to $1,886;
  • Volume of townhome/condominium leases surged 92.2 percent with average rent up 5.4 percent to $1,601.
  • HAR continues to encourage anyone who has housing available for temporary occupancy (up to 12 weeks) to please post it on our Harvey Temporary Housing page as soon as possible at to provide housing to those in need.

Friday Feature: 2027 Brimberry Street

If you’re considering moving to Oak Forest, we’ve found your new home! Just steps away from T.C. Jester Park sits 2027 Brimberry. This home is conveniently located off of West 43rd between T.C. Jester and Ella Blvd.  Petrol Station, Wakefield Crowbar, Slowpokes, and Cottonwood offer dining/entertainment options… and you’re just across 610 from Shady Acres (and dining/bars like King’s BierHaus, Crisp, and Cedar Creek!)

This charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home was not affected by Harvey! Refreshed throughout with upgrades, including: hardwood floors, granite counter tops in the kitchen, soft close drawers in the kitchen, marble in the baths, and contemporary fixtures… all in a bright living space!

All three bedrooms provide lots of natural light and boast excellent closet space.

As the weather cools down, enjoy a fenced yard out back with a covered patio on the east side, and open entertaining space on the west side.

This home is ready for YOU to move in!

This home is 1,353 square feet, listed at $379,000.  For more information and photos, please visit

The property will also be hosting an Open House on Sunday October 15, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

If you’re ready to tour, reach out today! We’d love to assist you in finding your new Oak Forest home.

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors – Greenway Plaza
MOVEMETOTX – Katie Day Team
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 832.317.6006
Web: |

Curious about home sales in your neighborhood?

I’m frequently asked about current real estate conditions and sales throughout the city.

Whether you are:

  • Renting and thinking about buying,
  • Homeowners that are considering selling,
  • Prospective investors looking to see what’s out there, or
  • Just curious about the sales price of their neighbors’ homes…

People want to know what their home (and their neighbors’ homes) are worth!  Since Texas is a non-disclosure state, transaction sales prices are not disclosure to the public.  Sale prices are not required to be submitted to the county tax office.

Because of this, sites like Zillow and Trulia aren’t always accurate (Zillow reports a median error rate of 4.5%).  Zillow even states on their website that they are unable to compute accuracy of their Zestimate (they use the Tax assesor’s value in Texas).



If you truly want to receive an accurate overview of sales in your area, you need to work with a REALTOR® — we can provide you pricing direct from the MLS, where accurate sales numbers must be entered.

Interested in receiving a monthly Sold Home report of homes in your area?  Sign up HERE.