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Christine Hale Team recognized as being in the Top 1% of Realtors out of over 26,000 licensed Real Estate Agents in the Greater Houston Area in the Houston Association of Realtors from June 12, 2016 to June 13, 2017.  Stacie Fontenot with Christine Hale's Team was individually recognized as being in the Top 3% of Agents, as well.  I am so proud of my entire team which includes, Stacie Fontenot, Kassandra Bissett, Cheryl Littlejohn and Joe Hagle.  RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring had numerous real estate agents recognized in the top 10% and consistently win the top awards as #1 office in the State of Texas.  We love being associated with such an outstanding company as RE/MAX and credit much of our success to one of the most recognized business brands in the world.

Selling Your Home in 2017

by Christine Hale

Home sales started out a little slow in The Woodlands in 2017 but the past couple of weeks things have really picked up.  We aren't seeing one particular company moving employees into the area but rather a mix of local people moving around and some moving in from different places around the world.  Prices are stable and not really increasing nor decreasing and I don't expect to see much of a change this year.  We have a large inventory of homes both new construction, resale and lease homes on the market right now and I feel sellers are going to have to make some price adjustments if they want their home to sell during the spring summer months.  We all know that the hottest market time for selling is between March and July and those months go by quickly.  It's important to have your home in its best condition to show and to make sure it's priced competitively.  You may only get one shot at a buyer looking at your home and if they don't feel it's priced well, they will pass you by and not come back.  This is the perfect time to put your home on the market and my team can help you get your home on the market and sold!

Christine Hale & Associates HBJ Award

by Christine Hale

RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring Team Receives Local and State Honors

Christine Hale Team Closes out 2015 with Award-Winning Numbers

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - April 28, 2016 - Christine Hale, A Realtor at RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring represented her team, Christine Hale Team, at The Woodlands Development Co.'s recent The Woodlands and Bridgeland 2015 Realtor and Builder Awards held at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center.

Honored with a Silver Level Award, presented to those who accomplished three to five new home closings the previous year, the team earned membership in the company's 2015 Producers Club.

"Despite the effect of the issues the energy industry is facing, my team and I were very busy in 2015," said Hale, a 20-plus-year veteran agent in The Woodlands and Spring areas.  "Our hard work and diligence paid off by closing homes in numbers high enough to rank very well on some prestigious rankings."

In addition to honors from The Woodlands Development Co., the success of Hale and her team, has led to accolades, both statewide and locally, based on full-year 2015 production numbers.

The team landed a spot in RE/MAX of Texas' 2015 Top 20 Teams, ranking 19th statewide and as the No. 13 team in the greater Houston area, receiving a RE/MAX of Texas Top 20 award at the franchise's statewide convention held earlier this year in Galveston.

And the Houston Business Journal's annual listing of the Top Residential Real Estate Teams by Sales Volume honored the Christine Hale Team as the seventh most successful team with fewer than 10 members.  In addition, the team ranked No. 15 on the Journal's listing of the Top Residential Real Estate Teams by Transactions.

"Christine and her team set a pace that raises the bar for success in the area's real estate industry," Danna Furnace-Grimes, Director of Agent Services and Relocation Director at RE/MAX The Woodlands  Spring, said.  "We all are so pleased that this fine group of agents has been recognized for its outstanding efforts."

To contact Hale or any member of her team, which includes Joe Hagle, Kassandra Bissett, Stacie Fontenot, Cheryl Littlejohn, Amy Lamber and Erin Cocke, call RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring directly at 281-362-2514 or visit WeSellTheWoodlands.com.

 

About RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring:

Each office is independently owned and operated.  RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring is one of the most successful real estate companies in Houston and ranks among the most productive real estate brokerages in the U.S., based on home sales data in the prestigious 2014 REAL Trends 500 survey.  RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring is located at 6620 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands, TX 77382, and is a proud supporter of many worthy organizations, including Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Susan G. Komen and the Texas Sentinels Foundation.

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Ranch Home in Magnolia

by Christine Hale

Just listed this beautiful home on +/- 38 acres in Magnolia in the acreage community of River Park Ranch.  Gated entry with winding driveway leads you by the cattle and pond up to the house.  Home features 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, 3+ Car Garage, Barn, Well House, Pond, Fenced & Cross-Fenced, Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring, Island Kitchen complete with Wolf Range, Farm Sink & Butler's Pantry.  Outstanding architectural detail throughout the home featuring 2nd story windows w/shutters, floor to ceiling stone fireplace, soaring ceiling in family room, Master & 2nd Bedroom down, 2 Bedrooms, Gameroom & Media Upstairs.  This lovely home is extremely energy efficient with its ICF  (Insulated Concrete Foam) construction and is equipped with a generator and whole-house humidifier.  Spacious Master Bedroom & Bath and boasts all ensuite secondary bedrooms.

Such a peaceful area to live and raise cattle, horses or just have room to roam.  There is a barn on the property and a 3-car garage with oversized overhead doors.  Great storage underneath the home on the concrete slab that is climate controlled.  This is definitely a one-of-a-kind home that must be seen to be believe!  Call me for a private tour of the property!  Christine Hale - RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring 281-772-6337

New Homes Around The Woodlands

by Christine Hale

Towards the end of last year, I had several calls from buyers looking to purchase new homes.  I set out to find out what is going on in the new home market in and around The Woodlands.  There are a lot of options for new home buyers.  If you're looking to stay in The Woodlands boundaries, it's not quite as easy but if you're willing to look just outside The Woodlands, you will have quite a few choices.  One in particular that I am very impressed with is the neighborhood of Woodtrace.  It's a beautiful neighborhood just north of Hardin Store Rd and west of 249.  Unlike many of the new home areas, Woodtrace is doing a good job of leaving trees around the homes and it offers a beautiful gated drive into the neighborhood that will be easily operated with an EZ tag entry system.  Homes are priced starting in the low $500Ks to $1MM.

Some other new home neighborhoods worth noting are Woodforest which continues to build and grow just north of the intersection of FM 2978 and FM 1488, Harmony which is off of Riley Fuzzel near the Grand Parkway, Fosters Ridge which is north of FM 1488 off of Old Conroe Rd, MacKenzie Park off south of The Woodlands on Gosling Rd.  These are just a few of the neighborhoods building new homes around The Woodlands.  I will be continuing my new home search and updating my blog.

Top Listing Agent in The Woodlands

by Christine Hale

I was recently honored to receive an award from the Houston Association of Realtors.  This achievement really makes me proud because after so many years of hard work and tireless hours working in the real estate business, I have become a distinguished Listing Agent in The Woodlands area.  I was one of very few Realtors in The Woodlands area to receive this award.  It is based on the Dollar-Volume of Listings I sold in 2014.  There are approximately 25,000 real estate agents in the Houston area, and I was only 1 of 100 agents to be recognized in the entire Houston area.  There were only 4 to 5 agents who received this award in The Woodlands area.

 

 

 

 

 

The Woodlands Home Sales Activity

by Christine Hale

2015 is starting out with a bang with real estate sales in The Woodlands.  We're not even 1/2 way into the month of January and sales are soaring.  All my team members are working with buyers and I'm working with Buyers and listings homes almost on a daily basis.  The only thing that is holding sellers back from listing is the fear of not finding a home to purchase.  A lot of people have been asking about declining oil prices affecting our home sales.  I haven't really felt the impact so much, yet, but that's not to say that it won't happen.  I do have buyers waiting to see if their jobs are secure before making a decision to move, but all in all, everyone I talk to who works in oil & gas is saying that it's a temporary scenario.  In fact, this bit of a slump can be lucrative for the big oil companies, such as Exxon. This is when they will take advantage and begin to acquire some of the smaller companies.

I don't ever really worry about homes selling in The Woodlands because even though it's a large master planned community, it's still a small suburban area in relation to Houston as a whole and there is a lot more that drives our real estate market than just the oil & gas businesses.

My biggest concern is having the inventory available for buyers to be able to find a home to purchase.  We continue to be in multiple offer situations and what is unfortunate is that not only does the highest offer usually win but the type of financing matters to most sellers and even though a buyer may be well-approved with a FHA or VA mortgage loan, the lack of a large down payment will not be as attractive to a seller.  I hope that our market balances out just enough to offer a level playing field to all buyers.   

Grand Parkway Information

by Christine Hale

I was recently turned on to a website that you can check out the Grand Parkway route and by simply typing your address into the search bar and it will show you where your home is located in relation to the path of the Grand Parkway.  I could have used this tool months ago but was just recently informed that it existed.  The link to the main website is www.grandpkwy.com or the proposed route can be viewed in Google Maps by clicking this link.

I have been watching the construction at different points such just north of the Hardy Toll Road and just north of 2920 west of I-45 all the way over to 249 and it's really coming along well.  This is going to help the traffic flow quite a bit as will the addition of the additional lanes on Kuykendahl crossing Spring Creek.  Why they every went to all that trouble and just built a 2-lane bridge which the anticipation of all the growth in The Woodlands, I will never know, but thankfully, they will not be closing any lanes in order to add the lanes.

Let's hope that the addition and expansion of roads in the area will help alleviate some of our traffic woes.  It seems to have gotten a little better since Grogan's Mill is open and parts of Research Forest are flowing well.  All part of the growing pains of living in a thriving, beautiful community.

Realtors in The Woodlands

by Christine Hale

Realtors in The Woodlands are staying very busy today with buyers and sellers.  I am asked daily about my life these days as a Realtor.  Yes, there's no doubt that it's a great market.  Since the announcement of Exxon-Mobil's plans to build their campus nearby, The Woodlands and surrounding areas have felt the surge of activity.  We're not so happy with the amount of road construction we're having to bear for some time to come, but that's just something we have to deal with until the infrastructure of the roads is altered to be able to accommodate the mass amount of people soon to be living here.

win situations between buyers and sellers.  When a seller contacts me to list their home, I will often already have a buyer who is looking for this particular home.  It's important in this market to have an agent who has access to listings and an agent who works well and networks well with fellow agents.   

Putting a seller and buyer together before a home hits the MLS can be good for the buyer and seller.  The seller has set a price and the buyer is given the opportunity to purchase the home.  The buyers are happy because they don't have to compete with other buyers and the sellers are happy because they don't have to show their home to multiple people.  Sometimes the activity is so busy the first few days that I have been telling a lot of my sellers that it's good to be gone for a couple of days when their home first goes on the market because there are so many showings, it can be a hassle to be home.

This is a very trying market for buyers because homes are selling very quickly.  The best thing you can do is to get an agent who is looking out for your best interest and one who is involved in the market.

 

YMCA Dancing with the Stars in The Woodlands

by Christine Hale

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I was recently recruited by Danna Grimes in my RE/MAX office to participate in the Dancing with the Stars fundraising event at the Waterway Marriott in The Woodlands benefiting the South Montgomery YMCAs.  I didn't really know what I was getting myself into at first but after a couple of dance lessons, I realized I was going to have to buckle down and take it seriously.  I have enjoyed the dance classes and although I've never been a dancer, I'm learning a lot and having a lot of fun.  I started my fundraising goal at a $1000 and now have raised it to $2500.  With about a week to go until the "big" night, I am trying to give it a last minute push and hopefully reach my goal and beyond.  Hopefully, I will survive the workouts and learn my dance steps so I don't embarrass myself nor my partner, Aaron Lumpkin.  I have to give kudos to Aaron for his choreographing skills and patience to teach them to me.

 

 

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Christine Hale
RE/MAX The Woodlands and Spring
6620 Woodlands Parkway
The Woodlands TX 77382
Cell: 281-772-6337
Direct: 281-362-2514