New Construction Inventory in Spring Texas September 2017

New Construction Inventory in Spring Texas September 2017

Despite the flooding from Hurricane Harvey, builders still have new home inventory in Spring Texas. Our search results below are from $350,000 and up, but you can modify as needed.

Did you know that a Realtor can help you with a New Construction purchase? We can assist you through the entire process and help in negotiations, and our fees are paid by the builders, not the purchasers.

http://www.har.com/spring/realestate/new_construction?listing_price_min=350000&sort=listprice+asc

Contact us today and we can assist you in finding a New Constructions home in the Spring TX area today!

New Construction Inventory in Spring Texas September 2017

KW This Month in Real Estate Newsletter September 2017

KW This Month in Real Estate Newsletter September 2017

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales slipped in the month of July. Despite strong buyer demand, inventory and affordability concerns are bottlenecking the market. Once on the market, however, available homes are selling at near-record rates.

Click on KW This Month in Real Estate Newsletter September 2017 To see the entire newsletter and video update.

KW This Month in Real Estate Newsletter September 2017

RESTORE OR REBUILD FREE HOME BUILDING SEMINAR

Building Houston Stronger Presents:

RESTORE OR REBUILD FREE HOME BUILDING SEMINAR

https://www.facebook.com/events/358486944584400/

In the aftermath of Harvey, we are here to help! Whether you are building on new land or tearing down to re-build on your existing lot, this seminar will provide valuable information about both the home building and home restoration process. Topics include home site evaluation, tear-down options, financing solutions, construction techniques, critical inspections, warranty service, and more.

Three Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Houston Area

Borrowed from CyFairVFD Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cyfairvfd/posts/1163836583747627#

Three Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Houston Area

INFORMATION ALERT: (DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS)

Three Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Houston Area

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the cities of Katy, Baytown and Houston.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at the following locations:

Katy Mills Mall (Fort Bend County)
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy TX 77494
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Baytown Community Center (Harris County)
2407 Market Street
Baytown TX 77520
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Greenspoint Mall (Harris County)
263 Greenspoint Mall
Houston TX 77060
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
The following information is helpful when registering:
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).

-Current mailing address.
-Current telephone number.
-Insurance information.
-Total household annual income.
-Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
-A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.
-Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.

https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

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DPS Announces Temporary Storm-related Changes

Borrowed from the DPS website: http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/pr/2017/0828a

DPS Announces Temporary Storm-related Changes

AUSTIN – At the direction of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will implement cost-saving measures for residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The changes will affect driver license (DL) duplicates and Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) surcharges for residents who live in one of the counties that have received a gubernatorial disaster declaration.

DPS will provide a no-cost replacement DL or ID card for residents in the impacted counties, provided they had previously been issued a Texas DL or ID card. Customers living in the affected counties are encouraged to bring whatever identity and residency documentation they have in their possession. (Replacement identification would normally cost $11.)

Eligible cardholders will need to visit a driver license office in person to obtain a free Texas DL or ID replacement. To find a driver license office near you, please visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/administration/driver_licensing_control/rolodex/search.asp. Since DPS driver license offices have been impacted by flooding as well, please check the website prior to coming to an office to ensure it is open.

In addition, residents in these same counties with outstanding DRP surcharges will not be required to make payments for 60 days, effective immediately. No action is required by the customer; DPS will implement the change internally. For additional information about the DRP program, please visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/drp.htm.

Harris County Household Hazardous Waste Location ReOpens

For those living in Harris County that don’t know where to take some of the potentially dangerous hazardous waste and don’t want to dispose of it with the regular storm debris.

Harris County Household Hazardous Waste Location ReOpens

Just a few items that we can think of are:

  • Electronic Batteries (Ion-Lithum, etc)
  • Medicines
  • Paint
  • Poisons and Insecticide

If these items were contaminated in the flood waters, you may not want to attempt to use them.

http://www.eng.hctx.net/Consultants/Household-Hazardous/Household-Hazardous-Waste

The HHW Facility will REOPEN on Saturday, September 9, 2017

And will resume regular collection hours.

For Information about Storm Debris

Other than Household Hazardous Waste

Please call 713-274-3880     #HCDebris

Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency

We are trying to bring you helpful information as we find it, we only wish we had found this one much earlier!

Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency

Borrowed from: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/cleanupwater.html

When returning to your home after a hurricane or flood, be aware that flood water may contain sewage. Protect yourself and your family by following these steps:

Inside the Home

  • Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
  • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
  • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as, mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products).
  • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.
  • Help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers.
  • After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands).
    • Or you may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene use (solution of ⅛ teaspoon [~0.75 milliliters] of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use a solution of ¼ teaspoon (~1.5 milliliters) of household bleach per 1 gallon of water.
  • Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
  • Wash clothes contaminated with flood or sewage water in hot water and detergent. It is recommended that a laundromat be used for washing large quantities of clothes and linens until your onsite waste-water system has been professionally inspected and serviced.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill.

See also Reentering Your Flooded Home , Mold After a Disaster , and Cleaning and Sanitizing With Bleach after an Emergency

Outside the Home

  • Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
  • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
  • Have your onsite waste-water system professionally inspected and serviced if you suspect damage.
  • Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
  • After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands).
    • Or you may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene use (solution of ⅛ teaspoon [~0.75 milliliters] of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use solution of ¼ teaspoon (~1.5 milliliters) of household bleach per 1 gallon of water.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill.

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Health Risks

Flood waters and standing waters pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries.

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Infectious Diseases

Diarrheal Diseases

Eating or drinking anything contaminated by flood water can cause diarrheal disease. To protect yourself and your family:

  • Practice good hygiene (handwashing) after contact with flood waters.
  • Do not allow children to play in flood water areas.
  • Wash children’s hands frequently (always before meals).
  • Do not allow children to play with toys that have been contaminated by flood water and have not been disinfected.
  • For information on disinfecting certain nonporous toys, visit CDC Healthy Water’s Cleaning and Sanitizing with Bleach section.

Wound Infections

Open wounds and rashes exposed to flood waters can become infected. To protect yourself and your family:

  • Avoid exposure to flood waters if you have an open wound.
  • Cover open wounds with a waterproof bandage.
  • Keep open wounds as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean water.
  • If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

For more information, visit CDC’s Emergency Wound Care After a Natural Disaster .

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Chemical Hazards

Be aware of potential chemical hazards during floods. Flood waters may have moved hazardous chemical containers of solvents or other industrial chemicals from their normal storage places.

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Injuries

Drowning

Flood water poses drowning risks for everyone, regardless of their ability to swim. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children.

Vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.

Animal and Insect Bites

Flood waters can displace animals, insects, and reptiles. To protect yourself and your family, be alert and avoid contact.

Electrical Hazards

Avoid downed power lines.

Wounds

Flood waters may contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection.

Resources and Guidance

Thinking of Buying or Selling in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Thinking of Buying or Selling in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Are you thinking of buying or selling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Before you do, call the QBee Team and talk with Jodie Collins, aka Queen Bee, a Texas Realtor located in Spring Texas. Jodie Collins, can help guide you in the right direction, and tell you the pitfalls to look out for. This is even more important now that the housing market inventory will be extremely tight for many months if not years in the Houston area, causing pricing to spike.

If you are looking to purchase a home, the QBee team can help you locate that difficult to find home, and negotiate the best possible price.

Selling a home may or may not be easy depending on how much damage was done during Hurricane Harvey, and we can help make sure that you are getting the most money out of your home investment. If repairs are needed, which upgrades provide the most return on investments? We can help guide you.

In either case, buying or selling a home in the NW Houston area, the QBee Team has the needed resources and can help you through what may be a difficult time.

Contact us today!