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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES by Christine Kalmbach 2020-03-25

Original post date 03/17/20220

This list has been compiled to assist you during the #Coronavirus #Outbreak2020. It is not complete and nor does it endorse or recommend any specific site or treatment plans. I am not an attorney or doctor so please consult professionals related to those areas if you have needs. I just want to help share this information and pray you stay healthy and find it helpful!

USA GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS

USA Centers for Disease Control

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Why Hand Washing Saves Lives

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/why-handwashing.html

When & How to Use Hand Sanitizer

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html

Coronavirus Symptoms

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Cough & Sneezing
https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html

Testing – Please Only Get Testing if You have Tested Negative for the Flu and are having Symptoms

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

Senior Care for the Coronavirus

https://chiproy.com/protect-our-seniors/?fbclid=IwAR1qDsJl-RNgNnZQ5DPpPjcGDYpJrkYhS8__5J3ghc0YDjSlakQNSWXWhjM

If You are at Risk

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

Create a Household Plan

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fhome%2Fget-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html

Business Guidance

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fguidance-business-response.html

Home Care for Coronavirus Patients

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-home-care.html

Animal Care in regards to Coronavirus

https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19

CDC’s situation summary page for COVID-19 provides the latest updates on source, spread, response, and recommendations.

CDC’s latest recommendations for preventing COVID-19 spread at election polling stations.

CDC’s latest guidance on mass gatherings or large community events

CDC’s preparation for first responders, healthcare providers and health systems for the potential spread of coronavirus.

CDC’s interim guidance for homeless shelters

CDC’s latest guidance for schools, workplaces, and community locations. 

CDC’s prevention steps for the spread of coronavirus in homes and residential communities.

CDC’s guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to coronavirus.

CDC’s guidance on managing anxiety and stress over COVID-19. 

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) general resource page. 

FEMA provides guidance on individual household preparation for emergencies.

https://icma.org/coronavirus-resources-plan-and-prepare-now-it-hits-your-community

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

COVID-19 Houston Call Center

(832) 393-4220 Weekdays from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

HARRIS HEALTH SYSTEM

https://www.harrishealth.org/about-us-hh/news/Pages/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.aspx

Harris County Public Health Call Center

(832) 927-7575 9:00 am – 7:00 pm daily

https://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus

GALVESTON COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT

https://www.gchd.org/

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
https://mctx.org/public_notices/corona_virus_information.php

Triage Line

For residents without access to healthcare and who have clinical related questions

(713) 634-1110  9:00 am – 7:00 pm daily

STATE OF TEXAS

https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

UPDATES https://dshs.texas.gov/news/updates.shtm#coronavirus

HOSPITALS

Houston Best Hospitals
https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/houston-tx

MD Anderson Cancer Center
https://www.mdanderson.org/patients-family/becoming-our-patient/planning-for-care/coronavirus-protections.html?intcmp=HPFaces1_coronavirus_03052020

Memorial Hermann TMC
http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/texas-medical-center/

Methodist
https://www.houstonmethodist.org/coronavirus/

Shriner’s Hospital

https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/houston/news-and-events/new-covid19-screening-protocol-at-shriners-hospita-1651

TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
https://www.texaschildrens.org/

Mental Health Crisis Hotline (832) 416-1177 Teen: (832) 416-1199 (CALL)

Teen: (281) 201-4430 (TEXT)

CHURCHES

CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION https://www.annunciationcc.org/

HOUSTON’S FIRST BAPTIST https://houstonsfirst.org/

ECCLESIA HOUSTON https://ecclesiahouston.org/

FIRST METHODIST HOUSTON https://www.fmhouston.com/

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HOUSTON https://fpchouston.org/

HOPE CITY https://hopecity.com/

LAKEWOOD CHURCH https://www.lakewoodchurch.com/livestream

SECOND BAPTIST https://www.second.org/

ST. JOHN’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH https://stjohnsdowntown.org/

ST. THERESA CATHOLIC CHURCH https://www.sttheresa.cc/

UNIVERSITIES IN THE HOUSTON AREA


PRAIRIE VIEW A&M

http://www.pvamu.edu/

RICE UNIVERSITY
https://emergency.rice.edu/coronavirus

U OF HOUSTON
https://www.uh.edu/covid-19/


U of H Downtown
https://www.uhd.edu/administration/emergency-management/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx

ONLINE CLASSES
https://www.classcentral.com/


US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OSHA COVID 19

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/controlprevention.html#health

EUROPEAN CDC

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/rapid-risk-assessment-novel-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-pandemic-increased

SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO OFFER MEALS TO STUDENTS

https://www.chron.com/houston/article/Houston-school-districts-free-meals-coronavirus-15135091.php

CFISD https://www.cfisd.net/en


FBISD
https://www.fortbendisd.com/

HISD https://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2020/03/15/curbside-pickup-service-to-be-available-social-distancing-required-at-district-food-distribution-sites/

KISD http://www.katyisd.org/Pages/default.aspx

SISD https://www.springisd.org/

SBISD https://www.springbranchisd.com/

TISD https://www.tomballisd.net/

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

https://www.who.int

WHO How to Protect Yourself

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/critical-preparedness-readiness-and-response-actions-for-covid-19

OTHER

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO

How to Help HLSR Vendors

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/03/12/want-to-help-houston-rodeo-vendors-here-is-a-list-of-dozens-that-you-can-support-online/

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTmlu2iAYtm1phnkWfC60jl53PRP6mQXBWNrV20LfTAHImhRzTtvnn9AkhJkRjTHieEpJHNwJw99Xmx/pubhtml

https://www.facebook.com/groups/195893028380602/?multi_permalinks=197788491524389&comment_id=197807808189124&notif_id=1584120971914390&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

LATEST DETAILS AND CLOSURES

CHANNEL 2

https://www.click2houston.com/health/2020/03/07/latest-follow-the-developments-of-the-coronavirus-cases-in-the-houston-area/

HOUSTON AREA SCHOOLS
https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Houston-area-event-school-closures-due-to-the-15123856.php

ONLINE THINGS TO DO

COOKING and RECIPES
All Recipes

https://www.allrecipes.com/?internalSource=recipe%20breadcrumb&referringId=237984&referringContentType=Recipe&referringPosition=1&clickId=recipe%20breadcrumb%201

EXERCISE

Exercising from Home

https://philaymca.org/y-inside-out/?dxk=H4sIAAAAAAAEAKtWKs4vLUpOVbJScs1LT0xPVdJRSk7MLUjMTM8DimXmZZZkJpZklqUWx-gbGhsbGivVAgAiXWWjMwAAAA2

GROCERY

Food Town Seniors Only Shopping 7-8am daily

https://www.yourfoodtown.com/

H-E-B Ready to Serve Texas
https://newsroom.heb.com/heb-news/articles/h-e-b-is-ready-and-here-for-texas/

HOUSTON FOOD BANK

https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/

Kroger

https://www.kroger.com/i/coronavirus-update

RESTAURANT DELIVERY

DOORDASH https://www.doordash.com/

GRUBHUB https://www.grubhub.com/

AFFORDABLE INTERNET AT HOME

https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

THINGS TO DO ALONE OR WITH YOUR KIDS

AMAZING EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

https://www.facebook.com/groups/445786889466638/

FREE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

https://www.njfamily.com/free-resources-to-keep-the-kids-learning-and-entertained-during-coronavirus-shutdowns/

DIGITAL LIBRARY FOR KIDS

https://time.com/tfk-free

DISNEY VIRTUAL RIDES https://www.romper.com/p/while-disney-world-disneyland-are-closed-take-your-kids-on-virtual-rides-22622893?utm_term=share&fbclid=IwAR3Xdaz3cPEOlmFa6CHqiMplEDqigCNl9P3h76mjqW5S-O7ao50EHCSwigI

GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE

https://artsandculture.google.com/

HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
https://www.hcpl.net/blog/2020/03/harris-county-public-library-temporary-building-closure

HONEY KIDS BLOG

https://honeykidsasia.com/coronavirus-who-fun-things-to-do-with-the-kids-at-home/

LIBBY APP

https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/

NASA

https://images.nasa.gov

ORGANIC PREPPER
https://www.theorganicprepper.com/how-to-prepare-quarantine/

USA NEWS 100 THINGS TO DO DURING SELF SEPARATION

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2020/03/16/coronavirus-quarantine-100-things-do-while-trapped-inside/5054632002/

PRAYER & THE WORD

SEAN PINDER MINISTRIES https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Z2kSgKAHFRmcoQAYLvOlw

PSALM 121 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol7VxDEckQs

THE MINDFUL CHRISTIAN https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYHNCCOgpneMbFBVaNdBYNA/videos

PRAISE & WORSHIP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKb0GTI9T7Y

ROBERT CLANCY https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9hDjFXkfauB0qsg9y0rPGA

STEVE RACER https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmDxriC-e2DGf7Mc73o84kQ

SMALL/LOCAL BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT

TEXAS REAL ESTATE – Christine Kalmbach https://www.har.com/christine-kalmbach/agent_cmkalm

BIN THERE DUMP THAT – ask for Victor https://houston.bintheredumpthatusa.com/home

CARRABBA’S COPPERFIELD https://www.carrabbas.com/locations/tx/copperfield

DR. JACOB BURCH, DDS https://copperfielddentist.com/

INSURANCE https://agents.gooseheadinsurance.com/tx/spring/122-heatherwood-dr

CANTU’S TX JIU-JITSU http://cantuselfdefense.com/

PJ’s COFFEE 11930 Barker Cypress https://www.pjscoffee.com/cypress/

SENDERA SPRINGS – WEDDING/SPECIAL EVENT VENUE IN KERRVILLE, TX https://senderasprings.com/

VIDEO CONFERENCING – stay connected personally and for business

FACETIME – on iPhone

FREE CONFERENCE CALL https://www.freeconferencecall.com/

GOOGLE HANGOUTS https://hangouts.google.com/

SKYPE https://www.skype.com/en/

ZOOM https://zoom.us/

VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS/RIDES

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Your January 2020 Real Estate News!

January 2020                                                                                                 
REAL ESTATE NEWS
Brought to you by Christine Kalmbach
If you’ve made a resolution this year to get your credit on track, getting started can feel a bit daunting. After all, it can sometimes seem as if credit agencies want to keep you in the dark about how scores are calculated. Not to worry – with some diligence on your part and a little insight into the world of credit score-keeping, you can get back on track in 2020.

Paint your credit score on your wall for extra motivation

Credit scores follow an algorithm first developed by the data analytics company FICO years ago. For a while, credit scores weren’t the primary force behind a credit decision but over time the impact of a credit score became more and more important. Most every loan program available today has a minimum credit score.

There are five characteristics of your credit history that make up your three-digit score: your payment history, account balances, the length of your credit history, the types of credit used and how often you’ve applied for new credit. Credit scores will improve much more quickly by paying attention to the two categories that have the greatest impact on a score: payment history and account balances.

Payment history accounts for 35 percent of the total score. When someone makes a payment more than 30 days past the due date, scores will fall. An occasional “late pay” won’t do much damage to your score but continued payments made more than 30 days past due definitely will. Preventing late payments is key to recovering your score.

Account balances compare outstanding loan balances with credit lines and make up 30 percent of your score. If a credit card has a $10,000 credit line and there is a $3,300 balance, scores will actually improve, as the ideal balance-to-limit is about one-third of the credit line. As the balance grows and approaches or exceeds the limit, scores will begin to fall.

The remaining three have relatively little impact. How long someone has used credit accounts for 15 percent of the score, but there’s really nothing anyone can do to improve this area other than to wait. Types of credit and credit inquiries both makeup 10 percent of the score. By concentrating on payment history and account balances, scores will improve significantly over the next few months.

Inspections vs. Appraisals vs. AVMs
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Appraisal after inspectionInspections, appraisals, and automated valuation models, while related, all have different functions but can be easily confused. Let’s take a closer look.

Inspections: A property inspection is ordered by the buyer and is meant to be an unbiased look at the condition of the property. While not necessarily required by a lender, an inspection protects the buyer from purchasing a home that requires expensive repairs or otherwise doesn’t live up to its list price. A property inspector will examine the condition of the property inside and out, running through a checklist of areas including, but not limited to, the roof, electrical panels, wiring, plumbing, appliances, doors, and windows. If any issues pop up, the inspector makes a note and provides the buyer with a report.

Many reported issues will need some attention but won’t affect financing. If major repairs are needed however, the lender might want to have those issues addressed before they provide any funding.

Appraisals: Once the inspection has been completed and reviewed, the lender can order an appraisal. The appraisal will consider comparable homes in the area as well as other factors such as lot size, nearby schools and crime rates. The goal of the appraisal is to determine the true value of the property for the sake of the lender.

The key difference between an inspection and an appraisal is that an inspection aims to assess the physical condition of a home itself, while an appraisal solely determines the market value of the real estate.

AVMs: An automated valuation model is a digital evaluation of the value of a home. An AVM will quickly research the database of similar homes in the area and compare them with the value of the subject property. AVMs are often used to assess the value of a property portfolio, and have the advantage of saving time and money since no one physically visits the property. However, AVMs can’t take into account the true condition of a property and often aren’t enough to secure a conventional loan for a home buyer.

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8 Ways A Great Real Estate Agent Can Change Your Life

A real estate transaction can be an exciting thing to experience, but it can also be nerve-wracking and stressful. Your experience will largely depend on the circumstances surrounding your transaction and, perhaps more importantly, the agent you’re working with.

A great agent will not only get you over the finish line to the best of their ability, but they can also change your life for the better. Here are eight ways:

1. They’ll show you they care

In today’s fast-paced world, it seems like everyone’s attention is in short supply. A great real estate agent will show you that’s not always the case, by listening and caring about you and your needs. Not only will being a good listener to help an agent do their job, but it’ll also show you that even in business, there are still people out there who care.

2. They can save you a lot of money

There’s an old expression, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” Hiring a great agent can save you literally thousands of dollars, as the right agent will not only negotiate effectively, but also know what pitfalls to look for as the transaction moves along, saving you money in the process.

3. They can help you see things in a different way

One of the most overlooked aspects of hiring a great agent is just how much of an effect they can have on your perspective. For instance, you might think that you’re looking for something in particular, but a great agent can take what you asked for and find something that’s even better than anything you’ve ever considered. A great agent is like an expert matchmaker.

4. They’ll do more than help you buy or sell a home

A great real estate agent will go above and beyond for you. They’ll help you find contractors, give recommendations on design (if you’re open to them), and even help you navigate the restaurants in your new neighborhood. Great agents provide so much value because they want to be your go-to resource for anything to do with real estate.

5. They can find you something that no one else can

Great real estate agents aren’t necessarily miracle workers, but they’re close. A great agent will surprise you with something no one’s ever thought of before, whether it’s finding a property that you didn’t know about, or a solution to an otherwise complex problem. A great agent is proactive and instead of sitting around waiting, will make things happen for you.

6. They can take a lot of stress away

One of the best things about a great real estate agent is the peace of mind that comes from working with them. There are lots of things that can go wrong during a real estate transaction, and a great agent knows this and will not only anticipate issues ahead of time, but will shoulder the burden and solve problems for you, making it a low-stress experience.

7. They’ll go to battle for you when it counts

The right agent is like a general you can depend on when the going gets tough. From searching for the right property or buyer, to negotiating, to pushing the deal through despite all obstacles standing in the way… a great real estate agent won’t back down from adversity and will battle for your best interests at all times.

8. They can become a friend for life

Maybe your real estate agent is already your friend, but if not, with a great agent you might eventually become one. Real estate is much more about relationships than it is about individual transactions, and great agents know this. They also usually have the kind of infectious personality that you always want to be around. So don’t be afraid to form a lifelong friendship with your real estate agent, it could truly change your life.

Contact Christine now and see if she can achieve all 8 of these for you!

Your Dishwasher Drain could be causing you problems!

1st Rate Inspections show us the importance of a Dishwasher Drain!

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Pie Giveaway on National Pie Day!

Congratulations to Allissia Allen and Nan Radke on winning a Sampler Pie from Proud Pie in Katy! #callonchristine #realtorck4u

 

Hey, y’all, in honor of Pi Day, I am giving away 2 Proud Pie Sampler Pies! If you would like a chance to win here’s all you have to do!

1. Like my page FaceBook Page, Christine Kalmbach, Realtor https://lnkd.in/exUC5uR (if you already like it, you’re already entered)!

2. Share this post with your friends with the hashtag hashtagcallonchristine (For every new like from your friends, receive another entry)

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Comment below “Done” when you’re done and you’ll be entered multiple times to win a Sampler Pie from Proud Pie of Katy, Texas! Deadline is 5pm on 3/14/19!

Thanks y’all and blessings over your chance to win a Proud Pie! Happy Pi Day!

Photo courtesy of Proud Pie.

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B2B – Meet Jim Hoelker with J&L Distributors!

I like to recommend businesses that I have personally worked with or that associates, family and friends know of with excellent quality and workmanship!

One business I highly recommend is J&L Distributors! Jim Hoelker, the President of J&L, is a personal friend whom I’ve known for over 15 years from impactahero.org which helps wounded veterans with emotional, financial, physical, and psychological support!

Jim’s company, which has been in business for over 31 years, offers the opportunity to come into his studio/factory/warehouse in Stafford, or to have one of his specialists come out and meet you at your home to assist you with the selection, purchase and installation of window treatments, flooring, cabinetry, and lighting! I was able to come in and purchase two blinds for my home! Thanks, Jim!*

Check them out at http://www.jlblinds.com

Have a great day, y’all!

*I do not receive any referrals or compensation for this recommendation.

Six Myths about Selling Your Home

Selling a house can create all kinds of fears and concerns. Learn the difference between the myths and truths to alleviate some of those worries!


Myth #1: You should always price your home high and then negotiate down.

Truth: It is difficult to obtain a reasonable offer on an overpriced property.

If you list too high, you’ll miss out on buyers (as many as up to 60%) looking in the price range where your home should be. Offers may not even come in, because buyers who are interested in your home are scared off by the price and won’t even take the time to look at it or they have been researching homes online and see the price discrepancy and move on. By the time you correct the price and list your home at its fair market value, you will have lost that window of opportunity when your home draws the most attention from the public and real estate agents — the first 2-4 weeks it is on the market. The longer a house “sits on the market”, it is like the Kiss of Death, doomed to attract fewer and fewer buyers every day making it harder and harder to sell. To obtain proper market exposure, it is an absolute necessity to be competitive in price, terms, and condition with similar properties that are selling in the area as soon as you put it on the market. If you are serious about selling your home, price your property at market value and attract serious buyers. You will stand a much better chance of getting full-market value and your property will sell much more quickly.

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Myth #2: Minor repairs can wait until later. There are more important things to be done.

Truth: Minor repairs make your house more marketable, allowing you to maximize your return (or minimize loss) on the sale.

Most buyers are looking for homes that are turnkey or move in ready. They do not want to have to do a lot of work on a new home (at least “new” to them). If you have repairs that are obviously needed, a potential buyer will think of repairs with the 2/3rds rule. For example, if you have a hole in the wall that would cost $100 to repair in a day, a buyer will think it will take twice as long to repair and cost threes times as much. So your $100 hole of “deferred maintenance” becomes a two-day repair costing $300. A buyer will go through your home adding up all the “little things” that are wrong with it. If your home happens to attract a buyer who is willing to make repairs, they will begin asking for repair allowances that come out of your asking price. The amount of an allowance that you have to offer a buyer is usually more than what it would cost for you to make the repair (or hire someone to make the repair). Also, remember that the home inspections will point out every defect and safety issue which also will potentially cost you even more. Remember, buyers are comparing your home to other homes that are currently on the market. Your home should be maintained, safe and inviting so that everyone who looks at it can see themselves living there.

Myth #3: Once potential buyers see the inside of your home, curb appeal won’t matter.

Truth: Buyers probably won’t make it to the inside of the home if the outside of your home does not appeal to them.

Buyers and their agents often do drive-bys before deciding whether a home is worth their time to look inside. Usually, every dollar you spent on landscaping nets you a 100% return! So make sure your yard looks in top shape with trimmed bushes, some pretty flowers, a well-manicured lawn, and a welcoming entry. Your home’s exterior must make a good first impression so that buyers are compelled to stop and come inside!

Myth #4: Your home must be every buyer’s dream home.

Truth: If you get carried away with repairs and replacements to your home, you may end up over-improving the house.

There is a point where improving your home doesn’t pay off. The key is to consider what competing properties feature and look like. Improvements in the kitchen and bathrooms often yield excellent results! I will go through your home with you in detail and determine what it makes sense to repair and replace and what doesn’t. You also have the option to use my Stager to maximize your home to showroom condition! I’ll also show you competing properties so you’ll know what you’re up against!

Myth #5: When you receive an offer, you should make the buyer wait. This gives you a better negotiating position.

Truth: You should reply in a timely manner to an offer (and remain flexible)!

When a buyer makes an offer, at that moment in time, they are ready to buy your home. Moods can change and you don’t want to lose the sale because you have stalled in replying and you lose your only offer. Occasionally there are strategic reasons to delay for a short time — when receiving multiple offers for example. Let’s work hard to make this a win-win for you and your buyer and work together! I will walk you through every step of the process to help determine the best strategy for achieving your real estate goals!

Myth #6: You are better off selling your home on your own and saving money on the commission you would have paid to a real estate agent.

Truth: Statistically, many sellers who attempt to sell their homes on their own cannot complete the sale without the service of a professional real estate agent, or they inadvertently sell it for less than full market value.

Homeowners who succeed in selling their home by themselves (usually net 6-13% less) than if they had a real estate agent working for them. The National Association of Realtors surveys consumers every year, including homeowners who succeeded in selling their home without a real estate agent. Over 70% of these homeowners say that they would never do it again. You visit a doctor when you’re sick and take your car to a mechanic when it needs repairs. It makes sense to contact a real estate professional when you are preparing to sell your biggest asset!

Whether you are looking to buy, sell, invest or lease real estate, I can help you achieve your real estate goals, contact me today!

Christine Kalmbach, Professional Realtor® Keller Williams Platinum
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Finding the Neighborhood that Works for You!

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LET’S FIND THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WORKS FOR YOU
It can be said that finding the perfect neighborhood is just as important as finding the perfect home. With countless factors to consider, how can you narrow down your search to ensure you find the home and neighborhood that’s right for you?

Here are three ways that we’ll work together to find the neighborhood of your dreams:

Walking around the area. From older, established communities with tree-lined streets and unique architecture to newer, more modern subdivisions, each neighborhood has its own unique personality. Taking a few minutes to stroll around prior to looking at a potential home will give us an idea if the neighborhood meets your needs.
Calculating your commute. At each home we visit, we’ll take into account travel time to and from your workplace. If public transportation is important, we’ll look at homes that are in close proximity to transit lines.
Knowing the amenities. Community pools, jogging paths, parks and other outdoor amenities may be available in certain neighborhoods. Golf courses, recreation centers, libraries or other facilities could also be important when deciding on a potential community.
My commitment to locating your dream neighborhood is the key to finding your new home. Contact me today to begin your home search.
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Christine Kalmbach REALTOR

Keller Williams Realty Platinum

832-755-2954
281-856-0808

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christinekalmbach@kwrealty.com
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Christine Kalmbach Real Estate News – February 2019

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REAL ESTATE NEWS
Brought to you by Christine Kalmbach
2019’s Hottest Home Decor
By Barbara Pronin
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Comfort is trending for 2019, a consensus of home decorators agree, with more people seeking warm colors, intimate spaces and a casual but sophisticated lifestyle.

Designers looking to pair physical coziness with emotional comfort forecast seven decor trends:

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Scaled down furnishings – After years of favoring large furniture and open spaces, consumers are aiming for a ‘nesting’ environment and choosing smaller pieces arranged in more intimate settings.

Wall coverings – The return to traditionalism brings with it a return to wallpaper, fabric wall coverings and murals. Expect to see plenty of rich shades of green in fabric and wallpaper patterns.

Color changes – While blues and indigos have been huge in recent years, green is the new blue for 2019 and is likely to be used in everything from upholstery patterns to kitchen furnishings.

Color ‘pops’ – People are ditching beige minimalism in favor of fun colors, especially in family-friendly spaces. Yellow is the hottest color for small accent pieces–from ceramics to lamps to sofa pillows.

Warm woods and traditional styles – Antiques and even second-hand items are having their moment again, with consumers looking for skirted tables, wooden chests and other wood pieces with a sense of history.

Indoor and outdoor fireplaces – The coziness trend favors indoor fireplaces, working or not, with homey hearths as a nice spot to gather. Outdoors, fireplaces are preserving the joy of summertime barbecues.

Crafts and artisanal accents – In a world of increasing mass production, there has been a shift back to artisanal and boutique choices in pillows, wall hangings, quilts and other accent pieces all around the home.

How to Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Footprint
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GardenYou may work to reduce your personal carbon footprint by driving less and recycling, but do you consider the footprint of your home? Here are some tips to make your home and your wallet a little greener.

Buy efficient appliances. Appliances are getting more efficient every year, and some have better energy and water-use ratings than others. The energy rating of an appliance is easy to find and can be a great guide for those looking to reduce their electricity and water consumption.

Install low-use fixtures. Shower heads, toilets, faucets and other fixtures now come in models that use less water than others. These fixtures can lower a home’s utility bill as well as reduce the amount of water a home uses.

Plant a garden. Plants remove carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Keeping a garden can help counteract your carbon output, provide a fun hobby and supply you with homegrown vegetables or beautiful flowers. Install a drip irrigation system so that plants get only the water they need.

Landscape using climate-appropriate plants. Local plants are better adapted to the environment, are non-invasive to other species and require less water than outsiders.

If you are looking to sell, buy, invest or lease real estate, give me a call! QUESTIONS? VISIT ChristineKalmbach.kwrealty.com
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Christine Kalmbach REALTOR

Keller Williams Realty Platinum

832-755-2954
281-856-0808

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christinekalmbach@kwrealty.com
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Copyright 2019 Keller Williams® Realty, Inc. If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Equal Opportunity Housing Provider. Each office is independently owned and operated. 

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Affected by Flooding Previously? You may be eligible for Harris County Project Recovery!

I hope this information is helpful to you and I am sorry if you sustained any losses in these weather events. Please let me know how I can help you!

The Harris County Community Services Department is administering Disaster Recovery Grants through a series of programs called Project Recovery.

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Harris Recovery Website

Phone: (832)-927-4961

HURRICANE HARVEY – On August 23 to September 15, 2017, Harris County sustained significant damage from the major flooding that resulted from torrential rainfall associated with the landfall and slow movement of Hurricane Harvey. As a result, a Presidential Disaster Declaration was declared on August 25, 2017, (FEMA DR-4332) that included Harris County. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $5.024 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to the state of Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey, DR-4332, through the publication of the Federal Register, Vol. 83, No. 28, Friday, February 9, 2018. This allocation was made available through the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2017 that allocated $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR funds in response to major disasters declared in 2017. In their Action Plan submitted to U.S. HUD on May 8, 2018, the State of Texas, under their program administer the Texas General Land Office (GLO), made a direct allocation of $1,115,386,830 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding (Round 1) to Harris County. A Draft Supplemental Action Plan has been developed by Harris County to program these funds.

2016 FLOODS – On April 17 to 30, 2016 and May 22, 2016 to June 24, 2016, Harris County sustained significant damage from two major flooding events that resulted from severe storms and flooding. As a result, both flooding events were Presidentially Declared as Disasters in Harris County. On September 29, 2016, under Section 145 of the Continuing Appropriations Act 2017, on December 10, 2016 under the Furthering Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act 2017 and on May 5, 2017 under the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017, the State of Texas was allocated by the US Congress $238,895,000 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) (Public Law 114-223, 114-254 and 115-31) funding to be used in the recovery process. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is the CDBG-DR administrator of the State’s allocation. The amount allocated to Harris County and affected jurisdictions by the GLO was $66,199,732.

2015 FLOODS – On May 4 to June 23, 2015 (Memorial Day) and October 22 to 31, 2015 (Halloween), Harris County sustained significant damage from two major flooding events that resulted from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding. As a result, both flooding events were Presidentially Declared as Disasters in Harris County. On June 17, 2016 in the Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 117, the State of Texas was allocated approximately $22 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) (Public Law 114-113) and on August 7, 2017 in the Federal Register, Vol. 82, No. 150 (Public Law 115-31) the State of Texas was allocated an additional approximately $11 million in CDBG-DR funding to be used in the recovery of the four most impacted counties (including Harris County) by Presidential Declared Disasters in May/June 2015 and October 2015. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is the CDBG-DR administrator of the State’s allocation. The amount allocated to Harris County and affected jurisdictions (except the City of Houston who received a direct allocation of CDBG-DR from the Federal Register) by the GLO was $4,307,895. This amount was divided by the GLO as $1,378,527 or 32% for Housing and $2,929,368 or 68% for Non-Housing activities.

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The High Tech Texan says technology in homes…

Is changing rapidly and offers so much to homeowners today! I attended an awesome training with HAR290 and the High Tech Texan, Michael Garfield! He talked about technology in the home (newer and older ones)! Check out my video on it:

 

If you’re looking to sell, buy, lease or invest in Texas Real Estate contact me today! 832-755-2954

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