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Congratulations to My Buyer/Investors!

Congratulations and beyond excited for my Buyer Investors! They’re going to fix up the home they closed to upgrade it and make it beautiful! Be on the lookout as it will be available for lease very soon! Contact me if you are interested or if you are looking to sell, buy, or invest in real estate!

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National Pi Day Winners Announced at 8pm 3/16/19!

National Pi Day Giveaway Winners announcement at 8pm on Saturday, March 16 on FB and Instagram! #callonchristine #nationalpiday #nationalpieday #giveaway #samplerpie #getinmybelly #yum #proudpie #likesharecommentfollow #facebook #instagram #twitter #linkedin #snapchat #realtorck4u

This Month in Real Estate – March 2019 Market Update

This Month in Real Estate
March 2019 Market Update
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Monthly VideoAccording to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales experienced a third consecutive month of declines in January. While the supply of homes is rising, a growing share of those homes may still be out of reach for some buyers.
Interest Rates
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Interest RatesAccording to Freddie Mac, 30-year fixed rates decreased to 4.35 percent in January from 4.45 percent in December. This rate remains well below the historical average of 8.90 percent.
Home Sales
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The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.94 million in January, down from 5.0 million in December, and 8.5 percent below the 5.4 million sales pace from a year ago.
Home Prices
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Home Price Graph
The median home price decreased to $247,500 in January, down 2.8 percent from December. The median home price has increased by approximately $6,700 in the past year alone.
Inventory
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Inventory Graph
There was a 3.9-month supply of housing inventory in January 2018, up 5.4 percent from December. The total number of available homes for sale has increased by 14.7 percent compared to January of last year.
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Brought to you by KW Research. For additional graphs and details, please see the This Month in Real Estate PowerPoint Report.The opinions expressed in This Month in Real Estate are intended to supplement opinions on real estate expressed by local and national media, local real estate agents and other expert sources. You should not treat any opinion expressed on This Month in Real Estate as a specific inducement to make a particular investment or follow a particular strategy, but only as an expression of opinion. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., does not guarantee and is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of information, and provides said information without warranties of any kind. All information presented herein is intended and should be used for educational purposes only. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. All investments involve some degree of risk. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information contained in This Month in Real Estate.
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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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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)

3. Follow me on Instagram @realtorcku https://lnkd.in/eMGMA2d

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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!

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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

Click here to download my mobile app!
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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Your New Home by the Numbers!

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YOUR NEW HOME BY THE NUMBERS
Owning a home is a significant source of pride for many and can also help increase your financial stability and, potentially, your wealth. My job is to help you choose the home that’s right for you and your family by:
Analyzing historical trends in home values for specific properties and communities
Comparing estimated mortgage payments to area rental costs
Identifying any other sources of savings over the long term
Showing you how each mortgage payment helps build your equity
My commitment to helping you understand the possible financial benefits of home ownership 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

Click here to download my mobile app!
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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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

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Four Questions to Decide If You Should Stay or Go
Do you find yourself dreaming about a new home? Or, maybe you think it could be time to move to a new neighborhood. Ask yourself these questions to figure out if it’s time to search for greener pastures.
1) How happy are you with your current home?
If you’re not feeling the love when you walk through the door, it may be time to start exploring available homes on the market.
2) Do you love your neighborhood and schools?
If a good neighborhood, strong schools and neighbors you enjoy are important to you, and you feel like your current home leaves a bit to be desired, give me a call.
3) Do you have too little or too much home?
If the size of your family has changed recently, you may be left with a home that’s too small or too large. Let’s find a home that’s just right.
4) Is it time to buy?
If you think it’s time to make a move, give me a call and we can find a home that hits all the right notes.
When you’re looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate, you need an agent who will be by your side every step of the way.
Call me today for a personalized consultation.
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Christine Kalmbach REALTOR

Keller Williams Realty Platinum

832-755-2954
281-856-0808

Click here to download my mobile app!
christinekalmbach@kwrealty.com
ChristineKalmbach.kwrealty.com
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. 
Keller Williams Realty Platinum | 19708 Northwest Fwy Ste 2800 | Houston | TX | 77065-5628
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This Month in Real Estate – February 2019 Market Update

This Month in Real Estate
February 2019 Market Update
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Monthly VideoAccording to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales experienced a decrease in December after two consecutive months of increases. While the supply of homes is rising, a growing share of those homes may still be out of reach for some buyers.
Interest Rates
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Interest RatesAccording to Freddie Mac, 30-year fixed rates decreased to 4.45 percent in December from 4.87 percent in November. This rate remains well below the historical average of 8.90 percent.
Home Sales
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The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.99 million in December, down from 5.32 million in November, and 10.3 percent below the 5.56 million sales pace from a year ago.
Home Prices
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The median home price increased to $253,600 in December, up 2.9 percent from December 2017. The median home price has increased by approximately $7,100 in the past year alone.
Inventory
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There was a 3.7-month supply of housing inventory in December 2018, up since December 2017. The total number of available homes for sale has increased by 15.6 percent compared to December of last year.
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Brought to you by KW Research. For additional graphs and details, please see the This Month in Real Estate PowerPoint Report. The opinions expressed in This Month in Real Estate are intended to supplement opinions on real estate expressed by local and national media, local real estate agents and other expert sources. You should not treat any opinion expressed on This Month in Real Estate as a specific inducement to make a particular investment or follow a particular strategy, but only as an expression of opinion. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., does not guarantee and is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of information, and provides said information without warranties of any kind. All information presented herein is intended and should be used for educational purposes only. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. All investments involve some degree of risk. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information contained in This Month in Real Estate.
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Christine Kalmbach REALTOR

Keller Williams Realty Platinum

832-755-2954
281-856-0808

Click here to download my mobile app!
christinekalmbach@kwrealty.com
ChristineKalmbach.kwrealty.com
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. 
Keller Williams Realty Platinum | 19708 Northwest Fwy Ste 2800 | Houston | TX | 77065-5628

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Christine Kalmbach Real Estate News – February 2019

                                                                                              February 2019
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

Click here to download my mobile app!
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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