Big-box retailers such as Toys R Us, Babies R Us and Payless Shoe Source have closed stores in recent years after filing for bankruptcy because of fierce competition from e-commerce businesses and the rise of online shopping. This furniture shop is calling it quits and has placed its 60,000 sqft storefront on the market.
Since we moved to The Woodlands in 2001, we’ve always known that we’re close to home when we could see the Anadarko tower (now towers) from the highway. With the bidding war now over - and with Chevron about to walk away with $1B as a breakup penalty - all kinds of rumors and speculation are out on the grapevine trying to guess to find out what will happen to these iconic buildings.
The Woodlands Township approved - on a 3-1 vote - a descending tax abatement for Alight Solutions, an HR outsourcing company owned by private equity firm Blackstone Group (BX).
Ikea purchased just over 144 acres of land in McCord Development’s master-planned Generation Park in Houston, according to documents filed with the Harris County Clerk's office. The long-rumored deal is the Swedish furniture giant’s second in the city in two years.
One of the most common tax benefits of home ownership (outside of mortgage interest) is the Homestead Exemption for your primary residence. Surprisingly, it is often ignored and/or misunderstood by homeowners. Simply put, the Homestead Exemption reduces the taxable value of your home, resulting in a lower property tax bill.
From the Montgomery County Elections site —-
Any qualified Montgomery County registered voter may vote at any one of the following locations during the early voting period for the Election. You can search the Montgomery County Voter Registration Database to see if you are eligible and to view your precinct, Sample Ballot, and elected officials. If you feel this is in error, please feel free to call Election Central at 936.539.7843.
November 6, 2018 General Election
Monday, October 22 - Friday, October 26 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 28 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 29 - Friday, November 2 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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Get All Information♦ East County Courthouse Annex 21130 Highway 59 South New Caney 77357 Community Room
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(Montgomery County Administration Annex) 207 W Phillips Street Conroe 77301 First Floor
Get All Information♦George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library
New Location 8125 Ashlane Way The Woodlands 77382 Meeting Room 101 and 102
Limited Ballots, Special Forms of Early Voting, and Ballot by Mail ONLY at Election Central
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Walmart is experimenting with adding veterinary clinics to its brick and mortar stores as it plans more locations in mixed-use developments.
From one of our favorite guest writers - Bruce Becker from SWBC - comes this well-written post about rental property and how it can fit your portfolio. Once you had a chance to peruse it, call us to Boost your plan forward.
As the moving season enters into full swing, our friends at Square Cow Movers have graciously provided the following tips to take care of of one of the components of a home that ranks high in "wow" factor - your hardwood floors. They can be reached at (281) 419-8282.
Easy, Effective Ways to Protect Original Hardwood Floors
When you purchase a home it usually comes with a laundry list of to dos after everything has been unpacked. If you move to The Woodlands or any other upscale neighborhood in Texas there’s a good chance hardwood floors will be in the home. For most homeowners, protecting those floors is a top priority.
Use Rugs in High Traffic Areas
The front entry, hallways, staircases and other high traffic areas will experience wear and tear the quickest. One simple way to minimize wear is with strategically placed rugs.
Put Pads on the Bottom of Furniture
Protective pads can be put on the bottom of chair and couch legs to protect from future damage. There are three main types of pads: self-adhesive, nail-on and slip-on pads.
Use Doormats at All Entries
Dirt and grim on the bottom of shoes can grind its way into hardwood floors. Good doormats at every entry can help minimize this problem. Mats made of coco brush are among the best at cleaning shoe bottoms.
Clean Regularly With the Right Products
Regular cleanings will also help keep dirt off the floors before it can get ground into the surface. However, some cleaning products can end up doing more harm than good in the long run. Steer clear of cleaning products with ingredients that build up like oils, wax, ammonia, polish and vinegar. These types of ingredients should be used sparingly when you want to add a bit more shine to the floors.
Use a Dehumidifier to Control Moisture
Moisture can quickly compromise most hardwood floors. All spills and flooding should be cleaned up immediately, but humidity can also be a problem in certain areas. Using a dehumidifier during the warm months will keep the humidity at a normal level.
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We all know that next week will be interesting to move around The Woodlands, but this year is different - in more ways that you can imagine. And yes, the bike course is different this year (see below), moving south of The Woodlands towards Harris County, so many more will share our feeling. Find out more in this post.