Cypress, Texas: Welcome Home!

Cypress, Texas: Welcome Home!

Cypress, Texas: Welcome Home!

Are you considering moving to Cypress? You’re making a great decision for you and your family… There’s so many benefits to living here! Between the many lakes, golf courses, shopping, dining, and our exceptional school district, there’s truly something in Cypress for everyone.

Master Planned Communities

First of all, Cypress boasts some of the top master-planned communities in the greater Houston area. Bridgeland earning a place among the top 50 best-selling master planned communities in the nation in 2017! Pay Bridgeland a visit and you’ll see why – more than 3,000 acres are dedicated to gorgeous lakes, trails, and parks, easily inhibiting nature into your everyday life. There are also other great master planned communities in Cypress, including Towne Lake, Blackhorse Ranch, Cypress Creek Lakes, Fairfield, Sydney Harbour, Coles Crossing, and many more – all of which are zoned to amazing Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District schools.

Cy Fair ISD

In addition, Cy-Fair ISD is a nationally recognized district that boasts many exceptional elementary, junior high, and high schools. As a result, the school district in Cypress is one of the main reasons families relocate to this area! Cy-Fair ISD’s mission as a district is to maximize every student’s potential through rigorous and relevant learning experiences, preparing them to be 21st century global leaders, and we believe they do just that!  The school district makes moving to Cypress a great choice for families with kids!

Shopping!

Lastly, there’s no shortage of shopping and dining in Cypress! Between the Houston Premium Outlets and the many new shops and restaurants in Fairfield Town Center and The Boardwalk at Towne Lake, you’ll always find a great place to relax, unwind, and have a great meal.

We’re so excited that you’re considering making Cypress your new home! Don’t hesitate to call The Lippincott Team – we don’t just work here, we live here! We know the Cypress area remarkably well and we’re confident we can find you the home of your dreams.  Call today! 832-392-8818

Pet Friendly: Helping Your Pet Adjust to a Move

Pet Friendly: Helping Your Pet Adjust to a Move

New neighbors, new sounds, new smells…. Moving is a big deal to everyone involved – even your pets! Some pets have no trouble at all adjusting to a new home and environment, while other pets – especially those with anxiety – can experience a lot of stress when they’re relocated to a brand-new setting. Help your pet adjust to a move and settle in comfortably with these easy steps!

Consistency is key. Try to keep your routine in your new home as similar as possible to your routine in your previous home. Feed Fido at the same time as you always have, and keep dog walks, play time, and bed time the same too. This will help your pet understand that while their home is different, life with their owner remains the same. Also, it’s a good idea to keep the comforts of home the same. Dogs rely heavily on scents, so having their bed, kennel, and toys set up immediately so they have something comforting to go to will help your pet begin to adjust.

If you’re brand new to the Cypress community, it’s important to find a veterinarian you trust. Our real estate agents are pet-friendly people, and we’d love to provide you with recommendations to the best veterinarians in the area so you’re prepared before you need them! We would also love to recommend some options for pet boarding and day care for vacation planning, once you and your pet is adjusted to your new home and neighborhood. We also have obedience training references!

Whatever service you and your pet may need to familiarize yourself with your new community, please don’t hesitate to ask The Lippincott Team! We look forward to helping you and your pets, too! Call today: 832-392-8818

Happy Home Sale Season

Happy Home Sale Season

Flowers are blossoming and gardens are growing, but you may notice something else popping up in the well-manicured yards across your neighborhood: for sale signs! Spring marks the beginning of the most active home sale season. Many families are looking for their new house before the new school year begins and with longer, warmer days, there’s no better time in our area to list your home with The Lippincott Team!

Listing your home during the peak season can benefit you tremendously. Let’s take a closer look at some of the positives to listing your home in spring:

Higher Sale Price    Listing your home during the prime season in your area means prices are at their highest. There are more buyers in spring and summer because this is typically the most convenient time for families to move. Due to a higher demand for homes, the listing price will work in the seller’s favor!

Better Valuations    If the most recent data for your home valuation is from a comparable home that sold cheaper in winter, it could potentially hurt your valuation. When more homes sell during the busier real estate season, the comparable data will be more accurate. This will help ensure you get the best valuation for your home.

Let Your Home be the Star!   Your property will look it’s best during spring. The grass is green, trees are full, and flowers are blooming! The curb appeal for your property will be peaking just as buyers start their new home hunt.

If you’re interested in a free home valuation or you’re ready to list now, don’t hesitate to call The Lippincott Team today! We look forward to helping you. 832-392-8818

 

Put Down Some Roots: Enjoy the Benefits of Buying a Home

Put Down Some Roots: Enjoy the Benefits of Buying a Home

Buying a home is built into the American dream, and the Lippincott Team is here to help make that dream your reality! Though renting a home poses benefits to individuals or families that won’t be staying in an area long or have uncertain career plans, the flexibility of renting comes with a steep price. Before you sign a lease agreement, make sure you’re informed about the many benefits to buying a home and putting down some roots!

Over a lifetime, home ownership helps you build and acquire personal wealth. When you buy a home, you pay down the mortgage and increase your equity, or the amount of money you can sell the house for less than what you still owe on it. Plus, the significant tax benefits to buying a home rather than renting is a great reason to invest! Homeowners have the privilege of deducting mortgage interest their federal income taxes.

When you look at the big picture, buying a home is more affordable than renting. You’ll spend less over the life of your home loan when buying; plus, rent may rise over time while fixed mortgage rates don’t go up – even if the cost of everything else does! When you consider this on top of the tax benefits of home ownership, your true out-of-pocket costs will be less when you buy versus if you decide to rent.

Stop stressing about security deposits, pet deposits, and unfavorable landlords. It’s a great time to buy a home in Northwest Houston and the Lippincott Team is here to help you take the first step towards home ownership! We can’t wait to speak with you and help you plan for your future. Call us today: 832-392-8818

Find a Slower Paced Lifestyle in Waller & Hockley

Find a Slower Paced Lifestyle in Waller & Hockley

Are you looking for a friendly community? Maybe you’re hoping to enjoy small town charm without being too far removed from the greater Houston area. Good news – you can find a slower paced lifestyle in Waller & Hockley! Take a look at the benefits of living just outside of Cypress and why we think you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds.

Hockley, TX is a 10-minute drive west on 290 from Cypress, and this quaint town boasts some excellent attractions for family fun! Enjoy date night or family movie night at the Showboat Drive-In, a retro spot for double features best viewed from the tailgate of your pickup truck. Or, enjoy a picnic lunch at the Oil Ranch, a real working ranch with more than 50 acres of amusements and activities for the entire family. Don’t forget to stop by during fall and visit the pumpkin patch and scarecrow festival!

Head just a few more miles down 290 and visit Waller, one of the last great rural escapes in the Houston area. It’s home to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – a campsite that’s a hit with tourists and locals alike looking to escape the Texas summer. Enjoy floating the lazy river while the kids play on the water slides! Waller also hosts a county fair at the start of fall, hit the golf course or the tennis court at Houston Oaks Country Club, and enjoy a wine tour of Waller County – an event you will not want to miss!

Additionally, both Waller and Hockley combine to boast an exceptional school district. Waller ISD has served the community for 130 years and continues their long-standing tradition of academic and extracurricular excellence. Waller ISD is dynamic and fast-growing, providing an excellent education to more than 6,800 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Want to learn more about the benefits of living in these charming small towns just outside the city? Contact The Lippincott Team – we’d love to help you find your perfect home and slower paced lifestyle in Waller or Hockley!

Your Quick Guide to Homeowners Insurance

Your Quick Guide to Homeowners Insurance

You’ve found your dream home and everything is falling into place beautifully. Congratulations! There is so much to process when buying a new home, it’s enough to make your head swim. When looking for a home loan, for example, you may be uncertain about homeowners insurance and you’re not alone. Use this quick guide to familiarize yourself with it before making a decision.

Homeowners Insurance 101

Insurance is purchased to allow you to rest assured knowing your investment and future is safe and secure. There are a lot of things you may consider important in your life and your family, pets, and your home likely top the list. Consider the following tips when looking for a homeowners insurance policy for your new home.

Go Into The Details and Supplemental Policies

Generally speaking, details are important regardless the venture, but with your home and future at stake, taking the time to go over the details and fine print of your plan is vital. You want to think comprehensively, making sure to consider every possible angle and outcome. Detailed supplemental policies include, but are not limited to:

  • Additional personal property “valuable articles” endorsement.
  • Protection from flood damages.
  • Sewer backup.
  • Protection from damages caused by earthquakes

Don’t Forget About It

Explore all possibilities of what could go wrong so you don’t unintentionally leave anything out in the initial setup of your homeowners’ policy. Remember, a general rule of thumb is that it’s never safe to assume. No question is a dumb question and there’s nothing that could happen that isn’t worth discussing. As the years go by, it’s good to review your policy periodically to make sure you didn’t leave anything out.

Find Ways to Lower The Cost

You may notice that your homeowners insurance premiums will rise every year.  Don’t be alarmed, however, as the cost of insurance rises along with inflation. However, there a few things you can do to get your cost down as low as possible.

  • Before you sit down to speak with an insurance representative do research on their competitors’ pricing. They may state that it is a fixed price, but don’t be deterred. Now is the time for negotiation. Sometimes you may even find better luck with a different agent. The point is, don’t be afraid to stand your ground in negotiations.
  • Don’t include your land value in the equation of overall value, you’ll be paying more when your land isn’t at any risk.
  • Look to add multiple policies with the same insurer which may give you leverage for lower pricing.
  • If you’re a loyal customer, seek out a discount. Often times, customers who hold policies for 5 years or more can save up to 10% with the same insurer.

Shop Around and Negotiate

It may take some time, but the savings can be well worth it. Check out this price comparison tool and ask around. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (www.naic.org) has information that can help you choose, including complaints filed which can tell you a lot about what to expect. Keep in mind that price alone should not be your only consideration. Ensure that who you decide to go with is of quality service that will deliver what you expect during a claim year after year.

Find the Homeowners Insurance Plan to Fit Your Needs

There are so many decisions to make when buying a house and it can be overwhelming. Taking one thing at a time and working with an experienced real estate agent eases the load. It’s important to protect your investment with comprehensive homeowners insurance. Use this guide to get started today.

The Lippincott Team is your Cypress and Northwest Houston area source for real estate investments and information. Contact Us to learn more about buying a home or for assistance with any real estate need.