Post-Harvey Housing: 9 Months Later

Post-Harvey Housing: 9 Months Later

Post-Harvey Housing: 9 Months Later

After the devastation Hurricane Harvey left the greater Houston area in on August 29th, 2017, we understand the reluctance that can accompany home buying in our area in 2018. While the situation was, and continues to be, heartbreaking for many people, Houstonians are resilient and moving forward as a community together! In fact, Houston’s housing market continued beating records in 2017, which ended up being the strongest year ever, according to a recent press release from the Houston Association of Realtors.


In the press release, HAR Chair Kenya Burrell-Van Wormer explains that “No one could ever have imagined 2017 turning out to be a record-setting year for the Houston real estate market, which had weathered the effects of the energy slump only to have Harvey strike such a devastating blow. We know that many are still working tirelessly to rebuild their lives after Harvey, but overall, this clearly illustrates the incredible resilience of the people and the economy of Houston, Texas. We also know that some neighborhoods are performing better than others, so it’s always advisable to consult a Realtor when thinking about buying or selling a home.”


The Lippincott Team has thoroughly researched all of listings to ensure full disclosure on the property’s flood history. Our honest, dependable team of real estate agents both sell and live in the Northwest Houston area, and we’re aware which neighborhoods and communities were most affected during Harvey. While it’s normal to be concerned – you don’t need to worry about buying or selling in the post-Harvey market when you choose The Lippincott Team as your trusted agency! If you’d like more information, please call today: 832-392-8818.

How to decorate like an interior designer

How to decorate like an interior designer

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By Lee Crowder

As the Design Gallery and Model Branding Manager for Darling Homes, I’m in charge of choosing the theme, furniture and selections in our model homes. When making these types of decisions, I rely on my degree in interior design and experience in the field to ensure that visitors feel at home when they walk into one of our models.

You don’t have to be an interior designer to do this in your home, though. Here’s five ways you can make your own space feel like a model home


  • Decide on a color palette.

When I’m working on the design aesthetic for a new model home, the first thing I do is create an overall theme or color palette. I suggest you do the same thing for your home. If possible, select the theme and any paint colors before or as soon as you move in — even if you don’t paint or decorate every room immediately. By doing this, you’ll be able to stay focused and select artwork, bedding and other home accessories that match the rest of your home.

  • Plan your space efficiently.

You might think that placing furniture against the walls in your home will open up space, but in actuality it often creates a cluttered look. For ideas on how to efficiently arrange your furniture, visit a model home. They feature conversational spaces that have been planned by a professional.

  • Make a splash in the bathroom.

We love dramatic powder baths at Darling Homes. That means a deep rich color or a unique tile pattern on the floor or wall. It might be one of the smaller spaces in your home, but it can make a big impact.

  • Select the right artwork.

We want to make sure your eye is being drawn to key places in a model home. Most of the time we do that with pieces of art of that make a big impact. Instead of grouping lots of small pieces, which can appear busy and unplanned, opt for something larger. If possible, find a piece that means something to you.

  • Make it personal.

When we’re designing a model, we research who our buyers will be and make sure the home reflects their lifestyles and family needs. Your home should not be any different – it should reflect your personality and lifestyle. Don’t choose a finish or piece of furniture because you see it in a model or magazine. Choose it because you love it!

Celebration at Bridgeland HS recognizes safety milestone

Celebration at Bridgeland HS recognizes safety milestone

July 28, 2016—Representatives from Gilbane Building Company and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD joined hundreds of construction workers for a lunch and milestone safety celebration in the future cafeteria of CFISD’s 12th high school, Bridgeland High School, on July 27.

Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent, commends the construction workers for their dedication to building the multi-campus site in Bridgeland. 

The celebration recognized Gilbane’s progress on the high school and elementary school No. 55, both of which will open in August 2017 and be part of a multi-campus site including a future middle school. More than 600 workers have dedicated 500,000 hours to the project and have successfully completed 353 days without an accident.

Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, addressed the workers on the construction site on House Hahl Road.

From left, IBI Group, Inc. Assistant Project Manager Ann Frankovich, CFISD Director of Project Management Jody Doebele and IBI Group, Inc. Project Manager Laura Michela attend the milestone safety celebration at Bridgeland High School on July 27. 

“This is going to be an unbelievable facility for our students to attend,” Dr. Henry said. “The opportunities our students are going to have will be unlimited. Even though brick has just started being installed, you can tell it’s going to be a beautiful facility that’s going to add a lot to the northwest side of the community.”

The 128-acre Bridgeland multi-campus site, designed by IBI Group, Inc., will be located between Mason Road and the Grand Parkway.

CFISD’s 12th high school, designed by IBI Group, Inc., and constructed by Gilbane Building Company, will open in the 2017-2018 school year between Mason Road and the Grand Parkway.

Dr. Henry commended the workers for their dedication on a large-scale project.

CFISD Elementary School No. 55 will be part of a multi-campus site in Bridgeland along with Bridgeland High School and a future middle school. 

“To go nearly a year without having an accident on a project of this magnitude is a testament to the contractor and subcontractors and how conscious they are of making sure their colleagues are taken care of,” Dr. Henry said. I commend Gilbane and all the subcontractors for taking safety seriously.”

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Education resource group ranks CFISD NO. 1 for second year

Education resource group ranks CFISD NO. 1 for second year

July 22, 2014—The Education Resource Group (ERG), a data-driven company that provides accountability and performance management for public schools, has for the second straight year rated Cypress-Fairbanks ISD the “Best Overall in Academic Performance & Financial Performance” in its 2012-2013 Best Practice Awards.

CFISD earned a 30.1 score in the District Productivity Index, which awards a cumulative score for Academic Achievement Index (AAI), District Performance Index (DPI) and District Financial Index (DFI).

“Cypress-Fairbanks ISD always strives for both academic and financial excellence, and we are proud to earn this ERG distinction for the second consecutive year,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools. “This No. 1 rating validates the commitment by our educators and Board of Trustees to maintain a quality statewide reputation for learning and living.”

CFISD ranked first in the DFI, an operating efficiency rating based on all funded expenditures for instruction, leadership, student support services and non-student support services. Its 2013 rank improved from its No. 4 ranking in 2012.

The district ranked in the 75.5 percentile in the AAI, based on STAAR test performance, four-year graduation rates, college admissions tests and college-ready graduates. The district ranked in the 85th percentile in DPI, which adjusts academic achievement with student demographics.

“What the public pays for is bang for the buck, and Cypress-Fairbanks is No. 1,” said Paul Haeberlen, ERG chief operating officer. “Cy-Fair gets the best academic outcomes for the dollar spent, and that is a highly prized position. That is the return on investment the public gets from its school district. Everybody wants to be there, but right now Cy-Fair is there.”

The goal of the Education Resource Group is to help clients develop and sustain effective and efficient organizations. The ERG analytics team provides data allowing policymakers to respond to the critical challenge from Gov. Rick Perry to “… identify those organizations whose practices contribute to high academic achievement and cost-effective operations.”

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