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The Woodlands, TX - You've just gotta come out and experience this!  The Woodlands Waterway® will be transformed into wonderful outdoor art gallery this weekend.  The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is happening this weekend, Saturday, April 12 from 10am-pm and Sunday, April 13, from 10am-5pm.  The festival is ranked #1 in Texas and #3 in the U.S. by Air Fair SourceBook.  This juried art show features over 200 fine artists displaying their original artwork along The Waterway in Town Green Park in The Woodlands Town Center.  Tickets for the festival are $12 per adult or $15 for a weekend pass.  Children under 12 are admitted free.The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, a spectacular outdoor amphitheater, is also hosting a concert featuring jazz legends Spyr…

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Our Houston area real estate market is hot and has been for some time now.  With limited inventory and an influx of home buyers into our market, the average sales price of a single family home is up 22% over the same time last year.  The total number of active listings is down 15.9%, and the months of inventory is just 2.6%.  Wow!!!  New home starts are on the rise but had previously been so lagging that it will take some time for them to impact the demand in the housing market.  

With all of that being said, now is the time when you really need an experienced Realtor - whether you're buying or selling a home.  

For Buyers - If you're a buyer, you will want to:

  • Have your pre approval letter ready to submit with any offer you make.  Home…
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The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is set for Saturday, April 12 from 10 am - 7 pm and Sunday, April 13 from 10 am - 5 pm.  This festival is an annual juried arts festival with a wide variety of mediums featuring over 200 national, regional and international fine artsists displaying their original creations along The Woodlands Waterway ®.  

Greg Lawler's Art Far SourceBook, regarded at "the definitive guide to the best juried art and craft fairs in the U.S.", has ranked The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival #1 in Texas and #3 in the nation for fine art sales among more than 600 art fairs in the U.S. for 2012.  For fine craft sales, the festival ranks 6th.  The ranking confirms the high quality of…

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Be sure to mark your calendar Thursday, January 30, 2014, from 4-9pm when The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its 28th annual Taste of the Town.  A mouth-watering selection of fare from over 50 local restaurants, delis, begerage companies and bakeries. 

This event will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Convention Center, 1601 Robbins Drive, The Woodlands.  Advance tickets are just $20.00, $25 if purchased at the door.  For more information call 281.367.5777

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Upcoming events at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion begin February 8, 2014.  Here's the schedule so far:

February 8 - The Pavilion's Prom Night "Feels Like the First Time" Gala located at The Edge and featuring Foreigner


April 9 - Arcade Fire 7:30pm

April 10 - Kings of Leon 7:30pm

April 27 - II Divo 8pm

May 23 - Journey & Steve Miller Band with Tower of Power 6:45pm

For tickets or more information, call 281.363.3300 or visit

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The Executor named in a will has a number of duties to perform.  Among them are:

  • Reads the will and expedites the burial instructions.
  • Meets with family members and other interested parties who desire aid and information, meets with the attorney who drew the will and persons familiar with the financial affairs.
  • Safegaurds the assets and takes immediate protective measures as are desirable prior to appointment as executor - looks into insurance and protections of real and personal property, has knowledge of the ongoing business interests, examines all of the books and files, and gives notice of the death to banks, safe deposit companies and others.
  • Petitions the Court for Probate of the will - obtains proof of heirship, locates witnesses,…
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Application for Probate

Texas probate law requires that you wait about 2 weeks before you can have a hearing on the probate application.  The court will determine if it's necessary to open the Administration of the estate or to recognize the decedent's will as valid.  

During these 2 weeks, the County Clerk will post a notice at the courhouse that an applicaion for probate has been filed.  The posting serves as notice to anyone who might want to contest the will or administraton that there are a certain number of days for them to do that.  If no contest is made within that time, the court can move forward in opening the administration and/or recognizing the validity of the will.

Once the waiting period has passed a hearing will be held before the…
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Let me first say that this series is not intended to be a legal guide.  It's merely to give you an idea and information about Real Estate and the Probate process in Texas.  If you have specific questions, please consult an attorney.  

As soon as someone dies, everything they owned immediately belongs to someone else.  One of the primary functions of the probate process is to provide another link in the chain of title showing the transfer to the new owners.  Probate refers to the entire legal process of wrapping up all the affairs - debts and assets of the decedent.

The probate process typically consists of:

  • Determining that the person actually died by obtaining a death certificate
  • Reviewing whether or not a valid will was left 
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The Fall Fine Arts Show is returning to The Woodlands Market Street on Saturday, October 26, 2013.  Hours are 10 am to 7pm.  Both professional and amateur artists will display paintings, photography, metal-works, sculptures, pottery and much more!  Come and enjoy walking through Market Street's Central Park while listening to live music and perusing the unique hand-crafted pieces designed by local and regional artists.  Demonstrations and fun activities are planned throughout the day.  I If it rains, the Market Street Fall fine Arts Show will be rescheduled to Saturday, November 2, 2013.  

Admission to the event is free and open to the public so come on over and enjoy the day!

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