Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Texas Home Insurance Rates Aren't Number One

Here's some good news.  According to an article in the Dallas Morning News quoting figures from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners., Texas homeowners no longer rank first when it comes to the cost of home insurance.  The state now ranks third although our costs are still way above the national average.  According to the NAIC, Texas homeowners are paying an average of $1,578 for a year of homeowner's insurance.  The national average is  $978.  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Second J*A*X Burgers Coming to Pearland

For those of us who love JAX Burgers Fries & Shakes on Shadow Creek Parkway, there's reason to celebrate.  A second location is under development in Pearland at 518 and Cullen (the Kroger shopping center).  

Their hamburgers are delicious (cooked after you order and just the way asked).  This is the way you wish you could cook hamburgers on the grill.  The garlic fries are amazing and the sweet potato fries are mouth-watering.  Can't wait!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Keep Your Home Safe on Thanksgiving

This is no surprise ... cooking fires are more likely to happen on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are connected to more than 1,000 reported home-structure fires on Thanksgiving every year. That's almost three times the national average.

Why?  Trying to cook when you are doing a dozen other holiday-related things, cooktops and ovens that haven’t been used since last Thanksgiving, and, the number one cause, deep-frying your turkey.

If you want to protect yourself and your home this year, always fry the turkey outside and make sure you are far away from the house or other things that burn.  Fryers should only be used on flat surfaces, and never be placed on wooden decks or, no matter how cold or rainy it is, in your garage.

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Safest Places to Live Around Houston

The home security company, SafeWise, has released a list of the 50 safest communities in Texas using their own research plus the FBI Crime in the US report.
In the Houston area, Friendswood, Missouri City, Sugar Land, Pearland, La Porte all made the list. Also on the list - Lake Jackson, Rosenberg, League City, and Deer Park.
What are your thoughts about this list?

Killen's BBQ in Pearland

According to the Houston Chronicle Food Chronicles, the BBQ restaurant under development by Ronnie Killen in Pearland should be opening the first week of December.  The temporary restaurant is still located at 3613 E Broadway (518) and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 until no more barbecue exists.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Live in Luxury in Wharton

How would you like your own recording studio and a home close to an airport?
Here's a country estate in Wharton.

It sits on 29 acres and features a gourmet Texas-sized kitchen, spa-like master bath with colonnade garden tub, two huge walk in closets, and an expansive covered porch and balcony. 

The recording studio would make a fabulous home theater. 

This home has separate guest quarters when your friends and family come to visit for the holidays. 

Minutes from Sugar Land and the Wharton Regional Airport if you or any of your friends are private plane owners.

Call The Silver Star Group of RE/MAX Top Realty to learn more about this stunning Wharton estate.  832-200-5686

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Silver Star Group at the west Pearland Kroger

Have you seen our signs on the grocery carts at the Kroger on 288 and Shadow Creek Parkway?

That's our dog Sierra.  She's a Red Collar Rescue.


Monday, July 22, 2013

New Park on Southfork Dr in Pearland for Silverlake and Silvercreek

Brazoria County Municipal Utility District No.6 is making use of a storm water detention area and turning it into a neighborhood park for residents of Silverlake and Silvercreek.

The Southfork Drive Park will provide various recreational facilities starting with a large playground and picnic pavilion with barbecue grills and overlook area, site lighting, picnic tables, park benches, landscaping, and over a hundred shade trees.  

There will be an 8 foot wide figure 8 shaped walking and jogging trail that will surround the park and a pedestrian bridge in the middle connecting to the walking and jogging trails.  To make travel easier and safer, a sidewalk will be added along Southfork Drive from the park to Silvercreek Drive.

Two little league baseball practice fields and several soccer practice fields will be built along with an 18 hole frisbee golf area. 

The parking lot has just been completed and the park is scheduled to be finished just in time for Christmas 2013.

Here are more details on the plans for MUD 6 Southfork Drive Park.

by Richard Skotak

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

TXDOT to Discuss Max Road Improvements

The Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 at Berry Miller Jr High on Manvel Rd.  Public input and comments will be taken in reference to the proposed improvements to Max Rd between 518 and Hughes Ranch Rd.  Included in the project is a plan to widen the road from 2 to 4 lanes, improvements to drainage, and the construction of a hike and bike trail.  Aerial photographs and exhibits will be presented and representatives from TXDOT will be there. The proposed plan is avaialble at Pearland Projects Department on Liberty Drive or the the TxDOT Houston District Office on Washington Avenue in Houston.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Beltway 8 / Sam Houston Tollway Updates

This information was posted recently by Pearland City Councilmember Keith Ordeneaux:

"Harris County Toll Road Authority and its contractor are continuing the work on the Sam Houston Beltway main lanes in the proximity of Kirby Drive. The City has been informed of a FULL CLOSURE of both the east bound and the west bound Sam Houston Tollway at the main Plaza from 6/28/13 at 9:00 PM until 7/1/13 at 5:00 AM. 
East bound traffic will be forced off the Sam Houston Tollway at the Almeda Exit. There will be police officers stationed at the Kirby intersection and the SH 288 intersection. Traffic will be permitted back on once they have gone through the SH 288 intersection. 
All traffic going west bound will be forced off at the SH 288 intersection and will be permitted back on at the west bound Almeda entrance. Again, police officers will be station at SH 288 and Kirby. 
A PARTIAL CLOSURE is scheduled for the weekend of 7/5/13 to 7/8/13, the weekend after the 4th of July. 
At this time, traffic should expect closures for 6 straight weekends.
During these closures, drivers can expect delays at the toll plazas. Because the work is sensitive to weather delays, and could be cancelled without notice, more exact information regarding the specific times for these closures is not available.
The City recommends that drivers seek alternate routes from the Kirby/Beltway area during this work to avoid delays during weekends. Once the City receives notification that this work has been completed, a revised notice will be published.

by Richard Skotak

Friday, June 14, 2013

What's Happening in the Housing Market?

Got cash?  

Are you a first-time buyer?  

Do you have a home for lease or are you looking for a house to rent?  

How's your credit?  

Can appraisals be a headache?

Learn how these questions relate to today's real estate trends in this article by Peter Ricci in Houston Agent Magazine.

To start searching for homes for sale or lease, visit The Silver Star Group of RE/MAX Top Realty.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Artificial Sweetener that can harm your dog or cat

There was an interesting story on Local 2 news last night. 

A local veterinarian, Dr.
Kristin Olsen spoke about xylitol posionings.  What's xylitol?  It's an artificial sweetener and is found as an ingredient in many foods as well as gum and toothpaste.  The symptoms in your dog or cat can be immediate and deadly.   Their blood sugar drops, they can experience vomiting, disorientation, seizures, and even liver failure.   

If you're suspicious that your pet may have ingested xylitol, take the package and your animal to the vet immediately.   

The ASPCA poison control center for pets can be found here http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control.

Just another reason to not give your dog or cat treats from the table or your snack bowl.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Don't forget - there are city council seats and trustee seats for PISD and AISD on the ballot in the General Election on Saturday, May 11th.  More information is available from the City of Pearland.