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Tips to Survive Chemo

by Chris Wylie

If you are about to go through chemo or know someone who is, then these eleven tips will be very helpful to share with your loved ones who have to take this path. Jennifer Griffin was diagnosed with a cancer she would really have to battle. Thankfully for those who are in her same boat, she has blogged about her journey and is telling everyone the lessons she learned while receiving chemo. Jennifer states that there are 11 ideal things you should do to help improve yourself during chemo:

1. Get you teeth cleaned before you start.

2. Get your wigs now.

Read  more here...

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Moving to a New City? Dont Stay on the Couch

by Chris Wylie

Some moves involve a couple of friends, a moving truck and a few short trips back and forth across the city. As stressful as these local moves can be, they pale in comparison to a cross-state or cross-country move. With a local move, there’s no need to find the best places to eat, the best route to work, or a new group of friends. You already know and have those things.

Big moves are different. It’s starting over, and the moving process continues even after the last box is unpacked. After you square away all your belongings, it’s time to focus on the biggest part of the move: building your new life.

Integrating into a new city is as easy or difficult as you make it. If you are willing to get out there and explore, it will be much easier, so get off the couch and get out there.

The Essentials

Depending on your age and interests, what you consider essential will vary, but I think just about everyone can agree that knowing where to shop for groceries, pick up a prescription and get a good meal is important.  Beyond those, it’s all up to you. So, how do you find these places?

Lucky for you, you live in the internet age and have a wealth of information on just about everything – including your new city – right at our fingertips.

Use the Internet

Open up your browser of choice and go to Google Maps. Now, enter in your address. A map of your area will pop up. If you want to see everything of interest in the area, do a wildcard search by typing “*” into the search field. As cool as that is, most people like to narrow it down a bit. Typing “Thai restaurant”, “country bar”, “pharmacy” or “organic food” will display matching results on the map and sidebar. The side bar will also show a star rating and contain a link to written reviews and the business’s website.

Don’t forget to map out your route to your new job while you’re exploring.

Ask for Advice

As great as the internet is, it cannot compete with the recommendations of people you trust. You probably know a few people that live in your new town or city. Give them a call and ask all those questions the internet cannot answer. You might want to ask them to meet you for dinner or drinks at anywhere they recommend.

If you cannot get them on the phone, head back to the internet and put out a blast on Facebook and Twitter asking for recommendations and advice about your new city.

Meeting New People

You can discover all the great restaurants and night spots in the city, but what good is that if you don’t have a group of friends to share them with?

Making new friends is essential if you want to make your new city your home.

Use Your Hobbies

What are most friendships built upon? Shared interests. If you have a hobby, use it to meet new friends. It doesn’t matter if you love rock climbing or you love Spiderman; someone in your new city loves the same thing. A great way to connect with people in your area with the same interests is through local Facebook groups and the site Meetup.com. Take a look around, find a group of people that shares one of your hobbies and go to a meet up.

Help Out in the Community

Community service is an excellent way to meet some great, civic-minded people. When you take initiative and do some good within your community, it becomes your community. It’s no longer just a place you live and work. It’s your home.

Keep it Going

If you do the things mentioned here, you’ll meet new people and learn a lot about your new city, but don’t stop there. Once you meet a few people, meet their friends and become part of the group. Don’t suddenly become a homebody after that initial push.

Keep it going and, pretty soon, your dance card will be full and your new city will feel like home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and/or help you find your dream home.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Komoda at Flickr.com

Houston Fun Fest

by Chris Wylie

Discovery Green, Houston, Texas

After months of counting down to its arrival, the wildly-popular Houston Fun Fest event is slated to take place this Sunday!!  Sponsored by Houston Family Magazine, this festival-style extravaganza will be offering a day chalked full of fun for both children, and adults alike.  Your entire family is invited to come out to Discovery Green and celebrate 3 resounding years of successful family fun, all packed into a 1-day event.

The Houston Fun Fest prides itself on offering FREE family-friendly activities, inflatables, arts and crafts, door prizes, live entertainment, shopping, and more.  This year over 18 vendors will be on-site, exhibiting and selling a variety of goods, food, beverages, and services.  Blue Willow Bookshop, Old West Soda Co., St. Arnold Brewing Co., Custom Confections, and Mad Science will all be amongst the many vendors.  Your children can have their faces painted, prior to scaling the oh-so popular rock wall.  And as for the adults, sit back and indulge in the live music that will fill the air. Balloon artists will join costumed-characters meandering through the crowd, thrilling people of all ages.  Grab a hula hoop to twirl, or take your chances at one of the many games being played, offering prizes.  Numerous arts and crafts tables will be sprinkled about the grounds, offering hands-on activities for your children to participate in.  The list of fun and interactive entertainment simply goes on, and on!

Admission is FREE for your entire family to attend the Houston Fun Fest event.  So this weekend ready yourselves for a fun day filled with entertainment of all sorts, offering memories that will last a lifetime!

Sunday July 27th

12:00PM-4:00PM

For more information regarding the Houston Fun Fest event, please click here.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of BRAMCPPF/commons.wikimedia.org.

Open House: 6227 Cash Oaks

by Chris Wylie

Open House: 6227 Cash Oaks Dr, Spring, Texas
Sunday: July 27th 2-4 pm

Highly upgraded & very well maintained Ryland Prestwick floor plan backing to lush green space. No back neighbors. Former model home loaded w updates, extra features & details. Open floor plan with large dining room, open study, wine closet & large private master down. Spacious granite island kitchen open to living space and breakfast area overlooks covered back patio & green space. Large secondary bedrooms, media room & game room up. Gated subdivision! More information here...

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Local RE/MAX Agents Featured in National Report

by Chris Wylie

The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM Listed Among ‘America’s Best Real Estate Agents’

Houston, Texas, July 22, 2014 – The Chris Wylie Team, with RE/MAX Partners, is among more than 1,900 RE/MAX Associates and teams featured in the 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” rankings released July 8. The Chris Wylie Team has more than 25 years of experience in the Houston area market, helping home buyers and sellers realize their dreams.
 
Our number one goal is to help our clients. With the strengthening housing market, we’ve been very busy,” said Chris Wylie.  “There are a number of opportunities right now, no matter what your real estate goals may be.”
 
A total of 1,126 RE/MAX individual agents qualified to be ranked on the list, compiled by industry analyst REAL Trends and based on 2013 production. RE/MAX Associates earning spots based on transaction sides averaged 76 sides last year, while those making the list on the basis of sales volume averaged $28.9 million. Read more here...

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

The Chris Wylie Team is one of America’s Best!

by Chris Wylie

Find out more about The Chris Wylie Team here...

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

5 Ways You Know it is Time to Move Up to a New Home

by Chris Wylie

Deciding to move to a new home is a big, important decision. It means listing your home, showing your home, selling your home, finding a new home, packing up and moving. It can be a long and stressful process. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right help and a commitment to seeing the process through to the end, the process of selling your home and buying another can be exciting and even fun.

Here are five signs that you are ready to move.

Is Your House Just Too Small?

That two-bedroom one bath was quaint and cozy when you first married. You turned that second bedroom into an office/storage space and, later, a nursery. It was the perfect size. Now, that your family has grown beyond three and you have acquired more things than you can easily store, the once cozy space feels more like a 10X6 cell.

Everyone needs their own space, and enough space is one of the keys to a happy life. Since it is difficult to make an existing home larger, buying a new home is the best way to have the space you and your family need.

Is the Neighborhood Just Not the Right Place Anymore?

When you bought your home, that neighborhood bistro was one of the best features. Now, your priorities have changed. You’ve had everything on the menu at that bistro and what was charming is now annoying. You are more concerned about safe streets and good schools rather than a vibrant nightlife.

Neighborhoods don’t change overnight. If you find that your priorities no longer match your neighborhood, it’s time to move to a new neighborhood.

Does the Thought of Renovating Make You Break Out in a Cold Sweat?

Maybe you bought that fixer upper with the honest intention of rehabbing it back to its former glory. You were going to redo the kitchen, retile the bathroom, and bring that scuffed hardwood floor back to shining glory. Unfortunately, life got in the way, or you realized the cost in both time and money would just be too much. Now, you look around at all the half-completed projects and down at that still scuffed up floor and shudder.

If you have discovered that you do not like the idea of renovating your home, moving to a finished, up-to-date home is your best option.

Are You Spending Too Much Time in the Car?

Time spent in the car going to and from work is time not spent doing things you would rather do – like spending time with family and doing your favorite hobbies.

If you are spending more than an hour each way commuting to and from work, that is too much time in the car. We all change jobs over the years, and our new jobs are not always convenient to our homes.

Moving to a home that is closer to your work is one way to reduce your commute time.

Have Your Priorities Changed?

Are you just ready for a change? Do you find that what you once loved about your house isn’t that great anymore? Are there a hundred little things that you just don’t like about where you live?

People change over time, and if you are no longer happy where you live, that’s reason enough to make a change and buy a new house.

Moving to a new home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Make sure you have the help you need, contact me today and I will guide you through the process of selling your home and buying a new one.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Kehrig at Flickr.com.

Weenie Roast Event

by Chris Wylie

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas

This weekend you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to be in attendance at the Weenie Roast event, being held at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.  Certain to be hailed as the al fresco musical spectacular of the year, the happening will be featuring live entertainment, and all-around fun!!

The Weenie Roast event is proud to announce that the star-studded lineup of musicians will include the Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Blue October, 10 Years, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Semi Precious Weapons, and many more.  The Stone Temple Pilots, commonly referred to as “STP”, is a Grammy Award-winning American rock and roll band, while Blue October is more so known for its alternative style. J. Roddy Walston and The Business will entertain all, as they offer a blending of styles, sure to entertain enthusiasts of all musical genres.

Admission to attend this astounding concert event range in price from $15.00 for lawn seating, to $95.00 for pit seating.  To view a seating chart and purchase your tickets online, please click here.  To view a list of Pavilion rules and regulations, and to see a list of permitted and non-permitted items, please click here.

Take advantage of this opportunity to attend an extraordinarily rare musical extravaganza. Serving up some of the finest entertainers in the country, the Weenie Roast event promises to provide something for everyone.  Multiple entertainers, one stop, one price, one unforgettable experience!

Saturday July 19th

4:30PM

For more information regarding the Weenie Roast event, please click here.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of SunOfErat/commons.wikimedia.org.

Why You Should Choose Chris Wylie

by Chris Wylie

Chris’s knowledge and experience, as well as her negotiating skills, have been instrumental in formulating the talents and beliefs of The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM. Chris takes great pride in being someone others can count on to be there. Keeping the clients’ needs at the forefront of the buying/selling process is the mind-set Chris used developing The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM into a diversified, reliable, well qualified  organization, capable of productively marketing, effectively negotiating, selling, buying, and efficiently closing real estate transactions. Read more here...

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Integrating Smart Technology into Your Home

by Chris Wylie

The latest trend in home remodeling isn’t a color scheme or granite countertops. It’s turning your home into something out of a science fiction movie.

Smart homes are finally here, and homeowners are surprised at how affordable it is to convert an existing “dumb home” into a cutting-edge, smart home.

Smart homes used to be well beyond the budget of the average consumer, but with increases in technology – and the fact that nearly everyone has a smartphone or tablet – the cost of integrating smart technology into the home has plummeted.  

It won’t be long before smart-technology integration is a requirement rather than a bonus feature– especially in the luxury real estate market.

Why not be ahead of the curve and make the transition now rather than later?

Here are a few things you can do right now for relatively small investment.

Smart Door Locks

How often do you lose your keys, or have to rush home to let in a visiting friend or open the door for a handyman? Or how about all the time you waste digging through your pocket or purse trying to find your keys with a handful of groceries?

Well, once you install a new Smart Lock System you won’t ever worry about any of those things again. For example, the August Smart Lock unlocks as soon as an authorized person approaches the door. You can also unlock – or lock – the door remotely in case your guests beat you home. You can even issue temporary keys to people like contractors or short-term guests. Smart locks like the August Smart Lock typically cost between $150 and $250 and can be installed in a matter of minutes.

Smart Interior and Exterior Lights

For decades we’ve been trying to set it up so we don’t need to get off the couch or out of bed to turn off the lights – with limited success. Now, with just a screwdriver and a few minutes, you can install smart lights switches throughout your home that can be controlled via a smartphone app or your voice. These lights can be set to turn on or off on a preset schedule or when the sun rises and sets. Smart light switches – your best option – run about $50 apiece. If you don’t want to take the trouble to install new switches – or you have a healthy fear of electricity – you can choose to install smart light bulbs by Phillips Hue. You can then control each bulb through your smartphone. You don’t even need a screwdriver.

Smart Thermostats

The most popular thermostat currently on the market is the Nest Thermostat. Programmable thermostats have been around for years, and they are great. There’s only one problem: You have to program them. The Nest Thermostat eliminates that need. It programs itself. All you have to do is set it and adjust it as you normally would throughout the day. It will remember and begin to adjust itself. The Nest Thermostat also gives you the ability to set and monitor it via your smartphone or tablet. A Nest Learning Thermostat is just $249 and can be installed in under an hour.

Smart Appliances

Finally, there are the new smart appliances. These are the most expensive upgrade you can make to your home. There’s just no way to turn a dumb appliance into a smart one. You have to buy new appliances, but if you are in the market for a new refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker or washer and dryer, going the smart route is something to consider. Imagine a refrigerator that alerts you via text if you are low on milk or a coffee maker that cleans itself. Or how about a washing machine that tells you if there’s a problem or an unbalanced load? Very cool.

Integrating smart technology into your home will improve your quality of life, and it will also improve the resale value of your home if you ever decide to sell. It’s a feature that is still new and exciting and can help with the marketing of your home. Anything that sets your home apart in a positive way is a good thing. So, given that the cost is so small relative to the possible return, why wouldn’t you take the initiative and smarten up your home? Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Stephane at Flickr.com

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