Lauren Dauzat's Blog Posts

Lauren Dauzat's Blog Posts

Barn Doors In Your Home
These doors can modernize your listing's look. Consider these simple yet elegant options for dividing a space that increase its functionality while scoring design points.A front do...

Your Credit Score Matters
 If your credit history is short, start building it now. People with no credit cards often have lower credit scores than people who manage their credit card(s) responsibly. Wh...

9 Reasons You Need An Agent In 2017 And Beyond
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you and yours have the happiest & most prosperous year yet!!Whether you're selling your first or fourth home, buying an existing property or building a ...

Property Tax Exemptions
Tax season is just around the corner... don't forget to file your exemptions! Click here to see what exemptions you might be eligible for....

Caring For Poinsettias
Were you given a Poinsettias this season? Click here to view a few tips on how to make them last past the Holiday Season.Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas...

8 Tips To Save Money And Stay Warm This Winter
As we head into the winter months, you may notice one thing: an increase in your energy bill. The reduced amount of daylight drives us to turn on our lights sooner, while the coole...

Heroes Home Advantage
I have recently joined the Heroes Home Advantage program which allows me the fine opportunity to give back to our local Heroes. As a Houston Firefighter's wife, I knew immediately ...

The Truth About Home Valuations
I came across this article, from Texas Association of Realtors, about home valuations and the sites you shouldn't trust. If you're thinking of selling your home and would like...

Protect Your Information From Thieves
More than 17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014 alone.* Most victims discovered their information had been compromised when their banks contacted them about...

4 Steps To Take Before Starting Your Home Search
Deciding to purchase a home is a huge decision to make. This investment is one of the biggest you'll make in your lifetime. It's wise to prepare and with these 4 steps, you'll be r...

7 Tips Continued
Last week, I shared tips 1-4. Today, I'm sharing tips 5-7, plus a few informational bonuses. 5. Get a home inspection - A trained home inspector will offer insight into the co...

7 Tips To Help You Navigate The Buying Process
Today, I'll discuss tips 1-4.While most buyers expect to live in their home an average of 14 years, the typical tenure is close to nine years. That means the average buyer will go ...

The Final 10 Reasons
6. Negotiate in your best interestBuyers are looking for a deal on a home, and they'll hire an experienced agent to negotiate the sale for them. Having a real estate pro on your si...

10 Reasons You Need A Real Estate Pro To Sell Your Home
If you're thinking about selling your home, don't do it alone. Although some sellers may initially try to sell there home themselves, they soon realize they need an experienced pro...

Prepare For An Emergency
With all of this crazy weather we've had, are you prepared for an emergency? Here are several tips if you aren't prepared or want to add to your preparation list.1. Create a spread...

Open House Next Saturday
Stop by to check out this awesome home and enjoy light refreshments.I hope to see you there!...

Home Search Facts And Figures
Starting to ponder the idea of moving? Here are a few tidbits of info for you about the home search:10 Weeks: The average length of a home search for all buyers.12 Weeks: The ...

How To Find The Right Home For You
Happy St. Patty's Day! I hope you're wearing green.  :)  I thought of money today when I thought of green and wanted to share a few tips on finding the most importan...

Money Saving Home Improvements
This month, I've sent out these helpful tips to my clients and friends; courtesy of Buffini & Company. With a few home improvements, you may be able to save money on your utility b...

Food Drive During The Month Of March
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New Construction NW MoCo
Good Morning Buyers!Are you looking for New Construction in NW Montgomery County? Search no further; here are about 300 homes that may be of interest. Please feel free to reach out...

How To Get The Home You Want
Ready to start off the new year by purchasing a home? There are a few steps you want to consider to tackle the biggest investment of your life. "1. Get ReadyTalk to your mortg...

The Home Buying Process
There are 10 steps to The Home Buying Process. I’ll explain the first 5 steps today.Step 1 – Is Now the Right Time?*How long are you planning on living in your next home?* Cons...

What To Expect From Our Housing Market
Navigating this market can be very complex at times. In your search for a home, you mostly come across these different types of sellers. Each one will have different escrow (closin...

Will Mortgage PreApprovals Hurt My Credit Score
This is a very common myth buyers have regarding getting pre-approved. Getting pre-approved is 100% a benefit to you as the buyer because it will give you confidence to write offer...

10 Commandments For Home Buyers
Thou shall not change jobs or become self employed.Thou shall not buy a car, truck or van unless you want to live in it.Thou shall not use your credit cards or let your payments fa...

5 Ways To Use Pinterest To Make Your Life Easier
Pinterest is a popular, image-based social media site that allows you to create boards dedicated to your interests and hobbies. It can also be used to plan meals, workouts, home re...

Montgomery County Habitat For Humanity
Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity is constructing more than a neighborhood at Cedar Creek in Conroe, it is building a community of residents that share similar changes. T...

Why Use A Realtor
All real estate licensees are not the same.  Only real estate licensees who are members of the National Association of Realtors are properly called REALTORS. They proudly disp...

Meador To Pursue FM 1097 Project
"While he would have preferred a different outcome in the May bond election, Commissioner Mike Meador will not let results keep him from work on projects that will benefi...

Retirees Who Opt To Keep Mortgage Payments
Maybe their parents paid off the house before retiring, but many baby boomers today say it makes more sense to carry a mortgage.The game-changers: low interest rates and high stock...

Pay It Forward
Yesterday was officially Pay It Forward Day, but who says we can't continue the good deeds?  I had this happen to me once before while in the drive-thru at Starbucks.  On...

Conroe Kidzfest 2015
The 2015 Conroe Kidzfest is right around the corner! Join us on Saturday, April 25 at Heritage Place from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be activity villages, food vendors, ...

Willis Express And Specialty Care
"As the community grows, options in every industry are becoming more readily available to Willis residents.  Where healthcare has been limited, a new option will now be locate...

Clean Eating
I've heard about clean eating before and about the paleo diet/lifestyle.  However, it's not until this week that I have considered actually partaking in one of these lifestyle...

7 Acre Wood Easter Egg Hunt
Easter is this Sunday, but the fun starts earlier!  Not only is 7 Acre Wood hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt, there's also a petting zoo, mini-golf, a zip-line, playground...

Wheels For Bill Donate Today
May 31, 2013, the Houston Fire Department had the deadliest day, to date, in the history of the department.  Our good friend, Captain Bill “Iron Bill” Dowling, was severel...

Green Restaurant In The Woodlands
It may not be easy being green, but Ruggles Green — a Houston-based casual dining restaurant — makes it their mission.The chain — which just opened its fifth restaurant locat...

Lake Conroe Home And Garden Show
This Valentine's Day, do something a little different with your sweetie.  2015's Lake Conroe Home and Garden Show is taking place at the Lone Star Convention Center on Februar...

Daddy Daughter Dance In Montgomery
Looking for an event for just you and your daughter?  This is the ideal occasion!  A Night in Paris with your special little lady.  Don't miss the Daddy Daughter Dan...

Happy New Year 2015
“Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interest...

3 Benefits Of Knowing Your Neighbors
Get to know your neighbors this Holiday Season and cherish the memories & friendships you make along the way.  Here are a few benefits:1. Safety.  Neighborhoods where...

Getting To Know Your Neighbors
Whether you're new to the neighborhood or you've lived there for years, the holidays provide a great opportunity to meet your neighbors.  What better way to get to know the pe...

The Benefits Of Generosity
Do you want to improve your well-being and live longer?Practice generosity.  Generous people tend to be happier and healthier than their less generous peers. Here are five ben...

7 Acre Wood Thrill At The Mill
This Saturday, bring the kiddos to 7 Acre Wood for their 14th Annual day of fun!  Play on the new playground, visit the petting zoo, play mini-golf, play in Tombston...

The Definition Of Success
Zig Ziglar was an iconic expert on complete and balanced success, and in Born to Win! Find Your Success Code, his last book before his passing, he shares his winning philosophy—t...

Should You Buy Or Sell This Year
This is the most popular question that real estate professionals are asked.  Here's an overview of national housing market trends.  40% of Americans say now is a good tim...

Tips For Gun Safety At Home
Thinking of owning or currently own a gun?  Please keep in mind and practice these daily tips to ensure safety for you and your loved ones.Always keep the firearm’s muzzle p...

5 Ways To Keep Your Vehicle Running Like New
Car repairs are expensive.  As Ben Franklin said, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Take care of your dream car from the beginning, and it'll run for a long t...

Wheels For Bill Dowling
Next weekend, come out and donate to the Dowling Family.  Bill Dowling, a close friend of my husband, myself, and the Houston Fire Department, was severely injured during the ...

Thinking Of Remodeling Your Bathroom
Top Trends in Bathroom RenovationsAfter the kitchen, the bathroom is the second most popular room to remodel.  The master bath takes center stage.  60% of homeowners who ...

Next Friday Is 4th Of July
In case it's sneaking up on you, 4th of July is next Friday!  The Woodlands is hosting it's 17th Annual Red, Hot, & Blue Festival.  This is also accompanied by their ...

Tastefest 2014 Lone Star Convention Center
Need an outing this Thursday?  Conroe is hosting Tastefest 2014.  Sample from the finest restaurants, wineries, breweries, and more!  This event showcases local rest...

Get The Closet Of Your Dreams
Many homeowners have been inspired by the closets seen on home design shows & websites, so we offer you these tips to get the storage space you've always wanted.Here's how:1. C...

The Woodlands Half Marathon
Okay, so I think I blogged before about running a 5k in Houston to fight Breast Cancer.  Well, come March 1st a few of us in our office are participating in The Woodlands Half...

Three Questions To Ask
...Before your next kitchen remodel1. What does your dream kitchen look like?  Make a list of your must-haves that you want in your ideal kitchen: countertops, flooring, appli...

A Healthier Way To Snack
This new year, I've been on a bit of a health kick.  Recently, a friend shared a recipe with me and I'd love to share it with you.  So, if you're looking for a healthier ...

Different Buying Habits
Do you have different buying habits than your parents or children? Why buyers choose a home?  Younger generations look for convenience to work, affordability, and quality...

Now Is The Time
3 Reasons to Buy:1. Low interest rates: In 2013 rates have hovered between 4.3% and 4.6%.   People predicted rates would skyrocket, this year, but that hasn't been the case. &...

Selling Your Home During Winter
Thinking of putting your home on the market?  Here are a few tips that will improve the marketability of your home during the winter months.  Make it cozy - the holidays ...

Are You Getting In The Spirit
As the weather gets cooler and it's now November, Christmas starts to become the topic of conversation and the topic of retail stores.  Even Starbucks has their Peppermint Moc...

Websites Predicting Home Prices
I came across this article about websites giving you an idea of what your home is worth.  It's interesting to see how this can effect home pricing and even home sales.  I...

Susan G Komen Race For The Cure
As most of you know, the month of October is breast cancer awareness month.  In honor of my Aunt, whom my family lost this year after she battled breast cancer for 15 years, I...

Fall Festival And Corn Maze
Join the City of Montgomery in celebrating the upcoming Fall Season.   P-6 Farms in Montgomery is hosting their annual fall festival and corn maze event starting October 5th -...

The Best Home Scheduling Apps
For you smartphone users, this article is for you.  Our monthly newsletter is helping you stay organized and on track.  Take a peek at the calendars their recommending.*F...

Fire Up The Bands
Don't miss it!  Sunday, September 1st, the annual charity concert event, Fire up the Bands, is put on by the Conroe Firefighters Association and First Bank.  The money ra...

Fall Projects For Your Home
Thinking of remodeling, landscaping, redecorating your home for the Fall season?  The Woodlands 11th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show is taking place next weekend, August 24...

Tax Free Weekend In August
Back-to-School shopping is near and that means tax free weekend is approaching.  In case you haven't heard, it's August 9-11.  Don't miss the stampede of shoppers and get...

Five Ways To Increase Your Happiness
Some interesting food for thought:1. Invest time in your family and friends.  Action step: create a family ritual such as a weekly family meal.*2. Find your purpose.  Act...

Red Hot And Blue Festival In The Woodlands
Don't miss the festival in The Woodlands on July 4th!  It should be an event to remember and a sight to see!  This will be the 16th annual festival and is free to the pub...

Deepest Condolences For HFD
May 31, 2013 - A day in history.  Not a happy day, but the deadliest day in the history of the Houston Fire Department.  The city lost 4 of their own firemen yesterday an...

Are You Thinking Of Selling
It's a seller's market in areas of the United States.  The inventory of listed homes has fallen to a 4.2 month supply.  As a result, multiple buyers are bidding on listin...

Houston To Host Super Bowl LI In 2017
To all you football fans, you'll be happy to hear (if you haven't already)   :)  On Tuesday, Houston won the bid to host Super Bowl LI in February 2017.  The city wi...

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
This month we're sending information to our clients about this very important subject.  Here are 7 tips to keep your info secure: 1. Guard your privacy - don't share person...

Old Town Spring Crawfish Fest
The annual Old Town Spring Crawfish Festival is going on now!  The final weekend for the festival is this Friday-Sunday, April 26th-28th.  Visit their website for full de...

Get the Most Out of Your Home Renovation
Has Spring sprung an urge to renovate your home?  If so, here are 3 tips we're sending to our clients this month that will help you get you the most of out of your renovation....

Easter Egg Hunt in Conroe
It's true - Easter is just around the corner!  Time sure does fly by, doesn't it?!  On Saturday, March 23rd, Conroe is hosting the 8th Annual Free Easter Egg Hunt! ...

Tips to Improve Your Credit
In our monthly newsletter we are sending a bit of info about Credit.  This month the newsletter had some interesting points.  Tip 1: Review your credit report once a yea...

Valentines Day is Near
With Valentine's Day only 4 days away, many folks are still trying to figure out what they're doing that evening to celebrate.  Even if you don't celebrate, take a moment to t...

STOMP featured in Houston
As someone who has seen this production a couple of times, I'm happy to share the news with you that STOMP is back!  During the last weekend in January they will be performing...

Happy New Year to You
Happy New Year!  Okay, so I'm about a week behind, but it's better late than never, right?  Oops!  We all get caught up in the rush of the holidays, cleaning up our...

MCYS Toy Drive at Mariner Realty
2012 MCYS Toy Drive Mariner Realty is proud to be an official drop off site for the Montgomery County Youth Services Toy Drive.  We are requesting new, unwrapped toys, gift...

City of Willis Christmas Festival
Join the community on Saturday, December 1st, for the 3rd annual Christmas Festival in Downtown Willis.  The parade begins at 11:00 AM, the Festival opens at 12:00 PM, and the...

Cranberry Couscous Salad with Almonds
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to share one of my favorite recipes.  I like to bring this to potluck lunches/dinners, Thanksgiving or even Christmas.  It is so s...

Remember Safety While Trick or Treating
Halloween is upon us!  That means all the little ghouls and goblins are ready to make their debut.  Remember these safety tips while Trick or Treating: 1. Carry a flashl...

Beach Dash in Galveston
Saturday, October 6th, Galveston is having the return of their Beach Dash!  Have fun in the sun, the sand, and support St. Jude's.  Beach Dash is a gnarly running event ...

Walk Like MADD Event
On Saturday, October 6th, the Annual Walk Like MADD takes place in The Woodlands.  2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.  Please view the website for more information. http://suppo...

Last Day of Summer
Today, September 21st, is the last day of summer!  Too bad it'll feel like summer for another month or so.  I'm hoping for some nicer weather to cool us off!  Hopef...

James Coney Islands Birthday
This Thursday, July 19th, James Coney Island will be celebrating 89 years of service.  They will be selling $.89 Coneys!  Be sure to swing by and get a yummy dog, or two,...

Checkout What Is Happening In The Woodlands
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Fourth of July Celebrations
This coming Fourth of July will bring a host of fireworks back to the area thanks to all the recent rains we have had. From Willis to The Woodlands, you have many options to view s...

Life or Death Know the Signs
Knowing the signs of a heart attack and stroke could be the difference between life or death for someone.  Heart attack and stroke are among the top deadliest conditions here ...

Pleasure Pier in Galveston
In case you haven't heard the buzz, the new Pleasure Pier in Galveston opened Memorial Day weekend.  This would be a great attraction for anyone vacationing in Galveston or ju...

ArePrices Stabilizing in the Housing Market
Two months now in a row shows single family home prices have edged just a bit higher from a year ago!  That is GREAT news!!!  Markets are being watched for signs of stabi...

First Impressions Really Count
Whether we're talking about meeting a person face-to-face or when you're trying to sell your home, first impressions count!  Not only will buyers remember your home, they'll r...

Well Needed Rain Overnight
About 2:00 am this morning a well needed dose of more rain came through.  I know there are numerous residents around Lake Conroe that have needed this additional rain in order...

HOUSTON PROPERTY SALES RISE
The Houston real estate market enjoyed a tenth consecutive month of rising sales in March, with homes continuing to sell quickly enough to keep housing inventory at its lowest leve...


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