The Susan Roberson Wade Memorial Car Rally Against Cancer, first held 20 years ago, raised nearly $4,000 and began a tradition in the fight against breast cancer. Each year participants follow a route that takes them on a unique tour of Houston.
Susan’s Rally has supported the Sojourn House for many years, however recently they chose to make the house their primary beneficiary. The Sojourn House, located in the heart of the medical center, is low cost, comfortable, beautifully furnished housing for families of patients undergoing cancer treatment. Other organizations that have benefited from Susan’s Rally over the years include:
M.D. Anderson- The Network
M.D. Anderson-Library Facility
The Christus Stehlin Fountain for Cancer Research
The Sojourn House-Apartment homes for Cancer patients
The Rose-Providing mammographies for women of all financial conditions
Y-Me-providing counseling for cancer patients
To learn more, donate, and volunteer for this event, please visit Susan’s Rally homepage.
The Queen of Real Estate Michele Kleier and her daughters Sabrina and Samantha not only sell the best real estate in the nation; they have their own reality show “Selling New York”. This power trio also boasts a host of celebrity clientele including Amy Poehler, Billy Joel, Barbara Streisand, John Travolta and Al Pacino to name a few, and now they have a new book “Hot Property” which tells their story of how the became real estate royalty. Here are their 7 tips for house hunting in any price range, from twenty thousand to twenty million:
“Location, location, location” is a real estate cliché for a reason. Do you like the neighborhood? Does it have the amenities you want? Good schools? A convenient commute to work? Even the best home in a not-so-great neighborhood may not make you happy.
Not all square footage is created equal. Layouts can differ tremendously from home to home. Don’t pass by a listing based on square footage alone. There may be a lot of square footage wasted, sometimes in long hallways (unless you are like one of our clients in our book, “Hot Property” and love hallways).
Look down the line. Don’t just think about what you need now; think about what you’ll need a few years from now. An extra bedroom or office is ideal to accommodate visitors as well as any new additions to the family.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. It’s easy to get seduced by the bells and whistles of a home, but the most important things to consider are the bones. You can rip up a carpet or redo a kitchen, but you can’t add more windows for a better view. Make sure you start with a good skeleton.
You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. You may get lucky and fall in love on the first date, or you may have to look at a large number of properties to find the right one. Carve out plenty of time for it and know that you may have to accommodate particular day and time restrictions on when properties can be viewed.
Trust your instincts. There’s nothing worse than trying to cram your foot into a shoe that just doesn’t fit right. The same thing goes for homes. Don’t doubt yourself; you’ll know when it’s not the right fit. Move on to the next.
Be realistic. Of course, you want to find your dream house, but be sure to keep an open mind. In a tough real estate market, almost perfect and keeping in budget is a huge success. Compromise sometimes turns out to be perfection.
To learn more regarding home buying, please visit Kleier's website or check out her book “Hot Property.”