Richard Ortiz Newsletter 2010

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Richard Ortiz Newsletter 2010

  1. 1. January 2010 RICHARD ORTIZ Realtor, GRI,RCC,CNHS KEEPING YOU E-certified, SMP INFORMED Mobile (281) 757-2009 AND RichardOrtiz@garygreene.com EMPOWERED! www.KatyRelocation.com REALTY NEWS THIS AND THAT... Happy 2010 to you! I wish you a safe, happy and prosperous year. Have you noticed the new development coming in between Franz and Morton on Porter Road?. Cane Island will be an 820 acre project developed by a Minzie Family owned and operated Limited Partnership. About 1600-2050 residential PRUDENTIAL lots will be developed. The first phase planned will be two acre lots. An elemen- tary school will also be built within the acreage. TXDOT has an exit ramp off I-10 eventually planned and a new Cane Island Parkway will lead from I-10 directly to GARY GREENE REALTORS® the community. Also, a follow up to the Fulshear Creek project I mentioned last month…seems the rear lots in the development will back on to a vineyard!  Wondering what’s on top of the new Memorial Hermann hospital at I- 23922 Cinco Village Center Blvd., 123 10 and Gessner? The top “crown” shaped floors belong to the building owner but the secretive Houston-based developer will not reveal what Katy, Texas 77494 goes on up there.  Katy-Fort Bend Road will be widened to four lanes from I-10 to Colo- nial. (281) 492-5913 Office  Park Row is being expanded to 4 lanes from HW 6 into the City of Katy  The 2.7-mile segment of Greenbusch from Falcon Landing to Pin Oak, (281) 646-1841 Fax the 1.5-mile stretch of Katy-Flewellen from Katy-Gaston to Pin Oak, and a 1.7-mile section of Katy-Gaston from Cinco Ranch Boulevard to FM 1093 — all currently two-lane country roads with open ditches — www.SoldbyOrtiz.com will be upgraded to four-lane boulevards with divided medians, curbs and gutters.  The Katy Area Economic Development Corp. and Chamber of Com- www.KatyRelocation.com merce will open a new Workforce Solutions near Katy Mills Mall.  Pathfinder Energy Services plans to build corporate facility on 25 acres at Colonial Parkway and 99.  Remember the big mall that was coming to Katy? The project has been put on hold indefinitely.  Katy is named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly referred to as the “K-T” Railroad. It was also once known as Cane Is- land derived form Cane Island Creek. Please call or email me with any additions, suggestions   or oops corrections!   
  2. 2. Katy ISD Ranks Eighth in Statewide TAKS Performance & Second in Houston Area For the second straight year, the Katy ISD earned a “Recognized” accountability rating. 2009 KATY ISD DISTRICT ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS NUMBER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS OF CAMPUS RATING: SCHOOLS MAURICE L WOLFE EL E E: EXEMPLARY 24 KATY EL E R: RECOGNIZED 20 WEST MEMORIAL EL R MEMORIAL PARKWAY EL R AA: ACADEMICALLY ACCEPTABLE 5 ZELMA HUTSELL EL E AU: ACADEMICALLY UNACCEPTABLE 0 BEAR CREEK EL R AEA: AA 1 CIMARRON EL R AEA: ACADEMICALLY UNACCEPTABLE 0 DIANE WINBORN EL E AEA: NOT RATED - OTHER 0 NOTTINGHAM COUNTRY EL E NOT RATED: OTHER 4 SUNDOWN EL R TOTAL 54 MAYDE CREEK EL R HAZEL S PATTISON EL E LORAINE T GOLBOW EL R EDNA MAE FIELDER EL E JEANETTE HAYES EL E MCROBERTS EL R HIGH SCHOOLS ROOSEVELT ALEXANDER EL E JAMES E WILLIAMS EL E SUE CREECH EL E KATY HS R ROBERT KING EL R TAYLOR HS R JEAN & BETTY SCHMALZ EL E OPPORT AWARENESS CTR Not Rated: Other ODESSA KILPATRICK EL E MAYDE CREEK HS R ROBERTA WRIGHT RYLANDER EL E CINCO RANCH HS E JOELLA EXLEY EL E JACK & SHARON RHOADS EL R MORTON RANCH HS R FRANZ EL R SEVEN LAKES HS E GRIFFIN EL E RAINES HS AEA: AA URSULA STEPHENS EL R WOODCREEK EL E HARRIS CO SCH FOR ACCELERATED Not Rated: Other MORTON RANCH EL AA FORT BEND CO ALTER Not Rated: Other BONNY HOLLAND EL E PROJECT TYKE - Not Rated :Other NR Source: TEA Nov 09; Katy ISD Communications; Prepared by Richard Ortiz JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS January 2010—Dates to note KATY JH R 01/01 Happy New Year WEST MEMORIAL JH AA 01/4-6 Christmas Tree Recycling MAYDE CREEK JH AA 01/8-10 Champion Gymnastics MEMORIAL PARKWAY J H R 01/08-16 Houston International Boat Show T H MCDONALD JH R 01/16 Old Town Katy Market Days RODGER & ELLEN BECK J H E GARLAND MCMEANS JR HIGH E 01/17 Houston Marathon CINCO RANCH JH R 01/19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day MORTON RANCH JH AA 01/19 Free Day at Houston Zoo BECKENDORFF JH E 01/19 Houston Livestock & Rodeo Art CARDIFF JH AA 01/30-31 Katy Home & Garden Show WOODCREEK JH E 01/30-5 Houston Auto Show
  3. 3. Recipe of the Month Chicken Chili Ingredients: 1 tablespoon oil 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 package Great Northern Beans, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained 48 oz. chicken broth 2 cups of water From our Home to Yours! 1 onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 3 celery ribs, chopped Wishing you a 1 small can of green chilies (undrained) ½ teaspoon ground cumin prosperous 2010 ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed Happy ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper 1 teaspoon garlic salt New Year! 1 can of Rotel Tomatoes Optional: 2 tablespoons chopped tomato 2 tablespoons sliced green onion Get Your Home 2 tablespoons shredded Monterey Jack Cheese Ready for Winter Heat oil in a dutch oven and sauté onion, green pepper and cel- ery; add chicken and brown. Add remaining ingredients, cover Consider hiring a professional and simmer for 2 hours. home energy auditor to come into your home and recommend ways to boost your energy effi- ciency. Some utility companies Featured Neighborhood of the Month: Green Trials have programs that pay for all or part of the audit, so contact yours to see what’s available in           2008 2009 YTD* your area. Average List Price $287,047 $286,075 Look for cracks around windows, doors, electrical outlets and Average Sales Price $277,935 $279,233 switches — especially on exterior walls — and recessed ceiling Average Sales Price per SqFt $89.95 $89.44 lights in insulated ceilings. These small openings can add up to as Average Days on Market 38 50 much as 30% of fuel waste in a home, according to the American Number of Sales 101 97 Council for an Energy-Efficient   Economy. To locate drafts, hold   a tissue or candle near potential spots and then caulk as needed. *MLS Data 1/1/09 thru 11/30/09
  4. 4. My approach to the real estate profession is having the perfect blend of professionalism, time/project management, discipline, and client focus. I address the concerns of my clients, whether it is to sell your property at the best possible price or secure that dream property for you, by finding win- RICHARD ORTIZ win solutions while delivering results in a thorough and efficient manner. Realtor, GRI,RCC,CNHS I evaluate myself wholly on client satisfaction, because ultimately 'it is really about YOU!' E-certified, SMP Although I do business throughout Houston, my area of focus is the won- Mobile 281 757-2009 derful suburban city of Katy, Tx. Email me at: My background also includes 18 years of working for a fortune 100 firm as richardortiz@garygreene.com a Director of Information Technology. I've managed numerous multi- www.KatyRelocation.com million dollar projects where strong leadership skills, intense coordination and negotiation were necessary to deliver products and services that con- sistently exceeded customers' expectations. Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors® 23922 Cinco Village Center, #123 Katy, Texas 77494 Attn: Richard Ortiz

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