Moving On Up: A Timeline of Richmond’s Growth

wooden beams in new construction Richmond TX houseWhat’s happening in Richmond, Texas? A lot, actually.

With its convenient location near Houston, Richmond is becoming an attractive area, and new residential and commercial developments are blossoming all over the city. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent developments.

Richmond Growth Since 2009

From new home construction to Houston business expansions, Richmond is experiencing rapid growth. Scroll through the timeline below to find out what’s been going on in the area in the past decade.

New Homes for New Residents

A lot of subdivisions are building new properties, and developments now have move-in ready homes. Use my advanced Texas home search tool to explore homes for sale by neighborhood.


Need a Spanish-Speaking Real Estate Agent?

If you’re relocating to the Richmond area and want to buy a home with a bilingual real estate agent, contact me today at (832) 455-5648 or

Unde contract: 3206 Summer Bay Dr, Sugar Land TX

Updated kitchen granite counter tops
Updated kitchen granite counter tops
Recent paint, hardware and sink.
Recent paint, hardware and sink.
Formal dinning.
Formal dinning.
Hardwood floors in living area with beautiful water views.
Hardwood floors in living area with beautiful water views.
Built ins on living area along with gas fireplace.
Built ins on living area along with gas fireplace.
Natural light and an open floor plan make for a perfect area.
Natural light and an open floor plan make for a perfect area.
Both sides fence was recently replaced.
Both sides fence was recently replaced.

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Beautiful waterfront property in Sugar Land Tx
Beautiful waterfront property in Sugar Land Tx

Waterfront home for sale in Sugar Land TX. Beautiful water views from living area, master bedroom, kitchen and upstairs game room. 4 bedroom 3.5 bath 2 story home with an amazing location, close to Hwy 59, Hwy 90 and Hwy 6, shopping, hospitals, schools, dinning and so much more. Recent updates include all inside paint, granite and backsplash in kitchen, master shower door, fixtures among others. Edgewater subdivision in the wonderful city of Sugar Land Tx zoned to Fort Bend ISD.

What Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know About Home Loans

Home Buying 11First-time home buyers who work with us often have the same question: Should we or shouldn’t we get a first-time home buyer loan?

In fact, there are a number of advantages and disadvantages attached to this type of loan.

So today, we thought we would take a few moments to share with you what you can expect from getting this type of loan as a first-time home buyer. That way, when it comes time for your to decide how you’re going to finance your first home, you’ll have all of the information you need right at your fingertips.

First-Time Home Buyer Loans 101

A first time home buyer loan offers financial assistance to qualified buyers by utilizing a variety of methods:

  • Very low down payments or none at all
  • Subsidezed interest costs
  • Grants
  • Forgive loans
  • Defer payments

Generally speaking, the best candidates for this type of loan are home buyers who have never owned a home, although those who have not owned a home in more than three years may also qualify.

With these types of loans, certain restrictions may apply in order to qualify. Thus, it’s important to research beforehand whether you meet those restrictions.

First-time home buyers should also be aware of the specific restrictions attached to using the loan. These may or may not include:

  • Being prohibited from buying homes in higher price ranges
  • Being required to make the newly purchased home your primary residence
  • Being prohibited from renting the home to others

These types of loans are certainly great for those buyers who otherwise might not be able to purchase the home. But there are some disadvantages to this type of loan.

Some of those drawbacks include:

  • Buyers are limited to the type of home they want by price range
  • Buyers may not be eligible for certain program benefits if they sell their home before a predetermined time limit.
  • Buyers may have a limited number of loan types to choose from.
  • Buyers may have to pay for recapture taxes in exchange for benefits they receive through the program

For these reasons and more, some first-time home buyers may find it just as beneficial to get a traditional loan, although this should be considered on a case by case basis.

We’ll Help You Through Your First Home Buying Experience

Contact us today to learn even more valuable information that is sure to help you as a first-time home buyer. We are glad to offer you our expert assistance, which includes straight-forward advice and user-friendly resources.

Until next time!

Enjoy Hispanic Culture in Sugar Land, TX

Mexican flag on a poleCelebrate community and tradition in the Sugar Land area with live music, Hispanic heritage events, and art exhibits and performances. There are ongoing events, annual festivals, and one-time cultural shows that take place in the Houston and Sugar Land areas. Here are some ways that you can celebrate Hispanic culture.

Authentic Latin-American Cuisine

Sugar Land and Houston have some of the best authentic Hispanic restaurants in the area, like:

  • Lupitas Mexican Restaurant
  • La Fonda
  • Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Carmelo’s Mexican Grill
  • Cafe Piquet
  • Rincon Criollo Cuban Cuisine
  • El Rey
  • Colombian Cuisine Restaurant
  • Mi Pueblito
  • Gusto Gourmet
  • and more!

Enjoy Exhibits and Meetings at the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston

The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston hosts art exhibitions, community groups, and Hispanic heritage events throughout the year. Upcoming events include:

Visit the institute’s website to keep up-to-date with the latest events throughout the year.

Upcoming 2015 Heritage Celebrations

Participate in Latin dance at Zumba in the Plaza, a free event held every Friday in the Sugar Land Town Square.

This winter, you can watch the Lincoln Center at the Movies series and celebrate Latino culture with performances of CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana at various Houston cinemas on November 12th, 2015.

The Tamale Festival Houston is set for December 5th, 2015. Celebrate community and culture with live music and tamales!

Annual Cultural Events in Sugar Land and Houston

Look forward to these annual celebrations and cultural events in the Houston area:

  • Tejano Music Fest
  • Cinco De Mayo
  • Caribbean American Heritage Month Festival
  • Houston LibroFEST
  • Fiestas Patrias
  • Dia de los Muertos
  • Fiesta Guadalupana

Your Spanish-Speaking Real Estate Agent in Sugar Land, TX

Let me know if I can offer any assistance with your Sugar Land or Houston real estate needs. I am fluent in English and in Spanish and have worked with buyers and sellers from over 25 different countries.


Yelp and Waze: My Favorite Apps


yelp app &     waze app

I love working with millennials. I’m at the border of the generation, but I am so into technology and new things that I can connect to with them very well in that level at least.


I also love googling everything and looking for reviews before I buy something or go somewhere. I realized when working with my millennial clients that some of the new developments can’t be found on your regular maps. Google and other map services don’t update their information fast enough, so they all call me to ask “where is that place?” I use this one app that I absolutely love, I’ve been using it for a couple of years now and me and my husband are hooked on it. We have traveled to other countries and cities and have found it extremely useful. It’s called “Waze“, and one of the reasons I love it is because it is a social community built around traffic; users log on and you can see what is happening around you. It will always give you 3 routs to choose from. The coolest thing is that is will find most places even if they are new, because people are driving on those roads before the actual maps come out. You can find addresses that you won’t find in Google maps.


Another app that I have found super useful and I am not sure if people are using it or not but I have tried to see how many of my 950 Facebook friends actively use it and I was so sad to see that only 5 of them did! Yelp has been my lifesaver in so many ways, so many times. Regardless of where I am, a brand new city, area or country, I can use my app to tell me what is around me– restaurants, businesses, etc., and the best part of it is that it has reviews integrated into it. I can see a restaurant, their menu, pictures of the place and food and their reviews and prices. So convenient when you are in a place you don’t know.

Try them for yourself

I hope that you at least play with theses two apps to see if they work for you. You can find all your friends on both and share tips. I am not an expert on apps by any means but I do think these two deserve a place on your phone.

If you have any great apps to share with me please leave a comment or send me an email.

If you are looking for a tech savvy agent look no more…

Look me up on Waze: Karlaarjona

Look me up on Yelp: Karla A or Karla Arjona-Bilingual Houston Realtor®

Buying a Home? 4 Things You Should Know About Home Appraisals

home mortgageAs you might already know, summertime is a very busy time for real estate agents. That’s why so many home buyers decide to enter the market during this time of year.

If you too are a prospective home buyer planning to enter the market soon, then you’ve visited the right real estate blog!

Today, we’re going to share four things that every home buyer should know about appraisals.

What Are Appraisals and Why Are They Important?

An appraisal is the valuation of a property by the estimate of an authorized person.

These are particularly important for those who will be taking out a loan on their next home.

And unless you’re independently wealthy (or have been successful in building a sizeable savings account), you will more than likely end up requesting a loan.

When you ask for that loan, banks reference your home’s appraisal as a way of deciding how much to give you. That’s why appraisals are so important.

Consider this example: Let’s say you make a purchase offer on a home for $120,000. You need a loan for exactly that amount.

However, when the appraisal comes back, it says the home is worth only $100,000 – and the bank isn’t willing to give you a penny more.

This means that you’re faced with a $20,000 budget gap. And that’s enough to kill many a real estate deal.

But Don’t Worry – We Can Help!

Here is some valuable information on appraisals that may help you avoid unfortunate situations like the one above:

Appraisers must meet certain criteria first. According to the Appraisal Institute, a qualified appraiser should be licensed or certified and also should be familiar with the local area. What’s more, federal regulations stipulate that the appraiser must be impartial and have no direct or indirect interest in the transaction. Fannie Mae even requires that appraisers certify that they have experience appraising similar properties in the same area.

Appraisal values are influenced by a number of factors. For instance, appraisers will consider recent sales of similar properties as well as current market trends. They’ll also factor in such things as the home’s amenities, number of bedrooms, floor plan functionality and more.

Appraisers are required to do a complete visual inspection of the interior and exterior of the home. During this time, they’re also required to note any conditions that may adversely impact the property’s value. This may include needed repairs.

Generally speaking, appraisers use Fannie Mae’s Uniform Residential Appraisal Report for single-family homes. This report asks the appraiser a number of questions, including what the home’s interior and exterior look like, what neighborhood it’s located in and what nearby comparable sales there are. Other parts of the report include: a street map showing the appraised property, an exterior building sketch, an explanation of how the square footage was calculated, and photos of the home. After providing all of this information, the appraiser offers an analysis and conclusions about the property’s value based on this information.

We’ll Help You At Every Stage of the Home Buying Process

We hope you found the above information insightful as a prospective home buyer.

Hopefully, if all goes well, the appraisal on your next home will go smoothly and you’ll be that much closer to owning your own home.

For EVERY stage of the home buying process, we want you to know that we’ll be there to assist you in order to make the experience as seamless as possible. Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide and the valuable advice and insight we can offer.