Celebrate the Winter Season with these Sugar Land Events

Can you feel that frosty chill in the air? Now that we’ve closed the curtains on October, the winter holiday season is quickly approaching, and with it comes tons of community events!

No matter how you choose to celebrate in the coming weeks, the Sugar Land area offers a wide variety of events to ring in the winter season. Browse a few of the highlights happening in town, and mark your calendars for these great events!

Holidays in the Plaza

Over the next few weeks, the Sugar Land Town Square will host the Holidays in the Plaza series. Performances this year include the jazz stylings of Chris Mitchell, songs from the female vocal group Heart & Soul, and sing-alongs with the Houston Show Choir.

Bring a steaming cup of hot cocoa, family, and friends to the Plaza, and kick off the holiday season with this concert series. The first performance will be on November 16th and will run until December 13th.

Riverstone Holiday Market

The Riverstone community in Sugar Land will be hosting their annual Holiday Market again this year. The price of admission for the event is one canned good, which will be donated to the Second Mile Mission Center. Vendors will be selling a variety of goods, and ticket-holders will receive complementary hors d’oeuvres, drink, and a shopping bag.

Grab a can of food and head to the market on Friday, November 16th from 5pm-9pm!

Shop Small Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a national event sponsored by American Express to support local business during the holiday shopping season. The Town Square in Sugar Land will be participating in the event, so head out to the local shops and restaurants in the area to support the local economy.

Shop Small Saturday is happening all day on Saturday, November 24th and is perfect for getting a start on your holiday shopping!

Christmas Tree Lighting

Kick off the Christmas season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the steps of City Hall! The event includes crafts, holiday activities, face painting, live music, pictures with Santa, and tons of food and drinks. The 40-foot Christmas tree will be lit by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and the event is free and open to the public.

Head to the steps of City Hall on Friday, November 30th, and ring in the Christmas season!

Enjoy Events in Sugar Land

Don’t miss out on these great winter events in Sugar Land — find your new home in this great community! Browse some featured listings in the area, and see the fantastic houses that Sugar Land has to offer.

Contact me, Karla Arjona, for more information or to set up a showing. Have a happy winter season!

Thinking of Relocating? Here’s Why You Should Move to Sugar Land, TX

Are you in the market for a new home but not sure where to go? Welcome to Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston and a great candidate for relocation. In addition to its charming name, Sugar Land has won numerous national awards, from being one of the safest cities in the country, to one of the best winter vacation spots.

Explore more about what makes the Sugar Land area such a one-of-a-kind city, and find your new home here today!

Bustling Community Life

A fountain in a park. Are you looking for an area with an active community calendar? The people of Sugar Land are always hosting and planning events throughout the year, with a variety of annual festivals and fairs. A few local favorites include the monthly Heritage Hike, the Cultural Kite Festival, and the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair.

The charming Sugar Land Town Square hosts a variety of these community events and acts as a hub of local activity. From live music to fitness classes, check out the Town Square calendar, and enjoy the active community life that’s so unique to Sugar Land.

Top-Notch Culinary Scene

Steamed dumplings and sauces. Do you have a refined culinary palate? Sugar Land offers a diverse culinary scene for your every craving, with dishes ranging from delightfully greasy burgers to authentic Asian cuisine. Check out the authentic Vietnamese fare at Vietwich, located in a Valero gas station and highly regarded as a regional gem.

For other dining options, try the Live Oak Grill for a laidback atmosphere and comfort food, or visit Fat Bao for some of the most interesting steamed dumplings flavors that you’ll ever try. The food scene in Sugar Land is constantly evolving, but never lacking in quality.

Unique Shopping Plazas

A hipster shop with art and clothes. Sugar Land has several different shopping centers and malls in the area, all of which provide a variety of local and chain retailers. In fact, Sugar Land boasts over 900 shops, from the obscure — like specialty clock dealers — to the ordinary clothing boutiques and department stores.

If you’re interested in shopping local, Sugar Land is home to a large farmer’s market, where local artisans, food trucks, musicians, and farmers gather to sell their wares. The Imperial Farmer’s Market operates every Saturday, year-round, from 9am-1pm.

Scenic Regional Parks

A woman hiking. In addition to the charming streets and scenic architecture, Sugar Land also provides tons of beautiful natural areas. The 50 acres of Duhacsek Park house a wide variety of hand-grafted pecan trees, including the third largest pecan tree in the entire state.

If you’re looking for a chance to lace up your shoes and hit the trails, the Oyster Creek Park offers miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as picnic areas and stunning views. Sugar Land provides residents with tons of opportunities to get outside and get active!

Unbeatable Location

The Houston skyline at night. While Sugar Land itself offers something for everyone, if you’re itching to spend a day in the big city Houston is just a 35 minute drive away. Plus, residents live just an hour away from some of the best beaches in the country, as well as national wildlife refuges and national forests. Sugar land covers all the bases for all your needs!

Find Your New Home in Sugar Land

Are you convinced to find your new home in this amazing city? Let me, Karla Arjona, help you in your real estate journey. As a local in the area, I have the expertise to guide you through the entire buying and selling process, worry-free.

Contact me if you would like more information or to set up a showing!

How to Sell Your Home During the “Off” Season

Sometimes, life happens. Maybe you’ve been hired at a new company across state. Or a sudden change in your family requires you to take in a relative and you need extra space pronto. Perhaps you’re retiring early so you need to downsize. Whatever the case may be, you need to sell your home during the “off” season.

Put simply, the “off” season refers to the period of time when the real estate market slows down. Generally, this means decreased inventory and competition from both buyers and sellers.

So, if you’re tasked with selling a home during the “off” season, you may be asking yourself how you’re going to do it. If you follow these tips, your home sale should go off without a hitch.

Don’t Pause for the Holidays

Person holding a box wrapped in off white gift paper, with seasonal decor tied to the front.While you may have heard other real estate agents say that it’s a good idea to pause your sale during big holidays like Christmas or New Years, we actually don’t recommend it.

If a buyer really needs to find their new home as soon as possible, they won’t likely be deterred by the holidays. And who knows, your home may just be the perfect one for them.

Stage it for Perfection

Living room space with patterned rug, glass coffee table, tasteful decorations, and a lit fireplace.Home staging is a delicate art. You should make sure your home is inviting and warm, but not too overwhelming with personal decor or large furniture. Generally, the best way to stage your home is by following these steps:

  • Hire a professional to deep clean it
  • Go through every single room and de-clutter (get rid of everything you don’t use/want — consider hosting a garage sale or making a donation to your local Goodwill)
  • Highlight the natural space of your home with a few pieces of furniture, but consider renting a storage unit to store excess pieces

Also, take advantage of the cooler weather! Create a cozy atmosphere for people who come to tour your home. Put out a plate of holiday cookies or have a pot of cider simmering on the stove top. This way, they’ll feel at home the minute they walk through your front door.

Price Your Home Effectively

Person doing research by consulting a page of research complete with graphs.Pricing your home is a tricky business no matter what time of year you decide to sell. But if you’re listing your home during your market’s “off” season, you have to be especially careful.

Potential buyers know that the inventory is low, and that the competition is as well. They’ll be looking for every opportunity to bring the listing price of your home down a few notches.

That’s why it’s so important to work with an experienced real estate agent to price your home. The right agent will know what listing price is best for your home, and how to get you the most amount of money for your home sale no matter what month it is.

Looking to Sell Your Home Before the Holidays?

We should talk. We would love to guide you through the home-selling process and get your home sold as soon as possible.

Why You Should Buy a Home During the Off Season

Your personal home-buying schedule doesn’t have to correspond with the real estate market! In fact, buying during the “off season” can yield tremendous advantages.

The “off season” differs depending on your specific location, but always refers to the period of time during a calendar year when both inventory and competition are low. Usually, this corresponds with the weather conditions in a particular area.

If you’re buying a home, you may just want to begin looking for your dream home during this period of market inactivity. Here’s why:

There’s Less Competition

Woman in a purple shirt sitting outside at a coffee shop table with her cell phone in one hand looking at a laptop screen.During the off season there are typically far fewer active buyers looking for homes, as most buyers prefer to look for homes when the weather is great or their kids are out on summer vacation. If you’re searching during the off season, you won’t feel as much pressure from other buyers looking at the same homes as you.

This gives you plenty of time to tour homes, think about them, and come to a decision about whether or not you want to put an offer down.

But the Same Great Inventory

Large kitchen interior with hardwood floors, sleek chrome appliances, and a large island with bar seating.While inventory does decrease during the off season, you can still expect to encounter a great selection of homes for sale in your area. Home selling tends to correspond less with the weather or the time of year and more with an individual seller’s situation.

After all, sellers usually have unique reasons (like relocating for work or searching for a bigger home) for selling their home that aren’t related to the weather or the season.

So no matter the time of year, there will always be homes for sale.

You’ve Got More Room for Negotiation

Two adults sitting across from each other at a coffee shop discussing something while one of them looks at a computer screen.As the buyer, you have the upper hand during the off season. Fewer buyers often mean more desperate or eager sellers. And many times, sellers whose homes didn’t sell during the busier seasons will drop their price to appeal to more buyers.

This eagerness to sell gives your more power in your negotiations. By working with your Realtor, you may be able to get the seller to agree to a lower price, or possibly even some upgrades or repairs.

Your Realtor Won’t Be as Busy

Not that your Realtor shouldn’t always make time for you, but during the hectic busy season, it can be tough! During the off season, real estate agents usually have fewer clients — meaning they have more time to dedicate to you and your needs.

However, when you choose to partner with us, you can expect a superior level of customer service—any time of year. Give us a call today to get started on buying your dream home.