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Houston Rodeo GIVEAWAY from Veranda Realty Group

Houston Rodeo GIVEAWAY from Veranda Realty Group

Y’all, we’re so excited about this week’s giveaway, we’re champing at the bit to award it! The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo kicks off on March 3 and we’ve got premium tickets for one lucky couple to attend the final night of Rodeo…featuring a performance by the Zac Brown Band!! TO ENTER: Simply 1.) LIKE us on Facebook, and 2.) Email your name and a photo of you & your fiancé in your best rodeo-ready style. Entry deadline is WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5, and we’ll announce our winner on Facebook the very next day.

We’re so thankful to Veranda Realty Group for providing this awesome giveaway—and so thankful to Veranda Realty’s Waukita Ray-Swales for sharing with us her expert home-buying advice for to-be-weds and newlyweds, in this here MUST-READ Q&A.

Houston Wedding Blog: What types of real estate services do you provide brides and grooms?

Waukita Ray-Swales: I provide consultation for engaged couples and newlyweds to assist them in determining if the time is right to make the financial commitment to home ownership. Because many newlyweds already own their own homes prior to getting married, they make the decision to sell their existing homes and purchase something together.

I also own my own design and staging company called Veranda Design Group, and love assisting my clients in blending their two styles together in one home. This helps both the bride and groom feel as though they have brought their own personalities into the decorating and design of their home without losing their individual identities.

HWB: What is your advice for the young to-be-married or newlywed couple who already owns a home together but is looking to “trade up” after the wedding?

WRS: When couples get engaged and begin the process of planning a wedding, many will already own their own homes, but want to consolidate their equity and move into a larger home that will allow them to grow their family without feeling cramped. Consulting with a reputable realtor who will do an extensive analysis of their current home will equip them with knowledge on what their home is worth based on current market conditions and what they should net after the sale. This information will help them formulate an action plan with regard to what they can afford when they are considering moving up into the next price bracket.

HWB: What are two or three of the hottest neighborhoods/areas for first-home purchases right now?

WRS: I am partial to neighborhoods “Inside the Loop” when I counsel soon-to-be-married or newlywed couples because of their accessibility and proximity to the major freeways, shopping districts, arts districts and downtown sports arenas.

Some of my favorites are:

Houston Heights Area – This neighborhood is a designated Historic District with a small-town feel and an abundance of renovated bungalows, as well as newly constructed townhomes in the outlying neighborhoods that are in close proximity. It has a great hike/bike trail that runs all the way through Memorial Park and Downtown Houston and an abundance of eateries, pubs, coffee houses and shopping establishments. The median sale price is approximately $400,000, which allows newlyweds to purchase in a neighborhood where the higher-priced homes will help their property values remain stable. Heights properties range from under $200k to over $2.5mm.

Washington Corridor/Rice Military/Camp Logan – Rice Military is at the heart of Houston’s Inner Loop, and is also 5-10 minutes away from Downtown, Memorial Park and the Museum District. It is still an area of transition, which keeps the prices affordable for first-time homebuyers. Many renovated bungalows are scattered throughout the area, but in recent years there has been a surge in townhome construction. For newlywed couples with busy lifestyles, this may be the perfect location, because they have minimal yard maintenance, and are in the midst of all the Inner Loop activities. Entry-level homes in this neighborhood start around $300,000, and the close proximity to the popular “Washington Street Corridor” is a huge draw to young professionals.

EaDo District (East of Downtown) – Located just north of Interstate 45 and between the George R. Brown Convention Center and the East End District, East Downtown is a vibrant Houston neighborhood near Houston’s three largest business districts: Downtown Houston, the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Ship Channel. Dubbed as the “Art & Soul of Houston,” EaDo is a fast-growing neighborhood nestled within many exciting sections of the city. Homes in this neighborhood begin in the $200,000s consisting mostly of townhomes or zero-lot line single-family homes. The values in this area of town are rising rapidly, so a first-time homebuyer will be able to invest in a property that has tremendous upside and potential.

Christian Louboutin GIVEAWAY: Buy I Do! Tix and WIN $845 No Prive Glittered Pumps

 

Christian Louboutin Giveaway Bride

When we go out, we like to go out with a bang. A dazzling, shimmering, signature-red-soled BANG. This is it, darlings, your last chance to purchase pre-sale I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets and win…and oh my goodness, what a prize our winner shall score. Yes, lovelies, one VERY lucky Houston bride who reserves her $20 pre-sale tickets to this Sunday’s extraordinary, ultra-indulgent, absolutely-everything-you-need-for-your-unforgettable-Houston-wedding I Do! Bridal Soiree, will WIN a pair of coveted $845 Christian Louboutin No Prive Glittered Peep-Toe Pumps.

These stunning 4-inch heels with their signature Louboutin silhouette and sexy red soles are perfect for your wedding day or any time you want to make a sparkling style statement. Louboutins + luxury wedding inspiration = LOVE. Don’t miss your chance to get in on this awesome giveaway. Every bride who purchases her pre-sale I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets by NOON this Saturday, Jan. 25, is eligible to win. Our winner will be announced at the I Do! Bridal Soiree runway presentation at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston this Sunday. Will it be YOU?

Good luck, lovelies…and we can’t wait to meet YOU at I Do!!!

 

1 Day Only Buy I Do Tickets and WIN Smith & Wollensky Dinner for 2

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Photos: Smith & Wollensky

The I Do! Bridal Soiree is just around the corner, and we just made buying presale tickets to Houston’s hottest bridal event a little bit more…mouthwatering. Today ONLY, reserve your exceptionally affordable $20 tickets for the Jan. 26 I Do! Bridal Soiree, and you could WIN a $100 dinner for two at fine Houston steakhouse Smith & Wollensky. Your ticket to the I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston on Sunday, Jan. 26 will get you four full hours of pure luxury wedding inspiration, one-on-one consultations with Houston’s finest wedding vendors and experts, divine food and fine wine, and our signature bridal-couture runway presentation–it ALSO might get you dinner for 2 at Highland Village’s haven of prime aged steaks and succulent seafood, where chilled lobster cocktail, filet mignon with lump crabmeat and asparagus, and Bailey’s-brushed chocolate layer cake are just par for the course(s).

To AUTOMATICALLY ENTER, simply 1.) “Like” us on Facebook, 2.) Purchase your I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets by 9 pm CST TODAY, Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Our winner will be announced this week on Facebook, and darling, we’d sure like it to be YOU. Good luck…and we’ll see you–and indulge you, and inspire you, and make your wedding dreams come true–at I Do!

We’re At It Again: Buy I Do! Tix & Win a Royal Sonesta Romance Package

I Do Bridal Soiree 2014 Giveaway

The hottest ticket in town just got a little hotter. On Sunday, Jan. 26, the I Do! Bridal Soiree will transform the ultra-stylish Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston into a wonderland of wedding fantasy and inspiration. Stunning tablescapes, lush floral displays, divine wedding cakes, Houston’s top wedding vendors and experts, and a spectacular runway show featuring THE most coveted gowns of 2014–these are what comprise Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding showcase, along with (of course) fine cuisine, flowing wine and cocktails, decadent treats and live entertainment.

If you plan to wed in 2014 or 2015, this is the one Houston bridal show you do NOT want to miss.

And when you purchase your oh-so-affordable $20 presale tickets BY 9 PM CST THIS SUNDAY, JAN. 12, you’ll be automatically entered to win a fabulous Royal Sonesta getaway, including a weekend-night, super-chic, Club-Level stay, complimentary cocktails and snacks, lavish bath amenities…the works! Which is exactly what a hard-working, wedding-planning bride such as yourself could use right about now. Yeah, we know.

So, whatcha waiting for, love? Snag those tickets by Sunday at 9 and you could score a WHOLE lot more!