14
Sep

Houston Apartments New Construction Boom

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Aging apartments earmarked for demolition are creating an upscale multifamily land rush in urban Houston. Typical investors interested in Class B and C apartment projects found themselves bidding against major developers offering to pay much more than the target price. Last month, Trammell Crow Residential purchased the 1960′s-constructed Westheimer Square Apartments, and will replace the 110-unit complex with a 244-unit luxury apartment building. The 2.7-acre site at 2001 Westheimer will fall to the wrecking ball in November. Construction will begin in first quarter 2007 on the Alexan Westheimer Square, which will have four floors of apartments on top of two floors of parking garage. The apartments will average 935 square feet and rent for an average of $1.70 per square foot when they are completed in summer 2008. Trammell Crow Residential also is expanding the upscale Alexan brand with the Alexan Kirby, a project about a mile away from Westheimer Square, near Richmond and Kirby. The old Sleepy Hollow apartments are being demolished at the site. Construction will begin in September and 230 units will be ready by December 2007. Commerce Equities is another player in the apartment redevelopment game. The firm’s 242-unit Bayou on the Bend on Memorial is opening soon. The company also is preparing to replace the Wilshire Village apartments at West Alabama and Dunlavy. The complex dating back to World War II will give way to a midrise apartment building. Apartment broker Jim Hurd of Houston Income Properties Inc. says redevelopment of older apartment complexes is also taking place in the Galleria, Clear Lake and along Interstate 10 west of downtown. But the inner-loop activity tops the list. Land in the best areas inside the Loop is selling for $60 to $85 per square foot.

14
Sep

Client Feedback For Jessica Laviage (ApartmentWIZ Houston Apartment Locators)

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9/1/2006 

Sounds great… Thanks again for taking the time to help me through this. I can’t wait to get settled in my new place. This is the best apartment locators I have ever worked with. Tell your manager I said you need a raiseJ
Good luck with your other customers.

8/23/2006

Thanks for all of your help. I will be sure to give your name to other friends and clients when they’re looking…you’re the only realtor who has done what I thought apartment locators should do, which is know the properties, actually know the units you are recommending, and staying on top of my needs and current openings.
 
I wish I could have found an apartment for you to make your commission…if this goes through, perhaps I can give you a free healing session, yoga class, or life direction counseling session in exchange for your work? Let me know…
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The two comments above are unedited feedback e-mails from two of Jessica Laviage’s clients.  One is particularly interesting in that the client ended up leasing a private property, yet still felt compelled to write a client testimony.  In an age where most companies write their own client testimonies, and most clients only take the time to reply when dissatisfied; these feedback e-mails represent a significant customer service accomplishment.  To request Jessica’s help specifically in searching for an apartment e-mail her at jlaviage [at no spam] apartmentwiz.com or visit ApartmentWIZ Houston apartment locators and submit a request mentioning her name.   

12
Sep

Houston Lofts

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Houston Lofts Why have lofts in Houston become so popular in recent years? Traditionally apartments in the city have been traditional garden style units with carpet, laminate, and low grade paint. Houston lofts have given residents a new look and feel and a level of authenticity in their living. Tenants now have the choice of real hard woods, brick accent walls, exposed duct work–if one likes that sort of thing. The city has embraced the lofting process and it looks like it’s here to stay. For rental specials go to Houston Lofts! The photos to the left are of Alexan Lofts (top) and Sabine Street Lofts (bottom). Alexan is a hard loft or a property that has been restored from its original condition while Sabine is soft or a property built to emulate a historic building.
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