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Jobs, educationmaintain Pearland’s competitive real estatemarket locally

Over the past year, fewer homes have gone on the market in certain local ZIP codes than the year before. Many homeowners are choosing not to sell as it is not cost ecient to downsize in today’s market, Sparrow Realty agent Alina Rogers said. staying put Residents

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With the Houston area starting to open up from the coro- navirus pandemic, the cities of Pearland and Manvel are seeing a surge of out-of-state homebuyers along with city res- idents looking to upgrade their homes, real estate agents said. “You can’t list a house and not have multiple oers,” Sparrow Realty real estate agent Alina Rogers said. “Buyers can’t be picky.” Pearland is a popular place for homebuyers due to its job opportunities, school districts and safe community, Pearland Director of Community Development John McDonald said. “I think that it’s a national trend but especially for areas like [the Greater] Houston [area] that have jobs, amenities and good school districts,” McDonald said. “There is a greater demand for homes than there are homes.” Over the past decade, Pearland and Manvel have seen a lot CONTINUED ON 20

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Item allowing bars, venues could be on next city ballot BY HALEY MORRISON Petition addresses alcohol laws inPearland

the petition has 11,000 signatures. “Regardless of how you feel about this given thing, if you love what makes our country distinctive, you should want the voters of 2021 to decide, rather than the voters of 1891,” said Council Member Luke Orlando, who announced his support for the petition. Orlando is joined by council mem- bers Alex Kamkar and Adrian Hernan- dez. Other City Council members have voiced support for leaving this to the voters but are apprehensive about bars coming into the city, citing worries of increased crime and a glut of bars. CONTINUED ON 22

If a citizen-led petition gains 15,000 signatures, the city of Pearland will see a measure on the ballot to allow entertainment businesses, or busi- nesses that make more than 51% of their revenue in alcohol sales, to come to Pearland. According to Texas Con- stitution Article XVI Section 20, this change can be made only through a local election. Proponents of the petition, who include several Pearland City Council members, want the petition to gain the 15,000 signatures needed to land the measure on the ballot and potentially overturn the 51% rule. As of late June,

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NOWOPEN 1 Pet Supplies Plus opened its new store in Friendswood on June 4. Located at 1720 S. Friendswood Drive, Ste. 100, the store sells a wide selection of natural pet foods, goods and pet services, ac- cording to a press release. 281-648-1656. www.petsuppliesplus.com 2 Sozo Resale Boutique opened in Pearland in mid-May. Located at 2206 E. Broadway, Pearland, the business is a resale shop that sells clothing and home decor. The business is dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking. 281-416-5351. www.sozoresaleboutique.com 3 Mayweather Boxing + Fitness held its grand opening in the Pearland Town Center on June 26. Located at 11200 Broadway St., Ste. 620, Pearland, the business teaches Floyd Mayweather’s techniques and training programs for those interested in boxing and fitness.

281-845-3773. www.mayweather.fit 4 Bonus Cafe opened in Pearland on June 26. Located at 2570 Pearland Parkway, Ste. 130, the cafe sells snacks, sweets and drinks. Menu items include banh mi, wings, bubble tea and baked 5 And A Little Hope held its grand opening at 2314 N. Main St., Pearland, on June 19. The business sells clothing, accessories and shoes and has operated as an online boutique. The boutique donates a portion of its profits to Streethearts, a nonprofit in Haiti that cares for the street children in Haiti. 281-809-5611. www.andalittlehope.com 6 Paris Coffee Co. held its soft opening in Pearland in May. The permanent kiosk resides at 2512½ E. Broadway St., Pearland, and serves coffees, espresso drinks and Italian sodas. The business will expand to opening on Saturdays soon. goods. 281-809-5042. www.bonussweets.com

832-328-5997. www.facebook.com/ pariscoffeecopearland 7 Burger Nation opened its Pearland location in mid-June. Located at 9515 W. Broadway St., Ste. 119, Pearland, the business serves burgers, including keto burgers. Burger Nation also serves specialty burgers, including the Hawaiian burger, Bacon Mac Daddy and Flamin' Hot Cheetos Burger. This is the third location for the restaurant; the first two are in Victoria and Clear Lake. 281-549-7090. www.burger-nation.com 8 Stan’s Pop Shop opened June 15 at 17070 Hwy. 3, Webster. The business is a craft soda and collectibles shop that carries popular Funko Pops and other action figures along with candy and collectibles, such as backpacks and lunchboxes. 832-905-2922. www.stanspopshop.com 9 Dance Vision Studios opened a location in mid-May at 20810 Gulf Freeway, Ste. H, Webster. Dance Vision

Studios-Clear Lake teaches more than a dozen dances through private and group lessons and practice parties. Students can compete and take trips through the business. The studio has four other Texas locations, including in Pearland. 832-905-4159. www.dancevisiontexas.com 10 Third Coast Games opened at 3208 FM E. Parkwood Drive, Ste. 100, Friendswood in late June. The business sells tabletop games and accessories. It also offers a place for players to come and play games at the business. 832-569-5986. www.thirdcoastgamestx.com COMING SOON 11 Land Rover of Clear Lake and Jaguar of Clear Lake dealerships will open in October at 17970 Gulf Freeway, Friendswood, on the west side of I-45 between El Dorado Boulevard and FM 2351. Buyers will be able to select from a variety of different Land Rover and

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Christian Helping Hands and SEVA Clinic received a permit from the city of Pearland in April to begin work on their new building. Christian Helping Hands will have a 9,000-square-foot space in the new facility; 2,250 square feet will be allocated to SEVA Clinic. Both Christian Helping Hands and SEVA Clinic have outgrown their existing spaces in Pearland, Christian Helping Hands founder Hita Dickson said. The new building will be located at 4305 Magnolia Parkway, Pearland. Dickson hopes construction will be completed by December, she said in a news release. During COVID-19, Christian Helping Hands has fed more than 25,500 individuals in Pearland and has added 25 more Director Megan Holbrook said in an email. Pearland Elite Training Center offers recreational and competitive gymnastics and cheerleading. 281-506-8553. www.pearlandelite.com ANNIVERSARIES 15 Forgotten Angels Foundation is

volunteers. SEVA Clinic has served over 1,000 patients virtually, Dickson said in the release. Christian Helping Hands is a food pantry, and SEVA Clinic is a clinic that offers basic, free healthcare to the uninsured. For more information, call Christian Helping Hands at 281-485-9776 or SEVA Clinic at 281-942-7382. www.christianhelpinghands.org www.sevaclinic-texas.org

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EXPANSIONS 13 Castle Biosciences held a grand opening May 25 to celebrate the company’s expansion in Friendswood. Castle Biosciences offers a suite of tests to help people who have or may have skin cancer. The new, expanded headquarters for the company, located at 505 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, doubled the size of its team in 2020 and added two new skin cancer tests to its services. 866-788-9007. www.castlebiosciences.com 14 Pearland Elite Training Center celebrated the grand opening of its new developmental center on May 29, located at 4407 Halik St., Pearland. The business’ competitive team has tripled in size, which led to the need for the new center, Recreational Program

Jaguar models—including the Range Rover, Discovery and Defender—with certified pre-owned and used vehicles available. Updates are being posted to the businesses’ Facebook pages. www.facebook.com/jaguarclearlake www.facebook.com/landroverclearlake RELOCATIONS 12 Fab Med Spa and Cosmetic Laser Center has relocated from Friendswood to 1203 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster. The business, which opened at the new location June 19, treats and rejuvenates skin for tone, texture and tightness; uses botox and fillers; offers laser hair removal; and treats acne. 281-819-1565 www.fabmedspa.com

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Snap2 and the Korean American Society Houston present their rst-ever Korean pop and hip-hop music festival, which features local dancers, food trucks, tents, vendors and K-pop dance challenges. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $5-$50 (general admission and perks). Independence Park, 3449 Pearland Parkway, Pearland. www.snap2ocial.com

Friendswood Parks & Recreation hosts a dierent family-friendly movie each Friday night from July 16 to Aug. 13. The movies start at dusk. 8 p.m. Free. Centennial Park Amphitheatre, 2200 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. 281-996-3220. www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/382/movies-in-the-park-july-august

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17 PINTS FOR PARKS The Forever Parks Foundation of Pearland has fun for everyone in the family with face painting, trivia by the Dolores Fenwick Nature Center, a photo booth, raes and a silent auction. The event ends with a live performance by acoustic band Patty O’Beers. 2-9 p.m. $20 (includes two beer tokens and one rae entry). Vallensons Brewing Co., 4081 Rice Drier Road, Pearland. 281-412-8929. http://forever-parks-foundation. constantcontactsites.com

24 CHRISTMAS IN JULY Pearland Market Days hosts a craft and vendor show with small-business owners, food trucks, face painting, an outdoor movie and free pictures with Santa. 3-9 p.m. Free (admission). Pearland VFW Hall, 4202 W. Walnut St., Pearland. www.facebook.com/pearlandmarketdays 24 WESTERN BLING AT GOOD VIBES Houston-based band Western Bling will perform old-style swing music, including Western swing and traditional country and jazz. 6-10 p.m. Free (admission). Good

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Vibes Burgers & Brews, 1329 E. Broadway St., Pearland. 832-569-4141. www.goodvibesburgers.com/event AUGUST 07 ASTRONOMY IN THE PARK Amateur astronomers and their families can gather to see the stars, the moon and any visible planets. Residents can bring their own telescopes. 7-10 p.m. Free. Rustic Oaks Park, 5101 Orange Blossom Court, League City. 281-554-1000. www.leaguecity.com

MOVIES ON THE LAWN Baybrook Mall is showing movies outdoors Thursday nights this summer. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and can bring drinks and snacks or buy food from one of the restaurants nearby. 7-9 p.m. Free. Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall Drive, Friendswood. 281-667-9100. www.baybrookmall.com/en/events.html

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TxDOT, Pearland in conversation about Hwy. 35 improvements The Texas Department of Transportation is evaluating how to improve mobility on Hwy. 35. Roughly 40 years ago, TxDOT considered raising Hwy. 35 and making it a toll road. The elevated road would have run from Loop 610 to Hwy. 6 in Alvin, giving Alvin residents a direct route into downtown. As new toll road projects are on pause, TxDOT is considering options to improve the road’s connectivity with the cities of Houston, Alvin and Pearland. “We don’t know if it’s elevated, on the ground, etcetera. That’s the old study. We are starting with a clean slate,” said James Koch, director of transportation planning and development for TxDOT. The original project proposal included elevating the road and aligning it near the railroad tracks in Pearland. While a new alignment has not been chosen for the project, the city of Pearland opposes elevating this part of the road, Deputy City Manager Trent Epperson said. “One of those routes is likely to be the old one, right along the tracks through Old Town [Pearland]. We want to get ahead of that and say we’re not comfortable with it,” he said. Instead, Pearland ocials said they hope TxDOT works on other priorities for the road, including widening it from Broadway Street in Pearland to Alvin and adding medians. This would address safety concerns and congestion identied in the Houston- Galveston Area Council’s Northern Brazoria County/Pearland Subregional

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Planning Initiative, Epperson said. “That is a great priority project that would provide many benets they are looking at,” he said. The project is in the very early discussion stages; TxDOT ocials are hoping HGAC will put this on its 2050 plan, its tentative, long-range plan for regional projects. If that happens, it would allow TxDOT to start planning more thoroughly, Koch said. HGAC will be choosing the 2050 projects by the end of July. “Part of this analysis is running those problems; it’s about how trac would ow,” Koch said. “When I got this job and heard about Pearland’s concerns—alignment straight through town, no access [to Hwy. 35]—it wasn’t positive for Pearland. That’s another reason I wanted to have this conversation; if it’s not elevated, what would the road look like?”

The itemwas discussed at the April 26 Pearland City Council meeting. Council voiced its opposition to the raised roadway. “It’s just not appropriate here,” Council Member Trent Perez said during the meeting. It is too early in the process for TxDOT to know howmuch the project would cost, Koch said. If it is approved for HGAC’s plan, then HGAC would fund a portion of the project, Koch said. TxDOT has already received $341 million for elevating the road from Spur 5 to Loop 610 and is gathering data for possible changes to the rest of the road. “There should be no fear that it would be funded next year and have an elevated section through town,” Koch said. “We are truly in the planning stages right now.”

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Smith Ranch Road widening The Smith Ranch Road project is on track to go to bid in September. How- ever, that could change due to right- of-way acquisition. The project will widen the road from Hughes Ranch Road to north of Broadway Street. Timeline: January 2022-October 2022 Cost: $8.6 million Funding sources: city of Pearland, TxDOT ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF JUNE 28. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT PLFNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.

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Gulf Coast ProtectionDistrict official; barrier could be fundedwithout taxes

The Gulf Coast Protection District includes Galveston, Harris, Chambers, Jefferson and Orange counties. Residents of these counties may be taxed by the district to fund $32 billion worth of projects to reduce coastal flooding along Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.

ORANGE COUNTY

The Gulf Coast Protection District, encompassing Harris, Galveston, Chambers, Jefferson and Orange counties, has officially been created, paving the way for the state to receive money to fund the coastal barrier. State legislators approved and signed the bill in the Texas Senate and House at the end of the legislative session in May. Gov. Greg Abbott signed it June 16. While some have expressed worry the district will result in more taxation to fund the planned $26 billion coastal barrier and related projects along Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula, officials said there are other funding avenues. State Rep. Dennis Paul, R-Houston, filed House Bill 3029, identical to SB 1160 filed by Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, in March. According to Paul, the protection district was created to receive and manage funds for projects related to storm protection in areas around the Texas Gulf Coast. Bob Mitchell, president of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, said the barrier would not only protect residents but spur progress. “We get this thing built, it’s going to up economic development even further,” he said. An 11-member board will oversee the district with one representative appointed by each of the five counties and six appointed directly by the governor, Paul said. Mitchell has been appointed to the board. This board will have the authority to issue bonds, collect fees and impose a BY SAVANNAH KUCHAR & JAKE MAGEE

tax on district residents to go toward projects related to the coastal barrier. Paul said this tax rate would likely depend on the amount of federal funding received. Paul also said the board’s taxing ability is one of the most restricted in the state. “The board would say that they want to have a tax, but it would have to be voted on by the entire citizenry of the district,” he said. “So they can’t ever have any tax without the citizens saying, ‘Yes, we want to have the tax.’” If a property tax is created, Paul said there would be a cap of $0.05 per $100 valuation, a limit that only the state Legislature could change in the future. Mitchell said a tax likely would be only half of the cap, or $0.025 per $100 valuation. Such a tax would equal $75 annually on a $300,000 home, which is far cheaper than annual flood insurance. Furthermore, creating the barrier may result in lower flood insurance rates for residents, leading to a long-term net gain for taxpayers. “It more than pays for itself,” Mitchell said. Resiliencebonds However, a tax might not even be necessary, Paul and Mitchell said. Instead, officials might opt to fund the project with resilience bonds, which is a way in which companies would reimburse the barrier’s cost. Large companies along the coast, such as chemical and energy plants, pay significant amounts in flood insurance annually. Theoretically,

HARRIS COUNTY

JEFFERSON COUNTY

CHAMBERS COUNTY

GALVESTON COUNTY

GULF OF MEXICO

SOURCES: TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

PASSING THROUGH THE PROCESS

Senate Bill 1160, the passage of which resulted in the creation of the Gulf Coast Protection District, went through several steps during the 2021 Texas Legislature.

MARCH

March 8: Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, files Senate Bill 1066.

March 18: The bill is read before the Senate for the first time.

March 29: The bill is considered in a public hearing.

APRIL

April 27: The bill is

April 14: The bill is amended and passes in the Senate 31-0.

April 19: The bill is read before the House for the first time.

considered in a public hearing.

MAY

May 4: The bill is considered in a public hearing again.

May 19: The bill is read a second time and amended.

May 20: Bill passes in the House 130-16 with one abstention.

May 25: The House-amended bill is read before the Senate.

JUNE

May 31: The bill is signed in the Senate and House.

J une 16: Gov. Greg Abbott signs the bill into law.

SOURCE: TEXAS LEGISLATURE ONLINE/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

these companies could use the money saved on insurance from the coastal barrier to pay for the barrier. Using resilience bonds, as they are called, makes a lot of sense, though Mitchell said many details have yet to be worked out to determine if it is viable. “The idea is if you can prove to [companies] this barrier will protect

their assets, ... they will begin saving money on … insurance,” Mitchell said. “At some point, the bonds are paid off, and they’re home free.” A report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the coastal barrier is expected to go in front of U.S. Congress this August, when the federal government will decide whether to fund the project, Paul said.

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CITY&SCHOOLS

News from Pearland, Friendswood, Pearland ISD, Friendswood ISD & Clear Creek ISD

Pearland City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at City Hall, 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland. Times may vary. Meetings are streamed and available at www.pearlandtx.gov Friendswood City Council meets the first Monday of each month at City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. Times may vary. Pearland ISD meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. at 1928 N. Main St., Pearland. Meetings are streamed at www.youtube.com/user/ meets the second Monday of every month at 5:45 p.m. at 402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood. Alvin ISD meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 301 E. House St., Alvin. Clear Creek ISD meets the fourth Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at 1955 W. NASA Blvd., Webster. thepearlandisd. Friendswood ISD MEETINGSWE COVER CITY& SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS PEARLAND The Pearland Planning & Zoning Commission on June 21 discussed a potential food truck park coming to Cole’s Flea Market in Pearland. Council will vote on the proposition at a later date. FRIENDSWOOD ISD The board of trustees approved a 1% salary increase for nearly all employees as well as a new security system using bond funds during its June 14 regular meeting. All district employees except transportation drivers, monitors and driver supervisors will receive the increase for the 2021-22 school year. The salary plan for transportation staff—raising their hourly pay an additional $2, starting Feb. 15 and extending through the end of 2021-22—was approved at the board’s Feb. 8 regular meeting. CLEARCREEKISD The district will not offer Clear Connections or any other established virtual academy for remote learners during the 2021-22 school year due to a combination of low interest and funding-related questions. Some options for asynchronous education will be available to secondary students in 2021-22 through Clear Access courses, which are developed by the district. NUMBER TOKNOW outdated water meters. $9M is the expected cost to replace Friendswood’s

Pearland ISDpasses newbudget

LESSMONEY, MORE PROBLEMS

BY HALEY MORRISON

deficit for the upcoming year. The district is required to shrink its main- tenance and operations tax rate down $0.02 per $100 valuation, per state law, due to the growth in property values the district has seen. The district is also expecting a higher enrollment compared to the 2020-21 school year as district leaders believe enrollment was down due to COVID-19, Superintendent John Kelly said. Higher enrollment with a high attendance rate will secure the district more money from the state. Another option to increase revenue is for the district to have a voter approval tax rate election, which is also triggered by a board vote. If the board voted to have the election and it passed in November, the district would have an additional $7.3 million toward its revenue. The district also has the opportunity to use Elementary and Secondary

Pearland ISD is looking at an $18.5 million deficit. Here are some of the ways it could offset the deficit. • A voter-approval tax rate election, which would result in $7.3 million for the district

Pearland advancing drainage utility systemballotmeasure “With 86% of our budget tied to payroll and another big chunk tied to professional services, there’s not a lot we can do,” Chief Financial Officer Jorgannie Carter said. The board has a few options to increase its revenue and reduce the PEARLAND The Pearland ISD board of trustees passed the 2021-22 budget at its June 8 meeting with the con- tingency the board revisit the budget around September and the district pursue all funding options available. The motion was made after a discussion by the board regarding the possible $18.5 million deficit the district could be looking at next year. The most notable increase to the district expenditures for the upcoming school year is the 2% salary increase for teachers as that cost the district $2.8 million. The board approved this at the May 18 meeting.

• $13 million of federal funds • Higher enrollment funding • Staff and program cuts

• Grant money • Fund balance

SOURCE: PEARLAND ISD/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

School Emergency Relief III funds, which are a state allocation, to alleviate the debt. The district would ideally use close to $8 million of those funds, as the total $13 million has to last until 2024, Kelly said. The district also has the option to dip into its fund balance. However, both the trustees and the district would prefer not to lower its fund balance under the recommended 90-day balance.

Friendswoodwill consider replacing every watermeter in city to ensure accuracy

Today, Friendswood’s water meters are mechanical, which means they have a spinning part inside that records water usage. Over time, this wears down, leading to inaccuracies, Nobles said. To fix the problem, Ameresco plans to replace each mechanical water meter with a smart meter at a cost of about $9 million. Smart meters have no spinning parts and remain accurate longer. Residents will be able to track their water usage data in real time using their phones, Nobles said. INACCURATEMETERS According to an analysis of Friendswood water meters, residential meters are 92.8% accurate, and commercial meters are 89.4% accurate.

BY JAKE MAGEE

FRIENDSWOOD During Friend- swood City Council’s June 7 meet- ing, Chad Nobles, senior account executive for Ameresco, explained the advantages of upgrading the city’s water meters. The council will consider a contract with Ameresco at its July 12 meeting. Ameresco sampled over 80 of the city’s over 14,000 water meters and found an average accuracy rate of 92.8% for residential water meters. “In essence, the city is losing almost 8% of the revenue that they should be collecting because the meters are inaccurate,” Nobles said. For commercial water meters, the accuracy rate is 89.4%, meaning the loss is even greater on the commer- cial side, Nobles said. City Manager Morad Kabiri clarified Friendswood pays Houston for its water, so if it goes unrecorded through residences, the city is paying for water residents are not paying back to the city. “Cumulatively, we’re talking sev- eral hundred thousand if not more than $1 million worth in revenue loss,” he said.

BY HALEY MORRISON

PEARLAND Pearland City Council voted to put an item on the May 2022 ballot for the creation of a municipal drainage utility and stormwater fee. If the ballot measure passes in the election, residents would be charged a monthly fee that would be allocated for drainage costs in the city. The monthly charges would be $5 a month for all residential properties and $1.79 per 1,000 square feet per month for all nonresidential properties. City Council will discuss these amounts and the ballot measure in more depth at its July 12 meeting. THE COSTOFDRAINAGE Pearland City Council voted to put a municipal drainage utility and stormwater fee measure on the ballot. Monthly cost for all residential properties Cost for nonresidential properties $5 $1.79per 1,000 sq. ft SOURCE: CITY OF PEARLAND/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Commercial meters 89.4%

Residential meters 92.8%

SOURCE: AMERESCO/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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2021 R E A L E S T A T E E D I T I O N Annual real estate data for Pearland and Friendswood shows an active market June 2020-May 2021 compared June 2019-May 2020. In the ZIP codes 77089, 77546, 77578, 77581 and 77584, the number of homes sold and the average home sales price have increased 521 518 77584 77581 77089 MARKET AT AGLANCE

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year over year. Homes are selling quicker as well with the average days a home is on the market decreasing in all ZIP codes except 77089, where it remained almost stagnant.

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77546

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SOURCES: SPARROW REALTY, FREDDIE MACCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

AVERAGE HOME SALES PRICE June 2019-May 2020 June 2020-May 2021

AVERAGE DAYS ON THEMARKET

June 2019-May 2020 June 2020-May 2021

100

$225,857

77089 SOLD

+31.4%

$296,771

80

$382,140

77546 SOLD

+7.45%

$410,591

60

$315,551

77578 SOLD

+34.38%

$424,029

40

$316,058

+1.67%

77581 SOLD

-36.99%

-15.46%

-34.85%

-32.43%

+5.61%

20

$333,800

$310,833 $317,413

77584 SOLD

0

+2.12%

77089

77546

77578

77581

77584

NUMBER OF HOMES SOLD June 2019-May 2020 June 2020-May 2021

Although 30-year and 15-year xed-mortgage rates declined during the heart of the pandemic in 2020, they have since risen in the early months of 2021. NATIONALMORTGAGE RATE DATA

30-year xed-rate mortgage

15-year xed-rate mortgage

5%

4%

3%

2% 0%

+4%

+22.7%

+42.66%

+6.45%

+8.23%

January 2018

January 2019

January 2020

January 2021

489

600

824

857

436

622

636

677

1,240

1,342

77089

77546

77578

77581

77584

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GUIDE

Local businesses oer home improvement tips

2 0 2 1 R E A L E S T A T E E D I T I O N

HOME IMPROVEMENT

COMPILED BY ANDY YANEZ

ASKAN ELECTRICIAN

Electricity has become a hot topic the past few months in Texas. Pearland electrician Matt Deyo has a few suggestions for helping homeowners when doing electrical projects.

Matt Deyo Owner Deyo Electric 13407 CR 185, Alvin 832-497-7174

WHAT IS ONE THING HOMEOWNERS SHOULD KNOWWHEN WANTING TO WORK ON ELECTRICAL WIRING? Turn the power o. One of my biggest problems is people doing their own electrical work and not knowing what they’re doing at all. Then when we have to come out there to x it, it makes them more aggravated because it costs them more because they didn’t really know what they were doing, and they mess it up. If you’re going to change a plug or change

out a switch or something like that, just turn the power o. Make sure you turn around and put it back the exact same way you took it o. Don’t go and do wires that you don’t even know what they are. WHAT IS ONE ELECTRICITYRELATED TIP PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? One of the biggest things is people plugging in too much power that the breakers … [are] burning up the plugs, and then we have to change them out.

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it at 78 [degrees] and then slowly lower it throughout the day when you get home because if you raise it up to, say, 82 [or] 84 degrees when you’re not home and then you drop it down to the 70s, then it will sit there and run constantly.

HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE TO CONSERVE ENERGY? A lot of people will raise their [air conditioning] up to the 80s when they’re not at home. It’s actually better to keep

ASKA REMODELER

Home Evolution owner and contractor Samuel Cortez gives his insight and advice on what people should look for when they decide to do home remodeling.

Samuel Cortez Owner Home Evolution 5517 Broadway St., Ste. H, Pearland 832-788-9396 www.homeevolution.org

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WHAT IS THE PROCESS LIKE WHEN PEOPLE DECIDE TO REMODEL THEIR HOMES? Most of the time, customers will have an idea of what they want, ... and we’ll tell them if that’s a good or bad idea, and then we tell them what material is best for what they’re wanting to be done. … If they’re trying to be budget friendly, we can show them the stu that’s good, and if they’re wanting to splurge, we show them the best.

WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE KNOW BEFORE THEY DO ANY TYPE OF HOME REMODELING? I recommend calling a professional and getting their opinion. Most companies oer free quotes right away. More than a quote is free consultations. I would say one of the things that people should denitely know before calling is doing research on budget and [having] an idea of what your own budget is.

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home. The one that should be happy the most is you living in your home. So if you feel like your house needs updates, that’s why most people do it. ... But some people love the old-fashioned look.

IS THERE ANYTHING IN YOUR HOME THAT SHOULD BE REMODELED AFTER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME? When it comes to that kind of stu, it’s more [on the homeowners]. It’s your

MAINTAINING YOUR HOME

EXTERIOR

INTERIOR

The National Association of Home Builders oers routine home maintenance tips for homeowners looking to maintain their homes’ value and ensure their

1 Roofs should be inspected by a qualied roofer every three years, and skylights should be inspected so leaks do not develop. 2 Ensure downspouts and gutters do not get clogged with leaves and other debris. 3 Inspect siding each year to see if it needs repainting, and trim shrubs away so they do not touch the siding. 4 Check for split or cracked caulking on windows and doors annually, and replace the caulk as necessary. 5 Moving parts of garage doors need to be oiled once every three months.

6 Air lters require regular replacement, generally once every three months.

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safety. Find other useful home ownership tips at www.nahb.org.

7 Safety and security : Regularly check security alarms and circuit breakers. Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. 8 Clean each faucet’s aerator every three to four months. Maintain garbage disposals by running cold water through them. 9 Masonry walls can develop a white powder that can be scrubbed o with water and a sti brush. 10 Hardwood oors without polyurethane need to be waxed with a liquid or paste “spirit” wax. Use emulsion wax on vinyl.

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SOURCE: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

MAKE A GARDEN

Tips for choosing a container The bigger the better—larger containers allow for larger root systems and larger plants as well as holding more water for hot days. Container types can include: • half wooden barrels, buckets or baskets • old bathtubs, galvanized metal tubs, or other tubs or troughs

Popular vegetables to grow:

Care tips:

Watch and treat for insects as needed. Support “climbing” vegetables with cages, twine or a trellis. Liquid fertilizer should be “fed” to plants at least twice per month. Add about an inch of coarse gravel in the bottom of containers to improve drainage. Plants need at least ve hours of sunlight per day and may need to be watered once or twice per day.

zucchini squash bush beans

tomatoes

beets

chards

lettuce radishes

• hanging baskets, which are a good use of extra space and can be used for plants such as herbs or cherry tomatoes

cabbage

carrots

peppers

SOURCE: THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANACCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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