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        EMAIL ME        104 Industrial Blvd #201, Sugar Land, TX 77478     Phone: (713) 298-9177     Fax: (281) 271-8147
I am a Real Estate Broker and Staging Designer in Fort Bend.

Why to Sell With a Realtor

Choosing to sell with a professional rather than on your own makes sense for a variety of reasons:

  • A Realtor has access to market data about recent sales and other homes on the market that can be used to price your home appropriately. Studies show that homes priced right when they’re first listed sell more quickly and for a higher price than those that linger on the market.

  • A Realtor can show your home when you aren’t available, can respond to inquiries from potential buyers and their agents, and can get valuable feedback from visitors – all things that save you time.

  • A Realtor can look at your home objectively and suggest ways to improve its appearance – by staging and minor repairs – so it appeals to more buyers.

  • Buyers typically prefer to look at a home without the seller present so they can feel more comfortable exploring the rooms and visualizing themselves in the property. At an FSBO sale, the seller must be present.

  • A Realtor can screen visitors to your home, which provides a measure of safety that FSBO sellers don’t have. In addition, by checking to see if the buyers are legitimate and can afford to purchase your home, a Realtor can help you avoid wasting time showing your home to unrealistic buyers.

  • Realtors have professional marketing expertise, contacts with other Realtors who work with buyers, and the support of a brokerage that can market your home more widely than you can as an individual.

  • A Realtor can help you negotiate a contract that not only garners you an appropriate price for your home, but that meets your needs for a settlement date and perhaps includes a period when you rent back your home from your buyer. In addition, a Realtor can make sure your contract is in compliance with all local regulations.

FSBO Dangers
Most buyers today work with a buyers’ agent to represent their interests. If you choose to sell your home on your own, you’ll be negotiating with a professional and relying on your own skill to finalize a contract. Not only could you end up selling your home for less money, you could leave yourself open to potential legal problems unless you have the contract vetted by an experienced real estate attorney. (source:

There are 4 types of buyers…

The first are serious and in a hurry they may be relocating from another city and have 3 days to find and buy the right home. Or they may be someone who’s home sold last night and today they need to find their replacement home. Because they are in a hurry do you think they will be with a Realtor or do you think they are reading every ad in the paper looking for fsbo’s?

The second type are serious but not in a hurry…they may be a first time buyer…proceeding cautiously… wanting someone to hold their hand…or…they may be looking for that perfect home….Did you know that last year the average buyer looked at 54 homes before making a decision? Naturally these people want a Realtor to help them, to guide them and make them feel secure.

The third type you may have encountered…they are investors or bargain hunters…preying on fsbo’s that are in a hurry to sell at a discount.

And of course the 4th type can’t afford to buy…and they will never buy….because they are just looking…We call them lookylous. In fact Realtors don’t put them in their cars because they can’t afford to buy and are not qualified to buy.

So you can see if Realtors have 97% of all the properties that are on the market it only proves that the serious buyers are going to work with a Realtor and what kind does that leave for you?

The investors, bargain hunters and the lookylous. Right?

Call me for a free Home Valuation 713-298-9177


Realtors have 97% of all the homes on the market listed with them and only 3% are fsbo’s.


Now is time for filing your homestead exemption in the country where the property is located.

Here’s how it works: The taxing authorities (school district and county) allow you to remove part of the taxable value of your home for tax purposes since you are using the property as your residence.

Copy of drivers license showing the address of the property and
Copy of car registration with the property address. In the absence of a vehicle, you can provide a utility bill with that address or complete a notarized affidavit

Harris County

If your property is located in Harris county, please print out the Harris County Application for Residential Homestead Exemption form , fill it out and mail back to Harris County Appraisal District, P. O. Box 922012, Houston, Texas 77292-2012 along with the supporting documentation from above. If you have any questions about how to complete the form, you can email or call me.

Fort Bend County

If your property is located in Fort Bend County, you can download the Fort Bend County homestead exemption application, and mail back to:

Fort Bend Central Appraisal District
2801 B.F. Terry Blvd.
Rosenberg, Texas 77471-5600

If you have questions, please call the Tax Office at 281-341-3710. Our office is located at 1317 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, TX 77469-3623.

Here again you will need to provide supporting documentation (driver’s license and vehicle registration or utility bill).

All the best



Have you taken a look at your 2014 property-tax appraisal yet? 

If not, now would be a good time to do it – you only have until the end of this month (May) to file a request for protest!

Texas law allows a property owner the opportunity to protest their appraised value.  You can do that in one of three ways: 1) schedule a formal protest meeting with your central appraisal district; 2) file a formal protest online (if your district offers that capability); or 3) go in person now and protest 

It is really easy to protest your taxes, yourself.

If you used a good Realtor when you purchased your Home, he/she will be happy to provide you with a CMA of recent sales which are similar in size, or you can email me. 

The protest period for Fort Bend County runs from May 1st to Midnight May 31. 

Just fill out the notice of protest, take the list of comparable sales in your neighborhood with your appraisal form and take your case to the Fort Bend office located at

2801 FM 2218 in Rosenberg, or go to to protest online.


Good Luck



I highly recommend that you do use a real estate agent who will be working for and representing your interests when buying new construction. 

The builder's sales person will not volunteer items that will hurt the builders interest. They are WORKING EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE BUILDER. The building process can take up to 9 months or more to complete your new home. During this time, I will interface with the builder and and assist you in monitoring the construction progress to make sure that you are getting what you pay for. You may not think you need an inspection in a brand new home. However, in my experience, more problems are found in new construction than in most 20-year-old homes! A lot of buyers just think that, since their home comes with a one year warranty, that they will just wait to see if anything goes wrong. I highly recommend having 3 third party inspections done, 1st before pouring the slap, 2nd before Sheetrock and third at the end 4 days before closing. These inspection are beyond building code. 

When the home is completed the sale cannot close unless you sign off on the final inspection. Builders will often pressure a buyer to "hurry up and close the sale", in order to get their money. As your Realtor, I will make sure that you are COMPLETELY satisfied with your new home before you complete he contract. All commissions are paid by the seller (builder). There is no cost to you to have an Agent working for you. I can assist you in your choices and give advice on what is best for resale. For example: desirable floor plan, color choices, location, lot characteristics, upgrades and more. This alone will greatly improve your chances of a more profitable and quicker sale when it comes time to sell that home in the future.  

Many buyers do not consider the value of other homes in the neighborhood when building, or buying that 'close out' builder home. You do not want to be the one that paid $75K more for a home in a subdivision then all other existing home sales. I see this happen all too often, and it will be a big issue when you need to sell.  A future buyer of your home will not pay $75K more then the rest of the neighborhood just because you did.  I will research and review with you the value of other homes in that subdivision and surrounding areas.  This is a huge investment for you, let me help.

Anja Drewes


Anja Drewes

For Immediate Release:

Realtor, Anja Drewes, Opens Real Estate Office in Sugar Land, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas – December 2nd, 2013 – When you are trying to decide on a new home, it can be difficult to choose a realtor but now buyers have realtor Anja Drewes to help them in this process. Some choose a realtor who has a good selling record and has houses in their budget and others choose them based on commitment and passion to the customer. Now, the Sugar Land, Texas realtor, Anja Drewes is opening her own realtor office, Anja Drewes Properties, LLC on December 7, 2013.

There is no denying that Drewes has a passion for her clients. Drewes says, “I love real estate and I love working with people. At the end of the day it is the biggest joy to have a happy client at the closing table.”

Anja has dreamed for a long time to create her own real estate firm and previously worked for Re/Max as a realtor before starting her own venture with Anja Drewes Properties, LLC. “I am very grateful to Re/Max for having been a great employer and teacher for many years and so paved the way that leads to the coming opening,” continues Drewes.

Anja Drewes Properties, LLC provides services that come with a full service real estate office such as an agent for home buying and selling, rentals, investment properties, property management, and international real estate.

Anja Drewes Properties, LLC also has a network of lenders, inspectors, contractors, photographers and more that they work with in the buying or selling process of real estate. The new real estate firm also has a network of domestic and international clients that give buyers and sellers worldwide access.

The firm logo for Anja Drewes Properties, LLC is the coat of arms from her family, which dates back to her great grandparents in Germany. Drewes says, “I believe it is a great symbol and will bring my new firm good fortune because I know that my grandparents will be with me at all times.”

Anja Drewes Properties, LLC strives to be an agent for new construction and resale, listing agent, or property manager. The firm takes personal pride in achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction for each client and will work tirelessly to develop programs and strategies that bring together homebuyers and home sellers.

One client of Anja’s says, “Anja Drewes is by far the best real estate agent I have ever known. She has incredible attention to detail, excellent follow-through, and is extremely kind and personable. I would highly recommend her to anyone, and it was a real pleasure working with her.”

Anja believes that real estate is not just about buying or selling properties but about forming personal relationships and lifelong friends. Anja constantly puts clients first which is why she has been so successful at major real estate firms such as Re/Max.

The new office is located at 104 Industrial Boulevard, Suite # 201 in Sugar Land, Texas. To start looking for real estate ventures, visit today.


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There are 2 different rent types in Commercial renting. NNN and Gross rent. NNN and Gross are terms used to describe the way that expenses for a property are split between landlords and tenants
In a NNN lease, the tenant (person leasing the property) is liable for the taxes, insurance, and CAM (Common Area Maintenance) expenses.
In a Gross Lease, the tenant pays a fixed amount of rent to the Landlord and has no other expenses to pay.
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BACK ON THE MARKET Financing from the buyer fell through

Exquisite home built by Westport, in absolute magnificent gated Riverstone Subdivision.  What more can you ask for?
The 7 bedroom 8120 SF, stucco/stone Home with tile roof on cul-de-sac lends itself for entertaining. Guest bedroom and Master suite with exercise room downstairs. The homes features: automated Window shades, 2 story foyer with circular stairway, wine room, study with hidden room, Chefs kitchen with Viking oven/burner. Game room and covered balcony. Outside summer kitchen with fireplace. Pool and Spa overlooking the the lake. 5 car Garage. (3plus tandem), to much to list. It is a spectacular Home, with everything your heart desires.
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Anja 713-298-9177

It is really easy to protest your taxes, yourself.

If you used a good Realtor when you purchased your Condo, he/she will be happy to provide you with CMA of recent sales which are similar in size, or you can email me. The protest period for Fort Bend County runs from May 1st to Midnight May 31. .  Just fill out the notice of protest and take your case to the Fort Bend office located at 2801 FM 2218 in Rosenberg, or go to to protest online.

I went last week and it took me 30 minutes.

Good Luck


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