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June 2016 Events

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

June 1st – 5th


FITNESS

Free Yoga at Raven Tower with Black Swan Yoga

Su​nday, Jun 5th at 10 AM

Raven Tower

https://blackswanyoga.com/houston/


ENTERTAINMENT

Mimosa Sunday - Free Mimosa'sMimosa Sunday - Free Mimosa's

Sunday, Jun 5th at 10 AM - 12 PM

Escape and Paint

https://escapeandpaint.com/event/sunday-mimosas-time-well-spent-1000-1200-35-free-mimosas-free-wine-glass/


 

SHOWS

Afrolicious Hair Expo Houston

Sunday, June 5th at 11 AM - 5 PM

Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy

http://www.afrolicioushairaffair.com/


FESTIVAL

Brazilian Food Festival

Sunday, June 5th at 12 PM - 3 PM

Brazilian Arts Foundation 1133 E. 11th Street


June 6th – 12th

NETWORKING

Wine Down Wednesday

Wednesday, June 8 at 7 PM

Dionisio Winery

http://dionisiowinery.com/DionisioWinery/index.html


NETWORKING

Spring Into Business - HPPN Launch Event

Thursday, June 9 at 6 PM - 9 PM

Mosaic Bar and Lounge

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-into-business-hppn-launch-event-tickets-25567157055


MOVIES

Bank of America Screen on the Green - Jurassic World

Friday, June 10 at 6:30 PM

Discovery Green

http://www.discoverygreen.com/1198427


RELIGION

The Well Experience Singles Conference InTheWait2016

Friday, Jun 10th at 7 PM to Saturday, Jun 11th at 10 PM

Lighthouse Church

www.pastorkeion.com/inthewait2016


CONCERT

Juvenile and Mystikal

Friday, June 10 at 8:30 PM

Arena Theatre Houston
http://www.arenahouston.com/events/061016-juvenile-mystikal-arenatheatre-houston-ticket/


FESTIVAL

Carnival Houston 2016

Saturday, June 11 at 12 PM - 8 PM

1150 La Branch Street, Houston, TX, 77010

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carnival-houston-street-parade-festival-tickets-20774157063

May 2016 Events

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

May 1st– May 7th

 

Martini's Manicures and Massages

Wednesday, May 4th at 5 PM - 8 PM

http://mainetain.ticketleap.com/may16/

 

District VIII Parent Summit on College Readiness

Wednesday, May 4th at 5:30 PM - 8 PM

www.HoustonISD.org\FLA or call 713­556­7290.

 


2016 Red Cat Jazz Festival Moody Gardens

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 10:00 PM

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-red-cat-jazz-festival-mothers-day-weekend-moody-gardens-tickets-19875011695

 

2nd Annual Julep Derby Day Party!

Saturday, May 7 at 11 AM – 10 PM

www.JulepDerbyDay.com

 

5th Annual Star Wars Art Festival: Revenge of the Fifth!

May 7 at 12 PM to May 8 at 6 PM

https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/46347/chk/3c90

 

Beyonce in Houston

Saturday, May 7 at 8 PM

http://www.concertboom.com/beyonce/tickets-2016/

 

May 9th – May  15th

 

Houston Greek Fest 2016

Thursday, May 12th at 4 PM to Sunday, May 15th at 6 PM

https://www.facebook.com/HoustonGreekFest/

 

Bovine & Barley 1 Year Anniversary Mixer

Thursday, May 12th at 7 PM to Friday, May 13th at 2 AM

http://www.bovineandbarley.com/

 

Texas Black Expo Comedy Show

Friday, May 13th at 8 PM to Saturday, May 14th at 11 PM

House of Blues Houston 1204 Caroline St, Houston, Texas 77002

 

Houston Music Festival

Friday, May 13th at 8 PM - 11:59 PM

http://www.ticketmaster.com/houston-music-fest-houston-texas-05-13-2016/event/3A005061864A1E73

 

Walk On It" Self-Esteem 3k walk

Saturday, May 14th at 11 AM - 3 PM

1340 Independence Missouri City, Texas 77489

 

 

2016 Texas Music and Food Festival

Saturday, May 14 at 11 AM to Sunday, May 15 at 2 PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/1660405957504712/

 

90's Bar Crawl – Houston

Saturday, May 14th at 3 PM - 11 PM in EDT

http://90sbarcrawl.com/

 

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer)

Saturday, May 14th at 8 PM - 10 PM

http://goo.gl/forms/BJ9qsqelZ5

 

H-Town Get Down

Saturday, May 14th at 8 PM

http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/seating/

 

May 16th – May 22nd

 

May 23rd – May 31st

Rosé Tasting on the Patio

Wednesday, May 25th at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/155128884889006/


Dancin' in the Street Motown & More Revue

Thursday, May 26th at 8:15 PM to Sunday, May 29th at 11:15 PM

 milleroutdoortheatre.com

 

Hey KIDS Meet TMNT Cowabunga Factory

Friday, May 27th at 12 PM to Sunday. May 29th at 6 PM

https://www.showclix.com 

 

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer)

Friday, May 27th at 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM 

http://goo.gl/forms/BJ9qsqelZ5

 

Houston Crawfish & Chill Festival

Saturday, May 28th at 11 AM - 10 PM

CrawfishandChill.eventbrite.com

April Events 2016

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

April 1st – 2nd

NCAA Final Four Games and Activities

Friday & Saturday April 1 & 2

NRG Stadium, Discovery Green, George R Brown Convention Center

 

 

April 3rd – 9th

NCAA Final Four Games and Activities

Sunday & Monday April 3 & 4

NRG Stadium, Discovery Green, George R Brown Convention Center

 

EXHALE : The Sunday Social

Sunday, April 3, 5 pm - 10 pm

 UnWine on Almeda

 

Patty Farmer Dallas Based Marketing & Biz Growth Strategist

Monday, April 4, 11 am - 2 pm

 Houston Business Lounge

 

 

Houston Press Menu of Menus® Extravaganza 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 7 pm - 10 pm

 Silver Street Station

All Guests must be 21+, with a Valid I.D.
A portion of proceeds will benefit Kids’ Meals
More information at 
menuofmenus.com

Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1Xiwn9A 
Discounted tickets are available all all Whole Foods Market Houstonlocations

 

Tax Relief Wine Tasting

Tuesday, April 5, 6 pm - 9 pm

Simone on Sunset

Space is limited so please RSVP to annemelaineburgot@hotmail.com to be on the guest list.

 

 

Houston Black Restaurant Week + Movers & Shakers Networking Mixer

Wednesday, April 6, 7 pm - 10 pm

 Davis St at Hermann Park

Tickets can be purchased athttp://houbrw.com/event/movers-shakers-networking-dinner

March Events 2016

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

March 1st – 6th

Chris Young

Wednesday, March 2, 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

NRG Stadium

 

Jason Aldean

Thursday, March 3, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Jason Derulo

Friday, March 4, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Hall of Ancient Egypt Exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Saturday, March 5 at 10:30 AM

 

Cole Swindell

Saturday, March 5, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

DETOX SERIES - Hope City

Saturday, March 5 at 7 PM to March 6 at 1 PM

935 Echo Ln, Houston, TX 77024

 

Shawn Mendes

Sunday, March 6, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

March 7th – 13th

Miranda Lambert

Monday, March 7, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Pitbull

Tuesday, March 8, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Brett Eldredge

Wednesday, March 9, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Luke Bryan

Thursday, March 10, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Darius Rucker

Friday, March 11, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Billy Currington

Saturday, March 12, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Mariachi Invitational – Finals

Sunday, March 13, 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

March 14th – 20th

Kenny Chesney

Monday, March 14, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Tuesday Night Kickback

Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 PM

Phil & Derek's

2811 Bammel Ln, Houston, Texas 77098

 

Kid Rock

Tuesday, March 15, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Jake Owen

Wednesday, March 16, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

St. Patrick's Day Festival 

Thursday, March 17 at 6 AM

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-patricks-day-festival-2016-downtown-tickets-21411254639

 

OPEN BAR St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 17 at 8 PM

909 Texas Avenue Houston, TX 77002

 

Florida Georgia Line

Thursday, March 17, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

NRG Stadium

 

Little Big Town

Friday, March 18, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

The Taste of Louisiana Festival 

Saturday, March 19 at 1 PM - 10 PM

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-taste-of-louisiana-festival-2016-experience-new-orleans-tickets-20340069696

 

Brad Paisley

Saturday, March 19, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

Keith Urban

Sunday, March 20, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

 NRG Stadium

 

March 21st – 27th

Frontier Fiesta

March 24 at 5 PM to March 27 at 1 AM

University of Houston outside TDECU Stadium

 

7 Last Words The Musical

Thursday, March 24 at 7 PM – 10 PM

http://www.the-lighthouse-church.org/

 

The Houston Latino Film Festival

Mar 25 at 6 PM to Mar 27 at 9:30 PM

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/houston-latino-film-festival-tickets-18835029079

 

2016 Green 6.2 Run (10K/5K) in Houston CityCentre

Saturday, March 26 at 7:45 AM

http://green62.com/

 

The Woodlands Margarita Festival 

Saturday, March 26 at 12 PM - 10 PM

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-woodlands-margarita-festival-tickets-20204315652

 

First Annual Crawfish Fest

Saturday, March 26 at 2 PM - 10 PM

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-crawfish-fest-tickets-20911790729

 

March 28th – 31st

Newlyweds: How to Buy Your Dream House

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

The wedding day was perfection, the honeymoon was even better, but now you are back at home facing a series of decisions to be made as a couple.  Perhaps the most difficult of those, is the decision to buy a new home. 

  1. Choosing the Right Fit - The first step in the home buying game is very likely the most fun.  That is the choosing the right house to make into a home together.  This is a very emotional game.  While you can look at as many print outs and computer images as you would like, nothing will give the true look and feel of the house without visiting it.  While you should always feel free to walk through open houses, it is a good idea (especially for first time buyers) to use a real estate agent.  These professionals have access to nearly all houses for sale and can narrow results for you based on the criteria that fit your needs.  But, better than that is the fact that they will help you to write an official offer, with the negotiations, and with the buying timeline. Although you haven’t found it yet, in your mind, it’s perfect! Open floor plan, granite countertops, and a walk-in closet … the works!

Not to burst your bubble, but let’s take a step back. You are buying your very first home. It may be great, but chances are it won’t be your dream home. In fact, you may be one or two more home purchases and moves away from your “dream home.” And that‘s okay. The key to finding the right first home purchase for you is striking the right balance of a home that comes as close to your dream home requirements as possible, but still stays within your budget.

Starter Home

The term “starter home” exists for a reason. At the height of the housing market craziness, and right before the bubble burst, many first-time home buyers jumped over the starter home and into a bonafide dream home. Now, we are all painfully aware of how that all turned out. You have to accept that your first house is probably not going to be the one you’ll live in for the rest of your life. That’s okay! And the thought of what lies ahead should be exciting! When you think about the fact that your future holds salary increases and smart savings plans, the opportunity to move up becomes more real. When you’re ready to jump up to a larger, dreamier home, this first home can provide you with the funds for that purchase.

House to Condo

Yes, you are going to need to narrow down your search at some point, but as you begin to play with the choices, keep an open mind. You may be thinking about a house, but there might be a great condo with a cool balcony, a stunning view, and great amenities that could be just as dreamy. For your budget, a condo or even townhouse might get you closer to your dreams than a single family home.

Older vs New Construction

According to a recent Trulia trends report, twice as many people prefer new homes over existing homes. “New” means new construction, or homes purchased in pre-construction while “existing” means a house someone else has lived in. In many parts of the country, especially the East, Northeast and South, many of these “existing” homes are homes built anywhere from the 1920s – 1970s. For the same price, 2 in 5 of Americans (41%) strongly prefer to buy a newly-built home over an existing home. However, most new construction homes could cost you up to 20% more than a comparable older house. Buying an older home could add up to big savings and allow you to get a bigger piece of the “dream” than a brand new one.

The Fixer

I am a huge proponent of buying a home that you can add value to, rather than paying the bigger price tag to someone else who had the work done for you. Offsetting a big price tag with some sweat equity is a very smart move. In addition, you can get much more home for your dollar, and have the option to fix up and improve it as time goes on and as you have the available cash to fund the renovations. Plus, all that original older architectural detail that comes with many fixer-uppers is a dream in the making.

  1. Soothing the Financing Fears - Let’s face it, for the vast majority of buyers, the main fear in buying a home is the assumption of loan payments.  Most mortgages are written for thirty years, and when one stops to consider re-financing in the future and secondary mortgages, those loans can last even longer than that, so it is important to ensure that you stay within a realistic budget.  It is always wise to consult a mortgage broker before looking at houses.  There is no point in getting your hopes up about the “perfect house” before you know if you can afford it.  Mortgage brokers shop around to find you the best lending deal and give you pre-approval for an amount they determine to be the high end of your buying power.  That should also mean to you that the amount you are pre-approved is not necessarily meant to be the price you buy at, as you may want to stay within a safer range.

  1. Getting to the Close - Remember, the majority of house transactions come with minor complications along the way.  So do not assume that you have the house just because you put it under contract.  You will likely have to face other difficult decisions, stressful changes in schedule, and other obstacles before you reach the finish line- closing day.  But, it will all be worth it when you walk through the doors of your very own home for the first time.  Be sure to savor the momentous occasion with photos and maybe a candle lit take-out dinner on the floor of the empty house that is now your home!

December 2015 Events

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

Sun. Dec. 6

The Nutcracker $$$

Mon. Dec. 7

Cheap Skate Night 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM $

Tues. Dec. 8

Two Step Tuesdays 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Free

How to Implement New Technology and Make More Money!! 5:30 – 9:00 Free

 

Wed. Dec. 9

Jazz Nights on ICE 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Free

 

Thurs. Dec. 10

Bank of America Screen on the Green 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Free

Deck the Halls

Fri. Dec. 11

Orbit Slams 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Free

Friday Night Sights! 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free

HSPVA Jazz and Dance

Hot Nights on ICE! 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Free

The Nutcracker $$$

Sat. Dec. 12

Young Writers Workshop 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Free

Recycling Saturdays 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Free

Skate with Santa 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM $

The Nutcracker $$$

The Christmas Boat Parade of Lights on Lake Conroe 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM $

Sun. Dec. 13

The Nutcracker $$$

Mon. Dec. 14

Cheap Skate Night 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM $

Tues. Dec. 15

Two Step Tuesdays 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Free

Wed. Dec. 16

Jazz Nights on ICE 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Free

The Nutcracker $$$

Thurs. Dec. 17

Bank of America Screen on the Green 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Free

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

The Nutcracker $$$

Fri. Dec. 18

Friday Night Sights! 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free

Dance Houston

Hot Nights on ICE! 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Free

The Nutcracker $$$

InterNations Annual Holiday Soirée 8:00 PM $

 

Sat. Dec. 19

Young Writers Workshop 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Free

Recycling Saturdays 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Free

Skate with Santa 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM $

The Nutcracker $$$

Sun. Dec. 20

The Nutcracker $$$

KENDRICK LAMAR AT DAY FOR NIGHT FEST 9:30 – 11:00 PM $$$$$

 

Mon. Dec. 21

The Nutcracker $$$

Tues. Dec. 22

Two Step Tuesdays 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Free

The Nutcracker $$$

Wed. Dec. 23

The Nutcracker $$$

Thurs. Dec. 24

The Nutcracker $$$

Fri. Dec. 25

Christmas Day 

Sat. Dec. 26

Young Writers Workshop 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Free

Recycling Saturdays 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Free

Skate with Santa 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM $

The Nutcracker $$$

Sun. Dec. 27

The Nutcracker $$$

Mon. Dec. 28

 

Tues. Dec. 29

Two Step Tuesdays 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Free

Wed. Dec. 30

 

Thurs. Dec. 31

Toast to the Future NYE 2016 8:00 PM $$$

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly 9:00 PM $$$

 

November 2015 Events

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC
Week 1 2 3 4 5
Sunday    
Nutcracker Market NRG Park 10am – 6pm
   
Monday        

 

Tuesday

 

       
Wednesday   HAPPY VETERANS DAY!      
Thursday   Nutcracker Market NRG Park 10am – 6pm   Thanksgiving Holiday  
Friday November Wine Tasting Mixology @ Corkscrew 6pm
Nutcracker Market NRG Park 10am – 6pm
 

Fashion Noir Runaway Lumen Lounge7-10

The Nutcracker 

Wortham Theater Center 501 Texas St, Houston, Texas 77002

 
Saturday  


Nutcracker Market NRG Park 10am – 6pm

Houston Cougars vs Memphis Tigers!! FILL TDECU STADIUM!!! @6pm

The Woodlands Jazz Fest 2015 Town Green Park

2099 Lake Robbins Dr, Spring, Texas 77380

Noon- 10pm

 

26th Annual Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow 12:30 – 5pm

 

Traders Village Houston 7979 N Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, Texas 77041

  Anthony Hamilton & Fantasia @Arena Theater   

 

The Secret to a Happy Marriage is Talking to Each Other

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

The secret to a happy marriage is talking to each other

  • A great sex life only came 18th in the list of key advice for newlyweds
  • Surprisingly 'don't get married' also featured on the list
  • Just three per cent mentioned being faithful in their words of wisdom

By KATY WINTER FOR MAILONLINE

 

Newlyweds, are you rushing home to your loved one, ready to fling off your coats and get on that sofa...for a good natter?

Well you should be, because, forget sex -  the secret of a happy marriage is real conversation.

A study of 2,000 men and women who have been married for a decade or more revealed their best single piece of advice to newlyweds was that it's good to talk.

Surprisingly a good sex life came 18th, trailing behind patience, honesty, respect and fidelity.

 

The second-placed piece of advice was to compromise, followed by 'keep going' and persevere with the marriage, despite tough times and obstacles.

Only one per cent of respondents specifically mentioned the importance of a good sex life.

The research quizzed long standing couples on the secrets of how to survive 10 years of marriage.

Interestingly just three per cent mentioned being faithful in their words of wisdom while other nuggets of advice to newlyweds was to 'keep working on it', 'listen' and 'have patience'.

Reinforcing the importance of keeping things light, another popular piece of advice was to 'have a good sense of humor' and 'keep laughing'.

Another often-quoted piece of advice was 'never go to sleep on an argument'.

There were some unexpected pieces of advice too, with a number of people simply stating 'don't get married', while others cautioned: 'don't let the in-laws interfere'.

Children were also a bone of contention for some couples, with a small number of people advising 'don't have children', while others said: 'don't have kids until you have saved up loads of money' or 'don't have kids straight away'.

Those who go into marriage hoping to change their partners were given a dose of reality, with the advice: 'Don't have unrealistic expectations of changing someone to suit yourself'.

Remembering that a marriage lasts well beyond the wedding day was another popular theme with couples being urged to stick at their relationship and 'expect the ups and downs, it's not all a bed of roses, but don't give up too easily'.

Sarah Thompson, a lawyer for Slater & Gordon, who commissioned the study, said: 'What's clear from my work as a family lawyer is that marriage can be hard work?

'When I speak to clients about the reasons their relationship has ended, it's often for the same reasons: problems communicating and not being able to compromise.

'Sadly, despite the best intentions in the world, not every marriage will last forever. That is why I'm delighted that Slater & Gordon is now offering lawyer-supported mediation to couples who would like to sort out their differences at the end of their relationship away from the courts.

'As this research has shown, communication and compromise can be the key to a happy marriage, but they are also the attributes that can help resolve a relationship that is over in the best possible way for all parties involved.'

The top twenty tips for a long and happy relationship

1. Talk

2. Compromise

3. Keep going

4. Work at it

5. Don’t give up on the marriage too easily

6. Don’t go to bed on an argument

7. Be patient

8. Listen

9. Be honest

10. Have respect

11. Be tolerant

12. Have realistic expectations

13. Don’t get married

14. Do things together

15. Communicate

16. Be tolerant

17. Be faithful

18. Have a good sex life

19. Be friends

20. Give each other space 

When Should Newlyweds Buy Their First House?

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

By DUSTIN

So, you are newly married (or preparing for marriage) and ready to get off on the right foot financially.

Everything you have heard leads you to believe that you should purchase a house as soon as possible rather than “throw your money away” on rent.
A house is your biggest investment and the basis for long-term wealth building.
Prices are down, tax credits are available, and everyone from your uncle to your real estate agent are urging you to act now…NOW!
Not so fast.
While I agree with each of the reasons above, this does not mean that you should purchase your first home as soon as you return from the honeymoon (or even before your wedding). Trust me, while having a good understanding of your personal tax prep software is always a good asset, it is going to take a lot more than a few tax credits to make buying a house feasible.
Based on my own first-hand experience and the extensive reading that I have done on this topic, I urge you to consider two primary questions before you buy a house (and one is not even a financial consideration).


Are You Ready Financially?


I think most engaged and newlywed couples know that they need to consider their finances before they decide to buy a house.
Typically, this thinking is focused on figuring out the bare minimum credentials that a mortgage broker will require before approving them for a loan.
This is the wrong mindset.  Please do not set your financial sights on just sneaking under the limbo bar of mortgage underwriting requirements.
Trust me when I tell you that mortgage brokers and real estate agents will approve you for a much larger home loan that you should actually take on…even after the recent subprime mortgage meltdown.
I strongly advocate a more conservative approach that generally follows (I’m a bit more lax) the advice of one my financial role models, Dave Ramsey, whose books Financial Peace and The Total Money Makeover have shaped my own approach to personal finance.
Here are the financial goals you should meet before you pursue your first home purchase:
•    Have a solid credit score; 750 or higher should get you the best mortgage rates.  Alternatively, have no credit score because you don’t borrow money and get a manually underwritten mortgage.
•    Have at least 5-10% of the purchase price to apply as a down payment (in addition to closing costs).
•    Ideally, become totally debt-free, but at a minimum you should pay off all unsecured consumer debt.
•    Have an emergency fund of 3-6 months of household expenses saved up.
•    Only take on a mortgage where your total payment (including taxes and insurance) will be no more than 25- 30% of your monthly take-home pay based on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage.
Basically, if you follow the step-by-step Married Money Management plan, you’ll be ready to thrive.
I know that my advice will seem conservative compared to what you will receive from many, especially those with a vested interest in getting you to buy a house, and a big house, as soon as possible.
However, please consider that my interest is squarely focused in helping you have a happy and successful marriage.
 

If you stick within these guidelines, you can be confident that you won’t become house-poor and have your home ownership dream turn into a nightmare!


Are You Sure this is Where You Want to Live? 

While most couples take the time to evaluate their finances (or are forced to by the lender), many do not properly contemplate the permanency that comes with buying a house.
Generally, you will need to stay in your house for at least two years (preferably five years) in order to make the costs work out.
In other words, you are going to be in the house for a long time if you don’t want to lose a bunch of money on Realtor fees, closing costs, etc.


I strongly advocate waiting to buy a house for at least a year after you get married.


I think you will need that much time to be able to best answer questions like these:
•    Will our careers keep us in this general area?
•    Are we each comfortable with the daily commute that will be required?
•    Is this neighborhood up-and-coming and do other young couples live here?
•    Given we’ll be here for a while (and maybe you have children already), is this the school district we want to send our children?
•    Are we an appropriate distance from our mothers-in-law!?!
If you take a solid year to let your marriage mature, you will have much better answers to these questions.  Plus, there is something to be said for renting and remaining free of the responsibilities of mowing, maintenance, painting, etc. so you can just enjoy your new spouse and focus on your new life together.

September 2015 Events

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

September 2015 Events

 

September 1st

 

Discovery Green Events

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music  8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

September 2nd

 

Discovery Green Events

 

 

Sundown at the Grove presented by Southwest Airlines®

 

Circus Arts 5:30 - 7:30 pm Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston-based Cirque La Vie. 

 

Zumba® 6:30 – 7:30 pm The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

 

September 3rd

 

Discovery Green Events

 

Parkour 6:30 – 7:30 pm Turn “working out” into play. 

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Dancin' in the Street... Motown & More Revue

 

 

 

September 4th

 

Discovery Green Events

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Dancin' in the Street... Motown & More Revue

 

 

September 5th

Discovery Green Events

Screen on the Green presented by Bank of America - The Princess and the Frog

 

Sundown at the Grove presented by Southwest Airlines®

Hatha Yoga 9 – 10 am A practice for enhanced awareness and a strong, healthy body. 

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Dancin' in the Street... Motown & More Revue

 

 

September 6th

Discovery Green Events

Hoop Dance 10:30 – 11:30 am Have a blast while burning calories! 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Dancin' in the Street... Motown & More Revue

 

 

September 7th

Discovery Green Events

Yoga 11 am – 12 pm Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. 

 

Bum-ba Toning 6:30 – 7:30 pm Tighten and tone your bum and body. 

 

*NEW*Mindfulness Meditation 12 – 1 pm Lectures, exercises and guided meditations led by Jung Center experts. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

 

 

September 8th

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Plate and Bottle… Salsa Tuesday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

 

September 9th

Discovery Green Events

Sundown at the Grove presented by Southwest Airlines®

 

 

Circus Arts 5:30 - 7:30 pm Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston-based Cirque La Vie. 

 

Zumba® 6:30 – 7:30 pm The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

 

September 10th

Discovery Green Events

Parkour 6:30 – 7:30 pm Turn “working out” into play. 

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

September 11th

Discovery Green Events

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Wells Fargo presents: Remember When Rock was Young – The Elton John Tribute Starring Craig A Meyer

 

September 12th

Discovery Green Events

 

Hatha Yoga 9 – 10 am A practice for enhanced awareness and a strong, healthy body. 

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

Miller Outdoor TheatreBollywood Blast - Breathless

 

 

September 13th

Discovery Green Events

 

Hoop Dance 10:30 – 11:30 am Have a blast while burning calories! 

 

 

September 14th

Discovery Green Events

Yoga 11 am – 12 pm Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. 

 

Bum-ba Toning 6:30 – 7:30 pm Tighten and tone your bum and body. 

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

September 15th

Discovery Green Events

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

Miller Outdoor TheatreEl Grito at Miller featuring Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez

 

 

September 16th

 

Discovery Green Events

 

Circus Arts 5:30 - 7:30 pm Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston-based Cirque La Vie. 

 

Zumba® 6:30 – 7:30 pm The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! 

 

 

September 17th   

Discovery Green Events

 

Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concerts - Carolyn Wonderland; The Bluebonnets (opens)

 

Parkour 6:30 – 7:30 pm Turn “working out” into play. 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

September 18th

Discovery Green Events

Dog Days 

HEALTHY LIVING Chipotle Music and Movie Series: Folk Family Revival & More Than Honey (2012, 95 min., not rated)

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

Miller Outdoor TheatreLife Interrupted

 

September 19th

Discovery Green Events

Dog Days 

Discovery Green Flea by Night

Hatha Yoga 9 – 10 am A practice for enhanced awareness and a strong, healthy body. 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Houston Southeast presents Step Afrika!

And Mesoamerica de Mexico

 

September 20th

Discovery Green Events

Dog Days 

Families on the Green

Hoop Dance 10:30 – 11:30 am Have a blast while burning calories! 

 

 

 

September 21st 

Discovery Green Events

 

Yoga 11 am – 12 pm Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. 

 

Bum-ba Toning 6:30 – 7:30 pm Tighten and tone your bum and body. 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

September 22nd

Discovery Green Events

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre …Swing Jive & Pop! Into Dance

 

September 23rd

Discovery Green Events

 

Circus Arts 5:30 - 7:30 pm Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston-based Cirque La Vie. 

 

Zumba® 6:30 – 7:30 pm The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! 

Miller Outdoor Theatre …The Velveteen Rabbit

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

September 24th

Discovery Green Events

Sounds Like Houston! Thursday Concerts - Dale Watson and The Lonestars; Rosie Flores (opens)

 

Parkour 6:30 – 7:30 pm Turn “working out” into play. 

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre …The Velveteen Rabbit

 

 

September 25th

Discovery Green Events

Gospel on the Green - 7:30-10 pm

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre …The Velveteen Rabbit and METdance: Celebrating 20!

 

September 26th

Discovery Green Events

 

The Fab 40 Takes on The Who: Tommy at the Green 

Hatha Yoga 9 – 10 am A practice for enhanced awareness and a strong, healthy body. 

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Salsa y Salud

 

 

September 27th

Discovery Green Events

 

Hoop Dance 10:30 – 11:30 am Have a blast while burning calories

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Gitcha Groove On!

 

September 28th

Discovery Green Events

 

Yoga 11 am – 12 pm Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. 

 

Bum-ba Toning 6:30 – 7:30 pm Tighten and tone your bum and body. 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre …Mixteco Ballet Folklorico - The Essence of Mexico

 

September 29th

Discovery Green Events

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

September 30th

Discovery Green Events

 

Circus Arts 5:30 - 7:30 pm Discover a new art form consisting of ground arts and acrobatics from Houston-based Cirque La Vie. 

 

Zumba® 6:30 – 7:30 pm The exercise craze that has everyone moving to the beat! 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

 

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