Native Houstonian, Peter Johnston, brings an unmatched combination of skills and experience to help clients with their real estate decisions. Peter is a Texas Real Estate Broker, a member of the Houston and Texas and National Associations of Realtors. He is a Certified Residential Specialist; a Residential Real Estate Council member; A Women's Council of Realtors member; a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), A Certified Probate Specialist, and earned the CPM and the RPA designations. Peter grew up learning about the residential Real Estate business. Peter's mother was a Top Producing Realtor. As soon as Peter got his driver's license, he learned to navigate Houston's affluent neighborhoods while placing signs for her listings and helping with open houses. She was a generous mentor for up-and-coming Realtors and her son paid attention. In college, Peter took real estate and finance courses easily passing the real estate exam soon after graduating. His career started working for International Developer, Gerald Hines, as a property manager then Group Manager in the Galleria area. Then, he moved his family to Galveston when he accepted the position of Facilities Director for Galveston County. Living on the water and near the beach was great but opportunity was calling as he was recruited by Enron Energy Services, where he worked with contracts, finance, and construction. As the real estate "go to" person for the Energy Services Group, he traveled nationally working with major companies in developing service and energy agreements for their real estate. Then, handling major renovations and operations for a premier high-rise condominium before full time focus on residential real estate. As a highly regarded REALTOR, Peter truly enjoys marketing fine properties and being a valuable and responsive resource for clients who partake in Houston's great lifestyle opportunities.
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Hi Syed,\nGreat question. I suggest that you meet with a few different brokers and offices before you make a decision. Each office offers a something a bit different and each has it\'s own style. What\'s right for one agent may not be the best for another. Education or continuing education, as well as training, are very important for your success and professionalism. If you want to meet for a cup of coffee to have an open discussion, let me know. I\'m at KW Memorial. Regards and good luck.
The biggest difference between a Condo and Townhome is 1. condo - owning the interior of your unit and a fractional piece of the whole land project or 2. Townhome - owning your unit wholly and independently, including the land it sits on. With a condo, a piece of the whole, there are more shared costs in the form of maintenance fees outlined by authority and responsibility in the \"Condo Documents\". With a condo, you own the interior space of a unit and a common interest in the parcel of land the project sits on. The association, of which you are a part, owns the structures and common areas. A quick way to tell is to check the legal description for the property. If it says 1/xxth interest common land and elements in the XXXX Condominiums, then it\'s a condo. If the legal description defines the land, often by lot, block and subdivision, it is typically not a condo. A townhome can and usually does have restrictions and rules that also may include maintenance fees for the community. A townhome typically has one or two shared walls with a neighboring townhome. With either ownership structure, it is strongly encouraged to research and understand the by-laws, finances, and restrictions for the communities.
Hi Patrick,\nOne approach is that many patio homes and homes that are built close to lot lines are on lots that have been cut from larger parcels. For example, some subdivisions have 6600 sq ft lots that were cut into 2 3300 sq ft lots for 2 homes with minimal lot lines. Other developments may have simply been platted for small lots. I would do a search for homes on small lots using the lot size to find possibilities for minimal lot line homes.
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