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Now What? 2008 in Real Estate was kinda like a fast paced Polka Dance ... 123 123 123 123 123 123 123 123..... We are all out of breath, our heads are still swimming, some of us are numb.... but most of us are still alive..... thankGod! In regards to 2009, I ask my self in retrospect in looking at all the change in 08' : What can I do different to increase my personal and company business? What can I do different to (11 comments)
Something Old and Something New - 12/29/08 11:58 PM
I took this photo this past weekend while on our little weekend adventure in San Antonio, Texas. The top half of the Federal Building can be seen peeking over the north wall of the Alamo. In that same area is a marker commemorating Col. Travis who passed while defending the north wall. Do you ever wonder where Texas would be today had it not been for heroes like Travis and his men?
Weekend Escape To San Antonio - 12/28/08 10:04 PM
The Alamo Thanks to Judy Morgan and Shirley Parks, AR members in San Antonio.... my wife Khris and I experienced a terrific 2 day escape and anniversary celebration ( our 33rd ! ) You can read Judy's blog about our great Italian dinner and visit on the River Walk. http://activerain.com/blogsview/854319/Active-Rain-on-The-San-Antonio-River-Walk-December-26-2008 We stayed at the historic Menger hotel next to the Alamo. In fact I had a great view of the Alamo grounds from our room. This morning before leaving we had breakfast at a fantastic Guenther House an antique home on the River adjacent to Pioneer Mills plant where they make wheat (9 comments)
A Yummy Christmas Puddin' - 12/24/08 11:15 AM
Seems like just yesterday someone introduced my to the world of Active Rain. Actually it was about 14 months ago. The reason I am thinking about this right now it is I did a blog about this time a year ago about my favorite Christmas dessert...Persimmon Pudding. Actually it very much like bread pudding. We have a Japanese persimmon tree in our yard and each year it produces about 200 or so .
Now if You have not priced a large persimmon at a grocery store lately then you would be amazed to know they are around a dollar a each ! So I (13 comments)
Meooowmerry Christmas From Mack the Cat - 12/22/08 09:42 PM
Of all the cats we have ever owned I have to say that Mack, our Scottish Fold cat has got to be the most laid back of all. Mack is so accommodating that he actually puts up with his two ridiculous owners that do crazy silly things to him.... like put a wreath around his neck and then ask him to pose for Christmas photographs. (I can only imagine what he was thinking at the time.) Mack puts up with 3 dogs barking at him, and 2 pet birds heckling including our parrot who might call out Mack's name 50 times in (21 comments)
We Need Rain! - 12/21/08 11:26 PM
Or area is really getting behind in rainfall. Many of the ponds and lakes in ours and surrounding counties are seeing water levels continuing to decline. I would say we are in a drought and as a result our commissioners have set burn bans as the grass and hayfield are becoming dryer each day.
The few light scattered rain showers we have seen this month, generally have had little or no effect and usually the grass drys out agin within a couple of days. www.treythurmond.com
In The Cristmas Spirit by Decorating - 12/13/08 09:12 PM
Tonight we were working on decorating our home's interior for Christmas. Actually my wife is the chief decorator and I am the "grunt." All of the boxes of decorations are stored in our attic and I would estimate we have made at least 35 round trips up and down the stairs to bring all the Cristmas decor downstairs. Christmas at our home is always an "aerobic exercise." ;-) Also We always try to play a little Christmas music while this decorating process is going on and our African parrot Mr. Peepers likes to chime in and whistle along with the rest of us . (4 comments)
Closing On A Piece of History - 12/11/08 09:52 PM
It has been a long haul. I confess that this wonderful antique home in Wheelock, Texas has been a challenge to my professional skills. But the challenge was always a pleasant one, the seller was the most gracious and understanding I could hope for and I am now certain this wonderful piece of Texas History is in sincere and caring hands. This old home will be around hopefully for another century or two. Known as the old Cavitt Home ...this Republic of Texas homestead started with the log cabin in 1836. The main house was completed in about 1842. This home served as a stagecoach inn and (13 comments)
Snow in College Station! - 12/11/08 09:20 PM
Just two days ago I commented on another members blog that we only see snow in our area every 5 to 6 years or so.. Well much of the South got hit by a brief ice and snow storm yesterday. College Station was no exception and it was truly a Winter Wonderland for about half a day! Driving down George Bush Drive early this morning there were still remnants of last night's snow.
Another First Friday Fun Evening in Downtown Bryan - 12/09/08 09:58 PM
This past Friday was the monthly First Friday event in ever "changing for the better " downtown Bryan, Texas. My wife and I joined fiends for dinner at the River Bridge Restaurant and it was as good as the last time we dined there! They have a good variety of steak, fish, and burgers.....But what I really like are those good old fashioned homemade southern style greasy French Fries. You know the kind...They taste like a real potato and not salty slivers of cardboard! Then we took a walk to.... walk off the fries and visited all the shops that stay open late (5 comments)
Survival Basics - 12/09/08 09:31 PM
We are in rapidly changing markets. I read and hear that in some areas of our country that agents are dropping like flies. Who will benefit from that fall out ? Naturally it will be those that stay the course for the long haul. The true professionals that are totally prepared for surviving. I am sympathetic with those that had to go to different careers...perhaps their bank accounts just couldn't hold out any longer. But one thing is for sure ....those of us that have chosen to stay the course in real estate will have to learn many new survival techniques to make (10 comments)
Old Westinghouse Building Finally being Put to Use! - 12/03/08 12:21 PM
Lyntech Inc., a research and technology based company with locations in Bryan-College Station, Texas .....has purchased the former Westinghouse manufacturing facility located in College Station, Texas on Earl Rudder Freeway. Lyntech is a research and technology development firm with interests in energy , water, and health. Some of their specific areas include fuel cell development for military use and water purification, detection sytems. There will be about 120 employees at the facility and expect to add 30 more. This facility has been vacant for many years so the community will be fortunate to have a quality firm putting it to good use (8 comments)
Thinking of Developing Near College Station? - 12/01/08 10:43 PM
Should you or shouldn't you ? That is a the same question that many investors are asking themselves these days. College Station is a great place to live and work. Low unemployment rates and continued good real estate sales statistics have helped insure a local economy that is comfortable to say the least, compared to many other areas in the United States. If you are considering procuring land for present or future development, near the city of College Station, Texas... and located in the ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction) please be sure you understand that the process is multi-level. Both the city of (4 comments)
Never Too Old To Learn - 12/01/08 10:22 PM
Each Monday , come rain or shine, our office offers a Realtor enhancement training session. Originally called The New Agent Training Session......the name changed for the obvious reason that it wasn't just new agents attending. I personally have seen and heard many of the topics covered in these sessions over and over countless times through the years. But one thing is now becomingabundantly clear to my crusty old brain..... each time I go to one of these sessions I am reminded of what I need to be doing in order to increase my personal business and to also help Realtors our firm (6 comments)
A Camera with A Smile Detector! - 12/01/08 10:03 PM
How do it Know? While waiting in Best Buy today for for my lap top to be looked at for repairs, I wandered the isles drooling over giant flat screens, new phones, and state of the art cameras. Then I saw a little sign beside a Sony "Cyber Shot" digital camera. NEVER MISS ANOTHER SMILE! it said. Since the repair was taking longer than expected, I was becoming bored, so I started reading the fine print on Advertisement beside the sign. Supposedly this little camera has a setting that triggers the camera to go off when it detects a "smile." Wait a minute! (10 comments)
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