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I still prefer "Made in America" - 02/28/09 10:55 PM
We have not bought or owned a vehicle made in another country since getting married 33 years ago. Am I proud of that. Yes because I still believe that the best products in the world were made here for years and still can be. What got me to thinking about this domestic product thing was what we are all going through right now....a very trying economy. As small as it may seem if we all will concentrate on purchasing what few products are still manufactured here in the USA ......I do believe it would help a little with the job loss situation. This afternoon I (13 comments)
Property Owner Associations - 02/28/09 12:01 PM
In Texas, Property Owner Associations ( POA's ) are required to provide certain information to property owners when requested. This information is usually obtained during the "option period" of most standard Texas promulgated earnest money contracts. The idea is simply to allow a prospective purchaser to be able to determine if the seller of a property has any issues with the association including any outstanding dues, assessments or infractions that might cause a prospective purchaser to not want to purchase a property or to allow for the sellers to clear up the problem issues. Additionally the buyer might discover that the association is (6 comments)
Coffee With The Mayor Of College Station - 02/28/09 11:46 AM
Yesterday was a quarterly event put on by the mayor's office in College Station...known as "Coffee With The Mayor." This event is a short forum in which the mayor and his staff inform developers, Realtors, builders and the public about the general state of affairs in College Station. All those present are invited to participate and ask questions. Sometimes the exchange gets a little "lively" but continues to appear to be in a civil manner. This week questions were brought up about the new 2009 International Building Code, the pending "tree ordinance," and the increased hotel -motel tax. That issue particularly has (3 comments)
Thankful For A Job - 02/26/09 10:36 PM
I must confess I have found myself like many Americans right now sometimes wallowing in just a little bit too much self pity. Thinking about losses in the stock market, the future of our profession in this country, and the fact that things in general just are as sweet as they were for the past 10 to 15 years in business. Then.... I stop and think. I have a Job! And the best part about it is.... that no matter what everyone else does individually or in congress, I can still pretty much determine my own destiny in business. I can (12 comments)
#30th Annual Builders Show in Bryan -College Station - 02/26/09 08:58 PM
The 30th annual Home Garden and Recreational Expo is being held in the Brazos County Expo Complex on Saturday and Sunday Feb. 28th and March 1st. Put on by the Bryan College-Station Home Builders Association, this is a terrific place to spend a few weekend hours productively. Learn about everything from new building products to designer items. Find out what's hot in the lawn care world. Make a date to attend. Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM. Enjoy! (4 comments)
What It Is...A water Tower - 02/25/09 11:49 PM
I didn't realize what was being built near where we live until a few days ago. I thought it was another oil or gas well being drilled and wondered why it was taking so long. Then suddenly this familiar structure started going up and began taking shape.. Apparently someone is putting up a water tower. We live in a rural area on a high hill and our current water pressure is so low we added a water pump to get water upstairs. Since this new water tower appears to be at a much higher elevation than our current supplier's tower we (3 comments)
Sam's Fixes Shoes Like They Used To - 02/25/09 10:30 PM
Located in an older neighborhood near downtown Bryan, Texas ...Sam's Shoe Service has been repairing boots, shoes and other leather goods since 1950! I can't count how many times over the years I have taken a pair of my shoes or boots to Sam's for repairs. I had one pair of elephant hide boots alone that was rebuilt no less than 5 times over the years by Sam's. The one thing for sure is that whatever I take to Sam's ..it comes back right! I also love the way a leather repair shop smells. As the construction and the materials change on modern footwear many (10 comments)
I Listened To The President Tonight...Still Confused. - 02/24/09 11:24 PM
Tonight I listened respectfully to our new President's first address to a joint session of Congress. I will say it was a forceful speech and that I listened intently. But much like his campaign speeches upon close scrutiny there was much hoop-la with only a smidgen of substance. Each day I become increasingly concerned that we may be destined to 4 years of this. Still I shall remain open minded and "hopeful" that at some point a more detailed description will come forth as to how he plans to turn this economy around. Oh I did notice one thing tonight . There (14 comments)
This afternoon we were working in our vegetable garden. Only in Texas will you be found in your garden in February! After an hour or so my wife Khris asked me , if when I was working outside I thought about things. Actually I hadn't really been thinking of much until she mentioned it. I like to just forget the world when I am working in the yard. But still.... she got me to thinking......So this whole garden thing has got to be for a reason...doesn't it ? Maybe I am crazy, but I feel we may actually need a very productive vegetable garden before (15 comments)
New 2009' Building Code Will Raise The Cost Of New Homes! - 02/20/09 09:59 PM
Ok I am not going to even try and discuss in detail what the new 2009 International Building Code changes are. But there is one area that has me particularly concerned. As a result ...I have already spoken to one local municipal employee in the permit and code department. Here is what I worry about. The new 09' code requires fire sprinkler systems in new residential homes and duplexes. Town homes also will be required to follow the code. My first thoughts on this not only as a Realtor but also as an owner in a construction firm was Wow! Just what we don't (11 comments)
Everyone Wants A Share of The Pork - 02/14/09 12:18 AM
1100 pages! And guess what.... it's that way on purpose! So where is the Change of how Congress and the government are going to do business? It would take a genius a full day or more to read this stimulous package plan, and still not get it! That's right. Obama is breaking all of his promises. Where is Change? Where is the hope and bi-partisanship? He's allowing his hatchets Pelosi and Shumer to ram this bill through knowing full well it is full of tremendous pitfalls, earmarks, and pork, pork, pork.
And it takes us back to an era of (7 comments)
Southern Gourmet Restaurant in College Station - 02/13/09 11:46 PM
Yummy Yummy Yummy .....For Your Tummy Looking for a new and different restaurant in College Station? Tired of fighting all the student crowds around restaurant row? Then you absolutely have to try the amazing and fantastic...... SOUTHERN COMFORT CAFE ! Located at 2551 Texas Ave South in College Station,Texas ......this wonderful and charming restaurant reminds me of so many old time southern cafes I visited through the years. The kind you went to when you visited your grandparents in small town USA or Mayberry, or a corner cafe in New Orleans. Featuring Classic Southern and Modern American Cooking this great place is (12 comments)
Some Folks Shoot At The Warning Signs - 02/13/09 12:37 PM
I know it is commonplace to see bullet holes in street signs located in rural areas. But I often wonder about the person that pulled the trigger.
And I wonder If anyone ever had a bullet ricochet back off the steel pipe that holds the sign and hit the shooter himself? There are no less than 8 holes in this sign and a bird splat or two. ( I am certain the birds meant no harm. :o) Some folks ignore the warning signs in life and take the curves at whatever speed they feel like with no regard for the safety of themselves and (13 comments)
Proud of Our Agents - 02/13/09 11:45 AM
Sometimes I feel our company is like the "little train that could." You remember the story growing up don't you? I KNOW I CAN...I KNOW I CAN.... I KNOW I CAN.... I KNOW I CAN. We may not be the biggest or the most well known, but rest assured, we do leave our footprint in the Bryan College Station Real estate Market.
In March we celebrate 31 years in business in the area. We have survived several "real estate cycles including the worst part of the 80's. So why am I proud of our agents? OK here goes. We are a small (3 comments)
Home Sales Info On College Station, Texas - 02/12/09 11:18 AM
The statistics from the month of January 2009 are in for Bryan and College Station Texas regional area. These numbers only represent listings and sold properties that went through the local MLS Service. There were 87 Sales closed which is down by 28 units With a total volume of $14,931,258 which is down from 12 months ago by almost two million. For an Average sales price of $171,624 which is way up over January 08'when the average was $148,314 for January 08. With an average days on the market of 133 which is up 19 days over January 08' The greatest number (8 comments)
How's Your Firm's Customer Satisfaction Rating ? - 02/09/09 11:15 PM
After each closing our agents' clients receive a survey in the mail asking them to please answer a few questions that rate the quality of service they received from their agent.. At the end of the year all this data is sorted and run through the mill and the resulting information is a "customer satisfaction rating. " Some of the agents at our firm actually received a 100% rating this go round. But just as good in my opinion is the company's overall rating for 2008 which came in at 96%! This is extraordinary in my opinion and evidences greatly a company's commitment (7 comments)
Asking $34,900 MLS # 52612 Industrial Lot with 1+ ACRE of Land Very Close to City Limits....but no city Taxes! All utilities including sewer available! Seller Financing! Hwy 21 West Frontage Near FM 2818 Mobil Homes Ok Ideal for small contractors, warehouse and shipping location. Minimal restrictions Owner agent Milam F. "Trey" Thurmond, Broker, CRB, GRIClassic Realty Inc./ GMAC Real Estate3600 Hwy 6 South Suite 100College Station, Texas 77845(979) 694-8844 -110Cell: (979) 229-8465Fax: (979) email@example.com Serving BCS for 31 years! www.treythurmond.com
Fun Things To Do In Bryan Texas - 02/06/09 11:46 PM
I tend to boast a bit about the monthly First Friday events in downtown Bryan, Texas. Perhaps I am a bit prejudiced but if you were to go, then you might understand more why. These once a month events are really fun for all . Many of the businesses and restaurants stay open later to accommodate visitors and shoppers and there usually are several small musical groups performing in several of the businesses, along with giveaways including snacks and other tasty items. Plus you usually bump into several friends along the way. Tonight we enjoyed dinner at Casa Rodriquez Restaurant. I can't say I have ever had (5 comments)
Watch The Aggies In Baseball This Year! - 02/05/09 03:51 PM
As we are just about ready to start baseball season at Texas A and M University, we had the real privilege of having coach Rob Childress address the Aggieland Rotary Club today. As we know he led the Men's Aggie teams to two Big 12 Championships in a row in 07' and 08. Prior to coming to A and M, Childress cached at Nebraska. Those teams made it to the NCAA tournament 5 times! I was particulary impressed today with the coach's attitude about winning and losing in College Sports. Losing is not a word he seems too fond of. He is a great motivator and (5 comments)
They dot the horizon in our county, those behemoth metal structures called "cell towers."
We are all slaves to our cell phones and as a result I suppose until everything is satellite based we are doomed to depend on these towers. To me they are an eyesore, but just like the mineral rights owner with an oil rig pumping in his back yard....the lease money for these tower locations just keeps on a coming as long as the demand is there. Not to long ago most of the towers in our area of Robertson County, just outside Hearne and (14 comments)
Grandson Update - 02/01/09 09:58 AM
Our new grandson Hoyt is now 6 months old, and came to spend the day with us yesterday since both his mom and dad were a little under the weather. It is amazing how fast he has grown in such a short time! Before you know it he'll be taking walks with us and the dogs and picking up a fishing pole. It was really a special day with him . I guess all you grandmas and grandpas on Active Rain know the special feeling!
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