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Producers Cooperative Association - 06/27/09 11:51 PM
When we purchased our little farm in 2001 one of the first items of business was to join the Producers Cooperative located in Bryan Texas on North Texas Ave. The " Co-OP " was founded in http://www.producerscooperative.com/1943 as a way to save money on feed. Since then it has grown to become one of the largest and most successful co-ops of its kind in the nation. Members usually get a "dividend" check at the end of the year. The Co-op now carries almost any thing the large or small rancher, farmer, gardener or pet owner needs. From fertilizer to equestrian supplies...you name (2 comments)
The Swallows Are Back - 06/27/09 10:36 PM
Each year now for the last 4 years our home is visited in the summer by swallows. Now the first time they decided to set up home on my front porch I wasn't real happy. Then I found out they are protected and that they are tremendous insect eaters including mosquitoes as part of their diet. Last year we allowed a nest to hatch and I actually watched all 4 young ones launch and take off. They all survived. This year there was a repeat with 5 babies and now we have 2 more nests ready to launch. It is slightly (4 comments)
Can A Freeway Be Beautiful? - 06/27/09 08:06 PM
They are almost complete with the overpass and exit ramp for Rockprairie Road in south College Station off of State Hwy 6. We are very excited about this because it is right in front of our office and the project has dragged on for a long time. It definitely will help with traffic issues at Rockpraire Road. But what is especially intriguing right now about the project is the paint samples they are experimenting with. I really like what I am seeing so far. The colors add a touch of class to plain jane gray concrete structures like pillars and braces. (8 comments)
100 In The Shade! - 06/27/09 07:36 PM
Both yesterday and today I checked our thermometer outside at home. It is in the shade and read 100 degrees yesterday and today at 7 PM !
Earlier this week we had a high pushing 107. I haven't checked to see about records but a feel this is one of the hottest Junes ever for this part of Texas. Our sprinklers have been running non stop. There will be a point however where we will have to start conserving more. This area has a rather large aquifer compared to others but we still need to conserve. Let's hope the heat (6 comments)
Join Your Local Homebuilders Association - 06/26/09 11:56 AM
Any real estate agent that is involved in new home sales should seriously consider joining their local Home Builders Association. This is an excellent way to get to know and network with not only local home builders themselves, but also with various associate trade members like..... flooring contractors , suppliers, and a whole host of trade related businesses. As part owner of a small home building company we have always had a membership in the National Association and local Association of Home Builders. But a few years ago I had our real estate office join also. I really appreciate the monthly (3 comments)
Copyright: Milam F. "Trey" Thurmond, Broker, CRB, GRI. For all your real estate needs in Bryan-College Station , Texas .....including Residential, Land, Investments, and Property Management Services. Now is a great time to buy or sell real estate. Call or email me today and I will get right to work to meet your real estate goals. Serving BCS for 31 Years! Classic Realty Associates Quality Service Certified PlatinumClassic Realty Associates3600 Hwy 6 South , Suite 100College Station, Texas 77845(979) 694-8844 -110Cell: (979) 229-8465Fax: (979) firstname.lastname@example.org or www.classicbcs.com
Salsa Time! - 06/20/09 06:04 PM
Yep ... It is that time of year again. With all the tomatoes and jalapenos in our garden I am having to stay up a little late to process everything. But nothing beats a good salsa. Mine is pretty basic Chop up a 2 gallon pot pf tomatoes with the skins on if you wish. Cook them down. Add as much salt and pepper as you like. Add about 1/3 as much onion as tomato and keep cooking at low temps. Then add as much finely chopped cilantro as you can stand. Squeeze in 5 or 6 fresh juicy limes and keep simmering. Then add (12 comments)
Texas Reds Festival Going Strong - 06/20/09 03:26 PM
Last night my wife and I attended the first night of the annual Texas Reds Festival in historic downtown Bryan. The event is a celebration of wine and beef ...both important products of this area. Yep, wine. In fact I was enamored by all the souvenir T shits and ball caps at the event. My favorite had the slogan on it that said: I am a Winer.... The entertainment last night feature a really good band Big Otis. Boy can he shake. Mostly motown music but it was pleasing to everyone there. The main event is today and tonight. Many vendors and lots of (3 comments)
Do You Have A Place To Reflect Silently - 06/20/09 12:32 PM
All of us need a spot to quietly go to and think things over . At home we have tried to create several little quiet spaces outside where you can just escape for a few minutes from the world and reflect on either the day's or the weeks's events. You too should have your special spot. It doesn't have to be outside. It just so happens we are outside people, so that is where our quiet places are. Yours might be a corner in the living room or if you are fortunate enough your own study. Regardless go find your quiet (5 comments)
Learn Like A Frog - 06/19/09 03:04 PM
As market conditions, trends, and financing availiablity changes we have to adjust the way we do business. WE HAVE TO "LEARN LIKE A FROG" ..... This Little fellow has learned how to scrape out a living in the garden area by our dining room at home. The amazing thing however is that he has learned very successfully to adapt to change. What he has learned is this: If we go more than 24 hours without watering the plants in the flowerbed, he has to seek a water source elsewhere. Look closely at the photo. By rising early each morning he has discovered that (10 comments)
Texas World Speedway Hosts Chamber Mixer - 06/18/09 11:20 PM
The Texas World Speedway in College Station hosted the monthly Chamber of Commerce mixer meeting today . I have posted in the past about the benefits of attending these events regularly. Not only does it help business people stay in touch with regular members, but it helps each of us get to know so many of the businesses and their physical locations in the local community. Also it is a great opportunity to meet many of the newest members of the business community and learn what they do. Staying connected locally is fun and educational. Today's event at the speedway (1 comments)
New Interim President For Texas A and M - 06/18/09 04:06 PM
So much new stuff going on in College Station ! A New council person elected Saturday and now the president of Texas A and M University resigns and R. Bown Loftin assumes the presidency on an interim basis . On the first meeting with the University Board of Reagents it was revealed that it looks like contained tuition hikes are in the future for students attending the University. Not good news! Additionally the reagents have to figure out how to deal with other shorfalls in revenues facing A and M. In a cost saving effort the University is seeking to combine several functions of the University and (1 comments)
New Face on College Station City Council! - 06/18/09 03:52 PM
Local Elections is where all change begins. The residents of College Station now have a new member on the local city council.....Katie Marie Leland's handily won the run off race against Lynn Mchilhaney this past weekend. The newcomer soundly defeated the past mayor of College Station (who served more than 20 years on the council) in an unexpected 57 to 43 % victory. Katie will be a fresh face on the council and says she will help represent a younger generation. College Station. Congratulations to Katie Marie and thanks to Lynn for her years of dedicated service to the city of College (4 comments)
Texas A and M Captures Three National Titles ! - 06/16/09 10:58 AM
This past weekend Texas A and M took home 3 national sports titles! The Aggies captured the NCAA Men's Golf title. The hero of the event was Bronson Burgoon, Texas Aggie senior when he made a 125 yard gap wedge shot that landed within 3 inches of the hole. This shot will probabably go down in the history books for A and M. Also both the Aggie Mens" and Womens' Track teams took home national titles in NCAA track outdoors this weekend at Fayetville Arkansas! This makes A and M the first school to win both the mens' and womens' outdoor titles since LSU did so in (4 comments)
Milam F. "Trey" Thurmond, Broker, GRI, CRB Classic Realty Associates3600 Hwy 6 South , Suite 100College Station, Texas 77845(979) 694-8844 -110Cell: (979) 229-8465Fax: (979) email@example.com Serving College Station , Bryan, Brazos County , Franklin , Robertson County Texas and Aggieland! Broker-Owner with Classic Realty Associates Specializing in Homes , Land , Commercial , and Investments . Former local MLS President Former local Association of Realtors President Past Realtor of the year GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager) QSC Quality Service Certified Platinum 100% client satisfaction rating for 05' and 06' and 07' Member local, state and national associations of Realtors Company membership in (22 comments)
City Council Meetings....Better Than Reality TV ! - 06/09/09 10:34 PM
Tonight my wife and I attended the City Council meeting at city hall in Bryan, Texas. I have attended council meetings in neighboring College Station, but it has been a while since I attended one in Bryan. If you would rather do something more enlightening than watching television or playing video games after your day ends ...then take in a city council meeting . They are better than reality TV...believe me. Here are just a few of the items that came up on tonight's agenda: 1. The council was one hour late to the regular meeting because they couldn't get out of (12 comments)
Caddo Tribe Exhibit Now At Natural History Museum - 06/08/09 07:24 PM
The Caddo: Traditions and Heritage This is the newest exhibit at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Opening Reception : June 18th 5:30 PM Wine and hor d'oeuvres ! Explore the rich history of the Caddo Native American Culture. Enjoy pottery, photographs, artwork and more. If you haven't been to our natural history museum lately you must go. It boasts a new fresh look inside. It is a great place to escape to for a few hours on a hot summer day. There are summer kid's nature camp programs and more. Come on and take a look! Approximately 50 years ago (10 comments)
Sold dollar volume $45,510,181 Average days on market (DOM) 113
Total number of active residential listings 1254
Total number of new listings 334 The largest single area of activity was in the price range of 140,000 to 159,999 with 36 single family homes bein sold The least activity was in the 40,000 to 49,999 range with 0 being sold.
What Contitutes A Bad Hair Day? - 06/08/09 12:28 PM
So what constitutes a bad hair day? With me it is only about my hair. And I refuse to blame my hair for any other problems at home, work or elsewhere. If my hair is having a bad day, then it truly is a bad hair day, nothing more..., nothing less. And at my age there are days that it truly does resemble Don King. Ain't nothing you can do for it but just plaster the stuff down and hope she holds. And believe me sometimes, nothing will hold it down. I have actually had people come up to me and (7 comments)
Happy Children in Our Garden - 06/08/09 10:04 AM
I have really learned to enjoy these miniature Zinnias in our flower gardens. They are unbelievably bright, and varied in color and texture and are super easy to grow. Just scratch up the dirt and cover the seed and water. Within a few weeks you will have a whole "family" sprouting up in your garden. I don't know why , but they kind of remind me of happy children whenever I look at them! Also they are perfect for trying to stage a front yard on one of your listings in the spring and summertime.
Have a very prosperous week! (13 comments)
Do You push the Fluff Button To Extremes? - 06/06/09 11:36 PM
Clients and the public deserve " straight Shootin " when we are acting as their representative or just prospecting for their business. Now , I pose this question. When advertising, promoting yourself, or in the day to day process of conducting real estate business how far can one push the "fluff button" in promoting and discussion before actually stepping over the line? Here are just four examples of what I am talking about when referring to Fluff Number one Listing team in the twin city area ! ( Residential listing or what? ) Number one Selling company in the county ! ( Residential sales (7 comments)
Ever Calculated Your Hourly Wage? - 06/06/09 03:35 PM
Some deals just take longer than others to get closed. Some are way more complex or have problems with financing and some clients just never make up their minds. I never have really calculated what I make an hour working with clients but am absolutely certain that with some it would be mere pennies. But alas that is the nature of our business isn't it? Some almost fall in your wallet and others well you wonder if it is really worth the pain. Have you ever really calculated your hourly wage as an agent? Have a prosperous week! www.treythurmond.com
First Friday In Bryan Texas - 06/06/09 02:46 PM
Last night was another successful First FridayEvent in historic downtown Bryan, Texas. My wife and I usually make the theme based events and catch a good dinner at the same time. We started at Casa Rodriquez for dinner and Mariachi music and as usual got so full on chips and salsa that we were almost to full to eat the main course. But the good thing about First Friday celebrations is you can then walk it off in the downtown area enjoying all the shops that stay open . The theme this week was ART STEP and they had little colorful (4 comments)
Don't Worry ....Bee Happy! - 06/05/09 10:56 AM
If your day is not going so well take a look at these little guys just doing their job ....the same ol routine day in and day out. Like working on an assembly line . Yet they "Bee" happy.
Our jobs, as tough as we imagine them to be, are sometimes full of excitement , diversity and challenges! Deals that crater......... Argumentative individuals........ delays, dry spells, boom time and more. No matter how it is going, life is just too short not to savor all of its flavors good and bad. So instead just "Bee" Happy! (6 comments)
Physically the largest campus in the United States , you can be certain there is definitely room for expansion of older facilities or construction of the new ones! Construction cranes can currently be spotted all over the campus with the numerous projects that are underway. Classrooms, parking, departmental buildings, sports facilities , on campus housing..... these are just a few of the projects you are likely to spot if you happen to be on (6 comments)
Working With Newbies - 06/02/09 03:16 PM
No this is not a another post complaining about newbies. This is a post in praise of them! We are very fortunate in this area to have some really outstanding young folks coming out of the local university .....Texas A and M. Many of them know what they want to do when they graduate........Real Estate. However many of them, the smartest , go ahead and find a broker a year or two before graduation in order to get a head start in the business. How they are able to juggle a full course load and conduct real estate business has always baffled (8 comments)
Sometimes the Law Does Care - 06/02/09 02:53 PM
Recently I was contacted by a local police officer who is a member of what is referred to as the "Neighborhood Enforcement Team." What he contacted me about was in regards to one of my listings...a parcel of land that is zoned industrial use. The property adjoins a very poor neighborhood that has a lot of crime. This property has been a tough sell and it could be partially because the residents have decided to park their vehicles on this property and even set out some old couches with tables to have a cold cerveza at during the evenings. IE...they have set up Living room (5 comments)
Happy Trails! - 06/02/09 02:15 PM
Remember the old Roy Rogers and Dale Evans song? " Happy Trails" Do you make your customers feel welcome from day one?
And how do you think they feel when the keys are turned over?
Are your real estate closings the kind that send you off singing the words to a song? Hopefully you are Not singing "The Blues" when you leave the closing table, but instead are humming that old Dale Evan's tune. The one thing I have learned if nothing else in this business is that are some folks are just never happy campers, no matter how hard (6 comments)
A Major Change At My Company! - 06/02/09 12:30 AM
As of today our firm has changed its colors. While many firms these days go through a change and choose to affiliate with a national brand, we have chosen to establish our own colors and instead after 13 years as part of a franchise, return to our roots as an independent. I personally have no regrets as to being a part of a national group. We learned a great deal, made some terrific contacts in the business, and yes...earned some dollars as a result. But the times are changing, so We Are Changing With The Times! With the power of the Internet and with (8 comments)
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