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Magnificent Bryan Home - 701 Ellen Lee is a MUST SEE! - 07/20/10 01:08 PM
Once in a great while, a Realtor gets the distinct pleasure of listing a truly breathtaking home. I am proud to say I have listed and sold many unique, beautiful homes in College Station and Bryan during my 10+ years as a Realtor in this area. But today I am beyond thrilled to present my newest listing: an absolutely exquisite, treasure of a home nestled away in the quiet of Bryan. 701 Ellen Lee is a remarkable, one-of-a-kind luxury home set on a rare one acre tract in the heart of an established neighborhood. The home spans a luxurious, wide open 4,500 square (0 comments)
A Home Inspection Provides Buyer Protection! - 07/20/10 01:05 PM
Home inspections have always been important for and requested by the smart buyer; now more than ever, an inspection is becoming an absolute necessity. Whether you are looking to purchase a luxury home, a mid-priced home, or a low-priced home, an inspection is equally important. And if you are one of the many consumers interested in taking advantage of the rising number of foreclosures occurring in College Station and Bryan, take note!
Home buyers must ensure they know exactly what kind of house they are purchasing, and this can best be achieved through an inspection. Not only do inspectors need (0 comments)
College Station Not the Only Area With Reduced Home Prices - 07/19/10 03:56 PM
As cited in yesterday's article, almost 60 homes in College Station and Bryan have had their asking prices slashed in the recent months since the Homebuyer Tax Credit expired. Though we are certainly seeing the effects in our own community, this is a national trend that continues to grow with the passing summer months. For example, Trulia.com reports that Southern California (one of the most expensive real estate areas in the nation) has seen its real estate landscape littered with high-profile price drops. Nicolas Cage's English Tudor in Bel-Air has been reduced an amazing 50% to $17.5 million. Suzanne Somers' home, (0 comments)
College Station Home Buyers: This is Better than the Tax Credit! - 07/19/10 03:19 PM
Home shoppers who missed the April 30 deadline for the Homebuyer Tax Credit ($8,000 tax refund for first time buyers) may be getting the better end of the deal after all. For a variety of reasons, home buyers could now save much more than the $8,000 tax refund. For starters, in some neighborhoods and price ranges, sellers are dropping their prices because buyers are now harder to find; this has to do in part with the homebuyer tax credit expiring. During March and April, home sales increased drastically since buyers were scrambling to make the deadline for the tax credit. Since this (0 comments)
Home Ownership Rates Lowest Since 2000, Affecting College Station Residents - 07/15/10 02:22 PM
Fewer Americans own homes in the first quarter of 2010 than in any quarter since the beginning of 2000, according to data from the Census Bureau. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell from 67.3 percent to 67.2 percent. It is the lowest rate in almost a decade, and the effects are moving from the national to the local level. Though it took some time to reach our community, we are beginning to see more foreclosures and more vacant homes in College Station and Bryan. The national vacancy rate for homeowner housing remained at a low 2.6 percent. At the beginning of 2010, (0 comments)
College Station's Historic District - 07/14/10 12:27 PM
One of the most beautiful spots for real estate in the College Station area is nestled away in a quiet corner of the Southside of the city. The Historic District falls within the square of Anderson, Welsh, George Bush, and Holleman. And though there are many historic sites all throughout that area, it mainly refers to the homes on Lee, Pershing, Park Place, and Dexter. The Historic District features homes of a refined, elegant charm. Most of these homes are gorgeous, well-preserved homes with years of character. You will find remarkable houses built in an era when sturdy and well-constructed were (2 comments)
A&M Consolidated in College Station Named one of America's Best High Shools! - 07/14/10 12:24 PM
Newsweek issues a yearly feature wherein they rank America's Best High Schools. Just over 1600 schools - only six percent of all public schools in the U.S. - made the list. For the fifth consecutive year, A&M Consolidated High School has made this prestigious list. This year, they are ranked at #970 out of the thousands upon thousands of high schools across the nation. The ranking is based on participation on Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Schools are ranked by their Challenge Index, which is calculated by dividing number of students who can take AP/IB exams by the number of graduating (0 comments)
Should You Rent or Buy College Station Real Estate? - 07/12/10 03:05 PM
A big question I get, especially currently as people are trying to save money, is: "Should I buy or rent a home?" Whether it is more financially sound to buy or rent a home varies greatly across the nation. For example, in a place like Omaha, Nebraska it is better to rent as a result of the huge gap between rental and purchase prices. But here in College Station, it makes more fiscal sense to purchase a home, especially if you intend to stay in the area for at least five years. Trulia, the real estate site, puts out a rent vs. buy index for (0 comments)
Important Items in your College Station Construction Agreement - 07/12/10 03:02 PM
When building a new home, in College Station or anywhere, there are many important things to look for in your construction agreement. There are so many areas where pitfalls may occur that it is essential to make sure they are all addressed in your contract. First and foremost, there is the completion date. You want to move into your new home as soon as possible, but what if it isn't completed on time? What is the penalty to the builder if this is the case? Make sure the specified date and penalties are cited on the contract. Another thing to consider (0 comments)
The Art of the Deal in College Station Home Sales - 07/08/10 01:28 PM
Helping my clients to buy and sell homes in College Station is an art I have been perfecting for the past 15 years. It is a never-ending education, as I am constantly working on learning and doing more. One important lesson I have learned during this time is what I like to call the art of the deal. Sometimes a transaction is more than a one-dimensional business deal; in a one-dimensional deal, I would help my clients simply buy or sell a home. But sometimes real estate is about more than just one house. Throw a few more variables into the mix, and the transaction requires more art, more (0 comments)
Avoiding Foreclosure Prevention Scams in College Station - 07/08/10 01:25 PM
With mortgage delinquencies across the nation at an all time high, many desperate homeowners are seeking to avoid foreclosure at any cost. The problem is, there are plenty of scam artists out to take advantage of that fact. For scam artists, this high level of foreclosures is seen as an opportunity to profit off of others' misfortunes. Between October 2009 to April 2010, community development groups handled over 10,000 reports of foreclosure-prevention scams.
Here in College Station, there have not been many reports regarding foreclosure-prevention scams. But if you are a homeowner, it is still a good idea to make (2 comments)
4th of July at Pebble Creek College Station, TX - 07/01/10 04:23 PM
The Pebble Creek Homeowners Association will be holding the fourth annual 4th at the Creek parade and celebration July 3rd, 2010 at the Pebble Creek Country Club! Pebble Creek homeowners are encouraged to join in the festivities of celebrating the 4th of July with their friends and neighbors. Activities will include a parade, a "Most Patriotic" contest (categories are: Most Patriotic Boy, Girl, Adult, Golf Cart, and Pet), snow cones, a rock wall, and an inflated double lane super slide. The fun starts at 8:30 a.m., with the parade beginning at 9:00 a.m. To pull off this exciting, patriotic event, the (0 comments)
Physician's Relocation: Aggie Athletic Events in College Station - 07/01/10 04:19 PM
If you are considering relocation to College Station or Texas A&M University, consider this. There are many exciting attractions and events to take in while living in College Station. Among these are the locally and nationally beloved Aggie Athletic events. We are fortunate to have the Texas A&M athletic events occur practically year round, so there is always an exciting spectator sport to get involved in. If you are considering relocation to College Station or Texas A&M University, consider this. There are many exciting attractions and events to take in while living in College Station. Among these are the locally and (0 comments)
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