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Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg- This weekend! - 09/30/11 02:43 PM
The Town of Fredericksburg celebrates it's German Heritage through Oktoberfest. Starting today through October 2nd, bring the entire family for a full weekend of activities. Enjoy live music, great food, drinks and lots of fun stuff for the kids to do. Location: Marktplatz (Market Square) 100 block of West Main Street located downtown Admission: $6.00 per adult, Children 6-12 $1.00 and children under 6 are free. For the adults you can buy a two day pass for $10 or a three day for $15. Fredericksburg is about 70 miles Northwest of San Antonio and 70 miles Southwest of Austin. Make sure you (7 comments)
Frisco, TX - Mother and Son Dance Date Set - 09/29/11 08:54 PM
Once again it's that time of the year for the Mother and Son Dance in Frisco. This will be the 10th Annual Mother and Son Dance and the theme is the 50's. This year they will be ROCKING AND ROLLING at Wakeland High School located at 10700 Legacy Dr. The dance will be held on Saturday October 8th. Two dance times are available: 5:30pm - 7:00pm (Ages four to seven) 7:30pm - 9:00pm (Ages eight to twelve) You can purchase tickets by visiting The City of Frisco. Tickets are $12 for Residents and $15 for other.
Mark your calendars for a full filled (2 comments)
67th Annual Floresville Peanut Festival- Oct 6th-9th - 09/28/11 06:08 PM
If you looking for a great family event, you need to head out to Floresville for the 67th Annual Floresville Peanut Festival. Always held the second weekend in October, the Floresville Peanut Festival is a grand celebration to recognize the importance of South Texas Agriculture. This years dates fall October 6th-9th. My family has been attending the Peanut Festival for years. It's a jam packed with so many things to do for the kiddos and the BIG kids too! Here are some events you may want to check out while you' re there: Carnival Rides (Opens Thursday at 5:00) Coronation of the Royal Court (Thursday (4 comments)
Texas Housing Trust Fund 2010-2011 Homebuyer Assistance Program - 09/28/11 05:05 PM
The Texas Department of Housing is offering assistance for home buyers. This program has a ZERO PERCENT RATE for 5 to 10 years! Cathy Bureau with Green Home Realty wrote a blog about the details of this amazing assistance program in Texas. Via Cathy Bureau, MBA, BROKER, GREEN, SFR San Antonio, Texas - Real Estate (Broker- Owner, www.GreenHomeRealtyTexas.com): Texas Department of Housing has issued a special ZERO% interest program for 5 or 10 years (borrower's choice) to help with "Gap" Financing. What this means is that the closing costs or down payment, or combination of both, can be paid for with this (2 comments)
Five Things Your Clients Should Know about FHA Loans - 09/26/11 02:18 PM
Five things your Clients should know about FHA LOANS Many Americans take advantage of FHA loans when purchasing a home. FHA loans have been around since 1934. FHA loans are mortgages issued by qualified lenders and insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). With the ever changing mortgage industry, FHA loans are becoming more popular than ever. Here are a few facts you should know about FHA. FHA Loans Are Not Only for First Time Home Buyers. FHA loans are for everyone and not just the first time home buyers. You could be on your forth home and still (20 comments)
Homebuying Steps for a Successful Closing - 09/25/11 09:58 PM
Buying a home is one of the Biggest financial decisions one will make in their lifetime. When that time comes, a home buyer must be educated on what the processes are. Here is a Homebuying Timeline that will help you be prepared on what to expect during the process. Contact a Realtor in your area Complete Pre-qualification Process with a Lender Start Home Search Make an Offer - Negotiate Contract Accept Contract & Terms by Signing Home & Termite Inspection by Licensed Inspector (During Option Period) Appraisal and Survey Requested by Lender Obtain Homeowner's Insurance, Contact Movers and Set of Utilities Loan (4 comments)
Boerne, Texas- Mutt Strut on Main October 1, 2011 - 09/24/11 02:07 PM
Mutt Strut on Main Are you and your pouch ready to Strut your Stuff? If you think you got the swag in your walk then come out to the Mutt Strut on Main in Boerne. The funds for the event is to raise money to drill two water wells in Uganda. The goal is to raise $20,000.
When: Satuday, October 1, 2011 Registration 9:30 a.m. Walk begins 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Main Plaza- Boerne's Historic Downtown Corner of Main Street & Ranch Rd 474
What: Events will include a dog fashion show (all dogs are encouraged to come in (2 comments)
Protecting your IDENTITY from the scammers- Tips and Helpful Hints - 09/22/11 03:18 PM
The identity of a person is compromised by others for their own benefit. It includes getting your social security number, driver's license, and date of birth, home address, phone number and any other personal information that the thieves may benefit from. By collecting some or all of this information, the scammer uses it to commit crimes in your name. They might attempt to open a new credit card, bank account, buy a new car, get a mortgage loan all in your name without you even knowing this act is being done. Once your personal information is compromised, it's a NIGHTMARE! How do identity thieves come (0 comments)
Understanding a Texas Title Commitment when buying a home - 09/21/11 11:36 AM
Now that the contract has been signed and the earnest money has been receipted, now it's time for the title company to start their research. The title company will start examining the property in order to be able to issue title insurance. Usually within a week or so, the commitment would be mailed to you. Now what? You got about 15 sheets of paper from the title company with lots of writing on it. What does it mean to me as the potential buyer?
The title commitment is a commitment to issue title insurance. The title commitment is broken down (6 comments)
Boerne- Free Large Trash Pickup Scheduled- November 7, 2011 - 09/20/11 10:07 PM
Boerne Large Trash Pickup Scheduled It's that time again to take advantage of the FREE Large trash pickup for the City of Boerne. If you are a residential customer and are billed for garbage service by the city, then you are eligible for large item pickup. The date will be on Monday, November 7th. To have the items picked up you must call the Utility Customer Service office at 830-249-9511. The deadline to schedule the pickup is November 4th. All the items for pickup must be curb side by Sunday November 6th. The Waste Management Company will NOT pick up the (1 comments)
Are you ready to have FUN with the family and support a great cause at the same time? On Saturday, October 15th come out to Boerne, Texas to particpatein the 1st Annual Fabra Elementary School 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run / Walk. All monies raised for this event will go towards Fabra's PTO. The PTO is an organiazation where the Parents and Teachers work together to help the students THRIVE in their studies and to have FUN while learning. FUN FACTS about the RACE Race: Fabra Sports Track located at 238 Lohmann Street Start Time: 7:00am Race Day Registration & (8 comments)
Pumpkin Patch- Come visit the Aubrey Pumpkin Patch - 09/18/11 10:40 PM
IT'S PUMPKIN PATCH TIME!!! It time to bring the little ones out the the Aubrey Pumpkin Patch to enjoy a full day of activities. When you arrive at the farm, you and your family will jump on board an old time wagon to enjoy about a thirty minute ride through the beautiful country settings. Then you will stop and enjoy your walk through the pumpkin farm to find that one perfect PUMPKIN! Everyone gets to take their pumpkin home.
After you arrive back from pumpkin hunting, you can have a picnic at PUMPKIN LAND. This is a great (9 comments)
Prosper- Folsom Elementary to host Grandparents and Special Friend Thanksgiving Meal - 09/17/11 11:49 PM
It's that time again for a Wonderful Thanksgiving Meal with the kiddos! On Friday, November 18, 2011 is Grandparents and Special Friends' Day at Folsom Elementary. All special guest are invited to have lunch with the students. Roasted Turkey with cornbread stuffing and several other sides will be served for lunch. Make sure you complete the meal form that will be coming home with your child to reserve a plate for you.
Fun and Free Event In Helotes- Movies in the Park this Friday. - 09/14/11 06:38 AM
Are you looking for something FREE for the family to do this weekend? Well look no more, as the City of Helotes will be hosting another FUN and FREE event this Friday. On September 16, 2011, bring the entire family out to Helotes City Park at City Hall to enjoy the movie "TANGLED". This movie is one of my favorite Walt Disney Movies. Make sure you bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and drinks. The showing will take place at 12951 Bandera Road. The movie will start promtly at DUSK. I recommend not only bringing the FAMILY but invite your neighbors and relatives to enjoy this FUN (5 comments)
Some of my family's favorite things they enjoy at the farm.... PUMPKIN PATCH: They enjoy walking through rows and rows of pumpkins to find the perfect pumpkin! It seems every year the two kids make it a challenge to find the BIGGEST and the BEST. PETTING ZOO: Another one of my kids favorite is the petting zoo. The children love to (10 comments)
Prosper High School Homecoming Parade- Sept 14th - 09/09/11 06:46 PM
PHS HOMECOMING PARADE On Wednesday September 14th, the community of Prosper will be kicking off their Parade. This is a great time for the community and Prosper Alumni to come out and support the kids and the different businesses throughout Prosper. The parade begins at 5:30 and the route will start at Reynolds Middle School and will end at Prosper High School. For the entire parade route click here. Now for the BIG homecoming GAME, that will Friday 16th. Come out to CHEER on the Eagles when they take on Bridgeport. The game will start at 7:30. Go- Fight- Win EAGLES (9 comments)
HELP! The CLOSING GIFT- It's lacking the WOW FACTOR - 09/08/11 11:05 AM
Uggg!!! It's that awful time again where I need to make a decision on what to buy my clients for a closing gift. The loan process has gone smooth, docs are at the closing table, the HUD is approved the day before closing and I'm still stressing. The whole transaction has been perfect with no hiccups. So what is wrong with me? No, it's not the loan, it's the closing gift. I don't know why, but I always freak out on what to buy a client for a gift. You would think me being a woman, I would love to shop but honestly I (12 comments)
10th Annual Mother and Son Dance in Frisco - 09/07/11 04:13 PM
Are you READY for a SOCK HOP? Well if not, you better get ready because this year's THEME is the 50s for the Mother and Son Dance in Frisco. This will be the 10th Annual Mother and Son Dance held by the City of Frisco. This year they will be ROCKING AND ROLLING at Wakeland High School located at 10700 Legacy Dr. The dance will be held on Saturday October 8th. Two dance times are available: 5:30pm - 7:00pm (Ages four to seven) 7:30pm - 9:00pm (Ages eight to twelve) You can purchase tickets by visitingThe City of Frisco. Tickets are $12 for (3 comments)
Boerne Theatre announces first show of the new season- HILARIOUS - 09/06/11 09:50 AM
The BOERNE COMMUNITY THEATRE will open their 2011-2012 season on Friday, September 16th. The first production will be "DEARLY DEPARTED" A HILARIOUS Comedy by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. It's about one dysfunctional Southern family, with some crazy friends and of course the loony neighbors. It's one comedy you don't want to miss.... You will be ROLLING in your chair. TICKETS for the public go on sale today. Performances are September 16,17,18,22-25, 29, 30 and October 1st. Thursday performances begin at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays matinees are at 2:30pm. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online at (4 comments)
Amazing Home in Carter Ranch- Celina Texas - 09/05/11 11:56 PM
************************************************************************************* Stephanie Stringer is a Senior Mortgage Banker. She have been assisting home owners for over 15 years in Texas. If you are needing a quick Pre -Approval, Credit Assistance, Home Buying Tips call Stephanie at 469-556-0894. (2 comments)
African Safari, only Texas Style- Wildlife Ranch located in the Hill Country - 09/05/11 12:43 AM
NATURAL BRIDGE WILDLIFE RANCH- THE AFRICAN SAFARI- TEXAS STYLE Are you looking for a cool place to take the family that does not cost a bunch, well look no more. The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch located in San Antonio is the place to take the entire family for a fun full day. From the comfort of your own vehicle, travel through picturesque ranchland inhabited by species from all over the WORLD. The RANCH covers over 400 acres of gorgeous TEXAS HILL COUNTRY. As you take the four mile ride adventure, you will experience the home to over 500 animals. Some of (1 comments)
City of Frisco Offers DOWN PAYMENT for TEACHERS AND CITY EMPLOYEES - 09/03/11 11:38 PM
With MORTGAGE RATES being at an all time LOW, this is the PERFECT TIME TO BUY. To make it even MORE ATTRACTIVE The City of Frisco has a very attractive down payment program to assistant the City of Frisco Employees and Frisco ISD Employees with the purchase of their first home. HERE ARE THE DETAILS ON HOW THIS PROGRAM CAN SAVE YOU SOME MONEY............ It's a FORGIVABLE loan for qualified buyers for $5,000.00 that can be used for: Down Payment Closing Cost and Pre-Paids The loan has a zero percent interest rate and is forgiveable if you own the property for at least five (2 comments)
Texas Homestead Exemption- It's an EASY PROCESS! - 09/02/11 12:31 PM
A homeowner who wants the benefit of a homestead exemption for tax purposes must contact the Appraisal District of the County in which they reside in. You must complete the Homestead Tax Form and return it back to the Appraisal District. The earliest one can file for a homestead is January 1st. There are deadline restrictions usually around April so check with your local Appraisal District. There is NO FEE to declare a homestead. There are third party companies who sell the service of filing for you. Yes, you can use these companies but I recommend you do it on your own. It's (4 comments)
The 2011 Boerne Champion Volleyball Team is loaded with several ACE PLAYERS! They are returning this season with the title of District Championship that they earned in the 2010. Based on the recent polling done by the San Antonio News the Chargers are ranked Number 9 in the Greater San Antonio Area. Come out and support our Ladies and CHEER them onto the PLAYOFFS AGAIN THIS YEAR!
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