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Getting Your Geek On in Bryan & College Station - 06/30/07 01:23 PM
Refresh is an organization looking to further creative and technical arenas in their area. Refresh BCS was created just a few months ago and are already off to a great start! On June 27th they hosted a meeting for Google to talk about new innovations within their company. It was held in the downtown Bryan Varisco building and a great time was had by all. Fibertown arranged for the building and 372 Media provided a full meal from Square One Bistro. The gentlemen from Google was great! He spoke about Google Desktop and GMail as well as Adwords and their more advanced (0 comments)
What's the Value of a Price Reduction? - 06/30/07 12:52 PM
You find the home of your dreams and absolutely fall in love! Should you bid less than asking price? Well...it depends!!! It depends highly on what market you are in, how many people are looking at this particular home and what the comparables tell you. Blindly paying an asking price is wrong. You need to make an informed decision on whether or not the asking price is a dream, or based on sound logic and facts. This takes recent (within the last three months if possible, no older than six months) comparables on similar homes. Looking at the sales price per square (1 comments)
Duplexes as an Investment Strategy - 06/29/07 09:46 PM
I get phone calls on a weekly basis from potential clients interested in buying duplexes. Many of these potential clients have the thought that they will buy a duplex and rent out one side while living in the other. Not a bad strategy. However, many of these people have the idea that the one rental side will cover the payment and they will be living for free. Great idea, but usually not practical. Good return on these units, and what I use to pass the viability test is about 1% of purchase price per month. I currently have a duplex on (3 comments)
Incorrect Information Regarding Texas Driving Laws!!! - 06/29/07 06:51 PM
Every other year the Texas driving laws are updated. These laws are voted into being and go into effect on September 1st of odd years. Emails have been incorrectly circulating saying that the following laws are going into effect. This is apparently a result of a miscommunication. Texas Department of Public Safety has not issued information regarding new laws that will be going into effect on September 1. THESE ARE ALL FALSE: 1) Carpool lane violations First offense is $1068.50(freeways have signs posted for $271 this is incorrect). Second time is double, so $2137, third time triple ($3205.50). Anyone wealthy enough or intellegance (6 comments)
Children's Museum Leaves Kids Behind - 06/28/07 11:30 PM
OK, but it's only for a night, and for a wonderful cause! The Children's Museum of Brazos Valley will be having their annual "Let's Have A Ball" fundraiser. Attire is casual (the theme is tropical, so get creative!) and tickets are priced at $75/couple or $40/individual. Live music will be enjoyed by all. Reservations are required. Call the museum to book yours at (979)779-5437 or email Staci Cross for more information at email@example.com. Remember to leave the kids behind, but just for the evening of July 13th from 7-100 pm and "Let's Have a Ball!" (0 comments)
City of Bryan Focuses on Family - 06/23/07 08:40 PM
The city of Bryan was recognized in 2001 for having the top parks and recreation system in Texas compared with citys of it's size (50K to 100K). Not content to leave this as the status quo Bryan went further and invested another 3.5 million in it's beautiful Henderson Park in 2004. This added 30 acres of beautiful family oriented entertainment to Bryan including five soccer fields, a covered pavilion, sand volleyball, 10 picnic pads, a skateboard park, walking trail, swimming pool and four baseball fields. The pool alone is a work of art. Milam Elementary jumpstarted a special project with each student (0 comments)
Downtown Bryan Renovations Drawing Visitors! - 06/23/07 08:39 PM
Downtown Bryan, once just a shell of it's former self with decrepit buildings and deserted streets, is becoming a hot spot once again! More than twenty buildings have now been renovated with many more in the works. Currently we have ten restaurants in downtown Bryan offering anything from gourmet food (Madden's Casual Gourmet) to Mr. G's Pizzeria and the trendy Revolution Cafe and Bar. Some shops never left including the longstanding Bryan tradition Parker-Astin Hardware, established in 1911 and the Medical Center Pharmacy with it's fifty plus years of serving the Bryan market. The La Salle hotel has been restored to it's (0 comments)
The Bryan/College Station Market - 06/23/07 08:37 PM
The media loves to talk about how difficult the housing market is currently and how prices are going down. Because of B/CS's location we don't see many of the shifts that affect the market. We always have students coming in, many of whom have parents that see the sense in purchasing for their 4-5 year typical stay. We always have students leaving, selling that second home that brought them excellent value increases as well as rental income. Professors and support staff as well as school administration are frequently taking jobs at other schools as well. May of 2007 gave Bryan and College (0 comments)
Educational Fun! - 06/23/07 08:31 PM
The Brazos Valley Children's Museum is not only a fun place for your kids to play but educational too!!!
The Museum is separated into many different sections ranging from art to health. In the art section the kids have an opportunity to paint pictures and even paint a car!
The car is covered in paint from years of kids going through the museum.
Another section is dedicated to Health and Fitness.
In this section they get to perform a fake operation much like the game Operation and there are health facts around the room!
For Toddlers there is a (0 comments)
Pebble Creek subdivision market report, College Station - 06/23/07 03:51 PM
Pebble Creek currently has 30 homes active on the market ranging from a luxurious 4156 square foot home on 1/2 acre for $959,900 to a modest golfcourse townhome that is 2,118 square feet for $234,900. 31 homes have closed since January 1st in Pebble Creek with prices ranging from $190,000 to $785,000. These homes were priced anywhere from a high of $194.63 per square foot to $88.30 per square foot and sold for $191.46 to $85.16 per square foot. The average selling price per square foot was just over $110. Of these five were new builder homes with prices ranging from $339,900 (0 comments)
The College Station Exit Teen Center - 06/21/07 05:36 PM
Are you looking for something your middle schooler can do instead of lying around the house all day? Don't want to spend a bundle to send them to camp? Then the Exit Teen Center is your solution! During the school year they are open from 3:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.(Monday-Thursday) and 3:30 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. (Friday).The summer hours are 12 noon to 8:00 p.m (Monday-Thursday) and 12 noon to 10:00 p.m. (Friday). The codt is minimal at $1 a day or $10 a year. They have many activities that can be taken part in. For instance the game room where young teens can play pool, air hockey or video games. They (1 comments)
Back to the Basics - 06/21/07 03:44 PM
With school out for the summer, I think its important for parents to show their children a good time without taking a hard hit to their pocketbook. You hardly see kids playing outside anymore because of "hand held babysitters" such as PSP, Gameboy, etc. With all of the hustle and bustle of today's world, I can understand the convenience of getting a hand held babysitter, as opposed to simply taking a walk in the park. It will definately pay off to spend time with your kids on shared activities. Brothers Pond Park in south College Station is a great place for "getting back to the basics". Everything from (2 comments)
Its that time again! Hot temperatures and nothing to do. Well, Tanglewood Park is the place to be! This family oriented park is located on Carter Creek Parkway and Tanglewood Drive in Bryan.
A nature lover's paradise! Plenty of shade! Kids of all ages can indulge themselves in water with its newly developed, touch activated splash pad, which is open from March through October 10a-8p.
Playgrounds, swings, a sand volleyball court, lighted tennis courts and several practice soccer goals also make for a great place to play. Tanglewood Park is an ideal place for birthday parties or just a BBQ away from home. There are several BBQ grills and picnic tables scattered (3 comments)
New College Station Townhome Listing...Perfect for Students or Second Home - 06/12/07 09:52 PM
You've You've got to see this great three bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome located one half of a mile from the University! Imagine the perfect location, just across the street from a middle school and intermediate school, constables office and numerous parks and then make it just that much more attractive by giving it a easy jog to the university and it's awesome golf course. Sweeten the pie by making it affordable, at $129,900 and you've got this listing! New granite tile countertops in kitchen, with appliances having been replaced within the last three years. Roof only two years old, new carpet upstairs (1 comments)
A little known townhouse community is directly across from the University Golf Course and easy walking or biking distance to classes. Oakwood Intermediate and A&M Consolidated Middle School are quite handy as well to these units. Not many come up for sale each year, but when they do they easily sell as they appeal to professors, students and people wanting a second home to watch games. These units were built in the 70's, but many have been updated with appealing items such as granite countertops, new flooring choices and energy efficient appliances. A community pool is yours for the taking and mature (2 comments)
College Station Orthodontist---Believe it or not,...Lot's of Fun! - 06/05/07 09:45 AM
Believe it or not, one of the most fun places in Brazos Valley has become Elm's Orthodontics with the advent of Dr. Elm's new faculities. Open just a few months his office features a movie theater, gameroom and chairs that have handheld game systems at each station. Not to neglect the parents, the faculities are comfortable, beautiful and hot coffee is readily available. Christian rock music plays in the background, nice for both the kids and the adults! No worrying what your kids are going to hear! Faculities aside this is one rocking office! Dr. Elm's is not only professional, but great! The kids (and (4 comments)
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