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New Condo Project Almost Sold Out - 06/28/08 09:43 PM
One of our newest condo projects in College Station is almost sold out in Phase One currently. Phase two should be ready for fall of 2009 and will signal the completion of this 98 unit complex complete with clubhouse and pool. The townhomes are quality built and have many features that aren't typical with other condos around. These three and four bedroom condos are in Wolf Pen Creek area and back up to Harvey Road being connected by walking paths to Johnny Carinos, Sonic and several other local restaurants. Close to the mall and the excellent Wolf Pen Ampitheatre they are (3 comments)
Condos Are Only As Good as Their Association - 06/27/08 10:18 PM
In buying a condo remember that your condo value is only as good as its association. There are luxury student condo projects in town that offers amenities such as a car wash, fitness coordinator and activities planner. This is, of course, during their original selling phase of the project. What happens if the fitness coordinator goes away? Is the car wash going to be working four years from now when you want to sell? There is nothing in the documentations that describes services such as these and guarantees them long term. What's the take away lesson in this? Remember that with a (4 comments)
Non Warrantable Condos - 06/26/08 05:00 PM
In buying a condo in Bryan or College Station, whether for students or singles, there are some things that you need to know to get the best deal possible. Potential issues come up for condos, typically only in the lower priced ones, but you, as a potential buyer, need to be aware and prepared for them. Non-Warrantable Condos-one of the first things we do with a condominium purchase is to have a condo questionaire filled out. In this questionaire there are several items that can have a big impact on your purchase. These are to determine whether the property is eligable for (3 comments)
Look What You Can Buy In Bryan Texas For Under $155K - 06/25/08 09:49 PM
This gorgeous property is a property that I helped some gracious clients buy last month. It's a beautiful 4 beroom home across from a park in Bryan, Texas. For those of you that are unaware of what great properties can be had for under $160K in our area this will be a real eye opener!
The gorgeous front porch alone is a welcome sight!
The yard is inviting and the house is well maintained! The house is over 2000 square feet and on a small, manageable lot near a golf course. The rooms are large with the master downstairs and (8 comments)
Lifestyle Choices - 06/23/08 08:21 PM
Many relocation clients, coming into our market for the first time, are amazed at how affordable our housing is compared to other states. Texas, in general, has not experienced the bubble that many places did, guaranteeing a more difficult market later on. Our average home prices are around 150K today and if you are going over that price range you will have a wide range of choices that will be guaranteed to please you. In the 250K and up you can choose patio homes, acreage homes, older & larger homes, newer and smaller homes with more amenities. Some might include swimming (9 comments)
Investing for Your Retirement - 06/21/08 07:54 PM
Consider investing in Bryan or College Station real estate as part of your retirement plans. Currently be aware that many lenders do not want you to have more than 4 property loans and that you cannot count rental income until two years of steady payments with many lenders as well. Planning for vacancies and potential damage to your homes or multifamily properties is very important. You must come up with a game plan and inest wisely to ensure your success. Can you truly help yourself retire with some good real estate investments? Absolutely! Consider the hypothetical investment in a 160K home in a (4 comments)
Selling Your Home? Look for Experience and Great Marketing! - 06/21/08 07:35 PM
You open up the mailbox and you see a beautiful full color mail out with Realtor X showing what a wonderful job they do with the marketing of properties. You're thinking of selling your property, do you a)rush to the phone and call him? or b)check out the agents that you know are steady and dependable in your market and advertises well? Hopefully your answer is "b". What you may not realize when you hire an agent is that you are also hiring their reputation. As a listing agent I only sell your home about 10% of the time. My job (0 comments)
Voting Continues for Best of the Brazos - 06/21/08 07:26 PM
Best of the Brazos voting continues and time is running out. Go on now to vote for your favorite restaurants, health clubs, entertainment, A/C technichians, vehicle repair, and of course, real estate agents and real estate companies. Please consider voting for me a best real estate agent and RE/MAX Bryan-College Station as the best real estate company. To be warned, there are pages and pages of votes, but you are not required to vote for all categories. D go to the very end to verify that you aren't a "bot". To vote today go to www.BestoftheBrazos.com. For real estate information go (0 comments)
Upgrading a Home to Energy Efficient Appliances and Air Conditioners - 06/19/08 09:54 PM
Does anyone know of a good site out there that will calculate what it will save you in energy consumption to say upgrade from a 10 year old refrigerator to a brand new one? Or, even better, upgrading from a 10 SEER A/C to a 14 or 16? I know that I have questions about the length of time that these improvements take to pay off and I imagine that my clients are wondering the same thing currently. With gas and oil prices skyrocketing everyone is interested in saving money and helping the environment. Good sources of information would be appreciated! (1 comments)
Staging Your Home for Success...And Enjoying It! - 06/19/08 09:46 PM
Staging your home is a very important component for a successful home sale. The right colors on the walls, the right features and your home will sell faster and for more money. It's pretty obvious in going through photos of different condos that I've had throughout the years. With these conforming properties staging is the only difference to make. You definately can figure out which unit would be chosen over another. Here is an example of a vanity area in a one bedroom, one bath condo unit that sells for under 50K
Unfortunately I couldn't find pictures of the "normal" ones. (3 comments)
Businesses Pouring Into Bryan Texas! - 06/15/08 11:20 PM
Bryan certainly seems to be in the news lately! With the new Toyo Ink Plant (the 3rd largest ink manufacterer in the world) coming here and the new A&M Health Science Center quickly becoming a reality along with the new Bryan Rudder High School that is soon to open it certainly seems that Bryan is the center of a storm of new businesses. The Super Target will be opening July 20th at the corner of Highway 6 and Briarcrest soon. It's anchoring a whole conglomerate of great stores and restaurants that will truly add to Bryan's prestige and the enjoyment of every (3 comments)
Another Excellent Buyer Off Active Rain - 06/15/08 11:16 PM
Had an excellent buyer call me on Thursday. She had tried to hook up with the agent that her new department at the university had recommended but didn't receive a call back. She read my profile on AR and was very happy with our match. When writing your profile remember to include trivial things about yourself, sometimes it builds a repoire with your new client. In this case the fact that we both grew up in Michigan and are both Virgos was the clincher. She's found a great house, in an awesome neighborhood and we've each found a new friend! New (38 comments)
Buyer Beware! - 06/15/08 10:30 PM
Prospective buyers in Bryan and College Station need to take several things into consideration when looking at homes. Focusing on resale value from the very start will definately put you in the drivers seat when selling later down the road. Many buyers come into the market not looking at their purchase from this perspective and suffer later down the road. Things to consider: 1) How long do you plan on living in this particular home? Obviously, plans change frequently, but this is the first thing to consider. If you are planning on a stay two years or less you may want to rethink (1 comments)
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