kerrville real estate: Back to School Tax Free Weekend - 08/08/14 11:46 PM
Today is a great day to do your shopping for "Back to School".  It is a tax free weekend in Texas.  You can buy all sorts of things without paying the usual 8.25 percent tax and that will mean big savings for lots of people.  
Clothes, shoes, school supplies and a long list of other things will be free from taxation.  So, get out there and do some shopping.  Better hurry, the lines could be long at the cash registers.  Get there early for best selection too.
This is better than coupons.   $8.25 savings on every hundred dollars spent! … (5 comments)

kerrville real estate: The More I Give, the Less I Get - 04/19/14 09:37 AM

Ever have a situation where you feel like the more you give, the less you get?
This can be true in all kinds of situations in life. Whether it is the family or a friendship; relationships are difficult at times.  The same is true about real estate negotiations. 
Real estate is all about relationships.  We hear this all the time. How often have you really thought this through, however.  As agents and brokers working many deals over a career, we encounter times when a seller will take a low offer because they like the buyer.  OR, the opposite can be … (15 comments)

kerrville real estate: Fishing is Not Just for Guys - 03/20/14 12:58 PM

Fishing is a great pasttime.  It can be a sport or just a way to relax.  Fishing in the bays along the beautiful Gulf Coast is my way of having fun.
I love to fish for Big Reds or Speckled Trout but I will gladly take whatever comes my way.
Just give me a fishing pole, some bait and leave me alone!  Don't talk a lot, you'll disturb the fish.
Don't know where to go?  Come to Corpus Christi and go east toward Aransas Pass.  Conn Brown Harbor is there near the bridge.  The bridge leads to the … (5 comments)

kerrville real estate: Imagine - 02/15/14 12:46 AM
You can accomplish whatever you can imagine.  Your creativity is only limited by yourself.  But you may say, "I don't limit myself."  Truth is, we all limit ourselves.
Some of us, have actually come to live every day in a limiting way.  We are so used to doing things one way or the other, we never allow ourselves the freedom to ask," why are we doing it this way?" OR we simply don't have the time to stop and try something a different way.  By continuing in this manner, we limit ourselves.
I believe we have vast resources within our minds … (6 comments)

kerrville real estate: Hard Work and Focus - 02/02/14 01:55 AM
There is no secret to personal success.  It comes down to Hard Work and Focus.  There are many people in the the personal development industry that will tell you the same thing!
I like to strategize and Make a goal, Make a Plan and Follow the Steps to achieve my goals.  It is as simple as 1-2-3.
Ask me how to become a successful real estate agent and I can give you countless methods, tips, things you can do to improve your performance but it literally will come down to these 3 things.
If you are not willing … (4 comments)

kerrville real estate: Stay Away from the Orange Dust - 01/24/14 01:16 AM
It's that time again in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  Time for pollination of Ashe Juniper trees, that is.
Every year during January and February, many Texas Hill Country residents experience unpleasant side effects of the juniper trees.  These trees are lovely, covering the rocky hills and bringing valuable resources to animals and people alike but they do produce upper respiratory distress in many people who suffer allergies from them.
What to do if you have alleriges?  Wash your hands often.  In fact, if you are working or playing outside around these trees that are covered with an orange dust, be … (3 comments)

kerrville real estate: Not too cold here in Florida! - 12/07/13 03:13 AM
There is a special place located just a short drive from New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  It is Blue Spring Park and the there is a huge spring located here with water flowing out a warm 72 degrees even in winter.  Manatees love it here and come from the rivers and bays to winter here in the warm clear water.                                               
There is also an abundance of fish.  Lots of different kinds and too numerous to count.  It is a beautiful place with large trees covered in Spanish moss.  It is a tropical garden paradise.
Many of the manatees come … (7 comments)

kerrville real estate: Welcome My New Agent, Charmaine Ottinger - 10/05/13 01:46 AM
Welcome, welcome, Charmaine Ottinger to our office and to Active Rain.          
Charmaine Ottinger is a long time resident of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  She has been in the real estate business previously and left but has come back to doing what she finds most satisfying.  Meeting new people and helping them find their dream homes in the Texas Hill Country.    
Charmaine is a bubbly, happy person with a fantastic personality.  I am sure you will become friends quickly after meeting her.  She joins our company and is ready and anxious to get started helping buyers with their real estate … (17 comments)

kerrville real estate: "Do I Need to Probate The Will?" Yes, you do! - 09/08/13 10:41 AM
Everyone should know they need to probate a will.  If you are the executor to a will, please probate it.  In Texas, you have 4 years to probate a will.  If you have not probated it by then, you will need to file an affidavit of heirship instead.
Either way, you must hire an attorney.  The longer you wait the more complicated it can become.  People move, people die and circumstances change over time.  All this means problems for you.
Understand this!  A will shows the intentions of the deceased.  It does not, I repeat, DOES NOT CONVEY REAL PROPERTY.
I've … (10 comments)

kerrville real estate: 204 Loma Vista, Kerrville could be the retreat you've been wanting. - 08/15/13 10:22 AM
This brand new listing has a great location near HEB grocery, the post office, hospital, shopping areas and restaurants.  Located near major highways also.                           
204 Loma Vista is a nice brick and frame home that offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 car garage and 2 living areas and 2 dining areas as well.  There is room for the whole family to come to visit on vacation, on holidays or just retreats to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.  Hill Country retreats are wonderful!

Kerrville is in the center of the beautiful Texas … (12 comments)

kerrville real estate: Texas is Leading the Way with Wind Farms - 07/23/13 01:10 PM
  Wind Towers that generate electricity, clean energy is the way to go!  I am amazed at these giants that reach up into the air and turn the wind into fuel for our homes and businesses.  Technology has come so far in my lifetime but this is one of the best things invented I think.    Yes, the whole idea of wind energy is ancient but these beauties are not.                                                                                   
Wind produces 9.2% of all the electricity in Texas. It's a $20 billion industry!
Look at these beauties, working all day long and at night too.  They are quiet, clean, and … (24 comments)

kerrville real estate: When Is It Time to Downsize? - 07/15/13 12:52 PM
When is it time to downsize?  This is a question lots of Baby Boomers are asking themselves.  Many people in their 60's decide it is time but others wait until they are in their 70's.  It is difficult if you have waited until you are in your 80's.  I specialize in helping older clients make those tough decisions like downsizing, and moving closer to family.
We all have to face this someday.  It is never easy.  We work all our lives to accumulate material possessions and then we have to find ways to rid ourselves of all these treasures we have … (39 comments)

kerrville real estate: "I'll Know It When I See It" - 07/09/13 01:21 PM
As a broker that tries to teach my newbie agents things to watch out for, I think this statement is one they will most likely hear within the first few months of their real estate careers.  Many potential buyers refuse to sign buyer representation agreements and want the agent to show house after house.  Anything that catches their attention even if it does not fit the criteria they have explained to their agent.'
"Just show me some houses!"  "I'll  Know It When I See It."  My answer is "Really?"
How do you know you will know it when you see it?  … (5 comments)

kerrville real estate: "Where Am I Going?" First-time Kerrville Homebuyers Ask - 06/17/13 12:35 PM
Have you ever stopped and thought about how your buyer clients are feeling when they first walk into your office?
Most of the time we are too busy, pulling out papers, checking listings, trying to get everything signed to really empathize with a prospective buyer as to how they are feeling.  Whether they are first-time buyers or seasoned buyers, many have given notice to their landlords or put their home on the market or even accepted a contract.  Now, they need a place to live and they do not have a long time to find it.
It is a scary time … (25 comments)

kerrville real estate: The 300,000 point milestone is here! - 04/02/13 11:03 PM
I finally made it!  The 300,000 point milestone is finally here for me.  Did you hear the applause?  The noise of excitement!  The horns honking, the balloons popping?  I did! :)
It takes dedication to achieve milestones like this but it is so worth it in the Rain!  The friends I have met along my journey have made my life more complete.  The knowledge I have gained from professionals willing to share their knowledge, their ideas and their concepts has been invaluable.
THANK YOU to all my Active Rain friends!
Sometimes, you are the first contact with the world … (17 comments)

kerrville real estate: What are you Waiting for? - 03/04/13 10:35 PM
What are you waiting for?  I ask my agents this often.  When a buyer prospect calls into the office or emails from the website.  "What are you waiting for?"  Get them on the phone.  Get them in the office.  Do it NOW!
Now is the time.  We've all heard that before, right?  Now.  Now is more important than later.  Let's look at the difference between now and later.  Now, the client has buying on their minds and are more receptive to you calling.  Later, life's situations take their focus off real estate and they may not have time to talk to … (8 comments)

kerrville real estate: Last Warning to those on the Fence - 03/02/13 01:16 AM
If you are a buyer wanting to buy a bargain home and you just keep waiting thinking you will find a better deal or you just can't seem to bring yourself to make that final decision to buy, this is the last warning you will get that now is the time to buy.  Most parts of Texas are experiencing a dramatic increase in home sales and even an increase in prices.
Kerrville was slow to experience the recession and thus, we are last to recover from it.  The truth is the inventory for less expensive homes is short, way short for … (8 comments)

kerrville real estate: Technology and Grandma - 02/06/13 10:35 PM
Grandma hates the new technology.  She says things were easier when pen and paper or pencil was the norm.
Shuffling through papers, storing paperwork, and keeping receipts that faded was no problem for her.  Trying to read computer generated reports, lists, and spreadsheets is a challenge for many older people.  It does not make sense to them or is as easy as the old ways.
Keeping the computer working, online, learning all the new changes when updates and upgrades are made, repairing programs, reconnecting, replacing parts, printers, even servers can make the average person go bananas.  My son is a computer … (13 comments)

kerrville real estate: Need a Vacation Spot? - 01/24/13 11:10 PM
Here is the answer to your vacation desires! 
                                     "Port Hideaway"                                        
Rockport, TX offers many things to do from fishing, boating, swimming, bird watching,dolphin watching, museums, art galleries, restaurants, antiquing, parasailing, skiing, kayaking, picnics on the beach, festivals, and just relaxing!  Something for  everyone!
Google Rockport and you will be amazed at what is here and the surrounding area.  History buffs love this area for the rich history of Texas settlements.  Bird watchers know this is paradise.  Whooping cranes and roseate spoonbills dot the landscape along with seagulls, pelicans, and all kinds of ducks and seabirds.  There is so much to do … (15 comments)

kerrville real estate: 317 Gabe Rd, Kerrville, TX 78028 Fabulous Horse Property or Vineyard - 01/08/13 10:15 PM
My new listing at 317 Gabe Rd is a fantastic country home on 9 plus acres completely deer fenced with a nice gated entrance.  It is located not far from town but offers lots of privacy.  The land is level with lots of oak trees and other trees for shade.                  
Current owners have had horses and there are two barns, corrals and round pens already in place.  It is a nice horse property.   Places like this one are rare.

               This place could also be used as a vineyard.   There is an orchard and a garden area.  The weather in … (4 comments)

Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty)

Ricki Eichler McCallum

Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Corpus Christi, TX

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CastNet Realty

Address: P O Box 213, West Branch, MI, 48661

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