college station condos: College Station Condos having challenges - 02/03/10 01:52 PM
For years condos have been a favorite of mine for parents investing in student properties.  No maintenance on the exteriors, no mowing and community common areas such as pools are perks with condos.  This year, however, condo financing has suffered.
FHA, long the leader in low downpayment mortgages all but pulled out of condo financing.  The rational is basically that home owners association fees can be steep.  People with condos could be foreclosed on just because they are behind in their home owners associaiton dues.  This, in and of itself, could threaten other people in the condo complex with larger home … (5 comments)

college station condos: College Station Condos and Townhomes Vs College Station homes - 07/16/09 08:54 AM
Many parents, wanting to buy a College Station home for their students, visit the idea of a condo or townhome.  As with anything there are some very positive points to consider and some other negative points on these issues.
First let's talk about what the difference is between condos and townhomes.  The major difference is that condos always have associations and the homeowner doesn't actually own the land beneath the condo, the association does and you typically only own from the studs in.  The exterior is owned and maintained by the association.  Townhomes may, or may not have associations formed to maintain community … (2 comments)

college station condos: Condominium and Patio, Townhome Sales Strong in College Station - 07/04/08 03:00 PM
June 2008 showed sales of 30 condominiums patio homes and town homes in College Station, Texas.  The previous years thirty day period showed sales of 32.  This month the sales went from a high list price of 169,900 to a low of 58,900.  The statistics are a bit low because several of the Cripple Creek Condos were bundled onto one listing. 
For the list price of 169,900 this 3 bedroom, 2 bath unit was on the market for 81 active days and sold for 175,750.  Typically when properties sell for more than their list price improvements were made or closing costs were paid.

college station condos: New Condo Project Almost Sold Out - 06/28/08 02:43 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)

college station condos: Condos Are Only As Good as Their Association - 06/27/08 03:18 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)

college station condos: Non Warrantable Condos - 06/26/08 10:00 AM
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)

college station condos: Staging Your Home for Success...And Enjoying It! - 06/19/08 02:46 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)

college station condos: Parent Choices for Student Housing - 04/06/08 08:57 AM
Choosing between a condo or townhome and a house purchase for student living here in College Station?  There are several factors to keep in mind.  Both can make excellent investments, but there is only one right solution for you and your family.
Condo and Townhome Purchases
Condos and townhomes are, for the most part, excellent investments around A&M.  There are some complexes that have extreme negatives, however.  You need to know what the positives and negatives are of each complex before investing your hard earned money.  Coti, my Buyer's Agent, or I will talk you throught the positives and negatives of each complex at our initial consultation. 
Condos and … (1 comments)

college station condos: College Station Condos a Hot Commodity! - 04/05/08 04:59 PM
College Station has a generous selection of student condos.  Rangeing from a small one bedroom, up to a large four bedroom, four bath, these condos are garnering attention from our students parents.  The idea is simple.  Invest in a condo, townhome or single family home and enjoy the appreciation that your investment makes you, while collecting rent (typically increasing year to year) in the meantime. 
In the condo market there are some great areas.  Each have their positives and their negatives, with some being clear front runners.  College Station single family neighborhoods are the same way.  We have areas that a … (0 comments)

college station condos: Townhome in the Heart of Aggieland! - 03/03/08 11:54 AM
Look at this great 2/1.5 townhome in the heart of Aggieland.  Only minutes away from A&M this great home offers shuttle route access and good sized bedrooms.  A covered carport in the back offers vehicles protection and, best of all, their are NO HOA fees!  This property is 1,100 square feet and ready for your small family or students!  Best of all, only $84,900! … (3 comments)

college station condos: Doubletree Condos, College Station - 03/01/08 11:24 AM
College Station has some excellent choices for condos that are only one and two bedrooms.  It's much easier for some students to live alone, or with only one roommate.  In other cases you'll find a one bedroom occupied by  brothers or sisters, sometimes even brother and sister (talk about economical!) or a two bedroom occupied by four students.  You must check your home owners association rules to be sure that individual complexes will allow these situations.
One of the properties I particularly like is an older complex on Holleman Road.  Not too many of these become available each year.  Last year only three were available … (8 comments)

college station condos: What Do You Get For Your Condo Association Fees? - 02/25/08 12:10 PM
Condo association fees can vary widely from complex to complex, somewhat in relation to amenities in the complex.  Our association fees tend to vary between the modest fee charged by Deacon Row Condos with it's no frills exterior, but excellent construction and placement at only $85 per month up to the rather exorbitant almost $200 a month required at a few condos.  
Our base condos with lower monthly costs typically cover the ground maintenance (if you have a back patio maintenace is typically up to you or your student) and watering as well as insurance on te exterior of the building and insurance against liabiity as … (3 comments)

college station condos: Two Great Reasons to Make Waterwood Townhomes Your Student Condo - 11/21/07 07:59 AM
Looking for a great townhouse or condominium in College Station?  Look no further.  Currently two 3 bedroom/3 baths are listed in the Waterwood Community, one of the finest student communities in College Station.  This gated complex offers a pool, basketball court, shuttle access and low maintenance fees.  Directly across from Central Park, this is a great location with walking trails and ponds, athletic fields and tennis courts nearby.
These three bedroom units are priced in the mid 150's and one has occupancy for late December or early January, the other is occupied until May.  The maintenance fees are $120/month and include maintenance … (6 comments)

college station condos: Three Secrets to a Successful Student Condo Purchase - 11/16/07 02:05 PM
Buying a student condo can be a great investment in College Station.  Among the benefits are the increase in equity during the time your student lives there and the learning experience for your student.  Watching you complete the purchase can teach them valuable information about real estate transactions.
How do you ensure a successful purchase, one in which the student is happy, you are happy and you are enroute to a gain during the years you own the property?
The first secret is to find an agent VERY familiar with all the condo and townhome projects around town and will familiarize you.  All … (10 comments)

college station condos: Great College Station Condo!!! - 09/19/07 10:02 AM
This gorgeous College Station Condominium is on shuttle route, features a security system and is very affordable!  At only $99,900 this is the solution for your student or small family!  No carpet in this unit!  Tile downstairs and gleaming wood laminate up.  Newer A/C, dishwasher and dryer.  Comes with all appliances!

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college station condos: College Station Condos for the Budget Minded - 08/18/07 05:45 PM
College Station has anything from almost extreme luxury in it's condo market, down to sheer simplicity.  Each has it's own beauty.  Afraid of not being able to get an affordable College Station Condo?  Fear not!  We have them in almost all price categories. 
Some of the best condominiums for the budget minded are on Dartmouth and Harvey Road.  These awesome condos are on the shuttle route and convenient to a coffee shop (a must have college staple!) as well as laundrymats for those times that your own washer and dryer can't quite cope with the backlog!
These College Station condos are 2 … (11 comments)

college station condos: College Station condos - 08/18/07 11:01 AM
College Station has a wide variety of student condos as well as condos that are perfect for just spending an occasional football weekend in.  Bryan is another good venue for condos, though many there are for active adults as well and tend to be more luxury listings.  We will focus on the more desirable, newer condos available in our market.
The desirability of a College Station Condo can be tagged upon how close the complex is to campus, with those being further away selling for less money, even when they are well appointed.
Fox Run Condos are probably one of the closest condo projects … (9 comments)

college station condos: Parent's Lead the Way for Students Housing! - 03/22/07 12:08 PM
That time of year again, lots of condos and single family housing selling to one of our more active groups, parents of students.  I typically close around 60 properties a year, and about 1/3 of that, or 20 purchases, are student properties.  Having a 23 year old boy, a 16 year old girl and a 13 year old boy I understand the concerns and complexities of student housing.
#1 Concern:  I'm far away, will my student be safe?  Bryan and College Station are quiet and wonderful communities!  We have condominium communities that offer gates, security, and an active homeowners association; the downside … (6 comments)

college station condos: Well positioned condos are a great value! - 02/10/07 08:41 AM
Wanting a great condo with excellent resale value, on the shuttle route, in College Station?  The property is there, but you need to be ready when these come on the market!  These three bedroom, 2 bath condos are only 2.9 miles to Kyle Field, and expected to be listing for under $125K this year.  Built by Blake Cathey,one of our better builders in town, these condo feature lots of crown molding, ceramic tile, a full brick exterior and garden patios.
One of the benefits of these condos are the low maintenance fees.  Deacon Condos, off Fraternity Row, run $85/ month for front lawn care … (2 comments)

college station condos: Woodlands of College Station - 01/31/07 05:20 AM
The Woodlands of College Station is coming into the area with a bang!
Picture above taken at model home on Wellborn Road & Southwest Parkway
The Dovetail Companies have created The Woodlands with the utmost care in planning, building and maintaning a first-class development. Because this community is not like many others in the area, it brings a country club feel to student living that has not been experimented with in the College Station area. 
The Woodlands prides itself in bringing a sense of neighborhood connection to its residents by embracing the traits of a true neighborhood. Tree preservation and detailed landscaping allow mature trees as … (4 comments)

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