I don’t want to get a real estate inspection done.

From the stubborn to the cheap to the plain ole I already know it all’s, sometimes I run across a home buyer that refuses to do a home inspection on the house they are planning to buy. It can be for whatever reason. Maybe they have a kickass set of tools that they want to try out, maybe they […]

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    42 questions you need to ask yourself or others before buying a house.

42 questions you need to ask yourself or others before buying a house.

Buying a house can be a daunting task particularly if you’re a first time homebuyer. There are hundreds of things you will have to consider, lots of options to choose from and countless questions to ask. You may think that it’s an overwhelming project but it doesn’t have to be! Heck if I could figure it out as a single […]

What, When and How Much is Earnest Money?

Earnest Money! It’s one of those issues when buying a home that can generally cause a lot of confusion and misunderstanding, so I’m going to try and explain what it is, when it needs to be paid and how much it is. However I strongly suggest that you consult with your own Texas REALTOR so that your particular home […]

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    Can’t I just call the Listing Agent that’s on the yard sign?

Can’t I just call the Listing Agent that’s on the yard sign?

If I drive by a house that I really like, can’t I just call the Listing Agent that’s on the yard sign?

That’s a question we hear quite frequently and it’s one that seems to cause some confusion.

The short answer is: Yes, of course you can call them. You can call and invite them for coffee, or ask them what […]

What is a Zero Lot Line home?

Zero Lot Line homes are houses that are built with at least one wall of the home on the lot line. One or more outside walls create the boundary line for your lot and touch the lot line of your neighbor.

Imagine a usual lot with a home on it. The homeowner can walk all around the outside of their […]

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    5 ways to use Pinterest when looking to buy your dream home.

5 ways to use Pinterest when looking to buy your dream home.

So you’re in the market looking to buy that perfect house but for some reason you can’t find it. Here are 5 ways to use Pinterest to make your dream home buying a reality. 

1. Sign up on Pinterest & create a board. Not just any board but one that is realistic for your dream house. If your house buying budget […]

Listing Price, Sales Price And Appraised Value

What is the difference between the Listing Price, the Sales Price and the Appraised Value of a house and why do all three prices matter?

First some quick definitions:

Listing Price is how much money the seller wants for the house.

Sales Price is the amount of money that both the seller and the buyer eventually agree too.

Appraisal Value is how much […]

When to water your Bryan – College Station lawn.

Do you know when to turn your sprinklers on to water your lawn? Personally, I’m clueless. I have a red thumb which is no where near a green thumb. However,  this amazing tool provided by Brazos Valley Water Smart will let you know when to water and when not to water and it’s now my new found friend.

It’s very simple. […]

You might be an Aggie if…….

A Texas Aggie is a current or former student of Texas A&M. Located here in Bryan / College Station, AKA Aggieland, the term Aggie can also, although not technically be used for Texas A&M supporters, like Aggie Moms or Dads (parents of an Aggie student) or Texas A&M supporters.

In keeping with the concept that Jeff Foxworthy became so widely […]

Pub Sheds – A new suburban trend.

Do you enjoy hanging out with family & friends while enjoying an adult beverage? Do you have a back yard which you’d love to use but you don’t have the budget to build large decks or in-ground swimming pools? Do you already own a shed in the back yard but you use it to store gardening supplies and other […]

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    How to make your appliances look good when selling your home.

How to make your appliances look good when selling your home.

If you are like most of us, our home appliances get a lot of wear and tear. Pots, pans, an errant ball flying through the house etc., can cause all kinds of exterior damage to your dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, washer & dryer.

A simple scratch or chip can make a beautifully functional appliance look like something you found in a dumpster. Fortunately, you can make […]

This is what Connective Realty, LLC is about.

We may not be the most well known or the largest real estate company in the area but we pride ourselves in all the little things we do to make our clients lives better, that is the most rewarding thing to us.

Buying or selling a home can be a life changing event for so many people.

Although the actual transaction can be […]

Happy Chinese New Year

Today is the Chinese New Year. If you happen to see Chinese homes or businesses decorated in red with images of goats then it’s because this ancient civilization is celebrating their New Year. February 19th marks the beginning of the Year of the Wood Goat. 

And you can’t believe the festivities and traditions that this day comes with.

The Chinese […]

Bryan / College Station Real Estate Referrals

We offer a very competitive rate to any REALTORS that choose to work with us as their Bryan / College Station referral real estate agent. 

We have lots of agents that can provide references for you and one thing that we pride ourselves on, is that we will always keep you, the referring agent, in the loop.

You don’t and you […]

The dangers of 9-volt batteries.

Most American homes have smoke detectors powered by a 9-volt battery.  Many walkie talkies, transistor radios and even clocks also use 9-volt batteries. So it’s probably safe to say, that there is at least one 9-volt battery in every American home.

But are homeowners or tenants aware of the dangers of this seemingly innocent battery?

It’s not the use of the 9-volt battery […]

What happens when a buyers lender delays closing.

For many real estate buyers and sellers this can be the most frustrating part of the whole transaction. Both parties are ready to close. The closing date has been set and the title company has already scheduled your closing appointments. The buyers are ready to move in and the sellers are ready to move out. Everyone is prepared and […]

Real Estate Appraisals are not always a reason to panic!

So you got a real estate appraisal and it’s less than what you expected? There’s no reason for worry warts, a good real estate agent can help you.

Just because you got one appraisal doesn’t mean you can’t ask for another.

One of the big set backs on appraisals is the appraiser did not use current comparable properties. If. based on […]

20 Weird Construction Mistakes.

Are you interested in buying a home or have you bought a house from a builder? A brand spanking new house that no-one has ever lived in? Were you involved in the construction process? Did you get to follow the building process with the builder? If so, did you have a say in some odd construction details that just […]

Lake Bryan

Lake Bryan is a premier destination for hot summer days in Bryan – College Station, Texas. Complete with nearly 1,000 acres of water and almost the same amount of land, you can be sure that Lake Bryan is the hot spot for steamy Texas summer days.

Not too long ago, my daughters and I, along with some friends rented an […]

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    Shout Out to Muldoon’s Coffee House on the corner of Harvey & Texas Ave.

Shout Out to Muldoon’s Coffee House on the corner of Harvey & Texas Ave.

This afternoon I needed to meet with a potential client. It was a last minute thing and I didn’t have much time to prepare so rather than delay the meeting, I asked her to meet me at Muldoon’s Coffee House at the corner of Harvey Road and Texas Avenue. I was already in that part of College Station, so it […]