Jody's Blog

July 30, 2014

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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    What sells & what does not sell well at garage sales or estate sales.

What sells & what does not sell well at garage sales or estate sales.

If you are thinking of either having a garage sale or going to a garage sale, the following is a list of what sells and what does not sell well at garage or estate sales.

This is just a guideline to help you determine prices & some of the considerations that people have when it comes to particular items. 

What sells:

Small […]

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    How to prepare for a successful Bryan / College Station garage sale.

How to prepare for a successful Bryan / College Station garage sale.

When planning a garage sale, yard sale or estate sale in Bryan / College Station, there are many simple, no cost or inexpensive things that you can do to ensure that your garage sale is a success.

Some people put a lot of time and energy into pre-planning for a successful sale while others take a more relaxed and simpler approach. Either […]

Bryan / College Station Garage Sales

Are you thinking of having a garage sale in BCS? If so, you need to be aware that although the City of College Station does not require you to have a permit, the City of Bryan does. The cost of a permit from the City of Bryan is $3.00 and the purpose of the permit is to deter or […]

June 17, 2014

Customer Service – How I was treated and BB&T.

Recently, I found out that my local Citibank branch sold out to BB&T. The way I found out was because I had ordered new debit/credit cards for both of my checking accounts earlier this month.  I have a personal account and a business account with Citibank.

When I called Citibank about changing my cards, they were so helpful and so willing […]

May 21, 2014

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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 […]

What is Memorial Day?

When I first heard about Memorial Day after I moved here about 18 years ago, I asked a co-worker what it was. She told me that it was a long weekend off and most people had back yard barbecues and celebrated the coming of summer with family and friends. Also, neighborhood pools opened for the season and that it […]

Mortgage Rate is the lowest it’s been this year.

Great news for home buyers. 

Freddie Mac announced that the 30 year fixed rate mortgage now averages at 4.21%. This is the lowest it’s been since last November.

Click here for more detailed information on this and other types of mortgages.

If you are thinking of buying a house, now is the time to talk with your REALTOR and mortgage lender so […]

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    April 2014 Real Estate Market Report for Bryan / College Station

April 2014 Real Estate Market Report for Bryan / College Station

We are seeing massive growth in the Bryan / College Station real estate market.

The infograph below, presents a graphic of the current market which strongly shows why it is currently a sellers market.

If you are thinking of taking advantage of this great market and getting your house sold, then please contact me or take advantage of our FREE Home Market […]

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    A simple way to search for houses for sale on your smart phone or tablet.

A simple way to search for houses for sale on your smart phone or tablet.

Are you looking for simple way to search for houses for sale in Bryan / College Station from your mobile device? Well here it is……. Search all houses, land and rental properties that are currently listed for sale in Brazos County that are listed on the Bryan / College Station MLS.
Download the MyAgent by IDX app to your smart phone […]

March 2014 Market Report for Bryan / College Station

I promise…… not all REALTORS are the same.

This morning, Good Morning America, gave a sneak pre-view of tonights ABC 20-20 programming. For me, it was not pleasant to look at but I will definitely be tuning in tonight to see the report. Personally, I was shocked at what I saw but it encouraged me to write this post.

There’s been a lot of news recently about renegade […]

April 24, 2014

How to turn a Home into a House when selling.

So the decision has been made to sell your home. You’ve consulted with a REALTOR and you have settled on the asking price and all that good stuff. You are excited to get the ball rolling and to get it sold, so READY, SET, GO…..

OR IS IT….. A GO?

There are still several things you will need to do. Some […]

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    The difference between a house & a home when selling your property.

The difference between a house & a home when selling your property.

Preparing your Bryan / College Station home for sale can be an incredibly difficult thing to do, even more so if you are still living in the home.
Whenever homeowners put their home on the market, the only thing they want is to sell their home as quickly as possible for the most amount of money.

We get that, we completely […]

6 Steps to Homeownership – Step 6: The Closing

This is the last step in the process and the most celebrated moment. This is the day that you can finally say that you bought a house. It’s the day you can call yourself a homeowner. It’s the last step in a long but worthwhile process.

This step takes place afterStep 1 – Hire a Realtor®, Step 2 – Get […]

6 Steps to Homeownership – Step 5: Inspections

Inspections. This is an incredibly important step in the home buying process. Too often home buyers overlook this step and end up with a home that needs more work than they can afford to pay. Hiring and working with inspectors, can make all the difference between buying a ‘money pit’ or buying a home where you can reasonably take […]

6 Steps to Homeownership – Step 4: Negotiate the Contract

Now that you have completed Step 1 – Hire a Realtor®, Step 2 – Get approved for a loan and Step 3 – Begin your home search, it’s time to move on to Step 4 – Negotiating the contract.

This is step 4 in a series of 6 steps to buying a house in Bryan / College Station, […]