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April 9, 2014

6 Steps to Homeownership – Step 3: Begin your Home Search

This is step 3 in a series of 6 steps to buying a house in Bryan / College Station, TX or the surrounding area. Although these steps are generally accepted throughout the Country, you should check with your local Realtor for relevancy to your particular state.

This step takes place after Step 1 – Hire a Realtor® and Step 2 […]

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    6 Steps to Homeownership – Step 2: Get Approved for a Loan

6 Steps to Homeownership – Step 2: Get Approved for a Loan

When buying a home there are many steps that need to be taken. This article is part 2 of a series of 6 articles. These steps provide an outline of what needs to be completed in the path to home ownership. They are not representative of all the steps but they will provide a brief outline of the most […]

6 steps to homeownership – Step 1: Hire a Realtor®

I have written many articles on buying a home, some in great detail, some focusing on a particular section of the home buying process and some that list all the advantages of owning a home.

However, I realized that some home buyers just want a basic overview of the primary home buying steps. So I have narrowed the list down […]

How to get up-to-date real estate market statistics.

The following is a question that I came across on a social media site:

“Anybody know the best place to find up-to-date real estate market stats that DON’T require you to be a broker? I’m not in the real estate field so I don’t have an MLS membership or anything, but I’m interested in the stats.”

There were over 100 responses […]

March 19, 2014

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    An update on a culinary delight & a mouthwatering experience, all within driving distance of B/CS.

An update on a culinary delight & a mouthwatering experience, all within driving distance of B/CS.

Update: We’ve been back to the wonderful Royers Round Top Cafe since I wrote this post over 2 years ago. It’s still as delightful and magical now as it was then. Next week my sister, brother in law and nephew are visiting from Wyoming and I hope to be able to take them on the same road trip that […]

Zillow, Trulia and what you need to know about them.

I received a call from one of my home buyers who found a property on Zillow that they were really excited about and they wanted to go see. My first thought was great, give me the address and I’ll set up a showing. It seemed like the perfect fit for them and I was surprised that it had not […]

St. Patrick’s Day and the way I see Ireland.

The truth is, the Ireland I know is so much more than drunken days, plastic hats, green beers and rivers. It’s about a nation that excels in education, hard work and belief in the extraordinary abilities of the individual.

It’s a nation that doesn’t do the hard sell but instead works hard to care about the persons they work with […]

Be Proud, Be Creative, Love Ireland. Ireland Inspires.

Millions of people around the world will celebrate St. Patricks Day this Monday or maybe most are already celebrating the Irish spirit.

However, Ireland has so much more to offer than just green beer and green rivers. Watch this video and you’ll see that Ireland is exceptional as a nation.

I’m proud to be Irish, born and raised. Ireland will always […]

Texas World Speedway may become our newest subdivision.

Texas World Speedway may no longer be hosting any kind of race car. If fact, homeowners driving too and from their homes may be the only cars driving on the approximately 600 acres that the Texas World Speedway currently occupies.

According to the latest news reports, a new master planned community could be developed on the land instead. This would […]

When selling your home, don’t forget the outdoor space.

We are gearing up for the Spring / Summer home selling season. Home buyers are now paying more attention to the outdoor spaces that your home provides. They want to imagine themselves lounging around outdoors in the evenings, drinking coffee from the deck in the mornings, barbecuing with friends or taking a dip in the pool.

Here in Bryan / […]

Keeping your pets safe when selling your home.

This morning I came across a news item about a family cat that terrified its owners so much that it caused them to be trapped in their bedroom while they called the police to come rescue them. It may sound a little funny, even a little over the top but the truth is, animals even docile family pets can […]

Bio-Medical Research Corridor – Hwy 47

The Bryan – College Station Research Valley’s Bio-Corridor is located at the intersection of Hwy 60 and Hwy 47.

Most of the area is located along Raymond Stotzer Parkway however about 820 acres of the designated area is located on Hwy 47 which runs from The A&M College of Veterinary Medicine located on Hwy 60, past the newly built 100,000 […]

February 28, 2014

Are you thinking of selling your home next fall or winter?

Are you are thinking of selling your Bryan / College Station home next fall or winter but you are not ready to put your house on the market right now, well then contact us so that we can take exterior pictures of your home during the spring and summer months when your home looks at it’s best.

For many homeowners, […]

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    Brazos County Oil Boom. Do you own the mineral rights for your property?

Brazos County Oil Boom. Do you own the mineral rights for your property?

Having worked in the past for The 7711 Corporation, a locally owned and operated oil and gas company, for more then a decade, I still pay close attention to the local news reports on drilling operations.

This morning on KBTX Brazos Valley This Morning, we got to see a preview of tonights special report of the oil boom that’s happening […]

What’s going on at Target in Bryan?

I went to our local Target store in Bryan yesterday and I was surprised to see that most of the food department was empty. Not only were many of the shelves empty or very sparsely stocked but there were whole sections where the large refrigerators were gone.

Are they remodeling that department or worse yet are the slowly getting rid […]

Buying verses renting a house

Buying verses renting a home…

When it comes to finding a place to live, you first have two options, you can either buy a house or you can rent one. Which one is right for one person may not be right for another, that is why it’s important to know which is the best option for your individual situation.

Why people […]

How to unclog a really nasty bathroom sink.

I’m sharing this post with you because of direct personal experience. My daughters bathroom sink was the nastiest clogged up thing I’d ever seen. Whenever they ran the water to wash their face or brush their teeth the sink would fill up and take all day to drain. 3 hours after they were done you could go into the […]

What will the home movers think?

There is no doubt that this home owner is very proud of their house. They lovingly filled it with all their most precious collections. But what will the movers think and more importantly what will potential home buyers think when viewing this property for sale.












I don’t know what the square footage is and I’m not really sure about the […]

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    Think of Habitat for Humanity when buying or selling a home.

Think of Habitat for Humanity when buying or selling a home.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore located here in Bryan / College Station is a little known gem of citizens from Brazos county and the surrounding counties getting together to help those in need.

Now, unless you have lived in a bubble all your life, everyone knows of the wonderful deeds and actions that Habitat for Humanity provide both locally and […]

Does anyone really want to view this home?

Soon after I posted the article on “What you should not see in real estate pictures”, I came across a status update from an old school friend of mine on Facebook.

In it she expressed how shocked she was at the pictures of the interior of this home that was being advertised for sale on an online site by an […]