May 2014

There are 33 blog entries for May 2014.

Almost all home buyers have been forced to ask that one dreaded question when searching for a home: “...Are there HOA fees..?”
Homeowners Associations have received a bad wrap as being the watchdogs of the neighborhood that you have to pay. Though they carry this negative connotation, there are significant benefits to living in a subdivision with a Homeowners Association. Seasoned Realtor and Yahoo Contributor Joan Kuper affirms this saying, “I have worked as a real estate agent since 1989 and in my experience, by far, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.”So what are the advantages of belonging to an HOA?

1. Protecting your Property Value
One of the biggest reasons people decide to live in HOA communities is the overall protection on property

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Choosing what neighborhood to live in is a life altering decision. Making the right choice for you and for your family is extremely important. The neighborhood you choose can have an effect on the education of your children, how much money you spend, and potentially your overall happiness. The following list consists of things to consider when choosing a neighborhood.

  1. Transportation

A major area of consideration when it comes to choosing where to live is how you plan on getting where you need to go and how long it will take you to get there. A long commute to school or work and rising gasoline prices make for an expensive daily routine along with more time spent away from home. A possible solution to this problem would be public

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A recent video that’s gone viral shows how thieves can break in to your garage in just six seconds. But there are ways to prevent it from happening to you.

A video that shows a burglar only needs a wire hanger and six seconds to break in to a garage has received nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.

 Maybe that’s because garage door burglaries are on the rise in parts of the country, according to a variety of reports we found. 

We’re not saying this video is to blame, but it’s a good idea to button up when it comes to your attached garage. It’s the fourth most-common entry point for residential break-ins.

What can you do? A few DIYs can secure your garage door:

Click here for DIY tips

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Downtown Bryan First Friday Carriage Rides 2014

Make your Fridays even more fun. Try a downtown Bryan First Friday carriage ride at the LaSalle Hotel on the first Friday of every month through the end of the year.Fridays are a great time to wind down after a long work week here in the Bryan-College Station area.  The best Friday, though, is the first one of the month.  That's because now you get to enjoy Downtown Bryan First Friday Carriage Rides 2014 thanks to the Hidden Oasis Carriage Co.

What: Downtown Bryan First Friday Carriage Rides 2014
Where: LaSalle Hotel (120 S Main St)
When: First Friday of the Month, 6pm to 10pm
Cost: $25 (for up to 4 people), $5 per additional person
Contact: Hidden Oasis Carriage Co (979) 778-3688

Click here to search Bryan-College Station homes for sale

As the name implies, the Downtown Bryan First Friday Carriage Rides 2014 take place on the first Friday of every month.  From now until the end of the year, everyone is welcome to

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Real Estate Market Stats for Bryan/College Station

April 2014
Sales Closed: 303
Total Sales Amount: $60,581,421
Average Sales Price: $199,939
Average Days on Market: 108

Would you like a better understanding of our market statistics?
We would be happy to consult with you on how these numbers effect your buying and selling experience!
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~ Posted by Karen Pollok, Team Member

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Is It Better to Rent or Buy?

The choice between buying a home and renting one is among the biggest financial decisions that many adults make. But the costs of buying are more varied and complicated than for renting, making it hard to tell which is a better deal. To help you answer this question, our calculator takes the most important costs associated with buying a house and computes the equivalent monthly rent.




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Attention Texas Homeowners:
It is important to get your AC Unit Serviced before summer, fall, and winter
here is why!

Even if you don’t suspect any problems with your air conditioning unit, it is a good idea to have it inspected at least a couple of times a year – especially in the spring – to ensure you’re A/C unit operates at peak efficiency and is ready to cool your house down during those hot summer days.

To understand the need for routine AC unit check-ups, it often helps to compare the maintenance of an A/C unit to the maintenance a car. When it comes to a car, you can pay your auto mechanics a reasonable amount now for routine service, or pay a large amount later for a major repair. The

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This house has tons of room for entertaining and family get-togethers!!

 This home is is really great so you don't want to miss out!

This home has a lot of room for entertaining and family get togethers with two dining AND two gathering rooms.

You will love the huge master bedroom that is separate for mom and dad sanity time. Plus it has nice upgrades such as granite and brand new wood floors for that touch of class.

AND did I mention it is almost a stones-throw from Rudder High, Kroger Shopping center
as well as additional restaurants and shops!

Seriously if you don't come see you will be missing something special.


For more information on this listing, click

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