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For Sale by Owner (FSBO) — Is It Worth It?

In 2016, the Bryan/College Station real estate climate could easily have been labeled as a “Seller’s Market”.  So in today’s sales area, where home prices are on the rise and the total amount of inventory is shrinking, many homeowners may think about trying to sell their home on their own—known in the industry as a […]

2017 Bryan/College Station, TX Real Estate Market Update

Balanced.  This is the word that best describes Bryan/College Station’s Residential Real Estate market in 2016.  Balanced. It has been quite a journey from the Buyer’s Market that began in late 2008/early 2009, through the 2013 shift to the Seller’s Market of 2014 and 2015, to where we are today. Let’s begin by taking a […]

New Year’s Resolution

Dear Jen, Last year, my new year’s resolution was to save up enough money to be able to buy a new home. This is the first resolution I’ve ever succeeded in following through on for the whole year!  So, my new year’s resolution this year is to sell my home and buy a new one!  […]

The Don’ts When Buying a Home

You just found your perfect home and have a contract on it!  How excited you are to move to the next chapter of your life! However, the time period before you actually own the home can be the most work and stress you will have to do just to get to the finish line. You […]

The Summer “To-Do” List

Well, it’s official.  The 1st Day of Summer is here.  America’s birthday party (July 4th) is right around the corner.  So it’s time to celebrate all that our summer has to offer; using these helpful and handy tips: Put It On the Calendar – As the days get longer, more and more options for fun activities present […]

7 Home Hacks Every First-Time Homeowner Should Know

When it comes to being a first-time homeowner, there are lessons that family, friends and even neighbors will share with you; to make your transition from tenant to owner/occupant smoother.  And while many of these “life lessons learned” revolve around choosing the right home or finding the best mortgage lender, other helpful insights are situational…meaning, […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers

“April Showers Bring May Flowers”. And while that may be true for those of us that live in this part of the Lone Star State, we often get showers (sometimes too much rain) throughout the entire month of May as well.  So it may seem a bit odd to talk about water conservation during a […]

Property Tax Exemptions

Property taxes are never fun to pay, so it’s always nice to know there are some ways to save some money. These savings can happen if you qualify for an exemption. Here are some of the exemptions that you may be eligible for: Homestead Exemption Any individual (not a corporation or entity) who owns and […]

Thinking of Downsizing?

Dear Jen, My wife Judy and I have been College Station residents for over 35 years.  We raised our family here and now our 3 children are grown and have children of their own.  We built our dream home on some acreage that our grandkids now call “Poppa’s Farm”.  We love it out here, but […]

4 Reasons Why Homes in Texas Don’t Have Basements

Reason #1 – The Frost Line The frost line is the depth at which groundwater in the soil won’t freeze during the winter.  So to avoid frozen pipes and the potential for breaks, home builders in northern states must sink their foundations (and the pipes) deeper into the soil to get below the frost line.  […]

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