September 5, 2008

What’s in a name?

I am a fan of history, especially the history of places.  The history of an area is something that is important to Realtors.  When I look at something as simple as a legal description for a property or as complex as a title commitment, I am reminded of the people that originally surveyed and owned the virgin wilderness and the hardships they endured to create a home, a livelihood, and a community out of the […]
August 31, 2008

Ironic Houston Chronicle Travel Article

On Sunday, August 31, as Hurricane Gustav was barreling towards the Louisiana coastline, the front page of the Travel section for the Houston Chronicle recommended as a vacation destination, under the headline, “Swamped with fun”…..New Orleans and the State of Louisiana! Of course, these articles are written well in advance of their publication and printed days before they hit the newsstands.  But it is a poignant reminder of the destruction that is about to be […]
August 29, 2008

First Female to Lead the Aggie Band!

If 2008 has a theme so far, it would be the Year of the Woman.  Several women have achieved outstanding success in their fields and made history in doing so. Everyone is familiar with the story of Hillary Rodham Clinton, including her rise to success in her own right as a U.S. Senator for the State of New York after serving in the role of wife, mother, and First Lady of Arkansas and the U.S.A., and […]
August 23, 2008

Support Scouts and our Troops with POPCORN!

It is once again the time of year when Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops recruit for new members AND take orders for yummy Trail’s End popcorn as their main fundraiser! Popcorn is as much as part of the Boy Scouting experience as cookies are to Girl Scouts.  For twenty seven years it has been the mission of Trail’s End “…to help Councils and Units raise the needed funds by which they can expand programs […]
August 18, 2008

Can Realtors help buyers with FSBO properties?

Can a Realtor help a buyer client purchase a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) property? You bet! Even though some sellers might choose to limit the marketing for their homes and make sure qualified buyers will never know they are for sale, that does not eliminate my responsibility to know my market and what is available. Sometimes I will introduce buyer clients to FSBO homes as well as homes listed in the Multiple Listing Service […]
August 16, 2008

Why is Century 21 a Better Choice?

Century 21 Beal, Inc. has been in the real estate business in Bryan and College Station for more than 60 years. We have won multiple awards and earned the Century 21 System’s Centurion or Double Centurion awards, recognizing outstanding office production in units sold or adjusted gross commission, every year since 1993. Century 21 Beal earned the #9 spot among Century 21 offices in the United States in closed units for 2007! Locally, our office […]
August 13, 2008

Foreclosure Home for a $1.00?

From an article in the Detroit News, this house in Detroit, Michigan was recently listed for $1.00. That’s right. One American greenback. It sold for full price! The buyer plans to pay cash. Between sales commission and $1,000 bonus, buyer’s closing costs, back taxes and a past due water bill, the sale will cost the bank owner about $10,000. The empty, foreclosed home is now a shell of its former self. As a vacant home,
August 12, 2008

Bryan and College Station, Texas Luxury Homes Report

As of August 12, 2008, there are 73 residential properties in Brazos County, Texas listed in the Bryan and College Station, Texas Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that are priced at or above $500,000. The price range for these homes and properties ranges from $505,000 to $2,875,817. The median price is $685,000. In this price range you will find everything from a two bedroom, two and a half bath A-frame to a five bedroom, five and […]
August 12, 2008

Record price paid for Riviera home

The UK’s TimesOnline published a story on Monday, August 11, 2008 about a Russian oligarch who paid a record $750 million (£392 million) for a villa on the French Riviera. Villa Leopolda, a mansion once owned by King Leopold II of Belgium and Gianni Agnelli, the Fiat tycoon, is located on the French Riviera between Nice and Monaco. The previous record price for a residential property was said to be £57 million, paid by Lakshmi […]