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The Century Tree Reader What’s Your Appraisal Worth?

Bryan, TX -- In a slower real estate season, what good is your appraisal? Verdad Valuation Services owner Kelly Seaton says plenty. It's still a reliable tool to know when a buyer presents the seller with a low-ball offer or when it's a good deal. "In June and July when business is booming, sales data was plentiful. Last months sales were a good indicator of a property's present value," Seaton said. "When there is a sudden shift in...Continue Reading!

The Century Tree Reader How to get rid of PMI – Part One

No I didn't say PMS. If I knew that, then I'd be a millionaire. PMI - your Private Mortgage Insurance protects your lender in case if a borrower defaults on the loan, and the value of the home is lower than the loan balance. PMI has been a large money-maker for the mortgage lenders. The amount of the insurance (usually $40/month for a $100k home) is commonly rolled into the mortgage payment. Given the size of the...Continue Reading!

The Century Tree Reader Pre-Sales Appraisal Services

Bryan, TX -- Looking for a second opinion on your home's value? Enlist the services of an objective, third party Appraiser. You will receive an accurate description of your home's features and a detailed analysis of the most recent and similar "comparable sales". "Having a recent appraisal of your home can be very useful at the negotiating table," said Kelly Seaton, owner of Verdad Valuation Services. When interested parties see an appraisal, an inspection, a survey, or...Continue Reading!

The Century Tree Reader Sprinkler System Required in a New Texas House? WHAT????

DId you know that we have a new International Residential Code (minimum standard for the building code followed in Texas) is going to require fire sprinklers in single and two family homes and townhomes for homes built after January 1, 2011?  When I first read this I thought they were referring to the sprinkler systems in the yard - NO WAY! This is talking about the INTERIOR of homes!  What did the National Association of Homebuilders (NAH) think? They were not...Continue Reading!

The Century Tree Reader Whistling Straits Party Benefits Brazos Valley Food Bank and Hurricane Ike Relief Efforts

Thursday, September 25, a benefit was held at 5203 Whistling Straits in support of the Hurricane Ike relief efforts. Many local firms were willing to donate items to the silent auction, and all proceeds from the auction went to the Brazos Valley Food Bank, who helped to get the money into the right hands. Some of the items donated were: An area rug from Aggieland Carpets, several pieces of artwork by Aggie artist Benjamin Knox, a bottle of wine from JJ...Continue Reading!

Texas A&M University Horticultural Gardens – Beautiful Flowers!

Have you stopped by the Texas A&M University Horticultural Gardens lately? It is beautiful! The garden features stone pathways winding through stunning flowers.  Look a little further and see stunning sculptures.  Interested in water gardens with (more…)Continue Reading!