May 7, 2012

Century 21 and the Parade of Homes Welcomes RNL Homebuilders

Beautiful new homes . . . infamous blue and white corrugated plastic signs . . . twice a year event . . . That’s right, the last two weekends here in Bryan/College Station were dominated by the semi-annual HBA Parade of Homes.  Not only did visitors get their fill of beautiful and perfectly staged homes, they also got the chance to check out each of the builders work and judge for themselves how these builders […]
May 4, 2012

Utilizing Property Tax Exemptions under New Tax Laws in Texas

Tax laws in Texas haven’t always been the most exciting subject for reading or casual discourse. However, if you’re looking to buy property or claim ownership of a new home in the Brazos Valley, there are some new adjustments to Texas’ laws on property tax. Primarily, the branch concerning application for property tax exemptions. And for homeowners looking for an exemption on the always tolling property tax, these new laws might be considerably interesting. One […]
May 3, 2012

Using HomePath to Purchase Foreclosed Real Estate

There is no great wonder regarding the effects of the nation’s latest mortgage crisis both in Bryan College Station, Texas and the nation as a whole. Loans were left unpaid, and homes were abandoned as banks and the government foreclosed on them. The question is: what became of all those homes that various banks confiscated? With all the lost finances and the economic downturn, there has got to be a stockpile of these homes just […]
May 3, 2012

Sidewalks of Castlegate

This might be one of the most overlooked amenities in the Castlegate Subdivision.  If you, live there and have not utilized them, you are missing out.  These sidewalks cover most of the neighborhood and provide a shortcut to Forest Ridge Elementary.   Dogs, kids, and runners love them. You have seen them, dogs and their owners.  Dogs love the the sidewalks as they lead the way on their leashes.  Most dog walkers have real doggy bags […]
May 3, 2012

Art Abounds in Bryan & College Station, Tx

The phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is something you’ve likely run across at one point or another in your life. It is also probable that on a regular basis you either think about what you count as beautiful or you vocalize it to someone you are with. Beauty is something that unites us and attracts us all, regardless of background, gender or race. But how we define beauty is what sets […]
May 2, 2012

Neighborhood Test Drive

Would you buy a car without taking it for a test drive?  Most people wouldn’t consider making such a major purchase without a test drive. But, surprisingly, people buy homes without “test driving” the prospective neighborhood.  I’m not talking about just walking around the block, although that’s a good start.  I’m talking about pretending you’re a resident for a couple of hours.  Here are some ideas: -Have your kids play in the neighborhood park -Go […]
May 2, 2012

Pebble Creek in College Station – May 2012

As a Pebble Creek lot owner since 1998 and homeowner since 2000, I have watched the master-planned community grow.  The neighborhood has a very established feel to it even with construction taking place on a few new streets. As a Realtor/Broker Associate, my buyers in Pebble Creek have all responded very favorably to their choice of neighborhood and sellers have stated that they miss being there. A common question often asked by buyers is whether the […]
May 1, 2012

First Friday in Downtown Bryan Includes Arts Council & Great Restaurants

Soft music playing in the air, the buzz of the local people around you, artists on corners of the street, antique shops, modern art galleries, and family entertainment mix together on the first Friday of every month in downtown Bryan. From 5-10 p.m. downtown Bryan offers First Friday, an event for the cities of Bryan and College Station and surrounding areas to join together and have an enjoyable evening. Whether your evening consists primarily of […]
April 30, 2012

The Truth behind Medicare Taxes on Real-Estate Transactions

If you are a homeowner hoping to sell real-estate in the near future, it’s likely that you’ve heard a thing or two about the new 3.8% Medicare tax being placed upon certain real-estate transactions. You might have even heard this slice of legislation functions as a net sales tax, applying to all homeowners completing sales transactions within the United States. That is the general conclusion when a public audience sees the number 3.8%, along with […]