May 21, 2012

Meeting Energy Demands During a Texas Summer in College Station

Texas summers are hot. And, for those of us willing to face the statistics, it only looks like they’re getting hotter. But that’s fine, so long as we have a roof over our heads with well ventilated air-conditioning, and a car with enough antifreeze to get us to and from work without having to succumb to the overbearing outside heat. Right? Meeting the energy demands of the State of Texas hasn’t been any real issue […]
May 19, 2012

Demolition and Renewal: a History of the Plaza Hotel in College Station

Almost every Bryan/College Station resident would admit to driving past the abandoned Plaza Hotel occasionally in their weekly routine, if not daily. The seventeen story concrete shell stands at the intersection of Texas Avenue and University Drive, arguably the two busiest streets in the whole city. And after 6:30am on Thursday, May 24th 2012, this once pivotal structure will be reduced to nothing more than a pile of shattered concrete and useless rubble. If you’ve […]
May 16, 2012

Would You like Some Lemonade? Help Our Brazos Valley Kids!

Driving through the twin cities a couple weeks ago, Bryan and College Station, it was not unlikely that you ran upon a lemonade stand or two. These small makeshift stands littered the city and were stationed upon many street corners and in front of numerous bigger businesses. Star wars characters greeted some customers, while enthused young girls in yellow shirts and bows sold lemonade to others. There were kids who chose to blow bubbles to […]
May 15, 2012

Want to Chill with Yogurt in Aggieland?

Cooling down on warmer days is a necessity when you live in College Station, Texas. The highs in the summer exceed 100°F and even just driving in your car can cause you to sweat profusely. Thankfully, we have learned different coping mechanisms to help dial down the severity of the heat. Personally, I carry prefer ice packs and cool rags when I’m really desperate, but I’ve also become partial to large glasses of sweet iced […]
May 15, 2012

Federal Fair Housing – Aggies Don’t Discriminate!

Federal Fair Housing is something that has been forgotten about by many because the act prohibiting discrimination in housing was passed many years ago; in 1968. However, discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disabilities still exist today. Housing and lending discrimination is something common that occurs when an individual attempts to buy or rent a home, but also when they try to buy homeowner’s insurance or a […]
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

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

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 […]