A recent study done by Magnify Money* states that College Station is the hardest place to buy a home in Texas. With the median household income being $39,915 and the median listing price for homes being around $249,000, it is presumed that it would take someone 11 years of saving money in order to afford a new home in College Station. Luckily, buying a brand new home is not your only option! Finding a home in the right neighborhood that is affordable and that fits your needs but could use a little love - why not renovate? Renovating a home to meet your needs, is a great alternative! Renovation, done correctly, will not only make your home more functional for you, but will also add more value to your home. Check out some of my renovation tips that will…
“Living in Aggieland”
If you are thinking about or even planning on moving to the Bryan-College Station area and DID NOT attend Texas A&M or grow up in the area adjusting to the Aggie culture can be a bit of a shock. The cities have built up around the university, and are thus closely tied to Texas A&M. Understanding at least a little bit about Texas A&M; the students, traditions and events will make the transition to living among Aggies go smoothly (and be a lot more fun).
The “Spirit” of Aggieland
Texas Aggie events are notoriously noisy. The students take pride in their position as “The 12th Man”. They stand throughout the football games and make as much noise as possible to support their team in any sport. The Aggies do get used to all of…
|This immaculate, professionally-designed custom Magruder home invites comfort, and exudes modern elegance. With 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a study, generous living space and stylish finishes, you'll enjoy a perfect setting for relaxing and entertaining. Beautiful wood tile floors and plenty of natural light flow throughout the home's open, airy layout. Other special highlights include a charming gas fireplace, multiple ceiling treatments and crown molding in main areas and master. The gourmet kitchen will inspire your inner chef with its granite counters, stainless steel Whirpool appliances and custom cabinets. This home screams luxury, perfect for family life and entertainment.|
We all want to reduce our home’s energy use – whether to be more environmentally friendly or simply to reduce our monthly expenses. There’s a lot of information on energy efficiency out there and it can feel overwhelming at times. Just start at step 1, and move on up toward a happy, green home and a few extra bucks in your pocket.
Step 1 -- No Cost -- Educating your family on how your behavior can reduce energy expenses
Step 2 -- Energy Efficient light bulbs, caulking and weather stripping to ensure there are no leaks
Step 3 -- Add insulation and check that all seals are intact
Step 4 -- Get a ductless heat pump
Step 5 -- Update to a newer generation water heater
Step 6 -- Invest in new, Energy Star approved appliances
Step 7 --…
Why hire a Real Estate Agent to help you sell your home?
In the last blog post we talked about why it is useful to hire a Real Estate Agent to help you purchase a home. Now we are going to talk about why it is helpful to use a professional to help you sell your home.
About the area - Just as it is important for your Agent to have knowledge of the area if you are looking for a home to purchase it is also important for them to have knowledge of the area when you are selling your home. This knowledge helps them understand current market conditions which will affect your pricing strategies. They also have access to specific knowledge on prices of homes in the area that have recently sold. These "comparables" will be very useful…
Having great curb appeal will not only improve the likelihood of interested buyers coming inside to take a closer look, but having pride in ownership can do a lot to improve your mood as well.
We’d all like to have a house that instantly makes guests feel welcome and that we are happy to come back to after a long work day. I’ve taken lots of simple, inexpensive curb appeal projects and divided them into 5 main categories.
Start with what’s easy for you to do now and build upon that momentum for more labor intensive projects. You can do this, and it will be SO worth the effort.
1. Clean & Camouflage
Power wash your driveway and bricks, stone, or siding
Scrub your front door & windows
Make electricity boxes blend in by…