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Quarantine has certainly given me the extra time that I needed to establish an awesome home maintenance routine. I was putting it all together when I realized that I should probably start sharing this checklist with my sellers when they list their homes, since it is a great, easy way to keep the home looking "showing ready"! A clean, organized home will always show better to potential buyers than a cluttered, dirty home filled with odd smells. This is one of the easiest (and definitely cheapest) ways you can set your home apart from the others on the market that potential buyers may be looking at and comparing to your home.  Whether you're selling your home or just wanting to get a new home cleaning routine established, this checklist should

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I wanted to quickly hop on the blog today to talk about a topic on everyone's minds: COVID 19. As of yesterday (March 23rd) Brazos County has been formally placed under the shelter in place status. Non-essential jobs are working from home, kids are home-schooling, & people are expected to only go out in public for essential needs & outdoor exercise. What does this all mean for B/CS real estate activities?

Well the short answer is that this will vary case-by-case. 

Each brokerage & individual real estate professional is able to make their own determination of how they will conduct their business for the time being. Lucky for the real estate industry, we are used to working remotely & doing most of our activities online. Real estate activities

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In honor of new brunch options opening in College Station this week, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite brunch places in the Bryan/College Station area! One of the best benefits of more people moving to Bryan/College Station is the expansion of our food options. A couple of years ago when prospective clients asked about fun brunch places, there was very little to offer. Now we have a fantastic selection with more on the way!

 

First Watch 

4501 Texas Ave, Bryan, TX 77802

Monday-Sunday 7:00am-2:30PM

One of the first brunch options to come to BCS! Lots of great options here with a rotating seasonal menu. Lots of healthy options available along with classic favorites!

Recommendation: Acai bowl, green juice,

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Happy Friday!! Today on the blog I am covering two of my favorite topics: renovations & returns! Having recently purchased my first home in March of 2019 (1950's fixer upper) I have researched more on these topics than I could have ever imagined. With my home 98.8% complete, I am so excited to share my newfound knowledge & lessons learned with my clients. The 2019 National Association of Realtors Remodeling Impact Report has also just come out and offers some great statistics to back up what I have researched/learned. Although each buyer is going to have their own personal preferences, but these recommendations will have the highest returns & attract the most buyers. 

 

NAR Impact Report Reno Suggestions:

The impact report measured

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Is homeownership one of your goals for 2020? If so, you may want to drop by one of my home buying seminars! Having recently purchased my first home in 2019, I love putting on these seminars to help educate buyers on what to expect when navigating through this complicated process. Now is the perfect time to get ready for the spring buying season, so that you are prepared and able to tackle it confidently. The best part of my home buying seminar is that it is 100% free & no obligation! Coffee & snacks are even provided. 

 

Items covered in these seminars:

  • Starting the home search 
  • Lending & Loans 101 
  • Realtors (do i need one/what do they do?)
  • The process of writing & submitting an offer 
  • Inspections
  • Negotiations 
  • Closings
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Happy New Year! One of my goals for this decade is to add at least 5 investment properties to my portfolio. If investing in real estate is one of your goals, this blog post will help you get your feet wet. I wanted to include a couple of the important formulas you should know in order to easily evaluate your investments. 

 

CAP Rate

Purpose: Estimates an investor's potential return on property & gives a measure to compare like-properties.

cap rate = net operating income / price of the property 

 

Gross Scheduled Income 

Purpose: Maximum potential income without regard to any possible vacancies/credit losses

GSI = rental income + lost rental income from vacant units

 

Gross Operating Income 

Purpose: Reflects the annual

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Rudder Pointe is one of the newest neighborhoods in Bryan! Located near Rudder High School off of Old Reliance Rd, this new subdivision features beautiful market ready & custom homes starting in the lower $200K price range all the way up to $300K. I sat down with Ranger Home Builders, one of the prominent builders in the neighborhood. Matt Jones, the sales counselor for Ranger, had a lot of great insights into what to expect with the Rudder Pointe community.

"Ranger Homes brings together Magruder Homes, Pitman Custom Homes, and Cathey Development, a local team of experienced craftsmen & designers, to to provide affordable prices and personalized homes to the Brazos Valley. Together, we bring the most innovative homes on the market - offering

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Looking for a property with a rural feel while still being close to town? This 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom farmhouse is located on half an acre just 30 minutes from Texas A&M University & only 10 minutes from Lake Somerville. This classic abode can easily be customized to your liking and has a fantastic floorplan that includes spacious bedrooms & living spaces. Complete with beautiful trees, a covered patio & a storage shed, this home is just waiting for the right owner. Call me at 281.745.0010 for more information or to schedule a private showing!

To see more photos check out the full listing on our website:

https://www.tm5properties.com/listing/19017479-755-west-hwy-60-farm-to-market-road-somerville-tx-77879/

 

Thanks & Gig Em!

Alexis Knox

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Winter is coming! Even though we may be trying to hold on to the last couple weeks of fall, colder temperatures are headed our way! With dropping temperatures comes a new set of maintenance items to prepare for as homeowners. This week on the blog, I am compiling a few of the most important (and pertinent for the Bryan/College Station area) tips you'll need to prepare for this winter weather. 

 

1) Check Your Heating System

For most households, you probably haven't had to turn on your heater until recently! Some homeowners know their units well enough to do a inspection on their own, but a lot of homeowners choose to have a HVAC technician come out when the season changes just to inspect the unit & clean if needed. If your home has a

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