February is here and it just so happens to be one of my favorite months! For one, my birthday is in February. Without this month, I wouldn’t be here. Secondly, it’s an important month because it’s Black History Month. Lastly, Valentine’s Day is this month and it’s so imperative to spread love. It costs nothing to spread kindness and cheer, but if you’re wanting to buy a gift for someone else or even yourself, I’ve got you covered.

Here’s my Valentine’s Day gift guide:

Red Velvet Mocha & Raspberry Mocha from Game Day Coffee Co.- Their coffee is delicious! The flavors are phenomenal and you can even purchase a heart-shaped cookie with your order. If you’re not sure what to get someone, a gift card is always a great choice. They are offering these…

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There is high buyer activity and a historically low number of houses for sale right now. The perfect time for homeowners to sell their house is when the demand for homes is higher than what’s available for sale. Here are a few ways that low inventory can help you get a great deal if you’ve been on the fence about selling your current home.

Better Seller Terms

When there is a seller’s market like there is today, it is much more like being in he driver’s seat when you choose to sell your home. The ball is in your court and you have the power to sell on your own terms because low inventory means less choices for buyers. Buyers are more likely to work with you if it means they can purchase a home in a market where…

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Who doesn’t love a snow day? Cuddling on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa while watching movies can make anyone not want to venture out into the cold. Especially if you're a Texan. Many of us were not expecting the Winter Wonderland, we received this past week end. Next time you find yourself in this spot, it will be a good idea to head out for half an hour to protect your home, especially if you want to sell in the future. Check out these tips on protecting your home that you may not have considered.

Clear Your Vents: Make sure your furnace vents are clear of snow. Carbon monoxide could build up if your furnace vent is blocked.  A blocked vent may also cause a hot water heater to quit functioning. Use…

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25 Budget Friendly Ways To Upgrade Your Home

It's a new year, and we have all most likely set our goals. As a homeowner, our goals often include upgrading finishes or making our home feel new or personalized to our style or current trends. I have put together a list of 25 ways that are budget friendly and doable without having to hire professionals. Please note, some of these DIY's may not improve your homes value, but can give it more of a facelift, if you're not in a position to do the full upgrade.  

1. Add some character and add texture to your walls with peel-and-stick wall panels.

2. Create a charming accent wall with peel-and-stick paper.

3. Upgrade your countertops to faux granite with a DIY…

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The New Normal: A Strong Housing Market Expected to Continue into 2021

 

“2020 will be known for a lot of things, and a record-breaking year for real estate will certainly be one of its more unexpected legacies,” prominent economist Daryl Fairweather said.  And he’s right: most of us would have expected the housing market to suffer from circumstances like a once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic and historic inventory shortages. 

 

But, rather than a slowdown, we are continuing to experience a surprisingly robust real estate market across the country. And experts estimate that these conditions are likely to last well into the new year. Fannie Mae Senior VP and Chief Economist Doug Duncan predicts that existing home sales will ultimately “be up a…

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For years now, virtual home tours have helped real estate buyers far and wide find the perfect home. From long-distance military personnel being relocated, to investors expanding their portfolio, to homeowners looking for a vacation getaway, this technology makes finding a house that’s a bit out of driving distance much easier. And for real estate agents, virtual tours have been a useful way to help buyers with their home search and to assist sellers in creatively marketing their listings.

 

Because of the pandemic, virtual home showing options recently experienced a huge spike in popularity. One survey found that nearly 33% of recent home tour requests were for virtual tours, as compared to just 2% pre-pandemic.  And it’s easy to see why.

 

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Happy fall, y’all! October is here and with it came cooler temperatures. Mostly in the morning, but I can’t complain as this is Texas. October means Halloween is right around the corner. One tradition I love doing every year is getting a pumpkin for our front porch. Here are my top places to get a pumpkin:

The Farm Patch- 3519 S College Ave Bryan, TX 77801, Open Monday- Friday 9:00 am- 7:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm. *Featured picture is from here.

Habitat for Humanity Pumpkin Patch- 2301 E 29th St, Bryan, TX 77802, Open Sunday- Friday 12:00 pm- 8:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am- 8:00 pm.

P-6 Farms- 9963 Pooles Rd Montgomery, TX 77356, Open Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm.

Edge General Store- 7250 Edge Cut Off Road Hearne, TX 77859,…

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Can you believe it’s already back to school time? The summer seemed to fly by! I know there are many strong emotions going into this school year, but I hope we can all remember to be kind to each and have grace towards one another. This is a difficult time for everyone! With that said, I wanted to provide access to the plans for BISD and CSISD for this school year. For BISD you have until August 3rd to select a plan and for CSISD you have until July 30th to select a plan.

For Bryan Independent School District, they are offering:

  1. On-campus learning- A face-to-face learning experience taking place on campus while following all safety recommendations by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Education Agency, and the Brazos…

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Fourth of July to me has always meant American pride, fireworks, family, and grilling. It might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it or see fireworks. There are not as many events as there normally are, but there are still a few. Here are events for this weekend:

First Friday in Historic Downtown Bryan on July 3rd, 110 S. Main St Bryan, TX 77803 from 9:00 am- 10:00 pm.

Drive-in 4th of July Fireworks at Rellis Campus on July 4th, 3100 TX-47 Bryan, TX 77807. Parking lot opens at 7:30 pm and fireworks start at 9:00 pm.

17th Annual Kurten Fireworks Show & Fundraiser at Kurten Community Center on July 4th, 13055 State Highway 21 East Kurten, TX 77808 from 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm.

Navasota Freedom Festival at…

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As we reach June, summer approaches us which means warmer weather. There are many fun summer activities and ways to cool down in the Bryan/College Station area. Here are a few fun and mostly kid friendly things to do this summer:

Swim at The Cove https://thecove.bearx.com/ *18 and up*

Have a picnic at a park https://www.tm5properties.com/blog/new-year-new-you-new-color.html 

Camp at Lake Bryan http://www.lakebryan.com/#camping

Pick berries/vegetables at Jollisant Farm  http://jollisantfarm.com/

Go to a farmer’s market https://www.brazosvalleyfarmersmarket.com/contact

Get a sno cone or smoothie at Bahama Bucks https://www.bahamabucks.com/

Another way to cool off is to have a pool put in at your home. However, make sure you really…

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