Amarillo, TX Real Estate News

By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
The Maverick Club, a 74 year old youth club for both boys and girls in Amarillo, Texas may close by the end of this year if they are unable to get more donations. Many people are facing hard times, or are just plain scared about the economy, so they have stopped giving. The Maverick Club is one of the oldest boys and girls clubs in the state. It currently operates on a $600,000 yearly budget. The club provides after-school care, and offers technology, sports, and arts programs to over four-hundred children in four locations. Students also get help with homework. To many children, the club is a safe haven. The board is trying to do everything in their power to seek alternatives that will keep the school open. But, the club has not met its monthly budget this year. The clubs funding comes...
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By Tom Kile
(Keller Williams Realty)
Two local Amarillo elementary schools, Bivins and Landergin, have been named 2008 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools by the US Department of Education. Both schools scored in the top 10% on their academic tests and are the only Region 16 schools to receive this honor. I just want to say Congratulations to the students at Bivins and Landergin Elementary for their fabulous academic success!
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By Tom Kile
(Keller Williams Realty)
It is easy to update your home's look and create added value without breaking the bank: 1. A fresh coat of paint on the inside of your home will brighten any room.  Use nice soothing neutral tones.  Don't forget to paint the trim in a bright color (bright white is great) to make the wall colors "pop". 2. For approximately $250, you can get a home inspection that will include suggestions of things that need to be fixed.  Getting these things fixed before you place your home on the market can save you money in the long run.  Typically, buyers tend to negotiate $2 for every $1 in repairs needed. 3. Replace older appliances with newer, energy-efficient appliances.  They not only work better, most Energy-Star appliances offer a rebate and you will save money in operating costs while you are ...
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By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
Through the partnership of Amarillo College and Faith City Ministries, local Amarillo women are able to go to college for free. The college is called Success University. The name is perfect for its cause. This free opportunity is for homeless moms. It will help them to get the education needed to support their family without government assistance. Many women struggle to earn minimum wage while trying to provide for their children, living paycheck to paycheck, making it very hard to live without extra financial help. But, through the courses provided at the Success University, these Amarillo, Texas women will be able to find better paying jobs. The women attending Success University will begin with college preparatory classes that will help them get up to speed with college curriculum. I...
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By Tom Kile
(Keller Williams Realty)
The 85th annual Tri-State Fair & Rodeo will be held in Amarillo on September 12-20, 2008. This year, it is a country-lover's paradise. With musical acts like James Otto, Luke Bryan, Star de Azlan and Chris Young, your country-lovin' hearts are gonna sing! If music isn't enough to bring you here, come for the petting zoo, magical acts, carnival rides, rodeo and exhibits of all sorts, ranging from photography to arts and crafts to livestock. There is something for every member of the family. Visit the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo's schedule of events to see which events are happening on which days. Before the fair even begins, there is a gala to benefit the Tri-State Exposition's scholarship program. You can watch country singer Blake Shelton perform live on September 4th and raise money for a ...
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By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
Over five-hundred Gustav Evacuees are expected to arrive in Amarillo, Texas in a few days, and Amarillo is welcoming them with open arms. To prepare for the evacuees, the American Red Cross is going to hold two training sessions for disaster volunteer teams. Training sessions will be held today, August 29th, at 1800 S. Harrison at the Red Cross building. Each class will be ninety minutes long. Evacuees will be housed at the Amarillo Civic Center until the end of Gustav. This is a great training class for Amarillo residents who are interested in helping their fellow Americans. Each time Amarillo has evacuees coming in, the residents have been so good about volunteering to help out. It really shows what a great community Amarillo really is, and how friendly the residents are.
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By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a must see while in Amarillo, Texas. Not only is it the  state's most magnificent attraction, it is also the nation's most awesome scenic attraction. The park is open year round and is made up of 25,000 beautiful acres. While in the park, you will see the most extraordinary colors and beautiful vistas, all from the comfort of your own automobile. You get to enjoy the same trails the Native Americans once used. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are very popular among visitors. There are also many great areas for picnicking. You can stay the night and camp at one of the many campsites in the park, or rent a cabin for more comfort. Another great place to visit is the Palo Duro Riding Stables and Timber Springs. Here, you will find the finest miles of canyon...
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By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
The saying "the third time is always a charm", is very true in this case. After two other failed attempts to renovate and expand the 32-year-old Amarillo Library, things are finally underway. This week, sidewalk work began. This is the first step in many to come. The $680,000 project will also include a change of the interior layout, new carpet and new paint. After the project is finished, there will be twenty-four new computer workstations. That's double what it is now. And, the second floor will be available for research. The Bush-FitzSimon collection will then be available on the first floor, instead of its current, second floor, location. The Bush-FitzSomon collection is made up of text books of early Texas and Southwest history, along with other historical documents. The first floo...
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By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
Amarillo College will not be increasing its originally planned tax rate as much as everyone thought.  Because home values were higher than expected, the college originally proposed a tax rate of $2.49 higher than it was last year, bringing the total to $18.39 per $100.  But in June, Amarillo College officials agreed on a $2.35 increase, bringing the total to $16.04 per $100. The taxable property values within the college district have helped trim the tax rate this year.  There is around $9.78 billion coming from property taxes within the district.  That's $82 million more that the college had budgeted for.  Now, the college will not have to move money from contingencies to balance its budget.  Much of the new tax rate will be used to upgrade some of the college's older buildings. There ...
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By Tom Kile
(Keller Williams Realty)
The NAACP is hosting a Unity Day celebration at Martin Luther King Park on August 9th from 1pm to 5pm. Originally created as an antithesis to the KKK's divisive rally in 2005, Unity Day is a celebration of the contributions that all ethnicities have made to the Amarillo lifestyle. There will be live entertainment, including a recital by the Celebration Dance Texas ballroom dance troupe, free hot dogs and barbecue and even inflatable bouncers and face painting for the kids. For more information on the Unity Day festivities, please call 806-355-4733.
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By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
Many times, locking your door and shutting your windows is just not enough to keep you and your home safe from intruders.  Keep in mind, when a burglar tries to break into your home, he will most likely try the front door first.  The front door is usually first choice among criminals, because it is easy to kick in with just one or two kicks. The first thing you, as a homeowner, need to do is buy a good solid door and a strong dead bolt.  Usually, one inch is a good length for a dead bolt.  After installing your new door and dead bolt, give them a try and see how well they are working together.  The lock should completely lock into the door frame to be effective.  Also, good strike plates are needed to keep your doors and locks secure.  Make sure the strike plates on all your doors are o...
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By Shay Wesley
(Amarillo AND Houston Real Estate)
The market is strong this year despite the decline in other states.  Amarillo seems to be protected in a "bubble".  If you are wanting to buy or sell now is the time.  Don't always believe what you see or hear on TV.  I deal with the market everyday.  We are definately not included in the "National Average" the national news is always talking about. What's your thought on it?
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By Tom Kile
(Keller Williams Realty)
The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is holding a contest inviting residents to name the whimsical frog musician statue that welcomes visitors to the garden. Our frog is also the mascot for the summertime Music in the Gardens series. All of Amarillo is welcome to submit their suggestions by August 20th, with the winner to be announced at the Music in the Gardens' final performance on August 25th. The winner will receive an annual membership for a family of four to the gardens. So, put on your thinking caps and name our toe-tapping amphibian friend. All entries must be in writing and should be sent to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, C/O Name the Mascot Contest. For rules and more information, please visit the Amarillo Botanical Gardens' website. What a fun way to show your civic pride!
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By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
This is one of the happiest stories in Amarillo , Texas I've heard in a while.  A man searching for his sister for over sixty years finally got to meet her recently   Their story began in 1946 when the sister was separated from the family when she was only six weeks old.  The brother was three years old at the time his parents decided to give this third child up for adoption. At age 19, the brother and two more sisters began a long search for their adoptive sister.  After searching the Internet they found the man that adopted her and were then able to find the death records for both adopting parents which led them to their sister. After 62 years, the siblings finally met again at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport .  The meeting was so wonderful that the sister already want...
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By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
Come one, come all to Amarillo , Texas for the greatest display of fireworks.  This is a great opportunity for family, friends and neighbors to come together and have a good time. Start your day in downtown Amarillo with the city's festivities.  Enjoy free entertainment, food, drinks, games, crafts and much more.  Then come on over to Southwest Park at 9:30pm for the spectacular fireworks display. I hope to see you there enjoying the show.
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By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
Amarillo residents can always catch a good event each month and July's events are going to be great. July 1st 9:00am to 12:00pm have breakfast and coffee with your neighbors at the Globe-News Center . July 10th 7:30pm catch the Summer Youth Musical Show "Annie" at the Globe-New Center . July 12th 7:30pm catch another viewing of the Summer Youth Musical Show "Annie" at the Glob-News Center . July 19th 7:30am to 4:00pm the AMA Dog Show at N. Exhibit Hall B. July 19th 9:00am to 6pm the Texas Gun and Knife Show at S. Exhibit Hall. July 20th 7:30am to 4:00pm the AMA Dog Show at N. Exhibit Hall B. July 20th 9:00am to 5:00pm the Texas Gun and Knife Show at S. Exhibit Hall. July 21st 7:00pm Amarillo Dusters vs. Lubbock Renegades at the Coliseum. July 26th 9:00am to 5:00pm the Pansy's Parade of ...
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By Tom Kile
(Keller Williams Realty)
Located in the center of the Texas panhandle, Amarillo earns its name as "the yellow rose of Texas".  The millions of acres of agricultural land surrounding the city gives it a wide open "home on the range" feel.  But, Amarillo remains the Texas panhandle's commercial center. Besides Amarillo's great public elementary school system, there are several wonderful institutions of higher learning set here.  These include everything from Amarillo Community College, a campus of Wayland Baptist University and the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy to the word famous West Texas A&M. With over 50 city-maintained parks within its city limits, outdoor recreation plays a large part in the Amarillo lifestyle.  It also plays host to several events throughout the year to honor the American cowby, such as th...
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By Connie Taylor
(Connie Taylor - Keller Williams Realty)
While you're considering Amarillo , Texas for your next move, you must also consider the education your child will be receiving.  Amarillo is served by the Amarillo Independent School District and the Canyon Independent School District .  The Amarillo district serves thirty-six elementary schools, nine middle schools and four high schools while the Canyon district serves four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Both districts have great missions, core values, goals, and philosophies. Their Mission - To ensure every student is prepared beyond success when graduating from high school. Their Core Values - Student performance, quality staff, cost effectiveness, customer service. Their Goals - Students will meet passing standards for tests, students will progress annu...
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There are lots of great things going on in the Amarillo, TX area.  The latest news involved the The Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.   We were all pleased to find out that The Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport will receive about $2.3 million in federal grant funding for infrastructure and safety improvements. Funding will come to the city from the Federal Aviation Administration and will be dedicated to the construction of the airport's new terminal concourse. To find out more information about the Amarillo, TX area check out http://www.amarillodreamhomes.com/
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By David Velasquez
(Key Realty)
        Awh man!!  I submitted the offer and they are already had 2 other investors submit the same offer.  I am going to stop by and see if I can see what they may accept.Also, looking for "Good" contractors.  I have realized also that I need to put together a good team.  I can do a few things with the home however, I don't want to another job, just another source of income. So just keeping my eyes open, looking for more deals. Anyway, I would love to hear from other flippers.  Any good stories? David 
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