College Station, TX Real Estate News

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Thinking about transforming your boring master bath into a relaxing spa-like sanctuary? People use their bathrooms for more than just bathing and brushing their teeth these days. Instead they’ve become multi-functional retreats perfect for the weary worker or mother needing a quiet escape. When remodeling the bathroom or during a new build, add luxury upgrades to create the fantasy bathroom worthy of the rich and famous.Install Marble CountertopsNothing says luxury like marble countertops. Consider using some of the world’s most interesting and rare marble, a material that enhances any bathroom transformation. Calacatta marble features thick veining on a calming white backdrop; use it for a dramatic look. The classic Italian-polished Carrara — white with thin gray veining — acts as a be...
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By Tom and Stephanie Hansson, Hansson and Hansson Real Estate Team
(Cortiers Real Estate)
We take it for granted that Earth Day is celebrated every year.  However, back in 1970, taking time out to contemplate how to nurture instead of destroy the environment was a novel concept.  The idea of recycling, solar energy and electric cars were not in the public vernacular for the most part.  Today, reducing our carbon footprint is on the minds of the majority of people in the world.  College Station Earth Day 2016 offers many eco-friendly ideas that you can implement in your day-to-day activities.What: College Station Earth Day 2016Where: Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater (1015 Colgate)When: Saturday, April 23rd, 11am to 3pmAdmission: FREEContact: Brazos Valley Earth Day Contact FormCollege Station Earth Day 2016Several organizations have partnered up to bring the College Station Earth ...
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By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
This is the age of on-the-go. You get your coffee to go, you do your banking on the fly and you may fall into the approximate 25 percent of people who don't sit down to eat with their families, according to CBS News. Nearly every aspect of your life has become mobile, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to personal time management and what you're able to accomplish during the day is quite impressive.You can even design or upgrade your home if you know what tools to use and how to manage your time. This is especially true when using a tablet. Here are five tablet tools that can help you take care of your most recent design or home improvement project on your own while on-the-go.ShopShopSavvy is an app that offers you product pricing and product price comparison. If you ...
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By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
When moving to a new home or updating our current home, sometimes a easy way to really change the room is to simply add blinds and/or curtains.  But if we’re being completely honest there are so many different types of curtains and blinds that choosing the best ones (or the right ones) for you space can be tricky.  These following is a list of the benefits that come with the most popular types of blinds. Venetian BlindsVenetian blinds are very common.  They’re the standard light-control window blind and are usually made of plastic or vinyl.  The benefits of Venetian blinds are that they are easy to control, low maintenance, and very easy and inexpensive to install. Vertical BlindsVertical blinds are the kinds you see most often on patio doors. They’re also the most inexpensive way to re...
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By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
  Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be achieved through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Without taking energy efficiency precautions, your utility bill can make paying rent or a mortgage even worse. To help avoid such financial stress, here are a few things that not only will help you save money. 1. Turning off electronics At one time, cable boxes cost Americans 3 billion per year, and 2 billion of that cost was when televisions were turned off! A quick fix is as simple as a flick of a switch. Turning off your power strip when devices are not in use can help you save money. This method cuts the power at the cord, eliminating the problem of idling ...
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By Tom and Stephanie Hansson, Hansson and Hansson Real Estate Team
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Rodeos are usually filled with cowboys on the backs of 2000-lb bulls.  Did you know you could have a rodeo without any actual cowboys?  Or bulls?  The 2016 Greens Prairie Elementary Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off doesn't have either of those things.  However, the Mustangs still know how to show their guests a good time!What: 2016 Greens Prairie Elementary Rodeo and BBQ Cook-OffWhere: Greens Prairie Elementary School (4315 Greens Prairie Trail)When: Saturday, April 2nd, 10am to 3pmCost: Adult Meal $6, Kids Meal $4, Game Tix are $1 for 5, $10 for $50, $20 for 100 or a WristbandContact: Greens Prairie PTO (979) 777-23022016 Greens Prairie Elementary Rodeo and BBQ Cook-OffGreens Prairie's PTO will be hosting the 2016 Greens Prairie Elementary Rodeo and BBQ Cook-off at the school this Saturday, Apri...
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By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
If you’re like many homeowners, there will undoubtedly come a time when you’re ready to upgrade that old paint job or add a half-bath to your game room. Whether you’re staging the house for a potential buyer or simply in need of a change in aesthetics, remodeling and home improvements can seem like daunting tasks.These tips (and differentiations between the two) may help you prep for your next project.Home ImprovementHome improvements are usually simpler and less time-consuming endeavors and most of the time won’t involve a contractor or architect. From a new coat of paint in a bedroom to refinishing hardwood floors, these projects can usually be completed within a weekend. A slightly more involved home improvement is repainting the entire exterior of the home. You may feel the need to ...
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By Tom and Stephanie Hansson, Hansson and Hansson Real Estate Team
(Cortiers Real Estate)
This Sunday is Easter Sunday.  This is the Easter Bunny's busiest time of the year.  He's making a mad dash to get all the eggs dyed and ready to go.  There are two different 2016 College Station Easter Egg Hunts this weekend where the kids can practice their egg hunting skills.2016 College Station Easter Egg HuntsWhat: Lincoln Easter Egg HuntWhere: Lincoln Recreation Center (1000 Eleanor St, College Station)When: Friday, March 25th, 1pm to 3pmAdmission: FREEContact: Lincoln Recreation Center (979) 764-3779The first one of the two 2016 College Station Easter Egg Hunts going on this weekend takes place this Friday at the Lincoln Recreation Center.  This event is co-sponsored by Zeta Beta Sorority's Pi Omicron Chapter.  Kids can get their faces painted or play in the Jupiter Jumps.  Food ...
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By Tom and Stephanie Hansson, Hansson and Hansson Real Estate Team
(Cortiers Real Estate)
There are 12 days left before Easter Sunday.  But that doesn't mean that you can't practice your egg hunting skills now.  After all, you want to be ready for the big day, right?  Thankfully, the College Station Easter Egg Hunt 2016 at Bush Library takes place this Saturday.  You can get plenty of practice in there!What: College Station Easter Egg Hunt and CelebrationWhere: George Bush Presidential Library & MuseumWhen: Saturday, March 19th, 9:30am to 12pmContact: George Bush Presidential Library (979) 691-4014College Station Easter Egg Hunt 2016The College Station Police Department has been hosting a public Easter Egg Hunt since 1982.  In 1999, they partnered up with the George Bush Presidential Library and the rest, as they say, is history.  It has grown to become one of the most highl...
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By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Backyard fire pits are a huge hit with homeowners. In a 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects survey, 95.8 percent of respondents rated outdoor fire pits as "somewhat" or "very" in-demand, and California's Orchard Supply Hardware reported that backyard fire pits were one of their biggest growth areas this summer. You just can't beat a fire pit for barbecuing, socializing or just adding a little rustic charm to your backyard. Pits are relatively easy to install, but before getting started, here are a few questions you should consider. Are There Any Restrictions? Check your local ordinances or homeowners association guidelines. Some regulations don't allow pits. Others require maintaining a safe distance from building structures and property lines, typically 10 or 20 feet. In some...
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By Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes
(BCR Realtors)
College Station,   Texas home of Texas A and M  was recently noted as the Number 2 best college town or city to live in out of 326 American college towns and cities by Forbes !  Ann Arbor Michigan was first. Criteria for choosing included quality of education,  financial, crime rates, jobs, cost of purchases and more.  I am not surprised . College Station and its sister city Bryan,  offer the best of both worlds. Small Town living atmosphere with larger urban city amenities.  Investors are catching on. There is a construction boom like never before. Aggie sports is a huge draw along with unrivaled facilities for them to be held in. The arts are growing. Super mediacal  facilities abound and Blinn College is building even anoother major camous in sister city Bryan...the list goes on and ...
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By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Are you unsure of how to go about the process of putting your home up for sale? As the new year is getting into full swing, you may be ready to move on to bigger and better things such as selling your home. I am going to give you a step-by-step list of what to do in order to hopefully make the process a little bit smoother.   Get all of your finances and documents in order  This may not seem like a big deal, but it’s definitely one of the most important things to do in order to make the selling process easier. You are going to need to be prepared, so when you find a realtor you like you have all the information already laid out. This information includes: gathering all of your personal finances, figuring out your budget, deciding out how quickly you need to sell, and gathering all of th...
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By Tom and Stephanie Hansson, Hansson and Hansson Real Estate Team
(Cortiers Real Estate)
It's time to put on your dancing shoes, folks.  The Aggie Dance Marathon 2016 kicks up its heels this Saturday, March 5th.  All proceeds will benefit kids via the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.What: Aggie Dance Marathon 2016Where: Texas A&M (4250 TAMU, College Station, TX)When: Saturday, March 5th, 9am to 9pmCost: $15 per personContact: Aggie Belles, Texas A&M University via emailAggie Dance Marathon 2016The Aggie Dance Marathon 2016 marks the third year in a row that the Aggie Belles have hosted this fun-filled event.  The marathon allows the 12th man to stand up for those kids who can't do so on their own.  Sure, there will be dancing throughout the evening (of course).  But the Aggie Dance Marathon 2016 has so much more to do during this 12 hour event.  You'll never be bored.P...
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By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Are you a dog owner who will be making the move soon to a new home? Well, don't forget that moving will be a stressful experience for your furry friend as well! Dogs by nature are territorial animals so moving to a new environment can be overwhelming for them. Fortunately, there are steps you can take before, during, and after the move to help your dog adjust. In the following infographic by Moving FC, you can get some quick tips on what to do for your dog.Before the Big MoveResearch is an important step to making a seamless move to the new home. Even if you do hire a real estate agent to find a new home, you should still spend some of your own time to research things like pet ownership regulations and new vet hospitals. Once you have located your new home, make sure you confirm with bu...
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By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
 A home burglary is an unsettling event. Make sure you know what steps you must take after a break-in occurs. Certain steps are very important for your police report, reclaiming your property and for your insurance claims. After you have dealt with the post-burglary logistics, enforce a new security standard that will enhance the safety of your home. Here's what to do immediately after a burglary:Contact the PoliceAs soon as you detect a burglary, call the police. This first step is a priority, as the longer you wait, the harder it will be for the authorities to track down the burglars. If you caught a glimpse of the individuals who broke into your home, write down all the visual things you remember about them. Make sure you include the number of intruders, height, gender, age, race, cl...
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By Tom and Stephanie Hansson, Hansson and Hansson Real Estate Team
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Did you know that approximately 47 million US citizens live below the poverty line?  Over 20% of US children are part of that statistic.  These families struggle every day to make ends meet.  Money raised from the 2016 College Station Stampede for Need 5K will help alleviate some of their issues.  And you'll have a fun time helping.What: 2016 College Station Stampede for Need 5KWhere: Central Park (1000 Krenek Tap Rd)When: Saturday, February 27th, Registration: 8am, Race Begins: 9amCost: $20/person before the race, $25/person the day of, $15/person for groups of 4 or more peopleContact: St Mary's Catholic Center (979) 846-57172016 College Station Stampede for Need 5KThe St Mary's Advocates for Christ Today (ACT) group has organized the 2016 College Station Stampede for Need 5K this Satu...
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By Tom and Stephanie Hansson, Hansson and Hansson Real Estate Team
(Cortiers Real Estate)
This Monday, January 18th, is Martin Luther King Jr Day.  Many people across the country will be honoring his memory by serving their community in one way or another.  You and your family can learn more about Dr King, his legacy and how you can better serve your community at the 2016 College Station Dream Works Conference this Saturday.What: 2016 College Station Dream Works ConferenceWhere: Lincoln Recreation Center (1000 Eleanor St)When: Saturday, January 16th 9am to 6pmAdmission: FREE Lunch: $5/plateContact: City of College Station (979) 764-37792016 College Station Dream Works ConferenceThe 2016 College Station Dream Works Conference is a great way to introduce your children to civic responsibility.  A community is only as good as the people that inhabit it.  As parents, we should do...
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By Tom and Stephanie Hansson, Hansson and Hansson Real Estate Team
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Do you live in the Bryan/College Station area?  Are you at least 50 years old?  Do you enjoy activities like tennis, bowling or pickleball?  The Brazos Valley Senior Games 2016 registration is now open and waiting for you.What: Brazos Valley Senior Games 2016 RegistrationWhen: Now through February 12thWhere: Stephen C Beachy Park, mail-in or onlineCost: $30 per person + $4 per eventContact: City of College Station (979) 764-3486Brazos Valley Senior Games 2016 RegistrationThe games themselves take place February 18th to the 21st.  Each event will be divided up into separate age groups.  Each age group will compete against each other for gold, silver and bronze medals.  Events include basketball, table tennis, disc golf, swimming, golf, cycling, a 5k and so much more.  Please visit the Br...
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By Tom and Stephanie Hansson, Hansson and Hansson Real Estate Team
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Have you made any New Year's resolutions yet?  The #1 resolution made by far every year is to lose weight.  If that is your goal this year, you may want to visit the College Station FitFest 2016 on Saturday.  That will get your weight loss/healthy living goals off the ground and running!What: College Station FitFest 2016Where: Lincoln Recreation Center (1000 Eleanor St)When: Saturday, January 2nd 9am to 1pmCost: FREEContact: College Station Parks & Recreation (979) 764-3486 or via emailCollege Station FitFest 2016Dozens of representatives from fitness centers and health organizations around the Brazos Valley will be on site at the College Station FitFest 2016.  Medical professionals and nutrition consultants will also be available to answer any questions you may have as well as offer ad...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veterans Loans in College Station, TX are the best loan program in Texas!   Designed for both active duty military and honorable discharged Veterans, VA MORTGAGE LOANS are one of the best mortgage loanPROGRAMS available today.   Here are some of the great features of this fantastic program:  - Up to 100% FINANCING, with no down required.  - No monthly MORTGAGE insurance.  - Easier credit qualifying compared to other types of MORTGAGE LOANS.- VA Mortgage Rates are low compared to other types of HOME LOANS.   So how do you qualify for Veterans Loans in College Station, TX?  First of all, you must VERIFY YOUR eligibility. This is done by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. You can work with an approved Texas VA MORTGAGE LOAN  lendertoORDER your COE quickly, or you can contact ...
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