College Station, TX Real Estate News

By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,President Bush #41 surprised a crowd of several thousand at the re-dedication of his presidential library on Saturday by skydiving into the event. Bush waved wildly and gestured with his legs while on approach to a landing only a few yards in front of the stage. The spectacular entrance was kept secret from both the crowd, and members of his family until the event.This isn't the first time that President Bush has jumped into Aggieland, but skydives were mostly reserved for birthdays. If my memory is correct, this is his third or fourth jump onto the Texas A&M campus. Bush normally makes these jumps with the Golden Knights, which is the U.S. Army Parachute Team, and with the help of Skydive Aggieland, our own drop zone located at Coulter Field.Here is the quote of the day."Y...
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By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,This is a great time of year to visit Lake Somerville. Located approximately 20 minutes east of College Station, the Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway offers cool camping, boating and extensive trails.For more information, check out their Website at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lake_somerville/ Get out and enjoy the great fall weather!Blue skies,Sam Whitewww.SamWhiteRealty.com
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By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,Don't forget the re-opening of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at 1100 tomorrow (Saturday). Parking is available at Reed Arena, with shuttle buses transporting guests to the library beginning at 1000 am. Tickets are required for the event, and will be available on the shuttle buses.The weather forecast is good, and it should be a great event. Officials are expecting at least 6,000 guests.Blue skies,Sam Whitewww.SamWhiteRealty.com
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By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,As some of you may know, my family spent 1993-2003 living on Guam and other islands in the Western Pacific. Most of this was U.S. territory, taken by force by Japan on December 8, 1941.Besides Christmas and Easter, the two largest holidays on Guam are Veteran's Day and Liberation Day. On November 10, 1775, the United States Continental Congress passed a resolution for the foundation of a Marine force for the United States. On July 21, 1944, U.S. and Allied Forces landed on Guam to retake the island from Japan and end a 4 1/2 year occupation, which included be-headings, concentration camps, death marches and massacres. Four 232 years the U.S. Marine Corps has said "aye, aye, sir," and taken on every job handed to them. I really learned not to take them for granted when I liv...
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By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,We are so lucky to have a local symphony. The next concert is scheduled for November 16 at the First Baptist Church of Bryan. The concerts are normally held at the Rudder complex on the Texas A&M Campus, but is using different venues during the remodelling of the complex. This will be extra fun, as I haven't been in the church's new facility on the HWY 6 bypass near Briarcrest Drive.This concert brings to life the story of King David. The orchestra will be joined by several soloists and a narrator.Tickets can be ordered by calling the MSC Box Office at 979.845.1234 or clicking www.BVSO.org. Support our local arts!Blue skies,Sam Whitewww.SamWhiteRealty.com
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By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,Not only are we blessed with great weather, but the activities to go along with it!Wright Amusements has a carnival (RIDES) set up at Post Oak Mall, and plans to remain at that location for at least two more weekends.Unlike many travelling carnivals, Wright's is clean, modern, and has several rides that will hang you upside down. So, bring a little cash and the kids, and enjoy the rides.Blue skies,Sam Whitewww.SamWhiteRealty.com
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By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,This weekend is the Bryan Veteran's Day Parade. The parade begins Sunday at 2:30 pm at W. 20th and N. Bryan Ave in Bryan.This year the city has gone all out, even installing bleachers in several locations along the route. Festivities will include a flyover of World War II era aircraft, a USO Canteen and several marching units, including a corps unit comprised completely of veterans.The Brazos Valley has a fine reputation for its citizens serving in the armed forces. Please come out to honor them.Blue skies,Sam Whitewww.SamWhiteRealty.com
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By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,Recently, Keller Williams Realty Brazos Valley has donated $500 to the Down Syndrome Support Group of Bryan/College Station. The donation was from proceeds from the 1st Annual Trunks or Treats, held Halloween night at the Keller Williams office in College Station. President Christy Knight accepted the check on behalf of the group from Keller Williams Team Leader Matt Ratcliffe.Says Ratcliffe, "We love giving back to the community and Trunks for Treats allowed us to give to families, children and yes even have a little fun doing it.  We were honored to to give our proceeds to The Down Syndrome Support Group this morning in our sales meeting.  We look forward to next years activities were we can give back to those who give so much of their time to these children."Knight state...
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By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,For those of you who follow by blog, you'll recall that I heard U.S. Secretary of Defence Bob Gates speak when he accepted the sixth annual George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service on October 26th. The award was presented with an audience of 3,000 at Texas A&M's Reed Arena.During questions, Gates made two comments which are noteworthy.When asked what he thought of the leadership of Iran, he replied "Not very much, and I think I should stop right there."When questioned about Russia's recent coziness with Iran, Gates seemed to still consider Putin a loyal ally, but during the course of his answer he said "we don't understand" several times.I hope YOUR Tuesday was without conflict.Blue skies,Sam Whitewww.SamWhiteRealty.com
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By Ginger Magoon, Bryan, College Station Texas Real Estate
(Remax - Bryan College Station)
The City of College Station is giving away a $250 cash prize each month for the household who is best at recycling products that often just end up at the dump ground.  The contest was designed to encourage folks to waste less and recycle more. If you are interested in participating contact tohe city at   www.cstx.gov/recycle/ 59k  or (979)764-3690Be Proud of the Brazos Valley..........Recycle
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By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,I want to take a moment to recognize our sponsors that made the First Annual Keller Williams Realty Brazos Valley Trunks for Treats such a fantastic success.Double Dave's PizzaCoca-ColaSlovacek's SausageIt's a GrindHEBKrogerDavid GardnersCopy CornerThe EagleChildren's Museum of the Brazos ValleyHaas Home InspectionsHorseshoe JunctionFreebirdsChick Fil-ALovan Care Animal ClinicJack FMTrunks or Treat was held to benefit the Down Syndrome Support Group of Bryan/College Station. Presentation of a check to the group will be held at our weekly sales meeting on Tuesday at 9 am, at our offices in the Chimney Hill Retail Center.Thanks to all that made the event a great success!Blue skies,Sam Whitewww.SamWhiteRealty.com
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When I received my utility bill this month, I looked over their inserts and found one to be interesting, especially for new buyers.  If you live in the City of College Station, the Sanitation Division offers free curbside recycling.THIS IS GREAT INFORMATION FOR BUYERS MOVING INTO THE CITY OF COLLEGE STATION! Pass it on!This is a weekly service and each subdivision has a special day of the week different from regular garbage service that picks up the regular trash in the large green container.These are some hints to ensure your bulky items get picked up:Place all recycle items in the clear plastic bags that are provided FREE by the city.  To request a Curbside recycling start up kit or more bags, call the Public Works Office at 979-764-3690 and select option 1.Bulky items should be neatl...
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By Matt Ratcliffe, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Brazos Valley)
When I joined Keller Williams Realty six years ago I thought I had found a place that talked a lot about things but as always did not follow through.  You see the experiences I had had before where full of empty promises.  It got to the point that I would just ignor what the broker said they would do for me becuase it never happened.  I discovered like others have the the KWR company is different and the Integrity was and is a way in which it works.  I'm sure that all companies mean well and I not saying that most do, it is just sometimes we are human.  Only promise what you can deliver or do not promise.  I have learned alot in the last few years as I have worked as an agent, Productivity Coach and now as a Team Leader, that people will be people, we just have to try and bring out the ...
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By Matt Ratcliffe, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Brazos Valley)
What if...What if we did our lead generation everyday...What if we called those 10 people in our Sphere of Influence everyday...What if we would not take over priced listin...What if we got every buyer pre approved...What if we told the truth to the seller who had that smell in thier home...What if we really knew our contracts word for word...What if we looked for new business everyday,,,What if we attend a class every week...What if we told our loved ones we love them everyday...What if we helped other agents along the way...What if kept our promises with our agents...What if we believed that what we do makes a diference...What are your What if's...Change your what if's to I will...Go and make it a great week...Till next time,Matt RatcliffeTeam Leadermattratcliffe@kw.com 
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By Matt Ratcliffe, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Brazos Valley)
It is a toss up but here goes.  If freedom from your desk is a must, then a notebook or laptop computer is a must.  The price has gotten better.  Now in a range fro $400 - $800 dollars gives the desk top a run for its money.  You can do power-point presentations to your clients or even have one running at your open house.  The wireless networks seem to getting to be everywhere, even the cell wireless cards price is falling.  Where will we be in 5 years with technology?Desktop allows for a steady workplace.  All your printers, scanners etc., in one place.  If you like office environments or have room in your house, then a desk top is for you.  The cost $400 - $800 will get you a fine machine. You could do both at these prices and be fine, you choose.Till next time, keep blogging on!Matt ...
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By Matt Ratcliffe, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Brazos Valley)
On my previous blog on Technology I forget to mention a new tool that, for me is working well.  www,youtube.com.  It allows you to create a free account were you can upload or capture video directly from your web cam.  I use it for office announcements, tec updates, motivational moments and yes even training.  The videos stay on your account untill you remove them.  I have one team in my office using it to communicate with thier clients.  http://www.skype.com/ is another video for direct video conferencing. Go Technology...Till next, be your on boss and make it great!Matt RatcliffeTeam Leadermattratcliffe@kw.com
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By Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station,
Dear readers,The Brazos Valley, Texas and the nation will celebrate the re-opening of the George H.W. Bush Library here in Colllege Station, next Saturday, November 10, at 11 am. The library has been mostly closed for several months undergoing a major revamp to celebrate the library's 10th anniversary.New features include an oval office where guests can have their photo taken at the president's desk, and the situation room where Bush 41 conducted the first Gulf War.Other events for the day include a demonstration by the Golden Knights, which is the U.S. Army Parachute Team that Bush jumped with on prior birthdays, a lunch served to all guests, and free museum admission for the remainder of the day.Tickets are required, but free, at several College Station locations including the museum,...
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By Matt Ratcliffe, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Brazos Valley)
Technology 2007Technology is in our business from the minute you pick up your phone.  If you have a Web based phone then you can get and reply to e-mail, search the MLS, write a contract (Zipform) and yes even do buyer and Seller nets (Palm Agent).  You contact database from Top Producer 7i is on your phone along with your buyers and listings.  Then you can call www.jott.com and talk to a computer and it will e-mail or text your message to anyone in your database.  You can even make groups so one message can go to them.  If that is not enough you can call www.Jott.com and say WordPress and even post to your WordPress blog site.  What a world of technology we live in today.  More to follow...Who you are in business with matters, Till next time,Matt RatcliffeTeam Leadermattratcliffe@kw.com
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By Matt Ratcliffe, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Brazos Valley)
As with all businesses, the real estate business is experiencing massive change. The trends are clear. Successful companies will treat their people as stakeholders, give them a say in the company, and will share the profits.Most real estate company owners know about Keller Williams, its innovative strategies and its nationwide growth. Some have even talked about changes to their company to meet this new competitive force. Most discover that they can't! They are boxed in by their past thinking and business decisions. Therefore, they would prefer you not to find out about superior training, consulting, leverage, profit sharing, agent leadership, and the team environment at Keller Williams.Most people find a time in their lives where the place they currently are is no longer working for th...
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By Matt Ratcliffe, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Brazos Valley)
The fact is, agents are faced with serious business issues and no one has really taken the challenge of helping them meet them. You've probably already sensed this.The Dilemma you face today as an agent is, "Who is on my side?" More than any other time in history, these are issues that must be resolved. In this industry today, where is the "agent's rights" organization? Who is really studying the business trends and developing methods for agents to deal with them? What company is researching solutions that might provide opportunities for the agent?•·         Internet Solutions •·         Referral Solutions •·         Image Solutions •·         Income Solutions •·         Career Solutions Your company may either be funding the career path you want or the career path someone else wants fo...
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