Sunday, February 26
5202 Bandon Dunes Court — $679,000
Another spectacular Morgan Custom Home! Located on a large cul-de-sac street in Pebble Creek, this outstanding home features 4 bedrooms, living room with rock fireplace, formal dining room, breakfast room and a study. There is a large master bedroom and bathroom plus a guest bedroom downstairs. The magnificent kitchen has granite countertops, breakfast bar, butler’s pantry and extra sink. There is a large master bedroom and bathroom plus a guest bedroom with private bath downstairs. On the second floor there are two additional bedrooms, a jack and Jill bathroom, and game room. The large covered patio comes complete with outdoor kitchen. There is a 3 car garage with substantial walk-in attic storage.
SCOT WALKER ’90 January 23, 2017 10:18 AM UPDATED: JANUARY 23, 2017 11:28 AM
Have you noticed a small construction project underway in the the grassy area next to where University Drive passes over the Highway 6?
The conceptual rendering above shows what that project will become: a “gateway monument” welcoming drivers to College Station and Texas A&M.
Drivers coming into College Station on Texas Avenue from Bryan are also greeted by a monument. The twin cities installed this one several years ago at their shared city limits:
That sign and statue are located near where Rosemary Drive intersects Texas, approximately across the street from the shopping center that includes Cafe Eccell.
College Station was recently included in the Top 10 on website WalletHub’s list of “Best College Towns & Cities in America.” WalletHub compared 415 cities using 26 metrics, looking at financial aspects (such as cost of living, availability of rental housing, employment opportunities), social environment (including nightlife, demographics, sports and shopping) and academics. Oxford, Ohio, home to Miami University, came in at No. 1; College Station was 10th, and other Texas entrants in the top 100 were Austin (18th), Houston (56th), San Marcos (72nd) and Waco (78th).
Secrets To Selling Your House Fast
by Brad Chandler, CEO - Express Homebuyers
7 Tips For Making Your House More Attractive To Buyers
While the reasons people want to sell their home are as varied as a cafe’s specialty coffee choices, there is one thing they all have in common. They want the best offer for their house in the fastest and easiest way possible. Here are seven tips to help you optimize your house’s attractiveness.
Sales Tip #
1: Make Sure the Price is Right!
It is critical to understand the housing market in your area. If you don’t, not only do you have a house that sits on the market indefinitely, but you help sell the other homes in the neighborhood that have listed for less. A buyer will come to see your house and after viewing your home, will view the neighbor’s home. The properly priced home suddenly become a better value to buyers and they end up buying that one. Your home then sits on the market longer and longer and can become “stale.”
To find the right listing price, you need to answer some critical questions. Are you in a seller’s market or a buyer’s market? What are the homes in your area selling for currently? To answer these questions you can look at sales data to gain an unbiased viewpoint of what your home should sell for based on other comparable home sales in the area. Aim for a middle number in the price range of homes similar to yours. If you need the home to move faster, drop to the bottom 25% of comparable homes. If your buyers are savvy, they will be looking at similar data and will quickly spot an overpriced home. Setting the price too high is the best thing you can do to sell your neighbor’s home, and the worst thing you can do to sell yours.
Sales Tip #2: No Offers/Contracts? Cut the price!
Avoid the trap of accumulating the cobwebs of inactivity and having your home listed for months on the market.
Many people develop an emotional attachment to their homes. It’s only natural, as the house often holds many memories. However, sometimes that means people believe their home is worth more than the market will pay or are reluctant to drop the price. If you aren’t getting buyer action, you need to cut the price. While many sellers are reluctant to take this step, it is much worse to have your home sit on the market for long periods of time. If your home has been seen by 10 buyers and you haven’t received an offer, it is time to lower the price.
Homes that don’t sell quickly cause buyers and their agents to question your property and ask why it isn’t selling. They may decide your property isn’t worth a visit because they’re worried something is wrong with it. This skepticism continues to compound the longer a house sits on the market. Instead, when you aren’t getting any interest, drop your price to a level that does attract attention.
Sales Tip #3: If it’s broken, fix it!
Selling your home may take a bit of elbow grease and coin, but it’s necessary when selling to today’s discriminating buyers.
Many buyers are only interested in homes that are in move-in condition. They don’t want to have to deal with a misaligned closet door, leaky sink, or cracked window when they’re trying to move and get settled in their new home. Also, if people see something broken, they may question how well the home was cared for and worry about the integrity of the less obvious things they can’t see. If something in your home needs repair, you need to fix it before listing it on the market. Leaving something broken passes the problem on the new owners. If they have a lot of choices, your home will be pushed to the bottom of the pile of prospects. Fixing these issues yourself or hiring a handyman to bring everything back to working order will go a long way to getting top dollar for your home.
Sales Tip #4: Be Flexible!
Sometimes selling your house has less to do with your physical property and more with how you interact with potential buyers.
When a buyer is interested in your property, be as accommodating as possible. For example, if you want to close in three months, but the buyers want you to move out immediately, figure out a way to make it happen.
It’s also a good idea to remove sentimental items from your home prior to showing so that the buyer won’t request that they stay when you move out. When there are multiple real estate choices, buyers can afford to be picky. If you seem difficult to work with and there’s another home on their list with a more motivated seller, you will lose out. Remember, even though you may not see them, you are in a tough competition with other sellers. Be polite, flexible, and likable, and you will become a buyer’s top choice.
Sales Tip #5: Two Words – Home Staging
Seek an outside opinion on how your home appeals to an unbiased observer.
How do the pros sell houses? They pay a professional to stage their house and put it at the best aesthetic advantage to court buyers. The house may get a fresh coat of neutral paint, have furniture removed or replaced, and have all decor arranged to help the home show better. Showcasing tasteful furnishings, fresh paint, and new carpeting can help buyers see themselves in your home living the luxurious life.
But, do you really get your money’s worth when you pay someone to stage your home? One company’s statistics show that staged homes sell for an average of 17% more than non-staged homes. Also, the staged homes are on the market an average of 11 days, while non-staged homes linger for 90 days or more. With that kind of return on investment, it’s worth getting a professional opinion.
Sales Tip #6: Make their five senses sing!
Stimulate all of the senses to create an atmosphere that makes buyers feel like they’re already home.
When buyers set foot in your home, make sure you woo every one of their senses. Visually, the home should be de-cluttered and clean. To literally make music in their ears, you can have soft classical music going on as background ambiance. Turn TVs or other annoying noises off. Make sure your home smells clean. Get rid of any offending odors such as kitty litter boxes, dirty laundry, or cigarettes. You can light scented candles or even bake cookies. Coincidentally, the cookies help the buyers leave with a great taste in their mouth if you time your baking to share their gooey goodness straight out of the oven. And, make sure they won’t step in anything sticky or crunchy, or put their hand on a dusty ledge. The home needs to entice on all sensory levels. If your home is pleasing, your buyers will remember the amazing experience and be more open to seeing themselves as the new homeowners.
Sales Tip #7: Curb Appeal is Appealing
Like it or not, the way your house shows from the street is important.
While you’ve always been taught not to judge a book by its cover, homebuyers don’t seem to make the same connection with real estate. Many buyers won’t even set foot in your home unless they like the outside package. They’ll simply drive right past. Buyers make a judgment on whether they want to view the inside of the home based on how the home looks from their car window or from the pictures. So walk through your neighborhood like a buyer with a critical eye. Does your home stand out? If not, it’s time to get to work and improve that first impression.
Clean the yard and make sure to edge the beds and remove lawn clippings. Plant colorful flowers throughout the front yard and/or place flower pots on the front porch. Remove any peeling paint and fix broken glass. Make sure all kids toys are properly put away.
10 Anti-Burglary Tips for Your Sellers
After Christmas, many people put the empty boxes their expensive gifts came in out on the curb. What do you think that says to potential burglars? It screams, “I just got a brand-new TV! Come and rob me!”
That’s just one example of some unwise habits homeowners have. If those owners are sellers opening their doors to the public for showings, habits such as these put them in even greater danger. The above example is a good warning to give to your clients now, since we’re in the holiday season. But use it as a jumping-off point to have a deeper conversation about safety — and to show that your safety knowledge is an asset to sellers.
Consider using this checklist (you can request it as a customer handout on my website) during listing appointments to better prepare prospective sellers and show your value as a real estate professional. We spend a lot of time telling sellers how we’ll market their home, and while that is obviously important, we rarely address their true concern: how to keep their home safe while it’s open to the public. Touch on these 10 anti-burglary tips so your clients will know that you have their best interest at heart.
National Snapshot of Burglaries
A burglary is committed every 20 seconds, with nearly 1.6 million such crimes nationwide annually, according to the FBI’s 2015 Crime in the United States report. That’s down 7.8 percent from 2014. Total property crime, which includes arson, larceny theft, and motor vehicle theft, reached nearly 8 million instances in 2015, down 2.6 percent from 2014.
- Maintain your property. Especially in the wintertime, many people stay indoors and neglect issues such as peeling trim or an overgrown yard. But if the home looks unkempt, thieves may think it’s abandoned and, therefore, an easy target. Shoveling your walkways to clear them of snow and debris and removing holiday decorations and fallen tree branches in a timely manner will signal that the home is occupied.
- Know your neighbors. Many people don’t really know their neighbors; it’s more than just saying hi and being friendly. Invite them over to see your home before it goes on the market, and introduce them to the people they may see regularly stopping by during this time (especially your agent). Then they’ll know who is and isn’t supposed to be at your home and can better assess when there may be a threat while you’re gone.
- Assess your home’s vulnerability. Walk to the curb and face your house. Ask yourself, “How would I get in if I were locked out?” The first thing you think of, whether it’s the window with a broken lock or the door that won’t shut all the way, is exactly how a thief will get in. Think like a burglar, and then address the issues that come to mind.
- Respect the power of lighting. Criminals are cowards, and they don’t want to be seen. The house that is well-lit at night provides a deterrent because thieves don’t want the attention and the potential to be caught by witnesses. It’s wise to invest in tools that make nighttime light automation easy. That includes dusk-to-dawn adapters that go into existing light fixtures and motion detectors. But beware of leaving your exterior lights on at all times, which signifies the occupant is gone for an extended period of time.
- Use technology to make your home look occupied. In addition to lighting, smart-home technology has made it easier to make it appear like people are home, even when they’re not. Systems that remotely control lighting, music, and appliances such as a thermostat can help you achieve this. Though not considered smart-home tech, simple lamp timing devices available at hardware stores are also good for this purpose.
- Yes, it has to be said: Lock your doors. It’s amazing how many people think they live in a safe-enough neighborhood not to have to lock their doors when they leave. Some facts sellers should know: In 30 percent of burglaries, the criminals access the home through an unlocked door or window; 34 percent of burglars use the front door to get inside; and 22 percent use the back door, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report.
- Reinforce your locks. A good door lock is nothing without a solid frame. Invest in a solid door jam and strike plate first, and then invest in good locks. Know the difference between a single-cylinder and a double-cylinder deadbolt. Double-cylinder deadbolts are recommended because they require a key to get in and out. For safety and emergency escape purposes, you must leave the key in when you are home. But double-cylinder locks are against regulations in some places, so check with your local police department’s crime prevention office.
- Blare the sirens. Burglars are usually in and out in less than five minutes, and they know police can’t respond to an alarm that quickly. Their bigger concern is witnesses to their crime. For that reason, an external siren is invaluable, whether as part of a monitored security system or a DIY alarm. Even if you don’t have an alarm, it’s not a bad idea to invest in fake security signs and post them near doors.
- Consider surveillance cameras. The Los Angeles Police Department started a program encouraging homeowners to install a device called Ring, a doorbell with video surveillance capability that allows homeowners to view what’s outside their door on their smartphone, in a neighborhood that was a target for burglaries. After Ring was installed in hundreds of homes, the burglary rate dropped by 55 percent, according to reports. Most state and local regulations require posting a warning that people are being recorded. (But again, this can be effective even if you don’t actually have the cameras installed!)
- Mark your valuables and record details. Use invisible-ink pens or engravers to mark identifying information (driver’s license or state ID numbers) on items. Log serial numbers and take photos of your belongings. Check to see if your police department participates in the Operation Identification program. They will have stickers for you to place on doors or windows warning would-be thieves that your items are marked. These steps may prevent them from pawning or selling stolen items and can help you reclaim recovered belongings.
Double Open House
Sunday, August 28, 2-5 pm
2600 & 2601 Portland Ave.
Castlegate II residents will enjoy luxurious amenities such as a resort style pool unlike any in our area as well as parks including a fitness park, greenbelts, and a beautiful lake with sprays which is stocked for fishing. Castlegate II has created a community where residents can have a unique lifestyle where they can live, recreate, work and shop. Located in the heart of the expanding South College Station area there is a mix of retail, commercial, schools, hospitality, restaurants, office, medical offices and hospitals all at your fingertips.
Sunday, July 17, 1-4 pm
3503 Midwest Drive
Central Bryan location and “Move-In” ready. This totally updated home is an exceptional statement in an established neighborhood. This home features hardwood floors, a gas/wood burning fireplace, a formal dining room, plus four bedrooms and two baths. Add in a completely updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop, and you can see why this one will not be on the market very long.
Saturday, July 2nd, 1-4 pm
2600 Portland Avenue
Beautiful home built by Lero Homes in Castlegate II is ready for occupancy! Wonderfully designed floor plan includes spacious living with vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace/gas logs and built ins. Large kitchen has Kent Moore cabinets, stainless appliances, low decibel dishwasher, granite and tiled backsplash and island with eating bar.
Master opens to the back patio which is shaded on the hottest of afternoons. Master closet leads to laundry for convenience. Additional room downstairs can be used as study or fifth bedroom and has its own full bath. Upstairs offers a second spacious living area and three additional bedrooms. One full bathroom and a Hollywood style bathroom adjoining two bedrooms upstairs. Energy efficient home with Carrier 16 SEER A/C, WiFi Thermostat.
Castlegate II residents will enjoy luxurious amenities such as a resort style pool unlike any in our area as well as parks including a fitness park, greenbelts, and a beautiful lake with sprays which is stocked for fishing. Castlegate II has created a community where residents can have a unique lifestyle where they can live, recreate, work and shop.
Directions: South on Hwy 6 to right on Fitch, left on Victoria, right on Etonbury. Home is on corner of Portland and Etonbury.
Sunday, June 26, 1-4 pm
9726 Shadow Creek Trail
Come enjoy beauty, elegance, peace, and serenity all in one place. 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home located on 5.89 resort style acres. Enjoy entertaining your guests in this 3,134 sq.ft. beautiful home equipped with a formal dining area. After dinner, move your guest into the living area with high ceilings, beautiful wood floors, stone fire place, and open to your amazing kitchen with granite countertops, large walk-in pantry, excessive cabinets.
Your guests will enjoy the view of your gorgeous pool and waterfall from all the windows that are open to the view. Your guests will also enjoy a dip in the heated pool or hot tub. This home also features an outdoor kitchen, plantation shutters, and more.
Directions: Highway 6 North. Right on OSR. Right on Wheelock Hall Road. Left on Shadow Creek Trail. home is on the right.
Developed in 1983, Copperfield is a premier subdivision in Bryan with an active Homeowners Association that accompanies a neighborhood pool and park. This 6 acre park is one that neighbors love to spend the weekend enjoying. The park is located in the heart of the neighborhood and includes tennis courts, practice soccer goals, sand volleyball court, playground equipment, picnic tables and a large pavilion with BBQ grills.
Blue Ribbon school Sam Houston Elementary resides in Copperfield, which makes this neighborhood so appealing to younger families. Homes in Copperfield range from $135,000 to $500,000 built from the 1980′s to recent. The average price home is $200,000.
Rock Away Cystic Fibrosis Music Festival is a benefit concert to raise money for the 501 c3 nonprofit organization, Beau Means Business Foundation. BMBF’s mission is to increase Cystic Fibrosis awareness in the community, offer programs to those with CF in the Brazos Valley, and fund Cystic Fibrosis research. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. with music starting at 3:00 p.m. Rock Away CF is for all ages. In addition to live music, there will also be a silent auction & a kids zone. So come out & support this meaningful cause, while also having a great time!
Hotel Accommodations: The LaSalle Hotel is located less than a block away from the Palace Theater. Discounts on rooms will be available. Just mention Rock Away CF to receive a discount! Visit www.lasalle-hotel.comto book a room.
Additional Information/Updates: Visit Beau Means Business Foundation to learn more about our mission of helping people with Cystic Fibrosis.
9244 Brookwater Circle
College Station, TX
New listing in sought after Woodcreek Subdivision in College Station. New HVAC and new roof March 2016! 4 spacious bedrooms and two full baths. Family room boasts built-ins and wood burning fireplace. Newer carpet in home. Large master suite with sitting area. Beautiful kitchen with lots of work and storage space. Eating bar and bright breakfast area. With no neighbors directly across street it gives a great woodsy feel and look.
Home includes a high fidelity whole house music system with integrated door chime, door intercom and house wide paging. GREAT HOME AND GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD!
May First Friday is this week!
April First Friday was way too long ago! Who’s ready for another great night out in Downtown Bryan?! Join us for May’s First Friday happening on May 6th! Make sure you come by the Palace Theater at 8:00p.m. to hear live music from ROXY ROCA! If you are looking to have more of a calm night grab a chair or a blanket and stop by Sale Park to see a special screening at 8:00p.m. sponsored by The Brazos County Child Welfare!
It’s also VizaGoGo time in Downtown. The Viz Lab otherwise known as, the Visualization Department at Texas A&M will be exhibiting their work in various locations Downtown as well as showing their animated work at the Palace Theater Saturday evening!
Sunday, May 1st, 1-4 pm
4107 Cripple Creek Ct.
Wonderful home situated in a cul-de-sac, permanent green space next door, all just a short walk from the pool and park! This warm and inviting home has it all!
Plenty of space for dining with the two separate eating areas. Kitchen has granite countertops and tumbled stone back-splash, stainless appliances and gas stove. Even a pass-through area designed perfectly for the coffee bar. Large pantry. Breakfast room and downstairs living area open to the back yard with large windows for abundant natural light.
Spacious master and wonderful built-ins in the master closet. So many uses for the bonus area upstairs. Fourth bedroom, currently used for a study could be a great flex room for crafting or exercise room. Front and back patios to enjoy the outdoors!
Sunday, Apr 24th, 1-4pm
4221 Rock Bend Drive
Darling One of a kind, CHB Quality built Custom home in Castle Rock Subdivision. This home is a true charmer with 3 large bedrooms and 2 full baths on a large corner lot. Beautiful custom knotty Alder cabinetry in the kitchen, both baths and built-in study nook all adorned with granite counter tops. The kitchen also has stainless appliances, built in oven and microwave. This floor plan is not like any other with the side entry garage and adorable side patio area. Many custom touches from the arched walkways to the stone fireplace, tankless water heater and beautiful wood flooring! Huge back patio. Short walk to the community parks and pool.