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Do you really need a real estate agent to help price your home when you already have resources such as “Automated Valuation Model” (AVM)? AVMs calculate your property value by comparing similar homes in your area that have recently sold.

There are reasons real estate agents exist. Why do they exist, though, when we have tools such as AVMs? Here are three reasons why:

  1. These tools are not always accurate.
    Realtors also use these tools to help find the value of your home, but then they go on and further their research to find the true value. AVM evaluations are known to be off by around 5 percent. 5 percent! That’s a big enough percentage to be alarming. Sometimes they are even inaccurate up to 20 percent.

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When looking for a new home, there is a plethora of factors that need to be taken into account.
Where is the home located?
What does it look like?
How big is it?

These are all very important questions to be aware of when you start the search for a new home. For simplicity’s sake, we have compiled a list of the most important aspects to look for when the time comes for you to purchase a new home.

 The perfect size. If Goldilocks has taught us anything, it’s that it can take a little while to find the perfect fit for you (and your family). You should not only be concerned with houses that are the perfect size for you, but also, the perfect size for the average homebuyer as well. You should probably be looking for homes with three to four bedrooms tops.

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They say do not judge a book by its cover, but that rule most definitely does not apply when it comes to homes.

If you are getting ready to sell, let us help you make some changes to enhance and improve your home.

Looks are everything when it comes to buying a house, so give the buyers what they want.

Start off with the outside; this is where the judgment begins. Make sure the exterior siding and windows are cleaned. Hire someone to powerwash the house! For a cheaper alternative, buy liquid house wash. Spray it on the house, let it sit for ten minutes and then rinse it off with your garden house. Consider your curb appeal. A freshly mowed lawn and few blooming flowers would not hurt.

Now lets move on to the entry.  It might be time to spring

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A great house on over 9 acres. This house is built to last!

Relax and enjoy your morning and evenings on the covered front porch. The home sits back on the property, away
from the main road, which provides you plenty of privacy.

Recent updates in 2014 include: new roof, water filtration system, hard wood floors, fully remolded kitchen, and new chicken house. The property uses fresh well water and the utilities are from Navasota Electric. In the hot months, the bill is around $180. The Property taxes are as low as $2315.

On the property, you will find a 6ft slab with triple beam framing. There are 5 septic systems on the property, three by the house and two by the RV pad. The property includes RV hook ups with sewage.

There is a detached two-car

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As the weather begins to get cooler, everyone wants to spend more time outside. The Brazos Valley is full of biking trails that are great for getting your outdoor fix.

If you need a trail for your morning bike ride or a biking path where you can take your kids on the weekend, this list will help you find the perfect fit!

Brison Park - 400 Dexter
Named after Fred Brison, Brison Park features a 1/3 mile nature and bike trail with a seasonal stream running through. The park is also the home of a Texas A&M Bonfire Collapse memorial plaque.

Lake Bryan - 8200 Sandy Point Road
Surrounding Lake Bryan, you will find 10 miles of biking and hiking trails. The view of the lake makes this a great setting for enjoying the outdoors.
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Prior to putting a home on the market with a real estate agent, home sellers obtain a comparative market analysis, also known as a CMA.

Reports can vary, anywhere from a two-page list to fifty page analysis, the length depends on the business practice of the agent.

Standard comparative market analysis’ contain the following information:

Active Listings
Active listings are homes that are already on the market. These listings only matter because they are your competition once your home is on the market. The sales prices that are offered do not reflect buyer’s market until they sell--most homes end up selling for a lot less.

Pending Listings
Pending sale homes are listings that are under contract. They have not

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Moving to a new home involves many big changes that can be tough on you and your kids.A smooth transition is essential for achieving your home sweet home.

These quick tips will help your family move with ease.

  • Call a family meeting. Bring your family together around the dinner table and simply have a conversation with your kids. Explain the benefits of the move and the reasoning behind it. Ask for your kids’ feedback and feelings. And don’t forget to share your excitement.
  • Get their input. As you are narrowing down your home options, get help from another set of eyes. Kids often feel powerless in the move but this can be prevented by involving them in decisions. Have your kids list their three favorite
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Custom built brick home on 2 acres in quiet, established neighborhood!

The kitchen features beautiful custom cabinets. The home includes three walk-in closets, and four extra closets for linens, coats - perfect for extra storage! Huge utility room optimal for crafting or an office area.
Enjoy your mornings and evenings in your large enclosed sun room.

Hold your get togethers or BBQ on your brick patio covered by a LARGE solid cedar pergola.
PLUS a separate 462 sq ft.workshop and 462 sq ft. apartment with kitchen area, bedroom and full bath with walk-in closet. The apartment area is perfect for family, guests, or even to rent out. Both the home and apartment are wired for satellite TV.

The home has 9 ft. ceilings, crown molding, and  two tank-less water…
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In today’s market, it is crucial for sellers to improve their home appearance as much as they can, according to Staging your home is a great way to attract more buyers.

Before staging your home, however, you must take some steps in order to prep for the staging. If buyers come looking at your home and see a kitchen floor that needs repairing, in their mind, they are going to assume that the rest of the house needs repairs and this can lower the value of the home anywhere from $20,000-$30,000!

If you are considering staging your home, Caroline Farnsworth lists some important prep steps:

1. Depersonalize

  • Getting rid of any clutter is a huge factor in staging a home. Along with decluttering, you also

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The Bryan/ College Station area is a community characterized by selfless service and the tight bonds of its residents. There is really no better way to feel at home in this community than to give your time to one of the many great volunteer organizations that call the B/CS home. We have compiled a list of some organizations in town that would be more than happy to have your help. Take a look and get involved!

Habitat for Humanity- Each year dozens of groups and organizations volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity worksite. The most popular form of volunteer work is on the construction site, but the organization also needs participants in their office, as Spanish translators, or as lunch providers for the construction

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