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Temperatures are starting to drop and now is the time to prepare your fireplace for fall! Here are some tips on how to prepare your fireplace for the season--whether it’s a gas or wood-burning fireplace.


Wood-Burning

Clean your chimney before you starting burning the fireplace wood. The leading cause of fires from fireplaces result from leftover fuel that has accumulated in the chimney.


Have the gasket material inspected and replaced as needed. If your wood-burning fireplace has a blower, clean it. Unlike furnace blowers, these blowers do not have a filtering system, so you must clean them!


Replace any broken brick lining or anything that has deteriorated. If the brick lining has deteriorated to

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Stunning home on over half an acre in town!
Located on a very private cul de sac with other amazing homes, this home boasts of gorgeous windows throughout the home!
There is tons of natural light in this home. With all new paint and landscaping, you can enjoy your cool evening on the outside deck. There are 4 spacious bedrooms, a large study, 3 living rooms, and so much more! There is a large, circle driveway that connects to the second driveway leading up to the garage with covered parking.
This home has it all! Across the street is Brothers Park with walking trails, a duck pond, a playground, a sport field, and a basketball court! Please note that this house is still having work done. The home and carpets will be professionally…
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So you've decided to make the transition from renter to homeowner and are looking to purchase your first home. You aren't alone—according to the 2013 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 38 percent of last year's home purchasers were first time buyers. Before you start the often lengthy process of buying a home, it is important to know what you are in for. Here is a brief guide to the steps you will need to take as you set out to purchase your first home:

Start Saving

It may seem obvious, but if you are looking to purchase your first home you should already be saving. There are many unexpected costs along the way to owning your first home, and before you even begin to think about home ownership you need to have some

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What is the Aggie 100?


The Aggie 100 is hosted by Texas A&M's Mays Business School for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship.The Aggie 100 awards Aggie owners of businesses across the United States since 2005!

The Aggie 100 identifies, recognizes, and celebrates the 100 fastest growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world. The Aggie 100 not only celebrates their success, it also provides a forum to pass lessons to the next generation of Aggie entrepreneurs.

There were a total of 11 local businesses from Bryan-College Station that made their way onto this list.

Yes, Cortiers Real Estate made #9 on this list of 100 prestigious companies!

There are a few things In order to be able to qualify for this list, businesses must be in…
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Are you thinking of selling your house?

According to KeepingCurrentMatters.com, there are 5 main reasons you should sell your house now!


  1. Demand is High

There has been a 17.2% increase in sales since July 2012. Sales have remained above that for 25 months now. There are buyers that are serious about purchasing right now!


  1. Supply is Beginning to Increase

KeepingCurrentMatters.com claims that “total housing inventory last month rose 5.6% to 2.28 million homes for sale.” Many expect inventories to keep increasing and rise to 1.9 million of positive equity in the next year. Selling now while the demand is so high may give you your best price.


  1. New Construction is Coming Back

As the market is

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  Four bedroom, three bath, two story townhome located off Briarcrest Country Club!   Spend your evenings unwinding in front of the brick fireplace. And enjoy your afternoons in the backyard with views of the country club.    High living room ceilings, stainless steel appliances, and extra bathroom counter space are just some of the perks this home has to offer.    Come see this listing before it's gone!  
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So many Halloween celebrations and fun activities for this year! How do you keep up with all of them? With this list of events, it will be easy to keep up with all the spooky and sweet-toothed party plans!

Brazos Valley Maize
WHERE: 3063 Salem Rd. Brenham, TX 77833
WHEN: October 11-Nov 16, Open Weekends
General Admission $10, All Access Wristband $12
Group Rates Available for 15+
For more information please call 979-217-2005

Wicked Woods Haunted Trail Kappa Sigma, Mu-Gamma Chapter
WHERE: 4466 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, College Station, TX Right across from the main entrance of Easterwood Airport
WHEN: October 23-26, October 30-Nov 1
Time: 8:00pm-2am
15 minute trail through 5 acres of eerie back woods

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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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