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Violence happens occasionally, no matter the location. But homeowners associations can help by offering the security their neighborhood wants while avoiding common errors. Here’s what to look out for and what to avoid to keep your community safe.

Not conducting a security survey

You could invest thousands into a security system your community doesn’t even need. Instead, make your first course of action to conduct a security survey with prevention in mind. Hire a third party like a property manager or ask the HOA security committee to do a survey. If you’re not sure where to start, Echo Community Associations offers a robust checklist on everything from locks on mailboxes to opening fire doors. Check over your gates, common areas, intercoms and

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5209 Vintage Oaks Court
$629,900 | 5 Beds | 3 Baths | 3,214 Sq. Ft. | 2.56 Acres | Built in 2010

Luxury Beyond Compare! Secluded by nature and rich in ultimate upgrades, this Engineered Foundation home includes an additional fenced 1.3 acre lot, storage shed, lush landscaping... all within CSISD. Designed with elegance and distinction yet retaining quality in each feature--stained concrete flooring, exposed stone wall, full foam exterior insulation, wrought iron stairway, open loft and study with built in desks, 5th bed also suited for media room, 3 car garage plus work area/storage, and smart features too-- automated Home with Cameras and Security System. Entertaining is a dream under the grand pavilion with outdoor kitchen and gather around the

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What is title insurance?

Title insurance is a type of indemnity insurance that protects you against financial loss in the case of defects in title to real property and from the invalidity of mortgage loans. Simply put, title insurance protects you and your property if there is a problem with the title that is not found during the initial title search. These problems to the title can include errors or omissions in deeds, mistakes in examining records, forgery, undisclosed heirs, and more.

Title insurance, called an Owner’s Policy, only needs to be purchase once, at the time of closing and will continue to cover you for as long as you have interest in the property. Costs vary will vary depending on the value of the property and legal expenses will be

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2142 Chestnut Oak Circle, College Station

$299,500 | 3 Beds | 3 Baths | 2,195 Sq. Ft. | 0.19 Acres 

Like new custom home by the award winning Pitman Custom Homes. In the highly sought after Carters Crossing. In the exemplary College Hills Elementary school district. Fast, easy access to Hwy 6. This one won't last long!  

     The large, wooden beamed ceiling is sure to catch your eye right when you walk through the door. Whether is a nice afternoon in with your family or an evening entertaining friends and family, this room can do it all.

       Have the kitchen of your dreams in this home. Dark wooden cabinets, light granite countertops, stainless appliances, and a large center island make this room…
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It is now mid summer which is harvest season and that means it's time for the 39th Annual Messina Hof’s Harvest Festival! This festival is several weeks long and each day is there is different activities than the prior day.

The festival mostly takes place at the main Bryan location, but also several weekends during the festival there will be events taking place the Fredericksburg and Grapevine locations. Bring the whole family out for some summer fun down at the winery!

What: Messina Hof Harvest Festival 2016
Where: Messina Hof Estate Winery (4545 Old Reliance Road Bryan,TX)
When: Starting July 29th, 2016 - August 28th, 2016
Admission: Prices vary depending on events and locations
Contact: Messina Hof Estate Winery (Bryan: 1-800-736-9463);

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4419 Toddington, College Station

Price: $398,995 | 4 Beds | 4 Baths | 2,926 Sq. Ft. | 0.15 Acres | Built in 2016

This is a great home built by Grant Caffey Construction and it’s move in ready! This home is airy and open with natural light shines through every room. There are gorgeous wood floors throughout downstairs. It is equipped with a huge kitchen island that opens up to the family area. Beautiful beams line the ceiling in the family area with a stone gas fireplace. The kitchen has vast space and lots of cabinet space. There are upgraded appliances including a stainless steel stovetop, dishwasher and microwave.   There is also a gorgeous formal dining area and a huge bonus room upstairs. This home has it all!

**$10,000 builder

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Tired of having to lower the price of your home because of the amount of time it’s been on the market? Wondering why your home hasn’t sold, or attracted potential buyers? Chances are you’re missing a very important piece of the selling process: home staging. By applying staging you could very well attract the wide variety of prospective buyers you’ve been missing and sell your home for the highest price in the least amount of time.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging is the process of “dressing” your home to be sold. Staging highlights the pros of your home, while at the same time downplaying its weaknesses. It focuses on using techniques that make your home look much bigger, brighter, and warmer. It also focuses on depersonalizing it; this is

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You know those pesky problems that have been bugging you for years? The one’s you hope will magically fix themselves if you continue to ignore them? Well I’m here to tell you, DON’T ignore them; these problems will not go away in time and they will only end up causing you bigger problems in the future. It’s better to fix problems as they happen, so they don’t keep building up and costing you more money than is necessary. Here’s a list of six problems that shouldn’t be ignored and why.

1. Roofing Problems

This seems like a no brainer when it comes to home improvements because who wants a leaky, falling apart roof? Well it can be pricy to replace/fix a roof which is what scares people away at first, but it’s definitely something worth your money. Try

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Fourth of July in Bryan/College Station


Spending your 4th of July in the Bryan/College Station area?

Celebrate your patriotism, and check out these awesome events that will make sure to keep your day full of fun & fireworks!

What: 56th Annual I Love America 4th of July Celebration

Where: George Bush Library

When: 9:30am - 10:15pm

    The George Bush Library and the College Station Noon Lions Club present the 56th Annual 4th of July Celebration, with free games, rides, live entertainment and fireworks show! The museum has free entry from 9:30am to 8:00pm. For more information, visit

What: Fireworks on the Brazos

Where: Washington-On-The-Brazos

When: 10am-10pm

    The annual Fireworks on the Brazos will

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Whether you are looking to buy a new house or wanting to sell your current property, choosing the right agent is a big decision. So what exactly should you look for and how can you know if they will help you get the most out of your property or find the home you’ve always dreamed of?

Communication Is Key

First off, you should make sure that the person you are going to be working with communicates well with you from the start. You will want to make sure your agent is someone you can get in touch with, and speak to, easily. Do they respond promptly or do they seem to be trying to balance too many things at once? Do they seem to have your best interest in mind? You want someone who can see your vision, help you adjust to changes, and will work with you

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