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College graduate moving to a new city?
Recently married and looking to settle down?

Whatever your situation, saving for your first home can be a financially stressful situation!
Here are a few things to consider when making the transition to first-time home buyer. 

Educate yourself on finances

While it seems obvious, understanding the state of your finances is extremely important before you can begin effectively saving. In addition to knowing how to properly budget, make sure your debts are under control and that your income is steady and reliable. Being knowledgeable and comfortable with the state of your finances can lift a huge weight off your shoulders when beginning this process.

Check your

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Looking for somewhere to take your better half to let them know they are appreciated this Valentine’s Day? Check out these local events going on in Bryan-College Station!

Valentine's Tea & Fashion Show

Date: Thursday, February 11, 1:00PM-3:00PM
Location: Southwood Community Center 1520 Rock Prairie Rd. College Station, Tx 77845
Cost: Free
Ages 55 and over are invited to come out to enjoy an afternoon tee that includes bingo, and a fashion show from Burlap and Pearls Boutique. For more information click here, or to RSVP call (979) 764-6351!

Painting with a Twist

Date: Saturday, February 13, all day
Location: 1643 Texas Ave S, College Station, TX 77840
Cost: $25-$30/person
Sign up for a

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You don't have to go on vacation to feel as though you are at a resort. You can transform your backyard into a personal oasis. With luxurious upgrades to your property, you can still feel the comfort of your home when you venture into the outdoors. Here are four upgrades to make your yard feel like a sanctuary.

Transform Your Hardscape

Add long-lasting beauty to your yard with gorgeous custom designs of interlocking pavers. From driveways to walkways to patios, they create features that transform your outdoor space while maintaining your home's personality. Don't be stuck in the mindset of pavers being dull and uniform because companies like System Pavers provide different styles, ranging from Mediterranean to Spanish to contemporary, that

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Putting your home up for sale can seem like an endless list of to-dos.  By focusing on these five things, you will only put time and energy into projects that will bring you the most profit. 

1. Make sure your house is meticulously clean both inside AND outside 

Get all of the bulky, unnecessary furniture out of your house. Buyers aren’t going to want to look at something that doesn’t have to be there. Only keep the furniture that is absolutely necessary and makes the house look put together.

Get rid of clutter. Anything that looks out of place needs to go. This means old clothes thrown in the corner of your closet, Christmas decorations you still haven’t taken down, blankets thrown across couches and chairs.

Make sure all of the little things

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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

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Start of a new year means a fresh start for your home. This year is bringing the future into home building with new materials, technology, and concepts. Whether you’re designing a whole new house or wanting to add a new look to an old room, these trends are guaranteed to give your home a fresh start for 2016.

Wood Flooring

This may seem like a timeless trend but the flooring options for 2016 are endless. This year is all about embracing the beautiful imperfections of wood. Hyper-natural and reclaimed wood floors give you an authentic, worn in look to your room. If you’re bored of the typical wood flooring, mix it up and use both dark and blonde wood in your room to give a unique modern feel. Don’t want to mix colors? Then pick the mix-width trend

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The wrong home appliance can detract from a room’s design value. Don’t let an appliance overshadow the hard work you’ve put into your home’s design. There are a number of modern appliances that are created with design in mind and that boast a modern, classic or retro look.

Here are a list of appliances that are exemplary in both function and style:


There are a variety of fridges on the market that are designed impeccably in both form and function. If you want to give your kitchen a more retro look, the Smeg refrigerators are a 1950s ice box-inspired appliance. Smeg fridges come in a variety of styles and colors and are highly functional with three adjustable shelves, a fruit and vegetable container and a one-bottle storage shelf. The

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The Real Estate Gallery
in Bryan-College Station

The 14,000 square foot Real Estate Gallery will house the following local companies: Cortiers Real Estate, Aggieland Title, Spring Insurance, Legacy Mutual Mortgage, GrantCaffey Construction, and Black Box Coffee.

This building will be unique in the fact that it will hold all of these companies under one roof, making it convenient for locals, and out of towners who are searching for real estate services.

Real Estate Gallery Tenants included:

Cortiers Real Estate

Legacy Mutual Mortgage

Spring Insurance

Aggieland Title

Black Box Coffee

More details and website to come!
Follow us on Facebook for updates on our building construction! 

Check out our Blog Post about our Groundbreaking Event!

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Not all home improvements increase the value of a home. Some are money-makers while others make a home sell faster. Some only add value depending on where the house is located.

Also, there are home improvements that go over well on the coasts, but not in the Midwest. Understanding these differences will help you make the right type of improvement to your home and potentially make more money when it sells.


Improvements That Increase Value

Entryway Door – One of the home improvements that earns a return greater than the cost is a new steel door. It is a relatively low-cost expense with a national average at a little more than $1,000, and it generally recoups 102 percent of the cost.

Garage Door – Like the entryway door, a new garage

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Top Mistakes Sellers Make 


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There are plenty of mistakes both sellers and buyers can make when it comes to real estate. Be sure you are aware and have researched everything you need to do beforehand!

Read this list of common mistakes sellers make to avoid any mishaps in the future!

1. Overpricing your home
Trust your realtor with pricing your home! They will check similar houses in your neighborhood and compare them. Constantly reducing the price of your house could easily lead to unwanted speculations from potential buyers!

2. Overdoing home improvements
There is a fine line between staging your home and over staging it! Do not make your home feel too pristine or too cold. It is important the

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