December 2014

There are 23 blog entries for December 2014.


Do you want to put your home for sale in 2015 or make property updates for your personal enjoyment? Remodeling projects don't always require an expensive budget. In Texas, market trends encourage practical and budget-friendly renovations that increase the home's sustainability, functionality and curb appeal. Given these factors, consider these seven renovations that will increase the value of your Texas home:   

Paint the Walls

A new coat of paint on your interior walls will transform your space in an instant. Painting is an affordable option that will increase your home's value by brightening dingy walls, outdated paneling or worn cupboards. The added plus of this home improvement is that you can do it yourself. Consult a how-to guide or visit your

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Jump start your 2015 college station resolutions with The Commitment 5K and FitFest at Wolf Pen Creek in College Station on New Year's Day 2015.One of the most popular resolutions made by Americans every year is to lose weight/get fit.  Next to "Monday", January 1st is the most popular day to start a new fitness regimen.  Why not jump start your 2015 College Station resolutions at Wolf Pen Creek this Thursday, January 1st?

What: The Commitment 5K
Where: Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater (1015 Colgate Dr, College Station)
When: January 1, 2015 10am to 3pm
Cost: $25 by December 31, 2014
Register at: The Commitment 5K website

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Jump start your 2015 College Station resolutions with a fun 5K run and the subsequent FitFest.  To join in on The Commitment 5K, participants must register online by end of business on December 31st, 2014 and pay the $25 fee.  Admission to the FitFest is absolutely free.  If

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Nervous about hosting your first NYE party?


Follow these steps and ringing in the new year will be a breeze!


  1. Send invitations: First you have to get the word out. Send invites (e-vites or old-fashioned mail) and let everyone know the details of the party.


  1. Buy and extra 20%: You wouldn’t want to run out of champagne or sparkling grape juice right as the clock strikes midnight. To account for this, make sure you buy an extra 20% from what you think you will need (food, drinks, favors, etc.).


  1. Decorate: Glitter, sparkles, and shine should fill your home on New Year’s Eve. Wow your guests with your festive decor.


  1. Party favors: New Years is all about the poppers, noise makers, party hats and crowns and

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Finding the perfect agent can be a worrisome task, but working with a Cortiers Agent will allow you to feel more at ease.

When you select to work with a Cortiers Agent you will receive service using our tried and true marketing plan. this takes all the guesswork out of selling your home. We will make sure your listing gets the best exposure and reaches the right buyer - whether they’re out of state, in another country, or just right around the corner.

We’ll help you by:

  • Performing a comparable market analysis

  • Provide home staging advice

  • Advertise your home through a variety of methods

  • Negotiate a purchase offer, the best the market will allow

  • Help you understand contract contingencies and details of the closing

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What are your kids doing while they wait for school to start back up in January? How about a Bryan Winter Workshop for Kids at the Children's Museum?Christmas is almost here.  Tomorrow night, Santa will be visiting our Bryan community to drop off presents to all the good little boys and girls.  But after Christmas is over, Bryan Independent School District children will still have an entire week off before they head back to school.  What can you do to keep them busy and out of trouble during this time?  How about the Bryan Winter Workshop for Kids?

What: Frosty's Winter Workshop Camp
Where: The Children's Museum (4001 E 29th St, Bryan, TX)
When: December 29, 2014 to January 2, 2015 7:30am to 5:30pm
Cost: $30-$40 per day or $110-$150 per week
Contact: The Children's Museum of Brazos Valley (979) 779-5437

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At the Bryan Winter Workshop for Kids, parents have two options for their children to

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Congratulations, you've just endured what’s considered one of life’s top stress-inducers: purchasing a home! The good news is you’ll be stress-free and cozy in a place that you've worked hard for. But not so fast. The house hunt may be over, the offer accepted and the closing date set, but there is still work to be done before busting out the champagne. Here are six lesser-known, pre-closing steps to be aware of.

1. Plan Your Repairs Now

Rarely do home buyers find a house in mint condition or just to their liking. In the likelihood you do need repair work done on your new home, you don’t need to wait until the house closes to obtain bids from general contractors and other home repair specialists. It’s always a good idea to have repairs done before

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Look no further! This like-new condo is an income producing investment that has it all.
Nestled in a gated community & showcasing endless amenities including a sparkling pool,
sports court, patio areas, gym & club house. The tidy living room opens to the kitchen/dining area gleaming with
an extended granite eating bar, tile flooring, & pendent lighting. 
Convenience of a guest half bath as well as in-house utility room featuring extra storage.
The Upstairs you will find roomy bedrooms, each with a private bath & walk in closet.
Relax on the balcony overlooking a secluded wooded area. Wolf Pen Amphitheater, park, & nature trails all within walking…
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The words ‘home security’ are often associated with installing an expensive protection system. But that doesn’t have to be the case! These do-it-yourself tips will help you get your home protected in seven quick steps. Make this your weekend project and feel safe and secure in your home.

  1. Install Motion Detector Lights. Chances are your wiring is already in place, making this a simple project. Make sure to install the lights on every side of your home, not just the front porch.

  1. Store Valuables. Collect the family valuables in your home that are not used on daily basis. Move these items to a safe deposit box or invest in a at-home safe.

  • Don’t forget about electronic

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Real Estate Market Stats for Bryan/College Station

November 2014
Sales Closed: 169
Total Sales Amount: $34,902,867
Average Sales Price: $206,526
Average Days on Market: 118

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When you’re moving to a new home close to the holidays, you probably won’t be completely unpacked and settled in when the Christmas arrives. You’ll still have things in boxes and crates, and trying to get everything set up on tight timelines during the already stressful holidays and moving activities is difficult at best. But you’ll still want to decorate and add some holiday cheer. Here are a few fun and easy ways to decorate even if you’re still living out of suitcases and sorting through moving boxes.

DIY: Add Touches of Nature

Use nature as your inspiration and make pinecone ornaments by spraying glue and sprinkling glitter on them and tying gold string on the end to hang them. Gather small twigs together with ribbon and an ornament for a door

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