Monthly Archives: January 2013

SPICE Chili & Bean Cook-off & Mercado at Louie’s Backyard on Saturday

Walk for Women presents SPICE, or South Padre Island Chili Expo, on February 2 at Louie’s Backyard from 7:00AM to 4:00PM. A new event, the Mercado will be located on Laguna Boulevard, between Marlin Street and Ling Street at 10 … Continue reading

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Public Invited to Learn How TWIA Affects Insurance Rates

Today is the day that the Texas Coastal Coalition will provide an update on the Texas Windstorm Insurance Agency (TWIA) reform legislation and regulatory negotiations. This is very important for our local communities along the Texas Gulf coast. The public … Continue reading

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Builders Build at Fastest Pace in 4 Years | Realtor Magazine

Although we haven’t seen much in the way of new construction here in South Padre Island and Port Isabel, we are observing a boom in Texas. Houston, Austin, etc. It will be a trickle down effect for us. We hope … Continue reading

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Gayle and Alta Make List of RE/MAX Industry Leaders

Posted 1/22/13 by RE/MAX of TEXAS Across the network, RE/MAX Associates stand out as industry leaders, receiving honors for their work and guiding other agents as officers of various boards. Several have been named Realtor of the Year. Here are … Continue reading

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Claiming a home office on your taxes just got easier

Check out this information from Texas Association of Realtors: If you claim your home office as a tax deduction, the IRS has good news for you. Starting in 2014, taxpayers who work primarily from home will have the option to … Continue reading

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Do you want a job during Spring Break in South Padre Island?

The City of South Padre Island has started preparing for the upcoming Spring Break 2013. They have posted its Spring Break job openings on their website. The openings are Code Enforcement Inspector, Maintenance, Police Officer, Traffic Control, and Transport/jailer. To … Continue reading

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Your Top Home Ownership Tax Questions Answered

Below is an article from HouseLogic and National Assoc of Realtors about home owner tax deductions: Which tax benefits do home owners miss? Will you get audited if you take the home office deduction? Find out the answers to these … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart pledges to hire 100,000 veterans

Wal-mart has promised to hire 100,000 veterans that have been honorably discharged over the next five years. The hiring pledge, which will begin on Memorial Day, covers veterans within 12 months of leaving active duty. Most of the jobs will … Continue reading

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SpaceX Update

A full house showed up on Thursday at the monthly Coffee and Conversation at Café Kranzler to get the most recent updates on space travel in the Rio Grande Valley. Lizzy de la Garza with the Brownsville EDC provided not … Continue reading

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Save the date for the Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo

Saturday, Feb. 9, South Padre Island Convention Center is the Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo. Doors open at 8:00 am with opening presentations beginning at 8:30 am. Jonathon Wood’s Live Raptor Show featured, followed by a day of more than 20 … Continue reading

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No more paper checks for Social Security or VA?

Did you know that people who receive Social Security or other federal benefits such as VA, SSI, etc. cannot receive a paper check starting March 1st? It must be received by electronic payment or the Treasury-recommended Direct Express Debit MasterCard. … Continue reading

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Have you ever been to a South Padre Island Kite Fest?

If you have never been to a South Padre Island Kite Fest, you should plan to attend this year on Feb. 2nd to 3rd. It will be held at the flats just north of the Convention Center from 10:00AM to … Continue reading

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Whiskers ‘n Things to host mixer Tuesday

The Laguna Madre Humane Society (LMHS) and the staff of Whiskers ‘n Things invite you to the ribbon cutting and mixer on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2500 Padre Blvd. at 5:30PM. You can even shop while you are there. … Continue reading

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2013 29th Annual Causeway Run pictures

    

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We Were Published in the RE/MAX of Texas Online Newsletter

RE/MAX of Texas just posted their Online Newsletter and our RE/MAX 1st Choice offices were mentioned the newsletter. Check out the RE/MAX 1st Choice Realtors at the McAllen Christmas parade. It sure is fun working with this group!

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The Age Old Problem of Giving More Than Half of our Taxes to Other School Districts

We all know that Texas has the “Robin Hood” plan of funding our school districts. You will be hard pressed to find anyone that likes that plan. This year the 83rd Texas Legislators will be forced to address this once … Continue reading

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Did You Know What Happens on Feb. 1st With Your Unpaid Property Taxes?

If you haven’t paid your 2012 property taxes by February 1, 2013, there is an immediate increase of 7% (6% penalty and 1% interest). By July 1, 2013, those unpaid taxes incur the maximum penalty of 12% PLUS 6% interest. … Continue reading

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Are You Interested in the History of South Padre Island?

There is a great article in the Port Isabel/South Padre Island Press this past week about a local historian, Steve Hathcock. He has written four books on the history of South Padre Island and treasure hunting on SPI. Not only … Continue reading

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Have You Registered for the Causeway Run and Fitness Walk Yet?

Next weekend is the 29th Annual Causeway Run and Fitness Walk. If you have never done this, you should consider joining them this year. The views from the top of the causeway as you walk or run are incredible. There … Continue reading

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7 Healthiest Housing Markets for 2013 per NAR & Trulia

Where are some of the strongest performing housing markets that are expected to make solid gains in the new year? The housing markets marked “healthiest” boast some of the nation’s strongest job growth, lowest vacancy rates, and lowest foreclosure inventories. … Continue reading

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What Are the Craziest Craziest Local Laws and HOA Rules You Have Seen?….No Mothers-In-Law Allowed?

Even celebrities such as Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson can be at odds with an HOA. Here are seven crazy examples of laws and HOA rules: 1. Can’t park your car in your own driveway. In Odessa, Fla., … Continue reading

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Want to Get Rid of Stuff and Declutter Your Life?

You can get that warm, fuzzy, giving feeling and make a few bucks by responsibly ditching all the excess stuff you have accumulated, particularly at this time of year. Check out this link to a great article by National Association … Continue reading

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