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10 Bath and Kitchen Trends to Watch This Year

Winner of NKBA’s 2013 Best Kitchen design competition: Wendy F. Johnson, Designs for Living, Manchester, Vt. The kitchen featured a “curved LED-lit glass bar overlooking art glass on panels in the cooking and entertaining centers.” Shades of gray, quartz finishes, … Continue reading

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Move over gold: Real estate ranks as a top investment

Is real estate investment as good as gold? To 25% of Americans, it is. According to a recent Gallup poll, real estate is now tied with gold as the best long-term investment, up from 20% in April 2012 and 19% … Continue reading

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Make your house look bigger without using a sledgehammer

Want to make your home look bigger to help get it SOLD! Check out this article from TexasRealEstate.com. It is a good one. Make your house look bigger without using a sledgehammer.

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Is Your Home Worth Less Than You Owe?

You may have heard of The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) but if you haven’t, it is definitely worth your time to read this article. It was designed to help homeowners refinance a home in which they owe more than … Continue reading

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Want a Great Idea for Improving Your Home and Property Value?

We are always curious about the latest trends in remodeling. Below is an article from our NAR Realtor Magazine with some great ideas. Most of these are relatively inexpensive. Check it out: 7 Hot Home Improvement Trends that Make Your … Continue reading

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What’s the Best Day of Week and Month to List?

We love our sellers! When we run across information that will help them and us get their listing sold, we are all about it. This was certainly an interesting article and we plan to try this strategy to see how … Continue reading

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Why Would a Texas Windstorm Engineer Drop His Certification?

Hundreds of state-licensed engineers, many frustrated with the Texas Department of Insurance, are dropping out of the windstorm certification program that allows structures to be insured by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. Last year, more than 900 engineers participated in … 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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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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Island – Airport Shuttle fare now $1 each way

Valley Metro has reduced the fare on its Island Airport Shuttle from the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport to just one dollar.  This come as good news to the 50,000 passengers expected to ride the shuttle this year. The … Continue reading

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Music in the Park on SPI

Want something to do this weekend? The South Padre Island Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee invites everyone to the 2nd Annual Music in the Park that will feature local talent, Shayne Marie Neal. Music in the Park 2012 will take … Continue reading

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Tax Deductions for Vacation Homes

Tax deductions for vacation homes vary greatly depending on how much you use the home and whether you rent it out. Is your vacation home a vacation home? If you bought your vacation home exclusively for personal enjoyment, you can … Continue reading

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SPI 2nd Access Public Hearing Scheduled for July 17th

Check out the link below to an article from the Brownsville Herald. The Draft Environmental Impact Study has been completed. It is now time for a public hearing which will be held on July 17th………….http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/articles/padre-140921-crossed-public.html

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Flood Insurance Update

Recently, during our Midyear Meetings, many the Realtors met with Members of Congress and urged action on NAR’s priority issues including the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Thursday, the Senate passed a 60-day extension of the NFIP. This extension will … Continue reading

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Protesting your property-tax appraisal may be easier than you think

Ever protested your property-tax appraisal? I have. Twice. The first time was easy. We had bought our home six months earlier, and the appraisal district thought it had appreciated 20%! I attended an informal meeting with an appraisal-district employee. When … Continue reading

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South Padre Wins “BEST” for 5 Out of 8 Categories

In October 2011, the Texas Travel Counselors had a five-day Study Tour of the Coastal Rio Grande Valley where they passed through 19 cities, ate at 14 restaurants, and visited 38 attractions. They were hosted by 14 step-on guides. The … Continue reading

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South Padre to be on TV Again on Friday, 27th at 3:00PM

  South Padre Island is once again being Featured on Dr. Phil this week Check out the program on Friday, April 27, 3:00 p.m. on CBS The show is titled  “The Dr. Phil Family: The Ultimate Conclusion” Dr. Phil visits … Continue reading

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Spring Break Tips from South Padre Island’s Mayor

Welcome to South Padre Island for Spring Break 2012! On behalf of the City Council, I would like to welcome you to the beautiful community of South Padre Island.  As you know, we have many opportunities for you to enjoy … Continue reading

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Show Your Home Pride: 7 Home Improvement Projects for $1,000 (or Less)

Americans still think buying a home is one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. Here are some ways to increase your home’s value and comfort for less than $1,000. We knew reports of the death of American home ownership … Continue reading

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Ted Jones – Rio Grande Valley Economy Statistics

PET – TED JONES-Edwards County Abstract Feb 2012 Fortunately, Stewart Title Company shared Ted Jones slideshow with us. Click on this link to view the statistics he gave us concerning jobs, cost of living, housing, real estate sales, gold, energy, … Continue reading

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BEACH REACH

As Spring Break approaches, we are thankful for those volunteers that come to the Island and support our efforts in assuring everyone has a safe Spring Break experience. One of these groups is “Beach Reach”. This program attracts students from … Continue reading

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South Padre Island 2nd Access Project Website

Want to get first hand information when they post updates on the SPI 2nd Access Project? Go to http://www.cameroncountyrma.org/SPI2ndAccess/index.asp?p=informed    and register to get an email when the latest news is available. There is additional information on their website about the … Continue reading

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Developer, PIHA to Build Housing Complex

  Franklin Development and the Port Isabel Housing Authority have teamed up to develop Artisan at Port Isabel, a 73-unit affordable multifamily apartment community in Port Isabel. Franklin Development is currently “breaking ground” at what used to be Villa Del … Continue reading

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Kitchens Sell a House

It’s a tool used by house flippers all across the nation. Stagers know its power. Real estate agents push its importance. What is this not-so-well-kept secret of real estate? A kitchen can sell a house. Read the Full Story At: … Continue reading

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Home-sales volume continues to increase as prices hold steady, according to latest Texas Quarterly

Housing Report The Texas housing market shows strength and stability at the close of 2011, according to the Texas Quarterly Housing Report, which shows what’s going on in 47 of the state’s markets. Here are some highlights from the period … Continue reading

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Tip on Fertilizing St. Augustine Grass

Just a tip on fertilizer for our St. Augustine Grass in the valley. Remember this, February or March and again in October or November, with a nitrogen-only application. The nutrient most needed by St. Augustine Grass is nitrogen. The amount … Continue reading

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Breaking Ground at Artisan at Port Isabel

~Local housing development getting a breath of fresh air~ (San Antonio, TX) – Franklin Development and the Port Isabel Housing Authority have teamed up to develop Artisan at Port Isabel – a 73-unit affordable multifamily apartment community in Port Isabel, … Continue reading

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Dunes Restoration Planting

  The Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter, 60 volunteers of different organizations, and the City of South Padre Island made the first planting of the year a great success on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Over 8,000 plants were planted at … Continue reading

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2011-2012 Cost vs. Value: Which Remodeling Projects Pay Off the Most?

When tackling home remodeling projects, you’ll find some projects pay off more than others at times of resale. Remodeling Magazine, in conjunction with REALTOR® Magazine, recently released findings of its annual Cost vs. Value report for 2011-2012, revealing which remodeling … Continue reading

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South Padre Island Mayor Appointed to Interim Committee

At the January 18th, 2012, regular City Council Meeting, Mayor Robert N. Pinkerton, Jr. made the announcement of his appointment by the House of Representatives to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Seacoast Territory Insurance. The purpose of the committee … Continue reading

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New Restaurant in South Padre Island

U.S. Bar, a famous old Matamoras restaurant in the market area, is now in South Padre Island. The margaritas are great! Try it out.

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