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The 9 Worst Mistakes Sellers Make at Open Houses

Whether it is an open house or a scheduled showing, these are great tips for getting your home ready for the prospective buyer to view it. The 9 Worst Mistakes Sellers Make at Open Houses.

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Who are the Best Real Estate Professionals?

Ever wondered who would be the best agent to represent you amongst the long list of choices out there? Check out this survey to help you decide: RE/MAX of Texas News » Survey Shows RE/MAX #1 Name in Real Estate.

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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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Alta and Gayle are Going to D.C. to Represent You

Want us to represent you and your real estate interests in Washington D.C.? Tell us the issues that interest you. Every year the National Association of Realtors (NAR) hold their mid-year conference. It is specifically for the real estate leaders … Continue reading

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Buyers Value Storage Space and In-Law Suites Says NAR Survey

When updating your home consider adding extra storage space and an in-law suite to increase your sell-ability. In our market, there is still so much competition and inventory that we are always looking for ways the be “the best one … Continue reading

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Alta and Gayle Obtain Certified Professional Negotiator Designation in South Padre

Yesterday, Gayle and Alta became Certified Professional Negotiators and obtained the CPN designation for Realtors. It was an interesting and lively class that kept us all on the edge of our chairs the entire day. If we could share one … Continue reading

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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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Texas needs lots of RAIN!

In some parts of Texas there are drought conditions. They have starting to restrict water in many communities. It is one of the most critical issues facing Texas today. State financial assistance is needed to fund about half of the total $53 … Continue reading

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Have you ever wondered what is happening in Port Isabel?

Port Isabel is growing and the mayor, Joe Vega, gave a summary of some of the recent accomplishments and goals for the city at a Port Isabel Chamber meeting recently. We are proud of the growth and beautification that has … Continue reading

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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to Allow Walkaways in Some Cases | Realtor Magazine

If you or anyone you know owes more on your home than it is worth, you might want to check out this link below. According to the National Association of Realtors there are some new rules for foreclosures and short … Continue reading

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Want to go to the SPI Senior Prom?

Bring your sweetheart to SPI’s 2nd Annual Senior Prom on February 15, 2013 at La Quinta Inn & Suites from 7 PM to 11 PM. Tickets are only $10 with complimentary Hors D’oeuvres, prom picture and a cash bar. Tickets … Continue reading

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Did you know you can buy a home warranty long after you purchase your home?

The home warranties that we sell at closing have changed over the years. They are a great value and you don’t have to be closing on your home to purchase one. You can actually obtain one online. There are a … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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The Holiday Village in Brownsville is Worth the Trip

Remember the Christmas when you rode around looking at lighted homes? Well, Brownsville has taken this to a new level with The Holiday Village at Dean Porter Park.  There are 19 cottages and Santa is there on Friday and Saturday … Continue reading

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Toy Drive in South Padre Island

The Firefighters Association will host a toy drive for Christmas. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to the new Fire Station No. 1 by December 14. Let’s help put a smile on every child’s face this Christmas!

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Don’t Forget the Time Change!

DON’T FORGET —Set back your clocks tonight.

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South Padre Home Sells at Auction

8 properties in South Padre, McAllen, Weslaco, Edcouch, & Alamo were auctioned off Thursday night. A gorgeous 3473 sq.ft. home in The Villas of South Padre went for $322,500. A 6389 sq.ft. home on 18.2 acres with a barn & … 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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New Superintendent for Point Isabel School District

We were fortunate enough to hear our new Superintendent for our school district speak at the Chamber “Coffee and Conversation” meeting this past week. Dr. Lisa Garcia is an experienced, motivated, concerned, and friendly addition to our district that will … Continue reading

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Cameron County Tax Statements Have Been Mailed

You should have your property tax statements by now. Cameron County Appraisal District collects taxes for 38 taxing jurisdictions so you will receive only one statement this year. Up until last year, we paid two statements. If you don’t have … Continue reading

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Walk for Women’s Best!!!

RE/MAX 1st Choice of South Padre Island and of McAllen joined together for the Walk for Women today. It was loads of fun and they took so many pictures that we felt the paparazzi were after us. Next year, plan … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Sink to New Lows Again

Mortgage rates were back to breaking records for the second consecutive week. All mortgage products, except for the 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage, averaged a new record low, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. For those who can qualify, … Continue reading

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University of Texas at Brownsville Sets Forums to Discuss Future

The University of Texas at Brownsville is scheduling a series of open forums to discuss the vision of their future up to 2050. They want to design a unique, innovative university that will stand alone and they want the advice … Continue reading

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Buying is 45% Cheaper than Renting

Trulia just published an article stating that renting is 45% higher than buying right now. Check out this article:  http://trends.truliablog.com/2012/09/rent-vs-buy-summer-2012/

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Windstorm Insurance Topic for Chamber Quarterly Public Affairs Luncheon

The controversial topic of Texas Windstorm Insurance rates and proposed changes will be discussed by a panel consisting of Senator Eddie Lucio, Corpus Chamber CEO, Foster Edwards, and an attorney, Charles Zahn. They have formed a coalition in an effort … Continue reading

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Texas Realtors Conference!!

This past weekend was full of education and motivation for the Padre Elite Team. We sat through a Professional Standards class all day Friday. After class was the Opening Session for the Conference with Chris Gardner as the guest speaker. … Continue reading

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TED JONES Speaks to SPI Realtors

Ted Jones, VP and National Chief Economist for Stewart Title, spoke to the South Padre Island Realtors and other members of SPI Board of Realtors on Wed., August 22nd. He reported that our sales have increased but our inventory of … Continue reading

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NASA & the Community Back SpaceX

NASA announced that they could possibly budget $440 million to SpaceX for the construction of a facility in Cameron County to launch rockets. The University of Texas Brownsville, UTB-TSC, is debuting a new master’s program in physics whereby a student … 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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Coast Guard in SPI Upgrades Communication System

A 400 ft. tower is being constructed at the SPI Coast Guard station. The new “Rescue 21” communications system will help USCG save lives and improve safety in our area. The old system (dated back to the 70’s) didn’t reach … Continue reading

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Robert Duvall Filming in Rio Hondo

Hollywood came to Rio Hondo last week as they closed three blocks of Colorado St. to accommodate the filming crew of “A Night in Old Mexico.” The Colorado Arroyo is portrayed as the Rio Grande River and the west side … Continue reading

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Sandcastle Days Are Back On!

There was some concern that Sandcastle Days would not happen this year but it is definitely back on! Come be a part of the 25th Anniversary of Sandcastle Days with art, music and family fun. Sandcastle Days 2012 will be … Continue reading

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Texas Association of Realtors Releases New Sales Statistics for Texas

The Texas Association of REALTORS® released the Texas Quarterly Housing Report for the second quarter of 2012. These statewide figures are really impressive. If you would like more information, contact Gayle or Alta. Here are the highlights:   The median sales … Continue reading

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Schlitterbahn in SPI Expands

Schlitterbahn has acquired the Holiday Inn building on the beach. They are in the process of renovating the hotel into a resort for the waterpark, constructing a tunnel to the park, adding a restaurant, swim-up bar, and enclosing the park … Continue reading

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SpaceX!!

SpaceX is considering the area at Boca Chica beach, just south of the jetties, as a possible rocket launch sit for their project. Our Valley leaders are competing against leaders in two other locations in the world to bring this … Continue reading

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Additional Info on SPI 2nd Access Project

PET – 2nd Causeway Routes 7-18-12 We posted a short note the night of the meeting but we wanted to provide more information for those of you that are interested. You can view a map that reflects the new proposed  … Continue reading

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SPI & Los Fresnos to Build Hurricane Shelter

The city of South Padre Island, the city of Los Fresnos, and the Los Fresnos School District are joining forces to build a hurricane shelter that will double as a school gym. A  FEMA grant will pay $1.8 million of … Continue reading

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