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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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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 is at the Realtor’s Hill Visit in Austin!

Alta is pictured with Rene Oliveira (center) and Mickey Furcron (left) at dinner the night before the big Realtor Hill Visit meeting in Austin with the legislators. It is great to have the Texas Association of Realtors and about 2,000 … 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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How much return can you get when you remodel?

We have clients that say ” I paid “X” amount for this property and I have put “X” amount into it when I remodeled. Of course, they are thinking they should be able to add that all together and get … 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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Have you ever wondered about the erosion on the beaches up north on South Padre Island?

We attended a meeting this past week at City Hall in South Padre Island that was about a study done for the Texas General Land Office (GLO) concerning erosion and development of property north of The Shores. They reported that … 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 more info on Convention Center Expansion?

Need some information or have some questions regarding the Convention Centre Expansion and Renovation Project? The City of South Padre has developed a website that contains the history, timeline, videos, upcoming events, frequently asked questions, and associated documents. Simply go … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Have you ever heard of the Penguin Plunge in South Padre?

The first ever Penguin Plunge kicks off the New Year here with music, art, and antics. The event will be from 11:00AM to 4:00PM with the plunge beginning promptly at 2:00PM, Tuesday, Jan, 1st at Boomerang Billy’s Beach Bar & … Continue reading

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South Padre Island Polar Bear Dip – Jan. 1st

Claytons Beach Bar and Grill has been chosen as the new location for the 15th Annual Polar Bear Dip and Beach Party to be held January 1, 2013. SPI Polar Bears will once again partner with SPI Walk for Women … Continue reading

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How Can You Give to Those in Need at Cmas?

The Padre Elite Team gave Visa gift cards to the principals of the elementary and junior high schools in Point Isabel School District. If anyone knows who the neediest children are in school, it is the principal at the school … Continue reading

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Does the State Have Any Home Buyer Assistance Programs?

Yes, the state of Texas has buyer assistance programs. TSAHC, Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, offers a low, fixed-rate and down payment assistance grant of 5% of a borrowers loan amount. It is open not only to first-time home buyers … Continue reading

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