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The 20 Hottest Real Estate Spots in the World Makes South Padre Look Inexpensive!

Check out this article about the 20 hottest real estate spots in the world. It makes South Padre Island homes look like an awesome bargain. And, it is! The 20 hottest real estate spots in the world | New York Post.

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Wonder What is in Store for Real Estate in 2014?

A presentation of the Texas A & M Real Estate Center Bullish 2013 Outlook  was given by their Chief Economist, Dr. Mark Dotzour, to the South Padre Island Board of REALTORS® at their Annual Installation of Officers event on December 5th. He believes … Continue reading

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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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Emergency/Maintenance Lane on the South Padre Island Beach

South Padre Island crews made improvements to the emergency/maintenance lane on the beach from White Sands street to the Hilton Garden Inn. Crews replaced PVC pipes with landscape timbers and rope and removed the caution tape to make the lane … Continue reading

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Online Auction for South Padre Island City Surplus and Confiscated Items!

Rene Bates Auctioneers, Inc. provides on-line auctions at the city’s request. A full list of the auction items will be posted online at http://www.renebates.com. Pictures, descriptions, terms of sale and other information will also be available. Bidding will be online … Continue reading

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Do You Know About the Invasive Indigenous Brazilian Pepper Tree?

A routine survey of South Padre Island was conducted for Brazilian Pepper trees at designated Natural Habitat Lots. The Brazilian pepper tree is very invasive and can grow 30 to 40 feet in height, preventing light to native grasses from … Continue reading

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HOAs: Do You Know the Rules for Your Condo in the South Padre area?

If you have not owned a condo in South Padre Island and think you might want one, be sure to read the condo rules and regulations. Homeowners associations (HOAs) are most always non-profit organizations but the Board of Directors can … 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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‘Cash for Trash’ Program is Back in Effect

“Cash for Trash” program at Beach Access #5 and #6 is back.You pay a user fee of $5.00 for your entry but then they will charge an additional $5.00, for a trash bag deposit on every vehicle entering. When you … Continue reading

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“Stay, Shop and Dine the Island” on South Padre Island!

The Islanders Committee will be holding their Spring “Shop the Island” Promotion April 1 through May 3. “Shop the Island” promotions encourage visitors and residents to shop locally thereby supporting the economy of South Padre Island. Purchases over $20.00 from … 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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Are you going to paint your home soon?

One of the least expensive and easiest way to upgrade your property, is painting. A listing that is staged and painted will sell faster and for more money.  The article below is from our NAR Realtor Magazine and certainly worth … Continue reading

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South Padre Island is Gearing up for Spring Break

      South Padre Island has a few Spring Breakers this week but it is about to be packed starting Saturday for over a week. Check out this picture of the beach at the Isla Grand. Don’t forget there … 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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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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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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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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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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RE/MAX 1st Choice in McAllen Christmas Parade

The Padre Elite Team, Gayle, Alta, and JoAnn joined the McAllen RE/MAX 1st Choice office in their Christmas parade float. There were over 100 entries in the parade and thousands of onlookers on the street. Unfortunately, Alta was one of … Continue reading

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Christmas Events on SPI

South Padre is into it’s 12 Days of Christmas. Check out the upcoming events: Saturday, December 15th Breakfast with Santa at Schlitterbahn Water Park  9:00am-12:00pm Bicycle Raffle & Toy Drive at Blackbeard’s Restaurant 11:30am-4:00pm Sunday, December 16th Pet Photos with … Continue reading

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Gayle Receives Awards

At the Annual Installation of Officers Meeting this month, Gayle received a gavel plaque from the South Padre Island Board of Realtors for serving as their Board President this year. She was also presented an award by Richard Throop, the … Continue reading

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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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Les Dudek Concert – Free!

The South Padre Island Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee is bringing Les Dudek in concert on September 15, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn at 7:00 PM. Les Dudek has over six individual albums along with numerous other awards. Seating … Continue reading

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SPACEX on Boca Chica Beach near SPI

SpaceX brings new hope to Brownsville and our area. It will provide lots of jobs and a new horizon for us in space exploration. Check out this article from the Brownsville Herald. http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/brownsville-144441-poster-couple.html

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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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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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Victory!!! National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorized for 5 Years

We did it! Late last week Congress finally acted on one of National Association of Realtor’s key legislative priorities, a 5-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The pundits said nothing would be accomplished in an election year. But … Continue reading

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South Padre Island July 4th Beach Parade

The 4th annual July 4th Beach Parade will be at 10:00AM. It will be from Fantasy Circle Beach Access 22 to Starlight Circle Beach Access 17. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to wear patriotic clothing. After the parade, there … Continue reading

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Lawmaker says Texas windstorm fund in precarious position

Check out this article below about our Texas Windstorm Insurance. What is the answer to this delimma??? Texas‘ primary coastal windstorm insurance provider might not be able to pay claims if a major hurricane hit the coast, and a leading … Continue reading

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Official Notice of Public Hearing for South Padre Island 2nd Access

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SOUTH PADRE ISLAND 2ND ACCESS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SOUTH PADRE ISLAND 2ND ACCESS PROJECT CAMERON COUNTY On July 17, 2012, the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority (CCRMA), in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation … Continue reading

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Want to Help Support the 2nd Access Project for South Padre Island?

Please HELP. Below is a form letter that you are welcome to use to voice your opinion about the SPI 2nd Access. We need all the help we can get to show support of this project.  Please use this or … Continue reading

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Turtle Hatchling Releases

Want to see a sea turtle hatchling release on South Padre Island? Sea Turtle, Inc. allows the general public to watch early morning hatchling releases. Public hatchling releases are held at 7:00am at County Beach Access 3 (approx. 1/2 mile … 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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South Padre Island Picture from the 50’s??

Isn’t this the most interesting picture of South Padre Island, Port Isabel, the Intracoastal, and Long Island? We loved seeing this photo shot west to east across the old swing bridge and the Laguna Madre bay. There is still an … Continue reading

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It is Almost Time for the Sea Turtles to Hatch on SPI

The predictions are that this will be a record year for sea turtle hatchlings. If you love following these Kemp ridley sea turtle, now is the time to start watching for the releases. You can call 956-761-4511 for more information. … Continue reading

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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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Purple Heart Trail to Extend to South Padre Island

Mayor Pinkerton Attends Purple Heart Trail Unveiling Ceremony On Friday, May 4, 2012, Mayor Robert N. Pinkerton Jr. attended the IH-37 Unveiling Ceremony at the Institute of Texas Culture in San Antonio for the dedication and installation of the first … 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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Hurricane Officials Say: Don’t Tape Your Windows

An official for the National Hurricane Center told residents in hurricane prone areas not to tape their windows in preparing for a storm. They say that taping windows can actually create larger and deadlier shards of glass when winds blow … Continue reading

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County develops plan to fight beach erosion

The Cameron County Beach Management Committee is at work on a plan to help stem erosion of South Padre Island beaches and protect seaside property. It could also create a buffer between South Padre Island and a recent Texas Supreme … Continue reading

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Reality Check: 5 Facts for Buyers Who Want to Lowball an Offer

A housing transaction, at the most fundamental level, includes one person who wants to sell and one person who wants to buy. Once the terms are agreed upon, voilà! . . . win-win. However, if the seller is miserable with the final terms … Continue reading

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Amazing Interactive 2010 US Census Map

Remember about a year ago you filled out a census form?  Well, here are the result of this process.  What you will see is a Map of the US – not just the 48 states but all of the 50 … Continue reading

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Spring Break – And it is Only Wednesday

Spring Break at Coca Cola Beach is busy and this is only Wednesday! Traffic is building. Causeway is backing up but this is just the lull before the storm! The concerts are about to start. If you are not a … Continue reading

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Aeromexico to Double their Flights to Brownsville

  Great news for Monterrey folks……Starting in April, there will be six flights weekly from the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport to Monterrey. For a short time, the doubling of service is designed to accommodate the large number of … Continue reading

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Columbus replica ships to land in Port Isabel

The “Pinta” and the Nina” will be docked at Southpoint Marina in Port Isabel March 22nd-April 1st. The general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults; $7 for … Continue reading

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Need a ride, free meal? Beach Reach Ministries can help!

Students from over 20 schools will make up this year’s Beach Reach Ministries, who will once again camp on South Padre Island beaches March 12-16 to offer assistance to Spring Breakers who may party a little too hard. Those with … Continue reading

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Grant Nets 180K Indigenous Plants for SPI

The City of South Padre Island was recently awarded a grant that will result in the planting of 180,000 indigenous plants to help in the ongoing dune restoration effort. The award covers the cost of the vegetation, manpower and equipment. … Continue reading

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