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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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South Padre Island Experiences Scams-Sophisticated Zillow Scam Puts NAR and MLS on Alert

Not only are there scams happening within Zillow but there are lots of scams happening within Craigslist. The National Association of Realtors is warning their members to watch out for these scams. We had one of our listings “scraped”  from … 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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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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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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Have You Seen the Spring Break Reports from the City of South Padre Island?

Want to know if there were any emergencies or insane moments for Spring Break?  Just published from the City of South Padre, “Eye on SPI”: Fire Department Over the Spring Break period South Padre Island Fire Department responded to over … 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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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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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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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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Ever struggled to find a parking place at the beach in South Padre Island?

Finding a parking space along Gulf Boulevard on South Padre Island during the busy season can be an exercise in frustration for visitors trying to get to the beach.The situation was exacerbated last year when the City Council passed an … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Notes from City of South Padre Island – City Council Meeting

Mayor Bob Pinkerton gave the annual State of the Island Annual Report.  He reviewed the last fiscal year’s accomplishments and propose the vision and direction for the coming year. He thanked City Council and all Boards, Committees, Commissions, Task Force, and … 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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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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Island Cinema on SPI Upgrades Moviegoing

Island Cinema will be upgrading their equipment to better serve the patrons. Within the next two months 3D movies will be showing at Island Cinema along with a new sound system that will enhance the film experience. Owner, Courtney Hayden, … 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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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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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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FHA Hopes Bulk Sales Will Curb Foreclosures

FHA bulk sales have spurred much controversy. Many think the government should stay out of this business. Others believe that we need to finally eliminate all of the looming foreclosures so the housing market can have a fresh start. Check … 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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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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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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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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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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Investors Revive Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club

Anyone who has lived in our area knows the Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club. With new management, the club is getting a face lift. It will certainly be worth your time to check out the golf course and fine … Continue reading

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