July 2017

There are 4 blog entries for July 2017.

Setting back enough money is a crucial part of buying a new home. Below is a summation of the costs associated with closing a deal. 

Earnest Money Deposit

Earnest money deposits are used to ensure the seller that the prospective homebuyer is serious about their offer. The deposit amounts vary, but are usually around 1-3% of the home’s purchase price. If the sale goes through, the deposit is added toward your down payment. In the case that you back out unexpectedly, the money is lost to the seller. 

Down Payment

Down payments are the most expensive upfront costs when buying a home. Some lenders will allow you to go as low as 5 or 3.5% on your down payment, but the ideal rate is around 10-20%. The higher your down payment, the lower your

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Soulful Southern Cooking Dinner

 Date: Friday, July 21, 2017

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Christopher's World Grille 


Experience a Multi-Course Menu Featuring Soulful Southern Cooking paired with Alcoholic Beverages.


Cheers to Craft Beer

 Date: July 22nd, 2017

Time: 3-7pm

Location: Downtown Bryan


Downtown Bryan will hold its third annual Cheers to Craft Beer event on July 22, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. The event will feature craft beer tastings inside of our Downtown retail stores and restaurants. Cheers to Craft Beer is a self-paced walking event. Upon check-in at the Palace Theater (Main &

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Orange Tangerine-Greek Yogurt Bites

  • 2 cups plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O SIMPLY GOOD Orange Tangerine Flavor Gelatin
  • 21 drained canned mandarin oranges (about 1/2 cup)


Mix yogurt and dry gelatin mix in medium microwaveable bowl until blended. Microwave on HIGH 1 min.; stir. Microwave 2 to 3 min. or until gelatin is completely dissolved, stirring after each minute.

Spoon into 21 paper-lined mini muffin cups. 
Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Remove yogurt bites from liners just before serving; top with oranges.
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The mind boggling decision… Granite? Or Quartz? 

If you are shopping for a new kitchen countertop, you have most likely boiled it down to one of these two for their durability and easy cleaning.

Here are some highlighted differences to assist you in making your future countertop decision. 


Granite is the answer to the initial question of this decision making process, “Which costs less?”. It’s true. In fact, “granite can run from $35 to $55 per square foot installed” which is vastly cheaper than quartz (Ferris). Granite is also known for its longevity and for its availability in wide slabs. If you’re looking for a countertop more than “70 inches wide” that will be a long-term investment, granite is the way to go (Ferris). It’s an

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