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Buying a house in 2017 will feel kind of like you’ve jumped onto the subway just as the doors were closing. Your heart’s pounding and you’re winded from the race, but you made it—just in time.

OK, so maybe that’s a little exaggerated. But here’s the thing: Interest rates have begun to rise and will likely climb higher. Inventory is low and could shrink more. And home prices? Well, home prices are increasing—and they’re not predicted to fall any time soon. 

If you don’t jump aboard the real estate train now, you might be too late.

1. Rates are rising

In 1981, when mortgage rates hit 18% and seemed to rise every day, single-digit rates seemed like an impossible dream.

Last August, however,

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15 Tips for Breaking into Real Estate Investing

Real estate investing may seem like a risky business, and it can be, but just about anyone who works hard enough and smart enough can use real estate investing as a lucrative way to increase their net worth.

Retirement based on cash flow streams from rental income properties is a very real possibility. 

Before you get started in investing, though, there are several things you will want to take into consideration, to determine which property would be the best investment for your personal financial situation.

If you’re considering getting started with real estate investing, consider these fifteen tips for breaking into real estate investing.

 

1) Look for a good investment

So what is a good real estate investment? A good real

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Valentine's Day Event at Messina Hof Winery

When: February 14, 2017

Location: Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, Texas

Spend Valentine's with your special someone at Bryan's Estate Wine Cellar. This romantic evening will feature a specially crafted three course dinner paired with Messina Hof wines. After dinner, dance the night away.

Click HERE and learn more

 

Valentine’s Day Party at The Children’s Museum

Date: Feburary 14, 2017
Time: 10-5pm
Location: 4001 E. 29th Street, Bryan, TX 77802 

The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley will be celebrating Valentines Day with exciting crafts, activities, and a Valentine Exchange on February Fourteenth! 

Learn more HERE

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HOW TO MAKE VALENTINES DAY POPCORN

You will need:

  • 10 Cups of Popped Popcorn
  • 3 tbsp. Butter (Sweet Cream, Salted)
  • 3 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • Vanilla (Optional)
  • Pretzel M&M’s – Red
  • Valentine’s Mix M&M’s
  • Valentine’s Sprinkles
  • Valentine’s Confetti Hearts Sprinkles


STEP 1: Start with approximately 10 cups of popcorn. Make sure you get out all of the un-popped kernels.  You don’t want to bite down on one of those!  We pop our popcorn on the stove but you can use air-popped or microwave.  Once you have the popcorn made, salt it liberally.  It is so nice to taste the salty with the sweet marshmallow coating.  Not quite like Kettle Corn but close.

STEP 2: To make the Marshmallow Mixture for the Valentines Day

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Everyone who is looking to sell his or her house on the market is looking to get it done fast and for the best price. Yet, getting your home show ready doesn't have to be a huge project, there are simple ways to make your space open and intriguing. When you think there is too many things to consider, just take a deep breath and read these tips on how easy it is put your home on the market in a world full of fickle buyers.

One of the most overlooked tasks in preparation to sell your home is to plan for buyers to look EVERYWHERE. Home buying is a huge investment and people are snoopers by nature and they will open every door or drawer they can. So keep cabinets, nooks, and closets organized and clean. Disorganization is a turnoff for potential buyers

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As we start the year off, we are looking to see what will be the top trends in home decor. Last year the focus was on more calming, natural spaces with exposed wood, darker appliances, and matte finished metal. This year there is a trend to brighten up our houses, and invite more colors, textures, and patterns in. We are seeing a lot of bright, bold colors, replacing the darker colors of last year. This really lightens up the space, rather than heavy blacks.

Green seems to be the main color that designers are looking at to brighten up spaces. The Pantone Color Institute even named a bright yellow-green as the color of the year. ) Other than the greens, deeper jewel toned colors are also coming into play. This includes sapphires and emeralds. We

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What is an HOA? HOA stands for Homeowner’s Association. You are obligated to join the HOA of your community when you move in. Some neighborhood even require it. HOA require homeowners to pay a monthly fee. Theses fees can cover services such as ongoing maintenance and repairs, insurance policies, utility payments, reverse funds, contingency funds, personnel, and professional property management. HOA’s can be great when it keeps your neighbor from painting their house neon, or when they provide amenities that you may of not paid for on your own.

Here are some things you should learn about your HOA:

Learn the HOA’s rules.

You want to make sure that you realize all of the ways that you could

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Hear is my favorite, Recipe of the Month! This recipe is pretty easy and also super healthy. If your New Years resolution was to eat healthy, this is perfect for you!

SIMPLE & HEALTHY CHICKEN SWEET POTATO BAKE 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 extra large sweet potato, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1½ cup roughly diced onion
  • 1 lb raw chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 lb broccoli, steamed
  • ½ cup parmesan

For the instructions click HERE

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Thinking about putting your house on the market? These suggestions will get your home show ready for all potential buyers. Now is the time to get your home ready to sell!

Declutter

First things first, get rid of what you don’t need. Hold a garage sale and sell items you no longer need. By removing unnecessary clutter, not only will you free up space in your home, making your house look larger and spacier, but this will also come in handy when you need to later organize, as well as when you are ready to pack and move. Another advantage is potential buyers will not be distracted by all the clutter and will focus on what really matters, the house! 

  • Trash or donate items that you don’t need anymore
  • Clear your kitchen counters, nightstands,
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Buying a house is probably one of the largest and most important investments you will ever make and can be stressful if not done thoughtfully. Getting the timing right though can save you time and money. Here are 3 tips for timing your purchase correctly.

Can you afford it?

One of the most important reasons to consider if now is the right time to buy a house is if you can afford it or not? Many people have a set price in mind for their homes, but some factors they don’t consider are the small costs of buying a home that will add up. Hiring an inspector, maintenance or repairs to your new house, taxes and the unexpected can happen which are some costs people don’t think about. 

Time of year

Buying a house is like having a baby, there

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