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Bryan Boasts Great Food

by Kathy Scott

There's plenty of great reasons to live in Bryan.  And one of the has to be the amazing food here.  Bryan boasts some pretty oustanding restaurants that are sure to suit any pallet. Here's the top 3 retaurants in Bryan according to TripAdvisor.com.

Christopher's World Grill

Christopher's World Grill started in 1999 by Chef Christopher Lampo who had traveled the world as a private chef on one of the owrld's largest yachts. His experience shows in thier amazing beef, seafood, desserts and Mediterranean cuisine that are all inspired by his travels.  But they also keep the food close to home with local ingredients.  And to enhance the experience they offer an award winning selection of wines.  Chef Lampo also has the destinction of being the preferred caterer to The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Foundation he personally serves George and Barbara Bush.  So you know he has to be the best!

Fargo's Pit Barbeque

If you want brisket so tender it falls aprt, then Fargos's is the perfect BBQ solution in Bryan.  They've been rated one of the top 50 BBQ joints in all of Texas for years, and it's easy to see why once you try thier suculent BBQ delights that also include pork ribs, sausage, chicken, rib tips, and fish.

Madden's Casual Gourmet

This upscale venu in the heart of Bryan features a varied selection of gourmet dishes such as Blackened Mahi Mahi, Seared snapper with shrimp enchiladas, Seared duck, and Grilled filet of beef tenderloin to name just a few.  Their knowledgable staff will help you find the perfect dish, enhanced by thier outsanding wine selection and classy dining room.

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

by Kathy Scott

Are you holding off on buying a home? If so, why? Many people fall for 2 myths that mislead them into thinking they can't buy a home. In Realtor.com’s recent article, “Home Buyers’ Top Mortgage Fears: Which One Scares You?” they bring out that “46% of potential home buyers fear they won’t qualify for a mortgage to the point that they don’t even try.”

Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”

Many buyers overestimate the down payment amount they'll need to qualify for a home loan.  According to the First Quarter 2017 Homeownership Program Index (HPI) from Down Payment Resource, saving for a down payment was the barrier that kept 70% of renters from buying. Rob Chrane, CEO of Down Payment Resource had this to say,

“There are many mortgage-ready renters today, but they don’t know it. Often, homebuyers remain sidelined for years due to the down payment.”

Many people don't realize that they need as little as 3% down with certain programs.  This means many renters can enter the housing market sooner thatn they may have ever though.

Myth #2: “I Need a 780 FICO® Score or Higher to Buy”

According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insight Report, which focuses on recently closed (approved) loans, many were approved with a score of only 600! Check out the chart below.

As you can see, many were approved with a score well below 780!

Now that these myths have been debunked, you now have more options when moving forward wioth the mortgage process.

Have a Happy 4th of July!

by Kathy Scott

It's time to celebrate our nation's freedom this 4th of July!

To help celebrate Independence Day, The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will host the College Station Noon Lions Club’s 50th annual “I Love America” Fourth of July Celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University. Admission is free to the museum all day and concessions astart at 5:30pm, with live music at 6pm.  There will also be a kids zone with games and bounce houses.  The evening will be capped off with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra at 8:45 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Have a fun and happy 4th of July!

Grimes County is Home to Small Towns and Happy Residents

by Kathy Scott

If you're looking for a home in Texas that has small town appeal and historic appeal, Grimes County has a home waiting for you. The cities of Anderson, BediasIolaNavasota each have their own unique qualities that make them the ideal place to buy a home.

Anderson is the county seat of Grimes County, yet it's the smallest city in Grimes County with around 222 residents. The Anderson Historic District has the distinction of being on the National Register of Historic Places. Its courthouse is one of the most visually pleasing courthouses in Texas.  So if you want to live in a small town with deep historical roots, then Anderson is the place.

Navasota is the largest city in Grimes County with 7476 residents.  Navasota is of note for being home to 23 companies that provide over 1200 jobs that keep the economy thriving.  If you love antique shopping, then this is an ideal place to live.  Bluebonnet Vintage Collectables, Circle P Antiques, Pink Champaign Antiques, Tejas Antiques, and Vintage 105 are all waiting for you to explore. Plus there's plenty of great restaurants like Wrangler Steakhouse, Mallett Brothers BBQ and Palmer’s Soul Food and BBQ.

If you want to learn more about all that Grimes County has to offer, please visit our Grimes County Real Estate And Community Information page where you can learn about each city we serve in Grimes County, as well as search for your new home.

Thanks Dad!

by Kathy Scott

Here's a big thanks to the man who made such a huge impact on our lives growing up and to those great dads who continue to do so!

Why not treat dad to some fun in College Station?  You can take him to grill out in the vinyards at Peach Creek vineyard and winery with their special Father’s Day grill out. Or go fishing or boating on Lake Bryan.  Maybe you can get brunch or dinner at Christopher’s World Grille.

Have a fun and happy Fathers Day!

Don't Miss These Great Opportunities

by Kathy Scott

Here's a couple of outstanding homes for sale in Bryan and College Station.  They both offer a lot of bang for the buck.  Take a look at what you get with these fine properties.

3307 Keefer, College Station

At over 1700 sq ft, this nicely appointed home offers plenty of space for your family, with 4 beds and 3 baths. There's also plenty of space in the kitchen, accented with granite counters and oak cabinets and plenty of counter space for your culinary creations. The spacious backyard offers the perfect place to entertain guests with the covered patio.

Check out the details and photos!

 

2104 Elmwood Drive, Bryan 

Here's a great deal on a home that has a lot of features for the price.  This adorable home has plenty of room, with open living, kitchen, and dining areas.  You also get all the appliances along with washer and dryer. You also get a beautiful back yard, perfect for playing and entertaining. Recent updates include new hot water heater, double pane windows (warranty conveys), updated HVAC system, duct work, and insulation. 

This home is ready to move in now, so check out the details and photos!

Can Your Real Estate Agent Answer These Important Questions?

by Kathy Scott

No matter if you’re buying or selling a home, the real estate professional you chose is one of the most important decisions you can make during the process. Sure, most agents know the lingo and can sweet talk their way through the process. However, you should expect much more from your agent.

The housing crisis certainly made people more aware of how complicated the real estate market is, and how important it is to understand it. There are questions that your real estate agent needs to be able to answer to make sure you make the right decisions. Some of those questions are:

  • What impact does the movement in mortgage interest rates have on buyer demand?

  • With home prices increasing rapidly, are we headed toward another housing bubble?

  • Do you need a 20% down payment to purchase a home?

  • Why can't we list at a higher price and drop it later if necessary?

Make sure your agent can answer these questions intelligently while being able to explain them simply.  At Real Estate BCS, we understand the market, and we can help you understand it as well so that you can make the best decisions, whether buying, selling, or leasing a home in the Bryan-College Station area.

Honor Our Fallen Heros This Weekend

by Kathy Scott

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember all of those individuals who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we live today.

You can help remember their sacrifice by helping several service, heritage, historical, and patriotic organizations place U.S. Flags at local cemeteries to honor veterans for Memorial Day. Some of the groups are listed below and the community is invited to help.

Monday, May 29, 8:30am
College Station Cemetery, 2530 Texas Avenue South, College Station
The flags are given by the National Sojourners. Community groups will place 887 flags. Ellen Horner, assisted by Rose Smith and  Bob & Jane Cohen, coordinates the flag memorial placements and maintains the list of veterans to honor

Monday, May 29, 8:30am
College Station Cemetery, 2530 Texas Avenue South, College Station

The flags are given by the National Sojourners. Community groups will place 887 flags. Ellen Horner, assisted by Rose Smith and  Bob & Jane Cohen, coordinates the flag memorial placements and maintains the list of veterans to honor.

Sunday, May 28, 2pm
Aggie Field of Honor, 3800 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy, College Station
Sojourners will place 119 flags.

Groups helping with flag placement include:

  • Ellen Horner, Flag Coordinator, College Station
  • Hank Salzmann, President of Brazos Valley Chapter of National Sojourners
  • Henry Hill, Secretary of Brazos Valley Chapter of National Sojourners
  • John Hale, Commander of Heroes of ’76 of National Sojourners
  • George Nelson, President of Independence Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution
  • Shawn Carlson, Regent of the La Villita Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Mary Shearer, Regent of the William Scott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Melissa Craig, Regent of Come and Take It Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Laura Harding, Senior President of Brazos De Dios Society of Children of the American Revolution
  • David Fuller, Master of Sul Ross Masonic Lodge
  • Kim Feldman, President of Texas Research Ramblers Genealogical Society
  • Ellen Fuller, Wreaths Across America College Station/Bryan/Brazos Valley Volunteer Co-Chair
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Find Your Ideal Home in Burleson County

by Kathy Scott

Many people looking to buy a home in Texas appreciate being near a large metro area, but also want a small-town lifestyle.  If that’s you, then Burleson County might be the perfect place to find your next home.  There are 3 main communities that are located in Burleson County – Caldwell, Snook, and Somerville.

Caldwell has a rich history and goes by the nicknames The Kolache Capital of Texas” and “The Big Grape.” It serves as the county seat and is home to over 4000 residents. You can see this history reflected in landmarks such as the Reeves-Womack House, and First Presbyterian Church.  The Caldwell Independent School District manages four schools in the city, taking care of education for all grade levels.

Want an even smaller community to call home? Snook is a very nice, tight knit community of 500 people.  Somerville has some 1300 residents.  They are both perfect choices for living in a community that enjoys a more relaxed pace of life.

Find out more about Burleson County on our Burleson County Real Estate and Community Information page, as well as search for the perfect home.

Show Your Mom How Much You Care in Bryan - College Station

by Kathy Scott

Looking for the perfect way to tell your mom "thanks" for all she's done?  There are plenty of great ways in Bryan - College Station to show much you appreciate that special lady. Here are a few ideas to get your great day with mom started.

Brunch

Every mom loves a great meal. Take her out to a special brunch on Sunday. Christopher's World Grille is hosting an extravagant Mother's Day Buffet on Sunday, featuring sumptuous items like Hummus Platter with Tomato, Poached Shrimp and King Crab Leg Cocktail, Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Cherry Tomatoes, and much more.

Spa Day

Pamper the one who pampered you all your life with a splendid day at the spa! Galleria Day Spa features a number of packages and services such as Swedish and deep tissue message, or barefoot Ashiatsu message, along with a wide range of other services to make your mother feel all the more beautiful.

Sweets

Sweets for the sweets, as they say. Truman Chocolates in Bryan is where you can find beautiful and unique chocolate delights, with flavors like Crème Brûlée, Grand Marnier, Margarita, Passion Fruit and more.

No matter how you say thanks, show how much you appreciate mom for all she's done and have a happy Mother's Day!

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Kathy Scott
Real Estate BCS
208-A Southwest Parkway East
College Station TX 77840
(979) 695-3300
Fax: (979) 217-8780