All matters pertaining to the real estate market in the Texas Coastal Bend communities.
A recent release by the Appraisal Institute advises homeowners to choose upgrades instead of major remodeling projects to see the greatest potential return on investment.
“In general, simpler, less expensive projects have the best cost-to-value ratio,” says Appraisal Institute President M. Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA. “Homeowners should invest in projects that are most likely to preserve the value of their homes.”
According to Remodeling magazine’s most recent Cost vs. Value Report, only five projects saw their cost-to-value ratios rise over the past year: roofing replacement, garage door replacement, 20-gauge steel entry door replacement, vinyl siding replacement and fiberglass entry door replacement. Among projects with the biggest declines were…
A shaken Rebecca Rand said the bulldozer ripped right through her kitchen. Another neighbor, Mary Davis, upon receipt of a frantic call from her husband, ran from her home just before the colossal machine demolished it.
While good fences are said to make good neighbors, it was a fence that set Barry Swegle off. This particular fence was erected by a neighbor, lining the driveway Swegle used to get to his property. It was a long-standing dispute and Swegle finally snapped. He used a logging bulldozer to damage or destroy several outbuildings, a truck, a boat, a power pole and four homes in the neighborhood (including those of the two women above).
Thankfully, Swegle is an extreme case and not all neighbors are this nutty – but many can be annoying.…
10 Critical Steps to Take Before Listing Your House for Sale
Selling a house is much more work than buying a house. Just ask anyone who has done it. If you’ve never sold a home before, you may be surprised at how complex it can be. From determining the correct listing price, to navigating contractual agreements; it’s an exhausting process. The best place to start is by choosing a good Realtor who you trust and enjoy working with. Ask their advice through each step of the process and leverage their experience. A good Realtor will keep you focused on the things that will help you sell your home fast and for top dollar. Below is a list of 10 items that most Realtors will advise you to work on before listing your home for sale.
The annual Tour of Homes features the best in Texas Coastal Living, providing a self-guided tour through unique & memorable Rockport dwellings.
Take a delightful self-guided tour through enchanting coastal homes. Volunteer docents will guide you and reveal inside information about the architecture, design, and fine art that all contribute to the stories and visions of these homeowners.
2015 Tour of Homes: Saturday & Sunday, April 11-12
Kickoff Party Friday, April 10Purchase your ticket(s) at the Art Center
Across the Aransas Bay from Corpus Christi, the streets of Rockport are lined with art galleries- the town claims to have the highest percentage of artists in Texas. The pedestrian friendly downtown is filled with shops and restaurants, and more often than not, accommodation takes the form of old fashioned motel courts. Windswept oak trees and large swathes of coastal wetlands make this section of the Texas Gulf Coast one of the loveliest.