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There is no reason to renovate a home when it can be updated for a lot less money. In addition to the options mentioned above, there are many other possibilities—be creative!



One last way to update your home without a major overhaul is to have baseboards and any crown moldings replaced. Replacements can be purchased at home improvement stores already painted or stained and then cut to size.

See the other 8 ways here

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4 Reasons to Buy Before Winter | Keeping Current Matters  

It's that time of year, the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don't have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 11.2% (most pessimistic) and 27.8% (most optimistic).

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will

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There are lots of ways to honor service members on Veterans Day — parades, salutes, all-you-can eat pancakes or a free all-American burger.

To mark Veterans Day on Tuesday, restaurants around the country are offering free morsels and retail stores are discounting services. Some discounts are strictly for vets; others include active-duty and retired troops. Call ahead to make sure your local places are participating — and ask what you need to bring to identify yourself. Check to make sure what exactly is included in the offers. For example, beverages and gratuities are often not covered at eateries.

Here’s a look at a few offers. All are good Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

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The City of College Station is excited to celebrate Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek on Friday, Oct. 31 from 6-11 p.m. at Wolf Pen Creek Park, located at 1015 Colgate Drive. This event will feature a free and safe trick-or-treating environment that will excite all ages! 

Read all the information here

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Brazos Valley residents can dispose of household hazardous waste for FREE on Saturday October 18th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Texas A&M University Services Building.

Examples of accepted items include: paint, medications, computers, gasoline, pesticides, herbicides, motor oil, antifreeze, car batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs and household cleaning agents.

Read full report here

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The impressive list of national accolades for College Station continues to grow.
Texas A&M today announced that Simple Dollar, an online publication that offers financial guidance, has named College Station as the sixth most affordable college town in the nation.
“It’s such a privilege to be home to a world-class university,” College Station Mayor Nancy Berry said. “Our low tax rate makes College Station highly attractive, but it’s really more than that. People are moving here for our public schools, healthcare, green spaces, new industry and, increasingly, to retire in the same place where they spent the best years of their lives — at Texas A&M.”
Here’s The Simple Dollar’s top 10 affordable college towns:
  1. Knoxville, Tenn.
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Patio adds value  
Patios are a great cost-effective way to increase your home’s living space without actually adding on. Plus you’ll recover 30% to 60% of your investment. A $2,000 patio would return around $900 at resale. 

But don’t go crazy and trick out your patio with high-end amenities, like an outdoor kitchen — especially if you’d be the only one on the block with one. When it’s time to sell, you won’t get back much — if any — of your investment on kitchens and other high-end amenities. Instead, keep it simple and functional. (And, really, how often would you use an outdoor kitchen?)

Some wise advice when planning a patio:
  • Check property for slope, sun, and shade patterns.
  • Remember ‘dig alerts’ that utilities provide free of charge.
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Home Buying has earned a bad rap in recent years: The sub-prime mortgage crisis and ensuing economic meltdown left many homeowners underwater, unable to pay their mortgage and even facing foreclosure. Homeownership rates fell throughout the recession and got down to about 65 percent, compared with almost 70 percent before the recession, according to the Census Bureau. While record low interest rates helped entice homebuyers, the bureau reports that the homeownership rate remains relatively low, at 65.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.

If you're among those struggling to decide whether to buy versus rent, consider these 10 reasons to take the plunge into homeownership:


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"Lock in a low monthly payment, and you've just taken a huge step in

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