Waco, TX Real Estate News

By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
2010 CHINA SPRING COUGARS VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE    Can you believe it? It's almost time for school to start back up again. If you are a High School Football Fan, you are probably looking forward to your team's new season. This is especially exciting in the Waco area now that we have our old rivalry district back together. What a great time to watch China Spring and all of the other local teams play each other and battle it out for the District Championship.  Here is the link to China Spring ISD 2010 Varsity Football Schedule along with Junior Varsity and Middle School:  http://www.chinaspringisd.net/pdf_files/athletics/football/2010schedule.pdf
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By Ann Cordes, Home Ownership is Not a Distant Dream
(Century 21 Randall Morris and Associates, Waco)
The Mountainview Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a 4th of July Parade on Saturday July 3rd. Line up begins at 9:45 in front of Mountainview Elementary on Bishop,  and the parade begins at 10:00. Refreshments will be provided. Prizes will be given for: *Most patriotic animal *Most patriotic trike, bike, stroller, wagon or 4 wheeler. *Most patriotic person *Most patriotic house on parade route If you have questions call Max Steinke 776-9419  
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
FREE Electricity Giveaway for Waco/Waco area Residents. The Waco Association of REALTORS® is giving away electricity again this year. If you live in the Waco area, enter for your chance to win up a month of your electricity bill paid in full (up to $500). There will be 3 drawing dates for 3 chances to win. June 29, 2010 - July 27, 2010 - August 31, 2010. If you don't win one drawing, your name and address stays in for the next drawing. There is no catch; you just need to enter to win. Please see rules, eligibility and entry form HERE.   (if you have any trouble downloading the rules and entry form, contact me, I will be glad to e-mail you one directly). http://waco.fnismls.com/Paragon/AssociatedDocs/WACO/MLSSharedDocs/American%20Home%20Week/realtor%20image.pdf  
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
Homestead Heritage--365 Things to do in Waco, Texas Today was a definite treat when me, Norma Freeman, Norma's Daughter, and Ann Cordes all paid a visit to Homestead Heritage Traditional Crafts Village. We started off our tour by having a late lunch at the Deli and Bakery. We were greeted with smiles and given excellent service. They let us sample some of their delicious soups including the popular Sweat Potato Jalapeno.  Everything is natural and/or produced on the homestead. I ordered the Falafel, a vegetarian sandwich in fresh pita bread with fried chickpeas and lots of good veggies and excellent sauce. I also had some fresh fruit and small portion of guacamole and chips. I loved everything and tasted Norma's Brisket which was also excellent. Everything they serve looks tasty and of ...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
The Art Center of Waco--365 Things to do in Waco, Texas Today, as we try to do on each Tuesday, Ann Cordes and I set out on another Waco exploration trip. Our target, The Art Center of Waco located at the beautiful McLennan Community College Campus .  Norma Freeman also joined us for this bit of fun. Norma and I arrived at the Art Center to find Ann already chatting with Jennifer Warren, Business Office Manager. I was already impressed by the look of the Sculpture Garden in the background before even starting a conversation. Jennifer was so kind to introduce us to The Art Center and give us a background on the sculptures and artwork inside. Jennifer also agreed to be recorded so that we can bring you this awesome introduction video. I am sure that if you visit, you will be treated as we...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
Kitok Restaurant  -- 365 Things to do in Waco, Texas Today's venture was dining at a very different type of place. No, it's not a chain, and no it's not a big ole fancy place. But, it is a Waco favorite that's been around for quite awhile. Sitting in an off the beaten path location, at first glance it may look like a place that is not even open. But, don't let that deceive you. Try going there for lunch at noon and you will probably have a challenge with parking and have to wait to be seated. But to the important part, the food. I had never eaten here before, and had heard about and read about a Kitok original, Oriental Fries, over and over again. So that was my main mission today, to try the Oriental Fries. Everyone in the place had their own basket or 2 of these fries sitting on their...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
Lake Waco Dam, 365 Things to do in Waco, Texas Walk, Bike, Run the Lake Waco Dam. Bring the dogs.  Bring a friend. Today after work I decided to get up off my butt and take a walk. A walk that I really ended up enjoying (despite the fact that I had to walk!). You see, I've gained a lot of weight in the past 10 years, especially in the past 5 or so. Especially as a real estate agent...uhhhh, not a good thing. So finally, finally, I had enough motivation today to stop on the way home, put on my Nikes and walk the Lake Waco Dam.  I am so glad I did. Anyway, I ended up walking a little over 2 miles and really was surprised at what a pretty walk it is. I watched airplanes and birds fly.  I noticed the wild flowers off in the distance from another path that leads to and from the dam. The sun ...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
Waco Mammoth Site, 365 Things To do in Waco, Texas   Today, me and Ann Cordes decided to pay a visit to a place in Waco that I've wanted to see since they opened last year, Waco Mammoth Site. We are on a mission to find 365 Things to do in Waco, Texas or more! After a very busy day, it was just what I needed to take my mind off work and family life and just enjoy something totally amazing. Our tour guide, Troy Gray kindly allowed me to take a few snips of video while he walked us to the site and gave us some great information and history of the Mammoths. Thank you Troy!   I recommend watching the video at the Welcome Center, then taking the guided tour. After that, you can explore on your own. There is even a little picnic spot amongst the trees. But more about the site. I took several ...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
China Spring, TX Homes--Lakeland Meadows Subdivision Near the outer North Western part of Waco, sits a popular newer China Spring area subdivision, Lakeland Meadows.  With moderately priced homes (roughly 140s - 200s) all built in less than 10 years, Lakeland Meadows is the chosen home of many proud China Spring Community Neighbors including me.   Lakeland Meadows is optimally located with easy access to China Spring Road (FM 1637) and North River Crossing (FM 185). A short 10-25 minute drive will get you nearly anywhere in the Waco and Greater Waco area. Most drives are minus a trip on I-35 which is something I truly love. I am not a huge fan of Highway driving, so this location works out perfectly for me. Parents and students enjoy the China Spring Independent School District (ISD) wh...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
Is China Spring, Texas a good place to live? When our family was looking to move to Waco, TX, we did a lot of research. Especially when it came to Waco area school systems. We had a young daughter at the time and schools were the number one thing on our mind. But we also wanted just an overall good place to live. Through recommendations from my husband's co-workers and a lot of searching on the web, we narrowed our search down to 3 main greater Waco areas that we thought our family would like. One of those areas was China Spring, just northwest of Waco itself. We actually ended up settling in China Spring with a Waco address. There are many great areas to live in Waco and its surrounding areas, but China Spring was an excellent choice for our family. China Spring schools are loved by ma...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
Third Time is a Charm at Chuy's Waco Well actually the first and second times were a charm too! I am loving Chuy's in Waco. On my first visit, it was sooooo crowed. But you know what, the wait wasn't long, the service was great and the food was excellent. I had a crispy taco and enchilada plate with tomatillo sauce on my enchilada. I was immediately in love. But of course I wondered if it would be as good on my next visit. My second visit was during an off time which was really nice. Me and my friend Norma Freeman were seated right away and treated to an array of sauces and dips before ever getting our meal: Boom Boom Sauce-bold flavors and a little spicy, but not too spicy. The heat hits the back of your throat in a very pleasant way. Creamy Jalapeno Sauce-Awesome ranch dressing flavor...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
Shogun Sushi and Steakhouse, Waco TX--FUN AND GOOD FOOD Yesterday was my daughter's 18th Birthday so we paid our first visit to Shogun Sushi and Steakhouse in Waco TX located at the corner of Bosque Blvd. and Valley Mills Dr. I am not personally a huge fan of Sushi but do enjoy many Japanese style dishes. Shogun turns it up a notch with its Hibachi style cooking. Part entertainment, part eating, nothing wrong with that! I've been to at least 2 of these types of Hibachi style restaurants through the years. It's been a long time but one was in California and one was in Florida. Shogun was just as good as, or better than any other I remember.   The chef was humorous and fun and the food tasted great. My husband and I actually ordered a couple of items that were not cooked on the hibachi an...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
A Big Thank You! Ultimate Escape Hair Salon, Sarah English Reeves This is the way customer service should be. Today, my daughter had an appointment with Sarah English Reeves, Ultimate Escape Hair Salon in Hewitt, TX.  She needed her hair colored before a dance performance Saturday. Friday was the only day she could get it done with her school and dance schedule too busy any other day. Sarah called me to tell me that she could not color my daughters hair today due to her baby being ill. I completely understood but was somewhat panicked as of what to do about my daughter's hair. You see Sarah put some highlights in my daughter's hair and knew exactly what needed to be done for this coloring treatment. I asked Sarah for advice, since I knew we had to have my daughter's hair done today. And...
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By Ann Cordes, Home Ownership is Not a Distant Dream
(Century 21 Randall Morris and Associates, Waco)
Last May during the Keller Williams Red Day, the Waco KW office chose as their project restoring the Putt  Putt Golf course at Lions Park. We did what we could that day, cleaning and painting. But there is a lot more to be done, and this time the entire Waco Association of Realtors has gotten involved. Here is a link to the Waco paper to read more. http://www.wacotrib.com/news/Waco-volunteer-effort-aims-to-improve-Lions-Park.html
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
Another day of Wacky Weather in Wacky Waco, TX. Well this was probably one of the best snow days I've seen around here. So for those of you wondering, I've already answered. We DO sometimes get snow in Waco. Several people that I know have reported snow in their Texas areas as well and posted all sorts of awesome photos. Of course I took some photos too of the only dog of my 3 that actually enjoys the snow. The other 2 are pretty wimpy about it all. I hope everyone in Austin, College Station, Temple, Killeen and anywhere else that received this little treat today has truly enjoyed their day. It looks like we are back to regular Texas business tomorrow.  
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By Tim Holtkamp
(Gold Financial Services)
I just ordered a book today called “Obamanomics” by Timothy Carney. I watched an episode of Book TV on CSPAN this weekend where Mr. Carney gave a lecture on his book. I almost did not watch the show because of the title of his book. I did not want to sit thru another guy blaming all the trouble in the world on the Democratic Party or president Obama any more then I wanted to sit thru a guy doing the same thing to the Republicans or former President Bush. However even though I have several hundred channels to choose from nothing else was on. Thankfully I gave him a chance. I will tell you Mr. Carney’s politics seems to be from the Right his lecture seemed not to be politically motivated. His points were things that both parties do and that affect all of us. I as best I can tell his book ...
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By Tim Holtkamp
(Gold Financial Services)
This is a blog post that a friend of mine Matt Spinn put together and I think it is good information for people to know. Tim Holtkamp 254-662-2222 Before the conventional mortgage loan market collapsed, approximately 10% of home buyers utilized FHA financing. Conventional loans were king. Borrowers who had less than perfect credit and little money down could utilize the FHA programs to purchase a home. FHA required 3 percent down and the seller could contribute up to 6 percent in seller paid closing costs. A buyer who purchased a $200,000 home with the seller paying 6% in seller paid closing costs needed only $6,000 in down payment and about $1,000 in additional cash to cover buyer paid closing costs. Today approximately 41% of all loans originated by mortgage banks are issued and insur...
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By Kimberly Fowler, Real Estate Solutions for Your Best Life, Now!
(Heart Of Texas Real Estate Group, RE/MAX Centex, REALTORS )
  CMA Summary Report RESIDENTIAL Summary Statistics   High Low Average Median LP: $379,900 $29,900 $124,531 $103,000 SP: $355,000 $5,000 $115,419 $95,750   RESIDENTIAL - Sold  ADDRESS  Status  Comm  How Show  Sq Feet  DOM  LP  $/Sq Feet  SP  $/Sq Feet  2000 Bosque  SOLD      2440  67  $29,900  $12.25  $5,000  $2.05  1112 N 45TH  SOLD      1064  32  $35,000  $32.89  $29,000  $27.26  12566 GHOLSON RD  SOLD      1216  145  $37,500  $30.84  $37,000  $30.43  608 CAMP RD  SOLD      1512  80  $50,000  $33.07  $47,000  $31.08  3905 N 27TH  SOLD      1835  56  $85,000  $46.32  $70,000  $38.15  212 FROST AVE  SOLD      1304  130  $85,900  $65.87  $80,000  $61.35  10120 Colony  SOLD      1370  98  $99,000  $72.26  $91,500  $66.79  1702 ETHEL AVE  SOLD      2784  61  $107,000  $38.43  $100,000  $35...
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By Kimberly Fowler, Real Estate Solutions for Your Best Life, Now!
(Heart Of Texas Real Estate Group, RE/MAX Centex, REALTORS )
Real Estate Update in Waco Tx. This update includes the surrounding area like Lorena, Hewitt, Woodway, Robinson and China Spring Texas. There are 38 listing of which one is under contract. They range from the low price of $73,000 to the High price of $395000. The average list price is $179, 244.    CMA Summary Report RESIDENTIAL Summary Statistics   High Low Average Median LP: $395,000 $73,000 $179,244 $154,950 SP: $0 $0 $0 $0 RESIDENTIAL - Active  ADDRESS  Status  Comm  How Show  Sq Feet  DOM  LP  $/Sq Feet  SP  $/Sq Feet  529 STEFKA DR  ACTIVE  %  L  1178  9  $79,900  $67.83       1745 AUSTIN HINES  ACTIVE        3006  7  $359,900  $119.73       275 HALI BROOKE COVE  ACTIVE  %    3512  5  $340,000  $96.81       103 ELAINE DR  ACTIVE         7  $149,900          402 BROKEN SPOKE TRAIL ...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
Well it never ceases to amaze me. Texas weather. Past 2 days have been sunny and warm. I mean really warm for winter time. Today, now...SNOW! And in the 30s. On Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas to Waco and to ALL! May you, and your loved ones have the best Christmas ever. Now that the snow is here, hope we get a little more that covers the ground. In the mean time, I am starting a fire and staying warm. It's cold and windy outside!
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