Waco, TX Real Estate News

By Malisa Spivey, My Opinions are Free and I Freely give them.
(Key Real Estate Services & Property Management)
This project is a three month Electricity Giveaway for the general public! The first drawing will be June 24th! Enter to win a month's worth of free summer electricity. Please click here for the full details and entry coupon.   In an effort to improve the REALTOR Image amoung our colleagues and clients in the Waco area, the Waco Association of REALTORS embarked on a FREE electricity campaign, by giving back during the hot summer months. One runner-up for each month will receive a household of energy-efficient lightbulbs.Make sure you read and print the flyer for details and entry coupon! We are excitedabout our new campaign and want you to be as well. Send everyone you know in the Waco area the coupon or have them go to our website at www.movewithirg.com and click on the FREE Electricty...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
For an overall view of the Waco and other Texas markets, you might like to visit The Real Estate Center Website for the latest residential MLS data.  http://recenter.tamu.edu/data/datahs.html .  For Waco, specifically,  http://recenter.tamu.edu/data/hs/hs540b.htm. According to The Real Estate Center,the latest April stats show Waco still in a buyers market with 8 months of inventory. We are not alone with the average in Texas 7.1 months. In addition, average sales have taken a dip since last year, but median price has risen very slightly. These figures are similar to many other Texas cities where they've seen similar declines. Is this all bad news? Well I think it depends on how you look at it. Yes, some of this is a mess, just as our overall economy is a mess. But seeing our median pri...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
The Waco Association of REALTORS is having a great giveaway for people that live in the Waco area. They are having 3 drawings for 3 months that will give lucky winners a chance at getting their electric bills paid for a month up to $500!  What a great deal, just for sending an entry form in!  Runners up have the opportunity to win energy efficient light bulbs. Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Visit the Waco Association of REALTORS, and click on the top of the page link that says "Electricity Giveaway" for your entry form and rules. Waco Homes For Sale
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
As a resident of the China Spring community, I have a special place in my heart and a special interest in the area.  My favorite color is Columbia Blue! Because of my personal connection, my primary mission and ultimate joy is helping current and/or future China Spring area residents with their residential real estate needs.  Let me help you understand why I like it so much here, or why your home will sell for a certain price, or where the best buys are in town. If you are buying or selling a home, I am here to help YOU. CHINA SPRING HOMES FOR SALE: www.1050AustinHInes.com www.ChinaSpringHomes.com   Special Note: What is known as China Spring is often comprised of more than just the City of  China Spring in the 76633 zip code. Our community consists also of many Waco, 76708 addresses as...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
After reading the delicious blog post "Famous for Fruitcakes" by Renee Caperton, CRB, ASP Corsicana, TX , curiosity just about got the best of me. So Friday afternoon, I headed over to one of the newest editions of the Collin Street Bakery in the Waco area located in Bellmead at I-35 and 84 close to Sams Club. I didn't stay long, but long enough to buy 2 cookies that I did not need to be eating, and long enough to really appreciate why they are so well know for their fruitcakes. I went to bakery to find myself some lunch and realized that this really isn't a restaurant. The name BAKERY should have clued me in.  But they do have some nice choices like sandwiches, soups, salads and baked potatoes. So I ordered up a loaded tater and grabbed up a bottle of Dr. Pepper and while I waited crui...
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By Norma Freeman
(Century21 Towne Adams)
There are many hidden treasures in Waco that people miss when driving down highway 35 or highway 6; hidden treasures of fine restaurants, executive homes, the beautiful lake right on the edge of town, multiple golf courses, and so much more.   As they fly down the highways they also miss the scattering of quaint small towns that lie within fifteen miles of Waco, Texas and Baylor University. If you love country living, but crave the convenience of the city,  then one of these lovely country towns are what you are looking for. Small towns like Riesel, Lorena, China Spring, Hewitt, Eddy-Bruceville, Elm Mott, Robinson, Rosenthal, Hallsburg, Gholson, Axtell, Rogers Hill, Ross, Speegleville and Rock Creek. Valley Mills is a great example. Only twenty minutes from the newest Waco mail, and eve...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
If you are a first time homebuyer, you may be eligible to receive up to $8000 in tax credits.   I know this is repetitive information, but I just think this is a great incentive to buy right now and feel it is worth repeating many times over. Do you know who and how to qualify? Did you realize that if you have not owned a home 3 years prior to purchasing another you may still qualify as a first time homebuyer?  Did you know that you do not have to pay this money back if you continue to live in the house for over 3 years? This is not a trick or scam, this is serious stuff. If you have are on the fence about a purchase, or just want to see what your possibilities of being a first time homeowner are. NOW is the time.  I mean, it's $8000 at stake here. Nothing to take lightly.  Don't forget...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
THOUGHT THIS WAS WORTH A RE-POST. WITH THE ECONOMY IN A DIFFICULT PLACE, MORE THAN EVER, PEOPLE NEEDING NEW JOBS.  I HOPE THESE ARE HELPFUL TO SOMEONE. Knowing personally how difficult job searches can be, especially in a new place, I thought I would compile some of my favorite job links for anyone searching for work in the Waco, TX or any other area. While this list is certainly not inclusive, it may help Waco jobseekers get started in the right direction. I will try to add more links as I find them, so check back frequently. I encourage you to list your favorite online and offline job search resources. Your contribution can make the difference in someone's life.   Information about Waco Economy at US Department of Labor http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.tx_waco_msa.htm ----------------------...
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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 )
WACO, TEXAS McLennan County Seat, North Central TexasI-35, US-77, US 84 and Hwy 622 miles E of Crawford105 miles N of Austin36 miles N of Temple97 miles S of Dallas87 miles S of Fort WorthPopulation : 113,726 (2000     The Waco Texas area is a great community to buy and sell a home. Our McLennan County housing market has not lagged depressed like some of our neighboring states.  However, it is sad that we do have some foreclosures in our area and they are foreclosing at a higher rate than in the years past. A total of 147 properties have been posted to sell on the first Tuesday of this month, April 7th. So if you are an investor of this area, show up at the local McLennan Court House.  The National Association of Realtors stated last month that home sales have increased by about 5%. How...
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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 )
http://www.hillcrest.net/ Waco Hillcrest Medical Center. I am so happy about the new hospital. The location is great and I believe it will be a great benefit to our community. Although the new hospital is located across town now along I 35. I thought you may find it interesting to know what was going to become of the old hospital location. Well, here's the rundown on what is hoped to be happening at the down town building. Current functions that will remain include: a 29-bed inpatient rehabilitation center home health care hospice care sleep clinic some business office and medical records operations the Fentress Cancer Center, until another one is built at the new campus, a process likely to take two years. I also hear that their may be a 20-bed skilled nursing facility that will serve ...
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By Mark P. Felton, Waconulls Premiere Custom Builder
(Front Porch Homes)
The attendance this weekend for the Heart of Texas Builders Association, "Home Products" show was impressive considering the current market climate.  The show is a great opportunity for people looking to build or remodel to visit with multiple contractors and vendors and see a whole slate of products that would normally take a week to see. Pictured above:  Front Porch Homes/Cotton Crossing Builder Developer Mark P. Felton & Cindy Marable of Keller Williams Realty. During the show we had numerous potential customers come and discuss floor plans, lot sizes, potential pricing, construction features such as spray foam insulation and engineered slabs to name a few. For more information, please call Mark P. Felton at 254-495-1241 or email at fronteradevelopment@gmail.com www.cottoncrossingtx....
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By Mark P. Felton, Waconulls Premiere Custom Builder
(Front Porch Homes)
Front Porch Homes, Waco's premiere "Traditional Builder" features a new program in which you can pick your floor plan or have one custom drawn and then you select the style of house you prefer and we will customize an elevation to match.   The exact same house can be built to your specific taste and distinctive style, with out compromising the integrity of the floor plan. Currently, Front Porch Homes is building these style of houses in Cotton Crossing, a traditional neighborhood development in Woodway, Texas. Houses typically range in size from 1,600 up to 3,500 sq/ft.   Typically, in a historic neighborhood, there will be a significant mix of architectural designs, that when done properly add to the character and charm of a beautiful neighborhood. Front Porch Homes and Cotton Crossing...
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By Mark P. Felton, Waconulls Premiere Custom Builder
(Front Porch Homes)
Front Porch Homes "Green Builder" Cotton Crossing The Return of the NeighborhoodMark Felton has been raising the bar for residential construction. His two companies, Frontera Development and Front Porch Homes, main project is Cotton Crossing, a development centrally-located on the old Western Oaks Golf Course. Cotton Crossing is one of Waco's newest master planned communities, classified as a Traditional Neighborhood Development. The entire neighborhood is architecturally controlled and uses historic building styles such as Bungalow, Colonial, French Country and others to recreate a true neighborhood setting. Cotton Crossing features garden homes with yards maintained by the homeowner's association, sidewalks, front porches, lakes and walking trails.Phase II features single-story house...
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By Mark P. Felton, Waconulls Premiere Custom Builder
(Front Porch Homes)
This is a small video for Realtors and their prospective customers that will give them a preview of the neighborhood, the architecture and the level of quality that is being built in Cotton Crossing. Everybody loves beautiful houses with big front porches, but your "out of town" customers will really love this concept because they have probably seen this if they are coming from a larger market. Enoy! Mark P. Felton II 254-495-1241 Cotton Crossing
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By Mark P. Felton, Waconulls Premiere Custom Builder
(Front Porch Homes)
  Everyone needs to make an informed decision when buying a home. This video offers some great tips on the best way to protect yourself in purchasing a new home. Mark Felton offers buyers looking for houses in Waco a full suite of professional services. As a licensed realtor and co-owner of Keller Williams Waco, he can assist you with any of your real estate needs. Mark also is a Custom Home Builder and Developer. His home building company is Front Porch Homes which builds in and around the Waco area. And his development company is Frontera Development, which is a full service real estate development firm based in Waco, Texas. The primary focus is residential, master planned communities that emphasize the values of New Urbanism and Traditional Neighborhood Development. For more informa...
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By Mark P. Felton, Waconulls Premiere Custom Builder
(Front Porch Homes)
For those of you interested in buying, building, or even remodeling, the Heart of Texas Builders Association will be having their annual Home Products Show. It will be on Feb. 7th & 8th at the Heart of Texas Coliseum. We will have a booth there that will be set-up to be a one stop shop. Included will be representatives from Front Porch Homes, Keller Williams Realty, Cotton Crossing, Rancho Lorena & Lost Oaks. There are a couple of hundred booths that are all home product related and I would encourage anyone who is looking for new information in this area to come out look around.  You can usually walk away with some helpful ideas and contacts and it keeps you from having to go to Austin or Dallas to find out the same thing.
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
According to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, here is how the month of November 08 went for exisiting home sales in Waco: Sales were down from last year 32.5% Median prices were down from last year 11.4% November's inventory actually decreased a bit to 7.9% From my eyes, this is a typically slow period as all winter holiday time frames tend to be. However, we are still experiencing some backlash from overall economic trends resulting in fewer sales and lower prices.  The bright side is that inventory appears to be decreasing and even with the down trends, home prices in the Waco area are doing OK and even quite well in many areas. Sales are still being made, but more than ever, you MUST analyze markets carefully as sales and pricing trends may vary greatly from neighborho...
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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 )
What do you think about this real estate market? I live in Gatesville Texas and work the Waco and Temple areas. I have not seen a decline in home selling or home buying. Business is good in the Heart of Texas. But the media, scares me almost everyday. So I cut the TV off and remember this scripture. "Be Still and Know that I Am God." Psalm 46:10. I remind myself that God is in control and as long as I keep my focus on doing good, and loving Him, He will take care of me. What helps you get up and keep going?
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
According to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, here is how the month of August 08 broke down in 3 key areas: Sales were up by over 8 percent Median prices were down over 10 percent There was an inventory that reached the nearly 8 and half percent mark. So in a nutshell, sales are up due to reduced pricing. And we are still clearly in a buyer's market.   Sellers:  Don't be afraid to list your home for sale; just don't expect miracles with overpricing. Make sure your home is in the best condition possible and shows well. Make yours the best listing available. Buyers:  if you are thinking of buying, why wait? Prices and interest rates are good. What more could you ask for. TO VIEW THE ACTUAL REPORTS BY THE REAL ESTATE CENTER PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR WACO STATS.   Wendy Montoya, ...
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By Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
(Towne Adams REALTORS)
I took a bit of a break. A blogging break that is. Some of it was due to blogger's block, but mainly I just needed a break to refresh. Waco, I invite you to e-mail me or post comments here with questions or ideas for future posts. That way I know what you want to read and learn about. Also, please know that as always, I am still available for all your Waco Real Estate needs and am exciting and happy to help anyone that needs and wants a professional to assist them. More than ever, I understand the challenges you may face when trying to buy a home or sell your home. Let me help. Together we can accomplish your real estate goals. Wendy Montoya, Realtor® Certified Internet e-PRO Professional Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) www.WendyMontoya.com www.WacoHomesSold.com Wendy@WendyMontoy...
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