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South Texas

January 2013

Properties

The Official Magazine of the Alice Board of Realtors.

This beautiful home featured on Page 4

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Helpful information for homebuyers:

Factors that might hurt a home’s value................................... p. 3 Who is responsible for repairs during a home sale................ p.10 How to improve your home’s curb appeal............................. p. 15

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Another local publication by Real Hometown Media LLC

Publishers of alice24-7.com, a Magazine, Coastal Bend Traveler Vol. 19, Issue 1


South Texas Properties

Real Hometown Media, LLC

Table of Contents REAL Estate Offices/Agents ADONI K. Stewart Realty...................................p.14

607 E. 7th Street, Alice, Texas, 78332 361 668-6397 (Ph) 361664-3875 (FX)

Betty Allison......................................................p. 6, 7

Welcome to the new South Texas Properties magazine, the official real estate guide for the Alice Board of Realtors. We invite you to travel through these pages as you look for that new piece of heaven on earth that will be your dream home. For nearly 20 years South Texas Properties magazine has been bringing buyers and sellers together. Under the new ownership of Real Hometown Media, LLC, (RHM) we pledge to continue the tradition of providing quality listings and important information about buying and selling property in our area. This is just the first step; a brand new website for southtxproperties. com is under construction with plans to re-launch very soon.

Carlisle Realty........................................................p. 4

Bruce Menking....................................................p. 11

RHM currently produces Alice24-7.com print and online, “a” Magazine and the Coastal Bend Traveler and is very proud to now have South Texas Properties as its newest offering. Additionally, we offer quality commercial printing, marketing services, website development and direct mail all at affordable prices. Look for a new issue of South Texas Properties each month and remember to always consult a Realtor before buying or selling any property. Nicole D. Perez Anthony Morris Owners/Publisher

Century 21 Hallmark Real Estate ....... p. 8, 9, & 10 Circle RB Realty & Appraisals...........................p. 16 Cynthia Carrasco................................................p. 12 Paragon Properties . .............................................p. 5 Risinger Realty ...................................................p. 15 Watkins Realty.......................................................p. 7 Services Arturo “Art” Garcia, Inspector..........................p. 16 CAW Air Conditioning & Heating...................p. 17 Edwards Furniture..............................................p. 17 Gonzalez Lawn Services.....................................p. 13 R.C. Electric (Raul Chapa).................................p. 13 Rescue Heating and Air Conditioning . ............p. 6 Insurance, Banking & Finance

Publisher Emerius

Brenda Poe

Marisol Marquez

Jennifer Wallgren

Capital Farm Credit ...........................................p. 15

Graphics

Graphics

Sales

First Continental Mortgage.............................. p. 16

All listings and advertisements for the sale or rental of properties published in this directory are subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it unlawful to make or publish any such advertisement that indicates any preference, limitation or discrimination, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. Real Hometown Media, LLC will not knowingly accept any advertising for the sale or rental or a property which indicates any preference, limitation or discrimination.

To advertise in South Texas Properties, call our Marketing Specialist Jennifer Wallgren at 361 668-6397 or 361 701-6162.

Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union . .................. p. 13 Texas Champion Bank........................................p. 17 Raul Ramirez (State Farm) ................................p.13 Kari Hendricks Texas Farm Bureau . .................p. 3 Abstract & Title Stewart Title.......................................................... p. 3 Guaranty Title & Abstract ................................p. 16 Home Builder Jim Dean Homes.................................................p. 20

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2001 Helen - Hillcrest area - Located on a large corner lot with beautiful landscaping, gorgeous 4 bedrooms, 3 baths with 3 car attached garage. Open floor plan, granite counter tops in kitchen. Many custom features. Call Missy at 562-3928 for details MLS# 104306

163 County Road 3086 - Orange Grove ISD - Country living on over 5 acres. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, w/ 3 car garage, 3 horse stalls, property is fenced and cross fenced, back of property is on FM 624. Roomy and ready to move in! Call Missy at 5623928 for more details MLS#104369

1205 W. 1st Street - Great location! 3/2 with large enclosed garage. Over 1,800 sq. ft. Large backyard with storage building. Call Missy Priddy 209 S. Reynolds St. - Need a new at 562-3928 for more details! MLS# location for your business? Almost 104253 5,000 sq. ft. commercial building is We Manage available! Separate large front office with large covered carports. Call Rentals! Missy Priddy at 562-3928 MLS# HUD & VA 104348

Broker

1120 Stonegate - Call Missy Priddy at 562-3928 for more details MLS# 104250

SOLD

Falfurrias - 10 acres on County Road 302. Great for home or business. For more information call Missy Priddy at 562-3928 MLS# 104252

Lot 13 Blue Ridge - Carmel Hills – located in Carmel Hills with lake view. Call Kalynn at 207-0883 for more details

1404 Alta Vista - Lovely home in a great neighborhood. Beautifully landscaped with sprinkler system. Patio and deck, storage bldg., extra storage space, attached bonus room, that could be used as mother-in-law suite, office, or bedroom. All appliances included with sale. Call Kalynn at 207-0883 for details MLS# 104389

3702 Woodstone Drive, Corpus Christi - 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Central air & heat. Great investment property. BRING OFFER! MLS# 161689

23101 County Road 1092 - Riverfront property with over 11 acres, very private area, located in Mathis. Cute mobile home. 3/2 with one carport attached and a storage building with carports. Large country porch. Call Missy Priddy at 562-3928 MLS# 104371

1616 Tina St. - Cute brick home!!! 4 BDRM, 2 Baths, 2 living areas with fireplace. Call Kalynn at 207-0883 for more details MLS# 104391

CARLISLE REALTY

1810 E. Main, Alice, Texas

361-664-4348 or 361-664-4033

Missy Priddy............................................................................ 361-562-3928 Kalynn Ramon........................................................................ 361-207-0883 Ginger DeLaune...................................................................... 361-701-4471 Delma Palacios........................................................................ 361-664-2327 Chuck Carlisle, Broker........................................................... 361-548-4848 230 Acres - Agriculture land 1110 2nd Street (Hwy 44) Leticia Cervantes.................................................................... 361-701-5854 plus 30 acres brush, Bandera Community. Call Delma Palacios at 664-2327

Near Ben Bolt on Hwy 281 91.78 acres. Farmland, some hunting. Lots of quail have been spotted! MLS# 104044

SOLD

Aqua Dulce - Call Missy Priddy at 562-3928 for more details! MLS# 104314

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Coyote Creek Estates FM 625, Alice

1206 Ebony Circle - Call Kalynn for details at 2070883 MLS# 104286

SOLD

SOLD

601 E. 8th Street - Call Missy Priddy at 562-3928 MLS# 104233

Restricted subdivision, 3 four-acre lots available. Home needs to be at least 1,200 sq. ft. Your choice of builder! Call Kalynn at 207-0883 for a copy of restrictions and plat. MLS# 103592

80 Acres - Corner of Hwy 281 & CR 172, Badger Lane – Great Investment! Call Delma Palacios at 664-2327

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PARAGON PROPERTIES 4637 S. Hwy 281, Alice, TX

1611 Olmos - Beautiful floor plan, 2 living areas. 3/2/2. Lots of extras. Call today to see. MLS# 104295

(361)664-8000

121 Triangle - 3/2 two story home recently remodeled. On 2 lots. MLS# 104260

412 E. Chapultepec - 3 bedroom, 2 bath nice home with two living areas. Sprinkler system. A must see! MLS# 104338

D E S A LE 1210 West Main - 3/2 Lovely home, 2 living areas, nice patio, and lots of extras. MLS #104388

1324 Josephine #14 - 2/2 two-story townhouse. Beautiful condition. Located in great area. MLS#104277

158 CR 472 - 4/2.5/3 Country living at its BEST on 1.041 acres. Huge master bedroom, separate mother-in-law quarters. MLS# 104363

D L O S 1108 Sandstone - 3/2/2 Beautiful new home, custom kitchen, granite counterops, stainless steel appliances, in new subdivision. MLS# 104382

647 CR 481, Ben Bolt - 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath ranch house on 10 acres. Very nice house. MLS# 104294

400 Nayer - Very spacious home sitting on two lots. This home is a must see to appreciate! MLS# 104373

• Melva Alegria 361-460-1697 • Melinda Garza 361-562-2648 • Janell Donaho 361-876-0505 • Lynnae Donaho, Broker 361-701-3985

Commercial Listings

111 N. Texas Blvd- Wonderful investment opportunity. Currently leased to Leslie’s Nails and The Jigger. Don’t let this one get away! Call for appointment to see. MLS#104117

Land

CR 116-1 - Land! Land! Land! Quail Run #7, 6.34 acres, WITH RESTRICTIONS. All brush and no improvements. MLS# 104226

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PROFITS

Continued from page 3 to consider when selling a home is its size and style. A home that stands out on the block might be an attention-grabber, but that’s not always attractive to prospective buyers. For instance, a colonial sitting in the middle of a street filled with contemporary homes will stand out, but likely for all the wrong reasons. It will likely appear dated and out of place, which is something buyers might not want. In addition, if the home is considerably larger or smaller than the surrounding homes, then this could hurt its value. • Non-conformity: In many ways, conformity is not considered an admirable trait. But when selling a home, conformity could make the difference between a home selling quickly or remaining on the market for months if

not years. When shopping for a home, buyers often shop in certain neighborhoods and towns

and might see many different homes within a given ZIP code. Homeowners with homes that

don’t conform to others in the area might find it difficult to sell their homes. For instance, homeowners trying to sell a two bedroom home in a neighborhood filled with three bedroom homes might notice their home’s value is not as high as that of surrounding homes, regardless of the neighborhood or how similar the home’s exterior is to surrounding homes. • Age: Older homes might have character and a sense of nostalgia, but appraisers take age into consideration when determining a home’s value. And buyers tend to lean toward newer homes for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the feeling that newer homes have far more modern amenities than older homes. When it comes to a home’s value, there are a host of things that could ultimately increase or decrease that value in the eyes of prospective buyers.

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WATKINS REALTY 1811 East Main Street, Alice • (361)668-1743

Denise Strait, Broker (361)701-3783

Mike Hood (512)913-6919

www.southtxproperties.com

159 Oxbow, Sandia - 3/2 Pernitas Point home on hill overlooking Lake Mathis. New carpet, new exterior A/C Unit, new comp shingle roof, painted interior & exterior. SELLERS VERY MOTIVATED!! MLS# 104387

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644 Plymouth, Alice - 4/1 home that has been completely and beautifully remodeled inside. It has a large fenced back yard with a large storage building. Must see to appreciate. MLS# 104344

903 Wilson, Alice - 3/2 single wide home on 1/2 acre of land in a culde-sac. Outbuildings, dog run, and fenced yard. MLS# 104328

Commercial Listing

1328 Josephine, #9, Alice - Beautifully maintained 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath town home. Open and spacious floor plan. MLS# 104289

1825 Oak St, Alice - Perfect starter home!! 2/1 on a corner lot with large mesquite shade tree. MLS# 104398

5194 CR 101, Robstown - Address says Robstown but it could easily be Orange Grove or Agua Dulce. Well kept home on 10 tree-shaded acres. It has been cross fenced. MLS# 104400

400 S. Cameron, Alice - Commercial Bldg. with many possibilities. Great location close to downtown. MLS# 104394

Lots & Land

302 King, Agua Dulce - 2/1 home would be great investment property for a rent house. MLS# 104386

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8118 Hwy 359, Orange Grove 1.5(+/-) acres located between Orange Grove and Alfred. Partially fenced and has electricity. MLS# 104330

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2041 E. Main St., Suite 300

(361) 668-3300

412 Escobar - $79,900 - 2 bedroom, 1 bath - Approx. 980 sq. ft. This is a great starter home. Home has recently been remodeled and has stainless steel appliances. Must see! Call Cynthia Carrasco at 361-227-5353 today for appt! MLS# 104374

906 Grace - 3/2 smaller home that would make a good starter home. Owner financing is available. For more information, call Shelly at 227-4800. MLS# 104412

212 CR 133 - $179,500 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath - Approx. 2,218 sq. ft. This is a beautiful home on a corner 1 acre lot. Home features a bonus room that can be used as a 4th bedroom or office space. Home also features a kitchen that opens to the living area with fireplace. The home has a covered patio area great for family gatherings. Call Cynthia today for an appt. at 361-227-5353. MLS# 104219

1205 Stonegate

$115,000 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath - Approx. 1,105 sq. ft. This is a cute brick home on a nice size lot. Call Cynthia for an appt. today at 361-227-5353 MLS# 104137

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Hallmark

• Elisa Benavides.................................. 227-9771 • Cynthia Carrasco............................... 227-5353 • Bruce Menking................................... 701-8644 • Murray Myers.................................... 726-8731 • Shelly Wallace.................................... 227-4800 • Michelle Knight, Office Mgr........... 668-3300 • Jean Cunningham, Broker.............. 853-2121

We are members of MLS and can show you any property in this magazine. Call us to BUY or SELL 361-668-3300!

733 Glendale - $87,500 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath - Approx. 1,504 sq. ft. This a great starter/investment home. Home has a spacious living room and features wood flooring. Call today for an appt. Home is owned by an agent. MLS# 104410

1416 Corazan - $144,500 - 2 bedroom, 2 bath - Approx. 1,788 sq. ft. This is a unique home with lot of space. Home features wood floors and tile. Home has a beautiful kitchen and bonus room and lots of extras. Home also has a large fenced yard and 2 1/2 car garage! Call Cynthia today to see this beautiful home at 361-227-5353 MLS# 104370

307 S Harrod, Orange Grove - 3/2/1 carport on 2 lots. Cute home close to schools and church. $89,500 Call Bruce for an appointment at 701-8644 MLS# 104304

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215 Scott - 2/1, 964 sq. ft. Cozy home with open floor plan, nice kitchen, and fireplace. Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104339

SOLD

1014 E. 4th - Great family home! Large home with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths close to schools. Home features hardwood floors, split bedrooms, 2 driveways with a 2 car detached garage. Owner financing available. Must see to appreciate! For more information, call Shelly at 227-4800. MLS# 104266

1122 E. 3rd St. - $71,250 - 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath - Approx. 1,210 sq. ft. This a cute home. Great investment! Call Cynthia at 361-2275353 MLS# 104403

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COMMERCIAL

1515 W. Front - Little Ponderosa Restaurant, all appliances, furniture, ready to start a new business on 3.852 acres! $950,000 Call Bruce at 104354 MLS# 104354

404 S.W. Bernice (Premont) $79,900 - 4 bedroom, 2 bath Approx. 1,635 sq. ft. This would make a great starter home. This is a spacious home that features a nice large corner lot. Home has recently been painted and has some remodeling done. Must see this home! Call Cynthia today at 361-227-5353 MLS# 104393

506 E. 1st Street - Old H.E.B., great property for any type of business! $650,000 1225 Lawrence Trail - $179,900 - 3 bedCall Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104235 room, 2 bath - Approx. 1,664 sq. ft. This is a beautiful brick home with sun screens. 600 W. Ave. Home also has a nice covered patio area J, Robthat leads to a fenced yard. Great for stown family gatherings! Call Cynthia today to Stars Drive see this beautiful home at 361-227-5353 In (closed) MLS# 104417 Great location, across from Robstown High School. Priced to sell at $55,000! Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104300 10 acre - Commercial site, Business 281 South, across from grain elevators. $300,000 MLS# 104134 42 acres W. Hwy. 44 - Great commercial site to develop! $420,000 Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104234

978 CR 226

$115,000 - Orange Grove - 3 bedroom, 3 bath - Approx. 2,128 sq. ft. This a mobile home on 10 acres. Call Cynthia at 361227-5353 MLS# 104365

289 CR 468 - 1 full bath and 2 half baths, 3 bedrooms upstairs, 1 bedroom downstairs, covered back porch, 2 car garage with 2 car attached carport. All on 2 acres in Green Acres area. $155,000 Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104360

SOLD

PENDING:

835 N. Adams - $25,740 - 2 bedroom, 1 bath Approx. 912 sq. ft. Great investment home! 211 N. Simmon - $33,000 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath Approx. 2,128 sq. ft. Being sold “As Is.” Great investment home! 1310 W. 1st St. - $99,500 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath Approx. 1,369 sq. ft. Cute brick home on Cul-desac with a large back yard.

SOLD

518 S. Almond - Rental Property Investment! 2 small homes and garage. $35,000 Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104248

5 acres S. Flournoy Rd. - Commercial site with more sites available! $20,000/ac MLS# 104224 42 acres of Prime Commercial Site! N. Hwy 281 and CR 242, will subdivide, utilities across the road. $1.22 million MLS# 104231

2041 E. Main St., Suite 300

(361) 668-3300

281 Bypass, 10 acres - Prime Commercial Site! REDUCED! $150,000 MLS# 104121 500 Eli Garza, Freer - Commercial site, city utilities, fenced, would make a great trucking yard, construction yard, or build your own shop! Several older structures exist. $60,000 MLS# 104171

5751 FM 1329 - 2/1, on 3 acres, waterwell, located about 4.5 miles south of San Diego. Would make a nice investment property, needs some updating. Bank owned. $34,900 Call Bruce at 701-8644. MLS # 104404

Hallmark

• Elisa Benavides.................................. 227-9771 • Cynthia Carrasco............................... 227-5353 • Bruce Menking................................... 701-8644 • Murray Myers.................................... 726-8731 • Shelly Wallace.................................... 227-4800 • Michelle Knight, Office Mgr........... 668-3300 • Jean Cunningham, Broker.............. 853-2121

We are members of MLS and can show you any property in this magazine. Call us to BUY or SELL 361-668-3300!

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Who is responsible for repairs during a home sale? Many questions arise during the home-buying process. Buyers looking at homes that require a good deal of TLC may wonder who is responsible for the home’s repairs, particularly if such repairs are needed to secure a certificate of occupancy. Depending on the situation, there is no clearcut answer. There is no perfect home, and things that are acceptable to the current owner may not be acceptable to the buyer who is looking to become the next owner. The home-buying process is typically a careful cooperation between buyer and seller to find a middle ground. The buyer may have to make some concessions, as will the seller. Ultimately, it is this cooperation that often determines if the sale goes through or is terminated. Before any negotiations can begin regarding repairs, it is ad-

Most real estate agents will suggest this be done as a first priority — even before a contract is entered on the home. An inspection will unveil any potential problems in a home and indicate things that the buyer may not be aware of, including items that do not meet with code or could be unsafe. An inspector also may point out problems that could cause a mortgage lender to give pause. This may mean the lender will deem problems unsafe and refuse to fund the mortgage until repairs are made. A copy of this inspection report should be sent to the home seller to review with his or her attorney and real estate agent. The buyer working with his own real estate attorney and agent can petition for certain repairs to be made. viseable for a buyer to have an independent inspector come

out and look over the home and property.

Lots and Land

Hallmark 80.90 acres, FM 625 & CR 463 - All brush, road frontage on 2 sides, water well, fenced for cattle. Surface sale only. $194,160 Call Bruce at 7018644 MLS# 104385 82 acres, FM 2191 Brooks County - About 6 miles east of Falfurrias off CR 285. All brush, has several pipelines crossing property, waterwell, electric on site, road frontage on 2 sides. Surface sell only. $180,400 MLS# 104293 347 acres off FM 1554 and 281 Bypass - All regrowth brush and native grass. Frontage road on three sides. Older

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See REPAIRS on page 13

brush, electric at road, deer and other wildlife in the area $21,000 Call Bruce at 7018644 MLS# 103907

54 acres - Intersection Hwy 44 W. & 281 Bypass. $8.02 $45,000 - Approx. 60 X 150 cor- $149,000 - Approx. 82.13 acres. Million MLS# 101981

CR 236

E. 6th St.

ner lot. Bring offers! Call Cyn- A portion of these acres are under contract. For more information thia at 361-227-5353 call Cynthia at 361-227-5353

barns, pens, windmill, and ponds. Dove during season, some deer, javelinas, and turkey in season. Minerals negotiable. $1,214,640 MLS# 104307

412.60 acres corner of CR 464 and CR461 - Road frontage on 2 sides, native brush and grass. Great place to ranch or just have some peace and quiet. Has a seasonal creek through the place. Minerals negotiable. $948,980

CR 355 - 10 acres. Great home site, paved road frontage, fenced on 3 sides, pasture. Ready for the horses and cattle! $46,000 Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104060

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FM 1329 - 55 acres all brush, good hunting. Deer, hogs, and dove in season. Duval County $93,000 Possible Owner Financing! Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 103682

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5.02 acres CR 303 - All

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5.75 acres FM 625 & CR 155 - Electric at road, good home site, quiet, minutes from Alice. Restricted home site. $40,250 MLS# 103906 5 acre Commercial Site Next to Rosas Funeral Home, Hwy 44, road frontage. $200,000 MLS# 103048 11.41 acres - Commercial site at intersection of San Jose & Flournoy Road. $253,380 MLS# 104049 Acres for mobile home in Orange Grove area

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Bruce Menking Specializing in Ranch Land

Hallmark 2041 E. Main, STE 300 Alice, TX 78332 Jean Cunningham, BROKER COMMERCIAL

Residential • Commercial Call me! I can find the perfect property for your needs. Many listings available in the area from 45 acres to 600+ acre tracts. I work with many area brokers and agents to help find or move your property. Many great commercial sites available!

(361)701-8644 • (361)668-3300

www.brucemeking.com • bmenking@stx.rr.com 1515 W. Front - Little Ponderosa Restaurant, all appliances, furniture, ready to start a new business on 3.852 acres! $950,000 Call Bruce at 104354 MLS# 104354 215 Scott - Cozy home with open floor plan, nice kitchen, and fireplace. Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104339

SOLD

506 E. 1st Street - Old H.E.B., great property for any type of business! $650,000 Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104235 600 W. Ave. J, Robstown - Stars Drive In (closed) Great location, across from Robstown High School. Priced to sell at $55,000! Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104300

307 S Harrod, Orange Grove - 3/2/1 carport on 2 lots. Cute home close to schools and church. $89,500 Call Bruce for an appointment at 701-8644 MLS# 104304 289 CR 468 - 1 full bath and 2 half baths, 3 bedrooms upstairs, 1 bedroom downstairs, covered back porch, 2 car garage with 2 car attached carport. All on 2 acres in Green Acres area. $155,000 Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104360

WHEN YOU WANT IT TO SAY “SOLD” CALL ME! 701-8644

10 acre - Commercial site, Business 281 South, across from grain elevators. $300,000 MLS# 104134 80.90 acres, FM 625 and CR 463 All brush, road frontage on 2 sides, 42 acres W. Hwy. 44 - Great commercial site water well, fenced for cattle. Surto develop! $420,000 Call Bruce at 701-8644 face sale only. $194,160 Call Bruce MLS# 104234 at 701-8644 MLS# 104385

5 acres S. Flournoy Rd. - Commercial sites 82 acres, FM 2191 Brooks County with more sites available! $20,000/ac MLS# - About 6 miles east of Falfurrias off 104224 CR 285. All brush, has several pipelines crossing property, waterwell, 42 acres Prime Commercial Site! - N. Hwy electric on site, road frontage on 281 and CR 242, will subdivide, utilities 2 sides. Surface sell only. $180,400 across the road. $1.22 million MLS# 104231 MLS# 104293 281 Bypass, 10 acres - Prime Commercial 347 acres off FM 1554 and 281 BySite! REDUCED! $150,000 MLS# 104121 pass - All regrowth brush and native grass. Frontage road on three sides. 500 Eli Garza, Freer - Commercial site, city Older barns, pens, windmill, and utilities, fenced, would make a great truck- ponds. Dove during season, some ing yard, construction yard, or build your deer, javelinas, and turkey in seaown shop! Several older structures exist. son. Minerals negotiable. $1,214,640 $60,000 MLS# 104171 MLS# 104307

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5751 FM 1329 - 2/1, on 3 acres, waterwell, located about 4.5 miles south of San Diego. Would make a nice investment property, needs some updating. Bank owned. $34,900 Call Bruce at 701-8644. MLS # 104404

518 S. Almond - Rental Property Investment! 2 small homes and garage. $35,000 Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104248

SOLD

LOTS & ACREAGE SALE 412.60 acres corner of CR 464 and CR461 - Road frontage on 2 sides, native brush, and grass. Great place to ranch or just have some peace and quiet. Has a seasonal creek through the place. Minerals negotiable. $948,980

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CR 355 - 10 acres. Great home site, paved road frontage, fenced on 3 sides, pasture. Ready for the horses and cattle! $46,000 Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 104060

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FM 1329 - 55 acres all brush, good hunting. Deer, hogs, and dove in season. Duval County $93,000 Possible Owner Financing! Call Bruce at 7018644 MLS# 103682 5.02 acres CR 303 - All brush, electric at road, deer and other wildlife

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in the area. $21,000 Call Bruce at 701-8644 MLS# 103907 54 acres - Intersection Hwy 44 W. and 281 Bypass. $8.02 Million MLS# 101981 5.75 acres FM 625 and CR 155 Electric at road, good home site, quiet, minutes from Alice. Restricted home site. $40,250 MLS# 103906 5 acre Commercial Site - Next to Rosas Funeral Home, Hwy 44 road frontage. $200,000 MLS# 103048 11.41 acres - Commercial site at intersection of San Jose and Flournoy Road. $253,380 MLS# 104049 Acres for mobile home in Orange Grove area

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Cynthia Carrasco REALTOR® For Service you can Trust!

Hallmark www.cynthiacarrasco.com

Residential Homes Offered for Sale

1225 Lawrence Trail

$179,900 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath - Approx. 1,664 sq. ft. This is a beautiful brick home with sun screens. Home also has a nice covered patio area that leads to a fenced yard. Great for family gatherings! Call Cynthia today to see this beautiful home at 361-227-5353 MLS# 104417

733 Glendale

$87,500 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath - Approx. 1,504 sq. ft. This a great starter/investment home. Home has a spacious living room and 412 Escobar $79,900 - 2 bedroom, 1 bath - Ap- features wood flooring. Call toprox. 980 sq. ft. This is a great day for an appt. Home is owned starter home. Home has recently by an agent. MLS# 104410 been remodeled and has stainless steel appliances. Must see! Call Cynthia Carrasco at 361-227-5353 today for appt! MLS# 104374

212 CR 133

$179,500 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath Approx. 2,218 sq. ft. This is a beautiful home on a corner 1 acre lot. Home features a bonus room that can be used as a 4th bedroom or office space. Home also features a kitchen that opens to the living area with fireplace. The home has a covered patio area great for family gatherings. Call Cynthia today for an appt. at 361227-5353. MLS# 104219

1416 Corazan

978 CR 226

$115,000 - Orange Grove - 3 bedroom, 3 bath - Approx. 2,128 1205 Stonegate sq. ft. This a mobile home on 10 $115,000 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath acres. Call Cynthia at 361-227Approx. 1,105 sq. ft. This is a cute 5353 MLS# 104365 brick home on a nice size lot. Call Cynthia for an appt. today at 361227-5353 MLS# 104137

$144,500 - 2 bedroom, 2 bath Approx. 1,788 sq. ft. This is a unique home with lot of space. Home features wood floors and tile. Home has a beautiful kitchen and bonus room and lots of extras. Home also has a large fenced yard and 2 1/2 car garage! Call Cynthia today to see this beautiful home at 361-227-5353 MLS# 104370

1122 E. 3rd St.

$71,250 - 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Approx. 1,210 sq. ft. This a cute home. Great investment! Call Cynthia at 361-227-5353 MLS# 104403

Call today to make an appointment to view any of these homes!

PENDING:

404 S.W. Bernice (Premont) $79,900 - 4 bedroom, 2 bath Approx. 1,635 sq. ft. This would make a great starter home. This is a spacious home that features a nice large corner lot. Home has recently been painted and has some remodeling done. Must see this home! Call Cynthia today at 361-227-5353 MLS# 104393 Page 12

835 N. Adams - $25,740 - 2 bedroom, 1 bath - Approx. 912 sq. ft. Great investment home! 211 N. Simmon - $33,000 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath - Approx. 2,128 sq. ft. Being sold “As Is.” Great investment home! 1310 W. 1st St. - $99,500 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath - Approx. 1,369 sq. ft. Cute brick home on Culde-sac with a large back yard.

Lots and Land

SOLD

E. 6th St.

CR 236

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REPAIRS

Continued from page 10 Many sellers will make such repairs to ensure the purchase goes through, or they will accept a lower purchase price to compensate for the needed repairs, which the buyer will then make. Buyers might want to hire a good real estate attorney to write clauses into the contract to protect their interests. This allows the buyer to forfeit the sale and walk away from the contract should an issue arise. The rules often change when buying a home that is a short sale or in foreclosure. A home that is in distress is typically in this situation because the current owners cannot afford to pay their mortgage, and thusly, are not able to afford repairs. According to Think Glink, a money-management Web site, buyers may try to negotiate repairs with the seller, but they shouldn’t assume that sellers (or lenders in the event of a bank-

owned home) are responsible for the repairs. Generally speaking, most short sales and foreclosures are sold “as is” and may even specify that repairs and requirements for the certificate of occupancy are the buyer’s responsibility. A buyer also can ask to have the home price reduced to cover

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the repairs. But foreclosures are often already deeply discounted. Buyers should know that, for a home that is not in foreclosure, there are some repairs that should ultimately be the responsibility of the seller. If these repairs are not made, a buyer should think strongly about walking away from the

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deal, according to Why6Percent. com, a real estate marketing site. Such repairs include: • lender-required repairs that could impact home safety • leaky pipes • water penetration issues, including a bad roof • unsafe decking or handrails • wet basements or crawl spaces • insecure foundations or obvious structural damage • poorly functioning sewer lines or septic system It is always adviseable for buyers to speak with a reliable real estate attorney and a trusted real estate agent to guide them through the process of buying a home. These people can help buyers navigate the important decisions that can affect the home they’ll be living in for the next several years. Home buyers may be able to negotiate that sellers repair major structural issues, such as a leaky roof. If not, negotiate a lower sale price.

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www.kimstewartrealestate.com REDUCED 248, 248 1/2 FM 1355, Kingsville Property is Co-listed with Century 21 Hallmark/ Bruce Menking at 701-8644. Very well maintained 3/1/2 home on approx. 2.75 acres. Home is presently rented until property sells. Has a nice whirlpool tub in bathroom. Includes an efficiency apartment for rental income or guest quarters. Also, has a lg. barn, approx. 30x80. Shown by appt. only with advance notice needed. Reduced to $132,000! MLS#104017.

REDUCED! 244 FM 1355, Kingsville - Very nice brick building with large parking area. Two office spaces, 3 treatment rooms, 3 restrooms, 2 waiting areas, central air and heat, and so much more! $89,000 MLS# 104019

REDUCED 401 Stoner St., Freer Buy this home for less than monthly rent! Lg. 4/2/1 home on half an acre located within walking distance from schools! Has a formal living room and a den with a wood-burning fireplace. Home has a large laundry room. Relax on the back screenedin porch. Lg. palm trees. Wood privacy fence. Includes a storage shed and a machine shed. (2) CA/H units. Newer laminate flooring in kitchen and downstairs bathroom. Home could use some updating and needs a few repairs, but is move-in ready as is. Reduced Price $75,000 MLS#103998 135 Blackhawk, Sandia - Co-listed with Century 21 Hallmark/Michelle Knight at 765-7538. An absolutely adorable 4/2 home on 1 lot. Very well maintained & move-in ready! Close to Lake Mathis area! Has city water and a septic system. Beautiful wood-burning fireplace in living room that is open to kitchen area. There is a nice jettub in main bathroom. Relax & enjoy the beautiful front covered porch or small back porch in hot weather or snuggle up by the cozy fireplace during those cold weather days! This little place is waiting on its new family! Priced to sell! $67,000 MLS#104127

Old Magnolia Road - This one will not last long and may be the one if you’re looking for a nice piece of land to build your dream home on, or if you are in need of a good commercial property! Only $35,000. This land is located outside the Freer city limits, but is still just minutes from schools! City water is available at buyer’s expense. Septic system needed, as there is no public sewer in this area. There is a dedicated easement to property. Land is cleared and ready for any construction! Call Kim at (361)701-8795 for more details. MLS# 104407 1006 Carle St., Freer - New listing! Great potential with this one! Cute little brick 2/1 home in nice location. Includes 2 lots. Has been previously used as a rental property. Needs some repairs/updating. Excellent investment property or starter home! If you’re looking for a project home, this could be yours! Seller will entertain all reasonable offers. Bring yours today! $32,000 MLS#104416

1621 S. Norton, Freer - If you like the feel of “country living” but want to be close to town, this one might be for you! This 3/2/2 block home sits on half an acre and is just a few minutes from schools. Property is presently rented until sold. Has new septic system, 2-car attached garage, and a I am lg. laundry room right off the kitchen area. a memeber of Tile floors throughout with newer windows. MLS & can show Home needs some updating and repairs. Buyer can add their own touch, so much you any property in this magazine! potential! $59,900 MLS#104021

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How to improve your home’s curb appeal Men and women who have tried to sell a home are likely familiar with the phrase “curb appeal.” Curb appeal is similar to getting ready for a big date, only you’re not dressing yourself up to make a strong first impression. Instead, improving curb appeal involves dressing your home up in the hopes it makes a strong first impression on prospective buyers, many of whom will have a strong opinion about the property before they even get out of their cars to have a look around. A home with strong curb appeal can entice buyers who are likely to believe that a home with a well-maintained exterior is likely to have an equally impressive Ensuring a home’s primary entryway is welcoming and well-groomed is one way homeowners can improve curb appeal.

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interior. Homeowners who want the process of selling their home to go smoothly can improve the property’s curb appeal in a number of ways, many of which don’t necessitate a substantial home improvement budget. • Clean up. The most effective way to improve curb appeal is to clean up the property. Many homeowners are savvy enough to remove toys and other items from the yard before showing a home, but cleaning up goes beyond removing clutter from the property. Make sure all hedges are trimmed and remove weeds, sticks and other debris from any flower beds. Lay mulch in the flower beds and garden, as mulch prevents weed growth while helping the soil retain moisture, resulting in more attractive gardens to catch a buyer’s eye. See APPEAL on page 16

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1915 Olmos - Lovely spacious 4/3 home on corner lot. Tile floors throughout, open floor plan, room in backyard with elevated tub for bathing pets. Back garage entrance. Wood and gas fireplace, fenced yard. MLS#104372 Realitos, TX Lots for sale in 174.96 acres. restricted Great getaway subdivision west with wildlife and hunting. Close of Alice. to Realitos, TX. Water available. Call today for directions. PerFor all of your Calallen/ centage of minCorpus Christi real erals convey. estate needs, call MLS# 104175

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APPEAL

Continued from page 15 • Get an “edge” on other sellers. Edging is another easy and effective way to improve curb appeal. Edge driveways, sidewalks and other walkways around the property, removing or trimming anything that is hanging over the driveway or walkways. If the boundary between your driveway and lawn is not dis-

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tinct, consider installing edging materials such as stone or bricks. The edging can be level with the driveway or elevated, but keep in mind that elevated driveway edging can protect the lawn, preventing kids from riding their bicycles onto the lawn or cars from driving onto it. Adding edging is not a very difficult do-it-yourself project. • Take to the trees. Many homeowners grow accustomed to

overgrown trees around their property and may not notice that low-hanging, unsightly branches are hiding the home from view. Buyers want to see the house, so take to the trees and trim any branches that hang too low or obscure your home. • Clean the gutters. Leaves and sticks hanging from the gutters are a red flag to buyers, who tend to associate clogged gutters with roof damage. Clean the gutters

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thoroughly before putting your home up for sale and keep them clean throughout the selling process. If your property includes lots of trees, install guards to keep twigs and leaves out of the gutters. • Make the home accessible through the front door. Many homeowners enter their home through a side door or through their garage. If you fall into this category, keep in mind that pro-

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spective buyers will be entering through the front door, so make this area accessible. Clear any clutter, such as overgrown hedges, away from the front door, and consider upgrading the door handle to a more modern feature. In addition, make sure the lock on the front door doesn’t stick, forcing the realtor and buyers to immediately struggle before entering the home. You want buyers and their real estate agents to get in and out of the home as smoothly as possible. • Make sure all plants, including flowers, are living. Dehydrated or dead plants and flow-

ers are eyesores, and they will give buyers the impression that you didn’t pay much attention to your property. Make sure all plants are alive and thriving and replace those that aren’t. You can replant new flowers or plants or just use potted plants instead. When purchasing new plants, choose low-maintenance varieties that appeal to buyers who want good vibrant plants but might not want to put in much work into the garden. When selling a home, homeowners can employ a number of tactics to improve their home’s curb appeal.

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1110 S. Stadium - Country living inside the city! This nice brick home has three bedrooms, two baths, and a two car garage that sits on 9 acres. Tile floors and very well maintained. MLS# 104396

1226 Catherine - Great starter home! Lovely two bedroom, one bath home with a darling sunroom, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances. This home is very delightful with a large fenced back yard. MLS# 104397

1517 Guadalupe - Income producing property! Small property with several mobile homes which are rented out for extra income. You can make this your new home today and enjoy income at the same time! MLS# 1043631

894 CR 116 - South Texas Living! Nice large two story home, four bedrooms, three baths, saltillo tile throughout. Two water wells, roping arena, horse barn with living quarters. Saddle room, tack room. Deer pens on 50 acres with 47 adjoining acres that can also be purchased. MLS# 104380

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1818 Alta Vista - Location, Location, Location! Great neighborhood, close to Hillcrest School. Large lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath home with central air & heat, wood floors, updated. A large storage area in back which can be converted into an efficiency apartment. All on a large corner lot. MLS# 104377

GN I D N E -P 1104 W. Third St. - Cute home close to schools! This home is located near Memorial Middle School and Noonan Elementary School. This brick home has two bedrooms, two baths, and equipped with window units. All tile floors, very neat and clean with a large fenced back yard. MLS# 104401

2020 N. Hwy 281 - Large home on 2.5 acres. Wonderful country home located just inside city limits. new carpet and fresh paint throughout this lovely 4/3 home. Home also has a garage in the back of the property to offer extra income. MLS# 104351

575 CR 122 - Tecolote area, small 2/2 home on 1.04 acres. MLS# 104191

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Betty Allison, Broker......... 361-664-7907 Jan Erwin........................... 361-701-6443 Brenda Jenkins.................. 361-215-0379 We are members of MLS and can show you any property in the magazine.

316 CR 461, Ben Bolt - Country living in a ranch style home! Darling home located just out of Alice in Ben Bolt. Twostory, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with ceramic tile and vinyl wood floors, carpet in bedrooms upstairs. This lovely home sits on 5 acres. Double covered carport & extra storage. MLS# 104297

1229 Carlos Trail - Fairly new subdivision! Nice custom built brick home, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, CA/H, 2 kitchens, all ceramic tile with granite counters in the main kitchen. Many built-in desks and built-in entertainment center. Lots of amenities. Must see today! MLS# 103811

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401 & 405 E. Main Street - Great commercial building in downtown Alice. Large commercial building with appx. 10,000 sqft. It is currently the Alice Echo Newspaper office. MLS# 104333

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138 Trailridge Rd. - On Lake Mathis! Nice brick home, 3/2, CA/H, ceramic tile floors throughout. Located on the water at Pernitis Point. MLS# 104194

244 CR 172 - High fenced ranch with exotics! Modular home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, screened porch, CA/H, a second cabin for hunters, 2 ponds, 2 water wells, landing strip, and several senderos throughout the ranch. Great place for hunting and to live, also! MLS# 104378

1204 Ebony - Located on a quiet street! This is a very nice brick home. Has three bedrooms, 2 baths with central air and heat. This home has been completely repainted inside and out and the bathrooms have been updated. All new tile throughout the home. Call today to see this lovely home. MLS# 104414

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1320 Southwood - LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Come see this lovely home today. This large home has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. In ground swimming pool with hot tub and sprinkler system. New carpet, alarm system, and many other amenities. This home is ideal for entertaining! MLS# 104409

1312 Lincoln - Lovely, spacious home! 4/3 with 2 car garage, 2 living areas, wood burning fireplace. Wonderful backyard with covered patio and inground pool. MLS# 104217

G N I D N - PE 1118 Arcadia - Great location next to golf course! This nice 2/2 home with attached 2 car garage and 2 large living areas. All new paint and new carpet in the bedrooms. Large shady yard with view of the golf course. MLS# 104384

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316 Kentucky - Great commercial property! This property is move in ready to start your business today! Inside the city limits with great visibility and convenience. Very nice office space with central air and heat, storage, and a separate metal building for storage on almost half an acre. MLS# 104424

1300 N. Texas BLVD - Great business location! (formerly Dr. Naugher’s) Ready for dentist office or business office. Located at corner of N. Texas Blvd. and Rose Dr. on 2 lots. Great parking! MLS# 104183

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1108 Roosevelt - Very nice home with 2 living areas and large master bedroom. Kitchen has lots of storage! Large privacy fence, fenced back yard with covered patio and sprinkler system. MLS# 104411

411 E. Seventh St. - Spacious home on corner lot! 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with carport. CA/H and a large open living area. This home has a fenced back yard. MLS# 104402

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1204 Madison - Nice, quiet neighborhood! 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with open living room downstairs. All new double pane Lowe’s windows, new bath fixtures, and stainless steel appliances. MLS# 104413

320 Rehmet, Orange Grove Newly remodeled! 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with CA/H. Home has open living area, stainless steel appliances, and a large fenced yard. Very nice home that is a must see! MLS# 104408

1506 Rodolfo - Quiet street! Great 3/1 home with CA/H. Updated kitchen and bath. Stainless appliances, stove, refrigerator, & microwave. MLS# 104242

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905-907 S. Stadium - 2 shops sitting approx. 1.17 acres. Call for appt to see. MLS# 104139

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603 Gardenia - Brand new 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick home. This home has tile floors and a great floor plan perfect for entertaining. Call today to make this home yours! MLS# 104423

1120 West Main - 4/2 with double garage, granite countertops in kitchen and baths. Stainless steel appliances, tile, and carpet floors. MLS# 104364

1118 West Main - 4/2 with double garage. Granite countertops in kitchen and baths. Stainless steel appliances, tile floors in living rooms and carpet in bedrooms. MLS# 104421

1122 West Main - 4 bedroom and 2 bath with beautiful granite countertops in both kitchen and bath! All stainless steel appliances. Tile floors grace the living areas and plush carpets throughout the bedrooms. MLS# 104422

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