TAX FREE WEEKEND TEXAS is HERE

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Always on the look out for positive moments. I am excited for the new possibilities that lay ahead of students returning to school. I hope you have a wonderful year and live life to the Fullest.

       It’s here…The Texas Tax free weekend–Friday August 9-Sunday August 11th.  So this means one of two things for ALL Texans. 

1) they will shop and enjoy the discount of having no sales tax (not all items are eligible)

or

2) they will avoid ANY and all shopping areas.

It can be quite over whelming.  It’s not as bad as black Friday but the crowds can definitely affect your day.

Today, I popped into a local office supply store to get some ink.  On a normal day this is an in and out situation at 11:30 in the morning.  Not for day 1 of the tax free weekend.  I had to dodge shopping carts, unattended children, lost parents, sales people galore and then their was the line at the register.  There is never a line at the register on a “normal day”.

So until stores close on Sunday evening, be aware, be very aware IT’S TEXAS TAX FREE WEEKEND and next up……

it’s watch out for buses, bikes and school zones.

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Live Life to the Fullest,
Scott Culberson

Broker Associate
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

email me at: Scott@ScottCulberson.com

You Should Visit Homes when it’s Raining

     A question I get often from home buyers is…”should we cancel our scheduled showings for today, it’s raining?”  My reply comes extremely fast, “NO, this is a perfect time to see your future home.  We have more days of sun than rain, but rain can do more damage so this is a blessing in disguise, let’s go!!!!”  Bottom line, if your saftey is not put at risk, a rainy day visit is a GREAT idea. 

     Do not put yourself in harms way…do not drive through standing water if you ar not 100% sure that it’s safe.  Also be mindful of tornadoes, hail and lightning.  So if it’s a pop up storm, you might get to see how your home and property reascts to the rain.  Does the water pond in the backyard?  Are you being flooded by the neighbors draining.  Are the streets flooded, for how long.  These are questions you cannot view for yourself on a sunny day.

     Preparing to view a home in the rain is a little different and it’s mostly about trying to stay dry.  Rain coat, check, rain boots, check, umbrella check.  Under sunny conditions you would look at the front of the home, pan around to the neighbors and then go in the home.  When it’s raining your going to want to do more walking around the front of the home, viewing where the water is coming off the roof and where does it go from their.  I have actually made paper boats so my clients could visually see where the water is flowing.  Do all of your outside stuff first, then gather at the front door.  Now it’s time to take off your rain boots, your rain coat, collapse your unbrella and leave everything outside.  Yes, leave everything out side.  You do not want to track water or mud through your potential new home. 

Let me know if your ready for a rainy day visit, I’m here to help you to…Live Life to the Fullest.  Scott Culberson, Broker Associate, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, Email-Scott@ScottCulberson.com

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F.O.C.U.S.

It’s the 2nd week in April and so far the weather has been a little bumpy.  We have had the coldest April on records, rain, heat and pollen everywhere.

So, my message for this week is STAY THE COURSE or my favorite acronym:

                            F. OLLOW
                            O. NE
                            C. OURSE
                            U. NTIL
                            S. UCCESSFUL

This sums it up nicely.  If you want to stop renting and buy a home or your ready to sell your home to move closer to family.  Work or family challenges.  With any of these set your goal and F.O.C.U.S.

You may need a helping hand along the way.  Reach out to the resources that you know in order to make your dream a reality.  If it’s a real estate dream, any real estate dream call me 281-467-4691 I can help.  I know people all across the industry and the world.  People like me that have made it their mission to be their for your when you call.

What you don’t have a real estate goal at this time?  That’s ok, you know people that do so educate them on what it’s like to work with me ask if YOU can give me their contact information…I’ll give them a call.  From there I will help them evaluate their real estate goals and help them move from dream, to plan, to GOAL ACHIEVED.  NO PRESSURE, NO WORRIES JUST RESULTS THAT HELP YOU TO…

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST

I’m Scott Culberson, Broker Associate, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene.  Scott@ScottCulberson.com

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