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So you're ready to buy a house. How exciting! Naturally, the first thing you do is throw yourself into a full-scale house hunt. You spend hours browsing listing after listing on all the popular sites, falling in love with one house after another, and rejecting a few along the way. You may even stop by a few open-house events if they're close enough, just to see what a favorite of yours looks like in person.

When you finally find a house you think will work for you, you contact the real estate agent listed on the ad and set up a time to meet to view the house. When you fall in love with it - with pre-approved financing, of course - you decide you're ready to make an offer. But who is going to be your agent?

Contrary to the belief of some, the

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When it comes to financing your new home, one of the most important (and often sleep-ruining) decisions you will have to make is whether you should go with a 15-year or a 30-year mortgage. What makes the decision so agonizing is knowing that both forms of mortgage come with significant pros and significant cons. And while only you can make the ultimate decision that makes you comfortable, it pays to know these pros and cons well before you decide. And, hopefully, get some good sleep.

Advantages of a 15-year Mortgage

The most obvious advantage to a 15-year mortgage is that you will pay it off in half the time. And there’s nothing like outright owning the place you live. Another distinct advantage, if you qualify for a 15-year plan, is that interest

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Of all the landmarks in Georgetown, TX, the Creative Playscape tops the list for children and families. The original, built in 1993 by community volunteers, created 20 years of memories for Georgetown residents. In 2010 more stringent accessibility standards were put in place through an amendment of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and that - along with new standards set forth by the Texas Health and Safety code - led the city to push for a redesign of the playscape.

The original playscape was torn down in the fall of 2013, and construction for the new design began in the spring of 2014. Now, the brand new Georgetown Creative Playscape is just days away from its Grand Opening. July 2nd, at 10am, Georgetown Parks and Recreation will

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Choosing the right school district is a big factor in your decision to move. But if private school is in the budget, Austin offers some of the finest private schools in the state. Before you move specifically for a school district, consider these elite private academies of learning.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal

Generally considered the best private school in the capital area, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, or SAS, serves grades 1-12 in its Lower (grades 1-6), Middle (grades 7-8), and Upper (grades 9-12) schools. Grades 1-8 share a campus in central Austin, while grades 9-12 attend school in the southwestern part of the city. SAS is known for its rigorous and broad academic program, which requires Upper School students to complete a "Junior Experience" ‒‒

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College Station, home of the Aggies, and part of the booming Houston region, is a quietly conservative college town that likes to be the opposite of Austin. But the two cities share a few things in common, and one of those things is some of the finest new residential communities in Texas. College Station’s newest communities offer the increasingly attractive mix of urban lifestyle and suburban quiet in neighborhoods such as:

Village at Creek Meadows

The Village is the newest part of the Creek Meadows planned community and some of the finest in family and student living in College Station. This is a one-of-a-kind duplex community that pairs the huge living spaces with apartment complex amenities in a rural setting close to town. The two- and

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Admit it, picking a real estate agent makes you nervous. Why wouldn't it? Your home is going to be one of your largest investments throughout your lifetime, and you want to find a quality Realtor who will make the most of your money for you. With all of the hype, marketing, friend referrals, client reviews, Internet searches, etc., it can be a daunting task to sift through the massive amounts of available information to find the agent that fits your needs. Where do you even begin? Here are 5 tips for picking the perfect Realtor:

1. Verify the license.

Each state licenses and disciplines real estate agents via a specific board. In Texas, that board is the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). You can easily determine if a prospective agent or

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Just because the dog likes sticking his head out the car window on the highway, don’t assume that moving is going to be as easy or fun for him. The truth is, pets can sense moving stress and can become confused quickly by a move. In fact, as many as a third of all moved pets get lost at least once because they become confused or disoriented. More than that, the physical transportation of pets can be hard on them, or even dangerous if you’re not prepared. Take a few tips from the American Humane Society to protect your pets during a move.

Get New Tags Before You Move

Remember what we just said about a third of pets getting lost? Well, many of those end up at animal shelters, unidentified and anonymous, and never find their families again. Dogs,

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Everyone knows that two of the biggest reasons cities and towns everywhere prosper and grow are education and job growth. Well, welcome to College Station, home of Texas A&M University (also affectionately known as Aggieland) and some of the state’s top job growth. When you see the numbers, it’s no surprise why the Houston Chronicle named College Station No. 7 on its list of most prosperous cities in Texas and why Fox and Hounds (despite being out in California) ranked College Station one of America’s best college towns/mid-sized cities for growth.

According to Fox and Hounds, TAMU’s 56,000-student presence has sparked major growth in the information and business services sectors, where employment since 2008 have expanded 18.2 percent and 14.2 percent,

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The “FW” in DFW is often overshadowed by the size of the D that is Dallas. But Downtown Fort Worth is perhaps one of the best downtown business and living centers in the country. Unlike its more famous neighbor, Fort Worth eschews the L.A. vibe and corporate hustle-bustle of Dallas in favor of staying tied to its western roots. The people you meet in Downtown Fort Worth are generally friendly and laid back, adopting a live-and-let-live attitude for those who live or visit their city.

The city itself is a hub of businesses and industry, with a vaunted transit system, solid economy, and what just might be the best collection of art and culture in the entire Lone Star State. Living downtown puts you smack in the middle of art centers, from the Modern

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You might have heard a thing or two about the growth of the Houston area. Well, it’s no mere PR spiel, Houston’s growth is epic, and it’s not slowing down.

A recent report by the Houston Chronicle looked at raw Census data and found that, to no one’s surprise, the Houston area is second only to New York City in the number of residents it has added since last year. However, there are two factors to consider: One,  Houston’s city population has expanded at a slower pace in the past three years than those of Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, despite adding more total residents; two, Houston itself is not growing as fast as the rest of Harris County. It is, in fact, Houston’s suburbs that are recording the staggering growth of the region, helped

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