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Seagrass Beach homes swell on Bolivar Peninsula

Seagrass Beach homes swell on Bolivar Peninsula | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
NewCoast Properties has broken ground on a luxury beachfront community on Bolivar Peninsula that was stall amid Hurricane Ike.
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Brad Ballard, founder of NewCoast Properties, plans to develop 35 homesites at Seagrass Beach, located on 33.5 acres off SH 87, about 11 miles west of SH 124 southeast of Houston. The gated home lots, which average a little more than an acre, are priced from the low $200,000s. The luxury community will feature unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico and several high-end amenities, including an 18-foot-tall elevated pool with six cabanas, a beachside fire pit, four manicured lawn areas and a stocked fishing pond.The project has buyers lined up, and lot development and amenities are expected to be finished in the next six months. NewCoast Properties also acquired nearby Laguna Harbor from Crown Team Texas LLC and plans to add a full-service marina, fuel and restaurant.
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K9 Coach: Beach safety for your dog - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi ... - KIII TV3

K9 Coach: Beach safety for your dog - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi ... - KIII TV3 | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
K9 Coach on beach safety for your dog.
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10 Great Geek Getaways For Summer - Texas Coast's Cinnamon Shore

10 Great Geek Getaways For Summer - Texas Coast's Cinnamon Shore | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Longing to get away this summer but more interested in the Shire than St. Barths? Texas' silicon valley is Austin and they get-away to Port Aransas Mustang Island.

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Geeks are flocking to the beach, in Texas that's Cinnamon Shore Mustang Island next to Port Aransas.


Home of the high-tech 2015 Coastal Living Showhouse.

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Renters remain confident amid increasing prices and dwindling inventory in major US cities | Inman

Renters remain confident amid increasing prices and dwindling inventory in major US cities | Inman | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Since the rise and fall of the housing market, the mentality of owning a property has shifted. For whatever reason -- whether a lack of confidence in the stability of the housing market, inventory levels or the desire to live a more temporary space -- the population of American renters has surged in recent years.
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10 Incredibly Useful Travel Products for Summer Trips

10 Incredibly Useful Travel Products for Summer Trips | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

If you're planning to be near the Texas coast this summer, you need a pair of Blu Kicks.


These classic shoes have a non-slip sole, are slip-on (perfect for airport security lines), are made of cotton canvas, are quick-drying and machine-washable, and feature a cushy removable insole.

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Sunpocket Sunglasses
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Always breaking your sunglasses in your bag or suitcase?


Bring a pair of Sunpockets on your next trip. These stylish shades are foldable, so you can toss them in your pocket or purse without worrying about damaging them. Both arms and the bridge of the sunglasses feature unobtrusive hinges, which allow them to fold down to a small size for easy storage. Sunpocket offers plenty of fashionable options for men and women.

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That Massive Ocean Cleaning System Is Planned to Be Launched in 2016

That Massive Ocean Cleaning System Is Planned to Be Launched in 2016 | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Earth’s oceans are overloaded with plastic bags and other kinds of synthetic debris, which can be deadly for aquatic animals and detrimental…
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Will this work for oil spills?

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The Top 89 Must-Read Real Estate Blogs Of 2014

The Top 89 Must-Read Real Estate Blogs Of 2014 | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
We've scoured the internet and made a list of 89 blogs every real estate investor should check out. Learn investment tips, trends and marketing strategies.
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How to Select a Contractor | Renovat'd Blog

How to Select a Contractor | Renovat'd Blog | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Before you hire a contractors, ask the right questions. Here is a comprehensive checklist to help you make the right decisions.
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7 Things to Know BEFORE Purchasing a Vacation Home

7 Things to Know BEFORE Purchasing a Vacation Home | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Owning a vacation home is a good investment opportunity, but here are 7 things every potential investor should know before they put a down payment down. [...]


Via Mariano Pallottini
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Incredible Photos: Is This Tiny Cabin Micro-Community the Future of Sustainable Living? » EcoWatch

Incredible Photos: Is This Tiny Cabin Micro-Community the Future of Sustainable Living? » EcoWatch | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
A growing number of people are joining the tiny home movement, where people are downsizing their homes into something much smaller to reduce their environmental impact and live more simply.
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According to Small House Bliss, when four couples purchased this stunning piece of property together, they initially set out to build one large house. Instead, they decided to build their own tiny cabin plus a shared area that has a kitchen, space for group meals and room for guests.

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This is one terrific steampunk teardrop trailer

This is one terrific steampunk teardrop trailer | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
It has everything you need, including a chandelier.
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Teardrop trailers are wonderful things, a classic aerodynamic design that slides through the air when you are towing it. 

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New upstarts look to carve paths against established giants

New upstarts look to carve paths against established giants | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Online real estate powerhouses like Redfin, Trulia and Zillow have been around for years, building multi-million dollar businesses in a category where the entrenched players avoid change.

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real estate a huge industry that many entrepreneurs can relate to since so many have struggled either buying a home or finding an adequate rental property. “We’ve all had first-hand experience with different pain points in the process,” he said. “And that always attracts entrepreneurial interest.

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The Top 82 Must-Read Real Estate Blogs Of 2014

The Top 82 Must-Read Real Estate Blogs Of 2014 | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
We've scoured the internet and made a list of 82 blogs every real estate investor should check out. Learn investment tips, trends and marketing strategies.
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1. Redfin
This is a fantastic resource with loads of informative and actionable content, including everything from real estate news and analysis, to investment tips and advice. Bookmark this one.

2. Zillow
This is another great resource for agents, landlords and property managers alike. Loads of quality information from industry leaders that will keep you abreast of national real estate trends, and provide actionable strategies for selling and marketing your home.

3. MSN Real Estate
Stay up-to-date with the very latest real estate news and trends.

4. Memphis Invest
This blog focuses closely on smart investment strategies geared towards maximizing cash flow and passive income generation.

5. RealtyBizNews
A great resource for real estate news, home buying resources and real estate market analysis.

6. Trulia Blog
Another leader when it comes to the real estate industry. Get unique insights into housing data as well as actionable advice for real estate professionals. This one should definitely make it onto your Feedly list.

7. Realtor.com
These guys cover pretty much any topic related to real estate, from celebrity cribs to home decor tips.

8. RentBits
This blog provides information about the rental market. Especially helpful for tenants, property managers and real estate agents.  9. Movoto
They tout themselves as the lighter side of real estate. This places a fun twist on real estate news and events. Their top 10 places lists are very popular.

10. MSNBC Business
Breaking industry news and opinions from industry experts.

11. CNN Money
This blog takes a more personal look at finances, but includes some helpful information for investors and new home buyers.
12. Bigger Pocket

If there was one blog I could read, this would be it. It answers pretty every real estate question you could imagine with insights from a number of industry experts.

13. Bawldguy

Get an insight look at a number of proven real estate investment strategies.

14. Flippingjunkie
Take a look over the shoulder of Danny Johnson as he shows you how to make money flipping houses.

15. Real Estate In Your Twenties
This is the personal investment blog of Bigger Pockets’ Brandon Turner. Sit back as he teaches you everything he knows about real estate investment.

16. Big Rock Investments
Some helpful investment tips and industry information to help you make smarter business decisions.

17. Blood Hound Realty
A group of real estate investors located in Phoenix, Arizona. These guys provides helpful investment tips and relocation advice.

18. RETipster
The title says it all – real world guidance for part-time real estate investors. Get boat loads of actionable marketing advice. A great read!

19. Hassle Free Cash Flow Investing
David Campbell is an industry guru when it comes to real estate investing and cashflow generation. Follow his creative investment strategies as he uncovers emerging market opportunities.

20. Flipping Smart
Learn how to flip houses the right way, and make a ton of money.


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As Ike fades into history, Bolivar enjoys a renaissance

As Ike fades into history, Bolivar enjoys a renaissance | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
CRYSTAL BEACH - A faded water slide, some beach-themed honky-tonks and bait camps with hand-painted signs welcome visitors to this sliver of a town fronting the Gulf of Mexico.
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Slow-developing 'hidden gem' is regaining sparkle. There are upscale subdivisions, too.
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74 Excellent Reasons to Go to Galveston

74 Excellent Reasons to Go to Galveston | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
You don't go to Galveston nearly as much as you should. Trust us.
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It’s been named the #1 place to live in Texas

It claims this island has more nightlife per capita than anywhere else in Texas.


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http://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/houston/things-to-do-in-galveston

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National Flood Insurance Program Call Center Opens for Policyholders and Disaster Survivors Nationwide | FEMA.gov

National Flood Insurance Program Call Center Opens for Policyholders and Disaster Survivors Nationwide | FEMA.gov | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) call center pilot program to serve and support policyholders with the servicing of their claims.


Flood insurance claims can be complicated, and policyholders may have questions in the days and weeks following a disaster.

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The NFIP call center is reachable at 1-800-621-3362, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Specialists will be available to assist policyholders with the servicing of their claims, provide general information regarding their policies, and/or offer technical assistance to aid in recovery.

For those who prefer to put their concerns in writing, a “Request for Support” form is posted at www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program, which can be filled out and emailed to FEMA-NFIP-Support@fema.dhs.gov or faxed to 540-504-2360.

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The 7 Reasons That Science Says You Should Pay For Experience, Not Things

The 7 Reasons That Science Says You Should Pay For Experience, Not Things | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Planning a vacation this summer? You've chosen to spend your money in the way that's going to give you the most happiness.


It's been determined way beyond reasonable doubt that experiences are more likely than material goods to lead to happiness.

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Come to the Texas coast for a beach experience that you and your family will remember forever!


7 Reasons That Science Says Experiences are better than Diamonds


1: WE SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ROSE-TINTED GLASSES -Experiences are better than material goods because of something psychologists call ‘positive re-interpretation," and what you or I would call "looking through rose-tinted glasses." If you buy a bad material good, like shoes that hurt or trousers that make you look fat, you're stuck with the fact you made a bad choice. Those shoes will always hurt. But with experiences it's not like that. You can make them seem better in your mind. Think Fish Tails


2: WE GET BORED OF STUFF EASILY


3: IT'S HARDER TO COMPARE EXPERIENCES


4: THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF FLOW - Flow is a mental state, first identified by a psychologist called Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, that you get into when you are effortlessly engaged in whatever it is you are doing. This is what athletes mean when they say they're "in the zone." It is what spiritual gurus like Eckhart Tolle mean by "in the present." No matter what you call it, flow is essential for happiness.


5: TO WAIT (FOR AN EXPERIENCE) IS GREAT


6: EXPERIENCES MAKE THE MAN (AND THE WOMAN)


7. WE'RE PEOPLE PEOPLE - You're more likely to be happier, and I'm more likely to listen, when you talk about what you've been up to rather than what you own.

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Southwest Airlines Offering $47 Flights In Epic Three-Day Flash Sale

Southwest Airlines Offering $47 Flights In Epic Three-Day Flash Sale | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Southwest Airlines is offering flights as low as $47 during an epic three-day flash sale from June 2 through June 4.
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come check out the Texas coast on the fly

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Modular Smart Home Controlled by Smart Phone | Daily Business News

Modular Smart Home Controlled by Smart Phone | Daily Business News | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
App for home continuously learns from operation of home to help streamline energy behavior.
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these are storm resistant, we expect to see more on the Texas coast

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I love my smart phone - and that it just keeps getting smarter! 

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Beach and Water Safety on Memorial Day Weekend

Beach and Water Safety on Memorial Day Weekend | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Plenty of people plan to travel to the Gulf this holiday weekend. Now Cameron County lifeguards and Texas Game Wardens are talking about how to remain safe out on the waters.
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Modern & Low Energy Hillside House – Sunlight Residence in Los Angeles

Modern & Low Energy Hillside House – Sunlight Residence in Los Angeles | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Via Doo Crivers Alexo
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These would be ideal on the Texas coast bay sides. 

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The Property Buying Game Infographic

The Property Buying Game Infographic | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Are you looking to upgrade your home, downsize or buy a property for the first time? Our fun property buying game will help you understand it.

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See the infographic

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Man rebuilds salvaged trailer into 200 sq. ft. tiny home, sells it on Craiglist

Man rebuilds salvaged trailer into 200 sq. ft. tiny home, sells it on Craiglist | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
It doesn't seem like it, but this modern tiny home was once a regular trailer, and has been re-done as a tiny guesthouse.
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more small home ideas for the remote parts of the Texas coast

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Home repair Cost vs Value Report and how You Can Beat It

Home repair Cost vs Value Report and how You Can Beat It | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Is it possible to profit with your home improvements? The Cost vs Value Report that is largely regarding as the benchmark for measuring the ROI on home improvements would lead you to believe that you won't be able to recoup your costs. Wouldn't that be a sad state of affairs?

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home flippers make returns - follow what they do

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Affluent Apartment Renters Slow to Buy a Home

Affluent Apartment Renters Slow to Buy a Home | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

By studying publicly traded apartment REITs who manage a combined 520,000 units, we have learned the following:

  • During the housing boom of the early to mid-2000s, roughly 1 in 5 renters leaving their apartment opted to purchase a home. In fact, the national homeownership rate peaked in 2004—at the same time that the percentage of those moving out to purchase a home was peaking.
  • Since 2008, the percentage of renters moving out to purchase a home has remained below its historical average of 17%, while the homeownership rate has continued to decline.
  • As of the fourth quarter of 2014, just 14.7% of all tenants moving out purchased a home. The homeownership rate declined to 64%, the lowest since the mid-90s.
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When your apartment lease expires, you have two choices: to renew or move out. Each quarter we track the percentage of residents who move out of an apartment to purchase a home. (Other reasons for moving out can include a job change, eviction, or rent rising too high). 

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