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U.S. new home sales jumped 18.6% in May

U.S. new home sales jumped 18.6% in May | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
New-home sales soared in May, but the gains simply put the market back on track to match last year's overall pace, rather than signaled a significant momentum gain.
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Visionary community developers and a progressive cooperative city government have propelled Port Aransas to new heights the past 5 years, surpassing both Galveston and South Padre Island in rentals, sales and median price.

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Regular meditation as beneficial as vacation - Harvard Health Blog

Regular meditation as beneficial as vacation - Harvard Health Blog | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

A study found that the benefits of meditation and yoga are as significant as the relaxation benefit of taking a vacation, and are more persistent.  

 

As mindfulness meditation and yoga have become mainstream and more extensively studied, growing evidence suggests multiple psychological and physical benefits of these mindfulness exercises, as well as for similar practices like tai chi and qi gong.

 

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses analyzing hundreds of research studies suggest that mindfulness-based interventions help decrease anxiety, depression, stress, and pain, and help improve general health, mental health, and quality of life.

 

These practices also appear to reduce inflammation and increase immune response.

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AT&T drones aid Hurricane Harvey relief on Texas Coast

AT&T drones aid Hurricane Harvey relief on Texas Coast | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

As residents near the Texas coast pick up the pieces of devastation brought on by Harvey, the need to communicate has become very important. Enter drones.

 

In natural disaster situations such as this one, drones can often be utilized to inspect areas that aren’t accessible to cars or trucks due to flooding. The use of drones allows for quicker access to these inaccessible areas that could not be inspected otherwise. They can also see parts of the towers that people can’t reach when climbing or see from observing from the ground level. They also speed up the inspection process of towers overall, because more towers can be studied in a shorter amount of time, freeing up time for making repairs.

 

Customers who live in these impacted areas will be receiving credits for extra data, voice and text charges, and prepaid credits for extra voice and text charges from the company.

 

Follow this link to see drone footage shared by AT&T: https://ql.mediasilo.com/#ql/59a73367e4b0b55905b47c40/ec1edd79-9041-419b-a5a1-45a0d480164a 

 

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SpaceX: Progress at Boca Chica site next to South Padre

SpaceX: Progress at Boca Chica site next to South Padre | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

SpaceX has finished installing a second ground station antenna at its future Boca Chica spaceport for the purpose of tracking Crew Dragon missions to the International Space Station beginning in 2018.

An "out of this world" future attraction for South Padre Island.

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Port Aransas predicted to have 3 years of decline following hurricane.

Port Aransas predicted to have 3 years of decline following hurricane. | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Study models the impact of hurricanes on population change in the years in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

 

  • Hurricanes pose a continuing hazard to populations in coastal regions.
  • Population growth is found to be reduced significantly for up to three successive years after counties experience wind damage, particularly at higher levels of damage.
  • Storm surge is associated with reduced population growth in the year after the hurricane.
  • Model extensions show that change in the white and young adult population is more immediately and strongly affected.

 

Negative effects on population are stronger in counties with more advantaged population groups as they are more likely to move out.

 

The only real long-term option for coastal areas facing significant threats from sea level rise is thus adoption of a managed retreat policy, whereby homes and development are moved away from the shoreline so as to allow natural oceanic processes to run their course.

 

  • Yet managed retreat is a hotly contested issue among private property owners, who stand to lose not only millions of dollars in property value, even their homes.
  • Managed retreat can also be costly to state and local municipalities and slow to catch on at either the state or national level.

 

Some local communities facing especially severe erosion issues have begun to accept the fact that the sea can only be withheld for so long and are in the process of buying up private property along the coast, and relocating coastal structures further inland.

 

It's time to rethink how and what to build on the Texas coast.

 

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South Padre Island officials spend $400k to remind people the city wasn't hit by Harvey

South Padre Island officials spend $400k to remind people the city wasn't hit by Harvey | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Cities along the coast, like Port Aransas and Rockport, are continuing to recover from the historic storm that hit as a Category 4 hurricane and went on to dump more than 50 inches of rain on Houston. Almost two months after Harvey businesses and restaurants are still working to reopen.


By September, Arnold said, hotel occupancy, revenues and winter bookings on South Padre Island had dropped. Many lumped the city in with the Corpus Christi and North Padre Island areas, thinking it was devastated by Harvey.


The CVB board requested $300,000 to reinforce marketing along the I-35 corridor and $100,000 for the Rio Grande Valley area.


"The creative content for the enhanced marketing has a new message with a three-part theme," Arnold said. 


"We're here," "We're open" and "We're beautiful," will be included in advertisements to show visitors the island was not damaged by the storm, he said. Additionally, hotels will offer special packages and pricing.

South Padre Island has long been a popular destination for spring breakers and families. The island grossed a total of $30.5 million in sale revenues during Spring Break in 2016, and thousands make the yearly pilgrimage to the beach, filling up hotels and drinking at bars in the area. 


"P.S. the beach and the Gulf are stunning at this time of year," Arnold said. "We urge the people of San Antonio to come and visit for a weekend, a week or the whole winter."

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Amazon now delivers tiny houses

Amazon now delivers tiny houses | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Prime real estate: Amazon now delivers tiny houses

This shipping container house is eco-friendly, adaptable and shipped to your door!

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How online travel agencies are ‘dimming’ results on hotel searches

How online travel agencies are ‘dimming’ results on hotel searches | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Expedia had intentionally deleted the images in an effort to persuade her to book a different hotel. The practice, euphemistically called “dimming,” involves deliberately minimizing a hotel’s appearance or ranking in an online agency’s results.

It’s the byproduct of a behind-the-scenes conflict between hotels, which want customers such as Compo-Martin to book directly with them, and online travel agencies, which don’t want to be undercut by the hotels. The bottom line for customers: When you book online, you may not see the cheapest hotels first. In extreme cases, you may not even be able to book the hotel you want on the agency’s site.
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Camp Right On The Gulf Coast At These 5 Beaches In Texas

Camp Right On The Gulf Coast At These 5 Beaches In Texas | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
There's something about being in near seclusion with the lulling sound of waves lapping against the shore that's unlike anything you've ever experienced.
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Offshore U.S. wind farm proposal uses Tesla batteries to store power

Offshore U.S. wind farm proposal uses Tesla batteries to store power | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Tesla's energy business is focused in part on solar power generation, but a big component of the business hopes to use its Powerpack commercial storage..
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8 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Return from Vacation

8 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Return from Vacation | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

If you feel overwhelmed or depressed when you return to work after a vacation, it could be because you are making one of these avoidable mistakes. 

  1. Staying Gone Too Long
  2. Apologizing
  3. Broadcasting Your Return
  4. Returning Emails in Chronological Order
  5. Failing to Delegate
  6. Working Your Fingers to the Bone
  7. Bringing in Souvenirs
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Galveston is Great for Family Reunions

Galveston is Great for Family Reunions | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Family vacation forum and family travel reviews about family vacations, trip advisor, travel advisor, and hotel reviews.
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7 Reasons Why Virtual Reality Technology Will Totally Disrupt the Real Estate Industry [Infographic]

7 Reasons Why Virtual Reality Technology Will Totally Disrupt the Real Estate Industry [Infographic] | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Why you should start working with virtual reality.

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Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2017

Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2017 | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Looking to make your home just a little smarter?

 

While still in its infancy, the number of smart home products—devices that let you control your lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your smartphone—is rapidly growing.

 

  • From GE to Belkin to Home Depot, tons of products and whole ecosystems want to help you control your home via a single iOS or Android app. You can pick and choose your favorite gadgets to assemble an affordable intelligent abode on your own terms, or opt for an entire smart home system that does all the work for you. Here are some of our favorite smart home systems and individual gadgets.
  • A ton of new smart home devices are coming out this year, and include new connected appliances, cameras, lightbulbs— even robots and trashcans.

 

One common thread, though, is that many of these new devices will be compatible with Amazon Alexa, further integrating this voice assistant into your home. Plus, Amazon itself is launching several new Alexa-enabled devices, including the Echo Show and the Fire TV Edition, so you can get Alexa in even more places.

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Hurricane-proof livable yachts debut at boat show

Hurricane-proof livable yachts debut at boat show | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
A solar-powered, 4,350-square-foot livable yacht designed to be a hurricane-proof answer to rising sea levels is already attracting interest.
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SPI Given $3.5 Million Grant For Major Construction

SPI Given $3.5 Million Grant For Major Construction | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Major construction is underway in South Padre Island. 

The city is undergoing a major change from a $3 million project  adding sidewalk improvements along Padre Boulevard,  approximately 9 miles total concrete being laid.

 

New additions include pattern sidewalks, shrubbery about 2 to 3 feet high, and decor in the form of the city's logo, pedestrian friendly sidewalks, uniform throughout the city.

 

Make it look nicer, make it safe for locals and tourists alike. 

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Deep Impact of Flood Insurance

Deep Impact of Flood Insurance | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

NAR’s priority is to secure a five-year reauthorization of the NFIP. The bill NAR supports, known as the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, also would provide money to help homeowners mitigate flood risk, limit insurance premium hikes, and improve flood mapping, among other measures.

“The main hurdle to passage is time,” Perez says. “Congress has a lot to do between now and Dec. 8, including tackling the federal budget. So it’s really important to keep up the pressure.”

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Texas Bolsters Migration To its Metros

Texas Bolsters Migration To its Metros | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Of the 35 largest metro areas in America, a net of 51,129 people moved from the 31 largest metro areas outside of Texas to Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio from 2010 to 2014.

 

Texas has become the top destination for people moving from other states, according to a report from the Office of the State Demographer. Leading the way are Californians. 

 

The Texas metro growth is fantastic! 

 

  • Yet the growth is concentrated in the metros while Texas' smaller counties struggle. The stream of people moving to Texas has received much attention in recent years.
  • Migration has added around a quarter million new Texans a year, and this has raised concerns about whether the state can accommodate this kind of growth.
  • Internal migration causes some counties to have population growth while others experience population decline.

 

As such, the population changes from external and internal migration pose different challenges for Texas’ planners and decision-makers.

 

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Texas is becoming "a tale of two cities" and the state should do more to foster growth and opportunity in its disadvantaged areas. 

 

Living in both places, the difference is striking:

  • The metros have technologically advanced prosperity, while
  • much of the rest of Texas struggles to get by and relies heavily on food stamps.
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Winter Texans find South Padre is the only available beach this year 

Hurricane Harvey came through Port Aransas just before Labor Day damaging or destroying 80 percent of homes and business and wiping out the summer season's final weeks.

 

Fortunately, South Padre Island is a resort area on the Texas coast without any storm damage.

 

 

In Texas seaside resorts north of South Padre, the small business owners are facing a painful paradox: Tourists who are their economic lifeblood likely won't return until the rebuild is in full swing, but picking up the pieces after Harvey may not truly begin without the profits tourists bring.

 

That's the risk, said David Teel, president of the Texas Travel Industry Association. 

 

Winter Texans are finding South Padre Island is available.

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Prefab micro apartment occupies the space of a single parking spot

Prefab micro apartment occupies the space of a single parking spot | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Tikku is a bare-bones sustainable building constructed from cross-laminated timber (CLT) "spatial modules" that can be erected overnight.
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Discover your Destination | Find Your Perfect Break! | Super Break

Discover your Destination | Find Your Perfect Break! | Super Break | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
From countryside escapes and indulgent spa days to pristine beaches and foodie hotspots, everyone has something and somewhere to tick off their travel bucket list. Whatever your ideal short break, our Discover your Destination tool is here to help you find your perfect getaway based on your reactions to inspiring travel photos. Simply swipe right if you feel inspired by a place that interests you, or swipe left if it's not on your bucket list, and you'll be paired with your ideal match.
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The Best Beaches in America | South Padre Island

The Best Beaches in America | South Padre Island | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
From Santa Monica, California, to South Padre Island, Texas, these towns boast the most beautiful beaches and charming locales in the country.
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The Benefits of PVC Walls - Texas Coast

The Benefits of PVC Walls - Texas Coast | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

The Benefits of PVC Walls for the Coast

 

  • They are durable and waterproof
  • Due to their material, this type of wall panel is easy to clean. Any marks or stains on the panel can be removed with a damp cloth and some dish soap
  • PVC panels are such low maintenance, they’re a fantastic alternative for vacation rental homes

 

When it comes to our homes, many people try to keep up-to-date with current interior design trends whilst ensuring that they’re practical and visually attractive.

 

PVC wall panels are becoming increasingly popular for this reason. Simply put, these panels, made of PVC material, can come in a variety of patterns and designs and are becoming preferential over other wall alternatives such as tiles or paint.

 

There are a variety of places in which PVC panels can be installed around the home. One of the most popular is the bathroom, where the panels can be installed on the ceiling or floor. Bathroom PVC panels can also be used to create a wet room.

 

 

PVC panels are also much more hygienic than other wall types, they are mildew-resistant and prevent bacteria from growing.

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Galveston Finishes Multi-Million Dollar Beach Renovation 

Galveston Finishes Multi-Million Dollar Beach Renovation  | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
It's not just about making the beach prettier; it's about making the coast stronger.
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Ikea’s poised to do for the smart home what it did for design

Ikea’s poised to do for the smart home what it did for design | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Ikea can be criticized for using cheap materials and veneers, but you have to admire its commitment to tasteful furniture design that has — to a fault — raised the baseline aesthetic of th
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