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Hold On Tightly, Let Go Lightly

Hold On Tightly, Let Go Lightly

I opened my first real estate company in 1991 in the 1960 area and later, in 1994 in The Woodlands. It became the most successful independent firm in North Houston, soon to grow to over 55 agents. When it grew that large, and while I was still one of the top agents in...

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The (hopefully not) Last Straw

The (hopefully not) Last Straw

Who would have thought that a simple plastic straw would become an object of such controversy? In a world where there are so many issues that need to be addressed, somehow, we have all fixated on something seemingly easy to cut back on. But is it that easy? Many...

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Keymaps To Keywords

Keymaps To Keywords

So I was sitting in a class recently, learning about the ins and outs of marketing through digital media, and it occurred to me how much things have changed in the forty years that I’ve been selling real estate. So much that it is actually hard to remember what it...

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Meet Our Naked Chef

Meet Our Naked Chef

So, first of all, our chef isn’t naked – his food is “naked”, as in raw. His name is Jan Paul Kahlan and we are so blessed to have him here all the way from Costa Rica. JP, as we call him, is a dear friend of my son. In fact, he helped my son open his own coffee shop,...

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Never Say Never

Never Say Never

How many times have you said, “I would never do that”? Or other common “I will never” statements, like “I would never let my child…”, “My child would never…” or, one we often hear in real estate, “We are never moving again!” Fortunately, that last one doesn’t prove to...

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Coffee or Tea?

Coffee or Tea?

According to research, Americans prefer coffee over tea from 75 to 25. That said, we are drinking half as much coffee per capita as we were in the 1940s. There is, of course, a great deal of history behind tea consumption in America, beginning with the Tea Act of...

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Understanding Your Real Estate Contract

Understanding Your Real Estate Contract

The first time you read through a real estate contract, it can feel a bit like you’re trying to read a foreign language – which is why it is so important that you choose a Realtor who will explain everything carefully. There are critical timelines and statements that...

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Midyear Resolution Check-In

Midyear Resolution Check-In

After my last blog about the family Bible study, my daughter, who taught the class, wanted to write her basis for getting us all involved.  She was a champion putting up with all of us! -Beth By Rory Sewell In January, even creeping into February, there are probably...

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Happiness in Numbers

Happiness in Numbers

Growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee, I was the only daughter of Dale and Ruth Hilton (unfortunately not the Hilton family of hotel fame). My Dad came from a family of 7 and my Mom was one of 16.  I was blessed with only one brother, Mike, who was 7 years old when I...

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The Valor of Vulnerability

The Valor of Vulnerability

Written by Shannon Ferester Petty   A few weeks ago, I was scrolling around on my Netflix account, looking for something interesting to watch. I had spent way too much time binge-watching Sneaky Pete on Amazon (which is awesome, by the way), and I wanted to find...

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Have You Tried Container Gardening? Here’s How!

Have You Tried Container Gardening? Here’s How!

One of the best ways to make your outdoor living space look inviting and lush is by adding beautiful, colorful flowers and plants. Not to mention the curb appeal they add to a house for sale! Container gardening is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this goal. You...

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Food Trucks – Then and Now

Food Trucks – Then and Now

Food trucks seem to be a very popular trend in dining out, particularly with the establishment of extensive food truck parks like Deacon Baldy’s on 1488 or 403 Eats in Tomball.  But if you think back, you will probably realize, as I have, that food trucks have been...

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