Believe it or not, there is an etiquette to buying and selling a
home, some unwritten rules that we would love to share with you to make the
process easier for all involved.
Money - do you know how you intend on buying this property?
If you have not spoken to a lender yet or gathered all the money under
your mattress, please do not look for a house. You need to make sure you
have what it takes to purchase real estate. We can recommend a lender to
you and it's a quick process that will not slow you down.
Time - Realtors and Sellers do not have all the time in the world
so please show up on time for your scheduled showing or call us at least an
hour ahead of time if you are going to be late. We usually have other
appointments to get to and the owners would love to return to their home as
soon as they can. Do not linger through rooms and study family pictures.
Take a quick look and see if this is a house that can stay on your short
list to return to for a 2nd showing.
Children - kids are very excited to look at homes and explore and
investigate but owners do not like returning to their homes with beds out of
order and things moved around on dressers. Please do not let your children
terrorize the cat or pull the fish out the tank and please keep them close to
you during the showing.
Just Looking? - Again, Realtors are very busy and always go, go,
go. It is very upsetting to tell an owner that the person they just spent
8 hours cleaning their house for is only looking or not planning on buying for
a few years. Please know your plans and be courteous when scheduling a
showing to see a house.
More Photos? - Realtors usually take pictures of every room for
their advertising online and some owners get very uneasy when a prospect starts
taking pictures of their home or belongings. Please ask the Realtor for
permission before snapping more photos of the property.
Disclosure - Too much information is appreciated! We want to
know about the leak in the roof or the toilet that doesn't flush. We want
to know that you are 6 months behind on your payments. When you list the
property, please tell us everything about your life in the home and experiences
you have had with repairs and mortgage payments and neighbors. We don't
want any surprises when the inspection takes place.
Honesty - Be honest with us on your plans. We have had
sellers back out of a contract at the last minute because they decided to stay
in the house. Make sure that you want to sell before we spend the time to
advertise and market the property and offer it to buyers.
What Stays? - Make sure to tell us about a light fixture that
doesn't stay or the curtains and blinds. Anything attached to the
property is supposed to stay upon closing so we need to know your plans before
we start showing the property.
Spring has finally arrived here in west Texas after a hard winter of ice storms and cold weather. Flowers are in full bloom and trees are leafing out. The sweet smell of the agarita bushes in my yard fill the air each morning. Big Bend, Terlingua, and Study Butte have never been greener. Some parts along highway 118 look like a golf course with patches of bright yellow flowers and bluebonnets lining the road and fence lines. It's a great time of year to visit the area!
Wow! What a month seeing the critters and wildlife around here. I went to Fort Davis a few days ago and looked out to the Elk pasture on the right, before the incline out of the pass, and saw a huge bull elk. Luckily I had my camera with me so I turned around in the highway for the snapshot opportunity. As I was watching him I noticed he was walking in circles and bellowing and panting. His bones were very visible through his fur and he was very ill-looking. I watched him for a few minutes walk in circles and behave as if disoriented and then headed into Fort Davis to call a game warden. I figured he was either sick or about to die and needed help.
As I showed property in the Davis Mountains Resort that afternoon I drove up on a wild burro, cute as can be. I, again, had my camera with me and snapped a few shots.
Yesterday, Heath and I ventured to Terlingua to list some property and as we were driving down a ranch road in the middle of Solitario we had a mare and little colt walk toward us in the middle of the road, almost walking up to the hood of the truck. As I whistled out the window and jumped out of the truck with my camera they hurried off, the colt bucking and jumping around. Great pictures with the sun setting behind them.
I love west Texas!
One of the privileges of listing ranches I have discovered is having to hike or drive to amazing places. Heath, Hayden, and I drove down to Terlingua on Sunday to list Leon Mountain Ranch. 1250 acres near Study Butte. We've done lots of research on the property online with maps and Google Earth but never realized how beautiful it was until we hiked to the peak. It gave breathtaking a new meaning while I was either hauling a 30 pound camera box with a drone in it or a 2 year old boy. Boy, was I exhausted! But we took our final few steps up the peak and looked up to find we had reached the top of the world. We were not only above Study Butte but we were eye to eye with Bee Mountain and Hen Egg and could see past the Christmas Mountains and far into Mexico. It was stunning. Heath took a second to capture our experience on the drone camera before we slid down the mountain.
Then, when we thought our adventures were over for the day, we took a drive toward Solitario to find a new piece of property to list and photograph. For the past 8 days the area has had rain non-stop so us thinking we were going to get through Terlingua Creek really was a stupid moment. We drove 12 miles off highway 118 on North County Road and twisted and turned on the roads, going through mud pit after mud pit. There were several times when the rain had washed so much of the road away we only had a few feet to pass and had a mountain on one side and a 10 foot drop on the other. I was a nervous wreck! We reached the end when we hit Terlingua Creek. 60 foot wide creek full of water, and who knows how deep...normally a dry creek. God, it was beautiful though! The valley on the other side of the creek was green and the sun was setting and shining on the mountains and cliffs stretching up. We thanked God for getting us lost so we could experience that moment. Plus we had the opportunity to go mudding on the way back. I hadn't done that since high school. It was a great day.
Mar 1 – Mar 31 Jr/Sr Art Class
March 1 through Tuesday, March 31 at the Chinati Foundation, 1 Cavalry Rd in
Using Carl Andre's permanent installation at Chinati as an entry point, area
students enrolled in the school's junior and senior art classes will create
their own poems and artwork to be exhibited at Chinati's annual Community Day
on Sunday, April 19.
Mon, Wed, Fri Senior Circle Stretch & Flex
Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 208 E
Sul Ross Ave. Admission is free.
For more information call (432) 837-0254
Mon, Wed, Fri Tae
Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays at 1:30
PM at the Alpine Public Library or 6:30 PM at Crossroads Baptist
Fellowship. Admission is free. For more information call (432) 294-5034
Mar 3 Alpine City Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 3rd at 5:30 PM in
Council Chambers at 803 W. Holland Ave.
Mar 3 Bingo
Every other Tuesday at 6:30 PM at
the American Legion Hall located at 306 W. Sul Ross Ave.
Mar 3 – Mar 4 Mammos
on the Move Mammography Screening
Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday,
March 4 from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM at Big Bend Regional Medical Center, 2600
Please bring identification card and insurance card. $129 if not insured. For more information call (915) 577-0100
Mar 3 Tri-Community
Tuesday, March 3 from 8:30 AM until
4:00 PM at Hotel Paisano Ballroomm, 207 N. Highland Street in Marfa. Garden Protection and Pests, Tomato 101, Ice
Storm Tree Damage and Repair, and more. $10
RSVP by Thursday, February 26 at (432) 729-4746 or (432) 837-6207
Every Tuesday Library
Tuesdays from 4:30 PM until 5:30 PM
in the Community Room at Alpine Public Library, 805 W. Avenue E.
First- and second-graders
Every Tuesday Basic
Tuesdays from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
at the Alpine Public Library, 805 W. Avenue E.
Instructor is Gerardo Gonzalez. For
more information call (432) 837-2621.
Admission is free.
Every Wednesday Family
Family Story Time each Wednesday
from 4:00 PM until 4:45 PM in the AEP Multipurpose Room at Alpine Public
Library, 805 W Avenue E
Every Thursday Hike
with a Homeless Dog
Hike With a Homeless Dog every Thursday
from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM at Davis Mountain State Park in Fort Davis. Grand Companions animal shelter brings dogs
for visitors to walk on a park trail.
Mar 5 – Apr 21 Our
Thursday, March 5 until Tuesday,
April 21. Artist's Reception on Friday,
March 13 2015 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.
Gallery On The Square
The Big Bend Arts Council and Gallery On The Square welcomes new member,
Theresa Wallace, to the Art Coopertative. Theresa is an accomplished artist in
oil, pastel, and photography. She is planning an exhibit of her photography,
"Our Beautiful Desert", which opens on Thursday, March 5. You can
view Theresa's oil and pastel artwork at Gallery On The Square and get an
invitation to her upcoming artist's reception.
For more information call (432) 837-7203
Mar 6 Knights
of Columbus Fish Fry
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, Friday,
March 6 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Our Lady of the Peace Catholic Church,
406 S 6th Street. $7 per
Mar 11 – 14 Electronics Recycling
Wednesday, March 11 through Friday,
March 13 from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM and Saturday, March 14 9:00 AM until 3:00
Old Fire Station (corner of 8th Street and W. Avenue E). For a list of acceptable items call (432)
294-3183 or email email@example.com
Mar 16 – 21 Cactus
and Succulent Sale
Monday, March 16 through Saturday,
March 21, Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center 43869 Highway 118 in Fort Davis.
For more information call (432) 364-2499
Mar 21 Doggie Flea
Saturday, March 21 from 12:00 PM
until 4:00 PM at the Alpine Visitor Center, 106 N. 3rd Street. Bring your doggies by for a bath and flea
dip. Proceeds go to Alpine Humane
Society. For more information call (432)
Feb 3 Bingo
Every other Tuesday at
6:30 PM at the American Legion Hall located at 306 W. Sul Ross
Feb 3 Alpine
City Council Meeting
Alpine City Council
Meeting, Tuesday February 3rd at 5:30 PM located at the Council
Chambers at 803 W. Holland Ave.
Feb 4 Senior
Stretch and Flex
Fridays at 10:00 AM. First United
Methodist Church located at 208 E. Sul Ross Ave. For more information, please call
432.837.0254. Admission is free.
Feb 4 Tae
Fridays at 1:30 PM at the Alpine Public Library or 6:15 PM at Crossroads Baptist
Fellowship. For more information please
call 432.294.5034. All fitness levels
welcome. Admission is free.
Feb 5 – 7 Micro-Cinema: Our Native American Experience
Three evenings of
screening and talk-back sessions featuring a collection of Independent Films
from Native American Filmmakers located at the Studio Theatre. For more information, please call
432.837.8218 or visit http://www.sulross.edu/theatre
Feb 5 Hike
with a Homeless Dog
Hike With a Homeless Dog,
each Thursday from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM at Davis Mountain State Park. Grand Companions animal shelter brings dogs
for visitors to walk on a park trail.
Feb 5 Amateur
Radio Licensing Class
Amateur Radio Licensing
Class, Thursdays from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM for four Thursdays. Room 130, Turner Range Animal Science Center
at Sul Ross State University. Free class
but $25 manual required (available first meeting). For more information call Dave at (432)
837-2711 or Bob at (432) 386-3041.
Feb 6 No
No Dry Country, Friday,
February 6 at 10:00 PM, Railroad Blues 504 W. Holland Ave
Feb 7 Kolton
Moore and the Clever Few
Kolton Moore and the
Clever Few, Saturday, February 7 at 10:00 PM. Railroad Blues 504 W. Holland Ave
Feb 7 – 8 Vintage Makeover & Pin Up
Saturday, February 7 and Sunday,
February 8, A vintage-inspired hair and makeup session followed by a fun thirty
minute photo shoot at Mendias & Co, 903 W. Ave E. One 5X7 print or wall calendar (your choice)
will be ready for pick up on Friday, February 13- just in time for Valentine's
Day! To make an appointment call (432)
Feb 8 Sunset
Sunday, February 8 from 5:00 PM
until 6:30 PM. Experience Donald Judd's
two permanent installations, 100 works in mill aluminum and 15 outdoor works in
concrete, at dusk. Free of charge to museum members and tri-county residents. Chinati Foundation, 1 Cavalry Rd in Marfa
Feb 8 Paint
and Go Workshop
Paint and Go Workshop, Sunday,
February 8 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Womack
Education Center of the Museum of the Big Bend.
All materials included, $40 per
person. Register by Monday, February 2
by calling (432) 837-8143
Feb 10 Basic
Basic Computer Class, Tuesdays
from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Alpine Public Library 805 W. Ave E, instructor is
Gerardo Gonzalez. For more information call (432) 837-2621. Admission is free.
Feb 12 – 14 Chihuahuan Desert Bike Festival
Chihuahuan Desert Bike Festival, Thursday,
February 12 through Saturday, February 14.
For more information visit desertsportstx.com
Feb 14 Valentines
Valentine's in Valentine Hosted
by Big Bend Brewing, Saturday, February 14 at 3:00 PM. The Old Mercantile Building. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 at the door. For more information visit
Feb 14 Valentine’s
Day Party with Slow Down Summer
Valentine's Day Party with Slow
Down Summer, Saturday, February 14 at 10:00 PM at Railroad Blues, 504 W.
Feb 27 – 28 29th Annual Texas
Cowboy Poetry Gathering
29th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry
Gathering, Friday, February 27 through Saturday, February 28. The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a
two-day event celebrating the oral tradition of the working cowboy in poetry,
stories, and music. Enjoy more than 50 performers in the classroom and on
stages of Sul Ross State University.
For more information visit www.texascowboypoetry.com
Feb 28 Family Crisis Center Fundraiser Dance
Family Crisis Center Fundraiser
Dance, Saturday, February 28 from 8:30 PM until 11:55 PM at the Alpine Civic
Center. All proceeds benefit the Family
Crisis Center of the Big Bend. A silent auction will be held featuring
original artwork and handmade jewelry by our local artists. Tickets are $20.00 per person. Children 16
and under are free. Come enjoy our fun family event and help a worthy cause. For more information call Rhonda Cole at
(432) 294-0956 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 27 – Jan 10 Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas Tree Recycling Saturday, December 27 through
Saturday, January 10 at the Hal Flanders Recycling Center. Drop off your trees in the green recycling
trailer and take home some free mulch for FREE!
For more information call (432) 294-3183 or email email@example.com.
Jan 3rd Bingo
Bingo Saturday, January 3 at 6:30 PM, at the American
Legion Hall located at 306 W. Sul Ross Ave.
Jan 1st Hike With a
Thursdays from 9:00 AM
until 10:30 AM; Davis Mountain State Park.
Grand Companions animal shelter brings dogs for visitors to walk on a
park trail. Thursdays from 9:00 AM until
Jan 3rd Grupo
New Year's Dance Featuring
Grupo Rodeo, Saturday, January 3 at 8:00 PM at the Alpine Civic Center. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door. Sponsored by Alpine Cinco de May Association
Jan 6th Basic
Basic Computer Class,
Tuesdays from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Alpine Public Library located at 805
W Eve E. Instructor is Gerardo Gonzalez,
For more information call (432) 837-2621
Jan 6th Friends
of the Library Meeting
Friends of the Library
Meeting, Tuesday, January 6 at Noon in the AEP Foundation Multipurpose Room at
the Alpine Public Library located at 805 W. Ave E
Dec 4 Parade of
Please join us for the Alpine Chamber of Commerce Annual
Parade of Lights, December 4, 2014. The Parade will start at 6:00pm at the City of Alpine
offices and head east on Holland Avenue, north on 5th Street and west on
Avenue E to the Brewster County Courthouse for the Annual Christmas Tree
Lighting. Admission is free. If you have
any questions, please feel free to contact the Chamber of Commerce at
432-837-2326 Everyone is
invited to participate!
Dec 4 Cowboy
Christmas Ball Presented by Sul Ross Rodeo Club, Thursday, December 4, at the Granada
Theatre. Doors open at 7:00PM. Dinner
provided by the Saddle Club is at 8:00 PM, music by Mike Ryan starts at 10:00
PM, Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle.
Dinner & dance tickets are $40; Dance tickets only are $20. Tickets can be purchased at Coach's Office,
the Saddle Club, or at the door. Must
have photo ID at the door
For more information call Jacob Gernetz, Rodeo Coach at (432) 837-8240 or
Stephen Wood, Saddle Club at (432) 837-9700
Dec 4 GirlsRock!
Thursday, December 4 from 4:30 PM
until 5:30 PM at the Community Room at the Alpine Public Library. An empowerment group for girls in third and
fourth grades, sponsored by the Family Crisis Center of Big Bend. For more information call (432) 837-7254 or
Dec 5 Senior
Circle Lunch and Learn
Senior Circle Lunch and Learn,
Friday, December 5 at Noon. Big Bend
Regional Medical Center Board Room. Our
speaker will be Matt Walters. For more
information call (432) 837-0254
Dec 5 Big Bend
Chamber Music Concert
Big Bend Chamber Music Concert, Friday,
December 5 at 6:00 PM, St. James Episcopal Church, N 6th St and Ave A
Lana Potts, a member of the Sul Ross music faculty, will be featured. Potts'
program will feature organ music for the Advent season as well as original
compositions. A reception will follow the performance.
Dec 6 Alpine’s
Christmas Variety Show
Alpine's Christmas Variety Show, Saturday,
December 6 at 5:30 PM, AISD Auditorium,
Admission is free.
Neil Tammell & Dr. John Ray, Bryon Garrison & Sons, Randi Skelton, Brian
Hubbard & Kristine Woolsey, Jake Esparza & Isabella Beinhauer, AHS
Cheerleaders, and featuring The Alpine Youth Christmas Choir
Hosted by Bill Brooks
Music by Vicky Ellis & Malyssa Reed
Admission is free but you are welcome to bring an unwrapped toy for the law
enforcement toy drive if you wish.
Dec 6 Children’s
Children's Christmas Store. Saturday,
December 6 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM at Hillside Baptist Church, 205 Church
Rd. To proceed Children's Advocacy of the Big Bend. For more information call (432) 386-3071
Dec 6 -7 Mountain Country
Mountain Country Christmas Bazaar, Saturday,
December 6 and Sunday, December 7 at the Alpine Civic Center. For more information visit http://gfwcwomansclubofalpine.vpweb.com/Events-and-Fundraisers.html
Dec 6 Bulky Items
Bulky Items Drop-Off Day Hosted
by Keep Alpine Beautiful and the City of Alpine; Saturday, December 6 from 8:00
AM until 12:00 PM;
Hal Flanders Recycling Center. For more
information call (432) 294-3183 or visit www.cityofalpine.com/alpinerecycles.
Dec 9 Basic
Basic Computer Class; Each Tuesday
from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Alpine Public Library, 805 W Ave E. Instructor is Gerardo Gonzalez. For more information call (432) 837-2621. Admission is free.
Dec 13 Frontier
Christmas in Fort Davis
Frontier Christmas in Fort Davis; Saturday,
December 13. Annual Christmas
celebration happening all day in Memorial Square and through-out Fort Davis. For more information call (432) 426-3015
Dec 15 Alpine ISD
School Board Meeting
Alpine ISD School Board Meeting, Monday,
December 15 at 5:30 PM in the Board Room at the Administration Building, 704 W.
Sul Ross Ave.
Dec 16 – 18 Live
Live Nativity, Tuesday, December 16
through Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 PM at Kokernot Lodge
Dec 31 New Year’s
Eve Party with The Shades
New Year's Eve Party with The Shades,
Wednesday, December 31 at 10:00 PM. Railroad
Blues, 504 W. Holland Ave