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7 Things You Should Paint Instead of Replace to Save Money
20 Aug 2014
You know a fresh coat of paint can give any room a quick and inexpensive facelift. But did you know that a little paint can also perk up carpets, appliances, and even vinyl floors?Basically, if it doesn’t move, you can paint it.

Michael Stuart's insight:

Use rustproof paint on metal for the Texas coast.

The U.S. Gulf Coast at Night
18 Aug 2014

The U.S. Gulf Coast at Night

One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this nighttime image showing city lights in at least half a dozen southern states from some 225 miles above the home planet. Lights from areas in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as well as some of the states that border them on the north, are visible.

Image Credit: NASA

Page Last Updated: August 15th, 2014
Page Editor: Jerry Wright

Source: The U.S. Gulf Coast at Night

Gov. Perry Visits Texas National Guard Soldiers and Airmen helping secure the border issues
15 Aug 2014

Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Camp Swift Army National Guard Training facility for a status report on the Texas National Guard's training and deployment in support of Operation Strong Safety to combat crime and drug cartel activity near the border.


Michael Stuart's insight:

Between SpaceX and the guard, South Padre is safer than ever.

Housing prices rise, inventory shrinks in Corpus Christi – report
15 Aug 2014

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that the coastal city’s robust housing market shows no signs of slowing, but affordable homes are in short supply. The inventory of vacant homes in Corpus Christi is one fourth the size it was just three years ago, but asking prices have climbed 19 percent over the same period, said Warren Andrich, president and CEO of the Corpus Christi Association of Realtors.

“All things point to a continued favorable housing market,” Andrich told the South Side Business Council.

There are 1,860 houses available in the city as of Thursday, down 74.5 percent from 2011 when there were 7,300 houses on the market. In that time, thousands of job seekers have converged on the Coastal Bend, lured by opportunity from the Eagle Ford Shale energy play. Economists have speculated as many as 10,000 jobs will spring from it over the next five to seven years.

And that has helped drive up home prices.

The average sale price for a home in Corpus Christi was about $190,000 in June, up from $157,000 in June 2009, Andrich said. That’s a 21-percent increase.

“It’s supply and demand,” Andrich said. “We live in a place people want to come, so the demand is high.”

http://www.caller.com/news/building-our-future/realty-chief-discusses-hot-housing-market_93494936

Million Dollar Manufactured Homes
13 Aug 2014

Manufactured Homes Hit Seven-Digit Milestone, in California, meaning for under $200k on the Texas coast.

Manufactured homes often sell for more than $1 million in the California coastal community of Paradise Cove, with one selling for $2.55 million earlier this year and another going on the market last month for $3.75 million. See slides-show at wsj.com/articles/rethinking-the-double-wide

Putting It All Together Making the Move to Modular Manufactured Home Industry Faces Hurdles The homes feature hardwood floors, high-end appliances, granite counter-tops, and other upscale features, but the prices also have a lot to do with the community’s location on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Wealthier buyers now are entering the market for factory-built homes, mainly as retirees look to downsize and soaring home prices in particular markets make manufactured housing a more affordable option.

Design trends have tracked those in conventional site-built homes and these are built better, many are hurricane resistant and more energy efficient.

Look for them to take off on the Texas coast soon.

via Manufactured Homes Hit Seven-Digit Milestone | Realtor Magazine.

Keep Rollover Pass Open
13 Mar 2013 Keep Rollover Pass Open   By Wayne Stupka and Ted Vega Recently, in a gross example of government overreaching in violation of private property rights, the General Land Office of the State of Texas went to the Corps of Engineers and applied for and received a permit to close Rollover Pass. Not only do they not own the land in question, they did not ask the owner of the land – the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club – - if they could. They just did it. If this wasn’t bad enough, they are seeking to remove the best public access fishing location on the Upper Texas Coast. It is a high quality recreational resource available to handicapped and less wealthy fishermen and women of the coast – persons who cannot afford boats and motors. Furthermore the grounds on which they are overreaching do not hold up. It is a land grab, pure and simple. Now, how would you feel if the government came to you and told you that they had applied for a permit to take action that would destroy your property? How many of you citizens out there would stand still for an arrogant, oppressive government agency telling you what they were going to do with your private property? And now because the General Land Office has no power of condemnation, the GLO is trying to force Galveston County to do their dirty work for them by asking – or perhaps coercing – the County into condemning our property on their behalf. To date, Galveston County has not acted, but let’s be clear. It will be a “gut check” on whether the members of Commissioners Court are really concerned about overreaching government or not. This is an issue that puts the rhetoric of support for private property rights to the test. So why are we closing the Pass? First, we are always told it is because of erosion. Unfortunately, the big erosion problem on the Upper Texas coast is that the source of sand for all of our beaches is not what it used to be. Rollover Pass is a small symptom of the larger disease of loss of sand supply due to dams up the Mississippi River. Shutting Rollover Pass is not going to solve the erosion problem on Bolivar or anywhere else. Severe storms such as Ike cause ten to a hundred times more erosion in one day across a hundred miles of beach than does Rollover Pass in a decade. If the jetties were constructed that were part of the original plan, the erosion issue – such as it is – would go away. Second, we are told that the problem is siltation of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – that sediment comes through the Pass and is deposited in the canal and causes increased maintenance dredging costs. However, consider this. A diversion was recently constructed (and permitted by the Corps and the GLO) to allow the diversion of Taylor’s Bayou in Jefferson County southward into the GIWW about fifteen miles in from the easternmost point of East Bay. That diversion will dump incredibly large amounts of sediment into the GIWW – a much larger amount than is contributed by Rollover Pass. So if increased dredging were really a concern, that project would never have been allowed. Yet it was with full support by the very entities that are trying to shut down the Pass. Third, we are told that the GLO wishes to restore East Bay from an ecological perspective. To us, that sounded like a decent reason. But once again, this issue must be viewed in a cumulative context. The Taylor Bayou diversion mentioned above will divert millions and even billions of gallons of floodwaters into the GIWW and East Bay. That diversion is a new event. If Rollover Pass is closed, the ecology of East Bay will be dominated by freshwater inflow and will cease to function as a salt water fishery for long periods of time. The Taylor Bayou diversion is a much bigger threat than Rollover Pass. However, if the Pass is left open, the freshwater domination of the Taylor Bayou diversion would be moderated by an exchange with the Gulf of Mexico and East Bay will likely be just fine. With the Pass closed, East Bay is doomed. On the positive side, Rollover Pass is a poor fisherman’s dream. It offers truly quality fishing literally out of the back of your truck. You can drive right up to it. You can roll your wheel chair to it. It is open to all ethnicities and all classes of users. It is all about equality – equal access and equal rights. By shutting the Pass, the government will be taking private property from the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club for the supposed purpose of benefiting beachfront homeowners – homeowners who now own the majority of the beach after the Severance decision by the Texas Supreme Court. Why should the Club’s private property be condemned to help private property owners? Artist's concept of how Rollover Pass could look (click image for larger view). All of us involved in supporting the Pass – the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club and the Gilcrist Community Association – recognize that the Pass must be improved. We have produced an image of what it could and should be, and we believe that we can raise the money – private money, not government money – to build this newer and better Pass. But since Ike, the Club, the Gilchrist community and Rollover Pass have been under attack. All we ask is that the government leaves us alone – that we be allowed the chance to restore this fabulous recreation asset and get back to the business of providing quality fishing, bird watching and recreation to the residents of the Upper Coast. Wayne Stupka is President of the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club. Ted Vega is President of the Gilchrist Community Association.
ATV- ROV's frequently asked Questions by Galveston Sherriffs Dept.
06 Aug 2012 Frequently Asked Questions – ATV/ROV’s
ATV News
06 Aug 2012 Last month, a State Attorney General’s opinion provided some guidance for both operators and government officials about the use of all-terrain and recreational off-road vehicles (ATV/ROV’s) on Bolivar Peninsula beaches. 
Specks on a Fly- “UBETCHA” by Ed Snyders
05 Dec 2011 Rolling out a cast to the grassy edge of the salt-marsh settled my streamer right on top of a swirl left by a feeding trout, when, after a few quick line jerks, the reaction for the action "imploded" on it bowing the fly rod to the fight of speckled silver.  
Those Amazing GULP! Ed Snyder/Outdoors Bolivar Peninsula, TX.
28 Nov 2011 Massaging my jig along the bottom as it drifted with the tide I could feel every grain of sand and click of shell as it thumped its way along a submerged sandbar. Then, a sudden, aggressive “TIC” triggered my hook-set into a big fish, a strong fish. Arching rod and a reset drag prepared me for a long, hard fight…. “Gulp” had paid off for me again with a nice 22inch doormat sized flounder coming to net.
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7 Things You Should Paint Instead of Replace to Save Money
20 Aug 2014
You know a fresh coat of paint can give any room a quick and inexpensive facelift. But did you know that a little paint can also perk up carpets, appliances, and even vinyl floors?Basically, if it doesn’t move, you can paint it.

Michael Stuart's insight:

Use rustproof paint on metal for the Texas coast.

The U.S. Gulf Coast at Night
18 Aug 2014

The U.S. Gulf Coast at Night

One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this nighttime image showing city lights in at least half a dozen southern states from some 225 miles above the home planet. Lights from areas in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as well as some of the states that border them on the north, are visible.

Image Credit: NASA

Page Last Updated: August 15th, 2014
Page Editor: Jerry Wright

Source: The U.S. Gulf Coast at Night

Gov. Perry Visits Texas National Guard Soldiers and Airmen helping secure the border issues
15 Aug 2014

Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Camp Swift Army National Guard Training facility for a status report on the Texas National Guard's training and deployment in support of Operation Strong Safety to combat crime and drug cartel activity near the border.


Michael Stuart's insight:

Between SpaceX and the guard, South Padre is safer than ever.

Housing prices rise, inventory shrinks in Corpus Christi – report
15 Aug 2014

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that the coastal city’s robust housing market shows no signs of slowing, but affordable homes are in short supply. The inventory of vacant homes in Corpus Christi is one fourth the size it was just three years ago, but asking prices have climbed 19 percent over the same period, said Warren Andrich, president and CEO of the Corpus Christi Association of Realtors.

“All things point to a continued favorable housing market,” Andrich told the South Side Business Council.

There are 1,860 houses available in the city as of Thursday, down 74.5 percent from 2011 when there were 7,300 houses on the market. In that time, thousands of job seekers have converged on the Coastal Bend, lured by opportunity from the Eagle Ford Shale energy play. Economists have speculated as many as 10,000 jobs will spring from it over the next five to seven years.

And that has helped drive up home prices.

The average sale price for a home in Corpus Christi was about $190,000 in June, up from $157,000 in June 2009, Andrich said. That’s a 21-percent increase.

“It’s supply and demand,” Andrich said. “We live in a place people want to come, so the demand is high.”

http://www.caller.com/news/building-our-future/realty-chief-discusses-hot-housing-market_93494936

Million Dollar Manufactured Homes
13 Aug 2014

Manufactured Homes Hit Seven-Digit Milestone, in California, meaning for under $200k on the Texas coast.

Manufactured homes often sell for more than $1 million in the California coastal community of Paradise Cove, with one selling for $2.55 million earlier this year and another going on the market last month for $3.75 million. See slides-show at wsj.com/articles/rethinking-the-double-wide

Putting It All Together Making the Move to Modular Manufactured Home Industry Faces Hurdles The homes feature hardwood floors, high-end appliances, granite counter-tops, and other upscale features, but the prices also have a lot to do with the community’s location on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Wealthier buyers now are entering the market for factory-built homes, mainly as retirees look to downsize and soaring home prices in particular markets make manufactured housing a more affordable option.

Design trends have tracked those in conventional site-built homes and these are built better, many are hurricane resistant and more energy efficient.

Look for them to take off on the Texas coast soon.

via Manufactured Homes Hit Seven-Digit Milestone | Realtor Magazine.

Keep Rollover Pass Open
13 Mar 2013 Keep Rollover Pass Open   By Wayne Stupka and Ted Vega Recently, in a gross example of government overreaching in violation of private property rights, the General Land Office of the State of Texas went to the Corps of Engineers and applied for and received a permit to close Rollover Pass. Not only do they not own the land in question, they did not ask the owner of the land – the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club – - if they could. They just did it. If this wasn’t bad enough, they are seeking to remove the best public access fishing location on the Upper Texas Coast. It is a high quality recreational resource available to handicapped and less wealthy fishermen and women of the coast – persons who cannot afford boats and motors. Furthermore the grounds on which they are overreaching do not hold up. It is a land grab, pure and simple. Now, how would you feel if the government came to you and told you that they had applied for a permit to take action that would destroy your property? How many of you citizens out there would stand still for an arrogant, oppressive government agency telling you what they were going to do with your private property? And now because the General Land Office has no power of condemnation, the GLO is trying to force Galveston County to do their dirty work for them by asking – or perhaps coercing – the County into condemning our property on their behalf. To date, Galveston County has not acted, but let’s be clear. It will be a “gut check” on whether the members of Commissioners Court are really concerned about overreaching government or not. This is an issue that puts the rhetoric of support for private property rights to the test. So why are we closing the Pass? First, we are always told it is because of erosion. Unfortunately, the big erosion problem on the Upper Texas coast is that the source of sand for all of our beaches is not what it used to be. Rollover Pass is a small symptom of the larger disease of loss of sand supply due to dams up the Mississippi River. Shutting Rollover Pass is not going to solve the erosion problem on Bolivar or anywhere else. Severe storms such as Ike cause ten to a hundred times more erosion in one day across a hundred miles of beach than does Rollover Pass in a decade. If the jetties were constructed that were part of the original plan, the erosion issue – such as it is – would go away. Second, we are told that the problem is siltation of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – that sediment comes through the Pass and is deposited in the canal and causes increased maintenance dredging costs. However, consider this. A diversion was recently constructed (and permitted by the Corps and the GLO) to allow the diversion of Taylor’s Bayou in Jefferson County southward into the GIWW about fifteen miles in from the easternmost point of East Bay. That diversion will dump incredibly large amounts of sediment into the GIWW – a much larger amount than is contributed by Rollover Pass. So if increased dredging were really a concern, that project would never have been allowed. Yet it was with full support by the very entities that are trying to shut down the Pass. Third, we are told that the GLO wishes to restore East Bay from an ecological perspective. To us, that sounded like a decent reason. But once again, this issue must be viewed in a cumulative context. The Taylor Bayou diversion mentioned above will divert millions and even billions of gallons of floodwaters into the GIWW and East Bay. That diversion is a new event. If Rollover Pass is closed, the ecology of East Bay will be dominated by freshwater inflow and will cease to function as a salt water fishery for long periods of time. The Taylor Bayou diversion is a much bigger threat than Rollover Pass. However, if the Pass is left open, the freshwater domination of the Taylor Bayou diversion would be moderated by an exchange with the Gulf of Mexico and East Bay will likely be just fine. With the Pass closed, East Bay is doomed. On the positive side, Rollover Pass is a poor fisherman’s dream. It offers truly quality fishing literally out of the back of your truck. You can drive right up to it. You can roll your wheel chair to it. It is open to all ethnicities and all classes of users. It is all about equality – equal access and equal rights. By shutting the Pass, the government will be taking private property from the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club for the supposed purpose of benefiting beachfront homeowners – homeowners who now own the majority of the beach after the Severance decision by the Texas Supreme Court. Why should the Club’s private property be condemned to help private property owners? Artist's concept of how Rollover Pass could look (click image for larger view). All of us involved in supporting the Pass – the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club and the Gilcrist Community Association – recognize that the Pass must be improved. We have produced an image of what it could and should be, and we believe that we can raise the money – private money, not government money – to build this newer and better Pass. But since Ike, the Club, the Gilchrist community and Rollover Pass have been under attack. All we ask is that the government leaves us alone – that we be allowed the chance to restore this fabulous recreation asset and get back to the business of providing quality fishing, bird watching and recreation to the residents of the Upper Coast. Wayne Stupka is President of the Beaumont Rod, Reel and Gun Club. Ted Vega is President of the Gilchrist Community Association.
ATV- ROV's frequently asked Questions by Galveston Sherriffs Dept.
06 Aug 2012 Frequently Asked Questions – ATV/ROV’s
ATV News
06 Aug 2012 Last month, a State Attorney General’s opinion provided some guidance for both operators and government officials about the use of all-terrain and recreational off-road vehicles (ATV/ROV’s) on Bolivar Peninsula beaches. 
Specks on a Fly- “UBETCHA” by Ed Snyders
05 Dec 2011 Rolling out a cast to the grassy edge of the salt-marsh settled my streamer right on top of a swirl left by a feeding trout, when, after a few quick line jerks, the reaction for the action "imploded" on it bowing the fly rod to the fight of speckled silver.  
Those Amazing GULP! Ed Snyder/Outdoors Bolivar Peninsula, TX.
28 Nov 2011 Massaging my jig along the bottom as it drifted with the tide I could feel every grain of sand and click of shell as it thumped its way along a submerged sandbar. Then, a sudden, aggressive “TIC” triggered my hook-set into a big fish, a strong fish. Arching rod and a reset drag prepared me for a long, hard fight…. “Gulp” had paid off for me again with a nice 22inch doormat sized flounder coming to net.
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Physical Address: 2840 Hwy 87

Mailing Address: Po Box 1158

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Phone 409-684-3345

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Swedes Real Estate Logo

Swede's Real Estate
Physical Address: 2840 Hwy 87

Mailing Address: Po Box 1158

Crystal Beach, TX 77650

Phone 409-684-3345

Sitemap

Anne Willis Broker


Your Crystal Beach Bolivar Peninsula - Beach Property Expert - a member of the TexasGulfCoastOnline network