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5 Steps to Qualify for a Home Loan [Infographic]
20 Apr 2014

 By Jesse McCarl The number of factors that go into approval can be overwhelming when you are trying to qualify for a home loan. But for a look at the most important determinants towards your mortgage approval, here are the five most basic steps.


Michael Stuart's insight:

Follow the yellow brick road and have a hefty down payment in your basket.

Vacation home buying: All you need is love and the right lifestyle area
15 Apr 2014

Advice about purchasing a second home — like the Vacation Home Tip Sheet below – kind of reminds me of a horoscope; it includes common sense rules that could apply to any buyer and any home. My list of important criteria for buying the perfect Texas beach home is a little different, and it goes like this:

1. Love something about the area where you are considering buying a second home. To buy, use and maintain a vacation home, there has to be a compelling reason and an emotional attachment that keeps you coming back year after year. Otherwise, it’s not worth the hassle even if you can rent it to cover the mortgage.

2. Buy in an area close to your primary residence or family. The bulk of second homes are within two hours of buyers’ primary residences.

3. Know your second hometown well enough to pick out what we at Texas Beach Homes call “the lifestyle area” that best suits your needs. Take the time to dig into each neighborhood before you plunk down your money. Sometimes homes in your preferred area aren’t frequently available so you’ll have to be patient and work with a local realtor to spot listings when they come up.

4. Stay in the area with your family and see what it’s like to live there during the season when you plan to visit. Are the people friendly? Is the ambience conducive to relaxing or adventuring or whatever is your purpose for getting away from your primary home?

And, of course, follow the tips in the Vacation Home Tip Sheet. But first, make sure you have love, proximity and the right lifestyle area for your new beach home.

Read more Vacation Home Tip Sheet

Top Seven Trends in Luxury Real Estate
11 Apr 2014

From hi-tech bathrooms to geothermal heat, here are the seven hottest trends in luxury real estate.


Michael Stuart's insight:

1. The Smarthome
Everyone is [digitally] connected in some way and that allows you to control your home.

2. A Separate House for Entertaining
3. Rethinking the Mudroom
4. A Cooler Kitchen
5. The Self- Sufficient Home
6. Custom Detailing, Down to the Doorknobs
7. Hi-Tech Bathroom Fixtures

The Most Fabulous Houses Of 2014
09 Apr 2014
Today, the American Institute of Architects released its list of best residential design. Check out the winners here.

Michael Stuart's insight:

Every year, the American Institute of Architects honors the best residential design in the U.S., recognizing, as the organization puts it, “good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource.”

Tax Benefits encourage Vacation home Purchases
05 Apr 2014

The individual income tax code offers a multitude of benefits for home owners.


Michael Stuart's insight:

Because the mortgage-interest deduction can be applied to both a primary and secondary residence, it encourages the purchase of vacation homes.

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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5 Steps to Qualify for a Home Loan [Infographic]
20 Apr 2014

 By Jesse McCarl The number of factors that go into approval can be overwhelming when you are trying to qualify for a home loan. But for a look at the most important determinants towards your mortgage approval, here are the five most basic steps.


Michael Stuart's insight:

Follow the yellow brick road and have a hefty down payment in your basket.

Vacation home buying: All you need is love and the right lifestyle area
15 Apr 2014

Advice about purchasing a second home — like the Vacation Home Tip Sheet below – kind of reminds me of a horoscope; it includes common sense rules that could apply to any buyer and any home. My list of important criteria for buying the perfect Texas beach home is a little different, and it goes like this:

1. Love something about the area where you are considering buying a second home. To buy, use and maintain a vacation home, there has to be a compelling reason and an emotional attachment that keeps you coming back year after year. Otherwise, it’s not worth the hassle even if you can rent it to cover the mortgage.

2. Buy in an area close to your primary residence or family. The bulk of second homes are within two hours of buyers’ primary residences.

3. Know your second hometown well enough to pick out what we at Texas Beach Homes call “the lifestyle area” that best suits your needs. Take the time to dig into each neighborhood before you plunk down your money. Sometimes homes in your preferred area aren’t frequently available so you’ll have to be patient and work with a local realtor to spot listings when they come up.

4. Stay in the area with your family and see what it’s like to live there during the season when you plan to visit. Are the people friendly? Is the ambience conducive to relaxing or adventuring or whatever is your purpose for getting away from your primary home?

And, of course, follow the tips in the Vacation Home Tip Sheet. But first, make sure you have love, proximity and the right lifestyle area for your new beach home.

Read more Vacation Home Tip Sheet

Top Seven Trends in Luxury Real Estate
11 Apr 2014

From hi-tech bathrooms to geothermal heat, here are the seven hottest trends in luxury real estate.


Michael Stuart's insight:

1. The Smarthome
Everyone is [digitally] connected in some way and that allows you to control your home.

2. A Separate House for Entertaining
3. Rethinking the Mudroom
4. A Cooler Kitchen
5. The Self- Sufficient Home
6. Custom Detailing, Down to the Doorknobs
7. Hi-Tech Bathroom Fixtures

The Most Fabulous Houses Of 2014
09 Apr 2014
Today, the American Institute of Architects released its list of best residential design. Check out the winners here.

Michael Stuart's insight:

Every year, the American Institute of Architects honors the best residential design in the U.S., recognizing, as the organization puts it, “good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource.”

Tax Benefits encourage Vacation home Purchases
05 Apr 2014

The individual income tax code offers a multitude of benefits for home owners.


Michael Stuart's insight:

Because the mortgage-interest deduction can be applied to both a primary and secondary residence, it encourages the purchase of vacation homes.

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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Show your support to restore the Beautiful Bolivar Peninsula. Please click here to sign the "Bring Back Bolivar" support roster.


Purchase your Bring Back Bolivar T-Shirt. All proceeds benefit the Bolivar Peninsula Economic Development Fund. Call now to order 409-684-3345.

Visit the Bolivar Ike Recovery page on the Bolivar Chamber site for more information about our recovery progress.

Show your support to restore the Beautiful Bolivar Peninsula. Please click here to sign the "Bring Back Bolivar" support roster.


Purchase your Bring Back Bolivar T-Shirt. All proceeds benefit the Bolivar Peninsula Economic Development Fund. Call now to order 409-684-3345.

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Physical Address: 2840 Hwy 87

Mailing Address: Po Box 1158

Crystal Beach, TX 77650

Phone 409-684-3345

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

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