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I was watching Good Morning America (GMA) when a segment on Real Estate Video Tours came on.  According to the report, people stay at a Real Estate website 78% longer if there is a video.  Video Tours are the real estate marketing tool of the future currently be used by very few agents.  Click play below to see a video tour I recently produced which helped me get this Lake Placid lake house under contract in less than a week.  As I have always said in listing appointments, “If a picture is worth a 1000 words then a video is worth 10,000.” 

Example of a video tour I did for a Lake Placid Texas home for sale:

 

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The Real Estate market is different, today, as most folks would agree.  When the topic of real estate comes up in a conversation, people seem to put too much trust in the news media.  Once people find out that my profession is in the real estate industry, they tend to have a pity look on their face.   I have to convince them to not feel sorry for me, especially since I am having record-breaking production months right now!  The waterfront market is moving and moving quickly for several reasons:

  1. With interest rates at a 30+/- year low, people are able to afford more of a house for less money.
  2. Banks are lending to people with good credit and with 2 year job/income history
  3. Sellers are negotiating.  I represent many buyers (and Sellers).  What has
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Some of you have heard the rumors and others have seen the construction along IH35.  The Courtyard Marriot is adding a hotel and retail center/restaurants on Lake Dunlap (a section of the Guadalupe River).  I contacted a representative from the Courtyard Marriot to find out what the plans are.  They stated that nothing was set in stone but the picture below will give you the current rough plans for the project. 

This addition will bring much more attention to Lake Dunlap just as the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge has brought attention to Lake McQueeney (also a section of the Guadalupe River).  Soon people on Lake Dunlap will have the luxury of grabbing a bite to eat with friends and family on the lake without the hassle of putting the boat up since the project

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It is finally here!  The Meadow Lake Video tour! Enjoy the tour from the bottom dam to the furthest “ski-able” point (about 4 miles). 

Most people have heard of the popular waterskiing lakes including Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, and Lake Dunlap.  But most people have never heard of Meadow Lake (Lake Nolte).  If they have, they usually think that you cannot ski on it.  That is why I produced this video.   

Wakeboarders in the video (in the order they appear) are: Hunter Croan, Ian, and Calyton Caraway.  Enjoy the Video.

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I have had a lot of people ask me lately about Meadow Lake, so here is another question and answer Blog:

Question:

Hunter this doesn’t look very wide.  Can you run a boat, ski and fish on Meadow Lake? How long  or how big is it?

Answer:

Meadow Lake (also known as Lake Nolte) is smaller than the other area lakes (Lake McQueeney, Lake Dunlap, and Lake Placid) but not by much.  For example, Lake Placid has a capacity of 2624 acre-feet and the pond area is 248 acres and Meadow Lake has a capacity of 1550 acre-feet and the pond area is 153 acres.  I know that is hard to visualize so I went and took a few photos of the lake from the waterfront of my house, see below (sorry it was raining at the time).  This lake does get narrow in spots but there is

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I recently received the a question in regard to Lake McQueeney Vs. Lake Placid. Take a look at the email below and my response. Please feel free to ask me any questions about any of the area lakes.

The email:
I am looking into lakehouses and have a couple of questions ~ is Lake Placid a constant level lake? Also, can you buy gas on Lake Placid? I like McQueeney but am finding it very expensive. Thanks in advance for your help.

My response:
Lake McQueeney is one of the most popular lakes in the area and is know for its social scene (see previous post on the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge) which has driven up Lake McQueeney Real Estate values. Lake Placid is a very similar lake. It is only a mile shorter than Lake McQueeney. The fact that Lake McQueeney is more

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People tend to ask me what makes one lake more popular than another. Take Lake McQueeney for instance. The main contributor to Lake McQueeney’s popularity is the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge. The Lodge has been around for since the mid 1900’s and continues to grow in popularity to this day. For those of you who do not know about the Ski Lodge, it is a private club located on Lake McQueeney. This wonderful place has put the area lakes on the map, especially Lake McQueeney. The great benefit of this private club is that you can boat or drive up to the Lodge any day of the week (in the summer) and grab a bite to eat, swim in the pool, fill up with gas, and even grab a drink at the bar. There is also an amateur ski show on Thursday nights in the summer put on by the

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A lot of people have been contacting me with questions about the area lakes (Lake McQueeney, Lake Dunlap, Lake Placid, Meadow Lake). One of the most common questions I receive is, “Are the lakes big enough to put a boat on?” So to answer their question, I have made a Video Tour of Lake McQueeney. I will be making a video tour of Lake Dunlap, Lake Placid, and Meadow Lake very soon, so check back soon to see the new videos.

I have even labeled most of the neighborhoods and roads. Including: The Bandit Golf Course (Long Creek Subdivision), The Condos, Cypress Hill, Elm Grove, Gallagher, River Haven/Happy Haven, Laguna Vista, Lake Bend, Lake Ridge, Lakeview Trail, Las Brisas, Las Hadas, Ridgeroad, River Springs, Terminal Loop, Treasure Island, Vista Del

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