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Warmth, Welcome, and Houston's Best Breakfast Food at The Breakfast Klub Warmth, Welcome, and Houston's Best Breakfast Food at The Breakfast Klub

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The list of awards for this Houston best-breakfast restaurant and coffee shop are extensive, both locally and nationally. Choosing Katfish & Grits and Wings & Waffles as signature dishes was a hit.

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Hockey Faces Off with Beer, Food and Fun at Houston's Maple Leaf Pub Hockey Faces Off with Beer, Food and Fun at Houston's Maple Leaf Pub

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Since it's opening in 2006, the pub has become Houston's only place dedicated to hockey where you can watch every NHL game on large-screen televisions all season through the playoffs.

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Far from Cookie-Cutter Hospitality at Arlington's Sanford House Inn & Spa Far from Cookie-Cutter Hospitality at Arlington's Sanford House Inn & Spa

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A stay at The Sanford House Inn & Spa is not "cookie-cutter" or "average". This oasis in Arlington is a Southern mansion boutique bed-and breakfast that customizes each guest's hospitality experience making the inn a home away from home.

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Oporto is a Portuguese Small Plates Food and Wine Bar with an Indian Twist Oporto is a Portuguese Small Plates Food and Wine Bar with an Indian Twist

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Described by one diner as European dining without a passport, Oporto is not your traditional Portuguese food/wine bar. The unique lunch, dinner and happy-hour menu items reflect Chef Richard Di Virgilio's Portuguese/Italian heritage and his wife Shiva's Indian ancestry.

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Affordable and Fun Performances and Education for All Ages Put on by Shakespeare Dallas Affordable and Fun Performances and Education for All Ages Put on by Shakespeare Dallas

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Shakespeare Dallas has long performed in the North Dallas area putting on various classic and more modern versions of plays written by the venerable English playwright known as William Shakespeare.

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AvantGarden Shows How a Dilapidated Historic Building Turns into a Venue for a Hip, Avant-Garde Bar and Arts Scene AvantGarden Shows How a Dilapidated Historic Building Turns into a Venue for a Hip, Avant-Garde Bar and Arts Scene

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

AvantGarden hosts everything from live music, independent movie screenings, poetry readings, burlesque, comedy and art events to garner being named by the New York Times as one of the top must-visit spots in Houston.

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Dosey Doe Brings Music, Meals, and Spirits in an Intimate Listening Room Dosey Doe Brings Music, Meals, and Spirits in an Intimate Listening Room

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

With two intimate music venues and a coffee shop, Dosey Doe does music right. Preferring the term listening room over concert venue, all genres of music, local and national are served up alongside good eats, full-service bar and freshly roasted coffee.

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Introducing Austin's Original Gastropub, Parkside Eatery Introducing Austin's Original Gastropub, Parkside Eatery

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Whether coming for dinner or happy hour, Parkside in Austin won't disappoint. With a vast array of oysters and seafood on the raw bar, a dinner menu that includes bountiful salads, seafood and meat entrees and a happening happy hour with half-priced bar food and cocktails, it's no wonder that events here are booked for South by Southwest a year in advance.

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Arlington Animal Hospital, at the Forefront of Animal Healthcare for More Than 60 Years Arlington Animal Hospital, at the Forefront of Animal Healthcare for More Than 60 Years

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

For nearly 60 years, Arlington Animal Hospital has been at the forefront of animal healthcare in this Texas community. Give your dog, cat, reptile, bird, exotic animal or pocket pet a dose of preventative healthcare and reap the benefits.

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Sojourn Church Welcomes Anyone Seeking  Heightened Spirituality Sojourn Church Welcomes Anyone Seeking Heightened Spirituality

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Since their start as a home-based group in 1983 to the full-fledged Sojourn Church of today, this Carrollton holy place welcomes all those seeking a heightened spirituality. See the opportunities that are continually placed before you with the vision and wisdom of church members.

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Care for the Natural World in a Fun and Interactive Setting at El Paso Zoo Care for the Natural World in a Fun and Interactive Setting at El Paso Zoo

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Connect with wildlife and nature, have fun and learn how you can protect endangered species- all at the El Paso Zoo. Where else can you feed baby orangutan Khaleesi and watch live online video camera footage of meerkats and giraffes?

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Unbeatable Music Education and Performances for Youth and Adults at Austin Chamber Music Center Unbeatable Music Education and Performances for Youth and Adults at Austin Chamber Music Center

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Music education and live performance is what Austin Chamber Music Center is all about. Working to teach youth and adult musicians of chamber music, this organization gives chamber music performances all year- during their regular season, at their July festival and free in schools, retirement homes and community centers.

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A Haven of Hope and Help Through Natural Healthcare at King Institute A Haven of Hope and Help Through Natural Healthcare at King Institute

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

King Institute based out of Carrollton has an answer for those prescription medications that come with a slew of side effects. This integrative healthcare organization offers natural approaches to medication, namely TKM® Therapy created by the Institute's founder Glenn King, because incurable is not a word in the Institute's vocabulary.

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Premier Music Lessons at Any Age at Tempo School of Music Premier Music Lessons at Any Age at Tempo School of Music

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Give each student musical and learning skills to last a lifetime, while encouraging creativity on her/his instrument of choice. These are a few of the goals sought after by instructors at Tempo School of Music. From vocal and guitar to banjo and horns, instructors at this Houston music school teach ages 4 and older, even those in their 70s.

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Traditional Ministry Meets Modern Technology at Christ Church Plano Traditional Ministry Meets Modern Technology at Christ Church Plano

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Old meets new at Christ Church Plano where natural light streams through the building. Artwork, emails and video sermons, events and outside work keep this Christian congregation actively participating in "worship, spiritual discipline and generosity of spirit."

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Confidential and Professional Therapy at Frisco Health and Wellness Confidential and Professional Therapy at Frisco Health and Wellness

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Does your mind need a minor tune-up or major overhaul? Whatever your age or mental health needs, Frisco Health and Wellness has therapists that can help you face your difficulties in confidence and at a reasonable price.

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A Warm, Friendly and Supportive Place for Bible-Based Teachings A Warm, Friendly and Supportive Place for Bible-Based Teachings

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Memorial Lutheran Church is a warm, friendly and supportive place to be inspired. If sound preaching and teaching based on the Bible is what you want, you'll find it at this Katy church.

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Lessons, Lakes and Fundraisers on a Scenic Course at Luna Vista Lessons, Lakes and Fundraisers on a Scenic Course at Luna Vista

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Affordable pricing for all ages, online tee time booking and lessons with PGA teaching professionals are all offered at Luna Vista Golf Course in Dallas. This full-service, 18-hole, scenic golf course is a challenge to both experts and novices.

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A Community Foundation for Fitness and Fun at the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth A Community Foundation for Fitness and Fun at the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Fitness and fun merge at the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. Here kids rule and families matter. No matter your age, this is where you get fit, learn healthy living, practice social responsibility and come together with your friends and neighbors.

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Downtown Arlington Management Corporation Keeps a Vibrant Community Every Day Downtown Arlington Management Corporation Keeps a Vibrant Community Every Day

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The nonprofit Downtown Arlington Management Corporation center works hard each and every day to make Downtown Arlington a safe and vibrant destination. Whether in the area to watch the Dallas Cowboys or any number of special events or looking to start or relocate your business, Downtown Arlington is the place to go for all your City information.

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Unwind and Stay Stylish at D'Elegance Salon & Day Spa Unwind and Stay Stylish at D'Elegance Salon & Day Spa

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

For 27 years D'Elegance Salon & Day Spa has brought its many services to the Katy area. This is an award-winning day spa for females and males where you leave with a sense of calmness, but it's also a salon to keep you looking your best in the new year or any time.

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A High-Standards Community Eye-Care Facility Nestled in Spring, TX A High-Standards Community Eye-Care Facility Nestled in Spring, TX

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Spring Eye Care is a full-scope optometric facility owned by community optometrist Dr. Brian Cox, OD. Here you can get all your vision and medical eye-care needs met utilizing their full ophthalmic dispensary and lab or just choose your next stylish pair of eyeglass frames.

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Ellen's Café Brings Strong Southern Roots to Old Town Spring Ellen's Café Brings Strong Southern Roots to Old Town Spring

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Taking over Ellen's Café in May 2015, wife and husband co-owners Jessica and Matthew Lynn are poised to take this already popular Spring restaurant to the next level. With strong Southern roots, this pair brings 30 years of combined restaurant experience and that famed Southern hospitality to the table.

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Modern American Warrior Training Academy Teaches All Ages How to be Safe and Aware Modern American Warrior Training Academy Teaches All Ages How to be Safe and Aware

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Everyone has a right to be safe and Modern American Warrior Training Academy believes their programs can make that a reality. Whether it's the adult programs, the advanced martial arts classes, concealed handgun classes or their kids' programs, this organization is on a mission to help you "take control of your personal safety".

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Trusted Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Designer Has Begun Testing on a Commercial and Residential Treatment System Trusted Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Designer Has Begun Testing on a Commercial and Residential Treatment System

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A Garland leader in designing wastewater treatment systems for industries, A Brite Company is adding on residential wastewater treatment design. With a new beta test unit soon to be installed in the home of one of the family owners, this company hopes to forever change your mind about drinking treated gray water.

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Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Addresses Community Diversity, Strengthening Local Businesses Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Addresses Community Diversity, Strengthening Local Businesses

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The over 500-member Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce works hard to promote local businesses and organizations and provides a network of communication and support to strengthen business bonds and increase customers. This is done through engagement, diversity, workforce development and strategic partnerships and by fundraising for student scholarships.

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Visit Houston is Making the Fourth Largest City in the Country a Destination for Everyone Visit Houston is Making the Fourth Largest City in the Country a Destination for Everyone

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The folks at Visit Houston believe there are plenty of reasons to come to the fourth largest city in the United States and are actively engaged in showing people just what the City has to offer. From a healthy real estate market to retail and restaurants, art, theater and green spots, Houston has something for everyone.

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Finding Meaning in Life Through Continuing Education Classes at The Jung Center Finding Meaning in Life Through Continuing Education Classes at The Jung Center

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Houston is home to The Jung Center where anyone can find meaning in everyday life. Pulling from the work of noted psychiatrist Carl G. Jung, the Center has helped hundreds of thousands of students boost their spirits through their continuing education classes covering art, theater, laughter, retirement and many other always evolving topics.

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Lives in Poverty are Transformed With the Help of Catholic Charities of Fort Worth Lives in Poverty are Transformed With the Help of Catholic Charities of Fort Worth

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Everyone has the power to act and end poverty. Catholic Charities of Fort Worth runs over 40 community-oriented programs where 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to provide services and transform lives.

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Working to End Domestic Violence at Hope's Door Inc. Working to End Domestic Violence at Hope's Door Inc.

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

With tremendous community support and a mission to end domestic violence, Hope's Door in Plano provides a much-needed place for "safety, shelter, healing and hope".

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Get the Expertise and Compassion Your Pet Deserves at LazyPaw Animal Hospital Get the Expertise and Compassion Your Pet Deserves at LazyPaw Animal Hospital

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

From nose to tail and puppies to geriatrics, LazyPaw Animal Hospital treats your dog or cat with a lifetime of good health in mind. Learn how this Frisco veterinary hospital assures purring or tail wagging for your furry friend.

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Teaching Youth Life Skills Through the Game of Golf at the First Tee of Fort Worth Teaching Youth Life Skills Through the Game of Golf at the First Tee of Fort Worth

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The wildly successful First Tee of Fort Worth teaches critical life skills through golf to youth from all socio-economic levels. Step onto the course and find out why these junior golfers do better in school and life.

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Quality, Innovation and Design at Crossville Tile & Stone Quality, Innovation and Design at Crossville Tile & Stone

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Showcasing a diverse range of tile materials, colors, shapes and sizes from industry leaders is what Crossville Tile & Stone is all about. Inside, we'll see why so many are finding just the right tile designs in their showroom.

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Fort Worth South is Committed to Revitalizing the Near Southside Since 1996 Fort Worth South is Committed to Revitalizing the Near Southside Since 1996

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Renewing Fort Worth's New South District is what Fort Worth South Inc. is all about. Learn how this group reels in business development to provide its residents a happening urban neighborhood.

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Security and Compassion is Alive at Every Orphan's Hope Security and Compassion is Alive at Every Orphan's Hope

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Faith, home life and sponsorship all come together at Every Orphan's Hope. Learn how this churched-based Frisco organization helps orphaned children and widows half-way across the world.

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Enter Stage West and Watch Live Theater that Entertains and Intrigues Enter Stage West and Watch Live Theater that Entertains and Intrigues

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Stage West is not your ordinary live theater company. Find out how this 144-seat theater and café in Fort Worth has captivated audiences for nearly 40 years.

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Happily Ever After Starts at The Gruene Estate Happily Ever After Starts at The Gruene Estate

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Happily ever after starts at this historic, hill country estate. Find out why The Gruene Estate is such a popular place to vacation or get married in the New Braunfels area.

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Kids, Music, Dance and Theater at Kids Who Care Kids, Music, Dance and Theater at Kids Who Care

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

This Ft. Worth organization tells a story with music, dance, theater and kids and has a host of top-notch theater-arts professionals joining in each production. Learn why Kids Who Care has lit up the stage since 1988.

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Women and Children Fleeing Domestic Abuse Find a Safe Spot at SafeHaven Women and Children Fleeing Domestic Abuse Find a Safe Spot at SafeHaven

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Safety from domestic violence is what this Fort Worth organization is all about. Find out what over 440 yearly volunteers already know about SafeHaven.

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Petropolitan: A Pooch Palace Providing Royal Treatment Petropolitan: A Pooch Palace Providing Royal Treatment

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Petropolitan has the everything-dog-except-veterinary-services business tied up with a bow. Learn why this Dallas pooch palace is the place to bring your furry best friend.

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Frisco Independent School District Child Nutrition Programs: the Appeal is in the Approach Frisco Independent School District Child Nutrition Programs: the Appeal is in the Approach

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Kids can be healthy and feel good, as they should. With strategies such as "Try-Day, Friday," students within the Frisco Independent School District Child Nutrition Programs sample different whole foods, building a foundation for proper nutrition and school success.

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3 Spectacular Reasons Why You Need A Patio 3 Spectacular Reasons Why You Need A Patio

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A patio brings a whole new dimension to your home, while imparting that outdoor vibe of leisure time well spent relaxing outside. Patios are much less expensive and easier to build than decks. Whether using concrete, pavers or flagstone, a patio gets noticed by buyers. Still not convinced? Here are three spectacular reasons why you need a patio.

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Choosing The Right Housekeeper Choosing The Right Housekeeper

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Today's professionals rarely have time to clean penciled into their super busy schedules. Avoid having your home fall into the dirt trap by having a cleaning pro do the work for you. Follow these tried-and-true tips to hire the right housekeeper and open the door to organization and cleanliness.

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The Right Tools For The Job: A Home Repair Checklist The Right Tools For The Job: A Home Repair Checklist

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

You can repair systems and items in your home and save money doing it. Repair jobs are difficult without the proper tools. Inside, we'll learn the basic tools to have in your do-it-yourself, home-repair toolkit, and just why they are so important.

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Setting Up A Home Garden Setting Up A Home Garden

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Setting up a home garden in Texas is a fun and rewarding activity providing healthy food for your family. Think you can't grow a garden? Think again. Inside, we provide home gardening tips to get you started in the homegrown food craze.

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El Paso At A Glance El Paso At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

El Paso, a west Texas city of 600,000, borders the state of New Mexico to the east and Mexico to the south. It joins Ciudad Juarez, Mexico across the Rio Grande River to form the largest binational area in North America. Inside, we'll learn how El Paso blends its old Mexico influences with its U.S. Southwest cultures to form a city like no other.

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Subletting Your Apartment Subletting Your Apartment

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Maybe your company relocated or you lost hours at work. These are often a problem for renters who are stuck in a lease. Avoid the lease-break fee. Find out how to legally sublet an apartment in Texas and the issues involved.

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Selecting The Right Contractor Selecting The Right Contractor

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Choosing the right contractor in Texas is an important first step in the remodel process that can save time and money. Here is a rundown of contractor licensing regulations in the Lone Star State and tips to help select the right contractor to get the job done.

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Understanding San Antonio Property Taxes Understanding San Antonio Property Taxes

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A big city such as San Antonio needs revenue to provide community health services, fire and police protection, street upgrades and other services that benefit the community and property taxes are the major revenue generator in Texas. Inside, we take a closer look at how the tax assessor-collector's office calculates property taxes on each property.

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5 Great Colleges In San Antonio 5 Great Colleges In San Antonio

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

College-bound students would do well to consider one of the many colleges in San Antonio, Texas. There's a strong lineup of schools in the area, and with 1.4 million residents, there is a lot to do in this city when a break from studies is needed. Here's a run-down of five great college options in San Antonio.

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5 Must-See Landmarks In San Antonio 5 Must-See Landmarks In San Antonio

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

San Antonio owns a special history unique to the River City. The city is home to more than 2,000 designated city landmarks and is especially known for its Spanish missions, but even new landmarks prove noteworthy. Step out and see these five must-see landmarks in San Antonio.

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The Modular Home Experience The Modular Home Experience

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A modular, also known as a pre-fab or manufactured home, has components pre-built in the manufacturer's factory, shipped to the location and assembled onsite. Not to be confused with mobile homes, today's modular homes are the real deal. Here's a look at the good and bad of modular-home living when compared to traditionally built frame homes.

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Top 5 Colleges In The Dallas/Ft. Worth Area Top 5 Colleges In The Dallas/Ft. Worth Area

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

In the Dallas and Ft. Worth section of Texas, there are several nationally acclaimed colleges and universities. Inside, find out which of these colleges earn a spot in our ranking of the top five colleges in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area

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Top 5 Houston-Area Colleges Top 5 Houston-Area Colleges

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The Houston, Texas area has a number of good colleges, with many of them enduring for nearly a century, attesting to their longevity. Inside, learn which schools stand out as the top five in the Houston area

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Creative And Fun Home Improvement Projects Creative And Fun Home Improvement Projects

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Turn family time in to fun time with small home improvement projects. Whether in kindergarten or high school, find out how to bring the family together and improve your home with these simple do-it-yourself projects.

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How To Become A Texas Real Estate Broker How To Become A Texas Real Estate Broker

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Taking the leap from real estate agent to broker allows you to take control of your career, start your own firm and hire agents to work under you. Although it requires years of work, experience and knowledge to acquire licensing, you can enjoy working as your own boss while retaining more sales income from commissions.

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The Green Scene In Texas The Green Scene In Texas

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Texas is fast becoming a hotbed of green living. From Dallas and Houston to Austin and San Antonio, environmentally forward-thinking leaders are creating initiatives that make it easier for residents to live and breathe. Inside, we highlight some of the green initiatives gaining momentum around the state

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Pros And Cons Of A Rent To Own Pros And Cons Of A Rent To Own

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Begin the path to homeownership while renting a home. Try a rent-to-own lease option. This option helps those who need time to build up credit or amass a down payment. Take a look at the pros and cons of a rent-to-own purchase option in Texas, and see if it's right for you.

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Understand Your Home Warranty Understand Your Home Warranty

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Repairs or replacements of appliances or heating systems can be difficult and costly for new homeowners throughout Texas. Learn how to take the worry out of any unexpected appliance or mechanical system repairs by purchasing a home warranty.

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San Antonio At A Glance San Antonio At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Remember The Alamo? Remember San Antonio. Located 75 miles southwest of the state capital in Austin, San Antonio has a great economy, a large military presence, lots of sunshine and a history unique to the River City.

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Understanding Quitclaim Deeds Understanding Quitclaim Deeds

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A short legal document conveying rights to real estate to another is known as a quitclaim deed. Find out how this type of deed is used and what rights are conveyed with it in the Lone Star State of Texas.

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Houston At A Glance Houston At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The Texas city of Houston has an interesting cultural and historical past. With its roots in Mexico and influences from various ethnic groups, here's a quick view of the city that has hosted some important firsts for the U.S.

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5 Reasons You Need A Buyer Agent 5 Reasons You Need A Buyer Agent

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A home buyer's agent puts the buyer's needs first and works solely for the homebuyer, not the seller. Learn these five reasons why you should hire your own buyer's agent and avoid the listing agent when entering the largest transaction of your life.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien is a Staff Writer at Texas Homes.

Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate agent, consultant and writer. Her expertise encompasses buying and selling homes and investment properties, property management, REOs, short sales and loan modifications.