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Lake Kiowa Herb Garden

It's true, Lake Kiowa has beautiful homes and landscapes! This year why not consider adding a herb garden or at least replacments with herbs for fun. Joseph Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Ann Wheeler, Log House Herbs, Magnolia, Texas, and Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have recently released some valuable information about Herb landscapes here in Texas you may want to learn more about. We thought this may provide you some additional food for thought this summer as you continue to keep your landcapes and patios full of color and beauty.

Herbs which are an ancient category of the plant world are found most everywhere. Termed "useful plants" these beauties can be used for cooking, making scents and perfumes, practicing aromatherapy, and as types of medicinal options for some illness. Another side benefit is they attract bees, and butterflies to the garden which is not a bad thing.

Because many herbs hybridize readily, new varieties cab be produced every year. Were you aware that some varieties are created for specific markets or needs? Like those for patio gardens, container gardens, dry climates, or areas with salty water or soils. It is also true that Herbs can also play a role in landscaping: Does the location need tall plants, shade-tolerant plants, ground covers? Different herbs can meet a variety of needs. So let's consider herbs as part of your landscaping.

Simple principles to help you choose an herb for your garden:

  • Herbs need not be used for cooking; in fact, many herbs are not culinary at all
  • Many herbs, such as basil, are fragrant when brushed against. Consider planting them near a path or doorway. Match the herb’s sunlight requirements with sites that meet those needs
  • Some herbs attract beneficial insects like bees and ladybugs. Examples are anise hyssop, borage, comfrey, fennel, and yarrow. Pineapple sage attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Herbs also repel less-desirable visitors: Rosemary (cabbage moths, carrot flies, and bean beetles), chives (aphids, mites), sage (flea beetles), and mint (aphids, cabbage moths, flea beetles). The aromatic properties of some herbs (rosemary, Russian sage, bee balm) are even reported to fend off hungry deer
  • Anecdotal evidence tells us that pairings of specific herbs with specific plants benefit the plants; for example, rue planted near roses produces a root chemical that repels Japanese beetle grubs, which feed on the roses’ roots. Basil planted near tomatoes deters flies and mosquitoes. Catnip deters ants, flea beetles, and weevils. Hyssop planted near cabbage, cauliflower, or broccoli deters cabbage moths.

Think texture—herbs are champions in this area!

In addition to the above, Herbs can be planted and used for specific landscaping needs. Herbs can be used for low hedges and borders, as backgrounds, to fill empty spaces between other plants, in sunny or shady areas, and for their flowers, flavor, or scent. When choosing a spot to plant, keep in mind the herb’s eventual size and shape. Remember that herbs in their 4-inch pots look a lot alike and don’t reflect their final mature size

Herbs can also work well to define the edge line of a garden or to soften the edges. Edging plants can will work with your garden’s sun exposure, and it's easy to cross-reference those below with the list of herbs for shady areas.

Options For Hedges & Borders:

  • Artemisia (Artemisia sp.), especially the smaller varieties like southernwood
  • Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
  • Germander (Teucrium sp.)
  • Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina)
  • Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), curled or Italian
  • Rosemary, prostrate (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Santolina (Santolina sp.), gray and green varieties
  • Thyme (Thymus sp.)
  • Winter savory (Satureja montana)

Herbs As Backgrounds For Empty Spaces:

  • Taller herbs can grow in the very back of a garden, and others can fill spaces between specimen plants like roses. When determining placement, consider the plant’s eventual width as well as its height. Following are some options for herbs of differing heights and widths.

Very tall:

  • African blue basil (Ocimum sp.), very tall
  • Bay (Laurus nobilis), a tall, aromatic, evergreen tree or large bush
  • Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), very tall


  • Artemisia (Artemisia sp.), most are wide
  • ‘Aussie Sweet’ basil (Ocimum sp.), tall and narrow
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), bronze and green varieties
  • Dill (Anethum graveolens), various heights
  • Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha), wide
  • Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans), wide

Low & Wide:

  • Rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), low and wide Flowering herbs
  • Many herbs produce attractive flowers, which lure bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Some options are:

  • Basil (Ocimum)
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Borage (Borago officinalis)
  • Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
  • Foxglove (Digitalia purpurea)
  • Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Salvias (Salvia sp.)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Remember that most herbs will require a sunny exposure; gardeners with considerable shade in their garden often despair or fail at growing them so take that to heart. However even sun lovers appreciate afternoon shade in the Texas summertime, and some, like parsley, accept partial shade. If you want to go beyond the general guidelines, each herb has a range of light requirements specific to that plant. If you are a beginning gardener, you might want to consider planting herbs in a container and move it around the garden to try various locations until you find the ideal spot. Try a container for this exercise, but not a tiny container.

A variety of herbs can also tolerate shade, many of which also make an effective ground cover. The best deep shade herb would be Lovage (Levisticum officinale) which grows best during cool weather. It is best grown as an annual in Texas because of the hot summers.

Some partial sun herbs are also listed below:

  • Lemon thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is an ideal perennial for part sun. The plants may decline in August because of the excessive heat in Texas.
  • Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is an evergreen perennial.
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is an evergreen perennial with nice blooms.
  • Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is suited for partial sun. Shade will prolong its life in the summer. It is a cool-season annual.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is an evergreen perennial; some cultivars have nice blooms.
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a year-round evergreen perennial.
  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) is a very tender perennial and may not survive the winter.

Deep shade to bright sun:

  • Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), a perennial, may go dormant in the heat of summer.
  • Garlic chive (Allium tuberosum) is an evergreen perennial with pretty blooms.
  • Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is an evergreen perennial and excellent as ground cover.
  • Mints, including pennyroyal, are evergreen but will go dormant in midsummer. Cut them back in the summer for fall regrowth.

Bright sun to part shade:

  • Parsleys (Petroselinum crispum) are biennial plants that often behave like annuals in Texas, going to seed during first year. They grow well in cool weather.

Bright sun to deep shade:

  • Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium), an annual, has dense, frilly leaves with excellent flavor.
  • Cuban oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus) has thick, succulent-type leaves. The plants are easily rooted and grow best in warm/hot seasons.
  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) can tolerate sun or shade. It is an evergreen perennial with white, vanillascented blooms.

Success here at Lake Kiowa in growing herbs begins with the soil. Keeping the soil healthy is the primary work of a gardener. Once you plant and then stay on schedule with harvesting and feeding, remember to try to think about how to improve your soil every day, or at least every season before planting, and then take steps to improve and maintain it. Remember to keep your healthy levels of pH, provide great drainige, and consider raised beds if necessary so no plants sit in water.

Welcome to Summer At Lake Kiowa where the homes are beautiful, the landscapes breathtaking, and the activities are  fun. It's going to be a great summer.

Grayson County Children's Advocacy CenterShow Your Community Support!

Children's Advocacy Center of Grayson County invites you to support The Annual Cattleman's Ball this year.  The mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Grayson County is to provide a multi-disciplinary collaboration of services for the purpose of prevention, intervention, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse. This collaboration is an effort to reduce the potential for additional trauma as a result of investigation and prosecution by promoting recovery or the child victim and non-offending family members, and facilitating the prosecution of those individuals who perpetuate crimes against children in Grayson County, TX.

Our Family Advocates work directly with the children and non-offending caregivers seen at our center to ensure they have the necessary resources to improve their lives. Follow-up contact with these families is a priority to ensure their needs are being met. By providing many many types of necessary services to these kids, we are looking for community support from you and your business here in North Texas. If you have more questions, would like to volunteer, or make a donation to Children's Advocacy Center of Grayson County please Click Here Now!

See the flyer for more information in the flyer for attendance to the Cattleman's Ball.

Cattlemans Ball - Lake Kiowa Realty

Get Gardening

Start Planting Your Garden - Lake Kiowa Realty

Well the rains have begun andn it looks like we have had our last of the cold cold weather. If you are trying to keep ahead of your gardening game this year then let's talk about upcoming tasks you shouldn't forget. Make sure you check the planting schedule below to determine which veggies you may want the grandkids to help you plant are and get those seeds before this weekend.

Begin Planting

  • Remember that summertime annuals to replace pansies and other cool-season crops need to be in full swing. All time beauties for Texas are: trailing lantanas, copper plants, firebush, coleus, wax begonias, ornamental sweet potatoes, angelonias, cleome, moss rose, hybrid purslane and many many more
  • If you are growing hearty food items that will tolerate our Texas heat, why not consider: okra, sweet potatoes (sandy soils), southern peas
  • Consideration of planting those new trees and shrubs, check out all the surrounding nurseries which right now have the best supplies of the year. If you find the perfect tree for that special location, remember commit to water them by hand for the first two years. New trees must have their root balls soaked thoroughly. Often sprinkler irrigation doesn’t get the job done
  • If you have brown patches, need to plant new turf from sod, seed, or plugs, now is the time for maximum growing seasons

Pruning Is A Must!

  • Frozen hydranges, crepe myrtles, pomegranates, oleanders, and others my have suffered damage in Texas and you may beed to remove dead shoots from them. Remember to reshape the new growth that returns when appropriate
  • If your spring flowering shrubs and vines are growing, be sure to check for dead branches and remove then reshape as new growth replaces those you pruned
  • Establish the new height for the lawn and begin to mow regularly. This means you will eliminate a lot of spring weeds and get the grass off to a great start for 2017. Mow regularly and at recommended height to eliminate spring weeds and get grass off to a good start.

Begin To Fertilize Now!

  • Turf, trees, shrubs and in general most things, can be fertilized with all nitrogen fertilizers. If you have more sand type soils, begin with a high nitrogen slow release form.
  • Be sure all your container plants including hanging baskets; are complete with and encapsulated timed-release fertilizer that is high in nitrogen. Supplement that with water-soluble, high-nitrogen fertilizer till next fall.

Controling Pests

  • Watch for Cankerworms which might be devouring foliage from parts or all of some species of trees. While these types of insects will soon run their course and trees will fill in again; remember you may want to apply a Bacillus thuringiensis biological worm spray just to make sure
  • Seridium canker is turning big areas of Italian cypress and Leyland cypress brown and dead looking. While there is no spray to control this fungus, it may be time to seek another replacement
  • All Broadleafed weeds can be controlled with application of broadleafed weedkiller spray (containing 2,4-D). On the list would be dichondra, dollar weed, dandelions, clover and poison ivy among many others

Texas on average has approximately 250 days between the last and first frost. Using the planting schedules below will help you get the most out of your garden. See more at:   Planting Calendar  Planting vegetable seeds or transplants at the correct time is important to getting the most out of your garden. Knowing your first and last frost dates will help you start your vegetable seeds at the right time.

Planting Schedule For Texas - Lake Kiowa


Planting vegetable seeds or transplants at the correct time is important to getting the most out of your garden. Knowing your first and last frost dates will help you start your vegetable seeds at the right time. 
Texas is in USDA plant hardiness zones 6-9.
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Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

Looking for an awesome family activity to attend? Are you keeping the grandkids next weekend?  Then this event is for you. April 28, 29, & 30, 2017 The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival will be held for all you Lake Kiowa residents who are into Jazz and Art, and special Kids activities...For all Transportation questions be sure to see how to get here below.

The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival for 2017 will be a celebration of the arts in a community known for embracing and nurturing music, dance, choral, drama and the visual arts. World Renown for it's graduates in the music field, The free event is produced by the Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. with the generous support of sponsors such as the Dallas/Fort Worth American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 and the city of Denton. This annual event will be held the last full weekend in April at Denton’s Quakertown Park, and this event features seven stages of continuous music, fine art, crafts, and food, games and information booths in a beautiful, outdoor setting. Fun for the family, friends and those who enjoy outdoor events, we invite you to join in on all the fun.

If you are not familiar with this prestigious festival and The Festival Foundation, it's a big deal. The Festival Foundation uses proceeds from booth rentals and concession sales to support the arts throughout the city of Denton, Texas.  Arts facilities, service organizations, and preservation projects have all been the recipients of the proceeds from past events, in addition to public art for the enjoyment of all. This is a great time to find out more about the historical events our great State of Texas has to offer. Come see the best that Denton has to offer – the sights, sounds and flavors that make up the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival are perfect for all ages.

Unfortunately, due to the large crowds we ask that you leave your pets at home – SERVICE DOGS ONLY, PLEASE and NO COOLERS IN THE JAZZ AREA!

Denton Arts & Jass Festival 2017 Headliners Include:

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane & Matt Garrison - (Friday, 9:00 pm – Jazz Stage) In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA and Grammy winner JACK DEJOHNETTE has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. The list of his creative associations is lengthy and diverse: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Omette Coleman, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland and many more.

He is one of the most consistently inventive jazz percussionists in history, having emerged in the 1960's playing with John Coltrane, Charles Lloyd, Thelonius Monk, Keith Jarrett and many others. Considered one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th Century, DeJohnette incorporates elements of jazz, free jazz, world music and R & B, making him one of the most highly regarded and in-demand drummers. His style has been called unique; one critic wrote that he is not merely a drummer but a "percussionist, colourist and epigrammatic commentator mediating the shifting ensemble densities" and that "his drumming is always a part of the music's internal construction". Modern Drummer magazine, in a 2004 interview, called DeJohnette's drumming "beyond technique".

The list of his creative associations is lengthy and diverse: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Omette Coleman, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland and many more. Born in Chicago to a family where music appreciation was a high priority, he first studied piano and later added drums to his repertoire when joining his high school concert band. "As a child, I listened to all kinds of music and I never put them into categories:, he recalls. "I had formal lessons on piano and listened to opera, country and western, rhythm and blues, swing, jazz, whatever. To me, it was all music and all great. I've kept that integrated feeling about music, all types of music, and just carried it with me. I've maintained that belief and feeling in spite of the ongoing trend to try and compartmentalize people and music."

The son of saxophonists John Coltrane and jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, RAVI COLTRANE is a tenor and soprano saxophonist, band leader and composer. He has fronted a variety of jazz line-ups, recorded critically-hailed albums as a leader and produced recordings by other artists, including his mother, and founded an independent record label.

Ben Ratliff of the New York Times wrote this about Ravi's 2005 album In Flux: "Mr. Coltrane avoids tired song structures and doesn't want to bore you. He's fascinated on one hand by miniatures and on the other by the idea of longer songs that sound like collective improvisation from start to finish. It's a record you can point to and say: This is what jazz sounds like now in New York."

The godson of Jack DeJohnette, MATTHEW GARRISON has been called "an electric bass virtuoso" and is considered one of the most technically gifted jazz musicians of his generation. The son of bassist Jimmy Garrison, he began to play professionally in 1994 and has performed with the likes of Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, John McLaughlin and toured with Whitney Houston on her Nothing But Love tour in 2010.

In 2012 Matthew, along with his business partner Fortuna Sung, opened ShapeShifter Lab which is quickly becoming one of the most important and influential music venues in New York. The Brooklyn based venue features performances by the most important artists on the music scene today and has been voted by Time Out New York (2013) as one of the best 10 venues in New York and by Downbeat (2014) as one of the best jazz venues in the world.

Aaron Neville - (Saturday, 9:00 pm – Jazz Stage) Although AARON NEVILLE is often compared to singer Sam Cooke in terms of sheer vocal refinement, he has a voice and style uniquely his own. He is well known as part of the New Orleans sound of The Neville Brothers. Musically, of course, you know Aaron as a lover, not a fighter. The strange trajectory of his recording career began in 1960 when he recorded a single with producer/writer Allen Toussaint.

In the late 1970's The Neville Brothers - Cyril, Charles, Art and Aaron - came together as a backing unit for their uncle's Wild Tchoupitoulas and finally decided to strike out as a unit on their own. The sibling group found success primarily on the touring circuit but also garnering attention for albums like their 1989 debut for A&M Records, Yellow Moon, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of that era, for reasons not the least of which was the spooky richness of the Aaron-penned title track. And when it rained, in 1989, it poured. That was a very good year for his sole career, as he had his first real hit in 23 years with Don't Know Much, a No. 2 pop smash that was one of several duets with Neville that Linda Ronstadt included on her album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind. His work with Ronstadt netted him 2 Grammy Awards in 1989 and 1990.

For the quarter-century that followed, Neville deftly balanced the needs of dual group and solo careers. But eventually the demands of the road got to him and in 2015 The Neville Brothers held a "Nevilles Forever" all-star jam and goodbye blast in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. "There comes a time when you look at life and think about your mortality and say, 'How much have I got left?"', he said. "I wanted a chance to do some of the stuff that I'd always wanted to do, and I couldn't do all of it."

The affect of Aaron Neville's voice on people is incalculable. "I've had people tell me different things, like this lady who told me they had a 5 year old little boy who was autistic, and they had to keep him in a padded room - the only thing that would calm him down is when they put a headset on him with my voice. It gave me chills when she said that", says Neville. "All I could say is, it's the God in me touching the God in him. I can't take responsibility. I'm just a singer, you know, and I'm trying to make the tenderest notes that could heal, in some way. I used to say that I wish I could make a note so pure that it could cure cancer."

Brave Combo – (Sunday, 7:00 pm – Jazz Stage) Our own for many years, if you try to describe BRAVE COMBO's music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary- at least when it comes to musical styles. For the past three decades the Denton-based quintet has perfected a world mix music that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha-cha, the blues and more. They are America's premier dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey­offering what one critic recently wrote: "Even if you come for the party, you'll leave with something of a musical education."

The band's catalog of recordings includes everything from Japanese pop to Latin American dance tunes, orchestral classics to rock and roll at its finest. From festivals and fairs od all varieties across the globe, rock clubs big and small, colleges, roadhouses, dances, cultural centers (including the annual Midsummer Night's Swing at Lincoln Center in New York City), Brave Combo has charmed countless listeners and won avid devotees. The band has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated for their work a total of seven times.

The band is comprised of founder Carl Finch who was recently inducted into the Polka Hall of Fame, Finch sings vocals and plays guitar, keyboard and accordion. He is joined by Danny O'Brien on trumpet, Alan Emert of drums, Little Jack Melody on bass guitar and Robert Hokamp on guitar.

Fine Arts & Crafts - Of of the most important aspect of the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is the juried art show. 10’ X 10’ Booth spaces are available both indoors and out, with artists and craftsmen representing Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Arkansas, Oregon and beyond. Fine art is housed inside the Denton Civic Center while Fine Art and Crafts are located immediately outside the building. Arts and Crafts are located in the north end of the park. Here you will find clothing, metal and wood crafts, jewelry, paintings, candles, dolls and accessories and more.

For 2017 there will be 34 booth spaces available inside the Civic Center with approximately 60 located just outside the building.  The north park houses approximately 75 arts and crafts booth spaces.

2017 Children's Art Area - If you have kids, or are keeping grandchildren this weekend, be all means make this event. The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is dedicated to a mission of introducing children to the arts. The Children’s Art Tent is located in the north park and children have the opportunity to experience art in many forms. The tent features 15 different stations with volunteers instructing the children in such creative outlets as Clay and Flower Sculpture, Tan gram Art, Stamp Art, Collage, Drawing and more. This is a hands-on opportunity for young people and their parents to participate.

Next to the Children’s Art Tent is the Children’s Wood Tent, with volunteers assisting in the selection of wood and the creation of anything the imagination can hold. And, rounding out the Children’s Art Area is the Percussion Petting Zoo with Steve Gryb, the Pied Piper of Percussion. This is an intriguing and hands-on interactive exhibit featuring percussion instruments from around the world for everyone to play with and explore the sounds!

2017 Has A Activity, Game, and Information Booth Area: The games, activities and information booths are always popular with attendees. Face painting, rock climbing, inflatables and a playground are all available for the young visitors. In addition, many nonprofit organizations use the opportunity to raise funds for their organization while sharing information about the services that they provide.

Food Food & More Food - Are you hungry yet? You will find 6 food courts at the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. German sausage, hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes, corn dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted corn, ice cream, egg rolls, shish kabobs, burgers, fried onion and potato dishes, salads, baked goods, turkey legs, BBQ, popcorn, Asian, Cajun, Mexican, Greek & Italian fare and much more will certainly satisfy your festival appetite. Several different beverages such as bottled water, beer, wine, soft drinks, coffees and a variety of ice drinks will also be available.

See you there!

37th Annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival


April 28, 2017, Friday, 5pm-11pm
April 29, 2017, Saturday, 10am-11pm
April 30,  2017, Sunday, 11am-9pm


Denton's Quakertown Park and Facilities
321 East McKinney (Corner of McKinney and Bell)
Denton, Texas 76201

Facility Description and Capacity:

6 Outdoor Stages (5,000 seating capacity each)
1 Indoor Stage (150-200 seating capacity)
Roving Musicians (50-100 standing)
Park & facilities are Accessible to Disabled

Exhibit Space Availability and Description:

Park facilities: 17,000 square feet (Civic Center and Senior Center)
Park grounds: 20 acres
Booth space: 10 x 10 square feet (indoor/outdoor space)




  • Amtrak - We will have a Denton Arts & Jazz Festival welcome team at Union Station in Dallas to facilitate the transition from Amtrak to DART and and also accompany you on the A-train ride all the way to Denton. The Amtrak also has a bar car and dining cars to make your trip more fun!
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the DCTA - A-train -
    • From Dallas:
      • Take DART’s Green Line to the Trinity Mills station in Carrollton
      • At the Trinity Mills station transfer to the A-train* with a simple cross-platform transfer
      • Take the A-train* to the Downtown Denton Transit Center located near the heart of Denton
      • At the Downtown Denton Transit Center transfer to bus route6, 7, 8 or 9** to get to either the Campus Theater or the Square Donut Theater
        • *A-train does not run on Sundays
        • ** Route 9 only travels on the weekdays
  • From Ft. Worth:
    • Take the TRE to Victory Station in Dallas
    • At Victory Station take DART’s Green Line headed to Carrollton
    • Get off the Green Line train at the Trinity Mills station
    • At the Trinity Mills station transfer to the A-train* with a simple cross-platform transfer
    • Take the A-train* to the Downtown Denton Transit Center located near the heart of Denton
    • At the Downtown Denton Transit Center transfer to bus route 6, 7, 8 or 9** to get to either the Campus Theater or the Square Donut Theater
      • *A-train does not run on Sundays
      • ** Route 9 only travels on the weekdays

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Longevity In Real Terms

Lake Kiowa Realty Home Longevity

Are you considering selling your home. Now you have made the decision, but you may have other questions. You realize that the realtor is going to ask about this home. Prepare yourself for the answers to those questions by reviewing some common sense information about how long things in that home are supposed to last. Ok, let's talk about it in real time in real terms.

Most people don't think about the things we are going to talk about. If you think like a buyer, you are getting a head start in the overall selling process, and a heads up as a potential buyer as well.  Replacing windows, appliances, roofing, or wood flooring can be very pricey. In terms of a purchase or a sale, what must you do and what not to do is probably a better discussion on both sides. That's where this article comes in. Longevity of a refrigerator or stove, or roof leaks are serious to a new home buyer; and that may determine the priorities on replacement. Do we replace Now Or Later; as the old saying goes.

An educated buyer may factor in replacement costs for aging components when making an offer. An educated seller will want to evaluate it terms of what will make the house sell fast terms. Often this type of buyer will use this type of information to replace a component before they move into a new home purchase for instance. Paint, invasive things like windows, and roof or major landscaping can be done right after close and prior to move in. Useful life statistics are out there, and the National Association of Home Builders does have insight that will help you in selling your home, deciding on a price, and consider building materials that may need replacing as well.

Longevity is a subjective term when discussing any home for sale. The "True Longevity" of a home factors in things like:

  • Maintenance
  • Use
  • Quality of Installation
  • Climate Conditions
  • Insulation
  • HVAC
  • Electrical Wiring
  • And More

Here are some standard statistics put together by the NAHB Board - The general guide or rule of thumb if you will is as follows for the question How Long Will It Usually Last? Two factors to remember all manufacturere have planned obsalesance not all construction will always be the same. Also considerations must be given to weather. Extreme heat or extreme cold will need adjustments of the figures.

100 Years or More - With General Wear & Tear

  • Brick siding: Lifetime of the home
  • All wooden floors: Lifetime of the home
  • Cellulose insulation material: 100-plus years

50-100 Years - With General Wear & Tear

  • Slate, copper, and clay and concrete roofs: 50+ years
  • Copper gutters: 50+ years
  • Kitchen cabinets: Up to 50 years
  • Modified acrylic kitchen sinks: 50 years
  • Vinyl floors: 50 years

30-50 Years - With General Wear & Tear

  • Thermostats: 35 years
  • Wooden windows: 30 years
  • Wood shake roofs: 30 years
  • French interior doors: 30–50 years

10-20 Years - - With General Wear & Tear

  • Built-in audio system: 20 years
  • Aluminum windows: 15–20 years
  • Cultured marble countertops: 20 years
  • Asphalt shingle roofs: 20 years
  • Faucets, kitchen sinks: 15 years
  • Gas ranges: 15 years
  • Interior and exterior paints: 15+ years
  • Dryers and refrigerators: 13 years
  • Air conditioning units: 10–15 years
  • Lighting controls: 10+ years
  • Electric or gas water heaters: 10 years
  • Air conditioners: 10–15 years
  • Furnaces: 15–20 years

5-10 Years - - With General Wear & Tear

  • Security systems: 5–10 years
  • Heat and smoke detectors: 5–10 years
  • Dishwashers: 9 years
  • Microwave ovens: 9 years
  • Carpet: 8–10 years

Remember every home is going to be different. Style is in particular a very subjective issue for most buyers. Replacement takes on a whole new perspective when you are talking about a renovation vs. a remodel. That is the reason you always have a property inspection on each and every home, along with the appraisal. These two things really determine a lot of things for both the buyer and seller. Your realtor in either position will be able to provide accurately a better evaluation of the specifics after the inspection takes place. Information is always knowledge; and can work to your advantage as both a buyer or seller as well.

Thanks to Melissa Dittmann Tracey as a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine who created the basis for this article. Information of this type is always appreciated by realtors, and ultimately keeps you connected to all your clients. The National Association of Realtors is always about keeping you informed in the marketplace. Appliance Longevity: How Long Should It Last? Find out how long those kitchen appliances, flooring, fixtures, and more should really last.

Buyers Can't Be Rushed

HappyCoupleWith KeysIf you are a buyer, time is a very important factor. A job transfer is a relocation that means you must report on a particular date, markets and available homes in that market, as well as the number of homes you can see are all factors real estate agents consider in the sale of a home. As a buyer, this is true as well, however the looking process may not be rushed. The varibles that truly go into purchasing a property vary just as much from buyer to buyer and smart buyers are the ones who will jump at the right deal.

Picture this, a smiling family picture stands behind a For Sale sign that has a Sold rider attached to it because they have the home of their dreams, or that met every checklist on their needs. It also means that the agent that had the listing on your new home spent the kind of time necessary to make available to you what you wanted, needed, or didn't know was out there possible. Lake Kiowa Realty wants this to be you here at Lake Kiowa TX.

The buying a home process may be same for all buyers, but the varibles surrounding that purchase may not be. Let's list some of those varibles:

  • Existing Finances
  • Pre-Approved Loans
  • Existing Mortgage Types & Rates Options
  • Competition Among Other Buyers
  • Assistance Programs Available Like Veterans Loans & First Time Buyers
  • Government Policies That Apply
  • Consider Resale Value As Part Of The Buying Process

Setting yourself as a successful buyer means that you have complete control of as many of these elements you can to get the right deal. Working on your own finances and down payment, current housing situations, applying for federal assistance programs well ahead of time, and obtaining a pre-approved loan amount make it easy for a real estate angent to show the home of your dreams a reality.

Remember to go into the buying process with a team of professionals that can help like Lake Kiowa Realty. Be sure to have access to a good real estate attorney, contract reputable home inspectors, enjoy establishing a working relationship with a mortgage broker, and the most important be sure to research any of our agents here at Lake Kiowa Realty to help you with your purchase options in buying a Lake Kiowa Home, or a Lake Kiowa Lot.

If you are a first-time homebuyers in Texas, first make sure we know that. According to Texas Realtor Association Statistics from the 2016 Profile of Texas Homebuyers and Sellers, 71% of these said their real estate agent helped them understand the process of buying home and 51% of all buyers said they received better contract terms because of their agent. Trust is a big factor when it comes to contracting a licensed agent here at Lake Kiowa Realty. Begin your search for your Lake Kiowa homes tours with one of our qualified agents.

Lake Kiowa Realty is here to help! Call us today at 940-665-0724 for all your Real Estate needs...We care about the buyer process you need.