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***REDUCED*** $49,500 7420 Eagle Point Dr. Brownwood BEAUTIFUL WATERFRONT LOT WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF THE LAKE. HAS LOTS OF TREES. ACCESS TO FEATHERBAY GOLF COURSE CLUB HOUSE. 0.60 AC LOT. WOULD MAKE A GREAT HOME SITE. WATER BOARD HAS APPROVED THIS PROPERTY FOR A BOAT DOCK. MLS LV13198651

$90,000

3856 CR 234

Brownwood

A rare find just minute from town. A 2 BR 1 Bath home sets on 14 acres. Has 3 storage buildings and 5 RV hook ups. One of the RV’s stays with the property. Has a 30X50 shop with concrete floor and wiring. House an property needs a little TLC.Has a Hugh covered back porch.This could be made a beautiful place. At this price it won’t last long. MLS LV13791383

$495,000 5531 CR 594 Brownwood

LAKE LIVING AT ITS FINEST 4B 3.5B,3 CAR GARAGE, BRICK CUSTOM BUILT HOME 2011, 3498 SQ FT. 2 CH & A BEAUTIFUL ARCHWAYS WITH PILLARS TO OPEN FLOOR PLAN, 2 LIVING AREAS,TRAY CEILINGS,TO SUNROOM TO PERGOLA TO SEE AWESOME VIEW OF LAKE. HICKORY HAND SCRAPED FLOORING,BATHROOMS- CUSTOM TILE FLOORS. KITCHEN HAS IT ALL CUSTOM CABINETRY, MOSIAC TILE,GRANITE TOPS & SERVING BAR, STAINTEEL APPL, GAS COOKTOP, & ISLAND. OPEN LIVING AREA WITH GAS DECORATIVE FIREPLACE.TEN FOOT CEILING. LARGE MASTER SUITE WITH LARGE MASTER BATH HAS JETTED TUB, TILED WALK-IN SHOWER, CUSTOM CABINETS,GRANITE TOPS. BONUS ROOM ABOVE GARAGE. BOAT DOCK& LIFT WITH NEW ENCAPSULATION & TREX DECKING. SELLER HAS MADE GOLF CART ROAD FOR EASY ACCESS TO DOCK. MLS CK13674610

$225,000

CR 384

Rising Star

Seventy five acres in Rising star has two tanks and 30 acres is mesquite brush good for hunting. Has a lot of road frontage. Co Op water, has old wind mill that needs repair. There is also ten more acres with a shop that can be bought at a additional price. MLS LV13791432

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$291,600

6932 Dublin

Brownwood

INCOME RENTAL PRODUCING PROPERTY INCLUDES 3 DUPLEXES WITH 2B 1B BRICK RENTAL WITH CH&A ,ALL ELECTRIC WATER PAID BY LANDLORD. EACH DUPLEX HAS 1620 SQ FT. 810 SQ FT PER 2B 1B UNIT. COOKSTOVE IS APPLIANCE PROVIDED. WASHER AND DRYER HOOKUPS ARE LOCATED IN THE KITCHEN OF EACH UNIT. SMALL STORAGE CLOSET ON BACK PORCH. PARTIALLY FENCED. CURRENT RENTAL INCOME IS LOW DUE TO SOME OF TENANTS BEING THERE A LONG TERM. UNITS COULD BE SOLD SEPERATELY FOR $97,200 WOULD INCLUDE 1620 SQ FT BRICK DUPLEX. 2 RENTALS.= 2B 1B. SELLER IS A LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER MLS CK13743925

COMMERCIAL Tootie Kelly 784-5270 Broker

$189,000 8080 CR 572 BROWNWOOD

Lloyd VanZandt, 325-200-1908

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ONE OFTHE FEW NICE SUBDIVISIONWITHAWESOME LAKEVIEW LEFTWITH PROEPERTYAVAILABLE & 2.45TREE COVEREDACRES. 3B 2B BRICK HOME WITH NEW PLANK WOOD FLOORING, OPEN CONCEPT LIVING ,DINNING & KITCHEN AREA.PANTRY, LOTS OF CABINETS, BRICK INSERT FIREPLACE, LARGE GLASS SLIDING DOORS TO SEE LAKE VIEW GOES OFF TO COVERED PATIO. LARGE LAUNDRY ROOM OFF OF OVERSIZED GARAGE WITH STORAGE. SPRINKLER SYSTEM. PROPERTY INCLUDES:WOODEN WALKWAY DOWN TO TWO 1300+ SQ FT BUILDING COULD BE USED FOR QUEST ETC. EACH HAS CH-A,BATH, KITCHEN & SLEEPING AREAS. ONE HOUSE HAS GAME ROOM,BAR,& POOLTABLE.MOST FURNITURE &APPL.CANALSO BE PURCHASED .MLS CK13741371

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$117,000 300 Pency Dr Brownwood

Completely remodeled 2 bedroom possibly 3 and 1 bath darling home. It also has very spacious rooms. This home sets down the street from the Wild Duck Marina. Across the street are beautiful views of Lake Brownwood. The property has large storage building and work shop. Also two fenced lots with beautiful oak trees. It is a must see. MLS LV13753466

$175,000 7057 Secrect Meadow Lane May Brownwood

LOTS OF POTENTIAL WITH THIS SMALL MOBILE HOME RENTAL PARK. 5 UNITS OF PROJECTED RENTALS SITTING IN A SHADED PARK LIKE SETTING ON 3.16 ACRES. ALL RENTAL UNITS HAVE THEIR OWN ELECT. & WATER METERS. 2 AEROBIC SEPTIC SYSTEMS SERVICES ALL UNITS AND EVEN POSSIBLITY OF ANOTHER UNIT. PERHAPS THE CABIN THAT IS USED FOR SHOP COULD BE MADE A RENTAL. SELLER LIVES IN THE DOUBLWIDE MH. THAT COULD RENT FOR A $1000. 1B 1B MH ISNT RENTED CURRENTLY BEING UDATED FOR NEW TENANT. INCOME IS THE PROJECTED WITH ALL UNITS RENTED.$3350 PER MO.INCOME. SELLER PAYS SEPTIC MAINTENCE & MOWING EXPENSESJUST FOR SELLERS DOUBLEWIDE LOT.LARGE CONTAINER ON PROPERTY FOR STORAGE. RENTERS PAY THEIR OWN TRASH,ELECT.WATER, & MOWING EXPENSE. MLS CK13792279

Grocery Store and gas station fully equipped. Located in May Texas at Lake Brownwood in lake community. This is a great deal and an opportunity to start your own business. Inventory is negotiable. Hardware store next door is also available to purchase at $58,000.00.Also includes 2 lots on Cutter Circle. MLS LV11917958

$53,000 Lot 15 Rolling Hills Brownwood Secluded Lakefront Tree Covered lot on lake Brownwood gated subdivision. Lot#15. 80 x 259 lot size. Water and Electric available. Lot#16 is also available for sale for $55,000. Next to this one. MLS CK13767941

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$99,950 4100 Thunderbird Drive Lake Brownwood

$58,000 4090 Thunderbird Dr May Commercial property in lake community of Lake Brownwood. Has been a store, laundromat, game room, storage or many other business. Also has an older mobile home that conveys. MLS CK11919779

$69,000 4360 Lakeshore Dr May

$179,000 509 Early Blvd Early

Great summertime spot. These beautiful lake front lots 146 & 147 are all ready to go. Has fishing dock and hookups . Large shade trees,concrete slab ready for RV or mobile home. Quite peaceful area. A must see. MLS CK13553051

Prime Real Estate location in a high traffic area. Office building is open concept. Large covered parking area and a spacious lot in the back of the building. MLS TK13630999

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Awesome 4b 3b brick 2 story brick home on 4.03 Acres 3996 sq ft, 1800 sq ft shop & septic, wood stove. Lots of paella windows. 2 Living areas, wood burning fp, 2 dining areas, solarium, gorgeous wood staircase. Downstairs large master bedroom & bath & sauna. Large walk-in closet. Luxury vinyl hardwood look floors. Metal roof. 4 Ch & a units. Nice quiet neighbor country feel, 1 neighbor & is located at the end of the subdivision. This property is ideal place for a wedding venues or lakefront rentals weekly or by the day. Taxes are with exemptions. MLS CK12142689

This property is extremely spacious. It includes large front area, 3 offices, a supply room, a very spacious kitchen with dining area. The shower is in its own room right next door to the bathroom. Also has a large 5 bay shop with a bathroom, automatic doors, and another bay that opens in the back of the building. There is also plenty of parking in the back. It is a must see and is move in ready. Excellent location.... MLS TK13631093

Very nice 2 BR 1 bath single wide mobile home with lake view. It has a large walk in closet in the master bed room. A large back porch with a hot tub and under ground storm cellar. Also has outside building that could be extra living quarters. Large shop with folding doors. lots of room for all your toys. Lots of beautiful oak trees for shade. Furniture is negotiable. MLS CK13600031

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$385,000 231 Avolyn Dr Lake Brownwood, TX

HUNTERS DREAM

$189,900 7470 Tres Colinas Lane Brownwood

$3,200 Per Acre CR 115 Brownwood

LAKESIDE PROPERTY WITH COUNTRY FEEL 1.87 ACRES, 3B 2B MODULAR HOME 1792 SQ FT. STONE FIREPLACE.VAULTED CEILINGS IN THE LIVING AREA. GREAT VIEW OF THE LAKE BWD. 3 COVERED PARKING SPACES. CIRCLE DR. NICE DECKS FRONT AND BACK OF HOME. STORM CELLAR. 154 FT OF LAKE FRONTAGE.APPROX 300 FT OUT AT SPILLWAY THERES 7FT DEEP WATER ( PER SELLER). ALL KITCHEN APPLIANCES CONVEY. LOCATED OFF OF BAPTIST ENCAMPMENT RD. SURVEY & FLOOD ELEVATION CERT. ON FILE. HOME IS NOT IN A FLOOD ZONE. 2 X 500 GALLON SEPTIC TANKS. MLS CK13796669

986.594 ac. with Pecan Bayou river frontage. Rolling hill country with large Live Oaks, Post oaks, Mesquite & large Pecan trees on river. Property has a mountain in the interior of the property with scenic views from the top. Approx. 6192.30 ft. of river frontage on Pecan Bayou. Seller has built new fence around most of the property and has put new cross fences in the interior property & an abundance of deer, turkey, hogs, quail, dove & excellent fishing, with 5 tanks. THIS IS A HUNTERS DREAM!!!! MLS TK13033490

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4345 Iroquois Dr

May

NICE LOT IN NICE SUBDIVIISION THUNDERBIRD BAY. HAS ACCESS TO BOAT RAMP AND SWIMMING POOLS PAVED ROAD. THE 2004 CAMPER AND LOT WITH DECK AND CARPORT. COMMISION IS $1500 TOTAL FOR LIST AGENT AND SELLING AGENT TO SPLIT. MLS CK13736314

$69,000 2230 Mountain View Dr May Very nice two story brick home. Has 2250 SQ Ft and two car garage. 3 BR 2 and a half baths. large game room. Vaulted ceiling in the living room. Open concept kitchen area. Metal Roof. Just needs a little Finishing work and TLC. Has beautiful views of the lake. MLS CK13650207

$44,500

4500 Shawnee

May

Very nice 2 BR 2Bath single wide Mobile home. Has two nice storage building in back. Fenced in back yard with lots of beautiful oak trees.Sets on two lots. LV13742400

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$1,800 per Acre 8237 Hwy 83 Paducah, TX

1360.65 ac ranch, lots to offer. Over 1mi river frontage. Excellent cow place or for hunting. Abundance of whitetail, mule deer, turkey, quail, wild hogs. Fishing in river, 3 ponds. 2 mi paved HWY 83 frontage. 3b1b 1638 sqft rock home, 3b1b 1240 sqft guest house. 2100 sqft metal implement bldg w-21x66 shed, 8x40 cargo strg, 24x28 metal shed, 5 water wells 50-80ft deep, solar powered. 2 springs in river run year round. 10 1k lb feeders. 10 nice deer blinds. 100 acres cultivation. Wooded rolling hills to river bottom land. Owner will consider financing. MLS TK37685

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$68,500 3510 Bounding Main Dr May

Lake Front Cabin! 1 bedroom, 1 bath lake front cabin. This cute little cabin would be great for weekend fishing trip or those hot summer days. Open Concept living area, fishing pier, boat carport, L shaped covered porch, and plenty of shade. There is also a boat dock assessable if needed. Needs a little TLC! Motivated seller bring all offers!!! MLS LV13769327

$179,000 1501 4th Brownwood

$88,500

1207 Gnatt Bangs

$55,000 5160 Tamarack Dr May

***COMMERCIAL*** $99,500 7551 Hwy 279 S Brownwood

This 1707 Sq Ft home comes with 3 BR and 1 full bath and 2 half baths. Has a large chain link fenced in back yard with beautiful oak trees. Small out building. Also a 2 car garage. Just needs a little TLC. motivated seller wanting to look at offers. MLS CK13652952

1,768 sq.ft. nice office building in good shape, has just been painted on outside of building. has reception room 3 rooms for offices, central h&a, on .47 acre, 1 1&2 bathrooms, storage building, lots of storage space, on corner lot, high traffic count. 1 mile form lake Brownwood, paved frontage on 2 sides, all desks and fixtures are negotiable. owner will finance or will lease with option to buy. MLS TK13441564

$72,000

$79,000

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$265,000 111 B Early Blvd. Early, Tx

Great Commercial Property on busy Hwy. High traffic count up to 21,000 cars per day. 2,500 sq. Ft. Total with part of building being used as Real Estate office, and the other part being used as Meat Market. Building was remodeled and brought up to city codes in 2007. Building has 2 central heat and air units, bathroom and storage building. Seller is a licensed Real Estate Broker. MLS TK13067107

8066 CR 564

Brownwood

CUTE LAKE 1B 1B COTTAGE WITH NICE SHADE TREES ON THIS CORNER LOT. JUST A PEEK OF THE LAKE BUT THE LAKE IS JUST RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET! LARGE LIVING AREA, WITH SUN ROOM LOTS OF WINDOWS.HOME IS 1200 SQ FT PER SELLER. DOUBLE CAR CARPORT. LARGE LAUNDRY ROOM THAT POSSIBLY BE MADE ANOTHER BEDROOM. ALL APPLIANCES, WINDOW UNITS AND DEARBORN HEATERS CONVEY. MLS CK 13785181

8018 CR 564

Brownwood

Close to the lake 3B 1.5B Brick home CH&A in a nice quiet neighborhood. Setting on 2 lots. Large living area & dining. Double car carport. Above ground pool conveys. (Needs new liner) laundry room. Appliances are neg. Depending on sale price. Fenced oversized back yard goes to the other road behind home that is CR 601. With a little TLC Good be very nice place. MLS CK13765204

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fter a long winter cooped up indoors, spring is the perfect time to start reimagining your home and making upgrades that create a fresh, welcoming vibe. These project ideas - some big, some small - can help breathe new life into your home so you're ready to enjoy your favorite rooms to the fullest. Air it out Months of closed windows and doors can make any room feel dusty and stale. As soon as temperatures allow, throw open the windows and skylights to let the fresh air chase away the remnants of winter. It's a perfect time to launder window treatments and clean area rugs. After a few passes with a carpet cleaner, allow rugs to air-dry outdoors. If you're considering an update to the overall decor, changing out these textiles is an easy and affordable

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way to create a new look. Just donate the used drapes and rugs after cleaning instead of bringing them back into the room. Shift your outlook When contemplating changes to a room's aesthetic, most people focus on the floor, walls and elements like furniture and accessories. As some homeowners are discovering, there's a whole other space waiting to be discovered. The ceiling, a fifth wall of sorts, opens up endless creative design opportunities. Whether you're seeking more natural light, access to fresh air, a sense of spaciousness or a way to bring sophistication to a room, a skylight may be just the solution. For example, Velux roomdarkening and light-filtering blinds can add a splash of color just where you least expect it, and

they're efficient in shielding your space from the sun, meaning the blinds and installation are eligible for a 30 percent tax credit. Learn more at whyskylights.com. Paint to perfection Over time, once cheerful walls can grow dull. Create a livelier ambiance with a fresh coat of paint, either in the same shade or something completely new. If you're not sure exactly where to start, tackle the project room by room. To choose the right hue, select a favorite item in the room, such as an heirloom throw blanket or a piece of wall art, and consider color shades that complement the item well. Make what's old new again Sometimes a fresh perspective is as simple as rearranging a room to better fit your needs.

Over time, the furnishings can become almost an afterthought because they've been in place so long. Try moving things around to create new conversation groupings or to highlight a piece that has been tucked away in the shadows. An updated arrangement may inspire to you add and embellish with some simple new accessories or accent pieces for a room that only looks brand new. Get earth smart With all of the new growth and hues of green that abound during spring, it's natural to be more mindful of the environment. Earthfriendly upgrades like switching out inefficient lighting or installing lowflow toilets and shower heads can make a sizable difference. Another option for energy conservation: Look for ways to maximize natural light for heat and to brighten rooms. Well-placed windows and skylights can harness energy naturally, so you can minimize your reliance on electricity for comfort and convenience. Article courtesy Family Features.


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xcessive energy bills can be a concern in spring and summer, just as much as they are in the winter. So how can you save money while keeping your home cool? The solution is simple: Top up your attic insulation. A poorly insulated attic is a primary source of energy loss, forcing your AC unit to work harder than necessary over the warmer months. Most attics are insulated, but oftentimes the amount of

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insulation present is inadequate — especially in older homes. Over time, insulation can settle and compact, allowing heat to escape through gaps. Topping it up is easy. Ideally, you want to aim for a depth of 16 inches of insulation for an overall R-value of 50. When existing insulation is present, simply level existing insulation to the top of the joist. Lay a fire- and moisture-resistant batt insulation, like Roxul Comfortbatt, on top of joists, running

perpendicular to the first layer. Ensure batts are butted against each other tightly. Fit batts closely to cross joists; cut batt if necessary (this can be done easily with a serrated blade or bread knife) and leave no space between layers. Don’t forget to insulate the attic hatch to the same level as the rest of the attic. Apply weather-stripping to the edge of the hatch to reduce air leakage. Keep in mind that only IC-rated electrical fixtures can have insulation placed with

zero clearance. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and local building code to insulate around the chimney. When a house is insulated properly, energy savings can add up over time. Remember, insulation starts working the moment it is installed and can last for the life of the building. Tips on this easy, low-cost DIY project that will reduce your home’s energy loss and save you money are available at www.diywithroxul.com. Article courtesy MetroCreative.


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When to tackle weeds in your lawn

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eeds are the bane of lawn and garden enthusiasts. Weeds can spread rapidly and overrun pristine grass, choking lawns and robbing them of their lush green look. In garden beds, weeds can steal water from thirsty plants, threatening their survival. A proactive approach that prevents weed growth is easier and less frustrating than dealing with weeds after they have sprouted. That means addressing weeds before they release seeds, and not waiting so long that the damage is already done. According to the home and landscape experts with

This Old House, spraying herbicide for weeds in June and July can address weeds before seeds are set. Tilling and installing a new lawn in late August or the beginning of September can help the lawn establish itself before the first frosts arrive, all the while avoiding weed growth. The weed control experts at Roundup also suggest a springtime application of weed killer if this is the desired route. Early treatment can prevent weed roots from spreading too far in the soil, which can reduce the chances that weed remnants will be left behind to grow at a later time. Homeowners with small lawns or gardens or those who prefer

hand-weeding or using nonchemical ways to treat weeds must take steps to address the weeds early. Gardeners can try suffocating weeds by placing wood, blocks or plastic over them. Wet newspaper used as mulch can block weed formation and also clear patches of unwanted grass so that garden beds can be mapped out. Pouring boiling water on weeds or pulling them by hand is more effective when roots are young and have not yet spread. The UK-based company Lawnsmith also suggests a mid-spring weed killer application. This ensures that all weeds that have surfaced are addressed and that

none are missed by weeding too early. The Idaho-based Town & Country Gardens suggests lawn and garden enthusiasts wait to tackle weeds. By waiting and applying weed treatments in the fall, when dandelions and other weeds are absorbing food and nutrients in larger quantities to survive winter, homeowners can rid their lawns and gardens of weeds efficiently. Weeds are a nuisance and an eyesore in lawns and gardens. Choosing the right time to treat them can ensure they don’t adversely affect lush landscapes and thriving gardens. Article courtesy MetroCreative.

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uring the early and oftentimes rain-drenched days of spring, it can seem like there may never be a time when plants will struggle to get their share of water. But drought can affect any area, and arid climates in particular. Ensuring gardens can survive drought takes patience and forethought. Drought can be particularly troubling for avid gardeners because it can wreak havoc on lawns and gardens. In addition to causing changes in the physical appearance, including wilted, dried out leaves

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and stalks, drought can weaken the integrity of plants. This makes plants more susceptible to disease and attacks from plant-preying insects, according to Better Homes & Gardens. In addition, it can take years for plants to recover from drought. So what can gardeners do? While they may not be able to prevent damage to plants from drought, gardeners are not helpless. • Water well infrequently. Get plants used to a thorough watering every week or every other week. This will help develop strong, deep roots rather than

shallow ones that will need frequent watering to thrive. • Choose drought-tolerant plants. Homeowners can work with garden centers and landscape professionals to create gardens that are full of water-wise plants and flowers. Some examples of plants that can survive with minimal water include the blanket flower, Spanish lavender, euphorbia rigida, and kangaroo paw. • Apply a layer of mulch. Mulch can protect delicate plants and the rest of the landscape by reducing the evaporation of soil moisture. Mulch will keep soil cool and moist. • Skip the fertilizer. Since fertilizers encourage plant growth, it’s best to skip them during

drought, as growing plants require extra water. • Invest in rain barrels. When it rains, maximize the amount of water that can be collected by connecting rain barrels to downspouts on the house. This water can be used to water gardens when dry weather returns. • Use organic materials. Amend the soil with organic materials, like compost. The Grow Network advises that light, fluffy soils with air pockets in between the soil particles route water efficiently during floods and retain moisture for plants. Therefore, such soils can perform very well during drought. Gardens can survive drought with simple actions and smart planting. Article courtesy MetroCreative.


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488 acres Erath county scenic rolling live oak country. All high fenced with white tail, elk, turkey, dove, duck and trophy bass lake. 6561 square foot, 7 bedroom, 6.5 bath lodge overlooks the 18 acre lake. Foreman's home, skeet field, numerous improvements. Most all minerals are owned, no leases. 4 pastures, 6 food plots. Lodge sleeps 22 with theater room, game room, commercial kitchen, lg pantry laundry, safe room, study and more. Kitchen seats up to 28. Lg shop, gun room, tackle room, numerous tanks, 18 acre lake, cattle pens, deer cooler and cleaning area, 2 shops, 3 storage areas, 3 large covered areas, dog kennels, barn. Beautiful views. Irrigation well and equipment. 10,000 gal LP tank. This one is OFF the grid!

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The Pioneer Lake Ranch, 193 ac. Gently rolling, sandy loam soil, beautiful views, mature trees. 55 ac lake stocked w FL Bass. Covered floating fishing;boat dock. Ducks, deer, turkey, and dove. Improvements include: ranch house, large metal work shop, lg cvrd pavilion, picnic tables, strg sheds, boat ramp.

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NEW Need room to roam, hunt, target practice or graze livestock? This 3 bed 2 bath country home is for you. 90 acres of diverse land at the edge of the hill country. Home has cedar wood accents, open concept, large master bath and closet. Barn, pens, seasonal creek and a new tank! Great family spot or spot to escape city life!! MLS# 13791763

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501 E Harris, Dublin NEW 5000 sq ft metal building in excellent condition. Zoned Industrial providing many possibilities. Building has ceiling fans, lg roll up door, 2 story viewing area, office, storage, bathroom, all elec HVAC. Make this your new business address. MLS# 13794212

0 Hwy 6, Gorman REDUCED Highly productive and diverse 86+ acres irrigated with a 4 span Valley center pivot serviced by 3 wells and a reservoir. It currently has aprx 29 acres of cotton and 30 acres of Tifton. Theres also 27 ac of mature pecan trees with coastal Bermuda .Hunting and fishing too!! Come look! MLS# 13690374

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Preparing garden beds for spring and beyond

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ardening enthusiasts may have been thinking about their landscape plans throughout the winter, eager to once again get their hands dirty with soil. Whether a home gardener is making preparations for edible crops or beautiful flowers, he or she must take time to make the soil amenable to planting. To establish hearty, durable plants, gardeners can focus on three main areas: addressing soil composition, cultivating and adding nutrients. Soil composition Many gardeners prefer growing a variety of plants in their gardens. Such an approach requires taking inventory of the type of soil in one’s garden and making the necessary modifications so that the types of vegetables, herbs, shrubs, or flowers that will be planted can grow

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in strongly. In fact, according to the plant company Proven Winners, the most important step to developing good roots is preparing the soil. Take a sample of the soil and examine it to see what is present. If the soil is too full of clay, too sandy, too dense, or too loose, that can lead to problems where plants cannot grow in strong. Work with a garden center to add the right soil amendments to make a rich soil. This may include organic compost or manure, which will also add nutrients to the soil. Cultivation Cultivating the soil can involve different steps. Removal of weeds, errant rocks, roots, and other items will help prepare the soil. Mother Earth News suggests working on garden soil when the soil is damp but never wet; otherwise, garden soil can

become messy and clumpy. Use a digging fork or shovel to lightly turn the soil when it’s mostly dry. Gentle tillings also can open up the soil to incorporate the nutritional amendments and relieve compaction that likely occurred from freezing temps and snow pressure. Tilling also helps with drainage and oxygen delivery to roots. The DIY Network suggests turning over soil at a depth of 12 inches to work the soil — about the length of a shovel spade. However, the resource Earth Easy says that existing garden beds have a complex soil ecosystem and simply top-dressing with compost or manure can be enough preparation for planting. Gardeners can experiment with the methods that work best for their gardens. Nutrition Testing the pH and the levels of certain nutrients in the soil,

namely nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, will give gardeners an idea of other soil additions that may be needed. Soils with a pH below 6.2 often can benefit from the addition of lime several weeks before planting. Soil tests will determine just how much fertilizer to add to the soil. Complete fertilizers will have equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Individual fertilizers can amend the soil with only these nutritional elements that are needed. Top-dressing empty beds with a layer of mulch or compost can prevent weed growth and preserve moisture until it is time to plant. If existing shrubs or plants are in garden beds, use more care so as not to disturb roots or dig too deeply. Preparing garden beds takes some effort initially, but can be well worth the work when plants flourish throughout the growing season. Article courtesy MetroCreative.


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8 tips for maximizing garage storage

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ost people are pressed for garage space, regardless of the size of their house, from DIYers overwhelmed with tools to moms searching for places to store holiday decorations. Toter, a leading manufacturer of carts, cans and containers for use in a wide range of home and work waste management and storage solutions, is offering the following tips for making more of precious garage space. • Keep trash in its place: To keep trash and odors contained, select a mobile trash cart with a tight-fitting lid that’s compatible with your haulers’ pickup requirements and comes with a warranty. Some manufacturers also offer cart and can liners and deodorizers to keep your garage smelling fresh. • Invest in a multi-purpose job box. Most people tend to have the wrong

size toolbox for their needs. Consider the shape, capacity and compartments needed for your tools. Rolling options are great for work done only at home, while a job box may be better for those who do work elsewhere. If portability is important, look at lighter-weight options. New plastic job boxes, such as the Toter HardHead, combine the strength, durability and security of a large metal box with enhanced maneuverability. • Build up, not out: Ceiling storage racks are an excellent way to use what would otherwise be dead space. Many racks are designed to fit directly above the area where an automatic door goes up and down. Peg boards for tools and stackable totes are also good choices. • Choose multipurpose storage: Needs can change over time, so invest in storage that can be used for a variety of items in multiple ways.

For example, large, durable totes can hold lawn gear, tools or camping equipment. • Think mobility: Being able to move containers within the garage is important. However, the ability to move them into your vehicle and hit the road quickly also makes life a lot easier. According to Jeniffer Coates, director of product development and warranty for Toter, “Heavy metal containers are difficult to move, and cheap plastic bins are often too flimsy to stand up to long-term or outdoor use. Consumers will get the most mileage from durable, impactresistant plastic containers.” These can cost a bit more upfront, but will stand the test of time. • Protect items: Moisture and pests cause problems in even the cleanest garage. Look for durable storage

containers with tight-fitting, critterresistant lids. • Categorize: Assign and color-code dedicated areas for each type of item -- tools, decorations, lawn equipment, etc. -- to avoid the hassle of searching. • Allow room to grow. While it can be tempting to stuff every square inch, try to leave room for future additions. To ensure everything deserves the space it’s occupying, do a yearly purge of unneeded or unused items. For more information on finding the right storage solutions for your needs, visit toter.com/storage-solutions. Keeping the garage in order is a necessary evil, but with a solid game plan and the right equipment, it’s easier than you think. Article courtesy StatePoint.

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ulch is available in various forms. Like other land and garden products, mulch can go a long way toward helping plants thrive. Mulch comprises just about any material that is spread over the surface of soil. Its purpose is primarily to help soil retain moisture. In addition, mulch can staunch weed growth, keep soil cool, improve the aesthetics of garden beds, and even improve soil nutri-

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ent composition. When the right mulch is chosen, it can reduce the amount of time homeowners spend watering and weeding their gardens and insulate plants from dramatic changes in weather. Gardeners may not realize that mulch also can prevent garden soil from becoming overly compacted, according to HGTV. This can mean beneficial earthworms can move easily through the soil, creating channels for water and

depositing their nutrient-rich waste products. Gardeners can choose organic or inorganic mulch. Organic mulches are derived from natural materials that will decompose over time, lending organic matter as well as various nutrients to the soil. Organic mulches also may contain beneficial microorganisms that can fight against plant diseases. Inorganic mulches may be made of stones, landscape fabrics and plastic. Both types will need to be amended or replaced as they degrade. Those who want the most environmentally-friendly mulching materials can choose all-natural mulches instead of synthetic alternatives. To work effectively, mulch should be applied in a two- to three-inch layer of material, state the experts at Old World Garden Farms. This is the ideal amount to retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth without choking plants. Also, mulch that is too thick may make it impossible for water to penetrate, or it may prevent the soil from airing out, causing continuously wet conditions that lead to root and stem rot. The University of Connecti-

cut Home & Garden Education Center says mulch should not be placed directly against plant crowns or tree bases, as this can promote the development of disease. It may also serve as a habitat for bark- and stem-eating rodents. The center also suggests watering newly installed bark or wood mulches to prevent fungi from colonizing in dry mulch and causing problems like a water-repellent surface on the mulch. Home landscapers considering mulch types may find that compost, manure and grass clippings (from nonpesticide-treated lawns) can be inexpensive and versatile in garden beds. The home advice site The Spruce notes that newspaper may also be effective. Many newspapers have switched over to organic dyes, especially for their black and white sections. Newspapers are an inexpensive way to suppress weeds and act like organic mulch in beds. They can be covered with other organic mulch, like shredded bark, for more visual appeal. Mulch can be a versatile asset when doing gardening projects around home landscapes. And the benefits are more than just aesthetic. Article courtesy MetroCreative.


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ultivating beautiful blooms is a popular pastime for gardeners near and far. While gazing at a yard full of vibrant colors or enjoying the aroma of freshly cut blooms is enough for many gardeners, others may want to embrace a long-enduring tradition — growing edible flowers. Cooking with edible flowers is a trend that has endured for centuries. According to Fleurs Gourmandes, the first recorded history of edible flowers occurred in 140 BC. Use of calendula in salads dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Victorian-era candied flowers and flower-encrusted sweets took edible flowers to new heights. Today, nothing may make a meal seem more gourmet than the inclusion of flower petals in the recipe. Of course, before delving into the expanded world of cooking using edible blooms, some notes of caution should first be mentioned. Avoid flowers that may have been sprayed with fungicides, herbicides or insecticides. To verify safety, only use edible flowers grown specifically for this purpose, not flowers picked from roadsides or from landscapes. Secondly, remember that not all flowers are edible. Some can be poisonous or cause severe gastrointestinal upset when consumed. That means all flowers

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should be carefully researched prior to experimenting with them in the kitchen. To begin growing — and eating — edible flowers, refer to this list of varieties deemed safe and be careful to double-check against allergies and any interactions with medications prior to use. • Allium: These are blossoms from the allium family, which include garlic, chives and leeks. These flowers can be used to add flavor to foods. • Basil blossoms: It may be customary to pinch off the blossoms of basil, which come in colors from white to lavender in order to stimulate growth of the leaves of the plant. However, the blossoms, which are more mild than the leaves, can be tasty as well.

• Calendula: Sometimes known as “poor man’s saffron,” this yellow flower in the marigold family can taste like saffron when it’s sautéed. Uncooked, calendula can have spicy notes that add variety to salads and garnishes. • Chamomile: This plant features small, daisy-type flowers that can be used in treats and teas. • Cilantro: The flowers from the cilantro plant can be eaten, just as the leaves and the seeds that form the spice coriander. • Fennel: Just like the plant itself, the flowers of fennel have a subtle licorice flavor. • Hibiscus: Hibiscus blooms are famously used in hibiscus tea, which is tart and cranberrylike. • Lavender: The sweet, per-

fumed taste of lavender works in cocktails and desserts. • Marigolds: These tiny flowers may be used in vegetable gardens to repel animal and insect pests. Blossoms have a fresh citrus taste that can be used in cooking. • Pansies: These vibrant early bloomers can take on a wintergreen flavor and look beautiful when glazed on cakes and other desserts. • Roses: Beautiful to behold, rose petals can lend a subtle, fruity flavor to many different foods as well. • Zucchini: The blossoms from this squash, which have a slightly sweet taste, can be enjoyed in many different ways. Some people batter and fry the blossoms, while others may stuff them with herbs and cheeses. Article courtesy MetroCreative.


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How to banish mosquitoes from your yard

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ime spent in the backyard on spring and summer afternoons and evenings contributes heavily to the popularity of these times of year. Many homeowners go to great lengths to make their outdoor living spaces as luxurious as possible, only to be bothered by uninvited and bothersome guests: mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not just pesky nuisances, but they’re also harmful. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, more than one million people across the globe die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Such diseases include malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and the Zika virus. The AMCA notes that many of the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes can be linked to travel to endemic areas. But mosquitoes in North America can still be harmful, and bites may result in severe skin irritation through an allergic reaction to mosquito saliva. Homeowners can employ several measures to prevent mosquitoes from invading their backyards this spring and summer. • Remove standing water. Stagnant water is an ideal breed-

ing ground for mosquitoes, so homeowners must be diligent in their efforts to remove standing water around their properties. Mosquitoes can breed in bird baths, pets’ water bowls and empty plant pots that collect rain water. Routinely tipping these items and refilling them with fresh water can prevent mosquito infestations, protecting both humans and pets alike. • Inspect property for hidden pockets of water. While bird baths, pet bowls and kiddie pools are easy to find, homeowners may be unknowingly hosting mosquito breeding grounds elsewhere on their properties. For example, tarps used to cover pools, automobiles or grills that are not tightly secured can fold up, creating pockets where rain water can collect and give mosquitoes somewhere to breed. Mosquitoes also may use gutters to breed, so homeowners should routinely inspect and clean their gutters during spring and summer. • Keep a well-manicured lawn. Well-manicured lawns are less likely to be breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Because water plays such a crucial role in the mosquito breeding process,

it’s necessary that all potential water sources in a yard be removed. Fallen leaves that are not removed and pockets of soil beneath trees and plants can collect rain water or water from lawn sprinklers, which can be just enough for mosquitoes to breed. • Use fans. Consumer Reports tested the efficacy of oscillating pedestal fans to keep mosquitoes from invading decks and patios and found that such fans

cut mosquito landings by 45 to 65 percent for those sitting closest to the fans. When hosting backyard barbecues, homeowners can set up several such fans on their decks and patios to keep mosquitoes at bay. Mosquitoes are unwelcome guests come spring and summer. But homeowners can take steps to increase the likelihood that their properties stay mosquito-free. Article courtesy MetroCreative.

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CURB APPEAL Improving it adds the most resale value to a home, reports say By Jim Weiker More Content Now

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mericans are expected to spend a record $340 billion on remodeling this year. Oh, but where to spend all that money? If you’re planning to live in your home for decades to come, spend it where you’ll enjoy it. But if you’re thinking of selling, there’s a different answer. Homeowners are most likely to get their money back on very visible, relatively inexpensive improvements, according to two recent studies that seek to measure return on investment for home projects. One of the reports, called the Cost Vs. Value study, concluded that adding a new steel front door and a new garage door may actually add more in sales price than what they cost. Adding stone veneer to an exterior comes close, returning an estimated 97 percent of its cost. “‘Curb appeal’ projects­— changes to doors, windows and siding — by and large generated higher returns on investment than work done inside the home,” the report stated. “Meanwhile, projects that called for replacing something, like a door or window, scored higher among real estate pros than did

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remodels.” Similar conclusions were reached by the other report, published by the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The study, called the Remodeling Impact Report, found that homeowners get the most bang for their buck with new roofs, new wood floors, refinished wood floors and (again) a new garage door. Both studies compare builders’ estimated costs of projects to real-estate agents’ estimates on how much the projects would add to the price of a house. While spending money on more routine improvements yields the best returns, lavish discretionary projects don’t fare as well. The lowest return on investment come from a new patio and an “upscale” bathroom or master suite addition, according to the Cost Vs. Value Report. The Realtors’ report came up with a similar lineup: A new master suite, a new bathroom and a remodeled bathroom yielded the lowest returns. In fact, as the Realtors’ study finds, agents almost never recommend big home-improvement projects. Only 2 percent of agents, for example, recommended finishing an attic or basement before selling a house, according to the report.

Instead, agents say homeowners are better off showing the house they have in its best light instead of trying to make it a new house. “The thing that gets the most bang for your buck is to declutter everything,” said Jill Rudler, a Keller Williams Excel agent in Westerville, Ohio. “Take 50 percent of what you have and remove it. The second thing is to paint. It’s inexpensive and will give a nice clean, fresh look to the weariest of houses. And replace any worn floor covering. The last you do is a deep cleaning.” If a piece of the house is broken or so dated that it’s a clear distraction, homeowners might also consider replacing that. Homeowners who don’t care about return on investment can enjoy remodeling simply to make their home more livable and pleasant. The Realtors study found that 75 percent of homeowners said they wanted to spend more time in their home after remodeling. When asked to rate the “joy” remodeling projects gave them on a scale of 1 to 10, homeowners gave the 20 projects an average score of 9.6.


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21905 US Hwy 67, STEPHENVILLE, TX

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Hedges can do more than just add privacy to your yard By Betty Montgomery More Content Now

Robert Frost said, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Hedges do, too. Recently, while visiting with a friend, I was asked my advice about what she should use as a hedge between her house and the home of her neighbor. Her husband had just removed a Leyland cypress hedge because it had gotten too large for their lot and it was losing lower limbs and was not as pretty any more. She said that after removing it, she was amazed at how wide it had gotten and how much of their yard it had consumed. I have been asked many times about what type of hedge to install. Some are talking about hedges that give privacy from neighbors. They like their neighbors but would like some seclusion from time to time. Others are asking about hedges for other reasons. When the word “hedge” is mentioned, many people immediately think of an evergreen plant that conceals one from their neighbors.

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However, hedges can be more than that. Hedges define spaces, too. They can be used to define flowerbeds, line paths or for privacy, to name a few. Hedges can be made of a number of different types of plant material. Plus, they can be evergreen or deciduous. Choosing a hedge depends on several factors. What is the purpose? How quickly is it needed? Planting smaller plant material will be less costly. Look at all types of hedges — evergreen, deciduous, flowering, formal or informal — for traits you need to consider. Let’s assume that you want a privacy screen that will line your back yard. You want a plant that will be thick and look attractive. Do not be in a rush to make a quick decision that you will regret. Don’t be blindsided and think you have to have an evergreen hedge or that it has to be a cedar or cypress. Some of my favorite hedges are boxwood, camellia Sasanqua, holly and tea olive. Tea olive will take the sun or the shade. They can grow to 15 feet tall or you can keep them shorter. They can be pruned to be rather narrow and still be quite thick. They

are fragrant in the spring and some are fragrant in the fall as well. Deer do not find them tasty, and if you give them plenty of water the first couple of years, they will grow quite rapidly. For a more formal look, boxwood hedges are amazing. The American boxwoods grow faster than the English. My favorite boxwoods right now are the Korean boxwoods. They look like the American and English, but are more resistant to disease. They will grow fairly quickly with ample water and will give you a nice thick screen, all while being less expensive than American and English boxwoods. Some varieties will grow as tall as 8 feet and some American boxwoods will grow even taller. I have seen some exquisite boxwood hedges that are quite tall, thick, and lush in more formal settings. In choosing a Sasanqua hedge, you need to find a Sasanqua that will grow tall enough for your purpose. Some grow to about 5 or 6 feet and others grow quite tall. Sasanqua hedges, with their shiny leaves that glisten in the winter sun and have flowers in the late

fall, will add to your landscape. If you are looking for a taller hedge, Thuja Green Giant is an option. It looks like a Leyland cypress but does not have some of the problems that the Leyland cypress has. Thujas can be pruned, but you need to be careful when pruning not to cut past the last green branch. Remember, one more reason for a living fence is because in some towns, you can only build a fence a certain height. I do not know of any ordinances that deal with how tall a hedge can be. Plus, a living hedge is softer than a wooden fence or stonewalls. Hedges are a great addition to any garden. And remember, you might have great neighbors today, but an unfriendly neighbor tomorrow. Think ahead, plant small, and watch your hedge grow. Betty Montgomery is a master gardener and author of “Hydrangeas: How To Grow, Cultivate & Enjoy,” and “A Four-Season Southern Garden.” She can be reached at bmontgomery40@ gmail.com.


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ere are three top trends from this year's KBIS kitchen expo. * Unique backsplashes. The tile backsplash still has plenty of staying power, but the latest trends are upping the wow factor of this kitchen mainstay. From mirrored glass and backlit onyx to decorative sculptures, the kitchen backsplash is becoming the statement piece of any kitchen. * Design elements everywhere. Designers from one side of KBIS to the other were showcasing lavish kitchens complemented with unique patterns, angles and texture choices. * Appliances that can do it all. As home chefs have become much more refined, the need for kitchen appliances capable of delivering to these expectations has increased, according to LG. There now even are built-in sous vide ranges. TIP OF THE WEEK 3 things to look for in your new

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kitchen sink Here are three tips to choose the perfect kitchen sink, according to Sterling. * An apron-front sink offers a sleek way to showcase the beauty of your new addition. * Other farmhouse sink features, like a deep basin, offer a more functional space for those big cleanup jobs, including oversized pans and grilling grates. * Look for a material with real staying power as far as looks and durability, like stainless steel. MAINTENANCE Tips for protecting your home this season and beyond While the winter can be a challenge, these steps could ease home maintenance burdens all year-round. 1. Consider new windows: According to Mark Montgomery, vice president of marketing for Ply Gem Windows, "Manufacturers have made significant

technology advancements over the years. Thermal performance of windows can now achieve performance well beyond building code and Energy Star levels, significantly increasing energy efficiency." 2. Seal up any leaks: The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that reducing drafts could save homeowners from 10 to 20 percent on their annual energy costs. 3. Think about adding insulation: Insulated vinyl siding reduces air leakage by providing continuous insulation along the exterior and covering wall studs that are left exposed by traditional wall coverage. 4. Keep your gutters clean: If melting ice is unable to drain due to buildup, it could seep into your home. An effective gutter system can prevent damage throughout the year. BATHROOMS Clean your bathroom faster

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with these tech tools A recent study by Kohler determined 42 percent of consumers see cleaning the toilet is one of their most disliked chores. If you're among the naysayers, consider how the following inventions might help: * Powerful battery-operated rotating brush scrubbers can now do the heavy lifting in scrubbing soap scum off your shower walls, sinks and grout; some even fit onto a normal household drill. * Sanitize your bathroom floors, counters, tub and shower enclosures without chemicals via one of the efficient handheld steam cleaners now available. * Dirty floors? The new robots can wet mop or sweep away such grime. Article courtesy More Content Now.

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1447 Harpers Mill Rd, 4 + Bedrooms, a Game room, and Office, look no further. This property is also equipped with an extra large back yard with 12 X 16 storage building. This 2 story home has granite counter tops with a beautiful open concept that is perfect for entertaining right out on your large covered 10 X 24 patio. The back yard has a wood privacy fence and is sitting at the end of a cul de sac with easy access in both front and rear. Custom landscaping, and cameras on exterior or a few extras that make this home so desirable. Master Bedroom has 2 large walk in closets, an on suite bath with tub and beautifully tiled shower. All bedrooms have walk-in closets. $249,000

Lingleville, Here is a pretty tract of sandy loam land consisting of 25 acres with a water well and small older septic system. This property has a lot of amenities including, producing coastal field, cattle pens, two ponds, heavy trees on approximately 5 acres, good fences, RV hookup, native pasture, and a cute little cabin that could be bought if interested. This would make an excellent horse, cattle place and a great place to build your bucket list home in a great area. $162,500

Lingleville Pretty tract of sandy loam land consisting of 10 acres. This property has a nice producing coastal field. Open ground and great for horses or cattle. Good fencing and a nice area to build your new home. Not many of these small tracts around. Hurry and take a look so that you dont miss out of this beautiful tract of land. This would make an excellent horse, cattle place and a great place to build your bucket list home in a great area. This is a sub listing of MLS # 13768294 $100,000

REDUCED MOTIVATED SELLER Timber Hills. Home and 17 acres Highly desirable country property. Very private home with room for livestock. Beautiful setting with wildlife. Home is 3-2.5-2 over 2000sf. Sound system and television remain. Has new roof and foundation work has been done to correct settling. Transferable warranty included. This is one of those hard to find places for those wanting seclusion and privacy. Older barns on property included, could easily have cover for 4 horse shed row style barn, and would also make great spot or club projects for kids. 2 water wells. A small amount of remodeling could turn this into your heaven on earth in the country $329,000

133 ACRES OF NATIVE GRASS AND ROLLING GROUND!! Here’s the place to build your dream home, run your cattle, and hunt. Located on paved FM 6, in Erath County with great views. Pick your building spot with several choices. This place can do it all. $530,670

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PENDING 307 W Blackjack, Dublin 3/2.5/1 This home has had several improvements which has made it a very desirable living space and located on a main street in Dublin, but also having a back entrance for convenience. You must see what this owner has done to make this home a great place to live in Dublin. Open Living area and dining, new cabinets and paint throughout to lighten and brighten up things. Large pantry and utility room with washer dryer hookups and half bath. Large master bedroom with bath and scenic views out the many windows and french doors going out to patio. Second bedroom is a large room with full bath also. Come take a look at this fresh clean new look with a beautiful large tree filled fenced backyard and storage bldg. $125,000

Desdemona Country Living!! Neat 1,348 sq.ft. Farm house on 5+ or- acres. Carport and small shop. Yard shaded with big trees. Sandy loam ground, coastal and a small barn will handle your horses or projects. Room to build your arena. $149,000

This is one of those hard to find places for those wanting seclusion and privacy. Older barns on property included, could easily have cover for 4 horse shed row style barn, and would also make great spot or club projects for kids. 2 water wells. A small amount of remodeling could turn this into your heaven on earth in the country $329,000

This place has sandy ground, 4 wells, & multiple ponds. Main house is a 3-2 red rock home, & there’s a very nice metal bunk house apt. Several barns & out buildings to store feed, hay, and cover for equip .A new 40X60 insulated shop w-25’ overhangs & eaves ext. with water & elect. Plenty of cover for wildlife. $2,500,000

in a great area. $100,000 This is a sub listing of MLS # 13768294

Multiple huge oaks and cover throughout make it excellent for abundant wildlife. Several areas with excellent views for building. Great grass for animals. Plenty of room to make this your dream property $257,855

Excellent opportunity in main business district of Gordon. Previously the General Store, Circa 1900 Building has original wood floors, frontage windows, store displays and shelving, and interior fixtures. roof has been replaced. There is no plumbing currently in the building. All city utilities and natural gas available. This building is being sold As is. Possible Owner Financing $89,000

Pending 3-2-2 Brick home very well maintained. Bedrooms have carpet and tile in Master Bath, hall bath and Kitchen. Laminate flooring in Living area with brick fireplace with a blower for extra energy heat. Ceiling fans, large cabinet - bookcase in living area. Kitchen has beautiful granite counter tops, built - in appliances, and electric range. Outside you will find a covered patio, fenced yard, and storage bldg.. $155,000 205 SHARP BEAUTIFUL THREE BEDROOM, TWO BATH BRICK HOME IN A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD!! This home is ready inside and out to bring your family and enjoy. Vaulted Ceilings in the living room, updated cabinets & countertops in the kitchen, bathrooms updated, and beautiful floors. The works been done. Back yard fence for your kids and pets. This home is located in a nice neighborhood to raise your family, and it’s convenient to Tarleton. This home can fit many needs. $175,000 1447 Harpers Mill Road, If you are looking for a home with 4 + Bedrooms, a Game room, and Office, look no further. This property is also equipped with an extra large back yard with 12 X 16 storage building. This 2 story home has granite counter tops with a beautiful open concept that is perfect for entertaining right out on your large covered 10 X 24 patio. The back yard has a wood privacy fence and is sitting at the end of a cul de sac with easy access in both front and rear. Custom landscaping, and cameras on exterior or a few extras that make this home so desirable. Master Bedroom has 2 large walk in closets, an on suite bath with tub and beautifully tiled shower. All bedrooms have walk-in closets. Make your appointment now! $249,000

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DeLeon, 2/2 on 20 acres Come and check this country home with a little of everything one needs. This home is sitting in a mass of live oaks at the back of the property with just enough to give you perfect privacy. A nice producing coastal field is out front. Workshop with carport attached and barn gives you plenty of work space and storage for any need. The brick home has been very well maintained and has 2 bedrooms at each end of home with both having baths attached. A fireplace gives you a cozy feeling in the living area and also with shelving with glass doors on one wall. Nice bar between kitchen and living area and built-ins in the kitchen. Among all this is a pantry so large it has a sink $275,000 Home and 14 acres can be purchased for $225,000

STEPHENVILLE, GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY!! Three homes on 10 acres with room for more under a mile from town on Hwy 67. Home #1 is a 3-1 with a covered porch, detached carport with storage. Home #2 is a 3-1 with detached carport & storage. Home #3 is not completed, but is a 2-1. All homes have a Trinity well, metal roofs, plumbing & electrical all redone, & covered porch. All homes are fenced, or in the process of being fenced with sheds being built for horses. There’s room to build another home and arena. Two finished homes are rented. $480,000

system. There’s a shop to do your projects, a big sturdy shed for your equipment, or it can be converted as a barn for your animals. This place is convenient to town, and loaded with character $299,000

Rising Star Perfect piece of paradise. This property has it all. A very efficient 2 bed 2 bath home sits on 183 pristine acres. The features are endless. Two large metal shops, horse barn and arena with multiple stalls and runs. 120+ acres of coastal grass perfect for grazing and harvesting horse quality hay with scattered oak and pecan trees throughout. 4 water wells. Large dirt tank with creek make for great hunting as well. $874,999

PENDING COUNTRY LIVING WITH A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING!! Gustine, 50+ acres and 3-22 Farm house with 2,138 sq. ft. WB fireplace, 2 c-H&A units, 2 living areas, and lots of storage. Comanche HERE IT IS!! BRICK 4 BED-2.1 BATH Outside find a great 20 +or- coastal field, 2 wells, ON 10 ACRES WITH SANDY GROUND & COASTAL!! fenced and cross fenced. Outbuildings, a set of Big home with great views located just off a pens, and barns with fruit trees near the house. paved FM road. Good sandy ground with great There’s a beautiful approx. 20 +or- acres of coastal fields are just right for raising cattle or bottom ground along the river with pecan trees. your horses. Perfect location with room to build Wildlife such as deer, turkey, hogs, are plentiful your shop, barn and arena close to the house. The along the bottom. This is one of those hard to find house and 10 acres is on a lightly used county places that offer hay production, harvest pecans, road, with community water and a water well. hunt, raise cattle & horses $500,000 This place will handle all of your needs. $249,000 BRICK 4 BED-2.1 BATH ON 78.4 ACRES WITH There is another 68.4 acres located across the SANDY GROUND & COASTAL!! Big home with road with equipment barn, well, and community great views located just off a paved FM road. water. Refer to Mls # 13740327 for the listing on Good sandy ground with great coastal fields are the whole place just right for raising cattle or your horses. Perfect BIG SPACIOUS 3-2-2 BRICK HOME ON 2 ACRES location with room to build your barn and arena CLOSE TO TOWN!! This home has split bedrooms, close to the house. The house and 10 acres is big den with WB fireplace, screened front porch, on one side of the lightly used county road, with Plantation shutters throughout, and lots of the equipment barn and balance of acres on storage. There’s a big room on the back to use the other side. Each side has community water, as a game room, office, formal dining, or extra electric, and well. This place will handle all of your family room. Outside you will find a landscaped needs. The house and 10 acres are available with yard with trees to shade the yard, and sprinkler Mls # 13740328 $532,300

REDUCED MOTIVATED SELLER Timber Hills. Home and 17 acres Highly desirable country property. Very private home with room for livestock. Beautiful setting with wildlife. Home is 3-2.5-2 over 2000sf. Sound system and television remain. Has new roof and foundation work has been done to correct settling. Transferable warranty included.

RISING STAR. READY TO GO CATTLE PLACE!!Raise cattle, grow hay on this 545+ acres. Currently running 100 pairs, and still has untouched grass.

ACREAGE PENDING Here is 8.38 acres with a beautiful view of Lake Comanche. Hilltop views with bottom land and nice oaks. This tract also has a well that was completed around the time the Subdivision was put in. No pump or pressure tank but was capped off and seller believes it to be a good well. Excellent property with approx. 260 acre lake, with outstanding fishing, right across the street and great views of it. Boat ramp, 3 boat docks, and 44 boat slips, 58 acres of common area to accommodate a boat storage area, picnic area, and recreational area for outdoor activities Great price too with Lake view and all the extras $41,891.00

BUILD YOUR HOME OR ENJOY A WEEKEND GETAWAY!! This 28+ acres not far off pavement will accommodate different needs. Room to bring your horses or cattle, build your home, or just come camping in the country. There’s two cabins, one lived in by the Seller at this time. They have electric, and a big septic system on a good well. The cabin is perfect for the Weekender, or to live in while you build your house. A Big beautiful Live Oak grove is the place for a camp fire, and letting the kids play $179,000 Lingleville Here is a pretty tract of sandy loam land consisting of 25 acres with a water well and small older septic system. This property has a lot of amenities including, producing coastal field, cattle pens, two ponds, heavy trees on approximately 5 acres, good fences, RV hookup, native pasture, and a cute little cabin that could be bought if interested. This would make an excellent horse, cattle place and a great place to build your bucket list home in a great area. $162,500

BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME-BRING YOUR HORSES! This 13 +or- acres of coastal and sandy loam ground is located on a Paved FM road not 21.6 ACRES WITH VIEWS TO BUILD THAT DREAM far from De Leon. Enjoy the peace and quiet of HOME IN A GREAT AREA CLOSE TO TOWN!! This being in the country to build your dream home. is that hard to find 20+ acres close to town with With this ground and grass, great fence, you can good neighbors in the Stephenville ISD. This place run a few cattle, or horses. Plenty of room to build has character with roll to the ground, views, your home, barns , and arena if you like. There is and enough brush to hold wildlife and give you a tap to community water, but good ground water privacy. Building site with views, and room to play $216,900 is available around 200 ft. $69,000 9+ Acres, in Horseman’s Ranch. Gated 26 Acres, right off FM 84.7 755 Shellie Lane. community. Water tap on site, shed row for your Developers take a look excellent development horses. Good mixture of pasture with grass and potential for ranchettes or barndominiums. shade. Build your home or barndominium in this Close to town on pavement. In Ag Ready to go! horse lover’s community. Use of outdoor and $255,630 inside arenas and riding trails available to all Stephenville Pretty tract of sandy loam land residents. Fenced $70,000 consisting of 36.810 acres with a water well BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME WITH VIEWS ON THIS and small older septic system. This property has 15.1 ACRES!! Located not far from town in the a lot of amenities including, producing coastal Stephenville ISD. Own your own piece of ground field, cattle pens, two ponds, heavy trees on with beautiful views and good neighbors. This is a approximately 5 acres, good fences, RV hookup, place that has plenty of cover for wildlife, Paluxy native pasture, and a cute little cabin that could be on the bottom end, and grass for some animals. bought if interested. This would make an excellent This is the property that can do it all, only minutes horse, cattle place and a great place to build your from town. Possible to add a few more acres. bucket list home in a great area $276,075 $151,500 Lingleville Here is a pretty tract of sandy loam land consisting of 10 acres. This property has a nice producing coastal field. Open ground and great for horses or cattle. Good fencing and a nice area to build your new home. Not many of these small tracts around. Hurry and take a look so that you dont miss out of this beautiful tract of land. This would make an excellent horse, cattle place and a great place to build your bucket list home

Northern Erath county That hard to find nearly 30 acres tract. Flat with good soil, possibilities are endless. Hwy 108 frontage and easy access to I 20 in far north Erath Co. Water meter in place. Buyers to verify flood plain $217,500 Amazing piece of the country close to Stephenville. This 39+ acreage features rolling terrain and a seasonal creek on the eastern side. Very rare piece of property with potential for hunting, cattle, or building your dream home.

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133 ACRES OF NATIVE GRASS AND ROLLING GROUND!! Here’s the place to build your dream home, run your cattle, and hunt. Located on paved FM 6, in Erath County with great views. Pick your building spot with several choices. This place can do it all. $530,670 RISTING STAR GREAT COASTAL FIELD!! If you’re growing hay or growing cattle, this is the place. This 117+acres mostly coastal made 1,000+ rolls in two cuttings last year. There’s a 100 X 100 hay barn in the middle of the property that will hold 1,000 round bales. Fenced and cross-fenced it will run your cattle. There is a smaller tank on the place. There’s two water wells on the place, the owner has never used, and knows little about. Several good building spots on the property to build your dream home. $499,000 RISING STAR. READY TO GO CATTLE PLACE!!Raise cattle, grow hay on this 545+ acres. Currently running 100 pairs, and still has untouched grass. This place has sandy ground, 4 wells, & multiple ponds. Main house is a 3-2 red rock home, & there’s a very nice metal bunk house apt. Several barns & out buildings to store feed, hay, and cover for equip .A new 40X60 insulated shop w-25’ overhangs & eaves ext. with water & elect. Plenty of cover for wildlife. $2,500,000 RANCHES STEPHENVILLE 345 acre cattle ranch just 1 hour sw of DFW. Highly improved cattle ranch, 3.5 acre lake, three wells, and four tanks. Cross fenced into 6 pastures and 4 traps that all connect with an alley system. Pastures have piped water with concrete troughs. Cattle handling facility with a covered working area, vet room, top of line hydraulic chute and calf table. Ranch office, equip barn with shop, hay barn, insulated feed and tack room, 4horse stalls and saddle area, 4-2 main house and a 2-2 guest cabin. Property is move in ready to go to work. Ideal set up for Register livestock operation or heifer stocker operation. Great location, 18 wheeler accessible. This is a top of the line operation for Buyers with discriminating taste. $2,950,000 COMMERCIAL Excellent opportunity in main business district of Gordon. Previously the General Store, Circa 1900 Building has original wood floors, frontage windows, store displays and shelving, and interior fixtures. roof has been replaced. There is no plumbing currently in the building. All city utilities and natural gas available. This building is being sold As is. Possible Owner Financing $89,000

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