The nation's housing market is battered, but Bryan-College Station has avoided the big blow.
The credit crunch has slowed some would be buyers and that's kept a lid on local prices. So what can your money get you in this market?
As we found out, there's a dream home for most of us at any price range.
The perfect closet, the ideal kitchen, and a living room large enough to entertain
Everyone has their own idea of the perfect dream home and whether you're looking for something small or a little larger you can surely find it in Bryan-College Station. However, how much will you have to dish out for the home of your dreams?"
We went on a day-long house hunt to find what your money can get you, and we solicited the help of local realtor Brad Corrier.
We begin with the our first home
A three bedroom, two bath house at 3902 Tourney in College Station, has an asking price of $173,500.
"This has got all masonry, a little stone accent," Brad Corrier with Ashford Square Reality said.
At a house in this price range, you'll get the basics, with a little added flair.
"At this level you're going to get some trim work, you're going to have some crown molding, you're going to have some shoe molding," Corrier said.
Expect more carpet, which is cheaper than wood flooring or tile. The kitchen will have basic appliances, but you might find granite counter tops throughout the home.
"Granite has gotten to the point where it can actually be put into lower end homes and you can get more value for the dollar," Corrier said.
Overall the house has less space, but it comes with a great price tag.
Dish out $150,000 more and a four bedroom, three bath abode can be yours. The house located at 2451 Stone Castle Circle in College Station is priced at $294,900.
"One of the things you'll see in this house right off that bat is the extending of the tile flooring," Corrier said.
For more money, you'll get more expensive and more durable flooring. The ceilings are higher and the kitchen and bathroom quality has been upgraded.
"You're going to see more of a Jacuzzi style tub, your showers become more elaborate and you have granite counter tops of course," Corrier said.
However, if your dream home is half a million dollars this is what you'll find in this market. This four bedroom, four and a half bath home will cost you about $462,900. The house is at 5308 Woodall Court in College Station.
"More detailed brick work you got some stone mixed in and you got a nice front door that you tend to see that go up," Corrier said.
Step inside and you're greeted by high ceilings, and a kitchen that a chef would enjoy.
"Granite counter tops, custom cabinetry, this is upgrade wood," Corrier said. "We have double ovens you'll see your appliance package go up a little bit more."
Head to the bathroom and luxury awaits.
"You're seeing a more investment into the amenities of the master bathroom," Corrier said.
Back outside you'll find the perfect place to relax.
"You're seeing the outdoor kitchens with a built in grill, outdoor sink-the whole entertainment concept," Corrier said.
Bump it up to to the next level, and for just shy of a million, a five bedroom, four and a half bath home can be yours. The house is priced at $999,000 and is located at 4446 Tuscany Trace.
"When you're talking a million dollars in Bryan-College Station you can typically get what you want," Corrier said.
Like a larger lot, more landscaping, and a grand entrance.
"A little more elaborate kitchen, things like the pot filler above the stove commercial grade oven, those are some of the things you see," Corrier said.
Then you have outside amenities like a sparkling pool and built-in spa.
"Those are things that are going to stand out in this price range," Corrier said.
So whether you're looking for something roomy or a bit cozier, you'll find it in Bryan-College Station. Plus, the good news is you'll get more house for your money in this market than you would stepping outside the twin cities.
"You will get as much or more for your dollar than you will anywhere in Texas," Corrier said.
Now that you've picked out your dream home, can you afford it? Thursday night on 10 at 10, we'll break it down for you. With the current credit crunch, it's not as easy to qualify for a home loan, but is it possible? We'll tell you what you need to do so you can buy.
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