Yvette Kirkland

The first 30 days on the market are arguably the most important days in determining the sale of a home. When a new house hits the market, Realtor’s eagerly call their client base to notify them of the property which may fit their needs. As a result, heavier buyer traffic can be expected during the first days on the market. If you are serious about selling your home, it is vital that the home is prepared to show at its best from the minute it hits the market.

Some people try to ‘casually’ enter the market, and fail to stage to sale. This ‘casual’ entrance to market may leave the home feeling cluttered and too ‘lived-in’ for potential buyers. Unfortunately, for many sellers, it takes months of showings before they finally understand that it is time to de-clutter and make the home ready for new owners.

The key to selling is to stage a home so that other’s can envision themselves in the space. Many buyers do not have an eye for seeing past clutter or ‘unique’ personal decor preferences. Instead, buyers enjoy seeing cleaned out closets and cabinets, clear surface areas, and spacious furniture placements. Often this requires the seller to rent a storage unit for a time and store extra furniture and personal decor until the sale of the home. For those serious about selling, this extra step is important for realizing the homes maximum resale value, and having the best odds of a shorter sale cycle. Before you place the “for sale sign’ ask a Realtor to be honest with you and tell you (from their perspective) what should stay, and what should go. Coldwell Banker Properties unlimited assists our clients with home staging and showing advice. Contact us today for a home evaluation. 979-830-0011.

Pristine Brick Home in Lovely Neighborhood

On October 17, 2014, in Uncategorized, by admin


If you are looking for a pristine home, located in one of the most convenient neighborhoods in Brenham, this could be the home for you. 1409 E. Stone Street, Brenham, TX. This neighborhood lies just minutes from every amenity in town, and is nestled among stately live oak trees. This neighborhood is ideal for evening strolls, and the home is perfect for the senior couple, or an active family. The construction is solid and includes many built-ins and amenities.



GazeboLush landscaping surrounds the home and the outdoor gazebo area is ideal for entertaining in all seasons.

LivingThe home features two living areas, this one right off the kitchen, which provides the perfect entertaining area.

Sitting AreaThe more formal area includes a brick fireplace.

KitchenThis chef’s kitchen includes an oversized  island and is open to one living area.

Dining AreaThe dining room includes beautiful french doors overlooking the back patio.

BedroomThe home features 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms. PLUS and additional office room and large garage.

OfficeThis office space is in addition to the 3 bedrooms.

Back PatioThis home is move-in ready and the perfect solution to clients looking for a spacious home, a great location, and a low maintenance property.

To view this home, or others on the market contact Yvette Kirkland.


Yvette Kirkland
Coldwell Banker Properties Unlimited
2402 S. Day
Brenham, Tx. 77833
Cell: (979) 251-2148






 This Beautiful Victorian Home is just a stroll away from HISTORIC downtown Brenham.

Open House: Wednesday, Oct 15th 2014

1:15 – 3:00 A light lunch will be served.

Front Porch 311 E Main

Entertain family and friends relaxing on the home’s expansive Front Porch.

Entry 311 E Main

This spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has been carefully restored to its original beauty, and comes complete with modern updates for the discriminating home buyer.

A gorgeous kitchen has been perfectly remodeled featuring Italian Carrera Marble on counter-tops and island, a deep farmhouse sink, high-end stainless steel appliances, on-site custom built cabinets as well as a butler’s pantry.

Master Bed 311 E Main

The home features over 2600 sq ft of living area, including a HUGE master bedroom along with a spacious mother-in-law suite.

Living Couch 311 E Main

Beautifully restored hardwood floors throughout.

Living with Coffee Table 311 E Main

Impressive 12 Ft. ceilings and hardwood Floors highlight the entire interior.

Baking station 311 E Main

Beautiful Butlers Pantry with Carrera Marble

. A wrought iron fence lines the ENORMOUS backyard. A separate building that now serves as an office would also function as an ideal guest cottage.

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For more information on this property, or any property on the market:

Contact Agent Katy Pugh 979-277-8081


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Stephanie Dobos Coldwell Banker Properties Unlimited Licenced Agent

Stephanie Dobos                                           Coldwell Banker Properties Unlimited   979-277-5688

1) Make a list of your hotspots—the parts of your home that are hardest to keep clean and most noticeable. Some examples might be dishes in the kitchen sink, wet towels in the bathrooms, unmade beds, pet messes, kids’ toys, or mail on the dinner table.

Each morning before you leave home, or any time you get a call to warn you of a showing, pull out your list and spend a few minutes tackling those problem areas. For super short-notice showings, be ready to bundle clutter into a laundry basket or storage tub and take it with you in your car.

At the end of the list, add these often-overlooked items if they apply to you:

  • Take out the trash
  • Close toilet lids (parents: flush if needed!)
  • Open drapes/blinds to let in light
  • Turn on lights (if showing will happen soon)
  • Turn off TVs
  • Open interior doors to invite exploration
  • Make sure your key is in the lock box
  • Take pets with you (or kennel them)
  • Put away personal info, such as bills or statements
  • Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature (especially if you’ve programmed it to save on hearing or cooling when the home is unoccupied)

2) Build a quick-cleaning kit. Move from room to room faster with a portable kit of cleaning essentials,

  • A duster or dust cloth
  • Rubber gloves
  • Stain-erasing pads
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Wood and stainless-steel polishing wipes
  • Glass wipes
  • Spray mop
  • Dustpan and whisk broom
  • Lint brush (for pet hair on upholstery or drapes)

3) Ask for help (and make it easy for people to help you). If you’re not the only person living in your home, you shouldn’t be the only person trying to keep it clean. Goodness knows, you’re not the only one creating the mess! Give your housemates, spouse and/or children helpful daily tasks and provide the tools they’ll need to get their jobs done. For example, set aside a basket for each child to fill with their toys or other clutter, a tasteful box for unsorted mail, ample hampers for linens, etc.

Lee Ann Bleyl

Lee Ann Bleyl

When someone is in the market for a new home or property, the first step is to find out how you will finance the purchase. If a buyer will need financing, it is most helpful for them to know how much they can borrow and what type of property they can purchase with the loan. This makes it much easier for an agent to assist in finding the right place. Here’s some tips to help you get started!

When you are in the market, I’d love to help you find the right place, or sell your current property.

Lee Ann Bleyl                                                                                 Coldwell Banker Properties Unlimited                                      (281) 468-7402




In lendingpre-approval has two meanings:

The first is that a lender, via public or proprietary information, feels that a potential borrower is completely credit worthy enough for a certain credit product, and approaches the potential customer with a guarantee that should they want that product, they would be guaranteed to get it. This rarely happens in the financial services industry, and when it does happen, it is usually loaded with fine print that is not immediately disclosed. Usually, what happens is pre-qualification, instead.

Although, to a typical consumer, “you’re pre-approved” means “you already passed the approval process and therefore are guaranteed to be immediately granted the loan if you apply,” the literal meaning is different. The literal meaning is “at a stage before approval.” Thus, pre-approved creates no obligation whatsoever on the lender and no rights whatsoever to the potential borrower. “Pre-approved” is thus a popular advertising catch phrase to induce people to apply for a loan.

The second meaning relates to mortgage lending. People interested in buying a house can often approach a lender, who will check their credit history and verify their income, and then can provide assurances they would be able to get a loan up to a certain amount. This pre approval can then help a buyer find a home that is within their loan amount range. Buyers can ask for a letter of pre approval from the lender, and when shopping for a home can have possibly an advantage over others because they can show the seller that they are more likely to be able to buy the house. Often real estate agents prefer to work with a buyer who has a pre approval as it demonstrates that they are well-qualified to receive financing and are serious about buying a home. A pre approval is based on the documentation the borrower supplies at the time of application, and any actual eligibility to receive the pre approved loan depends on the terms and conditions of the pre approval and ability to secure the loan before the pre approval expires.[1]



405 College Ave Brenham, TX 77833

View Listing Here

Open House Saturday, September 20th 10:30 – 1:00

Nestled in a quaint neighborhood in the historic town of Brenham, TX sits a Classic Craftsman bungalow immaculately restored to reveal the beautiful architectural detailing and structural integrity of the original build. With over 3600 sq/ft of living area, as well as grand front porches this home is an entertainers dream. 

The Updated Kitchen has retained the Period Integrity with floor to ceiling cabinetry, a deep porcelain sink, island and coffee bar. Just Off the kitchen sits a Sun room spanning the length of the house and overlooking the large, manicured backyard. 

The  Living area has a fireplace surrounded by built-in Glass Front Bookcases while French Doors open to a Formal Dining Room with built-in China Cabinets and  wall mounted antique scones. 

The 7 foot wooden privacy fence provides perfect seclusion, while a Private covered RV parking area with Storage Room adjoins the detached 2 car garage.
The home is surrounded by many large trees and professional landscaping which includes a sprinkler system covering both the front & sides of property.
This property really must be seen in person to be fully appreciated.


1406 Key St.

Brenham, TX 77833

Open House Saturday, September 20th 1:30 -1:00

View Listing Here


Nestled in the historic town of Brenham, Texas, near the quaint downtown shopping area and home to Blue Bell Ice cream, lies a gem of a property,
The main house features a 3400 sq. ft. home featuring classic architecture and upgraded with high end modern amenities.  Double glass entry doors and transom windows welcome guests into the home, and a formal dining room with built in cabinets is set off by leaded glass doors and an original chandelier.

The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream featuring custom cabinetry, a farmhouse sink, and top of the line appliances. 

This home is made complete with a large screened in porch, a grand library, an expanded great room and wood burning stove. High ceilings and etched and hand blown glass add to the architectural charm.
The master bedroom is downstairs, while upstairs features 4 additional bedrooms with a den and extra office space.
Electrical and plumbing updates have been done, and the home sits on a beautifully wooded 1 acre fenced lot.
In addition to the home there is an  800 sq. ft .guest home or rental option, an  RV barn, oversized parking area, a shop with a 1/2 bath, a greenhouse, beautiful mature trees, raised flowerbeds and a sprinkler system. 


Antique Rose Emporium Chappel


Washington County  is lucky to be called home by The Antique Rose Emporium nestled in the historic town of Independence, just north of Brenham.  Owner Mike Shoup is a rose enthusiast and is passionate about collecting, developing and propagating native Texas ornamentals. The Antique Rose Emporium easily boasts the largest collection of native Texas perennials in the state of Texas.  A walk through the wildly kept gardens provides hours of inspiration for the garden enthusiast. The site has also been home to countless bridal portraits and family photo ops. Whether you seek an afternoon excursion, an intense shopping spree, or inspiration, a visit to the Antique Rose Emporium is sure to please. https://www.antiqueroseemporium.com/
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Owner Mike Shoup

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Home Sweet Farms

On May 15, 2014, in Uncategorized, by admin

home sweet farms tableHome Sweet Farms is a farm-to-table retail outlet located in downtown Brenham. Local patrons enjoy fresh vegetables, seasonal fruit selections, farm eggs, fresh cheese and dairy milk. This place is one of the local’s favorite’s. Check out more here: http://www.homesweetfarm.com/

home sweet farms wall


Major League Baseball players are opening up about what home means to them. Check out this interview with the CC Sabathia and his wife Amber, a busy mother of four and philanthropist/entrepreneur.

The family lived in Fairfield, California outside his hometown of Vallejo, California near San Francisco until he signed with the Yankees. Then the family moved to Alpine, New Jersey. The family loves life in New Jersey and being so close to New York City. Nevertheless, Sabathia remains connected to his hometown. On Friday January 27, 2012, Vallejo High School honored Sabathia by declaring it “CC Sabathia Day” and renaming the school’s baseball field in his honor.

Carsten Charles “CC” Sabathia Jr (born July 21, 1980) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). Upon signing with the Yankees prior to the 2009 season, Sabathia became the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history. Currently in his 13th year as a major league pitcher, Sabathia has never had more losses than wins in a season.