Places of interest: Copperas Cove


For Those of you looking to see what copperas cove has to offer as far as family fun here is some information via the Copperas Cove website at

Ogletree Gap Preserve


Just off U.S. Highway 190 on the west side of Copperas Cove, and now a city park with a full-service pavillion, Ogletree Gap was once the Marston Ogletree Ranch, and eventually became the original townsite. The stone structure in the park served not only as the home of Marston Ogletree and his family, but it was once a stagecoach stop and the city’s first post office.


Pioneer Cemetery


Located just south of U.S. 190 near the terminus of the South Park jogging trail. Serves as the resting place of several of the town’s founders including Jesse Clements, who donated land for the first school in Copperas Cove.


Mayborn Planetarium & Space Theater


Visit the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater, on the campus of Central Texas College in Killeen Texas, and immerse yourself in a state-of-the-art experience like no other.


Embark on an imaginary journey through time and space. The Minolta star projector and automated suite of laser and special effect projectors accurately simulate astronomical phenomena from throughout the known universe on the 60-foot Planetarium dome. Sky shows are followed by a live star talk, a guided tour of the current evening sky.


Experience a unique and artistic mix of light, color and sound. Laser Light Shows combine eye-popping 3D graphics, pure laser-generated colors, and 15 thousand watts of digitally reproduced sound to bring your favorite music to life. Treat yourself to the most impressive motion picture available. Presented on a dome-shaped screen, more than twice as large as traditional movie screens. Large Format Films transport visitors from the depths of the world’s oceans to the depths of space.


South Park


Located off of FM 3046 in SW Copperas Cove. Houses a swimming pool, volleyball courts, soccer fields and a jogging trail.


Old Downtown Copperas Cove


An area of several city blocks with Avenue E and Main Street as its center. The historic downtown area of Copperas Cove since the late 1880s. It became the center of business activity in Copperas Cove with the coming of the railroad. Many of the original buildings still exist.


The Allin House


The Allin HouseThe Allin House, located at 401 N. Main, was built in 1913 by the first mayor of Copperas Cove, Jouett Allin. This historical landmark provides a great meeting place for weddings, receptions, and showers. It is limited to groups of 25 or less and adult activities.


Jouett and Emma Allin built their first home in 1913 after Jouett was elected mayor. They inherited the land from Emma’s mother. The house was among the most prominent homes in Copperas Cove, and still displays four corner fireplaces, as well as a native-stone foundation. In 1953, the house was sold to family and was later purchased by the City in 1986. The Allin House was restored and designated as a Texas Historical Landmark in 1998.


Jouett and Emma Allin had married and settled in Copperas Cove in 1890. In addition to Jouett’s mayoral service, he was a banker, landowner, and involved in several fraternal organizations including local Masonic lodges. Emma Barker Allin was an attorney and school teacher, and was a well known church, civic, and social leader. The Allins are currently interred in the Copperas Cove Municipal Cemetery.


City Park


Located on FM 1113 about 2 miles northwest of Old Downtown Copperas Cove, City Park was developed over several years on donated land. A large public swimming pool, several baseball and softball fields, two fishing ponds, an outdoor amphitheater, several shaded picnic areas, two basketball courts, several soccer fields and the Copperas Cove Civic Center are located there.


Santa Fe Parking Lot


Donated to the city by the Santa Fe Railroad, this public parking area was once adjacent to the site of the original Copperas Cove depot. A monument to the city’s pioneer past stands there.


1st Cavalry Association


Located on N. Main Street, this organization coordinates activities and communcations for veterans of the 1st Cavalry Division.


Library/Fire Department Complex


Located near the intersection of S. Main Street and Robertson Ave., these buildings serve as the nerve center of Copperas Cove.


City Hall


Relocated to 914 South Main Street in 2013.


This Weeks Open House!

  This week I will be holding 2 Open Houses at 504 Mesquite in Copperas Cove Texas. The first is this Wednesday, August the 27th from 5pm to 7:30pm. Of course, as usual I will be holding the second one on Sunday, August the 31st from 11am to 2:30pm. Come on out and see this Beautiful Home!!

Beautiful two-story home in the Great Copperas Cove area. This house has been newly painted throughout for a new fantastic look. It doesn’t just stop there. Instead of giving a flooring allowance the owner is one step ahead and installed brand new carpet. This house looks amazing. Plenty of space for a new family. Two eating rooms, large living down stairs, and a bonus room up stairs. This home really is a Must See!!




Open Houses Every Sunday!!

For those of you in the Killeen area, I hold Open Houses Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This Sundays Open House will be at 114 Orchid Dr. Killeen Texas 76542.

Come out and take a look at this great home situated on a corner lot!

I’m excited to promote this beautiful home because of how well is was taken care of by the owner. I am sure you will enjoy living in this fine corner lot home with nice landscaping and spacious backyard. This 3 bedroom home offers an open floor plan with a big breakfast island and recently installed wood laminate floors. If you are looking for a man-cave or extra room for entertainment, you must look at this home. The owner has added an extra living space and a covered porch. You will love this home!!O1 O3 O4 O7 O8 O9 O10


Tips for Selling 20 reasons to hire a Texas REALTOR

Whether its buying or selling the real estate process can be daunting. You can try to navigate thru it yourself or hire a professional . Here are 20 reasons From the Texas Association of REALTORS to do the latter..

1. Homes are bought by comparison. I have a large inventory at my disposal
through MLS while you have an inventory of one.
2. I am very familiar with competitive houses so I can help you position your
home well.
3. It is hard negotiating for yourself. I have lots of experience in writing contracts
and can negotiate aggressively on your behalf.
4. Buyers are not always forthright about their financial situation. I insist on prequalifying
before I even bring you an offer.
5. My lender contacts and mortgage experience help buyers get the financing
they need.
6. Most buyers don’t want to tell the seller why they don’t make an offer. I can
probe the buyer or his agent for that information.
7. Any follow up you do with a buyer can be seen as desperation. I follow up as
part of my job so that you are not perceived in a compromising light.
8. I can showcase your improvements better so that you don’t appear like you
are “selling.”
9. Most sellers who spend their time as a For Sale By Owner end up by listing
in the end. A recent NAR survey found that only 11% of sellers nationally
ended up selling by owner. Why spend your time and money if in the end you
will hire a REALTOR®?
10. Unqualified buyers can tie up your home. I make sure that doesn’t happen.
11. Personality conflicts with a buyer can get in the way. I come between the
buyer and the seller so that personalities don’t enter in.
12. Most buyers use a REALTOR®, which increases the number of buyers who
will see your home.
13. I can mobilize my company agents and other area REALTORS® on your
14. An NAR survey of recent closed sellers found that REALTOR®-assisted sales
brought in 20% more sales price than For Sale By Owner sales.
15. A FSBO sign makes you vulnerable for any curiosity seeker or unsavory
character. When you list, only buyers accompanied by a REALTOR® will get
into your home.
16. Being accessible to show your home limits your personal time and cuts down
the available showing time. When you list, your property will be available
during normal showing hours and the prospect will always be accompanied
by me or another REALTOR®.
17. Additional exposure through MLS and the Internet brings you a higher price.
18. I orchestrate the contract-to-closing process, including the appraisal, buyer loan
process, title, inspections, pest control, survey, etc., taking this burden
off of you.
19. I make sure that you are compliant with all laws relating to the sale of your
20. I only get paid when I get the job done.

First Time Home Buyers Program- Killeen, TX

The reason for this post is to help home buyers find assistance. Now this information pertains to the Killeen, TX area but you should be able to look up any programs in your area. This is information that a lot of first time home buyers do not know but they SHOULD!

The City of Killeen has designed a housing assistance program that enables low-income individuals and families to own their own home– the City of Killeen First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP). This program utilizes federal fund-ing from the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds, provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD).\

The program provides first time homebuyers with necessary assistance for down payment and closing costs and is allocated on a first-come first serve basis, through a formal application process. The program assistance is available to households, individuals or families, earning 60-80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for the Killeen/Temple/Fort Hood area, with eligibility based upon current and anticipated annual income of all persons that will occupy the home as their primary residence. Purchases must be within the corporate city limits of Killeen.
Key Program requirements include: attending 8 hours of homebuyer education classes; obtaining a minimum of 3 hours homebuyer counseling, qualifying for a mortgage loan with a HAP approved lender; contributing a minimum of $500 to-ward the purchase of the home; confirming mortgage lender required repairs are complete; and occupying the home for the duration of the five year affordability period.

For more information on this program call Maria Barraza at 254-501-7842


5 things first-time homebuyers don’t know they should do

Via Texas Association of Realtors

07/18/2014 | Author: Jaime Lee

You’ve decided that your first home should have three bedrooms and a big yard, but what else have you thought about? You may want to check out Fox Business‘ list of 10 things that most first-time homebuyers don’t consider during their house hunt. Here are the first five:

Make a checklist and use it. Determine what features are essential to you and refer to your list when viewing properties. Your list may change, but it can be a good starting point.

Consider all expenses. When you’re calculating what you can afford, be sure to factor in other expenses like taxes, insurance, commuting costs, and utilities.

Ask for the paperwork. If you’re looking at property in a homeowners association, request a copy of the HOA rules before submitting an offer to see if you’re willing to abide by them.

Research funding sources. You may qualify for homebuyer-assistance programs based on your profession, income, or the property’s location.

Think about resale value. You may appreciate a home’s unique features, but will potential buyers love them when you’re ready to sell?

One of the best decisions you can make you’re ready to buy your first home is to choose a Texas REALTOR®. These professionals have the experience and knowledge to help you reach your real estate goals.


Via: Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors

Killeen, TX: Where Freedom Grows

Killeen is where freedom grows, and Killeen itself it growing. The 2009 estimated population for the city was 119,512, representing a 37 percent increase over the 2000 census and making Killeen the 24th largest city in Texas. Despite its growing population, Killeen has maintained a strong sense of community togetherness and support amongst its residents and with Fort Hood.

In 2010 the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood MSA garnered national attention by ranking at or near the top of several national surveys concerning employment. The MSA had the second strongest outlook in the country for hiring, the fourth nationwide amongst all small cities for job growth and was best in the nation among 200 major metropolitan areas for its overall business climate.

Not only a great place to work but the MSA has also proven to be a wonderful place to live. In 2010 residents of the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood MSA were first in Texas and 13th in the nation for being satisfied with their well-being and enjoying the highest quality of life, and it was ranked third amongst both military metros and medium metros on the 2010 Best Places for Military Retirement list. In 2011 Killeen was recognized as a Certified Retirement Community by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Children in Killeen get their education from the thirty-one elementary schools, twelve middle schools, four high schools, and four specialized campuses run by the Killeen Independent School District. The teachers currently serving KISD have an average of 9.3 years of teaching experience and 6.9 years within KISD. Class sizes vary throughout the district with a range of 16.4 to 21.5 students per class. Education opportunities for adults abound at Killeen’s Central Texas College and Texas A&M University – Central Texas. In 2010 TAMU-CT broke ground on their new campus, which, when complete, will be equipped to serve 15,000 upper-level students.

Killeen residents can rest assured knowing their health care is in the hands of top-notch professionals at Metroplex Health System, Scott & White, or the numerous smaller clinics. Metroplex is a not-for-profit Christian organization operating the 233-bed, multi-campus facility as a community service to the residents of Central Texas. For the past seven years Scott and White has been ranked among the top 100 hospitals in the country. While their main location is in Temple, they operate a large clinic in Killeen offering a wide range of services that would fulfill almost any health care need.