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July 20, 2016

Tech Terrace homes for sale

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 7:52 pm

Looking for a house in Lubbock: Tech Terrace

There are so many great homes for sale in Lubbock and plenty of realtors to get you into one of them. But, not all Lubbock homes for sale are in the best spots for growth. This article is all about where I recommend you might start to look…

One of the most obvious neighborhoods to search is called Tech Terrace. Tech Terrace is located on the east side of Indiana Avenue and west side of University from 30th street to 19th street. One drive through the neighborhood will reveal beautiful and original housing choices. Many of them sprawl across two lots and most of the rest of the houses will show very definite character. My wife and I looked long and hard at this neighborhood. It’s an area that was often referred to as the medical district because it is so near the two major hospitals in Lubbock. As far as Tech Terrace is concerned, the biggest drawback is the influx of Texas Tech students now residing there. Over the last several years, rich parents have bought up a lot of “investment homes” in the area for their kids to live in while attending Texas Tech, which is so close to this neighborhood.

I will say that it is a smart move for parents to do this because they would have had to spend money on their kid’s housing somewhere – might as well buy up a place they can get some equity with while having possibly two other roommates paying rent. Brilliant idea for those who have the initial capital. That being said, the larger number of students in the area has certainly changed the feel of the neighborhood as a whole. What once was a neighborhood filled with old money Lubbockites, is now a mix of young and old.

I’m not picking on Tech students by the way – They want nice accommodations close to campus and they want to have some fun while living in these spaces. They want to live it up during this part of their life and I don’t blame them either. But, it’s something to be aware of as you seek Lubbock homes for sale. Don’t just see the beautiful houses in this area and jump in with a bid on a house there without checking up on the neighbors. You want a home that is good in every way and you most likely want one that is quiet and safe.

I’ll write some more on other neighborhoods in future articles. Check back soon.

July 18, 2016

Home Sweet Corporate Home

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 8:27 pm

Home Sweet Corporate Home

I’ve always been amazed at people who are in constant transition because of their work. They are always moving around from place to place dragging their suitcases and essential life kits to wherever their bosses tell them they are needed. Sometimes they stay in hotels, but if they need to be gone for a period of a month or more most of the time they end up staying in corporate housing. Now just because I say corporate housing I don’t mean that the places are dumps – little cubicles with a two by four bed and a hole in the ground – fluorescent lighting and fake plants. These spaces are not like being stuck in a work situation in Scranton. These spaces are actually quite nice, even in comparison to suite hotels and are welcomed by most of these traveling workers. Anyway, there has been an influx of working travelers who work in the oil fields and drilling for new natural gas. They have been making their way from Midland all the way to Lubbock now and the ones who work on the rigs are some tough hombres. Some of them have been at this business of oil work and even fracking for a long time and really don’t have a permanent home. They don’t have a home sweet home. They have a home sweet corporate home. I wonder what it would be like to be like to live this sort of existence – back and forth from Lubbock corporate housing to Midland corporate housing. Do these people have families? If so, do they travel with them? What is their vision for life? Is it all about making good money? Or is just a personality thing with them? I have been married for 20 years and I had to travel away from my family for a year, but I ended up getting an apartment, which was kind of hard because I had to buy a bunch of furniture that I was going to have to get rid of when I left. Anyway, I recall being pretty lonely out there in Dallas while my family was in Lubbock. I don’t think I am suited for this kind of temporary life. Okay that was just on my mind…I leave you with this question: Do you think you could live out a temporary existence in different corporate housing (or apartment) settings and if so, for how long?

July 13, 2016

Best Colleges in Texas

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 7:30 pm

Best colleges in Texas

If you are a high school graduate and you are looking to go to one of the best colleges in Texas (which is a matter of opinion) I want to recommend that you think about beginning your higher education at a two-year college. My favorite one is Western Texas College ( located in Snyder but I know other people who would swear by another one. Which one you pick would be up to you (do your research on their graduation rates and connections to other larger colleges), but there are advantages in going with any of them. Below are some of those advantages.

  1. Typically these two-year colleges offer online degrees – colleges in Texas with online degrees allow you the freedom to get your classes (accredited) done without having to leave the comfort of your home. I am big on studying in my house shoes and pajamas – I just tend to think better when I can roll out of bed, knock out my course work and go back to bed. No need to get ready and no need to impress any of your fellow classmates. I will say that you will need to be a self-starter, because if you aren’t this option will kill you. If you cannot motivate yourself to do things without a professor threatening you to get your stuff done, you will need to go to a physical classroom. That being said, you should still consider going to one of the two-year options.
  2. Two-year colleges often help you get your basic courses done – All of us have to take a set number of required courses to complete any four-year degree. These courses at a four-year college cost as much as any other of their courses. I recommend taking care of these classes at a two-year school because they usually have smaller class sizes and they are usually more affordable. Who wants to spend a ton of money on a humanities class or an accounting class when it can be done cheaper and with a more manageable class size. I’ve never understood why students (even students enrolled in four-year colleges) don’t take advantage of a two-year school to complete these classes. These courses will usually transfer to your four-year school.
  3. Two-year colleges often offer classes that you would not see at a four-year college – Often there is an emphasis on courses specific to a career. For instance I know that some Texas Colleges offer classes in specialized horticulture, welding and Pre-veterinary medicine to name a few. Colleges like this that offer you an opportunity to get a job right after graduation in two years rather than four.
  4. Finally, for you athletes who aren’t going to be able to play Division one sports, these two-year schools might allow you to continue your athletic fun – If you want to be a part of a team, you don’t have to just join intramurals.

Okay, that’s my take on why you should use two-year colleges before going on to a four-year school. Happy school hunting!!!

July 11, 2016

More on Realtors (not Moron Realtors)

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Jones @ 7:51 pm

More on Realtors (not Moron Realtors)

I remember when I was 16 years old and my parents decided to move into another home. We had been cramped into a tiny 2 bedroom for three years after my father lost his job but finances turned for the better. So we all set out to check out all of the Lubbock homes for sale. And as is typically the case we had a realtor to help us tour houses. I bring this up because I really liked this guy as did my parents. Here’s why:

-This man was professionally dressed – he wasn’t just showing up in a tank and cargo shorts.

-Our realtor was detailed about costs and budgets. It can be quite intimidating to buy and sell houses and we needed someone to help us navigate the winding roads.

-Our realtor was friendly but was not a super extrovert. He treated us with kindness but it wasn’t like he needed us to be his best buddy. I guess what I am getting at is that his personality fit our personalities.

-Our realtor was really good at taking us to houses that fit the description we had laid out for him in the beginning. We wanted a four-bedroom house with three bathrooms in a certain school district and our realtor only took us to those places.

-Our realtor was careful about not pressing us to go over our set budget. Some realtors I have met tempt their buyers with higher priced homes and get their buyers in trouble because they talk themselves into thinking they can afford this more upscale space.

-Our realtor was always on time. He treated us like we were his only client and he never missed a meeting.

-After we bought our house, our realtor was not just done with us. He checked up on us to make sure were satisfied with what we bought after a few months and he thanked us for trusting him with our business. He certainly didn’t need to do that, but he did.

All in all, our realtor was bad to the bone. And the reason I say all of the above is to get you to think about what your “Perfect Realtor” list would look like. What sort of qualities are you looking for in a realtor?

If homes for sale in Lubbock is your current desire, I want to personally recommend Coldwell Banker ( because everyone there is amazing at their job. They aim to be the best and they do this while using biblical values to guide them in guiding you. (It’s not like I am downing the other companies in town. I’m sure they also have good realtors.) But I am absolutely sure that Coldwell Banker is the one company I would use if I were house shopping.

Okay. That’s all I have on Realtors. I hope you find someone like our family found back in the day.

Be blessed




July 5, 2016

Lubbock is getting bigger and better?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — John Jones @ 6:18 pm

Lubbock is getting bigger and better?

I was just told the other day that Lubbock is now one of the top 100 largest cities in the United States. Whether this is true I am not sure. The guy who told me is usually right on and I cannot imagine him joking about this. So we will go with it. There are certainly signs of our “bigness” – lots of new businesses and lots of Lubbock homes for sale. And it seems that the Starbucks I frequent is busier than usual.

But does bigger make us better?

Will this growth affect the smaller city charm we once had?

Are we doomed to become the Dallas of the West with all of its crime and traffic (I am being rude about Dallas – it’s really not that bad)?

Anyway, I keep thinking about Lubbock’s expansion – new neighborhoods with new and pretty and huge homes for sale in Lubbock and I can’t decide if I want this to be the case.

When does a city get too big?

Is there a tipping point when a city starts taking itself too seriously?

Do we have the roads to handle the new population boom?

Will I have to wait at two lights to get through an intersection?

Will it take more than 15 minutes to get all the way across town?

Will prairie dog town be destroyed in favor of humans?

What quaint local stores will be forced out in favor of Pottery Barn?

Will the crappy mall we all embrace become set aside for an outdoor shopping experience that will wow us?

Will new houses and new businesses actually block the 50 mph dust-filled winds that we all choke on day to day?


Are there enough homes for sale in Lubbock?

I don’t know if anyone else is wondering these things. But I am. Let me know if you think is a concern of yours. I’d love to find out how others are viewing the booming South Plains. One thing is for certain and another is silly – We are blowing up in size and we will probably end up like Shanghai or New York. I’m just glad we have an Uber service and two La Madeleines.

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