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By Randy Dodd | Agent in Abilene, TX
  • Housing Services Program Information & First-Time Homebuyer Program

    Posted Under: General Area in Abilene, Home Buying in Abilene, Home Selling in Abilene  |  November 2, 2012 1:26 PM  |  1,532 views  |  No comments

    Housing Services Program Information


    555 Walnut Street (City Hall) Room 206
    Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Telephone: (325) 437-4576 Fax: (325) 437-4577


    HOMEOWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE

    First-Time Homebuyer Program

    The First Time Homebuyer Program is an income qualifying program which provides up to $3,000 for the down payment and eligible closing costs for the purchase of a home based in your income and family composition. The money is paid to the title agency on the day of closing.

    The home you are purchasing must be within the city limits of Abilene, and you must either be a resident of Abilene or work/go to school in Abilene to qualify.

    HOME REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE

    Single-Family Rehabilitation Program

    The Single-Family Rehabilitation Program assists with repairs that are needed to bring the home into code compliance. This program is designed for homes that need extensive repairs.


    If the homeowner and the home qualify for this program, the Office of Neighborhood Services will provide assistance in obtaining a licensed contractor to perform the work in addition to providing either a low-interest or deferred payment loan, which may be forgiven.

    These services are available only to residents of the City of Abilene.

    MINORITY AND/OR WOMEN-OWNED CONTRACTING FIRMS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. For more information, please call

    (325) 437-4576.


    MORTGAGE DEFAULT ASSISTANCE

    NeighborWorks

    This program connects homeowners to the Homeownership Preservation Foundation's foreclosure hotline. For a direct link to this service, click here.

    This service is available to all homeowners, regardless of where you may reside.


    For more information about any of these programs, or to find out how to apply, please call (325) 437-4576.

  • The Paxton Building: 202 Cypress Street Abilene Texas

    Posted Under: General Area in Abilene, Shopping & Local Amenities in Abilene, In My Neighborhood in Abilene  |  October 21, 2012 10:06 PM  |  1,666 views  |  No comments
    The Paxton Building 202 CypressStreet was built by George Paxton in 1923 and rented to Gambill Brothers as a retail hardware store. Mr. Paxton's name was associated with many of the buildings that were constructed during this period.
    202 Cypress Street, Abilene Texas
  • Abilene Water

    Posted Under: General Area in Abilene, Home Buying in Abilene, In My Neighborhood in Abilene  |  October 18, 2012 10:34 PM  |  1,636 views  |  No comments
    Abilene Water

    The City's Water Treatment System consists of three treatment plants having the maximum treatment capacity of 48.5 mgd and combined treated water storage of 11.95 million gallons. The three water treatment plants are:


    Northeast Water Treatment Plant
    4210 East Lake Road
    Capacity: 23.5 mgd
    Raw Water Sources: Fort Phantom Hill Lake Hubbard Creek Reservoir
    Grimes Water Treatment Plant
    209 East Highway 80
    Capacity: 23.5 mgd
    Raw Water Sources: Fort Phantom Hill Lake Hubbard Creek Reservoir
    Abilene Treatment Plant
    7566 Penny Lane
    Capacity: 1.5 mgd
    Raw Water Source: Lake Abilene
  • Random Abilene Texas

    Posted Under: General Area in Abilene, In My Neighborhood in Abilene  |  October 15, 2012 9:49 PM  |  1,537 views  |  No comments

    Here are just a few random buildings in Abilene Texas I wanted to post. Most but not all are vacant others are may or may not be for lease, some may or my not be marketed and advertised for sale. Others might contain an operating business with what possibly could be thought to have bad signage... but not all. Photos are for viewing pleasure only without intent to solicit buyers, sellers, tenants...
  • Queen Anne Home in Abilene Texas

    Posted Under: General Area in Abilene, Home Buying in Abilene, In My Neighborhood in Abilene  |  September 23, 2012 7:17 PM  |  1,737 views  |  No comments
    Queen Anne Home in Abilene Texas

    Towers, turrets, and rounded porches give Queen Anne architecture the Victorian Style. But the style has nothing to do with British royalty, and Queen Anne houses do not resemble buildings from the medieval times of the English Queen Anne. Instead, Queen Anne architecture expresses the exuberance and inventiveness of industrial-age builders. When you study the style and you'll discover several different subtypes, proving that there's no end to the variety of the Queen Anne.

    This is a Queen Ann that was build in 2007 South of Abilene Texas
    NOTE: House is Currently listed for sale
  • Victorian Style Homes, Abilene Texas

    Posted Under: General Area in Abilene, Quality of Life in Abilene  |  September 23, 2012 5:48 PM  |  1,817 views  |  No comments
    Victorian Style Homes, Abilene Texas

     There are many types and styles of Victorian homes most in Abilene Texas are the Queen Ann Style.

    The Queen Anne is an architectural fashion in the 1880s and 1890s, Around the same time Abilene was founded and when the industrial revolution was building up steam.
    America & Abilene was caught up in the excitement of new technologies. Factory-made, pre-cut architectural parts were shuttled across the country on a rapidly expanding train network. Exuberant builders combined these pieces to create innovative, and sometimes excessive, homes.

    As you might expect there are a few Historic Victorian Homes in Abilene Texas One of the best know would be “The Sayles House” 642 Sayles Blvd. Built by Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr. now being restored by the Dillard Family
  • The American Foursquare House, Abilene Texas

    Posted Under: General Area in Abilene, Home Buying in Abilene, In My Neighborhood in Abilene  |  September 23, 2012 2:50 PM  |  1,835 views  |  No comments

    The American Foursquare
    Abilene Texas Home Styles
    The American Foursquare or American Four Square is an American house style popular from the mid-1890s to the late 1930s and can be found in Abilene Texas still today. (picture) Unlike the Victorian Style the the American Foursquare is plain, often incorporating handcrafted woodworking into the design. This style often times incorporates elements of the Prairie (seen a lot around Abilene Texas) and the Craftsman (seen in Old Town Abilene Homes) styles.

    A few hallmarks of the Foursquare style include a basically square, boxy design, one or two stories high, usually with four large, boxy rooms to a floor, a center dormer and a large front porch with wide stairs. The boxy shape provides a maximum amount of interior room space

    A typical design would be as follows: first floor, from front to back, on one side, the living room and dining room; while on the other side, the entry room or foyer, stairway & kitchen. Sometimes a bathroom was also included. Second floor, front to back, on one side, bedroom bathroom and bedroom; while on the other side, bedroom, stairway and bedroom. The bedrooms had a slightly longer dimension along the front and back of the house with side by side closets
    between the bedrooms. This gave a very efficient layout with a bedroom in each corner and a centralized bathroom and stairway. The top floor was generally just a big open space with one to four dormers. The basement generally contained a large furnace.

    NOTE: House is Currently listed for sale.
    When you are ready to buy, sell or just curious about real estate in Abilene, Texas contact me. My name is Randy Dodd and I can be reached at (325) 733-4405 cell or randydodd@suddenlink.net.
    www.randydodd.net
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