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Packing up before you list your home may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but it can be a smart move, says Ginger Hopper, an Erickson Realty and Moving Services preferred real estate agent based in Katy, Tex. When a seller has lived in a home for 30, 40, or 50 years, it s unsettling to be uprooted for showings at all times of the day, says Hopper.

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As the last few days of summer vacation dwindled away, Stratford high school graduate Analicia Caylor had one final thing she hoped to accomplish before she headed off to Texas A&M Kingsville. A Girl Scout for the past nine years, Caylor was vying for the organization s top distinction, the Girl Scout Gold Award.

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[caption id="attachment_14645" align="alignright" width="280" caption="The Eagle s Trace grand opening celebration featured longhorns on the lawn, mariachi bands, ice sculptures, and gourmet cuisine prepared by a team of Erickson Living chefs.

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Houston has a lot to offer world-class theater, major league sports, and a museum district that s second-to-none. Throw in the out-of-this-world food, and you ve got a winning combination. But here s the hitch: Houston residents also have to contend with weather that can be temperamental and uncooperative.

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It s no secret that teens and twentysomethings are tied to the Internet. Socializing, among the younger set, happens online. For older adults, the changing methods of communication can be disconcerting. But a new wave of contemporary grandparents is getting plugged in.

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When Sidney Hamilton first stepped into her apartment home at Eagle s Trace, she wasn t convinced it was the one for her. It had features that I loved a balcony overlooking the lake and lots of windows but the design choices of the previous owner didn t suit my taste, says Hamilton.

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The bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country may have gone to seed, but Pat McKinley catches a glimpse of their beauty every time she glances at the painting hanging above the couch in her living room. For the past 30 years, McKinley has carved a niche for herself as a landscape artist, capturing the fleeting, breathtaking panoramas of bluebonnets that blanket the Texas Hill Co
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[caption id="attachment_12104" align="alignright" width="280" caption="After a whirlwind move, Ray Ledlie relaxes in his new apartment home at Eagle s Trace."]

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When it comes to medical care, Houston s reputation is off the charts. In its annual survey of America s best hospitals, U.S. News & World Report ranked several Houston hospitals among the top ten in the country across six different specialties, including cardiac care, cancer treatment, and rehabilitation.