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Real Estate in The Wild West of Amarillo circa 1880

Pamela Madore
Keller Williams Realty

Real Estate in The Wild West of Amarillo circa 1880

I get curious a lot and I wondered what real estate sales looked like when Amarillo first came about.   I got this information from a lot of different places so I don't guarantee it is all accurate.  Louis L'Amour is my favorite author, too, so you never know what could pop up. Let's just say it is an overall composite fact and fiction (mostly fact).

Potter County was organized August 30, 1887 at which time it had 164 voting citizens.  It is 30 miles square and contains 630,000 acres of land of which 325,000 are school lands that can be taken up by settlers and prospectors in tracts of from 160 to 640 acres.

I always wondered why we have this Potter/Randall line in the middle of Amarillo but I didn't find the answer.  A guy named Randal named the county Randall.  In the register they spelled his name wrong.

Amarillo was the hub for the railroad and cattle, therefore it grew. Hotels and b…

10 Reasons To Become A Real Estate Agent

Pamela Madore
Keller Williams Realty
Tongue in Cheek

1.  You thrive on rejection.  Time after time after time people say no to you.  Sometimes they say it nicely and other times they use words you wouldn't say even outside of the church.

2.  You love to be made looking stupid.  "is that a wood floor of is it laminate?"  "No darling, it is imported Brazilian Bamboo."  Like I see that all the time so I would be sure to recognize it.  

3.  The  comparables  blatantly show the house is worth $300,000.  Seller calls you an idiot, subtly of course, because any idiot can see that the fireplace is stone not brick and the master bath has double sinks. He is stuck on $350,000 for his upgrades.

4.  Your buyer finds the perfect house.  Everything they have been looking for.  It is $400,000.  We go back to the office to write the contract up and the buyer says because of the fact the master doesn't have double sinks and the fireplace is rock instead of brick he wants to offer…

Amarillo TX, 79110 How To Get A Loan To Buy A House

Pamela Madore

Amarillo TX, How To Get A Loan To Buy A House

Getting a loan to buy a house can be scary. It seems as though everyone you talk to about getting a loan tells you a different story.  Lots of them are nightmares.

Back many years ago it was quite different to get a loan to buy a house.  You went to the local bank where everyone knew each other and you said, "I want a loan to buy a house."  And the banker mostly said "sure".

Wow!  Is it so not different now. If you went into a bank today and said that they would first tell you that  they they need every piece of paper that has anything to do with you in the last however many years.  And when you come back bring a pint of blood.
It doesn't have to be that way.  The first thing you need to know is to find someone that knows what they are doing.  (call me).  The hard part about that is that each loan officer at each bank or lending institution knows what they c…

Historic Route 66 in Amarillo TX 79106

Pamela Madore
Keller Williams Realty

                     Historic Route 66

US Historic Route 66 started in 1926 and ran through such cities as Chicago, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. With the advent of Interstates, Route 66 slowly died and in 1985 was removed from the United States Highway System in 1985.

Since then little pockets of Historic Route 66 have begun to pop up and offer an eclectic array of antiques, bars, and churches.

Amarillo is no different, we have begun the process of cleaning
up a portion of Route 66 and bringing back the charm of the old Historic Route 66.  As time goes on it is beginning to stretch on both sides and lengthening  the street.  Recently, I took a walk up and down Route 66 and took some photos.
I had been wanting a spider plant and the owner of the shop for kind enough for let me take some babies.
You can find graffiti and a tattoo parlor next to a church and a church school.
Or perhaps you would like to poke around in an …