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Downtown Bastrop will be jamming with all kinds of live music at various venues at the Bastrop Music Festival Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20. With hopes of this becoming an annual event, this first-time music festival has received extensive marketing in publications such as Texas Music magazine, Austin Monthly, and the San Antonio magazine.

Stewart Ramser, the publisher of Texas Music magazine, expressed interest in doing a music festival in Bastrop because of its unique venues and settings on Historic Main Street. Dale Lockett, president of Visit Bastrop, and Sarah O’Brien, Director of Bastrop Main Street, partnered with Ramser to plan this four-day music festival featuring 30 bands representing various genre including blues, country,

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The City of Austin is no stranger to energy efficiency innovation. In fact, the sustainability program run by the local utility company, Austin Energy, became a model for the creation of the national Energy Star program back in 1992. Austin Energy's mission - to safely deliver clean, affordable, reliable energy and excellent customer service - has been rewarded yet again as the winners of the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award.

Austin Energy, the City of Austin’s electric utility, is proud to announce that it received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. Austin Energy’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S.

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(BASTROP) Along the banks of the Colorado River just off Hwy. 71E in Bastrop lies the Bastrop/Colorado River KOA Camp Grounds. This picturesque campground not only offers convenience to travelers looking for a break in their adventures but also provides a place to lay one's head for longer stretches of time.

For those in the midst of a real estate deal in the Bastrop area and are needing a temporary place to stay while transitioning into a permanent home, this KOA Campground is appealing for a number of reasons.

“The KOA brand has certain high standards of quality and a strong reputation in the camping world,” Elizabeth Kitay, Bastrop KOA owner said. “In general, we are cleaner and have more amenities than a state park does. Also, we value

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With interest rates on the rise, buyers have been asking, "How do higher interest rates really affect my monthly payment?" The answer might surprise you and it's not as much as you would think.

In this example, we're using a buyer with a 760 credit score putting 10% down on a $300,000 sales price using a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. The monthly principal and interest payment change is only $18.90 a month per .125% rise in interest rate.

Interest Rate Effects

Today's rates are still near half their historical average of over 8%. That provides continued opportunity to lock in very low rates, even if they are higher than in recent history. The days of 4% interest rates are behind us, for now, so maximizing your down payment is a vital component to keeping your payment

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As election time rolls around bonds for the improvement and expansion of the Dripping Springs School District will be up for a vote. This piece came across my desk and I am sharing this with all to help understand what is going on in this school district.

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Pacesetter's Courtyard Home in Pecan Park

Pacesetter Homes, Pecan Park Bastrop’s newest home builder, offers a lifestyle alternative with their Courtyard Home Plans to those who desire less home upkeep or a traditional choice with their Craftsman Plus plans.

A new option in Bastrop living, the five Courtyard home plans feature a private courtyard area between the home and a detached front garage, eliminating a large, grassy back area requiring maintenance. With 69 lots available, these homes, generally situated on a 40 x 120 square foot lot, range from approximately a two-bedroom 1188 square foot home to a two-story three-bedroom home.  Prices range from $209,900 to $267,900, making these an affordable, low-maintenance option.

For people searching for a larger-lot home, the seven

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Why is energy efficiency important?

Austin and much of the surrounding areas are filled a wild variety of homes, buildings, and structures. Some that look pulled right out the pages of a modern magazine and some that continually shine on the annual Weird Homes Tour. What do these properties have in common? Any property serviced by Austin Energy has access to energy efficient upgrade rebates! 

Did you realize that  Austin Energy offers financial rebates to residential and commercial property owners for upgrading their structures to be more energy efficient? A longtime leader in renewables, Austin Energy paved the way for the rest of the country to take the important steps forward in investing in more energy independence.

"Austin Energy

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How can we save you money??

What is a Homestead Exemption?

Property tax brings in the most money of all taxes available to local government to pay for schools, roads, police and firemen, emergency response services, libraries, parks and other services provided by local government. Homestead exemptions reduce property taxes for all homeowners by sheltering a certain amount of a home’s value from taxation.

Homestead exemptions are granted by the county appraisal district where the property is located. The exemption reduces a homeowner’s property tax bill by removing part of the home's value from taxation. All Texas homeowners may receive a General Residence Homestead Exemption of $25,000 on the value of their property for school taxes. Other taxing entities may also offer

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February ushers in that time of year where most Texans look ahead, eager for the spring waiting just around the corner. Sure, that groundhog said six more weeks of winter, but around here that means we might get one more light freeze before our town bursts into a blooming display of technicolor. It also means that the competitive home selling season is almost upon us. For those of you thinking about selling your home this year, chances are you’ve got some homework to do. Don’t worry though, with your Stanberry realtor, there’s no Olympic training necessary. Here are five tips to get you started.

1. See your house for the first time

As you begin to look around your home with the intent to sell, try to look at it with the fresh eyes of a buyer who

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The sun is shining, the flowers and trees are beginning to bud out, and those of us who love to garden are making plans to have our best gardening year ever.  If you are, like many people in central Texas, considering what to do to prepare your lawn, here are some suggestions.    

First of all, consider forgoing the application of a combined “weed and feed” product. These products have the benefit of being one simple step, but many disadvantages.  Many lawn care experts will tell you that it is wasteful and unnecessary to treat your entire lawn for weeds that only show up in patches, which means you are wasting money.  You are also adding unnecessary amounts of herbicides into our water systems.  The fertilizer contained in these mixes is

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