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How much trash does your household produce on a regular basis? My own home used to fill the trash bin as well as have an overflowing recycling bin every single week. However, back in June of 2018, Austin Resource Recovery began the Curbside Composting program in select areas and we were shocked to find how much of our regular output could be redirected to the new green compost bin rather than the trashcan bound for the landfill.

Due to the success of the program, Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) plans to expand Curbside Composting to all their customers by 2020, pending future approval by City Council. According to their website, the program is part of ARR’s City of Austin Zero Waste goal to divert 90 percent of materials from landfills by 2040.

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For many years, the VA loan of the past had a reputation for being less desirable in the real estate marketplace, especially in consistently hot markets like we have here in Central Texas. I spoke with Chad Bowman of Veterans United Home Loans in Austin & Killeen to find out how this product has changed and how it has become a strong selling point for your Veteran property buyers.

Chad, a Veteran himself, spent the last several years teaching Veterans, REALTORS®, and the general public about how to successfully navigate the easier-than-ever VA loan. Below is our conversation:

1.  How has the VA loan experience changed over the last decade for the borrower? The Seller?

Since I started as a VA Loan Specialist 14 years ago, the VA loan has only

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Every family has their own version of holiday cheer, from watching movies, decorating the house, singing songs, or bah hum-bugging the whole thing. Here are some favorite memories and traditions of the holidays from our own dear Stanberry family. May this give you some ideas for your own family or simply bring you a smile this holiday season. 

Randy McDonald- Our family started a family tradition many years ago on Thanksgiving to hold hands in a circle and each individually tell the circle of family one thing they are grateful for. It's a wonderful experience, watching children especially, grow in their year to year thoughts of grace in their lives. Often a tear of happiness is seen rolling down the cheek of those that are listening, along with

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Austin-Round Rock MSA

In the five-county MSA, home sales dollar volume in August 2018 jumped 10.5 percent year over year to $1,208,374,131. This is partially due to continued growth in home prices, as the median price increased 8.2 percent year over year to $322,478. Single-family home sales also set a record in August, rising 3.7 percent to 3,034 sales.

Pending sales growth in August continued to show strong gains throughout the MSA, increasing 12.1 percent year over year to 2,798 pending sales. During the same period, active listings for the five-county MSA increased 4.2 percent to 7,887 listings, while new listings spiked 16 percent to 3,741 listings. Monthly housing inventory remained unchanged from August 2017 at 3.1 months.

“So far, 2018

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(BASTROP) For many, a home is their haven of peace and escape from the world’s extraneous noise, but for some, their home becomes a battleground for domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and here in Bastrop, the Family Crisis Center has designated Thursday, Oct. 18 as “Wear Purple Day” and is debuting the Inspire, Empower, and Thrive: Our Stories luncheon at the Bastrop Convention Center that day from 11:30-1:30.

“Family Crisis Center is excited to debut this new event that brings local women together and celebrates the many important roles we play in our community,” Sherry Murphy, Bastrop Family Crisis Center Executive Director, said. “The Center was founded by a very grassroots driven group of women. As such, we want to

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We don’t typically think much about trash removal or hauling junk until something happens and we need to have it handled as quickly as possible. Usually involving a dramatic life change, it could be a divorce, a death in the family, massive spring/fall cleaning or any number of reasons leading to the impersonal collection and the inevitable disposing of our belongings at the dump somewhere outside of town. Not exactly inspiring, right?

Well, Laura Chavez with Junkluggers Junk Removal Service will change the way we think about trash. Junkluggers is relatively new to Austin but we can promise you that you’ll be hearing a lot more about them soon! Originally started in 2004 in Connecticut, the company rapidly outgrew its small hometown and in 2013

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In the year since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas and Louisiana coasts, homeowners have had to reconsider the way they think about flooding. Thousands suffered evacuation from over 200,000 homes across the region, three-fourths of which lived outside of the existing 100-year floodplains. What did most of these property owners have in common? No flood insurance.

Doesn't my homeowners insurance cover flooding?

The long and short answer to this question is no. House Logic, a division of NAR, described homeowners insurance in this way when it comes to water coverage in your home, "[Homeowners insurance] only covers water falling from the sky. Once water touches the ground and enters your home, it’s a flood, and only flood insurance will pay for

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Guest Blog by Brent Bailey with A+ Pool Leak Detectives

The 2 Biggest Mistakes Homeowners Make With Their Pools - (Side Note: Please don’t blame your Pool Tech for the following issues.  They are not trained to find and fix leaks and most likely won’t know about this until you tell them.)

As a Swimming Pool Leak Detector (I find and fix leaks in pools), many different situations occur where homeowners are experiencing problems with their pool.  As a rule of thumb, half the pools I see have only one leak to be fixed and the other half have chronic problems with their system.

Unfortunately, the chronic problems are often self-inflicted wounds and could have easily been prevented, if they only knew what I’m about to share with you now.

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Austinites are proud of the contributions we've made as a city to live more sustainably. We recycle, compost, grow our own food, raise chickens and goats, and we're starting to see more electric cars and hybrids on our roads than any other city in Texas. In fact, to help reach that goal Austin made a commitment back in 2007 to be completely carbon neutral by 2020, partly by having 330 vehicles in our city's fleet be plug-in electric automobiles. While that date is certain to be slipped at our current rate of growth and available programs, we are doing our best collectively to help move Austin in the right direction.

How many electric cars will we have?

According to Jessi Devenyns of the Austin Monitor, "ERCOT is predicting that by 2031, 20

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(BASTROP) Step back in time enjoying good, old-fashion fun at the 71st Bastrop Homecoming and Rodeo Tuesday, July 31- Saturday, August 4.

This weekend is truly a homecoming event whereby Bastrop High School classes generally schedule class reunions, with all reunion classes being recognized after the 10 a.m. parade Saturday at the Bastrop Convention Center.

Even in its inception soon after WWII ended, Bastrop civic and business leaders created the first Homecoming Jubilee for area residents and to entice former residents, who spent time in Bastrop at Camp Swift during the war, to “come home” for festivities.

A rodeo, at the new rodeo arena built in less than 6 weeks by William Higgins and his rodeo committee and city officials, was the main

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