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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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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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Have you ever wondered, “What's so hard about selling a house? I can do that myself.” According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), only 8% of homes sold per year are sold directly by the owner. There is a good reason for this; navigating the complete transaction of a home sale can be complicated. These are the questions you must ask yourself: What do I need to do in order to get the home ready for the market? Should I do any repairs/remodeling before putting it on? How will I market the home? and most importantly, At what price will I sell my home? Of course, within these questions are a hundred other questions that pop up. It can be stressful for the untrained person to consider. By not understanding the issues that can arise in a sales

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Remember when all you wanted was for summer to finally arrive? Popsicles, pool times, and freedom from teachers and homework; we couldn’t wait to jump on our bikes and cruise the neighborhood all day or head off to camp with our fellow fun-seekers. Well, folks, it’s officially summertime in Central Texas. The kids are out of school, we’ve hit triple-digit temperatures, and we’re not the only ones looking for respite from the blazing Texas sun. Whether you're running around outside or cleaning out that shed or flowerbed, keep in mind the snakes are out.

Central Texas has a handful of venomous snakes that can quickly ruin your summer vacation if you're not paying attention. The good news, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife, is that you are more likely

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So you've got the house of your dreams but now what? Is there a "best time" to make purchases for the home that can bring the costs noticeably down? With Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and others just a click of the mouse away it would seem that home goods are available anytime. However, purchasing experts agree that seasonal shopping still exists and they have tips just for you to make those buying decisions easier on your mind and your wallet. Check out this updated monthly list of deals so that you can furnish your home without spending a lot of green.

January

  • It's New Year's resolution time and retailers are eager to sell you exercise equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, and weight loss/fitness trackers. Set up that garage home gym and track your
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