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June 2017

Found 11 blog entries for June 2017.

For those who work daily in Austin or often fly out of Austin-Bergstrom Airport, residing in Bastrop offers a quick, convenient alternative to the traffic congestion encountered living in the heart of Austin or running up and down I-35, MOPAC, or Loop 360.

Pecan Park, Bastrop’s newest mixed-use development located just off of Hwy. 71 E at the Childer’s Drive exit satisfies the desire of those to live in an affordable luxury townhome with the construction of the 54-unit multifamily townhomes in its first section of completion.

The three-bedroom townhomes feature both two-story and single-story living. Units vary slightly but most kitchens are finished with granite countertops, brushed nickel fixtures, tiled backsplashes, electric appliances,

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There was a time not long ago when the feasibility of owning a home in Austin was as simple as having a stable job history, decent credit and some savings. The reality today is slightly different. According to an article in the October 2015 RealtyLine newspaper, “Leaders agree: Austin is becoming less affordable for homebuyers.”

While living in Florida, the residents jokingly said the state bird was the crane—not the stoic birds which grace the water, but the metal kind. Well, now that joke is in Austin. As Travis and surrounding counties see exponential population growth, home buyers and sellers are seeing the repercussions of the growth in housing prices, rental and for sale. No matter where one travels in Travis county, you’ll see some type of

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Do you have a Concrete Slab Foundation?

We had a beautiful wet spring this year that filled up our aquifers and lakes, and broke the worst of our drought streak.  The beginning of our summer was mild, but, boy, is all that over!  When our summer temperatures go consistently into the nineties and up, and we have extended periods of no rain, it’s extremely important to remember to care for your concrete slab foundation.

Shifting Soils

Many of our homes in this area are built on expansive clay soils, and extreme or prolonged drying of the soil can cause movement that is problematic for even well-constructed slabs. Now that we’ve been without rain for weeks in hot weather, soils are drying and shrinking and cracking, and that means you need…
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Austin is particularly well-known for its thriving craft brewing scene.  In fact, there are around 50 great craft breweries in Austin alone but the brewing doesn’t stop at the city limits.  The Hill Country has a rich tradition of brewing beer, creating craft liquors and delicious wines.  Today we are going to take a look at some of our favorite spots to get a drink in the Texas Hill Country.  

Twisted X Brewing Company

Address: 23455 W RR 150, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Twisted X is a brewery in Dripping Springs specializing in “Tex-Mex Beer”.  All of their beers are a special craft version of Mexican beers that you are familiar with, think Dos Equis or Victoria.  The difference at Twisted X is that they are brewed locally and

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AUSTIN, Texas – June 15, 2017 – Single-family home sales volume experienced strong gains across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in May, while home sales dollar volume topped $1.2 billion and set an all-time high for sales dollar volume, according to the May 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­®, commented, “Housing is the backbone of our region’s economy and the heart of our communities. Housing demand continues to be at an all-time high in and around Austin, indicated by the steady growth in home sales and prices, listing activity, and housing inventory. The concurrent gains in listing activity and

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1. Earth Native Wilderness School Overnight Camps

Give your child the ultimate adventure this summer with the Wilderness Skills overnight camp! Guided by expert outdoor instructors, your child will learn some awe-inspiring outdoor survival skills and gain a new way to connect to the natural world. Wilderness skills are a great way to help your child build confidence in the outdoors all while increasing their overall self-confidence.

The kids will learn to build their own shelters, to source materials from the landscape to aid in their quest for greater self-reliance, and how to use problem-solving to create and use tools gathered from the landscape, all while increasing their connection to the world around them.
  • Wilderness Skills Overnight
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Homeowners insurance is a complicated subject with tons of variables.  So we asked an expert to help us answer some of the most common questions that buyers and homeowners need to know.  If you have any questions that we don't cover please let us know in the comments below and we'll do our best to address those for you.

1. What is the most common misconception the public has about homeowners insurance?

That coverage is the same amongst insurance carriers and therefore just shop for the lowest premium. The premium will reflect the coverage provided.

2. What changes in the insurance industry have occurred in the last 20 years and how do those changes impact the way people use homeowners insurance?

In Texas in the early 2000’s homeowners

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Many new buyers and long term investment buyers have the same question.  "Should I be looking to buy Single or Multi-Family properties for investing?"

There are a lot of things to consider on both sides of this conversation so we're going to try and break down the pros and cons of each option.  

Single Family Rental Properties

Single family residences are absolutely the easiest way to begin investing in real estate.  In fact, many first time home buyers will live in their new home for 2-3 years before upgrading to something bigger and better while renting their starter home.  For those of you interested in building a portfolio of single family homes you should consider the following.

What's for Sale?

Single Family homes in Central Texas

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According to 2013 Census data over 75% of American workers are driving to work and nearly 11 Million Americans spend over an hour driving to work each way.  With that in mind, aspiring homeowners should consider the additional cost of gas and automobile maintenance into their plans.  Opting for a smaller home closer to work may pay huge dividends over time while appreciating as Central Texas traffic congestion continues.

How to Evaluate Your Drivetime Before Buying.

1. The first thing you should consider is mapping your drive online.  

Using tools like Google Maps you are able to input your daily commute and then adjust the leave time to match up with your work schedule to get a close estimation of your daily drive. Tools like Google Maps

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We talk with potential investors all the time who seem very comfortable with the loan processes involved in buying a single family residence.  However, when the conversation changes to the possibility of financing a multifamily property potential investors will sometimes get overwhelmed and intimidated.  In this article, I am going to try to outline the different types of commercial lenders.  

So, what exactly is a commercial loan? Simply put,  a commercial loan is a loan that finances properties that are five or more units. If you are looking at a 1-4 Multifamily property that is classified as residential and is financed differently than the methods described here.

Key Differences Between a Residential and Commercial loan

  1. Commercial loans
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