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September 2017

Found 7 blog entries for September 2017.

If you have looked for a home in Austin it is very likely that you have come across a community that identifies itself as lock and leave.  Generally, they refer to a condominium, carriage houses, townhomes or a no-maintenance single-family community.  The main draw of a home like this is that all the exterior maintenance is taken care of for the homeowner.  This means that you aren’t responsible for mowing, trimming, painting or replacing outside elements of your home.  

Who are they for?

The concept of a lock and leave home is actually fairly new.  These have become more popular as the baby boomer generation has started to reach their 60’s and have begun retiring.  Lock & leave homes are perfect for people who want to spend their free

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Austin’s growth is so phenomenal that it has broken the city’s Land Use and Zoning functions. Experts call it the worst in the country. That is the bad news. The good news: we have the opportunity to improve our code beyond what most cities could hope for, and maintain Austin as a great place to live, work, and play.

 It is much easier said and much harder to accomplish. Designing Land Use code is something more complicated than anything most property owners ever deal with. The intersection of the freedom to do anything you want with your property balances with the desire to limit what others might do infringe on the enjoyment of your property. Many are now looking at governmental services as the enemy but in actuality, they are the arbiter of

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There is uncertainty in the stock market, there is uncertainty in the economy, there is uncertainty in the Administration’s handling of the debt and the budget, and there is uncertainty in the likelihood of a military crisis. There is, however, a certainty with housing: People will always need a place to live, there will always be buyers, and always be sellers.  Many of you reading this letter keep a watchful eye on our housing market because you own property, or plan to buy or sell.  The devastation following the hurricane factors into our central Texas market in some predictable ways.

 Pre-hurricane, home prices have been on the rise, due to reduced levels of inventory and continued demand in our area.  We see many buyers struggling to find

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What pairs best with an afternoon in the Texas Hill Country?

Savoring all the flavors of Texas, of course. This Saturday, September 9th will be the 10th annual Dripping With Taste food and wine festival in Dripping Springs at Dripping Springs Ranch Park & Event Center from noon ‘til 6 pm. I clearly remember the first festival which was held at the Creekside event center on Ben McCullough across from Salt Lick BBQ. When the first event was being organized some of us local residents asked: “What is this…?” What are y’all doing?” A bunch of us jumped on the bandwagon to help staff the event. It was a great idea at the time and continues to grow and be a more exciting event. The festival was created to showcase the growing number of local vineyards,

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People, homes, and communities are our business.

Our clients look to us for advice on making smarter decisions for green living, whether it relates to energy efficiency in a new home, greener designs or materials for a remodel, or referrals to appropriate professionals to help them meet their goals.

One of the strongest, most pervasively positive choices you can make as a consumer is the choice to spend your money with local businesses.  Local businesses contribute to the well-being of their communities in so many ways, by keeping a much higher percentage of the money you spend working in the area.  Here’s a list of six ways that spending your money with local businesses helps to build the community where you live:

1)  Economic “Reuse and

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For those who desire the serenity of living outside the city or having the convenience of a lock-and-leave lifestyle, Sitterle Home Builders in The Colony Bastrop offers two appealing options.

Parklands at the Colony boasts easy-to-maintain garden homes ranging from 1843 to 2493 square feet situated on mostly wooded lots that all back up to the greenbelt. These homes, attractive to those who appreciate fine living with little to no maintenance, incorporate architectural styles as Texas Bungalow, Mission, Tudor and Hill Country Contemporary. One unique feature of  Parklands, a gated community within The Colony, is the convenience of total lawn management for the $150 monthly fee. Garden homes start at $339,000.

For the busy professional or those

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