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Your New Home Essentials Checklist: What to Buy for Your First Home

Feb 10, 2020 
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So you’ve just purchased your first home. Congratulations! Maybe this is your first time out on your own and you need all the essentials. Maybe you’re upgrading from an apartment to a house of your own and your checklist is a little shorter. Regardless, you’re probably looking for things to buy for your new house to spruce it up and make it feel like home. From fun upgrades to the necessities, keep reading to see what items can help you make the most of your new home.

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Do I Need Listing Photos?

Feb 10, 2020 
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It's no secret that selling a home can be a stressful process. Between showings, price adjustments, inspections, and coordinating your move, the last thing on your mind might be scheduling listing photos. But as inconvenient and unnecessary as they might seem. Listing photos can benefit almost anyone listing their home, helping to get more showings, more value, and interested buyers.

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2020 Interior Lighting Trends

Feb 6, 2020 
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Lighting can be overlooked when deciding to update your home. However, thoughtful lighting choices can help to bring character and warmth to your home. As we look to 2020, one thing is sure, industrial design is here to stay, and natural materials are making a comeback.

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Your 2020 Guide to Filing Your Homestead Exemption

Jan 6, 2020 
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2020 has officially arrived and it's time to start thinking about tax season! (We know, we know- your favorite time of the year!) However, tax season can bring some pretty sweet perks for homeowners who bought a home in the state of Texas in 2019. Starting January 1st until April 20th, 2020, every homeowner has the opportunity to submit an application for the residential Homestead Exemption for their primary residence. We've put together some frequently asked questions when filing your exemption, along with all the resources you will need to get started today!

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The Best Home Automation Platform for Your Home

Jan 3, 2020 
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Home automation is a growing trend. Our smart devices like phones are becoming the way we interact with your increasingly digital world. At the same time, homes are being "retrofitted" with smart devices and appliances. As the home becomes increasingly digital, the homeowner's ability to use technology to customize and automate their home grows. With many tech giants entering the field with their home automation platforms, you might be wondering which one is best for you.

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The Best and Worst Home Improvement Projects of 2019

Dec 6, 2019 
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As 2020 approaches, you might be looking for a change of scenery. Whether you are deciding on a kitchen remodel or thinking about moving to a new home, you’ll want to think about the return on your investment. Some home improvement projects do not carry the value put in when the time comes to resale.

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Should Sellers Be Present at the Home Inspection?

Dec 3, 2019 
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A home inspection is a critical part of any home sale, and there are many misconceptions and confusion surrounding it. One of the most frequent questions our Realtors get asked is "should the seller be present for the home inspection?" The short answer to that is, "Usually, no." If it is a pre-listing inspection ordered by the seller, they are absolutely okay to be there and should be. But, if it is a buyer paid inspection, it's just not a good idea, and here's why.

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Winter Home Safety Checklist

Nov 21, 2019 
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It's no secret that the cold weather months are setting in. With regular cold fronts and low temperatures, you'll more than likely be using your fireplace or switching on your heater, possibly exposing yourself and your family to carbon monoxide.

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What Does Amazon's TurnKey Program Mean for Real Estate Agents?

Nov 14, 2019 
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2019 has been a year of change for the real estate industry. From partnerships to new companies and rebranding, it seems like everyone is making moves this year. One of the most significant moves we saw was the acquisition of OpCity by Realtor.com. This move signifies a significant change in the market and could be a sign of things to come.

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5 Common Misconceptions About ibuyers

Oct 30, 2019 
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Keen Realtors have noticed a trend as of late - the proliferation of "ibuyers". There is still confusion as to what an ibuyer is and what an ibuyer does. One of the most prominent strategies behind the growth of ibuyers has been heavy online marketing. ibuyer stands for "instant" buyer. There are different kinds of ibuyers but they generally function by offering to buy a property at fair market value, accepting a fee for facilitating the sale, and then reselling the house for a profit.

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The Most Expensive San Antonio Zip Codes in 2019

Oct 16, 2019 
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As we see exponential growth in the San Antonio area, we’ve seen more and more interest in what the rental market looks like in 2019. Consumers have seen increased living affordability, and are now making plans to relocate or invest in the area. Whether that’s jobs or housing, the San Antonio area is rapidly growing, and consumers want to know the condition of the market.

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Ideas for a Practical Mudroom

Oct 9, 2019 
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A mudroom may instinctively sound like an inevitably messy space, but modern-day mudrooms with hidden storage and easy-to-clean furniture certainly don’t have to be. Whether your home was built with a classic mudroom or not, you can turn any small entry space into a practical space to keep the rest of your home mud-free.

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Why You Need a Home Warranty

Oct 9, 2019 
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New home buyers are faced with a myriad of decisions regarding different optional services, from home inspections to home warranty and homeowner’s insurance. It can be a daunting task to decide what is needed, especially when closing costs are mounting. Home warranties have proven to be a particularly misunderstood service.

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What the Behr's 2020 Color of the Year Means for Interior Design

Oct 8, 2019 
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Behr’s 2020 color of the year, is “Back to Nature” S340-4. Back to Nature is “a restorative and revitalizing green hue that engages the senses and pairs well with other colors both inside and outside your home.” In addition to the 2020 color of the year, Behr has released several color palettes inspired by Nature that meet personal tastes. There’s no doubt that Behr is moving forward with natural colors and that consumers want a choice in customization. But what does this selection say about 2020 interior design trends as a whole?

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10 Dos and Don'ts for Homebuyers

Oct 7, 2019 
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Buying a home is a unique experience, with equally unique pitfalls and potential issues. To help you navigate these uncertain waters, we consulted two of our stellar Realtors®, Trudy Schoenborn and Carol Garcia, to give us a list of 10 dos and don'ts to follow when you're searching for a new home.

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5 Misconceptions about Selling a Home

Sep 12, 2019 
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There is a wide variety of information available today about selling your home. From the internet to TV shows, the home selling process has been broken down into easily digestible chunks that unfortunately do not paint an accurate picture of the intricacies involved. This has led to numerous misconceptions about home selling. I sat down with Realtors Peggy Orf and Narce Peña to discuss 5 common misconceptions that they encounter on a regular basis.

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The Most Expensive Austin Zip Codes in 2019

Jul 16, 2019 
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As we see continued growth in the Austin area, we’ve seen more and more interest in rental data as of mid-2019. Consumers have seen the growth in the area and are now making plans to relocate to the city. Whether that’s jobs or access to venues and entertainment, Austin is growing, and consumers want to know more.

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From Film Festivals to Salsa and Everything In-between!

Jun 27, 2019 
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The nation’s original and longest-running Latino film festival returns this summer. Presented by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio’s annual celebration of independent Latino cinema will take place at the historic Guadalupe Theater, featuring premiere screenings, master classes, receptions, after parties, and free community events. The festival will also include free Family Day screenings, a Youth Program showcasing San Antonio student filmmakers, and a Senior Screening for the area’s elderly film lovers.

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A Great Spot for Fireworks on the 4th, and More This July in the Temple/Belton Area

Jun 27, 2019 
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Every 4th Friday, Royal Street in Salado Texas hosts a fun event full of music, art, food, and more. By bringing together local galleries, you can see showcases of all different kinds of art all in one place as you walk down Royal Street. You can see the wide selection of works from glass to jewelry, clay, and more. With food and live entertainment on hand, it's a great way to spend the evening.

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Battle of the Food Trucks, Movies in the Park and More Fun June Events in Belton-Temple

May 31, 2019 
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Get your friends together for the 5th annual Battle of the Food Trucks. Hosted at the Killeen Community Center, you can enjoy over 75 vendors, live music, along with activities and entertainment. Watch as your favorite trucks compete for awards in Best Dish, Best Truck Presentation and the People’s Choice Award categories. So come ready to try some of the best flavors of the area!

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Fun June Events with Unique Austin Flair

May 31, 2019 
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The St. Stephen’s Summer Creative Writing Workshop is a week-long course of study designed to give young writers an opportunity to acquire and develop skills in the craft of fiction writing. Each day, campers will engage in lessons on subjects like plot, style, point-of-view, and character development; listen to craft-talks and lectures given by visiting authors from the Austin area; participate in guided writing time aimed to help them generate and revise content; and share their written work with other campers and instructors.

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May Outdoor Fun in Temple and Belton

May 8, 2019 
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Get up close and personal with the latest research and agricultural technology. Join the Texas A&M AgriLife Blackland Research & Extension Center during their annual Farm and Field Day. With local experts on hand, you can learn about the latest in precision agriculture, conservation, grazing animal nutrition and more. This event is free and open to the public.

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Spring is in Full Swing in Corpus Christi

May 8, 2019 
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A highlight of springtime in South Texas is birdwatching. If you are looking for a great way to see some of the many species who call our area home you will want to join the guided bird walk at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve. Guides will help you spot and identify species of birds and other local wildlife. You can bring your own binoculars but there will be some on loan during the walk.

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Festival Season Is Upon Us at These San Antonio May Events!

May 6, 2019 Alyssa Smith
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This is the Garden’s 14th semiannual Brews & Blooms event, featuring a casual evening for adults 21 and older. Visit local San Antonio vendors such as Camp Gladiator, Cereal Killer Sweets, and The Best Window Company for information. There will be craft brew sampling, food trucks, live music from StarlighterBand, lawn games, and a Mirror Mirror Photobooth, all set in the gorgeous, flowering Botanical Garden.

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5 April Events in San Antonio

Apr 3, 2019 
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The perfect time of year for the sweet taste of summer berries is happening right now, and the Poteet Strawberry Festival delivers. Show your support for this endangered Texas crop by attending the festival, featuring music, entertainment, and you guessed it - the city’s famous strawberries. Since 1948, Poteet has been attracting visitors from all over, promoting Texas farms and businesses with each bite. Catch the headlining concert as the Randy Rogers Band will perform on Sunday, April 7th.

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5 April Events in Austin

Apr 3, 2019 
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For the 42nd year, The Statesman Capitol 10K Race boasts being the largest 10K in Texas, and one of the top 10 in the whole nation! With 23,265 in attendance in 2018, event planners expect 2019’s outcome to be even larger. Participate in the race, (or cheer on the runners!) all while benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).

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Fiesta De La Flor and so Much More! 5 One of a Kind April Events in Corpus Christi.

Mar 25, 2019 
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A two day festival of music art and more, Fiesta De La Flor is a celebration of the life and legacy of local artist Selena. With over ten musical acts from all over the country music has always been the highlight of the festival. But in addition to music, there are other activities going on the whole weekend that the entire family can enjoy. From the “El Parque” kid zone that features games and activities for kids to the One Person Unites Us panel featuring Suzette Quintanilla and Adrienne Houghton. Tickets are on sale now!

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Meditation, Music and More!

Feb 6, 2019 
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As spring approaches, you might be looking for some ways to take in all that the local area has to offer. From mediation to music and more there is plenty going on in the area this February!

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A Texas Guide to Winter Outdoor Adventures

Dec 12, 2018 Alyssa Smith
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It’s been a season of cozy blankets, sweet treats, and presents galore, but if you’re like us, you’re probably ready for a change of pace. December in Texas is the absolute perfect time to get out of the house and head to a state or national park and hike off those complex carbohydrates. Hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, birding - whatever you’re into, these five beautiful parks located in various cities across the state have just what you need to shake off the craziness of the holidays.

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Growth in Leander is Booming

Dec 7, 2015 
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Leander, a suburb north of Cedar Park, has experienced record-breaking growth over the last few years. Recently named the fourth fastest growing city in Texas by the U.S. Census Report, Leander is showing no signs of slowing its growth anytime soon.

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