Y’all! It is summer in Texas and its going to be a scorcher (like always!) Thank goodness Texas has some of the best swimming holes around to catch a break from the brutal summer heat.
Whether you’re new to the area or you’re a creature of habit and frequent the same watering holes each summer, I’ve compiled a list of the best places around.
Hamilton Pool Preserve (Dripping Springs)
Hamilton Pool one of Texans’ favorite swimming holes. You’ll need a reservation and make sure to book in advanced because they book up fast. With the gorgeous jade green water and cascading waterfalls, this is one of the most serene places to cool off this summer. However, swimming is not guaranteed with your reservation and swimming is currently not allowed but is
Mother's Day is just around the corner and we have some suggestions to help you celebrate your mom or another great mom in your life. We have compiled a list of local restaurants and venues offering something special for Mother's Day.
|Saturday May 13th|
Greater Goods Roasting Co.
Mother's Day Brunch + Gift market 12:00-3:00
*Find tickets here
|Sunday May 14th|
Treaty Oak Brewing and Distilling
Live music-Ann Wade Band
Brunch |Link below for menu |
Yoga | Nectar Flow Yoga |12:30 | 45 min | $12 |
Manicures | Pedi God Mother's | $15 |
Makeup, lashes +more | Make the Rest up | Book ahead here |
Shopping | Pink and Silver Boutique | Treaty Oak Gift Shop |
|Downtown Dripping Springs| Mercer Street| Old Fitzhugh|
Next Thursday is First Thursday in Dripping Springs! Come let your hair down and enjoy all of the fun and activities downtown Drippin' has to offer. There will be live music, shopping, food + drinks, and activities that the whole family can enjoy. The fun kicks off at 5:00 and goes until 9:00. Hope to see y'all out there!
Surveys can be pricey and seemingly unnecessary. But the thing about property line disputes is that they can crop up at the most inconvenient times—and you don’t want to be caught off guard when they do.
Maybe you loved the winding, tree-lined driveway. But until you had a survey done, you had no idea the driveway crossed over the neighbor’s lawn. That means any improvements you want to make might be impossible, or you might end up in a drawn-out legal dispute with your neighbors.
2. Prior claims history
Previous owners might have ruined your chances of buying your dream home. A long history of insurance claims can render a home uninsurable, making it a risky purchase. (Or even an impossible one, depending on your lender.)
So in case you’re harboring some heebie-jeebies, here are some of home buyers’ top concerns—tackled head on so you know what you’re really dealing with.
Fear No. 1: ‘I’m afraid I can’t afford a home’
Some house hunters are possessed by worries that their entire savings account will get sucked into a black hole if they buy. Then they’ll never be able to afford vacations, or new clothes, or food beyond beans and rice or mac ‘n cheese ever again.
The reality: Depending on what and where you’re buying, you’re not likely to drain your savings account, according to Bill Golden of RE/MAX Metro Atlanta Cityside. “There are many loan programs out there that can help first-time home buyers with down payment assistance,” says Golden, “or that don’t require
Check your credit score. Get a copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com. The three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) are each required to give you a free credit report once a year. Avoid last-minute bombshells by checking your score long before you’re ready to make an offer. And work diligently to correct any mistakes.
Determine how much you can afford. Lenders look for a total debt load of no more than 43% of your gross monthly income (called the debt-to-income ratio). This figure includes your future mortgage and any other debts, such as a car loan, student loan, or revolving credit cards.
Make a down payment plan. Most conventional mortgages require a 20% down payment. If you can swing it, do it.
AUSTIN, Texas – August 18, 2016 – Single-family home sales volume declined in the Central Texas area for the second time in 2016, according to the July 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Across the Central Texas region, 4,230 single-family homes were sold in July 2016, a decrease of 3.1 percent compared to July 2015.
“When it comes to sales volume, we’ve grown very used to seeing year-over-year increases every single month, but it’s important to remember that 2015 had the strongest summer selling season in the region’s history,” said Aaron Farmer, 2016 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®. “The value of Central Texas real estate has continued to increase, which is good news for homeowners, but those
With the official start of summer comes a new report from the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) that outlines the state of our increasingly hot Austin housing market.
Released on June 21st, ABoR’s May 2016 report compared single-family home statistics year-over-year across Central Texas counties. In the Austin area, the median price for single-family homes increased 5 percent to $288,085, and over 2,900 homes were sold, a 10 percent increase from May 2015. In Austin proper, the median home price is now a whopping $355,000.
One of the more shocking statistics is the 21 percent increase in pending sales (3,297 total) for home listings on the market in Austin. Double-digit gains in pending sales were also consistent across the 18-county Central Texas
Sky Cinemas will be the anchor tenant of the Belterra Village center at the corner of highway 290 and Nutty Brown. Crescent Communities and partner Endeavor Real Estate Group announce Belterra Village's newest anchor tenants. The 90 acre mixed use development will bring a variety of dining, entertainment, and neighborhood retailers to the southwest corner of Hwy 290 and Nutty Brown Road.
Belterra Village will feature the first Sky Cinemas, a 14-screen movie theater from the creators of Violet Crown Cinema. Sky cinemas will offer fresh, local food and beverages, with an emphasis on family-friendly fare. The wide menu includes are variety of regional beers and wines by the glass. Refreshments can be enjoyed in the dining area, the outdoor beer
In a nutshell, a mortgage pre-approval is written assurance from a lender or broker that you’re able to borrow money to purchase a home up to a certain amount. It’s based on the income, employment and asset documentation you supply at the time of application, in conjunction with your credit history.
1. It carries more weight than a “pre-qualification”.
A pre-approval differs from a pre-qualification. With the former, the lender has actually checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific loan amount (usually for a particular time period such as 30, 60 or 90 days). A pre-qualification can be useful as an estimate of how much you can afford to spend on your home, but it’s a less accurate