The Robert J Fischer Team Blog

You may have just been looking for fun things to do in Round Rock or Austin because you’re new in town, or you may have actually been looking for real estate updates. Regardless, we’re glad you have come to our blog and hope that these help you along the way as a buyer, a seller, a realtor professional, or just someone looking for some fun in the city!

Sept. 9, 2022

Our Top 3 Pumpkin Patches Around Austin

The football season is finally here! It's time to sport those team colors and enjoy game-day all season long! If you're seeking a watch party for your Alma mater or NFL team, we've rounded up a list of local places all around ATX that are definitely worth checking out. Enjoy sitting back, relaxing and cheering for your favorite team!

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Posted in Austin, TX, Fun Things!
Sept. 8, 2022

The Best Local Spots to Watch College + Pro Football

The football season is finally here! It's time to sport those team colors and enjoy game-day all season long! If you're seeking a watch party for your Alma mater or NFL team, we've rounded up a list of local places all around ATX that are definitely worth checking out. Enjoy sitting back, relaxing and cheering for your favorite team!

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Sept. 1, 2022

Local Fun for Labor Day Weekend

Your Guide to Having Fun this Labor Day Weekend!

Check out these awesome local events:

 

Kyle Pie in the Sky Day Celebration

Join the Pie Capital of Texas this Labor Day Weekend for entertainment for the whole family! Vendor market, great live music, kids' play area AND tethered hot air balloon rides! Pie festivities will include a pie baking contest, pie eating contests, pie vendors (sweet & savory), and more.

Entry is FREE. Tethered hot air balloon rides and the vendors market charge independently.

When: Saturday, Sept. 3rd: 12-8 PM

Where: Gregg-Clarke Park -- 1231 W Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640

More Info Here

 

Round Rock's Labor Day Concert

A free Labor Day Concert featuring the Blues Crawlers and the Classic Hiphop Live! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy this fun and FREE concert on the lawn provided by the AFM of Austin. Don't miss the face painting, balloons and food trucks!

When: Monday, Sept. 5th: 6:00 PM

Where: Centennial Plaza -- 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock, TX 78664

More Info Here

 

Make a Splash

Temperatures are cooling ever so slightly, but it's still the perfect time to cool off and make a splash! There are plenty of local swimming spots to enjoy being a part of Central Tx. Check out our list of popular swimming holes!

More Info Here

 

Family Kite Festival

Head over to Jester King Brewery for a kite festival! Bring your best kites to fly from 11 AM until it gets dark. Meet up in the pasture at 2 PM for fun contests and prizes. If you don't have a kite, they'll have paper kites you can purchase and decorate. They'll also have face painting at 12 PM and a bouncy house. Listen to live music and enjoy goat experiences all day! Yes, we said GOATS!

When: Sunday, Sept. 4th: 11 AM

Where: Jester King Brewery -- 13187 Fitzhugh Rd, Austin, TX 78736

More Info Here

 

All Day Happy Hour

Kick back, relax, and enjoy the day with $1 off pints and wine at The Good Lot--a family-friendly beer garden in Cedar Park! Their guest vendor Topp Dawg will be selling delicious specialty hot dogs. The Good Lot is the perfect spot where the whole family can get out of the house and have fun together!

 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

31 W Cter Street, Kyle, TX 78640

Aug. 26, 2022

Free Round Rock Shredding Event

Shredding Event

Free Round Rock, TX Shredding Event with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Our FREE shredding event is coming up and we will be at a NEW location!

We will be hosting this event in the Dell Diamond parking lot. There will be plenty of parking spaces, and by submitting your RSVP in advance, we will be able to provide plenty of shredding truck resources in order to accommodate the large and fantastic responses we are seeing from our community in regards to our shredding events. 

We are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County to raise much needed monetary and tangible donations to help them further their amazing work here in our community!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Event Details:

- Date: September 24, 2022
- Time: 9AM-11AM OR UNTIL THE TRUCK IS FULL
- Location: The Dell Diamond Parking Lot (Get Directions) - 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd. Round Rock, TX 78665

See below the list of highly-requested tangible items that would make for great donations to Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County!

- Work Gloves
- Hand Tools
- Rakes
- Paint Brushes

Please NO large/bulky items (such as furniture, appliances, etc.)

 

THANK YOU!

 

Aug. 25, 2022

Have You Seen This Investment Opportunity Near Samsung?

 

Investment Opportunity
We have an investment opportunity for brand new duplexes being built near the Samsung plant. There are only 5 left and there is nothing like this in the area! This is great news for development in Taylor and we are excited to bring this opportunity to our investors!
Please contact us for more information: 512-537-4977
Samsung
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We often have several great investor deals we send out to our investor list.

Are you an investor? Know of an investor we should connect with?

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Aug. 17, 2022

Back-to-School Tips for an Organized School Year

Back to School Tips

The School Year is Already Here

It's time to pack those lunches and backpacks, set our alarms and get back into a routine for the new school year! Going back to school is an exciting time, but it can also be hectic and busy with homework, projects, sports, activities and so much more. We've got easy steps to keep your new routine not only organized but FUN!

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Treat Your Kiddos (& Yourself)

With all of the busyness that a new school year brings, why not have an occasional treat ready for everyone?! Try your hand at homemade cookies that can quickly be popped in the oven during homework time. This is such a great way to make an every-day afternoon exciting--especially after a long day. Pro-tip: make the cookie dough ahead of time and keep it in the freezer for easy access and baking!

Click here for the best chocolate chip cookies! 

 

Not enough time to bake? No problem! The goal is to keep this fun for everyone. Pick up some unique treats from a local bakery or your grocery store and stash them so it's a surprise! Your family will enjoy this pick-me-up no matter how it's done. 

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Have a Command Center

In need of everyone's schedules and tasks all in one place? A command center is the perfect solution! One easy trick is to simply start with a large calendar. We love the idea of using a dry-erase calendar so you can reuse and customize it! Try hanging it in a clutter-free zone with plenty of space so you can add a mail organizer, clipboards for each kiddo, appointment lists and whatever else you need!

Here are some of our favorites:

Utilizing the wall space near your fridge is perfect for easy accessibility. You can event add drop-boxes for various papers and artwork!

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Designate An Area For Meal Planning

Having a meal-planning schedule can help save SO much time! It's go-time after school if your kiddos are involved with extra curricular activities and you'll thank yourself when you already have a ready-to-go dish for dinner! Try using a printable menu or list before grocery shopping for planning out those recipes. Once you know your go-to meals, make a couple over the weekend and freeze them for easy access!

Try this notepad from Recipes To The Rescue! This is a great option if you don't want to use a dry erase board or mess with printing a schedule. Their notepad also features a detachable grocery list for portability and ease! (We LOVE that).

Whichever schedule system you choose, make sure to incorporate it in your command center so everyone knows what to expect and can plan accordingly.

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Set Up Your Entryway For Success

Check out our blog post for tons of entryway + mudroom inspiration HERE!

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Clear Your Car & Closets

Having organized spaces throughout your home makes your routine a lot easier to follow! Now that the Fall season is just around the corner, it's a great time to clear the clutter in places like your closet. It's recommended to do so at each seasonal transition. Donate your clothes to local thrift stores or trade them in for cash! 

Last but not least, clearing out your car will make the back-school-season even better! From snacks to muddy shoes, it's a great idea to routinely clean and organize you vehicle for peace of mind. Sure, it may get messy next week--but consistently adding this to your routine will be easier to maintain than doing a major deep-clean in a couple months.

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To all of our teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and students, the RJF team wishes you a wonderful and successful 2022-2023 school year!!

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Aug. 3, 2022

Entryway and Mudroom Ideas For Back-to-School Organization

Entryway, Utility Room, Drop-Zone

What do all of these have in common? They're the designated spot in our home where all of our "stuff" ends up at the end of the day. Shoes (so many shoes), backpacks, jackets, purses, and so much more! With summer coming to an end and school starting up, now is the perfect time to have a system in place so you can easily clear the clutter--even when life gets busy! Whether you don't have much space, need to use your garage, or have space in your utility room we're sharing plenty of ideas to transform your space and get the well-designed look you desire!

 

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Before You Start

The secret to staying organized is making it easy on everyone to repeat the process daily. If your kiddos don't normally bring their shoes and backpacks to the front door, it may be more challenging to keep that new routine in place. Keep it simple and start where everything naturally collects. If everyone's drop zone is by the garage or utility room, that's the perfect place to begin! Keeping things familiar will help everyone maintain organization.

 

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Working With A Small Space?

Not to worry! Maximizing the space you have is what organizing is all about! No need for a massive utility room or large entryway! If your floor plan is tight on space, there are plenty of ideas to achieve organization that still matches your style. One great place to start is by selecting individual pieces that fulfill a specific need. 

We love the idea of hiding your things in plain sight! Find a stylish cabinet that does't actually look like a shoe cabinet so shoes can be neatly tucked away. If your hallway or entryway is narrow, there are plenty of options at a place like Ikea. Their Hemnes Shoe Cabinet is a great example of how functionality can meet style. Even better, it isn't too big, AND there's still room for a lamp or other decor on top!

Once you've chosen the main piece for storage, you can tie it all together with other organizational items. Hang a mirror above the shoe cabinet or bench, use floating shelves for baskets, hang a coat rack like this one from West Elm, hang backpacks at a lower height for easy accessibility, and finally--add a rug that matches your style to finish it off!

Photo credits--Top: West Elm, Middle: 600sqft, Bottom: Momtastic

 

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All-In-One Options:

Are you more interested in the locker/cubby look and want everything all-in-one? There are plenty of options to meet your needs too! Simply search for a "hall tree" and you'll find a great selection of sizes and customizable choices that are also aesthetically pleasing!

This beautiful hall tree from Wayfair is a great option if you're not wanting to shop for individual pieces or hang individual storage items. This all-in-one approach will serve your organizational needs while still being budget friendly. The top shelf is perfect to place baskets for smaller items, the pre-installed hooks are great for hanging jackets and backpacks, and we love the individual drawers to conceal all of your shoes!

Want to take it up a notch? This hall tree from Home Depot will blend in perfectly if you have white walls and will certainly bring the much-desired mudroom look to your space! Our favorite features with this option are the individual cabinets that act as lockers, AND the chalkboard panels for simple personalization. This piece also comes with individual drawers and cubbies on top. 

 

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Customize Your Garage

Does utilizing your garage space make more sense? Check out these effective ideas to bring aesthetic and tidiness to an unexpected place!

 

Too many shoes to count? Keeping them on a designated garage shelf is the perfect idea! One thing we love about using your garage as a drop-zone is that it's usually the main entrance families use at their homes. As soon as everyone is out of the car, their shoes can be put up, along with anything else they have!

Don't have as many things to store away? Keep it simple by hanging a cubby with built-in hooks and add a bench! The cubbies are perfect for baskets and bins and keep things separated for each family member.

Photo credits--First: Simply Organized, Second: The Pragmatic Parent

 

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Personalize It

Perhaps the best and most fun step is to personalize whichever option works best for you and your space! Whether you've customized your entryway/garage with individual pieces, chosen a beautiful and functional hall tree, or you already have a built-in mudroom--making it personal to your family is what's most important. Add your kiddo's names, family photos, and even your own personal flare with varying colors and texture. Check out these inspo photos to enhance your space even more!

Photo credits--First: Home Depot, Second: Fennel Seeds, Third: DIY Huntress, Fourth: Style Me Pretty

 

Happy organizing!

 

Check out our other blog posts for home tips and more: RJF Home Tips

 

 

July 4, 2022

7 Reasons To Live In Teravista, Round Rock

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Just north of Austin, Texas, lies a desirable master-planned community called Teravista.  The ground was broken on the first home in 2001; now, Teravista has 3600 homes on 1500 acres.  Most of the homes are within the boundaries of the city of Round Rock, but some are also located within the boundaries of Georgetown as well. The city of Round Rock has been ranked as a top American small city.  

Located in the Texas Hill Country, Teravista is a very popular community to live in due to its beautiful homes, panoramic views, and abundant amenities.  The neighborhood is a repeated winner of the “Community of the Year” awards given out by the Home Builders Association of Austin and the Austin Business Journal.  

Built on the Balcones Escarpment, the area offers hilly terrain with higher and lower elevations.  One can see for miles from Teravista.  Families love the spacious homes and easy access to exemplary schools. Commuters love the quick access to highways.  It’s close enough to Austin to take advantage of all the big city has to offer but far enough away to feel the peacefulness of the outer suburbs.

Teravista is a sought-after neighborhood for many reasons.

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Posted in Round Rock, Teravista
May 27, 2022

11 Most Important Home Staging Tips for the Kitchen

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When it comes to home staging, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms to focus on. Often the heart of the home, and it's where you'll spend a lot of time cooking and relaxing, the kitchen can easily be the deciding factor between a buyer putting in an offer or deciding to pass.

With more and more buyers looking for "move-in" ready properties, a dated kitchen screams costly and time-consuming renovations. Before you throw your hands up in frustration - there are plenty of ways that sellers can address their kitchens, ensuring a speedy and profitable sale.

Here are 11 tips for staging your kitchen like a pro!

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Posted in For Sellers
April 24, 2022

The 9 Best Suburbs Of Austin, Texas To Call Home

The 9 Best Suburbs of Austin, Texas To Call Home

Are you considering a move to the Austin area, but don't know which suburb is right for you? Don't worry – we're here to help! In this blog post, we'll introduce you to 12 of the best suburbs of Austin. Each one has its own unique charm and personality, so read on to find the perfect fit for you. 

Austin is the state capital of Texas and the 11th-most populous city in the United States. Austin has long been known as a center for music and culture, and it hosts a vibrant live music scene with more than 250 music venues. The city is also home to many iconic landmarks, including the State Capitol, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.

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