Resourceful Real Estate 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!

Feb. 1, 2023

Power Outages: Safety Precautions and Staying Warm

What to Do First

  1. Check your breakers (if you can do so safely). The outage may exist only in your home or business due to a blown fuse or tripped circuit.
  2. If you've checked and your breakers are still without power, report the outage to your electric company:
  3. Stay indoors if at all possible. There may be downed power lines nearby. Stay at least 35 feet away from any downed lines, and never remove tree limbs that are touching or near a downed wire.

During a Freeze

  • Stay Warm: 
    • Wearing layers will help retain your body heat.
    • Get under some blankets and hang dark blankets over windows to draw more heat from sunlight. They can reduce the amount of heat that escapes through your windows.
    • Close off unneeded rooms.
    • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under exterior doors.
  • Stay Safe:
    • Never leave space heaters, heating pads, and electric blankets unattended while in use.
    • Do not heat your house with a gas oven, gas generator or camping stove.
    • Never burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented, and do not burn paper in a fireplace.
    • Check that all carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms are working.
    • Keep heat sources, like space heaters, at least 3 feet away from drapes, furniture, bedding, or anything combustible.

Keeping Food Cold

  • Home refrigerators can keep food cold enough for a day or two without power.
  • Keep refrigerator/freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • Add snow/ice from outside if it starts to thaw.

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Jan. 30, 2023

Freeze Forecast: How to Protect Your Home

Protect Your Home From Freezing Temps With These Tips

 

Pipes


 

  • Keep water moving and drip your faucets, especially those facing exterior walls! This will help prevent pipes from freezing. Be sure to do this on both sides (a little bit of hot and cold).
  • Open cabinet doors to plumbing to keep pipes warm
  • Disconnect and drain all garden hoses.
  • Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
  • Turn off your sprinkler system.
  • Closing garage doors will help keep cold air out and can protect plumbing fixtures in your garage.
  • Know where your water meter is and have necessary tools (large crescent wrench or pair of pliers) ready in the event of a burst pipe. 

Pool


 

  • Keep your pool pump continuously running when temperatures remain close to freezing. As long as water moves through the pipes, it wont freeze.
  • Cover pump equipment with a styrofoam "tent" or box for insulation.
  • Put the pool cover on so any sun will insulate and keep it warm.
  • Contact your pool professional for further tips or advice if needed.

Plants


 

  • Bring potted plants indoors.
  • Cover your plants with lightweight, breathable and insulating materials: straw, bubble wrap, blankets, bed sheets, towels, newspaper.

Staying Safe While Staying Warm


 

  • Close off unneeded rooms.
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under exterior doors.
  • Never leave space heaters, heating pads, and electric blankets unattended while in use.
  • To avoid injury/illness, never heat your house with a gas oven or burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented. Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Check that all carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms are working.
  • Keep heat sources, like space heaters, at least 3 feet away from drapes, furniture or bedding.
  • For more, visit austinenergy.com

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Robert J Fischer Team is comprised of specialists, who all focus on what they do best and work together to make the home selling and buying processes as smooth as possible. Each member of our team fights every day to help our clients meet their real estate goals and do what is best for their families. Whether you’re looking to sell a house, an office building, or hundreds of acres, we would love the opportunity to talk with you about putting our best-in-class marketing solutions and services to work for you.

        A local Round Rock, TX real estate agent is          ready to help you find your new home!

Jan. 25, 2023

What Is a Homestead Exemption and How Do You Apply?

Texas Homestead Exemption

What is a homestead exemption? 

To put it simply, it's a property tax exemption that removes part of your home's value from taxation to lower your taxes. A homestead exemption can potentially help you save thousands--all by lowering your tax bill on your primary residence.

"Say your home is appraised at $300,000, and you qualify for a $40,000 exemption (this is the amount mandated for school districts), you will pay taxes on the home as if it was worth only $260,000."

What homestead exemptions are available?

  • School Taxes: All residence homestead owners are allowed a $40,000 residence homestead exemption from their home's value for school taxes.
  • County Taxes: If a county collects a special tax for farm-to-market roads or flood control, a residence homestead is allowed to receive a $3,000 exemption for this tax. If the county grants an optional exemption for homeowners age 65 or older or disabled, the owners will receive only the local-option exemption.
  • Age 65 Or Older & Disabled Exemptions: Individuals age 65 or older or disabled residence homestead owners qualify for a $10,000 residence homestead exemption for school taxes, in addition to the $40,000 exemption for all homeowners. If the owner qualifies for both the $10,000 exemption for age 65 or older homeowners and the $10,000 exemption for disabled homeowners, the owner must choose one or the other for school taxes. The owner cannot receive both exemptions.

Check out your county's appraisal district for more exemptions you potentially qualify for.

What are the requirements to apply?

You must be an individual homeowner (not a corporation or other business entity), occupy your home, and use the home as your primary residence. Note: All required documents, such as a copy of your driver's license, will need to match the address of the residence you're applying for. (Update your DL address ASAP!).

How/when do you apply?

Ideally, you should file as soon as you move into the home. It is prorated in the year you purchased, so it could save you some money to file it immediately. Be sure to file in the county where your homestead is located by visiting the links below.

The completed application and required documentation are due no later than April 30th of the tax year you're applying for. 

Travis County-

https://traviscad.org/homesteadexemptions

Williamson County-

https://www.wcad.org/forms-and-applications/

Bastrop County-

https://bastropcad.org/before-you-continue-hs/

Hays County-

https://hayscad.com/forms/

Burnet County-

http://www.burnet-cad.org/index.php/Forms

Llano County-

https://llanocad.net/forms/

Bell County-

https://bellcad.org/most-frequently-requested-forms/

 

We're happy to answer any questions you may have on this process. Give us a call or email us today! 

512-537-4977

info@rjfteam.com

 

Jan. 7, 2023

2023 Resolutions? Check Out These Local Businesses and Organizations Around Austin

Here's to making 2023 the best year yet! These local businesses and organizations around Austin will help you meet those New Year resolutions! From new gyms, restaurants, to volunteer opportunities, and more, you'll find just what you need. Happy New Year from all of us at The RJF Team!

 

Check-in and tag us on social media - @rjfteam

Fitness


 

Inspire Fitness

Cedar Park

All trainers are also certified nutritionists. They focus on both exercise and diet/nutrition to create a whole-body approach to fitness.

Austin Yoga Tree

Austin

They're hosting a FREE yoga week from Jan. 9th-15th! Classes are beginner friendly, and no experience is required to participate.

Anthony Medical & Chiropractic Center

Georgetown

Offers a variety of chiropractic care services as well as physical therapy and massage therapy. Treat migraines, to sports injuries, and other areas of pain.

 

Eating Right


 

Meal Proz

Round Rock

Healthy, pre-packaged meals perfect for people wanting to eat healthy that don't have the time or knowledge for meal prep. Clean eating made fresh for you!

Ziki

Georgetown

A health-conscious, Greek restaurant featuring a twist on burritos, bowls, salads, and more with locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Northside Nutrition

Cedar Park

Protein shakes, energizing "loaded tea" filled with vitamins, smoothie bowls, and healthy snacks.

 

Getting Involved


 

Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Sacred Heart Community Clinic

Circle of Hope Community Center

Pflugerville-based Backpack Friends

Central Texas Food Bank

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Jan. 4, 2023

January 2023 Free Shredding Event

FREE Community Shredding Event with Round Rock Area Serving Center in January 2023

Our next FREE Community Shredding Event!

Get ready for our next free community shredding event happening in January 2023! We will be partnering with the Round Rock Area Serving Center to raise some much-needed monetary and tangible canned/dry good donations!

Date: Thursday, January 26th , 2023
Time: 3PM-6PM
Location: The Fellowship Round Rock (West Parking Lot)

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW TO ATTEND OUR FREE SHREDDING EVENT!

Here are some of the highly-requested items that the RRASC would benefit from!

  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Beans
    • Ranch Style
    • Baked Beans
    • Green Beans
    • Black Beans
    • Pork 'n Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Tuna
  • Canned Fruit Cocktail
  • Cereal
  • Tomato Sauce 
  • Pasta
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Soups
  • Top Ramen
  • Shampoo & Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Diapers

 

Dec. 30, 2022

New Year's Eve Austin 2023 - Events and Fireworks

 

Ready to ring in the new year with fun and fireworks?! These events are perfect whether you're looking for a date night out OR family friendly celebrations. We hope you have a safe and fantastic New Year's Eve - cheers to 2023!!

 

Kalahari Resort's New Year's Eve Grand Buffet

Dec. 31st: 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Enjoy a feast complete with all the traditional fare of prime rib carving and oysters, along with many chilled and hot enhancements. If you purchase tickets to the buffet, your entry into the family-friendly glow party is free!

 

Monster Mini Golf

Dec. 31st: Noon - 5:00 pm

Monster Mini Golf will host a countdown even open to all ages! The 18-hole monster-themed black light mini golf course will count down to the new year every hour, on the hour (so unique!!). Adults: $12, Children: $10.

 

Celebrate All Night Long at Auditorium Shores

Dec. 31st: 6:00 pm - midnight

Check out Austin's famous annual New Year's Eve party at Auditorium Shores! This family event will have musical entertainment across three different stages, food trucks, kids activities, and fireworks at midnight.

 

Bob Schneider's Spectacular Party

Dec. 31st: 8:00 pm - midnight

Party in the glittering-gold Paramount Theatre! See Bob Schneider and his opening acts, Primo the Alien and Big Skinny, for a spectacular night of music that you can't help but dance to. This show and party combo is the best way to see 2022 out in style ($35+)

 

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Robert J Fischer Team is comprised of specialists, who all focus on what they do best and work together to make the home selling and buying processes as smooth as possible. Each member of our team fights every day to help our clients meet their real estate goals and do what is best for their families. Whether you’re looking to sell a house, an office building, or hundreds of acres, we would love the opportunity to talk with you about putting our best-in-class marketing solutions and services to work for you.

        A local Round Rock, TX real estate agent is          ready to help you find your new home!

Posted in Austin, TX, Fun Things!
Dec. 16, 2022

Your Going Out Guide: December 16th-18th

Christmas Break Starts Soon - Time To Celebrate!

 

School's out for...Christmas break! We can't believe it either. What better way to celebrate a special time together than checking out this weekend's family-fun-filled events?! We hope this time of year brings you and your loved ones joy, peace, and holiday cheer!!

 

Round Rock


 

Holiday Model Train Exhibit (FREE)

Dec.16th: 2:00 - 7:00 pm

Round Rock Community Choir Holiday Concert (FREE)

Dec. 17th: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Round Rock Car Show (FREE)

Dec. 17th: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Austin


 

A Sherlock Holmes Christmas

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 5:00 pm

Ice Rink At The Long Center

All weekend!

Peppermint Parkway

Now through December 30th

Hutto/Pflugerville


 

Ornament Craft Night

Dec. 16th: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Movie On Main: Elf (FREE)

Dec. 16th: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Hutto Silos Farmers Market

Dec. 18th: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Georgetown


 

Ornament Decorating Party

Dec. 17th: 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Charcuterie Board Crafting Class

Dec. 17th: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Flashlight Ornament Hunt (Adults Only, 21+)

Dec. 17th: 6:15 pm

Cedar Park/Leander


 

Go Games 360

All weekend! (tabletop games, video games, and physical games--perfect for the whole family)

A Christmas Carol by Way Off Broadway Community Players

All weekend!

Cedar Park Christmas Market

Dec. 17th: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Austin


 

A Sherlock Holmes Christmas

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 5:00 pm

Ice Rink At The Long Center

All weekend!

Peppermint Parkway

Now through December 30th

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Robert J Fischer Team is comprised of specialists, who all focus on what they do best and work together to make the home selling and buying processes as smooth as possible. Each member of our team fights every day to help our clients meet their real estate goals and do what is best for their families. Whether you’re looking to sell a house, an office building, or hundreds of acres, we would love the opportunity to talk with you about putting our best-in-class marketing solutions and services to work for you.

        A local Round Rock, TX real estate agent is          ready to help you find your new home!

Posted in Events, Fun Things!
Dec. 10, 2022

Your Going Out Guide: December 10th-11th

Don't Miss These Local Events This Weekend!

 

Looking to plan a date night, go out with friends, or for local family fun? We've gathered a list of events just for you! Take the stress out of planning, and visit one (or more!) of these awesome places. We hope you enjoy!

 

Round Rock


 

Hometown Holidays

December 10th: 6:00 - 8:30 pm

A Vintage Christmas (FREE)

December 11th: 3:00 pm

Hutto/Pflugerville


 

Hutto Silos Farmers Market

December 11th: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Georgetown


 

Flashlight Ornament Hunt (Adults Only, 21+)

December 10th: 6:15 pm

Holiday Home Tour

December 11th: Noon - 5:00 pm

Cedar Park


 

Jingle Jam Concert

December 11th: 5:30 - 11 pm

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Robert J Fischer Team is comprised of specialists, who all focus on what they do best and work together to make the home selling and buying processes as smooth as possible. Each member of our team fights every day to help our clients meet their real estate goals and do what is best for their families. Whether you’re looking to sell a house, an office building, or hundreds of acres, we would love the opportunity to talk with you about putting our best-in-class marketing solutions and services to work for you.

        A local Round Rock, TX real estate agent is          ready to help you find your new home!

Posted in Events, Fun Things!
Dec. 2, 2022

Spacious Mayfield Ranch Home for Lease

Stunning & Spacious Mayfield Ranch Home For Lease

4 bedroom (including study) and 2.5 bathroom home with 3,200 sq. ft. of living space is available for lease in Mayfield Ranch! Available starting 12/1/2022. Tile throughout, carpet in bedrooms. All bedrooms including the 4th bedroom/office are downstairs. Spacious Game Room/ Flex Space upstairs. Open kitchen to the breakfast area and family room with a fireplace. Vaulted ceilings in the master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom which includes split vanities and garden tub. Great schools nearby including the IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME! New Tenant will supply own washer/dryer and refrigerator. Pet Policy: no cats, no pit bulls. One dog under 15lbs fully-grown welcome. One-time, non refundable pet fee of $250.00. A $25.00 reoccurring monthly pet rent will be added to monthly rent. Other Restrictions: No smoking or vaping allowed.

For more info on pricing or to schedule a visit, call the Robert J Fischer Team at 512-537-4977.

Home for Lease in Mayfield Ranch 

 

Nov. 16, 2022

Serve Day at Community First! Village in Austin, Tx

"The main difference between becoming homeless or not really has to do with a support system"

-- Community First! Village --

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Posted in Austin, TX, East Austin