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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!

May 14, 2021

Interest Rates - May 2021

The Latest on Interest Rates - May 14, 2021
As of May 12, the newest inflation data came out and was higher than expected and what we have been seeing in recent months. This implies that prices are also increasing at a faster rate  than expected. The Federal Reserve has held the stance that inflation has remained steady, and due to that reason, they have been able to keep the federal funds rate low. Everyone will be watching to see if the Federal Reserve changes their stance on keeping rates where they are at. If the Fed hints that inflation is increasing faster than expected, there is a chance they will have to raise the federal funds rate sooner than anticipated. All of that is to show that there is potential that this will impact mortgage interest rates. 
Currently, rates appear to be remaining at near all-time lows, with the average 30 year note at 3.09% and a 15 year note at 2.39%. If you currently are or have recently considered purchasing a home, these are likely some of the lowest rates we will see for quite a while. Our team is equipped and eager to serve you and your real estate needs. We have been successful and aggressive with serving our clients to ensure that they get into the home of their dreams at a great price. 
For more questions on this or to see how we can get you in contact with one of our preferred lenders, give our office a call at 512-537-4977 today.
May 13, 2021

New HEB at Wolf Lakes Village

Georgetown City Council Approves Design Amendment to Accommodate for new H-E-B at Wolf Lakes Village

Georgetown City Council approved a zoning map amendment on May 11 that would allow for additional flexibility in design to accommodate for new H-E-B at Wolf Lakes Village.

The request for the amendment was made due to site design standards that make the design of a big-box type of retail building difficult, Georgetown Planning Director Sofia Nelson said.

“The original [Wolf Lakes Village planned unit development] had the store facing north and the parking field internal to the development. The amendments turn the store so that it faces West University [Avenue] instead," said Jared O’Brien, director of real estate for H-E-B. “We were very concerned about traffic issues and ingress and egress issues that a north facing store would create. From a branding perspective, it works much better for H-E-B to have a south-facing store, and the parking lot becomes much more functional.”

The amendment will allow for the Wolf Lakes Village PUD to provide additional flexibility as the project moves from conceptional planning and entitlements to side design, Nelson said.

With the passing of this amendment, the PUD will be able to revise the terms for architectural design, street character zones, open spaces and amenities, parking lots, utility screening, signage and terms for modification, Nelson said.

The Wolf Lakes Village PUD is located on the north side of W. University Avenue between I-35 and Wolf Ranch Parkway.

Figueroa, Fernanda. “Georgetown City Council Approves Design Amendment to Accommodate for New H-E-B at Wolf Lakes Village.” Community Impact Newspaper, 12 May 2021.

 

Article sourced from the Community Impact Newspaper. Read the full article HERE.

Posted in Georgetown
May 13, 2021

New Hutto Community

New Hutto Community to Feature nearly 1,000 lots; Dedicated Elementary School Site 

A new neighborhood in Hutto is slated to have nearly 1,000 homes and feature larger lot sizes.

Following Hutto City Council's May 6 approval to annex 456.753 acres of land to create the Lakeside Municipal Utility District No. 9, school district boundary lines still need to be finalized.

The new neighborhood is planned near the Williamson County and Travis County lines, south and east of The Lookout at Brushy Creek neighborhood, and east of where Rowe Lane currently ends. The purpose of the annexation agreement, which swaps a comparable-sized parcel of Hutto land with the city of Pflugerville in its extraterritorial jurisdiction, was for a Hutto ISD and Pflugerville ISD boundary exchange to make the whole community part of Hutto ISD.

Matt Tiemann, Tiemann Land and Cattle Development Inc. development manager, said company officials are working with Hutto and Pflugerville ISDs to finalize the ISD boundary changes.

Both school districts have already given the development firm letters of intent regarding the boundary exchange, he said. The formal documentation is expected to go through in May, and both districts will execute a joint resolution. Tiemann said the boundary exchange should be completed by summer before the 2021-22 school year starts.

Lakeside MUD 9 will offer 998 larger home options on 45-, 55- or 70-foot-wide lots. Homes will range in size from 1,700-4,000 square feet. Tiemann said price ranges are from $350,000-$750,000, but those could change depending upon rising lumber prices and demand.

"It seems like there might be some pent-up demand in Hutto for larger lots," he said. "It's a very homogenous town in terms of house sizing."

Plans for the MUD will include 45 acres dedicated for parkland and a 20-acre lot for a future elementary school site, which the Tiemann group will donate to Hutto ISD.

During the May 6 City Council meeting, Tiemann said the company wanted to start construction as soon as possible.

Cardona, Megan. “Community Impact Newspaper.” 10 May 2021.

Article sourced from the Community Impact Newspaper. Read the article HERE.

Posted in Hutto
April 9, 2021

Earth Day Shred Event With Habitat For Humanity®

Earth Day Shred Event With Habitat For Humanity®

The RJF Team will be at the office on April 22nd from 3PM-6PM with a professional shred truck in the parking lot that can take all of your documents to be shredded. What better way to celebrate Earth day by safely shredding and recycling your documents? Right after tax season and supporting a good cause – this event is going to be a blast.

We are partnering with Habitat for Humanity® in order to collect much needed monetary and tangible donations. For over 20 years, they’ve been serving Williamson County by helping to create and sustain home ownership. Building decent and affordable homes, repairing homes of those who need it, and keeping items such as furniture and appliances out of landfills and in their ReStore locations are just a few of the services they provide.

Help us serve them by coming to our Earth Day Shred Event and consider bringing a monetary donation or new/gently-used item off their list! Every penny counts.

Acceptable Items to Donate:

  • Shovels
  • Yard Rakes
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Garden Hoses
  • Table Top Fans
  • New Work Gloves – All Sizes!
  • Hand Tools
  • 4′ or Greater Lengths of Lumber (no nails)
  • Light Fixtures

Location:

1620 Red Bud Ln.
Round Rock, TX 78664

Date:

April 22nd, 2021

Time:

3PM to 6PM or until the truck is FULL!

Posted in Events & Giveaways
April 9, 2021

30 Businesses in 30 Days Trivia Contest

30 Businesses in 30 Days Trivia Contest

Support our local businesses with our April 2021 Trivia Contest! Every right answer to each of our trivia questions from April 1st to April 30th enters you into our big drawing for $1,500 being given away on May 14th on Facebook LIVE! Each correct guess gets you an entry into our $1,500 and also gives you the chance to get special prizes and promotions from each featured business you guess correctly about. Winner will be announced via Facebook LIVE on May 14th, so be sure to tune in!

Posted in Events & Giveaways
March 11, 2021

The Latest with Interest Rates - March 11, 2021

THIS JUST IN - Over the past three weeks, we’ve seen interest rates rise and then level out just a bit this last week.  The forecast is that rates will remain steady for now, and continue to follow the recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though interest rates have risen some, compared to the astronomical lows we were seeing in December of last year, qualified buyers can still get a great rate and take advantage of the buying power that a lower rate provides.

If you’re in the process of buying a home or are considering buying one, you’ll need to be fully pre-approved.  Our team has several solutions to help buyers get through various multiple offer situations, including an option to turn the majority of our buyers into “cash buyers”.  This gives our buyers a competitive edge when competing in multiple offer situations.  Our various lender partners will always attempt to qualify buyers with personalized and specialized strategies so they can buy non-contingent.  We also have our lenders call the listing agent on the buyer’s behalf to show their strength to ensure they are in top position.  We continually serve our clients and remain aggressive on both the buy and sell side, making sure you are truly taken care of.  In this current market, who you hire as your real estate team matters more than ever.

Don’t make a $30,000 mistake or lose out on your dream home by not having The RJF Team in your corner.

If you are interested in discussing your various real estate needs and how these unprecedented rates could potentially benefit you – fill out our Contact Us Form or give us a call at 512-537-4977 and we can connect you with our preferred lender!

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March 11, 2021

Round Rock Summer Camp Guide 2021

Round Rock Area Summer Camp Guide 2021

It's hard to believe that a few weeks ago, we were struck with an intense snow/ice storm, and now we are at the point where we need to plan for fun summer festivities! Thanks to RoundTheRockTX.com for compiling such a great list of summer camps for 2021!

We've included Academic Summer Camps in the area here for easy navigating. If you're looking for more options, such as Arts & Performance Camps, Day Camps, Sleep Away Camps, Sports Camps, or Technology Camps, read the full article from RoundTheRockTX.com by clicking HERE.

Academic Summer Camps

Spanish Schoolhouse

  • Our Summer Camps give 3-8 year-olds a cultural and language experience without leaving town! Campers will be immersed in the Spanish language and enjoy rotations through hands-on activities related to each theme. Fun, Friends, Fiesta; Let’s Go to the Beach; 3,2,1…Blast Off!; Rainforest Adventure; Summer Games
    • June 1 - July 30, 2021
    • 4000 Sunrise, Blvd. 2 Round Rock
    • Contact: 512-551-3111

Mad Science of Austin & San Antonio

  • Mad Science camps are designed with exciting, fun and hands-on science activities. Your child will become a junior scientist for the week, having the opportunity to experience a variety of hands-on adventures. We use an inquiry-based technique that allows even the youngest camper to enjoy learning. Children will design, create, build and assemble a variety of interesting projects. Many different camp themes are available including design, robots, rockets, spy academy, yuckology, camp eureka and more! Mad Science has camp locations all over town and virtual options. Register now: Pay Later!
    • Now - August 2021
    • Multiple locations in Round Rock Area & Austin (including virtual with supplies delivered to your door!)
    • Contact: 512-892-1143

Esteam Learning Labs

  • ESTEAM Learning Labs has so much to choose from: Board Game Creators, Drones, Costume & Make up, Filmmaking, LEGO Animation, LEGO Robotics, Comic Book Creation and so much more! Join us for a summer of fun and learning!
    • All Summer Long
    • 12 Lake Drive, Round Rock, TX 78665
    • Contact: 512-740-3024

STEM Mornings with Mathnasium

  • East Round Rock and Georgetown
  • This summer, we will be offering BOTH in-center and virtual learning programs at both of our locations. Thrive this summer with Summer Previews by preparing your skills for your next course K-Calculus. Summer Reviews help to avoid the double dip of COVID and summer slides! These programs run all summer as part of our year round customized math programs M-F. Mornings with Mathnasium Summer Half-Day camps will also be offered in-center and virtually from 8:30am-12pm. Databots, math in motion through games, puzzles, team challenges, and competitions. You will have a blast with math! Early drop off is also available at 8am for an additional $25/week.
    • All Summer Long
    • Two Locations:
      • Mathnasium of East Round Rock - 4500 E. Palm Valley Blvd, Ste 130
      • Mathnasium of Georgetwon (Teravista Community) - 1821 Westinghouse Rd. Ste 1140
    • Contact: 512-246-6284 or 512-763-7587 | eastroundrock@mathnasium.com or georgetown@mathnasium.com

Singapore Math Summer Camps

  • Singapore Math Camps are expanding to tons of other FUN & Educational camps!  Some examples:
      • Math: Think Like  A Mathematician
      • English: How To Dress Up Your Essays, Greek & Latin Roots
      • Study Smarter: How To Avoid Unproductive Study
      • Science: Fun Experiments with Batteries, Mirror, Magnets, & Lights
      • Coding: Python & Scratch
      • History: Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome
      • Geography: Join A Canoe Traveling From Canada to Gulf of Mexico
      • Conversational Spanish: Learn Spanish in A Team
      • Guitar: Beginner and Intermediate
      • Productivity: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
      • Financial Literacy: Rich Dad Poor Dad Lessons
      • Photography: How To Take Breathtaking Pictures!
    • Now - August 2021; They offer year round Singapore Math classes as well.
    • Location: Online through Zoom platform
    • Contact: 512-758-0126

Badgerdog Creative Writing Camps

  • Badgerdog Creative Writing Camps offer an immersive writing experience for youth (3rd-12th graders). Badgerdog spring break and summer camp workshops are led by professional writers and explore the arts of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Virtual camp calendar now available with in-person camps to be added. Registration now open!
    • Dates: Five sessions offered from June 7th through August 6th
    • Locations: Virtual Camps
    • Contact: 512-740-3024

 

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March 9, 2021

Round Rock Date Night Ideas

Round Rock Date Night Ideas

Monster Mini Golf & Laser Tag 

Play a fun round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf while having some friendly competition with your date at Monster Mini Golf & Laser Tag. You can enjoy this date year-round and finish up with some laser tag and old-school arcade games!

 

Let Your Inner-Mozart Shine Through

Take your date with you as you learn to paint a masterpiece at Painting with a Twist, or create something fun at the Ceramic Lodge. If you'd rather take it all in instead of being involved in the fun, there is artwork in the Downtowner Gallery in Downtown Round Rock that changes monthly. If you decide to go down there, you can even observe some beautiful outdoor artwork to take in as well.

 

Is it time to Rock'n'Roll?

If you're looking for some awesome live music and a relaxing ambiance to take your date to, check out Rockey's Piano Bar in Downtown Round Rock. Each night there are different piano players that are able to take your favorite requests and craft a musically fantastic night on the town.

 

Survival of the Fittest

If you and your date are looking for a thrilling night filled with fun and excitement - check out Escapology. It has 3 different escape rooms and various scenarios for you and your date to tackle head on. This could be the perfect start to a fun and exhilarating date!

 

Bass Pro Shop's Uncle Buck's Fishbowl & Grill

If you're looking for some delicious eats, fun drinks, and a good time, head on over to this super creative and wildlife encompassing bowling alley in Round Rock. Uncle Buck's Fishbowl & Grill is underwater themed with an awesome bowling alley and a deliciously diverse menu.

 

Round Rock Express Post-Game Fireworks Show

From April through August, one of the hottest tickets in town is out at Dell Diamond cheering on our pro baseball team, the Round Rock Express. Take your date early so you both can eat dinner at the Intel Club, enjoy some delicious beverages at the Beer Garden, or pre-reserve a rocking chair in the outfield.

 

Good Eats

Round Rock has TONS of delicious date night spots. On the west side of Round Rock, indulge in Jack Allen's Kitchen, Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, and Pinthouse Pizza. On the east side, there is Greenhouse Craft Food and Gino's Vino. In the heart of Downtown Round Rock, there are even more delicious spots such as URBAN eat.drink, Slapbox Pizzicheria, Alcove Cantina, Ajo, Palermo Pasta House, and Louisiana Longhorn Cafe.

 

Wine Sensation

Enjoy a fun wine tasting date-night out on the patio in downtown Round Rock at Wine Sensation. There are also wine pairing dinners and movie nights! If that's not enough, you can take a class at High Country Market & GastroPub, where they offer both themed wine classes and tap takeovers. Also, check out the newest wine bar in town called Craft & Racked.

 

Dinner & A Show

Dinner and a movie go hand in hand. So does dinner and a SHOW! You can buy tickets online and plan in advance to reserve dinner and a movie at Flix Brewhouse. You can enjoy some delicious pizza, burgers, street tacos, milkshakes, and more. There are also 2 additional theaters that offer special performances throughout the year at Penfold Theatre Company and the Sam Bass Community Theatre.

 

Downtown Round Rock

You can find amazing local music at the Round Rock Tavern, The Brass Tap, Quinns Neighborhood Bar, or The Long Branch Saloon. Maybe you and your date could watch the game at The Rock Sports Bar or enjoy some quiet conversation and coffee and Star Coffee. All of these wonderful options are within a 2-block radius, and if need be, you can always catch an Uber ride home.

 

We hope these exciting and fun date night ideas can provide you with some fun dates to come! Big shoutout to RoundTheRockTX.com for spreading these ideas. To read more in depth on these date ideas or to explore more about Round Rock, click HERE.

 

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Feb. 11, 2021

The Latest with Interest Rates

The Latest with Interest Rates - February 11, 2021

Interest rates are continually hitting record lows, and we just saw them go down last week. If you're in the process of buying a home or are looking at buying one, you'll need to be fully pre-approved to get through underwriting. Our team has several solutions for buyers in order to get them through various multiple offer situations, and we also have options to turn the majority of our buyers into "cash buyers". This gives our buyers a competitive edge when competing in the ever-present multiple offer situations. We continually serve our clients and remain aggressive for our clients on both the buy-side and the sell-side. Our various lender partners will always attempt to qualify buyers with personalized and specialized strategies so they can buy non-contingent. We also have our lenders call listing agents for our buyers to show the buyer's strength to ensure we are in top position. 30-year purchase rates are remaining at about 2.5% and are projected to remain in the same range. Our team will have a solution for you on the buying or selling side to make sure you are truly taken care of. In this current market, who you hire as your real estate team matters more than ever.

Don't make a $30,000 mistake or lose out on your dream home by not having The RJF Team in your corner.

If you are interested in discussing your various real estate needs and how these unprecedented rates could potentially benefit you - fill out out Contact Us Form or give us a call at 512-537-4977 and we can connect you with our preferred lender!

Thanks for reading!

 

Read more from the Federal Reserve on released interest rate info HERE.

Feb. 9, 2021

Declining Design Trends for 2021

Interior Design Trends on the Decline in 2021

Modern Farmhouse 

Can you believe it?! The beloved 'Modern Farmhouse' look is finally on it's way out to the barn. Yes - it's hard to digest! Many people are sick of this aesthetic because it is particularly overdone in places like apartments, where modern farmhouse style might look exceptionally out-of-place. However, if you cannot resist the urge to incorporate this in your space - house, apartment, or the like - integrate rustic pieces that pair well with the rest of your decor.

White Kitchens 

Out with the plain and simple whites (and yes - that means brightly white kitchens) - and say hello to the exotic, rare stones and detailed patterns that have defined luxury style and stone. Some recommended options are breccias, richly veined marbles, and onyxes.

Open Floor Plans 

The COVID-19 pandemic really shaped the way we think of things - and how we view spaces. Many people recently learned (the hard way) that maybe your kitchen, home office, playroom, and living room shouldn't all share the same space. With that being said, we can expect to see the popularity of open floor plans begin to decline as we venture into the 2021 year.

Single Purpose Spaces and Furnishings 

The decline of single purpose spaces will be seen and the rise of intentional spaces taking over! It is important to keep things separate from each other while also being realistic. Creating spaces that have multi-functional purposes is going to be high for 2021.

Fast Furniture 

Inexpensive furniture and accessories that aren't made to last are drastically declining. If you see the post before this one (click HERE to read it) about how homeowners are starting to invest in custom-made furniture that is well built and not necessarily inexpensive is on the rise. People want quality, and we can expect the simple and quick furniture styles to fall exponentially out of favor and for the unique and quality pieces to take their place.

Minimalism 

This is no secret - minimalism went out the door when the pandemic struck. It isn't a sustainable way of life when there is shut downs and restricted hours of stores and more. The amount of time and resources that were spent and used inside of one's home throughout the 2020 year is proof enough that as we dive deeper into 2021, we'll see more eclectic styles and less of minimalism amongst homeowners.

Neutrals

With more time being spent at home, it is clear to see that neutral colors will be on the decline. Expressing your design interests is all about exploration, experimentation, and reflecting our personalities. We will see a rise in bolder accent color, items that are visually interesting, and playful design.

Faux Anything

Plastic and man-made materials will be on the decline throughout 2021. Natural and organic materials are in as people strive to focus on sustainability. Stone, wood, natural fabrics, and natural coloring methods will be on the rise! If your thumb is anything BUT green, preserved flowers are the solution to your brown thumb and can enable you to adapt sustainability.

Slipcovers for Sofas and Chairs

With the increasing popularity of high-tech and stain-resistant fabrics, homeowners are now seeing slipcovers to protect their furniture as obsolete. These fabrics are so durable and can resistant even the toughest of stains.

Terrazo

This patterned-tile look in bathrooms and kitchens have seen better days. This look is started to become dated and can make a great space look congested and crowded.

Mid-Century Modern 

Overplayed and overdone - it's time to lay mid-century modern to rest. We'll start to see warmer, more interesting pieces on the rise. Vertical lines, sleek furniture, geometric shapes on furniture and walls, and rich finishes are a few things that are going to take over throughout 2021.

Dark Colors

While dramatic, they can truly close off a space. While people continue to work remotely in 2021 and multi-purpose rooms become necessary, we'll see less of dark colors and more of neutral and bright wall colors.

 

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