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!

Oct. 18, 2021

Should I Refinance Right Now?

We don't blame you for wondering if now is a good time to refinance or not. While the consensus is that we will end the year with higher interest rates and see a rise in rates come the new year, they are currently remaining at low levels. So with that being said, it wouldn't hurt to refinance. With that being said, it would help to explain what exactly refinancing is and how it can be of benefit to you.

To learn about refinancing and whether it is the right choice for you, click HERE.

To browse active listings, click HERE.

We are still seeing an increasing level of homes inventory, making more options available to buyers. More inventory and low interest rates make ideal buying scenario for homebuyers. While we are seeing a market shift and seeing pricing and demand level out, sellers are still benefiting in this market because they are now able to price their house for what they are needing to net while also having more available options for where they might need to move after their house sale.

To get an instant house valuation, click HERE.

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. Interest rates are still great, and more inventory is coming to the market. 

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.

Oct. 18, 2021

Top 11 Reasons to Sell During the Holidays

Top 11 Reasons to Sell During the Holidays

Most people assume that selling your house during the holidays is a bad idea. However, we're here to push those worries to the side for you. Check out our website to see 11 reasons as to why listing during the holidays is actually a good idea.

  1. Central Texas weather is generally good and doesn't slow down buyers looking at homes!
  2. While your home is on the market, you can the control to restrict showings at any time!
  3. January is traditionally one of the highest relocation months, which means buyers are looking the month or two beforehand!
  4. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
  5. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays!
  6. Buyers are more emotional during the holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price!
  7. Houses show better when decorated for the holidays.
  8. With more homes on the market and more competition after the new year, selling during the holidays means you're capitalizing on lower inventory.
  9. Serious buyers have even fewer houses to choose from during the holidays and less competition means more money for you.
  10. December tends to be the 5th or 6th best month for listings closed, meaning lots of homes sell during December. List in October or November for a December closing.

The NUMBER ONE reason why you should list your house during the holidays is that buyers who look for homes during the holidays are VERY serious buyers and HAVE to buy!

To get an instant property valuation to see what range you're sitting in, head HERE.

To speak to a licensed professional to get a tailored, customized, and more accurate property valuation, contact us HERE or give us a call at 512-537-4977.

Sept. 20, 2021

Fall Festivals & Community Events

Fall Festivals & Community Events

Fall is around the corner, so check out some of these upcoming fun fall events, pumpkin patches, and Halloween events in Central TX!

  • October 2nd, 2021 - Round Rock Market Days
    • 221 E Main St. Round Rock, TX
    • See event details HERE
  • October 2nd & 3rd, 2021 - Lone Oak Bark Fall Harvest
    • Lone Oak Barn
    • See event details HERE
  • October 16th, 2021 - Hairy Man Halloween Trail of Fun
    • Brushy Creek Community Center Park Trail 
    • See event details HERE
  • October 1st-31st, 2021 - Pumpkin Patch
    • 1420 E. Palm Valley Blvd
  • October 23, 2021 - BARKtacular HOWLoween
    • Round Rock Dog Depot
    • See details HERE

If you know of any others, leave them in the comments! We're looking forward to a fun (and safe) fall season!

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Sept. 20, 2021

Current Mortgage Interest Rate Information

Mortgage interest rates are hovering around lower levels, remaining in the high 2's. These interest rates on mortgages make now an excellent time to purchase. While the consensus is that we will end the year with higher interest rates, they are currently remaining at low levels.

To browse active listings, click HERE.

We are still seeing an increasing level of homes inventory, making more options available to buyers. More inventory and low interest rates make ideal buying scenario for homebuyers. While we are seeing a market shift and seeing pricing and demand level out, sellers are still benefiting in this market because they are now able to price their house for what they are needing to net while also having more available options for where they might need to move after their house sale.

To get an instant house valuation, click HERE.

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. Interest rates are still great, and more inventory is coming to the market. 

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.

Sept. 14, 2021

4 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Round Rock

Author: Emily Miller

4 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Round Rock, Texas

In recent years, Texas has experienced a huge influx of new residents from other parts of the country, particularly former homeowners on both the east and west coast. Just as its motto suggests, Texas welcomes all new residents to the Friendship State. For new Texans hoping to find a safe, reasonable, medium-sized city with exciting outdoor amenities, good schools, and several burgeoning job industries, then Round Rock is a great choice.

Located just twenty miles north of the state’s bustling metropolitan capital, Austin, Round Rock is a fabulous option for those seeking life outside the endless hustle and bustle of the city- but still close enough to visit on any given day.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know before making the big home move to Round Rock, Texas.

1. Job Opportunities

For young single professionals, or for established employees seeking a change of location or position, the job opportunities in Round Rock may be reason enough to move. With industries like new technology, health care, and education growing quickly in Austin, many major national companies, like Dell, have expanded into neighboring Round Rock as well.

So this humble city offers a bustling and dynamic economy with increasing opportunities for employment. In addition, the affordable cost of local utilities like internet and cable allows remote workers to transition to life in Round Rock without experiencing any problems.

2. Schools

Round Rock’s suburban feel makes it a great choice for families seeking to relocate, especially families with young children. The promising choice of schools within an acclaimed school district makes for a strong educational network as well.

The Round Rock Independent School District is known throughout the Friendship State for the high quality education it provides to its students, from pre-Kindergarten all the way through high school. Students in grades K-12 consistently perform higher on standardized exams in this school district than the average rates across the state of Texas.

Higher education opportunities in Round Rock include Texas State University’s Round Rock campus. There college students can study health science, education, computer science, and other subjects at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels. Nearby Austin Community College offers a diverse range of course subjects for undergraduate students and continuing adult studies. And Texas A & M’s Health Science Center offers medical school students the opportunity to complete training in clinics and hospitals throughout the region.

3. Climate

It is a well known fact that still bears repeating: Texas is hot. The hot, hot, hot summers may be a deterrent for some, but Texas locals know how to adapt, especially when you are lucky enough to live near gorgeous natural springs. There you can jump in and cool down right away.

Air conditioned indoor activities may be a must during the most intense heat of the summer, but for snowbirds, the trade-off comes in the winter, when the weather largely stays mild all through the winter months, with highs of around 65 degrees and lows of roughly 45 degrees. While there may not be snowfall, there are ice storms that occasionally affect the area, so residents should be aware of potential hazards during those storms and stay off the roads.

When the weather allows, there are plenty of gorgeous outdoor landscapes to explore in the areas surrounding Round Rock. Round Rock is uniquely situated in between the dry desert heat of the American southwest and the humid, subtropical southeast. The transitional climate leads to natural springs and beautiful landscapes that serve as the perfect setting for outdoor hikes.

4. Activities

There may not be major international museums in Round Rock, but the local venues offer wonderful entertainment options and a vibrant annual calendar of events. Centennial Plaza hosts concerts, theatrical performances, and other events on its sprawling public lawn and in its amphitheater. For dining options, Round Rock residents can enjoy the best of iconic Texan Southwestern fare, from Tex-Mex to BBQ. Local restaurants use locally sourced ingredients in their menus, which contributes to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

For a romantic evening out, couples can explore the wineries located in nearby towns, like Cedar Park, New Braunfels, and Dripping Springs. Go stargazing under the vast Texas sky at the Tres Lunas Resort in the Loyal Valley, or put on your dancing boots and kick up your heels at the old timey dance hall in Luckenbach.

Round Rock calls itself the Sports Capital of Texas and the wide variety of sports venues and clubs would seem to support the claim. From Dell Diamond, home of the Round Rock Express baseball team, to Setter’s Park, where locals can play baseball, soccer, golf, or softball, there are endless ways to get active and join in on the fun with other local athletes. The park, which spans nearly 650 acres, also offers seven different playgrounds, over three miles of walking and bicycling trails, and a pier where you can fish for local species like catfish, bass, and perch.

Final Thoughts

No matter the reason for the move, if you are looking for a safe, comfortable medium sized city to live in, that just so happens to be located in one of the most exciting states in the country, then Round Rock should be high on your list to consider.

Keep in mind all the factors that matter most to you during your house search. As long as you do a little research before you move, you will be able to settle in quickly and comfortably. Sooner than you know it, you will be embracing the local lifestyle of every Round Rock resident in the Friendship State.

Browse active homes for sale in Round Rock, TX now

Aug. 23, 2021

Interest Rate Info for August

From our sources, mortgage interest rates are still hovering around lower levels. Average interest rates for good credit borrowers are just under and around 3%, making this still an excellent time to purchase a home.

To browse active listings, click HERE.

Read some key insight into mortgage interest rates HERE.

We are still seeing an increasing level of homes inventory, making more options available to buyers. More inventory and low interest rates make ideal buying scenario for homebuyers. While we are seeing a market shift and seeing pricing and demand level out, sellers are still benefiting in this market because they are now able to price their house for what they are needing to net while also having more available options for where they might need to move after their house sale.

To get an instant house valuation, click HERE.

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. Interest rates are still great, and more inventory is coming to the market. 

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.

Aug. 22, 2021

September Events + Festivals 2021

September Events and Festivals 2021

If you're looking for some fun things happening in September, check out these events that you can also be a part of!

For more events happening near you in September, click HERE.

Posted in Events, Fun Things!
Aug. 22, 2021

New Manufacturing Site Coming to Hutto

BEFORE YOU READ - It's interesting to think what the influx of companies to central Texas means for the real estate industry. Does a company coming to Hutto mean there will be an even higher demand for new-build homes? Will builders in the area be able to keep up? Will local residents seek to move outward, freeing up preexisting homes for people moving here to purchase?

If you're looking for clarification, our specialists are always here to help and offer unbiased real estate advice for whatever situation you're in. We're here to serve you.

To get an instant house or property valuation, click HERE

To browse active listings for sale in central Texas, click HERE.

This article below is from Community Impact. We do not own this content. See the full article on their website HERE and see sourcing at the end. 

New Manufacturing Plant Coming to Hutto

A major California manufacturer is expanding into Texas, and a groundbreaking for the new facility is planned for later this month. Advanced door machinery company Kval is building a new site at Hutto's Innovation Business Park, located at 1591 Innovation Blvd., according to a release from the city.

A groundbreaking for the facility will take place Aug. 26 at 10 a.m., and the release states guests may enter the site through a temporary access road on the east side of Innovation Boulevard.

The new 52,000-square-foot facility represents Kval's first expansion outside of California, and it will significantly improve the company's ability to service its growing business in Texas and beyond, the release states. As the latest addition to Innovation Business Park, Kval will bring more than 80 jobs to the city's business hub, according to the release.

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SOURCE CITATION: Rash, Brian. “Groundbreaking Planned for New Manufacturing Site in Hutto.” Community Impact, Community IMpact, 18 Aug. 2021, communityimpact.com/austin/pflugerville-hutto/development/2021/08/18/groundbreaking-planned-for-new-manufacturing-site-in-hutto/.

Posted in Hutto, Local News
Aug. 4, 2021

Free Shredding Event

Shredding Event with Community First! Village

Rain or shine, we'll be there! The event is STILL ON! 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Our last shredding event was AMAZING! We had such an outstanding response that we are going to be hosting this upcoming shredding event at a different location. There will be plenty of parking spaces and more than one shredding truck in order to accommodate the large and fantastic response we are seeing from our community.

Watch the recap of our last shredding event with Habitat for Humanity® of Williamson County HERE.

With that being said, MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Our next FREE shredding event is coming up, and we are partnering with Community First! Village to raise much needed monetary and tangible donations!

By submitting your RSVP, we can ensure there will be plenty of space in the shredding trucks so everyone can shred their documents promptly.

Event Details:

  • Date: September 30th, 2021 
  • Time: 3PM to 6PM 
  • Location: Hill Country Bible Church at 12124 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX 78750
    • Exact location (which parking lot/etc.) is in the parking lot across Little Elm from the church. See the image here for exact location

 

To learn more about Community First! Village and their mission, click HERE.

To make a financial contribution to Community First! Village, you can do so online HERE.

In addition to monetary donations, they have provided us with a wish list of their highly needed items as well that we will be collecting at the event!

See below for needed items they are needing in addition to monetary donations. Please note - All cloth items must be new in their packaging. Most other items should either be new or gently used.

Kitchen

  • Measuring cups 
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cooking tongs 
  • Spatulas 
  • Aluminum foil
  • Silverware sets
  • Kitchen trash bags
  • Place mats 
 
Bedroom/Bathroom
  • Queen Comforters
  • Queen Sheets
  • Twin Comforters
  • Twin Sheets
  • Standard bed pillows
  • Laundry bags and hampers
  • Alarm Clocks (digital)
  • Towels 
  • Small waste baskets
Cleaning Supplies
  • Mops
  • Brooms with Dust Pans 
  • Tide Pods
  • Dish Soap
Food (non perishable food only)
  • Boxed mac n cheese
  • Pasta sauce 
  • Canned Fruit
  • Pork n Beans
  • Chili
  • Canned soup
  • Instant mashed potatoes 
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Spices
  • Condiments
Fun Stuff
  • Books (for adults)
  • Journals 
  • Sketch Pads
  • Pens
  • Colored Pencils 
  • Markers
  • Fridge magnets
  • Board Games

 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

July 28, 2021

Tips for Choosing the Ideal Roofing Contractors

Tips for Choosing the Ideal Roofing Contractors

To say the roof of your house is a massive investment is an understatement. Consider this: according to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of roof replacement is between $5,000 and $10,000. That said, if you need to have your roof replaced or installed, it makes practical sense to look for a competent roof contractor to get the job done right the first time.

However, finding the best roofing contractor can be as tricky as finding the right contractors insurance. With so many roofing contractors to choose from, how do you pick the right people to do the job? The following tips should get your search for the ideal roofing contractor off to a superb start:

Opt for a Roofing Contractor with High Standards

If you're going to spend as much as $10,000 (or more) on roof replacement alone, would you go for a contractor with mediocre standards? Definitely not! When it comes to something as important and costly as your roof, you should go for a roofing company that delivers nothing less than the best service possible.

While it can be challenging to find roofers with high standards, the best ones focus on craftsmanship, high-quality materials, and even staff training. The best roofing contractors are often more than happy to share their processes with you because they are confident about the kind of service they provide.

In addition, the ideal roofing contractors also understand the value of being transparent with their clients throughout the whole process. If you want to gauge if a prospective roofer has high standards, ask them a few questions and see if their answers are what you are looking for.

Ask How Long They Have Been in Business

Would you take your car to a mechanic who has only been on the job for a few weeks? Most likely not. The same principle applies when choosing a roofing contractor. As a general rule of thumb, opt for a contractor with a long and proven track record of doing top-quality work.

Unfortunately, many homeowners allow price to influence their decision. As cliche as this may sound, you get what you pay for. If you choose a roofing company that is affordable but can't provide a list of happy and satisfied customers, you are likely to end up with a substandard service.

Roofing can be a risky job, so it is not recommended that homeowners take it on themselves. Besides, you need to have the right materials, tools, safety equipment, and training to do the job right. Reputable contractors also have the proper licenses and permits for every job they do.

A reliable roofer also carries all the required insurance for their workers to cover any untoward accidents during the installation or replacement. Ideally, you should not work with a roofing contractor that can't provide proof of insurance for their workers.

Choose a Roofer That Uses Quality Materials

Even if a roofing contractor has the best team on the planet, they are still not worth working with if they use cheap materials. Cheap roofing materials won't be able to withstand harsh elements like tropical storms, high humidity, heavy rain, and hurricanes. 

Also, low-end roofing shingles, nails, etc., won't be able to protect your home in the long run. Before choosing a roofing contractor, check the materials they offer. Are the roofs algae-resistant? Are they fire-resistant? Do they come with protection against the sun's UV rays? 

When it comes to roofing materials, don't leave anything to chance. Do not hesitate to ask too many questions as well. Make it your responsibility to ensure all the roofing materials used are of top-notch quality.

Work with a Roofing Contractor with On-Site Project Management

Many roofing companies have a salesperson who also functions as a project manager. Unfortunately, they are also often stretched thin with countless other projects. This might force you to manage the roofing crew yourself. If you are paying thousands of dollars to get your roof done, you are not supposed to lift a finger.

The best roofing companies always have a project manager on-site to ensure work is done seamlessly. They can also answer any questions and concerns you may have about the project. 

Before signing on the dotted line, ask the roofing company if they have an on-site project manager. This quick question can save you from stress and headaches down the road!

Pick a Roofing Contractor that Goes Above and Beyond

Ideally, you should work with a roofing contractor who is passionate about what they do and is particular about the details. It would be great if you pick someone who nerds about curb appeal and roofing materials. It is also best to work with a company that's dedicated to making their community better.

Final Thoughts

When choosing the ideal roofing contractor to work with, consider all the essential factors mentioned above. Also, don't hesitate to go with your gut. If you find a contractor with a helpful vibe, proven experience, and a clear passion for the trade, you most likely have found what you are looking for. After all, the right roofing contractor can mean the difference between a roof that falls apart and a roof that lasts.

Author Bio:

Rachel Porter is the content specialist for Custom Contractors Insurance, LLC, an Arizona roofing and contractors insurance company. When not writing, she enjoys reading and mountain biking with her friends.