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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!

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.

July 21, 2021

Lonestar Kolaches Coming to Round Rock

Lonestar Kolaches Coming to Round Rock

This article was pulled directly from Community Impact. See sourcing info at the bottom.

Lonestar Kolaches is coming to the former location of Little Red Wagon Hamburgers at 1207 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, this October. Owners Massey and Allen Wallace own six other Lonestar Kolaches locations in the Austin area, all of which offer traditional sweet kolache pastries, egg kolaches and sausage kolaches. Other kolache varietals on the menu include barbecue, pizza roll, Philly cheesesteak and chicken quesadilla. Little Red Wagon closed in January.

Check them out here:

www.lonestarkolaches.com

 

 

Sjoberg, Brooke. “Lonestar Kolaches Coming to Round Rock at Former Little Red Wagon Location.” Community Impact, Community Impact, 20 July 2021, communityimpact.com/austin/round-rock/impacts/2021/07/20/lonestar-kolaches-coming-to-round-rock-at-former-little-red-wagon-location/?type=article&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter_article.

July 20, 2021

The Latest with Interest Rates - July 20, 2021

The Latest with Interest Rates - July 20, 2021

According to local lender information, rates are still hovering around all-time lows. Average interest rates for good credit borrowers are just under 3%, making this an excellent time to purchase a home.

Something else to note about the market is that we have begun to see increased inventory, making more options available to buyers. Pairing more inventory with lower interest rates makes an ideal buying scenario for homebuyers. Our home sellers are also benefiting from 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.

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. 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.

July 19, 2021

Leander Development Under Consideration

Leander Development with restaurants, retail under consideration

This was pulled directly from the Community Impact. To read the full article on the Community Impact's website, click HERE.

Restaurants, retail space and possible office space are planned in a new Leander development at the corner of US 183 and Hero Way.

Leander City Council approved the first zoning reading for a proposed development called Leander Marketplace on July 15 in a 5-2 vote; Council Members Becki Ross and Jason Shaw voted against approval. Council asked to include added prohibited uses within the development, which will be heard in a second reading scheduled for Aug. 5.

The 8.5-acre development south of Capital Metro's Leander Station would include restaurants, retail and potentially office space. The project will also include parking, an outdoor playground, outdoor seating and a trail connection. Development plans show East Street extended north of Hero Way.

Tonya Swartzendruber, who represents the developer, said tenant discussions are underway with Hat Creek Burger Co., Torchy’s, Spec’s, Pluckers, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Sherwin-Williams, Raising Cane’s, Cabo Bob’s and several more businesses. There are three one-tenant buildings and likely two multitenant buildings, though one tenant could fill one of the buildings.

The proposed development differs from the identically named Leander Marketplace flea market  The proposed zoning would change the property to a planned unit development, or PUD, with a base zoning district of general commercial. The property would also be removed from the Leander Transit Oriented Development District. Concept plans and a preliminary plat are also part of the proposed PUD.

The planning and zoning commission recommended denial of the zoning request in May with a 3-2 vote.

 

Source: Community Impact, Community Impact Newspaper, 16 July 2021, communityimpact.com/austin/cedar-park-leander/development/2021/07/16/leander-development-with-restaurants-retail-under-consideration/?type=article&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter_article.

July 19, 2021

Upcoming Back to School Fun

Upcoming Back-To-School Fun Events 2021

Back to School Bash - Main Event Austin

  • Saturday, July 31, 10AM-12PM
  • Main Event Austin: 13301 North US Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78750
    • Calling all teachers and families. The school year is starting up and we are hosting one last party filled with booking specials, half priced bowling, face painting, and balloon artists.

2021 Back to School Bowling Extravaganza

  • Saturday, July 31, 5PM-9PM
  • Mel's Lone Star Lanes: 1010 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX
    • Family Bowling Night supports students of central Texas with back to school needs. Event includes FREE dinner, silent auction, and fun!

Back-to-School Bash in The Grove

  • Saturday, August 7th, 1PM-3PM
  • Southpark Meadows 9500 IH-35 South Austin, TX 78748
    • Come celebrate the end of summer and the kick-off of the new school year with Southpark Meadows at their back-to-school bash. There will be tons of live music, games, and more! A school supply donation will get you in to this awesome event.

Parents Back-To-School Skin Care Retreat

  • Thursday, August 12th from 12PM-6PM
  • Park Avenue: 1911 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX
    • They know "Back-to-School" time is a whirlwind, and it's just as hectic for parents as it is for the kiddos. It takes at least a week to get back in the swing of the new schedules. You survived, but you're looking like you could use a little extra love. So we are welcoming you into our shop for a bit of luxurious pampering on the house. You'll have access to try our full line of skin care products. If you find something you love, enjoy 20% off your in store purchases the day of the event. Why? Because being a parent is hard, and you deserve it!

 

June 23, 2021

Local 4th of July Festivities

All info was pulled from the Community Impact! Read the article on their site by clicking HERE.

 

July 3 | Sertoma Independence Day Parade & Frontier Days

The city of Round Rock’s annual Fourth of July all-day celebration will begin with a 1.5-mile parade on Mays Street between Mays Crossing and Hwy. 79. Those interested in joining the parade have until June 13 to apply. After the parade, head to Old Settlers Park for a patriotic Frontier Days party with carnival rides, entertainment, vendors and a fireworks show. 8:30 a.m. (parade begins), noon-11:30 p.m. (Frontier Days). Free (admission). Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-341-3361. www.roundrocktexas.gov

July 4 | Watch fireworks after the ball game

Enjoy America’s favorite pastime by watching the Round Rock Express take on the Sugar Land Skeeters for the Fourth of July. The first 7,000 fans to arrive to the game will receive a mini American flag, and the game will conclude with a large fireworks show set to patriotic music. Additional patriotic features will be announced closer to game day. Gates open at 5 p.m. 6:05 p.m. $20-$65. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-255-2255. www.milb.com/round-rock/fans/independence-day-celebration

July 4 | Hutto’s 4th of July Celebration


The family-friendly event will include live music, vendors, food trucks, kids activities and fireworks. Musical acts include Austin native Mia Garcia and The Peterson Brothers. The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. Only clear bags will be allowed, and attendees may bring blankets and lawn chairs. Attendees must register for free admission. Free (admission), $5 (parking per vehicle). 4:30 p.m. Brushy Creek Amphitheatre, 1001 CR 137, Hutto. www.etix.com/ticket/v/14858/brushy-creek-amphitheater

July 4 | Typhoon Texas fireworks

The city of Pflugerville hosts a fireworks show in partnership with Typhoon Texas. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. from the field located at the intersection of SH 130 and Pflugerville Parkway. Water park visitors will be able to view the show from inside Typhoon Texas, and residents outside the water park can park in one of three locations: Hendrickson High School, 19201 Colorado Sand Drive; Stone Hill Town Center, 500 Limestone Commercial Drive; and Costco, 1901 Kelly Lane. www.pflugervilletx.gov

June 23, 2021

Staying Cool This Summer - Popular Swimming Holes

With summer hot on our heels (quite literally) - temperatures are expected to be scorching. Thankfully, there are plenty of local swimming spots that can help us cool down, get outside, and enjoy being a part of Central TX. Check out this quick list of local swimming spots that you and your family can go to this summer:

  • Barton Springs - 2201 Barton Springs Rd.
    • Located in Zilker Park, this 3-acre natural spring stays at a refreshing 68 degree temperature year round. It is equipped with diving boards, shallow areas, public restrooms, and lifeguards.
  • Son's Island - 110 Lee St. 
    • This is a place where you can swim, fish, swing off rope swings, go kayaking, paddleboarding, and more in Seguin, TX on Lake Placid. Check it out, rent a cabana, and make a day trip out of it! 
  • Krause Springs - 404 Krause Springs Rd. 
    • This place is magical! There are over 34 small springs, a waterfall, a man-made wallowing pool, and a natural swimming pool. With plenty of options to stay cool and drenched this summer, you have GOT to make this stop one on your list. Read some Krause Springs FAQs HERE.
  • McKinney Falls State Park in Austin - 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
    • From swimming to camping, this place has it all. It is $6/day per adult and children 12 yrs and younger are free. Make reservations for your day passes HERE.
  • Blue Hole in Georgetown - 100 Blue Hole Park
    • This FREE swimming hole is a classic. Free, not too crowded, refreshing, and fun! Click HERE for more info.
  • Pace Bend Park on Lake Travis - 2805 Pace Bend Park on Lake Travis
    • This contains everything you need for a perfect day on the lake! There is a boat ramp, fishing spots, geocoaching spots, hiking and biking trails, and tons of room to swim!

There are TONS more places not included in this recap, so read the full article HERE to get more info on popular swimming spots to stay cool and refreshed during this summer season!

 

Thank for reading!

June 23, 2021

The Latest with Interest Rate - June 2021

The Latest on Interest Rates - June 23, 2021

Interest rates are still low compared to the lows that were set around Christmas of 2020. It is a safe estimation that if you are waiting to get into the real estate market and get qualified for a loan, the cost of waiting is going to increase and become more expensive. Rates are projected to end in the high 3's this year. Reasoning behind the increased cost of waiting is due to a sense of normalcy returning to society in addition to an influx of cash caused by stimulus checks. With more money in the economy and increased consumer spending, we can expect to see rates increase in an attempt to battle inflation. 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.

Posted in National Trends
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