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October
17

Visit These Parks in Pflugerville

Parks Pflugerville

The Pflugerville area has a lot to offer, but one of its best assets has to be its parks system. The City of Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Department does a lovely job of maintaining and updating the city's parks. This weekend, we recommend taking a break from looking at Pflugerville homes for sale and visiting one of these local parks.

  • Central Park at Falcon Pointe: 18720 Falcon Pointe Blvd., Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Central Park at Falcon Pointe
    is one of the larger parks in Pflugerville. With more than 13 acres of nicely landscaped greenspace, it offers a 9-hole disc golf course and a baseball diamond. The disc golf course is appropriate for players at all levels. Most holes are par 3 or 4.

    You can also access the Falcon Pointe Trail from this park. The trail stretches around the park and is open to walkers, runners, and bikers. There are several water fountains you can stop by along the way, along with charcoal grills, picnic tables, and gazebos.

  • Bohls Park: 200 Immanuel Rd., Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Bohl's Park is a lovely park for families. It has a playground area with some unique equipment. Adults can enjoy the outdoor exercise stations along the 0.25-mile loop trail. If you want to go a little further, walk along the Gilleland Creek Trail, which begins at the park.

    Bohl's Park is also home to soccer fields and volleyball courts. It's a great place to practice your goal shots or play a pickup game on the weekends. 

  • Pfluger Park: 515 City Park Rd., Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Pfluger Park is a 7-acre park with a lot of entertainment packed into its grounds. There are two gazebos on-site, perfect for hosting casual birthday parties and other gatherings. The colorful, modern playscape is perfect for kids, and the 0.34-mile loop trail is popular with joggers. Pluger Park hosts several yearly musical events, including Music in the Park. 

  • Royal Pointe Park: 18712 Candace Loop, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    If you like basketball, then Royal Pointe Park is the place for you. The basketball courts here are simply lovely, and many kids and adults in the area enjoy them. There's also a playground with three slides for the kids to enjoy.

    Royal Pointe Park may not be the biggest park, but it feels spacious because there is so much grassy, green area. You could plop a blanket down and enjoy a picnic, toss a ball around, or just lie in the grass and look at the clouds.

  • Moose Park: 1218 Settlers Valley Dr., Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Moose Park 
    is a 1-acre neighborhood park worth visiting this autumn. The playground at this park is under a shelter, so kids can play safely even during rainy weather. There's also a basketball court with non-slip footing. Another great thing about the park is its volleyball courts, which are always filled with local players.

If you're still looking for the perfect Pflugerville house to call home, we'd love to help. Contact us soon, and one of our real estate agents can guide you through the home-buying process.

October
10

How to Refinish Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are durable, versatile, and attractive. One of the best things about them is the fact that they can be refinished again and again. If you just moved into a new home with worn-out hardwood floors, consider refinishing them. It's not that hard to do yourself. Our real estate agents have seen plenty of DIY hardwood floor refinishing jobs that look pristine and professional. Here are some basic steps to follow if you decide to embark on this mission.

  • Step 1: Sand Off the Old Finish
    Before you apply a new finish, you need to remove the old one. The best way to do this is by sanding the old finish off. You can do this by hand, although it will take a long time. A better approach is to rent a floor sander. Most home improvement shops rent them out by the day.

    As you sand, make sure you periodically stop and vacuum up the dust. Wear a face mask and goggles, so you don't get the dust in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Start with rough, 80-grit sandpaper, then follow up with finer, 50-grit sandpaper. Keep sanding until all the finish is gone.

  • Step 2: Fill Damaged Spots
    Grab some wood filler in a color that matches your flooring, and apply it to any dings or dents. If needed, you can use a putty knife to push the filler into holes and then smooth it out.

  • Step 3: Wipe it Down
    Once your holes are filled, use a damp cloth to gently wipe down the whole floor. You want to remove any last remnants of dust from the sanding. Let the floor dry completely, for at least a few hours, before moving on to Step 4.

  • Step 4: Apply the Stain
    If you want to leave your floor natural and as-is, you can skip staining it and just apply the sealer at this point. But if you want to change the color of the floor, choose an oil-based stain in your preferred color.

    Follow the instructions on the stain container to apply the product. Generally, you'll start in the furthest corner of the room and work your way towards the door. Apply stain to about 3 feet of flooring at a time, wiping up any excess after application. Keep a sponge handy to soak up any drips.

    Let the floor dry for at least one day — two is better — after applying the stain.

  • Step 5: Apply Sealer
    The sealer will protect your hardwood floor from moisture and stains. There are lots of floor sealing products out there, but polyurethane-based ones tend to work best. Vacuum the floor thoroughly before you apply the sealer. Any dust or debris will prevent it from adhering to the surface.

    Apply the sealer using a large foam brush. Try to make your strokes as long and even as possible, as this will ensure an even coat of sealer. You may also use a sponge roller if preferred. Let the first coat dry. Then, lightly sand the polyurethane to roughen up the surface. Apply a second coat in the same manner as the first.

    Let the sealer dry for at least 3 days before putting furniture or carpets in the room.

Follow these instructions, and your hardwood flooring will soon look as good as new! If you're still searching for Pflugerville homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect place, complete with hardwood floors you can refinish to your liking.

October
3

National Book Month: Bookstores Near Round Rock

Round Rock Bookstores

National Book Month is here, and our real estate agents know some wonderful ways to make the most of it!

Small local businesses are a true mainstay in the Round Rock area, and bookstores are among the most popular. All throughout the Austin suburbs and into the city itself, you'll discover a slew of locally owned booksellers. Charming surroundings and eclectic collections are the norm here.

You never know what you might come across when you browse the stacks at a local bookshop, from signed copies to first editions.

Let's check out some enchanting places to seek out your next literary treasure:

  • The Book Burrow – 2401 West Pecan Street, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    If you are looking for a fun and friendly independent bookstore within reach of top Pflugerville homes for sale, then The Book Burrow may just become one of your favorite places. With the motto "Embrace Your Weird," it has become well known for its pop-up events all throughout the local area. Check out its website and social media to learn more about its next event!

  • All Things Kids – 703 South Main Street, Georgetown, TX 78626
    If you want to help a child to cultivate a life-long love of reading, All Things Kids is the place to be. You'll find it in The Square smack dab in historic Georgetown, and it brings the generous holiday spirit all year around. More than a toy store, it includes a Play Zone, complimentary fully stocked changing stations, and free Wi-Fi for busy adults while kids explore the stacks. You'll want to come back again and again.

  • Half Price Books – 2601 South Interstate Highway 35, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Half Price Books is a rarity in this day and age: A bookstore that boasts a history spanning 50 years. It first opened to the public in 1972, and it is still going strong near Round Rock homes for sale, offering a venue to meet authors, see a unique collection of books, and fall in love with your next great read. A delightful assortment of TV shows, textbooks, collectibles, puzzles, and gifts are also available.

  • Austin Public Library Recycled Reads Bookstore – 5335 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756
    Sometimes, there's no better way to uncover the book you want than to go right to the source. Near Austin homes for sale, that means taking a trip down to the Austin Public Library Recycled Reads Bookstore. The Austin Public Library is one of the largest library branches in the state of Texas, and Recycled Reads provides local readers with the chance to buy books at incredible prices before they leave the collection for good.
  • Lark & Owl Booksellers – 205 West 6th Street Suite #101, Georgetown, TX 78626
    Established in 2018 with a focus on local authors, Lark & Owl Booksellers is an independent brand. It warmly welcomes collaboration with new and established writers in Texas and holds regular "meet the author" events. It is a memorable place to enjoy the classic bookstore feel just minutes from Georgetown homes for sale.

Contact us to hear more about Round Rock real estate.

August
8

Cool Off at Typhoon Texas Waterpark

Typhoon Texas

Summer means fun in the sun, but it also means finding fun ways to cool off.

Visiting Typhoon Texas Waterpark's wonderland of pools, waterslides, and other water features is one of our real estate agents' favorite ways to spend a summer afternoon.

Locations and Admission

Typhoon Texas Waterpark currently has two largely identical parks in operation: one in Houston and one in Austin. The Austin location is the original and is also the closest to our Pflugerville homes for sale

Adult guests can purchase day tickets for $44.99 ($39.99 if purchased online), while tickets for seniors, members of the military, and children under 48 inches tall are available at a slightly discounted $34.99. Guests can also rent shaded cabanas with upgraded furniture and curtains for an additional fee. 

If you know you'll be visiting a few times during the 2022 season, you can purchase a Season Pass for $74.99 instead. These passes get you unlimited access to both parks as well as discounts on food, drink, guest tickets, and more. At less than the cost of two adult day tickets, this pass offers clear value for anyone interested in repeat visits.

Attractions

Kids will love scrambling up the Gully Washer, a four-story playground for children between 2 and 10 years old. Equipped with a splash pad for the toddlers and topped with a massive water bucket, this space can entertain kids of all ages for hours. Nearby Howdy Hollow has even more play equipment, including basketball hoops and a crawl net.

Infants and toddlers will enjoy playing at the Buckaroo Bayou, a space filled with splash fountains, interactive water features, and pint-sized slides perfect for easing young kids into the fun before they're old enough to move on to more intense attractions.

Adults and older children will find no shortage of fun here either. From the trio of exciting waterslides in The Snake Pit to the five high-intensity slides that make up The Duelin' Daltons, you'll have plenty to do during your outing. Beware – these rip-roaring thrill rides are not for the faint of heart! Only guests who are over 4 feet tall can ride them. 

If tranquil relaxation is more your style, you can try the Lazy T River. Guests of all ages can enjoy floating on an inner tube down miles of crystal-clear waterways that loop around the park. There are several entrances and exits positioned around different attractions, so it's easy to sit back and let the gently flowing water carry you from one exciting area to the next.

Events

All of the events feature special theming, live entertainment, exciting contests, and other additions that make them worth planning your visits around. Note that most of them take place in the evening and may require special tickets, so be sure to check the specifics of any you want to attend. 

There's Always Something New in Pflugerville

The Typhoon Texas Waterpark and many other exciting attractions are just a stone's throw away from some of our most impressive Texas properties. Contact us today to book a visit to any of our beautiful Pflugerville homes and see for yourself.

June
13

Central Texas Sushi Restaurants for International Sushi Day

Central Texas Sushi

Sushi has become one of the most popular international delicacies in America in recent years, and Central Texas has fully embraced sushi thanks to an excellent collection of local Asian restaurants. With International Sushi Day coming up on June 18, now is the perfect time to experience all that your favorite sushi spot has to offer. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 of the best Central Texas sushi restaurants for you to enjoy.

  • Miso Korean & Japanese – 2400 S. I-35, #150, Round Rock, TX 78681
    Family-owned and with a name that translates to "Smile" in Korean, you can always count on the team at Miso Korean & Japanese to provide friendly, personal service near Round Rock homes for sale. Of course, the food is excellent, too! In addition to a wide selection of authentic Korean cuisine, Miso offers dozens of different sushi rolls to choose from, including unique chef's specials and vegetarian rolls. Miso Korean & Japanese is open every day for lunch and dinner, from Monday through Saturday.

  • Sushi Koen – 201 University Oaks Blvd., Ste. 1290, Round Rock, TX 78665
    When you're in the mood for a quick, convenient, tasty Japanese meal, the staff at Sushi Koen has you covered. The recipe for success at Sushi Koen is simple. They source the freshest high-quality ingredients and hire expertly trained chefs who know how to put those ingredients to work. Sushi Koen also has an especially large selection of chef's special rolls, so you'll always have something new to try.

  • Tokyo Steak House & Sushi Bar – 201 Sundance Pkwy., Ste. D, Round Rock, TX 78681
    Have someone in your group who enjoys Japanese cuisine but isn't a fan of sushi? Tokyo Steak House & Sushi Bar offers the best of both worlds, with a full-service sushi bar and hibachi tables where the chefs are as entertaining as the food is delicious. This restaurant is known for its cozy atmosphere, generous portions, and a menu that truly features something for every member of the family.

  • Iron Fish Sushi & Grill – 900 E. Pecan St., Ste. 800, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    It's not hard to find delicious sushi close to Pflugerville homes for sale, thanks to outstanding local restaurants like Iron Fish Sushi & Grill. In addition to lunch and dinner, Iron Fish offers a late-night menu full of great sushi. The team here prides itself on using fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients in every roll and entree. And when you're in the mood for a sushi night at home, they offer convenient online ordering with curbside pickup.

  • Sushi Ocean – 16238 Ranch Rd. 620 N., Ste. A, Austin, TX 78171
    With a convenient location near Austin homes for sale and a menu that features all of your favorite rolls along with a few surprises, Sushi Ocean is a great choice to visit for International Sushi Day this year. Sushi Ocean also offers a selection of baked and deep-fried rolls that you won't find at every sushi restaurant. Be sure to check out the many combination platters on the menu, which feature the chef's selections of sushi and sashimi for groups of any size. Stop by during your lunch break to pick up a Bento box packed with great food or one of the many delicious sushi lunch combos on the menu.

Ready to buy, sell or learn more about real estate in Central Texas? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Central Texas Communities.

May
16

Disc Golf Courses in Central Texas

Texas Disc Golf

The casual, freewheeling nature of disc golf makes it an entertaining alternative to traditional golf for players of all ages. Our real estate agents love to take a break and hit the "links" at these disc golf courses throughout Central Texas. 

  • Benbrook Ranch Park - 1100 Halsey Dr., Leander, TX 78641
    The 18-hole disc golf course is the main attraction at Benbrook Ranch Park, a beautiful facility just minutes from Leander homes for sale. With a mixture of open and heavily wooded holes, Benbrook Ranch gets high marks from players for being a well-maintained course. Other amenities at the 46.5-acre park include hiking and biking trails, a skate park, Little League and adult baseball fields, batting cages, and playscape. Benbrook Ranch Park is open 24 hours a day.

  • Brushy Creek Sports Park - 2310 Brushy Creek Rd., Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Sprawled across 90 acres, which includes a lake, spacious Brushy Creek Sports Park is a wonderful place to enjoy the great outdoors around Cedar Park homes for sale. Leashed dogs are welcome at this popular park, which features a skate park, basketball court, playscape, and trails to go along with the nine-hole disc golf course. Baseball/softball and football/soccer fields are available by reservation for a nominal rental fee. Hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Cactus Patch - CrossPointe Church, 5703 McNeil Dr., Austin, TX 78729
    One of the more unique disc golf courses around is Cactus Patch, which is set up on the grounds of CrossPoint Church. The convenience and accessibility of this nine-hole course makes it a welcome gathering spot not far from Austin homes for sale

  • Cat Hollow Disc Golf Course Park - 8334 Liberty Walk Dr., Round Rock, TX 78681
    Get your steps in at the 18-hole Cat Hollow Disc Golf Course, which stretches a full mile on the Liberty Walk Greenbelt. Located directly across from Cat Hollow Park, the course has trees, grassy areas, trails, and benches that create a peaceful oasis right down the street from Round Rock homes for sale. Ready for some competition? Twice a year, on May 29 and September 11 in 2022, Cat Hollow hosts a Partner's Play Disc Golf Tournament. After two rounds of play, awards are given for first, second, and third place. Entry fee is $20 per team, and lunch is provided. Regular park hours are 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. in spring and summer and 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. in fall and winter.

  • Northtown Park - 14508 Harris Ridge Blvd., Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Players give Northtown Park high marks for the nice variety of holes on the 18-hole disc golf course near Pflugerville homes for sale. The mix of long, short, wooded, and open holes keeps everyone on their toes, whether they're newbies or experienced players. A handful of water hazards add a welcome element of challenge. Bring Fido along for a post-game romp in the off-leash dog park. Kids' and adult soccer fields, a volleyball court, and a playscape provide other opportunities for lively outdoor activities. Northtown Park is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk.

Whether you follow an active lifestyle or prefer cultural activities, Central Texas has you covered. Contact us at RE/MAX Capital City for help with all your real estate needs. 

May
2

Central Texas Florists for Mother's Day Bouquets

Florists Central Texas

Our real estate agents know Mother's Day flowers are a yearly tradition you just can't miss out on!

From Round Rock homes for sale to Cedar Park homes for sale and beyond, local florists are showing their creativity.

Small, family-owned florist shops are the norm throughout Central Texas, and many of them have been around for years. When you order a bouquet for Mother's Day, you can rest assured that Mom will get a unique and beautiful arrangement, even if a few substitutions need to be made along the way.

Let's stop and smell the roses with some of the leading local florists in Central Texas:

  • Floral Fabulous Design Shoppe – 1906 North Mays Street #1, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Floral Fabulous Design Shoppe is the place to go for unique floral arrangements all year around. If you want to spice up a space or impress someone with a dozen red roses, the floral designers here will be glad to walk you through your many vibrant options. All orders can be delivered on the same day in the local area as long as they're received by noon – ideal for a way to surprise Mom at the last minute!

  • 620 Florist – 110 East Anderson Avenue #300, Round Rock, TX 78664
    620 Florist is a reliable Round Rock florist offering flowers, plants, special occasion bouquets, and even a flower subscription. Subscription options consist of seasonal flowers, roses, and plants, especially those colorful succulents. Winter flowers and sunflowers are also among the favorites at 620 Florist. The red and white "Gemstone Love" arrangement and pastel "Tender Reflections" stand out for Mother's Day.

  • Dream Flower Shop – 200 Cane River Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Pflugerville homes for sale are not far from the one and only Dream Flower Shop, lovingly known as the "Pflugerville Flower Shop." These 100% florist-designed, hand-delivered selections come complete with an impressive 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can choose bouquets by occasion, color, or flower – a full assortment of tulips, sunflowers, orchids, lilies, and roses are available.

  • Cedar Park Florist – 600 South Bell Boulevard #14, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Family-owned and operated Cedar Park Florist is an experienced shop that has made a name for itself with its unique wedding, birthday, and holiday offerings. You can even round out your order by adding selections from an expansive gifts list: Gourmet fruit baskets, candles, and many more. With help from the caring and dedicated staff, a thoughtful selection is always just a click or call away.

  • Billowing Blooms Florist – 1309 Leander Drive #1204, Leander, TX 78641
    Billowing Blooms Florist stands out around Leander homes for sale for a striking spectrum of flowers you may not be able to find elsewhere. More than a dozen flowers are on offer for fetching displays every day, from carnations and chrysanthemums to daises, tulips, and hydrangeas. From "Infinite Love" to "Shared Happiness" and "Sincere Stargazers," the handcrafted designs will make any holiday special.

Contact us to uncover the best real estate opportunities in Central Texas.

March
14

Golf Courses and Driving Ranges in Central Texas

Golf Courses

Spring is in the air, and it's time to pay a visit to our real estate agents' favorite golf courses in Central Texas! There's no better time to hit the links. 

The rolling landscape of the Texas Hill Country couldn't be more perfect for golf. That's why these Central Texas golf courses tend to be just the right balance of fun and challenging. 

  • Teravista Golf Club - 4333 Teravista Club Dr, Round Rock, TX 78665
    With views that stretch 50 miles to the horizon, the 7,200-yard, 18-hole championship course at Teravista Golf Club takes full advantage of the Hill Country landscape. Five sets of trees provide unique challenges for golfers of all abilities. Located just minutes from these Round Rock homes for sale. Teravista Golf Club also features a driving range, chipping green, and a 22,000 square-foot practice green that's one of the largest in the area. 

  • The Driving Range Round Rock - 3533 Greenlawn Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664
    One of the best golf practice facilities in Central Texas, The Driving Range Round Rock is a great place to hone your skills or simply knock a few balls around at the end of the day. A long-range, putting green, chipping green, wedge range, and tee area all combine to encompass 35 acres of golf perfection. The Driving Range Round Rock is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm and features a fully-lit outdoor facility for nighttime practice. 

  • Blackhawk Golf Club - 2714 Kelly Ln, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Offering one of the most picturesque courses in Central Texas, Blackhawk Golf Club has been a favorite of local golfers since it opened in 1990. In addition to its 7,200-yard links-style course, the club also includes a 15-acre practice facility with a driving range and chipping and putting greens. Blackhawk Golf Club is located in Pflugerville, a beautiful suburb north of Austin that includes many lovely Pflugerville homes for sale

  • Georgetown Country Club - 1500 Country Club Rd, Georgetown, TX 78628
    A family-oriented and member-owned golf club just north of Austin, Georgetown Country Club features a beautiful, historic course that was built in the 1920s during the golden age of golf course architecture. The 5,445-yard course—short by today's standards but typical of its era—makes ample use of its natural landscape. It's set among the meandering bends of the San Gabriel River, with rolling hills, rugged embankments, and wooded areas a stone's throw from many Georgetown homes for sale.

  • Forest Creek Golf Club - 99 Twin Ridge Pkwy, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Forest Creek Golf Club features a 7,147-yard par-72 course that has been consistently ranked as one of Central Texas' finest. It's a beautiful course, with groves of native trees bordering its fairways, and the onsite practice facility is also second to none. Focus on distance and accuracy at the driving range, or use the putting green to practice your short game 

  • Avery Ranch Golf Club - 10500 Avery Club Dr, Austin, TX 78717
    Austin's Avery Ranch Golf Club features a course that's uniquely challenging yet eminently playable. It's an 18-hole championship course on the banks of a 60-acre lake with oak-lined fairways. The final 477-yard par-4 hole offers spectacular views out across the Texas Hill Country, and the onsite practice range boasts a two-tier manicured grass tee box with laser-measured yardages to four target greens.

One of the great things about living in Texas is that our climate makes golf a possibility year-round. Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Texas and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in the Texas Hill Country.

February
14

5 Things to Do When Visiting a City You Might Move to

Move to Georgetown

Moving to a new city can be so exciting. But before you make it official, accept a job, and start looking for a place to live, you want to make sure this new city is a place you'll feel at home. Our real estate agents have worked with countless clients who are relocating, and they've learned a lot from these experiences. Below, they share some top things to do when visiting a city you might make your home. 

  • Stay in a neighborhood you'd like to live in.
    When visiting a city you're thinking about moving to, try to stay in a neighborhood where you'd like to live. Services like Airbnb make this easier. If possible, try to stay for at least three nights so you can get a true feel for the neighborhood, its personality, and its culture.

    Throughout your stay, try to pretend you actually live there. Go grocery shopping. Go to the gym. Go for a jog in the nearby park. You want to get a feel for what your normal, daily routine would be like if you moved.

  • Participate in your hobbies.
    Do you have a hobby you love, such as playing golf, hiking, birdwatching, or creating art? Before your visit, do some research, and find clubs and groups related to your hobby. Or, find the key places where locals engage with your hobby. Then, when you're in the new city, participate in your hobby. Hike the local trails, or book some studio time at a local art school. 

    If you find the local scene around your hobby engaging and enjoyable, this is a good sign you'll feel at home once you move there.

  • Walk around and explore.
    Set aside at least one afternoon to walk around the city and just explore. Perhaps you can start by looking at a few Georgetown homes for sale and then branch out from there. Discover what streets have the best coffee shops. Stop by parks that you pass on your way. 

    When walking around and exploring a city on foot, you get to take your time and really process what the place has to offer and the overall vibe it gives off. Either you'll be excited to see more, which is a sign you should move there — or you'll be itching to get back home, which means this isn't the place for you.

  • Research the cost of living.
    While you're visiting, pay attention to the cost of items and services. Do groceries cost more or less than they do in your current city? How does the cost of real estate compare?

    This research can tell you how much you need to earn in order to live comfortably in this new place. Allow it to guide your salary negotiations as you interview for new jobs. 

  • Talk to the locals.
    As you visit coffee shops, bars, and even local parks, don't be afraid to strike up conversations with people you meet. Ask them how they like living in the city. Ask what their favorite and least favorite things about the city are. Why did they move there? Do they recommend others move there, too? What advice do they have for a potential newcomer?

    Also, pay attention to how friendly the locals are. You probably want to move to a city where people are warm and welcoming, right?

Contact us if you've decided to move and are looking for the perfect home. 

December
6

December Home Maintenance Tips

December Home Maintenance

December is here, and cooler winter weather is just around the corner. It's the perfect time to check off some of the home maintenance tasks on your to-do list.

Follow these tips from our real estate agents to get your home ready for the winter season. 

  • Give Your Entire Home a Deep Dusting
    Since you'll be spending more time inside, hosting holiday gatherings, and running your furnace more frequently, it's time to rid your home of pesky dust. You don't want your furnace kicking dust around, and a clean, dust-free home is an inviting space to spend your time. Vacuum all your surfaces, including your light switches, baseboards, light fixtures, lamps, heating vents, and lampshades, using your vacuum's hose and a horsehair brush. Then, go over the surface with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dirt or dust particles. 
  • Check Your Lights
    With daylight hours in short supply, it's important to check that all your interior and exterior lights are working properly. A well-lit home is also important if you plan to add your home to the list of Georgetown homes for sale. Replace any lightbulbs that have burnt out or that don't properly brighten the space. See that you have ample lighting outside to illuminate your walkways and driveway in the dark. If you do need more lighting, consider adding motion-activated lights or solar landscaping lights. 
  • Clean Your Range Hood
    Now is the time to prepare your range for all your winter and holiday cooking. Your range hood directs odors and fumes out of your home; to do so effectively, it needs to be clean. Remove your range's filter and put it in the sink. Then, spray it with a degreasing cleaner and let it soak for a few minutes. Rinse the filter with warm water. Repeat the process if there's any grease remaining. Clean the rest of your range hood by spraying it with a degreasing cleaner and wiping it down with paper towels. 
  • Check the Insulation in Your Attic
    Inadequate attic insulation means that you're spending more on your heating bills than you need to. If your attic is missing insulation, doesn't have it in enough spots, or doesn't have it in the right areas, this will allow your home's warm, toasty air to escape. Fix any deficiencies in your attic's insulation to keep your energy costs under control. 
  • Set Up Smart Plugs
    If you're away from home for extended hours or have a holiday trip planned, it's important to give the appearance of an occupied home. Occupied homes serve as a deterrent to potential thieves. You can use smart plugs to program your lamps and task lighting to turn on and off automatically. Or, swap some of your lightbulbs in your overhead light fixtures for smart bulbs that you can program to automatically turn on at a specific time each day. 
  • Repair Cracks or Holes in Your Home's Exterior
    Inspect your home's exterior for any cracks, holes, or damaged areas that allow animals to enter your home. It's much easier to keep animals out than it is to get rid of them once they've taken up residency in your home. You can caulk small cracks and holes. Larger areas of damage will need to be repaired with a patching compound. 

Are you interested in putting your home on the market this winter? Contact us today!

September
7

Inexpensive Home Security Upgrades

Home Security Upgrades

When you think of home security upgrades, you may think of expensive security systems. Many upgrades, however, are very affordable and will help your family and belongings stay safer. In many cases, you'll even be able to do the work yourself.

Our real estate agents share the following inexpensive home security upgrades that can make your home safer:  

  • Smart outdoor lighting
    Motion-activated LED lights for the exterior of your home can help shine a spotlight on any potential unwanted visitors. Use this feature for floodlights, step lights, and path lights, and consider buying ones that will send you an alert when motion is detected.

  • Upgraded door locks
    Upgrade the locks on the doors that lead to the outside of your home, and while you're at it, buy a better strike plate (the metal that's on the doorpost). Look for one that has holes for up to six screws, and when you attach it, use three-inch screws. These improvements will make it more difficult for a thief to kick your door in.

  • A safe for valuables
    If you have valuables that are small in size, such as expensive jewelry, a safe provides an extra level of security against thieves. You can get a basic one for around $100, with options such as fire protection raising the price. Bolt your safe to the floor using the holes provided inside in most models and hide it in the back of the closet. If you choose a wall safe, you can mount it inside a wall and cover it with a picture.

  • Foot locks for patio doors 
    Standard patio door locks are easy for a burglar to pick. To make it more difficult for intruders to gain access to your home in this way, add a foot lock. They utilize a bolt that fits into a grommet that holds the door secure, and they're easy to install using a drill.

  • Window stops  
    Window stops prevent windows from being opened more than six inches. This makes it impossible for burglars to raise your windows and climb into your home. Since they open six inches, however, you'll still be able to raise your windows enough to get some fresh air and ventilation inside your home.

  • Tamper-proof shed hinges
    If you have a shed with a standard hinge and a door that swings outward, it's easy for thieves to pop the pins, remove the door, and steal valuable property like lawnmowers and tools. To prevent this buy and install a security hinge that comes with tamper-proof pins and a locking tab.

  • Home security system  
    Wireless security cameras can help monitor your home and provide an extra layer of protection. Consider buying a system that has built-in sensors that are triggered by motion and trigger an alarm. An alert is then sent to your smartphone, and a video clip of the incident is uploaded to the Cloud.

  • Wide-angle door viewer  
    Entry doors don't usually come equipped with peepholes, and if they do, they're usually quite small. This makes it easy for potential intruders to hide out of view and also distorts images, making it hard to identify exactly who's at your door. Install a wide-angle door viewer so the images will be clearer and a burglar won't be able to simply step to the side to remain undiscovered.

Contact us to find out more about home security upgrades and to visit Round Rock homes for sale. If finding a home with some of these features is a priority, we'll help you identify ones that meet your criteria.

August
16

What First-Time Buyers Need to Know About Credit Scores

Round Rock Credit Score

Your credit score is an important piece of financial information that influences your ability to purchase a home. Credit scores range from 300 to 850, with 850 being the best possible score. 

Our real estate agents know that lenders will use your credit score when determining whether to approve your mortgage application. Here are a few things you should know about your credit score and homeownership as you prepare to buy your first home. 

  1. There's a Wide Variation in Acceptable Credit Scores
    The required credit score to purchase a home depends on the mortgage that you intend to use. For example, if you're applying for a conventional home loan, you'll likely need a credit score of at least 620. However, if you're interested in a jumbo home loan (a mortgage that exceeds conforming loan limits), it's best to have a credit score of 700 or higher. Some loans are ideal for buyers with less than stellar credit. An FHA loan has a minimum credit score requirement of 500. You'll need to make a 10 percent down payment if your credit score is between 500 and 579. For borrowers with credit scores of 580 or higher, FHA loans permit a down payment as low as 3.5 percent of the home's purchase price. USDA and VA mortgage programs don't have a specified minimum credit score. Instead, the lenders who issue these loans are permitted to set their own requirements. Generally, to qualify for a USDA or VA mortgage, you'll want a minimum credit score of 640. 
  1. Your Credit Score Affects Your Interest Rate and Loan Costs
    Your lender will use your credit score (along with other financial information, like your debt to income ratio and employment status) to decide what interest rate to offer for your loan. The higher your credit score, the lower your interest rate. A lower interest rate can save you thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage. Many lenders also use your credit score when determining the costs associated with a mortgage. For example, buyers with higher credit scores are offered lower PMI (private mortgage insurance) rates. They may also qualify for mortgage programs with minimal mortgage points or lower loan costs. 
  1. There are Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Credit
    Before you start attending showings for Round Rock homes for sale, it's best to take steps to ensure your credit is at its best. Start by making all of your loan payments on time. If you've had late payments in the past, the effects of those late payments will decrease over time. Check the balances on your credit cards. If you're utilizing more than 30 percent of your available credit, pay them down, so your utilization is under the 30 percent mark. Ideally, do this for each card and for your credit card balance as a whole. For example, if you have a $4,000 balance on one card with a $10,000 limit, pay the balance down, so it's less than $3,000. If you have a card with a $2,000 balance and $10,000 credit limit and another with a $5,000 balance with a $10,000 limit, focus on paying the second card down, so it's less $3,000. Thoroughly review your credit reports and dispute any information that's incorrect. If you only have one type of debt on your credit report, consider opening another product to diversify your credit usage. For example, if you only have credit cards, take out an installment loan (and vice versa). 

Are you ready to buy your first home? Contact us today to start your search!

August
2

What to Know When Building a Home in 2021

Building a Home 2021

If you're looking for a new home in 2021, you're certainly not alone. A housing shortage means that demand exceeds supply and that there are more buyers than sellers in the market. As a result, some potential buyers are choosing to build their own homes. This allows them to fully customize their homes.

Our real estate agents explain what you need to know when building a home in 2021:

  • It may cost more than you think.  
    Building a home may cost more in 2021 than in previous years. That's because builders are experiencing shortages of essential materials. More than 90% of builders surveyed by the National Association of Home Builders say they've experienced shortages of plywood, with almost that many reporting a shortage of windows and doors. This drives up the price for these materials as well as the cost of building a home.

  • Interest rates are still quite low.
    If you need to obtain financing for your new home, the news is good. Interest rates have been around 3% for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the summer of 2021, which is historically very low. Although rates can sometimes be difficult to precisely predict, experts expect them to stay steady or rise only slightly by the end of the year, which makes financing a home build (or buying an existing home) easier financially.

  • Factor in the cost of land.
    Don't forget to factor in the cost of land if you're planning to build a home. Even if you already own the plot of land you'll be building on, you'll probably want to budget for some improvements. These can include a driveway, landscaping, and outdoor structures.

  • Consider healthy home features.  
    Homeowners have placed a higher priority on healthy home features in the past few years, and this trend has grown even more since the COVID-19 pandemic. Consider faucets controlled by motion sensors and smart home devices that minimize the number of times you'll touch surfaces like light switches and door locks. Features like low-VOC paint and an efficient HVAC system and insulation that helps improve indoor air quality are also important healthy home features.

  • Look beyond the open floor plan.  
    Open floor plans remain popular, but many homeowners now prefer a more formal layout. Think about what your family likes to do before deciding on a layout. If you like to entertain, for example, an open floor plan may better suit your needs. But if you have a family member who works at home or would like your home to have more private space, a more formal layout is probably the way to go in your new home.

  • Patience and flexibility are key.  
    You'll usually run into some unexpected delays and issues when you're building a home, so you'll need to be patient as well as flexible. This is particularly true in 2021 since shipping delays and material shortages are common. If you approach the project expecting some delays and are flexible about some of your decisions, you'll have a much better experience and be under less stress. 

Contact us to find out more about the local housing market and Cedar Park homes for sale. If you decide to build your own home, we can help you find the land that meets your needs and share information about specific neighborhoods and other areas. 

July
26

What to Look for During a Final Walk-Through

Final Walk Through Guide

You've made it to the final walk-through process, which means your long journey to securing your new property is almost complete. The final walk-through might seem like a simple formality, but it's one of the most important steps in the process. This is your final chance to ensure the seller held up their end of the bargain regarding repairs, maintenance, or contingencies.

Our real estate agents receive lots of questions about what to expect during the process. If you're in the process of purchasing one of these Round Rock homes for sale, below are some tips to guide you through the final walk-through process to ensure you don't miss anything.

Inspect All Repairs
As a homebuyer, your priority during the final walk-through is to ensure the seller completed any agreed-upon repairs or maintenance and that the work has been completed to your liking. Whether it's a minor fix such as doorknob replacement or a significant structural issue, remember to inspect every item closely. You can also ask the seller to leave behind any receipts or warranties if issues arise in the future. 

Look For New Issues
A lot can happen over 4 to 6 weeks, so it's also wise to keep an eye out for any new issues that may have popped up since the last time you visited the home. If you notice any significant problems that may have occurred since your last visit, this is your final opportunity to bring them to the seller's attention. Below are some common things to test during the walk-through process: 

  • Check the basement for new cracks or water spots
  • Run the garbage disposal
  • Open the garage door
  • Flip on and off the light switches
  • Flush toilets and run sinks

Check For Items Left As Part Of The Sale
If the seller agreed to leave behind any items such as appliances, lawnmowers, or pool tables, make sure they're still around after the seller has moved out. Most sellers won't attempt to skirt their end of the bargain, but it's still a good idea to check that everything is still in place.

What To Do If You Find Issues
While it doesn't happen often, sometimes buyers do find issues during the final walk-through process, so you should be prepared in the event there is a problem. If a seller did not complete required repairs or a new issue has occurred, you typically have three options:

  1. Delay closing until the repairs are complete.
  2. Negotiate compensation and make the repairs on your own.
  3. Back out of the deal. This is generally unfavorable for all parties given the amount of time and energy put forward and is only recommended under the most egregious of circumstances.

Make Sure Your Real Estate Agent Is Present
Your real estate agent has conducted dozens of walk-throughs, so he or she knows exactly what to look for. Having a second trusted set of eyes is highly advisable during the process. Your agent will have a record of all contingencies agreed upon during the sale and will be able to help ensure you don't miss anything.

Most of the time, the final walk-through process tends to go very smoothly, but it's still important to it seriously and check everything. If you're looking for guidance on the buying process, contact us today.

July
5

Is it Time to Update Your Driveway?

Driveway Tips

An aging, cracking, or crumbling driveway is a problem that will gradually get worse the longer you wait to fix it. It's an eyesore that tanks your curb appeal and can also detract from your home's value. Sprucing up your driveway will protect your investment in your home, and you may be able to get the money back when you sell. Here are a few driveway improvement tips from our real estate agents.

  1. Add Lighting
    If your problem isn't a broken driveway but just a boring one, you can make the old seem new by adding some cool new features such as lighting. Round Rock homes for sale that offer lighting alongside the driveways offer instant class and curb appeal. Solar-powered lights are fairly inexpensive, or spring for an electrician and get the system wired up so that you can control the lights with a switch or put them on a motion sensor.

  2. Use Bricks or Pavers
    Another perfect upgrade for a boring driveway is a border. Use bricks or pavers to create an attractive border along the edges of your driveway. As an added bonus, the border creates a segway into your landscaping and may even serve to hold back dirt, mulch, and overly enthusiastic plants. Stepping stones and crushed rock set alongside your driveway can also boost curb appeal, not to mention provide a pathway for visitors to travel on the way to your front door.

  3. Repair Minor Damage
    Sometimes the damage to your driveway is minor, and you can get away with just doing a few repairs to preserve the original driveway. If you're unsure whether your driveway can be repaired, it's best to contact a driveway paving contractor and get an expert opinion. If you're planning on selling your home, you'll probably want to spend the least amount of money that will produce a return on your home's value, so sometimes repairs can be cost-effective.

  4. Cover with Stamped Texture
    If you don't like the look of a patched or repaired driveway, there are various ways to cover the imperfections and make your driveway look new again. One way is by covering it with a spray treatment and adding texture. The result can be attractive and classy and gives the driveway a newer, more upscale look without redoing the entire thing.

  5. Add a New Layer of Concrete or Asphalt
    If your driveway is damaged beyond repair, the easiest way to get a whole new driveway is by patching any cracks or breaks and adding a layer of concrete or asphalt on top of the original one. This is easier and less expensive than bulldozing everything and starting over. You can even add on to your driveway while you're at it, widening or adding a parking area or turnaround since the new pavement will match.

One of the first things someone sees when arriving at your home is your driveway, making it a crucial part of your curb appeal. An attractive driveway is as much a part of that first impression as your landscaping or your front door. For more ideas on how to improve curb appeal, contact us today.

June
21

Raised Bed Gardening: Tips to Get Started

Garden Bed Tips

There are few projects as satisfying as growing your own food, and raised garden beds allow everyone to do that, even in a minimal amount of space. Our real estate agents can show you some exciting Round Rock homes for sale to house the garden you have wanted. With a little patience and a few simple steps, you'll soon be enjoying your own fresh produce, and nothing tastes better than the vegetables that come fresh from your own garden.

  • Select the Container
    If you don't want to invest in expensive materials, consider materials you may already have or can easily acquire. Many people start with wooden pallets. Almost any container will do. A galvanized horse trough will work well, even if it has a few leaks and is no longer good for the purpose intended. If you want multiple beds that are all uniform, pre-made kits are easy to find at home and garden stores, some of which are on wheels so that you can optimize the sunlight. 
  • Chose the Location
    Select a spot with the proper amount of sun for the crop you are planting. Tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, and cucumbers thrive in full sun for the entire day. Root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, and beets, need about half a day of sunshine to thrive. For shadier spots, plant leafy greens, such as kale and spinach. Take the time to do a little sun mapping before planting for the best results. Choose carefully because once you fill the bed with soil, it will be difficult, if not impossible to move, unless it is on wheels. 
  • Determine Watering System
    You may enjoy watering with a hose the old-fashioned way, or you might want to consider an efficient drip irrigation system. You can run a line directly from your water tap or rain barrel to allow you to water quickly and easily by simply turning a spigot. 
  • Fill the Container with Soil
    One of the advantages of a raised garden bed is that you won't need to worry about digging, rocky ground, or nutrient-poor ground. You won't find an article on raised garden beds that doesn't emphasize the importance of using the highest quality of soil your budget will allow. When purchasing garden soil by the bag, select products that support organic vegetables, after you fill the container about three-fourths full, top it off with compost. If you don't already have a compost pile, you can buy it at garden centers. This combination is important to fill your garden with rich nutrients and to hold moisture. To determine the amount of soil you will need, several suppliers offer online calculators that are very helpful.
  • Plant Your Crops
    Of course, you'll have done your homework long before this point and decided what crops to plant and when to plant them. If you're planting from seeds, you may have already started germinating them inside and have seedlings ready to place in the garden. You'll have learned that Round Rock has a growing zone designation of 8. Many vegetables should be started indoors in mid-February to avoid frost. For later planting, consider transplanting seedling tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, fresh herbs, and more from your favorite garden center. The optimal growing season in this area runs from April 1st to December 1st. 

Are you ready to start looking for a place to plant your own raised vegetable garden? Contact us today to arrange a tour. 

June
7

What to Know When Buying Patio Furniture

Patio Furniture

These days, a home's outdoor spaces are just as important as its indoor spaces. Just look at all the Round Rock homes for sale with outdoor living spaces! Homeowners use their outdoor spaces for dining, entertaining, and relaxing, so patio furniture and decor require some planning. Here are a few things to know before you go shopping for new patio furniture.

  1. Think About Your Goals
    Do you plan to use the space for grilling, outdoor dining, and entertaining? You'll want to prioritize a table and chairs where you can eat. If your dream patio is one where you can enjoy a glass of wine, read a book, and relax, you'll want to look for furniture that is more appropriate for lounging.

  2. Consider the Size of the Space
    Choosing patio furniture based on the size of your patio is very similar to choosing indoor furniture based on the size of the room. Leave plenty of room for the flow of traffic around the furniture. Measure your patio before shopping so that you know how much space you have to work with. The "less is more" approach to staging a home applies to outdoor spaces as well, according to our real estate agents, so this is especially important if you're preparing your home to sell.

  3. Keep the Weather in Mind
    The sun, rain, and humidity in Texas are something to consider when shopping for patio furniture. Being exposed to these elements can weather some types of furniture, such as wood, faster than others. If your patio furniture isn't protected from the elements by a roof or overhang, opt for something sturdy such as metal. Cushions left outside will likely need to be replaced every few years, but this may be seen as a bonus since it gives you a chance to freshen your look!

  4. Storage Options
    If you can, storing your patio furniture (or at least your cushions) will keep it looking nicer, longer. A patio storage bench is perfect if you want a handy place to put your cushions when you're not using the space, or you could build a garden shed with room to store lightweight patio furniture when not in use. Well-planned outdoor storage can be a selling point when you go to list your house, too. 

  5. Remember That You Get What You Pay For
    Sure, you have a budget, but try not to buy the cheapest patio furniture you find, as you will surely get what you pay for. Inexpensive patio furniture tends to be made of materials that don't hold up to weather exposure, such as plastic that will degrade quickly in the sun or cheap metal that will rust quickly with exposure to rain. If you need to stick to a tight budget, check out resources for secondhand goods, and keep an eye out for higher quality patio furniture.

Ultimately, look for patio furniture that not only looks good but where you can also see yourself spending time. Your outdoor living spaces should be an extension of your home: the perfect place to hang with family and friends or kick back and relax after a long day. For more information on what homebuyers expect from an outdoor living space, contact us today.

May
17

Avoid These Interior Design Mistakes

Interior Design Mistakes

Achieving just the right look in your home can be a delicate balance. Whether you're entertaining, staging your home to be listed among Round Rock homes for sale, or just want a beautiful home to relax in and enjoy in your free time, the right decor will help to pull it all together. Or will it? Here are five common interior design mistakes you don't want to make.

  1. Not Providing a Focal Point
    A focal point is what draws the room together. For instance, in the family room, the TV is more than likely the focal point. That one is easy! In a living room or sitting room, perhaps the fireplace is the focal point, and in the bedroom, the bed. All of the furniture and decor in a room should be arranged to emphasize, support, and draw the eye to the focal point.

  2. Making Everything too Matchy-Matchy
    When browsing furniture and decor, resist the urge to buy out the entire collection and make everything in the room match. What looks good on the showroom floor won't necessarily look good in a room that is lived in, or that is meant to look that way. It's the way you pull together coordinating but different pieces that will give your home a warm, unique, and totally personal feel.

  3. Forgetting to Take Scale into Account
    Have you ever seen a small room dwarfed by huge furniture? Most likely, that room felt cramped and uncomfortable. The opposite can be true, too: Large rooms with small furniture can feel unfinished and awkward like they're still waiting for something. Your furniture should fill the space adequately while still leaving generous walkways through each room. This is especially important when staging a home to sell!

  4. Adding the Wrong Rug
    Rugs should usually be chosen after the furniture since the choice and layout of the furniture can impact the size and appearance of the rugs you choose. In many ways, a rug is your finishing touch. For instance, you can tie a sitting area together and make it seem cozier with a medium-sized rug that ends underneath the couch and chairs or use a smaller rug as an accent by positioning just the coffee table on top of it. A large rug that fills the entire room, on the other hand, will create a sense of luxury.

  5. Plan Your Lighting
    Planning the lighting in a room is just as important as planning the furniture, paint, and decor. Settling for overhead lighting can be disastrous as the unflattering glare will wash everything out. Having a main light source is important, but you'll also want to layer other levels of lighting throughout the room. Soft lamps are great for mood lighting, and you'll want more focused light, known as task lighting, too. Think of reading lights by the bedside or your favorite chair or under-cupboard lighting to shine on prep space in the kitchen. If you are selling your home, our real estate agents know that well-lit homes show best!

Sometimes noticing and fixing mistakes like these can make all the difference, whether helping your home to show better or just enabling you to enjoy it more. To talk with an agent about other staging tips, contact us today.

April
12

7 Foods Texas Made Famous

Texas Foods Anyone who's ever spent time in Texas knows that the state's diverse dining scene is truly unique, with a blend of cultures and flavors that you simply won't find anywhere else. The dining establishments of Texas are also very innovative and have made many foods famous that are now enjoyed by foodies all around the country. No matter your personal taste, you're sure to find something to love in the Texas dining scene. Our real estate agents are here to help you build an appetite, with our list of 7 foods that Texas has made famous.

  1. Texas BBQ
    ​​​​​​​Whether you live near Round Rock homes for sale or anywhere else in the great state of Texas, you're likely to find a Texas barbecue establishment close to home. Texas BBQ is famous for being cooked low and slow, characterized by popular favorites like brisket and ribs. Add on some baked beans and potato salad, then be sure to save room for seconds.

  2. Mexican Food
    While Mexico of course deserves full credit for a culinary tradition that dates back centuries, Texas also gets credit for introducing the amazing flavors of Mexico to the rest of the country. The number of Mexican dishes that Texas has helped share with the world is long enough to create more than a few cookbooks, and the fusion of flavors between the two unique cultures continues to inspire new creations to this day.

  3. Tex-Mex Cuisine
    The blending of culinary cultures between Texas and Mexico also resulted in the creation of the beloved Tex-Mex cuisine that is now featured in restaurants throughout the United States. But if you want the best Tex-Mex, then you need to get it straight from the source in Texas. If you love dishes like fajitas and nachos, then you're sure to love Tex-Mex cuisine.

  4. Bob Armstrong Dip
    You haven't truly tried queso dip until you've sampled the savory flavors of the Bob Armstrong Dip that originated in Texas and has since spread across the country. This delicious dip combines queso, taco meat, guacamole, and sour cream to create a combination that your taste buds are sure to love.

  5. Breakfast Tacos
    Everyone loves tacos, and everyone loves a hot breakfast. That's the simple, delicious philosophy behind breakfast tacos, one of many culinary gifts from Texas to the rest of the world. While the ingredients vary, the theme remains the same. Take your favorite breakfast plate, wrap all of the best ingredients up in a soft tortilla, and start your day with a smile.

  6. Margaritas
    An icy, refreshing drink served in bars around the world, the margarita pairs perfectly with many of your favorite Texas dishes. While there is some debate about where the margarita was "officially" invented, there's no doubt that Texas has helped turn it into a phenomenon and one of the world's favorite mixed drinks.

  7. Pecan Pie
    Did you know that pecan pie is the official dessert of Texas? With a soft crust, sweet, chewy filling, and a topping of perfectly caramelized pecans, this delicious dish is sure to be a hit for anyone with a sweet tooth. Today, you can find pecan pie everywhere, but it's simply better in Texas.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the culinary masterpieces that Texas has made famous? Let us help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Round Rock, TX area.

March
15

7 Tips for Introducing a Pet to Your Home

Austin Pet Tips

When moving to a new home or adding a furry friend to your family, a little preparation goes a long way in helping your pet better understand the boundaries and feel more comfortable in their new home. Our real estate agents know that homebuyers value the happiness of their four-legged family members when moving to a new property. Follow these tips to ensure a smooth transition when introducing your pet to a new home. 

  1. Introduce Your Pet to the Home Ahead of Time
    While it might not always be possible to take your pet to Round Rock homes for sale before your move-in date, ideally, you should introduce your pet to their new home ahead of time. Dogs especially benefit from a previous introduction to their surroundings. During this time, walk them around the neighborhood and their new yard. 
  1. Keep Supplies in an Easy-to-Access Area
    Whether you're welcoming a new pet or moving your pet to a new home, you'll want to make sure you have everything you need to take care of them. Some items to have on hand include toys, a leash, collar, food, treats, litter and litter box or poop bags, food, and water bowls, grooming supplies, and cleaning supplies for your floors. When moving to a new home, pack everything in a container or bag that you keep with you. If adopting a new pet, conduct a shopping trip before your pet arrives. You don't want to have to scurry for pet essentials when you're trying to welcome your new family member. 
  1. Avoid Giving Your Pet Free Reign of Your Home
    It's best to establish boundaries with your pet right from the get-go. Otherwise, you risk confusing your pet, delaying the training process, and damaging your home. Ideally, you should block off any areas that you don't want your pet to enter until they learn what areas are off-limits. 
  1. Try to Bring Your Pet Home When You Have a Few Days Off
    Introduce your pet to your new home when you have a few days to help them get acclimated to their new space. Try to pick a period when you can stay at home and don't have many other tasks on your to-do list. Your pet should be your primary focus during this time. 

  2. Establish a Schedule for Your Pet
    Decide ahead of time what your pet's day will look like in their new home. What time will they be fed, and who will do the feeding? How often will their walks and playtime be? While every moment of your pet's day doesn't need to be allocated, you should have a basic idea of when your pet's mealtimes and play sessions will be. 

  3. Discipline Your Pet When Necessary 
    Your pet isn't going to behave perfectly. When they misbehave, know how to set them straight. Don't yell or scare them. Instead, stick with a firm "No!" or "Tsk!" When you catch your dog or cat doing something you want them to do, reward them with a treat and plenty of affection. 

  4. Create a Safe Space
    New surroundings are often overwhelming. See that your pet has a safe spot to retreat to when they feel scared. For a dog, a kennel is a terrific option that mimics a natural den. A seldom-used room is an excellent safe area for a cat.

Ready to explore new homes perfect for your whole family...pets included? Contact us today!

March
1

DIY Tips for Designing a Home Library

Home Library Tips

If you've always dreamed of having a home library to house your favorite novels, you can turn this dream into reality with some careful planning. Our real estate agents know that you don't need an entire room to create a gorgeous home library; instead, scour your home for unused or underused areas that will make a lovely home for your books. Here are some tips to follow when designing your home library. 

  1. Make the Library Work for Your Lifestyle
    While there's nothing wrong with the serenity of a conventionally quiet library, this simply isn't compatible with every household. One of the top benefits of a home library is that you can adapt it to your lifestyle. Maybe you have children who love to read, solve puzzles, and play board games. Set your home library up so that your children's reading materials are easily accessible; add a few kid-friendly chairs and tables so they have their own space. Or, maybe you know that you'll use your home library in between at-home work sessions. You might set-up your library in your home office so that you can take advantage of short breaks to enjoy a new book or reread an old masterpiece.
  1. Add Layers of Lighting
    Your home library is one area where you don't want a lot of direct natural light, as sunlight can damage the delicate pages of your books. Instead, incorporate multiple layers of lighting to ensure you have ample illumination for your reading and research. Start by adding ambient lighting that reaches the entire room; recessed lighting and lighting fixtures are two alternatives for whole-room illumination. Then, add accent lighting around the various spaces of your home library. For example, you might add track lighting around your bookcases. Next, incorporate task lights into your home library. This includes items like desk lamps and floor lamps. Whenever possible, opt for lighting that's dimmable so you can adjust the lights to your needs. 
  1. Use Space-Efficient Book Storage
    When space is a concern, maximize storage for your books by choosing shelves that utilize frequently unused areas. Corner shelving units are one solution, as are vertical bookcases that extend to your home's ceiling. Make sure to invest in a sturdy step stool so that you can easily reach the books on the top shelves.
  1. Check the Weight Limits for Your Floors
    Before your start setting up your shelves and books, confirm that your floors are capable of supporting the additional weight of a lot of books. Books are heavy, and if you store a lot of them in a concentrated area, it can put additional stress on the floor. If your floors can't support the additional weight as-is, a contractor can reinforce them by adding additional plywood or beams. When you add your home to the inventory of Round Rock homes for sale, you'll know that you completed the project correctly. 
  1. Add Decorative Pieces
    Make sure to add a few decorative items so that your home library reflects your tastes. A few framed photos, attractive bookends, pottery, or interesting sculptures can all add individuality to your new space. 

Want a property with more space for your home library? Contact us today to get started!

February
15

Is it Time for a Kitchen Upgrade?

Austin Kitchen Updates

When it comes to upgrades and renovations, the kitchen is one that's almost guaranteed to pay off when you sell your home. But how do you know your kitchen is dated enough that you'll benefit from updating? Here are a few indicators our real estate agents say mean the house is past due for kitchen renovations.

  1. Your appliances don't match.
    When a house is first built, or a kitchen is first renovated, all the appliances typically match, if not by brand, then at least in appearance. As they get older and start to go out, they typically get replaced with whatever can be found to fit and at a good price. The result is that after a while, a kitchen may end up with three or four appliances of varying styles and ages. If this describes your kitchen, most likely everything else is old enough that it's time to just upgrade it all.

  2. Your kitchen has a recognizable vintage.
    If guests tend to say things like, "Hey, this kitchen looks just like where I grew up!" when they come over, it's a sure sign that it's time for renovations. A few vintage touches can be a stylistic choice, but outdated kitchens just look old.

  3. There's visible damage.
    As kitchens get older, things break. The tile develops cracks, the linoleum begins to chip and peel, and appliances start showing wear. Appliances may stop working as well, too, or develop quirks as they age. Pretend you're touring Georgetown homes for sale and look at your kitchen the way a stranger would. If you see a bunch of tiny indicators of age, it's time to update.

  4. The layout is counterintuitive.
    The way we live and cook has changed, and so has kitchen design. Kitchens of the past tend to be counterintuitive in design, perhaps because they lacked design elements such as islands or conveniences such as pull-out cabinet drawers to help you better utilize and access your storage space. If preparing a meal is a hassle, it could be that your kitchen needs updates that will make the process more streamlined.

  5. The lighting is terrible.
    Another universal in dated kitchens is horrible lighting. Most older kitchens have only overhead lighting, with the only task lighting being the hood light over the stove. Good lighting is a huge selling point of any kitchen, though, so even just updating the lighting and appliances can go a long way toward improving your kitchen. Use the opportunity to light up your workspaces better with focused task lighting, such as under cabinet lighting.

Why waste your time cooking in a dark, cluttered, and outdated kitchen when cooking could be a pleasant experience with the right updates? Plus, updating your kitchen can add significant value before listing your home among the Round Rock homes for sale. For more advice on what updates you should do before selling your home, contact us today.

February
1

National Pizza Day: Where to Celebrate Near Austin

Austin Pizza Shops

Between the crust, cheese, sauce, and toppings, pizza more or less covers the major food groups, so our real estate agents can rationalize that they're eating healthy! More importantly, pizza just tastes really good. Celebrate National Pizza Day on Tuesday, February 9 with the pie of your choice from these top restaurants around Austin homes for sale

  1. Brooklyn Pie Co. - 2711 La Frontera Blvd., Suite 330, Round Rock, TX 78681 
    The Big Apple may be more known for pizza than Italy is. Brooklyn Pie Co. brings those iconic foldable slices to the community near Round Rock homes for sale. The dough and Old World tomato sauce are made from scratch, using family recipes passed down since the 1940s. Fast-food lovers will go for the White Castle Cheeseburger, topped with hamburger, red onions, bacon, and Cheddar cheese, while purists will appreciate the classic simplicity of the Margherita. For more NYC flavor, try the Carnegie Deli cheesecake. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. seven days a week.

  2. Yaghi's New York Pizzeria - 1552 FM 685, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    When it comes to the freshness of their pies, Yaghi's New York Pizzeria goes the extra mile. In addition to their dough and sauce, Yaghi's makes all their sausage, meatballs, hamburger, chicken, and steak toppings in-house. All meat is 100 percent natural, with no added preservatives or artificial flavors. Vegans and vegetarians will appreciate the number of meat-free specialty pies and calzones available. Call ahead or order online for pickup after a day of viewing Pflugerville homes for sale. Yaghi's is open daily from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. except for Friday and Saturday when hours are extended until 10 p.m. 

  3. East Side Pies - 1401 Rosewood Ave., Austin, TX 78702
    By its nature, pizza offers a pleasing range of variety to diners. East Side Pies goes one better by providing a number of different sauces to go with the large selection of toppings. Choose from the traditional red sauce, ricotta, black bean, chimichurri, pesto, or extra virgin olive oil. Take your pie up to the gourmet level with toppings such as organic brown eggs, avocado, roasted cremini mushrooms, smoked salmon, and sweet potatoes. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  4. Sabino's Pizza Pub - 2082 US Hwy. 183, Suite 110, Leander, TX 78641
    Do you prefer pizza crust you can really sink your teeth into? Sabino's Pizza Pub features the double-crust stuffed Chicago style, made famous in America's other pizza capital. Thin crust is also on the menu, so everyone can have their favorite. Are you up to the challenge of El Diablo? This spicy crossover pizza is topped with pepperoni, poblanos, serranos, jalapeños, habaneros, and pepperoncini. Sabino's is just minutes from Leander homes for sale for quick carryout. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  5. Guy Tano's Kitchen - 901 Crystal Falls Pkwy, Suite 101, Leander, TX 78641
    The name of Guy Tano's Kitchen is a loving tribute to owner Ambrogio Buraglia's dad. Gaetano Buraglia had his own Italian restaurant in California and shared his culinary secrets with his son, hoping Ambrogio would follow in his father's footsteps. No matter what type of pizza you order, Guy Tano's devoted customers say your meal isn't complete without an order of the signature garlic knots, dusted with Parmesan cheese and served with marinara dipping sauce. Guy Tano's is open noon - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

We've got all the details about living in the Austin area. Contact us at RE/MAX Capital City to learn more.

January
27

7 Museums in Austin You'll Want to Visit

Austin Museums

Family fun is never far from your front door when you live in the Austin area, and visiting local museums is a great way to have an exciting, educational outing that appeals to all ages. Whether you're interested in history, art, science, or a little bit of everything, you'll find plenty of local museums to indulge your curiosity. Our real estate agents have the details on 7 museums in the Austin area that you won't want to miss.

  1. Heritage House Museum – 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd., Pflugerville, TX 78660
    The Heritage House Museum is a local favorite close to Pflugerville homes for sale, where you can learn about the people, places, and stories that have shaped life in the community. Explore rural artifacts from the early 20th century that tell how Pflugerville has grown over the decades, from the German immigrants who founded the community to the many waves of new residents who have arrived since then.

  2. The Contemporary Austin – 700 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
    The Contemporary Austin is one of Austin's most popular art museums, with a gallery and sculpture garden focused on showcasing the work of contemporary artists. The Jones Center is one of two Contemporary Austin locations in the city, and it serves as the museum's main exhibit space. Be sure to check out the Moody Rooftop, which features beautiful art and stunning city views.

  3. Palm House Museum – 212 E Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664
    Take a trip back in time at the Palm House Museum, conveniently located close to Round Rock homes for sale. This museum is situated in a historic home and features two rooms with fully preserved furnishings from 1873. In addition to being a local history destination, this museum also serves as the Round Rock visitors center.

  4. Williamson Museum – 716 S Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626
    With a mix of history, art, and hands-on educational exhibits, the Williamson Museum truly offers something for everyone near Georgetown homes for sale. Discover the stories that have shaped life in Williamson County over the years through photography, historical artifacts, and special exhibits for kids that are designed to encourage active learning.

  5. Thinkery – 1830 Simond Ave., Austin, TX 78723
    Kids of all ages will love visiting the Thinkery, a museum where they can learn valuable STEAM skills in a fun, educational setting. The Thinkery features educational activities that inspire kids to experiment, ask questions, solve problems, and engage with the world around them in a fun, inspiring way.

  6. UMLAUF Scultpure Garden & Museum – 605 Azie Morton Rd., Austin, TX 78704
    The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is an educational, relaxing place to spend a day appreciating the arts in Austin. This museum showcases the work of prolific artist Charles Umlauf, who was renowned for his sculptures. The sculptures are housed in a beautiful outdoor garden, providing a peaceful, artistic oasis near Austin homes for sale.

  7. Bullock Museum – 1800 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
    Discover the history of Texas through exciting exhibits and unique films when you visit the Bullock Museum. Whether you're touring the many exhibits in the museum or settling in for an IMAX movie, you're sure to learn something new about Texas whenever you visit. You can also share your own stories and read stories from residents throughout Texas.

When you're ready to find your next home near the educational, family-friendly attractions of Austin, our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Austin, TX area.

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