Tuesday, July 19, 2022 / by Jenny Carroll
PREVENTING SLAB SETTLING
By Jeff Stewart, CCIM
Last month set a record for the hottest June in recorded history. It sets the stage for a similar summer as we had in the drought of 2011. This means homeowners need to be proactive in safeguarding their foundations. This is especially true for owners with properties east of I-35 in the black clay.
Slab foundations are engineered with beams, rebar and post tension cables to perform under great stress, but in the final analysis, they are still ground supported. While engineered slabs seldom fail, they certainly can settle enough to bind doors and cause unsightly cracks in brick and drywall. The key to preventing this is to maintain consistent moisture in the soil supporting the exterior beams of the foundation. As a former general contractor and officer of a builder warranty company, I have seen scores of houses with all degrees of settling. Many of the problems could have been largely a. ...
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 / by Jenny Carroll
NEW YEAR PROVIDES NEW BENEFITSFOR PROPERTY OWNERS WITH HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONSProperty owners reminded to file for exemptions on property they own and live in
AUSTIN, Texas – The Travis Central Appraisal District (TCAD) is reminding property owners who own and live on a property to save money on their property tax bill by filing for their homestead exemptions.
“On average, a homestead exemption saved Travis County property owners $1,126 on their 2021 property tax bill,” said Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler. “Thanks to new laws and policies, property owners with homestead exemptions are set to enjoy even more reductions in 2022.”
Several types of homestead exemptions are available, including a general residence homestead exemption and exemptions for people over the age of 65, people and veterans with disabilities, and the surviving spouses of service members or first responders killed in the line of duty. To be eligible for a homestead exemption, a property ...
Thursday, December 2, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Thursday, January 14, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
With the New Year comes a new form of public transportation in Bastrop, TX. Electric Cab of North America has joined the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) in a pilot project funded by a partnership with Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the US Department of Energy. CARTS, a public transportation system, serves urbanized areas of nine Central Texas counties, including Bastrop.Bastrop’s micro-mobility project, called CARTS Now, offers on-demand, point-to-point travel within a designated area of the Bastrop city limits that includes residential, retail, and medical facilities. A portion of that broader area will include a limited electric vehicle service zone. CARTS Now introduced one of its electric vehicles on Dec. 14th; the second will With their open-air designs and maximum speeds of 35 mph, the electric vehicles provide convenient and easy transportation for casual travel.
Curb-to-curb service is available Monday thr. ...