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Friday, January 11, 2019   /   by Jenny Carroll

Getting Fit in Bastrop

(BASTROP) So, whether it’s a “New Year, New Me” resolution, the gotta-keep-a’moving routine, or going-to-tackle-that-marathon goal, the Bastrop area offers a variety of fitness centers and programs to meet the individual’s needs.
Besides losing weight or achieving a personal goal, there are numerous reasons to begin and maintain a fitness program. Stephanie Gordon of Bastrop Jazzercise said that a program helps reduce stress, gives the person some “me” time, introduces friends with similar goals and generally improves overall health.
Let’s compare several Bastrop-area options:
BASTROP JAZZERCISE at 612 Old Austin Hwy.

Bastrop Jazzercise offers one-hour group-class environments lead by 7 certified instructors. The classes are well planned, challenging and fun. There’s even childcare for $1 per class or $10 per month.
“When you come to a Jazzercise class, you will get a total body workout including cardio and muscl ...

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Friday, January 11, 2019   /   by Jenny Carroll

Today's VA Loan" Better and More Competitive Than Ever

Posted by Jenny Carroll



For many years, the VA loan of the past had a reputation for being less desirable in the real estate marketplace, especially in consistently hot markets like we have here in Central Texas. I spoke with Chad Bowman of Veterans United Home Loans in Austin & Killeen to find out how this product has changed and how it has become a strong selling point for your Veteran property buyers.
Chad, a Veteran himself, spent the last several years teaching Veterans, REALTORS®, and the general public about how to successfully navigate the easier-than-ever VA loan. Below is our conversation:
1.  How has the VA loan experience changed over the last decade for the borrower? The Seller?
Since I started as a VA Loan Specialist 14 years ago, the VA loan has only gotten better and easier for everyone involved.  In fact, in 2018, VA loan usage hit an all-time high, proving that point. The reason I say that VA loans have improved i ...

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Friday, January 11, 2019   /   by Jenny Carroll

Austin Resource Recovery Curbside Composting

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How much trash does your household produce on a regular basis? My own home used to fill the trash bin as well as have an overflowing recycling bin every single week. However, back in June of 2018, Austin Resource Recovery began the Curbside Composting program in select areas and we were shocked to find how much of our regular output could be redirected to the new green compost bin rather than the trashcan bound for the landfill.


Due to the success of the program, Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) plans to expand Curbside Composting to all their customers by 2020, pending future approval by City Council. According to their website, the program is part of ARR’s City of Austin Zero Waste goal to divert 90 percent of materials from landfills by 2040.


 


Why Compost?


My own experience supports ARR’s claim that close to half of all trash sent to landfills is potentially compostable material. &ldqu ...

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Thursday, December 6, 2018   /   by Jenny Carroll

Happiest of Holidays from the Stanberry REALTOR Family!

Every family has their own version of holiday cheer, from watching movies, decorating the house, singing songs, or bah hum-bugging the whole thing. Here are some favorite memories and traditions of the holidays from our own dear Stanberry family. May this give you some ideas for your own family or simply bring you a smile this holiday season. 
 Randy McDonald- Our family started a family tradition many years ago on Thanksgiving to hold hands in a circle and each individually tell the circle of family one thing they are grateful for. It's a wonderful experience, watching children especially, grow in their year to year thoughts of grace in their lives. Often a tear of happiness is seen rolling down the cheek of those that are listening, along with many big smiles. This year we had a new 10-year-old girl at the family dinner, she has a rough life at her home and spends most of her time after school and nights staying at my son's family home. With grateful tears ...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018   /   by Jenny Carroll

Stanberry Vendor Spotlight: Junkluggers

We don’t typically think much about trash removal or hauling junk until something happens and we need to have it handled as quickly as possible. Usually involving a dramatic life change, it could be a divorce, a death in the family, massive spring/fall cleaning or any number of reasons leading to the impersonal collection and the inevitable disposing of our belongings at the dump somewhere outside of town. Not exactly inspiring, right?

Well, Laura Chavez with Junkluggers Junk Removal Service will change the way we think about trash. Junkluggers is relatively new to Austin but we can promise you that you’ll be hearing a lot more about them soon! Originally started in 2004 in Connecticut, the company rapidly outgrew its small hometown and in 2013 expanded to franchise opportunities nationwide.

After rejecting 3 other franchise possibilities, Laura was presented with the Junkluggers business plan by a franchise broker. Coming from a background in health and nutrit ...

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