Wednesday, March 10, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Contributed By: Jami Carroll
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to provide for our seasonal native pollinators! Following the polar freeze that hit Central Texas last month, biologists and horticulturists have begun sounding the alarm over the storms’ negative impacts on our migratory species--including hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. As we begin the hard work of cleaning, reclaiming, and replacing our landscapes and gardens, it’s important to provide for the smallest members of our natural environment: the pollinators. Native species, wildflowers, annuals, and herbs make welcome additions to any garden while providing healthy food and habitats for our favorite pollinators.
Many homeowners look forward to the annual arrival of hummingbirds from mid-March to April. Returning from their South American holidays, Ruby-throated, Black-chinned, & Rufous hummingbirds seek the tender, Spring blooms of flowering plants, bushes, . ...
Friday, February 19, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Texans have shown their mettle once again in the face of Nature’s fury. As polar weather patterns shifted to dump historic amounts of snow on ill prepared Southerners, temperatures not only dropped but uncharacteristically remained stuck in below freezing conditions. A dusting of snow is nothing new to us. We can make ludicrously small snowmen with the best of ‘em. A prolonged icy scenario however, despite the beauty of it, is not something we are remotely prepared for.
As demand for heat spiked, the un-weatherized power plants across the state began to fail catastrophically, leaving millions of Texans in the frigidly cold darkness. Some of our Stanberry agents were left without power or a heat source for over 100 hours. Subfreezing temperature inside your home, especially for the elderly or those with compromised health, is a potentially deadly situation for any of us.
As we’ve done so many times before with hurricanes, floods, tornados and more, Texans came out in; ...
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. ...
Thursday, January 14, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
What can be said about 2020 that hasn’t already been said? Can you count on your fingers, toes, and eyeballs how many times you were asked, “How are you holding up during these difficult times?” I can’t. Between the election, civic unrest, and the global pandemic, we’re exhausted and humanity is frankly a little cranky.
However, while suffering with everyone else, many have also experienced unprecedented silver linings in their lives that will be cherished as lifelong memories. We were given permission to slow down in our overscheduled, overly distracted days because what else were you going to do? You weren’t going anywhere. Families that would have been separated by normal circumstances were brought back together in ways we may never see again. College kids returned home as universities closed. Young adults moved back in with their parents to create safe quaran-teams with their loved ones. Parents of school-age children were able to connect with t. ...
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Thoughtfully contributed by longtime Stanberry, Jeff Stewart, CCIM
Astonishingly low interest rates and a tidal wave of newcomers have swamped lenders and appraisers in the greater Austin area. Unfortunately, appraisers have become the bottleneck for most resale transactions. Since the appraisal process is largely unseen by the public, most of our clients only learn about the process whenever a problem arises, so let us look behind the curtain.
First, it needs to be said that a real estate license does not give agents the right to perform an appraisal. We may offer an opinion of value or do a competitive market analysis (CMA), but absolutely nothing we do may be called an appraisal. Appraisers are licensed by the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board.
Regarding the bottleneck comment, until the last six months or so, a typical residential sale transaction took roughly thirty days from contract to closing. Recently, many transactions are taking forty-five to fift ...