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Friday, September 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Momentum and Adjustment, our Current Real Estate Market

Contributed by Sharon Rosshirt

 In real estate, as in life right now, there are an above-normal number of moving parts.  It’s harder to see into the future, because the analytics keep changing.

 Currently, there is a very strong level of demand for residential real estate as people’s lives keep changing in ways that call for a housing change.  People are still moving to central Texas, the greater Austin metro area in response to our still very strong job creation, relatively low unemployment, balanced and strong economy, absence of a state income tax, and that wonderful quality of life aspects of our hill country, Colorado River the system, music, and other cultural perks.  We have a strong technology base and a high level of entrepreneurial start-up businesses.  So many strong positives for our area!

 There is a great opportunity to purchase a home while money is cheap, the average 30-year mortgage hit an all-time low of 2.86 ...

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Friday, September 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Shredding With First National Bank

FNB Community Shred Day Coming September 26th!

Identity theft costs consumers billions of dollars every year. As disgusting as it sounds, dumpster diving continues to be a popular method for fraudsters to use to access your personal information.


In one recent survey, almost 30% of consumers reported that they do not shred paper documents that contain sensitive, personal information before throwing it away. Even the worst of home cooks would agree that we need to do more than rely on last night’s leftovers to deter thieves from going through our trash.

With that in mind, FNB is hosting a Community Shred Day at our Headquarters location here in Bastrop. The event will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 9 am to 12 noon. Look for a shred truck to be parked in the front parking lot accepting paper to shred, rain or shine.

We’ve had a great response to these events in the past and are hoping for the same results this year. There is no charge for shreddin ...

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Thursday, September 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Good Things at Down Home Ranch

Contributed by Deena Thomas

(BASTROP) Even in the midst of COVID confusion, good things are happening at various non-profit organizations including Down Home Ranch located on 410 acres near Elgin.

The Ranch, offering residency, day programs, and ranch camp over their past 31 years serves adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Their mission is “empowering the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, education, residential and vocational opportunities.”
It is with great anticipation for Saturday, Oct. 3, that this year’s 17th Annual Gala---“Down Home is Where the Heart Is” will be held completely online through a virtual hosting platform from 6 to 8 p.m.
“We will still have all of the great entertainment and speakers you’ve come to know and love with other galas,” Jeffrey Mizell, Director of Development said.
The event kicks off with a special pre-event performance b ...

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  family, covid, social distance, fun

Thursday, September 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Stanberry Builder Spotlight: Whisper Valley Austin

There has never been any place quite like Whisper Valley in Austin. Located along the booming SH 130 corridor, it’s the blueprint for a new kind of planned community – one focused on a more complete lifestyle. Whisper Valley is an environmentally-sensitive development dedicated to energy efficiency and cutting-edge technology. Homes built by Pacesetter Homes, Buffington Homes, GFO Home, Avi Homes, AHA Dream Homes, and Thurman Homes are affordably priced and perfect for Austinites who want to join the future of sustainable living.
The key to sustainable living at Whisper Valley is EcoSmart Solution, a green energy services provider, focused on designing and delivering an innovative geothermal infrastructure combined with a comprehensive suite of distributed energy resources. EcoSmart Solution (ESS) installs and operates a community-wide GeoGrid using a reliable vertical and horizontal central piping system to provide thermal energy for a geothermal heat pump installed in ev ...

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  family, fun, new, home, dell valle