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Thursday, January 14, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

2020 in Review

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. ...

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  family, covid, home, social distance

Wednesday, January 13, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

Appraisals – “Hurry up and wait.”

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 ...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

It’s All in the Family This Holiday Season!

Many of us cherish childhood memories of searching for and picking pecans from the Texas state tree. The pungent smell of a freshly-dropped pecan still nestled in its velvety green blanket brings back warm feelings of Fall and the holiday season.
With the unique conditions surrounding this year’s festivities, many of us will be staying close to hearth and home—celebrating the holidays with immediate friends and family. For those of us who enjoy baking, cooking, and dining together, fresh pecans make a great addition to the menu. From grabbing a handful as a snack to including them in casseroles, savory dishes, and desserts, pecans add just the right touch to holiday dining.
The Berdoll family has kept that tradition alive by celebrating the planting, harvesting, and production of pecans and pecan products. Established on the Colorado River bottom in Bastrop county, the Berdoll homestead was originally intended to raise cattle, until hardship prompted later generations t ...

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  family, fun, home, christmas, holiday, housewarming

Monday, December 7, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Property Taxes in 2020

Property taxes are the main source of revenue for Texas counties and in Travis County, the Commissioners Court sets the local rate. Commissioners began the budget approval process earlier this year before the coronavirus pandemic began, but revisions were made after the pandemic reduced revenue and the county incurred new expenses. Property taxes add monies to the general fund that allocates money to the county's municipal endeavors. The general fund is the money used for the court system, parks, social services, juvenile justice, emergency response, and medical services, law enforcement, corrections, and rehabilitation.
Each county appraisal district determines the value of all taxable property within the county boundaries and a notice of appraised value is sent to all property owners by the end of April or May, depending on where the property is located. To save time and money, the appraisal district uses the mass appraisal to appraise large numbers of properties. 


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Thursday, November 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

The Importance of Local

Supporting your local scene is more important now than ever. Putting those holiday dollars back into your own community means that the very things you love about your area have a better chance of survival in this ongoing time of COVID. We rely on the creators and music makers to entertain and challenge us but the loss of so many service jobs has had huge impacts on those who make Central Texas so unique. Before you go online to the big-name sites for those free shipping perks, consider heading out into your city instead.
Here are some suggestions:

Band Merch: Band merch from our local musicians is the best merch around! What better gift could you give to your favorite peeps than a cool coozie, a t-shirt, or an album? Find a list from Austin’s own KUTX here.



MBE/WBE: (Pronounced me-be-we-be) Here is the City of Austin’s directory to the Minority and Women Business Enterprise establishments. You have a variety of search filters to find what you are looking for a. ...

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  family, covid, fun, social distance, new, dripping springs, freedom, virtual party, christmas, holiday, mask