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Saturday, February 09, 2019   /   by Jenny Carroll

Beautiful New Construction Near Historic Downtown Bastrop: Piney Creek Bend

(BASTROP) Living in Bastrop proper just blocks away from Historical Downtown Bastrop and Fisherman’s Park has become a reality this new year with the development of Piney Creek Bend in Bastrop.
With an open house scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, Piney Creek Bend, an exclusive KB Home community, features two model homes at 1502 Dragonfly Loop, along Carter and Hawthorn Streets. Upon completion, Piney Creek will offer 170 lots on 38 acres of the 90 acres along Piney Creek with 52 acres dedicated as public parkland and open space.
“Piney Creek Bend was developed to maintain the natural beauty of the native eco-system,” Stan Ramos of KB Home said. “The creek is a tributary to the Colorado River with the native flora and fauna of the basin. Our public trail system is landscaped in native species including planting of the area’s famous loblolly pines.”
At Piney Creek Bend in Bastrop, KB Home offers 16-floor plans beginning in the low $200s rangi ...

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Friday, February 01, 2019   /   by Jenny Carroll

Stanberry's 2018 Best-of-the Best Agents

Ever since Bill Stanberry first opened the doors in 1982, Stanberry Realtors® has been a staple of Central Texas real estate. Our commitment to excellence inspires our agents to do more not only for our clients but for our industry. We've had agents lead in just about every aspect of the business and this year's award-winning top agents are no exception. We're incredibly proud of the work they do for our communities and they deserve to be recognized for the time, energy, and enthusiasm they always have for their endeavors.
May we get a drum-roll, please? Here are Stanberry's 2018 Top Producing Agents:
Listing Agents of the Year

Bastrop - Randy McDonald                    Cedar Park - Paula Gold

Dripping Springs - Edith Austin             Company-wide - Tom Polk
Sales Agents of the Year

Bastrop - Mary Ellen Franklin                &n ...

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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

Posted by Jenny Carroll







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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