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Buying a Home? Avoid These Common Home Hazards

Common Home Safety Hazards to Beware OfHome is where the heart is, but it can also be a place of hazards if it's not properly maintained. As a Bee Cave homeowner, there are many things you can do to make your home a safer and more enjoyable place to be. The following five tips can help you improve safety around the house, and may also improve quality of life as well.

1. Install Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Many homes already have ...

Where Are the Best March Events in Austin, TX?

Austin, Texas Events and Activities Scheduled for MarchNo matter what month of the year it is, there's always something going on in Austin, Texas. However, March is particularly exciting for the city. Some of the biggest festivals of the year are held during March, as well as major award shows and community events. Those who live in the city and those who are just stopping by will want to make sure they put these Austin events on their calendar:

Austin Water Lantern Festival

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A Guide to Different Real Estate Investment Types

A Guide to Different Real Estate Investment TypesAs a novice investor, choosing what type of real estate to invest in can be daunting, as there are pros and cons of each option. Single- and multi-family homes, vacation rentals, fixer uppers—where does one begin? The key to success in real estate investing is working with experienced professionals who familiarize buyers with local markets, guide them to solid purchases and even assist in determining the best way to utilize and market properties.

Depending on the type of residential real estate one invests...

Tips for Selling a Home When You Own Pets

Selling a Home When You Own PetsMany animal lovers would say that a home isn’t complete without having some kind of pet as a member of the household. Most often we find cats or dogs to be popular choices, and sometimes there’s several of them!

While pets can bring much excitement and enjoyment to a home, they can sometimes make the home selling process a little more difficult. So what is the most effective way to market your home when you have pets? Believe it or not, it’s rather easy to play up the benefits and overcome the challenges. If it’s ...

How to Design an Outdoor Living Area

How to Create an Outdoor Living SpaceNo matter how a backyard may look after a homeowner has purchased a new constrcution home, it is easy to overlook it entirely after a few months. But as easy as it is to stay indoors, residents are giving up a piece of their property if they don't take advantage of it. Here are a few tips to constructing an outdoor living area that will make it easy to transition from indoors to out.

Designing an Outdoor Living Room

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How to Paint a Room: A Beginner's Guide

How to Paint Your HomeWhen it comes to painting a room, there are two options: hire someone to do it, or do it yourself. For many people, painting can seem like an intimidating project. However, painting can be a very straightforward process for any homeowner. Follow these easy steps to achieve a new look in any room in your Georgetown home.

Picking Paint

When it comes to paint, there are dozens of different types. For the average interior room, latex-based paint with an eggshell finish is a good choice. It provides just a little bit of shine and is easier to work with than oil-based paints...

What Are Driving Times Like to Downtown Austin?

A Look at Austin, Texas Commute TimesPeople often live in the suburbs around downtown Austin, Texas, and commute into the city for their personal and professional engagements. This arrangement allows them to save on housing and live in a quiet area while enjoying all the capital city has to offer. Before making this move, prospective residents can see if the commute will work for them by looking at the average travel times. To help them get started, here's a look at common commute times across this region.

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Signs of Common Pests in the Home

Signs of Common PestsHomeowners are often surprised by a pest infestation, as they are not always aware of the signs of a pest problem. The extent of the problem can grow quickly before a person decides to call an exterminator. From musky smells to droppings, there are ways homeowners can deduce that a pest issue may be forming. Understand more about signs that pests may be lurking in a home and what to do about it - especially if you are considering selling your home in a buyers market.

Termites in the Home

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Selling a Property? Here's Why It Pays to Bring in a Professional Photographer

Top Reasons to Acquire Professional Photos When Selling a HomeUpon deciding to sell their property, Round Rock homeowners have to decide if they are going to bring in a professional photographer to take pictures for their MLS listing and other ads. Many will skip this step in favor of just having their real estate agent handle it rather than shelling out the extra cash.

Although real estate agents can simply take a few photos of the property for the listing, professional photographers are the ones who can really do it justice. Here's...

How to Remediate Mold In Your Home

How to Get Rid of Mold in My HomeMold can happen in any property, even though it's more likely to occur in high-humidity areas, like kitchens and bathrooms. Mildew can be easily vanquished with a few cleaning products from the store, but mold is a serious problem that can linger in the walls and under the floorboards. Find out more about how to prevent, treat, and remove mold before it threatens the home's integrity of the health of those who live in it.

Inspecting the Home

Georgetown home maintenance starts with learning the ins and outs of the property. It's not enough...

How to Apply for a USDA Home Loan

What to Know About Getting a USDA Home LoanUSDA loans are special loans offered by the government for people who want to move out of the city and into the more rural towns and communities across the US. They're notorious for providing extreme financial incentives for families who may be struggling. Ultimately, the government wants to revitalize communities by tempting people to live in the great wide open. For those who don't mind living outside the city limits, it may be time to find out what it takes to secure one of these loans.

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Capital Gains Tax and the Sale of Your Home

What to Know About Capital Gains and Home SalesHomeowners interested in selling a primary residence may want to know more about the capital gains tax and applicable exclusions to avoid handing over a chunk of the profits to Uncle Sam. Whether a seller is able to qualify for a full or partial exclusion, either translates to less money given to the IRS.

Learn more about capital gains tax and full and partial exemptions on the sale of a home today.

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Eco-Friendly Strategies for a Green Home

Energy Efficient Upgrades For Your HomeGreen energy is the way of the future: now more than ever, homeowners are becoming conscious of the environment and what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. Here are different strategies homeowners can use to help make their home environmentally friendly and use less energy.

What is an Eco-Friendly Home?

An eco-friendly home is one that includes many environmentally-friendly features that allow an individual to reduce the energy they use and the pollution they emit. There is no set standard to define an eco-friendly home, and many homeowners are able to create a sustainable lifestyle that works for them. For...

What to Know Before Moving to Austin, Texas

Moving to Austin, Texas? Here's What Everyone Needs to KnowAs the capital of the Lone Star State, Austin is definitely a great place to live. Nearly one million people proudly call this city home with millions more residing in the suburbs all around. In addition, more than 27 million people visit each year to just get a taste of what it is like to live here.

To make the most of moving to Austin, Texas, everyone needs to get familiar with all this region has to offer. Then, they can jet over with confidence they are making the right choice for their household. Here's a look at 15 things people need to know before selecting this city as their home. ...

FHA Home Loan Basics: What Homebuyers Should Know About the FHA Loan

What to Know About Getting an FHA LoanIt can be hard to come up with a 20 percent down payment. However, this does not mean that prospective homeowners need to delay getting into a first home. Lenders do prefer a larger down payment but will approve a home mortgage with a smaller down payment.

Homeowners can put as little as 3.5 percent and step into their first home. Learn more about FHA home loans and how you may qualify today.

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6 Best Budget-Friendly Flooring Options

Cost Effective Flooring

When it comes time to replace a home's flooring, there are a multitude of different options that can suit all needs and preferences. However, it's easy to get overwhelmed by high prices. For those who are working with a budget or just want to be budget-conscious, here are five affordable flooring options to spruce up any home to renovate or sell.

Installing Linoleum Flooring

For homeowners who want a floor that isn't going to require special cleaning to keep it looking it best, linoleum may be a good choice. It's sturdy and low maintenance, and it can even come in just about any style...

The Home Seller's Guide to Curb Appeal

Your Guide to Home Curb AppealUnless a seller is fortunate enough to have a professional staff of groundskeepers and maintenance personnel, the aspect of curb appeal is something that most homeowners find themselves dealing with in some capacity when deciding to sell their home. Since buyers often equate curb appeal with actual quality and value, sellers who miss the mark when attempting to improve their home's curb appeal may find themselves experiencing depressed levels of buyer interest, longer market times, and lower purchase offers than a comparable home that buyers view more positively.

If you are preparing your home for sale and want to make sure it is as appealing as possible from the curb,...

3 Tips for Buying a Home In an HOA

Is an HOA Right for Me? Tips for Deciding the Best Course of ActionHomeowners Associations (HOAs) can be found nearly anywhere across the US. In some cases, they're easy to spot due to their gated barriers or pre-planned layouts. However, some Lakeway home buyers stumble onto HOAs without even realizing it. Those interested in what HOAs do and how they work should know more about the basics before committing to anything.

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9 Devices To Make Your Home Smart

Smart Tech For Your HomeSmart home upgrades do a lot to improve quality of life around the house. Some smart upgrades can save energy, others can save time or increase security. There are so many smart products that some homeowners find it difficult to choose. Below are some of the most creative and useful smart home upgrades sought by modern homeowners.

Smart Thermostat

Everyone has been in a situation where they’re rushing to get out the door and forget to turn down the thermostat, leaving the air conditioning or heat on all day long when no one is home. With a smart thermostat...

The History of Austin, TX

Discover the Past: What You Need to Know About Austin's HistoryModern-day Austin is constantly buzzing with activity. Most people find Austin to be an appealing place where they can settle down and achieve their goals. While the city may be teeming with life and it seems the community will continue to flourish for the years ahead, Austin has not always been the metropolis that it is today. In fact, its history stretches past the European settlement that occurred during the mid-19th century, extending back thousands of years to a time when native tribes occupied the land.

Indigenous Life in the Austin Region

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