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Where Are the Best Museums in and Around Cedar Park, TX?

Best Museums in Cedar Park, TXCedar Park, Texas is a community that is dedicated to lifelong education and providing its residents with opportunities to enjoy various experiences. Both local residents and visitors appreciate the fact that there are many museums in and near Cedar Park that allow them to discover the past, present and future.

These are the 3 best museums in and around Cedar Park:

Cedar Park Sculpture Garden

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Be Smart When Buying a Foreclosed Home

How to Buy a Real Estate ForeclosureA Foreclosure Does Not Equal a "Good Deal" By Default

With the events of the past few years, it's understandable that the home-buying public equates a "foreclosure" to a "good deal". But the fact is, that a foreclosed home deserves a much higher level of scrutiny - not only in terms of the market value, but also the property's condition.

You should never approach the possible purchase of a foreclosed home as though you are getting a "good deal" - that is unless the numbers truly indicate it is in fact a sound investment, compared to other homes. Always, be smart when buying a foreclosed home!

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5 Mistakes Buyers Make When Purchasing a Fixer-Upper

Fixer Upper Home Buying MistakesFixer-upper homes may need special attention that move-in ready homes don't, but for some buyers, that's what makes them perfect. However, all buyers interested in a fixer-upper home should be aware of common mistakes other buyers have made. Here are five easy mistakes to make when buying a fixer-upper home and how to avoid them.

1. Paying Too Much

A large part of the appeal of fixer-upper homes is that they cost far less than move-in ready homes. However, that discount is necessary because fixer-upper homes require so much work to bring them up to date and make them livable. So why would a buyer pay the same amount of money for a fixer-upper as they...

Foundation Damage? What To Do to Repair Your Home Foundation

Everything You Need to Know About Foundation DamageFoundation damage can significantly devalue a house if it's not properly repaired. Foundation damage may also impact selling a home. Homeowners who can identify foundation damage in its early stages can often get their foundation repaired by an expert. If you're a homeowner and you think you might have foundation damage, here's what you need to know.

Identify the Damage

Before contacting an expert to diagnose your problem, know what foundation damage looks like. This type of problem can take many forms, depending on the type...

Holiday Home Buying: Shopping For Homes During the Holidays

How to Buy a Home During the HolidaysBuying a home during the holidays - sounds crazy, right? You have about a million tasks on your to-do list and none of them checked off. You have relatives coming into town, the local bake sale needs more holiday cookies, and the cat just crawled-up the tree - again. In the midst of all this holiday chaos you may think the last thing you really want to do is search for your new home. However, you might be missing out. The holiday season can be a fantastic time to buy real estate!

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Make Small Repairs To Raise Your Home Sales Price

Home Repairs To Raise Sales PriceIf you're preparing to list your Leander home for sale, please resist the temptation to make major home improvements. Major home improvements can end up costing you more than double your original budget. Additionally, you will be dealing with the mess yourself, and more importantly, delaying how soon your home is shown to potential home buyers in Leander. Rather, for a better return on your time and money, focus on minorprojects instead - especially your "honey-do list." It's the smaller projects that tend to have a bigger, long-term payoff.

Start Thinking Like a Home Buyer!

So, how do you determine which projects are the "smaller ones"? It's obvious when you think back...

Selecting Home Insurance? How to Pick the Best Policy For Your Home

How to Pick the Best Home Insurance When Buying a HomeHome insurance is a requirement if you're going to get a conventional mortgage when you buy your home. The home insurance you choose can have a big impact on how quickly you're able to recover from a disaster like a wildfire or tornado.

Knowing how to pick the best home insurance is important. If you're in the middle of the home buying process and are trying to decide what kind of home insurance to choose, these tips can help.

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Keep Your FICO Score High For Best Mortgage Rates

How to Improve Your FICO Score Before Buying a HomeThinking of buying a home in Austin soon? For today's home buyers, the value of "good credit" has never been higher. Virtually all Mortgage loan approvals will depend on your FICO score, as does your final mortgage rate, which varies depending on what range your FICO score falls into.

If you're shopping for a home or contemplating a refinance, be aware of how credit behaviors can affect your FICO score. Even small events can make a big impact. For example, we often work with clients who's score is only off by a couple points...

Looking to Invest in Austin? Consider the Following

The Austin real estate market is generating buzz within the investment community. Prices are high in this seller's market, but the thriving economy and continued population growth indicates that property values will continue to increase for the months and years to come. For investors, these are the ideal conditions that they search for when it comes to investing in a particular market.

However, star-struck investors will still want to do their research before purchasing an investment property in Austin. According to a recent Forbes article, there are certain investment properties that will generate a significant return, while...

Millennial Homeownership in Austin – Overcoming a Strong Market

Landscaping Mistakes Some Homeowners MakeEverywhere you turn, somebody is talking about the Millennials, and it seems like most people doing the talking have a slightly sarcastic or condescending tone. They aren't really the group they're made out to be – times change, and generations adapt to the circumstances they are born into. Now, as they are climbing the ladder and planning for their future, they are facing additional challenges that can be difficult to overcome in certain parts of the country, such as achieving homeownership.

In Austin, many Millennials are having a hard time becoming homeowners due to the strength of the market. This is quite significant, as Millennials make up about 36 percent of the population in Austin,...

Waiving Home Inspection With Multiple Offers

Should You Waive the Inspection Contingency in a Seller's Market/Hot Market Hazard: You Want to Waive the Inspection?

There's one "Hot Market Hazard" which makes my stomach churn, and that's when the buyer comes downs with a case of "house fever" so severe that they're willing to waive the home inspection contingency completely to "win" a multiple offer situation.

Many markets are definitely "hot" right now. We have a record low home inventory for sale, and an incredibly low number of new listings coming online to satisfy buyer demand. And, the numbers indicate we'll be in a seller's market for quite some time to come.

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6 Great Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Leander and Cedar Park

Must-See Outdoor Activities in Leander and Cedar ParkLooking for ways to enjoy the outdoors in Cedar Park and Leander? Both of these cities offer numerous opportunities. Here is a quick list of some of the finest outdoor adventures that area residents will enjoy.

1. Lake Travis Zipline Adventure

For thrill seekers, the Lake Travis Zipline Adventure is certainly worth a look. This complex boasts the longest zipline in Texas with tours that last for three hours, swinging adventurers out over Lake Travis itself. With five different ziplines to try, once people get a taste of the high-flying...

What School Districts Are in the Austin Area?

School Districts in Austin, TXAustin is the 10th largest city in the United States and one of the fastest-growing cities. If you're considering moving to Austin and have kids (or are planning on kids soon), it's good to know which school district they will be zoned to. Many of the surrounding cities and suburbs in the greater Austin area have their own public school districts, so it's good to do your research beforehand.

Austin Independent School District

Austin Independent School District is the main public school district for Austin. As...

4 Leander Parks Give Residents Great Recreational Spaces

The Best Parks in Leander and Cedar ParkFor people that are looking at reasons to purchase Leander real estate, there are many. One of this city's greatest assets are its parks. There are four in Leander, the Benbook Ranch Park, Devine Lake Park, Mason Creek Park and Robin Bledsoe Park. Let's take a look at each and what they have to offer to this great community!

1. Benbook Ranch Park

The newest park in Leander is the Benbook Ranch Park, which was opened in 2008. This park offers several recreational opportunities on the 46.5-acre complex....

Buying New Construction? Tips to Get Started

What You Need to Know About Buying New ConstructionBuying a new construction home can be an incredible thrill, but it can also be a time consuming, intimidating process. Many people who decide to buy a new construction home know little about the home-buying process and are unsure of where to begin. These tips can help buyers decide

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate...

Do Open Houses Help Sell Houses? We say YES!

Should You Host an Open House When Selling Your Home?Drive around most towns on weekends, and you'll often seen open house signs.

Most real estate agents and industry experts say that the percentage of homes sold as a direct result of Cedar Park open houses is exceptionally small. However, other agents speak highly of open houses, and depending on the type of home and the price range, we agree that open houses can be a very useful strategy in selling a home.

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5 Great Restaurants to try in Cedar Park

Where Are the Best Restaurants in Cedar Park?One of the things that makes Cedar Park a great place to live is the local business. In the restaurant sector, residents enjoy a wide variety of different flavors—cuisines of all kinds, traditional foods and there is even a lively fusion scene, bringing the best in modern eats to town. Let's take a look at some of the most talked about restaurants in the area.

1. Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill

This is a restaurant where you will find local Southwestern cuisine at a great price. Featuring a patio, famous margaritas, a full-service bar and a private room, diners will always find...

The Most Common Roofing Materials for the Home

How to Choose a Roofing Material for Your HomeWhile the whole of the roof is not usually visible to a Bee Cave homeowner, its materials will make a difference to the home and the people who live within it. Along with its effect on the overall style, the roof can protect the home and residents from any natural and man-made threats alike. Learn how the common materials of the roof function over time. Having an idea of each one can make it easier to replace or construct a roof (long before there's an immediate need to).

Metal Roofs

Most people don't think of metal as a common roofing material for a residential structure, but there are reasons why this is slowly starting to change...

4 Common Types of Home Security

What Type of Home Security Is Best for Me?Home security on a property is defined by the personal values of the homeowner, which is why there are a variety of systems available. Whether a person wants to merely lock their doors at night or hire a private 24/7 guard for their home, keep the following points in mind.

Common Sense

Much of a Spicewood home's security is just thinking through potential scenarios. While some criminals are masterminds who will stop at nothing to get into a house, most are just looking for a quick fix. They'll consider how much they can do given the location and condition of the home. For example, are there spots along the lawn that are cloaked in total darkness? Homeowners...

The Best Neighborhoods in Austin, TX

Best Neighborhoods in Austin, TexasAustin is the eleventh largest city in the United States and the fourth most-populated city in Texas with nearly one million residents. Its metro area spans five counties, which increases the overall population of the Austin region to more than two million. In just the last 10 years, the area's growth has increased by about 10 percent as people discover the sites, sounds, and diverse neighborhoods of the state's capital city.

Looking to make the move to Austin, or planning a visit? Here's a few fast facts about Austin:

  • Population with the city limits: 960,000
  • Home to the State Capitol Building,...
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