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3 Ways to Increase a Home's Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Efficient Upgrades

It is not only the demand for green home but the potential to save money over the lifetime of owning a home causing homeowners to look for affordable energy efficient improvements. Here are a few simple options for current and prospective homeowners to improve their energy usage and reduce their utility bills.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

Swapping out older appliances for newer models can provide homeowners with additional energy savings. Look for appliances with the ENERGY STAR® label. The use of such appliances have been known to save residential...

In Austin, New Construction Homes Take the Lead

New Construction Homes in AustinFor many home buyers, building a new construction property is a dream come true. It's an opportunity for them to fulfill the very core of the American dream — purchasing land and building upon it. Buyers can customize the features within their home, make selections that fit their own preferences and desires, and create a piece of the world that is completely theirs.

So for buyers who are looking to invest in a new construction property, Austin and other Texas communities are like heaven on earth. A recent report released by Trulia and ...

3 Dog Friendly Places in Cedar Park and Leander

Landscaping Mistakes Some Homeowners MakeWhen searching neighborhoods for a new home, people often look for amenities like schools, shopping centers and area attractions for the members of their household. However, as any dog lover knows, pets have needs, too. Both Cedar Park and Leander have a few great places for dogs and their owners. Here are three of the best.

The Cedar Park Bark Park

There are dog parks, and then there is the Cedar Park Bark Park, which is almost like a resort for the dogs of ...

5 Great Neighborhoods for First-Time Home Buyers in Austin

Great Austin Neighborhoods for First Time Home Buyers

For many first-time home buyers, Austin is the perfect place to settle down. There's plenty of jobs, and the burgeoning tech industry is ensuring that there's more on the way. The cultural vibe is addicting, and people love to get together and hang out in the city's downtown areas. So, for those considering the move to homeownership, why not purchase real estate and make this your home for a while? 

It is important for first-time buyers to know ahead of time that they will likely be faced with challenges in the Austin market. It's a competitive market right now, and it can sometimes be difficult to get an offer accepted when you're up against previous...

The Home Seller's Guide to Curb Appeal

Understanding Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

Unless 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,...

History Buffs Will Love the Historic Mason Homestead of Leander, Texas

The city of Leander has no lack of cultural attractions to suit a variety of tastes. One of those attractions is the Mason Homestead. There are several reasons to visit this historic site — visitors can come for the historic significance, to stay a while and experience a piece of living history, and more. Let’s take an in-depth look at what the Mason Homestead has to offer. 

History of the Homestead

The Mason Homestead was once a 300-acre plot owned by Charles C. Mason in the years after the American Civil War. Today, the homestead features 3 1/2 acres and it is a part of the Texas Century Farm registry. Originally built by Charles Mason’s father Alpheus S. Mason in 1866, this beautiful home gives people a look at Civil War era architecture....

3 Austin Real Estate Trends and How They Might Impact Your Home Search

Can you feel the heat in Austin? No, we're not talking about the stifling temperatures throughout the summer months. We're talking about the record-setting housing market that continues to show gains in just about every section of the city. Home buyers are facing competition at every corner, and sellers are enjoying significant returns as they look to upgrade to more luxurious properties in and around Austin. This hot market doesn't show any signs of slowing down, but there are several trends identified by the Community Impact Newspaper taking shape that may impact your home search in the city.

1. In the last 5 years, new home construction in the city...

Essential Tools for Every Homeowner

Essential Tools for Every Homeowner

Homeownership comes with a major responsibility: home maintenance. While renters can assume landlords will shoulder most of the burden, homeowners need to be willing and able to make the repairs themselves or pay for the work to be done by a licensed professional. The thing is, it costs money to maintain a home and even more when you want to hire someone else to do the repairs for you. Homeowners wanting to handle small maintenance issues and repairs themselves can save a significant amount of money. What tools do homeowners need to get started?

The typical homeowner can benefit from having and learning to use the following tools to maintain their home. Save money and tackle common home...

4 Great Restaurants to try 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 something new to enjoy. Additionally, those that are interested in supporting local businesses will enjoy the fact that Blue Corn Harvest works hard to...

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...

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