Archive for August, 2011

Mark Your Calenders – Thomas the Train is Coming to Cedar Park

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Parents and children in the Austin/Cedar Park area can enjoy a day with Thomas the Train. The event is being held the Cedar Park Depot on Whitestone Blvd in Cedar Park from September 23rd to September 25th. It’s a twenty-five minute ride with a full size Thomas the Tank Engine, Meeting Sir Topham Hatt, Storytelling, […]

Do You Think You Need Flood Insurance?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

With hurricane season coming upon us, it would be a wise choice to review your homeowner insurance. Flood coverage is not provided in your standard home owners insurance policy. Most people think, I don’t live near a body of water I don’t need it. But if water backs up or overflows from a sewer, drain […]

$1M Grant will Improve Auditorium Shores

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Auditorium Shores is a popular outdoor venue used in SXSW, Fun Fun Fun and many other events. Its great news that the city lands $1 million grant for its improvements. Unfortunately the hike and bike will be moved back away from the shoreline, but it will gain additional parking, bathrooms, landscaping and more. The project […]

Short Sale Fraud and a Warning from Freddie Mac

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

With the rise of short sale, so to is the risk of fraud. Freddie Mac is sending out a warning to Realtor’s & the public of the top four short sale fraud schemes. Rigging sales & illegal flipping. In essence, a Realtor rigs the transaction to a low price & hides the better offer from […]

Treasury Rates Trend Downward, but Don’t Expect Mortgage Rates to Follow

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

It is widely believed that the rate on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage tracks the 10-year Treasury bond. But with the latest downward trend in treasury and the mortgage rates not following the two rates may have become unhinged. The typical homeowner with a 30 year note, lives in their home for 8 to 10 […]

You Can Save Those Bees — And Not Exterminate Them!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Walter Schumacher announced a new non-profit for free bee removal from your property. He hopes to publicize his non-profits efforts to eliminate the extermination of bees and keep them pollinating important plants. Property owners in the Austin area can call 311 and have the bees removed from their property. This is a true win – […]

Opportunity Only Knocks Once!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Wow! What an opportunity to own a home in Silverado Ranch (Vista Ridge &1431)! At a list price of $242,050 you will not find a better price per square foot in Cedar Park. It is a great house & a great deal. Homeowners in the area can take advantage of getting their errands done quickly […]

Many homes under contract will not be able to close after September 30 if Congress does not act.

Friday, August 19th, 2011

On September 30, the cost of a mortgage could rise significantly. If this happens, people wanting to purchase a home run the risk of being priced out of the American Dream of home ownership. Even worse, this could hold back the housing recovery. Many homes now under contract will not be able to close and […]

The Ugly Truth – The Texas & National Economy

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

I read an post to the Dallas Federal Reserve and I think Richard Fishers has some interesting and points on Texas and national economy. The last paragraph in the post I think is relevant and places a light where it should be, Congress, “I think I have made it pretty clear today that I believe […]

City of Cedar Park TX Maintaining Tax Rate

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The 2011–12 Cedar Park tax rate will remain the same or lower than 2010–11 after City Council voted to set the maximum tax rate at .493501 per $100 valuation. The city set two public hearings for the 2011–12 tax rate and budget for Aug. 25 and Sept. 8. Other notes include, The City Council approved […]