Archive for September, 2011

Cedar Park No Longer Considering Household Pet Limit

Friday, September 30th, 2011

In a previous post, I mentioned the city of Cedar Park was considering an ordinance that would limit the number of pets in a single household to 7.   With much community input leading to the September 27th meeting, the Police Department Captain Jeff Hayes & city staff decided against presenting the pet cap to the […]

How to Avoid Capital Gains Tax after Selling a Home

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Benjamin Franklin stated that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. While there’s little you can do to cheat death when it comes, there are many tax breaks available to homeowners. This article will explain how to avoid capital gains taxes after selling a home. There are many tax breaks available to […]

Protecting your Home’s Property Through Video Documentation

Monday, September 26th, 2011

With the current drought conditions in Central Texas most likely to continue, the threats of wildfires still exist for homes in the area.   If your home is destroyed in a fire, you can take steps beforehand to ensure all your belongings are fully documented for your insurance company. Perhaps the easiest do-it-yourself solution is to […]

Leander Fire Described by Investigators as Arson

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The wildfire that consumed 300 acres near the Mason Creek North subdivision is being called arson by Leander Fire Chief Bill Gardner in a statement given Sept 6th.   All of the 120 homes in the subdivision were evacuated  Several homes on Moon Glow, Honeysuckle Dr & Verbena Court suffered damage or where destroyed. Authorities are seeking any information regarding the possible […]

Freddie Mac Not Allowing for Bulk Purchase of Foreclosures.

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The Obama Administration, sent out a request for information asking for ideas that would help Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae & HUD shed its inventory of foreclosure homes.   Pools of investors approached Freddie Mac to purchase blocks of inventory homes @ 40 to 60 cents on the dollar.   Freddie Mac, however, is not considering any such […]

Williamson County Commissioners Vote to Reduce Property Tax

Friday, September 16th, 2011

On August 30th, the Williamson County commissioners approved a general fund budget of $126.88 million.  Cutting more than $2.6M from the proposed fiscal year 2012, the result is a reduction in property taxes rate by, approximately, 0.002312 per $100 in assessed value.  Thus, making the adopted 2012 tax rate of 0.487687 per $100 in assessed […]

Top 10 Tips When Selling a Home

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Selling a home in a down economy can be a painstaking decision. Use the following 10 tips when selling a home to get the most out of your investment. Home Selling Tip #1: Hire a reputable real estate agent. Selling a home can be stressful, and you want a reliable real estate agent you can […]

Cedar Park considers Pet Cap for Homeowners

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The city of Cedar Park is considering a new ordinance to limit the number of pets a homeowner can legally have reside in their residence.  Right now there isn’t a limit, but officials point to a rise in animal hoarding in Central Texas and with the advise of animal advocates are considering a limit to […]

MLS Stat’s – Austin & Cedar Park TX

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Austin and the surrounding areas continue to see steady progress in home sales in the month of August. Comparing all areas feeding in to the Austin Board of REALTORS & (ACTRIS), there is no change in median price range from August 2010 to August 2011, but a slight increase in price sold (.3%). But compared […]

What Homeowners Affected by the Fires in Central Texas Can Do Now

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Fires in Central Texas have devastated many families in the last few days. Many consumers may be searching for the necessary steps to either find a new home or continue selling their home. Officials reported that more than 1,000 homes and 100,000 acres have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across Texas. The Austin […]