January 2018

Found 12 blog entries for January 2018.

Moving to a New locationIf you have never made a big move before, you may underestimate the challenges that you will face as you transition across the state or across the country. Local moves present their own challenges but there are many parts that don’t change like jobs, friends and your local favorites. When you move a larger distance and everything changes, you may feel like you are completely starting over and in many ways you are.

Because many moves start with a change in your jobs, that can be a really good way to help acclimate you to the area. If you are transferring to a new location with the same company, you may already have visited this area many times and be familiar with it or at least have connections within the company that can be great resources as you

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546 McAllisterThis home is the absolute best of both worlds! Situated on the ColoVista Colf Course in the pines, the home backs to the 13th hold and overlooks a sparkling pond.

With four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bath, this 3950 square foot ranch-style home sits on 10.728 acres of land. The spacious living room has high ceilings with exposed beams and overlooks the pool and golf course. This kitchen is definitely the hub of the home with lots of space to prepare meals, a large island with seating and storage and easy access to the breakfast area, a sitting area with built-in desk and the dining room nearby.546 McAllister

The master bedroom opens to the covered patio and includes a huge master bathroom packed with storage, an extra-large shower and separate

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Come out to the Bastrop Opera House Saturday night for a truly unique show of medieval musical mastery. The Austin Troubadours are an international group of instrumentalists and singers and include members of The Austin Symphony and University of Texas Faculty.

The show will feature more than 30 authentic period instruments and seven musicians in period costumes performing music and dance numbers from Medieval and Renaissance Europe. This is sure to be a night to remember as you journey with The Austin Troubadours through an evening packed with entertainment. Tickets for the performance are just $15 and a complimentary champagne and punch reception will follow the show.

When: Saturday, January 27th 7:30 p.m.

Where: Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring

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LampshadesIf you are like most people, you want your home to stay current and updated but sometimes aren’t sure what to choose when you are ready to update. Here are eight hot home trends you can expect to see pop up more frequently in 2018. Take advantage of these in small amounts to add accents to your home that will make a nice statement when updating your home.

1. Dare to be bold with Pantone’s 2018 color of the year, ultra violet, a rich, dark purple. If this deep hue is too much for you, lavender will also be a popular color without being as bold.  

2. High contrast color palettes make a huge impact without even selecting trendy colors. Try a deep grey or blue with white so the dark hue doesn’t overwhelm and this can be a low cost update if you do the

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210 Caliber CoverWelcome home to Hunters Crossing! This home is is ready and waiting for you. One of the largest homes in the neighborhood, it offers 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2,802 square feet on a 0.36 acre lot.

If you are looking for extra space, this is the home for you. Large rooms throughout the home and two living areas give you lots of options to meet your needs.210 Caliber Cove

The master suite is located on the main level and includes a separate bathtub and shower in the master bath. The main level also includes a large living room that opens to the patio with a huge fenced backyard that has plenty of room for activities. Two eating spaces, a formal dining room plus a breakfast area, complete the main level.

210 Caliber CoveThree additional bedrooms plus a bonus room are on the second

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Johnny CashStep back in time at the Bastrop Opera House’s latest show. Walkin’ the Line, The Ultime Tribute to Johnny Cash with Bennie Wheels will have two performances on Friday and Saturday, January 19th and 20th at 7:30 p.m.

The show will highlight Johnny Cash, June Carter and The Tennessee Three in the most authentic tribute to The Man in Black. Make plans to spend an evening with Bennie Wheels Walkin’ the Line.

When: Friday and Saturday, January 19th and 20th 7:30 p.m.

Where: Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street, Bastrop, TX 78602

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2018 Real Estate ForecastWhether you plan to be actively engaged in the Bastrop real estate market in the coming year or not, knowing where the market is headed is important for almost everyone.

With 2017 just wrapping up, exact numbers on the year aren’t available yet but overall 2017 showed strong numbers with home prices up around 6% over 2016 through the end of September and interest rates remaining low through year end.

As 2018 kicks off, expect to see positive growth continue in the real estate market in most areas. Home prices are still expected to rise in 2018 but at a slower rate than the last couple of years. Mortgage rates are expected to rise as the year progresses and could possibly reach 5% by year’s end. If you do want to buy a home in 2018, the sooner the

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000 E TanglebriarThis property is the perfect place to build your dream home. Located in Pine Forest, one of Bastrop’s premier communities, this 1.612 acre wooded lot has a great location on a prime corner.

The loblolly pines are spread throughout the lot and will make a nice setting for your home. The lot already features a concrete drive and garage slab so you can get started right away.000 E Tanglebriar

The convenient location puts you close to necessities and many recreational activities. Two public golf courses, two state parks, the Colorado River, the Smithville Airport, a recreation sports center and shopping are nearby for your enjoyment. Medical facilities are also located nearby when needed. Commute easily to Austin, ABIA, COTA, Bastrop or Smithville from your new home.

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ExerciseThe most common New Year’s Resolution year after year relates to getting healthy. Whether you are looking to lose weight, eat healthier or exercise more, you aren’t alone. Remember that it won’t be easy and will take consistent habits for long term improvement but it can’t be done if you go about it the correct way.

If you are wanting to get healthier in any way, make plans to attend the Happy Healthy New Year’s Bash on Saturday, January 13th from 9:00 a.m.- noon at the Bastrop Convention Center. At this free high energy health fair, you will have the opportunity to participate in exercise classes, observe workout demonstrations, education, interactive booths, kids corner and door prizes. Local businesses will be on hand to share information with you

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Tax ChangesIf you are a homeowner, tax deductions provide some nice benefits that make owning a home more appealing for you. Here is an overview of recent changes from the newly passed tax bill that may affect your bottom line when you do your taxes.

The mortgage interest deduction that you likely know and love downsized a little and will only provide benefits on mortgages up to $750,000 down from $1,000,000. This is still a huge benefit to homeowners and the change will only impact a small percentage of homeowners. If you already own a home with a mortgage up to $1,000,000 you will be grandfathered in at your current levels so this change won’t affect you. The mortgage interest deductions on second homes are still available as well but at the new limits.

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