October 2018

Found 13 blog entries for October 2018.

buying a houseWhen you are ready to buy your next Bastrop home, there is so much that you will need to think about as you move through the process. You should rely on your agent for lots of advice as you work through the many steps that you will need to go through but here are eight great tips to help keep you on track.

  1. Don’t rush if you are trying to find the perfect house. You may have a specific time frame you need to buy a house in but don’t push it too much if you are looking for your long term home.
  2. Take the time to complete the necessary inspections on the property.
  3. Base the purchase price of the home on the most recent comparable sales not on what you would like to pay.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of all the professionals you are working
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299 Nink This beautiful Smithville property is made up of 56.37 acres with fencing on three sides and is located between Austin and Houston making the location an ideal place to be situated. Sitting in the country, this property offers a mixture of pasture and wooded acreage. The front of the property features the pasture land with heavily wooded acreage in the rear. The wooded land is covered with oaks and other hard woods and home to a pond.

The property is AG exempt for cattle grazing. With Bluebonnet Electric and Aqua Water available, the possibilities for this property use are endless. You will enjoy the privacy of the setting while taking advantage of all this property has to offer.299 Nink

To see more information about the property or view more photos, click

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Pumpkin PaintinPumpkin painting can be so much fun but so messy. Take the mess and work out of pumpkin painting and only enjoy the good part when you paint your pumpkin at Sugar Shack this year. Purchase your ticket online in advance then show up at your selected time to paint and decorate your pumpkin, enjoy a treat or two then head home with your creation and leave all of the mess behind for someone else to clean up.

The Sugar Shack will host three sessions of Pumpkin Painting on Saturday, October 27th at noon, 1 and 2. Tickets are limited so go ahead and purchase your tickets before all of them are gone.

When: Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at various times

Where: Sugar Shack, 114 Loop 150 W, Bastrop, TX

For more information, visit here.

The Janis Penick

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Gallery WallTrends come and go all the time and unless you want to update your Bastrop home every couple of years, it is best to stick with classic styles and colors that have stood the test of time. If you don’t know where to start, it might be easier to eliminate some items you definitely don’t want to show up in your house now. Here are some trends to avoid next time you make updates.

  • Wallpaper borders. In different times, these have shown up at the top of the wall and even in the middle. Chair rail or crown molding will both make a classic statement that will not disappoint even in a few years’ time.
  • Wicker furniture on the inside of your home. While whicker on the patio or front porch will never go out of style, keep it out of your house.
  • Vertical
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High CrossingEscape to your private getaway when you make this property yours. This is the perfect escape for recreational activities or just to unwind from the day to day hassles of life. Explore 284.432 acres of heavily wooded land with oaks, cedars and loblolly pines.  

This property provides wonderful potential for hunting of all kinds including deer, turkey, hogs and dove. Two ponds plus three intermittent wet weather creeks are found on the property. With so much land, the possibilities are endless when it comes to your recreational choices. Escape for privacy, star gazing, hunting, exploring, fishing or 4 wheeling. If this property is more than you are looking for, seller would consider selling 100 acres on the Southern part of the land.High Crossing

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The Legend of Sleepy HollowClassic story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been captivating readers and audiences for many years and this is your chance to visit the village of Sleepy Hollow with Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel and the Headless Horseman.

Step inside the Bastrop Opera House this weekend and next for a blend of gothic terror and humor in Washington Irving’s classic story. Whether you read this years ago or never have before, you will delight as the story unwinds throughout the show.

If you would like to grab dinner before the show, you may preorder from The 602 on Main and arrive for dinner by 6:00 and you will be guaranteed to enjoy dinner and not miss the show.

When: Various dates and times through October 27.

Where: Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring

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Selling Your homeIf you are thinking about listing your Bastrop home, your agent will have you sign a listing agreement when you are ready to put your home on the market. The listing agreement is a contract between you and the company you list your home with. It will provide you with the details of your listing such as price, dates, commission you agree to pay and outline the obligations of your agent during the listing term. The listing agreement will also authorize the agent to perform certain functions such as put a sign up in your yard, put a lockbox on the house that will provide access to other agents, enter the listing in MLS and allow syndication to other websites.

Here are the parts of the listing agreement you want to make sure you understand.

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119 BreakwaterWelcome to your new home at 119 Breakwater in Bastrop. This new construction David Weekley Home is located in the newest section of Pecan Park and should be completed before the end of the year so you can start the new year with a brand new house.

Three bedrooms and two full baths will make up the popular Wedgeway plan that includes 2,404 square feet and sits on a 0.19 acre lot. Upgraded hardwood floors and 10’ ceilings will be found in the common areas. Enjoy the large kitchen with plenty of cabinets that opens to the family room and eating area. The open floor plan makes this an easy place to enjoy family time and entertain with ease. A spacious study or flex room adds additional space and would make a great playroom or media room.  119 Breakwater

Step outside

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Texas Photo FestivalTen years ago, Smithville was named the first Film Friendly Town in Texas by the Texas Film Commission. That is just one thing that will be celebrated at this weekend’s Texas Photo Festival.

The festival will take place primarily on Saturday, October 12th with a special showing of Hope Floats on Friday night at Railroad Park in downtown Smithville. The showing of the film, which was filmed in Smithville, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film’s release.   

Photography and classes will take place on Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. There will also be film tours taking place that will allow you to visit many locations where films have been shot in Smithville. You can also enjoy the historic tour that will include a train ride through

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Home RepairsYou just closed on your new Bastrop home and are still getting settled when you jump in the shower and there is no hot water or the garage door screeches to a halt when it is half way open. Whatever the problem is, you likely weren’t counting on it before you even make your first mortgage payment. While it is extremely frustrating when something goes wrong in your home, when you just bought your house you may feel completely overwhelmed by what to do. The key is getting things fixed quickly without spending too much money but where should you start?

The first question to ask yourself is did you purchase a home warranty and if so is whatever is broken a covered item under your home warranty plan? If you have a home warranty, your first call should be to

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