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Real Estate InvestingWhen many people talk about investments, they are only thinking about stocks, retirement accounts and traditional savings portfolios. However, investing in real estate can be a solid approach to increasing your wealth through the years.

Consider this benefit that most property owners never think about. Owning a home with a mortgage acts like a “forced” savings account that you contribute to each month. While you can contribute to any savings account each month, most have no penalties if you don’t. With a mortgage, if you don’t pay, you don’t stay so you are forced to pay if you want to continue to use the property.

Each time you make your monthly mortgage payment, you increase the equity in your property by some amount. Over time that amount grows

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This breathtaking cattle/recreational ranch has 2+ miles of Colorado River frontage. The ranch has a park-like setting with Coastal, Tifton 85 & Alicia improved pastures with 5 & 6 strand barbed wire fencing.

In addition to the abundant and beautiful acreage, the property includes a modest ranch style home with 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and 2,952 square feet. The home also includes a 2-car garage. The spacious living room has a brick fireplace and beautiful hardwood floors. The hardwoods stretch into the dining area. The kitchen is full of cabinets and includes stainless steel appliances, tile floors and a tile backsplash.2509 Spring Branch

The property includes 288.22 acres of land holding more than 150 pecan trees plus live oaks, cypress and cottonwoods plus a

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Christmas at Bastrop 1832 Farmer's MarketThe Bastrop 1832 Farmer’s Market is open on Saturday’s year round offering seasonal produce, fresh meat, baked goods, prepared foods and other items. This Saturday, December 16th, the traditional market will be expanded for a special one day shopping event.

All of the traditional items will be available so plan to attend to gather the necessary ingredients for your holiday meals and gatherings. While you are there, finish your Christmas shopping as well with a wide variety of additional artisans including handmade arts and crafts like jewelry, clothing items, wood crafts, paintings, pottery and more.

Other special activities will be happening at this weekend’s market as well including special music from the youth group at Grace Mennonite Church and

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pansiesWhether you want to spruce up your home because it is on the market or just want it to be the envy of the neighborhood, there are some easy options for upping your curb appeal and making your home look its best during the cooler months.

Freshen up mulch and pine needles if they have been out for a while. Though it won’t make a significant statement, they will benefit the overall look of your home and show that you take good care of it. A fresh coat of paint on the front door will catch everyone’s attention and any visitors will take notice.

Keep your yard clear of leaves and limbs. This should be a no brainer but nothing makes a home look worse than month old leaves that haven’t been cleared. Show your yard some attention and keep it clear.


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291 St MarysWelcome to 291 St Marys Road in Rosanky, TX. This beautiful property including more than 40 acres and features beautiful ponds, scattered oaks, mesquites and coastal Bermuda. 

The quality limestone constructed barndominium  has 1,500 square feet and room for expansion. Spacious wrap-around porches on three sides of the home offer 1,830 square feet of outdoor living space for your enjoyment. Step inside to two bedrooms (or one bedroom and an office) and two full baths plus one half bath.291 St Marys

The interior was thoughtfully created and includes stained concrete floors, a stone fireplace, knotty pine trim & ceilings, KitchenAid stainless appliances, gorgeous custom pecan cabinets, granite countertops in the kitchen and baths and a mesquite breakfast bar.

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Lost Pines Christmas Historic Downtown Bastrop will play host to a multitude of holiday events between now and December 25. If you are looking for fun, shopping and just a festive mood in preparation for the holiday, there is sure to be an activity you will enjoy during the Lost Pines Christmas celebration.

Start with The Farm Street Opry-A Country Christmas on Thursday, December 7. Admission is just $7.50 per person and kids 10 and under are free. Tony Booth and Sean Orr are the featured performers for the event. Southside BBQ will also be on site prior to the show.

This weekend you will have two chances to take part in the Merry Market. This event will feature handmade goods by local Texas artists and takes place at the Espavo Studio at 924 Main Street. It will be

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Showing FeedbackYou just listed your home and are eager for showings. Every time your property has a showing, you anxiously wait to hear the feedback from the person that came to look at it all the while hoping they plan to make an offer. While some feedback is very direct and leaves no room for interpretation, it is more common to get feedback that leaves you wondering if the buyer has further interest in your home.

I will help you crack the code so you know exactly what the buyer thinks of your home and if there is any hope you will receive an offer.

If the buyer says they like your home but selected another one, while this doesn’t indicate anything specific wrong with your home, it likely means they they found another home that was very similar but had a better

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1395 FM 1704Welcome to your new home. This charming country 2-story home sits on 7.228 acres giving you plenty of space for gardening, raising chickens and even horses.

The home has four bedrooms and two full bathrooms and one half bathroom and 2,122 square feet of living space. The home has had many recent updates that you will appreciate as soon as you step inside.1395 FM 1704

The main level is open and offers nice large rooms making entertaining or just relaxing comfortable and easy. Low maintenance tile flooring is found on the lower level. A back door between the kitchen and dining area provides access to the back deck and the yard. Four bedrooms and two full baths are found upstairs. The bedrooms have cork flooring while the bathrooms have tile flooring.

Some of

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Holiday by the TracksHistoric Downtown Elgin will be full of holiday activities on Saturday for Holiday by the Tracks. A holiday bazaar will take place at the library and include crafts for the kids as well as handcrafted items and baked goods.

Santa will be at the library from noon-2 p.m. and Martha’s Market from 2-4:30 p.m. From 2-5 p.m., take part in the Hot Cocoa Sip and Stroll by purchasing a mug and sampling cocoa from more than a dozen participating locations. The Depot Museum will have pencils and chocolates from 2-5 p.m. as well.

Stick around after dark for the lighted Christmas Parade sponsored by the Elgin VFD and a live nativity to follow the parade at Veteran’s Memorial Park put on by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Downtown shops will also be open

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MortgageWhen buying a home, probably the most important decision you will make will be regarding your mortgage. Your mortgage lender will be a great source of information when it is time for you to decide. Go ahead and discuss your financial situation with your lender and get a preapproval letter. This letter will indicate the basic terms of your mortgage such as interest rate and repayment term.

So you are prepared when you meet with your lender, here are some pros and cons for the different mortgage options that are currently available.

30 year term

This is the most popular mortgage type and offers you 30 years with a fixed interest rate to pay off your mortgage. You will have a lower payment each month than if you financed your mortgage for 15 years.

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