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An appraisal is an extremely critical part of the home-selling process. Understanding how the appraisal process works will help ensure you get the best price for your property.

What Counts in an Appraisal

Homeowners often work hard to enhance their home’s appeal for buyers, hoping it will bring a higher price with new features and important updates. Then, they are disappointed because the appraisal didn’t reflect that hard work.

An appraiser looks at other homes in the area that are nearly the same size and with similar features to find comparable pricing. These are homes that have recently sold, so they know what buyers are willing to pay. They make adjustments based on the location of the property, the square footage and the condition of the

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This unique craftsman style home is situated on a 1.54 acre lot with a private backyard. Four bedrooms and three full baths plus spacious living areas make this home a dream.

The openness of this floor plan and the natural light pouring in from the outside make for a bright space everyone will want to gather in. The great room has a stone fireplace with gas logs and great built-ins making it easy to stay organized in this home. The dining area joins the kitchen and great room providing a large continuous space for easy entertaining when you choose.

Your inner chef will love preparing meals in this kitchen. Spacious with a commercial grade stove, two dishwashers, granite countertops and an island with bar seating perfect for breakfast or hors

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The 10th annual Lone Star Crawfish Festival will take place on Saturday, May 20 at Lone Star Farm. Live music will be provided by 3 Legged Willie and there will be at $10 cover to attend the festival.

There is plenty of space on the farm if you would like to camp. Food will be available at the event but you should plan to bring a cooler with the beverages you would like with you. There will be plenty of room for everyone so invite your friends and family.

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 4:00 p.m.

Where: Lone Star Farm, 270 Lone Star Road, Bastrop, TX

For more information about the Lone Star Crawfish Festival, click here.  

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The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area
Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and

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It is common for yards to grow out of control every now and then. For some yards, just mowing the grass and trimming the bushes may not be enough to appeal to buyers if you’re planning to sell. Even if you aren’t ready to leave your home just yet, here are some tips that will have your yard looking the best in the neighborhood.

1. Identify the Problem Spots

Before you start any project, determine which areas of your yard need the most help. Look for places that are overgrown or bare, areas that need some color or clearing out. Once you know what needs the most work, you can begin to create a plan.

2. Define Your Space

Look for ways to define the different areas of your yard. You may have a space for flowers and another one for bushes while a

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This beautiful move-in ready home in Tahitian Village offers three bedrooms and two full bathrooms on more than a third of an acre lot. Built by Christopher David, this home has a stone front with brick accents and a two-car garage.

The open floor plan of this home makes for easy entertaining or relaxing with family and friends. The family room is wired with Bose surround sound and includes a wood-burning stone fireplace and opens to the back deck. The backyard has a nice storage building to accommodate all of your tools and anything else you need.

The family room opens to the kitchen and breakfast area. Good cabinet space and plus a pantry provide great storage for all your needs. Updated tiles floors span the family room, kitchen and breakfast

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The 13th annual Smithville Fly-In will take place on Saturday, May 13th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Fly-In has something for everyone including a candy drop at 11:15. The event also includes several lunch choices.

You definitely don’t want to miss the beauty contest. Planes will be judged in the categories of Most Interesting/Unusual, Best Antique Aircraft, Best Exterior Paint/Finish and Best Interior/Interior Finish. There will also be games and prizes, a courtesy van and helicopter rides for a fee. This event is hosted by Friends of 84R and everyone is invited to attend.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2017 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Where: Smithville Crawford Municipal Airport Hwy 71 at Hwy 95, Smithville, TX

For more information about the Smithville

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Offer accepted-Check. Inspections complete-Check. Appraisal complete-Check. The big things are finished and you are definitely getting closer to closing day but there are still some things that will happen between now and closing. If you know what to expect prior to closing, it will help reduce your stress and make sure you don’t let something simple keep you from closing.

Final Walk-through

Your final walk-through will happen the day before or even the morning of closing. By this time, the seller has moved out and the property should be ready for you. However, you may find things are not as they should be. A storm could have caused damage or you may notice damage that wasn’t apparent before. You may also see items missing that you thought went with

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Thunder on the Colorado will take place at Riverbend Park throughout the weekend. Various events will take place over the three-day festival from May 5-7 including music, bike shows, biker games, parade and thunder contest.

Some of the highlights of the event will include the parade on Friday. Lineup begins at 6:00 and the parade will start at 7:00 through downtown Smithville. Saturday is packed with activities including a fun ride from 10:00-4:00, bike show with prizes and the Miss Thunder Contest which begins at 8:30.

Live music from Brianna Adams and Sweet Baby Mayhem will take place on Friday and Providence Iron Works and Shop Dawgs on Saturday. The event will wrap up Sunday morning with a blessing of the bikes and church service led by Bikers

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ColoVista poolColoVista is hosting a pre-season pool party on Sunday, April 30th from 1-7. The pool is not open to the public any other time so this is a great chance to spend the afternoon lounging poolside.

This event is for members and non-members. The fees for non-members will be $5.00 for children 12 and under and $8.00 for anyone 13 and up. If you fall in love with the pool that afternoon and decide to purchase a season pass for the pool, your guest fees will be credited back to you.

During the pool party, a poolside beverage bar will be available with free water and iced tea and other beverages available for purchase. Hamburgers will go on the grill at 4:00 and other food will be available throughout the day from the Ridge Grill Menu.

This will be the

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If you have a deck or patio, you can transform it into an outdoor living space that you and your guests will enjoy. You just need to know what to do to make this area a place where you enjoy spending time. Here are some tips to take your outdoor area from bland to beautiful.

Know How You Will Use the Space

First, you need to have a vision for how you will use your outdoor space. Will you invite friends over for BBQ's or just hang out while the kids play? Do you want a place to relax for a few minutes or even hours or would you like to enjoy meals outside?

The answers to these questions will tell you what items you need to make this space work for you. If you plan to cook and eat outdoors, you’ll need more furnishings and equipment than if you’re

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