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Fall Cookies - Apple Spice Harvest Cookies

APPLE SPICE HARVEST COOKIES - RECIPE FROM BETTY CROCKER

INGREDIENTS:
1⁄2 cup butter, softened
2⁄3 cup white sugar
2⁄3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1⁄4 cup apple juice
2 1⁄4 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup apple, peeled, and chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts

FROSTING: 
1⁄4 cup butter, softened
3 cups icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 tablespoons apple juice

Set oven to 375 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl cream butter and both...

Fall 2019 Real Estate Update

2019 Austin Real Estate Statistics

On September 17th, the Austin Board of REALTOR®’s reported that the median home price in the Austin-Round Rock metro area rose by 2% to $326,500. Similarly the number of homes sold in August increased 5.8% to 3,189.  Conversely, new listings and active listing decreased in August by 7.1% and 9.3% respectively.  This combination resulted in a decrease in the monthly housing inventory to 2.7 months.  What does this mean to you? Now is a great time to be a seller.  Low inventory and low interest rates are bringing buyers to the table quickly.  To get a full overview of what’s...

Fall 2019 Mortgage Update

Mortgage Rates Chart

IF YOUR MORTGAGE WAS ORIGINATED IN 2018, THEN IT MIGHT BE TIME TO CONSIDER A REFINANCE. 

According to new data, 80% of mortgages from last year carry an interest rate at least 0.75% higher than today’s prevailing rate (3.49%, according to Freddie Mac).

But 2018-borrowers aren’t the only homeowners who could benefit from today’s low-rate environment. Data from property analytics firm Black Knight shows that pre-2004 mortgagees could also save big. Nearly all of this cohort could shave 1.75% off their interest rate or more with a refinance.

In total, Black Knight says more than half of American homeowners with a mortgage have...

Top Choices for BBQ in Austin – Part 1

While Austin is known for all of the delicious food, living in Austin means that you are going to be eating barbeque on the regular. It’s actually home to some of the best BBQ in the state and even in the country. It continues to grow as more and more barbeque joints open up and the competition for the best flavors increases every year.

Right now you could easily find 20 BBQ restaurants in the city that outperform the rest and that is just narrowing it down to 20. You’ll see new restaurants and food trucks opening up regularly and it’s the favorite dish for a local Austinite.  Take a look at a few of the top choices of BBQ in Austin that you’ll want to check out and compare to find your new favorite!

Franklin Barbecue – 900 E. 11th Street, Austin

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Winning a Bidding War When Shopping for a San Antonio Home

Are you worried about the upcoming negotiations that will take place when it’s time to buy your new home in San Antonio? Having an agent behind you that knows what they are doing is going to be a real asset to you as you not only locate a home that suits your family but also as you try to peg down that home and strike up a deal with the seller.

Bidding wars sometimes take effect when you have a seller’s market and the inventory is lower than the number of buyers that inevitably fight over the current options. When you’ve found your dream home, you don’t want to be left scrambling to try to win over a seller. Take a look at some strategies you can use that will be effective if you find yourself in a bidding war for your dream home in San Antonio.

OFFER TO PAY IN ALL CASH

Another strategy you could try is to offer to pay for the...

Real Estate Term: Seller Disclosures

When you’re preparing to buy a new home this year, you may come across some terms you haven’t heard or used before. One of these terms that may come into play is “seller disclosures.” Fortunately, your real estate agent is going to guide you through the process and will be able to explain things like these as they come up along the way.

You won’t have to worry about missing an important detail or misunderstanding anything as you would when you try to navigate this process alone. Instead, your real estate agent will be able to make sure you’ve been informed on any seller’s disclosures before you go into a home that could have a defect or problem. Take a closer look at what this term means.

What is a seller disclosure?

Seller disclosures are...

Top Pet-Friendly Patios in San Antonio, TX

When the weather’s just right and you don’t want to go out again because you’d have to leave your pups, pet-friendly patios in San Antonio are just what you need. Hit a local dog park on the way and pick up a friend for a great day out around San Antonio with both your favorite humans and favorite four-pawed friends too.

This is one of the locals favorite things to do as the weather gets nicer especially now that winter clothes are put away and swimsuits and sunscreen are out. Whether you need that hot sun for a lunch out or your favorite time to sit outside is under that summer night sky, here are the top pet-friendly patios that you’ll want to go to take it all in.

The Friendly Spot

The Friendly Spot is a great place to start for a patio experience with...

Is Interest Rate and APR the Same?

Now that you’re in the process of buying a home in San Antonio, you are likely navigating your way around new terminology and learning the ins and outs of the real estate world. While you’ll see terms you’ve heard before, there may be some areas of discussion that you don’t know as much about and that’s why having an agent along with you from the start will make it easier than ever to navigate the process.

One of the conversations you are likely going to need to be clarified is understanding the differences between APR and interest rates since these terms are often mixed up as being the same when they are actually different. When it comes to lending on a home, you’ll want to know the difference between your interest rates and your APRs.

What is the interest rate?

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Why Texans Want to Relocate to Austin

Have you stopped to ask yourself why so many Texans are moving from their hometowns around the state to live in the ever-popular city of Austin? While the entire state of Texas is truly a United States gem, there is something drawing other Texans to move here.

Not only is it so different from the rest of the state, but its unique weirdness is what other Texans are wanting to become a part of. Along with the motto “Keep Austin Weird,” you’ll find some other reasons why Texans, and frankly people around the country, want to move here and become a part of the community. Take a look at the reasons why people are leaving areas like Houston and Dallas to become Austinites.  

Job opportunities

If you find yourself moving here for a career opportunity, it’s...

What New Developments are Coming to Austin, TX

There are many projects that were planned to be developed in Austin this year and now that we’ve reached spring, you may be wondering what is planned and how things are coming along. This is an exciting time for Austin with additions in the works such as the new Apple campus that was announced in December, the new mid-rises coming to Mueller Neighborhood, and the multiple additions coming to Downtown. Take a look at some of the developments in the works that will be coming to Austin.

RiverSouth coming to First Street

In Downtown Austin, there will be many additions coming in the future. One development coming to the area is the RiverSouth 15-story tower that will feature both office space and ground-floor retail. This will be located across from Lady Bird Lake and will include green...

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