Marketing Strategy at the Austin Boardwalk Opening Ceremony Hampered

Mayor Lee Leffingwell This mornings ceremonies of the Austin Boardwalk was held under the blistering heat but that certainly didn’t persuade the thousands of Hike & Bike users, supporter and many other Austinites from attending this special occasion. As a frequent walker and runner of the trail I was glad to see it finally open after what seemed like years to build. But I didn’t attend the ceremony for the sheer pleasure either. Needless to say I had ulterior motives.  In my infamous wisdom I attempted to capitalize on this unique opportunity to market my Austin real estate business to the thousand or so attendees by wearing my Keller Williams Realty walking billboard sign.  Unfortunately my efforts we short lived when I was approached before the opening ceremonies by a very nice and polite park ranger who informed me that I was free to stay by my David Board Properties Billboard had to GO.  I politely asked if there was a city ordinance that prohibited by billboard and at first the park ranger seemed a little puzzled but said she was told by an official that since it was a city sponsored event and unregistered advertising was not allowed Council Member Chris Riley    Although a little disappointed I thanked the ranger and placed my walking billboard in my car, changed into some shorts and a tank top, grabbed my awesome real estate 35mm Cannon camera and started talking pictures and video of the entire event. I even got a few pictures of the mayor and a few city council members.  There were other local vendors at the event but they were giving away free tee shirts, coffee, water and what I thought was the crowds favorite, ice cream on a stick.Billboard Picture  Even tho my primary intention was to promote the David Board Properties and the Austin side of my real estate business, I had a great time and I think most of the pictures reflect that Austinities did too.

The opening event took place at the Lakeshore Trailhead at the eastern end of the Boardwalk, located at 1928 South Lakeshore Boulevard (78741). Guest speakers included the Honorable Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Mayor Pro Tem; Sheryl Cole, City Council Member’s Chris Riley and Mike Martinez along with many other city officials and local dignitaries.   There was a ribbon cutting ceremony,  live music by the SoundWaves, a festive march across the Boardwalk led by the Eastside Panther Drumline, and an aerial dance performance under I-35 by Blue Lapis Light  presented by The Trail Foundation and underwritten by Silicon Labs.    The Boardwalk will close a 1.3-mile gap along the southeast portion of the 10-mile Butler Trail. The Trail came to life during the 1970s thanks to a unique public-private civic effort led by the Citizen’s Committee for a More Beautiful Town Lake and its Honorary Chairwoman, Lady Bird Johnson. Today, the Butler Trail remains a key part of Austin’s quality of life, with 3,000 to 15,000 people using it every day of the year. 

US Grand Prix Formula 1 Austin, TX

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Cedar Creek, Texas a small community within Bastrop County. What natives like to call “their little wide spot in the road”. Picturesque farms, ranches, single and 2 story homes dot this beautiful countryside. Cedar Creek has recently made its mark in Central Texas as a hot spot to live, work and play in the not quite so racy fast lane of Austin, Texas, thanks to the addition of the new Circuit of the Americas F1 Racing Track.
An ideal location if you are looking to purchase investment property, or start a new business in a growing community. Are you a racing enthusiast that just wants to be close to the Formula 1 Facility? As your real estate agent David Board Properties can assist you with purchasing land for business or investing, and homes for living.

Cedar Creek, Bastrop County is the perfect location for all of these ventures. With worldwide visitors flocking to the circuit for the F1 United States Grand Prix, mega concert events like Sting and the Austin Fan Fest, these events can only benefit your business.
If you are looking to purchase a home within close proximity to Austin, then Cedar Creek is a great choice for a location. Located just off of Highway 71, a short ride to Austin Bergstrom International Airport and Austin. With the new state of the art Cedar Creek High School-(which was awarded Academic Distinction by the Texas Education Agency), up and coming sports teams (Go Eagles), elementary, middle and intermediate schools and community programs. Cedar Creek is great choice if you have children. The small town feeling welcomes you as you visit local restaurants and shops many off the beaten path but well worth the trip.

Allow me, David L. Board to earn your business and represent all of your real estate needs in the Austin/Bastrop communities. I have lived and worked in Bastrop County for over 25 years and know the area like I know my own backyard. I represent buyers, sellers and those interested in leasing their home or commercial business. I also provide a referral service and assist with relocating to different cities or states. I can provide you with a custom guided tour of hundreds homes or land parcels available in the area based on your individual taste and family needs. Give me a call today to discuss what options are available to you and to schedule an appointment to see what I can do for you. I would be honored earn your business.

Bastrop Mortgage Tips

Here’s a little Austin and Bastrop Real Estate Update for all my central Texas folks. According to Freddie Mac the interest rates for a 15 year fix rate mortgage are holding steady at 3.2% while a 30-fixed rate mortgage are at 4.1%. The interest has ripped a bit over the last few months but has actually gone down for the second week in a row. The Fed’s have done a good job keeping the interest rates down so you still have a nice window of opportunity to take advantage of the low interests rate. If you are seriously considering purchasing a new home I would not recommend waiting long. The Bastrop mortgage interest rates and home price will continue to rise. If you’re considering buying a new home please give me a call or complete the form below. I look forward to seeing you in the Bastrop, TX or Austin, TX soon.

Austin and Bastrop Mortgage Tips

Multiple Quotes

In order to maximize your investment, you need to shop around for the lowest rate possible. Getting multiple quotes is an important first step for getting an optimal rate. When you’re shopping around for quotes, make sure you get a Good Faith Estimate for each offer. This will enable you to compare offers more accurately.

Fixed Rate or Adjustable?

While adjustable rates may start lower to begin, they can ultimately lead to more interest paid over time. If you anticipate a rise in interest rates, a fixed rate may be more appropriate. This can be hard to predict over long periods of time. Fixed rates remain the same for the life of the loan, while adjustable rates fluxuate as the interest rates change. Another important consideration is the margin and index of your Bastrop mortgage. While the margin will stay fixed after closing, the index will fluxuate. The margin is the lenders profit on your loan. This has room for negotiation. The index cannot be changed.

Other Considerations

Some other things to pay attention to when seeking out a Bastrop mortgage:

  • Locking in your rate
  • Prepayment Penalties
  • Discount Points

Austin’s Housing Market Sept 2013

  • New Austin Listings increased 14.5 percent to 2,809.
  • Pending Sales were up 19.9 percent to 2,356.
  • Inventory levels shrank 20.3 percent to 7,107 units.
  • Median Sales Price increased 12.8 percent to $219,875.
  • Days on Market was down 31.1 percent to 42 days.
  • Months Supply of Inventory was down 34.3 percent to 2.8 monthImage

FHA Loans and Low Down Payments

If you think you need a 20% down payment to purchase a home think again. According to a recent survey nearly 2/3 of all home buyers put down 5% or less and with the interest rates at an historic low there has never been a better time to buy. If you’re thinking about buying your first home in the Austin or Bastrop, TX area, contact me today, I would love to earn your business. There are many options available for those who need assistance with down payments, including a FHA loan.

FHA Loans

An FHA loans is a US Federal Housing Administration backed mortgage which is lent to you by a FHA-approved lender. Federal Housing Administration loans are offered in conjunction with the U.S. Government. These loans are designed to assist home buyers overcome many of the obstacles to buying homes of their own. FHA loans are a loan that affords buyers the following benefits:

  • Low down payments
  • Closing costs can be covered by grants or even gifts
  • No cash reserves needed
  • Co-borrowers that are non-occupying are permitted
  • Depending on the program, loans may be fully assumable

FHA loans are recommended for first time home buyers, people lacking a down payment, those who plan to use gifts or grant money, individuals lacking credit history, and those who are concerned about qualifying income. These loans are also limited to single family homes, townhomes, condos, and manufactured homes on permanent foundations. While there are underwriting requirements on these types of loans, the FHA can allow home buyers to get down payments as low as 3.5 percent. The underwriting requirements tend to be less stringent than conventional loans. While these loans may be a good option for those who cannot come up with the minimum 5 percent down payment of traditional loans, most people would benefit from exploring all of the options available to them, including down payment assistance programs. Check out some starter tips for getting an Austin or Bastrop mortgage.