402 Garwood St. Open House

402 Garwood St

If you are looking to get out of the house this weekend and you happen to be in the Smithville area please stop by and see this beautiful 1953 home that hit the market last week.  This home will be OPEN to the public on February 7th between 1-3 pm so don’t miss out on the chance to see this 4-bedroom, 2-bath 2,057 sf home nestled under 6-massive producing pecan trees.  Any while your at it bring your friends, family and anybody else you think might be in the market to purchase a home.

 

The Actual Cost of an Bastrop, TX Home – Beyond the Listing Price

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         When you begin scouring the Bastrop, TX listings for a new home, the cost of the home appears to be right there at the top: the asking price. All the other details about the property are there, too, but they usually get close attention only after that dollar amount at the top falls within (well, is at least close to) your target number.

But as soon as the shopping starts to narrow the field, the financial implications of those other details begin to reveal themselves. Good thing! In fact, the true bottom line cost of your new Bastrop, TX home will be greatly affected by them.

Many buyers work with the details exactly as presented—but as a purchase grows more likely, they should consider them simply as starting points. Back when home prices were racing steadily upward, it may have been okay to assume that price appreciation would make up for any exaggerations or oversights about the property (whether inadvertent or not),  but  today’s more cautious buyers appreciate how the disclosures impact the real cost of a property. They know how expensive it can be to correct inaccuracies later on.

When comparing properties, it’s time well spent to confirm as much of the information as practical. It will give you confidence that you aren’t missing potential expenses or devaluing factors when figuring the cost of a home versus its true value. Some relevant factors

  • Even when there are laws requiring sellers to disclose obvious repairs, those that are less obvious can come as a surprise after the keys are handed over. Some may not even be known to the seller; for example, mold in walls caused from earlier flooding may not be visible, or termites that are just starting to colonize the structure might not be obvious. That’s why consulting with a home inspector is so important. The best ones know the places to look for the telltale signs it takes an expert to uncover.

 

  • If the property you are considering belongs to a homeowner’s association or is subject to any kind of maintenance fees, be sure to factor in those costs. Ask for copies of receipts for the last few payments—then find out what plans have been announced that might mean future increases.

 

  • Bastrop< TX property taxes will obviously figure in your home cost calculations, but it’s good to know the basis upon which the property is taxed. Unrecorded improvements could raise that figure: so have a look at the recent bills. If you have questions, a check with the assessor’s office should settle them.

 

  • Don’t just have a chat about the cost of utilities—you should request copies of the utility bills for at least the last full year. Water and power (and sometimes sewer and other utility expenses) can be more substantial than you’d expect, significantly increasing the cost of your Bastrop home’s annual operation.

 

These factors all play parts in determining the true cost of a home in Bastrop —its current purchase price and a sound projection of the cost of living in it. Accurate estimates of both are what you need to guide your decision about whether to make an offer—and what that offer should be.

If you are thinking of buying in Bastrop this summer or fall, do contact me today. I’ll help you to be sure the right questions are asked!

 

Selling a Bastrop Home Means Recruiting a Skilled Team

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It’s a bit complicated, selling a home in Bastrop, TX. Although you can make a case for the feasibility of doing the whole thing yourself, there are enough areas of knowledge where experience, expertise, and even licensure are recommended that few would ever try it.

 

At the end of the day, selling a Bastrop, TX home is a true team undertaking. And you’re the one selling a home, so you’re Captain. In addition to interviewing and selecting the Bastrop real estate agent you will be working with, there are other professionals you should plan to engage as well. Here’s who and why:

 

The Inspector

 

It’s quite a good idea to have a professional inspection performed at your property before selling a home. In addition to any major issues that could affect your smartest listing price, you want to be made aware of any minor issues before buyers come across them. Sometimes small details that are easy to fix can upset timing and even derail a deal entirely.

 

The Appraiser

 

As a seller, you shouldn’t try to value your property blindly. To do so runs the risk of over- or undervaluing it—and a smart listing price is a key element in the successful selling of a home. Your agent will give you key guidance on pricing. However, having a professional appraisal performed in advance can help support your price to potential buyers (especially if you are asking a high number that could be difficult to otherwise support). While the buyer’s bank will require their own appraisal, the money spent here in advance can help speed up the offer and/or negotiations.

 

Financial Advisor

 

The most difficult part of selling a home is finding and attracting a serious buyer. Fortunately, this is a burden your Bastrop real estate agent will shoulder for you. But before everyone has signed on the dotted line, it’s important to understand what the financial and tax implications will be once you’ve sold. If you have gains, you want to know how much—if any—tax burden it will trigger. If there is a loss, you’ll want to know how to turn that to your advantage. Either way, knowing the tax implications before you list may well affect the price you list at or will accept.

 

Thinking of buying or selling a home in Bastrop soon? Why not come by or give me a call? I’ll be here at the office, working hard for my clients all summer.

How to Find the Right Bastrop Realtor®

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When you set about buying a house, you will have already taken as a given that this will be among the most expensive purchases you will ever make. It’s going to be your house on the line; you’ll want to make sure you have the top resources in your arsenal. Chief among them will be having a Realtor® in the Bastrop and Central Texas who understands your goals, respects your bottom line—and who sees the joint goal the way you do: recognizing the right properties when they become available, and helping to remove any and all obstacles to securing it.

But this summer, just how will you recognize the Realtor® in Bastrop, TX who fits the bill?

Who Do You Know?

The right Bastrop, TX Realtor knows every leading vendor in the business and can introduce you to as a valued client. Need an inspector or attorney? Maybe a floor guy to price out staining the hardwood? The right Realtor will know the key players at every step, and will be able to get the facts and inside scoop to help you sound out the right decisions. Often you’ll be presented with multiple options for each resource so you’ll be sure you have a vetted group of experts to choose from.

What am I Looking For?

The right Realtor in Bastrop, TX will interview you to pin down as closely as possible which of your goals are must-haves…and which want-to-haves. Before long, your Realtor will understand instinctively what matters to you, how that translates to the current listings; and even how it matches inventory that’s waiting in the wings. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you’re likely to find that the right Bastrop, TX Realtor will answer some of your questions even before you know what to ask!

How Can I Reach You?

If you’ve ever had trouble—real trouble—reaching an agent, you’ll appreciate that a great Realtor in Bastrop, TX has not only excellent communication skills, but back-up systems in place to be quickly available for questions, showings and negotiations. So make sure you ask all Realtor candidates how she or he plans to field last-minute or urgent requests.

The right Realtor in Bastrop, TX will always demonstrate having your best interests at heart—from the first home viewing to the day you close. If you’re interviewing Realtors in Bastrop, TX to help with either buying or selling a home, I’d love to show you what my team and I can accomplish for you this summer!

 

157 Lehman Ln Bastrop, TX Reduced to $99,800

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Are you looking for an affordable home on two acres with peaceful  country living with fresh air that you just can’t find in city Bastrop or Austin?  Well look no further.  I have this great manufactured home located in Rockne, TX just down the street from the Rockne Grocery Store and Leon’s Country Store , one of Bastrop’s oldest gathering place where you can shoot pool, have a beer and listen to live country music on almost any weekend.  Although the home has a Bastrop address is’s actually located out Hwy 20 in Rockne, TX. 

 

 

This three bedroom two bath home was manufactured in 1998 has about 1,512 square feet of open living space, large kitchen,  master bath and two other bedrooms located on the opposite side of the home is perfect for the first time home buyer.   The beautiful two acres is 100% fenced and suitable for horses, limited live stock, gardening,other outdoor activities and many other possibilities.  This Rockne home comes with a refrigerator, large storage building that can store all of of your outdoor lawn equipment, horse tack, gardening supplies and who knows you might even be able to park the Porsche inside.  There is another 12X18 insulated building complete with air-conditioning that is negotiable for the serious buyer only and of course for the right price.  Oh, I can’t forget about the 54″ 26 Hp ridding lawn mower that’s a work horse and will be needed to maintain this property is negotiable as well for make us an offer.

 

 

if you or anybody you know are interested in taking a closer look at this home please give me a call to schedule a time.  What’s it going to hurt and who knows you might just fall in love with the home and Rockne and and I can have you and your family moving in before you can blink an eye.  Please take a look at the VIRTUAL TOUR and give me a call.

102 Buck Shot Court Bastrop, TX

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Take advantage of the limited number of homes on the market in Hunter’s Crossing and don’t pass up the opportunity to view this large 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,802 +/- home located at 102 Buck Shot Court Bastrop, TX. This home sits on an extra large culda sac lot with a six foot wooden privacy fence completely inclosing the backyard.  The backyard has an air conditioned workshop and a really nice storage shed for the lawn equipment and several concrete patios for  the outdoor lawn furniture and barbecue grills. This home has hardwood laminate floors, separate living rooms, solar screens and a water softener.  This large beautiful is a rare find in Hunter’s Crossing and it wont last long so bring your offers.

Tips about the Bastrop Housing Market

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Although much of Bastrop is maintaining its resale value and curb appeal, as in any area, there will always be some parts that are rapidly becoming more popularity. For instance, homes that are close to Camp Swift are often sought after. In addition, Colony, Tahitian Village, Wyldwood and Circle D Estates/KC Estates are also popular options.

 

Some of these areas have experienced an astounding increase in home values. It is important to remember that the value of each home varies from one to another, and therefore no guarantees about future increases are possible. However, the numbers do not lie and they should play a role in any new home purchase.

 

Circle D Estates/KC Estates 

 

With statistics beginning from 1990, these communities have proven themselves to be wise investments. In the last 24 years, the total neighborhood is estimated to have seen an increased value of more than 140% according to neighborhoodscout.com.

 

Tahitian Village

 

Tahitian Village is remarkably similar to Circle D and KC Estates. Their home values have appreciated in excess of 132% in the same 24 years. Those statistics include an annual growth rate of approximately 3.6%.  It is interesting to point out that more than 1/3 of the people in this immediate area work in executive, professional or management positions and most families have a middle class income.

 

Camp Swift

 

Camp Swift has maintained its value over the years and is always likely to be in demand because of the area itself and its proximity to the base. Its value has increased by more than 80% since 1990, which lends itself to an annual improvement of more than 2.5%. Although its value has not increased as significantly as others, it is still a wonderful investment opportunity and a great place to raise a family.

 

Wyldwood

 

In the last 24 years, lucky homebuyers in Wyldwood saw improvements of more than 158%. That is an average of just over 4% a year, with most residents usually having an upper- middle class income.

 

 

As Bastrop continues to grow over the next few years, home values are likely to increase. Whether it is a modest increase or a substantial one, this is the time to speak with a realtor about buying a home.

Don’t Miss the Farm Street Opry!

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Bastrop, Texas is known as an ideal place to work and raise a family. Their scheduled activities include many options for shopping, learning and entertainment. The majority of those activities are affordable and some occur regularly, so there is always the opportunity to plan for the next event.

 

One event to mark on a calendar will be found at the Bastrop Convention Center on June 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM. The Farm Street Opry occurs the first Thursday of every month and is a family friendly presentation. Fortunately, it is also very affordable to access, with an adult entry fee of only $5.00 and any accompanying children ten and under get in for free.

 

What to Expect at the Event

 

As the name implies, it is a small-town version of the well-known stage. Here, local musicians and visiting talent share their love and talent for country music with the audience. In addition, although concessions are available, no alcohol is sold or permitted at the event.

 

There is always the possibility that this popular event will be prone to lines or could sell out of available seats. Therefore, it is a good idea to arrive soon after the doors open at 5:30 to get the best seats for you and your family.

 

As expected for this type of event, dress will be casual and there will be people of all ages in the audience. There is also likely to be the opportunity for some audience participation, although the focus will obviously be primarily on stage.

 

 

Finally, it is also worth noting that this important event is one of Bastrop’s newer attractions. Its grand opening occurred in April of 2014 and therefore there are still many people who have not experienced it yet. That means it is a good opportunity to take your friends and family, then plan to make it a regular event.

Why is Bastrop Growing so Much?

 

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The city of Bastrop has experienced significant growth over the past few years. Long-term residents may remember what it was like without the Best Buy, while bargain hunters may cringe at the memory of living without the Goodwill thrift store.

 

In the 2010 census, the city of Bastrop was credited with 7, 218 full time residents. However, it should be pointed out that those numbers do not reflect people living outside the city, so the rural population adds significantly to both the economy and use of the city.

 

In 2012, the city of Bastrop was estimated by the United States Census Bureau to have experienced a 2.4% growth in the preceding two years. Its new estimated population was 7, 394.

 

Why Does Bastrop Attract New Residents?

 

Bastrop is an area that values education and employment, both of which are reflected when considering the primary sources of income for the community. Wal-mart, the school district and government offices are the primary employers. . Some of the new residents or recent high school graduates have accessed the night and continuing education classes given by Austin Community College within the city of Bastrop.

 

One less fun, but equally important aspect of Bastrop is their domestic violence shelter. Many victims of domestic violence have found a new life as the result of the services offered by the Crisis Center and the shelter itself.

 

There are other, more practical reasons for people to move to Bastrop. Only about 30 minutes from Austin and all that it offers, Bastrop provides the small-town appeal that so many families need. Without huge campuses and multiple high schools, it is easier to keep track of teenagers and their activities.

 

In fact, the opening of a theater, bowling alley and arcade in Bastrop not that long ago has provided entertainment options for residents of all ages. With safe children, affordable housing and steady employment, Bastrop will surely continue to grow in years to come.