My Life in Coffee Shops by David Board

7Th Flag Coffee Shop

7Th Flag Coffee Shop

 

Many of you that follow me on Facebook know by now that I’m a huge coffee shop fan and I can usually be found in coffee shops all over Austin and Bastrop.  You might ask yourself why do I hangout in so many coffee shops? Well for one thing, I don’t drink alcohol or frequent the bars or clubs, so those are really not an option for me and to be totally honest, I love the quiet atmosphere of most coffee shops.  Being the busy realtor that I am, I have a ton of paperwork to do and I would much rather get’er done in a coffee shops sipping on my favorite java.  It’s so much better than working from home or in an office somewhere. I also run into folks that have questions about the real estate market and of course I’m always eager to offer my advice in hopes of turning them into a client one day.   My daily routine usually starts off with a stop at the Starbucks in Bastrop for a Vente dark roast coffee and a blueberry oatmeal.  I pray to Baby Jesus they don’t leave out the dang blueberries which they have been known to do on occasion and that can definitely ruin a morning.  While at Starbucks in Bastrop I’m able catch up on the local news, also know as gossip, from the regulars who have a wealth of information about the going ons in my little town.  They have all this gossip and don’t know what else to do with it other that to spread it around.

 

Jacob Strekfus

Jacob Streckfus

 

During the mid afternoons or weekends I usually venture off with my Austin friend Jacob Streckfus another coffee enthusiast to the Starbucks on Riverside Dr, Dominican Joe’s on Congress or 7th Flag on 1st Street in Austin where I indulge in a tall refreshing glass of ice brewed coffee. I must admit I didn’t acquire the taste of iced coffee until recently and you know when the temperature hits a 105 degrees outside the last thing you want is something hot. I can’t leave out a few of my other Austin favorites like Bennue Coffee, Buzz Mill, Halcyon, Gunuine Joe’s and Cherrywood Coffeehouse located off 38th Street.  I could go on and on but I think you get the point, I like coffee shops, a lot.

 

7Th Flag Coffee

 

So if you are feeling social and prefer coffee shops over bars and are looking  for some friendly conversation about real estate, politics, fun things to do in Austin or Bastrop, well feel free to hit me up. While I have your attention if you are thinking about buying or seller real estate in the Austin or Bastrop area please feel free to give me a call.  I would love to earn your business.

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. 

Top 5 Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid in Bastrop

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If you are ready to list your Bastrop or central Texas home for sale, set yourself up for success by avoiding these 5 common selling mistakes:

 

1. Putting your home on the market prematurely. 

 

Presentation is everything when it comes to selling your home. So, before you place your home on the market, address any and all needed repairs, de-clutter, depersonalize and consider staging.

 

2. Improper pricing. 

 

In many cases, homeowners choose to price their home above current market value. The sales price of your home will be determined by the current market value; in other words, what buyers in Bastrop and Central Texas are willing to pay for your property. To determine the fair market value of your home, check recent comparable properties and recent sales in the surrounding area. Working with an experienced real estate agent is key to setting the right price.

 

3. Lack of marketing. 

 

Once your home is listed for sale, it is important to market the property to prospective buyers. This is where using a professional real estate agent really pays off as they are experts in marketing your home through special events, open houses, and professional photographs with descriptions listed on a variety of sites help to place your property in the best possible light, in front of the widest possible audience of buyers.

4. Hiring an inexperienced agent. 

Don’t place one of your largest financial assets in the hands of an inexperienced real estate agent. Choose a professional with not only general experience, but someone familiar with your type of property and neighborhood.

 

5. Don’t go it alone. 

 

While it is tempting to list your property yourself to avoid the costs and fees associated with hiring an experienced real estate agent, this decision could be costly. A local agent stays abreast of the current home market conditions, trends and laws that could affect the pricing and ultimately, the sale of your property. A mistake in the sales process can be very costly and time consuming.

 

Armed with this information, work to proactively avoid these common mistakes when you list your property for sale. If you’re thinking of selling and would like to discuss what you could get for your home, call me today.

Buy or Sell a Bastrop Business

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Are you looking to open your own business in the Bastrop, Texas area?  Well, your search could be over. Bastrop, TX has been home for me for over 25 years so needless to say I know the people and the area very well, an important attribute when selecting a realtor.  Bastrop offers a variety of storefront buildings for sale or lease in the Historic Downtown area. If  you prefer to be on the Hwy 71 corridor, no worries there are plenty of buildings for sale and/or lease there as well.

 

You will have the best business neighbors possible from the quaint antique shops, mod boutiques; gift shops, insurance companies, law firms, bakeries, restaurants, banks and Health Care businesses. The Bastrop Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Alliance are priceless assets that help to support any business venture you choose.  They strive to make the downtown area the best that it can be and helped make Bastrop a Distinctive Destination, a Bastrop Main Street City and the most Historic Little Town in Texas. The marketing and advertising strategies utilized by these organizations can be a huge benefit your company.

 

The Bastrop Economic & Development Groups growing Bastrop Business and Industrial Park has commercial land for sale and lease to meet most business needs. Bastrop’s own Deep in the Heart Art Foundry is located in the park and makes for a great artful lunchtime get away. The Bastrop County Sherriff’s Office is also located there and with its presence added security. Both the downtown area and the industrial park are just minutes away from State Highways 95 and 71 and a short jaunt into Austin and the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

 

Let David Board be your real estate agent business partner. Contact me today to discuss what options are available to you. I will find the best locations to show you, give you a tour of the area and a little bit of the history that makes Bastrop so special. I will work with you to make the purchasing process as smooth as possible. Bastrop is a unique community that is constantly growing and will welcome your business. I look forward to earning your business.

 

Northeast Austin Home For Sale $189,000

img_0026This 3-bedroon, 2-bath, 1,68 +/- SF home is a great buy in the up and coming area of North East Austin is by far the best deal in the neighborhood an is offered at on;y $195,000. This Austin home has a beautiful private backyard with outdoor shop (man cave) fully functioning above ground hot tube, playscape for the kids, BBQ patio and large trees offering plenty of shade. If your a first time home buyer or looking for a home with easy access to downtown Austin, UT campus,  Bergstrom International airport,  Formula One or the Mueller Community this is the perfect home for you. The owner will convey refrigerator, wash, dyer and backyard swings.  Hurry this home will not last long.

Bastrop Tradition: Happy Holidays

Home for the holidays? It really has special meaning when you find the perfect home for you and your family.  As you unpack your lives, dreams, and settle in the wonderful and historic community of Bastrop, Texas bringing with you old family traditions and starting new ones as you begin your new adventure in Bastrop.

Bastrop’s River of Lights Walking Trail

One of the most treasured Bastrop traditions that take place each year is the River of Lights Walking Trail. The trail takes place in Fisherman’s Park which is along the Colorado River. It continues for half a mile to Ferry Park. It has been popular since its inception, with over 100 sponsors in the first year. Each year, area merchants, businesses, churches, community groups and individuals decorate trees with lights, garland and all of the trimmings and set up lighted Christmas and Holiday displays. There are many individuals who sponsor a memorial for loved ones or simply want to decorate one of the trees in the park. There are about 20 various school groups, Band Boosters, PTA, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, 4H Clubs and other community groups set up stands along the trail selling cookies, hot chocolate and coffee to raise money for their projects. This is a great healthy tradition to enjoy a stroll along the River of Lights after your holiday meals. The half mile trail is open from the Friday after Thanksgiving evening until New Years Eve.

Bastrop. Texas is located on Highway 71, a short ride from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport and Austin, the States Capital. If you’re interested in a personalized tour or real estate consulting in the Bastrop area, set up an appointment with me. I have the resources to guide you through the sometimes complex home buying process and I will do my very best to ensure a smooth transition for you and your family.

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.

Call Bastrop, TX Home

Bastrop’s schools, shopping, theater, movies, live music, spacious state parks, restaurants, fishing, boating, festivals, we have it all, in Bastrop and it’s all within a short drive and often walking distances. Bastrop is an easy commute into Austin and the Bergstrom International Airport.

In Bastrop, TX you can have your pick of many older or historic Victorian style homes under the sprawling pecan trees with spacious gardens in the downtown Historic District.  Maybe you’re looking for a more traditional style home in subdivisions with family friendly parks, walking paths, playgrounds and community swimming pools. And for you country folks we have secluded ranch style homes with acreage out in Bastrop county among the Lost Pines.  How about a simple country farm house with a patch to raise vegetables and pets that is not very far away from town.  Bastrop County has a little something for everyone.

I’ll will work with you to find that perfect home for you and your family that meets your work/life balance needs and your budget. 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.

Victorian Bastrop Homes

Board is going BOLD

I am pleased to announce that after three successful years as a real estate agent with Keller Williams, the Nation’s largest real estate agency, I am ready to take my business to the next level.  Starting October 21st I will be taking the highly recommended and sought after course BOLD.  BOLD is a 7-week intensive course that’s based on the book BUSINESS OBJECTIVE: A Life By Design, written by Dianna Kokoszka, BOLD  is designed to condition agents with powerful mindset exercises, language techniques, business-building strategies and live lead generation activities. My overall purpose for taking this course is to improve my business skills and gain the additional knowledge, expertise and education so that I can better serve my clients in the Austin and Bastrop, TX communities.

I mention this only to reenforce my commitment to the good folks in Austin and Bastrop that when it come to representing you in all of your real estate matters you can count on a level of knowledge and experience standing beside you. So if you’re are thinking about buying or selling in the Austin or Bastrop areas or if you know who might be, I would appreciate you giving me a call today.

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