Tips about the Bastrop Housing Market

Bastrop, TX

 

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.

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.

8 Interior Home Features Buyers Crave

Home buyers are sizing up homes with a long list of preferences. The typical home shopper buys a home with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, according to the National Association of REALTORS(R) 2013 Home Features Survey. What feature did home shoppers report they most desire in a home? Central air conditioning, according to the survey of 2,000 buyers on 33 home features. Central air conditioning was overwhelmingly the top home feature desired by home shoppers. A home that is cable/satellite TV-ready/Internet was also ranked highly. What else should you be spotlighting on your listing ads for homes that you’re selling? The NAR survey revealed the following eight interior design features that buyers ranked as “very important” in their home search:

1. Walk-in closet in the master bedroom
2. Ensuite master bath
3. New kitchen appliances
4. Eat-in kitchen area
5. Hardwood floors
6. Granite countertops
7. Kitchen island
8. Stainless steel appliances Interior Home Features Buyers Want

First Steps to Buying a Home

If you find yourself in a position where you are thinking of buying a home, you may have thought that it would be easy to simply drive around town, make your way into a few open houses, and make a purchase of the home of your dreams; while this would be nice if it were the case (and while there are, in fact, a handful of people who get lucky in this way), it is far more often the case that buying a home requires you to make the right moves every step of the way, in order for you to end up in the house that is truly right for you!

The first couple steps you will need to take for purchasing a home are for you to get ready to purchase a home by understanding what you can spend, and by making a checklist of the things you want to find in this house of your dreams – and then, it will be time for you to find (and team up with) a real estate agent who will be able to help you find exactly these things.

After you have accomplished these two steps, the next couple steps are going to be for you to start looking at houses and to get a feel for what the market looks like; oftentimes, once you start looking at houses, you will be surprised at what you find is available (or at what you find is unavailable!), and will be surprised as well (either pleasantly or unpleasantly!) to find the prices you are looking at – which is where getting a feel for the market comes into play.

After taking these first four steps, your agent will be able to help you find a home and negotiate a deal – which is the next two steps to take care of; as long as you have teamed up with an excellent agent, they will be able to help you each step of the way on this leg of the process, and will be able to ensure you are getting the best possible deal on your home.

Finally, you will be ready for the last two steps: getting a loan and closing the deal; the sort of loan you are able to get will depend a lot on what the current interest rates look like, and on what your personal credit score and credit history look like – so make sure you know these things even before you start shopping around for a loan, so as to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Buying a home is often an exciting process, but can be a difficult one as well – especially if you are not prepared with the right knowledge, and with the right action plan to get you into your dream home; if you are preparing to look for a house, be sure to keep these steps in mind, and get ready to find your way into your dream home today!

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