Liberty Hill, TX Real Estate News

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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor's announced earlier in the month that they have awarded the highest bond rating available to Williamson County. The AAA rating is a high rating and means an entity has an "extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments," according to Standard and Poor's. These credit rating agencies use letter designations to determine credit-worthiness. Following financial practices that any fiscally responsible household can utilize is how the county of Williamson was able to receive the rating, and the beneifts of it will now help residents of Williamson County. Williamson County Auditor David Flores said, “You follow the ABC’s of spending, whether you are a family household or a government. A is always live within your means. B is borrow money only for ca...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
For the second consecutive month, contracts to buy homes across the nation fell, according to the National Association of Realtors. The index of sales agreements fell 1.2 percent in August to a reading of 88.6. A reading of 100 is typically what is seen during a healthy housing market. The last time the market saw numbers near 100 was in April of 2010, when the homebuyers tax credit was coming to an end. The number of contracts signed on homes is an indicator used to determine where the housing market will be in the months to come. There is usually a one-to-two month period of time between when a home contract is signed and the home is closed on. Many Realtors have also been experiencing canceled contracts in the past few months. Buyers are canceling contracts after home appraisals are ...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
September 18th is the day that  ground will be broken for the new Liberty Hill High School, and construction is set to begin the following day. Construction is expected to be completed by June of 2013. Last fall voters approved the $ 85.6 million bond package that would allow for the much-needed new high school. The Liberty Hill School District has grown by 20 percent since 2006 and is expected to grow another 35 percent by 2025. The rapid growth has left many schools in the district at or near capacity.The estimated cost of the project is set at $60,023,406. The new school will be able to accommodate up to 1600 students. According to the school district’s website, the new building will have nine science labs, ten computer labs, a competition gym, two smaller practice gyms, 48 classroom...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
The heat is here and before we know it, it will be officially summer. Now that the weather is warm, many turn to local pools to keep cool. Pool safety is important this time of year and Williamson County officials are warning of the dangers that pools can bring and things to do to protect your children from drowning. Already this year since the end of May, there have been 34 children across Texas that have passed away due to drowning, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Williamson County is fortunate enough to have not had any drownings during this time. If you live in Williamson County and have a pool, here are some tips on keeping the kiddos safe this swimming season. Have a fence around the pool, and be sure that there is a gate with a latch that a sm...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
A new report released from the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association showed that there were only 1.89 percent of residential mortgages in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2011 in the state of Texas. Throughout the state, the economy is gaining strength. The state of Texas was ranked as coming in 6th lowest in the country when it came to foreclosures. The national average of foreclosures is 4.52 percent.The number of loan delinquencies dropped to 7.91percent of mortgages during the first quarter of 2011. This is the lowest number we have seen in almost two years. Not only did the number of loan delinquencies decrease, but so did the 90 days or more delinquent number which fell below 3 percent to 2.80 percent. This is another number we have not seen in almost 2 years. President of the...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
The 2010 tax season may be just behind us but it is never too soon to start thinking about tax credits for next year. The 2011 energy tax credits for your Liberty Hill home are down from last year, but there are still some out there. Washington may be giving less than before to Leander homeowners for going green, but there are still numerous energy tax credits that you can take advantage of.For 2011 you can claim up to $500 in federal energy tax credits for various different home improvements. If you are looking to take advantage of these tax credits here are some ways. Heating, Ventilation and Cooling Systems:You are eligible for $50 for any advanced main air-circulating fan. How about a $150 credit for any qualified natural gas, propane, or oil furnace or hot water boiler. There is al...
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In today's competitive job market, being somewhat computer literate is a must. Many employers advertise available job openings on various online websites, and being able to access them is a necessary when it comes to finding a job.   If your inexperience with computers is hindering your job search, Liberty Hill Public Library will be offering computer skills classes to help. The five class session will be held every Monday at Liberty Hill Public Library starting May 9th. The class will focus on general computer literacy which will include computer, Internet and email basics. Having the basic knowledge of these things has proven successful for many when it comes to landing and keeping a job. The classes will be held in the Liberty Hill Public Library located at 355 Loop 332. The class wi...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
This past November Liberty Hill residents let their vote be heard when they voted to pass an $86 million bond package to build a new high school and athletic complex. It was a close vote with over 3,000 votes cast and the bond package being approved by 78 votes. It is projected that the new high school will cost $71 million and will be able to hold 1,600 students. The new school is expected to have three gyms, a band hall, choir room, auditorium, and state-of-the-art career and technology classrooms. Now is the time to make your move to Liberty Hill so that your child can experience this state-of-the-art school.Superintendent Dr. Rob Hart said recently that they are in the design phase now and District officials say that plans are proceeding as scheduled. Teachers at Liberty Hill High S...
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By Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas
(Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas)
New Construction Inspection Picture of the Day - Crickets and Fasteners As a home inspector in the Austin area I get to do my fair share of New Construction Home Inspections.  Last week I was asked to inspect a home in Liberty Hill, TX.  Liberty Hill is a small community about 15 minutes west of Georgetown and just over 30 miles north of Austin.  Though small, this community has seen it's fair share of growth over the past few years.  When I'm asked to do a Home Inspection in Liberty Hill about half the time the home is New Construction.  While on the roof I came across a cricket behind the chimney that was not properly fastened.  From a few feet away it looked OK.  But up close it was easy to see that the cricket had not been properly secured to the roof structure. The chimney on this ...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
During these rough economic times we have seen high rates of foreclosures, but things have started to change here in the Austin area according to a report recently released by an Irvine, California-based company, RealtyTrac Inc. The rate of foreclosures in the Austin area dropped 21 percent in the month of July, 2010 compared to the rate of foreclosure in July, 2009. Currently, one in every 730 homes in the Austin area is in danger of foreclosure, which is a change from June, 2010 when one in every 655 homes faced foreclosure. The state of Texas as a whole is seeing one home in every 819 facing foreclosure filing compared to the national average which is one in every 397 homes. Real estate experts find that it is more important to look at the month-to-month figures to get a more accurat...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
Did you know you could be an online book reviewer? If this is something that is of interest to you it can be done through the Liberty Hill Public Library. All you need to do is be a member of the Liberty Hill Public Library and you will be on your way to being able to submit reviews for books that you have read. It is a simple thing to do by going to www.lhpl.org and logging in to your account with the member number that you can find on the back of your card. Once you are logged into your account, you can browse the catalog for books. If you click on a title, you will see an option to give a review so you can give your creative thoughts on the book you just read. It’s a great way to share your opinions as well as helping someone out with their literary choices! An online book review is ...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
A stone’s throw from Williamson County, the big city of Austin beckons. With downtown Austin experiencing endless growth the opportunities to find things to do is unlimited. Following is a list of some of the most popular attractions in Austin.  Use this list to help you explore the wonderful city of Austin. Sixth Street 6th Street is the first thing that people think of when the thought of Downtown Austin comes to mind. This long strip of bars, music venues, and restaurants is one of the staples of Austin’s nightlife and is packed Thursday through Sunday nights. Congress Bats Every March, about 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Austin and make their home under the Congress Avenue bridge. Bat watching has become a popular tourist attraction. From March until September, ge...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
  Leander will proudly accept the title of being one of the first U. S. cities to get the fastest internet residential service in the country, as 107 megabits-per-second Internet arrives here.   How does this compare to what you have now?  To give an  example, this amount of speed translates to downloading about 12 songs in about eight seconds. Wow. With an average broadband connection, it could take over nine minutes to download the same size file, and would you believe with a dial-up connection it could take more that four hours to the same thing? Georgetown and Pflugerville will soon be up to high speed too.  The service will be courtesy of Suddenlink, one of the 10 largest cable broadband companies in the U.S., with its High Speed Internet MAX 107.0” service. Georgetown and nearby c...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
April 10 was the long-awaited unveiling of new plans for a parkthat will be on a 1,000-acre property, situated in Williamson County near Liberty Hill, about 20 miles west of Georgetown.  Visitors enjoyed 1-, 2- and 5K hikes starting a guided equestrian rides, as. County staff and members of the Texas Native Plant Society unveiled the plans. The park will be designed by the Round Rock planning, landscape architecture and architecture firm BWM Group. The park will contain campgrounds, equestrian trails, hiking paths and a heritage center to highlight the equipment once used on the land, which was a cattle ranch. The property was obtained by the county in 2008 for $10,500 per acre and is known as the Williams tract. Since the county only has the money for the design of the park, after pre...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
March 27 was a big day for Cedar Park Farms to Market to open its doors to the public.  With 3,130 visitors making purchases, nearly all of the 20 vendors sold their entire stock. This year-round farmers market will be open from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. every Saturday in the parking lot of 1890 Ranch Shopping Center. This is an obvious testament to the fact that Cedar Park residents put fresh food at the top of their list of priorities. With the major success of opening day, there will be more farmers added to the list of sellers and this will certainly bring more buyers. On opening day due to the large volume of shoppers there was up to a 45 minute wait time in line to buy cabbage, onions, tomatoes, cauliflower and brussel sprouts from the market’s largest vegetable vendor. New vendors will be en...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
Here is more interesting information from Bundle.com and its "How America Spends" report. In our last blog, we reported that the biggest U.S. spenders lived in Austin in 2009. Austin blows away the national average of  $37,782 with the hefty amount of $67,076 in citizen spending (excluding mortgage and rent, which are not included in Bundle's breakdown).. Scottsdale, Arizona, ranked close behind Austin with $64,687 in spending for 2009. Bundle's information did not include how much a resident spends on mortgage or rent, which reveals why one of the reasons New York City isn’t at the top of the list. One interesting fact about the Bundle’s study is that the top 25 includes somewhat affluent towns with low housing costs. The main concept behind the data is to show how spending exists in ...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
Did you ever wonder which U.S. cities are home to the biggest spenders? Well, look no further that Austin, TX. According to recent research by Bundle.com, Austin residents spent an average of $67,076 a year on non-real estate purchases. This big chunk of change makes Austin the number one spender ranked above Scottsdale, Arizona and San Jose, California as the highest spending metro areas in the U.S. It is surprising that New York City didn’t make the top ten list. The reason for this is that since New York City is divided into five boroughs and four out of the five boroughs have a low total of citizen spending. However, if you counted the borough of Manhattan as its own city, it would come in as the 3rd highest city for spending with anannual per-household spending of $59,602.  If hous...
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By Shane White
(RE/MAX Town & Country)
  The Four Points Area in Austin has one last undeveloped retail site located at the corner of RM 620 and Wilson Parke Avenue, close to Williamson County. The 69-acre property loaded with oak trees and brush, is also the largest remaining piece of undeveloped land. If plans go through with the City of Austin, local developers intend to build a shopping center named The Trails at 620. Developers Speaks and Sloan purchased the property from New York–based Tomen-Parke Associates, in May 2009 and have plans drawn for a 350,000-sq.-ft. shopping center that would potentially include a theater, a bookstore, a pet supply store, a sporting goods business, a grocery store, and several sit-down and fast-food restaurants. Since the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve is located nearby and with the popula...
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