Best Places to See Bluebonnets This Spring

Tomorrow marks the official start of Spring and we are so excited! Texas wildflowers and Bluebonnets especially are one of our favorite things about Spring in Central Texas. AustinLocal.com has a great post on the best places to see bluebonnets this spring!

Due to the abundance of rain, this year is supposed to have epic wildflowers! You can enjoy bluebonnets driving along roads or highways like Hwy 71 or Hwy 360. Or you can visit huge patches in a variety of parks. One particularly incredible place for Bluebonnets is Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood. To find out more information about Muleshoe and all the other places to see wildflowers, check out the rest of the post HERE.

 

 

 

Kitchen Cabinet Color Trends

For anyone who enjoys keeping up with home remodeling trends, one popular area in the kitchen cabinets! Colors are getting bolder and brighter, sometimes mixing in a pop of color on the island while keeping the other cabinets neutral and more. Another great option if you’re wanting to change up your kitchen cabinets but don’t want to gut your kitchen and deal with the mess and expense that goes along with it? Consider sanding your current wood cabinets and painting them a fresh, new color!

Colors

Here are some of the popular, trendy colors according to an article in Better Homes & Gardens:

  1. Bold Blue
  2. Chartreuse
  3. Purpleheart (wood)
  4. Blue-Grey
  5. Mint
  6. Robin’s Egg Blue
  7. Red
  8. Grey
  9. Butter Yellow
  10. Greenish Grey
  11. Dark Wood Island with Contrasting White
  12. Teal
  13. Pale Blue
  14. Orange
  15. Yellow
  16. Milky Green
  17. Ebony and Ivory

 

Source:

https://www.bhg.com/kitchen/cabinets/styles/colorful-kitchen-cabinetry/?did=338736-20190211&utm_campaign=bhg-diy_newsletter&utm_source=bhg.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=021119&cid=338736&mid=18495592236&slide=slide_93569#slide_93569,” Better Homes & Gardens.

What Home Projects Have the Highest ROI?

Have you ever thought about updating your home? Whether you’re updating and planning to stay or sell, do you know which projects will get you the best return on your investment? Especially if updates are being made before putting your home on the market, it makes sense to weigh the upfront cost of the projects and updates with your likely return compared to leaving your home “as is”.

According to an article in Remodeling magazine, these are the following projects with the most return on investment:

  1. Manufactured Stone Veneer
  2. Steel Entry-Door Replacements
  3. Garage Door Replacements

And these are the projects with the worst return on investment:

  1. Master Suite Additions
  2. Backyard Patios
  3. Major Kitchen Renovations

This list is in no way comprehensive and of course, return on investment is influenced by many factors, including the housing market in your area, buyer’s demand, and more, but this may give you something to think about if you’re considering any home remodeling projects.

 

Source:

https://www.texasrealestate.com/members/posts/which-home-projects-have-the-highest-roi/”, Texas Realtors.

Texas is #2 for Incoming Residents

It seems like everyone knows someone who has recently moved to Texas or is planning on moving to Texas in the near future. Some of the reasons Texas is a hotbed for residents moving from other states include the strong job market, economy and housing market. Texas REALTORS® released their 2017 Texas Relocation Report and showed that Texas gained 524,511 new residents in 2017, ranking them #2 nationally. The largest influx of residents to Texas came from California (63,175), Florida (33,740), Louisiana (28,700), Illinois (26,214) and New York (20,644).

Interestingly, Texas also ranked high on the report’s list of residents moving out of state. Texas ranked #3 on this list, which resulted in a net gain of 57,173 residents in 2017. Interestingly, this is a net gain of more than 30,000 less residents compared to 2016.

With all of the new industry coming, such as the $1 Billion Apple campus, we will be curious to see what the numbers look like for 2018 and 2019 and beyond!

 

Source:

https://www.texasrealestate.com/members/posts/texas-ranks-2nd-for-incoming-residents/,” Texas Realtors.

 

23 Things To Do in Austin in March

Looking for some great activities in Austin in March? Warmer weather makes us want to get out and enjoy all our city has to offer! AustinLocal.com has a great article with 23 great events happening this March!

A few things that immediately come to mind when thinking of March are wildflowers, St. Patrick’s Day and spring! March also brings the world famous South by Southwest® (SXSW®) festival and conferences to Austin where you can check out amazing music, film and technology. Another annual March event in Austin is Rodeo Austin, which takes place over a 2-week period. You can check out the rest of the events by visiting the complete post HERE.

The Probate Process

Have you ever wondered about the probate process? What is probate, anyway? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, probate is defined as, “the action or process of proving before a competent judicial authority that a document offered for official recognition and registration as the last will and testament of a deceased person is genuine.” The broad definition is “the process of administering an estate.”

We’ve narrowed down general probate into four general steps to help explain this process. We researched information on probate on http://www.LegalZoom.com. Please note this information is not a substitute for licensed legal advice.

    1. File a Petition and Give Notice to Heirs and Beneficiaries. Once the will is filed with the courts, the court will admit the will to probate and appoint the executor or in cases where there is no will, appoint an administrator of the estate. In general, notice of the court hearing regarding the petition must be provided to all of the decedent’s heirs and beneficiaries. In the event that an heir or beneficiary objects to the petition, they have the opportunity to do so in court. Additionally, notice of the hearing is published in a local newspaper as an attempt to notify other, like unknown creditors, for example, of the beginning of the proceeding.
    2. Following the Court Appointment, the Personal Representative Must Give Notice to all Known Creditors of the Estate and Take an Inventory of the Estate Property. After the personal representative gives written notice to all creditors of the estate (based on requirements by state), the creditors have a certain amount of time (varies by state) to make a claim on assets of the estate. Additionally, an inventory of all of the decedent’s probate property, including real property, stocks, bonds, business interests, among other assets, is taken. Depending on the state, a court appointed appraiser values the assets and if necessary, an independent appraiser is hired by the estate to appraise non-cash assets.
    3. All Estate and Funeral Expenses, Debts and Taxes Must be Paid from the Estate. The personal representative then must determine which creditor’s claims are legitimate and pay/negotiate those and other final bills from the estate. In some instances, the personal representative is permitted or may be required to sell estate assets to satisfy the decedent’s obligations/outstanding debts.
    4. Legal Title in Property is Transferred According to the Will (or Under the Laws of Intestacy if the Decedent Did Not Have a Will). Following the waiting period to allow creditors to file claims against the estate, and after all approved claims and bills are paid, generally, the personal representative petitions the court for the authority to transfer the remaining assets to beneficiaries as directed in the decedent’s last will and testament. If there is no will, assets will be distributed according to the state’s intestate succession laws.

 

Source:

https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/the-probate-process-four-simple-steps,” Legal Zoom.

 

Pace Bend Park

Austin, Texas has lots of incredible ways to experience and explore the outdoors. There are also an abundance of County and State Parks ready to be enjoyed. One park just outside of Austin in Spicewood is called Pace Bend Park.

Encompassing 1,368 acres, Pace Bend Park is gorgeous, located on Lake Travis, and has tons of available activities. Options include Barbecue Grills, Fire Rings, Boat Ramps (3), Fishing, Improved Campsites (20), Multi-Use Trails, Out-house Style Toilets, Picnic Tables, Primitive Campsites (400+), Designated Swim Coves, RV Dump Station and more. For dog lovers, dogs are allowed in Pace Bend Park as long as they are on leash! The website also lists a few other rules to abide by in relation to pets and park usage.

The Park charges a cash fee at the entrance depending on your activity, and reservations can be made in advance for the campsites. With its incredible beauty and amount of activities and area to explore, Pace Bend Park is a great way to spend an afternoon, weekend or week! Visit https://parks.traviscountytx.gov/parks/pace-bend for all of the details, location information and more.