I’ve Moved to Houston!!!

6 Mar

Hello Fellow Austin Friends,
No, I haven’t just gotten lazy on posting. I have moved to Houston, and my new blog is under construction. Please save it in your bookmarks:
thresholdhouston.wordpress.com.  I look forward to serving you in H-Town!

Thank you Veterans!

11 Nov

In honor of celebrating our Veterans, I wanted to share this heartwarming article about a war hero and his Golden Retriever, Tuesday.  What a sweet story!

Click here to read the article.

Click here to read about the book written on Montalvan and Tuesday.

Procrastination is the Thief of Time…And Money! Don’t Delay Home Maintenance

15 Oct

“Procrastination is the Thief of Time!

Did your mother ever shove this saying in your face when you were a kid and procrastinating on tackling your homework?

Well, Momma was right!

And it turns out home maintenance is no different from that homework you avoided.  The procrastination will cost you more time, stress, and MONEY in the end!

So many of my Sellers in the Austin Real Estate Market get overwhelmed when it is time to sell, and they are preparing their property for the market.  They feel like there is a list a mile long of things they need to do to get their home sold.

Unfortunately, the reality is, even with all this work invested, many times Sellers aren’t even doing anything extraordinary that places them above and beyond the competition; rather they’re just getting caught up on a lot of deferred maintenance!

Save yourself the hassle!  Don’t put off general home maintenance until something breaks and costs you even more money, or you are in a panic trying to GET YOUR HOME SOLD!  Instead, stay on top of your home’s maintenance; that way, when it is time to sell, you can put your time and dollars into ‘extra’ projects that will make your home shine and GET SOLD for TOP DOLLAR!

TO DO (To Get it Done!) Fall List: Protect Your Austin Home

13 Oct

Now that you don’t feel like your skin is going to melt off every time you step outside of your property in Austin, TX, this is the perfect time to tackle a few household projects.  (Don’t forget the Importance of Maintaining Your Property.)  Here are a couple starter projects to get you on your way:

1Caulk: You know, that sealant that keeps moisture on a rainy day out, also stops air leaks that lets your heating and cooling escape. When we have had a year like this, where extreme  dry conditions pervaded it is time to “touch up” around the home. Review areas around windows, doors, and any openings that are entry or exit areas for pipes etc. In most cases, you can touch up the caulk where it has opened up or lost some adhesion. In some cases, in might be better to take a screwdriver and carefully remove any real loose caulk, and then touch up.

2Do you ever bother to look at that outside Air Conditioning condenser? Hot dry climates pack dust in the fins, which causes loss of efficiency and could lead to failure. Get the garden hose out, make up a bottle of 50% water and Vinegar, spray the fins on the condenser and let sit for a moment, then carefully spray off the fins starting at the top and working downward.  Do NOT use pressure that bends the fins; you want good pressure, but not too much!  You will be surprised at the gunk that comes out!

Don’t forget your air filters on the inside: Hot dusty climates make change out every 30 days or so a must; other factors like pet dander, or fall cleaning can kick up a lot of debris in the home as well.

One trick that I have learned from the pros, is that most HVAC units have provisions for more than one air filter. You can buy the cheap fiberglass filters 5 at a time, and a couple of those nice pleated pollen filters too. Then, take the cheaper filter and put it first in the air flow, backed up by the pleated filter, this keeps the pleated filter from catching all the big stuff and choking up.  Change the cheap filter out in 30 days or so, and then change both out 30 days from that, as it helps the more expensive filters last longer and do their job with little waste.

3. Give your trees a ‘haircut:’ Walk around the home and look at any surrounding trees.  Remember to cut branches back 6 feet from the roof if possible to keep them from damaging your roof shingle.  (With the dry conditions and brush fires which have abounded in Austin, TX we should all take a hard look at our dead branches!)

4. Paint: If areas are looking thin or exposed, time to touch up now.  Water behind the paint causes many issues.  In general,  a good coat of paint reduces wood rot and deterioration of the exterior surfaces as well.

5. Do you know where your freeze protectors are for the outside hose bibs? They are cheap this time of year, but the price goes up as the cold front comes in (yes, think back really hard, and you’ll remember those frigid nights last year in Austin), have them on hand. You may be like me, and have to buy new ones each year as for some reason the dogs thing these are “chew toys” mounted on the outside walls.

 

Do you have a great home maintenance project idea or tip?  Please share in the comments below!  We’d all love to learn from you!

 

Now, STOP reading and start DOING!

*These Great Ideas Are Courtesy of Austin Pillar to Post!

Why Austin Rocks!

10 Oct

I am so lucky to say that I constantly run across articles showing that Austin is defying the National economic trends.  See for yourself!

Today is PAY DAY, but How Do I Stretch My Dollar?!

7 Oct

With the unsettled nature of our economy, everyone is trying to cut back, either to save and gain a greater sense of security in our uncertain world, or just to save for special purchases, like a home.  No matter the motivation, I thought these ideas might help stretch your paycheck!

  • Bring Your Lunch to Work – The average person spends $6 when they buy their lunch (I think it’s double that in Austin!) yet only $2 when they pack it themselves. That’s a potential savings of $20 a week or $1,040 dollars a year.
  • Durable over Disposable – Using products like sponges over  paper towels, or a rechargeable razor over disposable razor can save you up to $200 per year.
  • Hold an Annual Yard Sale –Get rid of all that household clutter, make a few bucks, and get to know your neighbors (Keep your eye out for neighborhood yard sales). Whatever you don’t sell can be donated to charity and used as a tax write-off. Or have a virtual yard sale on eBay!
  • Get a Library Card – As opposed to buying a book for $20,  or paying $100+/year for a movie subscription, get it for FREE!
  • Watch Those Utilities – Changing over to energy-saving light bulbs and low flow shower heads is a great start. Also, most utility companies offer a home audit you can complete online. If not, go to http://hes.lbl.gov for a virtual inspection of your home. There is no need to throw away money on wasted energy!

Looking for Fall Fun in Austin?!

30 Sep

I love our Falls in Austin, TX!  Don’t you?!

As the weather cools down, put on your long-sleeved T-Shirts and shorts and go enjoy one of these fun events in Austin!

Festivals and Events

9/30 – 10/2
Oktoberfest
Downtown, Fredericksburg
http://www.oktoberfestinfbg.com

10/6, 3 – 7 pm
2011 North Hays County Community Expo &
Resume Drop-off

Business to Business Networking from 2-3 pm
Hays CISD Performing Arts Center, Kyle
http://www.kylechamber.org/EventCalendar
Item.php?Events_ID=398

10/7, 7:30 pm
Movies in the Park
Hoodwinked Too

Elizabeth Milburn Park, Cedar Park
http://www.cedarparktx.us/cp/pr_events_movies.aspx

10/7-8, 6 pm to midnight
Mediterranean Festival
408 E. 11th St, Austin
http://www.mediterraneanfestival.org

10/7-9
Texas Mesquite Art Festival
Marktplatz DT, Fredericksburg
http://www.texasmesquiteassn.org

10/7-8
32nd Annual Wimberley Gospel Music Festival
See Website for schedule
8400 FM 32, Fischer
http://www.wimberleygospelmusic.com

10/13, 6 – 9 pm
22nd Annual La Dolce Vita
food and wine festival

AMOA–Laguna Gloria, Austin
http://www.amoa.org

10/13-16
Kyle Fair & Music Festival
Thunderhill Raceway, Kyle
http://www.kylechamber.org/EventCalendar.php

10/15, beginning at 10 am
Kyle Founders’ Parade
Center Street, Kyle.
http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation
/kyle-founders-parade

10/20-27
Austin Film Festival
Paramount Theater and various locations
http://www.austinfilmfestival.com

10/22, 7 – 9 pm
Concert in the Park
Don’t Tell Debbie Band

Elizabeth Milburn Park, Cedar Park
http://www.cedarparktx.us/cp/pr_events_movies.aspx

10/22-23
Buda Fine Arts Festival
On the greenbelt in Historic Downtown Buda
Visit website for schedule
http://www.budafineartsfestival.com

10/22-23
Austin Record Convention
Crockett Center, Austin
http://www.austinrecords.com

10/22, noon – 7 pm
Food & Wine Fest
Marktplatz DT, Fredericksburg
http://www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com

10/22, 2 -10 pm
Dia de los Muertos
5th Street, Austin
http://www.mexic-artemuseum.org

10/27, 6 – 8 pm
9th Annual Boo-da Halloween
Buda Public Library
http://ci.buda.tx.us/buda-events/

10/30, 12 – 4 pm
Halloween Carnival
City Square Park, Kyle
http://www.cityofkyle.com/parks/Halloween.htm

10/31
Halloween on E. 6th St.

Art and Culture

9/9 – 10/1, Fri. & Sat, 8:15 pm
The Tempest
Shakespeare
Emily Ann Theatre, Wimberley
http://www.emilyann.org

9/30 – 10/1, 8 pm – 10/2, 3 pm
The Mozart Project
Choreography by Stephen Mills
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Long Center, Austin
http://www.balletaustin.org/atb/mozartproject.php

10/2, 12 pm
John Philip Sousa
Wooldridge Square Park, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

10/6, 7:30 – 9 pm
Mother Falcon
Laguna Gloria Amphitheater, Austin
http://www.amoa.org

10/14-15, 8 pm
Holst’s “The Planets”
Conspirare Women’s Chorus +
Narration and images provided by NASA
Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

10/13, 8 pm
AN DA UNION
Mongolian music
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/18, 8 pm
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/21, 8 pm
Tiempo Libre
Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series

Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

9/23-10/16
Fri. and Sat. Evenings @ 8:00 pm
Sun. Matinees @ 2:30 pm
Arsenic & Old Lace
by Joseph Kesserling

Wimberley Playhouse, Wimberley
http://www.wimberleyplayers.org

9/23-10/23
Fri. & Sat. @ 7:30 pm and Sun. @ 2:00 pm
BEEHIVE, The 60’s Musical Sensation
The Georgetown Palace Theatre
Georgetown
http://www.georgetownpalace.com

10/23, 2 pm
Halloween Children’s Concert
Austin Symphony’s
Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

Music

10/01, 6:30 pm
Austin Pictures w/ Peter Bay
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/06, 6:30 pm
George Jones w/ Robert Ellis
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/6, Doors @ 8 pm / Show @ 9 pm
Jason Boland and The Stragglers
Antone’s, Austin
http://www.antones.net

10/7, 8 pm
Buckethead
La Zona Rosa, Austin
http://www.lazonarosa.com

10/08, Doors @ 8 pm / Show @ 9 pm
David Allan Coe
Antone’s, Austin
http://www.antones.net

10/9, 8 pm
B.B. King & Leon Russell
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/11, 7 pm
Joe Walsh
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/14, 6 pm
Dark Star Orchestra
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/17, 6:30 pm
Sara Evans w/ Gloriana
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/18, 6:30 pm
Peter Frampton
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/19, 7:30 pm
Adele
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/21, 8 pm
Ne-Yo
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/22, 9 pm
Slim Thug
Emo’s, East Austin
http://www.emosaustin.com

10/23, 6:00 pm
Mary Chapin Carpenter
w/ Loudon Wainwright III

ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/24, 6:30 pm
St. Vincent w/ Cate Le Bon
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/24, Doors @ 8 pm / Show @ 9 pm
Alexi Murdoch w/ Kishi Bashi
Antone’s, Austin
http://www.antones.net

10/25, Doors @ 7 pm
Mastodon w/Black Tusk & Ancient Wisdom
La Zona Rosa, Austin
http://www.lazonarosa.com

10/26, 7 pm
Taylor Swift
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/26, 8 pm
Dream Theater
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/29, 7:30 pm
Zombie Ball
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/29, 7 pm
Anthrax and Testament
Emo’s, East Austin
http://www.emosaustin.com

10/30, 6:00 pm
David Cook and Gavin DeGraw
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

Sports

Roller Derby, doors @ 6 pm
10/1
Playoffs
10/15
Calvello Cup Championship
Austin Convention Center
http://www.txrd.com/schedule.ph

10/2
IBM Uptown Classic, 5K & 10K
Austin
http://www.uptownclassic.com

10/22
Frankenthon Monster Marathon
Cedar Park
http://www.frankenthon.com

10/22, 6:45 am – 12 pm
Scholarship Bass Fishing Tournament
Lake Kyle
http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/
scholarship-bass-fishing-tournament

10/24, 7:15 pm
Monday Night RAW
Rey Mysterio, John Morrison,
The Miz, WWE Divas
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/29
Chosen: Marathon for Adoption
New Braunfels
http://www.marathonforadoption.com

10/30
Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water 10-Miler,
5K and Kids K

Austin
http://gazellefoundation.com/runforthewater2011

Longhorn Football
Visit web site for schedule
http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com

For Running Events Calendar visit:
http://www.gracytitle.com/e-flyer/8×8/AustinRunners2011/AustinRunners2011.pdf

For Cycling Events Calendar visit:
http://www.gracytitle.com/e-flyer/8×8/AustinRoadCycling/AustinRoadCycling
_2011.pdf