Stuff to Know About Real Estate – Are You Ready to be a Home Owner?

Home ownership is one of the most exciting times in most peoples lives. It is often the result of hard work, sacrifice and commitment. It is also one of the most expensive purchases and investments that most people will make. Obviously, this is a decision that you want to make after you are sure you are ready for home ownership. So, what does “ready” mean exactly? It is important that you contact a real estate agent to help you know what steps you need to take. Even before you contact a real estate professional you can get “ready” by considering the following:

Do you currently have any money saved for a down payment?
This all depends on the price of the home, your loan interest rate and your lender.
Consider putting savings in a different account than your regular checking.

Do you have any debt that you can pay down such as credit cards or school loans?
Check with a qualified loan specialist who can help you with this question.

How long have you been at your current job?
Most lenders prefer over 6 months to 1 year. Check with a qualified loan specialist who can help you with this question.

Have you talked to any housing counseling agencies?
Housing counselors can be very helpful, especially for first-time home buyers. The U.S.      Department of Housing and Urban Development or (HUD) supports housing counseling agencies throughout the country that can provide free or low-cost advice. You can find HUD-approved housing counselor at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/find-a-housing-counselor/ or by calling toll-free at 800-569-4287.

Consider “what you can afford”, it’s not just your monthly payments!
It is important to be realistic on how much you can afford in a new home. Taxes and interest rate (depending on type of loan) can change in the future. Utilities, HOA dues, taxes, repairs and routine maintenance need to be considered.

If you would like more information on the advantages of home ownership, please contact the Dream Key Real Estate Team!

W. Cavin Weber
www.dreamkeyrealestate.com
512-300-4568
dreamkey@kw.com

Titus and Tobias – Just 2 More Reasons Why I Love Keller Williams

There are a lot of reasons I love working for Keller Williams. The resources and teaching we get as realtors gives us the tools we need to deliver a great product to the people we serve, and it doesn’t hurt that I look pretty good in red. With all of the business factors aside, the big quality that really made the sale for me was the culture of Keller Williams.

KW is well known for its charitable efforts, and they have given millions for everything from disaster relief to food banks, but it is hard not to highlight one so adorable as this.

Little ten year old Tobias harper wanted more than anything to run the local 5k with his older brother, Titus. Titus has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, so after reaching out to a local news station Tobias received a jogging stroller to push his older brother the whole way.

Keller Williams heard about the story, and during their last Family Reunion awarded over $57,000 to the Bass family for education and support of their five-child home.

You can read the whole story here:

http://blog.kw.com/2014/02/28/titus-and-tobias-bass-receive-57456-gift-from-keller-williams-associates/

If you want to hear more about Keller Williams’ charitable efforts, you can go to www.kwcares.org, or simply google “Keller Williams Charity” to view page after page of KW’s strides to make the world a better place.

Thank you Keller Williams and KW Cares for showing me what coming from contribution is all about!

6th Annual Avery Ranch Bazaar-Bazaar!!

As if living in Avery Ranch was not awesome enough with its convenient location, miles of hike and bike trails, loads of neighborhood amenities, our awarded Xerophytic landscape, acres of parks, pools and playgrounds and don’t get me started on the Golf course!

There is even more however, and those are the amenities that are open to the public like our Annual Avery Ranch Bazaar-Bazaar! This year will be a huge Bazaar with over 70 local vendors, music, food trucks, and lots of fun for the whole family. The weather will be delightful and the holiday season is right around the corner so this will be a great opportunity to shop local.

So this Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 10:a.m.- 3:00 p.m. come and visit our community, see what all the hype is about and while you are here do a little holiday shopping, meet our awesome neighbors (who could be yours if you call me ) and be sure to bring the whole family! See more details on our website at http://averyranchbazaar.info

Back to Work Program, Foreclosure Help

The global financial downturn of 2007-2912 (lovingly known as the Great Recession) was arguably the worst financial crisis of this generation. One of the biggest causes of this collapse was the over-lending of home mortgages in the US to those who ultimately could not afford them. This lending spree caused millions of buyers to be put in terrible financial danger and even foreclosed on, leaving a good portion of American citizens out of any near-future home buying opportunities.

Thankfully, the economy is seeing an upturn (knock on wood) and things are steadily improving, but the citizens who lost their jobs are still having a hard time getting back on their feet.

In comes the Back to Work Program, a government-sponsored program that specifically intends to give would-be homebuyers a second chance. Traditionally, there are two to seven-year waiting periods before you can get a loan after a “Negative Credit Event”, something such as a foreclosure or bankruptcy, before you can purchase a home or get a large loan. Waiting periods for some were extended even further when they realized that the period extended from the date of final foreclosure, and not when the process began. For some, the period between which home purchases were allowed was as much as ten years!

Through this program, many will now be able to recover and purchase a home even with poor credit. Even with this good news, the word is not out there, and even the occasional lending agency has not been notified of the program’s existence. The best thing you can do is to make sure that if either you personally, or a close friend or family member has experienced a home foreclosure that they know they have a chance for the future.

For more detailed info from HUD, you can view this downloadable PDF here:

http://goo.gl/W6hkxZ

To schedule a time for you or someone you know to talk about this new program, please contact us at dreamkey@kw.com or call us directly at (cp) 512-300-4568, or (office) 512-222-8665. You can also start your dream home search on our website at http://dreamkeyrealestate.com

W. Cavin Weber

Dream Key Real Estate

“Making Dreams Come True One Key at a Time”

Avery Ranch Golf Course

A golfer will know a great course when he sees one. A course with nice, conditioned greens, a course with challenging (but not too challenging!) holes, a course with great views, a nice atmosphere, and of course most of all, a well-stocked club house. If you agree with any of the above statements you might just be a prime candidate for Avery Ranch’s exclusive golf course.

People forget about Texas’ vistas. Typically when non-natives think of “Texas” they think deserts and ranches, dusty trails and rattlesnakes, but they never get to see Central Texas’ beautiful subtropical hills and woodlands. Avery Ranch Golf Course is nested in the very heart of just such an area and its open layout lets you appreciate it in all of its beauty. Natural limestone caverns, fields of active water features, and more wonderful, established Oaks than you can shake a 5-iron at.

Rated the “Best Overall Golf Course” by Avid Golfer Magazine and one of the “Best Places to Play” with a near-perfect rating by Golf Digest, Avery Ranch’s Golf Course is in a class of its own. With the best finishing hole in all of Central Texas, Avery Ranch’s 18th is a masterpiece with a view of the Texas Hill country rarely seen elsewhere.

Whether you are a pro or an amateur they have you covered. Don’t have your own gear? No problem. Avery Ranch’s pro shop is fully stocked with high-end gear for the most discerning golfer for rent or for purchase.

Don’t put up with sub-par (Haha, golf pun) courses, go the Avery Ranch way. Avery Ranch does everything better, brighter, and more beautiful. This fantastic course is absolutely no exception. Go with the course the community and Central Texas has trusted for years and try it for yourself today. You have nothing to lose, except for maybe a ball or two. Those lake bits look tricky.

You can find a home for sale in Avery Ranch just a few minutes from the Avery Ranch Golf Course and in the community of Avery Ranch by contacting http://www.dreamkeyrealestate.comdreamkey@kw.com.

“Avery Ranch! Who wouldn’t want to live here?”

Austin Sales Up 32 percent!

Austin-area home sales up 32 percent, hit nine-year high for April

Austin Board of REALTORS® releases real estate statistics for April 2013

AUSTIN, Texas – May 21, 2013 – According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR), the volume of Austin-area home sales continues to rise as April became the 23rd straight month of year-over-year sales volume increases, and April saw its most home sales since 2004.  Click here for more details….

W. Cavin Weber
Dream Key Real Estate
“Making Dreams Come True One Key at a Time!”

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Cat Hollow / Brushy Creek Disc Golf Course

Whether you are an avid outdoorsman or a professional sits-downs-man, you have to appreciate the value of going outside and taking in the beautiful Texas greenery. One such destination is Cat Hollow/Brushy Creek’s fantastic disc golf course.

Unlike traditional golf, disc golf only costs a few dollars to buy a few discs at your local store and join along right next to everyone else. Easy and inexpensive to pick up and play (and entirely absent of plaid knee-length pants) this is a sport that is meant to be played just as easily by yourself as with your whole family. Cat Hollow’s disc golf course is no exception with a perfect blend of both straightforward holes and challenging ones that will keep the amateur excited and the professional engaged.

The course was designed in 2003 by world-renound and award-winning course designer and frisbee player John Houck. Houck has designed some of the most famous and highest-rated disc golf courses across the United States, and this course is no exception. The course makes an excellent use of space and ensures that the player does no needless walking from basket to basket and makes finding the next starting point easy. The 18th hole ends immediately next to where the 1st began so you will have the energy to take that victory lap around your car you know you so definitely deserve.

Whether you are an avid player or you just want to try out something exciting and new, come check out Cat Hollow Disc Golf course today. Bring lots of water and maybe a snack and make a day of it. Again, plaid pants optional.

You can find a home for sale near the Cat Hollow / Brushy Creek Disc Golf Course and in the community of Avery Ranch by contacting http://www.dreamkeyrealestate.comdreamkey@kw.com.

“Avery Ranch! Who wouldn’t want to live here?”

Cavin Weber, owner

Dream Key Real Estate

512-222-8665

 

Welcome to Avery Ranch – Austin, TX.

Welcome to the community of Avery Ranch located on the edges of Round Rock and Cedar Park in Austin, TX.  This creatively planned  1,800 acre master planned community has over 4,000 homes and growing. This beautiful community consists of a world class golf course, (Avery Ranch Golf Club) which features some of the best golf in Central Texas.  With access to 17 acres of community centers, tennis courts, swimming pools, hike and bike trails, disc golf and more, Avery Ranch community has something for everyone.

Currently Avery Ranch is served by both Round Rock School ISD (Independent School District) and the Leander ISD.

Elementary Schools: Charlotte Cox, Rutledge, Patsy Sommer, and Forest North Elementary

Middle Schools: Artie L  Henry, Noel Grisham, or Cedar Valley Middle School

High School: Vista Ridge or McNeil High School

Private Schools: Holy Family Catholic School, Round Rock Christian Academy, Hyde Park Baptist School

Preschools: Kids R Kids, Rainbow Station, Challenger School

Many major employers are in or around the Avery Ranch area.  Round Rock Hospital, National Instruments, Sysco Food Service, Texas Instruments, Dell, IBM, Facebook, Apple, Google, Zynga, Blizzard and the 3M Company to name a few.

You will always find residence of Avery Ranch walking, running and biking the miles and miles of sidewalks, hike and bike trails and bicycle lanes that are provided.  Avery Ranch is a very active community and several local and community events are always happening weekly, not to mention the fun events the social committees plan for each of the holidays.

Homes for sale in Avery Ranch were built in early 2000 and as recently as 2012.  For more information about homes for sale in Avery Ranch, contact W. Cavin Weber of Dream Key Real Estate http://dreamkeyrealestate.com a long time resident of this amazing community!

Avery Ranch Cave in Your Neighborhood

If you are ever looking for something interesting to do in the neighborhood of Avery Ranch, you may have a bit more to look at than you thought! Austin is known for having a porous rock known as “Edward’s Limestone” named after Edward’s Aquifer and is characterized by its chalky texture and “swiss cheese”-like holes. Because a majority of the town’s bedrock is made of this interesting stone, there are hundreds of caves here in Central Texas and each is a bit more interesting than the last.

Possibly the most curious of these is the Avery Ranch Cave located in the Morningside subdivision. Builders were installing a new pipeline for the developing neighborhood when the trencher hit an air pocket, and what they discovered was truly amazing! A deep, fully-formed cave right in the heart of Avery Ranch. Thankfully the contractors decided to redesign the piping to preserve the cave and its contents, and no major damage was done to the cave itself.

Although there are many of these strewn about subterranean Austin, most of them are either too small for humans to fit inside or simply not that pretty to look at. The Avery Ranch Cave differs from all of these traits and is known for having an amazing, roomy inside with dozens of incredible formations. The main body of the cave is a 30,000 cubic foot room with From soda straws and stalactites to flow-rock formations and stalagmites, the Avery Ranch cave is something to behold. The Avery Ranch planners gave up three lots to preserve the cave and have installed a viewing deck, a special hatch, and concrete steps to make sure that anyone who wanted to see the cave had the opportunity to do so and that it would be properly maintained.

The Avery Ranch Cave Entrance

Although this cave is technically withheld from the public and maintained by the Texas Cave Conservancy, they have installed decorative lighting and they open it up with an active tour guide twice a year to all of the nearby residents. If you are interested in visiting this cave and the many others in the Cedar Park area, be sure to have a look at http://texascaves.org/cave_day.html to find out the next Cave Day. You never know what might be just under your feet!

The Avery Ranch Cave Form  Avery Ranch Cave Form 2

You can live just a few minutes from this cave and in the community of Avery Ranch by contacting http://www.dreamkeyrealestate.comdreamkey@kw.com.

 “Avery Ranch! Why wouldn’t you want to live here?”

Events in Avery Ranch for November 2012

Here is a list of events to choose from happening in Avery Ranch for November 2012.  Brought to you by http://dreamkeyrealestate.com
November 2 – 24th:  In their first production of the 2012 -2013 season, the Way Off Broadway Community Players present the “First Thing First”, a comedy written by Derek Benfield, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday November 11th at 3:00 p.m..  Go to the Way Off Broadway Community Theater, 11880 West FM 22243, Bldg. 4 Leander 512-259-5878 or visit www.wobcp.

November 10: Cougar Prowl 5k Family Fun Run – Runner and walkers welcome to participate in this race which benefits Running Brushy Middle School students.  The race path winds through nearby neighborhoods and the top finishers receive awards.  Early registration ends October 26th after which a $5.00 fee is added.  $25.00 (first family member), $10.00 (each additional family member) which makes it great for the whole family! 512-466-2732 or visit www.rbms.my-pta.org

November 9-10: Angels Among Us’ Bazaar and Craft Show – Cedar Park First United Methodist Church hosts its annual “Angels Among Us” Christmas Baazar and Craft Show.  Visitors can browse local vendor booths where you can find homemade baked goods, preserves, candies, home decor, jewelry, garden art, candles and more.  The event also features a silent auction, raffle and light lunch and photography sessions.  9 – 4 with free admission or $7.00 with lunch.  Located at Cedar Park First United Methodist Church, 600 West Park St., Cedar Park, 512-243-7400 or visit www.cpfumc.org/Bazaar.html

November 10:  Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony – The community is invited to honor veterans and show patriotic pride with a parade followed by a ceremony.  Seating is limited so the City of Cedar Park asks attendants to bring blankets or lawn chairs.  Parade entries are accepted through November 2.  Free.  Veterans Memeorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Dr. Cedar Park, 512-401-5500 or visit www.cedarparktexas.gov