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Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home


Our world is full of risk at every turn—from perilous jobs to dangerous driving conditions. That’s why we all love to get back to our homes and not worry about everyday safety hazards. It’s great to feel comfortable and safe at home, but is it as safe as it can be?


Your home should be your […]

Schultz Texas Chili Recipe

We’ve got an awesome chili recipe that makes a great gift inside a mason jar! Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients to put in the mason jar:

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dehydrated minced onion
1/2 cup dried black beans
1/2 cup dried kidney beans
1/2 cup dried […]

The Home Equity Playbook

What is Home Equity?

Home equity seems to be a very simple calculation — the total amount of mortgages owed subtracted from the current market value of a home. Here is a simple example:


Current Home Market Value            $325,000

Existing Mortgage                               $225,000

Homeowner Equity                            $100,000


One side of the equation is well defined, and […]

Tips for Home Sellers

Almost a year after the Bastrop County Complex Fire, the Lost Pines begin recovery

It’s been almost one year since the devastating wildfires ravaged Bastrop, Texas. The fires made national news, with pictures of massive, ominous clouds of smoke sending waves of shock and horror throughout the United States.

In case you don’t remember, this fire, known as the Bastrop County Complex Fire, was the single most destructive fire in […]

  • La Grange, Texas Rural Mail Route

La Grange, Fayetteville and Giddings post offices cut back

Postal service in Texas first began in Fayette County, specifically in the city of La Grange. The La Grange Rural Mail Route station opened August 1, 1899.

As the US Postal Service begins cutting hours and positions due to its revenue shortfall, post offices near La Grange, Texas in the surrounding cities of Fayetteville and Giddings […]

  • Home for sale

Texas real estate market improves, especially the Houston to Austin corridor

Slow but steady growth is predicted for the US real estate market, and is slowly becoming a reality. Texas will continue to contribute significantly, specifically the Austin and Houston housing markets, and the rural markets of Bastrop, Lee, Austin, Fayette and Wasington counties.

Residential homes for sale in the Houston and Austin metro areas, […]