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    May Events in Texas - Things to see and do!

    MAY 2008

    1 CONROE Free Concert in the Park, (936) 522-3014, www.cityofconroe.org

    1 KERRVILLE Symphony of the Hills, (830) 792-7469

    1 AMARILLO [1-3] Greater Southwest Music Festival, (806) 373-5093, www.gswmf.com

    1 HELOTES [1-4] Cornyval & PRCA Rodeo, (210) 695-2103, www.cornyval.com

    1 ODESSA [1-4] Fiesta West Texas, (432) 580-8112

    1 PORT NECHES [1-4] Riverfest & Classic Car Show, (409) 722-9154

    1 HENDERSON [1-31] Wildflower Trails, 1-866-650-5529, ext. 800, www.hendersontx.us

    2 AMARILLO Art Walk, (806) 352-7262

    2 COLEMAN Ag Day, (325) 625-2361

    2 EMORY [2-3] Founders Day Festival, (903) 473-2465, ext. 112, www.foundersdayfestival.org

    2 LOCKHART [2-3] Cinco de Mayo, (512) 398-9600

    2 ABILENE [2-4] Cinco de Mayo Festival, (325) 672-1794

    2 HUNTSVILLE [2-4] Sam Houston Folk Festival, (936) 294-1832, www.samhouston.memorial.museum

    2 JEFFERSON [2-4] Pilgrimage Tour of Homes & Spring Festival, (903) 665-3733, www.jefferson-texas.com

    2 LLANO [2-4] Hawgs N Hills Rally, (325) 248-6070, www.hawgsnhills.com

    2 LUCKENBACH [2-4] Hill Country Run, (830) 997-8515, www.hillcountryrun.com

    2 TEXARKANA [2-4] Cinco de Mayo (870) 773-2941, www.fourstatesfair.com

    2 WEATHERFORD [2-4] Greenwood Farms Spring Horse Trails, (817) 599-8159, www.greenwoodfarmonline.com

    2 WINNSBORO [2-4] Texas Woodstock Festival, (903) 342-5267

    3 BANDERA Charity Trail Ride, (830) 796-0500

    3 BLANCO PBR Bullriding, (830) 833-4418

    3 BRENHAM Country Flavors Festival, 1-888-273-6426, www.downtownbrenham.com

    3 BRONTE Citywide Garage Sale, (325) 473-3501

    3 BRONTE Fort Chadbourne Living History Event, (325) 743-2555, www.fortchadbourne.org

    3 CORPUS CHRISTI Catch the Cure Fishing Tournament, (361) 949-7719, www.catchthecure.org

    3 DECATUR Show & Pull, (940) 393-3273

    3 DRIFTWOOD Mayfest, (512) 847-9338, www.driftwoodumc.org

    3 DRIPPING SPRINGS Heritage Gala, (512) 694-0874, www.drpoundpioneerfarmstead.com

    3 GAINESVILLE Spring Fling, (940) 668-4530, www.gainesville.tx.us

    3 GREENVILLE Chili Cook Off, (903) 886-6924

    3 HARPER Bull Ride & Dance, (830) 864-4912

    3 HUNTSVILLE Airing of the Quilts, (936) 295-8322, www.tallpinesquiltguild.com

    3 INDIAN SPRINGS BBQ Cookoff, (936) 327-3544

    3 JACKSONVILLE Fiesta, 1-800-376-2217, www.jacksonvilletexas.com

    3 LOCKHART 4-H Horse Club Open Show, (512) 601-1075, www.chisholmtrailhorseclub.com

    3 LUBBOCK Annual Iris Show, (806) 797-6913

    3 LULING Indian Artifact & Collectible Show, (512) 227-1872

    3 MARBLE FALLS Howdy-Roo Chili Cookoff, (830) 693-3492

    3 NEW BRAUNFELS Wein and Saengerfest, (830) 221-4091, www.nbtexas.org

    3 PATTISON 25th Annual German Sausage Dinner, (281) 934-8218

    3 PEARL Bluegrass Event, (254) 865-6013, www.pearlbluegrass.com

    3 ROXTON Hawg Waller, (903) 346-2939

    3 SAN ANGELO Arts & Crafts Show, (325) 653-7785

    3 SHEPHERD Spring Fling Festival, (936) 628-3890

    3 TEXARKANA Heart Walk, (903) 832-3248, www.heartwalk.kintera.org/texarkana

    3 ATHENS [3-4] Lone Star Cutting Horse Show, (903) 677-6354

    3 BURTON [3-4] Trade Days, 1-888-693-1243

    3 COMFORT [3-4] Spring Antiques Show, (830) 995-3670, www.texasantiqueshows.com

    3 CONROE [3-4] Custom Car and Truck Show, (936) 203-7216, www.gatordrag.com

    3 LIVINGSTON [3-4] St. Joseph Church Bazaar, (936) 967-8385

    3 LOCKHART [3-4] Cinco de Mayo Celebration, (512) 398-2818, www.lockhartchamber.com

    3 MONTGOMERY [3-4] Antique Show and Sale, (713) 501-3561, www.thefriendshipcenter.com

    3 SAN MARCOS [3-4] Roses of San Antonio Street, (512) 392-4362, www.heritageassociationsm.org

    3 STONEWALL [3-4] Texas Bison Festival, (713) 213-4230, www.texasbisonfestival.com

    3 WHITEWRIGHT [3-4] Rose Tour, (903) 364-2000

    4 ATHENS Best in Texas Barrel Racing, (903) 677-6354

    4 BANDERA St. Stanislaus Annual Festival, (830) 796-3573

    7 COLEMAN [7-11] Juried Fine Art Show, (325) 357-4775, www.fineartsleaguecolemantx.com

    8 ABILENE ArtWalk, (325) 677-8389

    8 CONROE [8-10] Montgomery County Lone Star Stampede, (281) 413-5961, www.conroerodeo.com

    8 CROCKETT [8-10] Lions Club PRCA Rodeo, (936) 544-0999

    8 ABILENE [8-11] Western Heritage Classic, (325) 677-4376

    8 MARBLE FALLS [8-11] MayFest, 1-800-759-8178, www.marblefalls.org

    9 BRENHAM [9-10] Maifest, 1-888-273-6426, www.maifest.org

    9 MINEOLA [9-11] Art Show 2008, (903) 569-8877, www.mlota.org

    9 TEXARKANA [9-11] Big Bass Classic, (903) 791-2770

    9 NEW BRAUNFELS [9-29] Free Fishing, (830) 221-4350, www.nbpard.org

    10 LA GRANGE Savor the Flavor of Texas, (979) 968-6913, www.hospicebrazosvalley.org

    10 ANDERSON Stagecoach Days, (936) 851-0167, www.birthplaceoftexas.com

    10 BOERNE Historic Homes Tour, (830) 249-7277, www.visitboerne.org

    10 COLEMAN Walk for Cure, (325) 625-3455

    10 DENTON Master Gardener Association Walk, (940) 349-2883, www.dcmga.com

    10 FAYETTEVILLE Texas Pickin' Park, (979) 378-2753, www.texaspickinpark.com

    10 LLANO Spring Fling Starving Artist Sale and Show, (325) 247-4963

    10 LUND Blackland Prairie Festival, (512) 281-2174

    10 WEIMAR Gedenke! Festival, (979) 725-9511, www.weimartx.org

    10 WIMBERLEY ArtWalk, (512) 847-6392

    10 YANTIS Catfish Fry, (903) 383-7506

    10 BOERNE [10-11] Market Days, (830) 249-5530 or (210) 844-8193, www.mainstreetinboerne.com

    10 KERRVILLE [10-11] Team Roping, (806) 499-3584, www.otrc.net

    10 WILLIS [10-11] Momma Mia Paddle, (936) 203-2697, www.northlakeconroepaddlingco.com

    10 STEPHENVILLE [10-11, 23-24] Chicken House Flea Market, (254) 592-6674

    11 GRUENE Gospel Brunch, (830) 629-5077, www.gruenehall.com

    11 STONEWALL Mother's Day Brunch, (830) 644-2681, www.beckervineyards.com

    15 FLOMOT [15-17] Bluegrass Festival, (806) 269-1578

    15 MONTGOMERY [15-17] Bluegrass Music Festival, (281) 636-9419, www.bayareabluegrass.org

    16 TEXARKANA Cruisin' Downtown T-Town, (870) 779-1655

    16 GIDDINGS [16-17] Lee County Fair, (979) 542-2753, www.giddings.net

    16 PLANTERSVILLE [16-17] Armed Forces Day Music Festival, (936) 894-3716, www.endoftheroadjam.com

    16 SANTA ANNA [16-17] Funtier Days, (325) 348-3535

    16 TEXARKANA [16-17] Jump Jive & JamFest, (903) 792-8681, www.trahc.org

    16 TEXARKANA [16-17] Relay for Life, (903) 831-7913, www.cancer.org

    16 WAXAHACHIE [16-17] Mini Grand Prix, (972) 938-9617

    16 FREDERICKSBURG [16-18] Trade Days, (830) 990-4900, www.fredericksburgtradedays.com

    16 GRAPEVINE [16-18] Main Street Days, (817) 410-3185, www.grapevinetexasusa.com

    16 HENDERSON [16-18] SWRA Go-Kart Races, (903) 836-4557, www.swra.org

    16 LIVINGSTON [16-18] Trade Days, (936) 327-3656, www.cityoflivingston-tx.com/tradedays

    16 SAN ANTONIO [16-18] Charity Antique Show, (254) 865-8210

    17 LAKEHILLS Medina Lake Barbecue Cook-Off, (830) 612-2700, www.medinalakebarbecuecookoff.com

    17 AUSTIN Mighty Texas Dog Walk, (512) 891-9090, www.servicedogs.org

    17 BOERNE Art in the Park, (830) 249-4616, www.ciboloarts.org

    17 COLEMAN Heartland Harmonizers, (325) 625-4136

    17 FLOMOT Hardin & Turner Western Trade Day, (940) 585-8085

    17 FREDERICKSBURG Dog Trot, (830) 990-9085, www.hillcountryspca.com

    17 FREDERICKSBURG Roots Music Series, (830) 997-2835

    17 GREENVILLE Garden Tour & Plant Sale, (903) 455-9885

    17 HONDO Old Iron Trail Ride, (830) 741-8922, http://old-iron-trail-ride.0catch.com

    17 LBJ RANCH 1960s BBQ on the Pedernales, (830) 868-7128, www.nps.gov/lyjo

    17 MARSHALL Stagecoach Days, 1-800-953-7868, www.marshall-chamber.com

    17 NEDERLAND Cajun Celebration, (409) 983-5118

    17 PLAINVIEW Pioneer Round-Up, (806) 296-6440

    17 VALLEY SPRING VFD Fish Fry, (325) 247-3158

    17 WASHINGTON Children's Fishing Derby, (936) 878-2214, www.birthplaceoftexas.com

    17 ABILENE [17-18] Texas Gun & Knife Show, (325) 676-6211

    17 GRUENE [17-18] Old Gruene Market Days, (830) 832-1721, www.gruenemarketdays.com

    17 PORT NECHES [17-18] Trade Days, (409) 722-4023

    17 STONEWALL [17-18] Lavender Fest, (830) 644-2681, www.beckervineyards.com

    17 MOUNT PLEASANT Moonlight Jubilee Festival, (903) 572-8567

    18 BUFFALO GAP Vintage Base Ball, (325) 572-3365

    18 GRUENE Americana Music Jam, (830) 629-5077, www.gruenehall.com

    18 TEXARKANA Four States Triathlon, (903) 614-4441, www.christusstmichaelfitness.org

    18 LA GRANGE Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Homecoming Picnic, (979) 968-3938, www.mtcalvary-lcms.org

    20 ATHENS 44th Annual Farm & Ranch Tour, (903) 675-5181, http://athenscc.org

    22 KERRVILLE [22-July 6] Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show, (830) 895-2911, www.kacckerrville.com

    22 KERRVILLE [22-June 8] Folk Festival, (830) 257-3600

    22 GUSTINE [22-24] Homecoming, Rodeo and Run, (325) 667-7417, www.gustinehomecoming.com

    23 FREDERICKBURG [23-24] Crawfish Festival, 1-866-839-3378, www.tex-fest.com

    23 KERRVILLE [23-26] Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair, (830) 896-5711, www.tacef.com

    24 COLEMAN Sesquicentennial Military Program, (325) 625-2163

    24 JACKSBORO Guys & Gals Car Show, (940) 845-2515

    24 MANOR Chip Fest (512) 272-5699, www.manorchamberofcommerce.com

    24 MARSHALL Lone Star Wing Fly-in, (903) 687-4695

    24 STARTZVILLE Chili Cook-Off, (830) 899-7774

    24 WHITEWRIGHT Fiddle Fest, (903) 364-2000

    24 ELLINGER [24-25] May Festival, (979) 378-2311

    24 KERRVILLE [24-25] Market Days, (830) 895-4655, www.kerrmarketdays.com

    24 PORT ARTHUR [24-25] Salt Fishing Rodeo, (409) 963-0433

    24 ROCKPORT [24-25] Festival of Wine and Food, 1-866-729-2469, www.texasfestivalofwines.com

    24 WILLIS [24-26] Remembrance Paddle, (936) 203-2697, www.northlakeconroepaddlingco.com

    24 LUCKENBACH [24-26] 150th Birthday Celebration, 1-888-311-8990

    26 HONEY GROVE Memorial Day Celebration, (903) 378-7211

    29 BOERNE Concert Band, (830) 249-7277

    29 TEXARKANA [29-31] Bulldog 100, (903) 838-4541

    30 BRYAN [30-31, June 1] Texas Shoot-Out Miniature Donkey Show, (830) 868-4645, www.southwesterndonkeymulesociety.com

    30 PORT ARTHUR [30-June 1] Redfish Tournament, 1-800-235-7822

    30 ATHENS 77th Annual Old Fiddlers Reunion, 1-888-294-2847

    31 BURTON Half Pint Rodeo, (979) 255-4870, www.freewebs.com/halfpintrodeo

    31 TEXARKANA Balla Bash, (870) 773-2941, www.fourstatesfair.com

    This information is brought to you as a public service of the The HBH Group Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty. You may learn more about us at our websites located at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or contact our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877. We teach a monthly real estate investment seminar in the Greater Austin area and YOU ARE INVITED to this FREE event. Simply call our offices to reserve you seats! Also ask about the investors club that we are forming in the North Austin markets currently - We would love to have you participate!

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    Here are some other Buyer's Resources from Our Website: Seven steps to buying your home
    Deciding how much house you can afford Making your home wish list Opting for new home construction
    How can a real estate agent help me? 10 things you should ask a real estate agent
    Location, Location, Location Mortgage Calculator Contact us about buying your home

    And some seller's resources as well:Eight steps to selling your home
    How can a real estate agent help me sell my home Practicing good seller's etiquette
    How to price to sell and still make a profit Understanding the buyer Increasing your home's appeal
    Mortgage Calculator Contact us about selling a property

    The HBH Group/HBH Property Management
    101 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Suite 190
    Round Rock, TX 78664

    To contact us:
    Phone: 512-439-3772
    Toll-Free: 877-268-1877
    Fax: 512-579-4248
    E-mail: [email protected]
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    Free Real Estate Investing Training and Seminars - from The HBH Group

    The HBH Group offers FREE monthly seminars to teach the principles of "The Millionaire Real Estate Investor", the groundbreaking new book that offers the novice real estate investor proven models and systems to create wealth with real estate. Here are some examples of the success stories that are shared in our seminars as well as a synapsis of the book:




    When Wendy Patton bought her first investment property she was living in a hotel, made $20,000 a year, and owed that much in student loans. Today Wendy has bought and sold more than 600 houses.


    Jimmy and Linda McKissack struggled for years to turn a restaurant and nightclub into a sustainable business. They began supplementing their income though investment properties. Within five years they went from a handful of investment homes to 83 residential properties worth over $10 million.


    When Danny Williams accepted an early retirement package from Delta, he owned 11 rental properties and had two children in college. Danny says he's now "totally unemployable" by choice and in complete control of his destiny.


    Based on extensive research and interviews with over 120 millionaire real estate investors like these, Gary Keller's new "how to" guide reveals the models, strategies and fundamental truths millionaires use to become wealthy through real estate investing.


    His latest book, The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, written with Dave Jenks and Jay Papasan, hits bookstores just as real estate investing has gone mainstream. According to the National Association of REALTORS, in 2004 nearly a third of all sales were second homes or investments.


    "By tapping the wisdom of millionaire investors from across the country, we're sharing investment models that can be duplicated by anyone in any market." Keller explains, "These are the foundational strategies every investor must know in order to maximize their financial wealth."

    But the book isn't just about real estate. Through his research Keller discovered that millionaires think about money quite differently than others. As a result, this book also takes a hard look at the money myths that hold some people back and the money truths that lets others soar. The book begins by exploring the "MythUnderstandings" about the way people view investing. For example, Keller explains despite what most people think, investing by definition and design isn't risky. Millionaire Real Estate Investors employ time-tested strategies to avoid risk and, in the end, take luck out of the game.


    By the end of the book readers will be able to:


    ? Think a Million: Develop the financial literacy and mindset of a millionaire investor
    ? Buy a Million: Amass a real estate portfolio with a market value of a million dollars or more
    ? Own a Million: Turn investments into an asset-based business with ever-increasing net worth
    ? Receive a Million: Build an investment empire that provides a million dollars a year in passive income


    Keller concludes with twenty-one inspiring and enlightening profiles of real-life Millionaire Real Estate Investors whose wisdom permeates the book, as well as appendices containing a series of easy-to-use worksheets.


    According to Mike Summey, co-author of the bestselling The Weekend Millionaire's Secrets to Investing in Real Estate, "This book is not just a bargain, it's a steal. It's filled with practical, workable advice for anyone wanting to build wealth."






    Call (512) 439-3772 today to reserve your seat in our next FREE seminar. The next few months will hold some great opportunity to purchase properties at deep discounts. Don't pass up this chance to get a head start on financial freedom through real estate investing.





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    Other articles on Property Investment:

    1. Looking for Property Management in Round Rock?
    2. Investment in Texas Can Help You Retire Early!
    3. It's Time to Invest in Real Estate, Conservatively!
    4. Why Flipping Homes Can Carry Strong Liability
    5. Foreclosures are Always a Bargain! Yea, Right!
    6. Texas is a GREAT Place to Live and Invest!
    7. Round Rock Real Estate makes the News...
    8. The Tale of the Foolish Real Estate Investor

    Here are some other Buyer's Resources from Our Website: Seven steps to buying your home
    Deciding how much house you can afford Making your home wish list Opting for new home construction
    How can a real estate agent help me? 10 things you should ask a real estate agent
    Location, Location, Location Mortgage Calculator Contact us about buying your home

    And some seller's resources as well:Eight steps to selling your home
    How can a real estate agent help me sell my home Practicing good seller's etiquette
    How to price to sell and still make a profit Understanding the buyer Increasing your home's appeal
    Mortgage Calculator Contact us about selling a property

    The HBH Group/HBH Property Management
    101 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Suite 190
    Round Rock, TX 78664

    To contact us:
    Phone: 512-439-3772
    Toll-Free: 877-268-1877
    Fax: 512-579-4248
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Websites: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/
    http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/
    Blogs: http://wcrestate.blogspot.com/
    http://www.activerain.com/blogs/stevehomer

    Investment opportunities are coming on strong in coming months. Now is the time to prepare. Listen to Dave Ramsey's advice about creating wealth with your lifestyle. Watch this video:



    Today Does Matter - What are You Doing With It?

    Dr. John Maxwell is one of the most recognized business and motivational speakers of our day. He has authored more than thirty books, focusing his work on leadership and its impact on business, church and personal life. I have been a student of Dr. Maxwell's works for years now and would like to focus this article on one of my favorite books by him: Today Matters.


    "Successful people make important decisions early in their life and then manage those decisions the rest of their life." - John C. Maxwell


    This book centers around this theme and the truth in it. If you want to accomplish something in life, you have to have goals and a direction to carry you there. Most people spend their lifetime "wishing" they could achieve certain dreams and aspirations, when the secret to achieveing those things is in simple planning and organization.


    This book, Today Matters, focuses the reader on 12 simple policies that a successful person must master to achieve their life's mission and their goals. These principles are:


    1. Today's attitude Gives Me Possibilities.
    2. Today's priorities Give Me Focus.
    3. Today's Health Gives Me Strength.
    4. Today's Family Gives Me Stability.
    5. Today's Thinking Gives Me an Advantage.
    6. Today's Commitment Gives Me Tenancity.
    7. Today's Finances Gives Me Options.
    8. Today's Faith Gives Me Peace.
    9. Today's Relationships Give Me Fulfillment.
    10.Today's Generousity Gives me Significance.
    11.Today's Values Give Me Direction.
    12.Today's Growth Give Me Potential.


    What a powerful collection of life habits are featured in this book. I am still in process of mastering these concepts, but what I have already learned and implemented has changed my life, my family and my business. I not only have several copies of the book, but have the CD version and listen to it frequently in my car.


    If you ramble aimlessly from day to day, please get a copy of this book and start to put these concepts to use in your life. You will not be sorry!


    If I can help you in any way along your walk in life, please don't hesitate to call me. Take a look at Dr. Maxwell in action in the following video:





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    Other articles on Property Investment:

    1. Looking for Property Management in Round Rock?
    2. Investment in Texas Can Help You Retire Early!
    3. It's Time to Invest in Real Estate, Conservatively!
    4. Why Flipping Homes Can Carry Strong Liability
    5. Foreclosures are Always a Bargain! Yea, Right!
    6. Texas is a GREAT Place to Live and Invest!
    7. Round Rock Real Estate makes the News...

    8. The Tale of the Foolish Real Estate Investor


    Here are some other Buyer's Resources from Our Website: Seven steps to buying your home
    Deciding how much house you can afford Making your home wish list Opting for new home construction
    How can a real estate agent help me? 10 things you should ask a real estate agent
    Location, Location, Location Mortgage Calculator Contact us about buying your home

    And some seller's resources as well:Eight steps to selling your home
    How can a real estate agent help me sell my home Practicing good seller's etiquette
    How to price to sell and still make a profit Understanding the buyer Increasing your home's appeal
    Mortgage Calculator Contact us about selling a property

    The HBH Group/HBH Property Management
    101 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Suite 190
    Round Rock, TX 78664

    To contact us:
    Phone: 512-439-3772
    Toll-Free: 877-268-1877
    Fax: 512-579-4248
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Websites: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/
    http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/
    Blogs: http://wcrestate.blogspot.com/
    http://www.activerain.com/blogs/stevehomer



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    Country Home on 1/2 acre lot in Thorndale, TX

     Welcome to 306 W. Moerbe St in Thorndale, TX. CLICK HERE to see a virtual tour of this lovely home. Located on a large .5 acre lot within the city limits, this home is close to schools and in a wonderful. quiet country setting. Offering 3 spacious bedrooms and large, open living areas, the seller has recently replaced much of the carpet and repainted the interior of the home. The large lot has been used to build a huge workshop with electrical, plumbed out for a half-bath within an office space. Compressed air is also installed in the shop.

    This home is offered at only $175K and is the lowest with these features, size and shop included within the Thorndale, Taylor and Thrall markets. Call today to schedule a showing!

    This information is brought to you as a public service of the The HBH Group Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty. You may learn more about us at our websites located at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or contact our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877.



    Foreclosures are Abundant! And YOU CAN BUY THEM CHEAP!

     Yea, right! I work a good bit with investors and most seem to think that foreclosures are a steal and you can rob the bank when you purchase them. Well I would like to act as the Texas Mythbuster when it comes to foreclosure properties in the Austin area. There are several reasons why foreclosures in this area are not as attractive as the general public believes and I would like to use this article and possibly a few more to dispel this myth. Here are a few important points:

    1. Once a bank has foreclosed on a property, the real property becomes what is known in the banking world as an REO (real estate owned by a bank). Banks have complete departments that work maintaining their inventory of properties and often these properties are purchased at the same cost as what the bank had loaned against the asset with other costs added on top when they calculate the value of that property.
    2. I suspect that in many areas of the country the market is moving down so fast that banks are much more flexible on what they will sell these REO properties for, since they could be loosing value every day as the market values deflate. This is NOT the case in Central Texas and the bankers know it. They also know that we have many active RE investors here that are in the market buying properties now.
    3. The bank REO departments have very little maintenance costs associated with an REO property. They turn off all the utilities, and really only have taxes and HOA dues to maintain each property, so costs to let them sit are almost nill. Since the market here is fairly stable, holding a property for longer term is not a problem for a bank. When my job depends on how much money I make for the b, I am much less motivated to wheel and deal here than in other areas. Further, there are usually several signature authorities that approve deals for the bank, making it harder to get all the parties within the bank to come to agreement when the deal is a money loser.
    4. Some of the toughest deals I have been involved in recently are bank deals because of these reasons. Even when the banks are involved in negotiating a short sale, the motivations are just not there to reduce price to the point where it is attractive to most investors. We see many properties here that end up in foreclosure because of bank inflexibility. And before the properties go to auction, the banks buy them up at the mortgage amount and take them into REO inventory to wait out the process to get their whole investment sums back.
    5. I talk to brokers all over the country and they all tell me things are more loose where they are. Banks are flexible; often willing to take a loss than to go into foreclosure and my team and I have just not seen that in this area.

    For these reasons and more, I encourage my investors to get the properties from an individual BEFORE they go to a bank or even to a short sale. The deals are better and more flexible. Closing go smoother. Everyone walks away happier.

    If however you choose to shop for REO/Foreclosed properties in Central Texas, remember the following:

    1. Make sure you have the patience of Job - the wheels of bankdom grind VERY slowly!
    2. Expect that you will not get a steal of a deal! There just are not many out there. Invest for the long term to get appreciation which in this market is steady and solid.
    3. Remeber that many of the short sale and foreclosed properties here were taken with 100% finance situations in place, so the "deals" are even less in this sort of world, especially when the banks are looking for 100% recovery of their losses.
    I would love to hear from others around the country with your experiences in working with the banks, HUD's, VA's etc. Is this just a Central Texas issue or are things tough all over when dealing with financial organizations?

    Thanks for reading!
    Steve Homer
    Broker-Associate, The HBH Group/Keller Williams Realty
    Round Rock, TX

    This information is brought to you as a public service of the The HBH Group Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty. You may learn more about us at our websites located at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or contact our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877.



    This will bless you!

    To all my Christian Music readers:


    If you love great Christian music, this group recently presented concerts at my church here in Round Rock, TX and they so blessed me that I thought I would share their ministry with you. The name of the group is Testify and they are from West Monroe, LA. Their music has many different tints and flavors, and you can sample many of their numbers by checking them out on YouTube.com - search for the term testifyfan and you can find several. One of my favorites is: "The Deeper The Valley" (See video below) which inspires me in my personal and business life. You can also learn more about where to get their music at Their Website.

    I hope this group and their music is a blessing to you and if you have any clients or investors interested in the Austin Texas area, please contact me!

    Thanks!
    Steve Homer
    The HBH Group Real Estate Team
    Keller Williams Realty
    Round Rock, TX - The 8th fastest growing area in the USA per Entrepreneur Magazine (2008)



    FREE report on The Austin-RR Real Estate Markets in 2007

     Originally a buffalo-hunting ground favored by Tonkawa Indians, Austin was permanently settled in 1838 as a trading post. The Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is now part of the I-35 growth corridor in the heart of Texas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Austin MSA experienced the largest increase in income in the state and was one of the country's fastest-growing cities during the 1990s, growing by nearly 48 percent.

    Austin, the capital of Texas, is home to the University of Texas, the largest university in the nation. The city supports a politically charged and culturally rich environment. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University offers a free report on real estate performance projections for the Austin-Round Rock MSA. This is great reading to help you understand the great real estate potential in our general area.

    This information is brought to you as a public service of the The HBH Group Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty. You may learn more about us at our websites located at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or contact our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877.



    Panda Express Review on SH 79 in Round Rock

     Panda Express has landed in Round Rock, on a pad site at the site of the Super HEB on the corner of SH 79 and FM 1460. My wife and I had the opportunity to dine there last night and have nothing but good to say about the food. I tried their new Bejing Beef (which was amazing), Chicken and Mushrooms, and Chicken and Green Beans with a side of Fried Rice. The wife had Broccoli Beef and the Bejing Beef with a side of steamed vegetables.

    We also shared a Chicken Egg Roll. The food was delicious and FAST and much more healthy than most places you get fast food! We highly recommend this new place to eat in Round Rock.

    This information is brought to you as a public service of the The HBH Group Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty. You may learn more about us at our websites located at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or contact our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877.



    Country Home on 1/2 acre lot in Thorndale, TX
    Welcome to 306 W. Moerbe St in Thorndale, TX. CLICK HERE to see a virtual tour of this lovely home. Located on a large .5 acre lot within the city limits, this home is close to schools and in a wonderful. quiet country setting. Offering 3 spacious bedrooms and large, open living areas, the seller has recently replaced much of the carpet and repainted the interior of the home. The large lot has been used to build a huge workshop with electrical, plumbed out for a half-bath within an office space. Compressed air is also installed in the shop.
    This home is offered at only $175K and is the lowest with these features, size and shop included within the Thorndale, Taylor and Thrall markets. Call today to schedule a showing!

    This information is brought to you as a public service of the The HBH Group Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty. You may learn more about us at our websites located at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or contact our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877.



    First Time Homebuyers Get a Break in Texas!
    The Texas First Time Homebuyer Program provides below market interest rate mortgage loans through a network of participating lenders to eligible families and individuals who are purchasing their first home or who have not owned a home in the past three years. Two types of loans are available under this program. An ?Unassisted Rate? loan typically offers the lowest interest rates available but does not provide funds for down payment and closing cost assistance. For borrowers needing assistance with their down payment, an ?Assisted Rate? loan is offered to income-eligible borrowers that provides grant funds up to 5% of the mortgage amount. These loans are offered at a slightly higher interest rate.

    This information is brought to you as a public service of the The HBH Group Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty. You may learn more about us at our websites located at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or contact our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877.


    How Did the Sub Prime Loan Mess Get to This Point?
    Sub prime mortgage loans have created a financial mess that this country has not seen since the early 1980's when mortgage rates reached 20% on conventional mortgages and subsequently put many banks and savings and loans out of business because they had too many fixed rate loans guaranteed at very low interest rates. Now sub prime loans have put 30 of the top 100 mortgage lenders in the nation out of business and have caused many large financial companies to take billions of dollars in losses, including Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Merrill Lynch and Countrywide Mortgage, the nation's largest mortgage company.

    From late 2001 until 2005, mortgage lenders had a huge refinancing boom as rates declined. Then refinancing came to a halt abruptly. Many lenders, especially mortgage companies were wondering how they would stay in business. Unlike banks, mortgage companies do not have their own money to lend; they borrow money on a short term basis and resell the loan shortly after they originate the loan. Their profit is derived from origination fees, discount points and closing costs, but this income stream suddenly decreased when the refinance boom ceased, so they became more creative. They lowered the down payment requirement from 10% to 0%. They offered teaser rates to borrowers a full 3% below the market rates and they loosened the qualifying criterion to make it easier for buyers to qualify. The long standing qualifying income and debt ratios of 28% income and 36% debt ratios were relaxed. They also entered into providing sub prime loans to borrowers with poor credit histories; these people previously were denied home mortgage loans. The teaser rates offered are similar to the zero-down, zero-interest rates offered by auto dealer and furniture stores. They are designed to get buyers to purchase homes and get mortgages. The problem is the teaser rates only last one year to three years then they automatically reset to market rates. The difference in payments can be shocking to the homeowner. For example, monthly payments on a $200,000, 30-year mortgage at 3% would be $844 for principal and interest. At 5%, the payment increases to $1,074. If it goes up to a typical sub prime rate of 9%, the payments are $1,610, that's up $766 a month from the teaser rate, or $9,192 per year.

    CLICK HERE to read the rest at our website. This information is brought to you as a public service of the The HBH Group Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty. You may learn more about us at our websites located at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or contact our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877.


    Builder Offering Close Out Prices in Pflugerville!
    We have been working with a well-known builder in several subdivisions in the last couple of years. Please contact us if you are looking at a new home as we are privy to some fantastic discounts that we can negotiate for you on many homes in one of their developments that is about to close out. So if you are considering a trade-up to a new home, please call our office at the numbers below and we can arrange a showing of all the inventory homes that our builders have available. Almost every builder in town has inventory and most are willing to deal! PLUS if you have a home to sell we can offer you some GREAT incentives to sell your home at a discount when you purchase the new home through us.

    Another reason to move now is that mortgage rates have slipped again in the past week and are now back into the 5 percent range on 30 year fixed. We are not sure how long this will last, so now is a great time to check out the options.

    The HBH Group Realty Team can represent you as a buyer with no builders and at NO COST to you. We are experts at representing your interests to get you the very best deal, protect you in the building and inspection process AND we can assist you with a discount trade-up package to sell or lease your current home. Learn more about us at our websites: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877.


    405 Neill St., Thrall, TX 76578 - Country Home for sale
    Lovely restored home with plenty of upgrades to make this look like a brand new place! Quiet, peaceful setting in Thrall, just minutes from SH-130. Nearly everything in the home is recently replaced or upgraded: kitchen with gorgeous cabinets and counter tops, recent appliances, ceramic tile in baths, kitchen and eating areas, recent carpet and paint, master bath has jetted tub and separate glass shower enclosure, upgraded fixtures, recent privacy fence and deck, recent concrete sidewalks and drive way, decorated beautifully, one car detached garage. This home has it all and for only $86,900! So NICE and it won't last long! CLICK HERE to see a virtual tour at our website.


    This home is brought to you by The HBH Group Realty Team, experts in real estate marketing and sales. To learn more about us, check out our websites at http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877.



    15291 FM 86, Dale, TX 78616 - 30+ acre Ranch for sale
    Custom built 2815 SF home with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths located on 30.836 acres of land in Dale, TX. Includes screened-in pool, hot tub, deck, approx. 20x40 ft steel shop building, stable and large pasture for only $325,000. Plenty of tile and designer paint colors, this home is an outstanding value and is far enough off the road to be completely private. CLICK HERE to see a virtual tour at our website.


    This information is brought to you as a public service of the The HBH Group Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty. You may learn more about us at our websites located at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or contact our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877.



    Personal Property vs. Real Property
    When you negotiate a contract, make sure you know what furniture, fixtures and appliances, if any, are being sold with the property. Technically, anything that?s permanently affixed to or installed in the home is real property. Everything else is the sellers? personal property. This definition leaves a gray area that can lead to disputes between a buyer and a seller. When The HBH Group lists your property for sale, we will work with you to be very specific in what is included and excluded from the sale. If we are working with you as a buyer, we will also make sure that everything is spelled out clearly and you AND the seller know what you are purchasing contractually.

    We always ask our sellers what permanent fixtures they intend to remove and remind them to spell it out clearly in the required disclosure forms. We will help you define what built-in appliances are real or personal property. What about a shelving system? A chandelier? Window coverings? If the buyer wants furniture or other nonpermanent items as a part of the deal, we will work with you to spell out these details in the contract to minimize dispute and problems that can result.

    Ask us to go over the standard contracts with you before you receive or make a purchase offer. That way, you?ll know what to expect and be prepared to negotiate the best deal you can get. This offer also goes for FSBO's. If you need our assistance, please call us for a no obligation visit to assist you in being as safe as possible in selling your home.



    The Tale of the Foolish Real Estate Investor
    We live in an information age where there are always "experts" wanting to sell you a new course on how to get rich in:

    1. Real Estate
    2. Your Own Business
    3. The Internet
    4. You Name It!

    Wisdom comes as we get more mature and realize that there are really no "quick" solutions to anything and that includes creating wealth. A few years ago here in Williamson County, we saw loads of investors who swarmed into the area and purchased real estate by the bunches. The lenders were handing out 100% finance deals like the money would never end. Many of these "investors" went directly to local builders and bought 2-10 properties in specific subdivisions all at one time and all at 100% financed. I like to refer to this as "the era of irrational exuberance". Many of those of us who work this business full time knew that this was a recipe for disaster and the disaster is here now. We are seeing most of these properties now going to foreclosure right and left and although our foreclosure numbers here are dwarfed by many other areas of the country, they are still greater than we have seen in a long time.

    So herein is the purpose of this article. There is a distinct difference between an investor and a "speculator". What we saw here in the past were many speculators, but not true investors. Investors recognize value and invest for the long haul. They recognize that business cycles will ALWAYS repeat themselves and trying to cheat a good investment with NO MONEY DOWN and expecting that there will never be lean times are unrealistic approaches to investing in real estate as a business. We are working with many investors from all over the country and have always attracted the SMART investors: those that recognize that money investments on the front end are required to be a wise real estate investor. There will be some great opportunities in coming months in Central Texas to invest in a growing market. And if you do so in a smart manner, over a period of years you will see a substantial return on your investment.


    If you are looking for a REALTOR in this area that can provide sound real estate investment advice, counsel and services, please contact us. We groom new investors as well through our training programs and BLOGS such as this one. We'd love the opportunity to service your real estate investment and management needs!


    This message is provided as a public service by The HBH Group, the premiere real estate group in Round Rock and Georgetown Texas. Contact us through our websites at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free (877) 268-1877.


    Searching for Homes in the Era of the Internet

    Looking at homes for sale via the internet is fun and exciting, at first. After a while, it gets a little frustrating, but you?ve learned a lot. You have a general idea of what homes look like in the area, prices, differences in costs for numbers of bedrooms, baths, size and location, location, location. By the way, you can call our office and have us set up home searches for you that ONLY target your specific criteria. We have a property search system that can organize your search in a very simple manner! You can rate properties as to "Favorites", "Possibilities" or "Rejects". Then we as your agents are getting educated as to your likes and dislikes based on your choices!

    Next comes the ?real? home hunt. Who do you take with you? If you?re married, you take your spouse. There is always the chance you?re going to find something perfect and you cannot make a decision without your spouse. Well, you can?but you?ll pay later. If you?re a couple, then take your partner for the same reasons. If you?re single and using your own money, then take a friend whose judgment you trust. Give thought to whether you should take a parent (smile). Oh yes. There is one other person you take along with you (hint, hint) ? your experienced, capable, professional, friendly neighborhood REAL ESTATE AGENT.

    This message is provided as a public service by The HBH Group, the premiere real estate group in Round Rock and Georgetown Texas. Contact us through our websites at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free (877) 268-1877.


    A Bright Idea for Your Bathroom
    Are you ready to take the plunge and remodel your bathroom? Keep lighting in mind when making plans. Recessed lighting fixtures may be a popular recent home trend, but they can often leave you in a "shadow trap" when illuminating your new room. Focused lighting such as halogen or floodlights creates unwanted shadows in your new bathroom design, making it look spooky rather than inviting.

    To avoid this lighting pitfall, use a soft-focused or diffused light fixture and mount it at eye level or just above. Positioning light this way will cause it to shine at your face, not down from above. Other types of light, such as decorative or recessed lamps also can combat shadows. If you do choose recessed lighting, place the lights close to the mirror and center them above the faucet. A dimmer switch at the vanity area helps control the lighting, allowing you to adjust for day and nighttime levels. Follow these steps and you'll be brilliantly pleased with your new bathroom.

    This message is provided as a public service by The HBH Group, the premiere real estate group in Round Rock and Georgetown Texas. Contact us through our websites at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free (877) 268-1877.



    Are You Still Paying PMI? Why?
    Millions of homeowners were required to get private mortgage insurance (PMI) at the time they purchased their homes, due to having made down payments of less than 20 percent. The monthly mortgage payment includes as much as $150 that represents the PMI premium. You can get so accustomed to making that identical mortgage payment every month, some people stay on auto-pilot and continue paying for a policy they?re entitled to cancel.

    Typically, if you?ve reached the 20% equity level, you?re eligible. If your mortgage is less than 5 years old, it?s 25%. You also need to have a good track record for making mortgage payments. That means having had no more than one late-payment penalty in the past year; no payments over 30 days late in that same time frame; nor, any notice of default recorded against the property.

    If that sounds like you, and if you haven?t gone through the process, there are user-friendly resources to help you get the cancellation process started. First, you?ll need to confirm your eligibility. The Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA), the trade association for mortgage insurers, sponsors an excellent website that offers an eligibility calculator, as well as sample letters to send to mortgage servicers that will help you jump start the cancellation process.


    If you are eligible to cancel your PMI, your servicer might require an updated appraisal of your home. Don?t rush out and have an appraisal done yourself, though. Mortgage servicers use their own sources to select an appraiser for the job. If you don?t want to handle the cancellation personally, you can hire someone else to do it for you. PMI cancellation services take over all of the correspondence, escrow account analyses and any disputes with servicers. Figure on spending about $500, including the appraisal. An Internet search for ?Cancel PMI? will help you locate a local company.


    You?ve worked hard to have accumulated 20% equity in your home. Don?t pay for something you no longer need! Even if you know you?re not eligible yet, use the eligibility calculator to figure out when you WILL be and keep that date posted prominently somewhere in your records. Or even, for instance, on the refrigerator. It will remind you daily of something positive you?re working toward that?ll be worth celebrating when the time comes.
    This message is provided as a public service by The HBH Group, the premiere real estate group in Round Rock and Georgetown Texas. Contact us through our websites at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free (877) 268-1877.

    "FIRE" Power
    Fireplaces have irresistible appeal. Just picturing a fireplace conjures feelings of warmth and coziness. Even in warmer climates where people don?t rely on them for heat, fireplaces add charm, character and value ? about $12,000 per fireplace, according to the National Association of REALTORsŪ ? to homes. They lend ambiance to just about any room, and with so many varieties and options available, it?s easy to see why people want them.

    If you don?t have a fireplace in your home, it?s easier than you might think to add one ? without undergoing a complete remodel or major construction. Gas and electric models are more popular and affordable than ever and easy to install. And with so many options for every space and budget, the hardest part is choosing one that best suits your needs.

    If you do have a fireplace in your home, whether it?s the wood-burning, gas or electric variety, the most important factor is maintenance. Like cars, fireplaces need annual tune-ups. if you have a chimney-based fireplace ? traditional wood-burning or top-vent gas ? you should have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the chimney at least once a year or after approximately 80 fires. It?s also a good idea to have a certified service technician come out once a year to inspect other types of gas fireplaces and to replace bulbs on electric units.

    This message is provided as a public service by The HBH Group, the premiere real estate group in Round Rock and Georgetown Texas. Contact us through our websites at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free (877) 268-1877.



    Carpet 101 - Maintenance Tips for Home Owners
    The season of holiday entertaining is over. But did the increased foot traffic and occasional spill wreak havoc on your carpets? If your floor is looking a little worse for wear, it may be time for a deep cleaning. But should you try to tackle the job on your own or bring in the professionals? The Carpet and Rug Institute suggests that carpet be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months, before it begins to show soiling. Regular vacuuming can keep your carpet looking like new, but deep extraction cleaning is necessary to remove ground-in dirt and stubborn stains.

    If your carpet needs cleaning, first check with the manufacturer to see what it advises ? some cleaning methods could void your carpet?s warranty. extra care. Also be aware that carpet made of natural fibers (e.g. wool, silk, cotton/rayon or plant fibers) can be damaged by certain cleaning methods and may require extra care.

    If you choose to go the do-it-yourself route, be sure to vacuum thoroughly before cleaning. Choose cleaning agents that are made specifically for stain-resistant carpet, never use a generic household detergent or cleaner. Follow directions closely and pay special attention to instructions regarding dilution and application. After cleaning, open windows or bring in a fan to speed up the drying process.

    If you?d prefer to leave this job to professional carpet cleaners, look for recommendations from your local carpet retailer or the Better Business Bureau. Most cleaning fees will be based on square footage, and there is usually no extra charge for furniture removal, pre-conditioning and routine stain removal. As always, be sure to obtain a written agreement before any work has begun.

    This message is provided as a public service by The HBH Group, the premiere real estate group in Round Rock and Georgetown Texas. Contact us through our websites at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free (877) 268-1877.



    Take a Byte Out of Cyber Crime
    McGruff the Crime Dog, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), the Forum to Advance the Mobile Experience (FAME), and the Chief Marketing Office Council (CMO Council) have joined together to ?Take A Bite Out Of Cyber Crime.? The campaign is empowering and rallying millions of computer and digital device users in the battle against the continually growing plague of computer viruses, worms, spam, spyware, phishing, identity theft and online predators. See the latest at: http://www.bytecrime.org/


    This message is provided as a public service by The HBH Group, the premiere real estate group in Round Rock and Georgetown Texas. Contact us through our websites at: http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ and http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free (877) 268-1877.



    What is a CRS?
    Within the world of REALTORSŪ, we have initials after our names that probably confuse the public in general. You can see them on our business cards, our websites, etc. They look like:

    Billy Bob Houseseller, REALTORŪ, ARM, LEG, TOE, EAR, etc.

    However, there are two of these designations that I would like to define clearly to my readers. The first is the broker designation. The general public recognizes that the broker designation carries more weight than an salesperson license. To qualify as a licensed broker in Texas, an agent must actively practice real estate for two or more years within the state. Further, they must attend 270 classroom hours of core real estate classes approved by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC requires this for the salesperson license) AND have an additional 630 hours of courses related to real estate logged and on file with the commission. If you are counting, that means they have spent 20 weeks in a classroom within a 2+ year practice! That is a great amount of training. Finally, the broker-candidate must successfully pass the state and national exams for the license.

    The state recognizes a broker as not only able to practice real estate, but also able to manage other agents in the sales process. They are thus allowed to open their own brokerage or property management businesses. If you will note, I have taken the time to earn the broker designation and I believe it offers me the ability to be the best I can be for my clients! This has also allowed me to open a property management company for my real estate investment clients. We currently manage property under the business name of HBH Management.

    The second designation I would like to make you familiar with is the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation. This is also a training and experience-intensive designation. To qualify for my CRS designation, I had to present proof that I have worked in over 75 real estate transactions, had to attend several CRS-approved courses in buyer, seller and referral strategies and techniques. Finally, I had to present another designation that I hold from the National Association of REALTORSŪ (Graduate REALTORŪ Institute - The Master's Degree in Real Estate). The CRS designation is held by less than 5% of the REALTORSŪ in the United States and is a prestigious award of which I am extremely proud. Out of 1.1 million REALTORSŪ in the USA, less than 50,000 care enough about the quality and professionalism that they offer to clients to spend the time and money to become a CRS. I DO care and hope that this will earn me the right to be your referral partner when friends, co-workers and relatives need a REALTORŪ!

    If my team and I can assist you today in any of the following, give us a call:

    1. Home buying (new or resale).
    2. Home sales.
    3. Trade-up / trade-down.
    4. Real estate investing.
    5. Commercial properties or Farm & Ranch.
    6. Leasing and management.

    You can learn all about what we do for our clients as well as a great wealth of information about real estate and the Austin, TX area by checking out our websites at:

    Or you can call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free at (877) 268-1877. We look forward to hearing from you. As always, the highest complement we ever receive is the referral of your friends, customers, co-workers and family. They will always get "World-class service with a Home Town feel" from us at The HBH Group.



    Tips on Saving Money in an Era of Higher Prices
    This letter was sent to me by a friend, I thought this info should be shared:

    "I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in California we are also paying higher, up to $3.50 per gallon. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon.
    Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

    Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.
    When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some other liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

    One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

    Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up--most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. Hope this will help you get the most value for your money."
    Information provided by The HBH Group, experts in Round Rock and Georgetown Real Estate. Contact us through our website at http://www.TheHBHGroup.com/ or http://www.TheHBHGroup.biz/ or call our offices at (512) 439-3772 or toll-free (877) 268-1877.