What’s all the Hype about Texas???

August 17, 2009

It’s been an amazing summer of 2009!  We’ve travelled, visited, had visitors, showed off the Texas Hill Country, and so much more.  The real estate market is unlike anything any of us have ever seen before.  There have been periods of endless phone calls, lots of showings, deals that have been written and closed, and plenty of homes and ranches that have been sold.  Then there were the periods where somebody must have shut the door, turned off the lights, and cut the phone lines. . .  It’s been a rollercoaster ride to say the least.  Business has held steady though, and there’s so much more to come!  I came across this video and thought it was worth sharing.  There is plenty of surprising information that I was unaware of.  Information that I believe is worth sharing with everybody.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Please don’t hesitate to call or email me if you ever have any questions about real estate in Texas.  It doesn’t matter if you’re buying or selling, I’m happy to help in any way possible.  I even promise to take good care of your friends and family when you send them to me for help!  As always, thanks for reading – Jem

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Castles, Cowboys, Chili, and our Market Update

April 24, 2009

Our Castle is a repost from Feb. 08 – people are always asking:

The Texas Hill Country is one of the most amazingly beautiful places that God has created.  Around every bend (and there are plenty of Falkenstein Castlethem) there are new and wonderful places to see and explore.  We’re lucky enough to have it all . . . well almost all, and then some.  For example, we have the largest chain of lakes in the State of Texas, all here for your boating and fishing pleasures.  We have mind blowing caverns that are rich with history, the cowboys and Indians type that both young and old kids enjoy.  Wildflowers, wildlife, great places to eat, and most of all, we have wonderful people.  And then . . . There Is (dramatic pause. . . )  The Castle!

Roll through the hills as you cruise down Park Road 4, and out of nowhere, BAM!!!  There’s an honest to goodness castle that pops up Burnet County Texas - Falkenstein Castleright before your eyes!  Seriously, it’s the maiden in the tower type of place.  It sits atop one of the highest hills in Burnet County and has a magnificent 360 degree view that spans the hills and lakes as far as you can see. Built in the late 1990’s, Falkenstein Castle is home to Terry and Kim Young.  The castle footprint encompasses roughly four acres and is the place they call home.  The Young’s rent the “Palace” area of the grounds out for weddings throughout the year.  In fact, Falkenstein Castle is now rates as the #3 best wedding castle in the United States, only behind Belcort Castle and the Biltmore Estate!  Take a moment and check out their website, read their story about how the castle came to be, see some amazing pictures. . . it’s an absolutely beautiful place.  Best of all, it’s right here in Burnet County, in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country!

It’s Chili and BBQ Cook-Off time in Marble Falls!!!
It’s one of the qualifying events for the Terlingua International Chili Championship, it’s the 38th annual Howdy Roo Chili Cook-Off in Marble Falls, and the 15th annual BBQ competition.  Held in Johnson Park on the 1st weekend in May, this event is a true weekender!  Golf tourney for the cooks, chili, BBQ, vendors, and all types of family fun.  Come and join us on May 2nd and 3rd on the banks of Lake Marble Falls for all the fun.  I promise you won’t be disappointed! 

Castles, Cowboys, Chili, only 1 thing left; this is the perfect time to find a place to call your own and make it your “castle”.  The market is going strong, there are plenty of new homes on the market over the past week.  Our sales are up dramatically and pending properties have shot up as well.  If you have any questions about real estate anywhere in the Texas Hill Country, please feel free to drop me an email, give me a call, or just leave a comment here.  I promise to get back to you quickly.  As always. . . Thanks for reading – Jem


6 Reasons to Choose the Texas Hill County – Reacquaint Yourself!

April 7, 2009

I was asked not long ago, “why the Hill Country and not Dallas or Houston”?  Don’t get  me wrong, I grew up south of Houston, have a brother who lives in Dallas, and have been all over the Great State of Texas.  Our Motto is Friendship, and I don’t believe anybody who visits will deny that.  So why the Hill Country, here are 6 very good reasons:

1. Named by NY Times as the #1 travel destination in the U.S. – “The region is lush, colorful and, unlike much of the pancake-flat state, dotted with beautiful green hills that are evocative of Tuscany or the south of France.” - 
     http://www.nytimes.com/ref/travel/20080601_SUMMER.html

2.  Wine, Wine, and more Wine – Now the #2 wine destination in the nation, the Texas Hill Country has dozens of wineries to visit –
     http://www.texaswinetrail.com/index.html

3.  Festivals, Weekend Trips, and One Day Adventures -  There is always so much to do.  Everything from one day trips to week long adventures.  Here is a great place to start your search - 
   http://gotexas.about.com/od/hillcountry/Big_Hill_Country_Charm_Comes_in_Small_Packages.htm

4.  Some of the BEST BBQ You’ve EVER Had – This is one place where BBQ is never hard to find.  Good BBQ is always close by, and Great BBQ isn’t very far.  BBQ in the Hill Country is like eating shrimp in Galveston, when done right, it’s always good - 
  http://www.foodgps.com/bertram-smoke-haus-–-bertram-tx-–-saturday-may-17-2008/

5.  Here lies the Largest Chain of Lakes in The State of Texas – Not only is it the largest chain of lakes in The State, it also is some of the clearest and cleanest water in all of Texas.  A person could spend weeks boating, fishing, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, or just playing on the many lakes that make up the Highland Lakes chain.  –
     http://www.texasoutside.com/boatinghighlandlakes.html

6.  Great Real Estate Value and an Even Better Place to Live! – I could write pages on this, but it’s already been done.  Take a look at these articles:

http://www.forbes.com/2008/01/30/economy-cities-alabama-biz-cx_bw_0130econcities_slide_2.html?thisSpeed=90000

http://www.forbes.com/2003/05/07/bestland.html

http://money.cnn.com/2002/11/08/pf/yourhome/bplive_austin/index.htm

http://www.moving.com/articles/americas-best/best-places.asp

Your comments are always welcome, and feel free to add to the list.  I’d enjoy your thoughts on this post. 

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