Berkshire Broadcast

Published by: Daisy Gregg

 

Hello! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and mid-week! We are back again with another Phone Duty Success story! Yay! So real quick explanation, many brokers have a system called “Phone Duty.” This system allows for individual agents to gain leads from any phone calls coming into the main broker’s hub. Each brokerage, generally has a main office number, which is on signs, advertisements, and online. This number is usually the most called for information unless they are trying a specific agent. And reception is legally not allowed to answer questions about property because many times they are not licensed and we want the realtors to have leads not the staff! Now that you know a little about it, it can be super

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Published by: Christine Pease

April 12, 2019

Brainstorming for the new Austin Central library began in 2009 by project leaders - Branda Branch, then-Austin Public Library Director; John Gillum, APL's facilities process manager; and architectural firms Lake|Flato of Austin/San Antonio and Shepley Bulfinch of Boston. Both architectural firms felt the new library couldn't just be a 6-story building of dead quiet with people reading silently. The new Austin Central Library is intended to be the "library of the future". Yes, there are books! In fact, the new Austin Library which is a solid 198,000 square feet, houses all 300,000 books from the John Henry Faulk Central Library on Guadalupe and even has room for another 300K on top of that. But this

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Published by: Daisy Gregg

Best Renovations to Add Value to your Home!

What do you think when you hear “these are the points of interest that will sell your home?” I immediately think kitchens and bathrooms. But making sure you add value to your home can really go beyond just rooms. And you really do not have to spend a pretty penny to recoup some of your investment. Let’s talk about the 6 easiest ways to add value to your home.

  1. Counters and Cabinets

I did mention bathrooms and kitchens. But you do not have to do a full or extreme remodel to add value. Upgrade or paint the cabinets with new hardware to give it a new look that is on trend at the moment. Most would go with white or gray as those are the “on trend” color right

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April is time for Termites, Tax Protests, Homestead & HVACs: Chuck Farr’s  April 2019 “Talking Real Estate” eNewsletter

Hello again to all of you home owners, prospective buyers, and real-estate moguls. Before you check the all-new-and-improved “Talking Real Estate” monthly enewsletter, Spring is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas, especially for existing property owners. Here are a few items to consider during April:

  •       Consider having your property inspected for termites if you have not done so in a year or two; perhaps set up an annual plan with a pest control pro. March and April are the annual termite swarming season.
  •       It’s property tax assessed-value protest time. Check your paperwork; you may have
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Published by: Christine Pease

April 5, 2019

The act of volunteering is not a new idea. During the colonial days, people banded together to survive the new world. Communities came together to help others plant crops, build homes and fight disease. In 1736, Benjamin Franklin organized the first volunteer firehouse. Paving the way for today’s norm and even today, 70% of the nation’s firefighters are volunteers.

 As time went by and our nation expanded during the 19th century, people became more aware of the disadvantaged. Out of this awareness came the YMCA, American Red Cross and United Way.

During the Civil War, women established Ladies Aid Society, which provided supplies to soldiers and care for the sick and wounded. During the war,

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Travis County Expo Center 

The Lone-star RoundUp is a massive outdoor car show and live music festival. If you are a fan of vintage hot-rods and custom cars this is where you need to be. Held in the Travis County Expo Center, The Lonestar RoundUp is truly a one of a kind experience featuring cars, history, art, culture and music. 

Link: lonestarroundup.com

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Circuit of The Americas

MOTO-GP Austin, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, joins the roster of racing events

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When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has Asian markets available every corner of the city, I had no trouble finding the Asian food and stores I wanted. When I moved to Austin, TX, in 2004, I worried about if there were any Asian Markets or good restaurants. I was over the moon to find out that there was one small Asian market (Hong Kong Super Market) located on 8557 Research Blvd, Ste 130 Austin, TX 78758. And since then many other amazing Asian stores have come to our amazing Austin area.

This market is still in business and provides most Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese products that I use. My favorite part of this market is the fresh tropical fruit that is always available, which includes lychee, Thai’s bananas, jackfruit, and

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Published by: Christine Pease

March 25, 2019

Two word to describe this beautiful home: ABSOLUTE STUNNER!!!!  Crisp, clean, modern lines create a wide and luxurious living space with views for days. This contemporary masterpiece is complete with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4,562 square feet and sits beautifully on 1.31 acres. In addition, there is a study/flex room, dedicated media room and game room with full wet bar. Multiple decks with hill country views, 3. car garage and is the complete picture of modern luxury.

Welcome home! Walk through double entry doors into a light, bright and airy space with custom architectural details.

Great room features a 26 foot, custom asymmetrical barrel ceiling, built-in wall mount and electric fireplace.

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Published by: Christine Pease

March 22, 2019

I think it's safe to say that April kicks off the Festival season here in Austin, Texas! Every single weekend there is something to do. Whether it be a music event or a tour around the city, these events surely won't disappoint! April is also National Volunteer Month! If you're looking for a way to give back to your community, click here!

April 4th - 7th | Austin International Poetry Festival | Various Locations

April 7th | Capitol 10K | Congress Avenue to Auditorium Shores

April 11th - 4th | Old Settler's Music Festival | Tilmon, Texas

April 12th - 13th | Lonestar Round Up | Travis County Expo Center

April 12th - 14th | Art City Austin Festival | Palmer Event Center

April 12th -

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Published by: Daisy Gregg

 

You have spent the last few months searching for the perfect home and debating and just being plain stressed out. Well you are now officially a homeowner! But now what do you do?? So I poached a great article from Austin Title to help you figure it out!

  1.        Pest-proof Your New Home. If you have access to your new place a day or so before the moving van is scheduled to arrive, take that time to get a few things done around the new homestead. You could set off a bug bomb or have the exterminator come and spray. Even if you don't see any bugs, it's likely they're there, and you don't want to have to share your new digs with pests.
  2.        Turn on Utilities. If you haven't already notified the utility
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