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Could the Resort Lifestyle on Lake LBJ Get Any Sweeter?

by Joy Jordan, Assistant to Shirl A. Thornton

 


Apparently so. Recently, the Horseshoe Bay Resort unveiled a planned fifty million dollar capital improvement program. Old amenities will be spruced up and new ones introduced, improving the value of club membership and the property values in Horseshoe Bay.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Remodel of the Bayside Spa and Salon and the addition of couple’s treatment rooms
  • Expansion of the Cap Rock Members Club and Pool
  • Enlargement of the Cap Rock Pro Shop and construction of an outdoor activity pavilion
  • Improvements to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Summit Rock
  • Remodel Slick Rock Clubhouse and increase the food and beverage service space
  • Major renovation of the Yacht Club including private poolside cabanas, installation of a glass elevator and a porte-cochere in the valet parking drop-off area.

More details are found in the November/December issue of The Club. If you would like a copy, just send an email request to shirl_assistant@hsbresortsales.com . Be sure to include your name and mailing address when you write.

Fresh Christmas Decorating Ideas

by Joy Jordan, Assistant to Shirl A. Thornton

 

Over a decade ago, we loaded our children onto the trailers at the Christmas Tree Farm for a hayride into fields of evergreens where we chose and cut the family tree. It was the beginning of a treasured family tradition. Back then, we hauled diaper bags and sippy cups. Now my oldest is visiting from college and the youngest will be in high school next year but the fun of family quest for the perfect tree goes on.
However, there were several years when we lived in a desert area, and there were no Christmas tree farms nearby. During those years of having an artificial tree, a friend would send us a fresh evergreen wreath. It was a fun way to have that fresh Christmas smell and look in the house. There are other creative ways to incorporate evergreens into your holiday decorating plan. Check out these great ideas from Homes.com.

 

Highland Lakes Real Estate Market Trends

by Shirl Thornton

The October Housing Reports are out. Click the links below to get a snapshot of the market for that city.


October 2016 Statistics for Horseshoe Bay

  • 25 – Homes sold in October 2016, 66.7 percent more than October 2015.
  • $429,750 – Median price in October 2016, 60 percent more than in October 2015.
  • 13.7 – Monthly housing inventory in October 2016, 3.5 months more than October 2015.
  • 106 – Average number of days homes spent on the market in October 2016, the same as October 2015.
  • 349 – Active home listings on the market in October 2016, 39 percent more than October 2015.
 

  • 10 – Homes sold in October 2016, 16.7 percent less than October 2015.
  • $154,025 – Median price in October 2016, 9 percent more than in October 2015.
  • 3.0 – Monthly housing inventory in October 2016, .4 months less than October 2015.
  • 66 – Average number of days homes spent on the market in October 2016, 10 days more than October 2015.
  • 24 – Active home listings on the market in October 2016, 11.1 percent less than October 2015.

  • 6 – Homes sold in October 2016, 100 percent more than October 2015.
  • $135,000 – Median price in October 2016, 69 percent more than in October 2015.
  • 10.8 – Monthly housing inventory in October 2016, 2.2 months less than October 2015.
  • 261 – Average number of days homes spent on the market in October 2016, 58 days more than October 2015.
  • 53 – Active home listings on the market in October 2016, 1.9 percent less than October 2015.

 

October 2016 Statistics for Marble Falls


  • 5 – Homes sold in October 2016, 28.6 percent less than October 2015.
  • $165,000 – Median price in October 2016, 6 percent more than in October 2015.
  • 5.6 – Monthly housing inventory in October 2016, 1.4 months less than October 2015.
  • 29 – Average number of days homes spent on the market in October 2016, 25 days less than October 2015.
  • 51 – Active home listings on the market in October 2016, 8.5 percent more than October 2015.

A Highland Lakes Christmas Tradition

by Joy Jordan, Assistant to Shirl A. Thornton

The holidays are upon us! Maybe you have company coming in and will be looking for a fun activity to get you out of the house. There is no reason to drive all the way to Austin or San Antonio to find holiday fun when you can just zip on over to Marble Falls and check out the Walkway of Lights. This beautiful display can be seen reflected in the water as you cross the bridge over Lake Marble Falls. Drive on down to Lakeside Park for a closer look. There is no admission fee to wander down the trail though hundreds of lighted sculptures. If Jack Frost comes nipping at your nose just chase him off with a cup of hot cocoa. The children may like a moment with the jolly old elf and you'll be standing by to take a photo of the moment. The Walkway will be open nightly from 6:00PM - 10:00PM November 18 through January 1.

The Heart of the Home

by Joy Jordan, Assistant to Shirl A. Thornton

It is Thanksgiving morning and a happy chaos fills the kitchen.  Grandmother, who once bustled about preparing the feast, sits quietly off the side, content to hold the baby this year. Mother recounts the story again of learning to cook a turkey as a newlywed; she had not heard of giblets until it was discovered that she had baked the bundle inside of the turkey. Oops, no gravy that year! I marvel at how grown up my youngest daughter seems as she fills the deviled eggs without making a mess.  Jokes are shared and recipes swapped as children drift in and exit with stolen morsels.  The delicious smells of turkey, dressing and pie seem to imprint the experience deeper into our psyches as we add one more link to the invisible chain of family traditions that bind the generations together.

In celebration of the heart of the home, the kitchen, we bring you seven beautifully designed kitchens from realtor.com. Enjoy! To read the article, click here.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Shirl Thornton

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Shirl A. Thornton
RE/MAX Horseshoe Bay Resort Sales Co.
7409 Hwy 2147
Horseshoe Bay TX 78657
Direct: (830)385-6200
Office: (830)598-8726
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