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Ways to Help Your Neighbors Affected by Hurricane Harvey

by Rebecca Shahan

​On this Labor Day weekend, we thank all those who have gone so far beyond the limit to help their neighbors during this extraordinary tragedy. The acts of courage on the part of both citizens and professionals has been amazing and will be remembered forever.

All of America, indeed the world, is watching intently and wondering how they can help those in need. Here are a few ways you can help those affected. And remember to watch out for those who are taking advantage of our generosity. Remember the old proverb "Trust, but verify."

According to, here are some charities we can trust:

Red Cross

Houston Food Bank 

Food Bank of Corpus Christi

Houston Humane Society

Houston SPCA

San Antonio Humane Society

Top Things to Do Around Lake Travis

by Rebecca Shahan

The fun never stops at Lake Travis.  That's why people come from all over to buy their dream home or to visit.  There's so many great things to do and see around the lake, it's hard to keep track. Thats's not a problem, because we have great review sites like to rate the best things to do around Lake Travis. Here's the top 3 picks from the list.

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

If you want an adrenaline rush while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Lake Travis from above, this is the perfect solution. They offer a 2.5 hour zipline tour and all day passes on the 15 acre private beach, where you can swim, have a picnic, or just relax.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Amazing scenery, a beautiful pool with waterfall, and a great hike make Hamilton Pool Preserve an ideal getaway. Make sure to make a reservation, as they keep the crowds to a minimum, making this an ideal place to relax away from the hustle and bustle.

Sail Austin Charters

Of course the main attraction of Lake Travis is, well, Lake Travis! Why not go sailing on the lake in a private yacht? Sail Austin offers a variety of sailing packages, including private charters, sunset sails, destination charters, and even lessons.

Have fun on Lake Travis!

Spicewood Offers Up Great Dining

by Rebecca Shahan

Sure, Spicewood may be a small town, but it’s big on taste!  According to one of the top restaurant review websites,, virtually all the restaurants in Spicewood get top reviews. Whether or not you own a home in Spicewood, it’s time to try some of the great food here.  Why not start with these top picks?

Opie's Barbecue

What small southern town would be complete without amazing BBQ? Opie’s award winning BBQ restaurant is filled with all the BBQ meats you could ask for.  They also feature meats such as jalapeno cheese sausage and sides like butter beans.

Angel's Icehouse

For the classic American food and bar experience, there Angel’s.  People rave about the atmosphere and about the play areas for kids and dogs in the relaxing outdoor seating. And of course they have great local brews on tap as well.

J5 Steakhouse

If you’re looking for the best steak in Spicewood, look no further than J5.  They feature amazing steaks in a laid back atmosphere.  With their friendly staff and great wine selection, you’re sure to have a great night on the town.

Zillow Reviewers Love Us - And So Will You!

by Rebecca Shahan

Rebecca Shahan has been helping people buy homes in the area that she has loved and lived in since 1999 - Lake Travis. Her goal is to share her knowledge of the area with people looking to buy their dream home in the Lake Travis area.  And because of fulfilling that goal, she has received an overall review score of 5/5 on Zillow!  Here's what people are saying:

"Rebecca is very knowledgeable, and very experienced. Everything has been terrific with them and I am always kept up to date about all new listings. I would recommend them to friends and family." 
- Bruceward221

"She and her team are just terrific, and I think very highly of her. She's helped me out a ton over the last few years for a variety of different things, and everything has always gone smoothly with no problems at all. Thank you so much Rebecca.​"
- shawnabyran122​

"She kept [me] constantly informed about the marketplace and always let me know about any comparable listings to what I was looking for. She also created extremely useful monthly reports for me that gave me a lot of detailed information. Overall, she was just very on top of everything and always updated me when necessary​."
- Larry T

"Rebecca was a fantastic agent to work with. She knew the market like the back of her hand, and constantly recommended listings based on our wants. She gave us very detailed reports and took us to many homes we really liked. Thanks so much Rebecca!"
- shawncleary313

Will you be the next satisfied client?

Tips For First Time Buyers

by Rebecca Shahan

Are you ready to buy your first home?  It's certainly an exciting, yet sometimes terrifying, time. It's one of the biggest decisions you can make, and the process can intimidating. But there are a number of things you can do to make the process more pleasant, and as the same time save money.

Here's a few tips for those who are just starting out on the journey of buying their first home.

  1. Start saving early.  You can put down as little as 3% on a loan, but that may mean you pay more for private mortgage insurance.  Keep in mind that even a small down payment can be hefty. Try this mortgage calculator to find out how much a down payment might be based on the price range of home you're looking for.
  2. How much can you afford? Of course you need to know what price range is within reach.  You can use a home affordability calculator to find out.
  3. Check your credit. Your credit score means a lot when getting a mortgage and how much you can borrow.  Make sure your credit record is clean of any problems or incorrect items that may affect it.

These are just a few tips to get you started.  If you're seriously thinking about buying your first home, please feel free to give us a call.  We'll be happy to help you start your journey to home-ownership.

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