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It’s a hot seller’s market for homes in Williamson County, with potential home buyers often offering more than a home’s list price as they compete to buy in the county’s tight housing market.

Williamson County’s median home sales price set a record of $239,500 in January, up 5 percent from January 2015. The number of homes sold in January increased by 3 percent compared with January 2015. The median price for homes sold in Round Rock in 2015 was $225,000.

“It’s a great time to be a seller in Williamson County,” said Shavonne Martin, president of the Williamson County Association of Realtors. “There is such great demand,” with multiple buyers regularly bidding to buy the same hom...

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The city of Georgetown will begin a project in March to stabilize the bank along the San Gabriel River in San Gabriel Park.

The project includes constructing a low retaining wall along the north bank of the river, according to a city news release.

The wall, which will be even with the ground and will not obstruct views or access to the river, will span more than 1,700 feet from the pedestrian bridge at the confluence of the north and south San Gabriel Rivers to a point near a natural spring outlet, according to the release.

Construction is expected to cost about $455,000 and will be paid for with bond funds approved by voters in 2008. The project could be completed in June.

According to the news release, the project will address erosion ...

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Leander City Council passed an ordinance Feb. 18 calling for a spring bond election with propositions totaling $70,927,644 in projects.

Bond package projects include improvements to transportation and parks as well as construction of a new senior center on city-owned property. A separate proposition calls for a recreation center, such as a YMCA in Leander. On May 7 voters will decide whether to approve the projects.

The city’s bond task force committee delivered its recommendations to the council after months of prioritizing city projects and finalizing its list on Jan. 26.

On May 7, voters will decide whether to approve the following propositions:

Transportation projects: $22,468,244Parks and park improvements: $26,274,000Senior c...

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Sometimes it is the little things that go a long way. Check out these tips, such as simply swapping old outlet covers for new ones, and other cost friendly DIY tips to update the feel of your home.

Country Living Article: 9 Ways to Make an Old Home Feel New

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Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

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