Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the Mallett Integrity Team!

Mallett Integrity Team Christmas Pic 2013Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year.

We value all our client and business relationships and thank you for making 2013 a great year!
We look forward to continuing our partnership in the coming year.
All the best to you, your family, and your organization.

Sincerely,
Steve, Lori, Anthony, Denise & Krista

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November 2013 MLS Statistics

Curious to know how the housing market is doing in your area? Even as we enter the typically slower season in real estate with the holidays coming up, the market in our area is still going strong! As you can see, compared to last year, sold prices are up approx. 9% in all MLS areas, and up 13.8% in the Dripping Springs area. Also, days on the market (DOM) have gone down from last year approximately 36% in all MLS areas, and 24% in the Dripping Springs area. With such a significant change from last year, this is great news if you’re a seller thinking about listing your home, and good to keep in mind if you’re considering buying a home this year. Either way, we’d love to help you look at your options, and decide if this is the best time for you to buy or sell a home. Contact us today to talk with one of our buyer or listing experts.

Not ready to buy or list your home yet? No worries! Here are the most recent MLS statistics to keep you up to date on what the market is up to.

MLS Statistics All Austin Areas Fall 2013MLS Statistics Hays County November 2013

World’s Largest Gingerbread House has a Texas address!

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. And now, that also includes gingerbread houses!

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live in a gingerbread house, now’s your chance! Though you may not actually get to live in one, you can go visit the world’s largest Gingerbread house this holiday season in College Station, TX.

This entirely edible creation set a new Guinness World Record at more than 39,000 cubic feet, surpassing the previous record of 36,660 cubic feet set at Mall of America in Minnesota in 2006.

The life-size gingerbread house was built by the Texas A&M Traditions Club using 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and 3,000 pounds of brown sugar and it contains a whopping 36 million calories!

But this holiday treat isn’t just a “sweet” tourist attraction, it’s a way to raise money for a great cause. All money raised from visitors will be donated to St. Joseph’s Hospital trauma center. So, if you’re heading out to College Station for the holidays, be sure to check out this amazing confection and contribute to good cause while you’re at it!

Check out the full news story online here

Breakfast with Santa in Dripping Springs this Weekend!

Skip the long lines to see Santa at the mall, and head out to Dripping Springs for Breakfast with Santa this weekend!  Kids can come dressed in their favorite pajamas and enjoy a pancake breakfast, crafts, and, of course, a chance to meet and take pictures with Santa! Breakfast with Santa on the Polar Express will be this Saturday (December 14th) from 8:30am-11am at Dripping Springs United Methodist Church. Cost is $10/child (adults free) and family discounts are available. Tickets are available at the door and proceeds benefit DSHS project graduation event. Dripping Springs United Methodist church is located just North of downtown Dripping Springs on Ranch Road 12. Hope you can make it to this great, holiday event that’s sure to be lots of fun for the whole family!Breakfast with Santa in Dripping Springs!

New Homeowner? Have You Filed Your Homestead Exemption?

Have You Filed Your 2014 Homestead ExemptionIn an effort to help make your life a little easier, here are the links or phone numbers to download or request the Homestead Exemption forms that apply to all homeowners, those over 65, the disabled, disabled veterans, and surviving spouses.

Hays

Travis

Williamson

General information about Homestead Exemptions
Click here to read about how to know if you qualify for Homestead Exemptions
and what kind of exemptions are available to all homeowners

Homestead Exemptions for Homeowners age 65 and over or with disabilities
Click here to read about exemptions, limitations and special instructions
for homeowners age 65 and over and homeowners with disabilities

Homestead Exemptions for disabled veteran homeowners
Click here to read about exemptions, limitations and special instructions for disabled veteran homeowners

Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

If you haven’t already started preparing your home for the winter months, the recent cold snap may have made you start thinking about what you can do to make sure your home is ready for winter. Even though we generally have pretty mild winters in Central Texas, preparing your home for winter now could help you avoid costly repairs later. Here are a few tips you can use to start winterizing your home.How to Winterize your home

Gutters
Debris can gather in your gutters even before fall arrives, and once the leaves start to come down during winter—not to mention the rain and snow—clogs are even more likely. Be sure to clean your gutters out now to prevent clogs, and check for leaks.

Paint
If it’s still dry enough to paint, check to see if any outdoor surfaces could use a fresh coat. As it gets colder and wetter during the winter season, new paint won’t be able to dry and cure properly, and exposed wood surfaces could suffer water damage.

The driveway
Cracks may have developed over the summer, so give your driveway a good power washing, then make the most of any opportunity to seal the cracks. Then, add a new coat of sealant to the driveway surface to help it endure the winter rain and snow.

Doors and windows
Extra air flow may have felt refreshing in the summer and early fall, but that’ll change soon (if it hasn’t already). Replace any missing or damaged weather stripping around your doors, and do the same around your windows. It’ll keep your home better insulated and save you some money on energy costs.