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8 Steps to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh during the Winter

As winter settles in, we spend much more time indoors.  Being confined indoors means bad news if there are any triggers for allergies or asthma inside the home. Not to mention the fireplace smells, outdoor animals that are spending more time indoors because of the cold and children that are home inside more often. If your house is on the market or your you just want a clean home, follow some of these tips.

  1. Diffuser with essential oils – A few drops of your favorite smell can do your house wonders.  It creates a light mist with fragrant throughout your home.
  2. Lemons & Oranges – If the garbage disposal is still giving off the smell of last night’s dinner, run some lemon or orange peels through it to eliminate the odor.
  3. Lamp double duty – Put a dab of vanilla extract on light bulbs when the lights are off. Once the lights are turned on, the bulb will heat up the extract and emit a delicious smell.
  4. Potted plants aren’t just for looks   they’re also natural air purifiers. Some of the best are different kinds of palm trees, orchids and peace lilies.
  5. Pet Smells – If you love your cat but don’t love litter box odor, mix tea leaves with the litter. It will help to neutralize the smell.  Odors from pets can be from pet stains in carpet/pad or furnishings, or it can be from wet fur of animals.  Try getting your carpets steam cleaned on a regular basis and get pets house trained to keep carpets smelling fresh. Consider using a carpet powder or light baby powder on carpet and vacuum.
  6. Simmer Pot Recipe – For a long-lasting wonderful aroma that permeates your entire home, try a simmer pot recipe. Use this around the winter holidays to create a warm, homey ambiance.
    • Peel from 1 lemon
      Peel from 1 orange
      2 bay leaves
      3 cinnamon sticks
      2 Tablespoons whole cloves

    Add all these items to a medium pot or a small crock-pot. Add water to fill about halfway. Turn the burner on to low and let this simmer all day. If using a crock pot, set on low and let it freshen the air.

  7. Keep it Clean – With everyone spending more time inside the house, there is more of a chance with things such as pollen, dander, and dust mites to thrive. With more coughing and sneezing and less window opening, the air quality inside your home can be more dangerous than the air quality outside. Make certain to keep your home clean with regular dusting and mopping. If you do not have a fan in your bathroom to eliminate moisture that can cause mold to grow, perhaps now is a good time to invest in one.
  8. Don’t just sweep or mop – Using a vacuum that has good filtration and a HEPA filter is best. Of course, keeping the dust out can begin at the door. Install a dust walk-off system (grills, grates or mats that reduce the amount of dirt and dust that come into the home) and take your shoes off when entering. Having hard flooring is much better than carpet. Dust is harder to remove from carpet, and the older the carpeting is, the more difficult it is to clean. If you are going to clean your carpet, steam cleaning is better than chemical cleaners or shampooing.

JUST LISTED IN BELTERRA! 210 Trinity Hills

Check out 210 Trinity Hills, the most recent listing in Belterra from the Mallett Integrity Team! This fantastic 2988 square foot home just went on the market today and it is impressive! We love this beautiful 5 bedroom home with a rare 2nd master suite upstairs. Well-kept landscaping outside leads to a covered front porch where you can sit outside and enjoy the Spring in Central Texas. Walk in through the large foyer to a great open layout floor plan with soaring ceilings, stone fireplace, plenty of natural light and wood and stained concrete floors! The island kitchen with breakfast area feature gas cooking, granite counters and plenty of cabinet space. Take a step outside the back door and enjoy the Incredible outdoor living space with built-in fireplace and outdoor kitchen! As part of Belterra, one of the most popular and desirable subdivision in the area, owners of this home can also take advantage of the wonderful Belterra amenities including, walking/jogging trails, community swimming pool, fitness center, sports courts, and more! Not to mention this property is locating in the highly rated Dripping Springs Independent School District. Don’t miss this great property – contact us today to set up a showing and make this house your home!

Great Subdivisions in Dripping Springs – Belterra

Belterra is a master planned community located in South West Austin just past the Y in Oakhill (Hwy 71 and Hwy 290 intersection) between Nutty Brown Road and Sawyer Ranch Road. Belterra is still within Austin city limits and consists of 2,000 home sites on over 1600 acres in the Texas Hill Country. Community amenities include walking/jogging trails, playground, community pool, exercise facilities, and welcome center. Belterra is also only about 10 minutes from Dripping Springs, a short commute to downtown Austin, and served by the highly rated Dripping Springs school district.

Check out some of the great homes the Mallett Integrity Team has listed in one of the most desirable subdivisions in the Dripping Springs area below, and search all homes for sale in Belterra here!

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Meet the Newest Additions toThe Mallett Integrity Team!

Have you had a chance to meet the newest additions to the Mallett Integrity Team? 2015 is bringing some exciting changes to the Mallett Integrity Team. We’re very excited to welcome two new Realtors to our team, John McKain & Jenna Moore. Read more about these talented agents, their background, and how they can help you with your real estate needs here!

John McKain with the Mallett Integrity Team & Keller Williams Realty John McKain has been a licensed Real Estate Agent since 2006 and holds a multi-state license in both California and Texas. At his previous firm he was consistently Ranked
in the Top 20% of all agents, and is experienced in representing Sellers & Buyers with Single Family Homes, Residential 1-4 units, Foreclosures, Short Sales, Probates, Investments, Leasing, Property Management, Finance, VA Loans. John is also a Certified Relocation Specialist and has represented several of the largest corporate relocation companies in the U.S. John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management & Mass Communications and lives with his family in Dripping Springs. Contact John at 512-829-4805.

 

Jenna Moore - Mallett Integrity Team Real EstateJenna Marie Moore joined the Mallett Integrity Team in 2015. Graduating from Texas A&M University in 2008 with a degree in Animal Science, Jenna brings a unique combination of skills to our team. Using her strong background in sales, marketing and Ranch Management, she offers a large range of expertise to her clients. Jenna lives on a ranch outside Dripping Springs with her husband and son. She is an avid horsewoman and animal lover. In 2013 she qualified and competed at the Ram Texas Circuit Finals achieving a lifelong goal. Jenna approaches each endeavor with determination, business sense and an innovative mindset.

 

Featured Subdivision – West Cave Estates

This week, we’re featuring a highly desirable neighborhood in Dripping Springs/SW Austin, West Cave Estates. Our team has consistently listed homes in this area and we love helping people buy and sell their homes in this great neighborhood!

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One of the Mallett Integrity Team’s most recent listings in West Cave Estates

West Cave Estates is located between Bee Cave and Dripping Springs on Hamilton Pool Road made up of 318 lots in three sections. Most lots in West Cave Estates are approximately 1-1.5 acres, but some are as 4 acres with homeowners owning multiple lots. As part of the HOA, the social committee of West Cave Estates provides the community with lots of community events throughout the year. Opportunities to experience the outdoors about in this area as well. There’s also a large, one acre park for residents to enjoy, and just a few miles down Hamilton Pool Rd you can experience one of the areas most well known natural beauties, Hamilton Pool, or visit West Cave Preserve for hiking & watching wildlife.

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Hamilton Pool, Dripping Springs TX

For those that are interested in shopping and city life, you’re only about 5 minutes to the Bee Cave Galleria and many other shops and restaurants, and just 20 minutes from Austin.

Hill Country Galleria Free Concerts - Bee Cave TX

Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave hosts several free concerts throughout the year

Since this community straddles the Hays & Travis County line, some students in West Cave Estates attend Lake Travis ISD schools, and others attend Dripping Springs ISD schools. Both schools are highly rated, making this area a popular option for home buyers.

Looking to buy or sell your home in West Cave Estates, or just want to know more about the area and what the market is doing in Dripping Springs/SW Austin? Contact one of our local area experts. We’d love to help you with any of your real estate needs.  Click here to see all homes listed in West Cave Estates. 

Mortgage Rates are Down – What does that mean for you?

The Facts: Mortgage Rates Are Down

Earlier this year, it was anticipated that rates would be higher now than they are.  However, despite a slight increase in rates over the summer, the current rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.19 percent according to Freddie Mac.

What is the mystery behind these historically low rates and what does this mean if you’re looking to buy or sell now?

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The aha: Don’t Wait to Buy or Sell. Rates Are Expected to Rise

Mortgage rates are more than just the interest rate on a homeowner’s mortgage. Understanding how they are determined and what affects them can help your clients make more informed real estate decisions. Many people think mortgage rates are controlled by the Federal Reserve and can be arbitrarily turned up or down at any given time. While the Fed affects the rates, it does not act alone. Here are the five main factors that affect mortgage rates:

1. Federal Reserve Policy.  There are two actions the Fed can take that affect interest rates.  First, the Federal Reserve can change the Federal Funds Rate by altering short-term treasury securities investment levels. When the Fed purchases more bonds, mortgage rates tend to go down and vice versa.  When the Fed talks about raising interest rates, they are talking about the Federal Funds Rate, which is the rate banks charge each other to borrow money (known more commonly as interbank lending). Currently the Federal Funds Rate is practically at zero percent and has been there for a while. The Fed has stated that this rate is likely to rise within the next year.

The second action the Fed takes that affects interest rates is the purchasing of assets, such as long-term treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities, which historically has not been part of monetary policy. However, the Fed has been slowly reducing its purchases of these types of assets and has stated it will cease all purchase activities next month.

2. Bond and Treasury Investments. Bond purchases are not exclusive to the Federal Reserve. Private investors can also purchase bonds. When more bonds are purchased, prices rise and the yield (the amount of return an investor will realize on a bond) goes down. This matters because mortgages are essentially bonds and their rates compete with the rates of other investments. If the interest rate on bonds decreases, that downward pressure is applied to mortgage rates and they fall as well. Recent increased purchases of these short-term investments are likely due in part to the volatility in foreign markets, which is driving funds into U.S. treasuries, thus lowering the yield. As global affairs stabilize, money is likely to move out of U.S. markets and drive interest rates up.

3. Mortgage-Backed Securities. A mortgage-backed security is an investment tied to mortgages. Private banks sell mortgages to Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), which then bundle multiple loans and sell them to investors as mortgage-backed securities. These long-term investments affect the market because as demand increases, banks have incentive to create more supply, which puts downward pressure on interest rates.

4. Housing Market Activity. When the housing market is strong, there is more demand for home loans and banks can charge higher rates. This is a classic example of supply and demand. The current housing market is balanced and healthy with indicators pointing toward more development in the future.

5. Current U.S. Economic Climate. When the economy is strong, people have more money to spend. Slow economic activity at the beginning of 2014 coupled with the fact that inflation levels remain below the target of 2 percent, have likely had some downward effect on mortgage rates by boosting the real return of given nominal rates. The economy is expected to continue a steady pace for the remainder of 2014.

Although it may be tempting to wait for rates to fall, there is no guarantee they will. Historically, rates have been much higher and most indicators suggest they will rise soon. Compared with the average 30-year rate from 1990-2004 of 6.7 percent, 4.1 percent doesn’t look bad. Although there are no guarantees, evaluating and understanding the five factors above will allow you to provide an informed prediction as to which way interest rates will shift.

Taken from http://blog.kw.com/2014/10/06/mortgage-rates-are-down-what-does-that-means-for-your-clients-q3-2014/ View the full article here. 

Belterra 22 Home Open House Tour this Weekend!

Looking for a home with lots of community amenities, outside of the city, with a quick commute in to Austin? Considering Dripping Springs ISD? Want to see some great homes in one of the most desirable subdivisions in Southwest Austin? We have a great opportunity for you to tour not one, but 22 beautiful homes at this community-wide open house event in Belterra on Sunday 9/28 from 1-4pm! 

Belterra is a master planned community located in South West Austin just past the Y in Oakhill (Hwy 71 and Hwy 290 intersection) between Nutty Brown Road and Sawyer Ranch Road. Belterra is still within Austin city limits and consists of 2,000 home sites on over 1600 acres in the Texas Hill Country. Community amenities include walking/jogging trails, playground, community pool, exercise facilities, and welcome center. Belterra is also only about 10 minutes from downtown Dripping Springs, a short commute to downtown Austin, and served by the highly rated Dripping Springs school district – what more do you need!?

The Mallett Integrity Team will have two great listings open this weekend:

Belterra Beauty! 511 Manchester Ln

 

511 Manchester Ln – 4 bedroom/2.5 bath + office with custom details throughout. Open living/kitchen/dining areas. Granite counters in kitchen. Stone FP with custom mesquite mantle. Breakfast area & formal dining room. Upgraded flooring in main living areas & master bedroom, carpet & tile in rest of home. Garden tub, separate shower & walk-in closet in master bath. Back patio deck and good-sized backyard. Well-kept landscaping.380 Harris Dr - Belterra

380 Harris Dr – Exceptional, single story rock home sits on an over-sized cul-de-sac lot and is ready for move-in. You will enjoy beautiful sunrises in the peaceful back yard that backs up to a large greenbelt with only one neighboring home. Easy walk to school, sport courts or community pool. Have the neighbors over and entertain in the open floor plan with lots of windows and beautiful granite counters in the kitchen. Spacious 3 car garage with space for a workshop that includes a sink and additional door to back yard.

See below for an additional list of all the homes available to see this weekend and a map to plan your route. See you there!

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Two Belterra Open Houses This Weekend!

Don’t let the rainy weather keep you from seeing these two, great Belterra Homes this weekend! We have TWO opportunities for you to see these fantastic homes in one of the most desirable areas in Dripping Springs! Great schools, short commute to Austin, wonderful community amenities, what more could you want!? Here’s a little more information on these open houses and homes.Beautiful in Belterra! 220 Harris Dr.

220 Harris Dr, Dripping Springs TX – Open House Sat. 9/20, 1-4pm

MLS#9054272 –  3,239 sqft

Offered at $359,900 this 4 bdrm, 3.5 bath home sits on a greenbelt lot for great backyard views, features 3 living areas & two dining areas, a spacious master suite on main level, & open kitchen/living room layout with fireplace in living area. Granite counters in kitchen, stainless steel appliances. Tile/carpeted floors. Dripping Springs ISD.Belterra Beauty! 511 Manchester Ln

 511 Manchester Ln – Open House Sun. 9/21 1-4pm

MLS#4833155 – 2,602 sqft

4 bedroom/2.5 bath + office on a corner lot with custom details throughout. Open living/kitchen/dining areas. Granite counters in kitchen. Stone FP with custom mesquite mantle. Breakfast area & formal dining room. Upgraded flooring in main living areas & master bedroom, carpet & tile in rest of home. Garden tub, separate shower & walk-in closet in master bath. Back patio deck and good-sized backyard. Well-kept landscaping and exterior. Dripping Springs ISD and wonderful Belterra amenities!

TerraScena - Dripping Springs TX - A Resource Conscious Community

TerraScena vs. the Average Home

Our team is SO excited about TerraScena, Dripping Springs first resource conscious community! As we’ve started talking with people about this new development, we’ve been hearing A LOT of questions. 

What is the vision for TerraScena?

What does a green home look like? 

What is this I’m hearing about rainwater collection systems as the only source of water? 

What are the restrictions? 

These area all great questions, and ones we’re happy to answer! The answers to many of these questions can actually be found on the TerraScena website, but, because the idea of a Resource Conscious community is a new one for our area, we want to provide you with as much information as possible, especially if you’re considering purchasing a homesite.  As with anything new, a good understanding of all the information is key. 

TerraScena - Dripping Springs first Resource Conscious Community

Plans for the front elevation of one of our homes in progress!

Some of the main questions we get are, “How is TerraScena different from other communities or homes in the area?” or “What sort of features make this community “green” or resource conscious?” To that end, we wanted to provide you with a Comparison between homes and TerraScena and Average homes so you can see the difference for yourself!

TerraScena vs. Average HomesOne of the great features of TerraScena and how this project is being developed, is that builders who want to build in this community must to be approved by the developer and meet these high quality & resource conscious building standards. 

Modern Living Room - TerraScena, Dripping Springs, TX

Living room plans for one of the homes in progress

We know your home is probably one of your biggest investments, which is why we are excited to work with TerraScena to offer Dripping Springs homeowners a chance to own a high quality home while minimizing impact on the environment. Owning a home that conserves energy and water usage can also add up to BIG savings on utilities down the road. 

 

Want to know more? Contact us, or see it for yourself! TerraScena is located just North of Dripping Springs on Ranch Road 12. Click here for directions. 

Just Listed! 207 Winchester Dr. Dripping Springs TX

MLS# 7140938 – 207 Winchester Dr. in Dripping Springs TX is a beautiful, Hill Country home on almost 4 acres in desirable Saddle Tree Ranch! Great location just 10 mins from great shopping at The Galleria in Bee Cave, TX, 10 mins from downtown Dripping Springs, and in the highly rated Dripping Springs School District. Home is set back from the road among gorgeous oak trees for privacy & a park-like setting. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths with open kitchen/breakfast/living area. Island kitchen w/stainless steel appliances and granite counters, breakfast bar and breakfast area. The spacious master bedroom features an additional sitting room/office/exercise space & balcony for relaxing or enjoying the Hill Country Sunset. Large shower & walk in closet in Master Bath. Recent remodel upgrades in Kitchen, Master Bath & Living Room. Plenty of room to roam in the large backyard w/patio & dog run.

Don’t miss this Dripping Springs, beauty! Contact one of our local, area, experts to see it today! 512-829-2062.

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