HOA Fees Now May Affect Credit Scores
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Written By: NAR

A major credit reporting agency says it will soon take into account homeowner association fees. Home owners who are late on payments may soon see the effect on their credit score.

Sperlonga, a credit data aggregator, is the first company to provide HOA payment and account status data to Equifax, which is one of the three major credit-reporting agencies. A full rollout of the new HOA reporting to Equifax will go live in October.

Homeowner associations and property management companies collect about $70 billion in HOA payments yearly among at least 333,000 community associations, according to the Community Association Institute.

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Brushy Creek Beat: Serving center needs food for pantry
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Written By: WCREALTORS

The Round Rock Area Serving Center, a nonprofit social services agency and food pantry, is currently in desperate need of non-perishable food items.

The center offers food and other necessities to needy families throughout Williamson County. In addition, the food pantry is especially busy providing food to families with children who are enrolled in the school Free & Reduced Lunch program.

Many of these children eat breakfast and lunch at home during the out-of-school months of June, July and part of August, and the family grocery budget doesn’t always stretch to accommodate the additional meals. Church and food drives are critical to keep the pantry stocked.

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Hutto Council approves additional funds for Williamson ESD No. 3
Monday, January 25, 2016
Written By: WCREALTORS

Hutto City Council members authorized the payment of approximately $100,000 in additional funding to ESD No. 3 during a council meeting Jan. 21.

City Manager Karen Daly presented the resolution and outlined payment details to be paid over a one-year period. She said the resolution was a temporary solution to delay a potential sales tax increase from the ESD.

On Oct. 21, 2015, the Williamson County Emergency Services District No. 3, also known as Hutto Fire and Rescue, ordered a sales tax election for May 7, Daly said. The election order included levying the full two percent of local sales tax in the unincorporated areas of their service district, she said.

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Leander City Council OKs plan to annex 3,208 acres
Friday, January 22, 2016
Written By: WCREALTORS

On Jan. 21, Leander City Council approved a resolution to annex about 3,208 acres to the city limits.

The annexation process would continue with two public hearings in March and end with two readings of a city ordinance in April, Assistant City Manager Tom Yantis told the council.

If approved, the annexation would increase land located within city limits by about 17 percent.

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Williamson County commissioners hear presentation for new Leander-area park
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Written By: WCREALTORS

One of the designers for Williamson County’s next park, River Ranch County Park, said he expects the completed project to be on par in quality with state parks.

Steven Spears, a principal with Design Workshop, presented Phase 1 of the master plan of the approximately 1,000-acre park to Commissioners Court on Jan. 12. The park is planned to be built between Leander and Liberty Hill, and will have entrances off of CR 282 and Bagdad Road, said Randy Bell, Williamson County director of parks and recreation.

“It’s going to be a great park when we get it developed,” he said.

The county purchased the property in 2008 with $10 million in bond funds approved by voters in 2006. Spears said he expects Phase 1 to cost about $6.5 million to $7 million; although the firm has not yet released cost estimates. The county plans to pay for the park from the $40 million park bond approved by voters in 2013.

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Cities see increase of healthcare, restaurants and housing in 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Written By: WCREALTORS

It’s not news that Cedar Park is growing. In the past 10 years, the city has grown by more than 400 percent and has been ranked by the U.S. Census Bureau as the fourth fastest growing city in America twice. Although growth is slowing down there a bit, growth in Leander is taking off.

Earlier this year, the Hill County News reported that a record number of new homes were built in Leander in 2014. The city issued 1,142 new residential permits, nearly double the amount issued the year before. Residential growth in Leander accounted for 10 percent of all the new housing in the Austin MLA area in 2014, and numbers are expected to exceed that this year.

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New office building moves ahead on Parmer Lane
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Written By: WCREALTORS

A developer of proposed Parmer Ranch Trails, a mixed-use project coming southeast of the intersection of Parmer Lane and Ranch Trails Court in Cedar Park, is accelerating plans for the project’s office portion.

The development was originally slated to include 2-story shops and restaurants in its first phase, with offices added in the project’s second phase, said Phil Brewer, the city’s economic development director, on Dec. 17. However, one of the project’s development partners, Riverside Resources, found a tenant who wants to relocate earlier into one of the proposed office buildings, he said.

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Developer hopes new downtown office, restaurant complement each other
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Written By: WCREALTORS

A new office building and restaurant in downtown Round Rock will bring together the area’s history with new modern designs, local developer Nelson Nagle said.

Four Eleven will be 29,000-square-foot office building located on South Harris Street. Urban Eat. Drink. will be a new American fusion restaurant at 110 S. Harris St., in the former location of Round Rock Cafe and just in front of the new office building. Both projects are under construction.

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Council rezones for retail at Ronald Reagan Blvd., SH 29
Friday, December 18, 2015
Written By: WCREALTORS

On Dec. 17, Leander City Council approved a concept plan and rezoning for a proposed retail center, located southeast of the intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and SH 29.

The project, called Bar W Ranch, could bring big-box retailers, restaurants, a car wash and a gas station to the 50 undeveloped acres at the intersection. Council’s vote requires the developer, RR 29 Retail, to file a final development application with the city by April 30, 2017.

No businesses have been announced for the project and no site plans have been drawn, said Milo Burdette, vice president of Barshop & Oles, a development partner for the project.

“We didn’t want to buy [the property] until we knew we could get it zoned,” Burdette said.

Attorney David Armbrust, speaking for the developers, said the project would be top-tier.

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RRISD names newest elementary school after local historic figure
Friday, December 18, 2015
Written By: WCREALTORS

Round Rock ISD’s newest elementary school will be named in honor of former principal, coach, teacher and bus driver Joe Lee Johnson, who worked for RRISD from 1950-1986, according to the district.

RRISD board of trustees approved the name 6-0, Dec. 17. Trustee Diane Cox was absent.

The board also approved the attendance zone for the new school, which will include a small portion of Bluebonnet Elementary School students who live south of SH 45 N as well as half of the students currently attending Wells Branch Elementary, who live north of Merrilltown Drive. The switch will bring capacity at Wells Branch from more than 100 percent down to 65 percent.

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