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Round Rock, Texas Among the Safest Cities to Live in the United States

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If you are looking for a safe place to live in Texas, you don't have to look any further than the city of Round Rock. Located just north of the capital city of Austin, Round Rock recently placed number four on the FBI's safest cities to live in that have 100,000 or more residents. This isn't the first time the city has received such a distinguished honor. On the FBI's overall list of the safest cities in the country, which includes cities with more than 75,000 residents, Round Rock fini...

MetroRail System Makes Commuting Easier in Austin

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If you are looking for a nice, comfortable way to get around in the Austin area, you might want to check into Capital MetroRail.  Capital MetroRail’s services just started being offered in 2008, but it has already been quite well received.  These sleek trains strive to be both stylish and comfortable, offering high-back seats as well as overhead racks and bicycle racks.  Passengers can even access the Internet while riding on the train with the available Wi-Fi connection...

Exploring Austin, Texas

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Are you looking for some great places to visit in Austin?  If so, you will find that the city is filled with wonderful buildings and sites of historical significance.  Here is a look at just a portion of what Austin has to offer.  Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum This massive museum contains many exhibits and displays that document the history of Texas.  This includes huge objects such as the original Goddess of Liberty that was on the top of the State Capitol...

Community Profile : Cedar Park, Texas

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Located only 20 minutes away from downtown Austin, Cedar Park is a community that is growing quickly.  In fact, within the past ten years, the area has quadrupled its population and currently boasts 52,000 residents.  There are many reasons for the growth of this city, with the main ones being its proximity to Austin, Texas, its location near to the Colorado River, and its unique atmosphere. Raising a Family in Cedar Park Cedar Park is a great area to raise a family.  In...

Understanding the Texas Community Property System

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If you are considering purchasing a home in Austin, it is important for you to understand the community property system and how it affects you.  By understanding this system, you can make better decisions that will ensure financial security for both you and your spouse. The Basics of the Texas Community Property System In the simplest terms, the community property system in Texas stipulates that all of the property that a married couple acquires during the marriage is equally owne...

A Look at the Austin, Texas Area

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The Greater Austin area consists of five counties and manages to create a fine balance between business services, technology, government, and education.  Of its 1.5 million residents, nearly half are between the ages of 18 and 44.  As such, the median age for Austin residents is actually four years less than the national median. Austin Education Austin offers a number of outstanding educational opportunities.  The city boasts eight colleges and universities, which provid...

Understanding Texas Property Taxes

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When you own property in Texas, you will have to pay property taxes on that property.  The tax money the State of Texas collects is used to pay for a number of public services throughout the state.  These include paying for city streets, public schools, police protection, county roads, fire protection and more. Although you may understand why you have to pay property taxes, it is still helpful to understand how these taxes are determined how they affect you.   Deter...

Making a Good First Impression When Selling Your Home

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When you decide to sell your home, you need to do everything possible to make the home as attractive as popular to potential buyers.  After all, if your home is not in good shape, you will be less likely to find a buyer.  And, if you do find someone that is interested in purchasing your home, you might have to accept a lower price than what the house is really worth.  In order to make sure you get the best price possible for your home, you should take several simple steps t...

Free things to do in Austin

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When you live or visit the Austin area, you will be amazed by the numerous things you can do in this great city that are absolutely free to enjoy.  Not only are these attractions free, they are very enjoyable and are considered by many residents to be “must-see” sites when visiting the Austin area. Texas State Capitol Whether you live in Texas or not, the Texas State Capitol complex is a site to behold.  The building is actually taller than the US Capitol and was ...

Top Five Things to Look for in Your New Home

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When looking for a new home, there are many things that you need to consider.  After all, you want to make sure the home you purchase is one that you can enjoy for years to come.  By keeping these five things in mind, you will be certain to find a great home that you can be proud of that will also make for a great investment for the future. Consider the Neighborhood Everyone knows that the first rule of real estate is location.  Although it may seem cliché, it is...