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Tuesday, May 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Business in Bastrop Midst COVID-19

Contributed by Deena Thomas

(BASTROP) Just about a month ago, chamber of commerce executive directors representing Bastrop, Elgin, and Smithville, Texas (BEST Collaboration) discussed business resiliency and recovery on the Chamber Chatter Podcast, hosted by April Daniel, Smithville Chamber Executive Director.

There, executive directors Becki Womble, Bastrop; Gena Carter, Elgin; and Daniels, Smithville along with Adena Lewis of Downtown Bastrop organization talked about their long-time partnership as chambers in Bastrop County working together for the benefit of their business community. During this time of suppressed economy due to temporary business closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they talked about their providing informational resources to their membership regarding securing Small Business Loans and safe and healthy business practices.  

“This is a time when businesses will have to set new goals for the new normal,” Womble said. “It&r ...

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

A Message from The Chamber of Commerce on COVID

While this is the Bastrop Chamber President speaking about reopening Texas in the face of COVID, it's a great article for all of us during this unusual time. It's a reminder to be patient, to be kind, and most of all to be diligent in our safety practices, for all our sakes. As our great state reopens for business, stay safe out there. - Jenny Carroll | Stanberry Realtors

Opening Texas for Business
For 6 weeks, I have been saying we needed something to look forward to in the way of a date for reopening so we could get the economy going again. In our previous disasters you could see the physical damages, but not with COVID-19. With fires, we got updates on the percentage of containment or you knew how long it would take flood water to recede in order to start the   mucking out and rebuilding process. We finally got our something to look forward to on Monday, April 27 when Governor Gregg Abbott announced his phased approach to Reopening Texas for   Business. Phase ...

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Monday, May 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Real Estate in Central Texas Remains Strong

Contributed by John Rosshirt
Stanberry co-Owner & Associate Broker

One thing I have learned in 30 plus years as a real estate professional is that if real estate news is reported in the newspaper, it is already old news. Now I read online that listings in our area have dipped. Every single week I track very closely, on behalf of all our agents, the immediate data from our MLS (Multiple Listing Service). I watch the Pending sales (homes that have gone under contract) in particular as that is the most immediate reading of the market. Solds (sales that have officially closed and funded) are reported sometimes a month or more after the pending is recorded. Yes, unsurprisingly, there was a ‘dip’ in pendings, a 50%  ‘dip’ from the previous spring weeks.
The highest peak of Pending listings on our MLS was March 10th. Declines in this important number happened for three straight weeks. And then, for the next three weeks, approximately the end of March to ...

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Friday, April 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Stanberry's Virtual Home Buying Program

We all find ourselves in uncharted territory as we navigate our new normal of social distancing due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Many of us are working from home in makeshift offices and spare bedrooms wearing additional hats we never thought we'd don. Meetings are held with children and pets in the periphery and getting anything done in this new world has a fuzzy focus. Life feels like this, right? 



Many aspects of our lives have shut down to prevent further spread making business as usual a memory. In many cases, this will be a good thing. The option of working from home will be a more available option moving forward resulting in less traffic on our roads. As a longtime Austinite, I can get used to that idea quite easily. It also means that certain aspects of business will be more streamlined and available in a virtual format.

With that in mind, Stanberry Realtors has created our Virtual Home Buying Program. We've designed this new way of searching for hous ...

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Thursday, April 9, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Stanberry Realtors® Bastrop Share Their Distancing Experiences

Compiled by Deena Thomas, Stanberry Realtors® Bastrop

(BASTROP) Springtime at Stanberry Bastrop typically means our realtors, office staff, industry colleagues and friends gather together for fun and support of a good cause at a Paint and Sip and a Bowling tournament to raise funds for Relay for Life of Southern Bastrop County.

This year’s Paint and Sip, scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 and co-sponsored by Austin Title Company of Bastrop, along with the April 3rd bowling tournament had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring everyone to help flatten the curve of the disease by practicing social distancing and stay-at-home routines.

Our agents are staying connected as an office and apprised of recent real estate developments through their weekly, Thursday Zoom meetings and with their clients, now offering Virtual Home Buying and Selling Programs. Governor Greg Abbott has deemed real estate an essential service, like grocery stores and pharmacies, so ag ...

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