All Blog Entries by Longhorn Realty LLC

Hello, I'm Don Honeycutt and thank you for reading my Longhorn Realty real estate blog. I enjoy blogging about Greater North Austin residential real estate, Central Texas land & ranches and helpful real estate information that I feel may be beneficial to folks who visit my site.

I currently reside in Leander with my two beautiful daughters and I have lived in Williamson County since 1978. My start in real estate began as an investor in the 1990's. I became a licensed agent in 2005 and became a broker in 2010 which is when I founded Longhorn Realty, LLC. I'm passionate about the Texas Hill Country and don't miss many opportunities to go show land or ranches to clients. With my background in residential sales and construction I offer a lot of additional insight when purchasing a home as well.

I hope you enjoy my site and blog post and please keep me in mind when you are thinking of buying or selling real estate in Central Texas.

There are currently 66 blog entries published by Longhorn Realty LLC.

 Tucked away in the Shady Grove area of Burnet County is a new ranch development called The Estate at 7 Creeks Ranch. This unique hill country development consists of 50 tracts ranging from 5 to 289 acres.  7 Creeks Ranch was once the 2242 acre Krebb Ranch, a recreational/cattle ranch that had been in the same family for over 50 years. 7 Creeks Ranch is conveniently located about 9 miles northwest of Bertram and 6 miles northeast of Burnet.

Upon entering The Estates at 7 Creeks  property owners are greeted by a custom stone entrance and gate. Access to all tracts are from new paved roads. Overhead power is being provided along roads so property owners have easy access to electrical. The developers are also clearing the boundary lines on all the tracts

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A cow-calf operation is an excellent way for a ranch owner to generate income and at the same time maintain their ag exemption. A cow-calf operation is an operation on a farm or ranch where you have cows and bulls that are bred together to produce calves.  Calves are often sold to be grown for the beef industry. Considered a more conservative type of cattle operation a cow-calf operation is made up mostly of smaller operations that can range from anywhere to 10 herd cows and up.

There's basically two types of cow-calf operations. A commercial operation and a purebred (seedstock) operation. A commercial operation generally involves cross-bred cows that are bred to produce calves that are mainly for the stocker market or feedlot.  Commercial operations

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As we age, our nervous systems lose motor neurons. The loss of these neurons leads to “a loss of motor units, reduced muscle mass, less strength, speed, and power. That process speeds up substantially past age 60.” So, what can you do to keep your motor neurons? According to Geoff Power from the University of Guelph, you just have to exercise regularly (even in your later years).

Professor Power, a fitting name for his line of research, began studying seniors in their 80s. Specifically, he compared a group who were world-class track and field athletes against a group who were not athletes but did live independently. Either way, the results of his study are incredible.

Tips to Beginning a Moderate to Intense Workout Regimen

  • Consult your
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Refinancing is a matter of crunching the numbers. The real question is, will it save you money? The answer lies in several factors, such as the new interest rate, the new mortgage term, the refi costs and how long you expect to own the property.

With the graduated monetary easing over the past decade, some property owners have refinanced two or more times to take advantage of interest savings. This is particularly beneficial for those utilizing the low initial rates of an adjustable mortgage loan; refinancing before the guaranteed rate ends is a good way to lock into a lower rate for a few more years. The key is to switch to a fixed-rate mortgage before interest rates begin an upward trend.

The nice thing about where rates are today is that the

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes LBJ and Austin for about six weeks in early 2017 to give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls and other shoreline property. The drawdown also will aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation such as hydrilla and Eurasian watermilfoil.

Lake LBJ

LCRA will lower Lake LBJ about 4 feet from about Jan. 2, 2017, to Feb. 13, 2017. The drawdown will take three to four days. Water released from Lake LBJ for the drawdown will be captured and held downstream in Lake Travis until it is needed by customers.

To refill Lake LBJ, water will be moved downstream from Lake Buchanan beginning about Feb. 10, 2017. The water to refill Lake LBJ is equivalent

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Oil and gas are the most common minerals that bring value to property in Texas. However, the definition of a mineral is broader than oil and gas and can include uranium, sulfur, lignite, coal, and any other substance that is ordinarily and naturally considered a mineral.

A mineral interest is part of the ownership rights related to owning real property. The owner of a mineral interest owns all or part of the mineral estate. The owner of the mineral estate typically holds the right to search for, develop and produce minerals from the property. A mineral interest can be severed from the surface rights and can be sold or leased separately from the surface once it is severed from the surface. Usually, the owner of the mineral estate holds the right to

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Georgetown, Texas tops the list, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The estimates, which track growth from July 2014 to July 2015, show the most rapid growth was concentrated in Central Texas, the greater Houston area and near Dallas

Located just north of Austin, Georgetown ranked as the nation's fastest-growing city with a population larger than 50,000. Its population grew by 7.8 percent, from 59,105 in 2014 to 63,716 in 2015. Georgetown’s population was 47,400 in the 2010 decennial census. According to the current estimate, Georgetown added 16,316 residents with a growth rate of 34 percent from 2010 to 2015.

Georgetown is part of the Austin-Round Rock metro area, which crossed the 2 million population threshold

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When buyers pull up in front of your home they have already sized your place up before the car door has shut. Curb appeal presenting a positive first impression is of the utmost importance when selling your home. A mowed lawn, trimmed hedges and trees,  fresh mulch and colorful flowers go a long way, at a minimal expense. Nothing is worse than walking up to a front door with cobwebs, mud dauber nests, burned out lighting and broken doorbells.  So don't forget about the front entry way. Making sure everything works, setting out fresh potted plants, adding a new door mat and touching up the paint and caulk make a huge difference.


Let’s face it, kitchens sells homes. A dated, worn out kitchen is definitely going to be reflected in lower

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Texas groundwater law is derived from the English common law rule of "absolute ownership." This law and its interpretation essentially provide that groundwater, once it has been captured by a well and delivered to the surface, belongs to the landowner. As such, landowners may use or sell all the water they can capture from below their land. Groundwater is governed by the "rule of capture", which grants landowners the right to capture the water beneath their property. This rule allows landowners to pump as much water as they chose, without liability to surrounding landowners who might claim that the pumping has depleted their wells.

What is Groundwater?

Water found below the earth's surface in the crevices of soil and rocks is called percolating

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Since pool time is now upon us, today is not too late to improve your waistline as well as your health. Listed below is a top ten healthy food list created by Texas A&M that has benefits you don't want to miss.

Almonds—antioxidants in almonds can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Almonds can be a hassle-free snack to take to school or work. Drop some into a snack bag and leave them in plain view. Instead of going to the vending machine, nibble on your almonds instead.

Apples—apples are a great source of fiber, may help slow aging, and can lower your risk of stroke. In order to incorporate apples into your diet, try pre-slicing them. Sprinkling apples with a bit of lemon juice will keep them from browning. From there, you can make small

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