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You may have just been looking for fun things to do in Round Rock or Austin because you’re new in town, or you may have actually been looking for real estate updates. Regardless, we’re glad you have come to our blog and hope that these help you along the way as a buyer, a seller, a realtor professional, or just someone looking for some fun in the city!

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Community News: Round Rock ISD

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Round Rock Independent School District (ISD) is making headlines in Texas and around the country. This amazing district gained some national recognition, a new board of trustees and some big achievements recently! Students are also taking charge in their communities and being incredible ambassadors of Round Rock ISD.

A New Board for a New Year

Round Rock ISD brings a new board of trustees in for the new year! At its final meeting of 2018, Charles Chadwell was elected as the board’s new president with Nikki Gonzales as the VP. Steven Math was appointed board secretary as well as sworn into the board with, Amber Feller, Cory Vessa and Amy Weir. Read more about the officers elected.

Round Rock ISD Gains Recognition from College Board

In December of last year, Round Rock ISD was honored by College Board with a place on the Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. This is the College Board’s 9th annual list and RRISD has made it for the second consecutive year! Only 373 school districts in the US and Canada earned a spot on this list that helps recognize growth and effort in the AP program. To become a part of those honored with this title, RRISD had to not only improve and maintain the percentage of students earning an AP exam score of 3% or higher, but they also had to increase the number of students participating in the program since 2016. Read more about the recognition.

Westwood High School’s Speech and Debate Team Win Big

The Westwood High School Speech and Debate team brought home gold after receiving first place and being awarded champion at a recent Speech and Debate tournament held at the University of Texas at Austin. The team is top ranking in Texas and the 10th best in the US. Read more about these amazing students.

Round Rock Students Are Determined to Rid Schools of E-Cigs

Students in Round Rock Independent School District are taking charge of the e-cig “epidemic” that many school districts and parents are trying to stop and prevent. The students say that kids at the middle school age are now being exposed to these electronic pens and they are rampant in classrooms. The student advisory board of Round Rock ISD are determined to get rid of e-cigs in their schools. In an interview with KXAN, a junior at Round Rock High School, Blake Herrera, said, “They think it’s cool, their friends think it’s cool, peer pressure. And it just kind of becomes an epidemic.”  Read more about it.

Students Take on the Responsibility of Managing A Restaurant

Fourth graders at Fern Bluff Elementary in Round Rock ISD convert their classrooms into restaurants and the students organize the whole event. The students not only create the menus but also their work schedules, alternating between being a waiter and then being the one doing the reading. This “Reading Restaurant” allows the older students to help younger students with their reading and writing skills. When interviewed by CBS, 4th grader Josephine Nordhausen, said “I remember as a younger student I really enjoyed reading restaurant, so now I am glad that I can return the favor and it’s just really fun for the younger students.” Read the full story.

Central Texas Student Aces All Three College Entrance Exams

A student from Round Rock ISD’s own Westwood High School may be the only Central Texas student to ace all three college entrance exams, the ACT, SAT and PSAT! Pooja Enagala is now adding this accomplishment to her long list of others but is brushing it off as nothing too big.  According to the statesman, “Pooja waves off the achievement as ‘not a big deal’ chiding her mother for notifying the media.” She said the success was due to her school and teachers that prepared her. A third-degree black belt in taekwondo, co-president of Westwood’s choir, secretary of the National Honor Society and in the top 4% of her senior class, she has automatic admission to any Texas public university, but has yet to decided where she will be in the fall.   Enagala also has achieved the highest scores on the six Advanced Placement exams she took, making her a National AP Scholar and giving her college credit! We love to see our community’s children accomplish such great things! Read more about Pooja Enagala.

It looks like Round Rock ISD is in for an exciting second half of the school year! We love being a part of the Round Rock community and can’t wait to see what other great things come from the students and their educators in 2019.

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Planning Ahead With The RJF Team

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How many unfortunate stories about student loan debt have you heard recently? The numbers can be scary. Promising young students all over the country are graduating with upwards of $100,000 in student loan debt, and sometimes even more. It’s not likely to change—college tuition rates are only on the rise. In fact, they’re growing at a startling rate of 5% per year. Those are big numbers. What can your family do to help your children face the mounting cost of college?

The Robert J. Fisher team has answers. Let’s break down the problem.

The Cost Of College

At a 4-year public university, right now in-state tuition is about $15,000 a year. Private universities cost more, out-of-state tuition costs more, and that’s for a basic undergraduate degree. If your child wants any type of graduate degree, that will also cost more. What if your child takes the now-average 5 years to graduate? At the bare minimum, that puts the average cost of college right now at $75,000. With costs rising at 5% per year, in 15 years that number will become $155,919.

That’s a really big number. But, if you’re starting to wonder: each year of formal schooling after high school adds 5%-15% to annual earnings, so those high-dollar degrees are definitely worth it.

You Have Choices

While one could try to pay those crazy college costs out of pocket, even for a well-established parent, that’s a stretch. For a student, working without a degree, those numbers are virtually impossible to reach with lower-income jobs. Statistically, students that work while in school take longer to graduate and are more likely to drop out. Student loans alleviate this issue, but merely postpone the financial struggle until after graduation, when they are faced with looming student loan debt.

$100,000+ is an astronomical amount of debt for any young professional to enter the workforce with, and no parent wants that burden for their child. The question remains—how can you help?

Consider An Investment Property

An often overlooked potential solution for any parent looking to offset the costs of college is to consider the acquisition of an investment property. The equity created by such a property, over time, could even be enough to pay for a child’s college education. This process can be involved, so make sure to reach out to us to learn what to look for in an investment property, how to best capitalize on this concept, or even take a class on it. If you have more questions about how this program works, contact us today, or check out this flyer that covers the basics.

Ready for a plan that will give you control and follow your risk and time tolerance? The RJF team has a system that can help you get 80% of your child’s college paid for through real estate. Ready to learn more about our unique strategy? Contact the Robert J. Fischer Team today, or sign up for our 90-minute class on Jan 31st, “How To Have Someone Else Pay For 80% Of Your Kid’s College Through Real Estate.”

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Coming Soon: 106 Red Oak Court, Georgetown, TX 78628

106 Red Oak Court, Georgetown, TX 78628

River Ridge Home for Sale!

Estimated List Price: $300K
3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 2 Story | 2,646 SF

We will soon be listing this gem in Georgetown with bright open spaces, spacious bedrooms, lots of storage and located on a quiet cul-de-sac street! Entertain in the Formal dining room or the spacious living room that opens to the kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and painted kitchen cabinets with updated hardware.  Interior highlights include custom paint, wood & tile flooring, and recent carpet (Nov. 2018). When the day is done, relax in the large master suite with garden tub and separate shower. Upstairs is a gameroom, perfect for family fun time.  Enjoy the outdoors with a large deck in back and roomy yard. Contact us today to see this home before it goes on the market!

 

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Coming Soon: 20307 McShepherd Road, Georgetown, TX 78626

20307 McShepherd Road, Georgetown, TX 78626

McShepherd Ranches River Oak Home for Sale!

Estimated List Price: $395,000
2 Bedrooms | 1 Bath | 1,568 SF | 3.9 Acres

The RJF Team will soon be listing this fantastic property for someone looking for land and a home at a great price! Currently a rental property with a tenant through mid-year 2019, this is a dream come true for the landlord, horse lover, horse boarder, or a 4-acre ranch lover.  Property includes a barn with horse stalls, elevated stalls on the south side, and power. Property is designed for running horses and grazing in different pastures. Quaint home on the property includes a formal dining off of country kitchen with white appliances and a new stove. Relax by the stand-alone wood burning fireplace in the living room with elegant tile floors, or the expansive Master bedroom with crown molding. Outside, you’ll find peaceful surroundings on the covered patio and extra storage in the outdoor shed.  Contact us today to schedule an early showing before this property goes on the market!

 

Life at 20307 McShepherd Road, Georgetown, TX 78626

McShepherd Ranches River Oak is an established neighborhood of acreage lots in Georgetown just off Highway 100, east of Toll Road 130 and south of Highway 29. Living at 20307 McShepherd Road affords country living while still having fairly quick access to Toll Road 130, which means an easier route to Round Rock, Georgetown, Austin and beyond. The neighborhood is great for outdoor enthusiasts, being so close to San Gabriel River, Granger Lake and several Georgetown Parks including the Berry Springs Park and Reserve.  Enjoying perks of a city are only a short drive away with various shopping, dining and entertainment options in nearby Georgetown.  Students attend fantastic Georgetown ISD schools and Southwestern University is just a short drive away.

 

 

If you’d like to see 20307 McShepherd Road, Georgetown, TX 78626 before anyone else, call us at 512.537.4977 or submit the form below.

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Coming Soon: 1960 Creek Crest Way, Round Rock, TX 78664

 

1960 Creek Crest Way, Round Rock, TX 78664

Ashton Oaks House for Sale!

Estimated List Price: $295,000
4 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 2 Story

This elegant 2 story home in Ashton Oaks will be listing soon – don’t miss it! At 2,671 square feet, it’s a fantastic 4 bedroom family home with updated style and great living accommodations. Enjoy beautiful wood flooring in the formal dining room and the spacious family room. Open kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances and updated backsplash tile. The home is well taken care of with fresh paint, new carpet (Nov. 2018), updated lighting, and updated faucets throughout. Outdoors, you will find massive shade trees and a large backyard, perfect for enjoying mother nature. Contact us today to see this fantastic home before it goes on the market!

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