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THE LLOYD BARNES REAL ESTATE TEAM AND SOUTHSTAR BANK TO HOST SEMINAR FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS

February 27, 2017 Gonzales, TX – The Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team and SouthStar Bank, are pleased to announce that they are hosting a free seminar for first-time home buyers on Thursday, March 9, at SouthStar Bank 1609 N. Sarah Dewitt Drive, from 5:30-7:00pm.

With high rental rates and the housing inventory growing, first-time home buyers will want to learn all they can about getting into the market and buying their first home.

The Seminar will feature SouthStar Bank’s Senior Vice President and Loan Officer Gary Mobbs, and REALTORs® Heather Rodriguez, Caitlyn Boscamp Kistler, and Jackie Waldrip to cover topics including an overview of the home buying and mortgage process from financial preparation all the way to closing, current mortgage rates and trends, and the current state of the local real estate market. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the home buying process, as well as the many mortgage products that are available including options for no down payment and homes on acreage. Attendees will also meet industry professionals who can provide support throughout the home-buying process. The improving housing market means more homes available to choose from and competitive interest rates that are favorable for a home buyer – two great reasons to get in the game. The Seminar will be informative for first-time buyers and anyone who wants to get updated on what’s new with the buying and lending markets.

For more information about the First-Time Home Buyers Seminar or to RSVP, please contact Caitlyn Boscamp Kistler at caitlyn@lloydbarnes.com or call 830.516.4009 by March 8.

About the Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team
The Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team based out of Luling, recently opened a branch office at 607 N. St. Joseph in September, 2016, providing full service real estate brokerage services to Gonzales and surrounding areas. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00-5:00pm, and effective March 4th, will have Saturday hours from 10:00-2:00. Lloyd, Broker and his wife JaNelle, Broker/IT Director, started the company with a vision to provide agents and clients with the experience, design, and marketing needed to provide exceptional service and results in todays competitive industry. The team has created a culture that promotes collaboration and personalized service using a marketing approach that includes traditional print advertising along with the most current digital tools centered around each property’s unique features. The company provides Residential, Commercial, Farm & Ranch, and Property Management services.

About SouthStar Bank
SouthStar Bank, S.S.B. (headquartered in Moulton, TX) specializes in residential mortgage, real estate and construction lending, operating 14 full-service branches and four loan production offices across the Central Texas region. Built on a 100-year Texas heritage, the bank holds over
$700 million in assets and focuses on community involvement and personal relationships. Decisions are made locally, allowing the flexibility to apply common-sense standards to products, services and loan requests. Southern Bancshares (Houston, TX) holds majority ownership of SouthStar Bank. Learn more at southstarbank.com. Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC, NMLS # 410624. Gary E. Mobbs NMLS #586586. SouthStar Bank | 1609 N. Sarah Dewitt Drive | Gonzales, TX 78629 | 830.672.1081


Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team Opens Doors in Gonzales

Gonzales, TX, September 28, 2016– To mark the grand opening of Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team’s state-of-the-art sales office, the company hosted a public celebration on Friday, September 23rd in their new location at 607 N Saint Joseph (former Storey Jeweler’s location) with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team (www.LloydBarnes.com) is expanding its independent brokerage to Gonzales, allowing our agents to better serve Gonzales County and surrounding areas. With our full service brokerage model, our agents are granted access to a full array of marketing and technology tools, including in-house Information Technology support and top online and print marketing support.

“We’ve been blessed with a great team of agents, staff, and clients throughout our years of service in the area and it has led us to the opening of our second office. Our team has continued to innovate and expand its’ service offerings through our years of client centered customer service and strong sales history,” said Lloyd Barnes, Broker/CEO, Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team. “As we introduce our team of agents to the Gonzales area, we have no doubt that they’ll reach unmatched levels of success with the community.”

With the recent July 2016 announcement of their expansion to the Gonzales real estate market with Shelly Moore as Marketing and Compliance Manager and under the technology leadership of JaNelle Barnes, Broker/IT Director, the Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team is aggressively positioning themselves as a top producing real estate brokerage in the area. The team includes experienced REALTOR®s Caitlyn Boscamp Kistler, multimillion-dollar producer and Gonzales native; Jackie Waldrip, 16 year Central Texas Realtor®; and Heather Rodriguez, Gonzales local and Se Habla Español.

About the Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team

The Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team, headquartered in Luling, TX, has been a key player in the Central and South Texas markets since its’ founding in 2008, with over 20 years of experience for Broker/CEO Lloyd Barnes and a combined 30+ years of experience through our agents.  Lloyd and his wife JaNelle, Broker/IT Director, started the company with a vision to provide agents and clients with the experience, design, and marketing needed to provide exceptional service and results in today’s competitive industry.  The team has created a culture that spurs collaboration, technology, and social media with a unique marketing approach centered on each property listing’s features.  The company provides Residential, Commercial, Farm & Ranch, and Property Management services.


LBRET Celebrates 6 Years

6th_birthday_cupcakeWe are so much more than a full service real estate firm; we’re a team of professionals making every effort to help you find and live your perfect lifestyle.

We’re proud of what we’re doing at Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team and as we march into January, we also approach our 6th year as a strong boutique Real Estate firm in both Central and South Texas. That’s right, six years! Many of you reading this either know or have had some sort of Real Estate experience with our fearless leader, AKA Lloyd Barnes. And if not, hopefully you’ve experienced one of the awesome team members. Lloyd has had over 17 years of Real Estate experience and there was a standard he pressed when starting the team back in January of 2008: Be the Professional and act in your clients best interest. Period.

We’ve taken this to heart and have built a system that dedicates ourselves to acting in the best interest of each party and striving to raise the bar in this industry to help each client achieve their perfect lifestyle. You see, it’s so much more than finding the right amount of bedrooms in a house, the right piece of land with a certain type of soil, the right location to place your business, or start your family. It’s more; it’s a lifestyle. We get that.

Were excited about the new year as we continue to grow and deliver a presence in the Real Estate industry that’s above the norm through customer service and marketing on the next level. We’re excited to help you find your next lifestyle. Happy New Year!


Commercial or Residential Potential | Luling

Property is zoned residential or commercial. Dimensions are 90′ front x 130′ depth. Old water meter on property. City water & sewer available. This lot is located with frontage on East Austin aka HWY 80 making for a great opportunity with flexible zoning. (more details via http://goo.gl/nnmbFs)


71.13 Acres, Harwood | Possibilities Galore!

Location, Location, Location! Residential, Recreational, and Development potential in this tract. Located approximately 1 mile South of Harwood in Gonzales County allows for easy access to Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and South Texas. Located at one of only 4 IH-10 exits in Gonzales County makes this a great opportunity for development with surrounding area acreage available as well.  (See more details here )

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Settlement at Patriot Ranch

Nestled in South Central Texas, the Settlement at Patriot Ranch offers a truly unique setting of small acreage tracts available to build your family dream home or retirement retreat. An ideal area for equestrian activities with Sandy Loam soil, lots are available with a range of landscape choices from cleared to scattered Oaks; from heavily wooded to prairie views. The gated subdivision offers peace and quite away from the “hustle and bustle” with an easy commute to Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and South Texas with each lot qualifying under the Texas Agricultural Exemption.

Relax while enjoying the subdivision amenities including “Patriot Park” for catch and release fishing, swimming, and park area with picnic tables and charcoal grills and catch a glimpse of the gorgeous sunsets and wildlife from native white tail deer and turkey to various exotics including Kudos, Axis, Red Stag and more!

 


get to know…Caitlyn Boscamp

Caitlyn Boscamp Headshot 150x175A licensed REALTOR®, Caitlyn joins the team with a fresh, youthful attitude and an eagerness to learn all aspects of today’s Real Estate industry from the sales, marketing & technology to home inspections, showings & staging. A lifelong resident of Gonzales, she has always had a passion for architecture and design and is a recent graduate of The Art Institute in Austin, TX where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.

Caitlyn’s excellent communication skills, outgoing spirit, and exceptional customer service helps enhance our clients’ experience at the Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team. She is eager to bring her social and design skills to the team with an excitement that is contagious, and begin her journey into real estate. When Caitlyn is not busy with real estate you can find her working independently as a designer, designing floor plans, remodels, and providing decorating services. She believes that the architecture of a space should not only be beautiful, but functional as well, and one day hopes to not only find her clients the perfect home, but recreate it to suit their specific needs for an optimal living experience.


NEW to Luling Market: 122 Palmo St

It’s officially Spring time in Texas. The landscapes are greening up and well, life just seems happy! With Spring comes many new listings to the market.  One of our newest to hit the Central Texas market of Luling: 122 Palmo Street.

Great opportunity for a good starter home or investment property in established neighborhood located close to City golf course, swimming pool, and Zedler Mill River Park.  3 BD / 1.5 BA home features spacious, open living area with wood burning fireplace. Nice eat-in kitchen area with breakfast bar and dining area. Enjoy the morning sunrises under the covered porch overlooking countryside fields. View more details at the property detail page.


Real Estate Just Got a Facelift

LBRET-Home-page-Screen-shotThe Lloyd Barnes Real Estate Team (LBRET) is extremely excited about the recent launch of the new LloydBarnes.com. Team members, designers, and developers have been working behind the scenes for 6 months building the new site with a strong focus on the consumer, including Sellers and Buyers, positioning our “boutique style” real estate firm with one of the most comprehensive websites servicing the Central and South Texas markets.

LBRET has been a key player in the Central and South Texas markets since it’s founding in 2008, with over 17 years of experience for Broker/CEO Lloyd Barnes and a combined 30+ years of experience through our agents.  As part of the new site, consumers can search properties in over 40 Texas counties and go from searching to finding your perfect property and lifestyle through the homepage.

In addition, LloydBarnes.com hosts a detailed information view of listed properties for sale with Google mapping and street view integrated with each property so you can be sure of what to expect before viewing in person.  Visitors can also find tips on Selling, Buying, and Renting and visit the Cities tab for a brief description of the areas serviced by the team and search available properties accordingly.

“Over the years, we have continually worked to position our firm as a trusted source for area Real Estate, and the new site will continue to keep us at the top of the industry with marketing efforts including Social Media and Search Engine marketing to best serve our current and potential clients,” said Shelly Moore, director of marketing and Realtor at LBRET.


Baby, it’s COLD outside!

Like most Texans, we love our great State for far too many reasons to list but one thing that tops that list is our weather. As the Arctic air started its way into Central Texas and pushed South this past Thursday we thought, “Ok were getting our first of only a few ‘Winter’ days this Season.” You see, us Texans don’t know how to act in this type of weather. Well, most of us that is. Simply put, we’re not typically prepared for Snow and/or Sleet and were ready for our 70 degree days back. Our hats are off to any ‘Northerners’ out there reading this.

Hopefully the Weatherman will have good news for us soon. In the meantime, it’s important to protect the “Three P’s” as were always reminded of: Pets, Pipes, and Plants. But let’s not stop at just those three. There are a number of things around the house to make sure you’re prepared for the cold and here are a few items at the top of our list:

  1. Check your windows and doors – A good cleaning will allow you to properly inspect windows for any cracks or damaged caulking that will allow cold air inside. Caulk around window frames and apply weatherstrippingto eliminate air leakage. Add weatherstripping as needed around doors as well, making sure you cannot see any daylight from inside your home.
  2. Reverse your Ceiling Fan – Most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the direction the blade movement to turn clockwise instead of counter-clockwise. Remember, hot air rises, and the clockwise rotation of the blades will help push the warm air down to where people benefit from it.
  3. Tune up Your Heating System – Just as in the Summer months, it’s always a good idea to contact an HVAC professional to check and clean the furnace if necessary. Make sure to change the filter regularly to prevent the system from operating inefficiently.
  4. Clean the Chimney – Before you burn your first Winter fire, make sure your fireplace, chimney and vents are clean and in good repair (and any other heating appliances). Call a Chimney Sweep to help prevent chimney fires and prevent carbon monoxide from creeping into your home.
  5. Check Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Make sure that all detectors are working and replace the batteries if needed. It is recommended that working detectors be placed in all bedrooms and in the hallways outside of the bedrooms. Carbon Monoxide Detectors should not be placed too close to any gas appliances, furnace, or fireplace.
  6. Add insulation – Check the attic to see whether you need to add insulation.
  7. Hidden Leaks – Check under sinks and anywhere around pipes, vents, or electrical conduit run through walls, ceilings, and floors, and fill them in with an insulating foam sealant or caulk.
  8. Protect Pipes from Freezing – Insulate any exposed pipes to help minimize water freezing causing them to burst. Check your local hardware store for foam tubes that fit around pipes for insulation.
  9. Clean the Gutters – It’s always a good idea to have Gutters cleaned out before winter rains (and the ever so slight chance of snow) arrives. Gutters tend to accumulate fallen leaves and debris often causing drainage problems resulting in damage to roofing, siding and wood trim.
  10. Mulch Leaves when you mow – When dry, mowing the leaves allow small pieces to fall among the grass blades, where they will decompose and nourish your lawn over the winter.

Of course, there are many other items around this house that could be done but we want you to be able to enjoy yourself too. Happy Winter!