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Live in a Custom Home on Beautiful Lake Travis

Sterling Custom Homes has built a beautiful home on the cliffs of overlooking Lake Travis, perfect for the homeowner that wants to blend perfectly indoor living with outdoor living.

This beautiful
Austin custom home in The Reserve at Lake Travis is 6,327 square feet with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two and a half bathrooms; a perfect size for your family to relax or entertain multiple guests.

A fantastic feature of this home is the dual pocketing Fleetwood sliding glass doors on the game room, which completely opens that wing of the home to the pool and outdoor living areas. Additionally, the home features a five-car garage, a master suite with outdoor shower, an exercise room with meditation court, a game and media room combination, a private guest suite, and fantastic gourmet kitchen.

Outdoor living is at its finest in this home, with a vanishing edge pool with beach and spa, 2-story walls of glass, covered firepit area and large outdoor covered living space.

This home is priced at $2,998,780. For more information on this home or your own custom home from
Sterling Custom homes, visit the website.

Homeowner’s Insurance and Outdoor Fun

homeowners insuranceYou’ve just bought a new (or maybe new-to-you) home, and you’re extra excited because it’s on the lake. When it comes time to shop for your homeowner’s insurance, don’t forget to mention the jet ski and boat. They may require special coverage. According to insurance expert Linda Rey, a regular contributor to the

Equifax Personal Finance Blog,  a second look at your policy could make a big difference in case of accidents involving any of your outdoor toys.

That means if you move to a community where people scoot around in golf carts, if you now have a backyard pool, if your kids are making tracks with an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or even if you have a new swing set, you may want to make a call to your agent to make sure you’re fully covered.

According to Rey’s article, “

Summer Toys: Insuring Your Pool, Trampoline, or Boat,” full coverage for these types of items extends well beyond coverage for property damage. You’ll want liability insurance to make sure medical bills and even legal bills are covered in case someone is injured on your property.

Your homeowner’s policy will usually provide some coverage, but extra liability coverage may be a good idea. You may obtain it either through extended coverage under your homeowner’s policy or under an umbrella liability policy.

Some carriers simply consider certain items too big of a risk to  cover. Rey says some insurers may not cover personal watercraft (jet skis or wave runners). Trampolines also cause great concern among insurance carriers. In some cases, if a carrier finds out you have a trampoline, they will not renew or may even cancel your policy.

Perhaps the best advice is to have an honest conversation with your insurance agent before you buy your outdoor toys. When you consider your purchase, calculate not just the initial expense, but also the ongoing cost of insurance. You can start by reading Rey’s full discussion of the topic on the

Equifax Personal Finance Blog.

Connect with Luxury Home Builder Boone Homes Online

Boone Homes is known for building beautiful and luxurious homes in maintenance-free communities across the Richmond and Roanoke areas, but did you know you can connect with them many places online?

By partnering with new home marketing agency, mRELEVANCE, LLC, Boone Homes is now available to socialize across many different sites, including:

The centerpiece of the Boone Homes social websites is the blog, which is contributed to by many members of the Boone Homes staff. Posts from sales agents, design studio representatives and division presidents give details on homes’ available features to community amenities to location information. Home buyers and Realtors are encouraged to post comments and questions on the blog asking about the home buying experience or Boone Homes’ available options and properties.

Social media is a great venue to connect with old friends, but it is also a great place to get to know your home builder. For more information on
Boone Homes, check out any of the new sites.

Now May Be the Time to Invest in Vacation Property

I’m writing this as our extended family enjoys our annual trip to the beach. It’s the same every year. “We need to win the lottery so we can buy a house and live near the ocean.” But if there were ever a year to give up the lottery hopes (we’d have to play it first, anyway) and just invest, this might be it. After all, prices are down on the islands, too.

The logistics of trying to rent it out appear overwhelming, but a recent glance at the Equifax Personal Finance Blog gave pointers. Real estate expert Ilyce Glink lists

nine things to remember as you market and rent your space. Many of her pointers focus on the marketing of the property. As we’re just beginning our week at the beach, I have a few additional ideas as well.

Our owner thought of every convenience from posting directions to the grocery store on the refrigerator to compiling a notebook with all sorts of information, from cable channels to her favorite restaurants to check out procedures.

And do you know how there are never enough places to hang wet towels and bathing suits? Our hostess placed extra hooks in every bathroom and walk-in closet. She also provided night lights, which were especially appreciated by our children.

However, one thing we’ll suggest to our young, tall, healthy friend/owner is that she remember people of different abilities and sizes. The very comfortable beds have extra thick mattresses. They’re also very high. If we’d brought Grandma with us this year, she wouldn’t have been able to climb into the bed. We’re going to recommend a step stool.

To read Glink’s full list of recommendations for vacation rental property owners and other real estate related articles, visit the

Equifax Personal Finance Blog. She’ll respond to your questions, too. Have a comment about things you wish your last vacation rental had? Leave it here.

Celebrate Summer with a Heron Bay Canongate Social Membership

Summer is upon us and the kids are out of school. What is an active, busy family to do?

With a Social Membership at Canongate at Heron Bay, your family will be entertained all year long in this
Atlanta golf community. This membership is perfect for the family that doesn’t take to golf, but still desires all of the other perks a Canongate membership offers.

A Social Membership to Canongate at Heron Bay allows your family access to all of the Canongate pools and tennis courts as well as all the social events and dining privileges. The events appeal to members of all ages. For example, a sampling of past events include luaus, pool parties and trivia nights.

This master-planned community is located in Locust Grove, Georgia with easy access to Atlanta. The resort-style community offers luxury living and amenities such as Lakefront Park on the Cole Reservoir, an aquatic and tennis center and three miles of beautiful nature trails. The community also offers events throughout the year, but the additional perk of Canongate events is just another reason
Heron Bay is a great community to call home.