March 5, 2019

March Recipe of the Month

Food Network's Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

Spring is around the corner, and this easy to make, 30 minute meal is sure to tempt your tastebuds!  

Drop a comment below and let us know what you think of this month's recipe!

Food Network's Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

Posted in Recipes
March 4, 2019

Spring Cleaning


Spring cleaning was more prevalent when central heat wasn't as common as it is today.  As the weather began to warm, most people would open their windows and air out the house to rid it of fireplace smoke.  Today, the warm weather still encourages many of us to declutter and clean our homes.  Of course, if you live in Texas...the weather may wreck havoc on some of those spring cleaning projects, because as we all know...the weather will change in 5 minutes.

The spring is also when the housing market becomes more active.  Utilizing the beginning of the warmer weather is a great time to declutter, organize and clean your home to prepare it for listing.

Give us a call for tips on preparing your home or check out the online article below for Spring Cleaning Tips!

Article by: Smith, Lauren & Picard, Caroline (2019, February 20) 33 Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home. Retrieved from

Posted in Newsletter
Feb. 11, 2019

February Recipe of the Month


Spoil your Valentine with this decadent, flourless chocolate cake courtesy of



Cooking spray, for pan
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, cut into large chunks
1 tsp. instant espresso powder
1/4 c. hot water
1 c. sugar
large eggs
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably dutch process)
1/2 c. heavy cream
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
Raspberries, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray the inside of an 8” springform pan with cooking spray. Place a small saucepan filled halfway with water over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Place bittersweet chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over the simmering pot. Stir until chocolate and butter are completely melted. Turn off heat and remove bowl from saucepan. 
  2. Dissolve espresso powder in hot water. Add sugar and espresso to melted chocolate and whisk until completely combined then add eggs and whisk to combine. Stir in cocoa powder.  
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until just set in the middle and a thin crust forms, about 35 minutes.  
  4. Let cake cool for 15 minutes then remove sides of springform pan. Let cake cool completely. 
  5. Meanwhile make ganache: Place heavy cream in a small saucepan and bring to simmer. Place chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl then pour hot cream over chocolate chips. Let sit 30 seconds then whisk to combine. 
  6. Pour ganache over cake and smooth with an offset spatula. Place in refrigerator until set, 10 minutes. 
  7. Serve with raspberries. 
Posted in Recipes
Feb. 5, 2019

10 Home Staging Tips

Home improvement shows and house flippers have done a fantastic job demonstrating the advantages of staging a home, but most of us don't have the same resources to completely transform our homes into what we see on TV.  According to, "Home staging is a method of decorating meant to highlight your home's most impressive assets and help buyers imagine themselves moving in and living there." To read's article, 10 of the Best Home Staging Tips, click here.

If you are in need of staging advise, please contact one of our agents.

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Posted in Selling
Jan. 9, 2019

Recipe of the Month

Taco Soup is January's recipe of the month!

This Weight Watchers friendly recipe from is guaranteed to warm you up on a "cold" Texas night!


Posted in Recipes
Jan. 6, 2019

Homestead Exemptions


If you bought a home in 2018 that serves as your primary residence, now is the time to complete your Homestead Exemption paperwork.  This process can be done online, so you do not need to pay an outside company to handle it for you.

You only have to file it once, as the exemption will remain with you as long as you live on the property.  

The window to submit this exemption is January 1st to April 30th.

Click the link below for the Online exemption form in your county.



Bell: (go to the Forms tab, as this one is not available online and must be printed/submitted by mail.

As always, SVRE is just a short call away.  Give us a buzz if you have any questions.

(512) 277-SVRE



Posted in Buying