Welcome to Williamson County, Texas, the home of Dell Computers, Round Rock Express, Cedar Park Stars Hockey Team, Sun City, and Round Rock Donuts. Yes, Round Rock Donuts, the favorite of many who live in (and visit) Central Texas. Just one of the many things you’ll come to learn about Williamson County as you peruse this relocation guide.
The Williamson County Association of REALTORS® (WCREALTORS) is excited to be bringing you this information about Williamson County. The Association
has been serving the local REALTOR® community for the past 46 years. The Association put down its roots in July 1973 with only 15 REALTORS® and 9 brokers. During these past 44 years, the Association has grown in numbers to over 1950 members and shows no sign of stopping given the continuing growth of the county.
Many folks wonder what service a REALTOR® Association provides to the community. In short, we help unlock the world of real estate in Williamson County. The Mission of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® is to help its members meet present and future real estate challenges in Williamson County, to enhance and promote REALTOR® members’ professionalism, to encourage member involvement in the various communities of Williamson County, and to provide quality services for its members.” The Association takes its mission seriously and works steadfastly to ensure the goals and activities of the Association are in line with this mission.
The Association set down new roots in 2009 when it built a new 8,000 square foot facility located at 123 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock. This facility doubled in size from its previous location on Sam Bass Road. The new facility provides multiple classrooms, office space, an expanded REALTOR® store, and most importantly, a rental facility space where the public can hold their events. Previously held activities are classes for SAT prep, church services, business training seminars, and several other community education and service activities. We welcome churches, businesses, and individuals to come and check out our Auditorium and full-kitchen to see if it will meet the needs of your next event.
In addition to providing training and educational advancement for our members, the Association actively promotes and defends property owner’s rights. In 2015, the real estate community all over the state of Texas was extremely active in passing Texas Proposition 1. The passing of this proposition effectively banned transfer taxes across the state of Texas; taking away a potential barrier to homeownership. Additionally, this proposition also increased the homestead exemption to $25,000. This is in addition to many other changes within property rights such as the addition of a seller’s disclosure to required real estate documents in 1993, eminent domain protections in 2005, and a $15.7 property tax deduction in 2006.
Our members are active in their local city councils, planning and zoning commissions, and want to make sure that your voice is heard within the city walls of government. Recently, the Association has increased its community efforts. You can find monthly real estate updates, tools, and tips from our members in various local news publications.
In addition to being politically involved, the Association strives to give back to the community in many ways. Over the past four years, over 56,000 pounds of food has been collected by the REALTORS® for the local food pantries in Williamson County. The Association works closely with the Williamson County Habitat for Humanity and has aided in the building process of over a dozen houses in the past 10 years.
In 2013 the Association launched the first version of the WCLife.org website. This site was initially designed to be a resource to the members of the Association by providing hundreds of links to information used in real estate transactions. The content of the website serves as a nexus of information that can quickly be disseminated to their clients. Over time, word of mouth has spread about the site’s usefulness in the home buying or selling process. WCLife.org is currently focused on living in and relocating to Williamson County. Through this website, you can explore the diverse culture of each city in Williamson County, find new home communities, meet local businesses, and obtain all the necessary information to make Williamson County your home.
The WCLife.org website spawned two separate programs to further our mission of educating members. The first is the creation of a new CE class called: Selling Real Estate in Williamson County (WCSpecialist) Certification Course offered semi-annually at the Association.
This award-winning course, launched in 2015, was written by REALTORS® who wanted our members to serve the community better. The course focuses on taxing entities, water issues, local governmental jurisdictions, new homes, septic systems, and much more. After completing this course, the attendee can call themselves a Specialist of Williamson County Real Estate. Look for a REALTOR® with this designation when entering the home buying or selling process.
This inaugural issue is the epitome of teamwork and collaboration. Welcome to the Williamson County Relocation Guide, brought to you by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®. Whether you currently live here, are moving here, or are thinking about becoming a resident of Williamson County, we invite you to check out the magazine and find out why Williamson County is not your ordinary suburb. We hope you love Williamson County as much as we do.