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  • The Most Instagrammable Places in Austin - Aesthetically, Austin has it all: iconic street art, unique architecture, and an eye-catching skyline.  So you can’t be blamed for the irresistible urge to emblazon your Instagram with all of the images that illustrate the glory of living in Austin. If you want to embrace that practice to the fullest and really go to town, here’s […]
  • 10 Simple Upgrades that Can Transform an Outdated Home - Homesellers can spend a ton of money getting a home ready to go on the market, but they don’t necessarily have to. Here are 10 easy ways sellers can update a home’s look without spending much cash. 1. Declutter (and clean!)  Most people have too much stuff. Your clients are moving anyway, so it’s never […]
  • Need Gifts? - The holidays are quickly approaching and two staple Austin events are here to help in the holiday gift purchasing department. Things may look a little different this year, so be sure to check out their respective websites for instructions on how to attend. Blue Genie Art Bazaar November 13, 2020 – December 24, 2020Blue Genie […]
  • VA Home Loans - Today, on Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our country and thank them for their continued dedication to our nation. In the United States, there are many valuable benefits available to Veterans, including VA home loans. For over 75 years, VA home loans have provided millions of Veterans and their families the opportunity to purchase […]
  • Buy v. Rent? - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median rent continues to rise. With today’s low mortgage rates, there’s great opportunity for current renters to make a move into homeownership that stretches each dollar a little bit further. While the best timeline to buy a home is different for everyone, the question remains: Should I continue renting or is it time for me […]
  • The Color Psychology Behind a Relaxing and Soothing Home - Color is one of the most relative means of expression, as the famed color theorist Josef Albers once said. It’s also one of the most evocative. From the Red Room in the Black Lodge to the pastel pink pastry boxes of Mendl’s Bakery, color conjures up strong psychological associations. Should we feel apprehensive—as is the case with David Lynch’s […]
  • Should You Wait To List Your House? - Many industries have been devastated by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus. Real estate is not one of them. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist for First American, just reported: “Since hitting a low point during the initial stages of the pandemic, the only major industry to display immunity to the economic impacts of the coronavirus is the housing market. Housing […]
  • The Impact of Home Equity - Equity continues to rise, helping American homeowners secure a much more stable financial future. According to the most recent data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner gained $9,800 in equity over the past year. In addition, experts project 2020 home prices to continue rising. With prices going up, equity gains will also keep accelerating. Black Knight just reported: “The annual percent […]
  • Increase Your Net Worth Today! - One of the best ways to build your family’s financial future is through homeownership. Recent data from the Federal Reserve indicates the net worth of a homeowner is actually over 40 times greater than that of a renter. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about buying a home, especially when they are so affordable in […]
  • Do You Need a REALTOR? - There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times, like what we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert you trust to help guide you through the process. If you are considering selling on your own, known as For Sale By Owner […]
  • Pumpkins, Pumpkins & More Pumpkins! - Fall time brings cooler temperatures and pumpkins on display all over town, beautifying homes, porches, and storefronts in shades of orange and gold. Before you pick out the perfect pumpkin to turn into a Halloween jack-o-lantern or delicious pie, head to one of the many different Austin pumpkin patches offered around town for a fun […]
  • Two-Story | One-Story? - Once the kids have left the nest, you may be wondering what to do with all of the extra space in your home. Chances are, you don’t need four bedrooms anymore, and it may be a great time to sell your house and downsize, maybe even into a single-story home. You’ve likely gained significant equity […]
  • How Clean is your Washing Machine? - Just because you fill your machine with laundry detergent doesn’t mean you don’t need to clean the washing machine itself. It sounds counterintuitive, but while your machine is ridding your clothes of dirt, it doesn’t always rid itself of that same dirt or a buildup of detergent residue. Plus, the new HE machines are especially […]
  • How Important Is Getting Pre-Approved? - We have previously posted that pre-approval is a great first step in the homebuying process. But why is it so important? When you are looking for a home, the temptation to fall in love with a house that is outside your budget is very real. So, before you start shopping around, we recommend you know […]
  • Shower Curtain or Shower Door? - So you don’t have the space for a separate shower enclosure and bath and have decided on a combined shower-bath. But should you go with a shower curtain, or choose a glass shower door or panels to enclose it? To help you make that decision, here are five benefits of each: Shower Curtains They soften […]
  • Have You Ever Seen a Market Recovery Like This? - The year 2020 will certainly be one to remember, with new realities and norms that changed the way we live. This year’s real estate market is certainly no exception to that shift, with historic highlights continuing to break records and challenge what many though possible in the housing market. Here’s a look at four key […]
  • How to Work from Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak - In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, a significant number of people have been asked to work remotely resulting in a surge of people working from home for the first time. Many people work remotely every day and quite frankly it can definitely be a challenge. Here are a few tips to make […]
  • Why Are So Many People Moving this Year? - Americans are definitely moving and for a variety of different reasons. The current pandemic has re-shaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending extra time where we currently live is enabling many families to re-evaluate what home ownership means and what they find most important in a home. Here are some of the top reasons people […]
  • Sellers Are Returning to the Housing Market - In today’s housing market, it can be a challenge for buyers to find homes to purchase, as the number of houses for sale is far below the current demand. Now, however, we’re seeing sellers slowly starting to come back into the market, a bright spark for potential buyers.Even with the number of homes coming into […]
  • Homeownership Rates Continue to Rise in 2020 - So far, it’s been quite a ride this year, and our nation has truly seen its fair share of hurdles. From COVID-19 to record unemployment and then the resulting recession, just to name a few, the second quarter of 2020 has had more than a few challenges. Amidst the many roadblocks, however, the U.S. homeownership […]
  • Austin’s Floating Cinema! - Looking for something to do in Austin while maintaining social distance – how about going to the movies while floating on the water?  Austin’s idea of a drive up movie theater. Floating Cinema is coming to Austin for one week starting September 23rd.  This unique cinema is made up of 12 to 24 mini-boats that […]
  • Austin-Round Rock home sales dip in June, increase in the first half of 2018 - Single-family home sales in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) experienced strong and steady growth in the first half of this year but declined in June 2018, according to the June & Midyear 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. In the first half of the year, […]
  • Austin leads Texas in percentage of million-dollar homes -   The Austin area has a higher percentage of million-dollar homes than any other major Texas city. Ranking 11th in the country, 2.16 percent of homes in the Austin metro are priced at $1 million or more, according to a new report by LendingTree. That was higher than Houston (1.52 percent, No. 14 in the nation), […]
  • Home Prices Hit All Time High in Austin as Inventory Declines - Decreasing housing inventory paired with strong demand continues to drive Austin’s growing affordability crunch, according to the May 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report from the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR). In the city of Austin, the availability of housing compared with demand — as measured through inventory — continues to be historically low while median home […]
  • Home sales, prices continue to climb throughout Austin - The Austin-area housing market’s declining inventory and robust sales trends are creating an increasingly competitive housing market across all price classes, according to the latest Central Texas Housing Market Report from the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR). “In the Austin-Round Rock MSA, price classes across the board are seeing an increase in demand with a decrease in […]
  • Sales and Demand Continue To Increase Across Austin in March - March was another historic month in the Austin housing market as 2,714 homes were sold during the month which marked the most ever recorded!  The Austin housing market continues to show increased demand, with double-digit percent increases in sales in March 2018 according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR). The Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) […]
  • Austin’s Population Boom Slows A Little, As State Continues Torrid Pace - On March 22, the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of its July 2017 yearly population estimates, and what they reveal shows that while Texas continues to be a red-hot destination for newcomers, the Austin-Round Rock area is adding fewer people than in years past. The bureau analyzed population growth beginning July 1, 2016 through July 1, […]
  • Home Sales and Prices Jump Across Central Texas - The February 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report showed that while home sales volume across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) grew in February, areas with the highest market demand and lowest inventory experienced double-digit percent price increases and annual declines in sales activity. In the Austin-Round Rock MSA, home sales increased 5.7 percent […]
  • 5 Common Reasons Why Property Taxes Go Up, No Matter Where You Live - mphillips007/iStock Homeownership is one of life’s great highlights, but ask homeowners about paying property tax and they’ll tell you it’s one of their least favorite responsibilities. But as much of a downer as they are, property taxes are vital for funding schools, libraries, police departments, fire departments, and public works like roads and parks. Savvy homeowners and prudent buyers are […]
  • Median home prices in Austin post double-digit percentage increase - The solid single-family home sales growth is constant throughout the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as is the inventory crunch.  Median home prices in the Austin area post a double digit increase over the first month of 2018. In the Austin-Round Rock MSA, the median price of single-family homes increased by 3.6 percent year-over-year […]
  • Coming Soon to Market – 6010 Cary Drive in Allandale Offered at $825,000 -   Incredible 4 bedroom, 2 bath, on a large corner, tree filled lot in Allandale.  Generous, open spaces and wonderful updates make this house irresistible. Brick exterior Large corner lot (.2567 acres) Hardwood floors Tons of windows / natural light Open floorplan Large kitchen Granite counter / island Stainless appliances / farmhouse sink Glass subway […]
  • A Look Inside Home Prices Throughout Austin – February 2018 - As Austin (and national) real-estate market rumors, theories, and proclamations about slowdowns, busts, and booms continue to swirl, you might be wondering what actual average range of asking costs in the city is right now. If you’re looking to buy or sell, you might also be curious about how the price of Austin housing shakes […]
  • Central Texas’s housing market closes 2017 with record-breaking sales - Compared to the previous few years there has been a normalization in the market and a large increase of new homes available throughout Austin, the price of homes increased by 5.4 percent to $299,900 in 2017. Home sales increased annually by 2.4 percent to 30,059 sales, an all-time high for the area. City of Austin […]
  • Top Restaurants To Try in 2018 in the Austin Area - Did you make a resolution to try to new foods and restaurants in 2018?  Here is a list of defining eateries that will help make your dining decision a little easier.  These restaurants are in order from North to South Austin, so take a look and see if something new catches your eye. Apis Restaurant […]
  • 8 of the Biggest Kitchen Design Trends for 2018 - This year, designers are leaning into streamlined simplicity. Looking for a fresh start for the new year? Consider upgrading your kitchen. Those Shaker-style cabinets should be the first thing to go, and you’ll probably want to give the dramatic paint trend a try. Here are some trends professional designers say we’ll be seeing a lot […]
  • How to Protect Your Home from Freezing Temperatures - Winter weather can be rough on a house. Take these steps to protect your home from freezing temperatures, and all the problems that go with it.  Shut Off the Water to Outside Spigots  Spigot. Ronnakorn Boonyarit / EyeEm/Getty Images To keep outdoor plumbing fixtures from freezing, disconnect and store any garden hoses. Then, shut off […]
  • Five Things to Know If You Want to Prepay Your Property Taxes - Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Internal Revenue Service’s Wednesday guidance upended many taxpayers’ plans of paying their 2018 property taxes early to claim a federal deduction before the new tax law takes effect in January. If you’re thinking of prepaying—or if you have already prepaid—here are a few things to keep in mind: 1. Check your tax-assessment dates […]
  • How Much Does It Cost to Sell a House? Here’s a Reality Check - Devonyu/iStock Show me the money! Admit it, that’s what you’re thinking when you consider selling your house. In fact, chances are good you’ve mentally spent much of the proceeds already—on a new house you’re buying, and maybe even a nice vacation this summer. Slow down there—while selling a home can indeed bring in some sweet profits, not every […]
  • Home sales continue to decline in city of Austin, increase regionally - Single-family home sales in the city of Austin declined 3.3 percent to 653 home sales in November. During the same time frame, single-family home sales in the Austin-Round Rock MSA increased 3.7 percent year-over-year to 2,196 home sales. At the county level, single-family home sales volume jumped 10.2 percent in Williamson County to 778 home […]
  • Just To Market – 4910 Lynnwood Street, Unit A Offered at $475,000 - Here is a rare opportunity to own a charming 3 bedroom, 1 bath condo has the look, feel and interior qualities of a HOME in Rosedale.  Conveniently located within walking distance of shops and restaurants, this condo is definitely intriguing and sure to make you smile. Fenced front yard Hardwood floors 2” mini-blinds throughout Canned lighting Open […]
  • Austin Best Events Happening in November - With Fall weather hopefully in the air soon… Now is the time to get out and enjoy all the wonderful activities Austin has to offer from the infamous Trail of Lights to the Thanksgiving tradition of the Turkey trot!  There is no shortage of great events happening throughout town for everyone to enjoy.  Check out […]
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