Happy New Year 2013 from Steve and Sylvia

December 31, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s been a wonderful year in Austin for me, Sylvia and our family. Shelly is doing well in her sophomore year at TCU. Caroline is doing well in her (also) sophomore year at Westlake High School. Our business finally picked up in 2012 to our busiest since 2008. And I, Steve lost […]

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What’s the deal with the We Buy Houses signs in Austin

December 12, 2012

Ever wonder what the “We Buy Houses” signs really mean? You see them all over Austin, usually in middle to lower priced neighborhoods, and older transitional areas with a lot of fixers. Often the signs seems homemade and haphazardly placed. The words “fast” and “cash” are on most. If you were to call this sign, […]

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Austin Xeriscaping – Someday Mandatory like El Paso?

October 30, 2012

Steve and I took a GRI class last week in pursuit of more knowledge about current real estate trends and practices. I always find these educational courses to be informative and helpful. My biggest “take away” from this class was when one of my fellow classmates, who drove over 900 miles from El Paso for […]

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Refinancing your Austin home makes a lot of sense right now

October 27, 2012

Sylvia and I just refinanced our Austin home. When we bought the home in 2010, 4.75% interest on a 30 year loan was the lowest interest rate we’d ever had on any real estate loan, ever. Yesterday we refinanced at 2.75% for 15 years. Bottom line, this will save us about $40K in interest payments […]

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Are Austin Real Estate Buyers Too Picky?

October 7, 2012

One of my favorite pastimes while driving in Austin is listening to Bloomberg News on my XM Radio. More specifically, I enjoy hearing interviews and discussions with people who explain and justify the positions they take on a wide range of (mostly) business topics. This includes small business, the economy, politics, real estate, etc., but also […]

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Austin Realtors: To Whom Are You Addressing That E-mail?

September 2, 2012

As a general rule, I don’t forward emails from other agents to my clients. Instead, I filter the communication and distill it into what my client needs to know. I rephrase, reframe, boil down and summarize. This benefits my clients by keeping them focused on the relevant information and protecting them from irrelevant, irrational and emotional dialogs that can derail […]

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Should Every Realtor Have an iPad ?

August 29, 2012

Sylvia and I have two children. We didn’t want three, only two. So after the second daughter, I visited Dr. Chopp (really his name) and that was that. Although I admire and love my friends with bigger families of 3, 4 and 5 kids, I like having just two offspring. We didn’t want a third, for […]

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If People Bought Houses The Way We Buy Cars

August 13, 2012

I’ve been buying and selling stuff lately other than real estate. Mainly with Craigslist ads. Washer/Dryer left over from a sale. A Fridge too. Bought a used car for my daughter, and we’re selling our minivan. It’s funny how the non-real estate inquiries differ so much from real estate inquiries. First up, I’m selling our […]

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Austin Real Estate Staging – Colors in Interior and Exterior Design

August 12, 2012

One thing I have noticed lately while showing and listing houses is Buyers like COLOR! No longer are the neutral tones the best advice for someone putting their house on the market. My last buyer clients went under contract on a home with colors they fell in love with. This home was painted a soft […]

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Austin Real Estate Market Breakdown by MLS Area – Midyear 2012

July 29, 2012

Below is the breakout of the Austin real estate market year to date, through June 2012 compared to the same period 2011. The format is as follows, which shows the entire market. MLS Area Year # Sold Avg Sold Med Sold Avg SQFT Avg PSF Avg Days Med Days All Areas 2012 10,855 $268,257 $207,000 […]

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