2013

Austin Realtors: Time to Pull the Plug on Zillow and Trulia

October 27, 2013

As of this writing, there are 837 homes for sale in the Austin MLS for which the “Syndication” choice is set to “no” in the MLS settings. That’s 14% of current Austin single-family homes for sale, a sizable number, spanning all price ranges. I applaud those Broker/Agents for not drinking the syndication Kool-Aid. This means, […]

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Would Edward Snowden Work For Zillow?

August 21, 2013

As you have no doubt heard, computer analysis Edward Snowden was so appalled by what he deemed to be egregious privacy violations and spying on U.S. Citizens by his employers the CIA and NSA, that he leaked classified information to the press to prove it, then fled to Russia where he remains. Would he have […]

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The State of Professionalism Among Austin Realtors is Poor

July 21, 2013

One of the things I struggle with as a real estate blogger is finding the balance between positive, upbeat stories and dreary negative truths about the real estate industry and the people in it. My sweet wife/Broker Sylvia has reprimanded me in the past for being too negative. So did my former “big name” Broker, […]

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In Which Area of Austin will Jim and Pam End Up?

June 9, 2013

Everybody loves Austin. Or so it seems. If the recent Forbes article “Austin Envy” wasn’t enough (though it mistakenly claims we still have Austin Hippies – we don’t. And, please, NOBODY refers to Austin as “Silicon Hills”), the final proof was in the finale of The Office, in which Jim and Pam decide to leave […]

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Does your Austin Realtor Know How to Show Homes?

April 4, 2013

Does your Austin Realtor know how to show houses? Maybe not. Ask him or her what “Call and Go” means. The answer might be embarrassing to the agent, once you read this article. I asked my 10th grade daughter what she thinks “Call and Go” might mean as a showing instruction in Austin MLS listings. She’s […]

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How Much is Too Much to Pay for an Austin Home?

March 20, 2013

Austin Buyers, when trying to win a multiple offer situation on a home in Austin, how much is “too much” to pay? It’s a hard question to answer because it’s both personal and subjective. One buyer’s “too much” may another’s “good deal”. One buyer’s “perfect” floor plan may be another’s “it’s just ok”. That said, […]

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Are you an Austin Buyer or a Contestant?

March 10, 2013

If you’ve tried to buy a house in Austin lately, in an area of high demand and low inventory, such as Southwest Austin, you may have run into some competition. In fact, you most likely have. As of this writing, there are 43 Active listings and 84 Pending listings in SW Austin. I won’t go […]

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How Important is Showing Feedback and How Do You Get It?

February 6, 2013

I have found showing feedback to be essential and extremely helpful in the sale of my listings. Feedback provides insight into issues or factors that I might have overlooked or not considered important enough to affect pricing. Obtaining good feedback from showing agents takes some preparation and follow through though. Here’s what I do. First, […]

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Can an Austin Builder Restrict a Buyer to Using Certain Inspectors?

January 29, 2013

One of my buyers wrote an offer on a new home the other day. Not a completed “spec” home, but a “to be built”. While we can write an offer for a resale home in 15-30 minutes, signed, sealed and delivered (which sometimes isn’t fast enough in this Austin market), a new to be built […]

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Trends in Appliance Colors – Is Stainless Out?

January 17, 2013

Our dishwasher needs replacing. It is old and worn out and as I am choosing appliances, it seems stainless steel is still the color of choice. What is the next big color in appliances? … I wonder? I Googled this and came up with a few answers, but nothing that seems to dominate the stainless […]

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