January 2014

Enjoying the Quiet Uncrowded Austin

January 20, 2014

I often experience something many Austinites will never know. A quiet uncrowded Austin. No traffic. No noise. No crowds. Just peaceful serenity and bliss. There is no turning back – no solution – for Austin’s traffic problems, congestion, growth, commercial encroachment into central neighborhoods, and myriad other small and big annoyances caused by Austin’s economic […]

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Austin City vs Metro Home Prices 2013

January 12, 2014

When you read a news article about Austin real estate that reports average and median home prices, the values quoted are often those from total Austin MLS sales. Those sales figures are compiled from the entire Austin MLS service area, including suburbs, nearby cities as well as some far flung areas. The “Austin MLS” might […]

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Do Austin Production Builders Differ in Quality?

January 9, 2014

Buyers will sometimes ask “is Builder X a good builder?” My answer is that your builder’s brand name doesn’t matter enough to make it a decision point in your new home purchase decision. In other words, if a hypothetical buyer is torn between two similar to-be-built home options in the same neighborhood, I will tell that […]

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Austin Real Estate Market 2014 to Remain on Fire

January 7, 2014

Sylvia and I usually attend an annual Austin Real Estate Economic Update to find out what the coming year holds. This year, I exclaimed to her, “Why bother?  It’s going to be full tilt boogie, just like 2013“. I mean, Austin is rumbling along with all cylinders firing. There is nothing I need to hear […]

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