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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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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