Archive Monthly Archives: July 2006

Austin Housing Starts Are Up

Home Starts are up

Austin continues its counter-cyclical real estate market. While National News is about increasing inventories, slower new home starts and slumping prices, we continue to march ahead with a very robust real estate market. This news clip below is from today’s Austin Business Journal. Source: Austin Business Journal Housing starts in the Austin market increased 24 […]

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Posted by Steve
12 years ago

Overpriced Listings and Discount Brokers

Overpriced?

I’ve encountered this scenario on repeated occasions now. My Buyer is interested in an over-priced listing. It’s WAY over-priced – by about $20 per square foot, or about 15%. I am unable to find sales comps that even come close to justifying the list price, but my Buyer likes the place so I try to […]

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Posted by Steve
12 years ago

The Discount Realtor Debate

Do discount brokers save money?

Below is an article I saw on CNN/Money. The debate is whether Realtors fix commissions and lobby for laws that make it harder for Discount Brokers to offer services. I’m not happy to see politicians involved in this debate. It is humorous that politicians, who perform shameful funny-business with money more than any other class […]

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Posted by Steve
12 years ago

Realtor Ethics, Dilemmas and Screw-ups

Our real estate commissions

When representing a Buyer or a Seller in a real estate transaction, REALTORS® must, among other things, abide by the Realtor Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Article I of the code begins with: “When representing a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant, or other client as an agent, REALTORS® pledge themselves to protect and promote […]

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Posted by Steve
12 years ago

Staging an Austin Home for Sale – Sylvia’s Tips

Staging an empty house

In the mid-1980’s I worked as an Interior Designer. Every once in awhile I run into designers I knew when I was in that business. Last week I decided to add a few window treatments to my home and called a designer that was referred to me by a sales agent at a model home. […]

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Posted by Sylvia
12 years ago
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