Archive Monthly Archives: February 2007

Can Dobby the House Elf Sell Your Home?

Sylvia and I were on a small South Austin property tour yesterday with about 10 other Realtors. In one of the homes there was a prime example of the sort of thing that ought to be put away when trying to sell your home. As we entered the home, and looked into the study off […]

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Pushing Back Against Small But Annoying Junk Fees

I always review the settlement statement for our buyers and sellers to make sure everything looks correct before closing. There are often corrections that need to be made. While reviewing the HUD1 (settlement statement) on a deal we closed today, I noticed a new junk fee I had not previously seen on the Buyer’s side. […]

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Austin Rental Market Update – Jan 2007

The Austin Rental market keeps chugging along, not burning up any records, but a slow march back toward the better rental rates Austin landlords once enjoyed. Below are the rental stats for January 2007. Since we’re at the start of the year, I’m not doing a Year-to-Day, as obviously that would just be January anyway, […]

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Exurbs Hard Hit by Slowing Market

The article below supports what I preach constantly to buyers in Austin, notwithstanding our strong current market – stay out of the far-flung areas and instead buy the best home you can afford closer in. And from the article below, this instructive quote: “But speculative investors — rather than buyers who planned to occupy the […]

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When is a Listing Ready for the Austin MLS?

We have a new listing, and it’s not yet in the MLS. Why not? We don’t enter a listing into the MLS until it is 100% ready to go. For us, 100% ready means the home is ready and staged, the yard mowed, walls painted, carpet cleaned, house is professionally makeready cleaned, maintenance items handled, […]

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