Archive Yearly Archives: 2007

Are Older Homes Really Built Better?

I really miss the old house we use to live in on Newning Street in Travis Heights, and the neighborhood. We lived there from 1991 to 1996, when S. Congress was still gritty and not yet “cool”. We certainly didn’t call it “SoCo”. It was still plain old South Austin and Travis Heights. The home […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago

Moving Tips: How to get a better price on existing services

We’re in the process of moving. I called Time Warner to move my internet service to my new address, but when they answered, I told them I want to cancel the internet service instead. I don’t want to cancel (though I truley was considering it), so why did I do this? To get connected to […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago

Bush announces 5 year rate freeze – Texas borrowers in good shape

WASHINGTON (Associated Press, Real Estate Center) – President Bush announced this week plans for a five-year freeze on interest rates for subprime mortgages. “We should not bail out lenders, real estate speculators or those who made the reckless decision to buy a home they knew they could never afford,” Bush said. “But there are some […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago

ABJ: Centex pulls out of 1,400-home project

Looks like Austin is seeing some contraction in the new home inventory, which is a good thing, at least for now. The fact that Centex is backing out of a 1400 home project tells us more about the national housing market, and the financial problems of the large production builders than is does Austin’s market. […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago

Survey says what we already know

This news snippet below is from the Texas A&M Real Estate Center email newsletter. It’s a survey of Houston home sellers and buyers, but the same results would be found if they did the survey in Austin. The big news?…“Houstonians shopping for a home look for quality neighborhoods, good schools and short commutes to their […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago

Forbes: Top-10 Best Performing Housing Markets includes Austin

Looks like Austin is still comparatively right up there in the top 10 cities. The following is from Forbes Magazine. Top-10 Best Performing Housing Markets As anybody who has ever sold real estate knows, there are no national markets, only local markets. The adage holds true when you look at the condition of the real […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago