Archive Monthly Archives: May 2009

Why I Never Do Move-out Walk-throughs with Departing Tenants

Home Rent Rates Still Falling

I recently had a tenant express frustration over the fact that I wouldn’t come meet him to conduct a final move-out walk-through at the rental property. I’ve been moving tenants in and out of Austin rental homes since 1990, and I’ve learned a few lessons in doing so. One is that there is no upside for a […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago

Shameless Plea for Votes for Crossland Team Blog

The Texas A&M University Real Estate Center wants to know about favorite Real Estate Blogs in Texas. Here is their request in today’s email newsletter, the RECON (Real Estate Center Online). WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BLOG? COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors shows that a growing number […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago

Zillow Home Prices Remain a Joke for Austin TX

I just received this news flash via email from Zillow: Home values in Austin increased 8.7% According to the latest Zillow Real Estate Market Reports, home values in Austin increased 8.7% in the first quarter of 2009, compared to the first quarter of 2008. Nationally, home values decreased 14.2% during this same period. Uh, sorry […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago

What if Owning a Home was Like Owning Quicken Software?

I opened up my Quicken 2006 Software today to catch up on reconciling some bank statements, and downloading credit card charges and stock account info. I was greeted with this message: After April 30, you will no longer be able to access the following through Quicken 2006: – Downloads of your bank, credit card, credit […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago

Austin Real Estate Market Update – April 2009 Sales

The median sold price for houses in Austin was up 0.56% for April compared to April 2008. The average sold price was down 3.56%. Number of sales is down 21% from a year earlier for single family homes. In short, Austin remains a stubborn real estate market for those who were expecting some sort of […]

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Posted by Steve
10 years ago