Archive Yearly Archives: 2011

Why Online Repair Request Forms Are Best

Most Austin Property Managers, in fact all that I know, require tenant repair requests to be submitted in writing. This is required by Texas Property Code as well as the commonly used TAR (Texas Association of Realtors) and TAA (Texas Apartment Association) lease forms. It’s good practice for tenants to follow, even if the landlord […]

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Posted by Steve
6 years ago

Austin Real Estate Investing Not Always Profitable

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Sylvia and I just sold a couple of acreage lots that we purchased in Oak Hill back in Feb 2007. For those who remember, Austin’s real estate market was still running full tilt in early 2007. I bought three lots in a new subdivision, we built a new custom home on one of them and […]

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Posted by Steve
6 years ago

Austin Realtor Agent Performance Stats Now Live on Redfin

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The Real Estate company Redfin recently announced the release of its Agent Scouting Report in its various markets around the US. This allows Redfin “clients” (term in quotes because anyone can sign up at Redfin.com and instantly be a “client”, whereas most agents think of a client as someone who has signed an actual Listing or […]

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Posted by Steve
6 years ago

Austin Fence Dramas – Dealing With Unreasonable Neighbors

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Most homes in Austin have fenced back yards. Most fences are built on the property line. The standard wood fence lasts about 8-15 years before it needs replacing (less if it’s a cheap starter home fence). Usually, when replacement is needed, reasonable neighbors work it out and get it done, sharing materials and labor in a way […]

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Posted by Steve
6 years ago

Staying in Touch with Past Clients without being a Pest

One of the toughest things to balance as an Austin Realtor is finding the right frequency and methods for staying in touch with our past clients. On the one hand, we have the National Association of Realtor (NAR) surveys of buyers and sellers showing that over 90% of real estate consumers never hear from their […]

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Posted by Steve
6 years ago

Austin Buyers and Sellers-How Much is a Dollar Worth to You?

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Last year I made (saved) $120 by spending 3 minutes on the telephone. All I did was call Sheraton Hotel in Seattle and say “I’d like to convert my reservation to the internet rate“. A couple of minutes later it was done. No fuss about it. I then paid $30 less per night during our […]

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Posted by Steve
6 years ago