buyers agent: HOMEBUYERS 101-Why does the Listing Price Per Square foot matter? Why is it not the same as the Sold PPSF? Which number is more important? - 01/23/12 05:37 AM
As a Realtor I see homes every day, and the listing prices don't really register with me the way the price per square foot does. Sadly many home buyers don't know the difference. So I want to help home buyers be more informed. I always say "An educated buyer is an easy buyer to work with." So here are the basics about square foot prices.
Lets look at two homes in neighborhood X. We will assume they were built within a few years of each other and have similar level of finish out and similar sized lots. Both homes are priced at … (2 comments)

buyers agent: The best value for Circle C homes for sale in January 2012 - 01/05/12 06:06 AM
Many people love living in Circle C neighborhood in south Austin. Right now there are 20 homes Actively listed for sale. The list prices average about $119.70 per square foot. However the best value right now is for the property located at 10809 Redmond Road. It is a four bedroom home with three bathrooms and hardwood floors. Its been updated and has a spectacular Master Bath suite complete with Travertine tile and garden tub and separate shower. This two story home was built in 1992 and even has an in-ground pool! Can you imagine all of this for only $88.86 per … (2 comments)

buyers agent: Austin Home Girls Realty wins the 2011 Best Local Real Estate Business Award- from the U.S. Commerce Association - 12/29/11 06:30 AM
Check it out, my Brokerage Austin Home Girls Realty has been awarded the prestigious U.S. Commerce Award for Real Estate. You don't have to be the biggest to be the best!
Reinae Kessler- Broker - Austin Home Girls Realty Receives 2011 Austin Award
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
NEW YORK, NY, December 22, 2011 -- Reinae Kessler - Austin Home Girls Realty has been selected for the 2011 Austin Award in the Real Estate Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the … (6 comments)

buyers agent: Betina's Green living Tips #3 from your south Austin Realtor! - 02/28/10 10:07 AM
Do you want to make a big impact on keeping our planet green? Try implementing some of these suggestions in your daily routine. It's a new year, make a resolution to incorporate one or more of these suggestions into your 2010 lifestyle.
•Ÿ  Grow an organic garden in your backyard. Plant  Marigolds in every other row as a natural pesticide to keep your garden chemical free
•Ÿ  Install gutters and a rain barrel to collect rainwater for your plants.
•Ÿ  Build a compost pile. Feed it: lawn clippings, leaves, vegetable scraps and coffee grounds. Keep the vegetable scraps small and it will … (6 comments)

buyers agent: Open House at 1115 Kinney #20 in Austin Texas 20 Feb. 2010 from 11-3! - 02/20/10 01:07 AM
Please join me at the Open House located in the coveted 78704 "hip zip" in Austin Texas today from 1-3! This condo has everything you need. It is a modern central Austin condo with prime location - and an end unit!. Just a short walk to Alamo Drafthouse, Zilker Park and restaurants/shopping. Imagine sitting on your rooftop deck while enjoying a glass of wine and the breath taking Austin skyline. And that is just the beginning - 2 beds plus large study, a master suite including a master bath with jetted tub & a separate 2-headed shower, second 3/4 bath and … (4 comments)

buyers agent: Snow flurries in Shady Hollow on December 4th, 2009!! - 12/04/09 07:04 AM
The weather man predicted snow in Austin starting this morning and 1-2 inches of accumulation. I got excited because it only snows in Austin every 4-6 years. It is far more likely that we will get an ice storm than a snow storm.So I dug out my winter coat and gloves and collection of scarves. Yeah! Its like going shopping because I never get to wear this stuff!  
Of course he was wrong as usual. We did not get even 1/16 inch of snow in Shady Hollow. We got little tiny snow flurries for about an hour, so sadly there was … (15 comments)

buyers agent: When looking for a local real estate agent how do you choose one to help you find the perfect Austin home? - 11/29/09 01:37 AM
People find real estate agents in a number of ways. Ask friends or family if they liked their Realtor or Broker that helped them buy their home. You can also look online, thumb through the yellow pages, scan the neighborhood newsletter to see who advertises in the newsletter, or just walk into a local real estate office. Unless your getting a personal referral from friends or family it can be a toss up as to the kind of service you receive. Big real estate companies often hire hundreds of agents and each gives different levels of service. Some are better than … (5 comments)

buyers agent: Something you don't see everyday in Austin; a dinosaur skeleton on the street. - 11/20/09 04:55 AM
OK maybe this qualifies for a Freaky Friday post. While in the car on 4th Street in Austin I saw a dinosaur skeleton on wheels being propelled down the street by a five guys on bikes inside the skeleton. If you look closely you can just make them out inside the ribcage.  You had to see it to believe it. Regrettably I was not faster with the camera, so it does not show the entire skeleton. There are several art studios in the area and I can only assume it must be a work in progress.

If … (12 comments)

buyers agent: Tips to properly winterize your Austin home - 11/20/09 04:20 AM
Here are some energy saving tips to help homeowners to save more money this winter.
HeatingHeating a home takes two to three times more energy than cooling a home, so the work you do could add up to savings during the winter months.
· Install plug outlet covers on any unused outlet. About 20 percent of the air that escapes your home escapes through outlet openings.
· If you have a fireplace, install a glass fire screen to keep heated air from escaping through your chimney.
· Insulate indoor water pipes in unheated spaces.
· Inspect insulation to make sure it's … (2 comments)

buyers agent: South Austin original "Batteries Plus has what you need. - 11/16/09 12:09 PM
Recently I discovered a great shop on South Lamar. I was looking for a replacement watch battery. I searched online to find a shop that could replace the battery on my watch. I saw several reviews on the Batteries Plus location in Austin Texas on South Lamar. Every reviewer had great things to say about this shop. Fast service pleasant and knowledgeable employees, convenient location, reasonable prices, excellent customer service, etc.
So I gave them a try and I am happy to report it was all true! I stopped into the store and was greeted by Andy within seconds of walking in. Andy took my … (3 comments)

buyers agent: Mama Fu's Asian House Cafe Woks the Casbah! New Austin eatery is a big hit! - 11/16/09 06:50 AM

There is a new restaurant in A-town and its called Mama Fu's. This establishment has incorporated good design and wonderful food for an all around perfect dinner or lunch out. They cater and offer delivery and they have 4 locations in Austin.

Today I went to the Mama Fu's location at The Triangle after visiting a condo in The Lofts. Lunch was spectacular. Everything was hot and freshly made. We would have eaten on the lovely sunny patio but today is very windy. So we stayed inside in a cozy booth.
Inside you will notice lots of … (4 comments)

buyers agent: Lake Austin has much to offer if your looking for a place to play on the water. - 11/13/09 04:10 AM
Austin Texas is the home of many great attractions both historical and natural. We have the Texas Capitol and two great lakes and Barton Springs. If you don't feel like driving thirty minutes to Lake Travis, Lake Austin might be the place for you. It is a narrow lake that works well for motor boats but is not so great for sailing. If you are a sailor you want to stay on Lake Travis and there are many marinas to choose from: Mansfield Marina, Rough Hollow Marina and Emerald Point Marina just to name a few. There are many waterfront homes with docks … (6 comments)

buyers agent: Senate close to approving more tax credits. A GREAT THING! - 11/11/09 06:51 AM
This hot topic has been a daily conversation in our office. Reinae and I share an office at Keller Williams and the opinion that the tax credit extension and modification is a great thing for home buyers. The new version allows existing home owners to get $6500 to move up to a larger home. This segment of the home buying population was over looked in the first version. Now is a great time to buy a home or "move up"!
Betina Foreman Realtor
Keller Williams Real Estate  1801 S. MOPAC, Suite 100   Austin, TX 78746 
512-771-6318 … (5 comments)

buyers agent: Open House in Barker Ranch at Shady Hollow Sunday Nov 1st 1-4. - 10/31/09 08:03 AM
Please join me at the Barker Ranch at Shady Hollow open house Sunday November 1st 2009 from 1-4. This home is an amazing 5 bedroom home on a third of an acre with many upgrades. This home is about 15 minutes from downtown Austin and feeds into Bailey, Barronoff and Bowie High School. This wonderful home was just reduced $20,000 this month! This is currently the lowest price per square foot ($93.85) for Barker Ranch at Shady Hollow.
5 Beds & 3.5 Baths * 1 Bed Down All Sides Brick Extensive Tile Throughout First Floor Study Down & Gameroom Up Formal Living & … (10 comments)

buyers agent: My private tour of The Austonian Condos in Austin Texas - 10/15/09 04:39 AM
Recently while attending another Realtor event in Austin Texas, somehow I managed to beat about 100 Realtors to win a private tour of the Austonian. To say I was excited was an understatement. This new luxury condo property from Momark Development has been in the news a lot, as it will be the tallest residential development in the United States. This property is definitely one of a kind and is making Austin a destination for luxury living on par with New York City.

The property is shaped like an ellipse, so every single condo has a view from every room, powder rooms … (17 comments)

buyers agent: Market report for Lakeway waterfront homes in July 2009 (waterfront home for sale under $600K) - 10/11/09 04:27 AM
Lakeway has many gorgeous waterfront homes for sale. This Market Report shows you the current information on recent listings and home sales for Lakeway. The homes used in this report have at least 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms and are true Lake Travis waterfront properties.
11 Homes Actively listed for sale:
  Average Year Built 1986    Average SF 3812    Average Price Per SF $346.09  
  Average List Price $1,334,545.   Average number of days on market before selling 235.
1 Home Sold in July 2009:
 Year Built 1965   3860SF   4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms on .85 acre lot   List Price $1,399,000.                     (Sold Price not disclosed … (3 comments)

buyers agent: Lake Point Market Analysis for August 2009 - 10/11/09 03:20 AM
Lake Pointe is a lovely community in Austin Texas that is just minutes away from the Lake Travis area. These homes typically were built between 1993-2005, with an average of 2997 square feet. Most of the lots are about a quarter acre, but occasionally you will find larger lots of a 1/3 or 3/4 of an acre. Some have hill country or distant lake views. Below you will find the Comparative Market Analysis for Lake Pointe's August home sales. The homes used in the C.M.A.  are at least 3bedrooms and 3 baths on at least a .25 lot or larger.
4 Homes Actively Listed … (1 comments)

buyers agent: Once again Austin Texas is in the top five list of places people want to live! - 10/08/09 09:27 AM
According to the Business Journal, Texas is ranked as number four in the top ten states to live in. Of course if you asked a native Texan they would say Texas is the only state to live in! We have a little bit of everything for everybody: beaches, deserts, mountains, big cities, and small towns. Texas is home to both NASA, cowboys and everything in between. If you can't find what you want in Texas, you are just not looking hard enough! Austin Texas is consistantly in every top ten list of places that people want to move to.
Monday, October 5, 2009, 3:00pm … (6 comments)

buyers agent: Austin's Annual Artisans Showcase October 15th!! Shop until you drop!! - 10/07/09 05:21 AM
There is always something fun happening in south Austin!! The Annual Austin Artisan's Showcase is October 15th, 2009. It is presented by the Onion Creek Ladies Associationand the public is welcome! This is a great chance to shop for unique and hand made items. All proceeds will benefit several local charities.  There will be: Holiday decor and home decor, jewelery, purses, luggage, shoes, eye-wear, baby items, and much more! The fee to get in is a mere $5 and it goes to charity. There will be live music by Heartstrings to enhance your shopping experience. There will be hourly drawings for … (1 comments)

buyers agent: What does your refrigerator say about you? - 10/06/09 02:03 AM
What does your refrigerator say about you? Is your fridge a magnet free sleek stainless steel number, or a basic white model? Is it covered with your child's artwork or recipes and grocery lists? Some people cover this appliance with everything under the sun and others leave it as spotless as the day it was installed. Some prefer French Doors or Freezer on top or freezer on the bottom models. What message does your fridge send to visitors to your kitchen?
I have seen refrigerators that are very dusty on top. Most housekeepers may bypass this area as it is out … (33 comments)

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Betina Foreman

Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Austin, TX

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