market trends: Navigating Repair Requests in Today’s Market - 04/29/19 07:53 AM

Navigating Repair Requests in Today’s Market
In today’s market, home sellers need to be careful and savvy. There are companies we call iBuyers who will swoop in on homes, making offers on them without even seeing them. They suggest they’re offering convenience to the buyers, but they’re also offering prices way under a home’s market value. Given the tensions between buyers and sellers, negotiating repair requests is a common sticking point in the selling process. Which types of repairs should a seller make if they’re looking to get the absolute most money possible? Today I’ll discuss the three imperative repairs for sellers … (1 comments)

market trends: Spring 2019 Austin Home Price Update - 04/05/19 09:14 AM

Friends and Clients,
2019 has gotten off to an incredible start as far as our Austin real estate market is concerned.
There has been a surge of buyer demand from millennials entering our market nationwide, and this is great news for anyone thinking of selling this year.
In fact, according to Odeta Kushi, the senior economist for First American Financial Corporation, 2019 is set to be even more lucrative on this front than we’ve observed in the recent past.
That’s because the “largest cohort of millennials [will soon be] entering peak household formation and home-buying age,” says Kushi. This will have a … (0 comments)

market trends: How The Recent Drop In Mortgage Rates Affects You - 02/20/19 07:57 AM

This is a welcome bit of relief:
Over the past two months, mortgage rates, which had been climbing steadily for over a year, started to trend down.
In fact, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate has dropped to around 4.45% from a high of 4.94%. For reference, that's the lowest level since April of last year.
What's behind this welcome change?
Well, there's been a lot of volatility in the stock market since November. This pushes investors into more predictable investments, such as bonds. And this, in turn, pushes bond rates down.
Mortgage rates tend to follow bond rates pretty … (0 comments)

market trends: What Does 2019 Have in Store for Our Austin Market? - 01/21/19 12:32 PM

What Does 2019 Have in Store for Our Austin Market?
I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for 2019, and I hope you’ve had a prosperous new year so far. What’s in store for our Austin real estate market, though? 2018 was phenomenal, but the market has softened a bit lately due to rising interest rates. This, however, shouldn’t deter buyers and sellers. To find out why, watch my latest video.
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market trends: Is There a Market Crash Incoming? - 11/01/18 08:31 AM

Is There a Market Crash Incoming?
If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve probably heard that our market is on the decline. Are we headed for a full-on crash, though? Well, first of all, you need to know the difference between a market “crash” and a market “shift.” There are a lot of things that have to happen to cause an actual market crash. To find out whether we really are headed for a crash or we’re just experiencing a shift, watch my latest video.
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market trends: The Right Way to Get a Mortgage in Today’s Market - 10/18/18 07:39 AM

The Right Way to Get a Mortgage in Today’s Market
In today’s episode of my Facebook Live series about all things real estate, I discussed something a lot of first-time homebuyers have questions about: the process of obtaining a mortgage. This process is daunting to the unprepared and the unknowledgeable, and it’s my goal to help ease some of those concerns with the power of information. To hear the answers to questions about getting a mortgage, watch my latest video.
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market trends: Your August 2018 Austin Market Update - 08/23/18 07:45 AM

Your August 2018 Austin Market Update
We recently got some very good news in the mail: We were just given an award from Inc. 5000 for being one of the fastest-growing privately-held businesses in America. With that great news in mind, today I want to share a recent back-and-forth discussion I had about what’s going on in the Austin market. To my market update, watch my latest Facebook Live interview.
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market trends: Spring 2018 Greater Austin Area Home Price Update - 04/24/18 10:17 AM

Friends and Clients —
Each year, spring is the hottest season for real estate.
However, spring 2018 looks to be an especially important time for anyone looking to sell a home. Here are a few facts to get you thinking:
1. Demand continues to outstrip supply
The number of homes on the market is near an all-time low, and listings of existing homes have plunged 8.1% over the past year.
While this means that the total number of sold homes has actually decreased, demand continues to be strong. This is driven in large part by a good job outlook and the growing number of millennials entering … (1 comments)

market trends: Spring 2017 Austin Home Price Update - 04/18/17 08:50 AM
Friends and Clients —
If you are looking to sell your home, then three recent developments make this spring a unique moment to do so quickly and at a top price.
First, mortgage rates have stabilized.
From a low of 3.41% last July, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate spiked up after the election and reached a high of 4.31% in December.
However, rates have stabilized over the past few months, and despite the increase, they are still near historical lows.
Second, jobs are up.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 235,000 new jobs in February and 2.3 million over the past year. This reflects continuing growth … (1 comments)

market trends: Spring 2016 Austin Home Price Update - 12/22/15 12:41 AM
Spring 2016 Austin Home Price Update
Friends and clients,
I write you today about the recent Fed decision to raise interest rates. Don’t worry. You won’t see the cost of mortgages increase too much. It’s only a 0.25% rate hike. However, as our Austin economy improves, interest rates will likely rise further making it more expensive to buy a home. If you’re thinking of selling your home, this affects you now…
Your home will sell for its maximum price in 2016. The upcoming spring selling season is going to be hot. Not many homes are for sale in Austin – inventory is very tight.
Home … (0 comments)

market trends: The Pitfalls of Buying a Distressed Property in Austin - 09/17/15 03:27 AM
The Pitfalls of Buying a Distressed Property in Austin 
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Today, we'll speak about the downfalls of purchasing a distressed property. A lot of people think that these homes are good deals, but there are some things that you need to be aware of prior to purchasing them.
1. Buy a clear title to the property: I have seen people purchase foreclosures that have outstanding liens on them from the prior owner. You will be liable for these liens once you buy … (1 comments)

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