austin real estate agent: Texas Real Estate Mediation - When the Contract Goes out the Window - 11/03/17 12:33 PM
Real Estate is hard. No transactions are easy... though the consumers think so many times, as we try our hardest to hide the hard parts. 
What makes it so hard? You're dealing with people's emotions. When I represent a Seller, I try hard to remind them that this is like a "business transaction" and to keep emotions out of it. When I represent a Buyer, I try hard to remind them to keep their emotions in check, otherwise the Seller could use them against us in negotiations.
There are only two truths in Real Estate; the Seller wants to sell and the Buyer … (2 comments)

austin real estate agent: Selling Your House isn't just another DIY Project - 11/03/17 11:32 AM
Do you think buying or selling a home can be just your next DIY project? Think again! Many things can come up that a Professional, with years of experience, can help you through to the closing table. 
As a Seller, getting a buyer under contract is just the first step in a long process. Keeping the Buyer under contract is hard. A buyer has so many "outs" in a contract. If you treat selling your house as just another project, you might end up losing the buyer.
What are some of the outs? Inspections. Repair requests. HOA docs review. Survey review. Deed Restrictions … (3 comments)

austin real estate agent: Austin Texas Real Estate - Moving Up - 11/03/17 11:20 AM
Many people buy a house and think it's their "forever" house. I mean, who wants to buy a house thinking they're going to do it all over again in a few years. However, that's just what happens. People obtain 30 year mortgages knowing they will not be in that house for 30 years.
There are several reasons why people move. One of the main reasons is that they bought a house that was right for them at the moment, not for the future. Possibly, they bought without kids and now have kids running around, and need another room. Possibly, they bought when … (0 comments)

austin real estate agent: Donna Harris - Donna Homes - powered by JP and Associates Realtors - 11/03/17 08:56 AM
Over the years, October always seems to bring a lot of changes for me. Back in 1988, my Grandfather died in October. In 2000, I received my real estate license in October. In 2005, I got married in October...
In 2017, it was announced my brokerage was merging with another. Private Label Realty is now part of the JP & Associates, REALTORS® family of over 1000 agents strong.
With the change of brokerage comes a new logo that I'm excited about! I never, in a million years, thought I would use some bright color like hot-pink in a logo, but when different choices … (0 comments)

austin real estate agent: Multiple Offers are like a Vulture Feeding Frenzy - 03/26/13 06:05 AM
The Austin market is moving along though many people felt the momentum could never sustain in 2013.  We're also finding out that it doesn't matter if the house shows well, it will still sell!
I showed a house on Friday. 1 day on the market. The comments said it needed foundation work, and there were only two interior pictures with the rest being exterior. That means you're buying the trees, the view, the location. The house was in horrible condition.
I met my buyers there and we walked the house with about 20 other people. It was a vulture feeding frenzy.  … (6 comments)

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Donna Harris

Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Austin, TX

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Address: 5113 Southwest Pkwy #140, Austin, TX, 78735

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This blog is to help educate Buyers, Sellers and even other Realtors across the country.  Each market is different and the way Real Estate is done is different.  Austin Real Estate is completely different than Dallas, California and Florida and everywhere else in between.  Some times there will be other things besides real estate as I like to rant and rave as much as the next!!  Come back often!

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