austin texas: "Foodie" Friday - 1-3-14 - 01/02/14 01:27 AM
 
“Foodie Fridays” in Austin
 
New Year’s Day has come and gone, and here we are with the first “Foodie” of 2014!  There is one food in the South that is deeply rooted in tradition on New Year’s Day and even though that day has passed, I thought you’d enjoy reading about it.  Yes, you guessed it, BLACK EYED PEAS!  Black eyed peas are said to bring luck to those who eat them during the new year.  If you missed out and would like to try them, here’s a delicious recipe for Black Eyed Peas (or just save it for … (18 comments)

austin texas: Single story JUST LISTED in gated Villas at Canyon Creek in NW Austin - 12/27/13 01:31 AM
Single story JUST LISTED in gated Villas at Canyon Creek in NW Austin
www.9550savannahridge19.com

Buyers..you better be quick or this home just listed will find another family to call it their home. 9550 Savannah Ridge Dr. #19, Austin, TX 78726 is located in the gated David Weekly Homes community of the Villas at Canyon Creek located off Boulder Blvd off Hwy. 620 between Anderson Mill Rd. and Hwy. 2222. This community is minutes to Lakeline Mall, close to the Arboretum & the Domain for shopping with nearby theatres and churches. Residents of  The Villas at Canyon Creek also enjoy easy … (7 comments)

austin texas: Best Wishes for 2014! - 12/26/13 04:29 AM
 
It’s hard to believe today we are celebrating the first day of 2014! Coldwell Banker United Realtors Northwest office came up with a wish that I’d like to share with you as it mirrors my sentiments:
 My wish for you
Peace of mind
Prosperity through the year
Happiness that multiplies
Health for you and yours
Fun around every corner
Energy to chase your dreams
Joy to fill your holidays!
 
As always, I look forward to serving your NW Austin real estate needs and would be honored to earn your trust and business. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell … (19 comments)

austin texas: Tech Support ~ 12-30-13 - 12/26/13 03:59 AM
  Can you believe tomorrow marks the end of another year?  Tomorrow night there will be much celebrating and ringing in the New Year! Geno and I escaped for some much needed relaxation so will catch up with you next week! But go ahead and grab your favorite cup of brew this morning and enjoy my last Tech humor of 2013! I'll be back next year with more!   You know you're addicted to the internet when: Your bookmark takes 15 minutes to scroll from top to bottom. Your eyeglasses have a web site burned in on them.  
You turn … (19 comments)

austin texas: "Foodie" Friday ~ 12-27-13 - 12/26/13 02:33 AM
“Foodie Fridays” in Austin
 

 
Christmas has come and gone and I'll bet you have lots of leftover turkey in the refrigerator (again!).  The weather is still cooler and you might be feeling you're going to pop if you eat another thing!
 
How about taking time to simmer on low some soup? You already have the main ingredient turkey!! Delicious homemade turkey soup might just be what you are needing to warm you up after making the rounds on the after Christmas Day sales and managing to make those returns.  Here’s a recipe called Day-After Turkey Soup … (21 comments)

austin texas: Thankful Thursdays~ I think Santa came - 12/26/13 02:14 AM
I think Santa came

Handsome Hudson is now 15 months old but unsure of what all the fuss was about on Christmas Day!  We came on Christmas morning to find Hudson darting all over the house.  Tables were set, food was out...gifts were coming in and Hudson wasn’t sure who this Santa was that everyone was talking about.  The truth be known he didn’t want a thing to do with him when taken to see him.
That’s okay...it’s more important to celebrate the Birth of Jesus.  Hudson was spellbound Christmas Eve at the Church Service...taking in all the music and … (32 comments)

austin texas: December 2013~Just SOLD in Canyon Creek Subdivision NW Austin - 12/26/13 12:23 AM
 December 2013~Just SOLD in Canyon Creek Subdivision NW Austin
 
This is the second time I’ve listed this home in the past 2 years on 10212 Lundie Cove in Canyon Creek.  Chet and Lore found themselves relocating out of Austin sooner than they ever expected. I completed a Broker Price Opinion for their relocation company and they chose me to represent them on market. They consulted with my favorite stager and listened to my advice on pricing.  The result: this home sold in 5 days with multiple offers.

Chet and Lore enjoyed the consultation with Brian and the whole family … (2 comments)

austin texas: When the unexpected happens... - 12/23/13 07:02 AM
The spirit of Christmas is all around us...we are hearing Christmas Carols, watching the twinkling lights in all places, viewing all the old Christmas movies and busy making plans to be with family and friends.
This year if you put your home on the market in Austin you will find your plans disrupted with buyers wanting to see your home and making offers!  One seller put their home on the market and accepted an offer from a buyer before I could get my buyers over to see the home.  We went ahead and looked at it and learned as we were … (34 comments)

austin texas: A Christmas Wish For All of You! - 12/23/13 02:15 AM
 
Whatever your pleasure,
Who-hash or roast beast.
A speck of a snack or a hefty Who feast.
Building tall towers
of toppling toys,
Snoozing in silence or
noise, noise, noise, NOISE…
Bleegle-horn blowing or
bongle-bell ringing,
Grinchmas-tree trimming
or Who-carol singing,
Whatever makes
Christmastime
merry for you…
Here’s hoping
you get all you wish for -
TIMES TWO!
 
 
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austin texas: Just SOLD in Canyon Creek Subdivision in NW Austin TX December 2013 - 12/20/13 07:29 AM
Just SOLD in Canyon Creek Subdivision in NW Austin TX December 2013
 
Sorry, buyers, you missed out on this one...another home just SOLD in Canyon Creek subdivision in NW Austin, TX, courtesy of Dorie Dillard, Coldwell Banker United.

This is the third time I’ve listed this home in the past 4 years on 11017 Rio Vista Dr in Canyon Creek.  David received our community market reports and placed a call to me when he found it was time to sell his home because of our reputation in selling homes in the Canyon Creek community.  David listened to my advice … (8 comments)

austin texas: Tech Support ~ 12-23-13 - 12/20/13 06:56 AM
It’s hard to believe its Christmas week! We had house guests over the week-end..our traveling buddies. We went to dinner which included son and family (of couse handsome  Hudson was a little gentleman)!  It was so nice to kick back and reminsce about our experiences and explorations together. We are thankful for their friendship and the fact it's Geno's brother and wife makes it twice as wonderful! I was able to fit in a listing appointment on another great home that will be coming on  the market in January! Take time to vist and appreicate those who are special in your lives even though you’re going … (17 comments)

austin texas: Timing is everything! - 12/20/13 06:25 AM
 Timing is everything!
Isn’t it wonderful when everything falls into place like clockwork? Does it just happen or does it happen by design?  We live in a world where we are programed for instant gratification. Yes whether we want to admit it or not we are!
Have you planned your business to operate in this mode? If not you better re-think your business plan. Consumers want answers and want them when they think of a question. They can Google anything and have an answer immediately.
One of my clients just scheduled an inspection online from an Inspector who … (26 comments)

austin texas: A Pre-Christmas Media Gift - 12/20/13 03:26 AM
 A Pre-Christmas Media Gift
 
This has been an exciting week for me with 2 articles in the media! The first one came out in the Austin Business Journal concerning my Career Achievement Award I won last week from the Austin Platinum Top 50:http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/real-estate/2013/12/platinum-top-50-realtors-awards.html?ana=e_aus_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2013-12-16
The second was in Inman News and included a link to my post on 2014 Goals:http://www.inman.com/next/holidays-are-best-time-to-give-your-business-a-health-check-10-tips-for-a-successful-2014/
Involvement in Social Media is important no matter what business you are in! The Holiday is a good time to revamp and make sure you are on target to achieve your goals in 2014. Some added notoriety doesn’t hurt either.
Selling … (25 comments)

austin texas: Thankful Thursday ~ Happy Thanksgiving! - 11/25/13 05:05 AM

Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned
To what time has taught us, to what we've learned:
We often focus all our thought
On shiny things we've shopped and bought.
We take our pleasure in material things,
Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings.
If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,
We'd see the foundation of each happy day
Is special relationships, constant and true,
And that's when our thoughts go directly to you.
We wish you a Thanksgiving you'll never forget,
Full of love and joy—your best one yet!
                                                            by Joanna Fuchs
 
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austin texas: A Wise Investment at Closing ~ Residential Service Contract - 08/25/11 04:35 AM
There are pros and cons to a residential service contract but I always advise my sellers this is a prudent investment on their part and will be dollars well spent for their buyer at closing.  It is common place in Austin, Texas for a buyer to request the seller to pay at closing a year warranty for the purchase of a service contract.  the cost varies from $400-$550 (without additional pool coverage,etc.). The buyer even gets to choose the policy and company.One of our listings closed last week.  We just earned the distinction of the "hottest" summer in Austin ever recorded … (14 comments)

austin texas: Pay It Forward ~ Ronald McDonald House - 06/04/11 12:49 AM
Pay It Forward ~ Ronald McDonald House    It's been de-cluttering, re-arranging and out with the old and in with the new around our house!  I guess we are taking to heart some of our own advice in getting our listings ready for market (trust me we are not thinking of selling).The hard freezes from this past unusally cold winter struck much of our landscaping and even the exterior is undergoing a makeover!  The question becomes what do we do with items we no longer want?  Sure kids may have first dibs but there are still things to donate.  A friend of Geno's suggested … (27 comments)

austin texas: Roasters NW Austin ~ Best Coffee Around - 07/28/10 10:46 AM
One of my clients moved downtown from NW Austin and told me she was really going to miss "Roasters" on Hwy 620 (located between Hwy 183 and Lake Creek Parkway).  She loves their lattes and their Haven Loaf! 
I had driven by but never stopped but considering her discriminating taste I decided to stop and check them out.  To my surprise they are in the same center as VIVO's which we just patronized last weekend.
Well she was right...their lattes are excellent and the Haven Loaf was delicious.  The facility is comfy, cozy and without a doubt a good place to … (8 comments)

austin texas: Domainia ~ Domain Austin Texas - 07/13/10 12:48 AM
Domainia ~ Domain   Austin, TXThe Domain is located in the heart of the NW corridor and brings the best of Austin to one single urban location offering the concept of living and working in an urban environment.  
Phase I and II are completed but when the development is finished there will be nearly eight million square feet of mixed use space, giving Austinites more incredible choices to live, work, dine and play!

Captivating oak trees serve as a backdrop to the platform for many musical groups.

The open air lifestyle is pedestrian friendly and is keeping with … (18 comments)

austin texas: One Tough Cookie - 06/08/10 06:55 AM

Austin is a great town for just about any outdoor racing event!  This past Sunday, June 6th, 2010 the Danskin Triathlon was held at Decker Lake.
This is a women's only competition and this year approx. 1700 women participated.  The race consists of a 0.5 mile (800 meter) swim, 12 mile (20 km) bike race followed by a 3.1 mile (5 km) run.
One of my clients, Sarita Patil, has been training with the Tough Cookie Team in town and just celebrated her 40th birthday!  We are so proud of her for training and successfully completing her first triathlon.  As … (2 comments)

austin texas: Austin Texas ~ Guide to Manuevering Heavily Used Streets - 04/09/10 07:56 AM
In Austin Texas you must learn to maneuver the many heavily used and name changing streets to survive!  Alamo Title does a great job of providing many resources for your clients and yourself to guide you through the maze!
Did you know that with the exception of Congress Avenue streets running north and south downtown mirror the order in which rivers flow throughout the state.  From east to west, the streets (and the rivers) are: Sabine, Red River, Neches, Trinity, San Jacinto, Brazos, Colorado, Lavaca, Guadalupe, San Antonio, Nueces and Rio Grande.You must be quick to adapt to street name-changers in … (0 comments)

 
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR

Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Austin, TX

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Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

Address: 9442 N. Capital TX Highway, Plaza One Suite 625, Austin, TX, 78759

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Office: dillard@reloaustin.com

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Welcome to my ActiveRain real estate blog and profile. I'm a Realtor with Coldwell Banker United and specialize in NW Austin. Once a school teacher I still like the learning process. Only now I enjoy learning what dreams my clients have and what I can do to help them. Call me at 512.346.1799 save Dorie Dillard | Create Your Badge


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