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Purchasing a vacation rental offers a unique opportunity to grow your wealth and personally benefit from the investment.  If you were to invest in the stock market, would it also offer you a comfy bed to relax in on the weekend?  I don’t think so.    Investing in real estate has a few inherent re...
07/10/2019
Have you ever considered putting a funky retro tile in your bathroom? Or, maybe you’ve been wanting to add a farmhouse sink to your kitchen thinking it will make doing the dishes enjoyable. Or, maybe you’ve been dying in the Texas heat and you’ve been dappling with the idea of installing a pool i...
06/28/2019
 Are you thinking about selling your home?  Maybe, you feel like the REALTOR commission fees seem awfully high, and you could save a ton of money by listing your home for sale by owner (FSBO).  Possibly, you were ok with paying a listing agent fee, but then you found out the buyer’s agent fee wou...
06/07/2019
Congratulations!  You have finally found a house that you want to call home!  Once you are officially under-contract (which means that you submitted an offer on a house, and the sellers have accepted the terms and signed the offer to acknowledge the acceptance), there are a few things you will ne...
05/15/2019
  Around April 15th, you should have received a Notice of Appraised Value from the Travis County Appraisal District (TCAD).  This notice includes the market value and the assessed value for your home.  If you feel that the value is not correct, you can protest your assessed value.  It’s worth men...
05/10/2019
Do you remember the first time you met your spouses parents or the last time you went on a job interview?  If you’re like most people, I bet you gave some thought into what you wore, or how you styled your hair.  I can’t remember the specifics of getting ready for either of these scenarios in my ...
04/12/2019
    If you’re looking at buying a brand new home, you may think you don’t need a REALTOR.  In fact, you may even think that buying a new construction home without a real estate agent will save you money.  However, new home communities usually have a marketing budget for the entire community and R...
04/04/2019
  If you are purchasing a home using a loan, the bank will require an appraisal.  The appraiser visits the home, looks at comparable recent sales, and determines a value for the property.  If the appraiser’s value is less than the agreed upon sales price, you have what is commonly referred to as...
03/14/2019
  As we approach the high season in the land of real estate, more and more properties are experiencing multiple offer situations.  When two or more parties have submitted an offer on the same piece of property, it becomes a multiple offer situation.  This is often referred to as a bidding war.  ...
03/06/2019
  There’s nothing better than being able to wake up in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee while you look out at the lake and see the sun reflecting off the water.  If this sounds like a little slice of heaven to you, you may be considering purchasing a home with a lake view.  In Austin, there...
02/24/2019
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