RECENT BLOG POSTS
The Westlake area is home to some of the priciest residences in the Austin area.  The convenient location with a close proximity to downtown coupled with the exemplary schools makes this area highly desirable for many families.  Unfortunately, many home buyers may find this neighborhood to be at ...
09/25/2018
  If you’re thinking about buying a home, you may begin your search by looking at a diverse array of properties. Even if you know you want a move in ready home, you may be comparing new construction homes to remodeled homes built in the 70s.  There are pros and cons to both; however, more and mo...
09/07/2018
  ​Approximately five miles south of downtown Austin is an area locals are now referring to as St. Elmo.  This area which has previously been referred to as East Congress encompasses the subdivisions of Greenwood Hills, Battle Bend and Colonial Trails.  In recent years, Austinites have begun ref...
08/31/2018
  The July market report just released from the Austin Board of REALTORS® reveals a steady increase in sales volume and increasing prices across the greater Austin area.  In both the City of Austin and the entire Austin-Round Rock MSA, median home sales price figures reached all-time highs last ...
08/20/2018
  Just ten years ago, buyers had many more options when looking to invest $200 K in the Austin real estate market. The median sales price of residential homes in 2008 was only $192,000.  You could buy a cute little Bouldin cottage, pretty much anything east of I35, or a modest sized home in Lake...
08/05/2018
On a slightly overcast morning, on the last day of July, I sat down with interior designer, Alyssa Rome to discuss design trends, life in Austin, and her company Studio Krewe Design.  As Rome mentions on her website, studiokrewedesign.com, a “krewe” is a “an organization or association that stage...
08/02/2018
  It’s HOT, HOT, HOT right now.  With temperatures in the triple digits, the idea of jumping into a pool sounds absolutely glorious.  But, does having a pool make your home more desirable to buyers?  If you install a pool, will you recoup your investment?  Does being able to make a splash really...
07/27/2018
  If you’re preparing to put your home on the market, you are probably staying busy cleaning, de-cluttering, and starting to pack.  You may also find time slipping away from you as you spend hours perusing Zillow searching for your dream home.  However, have you even thought about gathering thes...
07/20/2018
This month’s Active Rain contest prompts contestants to identify a niche that will provide a consistent stream of revenue. The idea is to imagine you are starting over in real estate. You have no past clients, no database, and no focus for your business. So, you must pick the niche that will brin...
07/17/2018
    Sunset Valley is a small independent city surrounded by Austin.  It is located about 15 minutes southwest of downtown Austin near the intersection of Hwy 290 and Mopac.  Sunset Valley is probably best known for its large shopping centers with a variety of big box retailers such as Home Depot...
06/29/2018
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