austin real estate: "What is Your Favorite Part of Real Estate?" - 12/18/13 08:42 AM
I had someone ask me today what I felt was my favorite part of being a real estate broker. I hadn't really thought about it much lately, but the question provided me with some food for thought, and when I think, I often write.
My very favorite part is too easy - getting paid. (Thanks, Captain Obvious.) However, my real answer probably won't surprise those of you who are in the business.
I most enjoy seeing that moment when someone decides on their dream home, regardless of the price range. I've seen that twinkle in my clients' eyes hundreds of times, … (22 comments)

austin real estate: Looking forward to 2011 - Snapshot of our business and my thoughts - 01/28/11 02:35 PM
Ever since November, we've been busier at our company than we have been in years.  November was my best sales/income month since 2007, and it appears as though February will be even better.
I'm hopeful that the market in Austin will continue its upward trend this year (and beyond).  Typically, we don't see this much buying activity in the winter.  Even since I can remember, the market begins to pick up in February.  Instead, I find myself with multiple daily appointments with clients.  I've hired a handful of new agents at Austin Texas Homes, LLC, and I'm looking to expand further … (17 comments)

austin real estate: Your Co-Worker Doesn't Sell Real Estate, Right? Then Please Listen! - 11/30/10 02:57 PM
Over the years, I have encountered a good number of clients who feel compelled to seek advice from a:
Co-worker Friend Cousin Random Person on the Street I'm not sure why it's okay to allow me (or any agent) to represent you professionally during your sale/purchase, but you want to double-check or seek new information from others about price. When it comes to a real estate negotiation, I promise you that I know what I'm talking about.  I have successfully negotiated many hundreds of sales since 1997, when I was first licensed.  Can your co-worker at Dell truthfully make this claim? … (69 comments)

austin real estate: North Austin Home for Sale - 11208 Amaranth Lane - Offered at $144,999 - 11/18/09 12:13 PM
We just listed a home in north Austin which is nestled on a greenbelt, with no neighbors to the left or to the rear of the property.
Features:
3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms 1571 square feet per tax records Built in 1996 Well-maintained (super-clean!) Breakfast area and formal dining room Open floor plan Fireplace Upgraded tile in kitchen and breakfast Slate in master bath Over-sized patio Full sprinkler system (front and back) Convenient to Dell Childrens' Hospital, University of Texas, & downtown Austin   Located in the Harris Branch subdivision Offered at just $144,999, this one promises to sell quickly.
If you … (1 comments)

austin real estate: North Austin Home for Sale - 1104 Neans - $189,900 - 09/21/09 03:17 PM
Today, I listed a home again that I sold about a year and a half ago in north Austin.  Located at 1104 Neans (near Lamar and Braker), this home has some terrific features and a lot of space for the money.
3 Bedrooms AND office/study 2.5 Baths 2443 square feet per tax records One secondary bedroom has its own 1/2 bathroom Recently refinished wood floors (August '09) in front living, study, hallway, and both secondary bedrooms Slate flooring in other hallway and huge family room Giant kitchen with tons of storage, stainless appliances, pot rack open to large breakfast room Breakfast room … (9 comments)

austin real estate: Buying a Home in Austin, Texas - Step Four: Writing an Offer! - 08/19/09 07:51 AM
This is one post in a seven-part series designed to teach you about what to expect when you are considering buying a home in the Austin, TX area.  The first three parts are here:
Buying a Home in Austin, Texas - Step One: Get Pre-Approved for Mortgage Financing
Buying a Home in Austin, Texas - Step Two: Selecting an Area of Town
Buying a Home in Austin, Texas - Step Three: Finding the Home Itself
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Congrats!  You have found the home that will work best for your needs. 
What now?  First, we need to sit down and compose an offer … (1 comments)

austin real estate: Do you want an agent in a suit and/or tie? If so, I am probably not the one to call - 07/03/09 02:49 AM
I have been selling homes full-time in Austin for 12.5 years now.  When I got my license, I was 26 years old, and I was hungry beyond belief.  My business partner at the time was 21 years old, so we both wore suits (or at the very least, shirt and tie) most of the time, even during the hottest months of the year.  This was part of our effort to appear older and more experienced, as I recall.
With the exception of special events such as weddings and funerals, I haven't worn a tie in roughly 10 years.  Why not?  Because … (160 comments)

austin real estate: Austin Earns Yet Another Honor - "Top City For a Fresh Start" - 05/22/09 12:45 PM
Relocation.com released an interesting new list a couple of days ago, naming Austin, Texas #1 on its list of "Top Cities for a Fresh Start".  This is an interesting study, and one which seems particularly apt considering the rough economic factors facing many parts of the country.  The data includes some unique categories:
Job Growth (Austin is #1) Home Affordability Volunteerism Rate Popularity for Relocation The volunteerism rate was cited as a measure of the strength of the community.  For this particular item, Austin was #5 on the list.
With regard to popularity, the article states:
We mined our own data … (7 comments)

austin real estate: Hello, My Name is Jason, and I am a Book Addict... - 05/20/09 04:11 PM
One of the many reasons that my wife and I get along so well is that we understand each other, and we each tolerate a silent addiction that we share. 
We love to read. As for me, I am not what one would consider to be a "casual reader", although I guess "voracious reader" sounds a bit violent, as does "heavy user".  :)  I actually started reading at age two, and I was self-taught.  Yes, really.  My mom has shared this story dozens of times with me and others. 
In a nutshell, we have literally 1000's of books in our … (31 comments)

austin real estate: Austin Named "America's Best Bargain City" by Forbes.com - 05/20/09 02:28 PM
Austin has been honored on yet another national list this week, having been named the #1 city on Forbes' latest list of "Best Bargain Cities". 
I took a close look at the data they used in calculating the top rankings.  As always, they analyzed the 50 largest U.S. metro statistical areas for the study.  Here are the primary data points used:
Average salary for workers with a bachelor's degree or higher (from PayScale.com) Annual unemployment statistics (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Cost of living (Moody's Economy.com) Housing Opportunity Index (from NAHB & Wells Fargo) - measures affordability at median income Not surprisingly, … (28 comments)

austin real estate: Austin could experience short-term housing shortage and higher prices! - 03/09/09 07:43 AM
Angelos Angelou is one of the foremost economists in central Texas, and he is predicting that the Austin area could end up with a housing shortage over the next couple of years.  Builders slowed down their production levels so much that they may have overcorrected, and this could lead to higher prices in the short-term. 
According to an article in the Community Impact paper that came out on Friday, housing starts dropped by about 2/3 over the past couple of years, from 18,000 to around 6.000 anticipated for 2009.  Couple that with an estimated 42,000 people moving into the area, and … (9 comments)

austin real estate: A Quick Message of Renewed Optimism - 02/24/09 04:58 PM
I fully realize that this is just anecdotal evidence, but I can't help but think that the buying activity has picked up dramatically in Austin, and here's why:
I have had multiple offer scenarios TWICE in 2009 already! In January, I wrote a post about a multiple offer deal (six total offers) that I was working on which clearly demonstrated just how tight Fannie Mae guidelines are for the self-employed:  Requiem for the Self-Employed Homebuyer  
Before I go any further, I will mention that the buyer reference in the above link was turned down by FIVE lenders, but they are now … (32 comments)

austin real estate: Austin Named #2 on "Healthiest Housing Markets" List for 2009 - Texas Sweeps the Top FIVE Spots! - 02/21/09 12:18 PM
BuilderOnline.com, which is the website for Builder Magazine, published a list this week of the healthiest housing markets around the country.  Not surprisingly, Austin fared well on the list.  What I DID find surprising was the fact that Texas has the entire top five. 
To compile the list, they analyzed the top 75 real estate markets in the country, ranking them based on population trends and job growth, which are both perennial factors that drive demand for homes.  They also took into account current home prices and the number of building permits.
Houston ranked first, followed by Austin, Fort Worth, San … (10 comments)

austin real estate: Austin is Included on Yahoo's "10 Great Cities for Salary Growth" List - 01/28/09 02:30 PM
According to Yahoo's HotJobs, Austin is one of the top cities in the country where you could expect a salary increase in 2009!  The article states that the most recent salary increase figures available are from 2007, but these figures are strongly indicative of places where workers can expect increases in 2009 and beyond.  For the most recent statistics, Austin posted a 7.7% increase, which was the 6th best in the country.
Here's what they had to say about Austin:
"Building off of an already robust government labor sector, the University of Texas at Austin is a huge source of innovation. … (12 comments)

austin real estate: Don't you think that would be a good idea to include in the MLS remarks? - 10/12/08 09:32 AM
I showed four homes this afternoon in the Round Rock area.  Thankfully, the buyers really liked the last one, so they may end up writing an offer very soon.  We had just increased the price range about $20,000 in order to open it up a bit so that they would have more choices, since the initial round of properties were...less than desirable.
One of the properties today was pretty exciting at first glance:
Good price Great curb appeal Solid location Then, we started to notice some cracks in the otherwise perfect veneer.  In this case, unfortunately, they were literal cracks - drywall … (31 comments)

austin real estate: Austin, Texas Home Prices Very Unlikely to Drop, Study Finds - 10/08/08 11:16 AM
According to an in-depth study conducted by PMI Mortgage Insurance Company and released this past week, the Austin-Round Rock metro area is very unlikely to see a drop in home prices over the next two years.  Austin was ranked as one of about 14 metropolitan areas around the country with a less than 1% chance of prices dropping between now and 2010.
In fact, Texas fared well statewide, with Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio also making this short, exclusive list of low-risk cities.
With the continued barrage of negative national economic news, including the intense focus on the economy … (17 comments)

austin real estate: Avery Ranch Home for Sale - NEW LISTING! Just $189,990 - 10/03/08 04:21 PM
One of our agents just listed a home in Avery Ranch West today.  This is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the Round Rock/Cedar Park areas.  For more information on the community and its awesome golf course, visit: http://averyranch.com/. 
This home has some terrific features, including:
 
Built in 2005 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths Greenbelt view Unique plan with Master Suite on first floor!  Spacious & Flowing floorplan Limestone Exterior Front Porch Upgraded light fixtures & plumbing fixtures Laminate Wood Floors Covered Back Patio Neutral Colors Convenient Location to Parmer, Toll Roads, Hwy 183 and Retail and Restaraunts Galore!  
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austin real estate: Travis Heights - Downtown Austin Texas Neighborhood - Home Sales Trends - 2008 - 10/03/08 03:56 PM
Travis Heights is an eclectic and beautiful neighborhood nestled on the southern edge of downtown Austin, just across scenic Lady Bird Lake south of Riverside Drive.  Located very near I-35, Barton Springs, Zilker Park (which is much like Austin's version of Central Park), and much more, this area offers unique homes, convenience, and a sense of community.  The tree-lined streets have always reminded me of something straight out of a movie set.
For the purposes of this post, I compiled data from the Austin MLS system to give you some idea of how briskly homes are selling in Travis Heights, and … (1 comments)

austin real estate: Austin Makes #10 on New List - "Cities Where Buying Makes Sense" - 09/23/08 03:12 PM


In a report that was just released via MSN's Real Estate portal, Austin ranked #10 on the list of "66 Cities Where Buying Makes Sense".  Not surprisingly, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and McAllen, Texas also made the top ten!
The study was conducted to determine whether it is a better financial move today to rent a two-bedroom apartment or to purchase a low-priced home.  According to the published estimates, if you purchase an affordable home in the Austin-Round Rock area, you will have substantial equity in four years' time. 
The article alludes to the fact that home ownership is … (15 comments)

austin real estate: Austin Texas Luxury Homes - There are lots of options! - 09/13/08 10:05 AM
Whether you are looking for a classic estate in the heart of the city, or a Texas-sized ranch, Austin has it all!  The central Texas area has much to offer if you are looking for a luxury property.
Granted, if you are looking for a beachfront bungalow or a mountain cabin, we don't have those here.  However, we do have some prime waterfront homes and some pretty big hills to the west of town!  This article really just skims the surface.  For more information, feel free to call me anytime.
So, what are the most popular homes selling in the $1 … (7 comments)

 
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