austin homes for sale: The Fed's Role in Crisis and Recovery - 08/18/10 05:06 PM
Despite its apolitical mandate, the Federal Reserve remains one of the most politically sensitive institutions in the world, as evidenced by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's opinion column on November 29th. In the piece, Bernanke criticized proposed legislation before the Senate that would seek to curtail powers given to the Fed over its near-century of existence. With approval of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency comes a new regulatory regime that may also threaten the dominant paradigm, changing the way business at the top is done for decades to come. What will the Federal Reserve's role be in this new financial landscape, and … (0 comments)

austin homes for sale: Find a Good Deal on an East Coast Vacation Home - 08/06/10 05:01 PM
Whether you're looking for a condominium, multi-family unit or a single-family home, you'll find an abundance available in the housing market in almost every major city in the U.S.

Florida's slumping home market has targeted this state for some sweet deals on real estate. You'll even find beach front property at astounding prices. Check out Cutler Bay, Fisher Island or Homestead, all in Miami-Dade County.

Nassau County has some great offerings, too, on Amelia Island. Right now you can get a beautiful condominium on Sea Marsh Road right next to Oak Marsh Golf Course listed at $100,000. It's … (2 comments)

austin homes for sale: Determining Whether to Refinance Your Mortgage - 02/08/10 04:17 PM
With interest rates near all-time lows, it is tempting for many to refinance their home loans. Before you find yourself in the throes of refinancing, you'll need to determine several things.

* Are payments for PMI included in your current home loan schedule? If have you paid, at least, 20 percent on the principal of your mortgage, your lender is required by law to remove the PMI.
* Do you owe more on your home than it is worth? If you probably will not be approved for a refinance loan. The exception is the Home Affordable refinance program. If you … (0 comments)

austin homes for sale: Unraveling the Financial Crisis - 01/24/10 05:42 PM
Getting to the bottom of the financial crisis of the last two years has begun in earnest. The bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, made up of private citizens with extensive financial sector backgrounds, has been given the job of unraveling the cause of the biggest financial meltdown since the Great Depression.

The blame lies not only at the feet of the banking and investment industry, but also the U.S. regulators who were supposed to be watching out for such a disaster. To discover the extent that each group is culpable, the commission will seek testimony from a wide range of … (5 comments)

austin homes for sale: New Home Construction Trends - 12/05/09 06:26 PM
With the drastic downturn of activity in new construction, builders are becoming much more savvy in the ways of home building, and new homebuyers are receptive to the changes.

Since the bottom fell out of the real estate market last year, builders have had to become more creative in order to survive. New construction trends are giving new home construction a shot in the arm. Builders have basically been re-inventing themselves and becoming more clever in their craftsmanship to draw a new audience.

Federal stimulus dollars and historically low mortgage rates definitely generated some activity in the real estate … (1 comments)

austin homes for sale: The Clarksville Dog Park in Austin Texas - 08/10/09 04:27 PM
Clarksville, which is a historic neighborhood in central-west Austin, has a hidden jewel few people know about: the "Dog Park", as it has been known for years. Clarksville is a very eclectic community in the central Austin real estate market, in fact some would say eccentric, but very unique, and the residents love their pets.

Between 9th Street and 10th Street, and a few blocks east of West Lynn, there is a beautiful, green park, shaded by huge, old trees with green leafy canopies covering most of the park, and many of the locals regularly bring their children and dogs … (0 comments)

austin homes for sale: Is It a Good Time to Buy a Home? - 08/03/09 02:29 PM
Austin area home sales are down from a year ago, but prices are holding steady. There are many factors making now a good time to buy: low interest rates, tax incentives for first time buyers and cooperative sellers. As consumers change their spending habits, houses are once again being seen as a long-term purchase of a home and not a quick investment. While the days of the house-buying frenzy are long gone, plenty of serious home buyers remain.

Like the rest of the country, Austin's real estate market is still lagging behind other areas of growth in the economy. While … (0 comments)