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2016 

  I started fixing and flipping properties in 2008 one of the worst real estate markets in recent memory and despite that I have never had a home stay on the market longer than 45 days. How did I manage that you ask? Well here are my secrets:1. Fix the systems. These are the least satisfying chan...
01/30/2016
I know it's hard to see the original charm under the additions but trust me the exist through out this massive 3,200+ SF home that commands have a city block in the heart of Luling. It boasts a huge eat in kitchen with separate wet bar/coffee area, original pine floors that have been restored to ...
01/30/2016
 I'm a Real Estate Investor and General Contractor as well as a Realtor and as such I look at properties a little bit differently than the average home buyer.1. I Like Ugly and Outdated HousesOur Austin real estate market is really hot and great looking well priced houses are sold as soon as they...
01/28/2016
 This post was inspired by 6 Simple Yet Effective Home Staging Ideas Under $40 on Forbes.com.Most Real Estate Professionals agree that Staging your home is a great tool for showing your home in it's best light but what if you don't have enough money to hire a stager? It's time to put your DIY ski...
01/27/2016
While reviewing Pinterest recently I stumbled across an article 6 Tips: How to Prioritize your Home Improvement Projects by SnazzyLittleThings.com and I found some of the tips very helpful. Here are three of my favorites:1. Address Function First. This tip is near and dear to my heart, I am defin...
01/26/2016
You and I know we're different from all the other Realtors out there, we offer different services and have different values and a different skill sets, that doesn't make us better but it may make us a better fit for different clients.So how do we explain how we are different to our clients? It co...
01/24/2016
You've heard it thousands of times before - kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. Well it's true or at least than can break a sale, but that doesn't mean you should do a floor to ceiling kitchen remodel before you put your house on the market, you should save the big remodel for your new home. The ...
01/23/2016
 James Gaines, Chief Economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University said in the January 2016 issue of Tierra Grande that "the average price of an existing home through the third quarter of 2014 was around $240,000. The average price of a new home was around $340,000."As a person who'...
01/21/2016
 According to James Gaines the Chief Economist for the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University 2016 will be a pretty good year to sell your home but a continuing shortage of inventory could affect your ability to buy a new home. Mr. Gaines goes on to say "Sellers likely will be able to sell qu...
01/20/2016
I was reading the Inman News Letter this morning and stumbled across this article discussing a new app available for virtual tours called Inside Maps' 3-D home imaging. Admittedly I'm still getting up to speed with the power of the I-phone but this app that is supposed to allow me to film and hos...
01/19/2016
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