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The “Do’s and Don’ts” List for Home Sellers

Many home sellers prepare for a home showing by mowing the lawn and feverishly cleaning the house as if monster-mother-in-law is coming over. The belief of many home sellers that a clean home has better chances of getting sold may be partly true, but it’s not entirely the deal. Home sellers also have to do their part in the process by keeping themselves from becoming the very nuisance that would turn off potential buyers. From Realtor.com, we bring you the “6 Do’s and Don’ts for Home Sellers.”

Don’t be a “Lingering Ghost” or Stalker

Nobody likes the feeling of being stalked or spied on. And if you linger...

2015 a Record-breaking Year for Home Sales in Austin


Austin Real Estate Stats 20152015 is a very special time for realtors as the Austin Board of Realtors reported the highest
number of single-family home sales ever recorded in a year. With 29,068 transactions for 2015 and a total volume of approximately $9.7 billion, 2015 surpassed the previous year by 13 percent. December 2015 is also a very notable month, as it clocked in 2,390 single-family home sales—the most ever recorded in the final month of the year—at a time when people are usually busy with the holidays instead of home buying.

Re-sale homes remain the same despite an increase...

Home Buying 101: A Step-by-step Guide for First-time Buyers

Buying a home is a financial and emotional investment. This is especially true to couples who are starting a family and would like to secure a home for the coming brood of kids and pets. While many young couples are tempted to rent a house because it is less complicated, there are perks of buying your home at the early stages of your partnership.

This guide is for first-time buyers who are hesitant to dive in and invest on real estate because they are unfamiliar with the process. Purchasing a home may appear cumbersome and complicated, but the process is actually easy if you have been professionally advised. Here’s how to do it:

1. Make a checklist of first house must-haves. Do you want a three-bedroom bungalow home? Or would a loft-type condominium suit you better? Do you want a property with a swimming pool? Or would you prefer to have a low-maintenance abode? Make a list of specifications that you want your first home to have. Aside from helping you narrow...

Top Tips for Sellers in 2016

Are you looking into selling your home and getting your much-awaited return on investment this 2016? Jonathan Smoke, the chief economist for Realtor.com, says that “the 2016 housing market is forecasted to be mainly a seller’s market, filled with increasing home prices, relatively low inventory and fierce competition between buyers.” It looks like this year is, indeed, the perfect time to sell real estate in Austin. To help you make a successful sale out of your property in Austin, Realtor.com and Cain Realty Group brings you the Top Tips for Sellers in 2016:

Join the Prime-buying Season

In a Realtor.com report, researchers found that sellers who “list their homes during the prime spring and summer months benefit from a larger population of buyers and potential bidding wars.” Selling your home in Austin during the prime home buying season, which usually begins in April and reaches its...

Austin ranked #1 on a list of cities most likely to boom over the next 10 years

According to a study done by Forbes, Austin was ranked #1 on a list of cities most likely to boom over the next 10 years. In fact, Texas as a whole, made up of half of the list. It’s no secret that Texas is great, economy is doing well, the weather is great, and its not expensive to live here.

The study was conducted based on different factors. Based on eight metrics indicative of past, present and future life. The percentage of children in the population, the birth rate, net domestic migration, the percentage of the population aged 25-44 with a bachelor’s degree, income growth, the unemployment rate, and population growth.

Austin has experienced double-digit job growth in the past 5 years and only continues to grow. Another factor in the study was income growth. Austin sits well above the national average. Austin has a large demographic of educated millennials and household...

Top Tips for Buyers in 2016

With the new year comes a new responsibility; a buyer who is willing to invest in real estate this 2016 should know the latest housing market trends in order to make the best decisions for their real estate investments. Brought to you by Realtor.com and Cain Realty Group, here are our Top Tips for Buyers in 2016:

Time is of the essence; Act NOW

A realtor.com survey shows that 85% of buyers say they plan to buy a home in the spring or summer of 2016. However, experts recommend that serious buyers start their hunt early; doing so lets them scour the market without too much competition. Also, if you are thinking that house-hunting in Austin during the spring or summer will give you...

Austin Population may Reach 3 Million Sooner than Expected

The summer of 2015 was a very remarkable time for Austin. After all, it’s not every day that a city’s population would pass the 2 million mark. With the incredible progress shown by the city, many are anticipating when Austin will hit another population milestone.

Austin state demographers project that the metropolitan area of Austin will reach 3 million residents in 2045. However, many regard this projection as conservative; some even think it is inaccurate. Because state demographers factor in suburban growth instead of urban growth, experts believe that the inaccuracy in projection could be as much as 15 years late.

City of Austin demographer...

Five Simple Tweaks for a Happier Home

The true happiness of a home relies on tSimple Tips for a Happier Homehe relationships and family dynamics of its residents, but did you know that there are things you can do to improve your home and make it a happier place at the same time? Several studies reveal that it is possible to be happy based on where you invest in real estate and how you renovate your home, among other things. Here are some things you should do if you desire to have a “Smile-only Zone” Home:

Use Happy Wall Colors

A study from Amsterdam’s Vrije University proved that wall color has the ability to change your mood. The colors green and yellow appear to be...