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Austin Voted #2 City to Live in for Seniors

Austin, Texas may be known by many for its motto "keep Austin weird" but there is much more than quirky bars and shops in this southern town. Austin has been named #2 city in the United States for senior citizens to live more than comfortably. The city scores higher than both the state and national averages when it comes to senior-friendliness. With perks such as mild winters, low rainfall, an active outdoor community, and excellent access to healthcare, Austin is a very livable place for Texas seniors to call home.

When it comes to health and safety for seniors, older adults are well accommodated in the Capital City. There are a very high number of physicians in Austin who accept Medicare, 20 area hospitals, and an abundance of senior living facilities and home healthcare providers.

Austin is also financially accommodating to its senior residents. The local economy is booming here and while the city has seen an increase in the cost of living in recent years, the state...

Hot New Listing! 242 Caraway

Kyle Home for Sale 242 Caraway

Picturesque 100% upgraded Plum Creek home with notable featuring including new 20X30 wood deck, surround sound, bamboo wood flooring, stainless steel appliances, automatic thermostats, energy and sound-insulated walls; low monthly bills, plentiful outlets, on-site water heaters, huge walk-in pantry and kitchen, gorgeous master suite and upstairs bedrooms graced with French doors to walk-out balcony. Conveniently located in great neighborhood with golf course views!

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Selling Up? Why Not Hire Someone to Live in Your Home?


When it comes to selling a house, appearances count. That’s why more and more homeowners hoping to wow buyers will hire a home stager—a magician-like professional who swoops in with stylish furniture you’d never own, blandly tasteful modern art you’d never hang, and an undeniable flair for organization, and makes your place look, well, picture-perfect. It’s the stuff that full-asking-price offers are made of.

The downside: While staging may help your home sell faster, it makes it look a bit, well, staged. But now there’s a way to get a more genuine, lived-in look: Just hire someone to live in your place!

Here’s how this weird but growing trend works: Once you hire a staging company to sell your vacant home, it finds someone who’s willing to move in with all his or her (suitably attractive) furniture and have it arranged by the company to look its best. Then, your home’s...

Selling? Top Reasons Why FSBO is NOT the Way to Go

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are the top five reasons:

1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers

Recent studies have shown that 94% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 17% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

2. Results Come from the Internet

Where did buyers find the home they actually purchased?

  • 51% on the internet
  • 34% from a Real Estate Agent
  • 9% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspapers

The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet...

The Real Score Between Renting and Buying

There’s about $13.1 trillion stashed away in the United States, in plain sight. Where? In our homes!

Do we have your attention yet?

That’s the total value of the equity held by over 75 million U.S. homeowners, according to the latest estimates from the Federal Reserve Board. And that works out to almost $175,000 per owning household.

This is unmistakable evidence that homeownership is a critical building block of household wealth. Owning a home is a key reason why the median net worth of a homeowner is almost $200,000 while the median net worth of a renting household is just over $5,000.

Sure, part of that is because owners were able to pony up a chunk of money to put down on a house, and to qualify for a mortgage....

Hot New Listing! 15430 Ecorio Dr

North Austin Home for Sale Round Rock Home for SaleGorgeous remodeled property w/ fantastic features include spacious rooms, beautiful wood and tile flooring, recently replaced roof, cozy fireplace, energy efficient windows and shades, updated fixtures, detailed paint work on interior/exterior, and elegant light fixtures. Relaxing backyard enhanced with landscaping work featuring stone walkway and fountain! Over $50K in upgrades. Conveniently located in RRISD mins to roadways, schools & shopping centers!

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Hot New Listing! 605 Boca Chica Dr

Cedar Park TX Home for Sale 605 Boca Chica DrBeautiful contemporary home in enclosed neighborhood. Property features include handsome front porch, high ceilings, graceful arches, beautifully finished flooring and paintwork, updated fixtures throughout, open concept kitchen/dining area, max natural lighting, cozy backyard with fanned patio. Spacious bedrooms, pantries and closets! Conveniently located down the street from neighborhood park, Whole Foods, Starbucks and shopping!

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Hot New Listing! 817 Cactus Dr

Round Rock Home for Sale 817 Cactus DrLovely Round Rock Residence in convenient location ready to move in! Amazing features include a fantastic floor plan, timeless stone fireplace in family room, spacious master suite, elegant light fixtures, thoughtful finishes in every bed and bath, updated painting work, and beautiful wood flooring throughout. French doors opens to spacious backyard perfect for entertaining. Minutes from roadways, local elementary school and shopping centers!

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Round Rock was Named #3 on List of Best Cities to Start a Family

Looking to start a family? Round Rock was named #3 on list of best cities to start a family! If you never heard of Round Rock, it’s a beautiful suburban town on the outskirts of Austin. It has great schools and amazing community. The big kicker is that Round Rock is the home of the international HQ for Dell.

There are 3 factors that were considered when determining the best cities; education, cost of first home, and lastly safety. Understandably, these are the factors that new parents are considering before starting a family.

The education in Round Rock is incomparable. Round Rock ISD ranked 8th in education. Not only does Round Rock have amazing public school options, but they also have a plethora of private schools to choose from.

The average cost of first home is important. Starting a family is expensive and so is buying a home. With all of the new expenses arising, you want to make sure the first home you buy as a family is reasonable. Round Rock ranked #12 on the list!...

Hot New Listing! 7004 Greenock St

Southwest Austin Home for Sale Cain Realty Group Austin Homes for Sale

Stunning property on lot backing to greenbelt in beautiful established SW Austin neighborhood, no neighbors to right side of property. Unique features include a great floor plan, enchanting stone fireplace in family room, elegant light fixtures in dining area and bathrooms, vintage wood and cast iron detailing throughout, and custom built-in BBQ on backyard patio. Amazing potential for customization and upgrades, minutes from shopping centers and 15 min from Downtown!

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Housing Shortage Will Make Homes More Expensive this 2017

A growing concern among real estate analysts is that young buyers might be getting shut out of the market as home prices rise to an all-time high in nearly two decades due to a severe shortage in homes available for sale.

In a recent report compiled by the National Association of Realtors, it was found that there is an 89% increase in the median sales price of existing single-family homes in key metropolitan cities in the U.S. in the 4th quarter (as compared to last year's data). The previous quarter before that showed an 87% increase compared to last year's figures. Over half of 178 markets included in the report have reached or surpassed previous sales price peaks in their respective areas.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, explains that, "the inability...

Common Concepts Between Home Selling and Finding 'The One' Online

What does selling your home have in common with online dating? Probably a whole lot more than you think.

There may be plenty of potential prospects out there, but it’s not always easy to find the perfect match. Sound familiar? If your place has been sitting on the market for a while, or your last deal unexpectedly went kersplat, it may seem like you’ll never find that elusive happily ever after.

Fortunately, there are more than a few life lessons sellers can learn from dating services like OkCupid, Match.com, and Tinder to ensure their home attracts the best possible buyers who appreciate its worth and treat it well. And who, most importantly, won’t leave you high and dry before the closing.

So keep swiping—er, scrolling—to get our top five tips to ensure prospective buyers don’t break your heart.

Lesson No.1: Hide your crazy

Whether you’re trying to get an offer for a house or a dinner date, you might...

5 Things Homeowners Should Know about Their Homes

As a homeowner, you are required to know the most intimate details about your home (even the parts that guests don't usually access or see at your house), because you and your home have a special kind of relatioship-- knowing every nook and cranny of the house is needed in order for you to live comfortably in it. 

If you are not the Home DIY-er type and have the tendency to call the pros whenever something goes wrong, that's alright. Some home projects are best entrusted to the professionals. BUT, these five things are just non-negotiable and should be known by every decent man (or woman!) of the house. Here are the five things every homeowner should know about:

1. Location of the main water shut-off valve

2. Location of the circuit box and learning its labels

3. Facts about the thermocouple (yes, you have a thing like that in your home)

4. Location and management of ALL filters

5. Sump Pump location and maintenance

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The Real Deal About Home Cleaning

Hate cleaning your house? No one could blame you: There’s precious little fun in scrubbing toilets. Or wiping down grime-streaked windows to the point where your elbows are sore for weeks. And you probably cringe when you think about your living room’s floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves, whose upper levels haven’t seen a dust rag since Tony Soprano faded abruptly to black.

Enter the humble housecleaner—here to save you from yourself! You can hand over your most hated tasks and wash your hands of cleaning.

But if you’re hiring a housecleaner to do the hard work, don’t make the job even harder. Following these insider tips from cleaning experts will not only help ensure your status as a decent human being, they can also help you save some cash.

Here are seven tips for keeping your...

2016 The Cain Team MLS-wide Stats and Performance

2016 MLS Data Cain Realty Group stats and performanceThe 2016 data from the Austin Board of Realtors' MLS are indicative of Cain Realty Group's stellar performance in the past year. Market analysis conducted for data in the Austin-Round Rock area indicates the following findings:

Customer Satisfaction Like No Other

Our clients are not just happy working with us. Actual MLS data show that the clients we work with aren't just impressed with our professionalism and accommodating manners. These are six actual accomplishments we helped our clients gain:

For Single Family Homes

1. Sellers who worked with Cain Realty Group got 3.9% more than the average agent within the Austin Board.

2. Based on the average sales price,...

Austin is one of the 10 Best Cities to Raise a Family

Looking to make a move? Thinking of joining the Austin area community? Great idea! Austin was just voted the 9th best city in the U.S to raise a family! SmartAsset.com conducted an amazing study to calculate the top ten and here are their findings. 

"In order to find the best cities to raise a family, we looked at eight factors. Specifically, we looked at data on high school graduation rates, the percentage of students proficient in math and reading, the percentage of the population in each city who are under the age of 20, the percentage of people in each city who are living below the poverty level, the unemployment rate, the crime rate per 100,000 residents, the annual cost of child care for an infant and housing costs as a percentage of income. For more on where we got our data and how we compiled it, read the data and methodology below." - SmartAsset.com

Austin has many advantages...

Hot New Listing! 175 Silver Maple Dr

Kyle Home for Sale Austin Home for Sale 175 Silver Maple Dr

Amazing new-build w/ endless features including open concept floor plan, high ceilings, ample natural lighting, gorgeous front porch, unique breakfast area, and modern concept designs throughout. Beautiful master suite, large kitchen with beautiful cabinetry, center island and stainless steel appliances. Property boats maximum storage space, and is conveniently located near community's jogging, biking paths and play ground.

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Hot New Listing! 110 Mollie Dr

Hutto Home for Sale Austin Home for Sale 110 Mollie Dr

Great residence on safe cul-de-sac street. Home features include fantastic open floor plan, beautiful wood floors, high ceilings, unique design features throughout, and ample natural lighting from plentiful windows. Gorgeous master suite with sitting area and upgraded bathroom. Spectacular kitchen open to family room creates a warm and inviting atmosphere! Large backyard open to spacious fields.

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Hot New Listing! 165 Archipelago Trl

Round Rock Home for Sale 165 Archipelago Trl

Stunning property backing to greenbelt with endless upgrades, state of the art materials from luxury custom home builder & kept in pristine condition by owner. Flawless attention to detail in open-floor plan interior throughout. Uniquely featuring media room, fully-equipped backyard with pool, BBQ, LED lights in hot tub, professional landscaping and over $40K of new solar panel systems. Fantastic community amenities in GREAT location.

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Promising New Austin Residential Developments are Seeking Affordable Housing Tax Credits in Exchange for Offering Affordable New Homes

New Real Estate Development in AustinReal estate developers are hoping that the Austin City Council will approve their move to support state affordable housing tax credits in the hopes of offsetting the building costs of nine new developments in the city.

The highly competitive 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program allows developers to offset a portion of their federal tax liability in exchange for creating affordable housing.

The program offers investors a chance to buy tax credits to offset other taxes by investing in multi-family rental development projects in exchange for making a certain percentage of the homes affordable.

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