Understanding the Job of a Home Inspector
It truly is a thrilling experience when an offer you've made to purchase a home has been accepted, but you might want to go through one more important step before starting to pack your bags. Hiring a home inspector is a crucial part of the home ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 30, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
Lesser Property Taxes for Austin Residents as City Council Votes for Increased Homestead Exemption
The Austin City Council has finally voted in favor of increasing the homestead exemption from 6% to 8% this afternoon. The 2% increase in exemption means that owners of homes valued at $250,000 will save approximately $23 annually. The final ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 29, 2016 in Austin Area News and Events
Glassdoor Reports Austin is Among Top Cities Where You Can Land Your Dream Job
A recent survey by Glassdoor ranks Austin, Texas among the best city for jobs. Turns out millennials are heading to the right city in the south. Out of 25 cities in the U.S., Austin made it to the sixth place in a ranking based on the ease of ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 28, 2016 in Austin Accolades 2016
Austin Makes it to List of Best Cities for Urban Nature Lovers
Eighty percent of Americans live in its urban cities. Who can blame them? Living in the city makes everything within reach. And in spite of the rising living costs, people prefer living in cities where the jobs are, and so are the amazing amenities ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 27, 2016 in Austin Accolades 2016
Basic Closing Costs for VA Buyers and Sellers
All home loans come with closing costs. But what makes the VA loan different is that closing costs are often limited for the benefit of the veteran buyer. This blog post explains the benefit program of the Department of Veterans Affairs and how ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 23, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
3 Things to Know When Choosing a Mortgage Lender
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has set specific guidelines with regard to pricing, rates, and other factors concerning loans, but it does not change the fact that lenders can choose to operate differently within those guidelines.
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 22, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
VA Loans and What You Need to Know About 'em
Recent data suggests that the number of buyers intent on using a VA loan for their home purchase are steadily increasing. However, home sellers and their agents seem to be limiting their potential by ignoring this sector of the buyer's market. Could ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 21, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
Four Reasons Why Your Home Isn't Selling
An old, neglected "For Sale" sign at the front yard-- it's every home seller's nightmare. If your house has been on the market for months and there's no promising offer in sight, you simply can't help but worry. What if there IS something wrong ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 20, 2016 in Selling Your Home
Ricky Cain of The Cain Team Joins Fashion Show Fundraiser
Cain Realty Group's very own Ricky Cain joined 32 other Realtors who "showed their strut" in the recently-concluded fashion show fundraiser named "What's Hot for Summer: Work and Weekend Wear for Men and Women" organized by Platinum Top ...
Posted by Karen Phan on June 18, 2016 in Austin Area News and Events
Ventilation Tweaks to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer
Summer is just around the corner! And knowing how hot things in Austin can be, can you regard yourself and your home as ready for the heat wave?
While most homes in Austin are equipped with central air conditioning, the summer months will not be ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 15, 2016 in Home Ideas
How to Get Multiple Offers for Your Home (and Sell Over Asking Price!)
It's the ultimate dream of every home seller-- to get to sell their property for much more than what they asked for. And the icing on the cake is an all-out bidding war among several interested buyers, with the victor shelling out more than what you ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 14, 2016 in Selling Your Home
Tax Returns and Home Purchase: What You Need to Know
Anyone who is planning on buying a home or getting refinanced for a property they already own should get ready for the ton of paperwork they have to take care of. Tax returns are, of course, an important part documentary requirement. But are they ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 13, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
Are Low Credit Scores Keeping Millennials from Buying a Home?
A recent TransUnion survey found that a third of American millenials aged 18 to 34 are looking to buy a home within the next 12 months, but 43% of them have subprime credit scores.
TransUnion senior vice president Ken Chaplin says that credit scores ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 10, 2016 in Austin Real Estate Market Statistics
How to Save up for a Home Down Payment in One Year
Unless you are qualified for a VA loan, you need to save a few grand for the down payment of your soon-to-be home. A down payment, however, can actually be a hindrance for first-time home buyers, since saving up tens of thousands of dollars is not ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 9, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
Top Canine-Friendly Cities in the U.S.
A recent survey by the American Pet Products Association reveals that 54.5 million American households (or 44% of the total American population) owns at least one dog. And looking at the the spending of American dog owners from 2001 to 2015, it is ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 6, 2016 in Austin Accolades 2016
Austin: The Latest 'In' City for Success-Driven Millennials
You're fresh out of university and you have three things in mind: pay off your student loans FAST, get a great job (that would help you pay off the loan quicker), and buy a home. Admit it-- being able to afford your home means you've done well in ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on June 2, 2016 in Austin Accolades 2016