What Makes a Good Neighborhood [to move into]
A recent survey by Realtor® shows that a community needs to have the following "ingredients" for it to satisfy the residents in the area and make them feel that they are living in a good neighborhood. Aside from looking at the crime rates ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 31, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
Attention Home Sellers: How to Choose the Right Realtor to Work With
People commonly choose a realtor according to the listing price they suggested. A general rule of thumb is that, "the higher the listing price, the better the realtor is". Realtor® explains that there is more to choosing an agent than just ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 30, 2016 in Selling Your Austin Area Home
Hot New Listing in Austin TX! 1405 Chicon St. near UTAustin
Perfect opportunity in an incredible area! Expansive lot located minutes to Downtown, The University of Texas, Metro Rail and the Capitol. Walking distance to endless amenities and restaurants.
Are you looking for a home that is strategically ...
Posted by Karen Phan on August 19, 2016 in Austin Area Homes for Sale
Neighborhood Features that Drag Down Home Value
An interesting video released by Realtor® summarizes the community features that can drag your home's value down.
For buyers: Are you looking to buy a home? If you want to own property whose value appreciates over time, avoid looking at homes in ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 18, 2016 in Selling Your Austin Area Home
Renovation Works that Pay Off When You Sell Your Home
The most recent Cost vs. Value report of Remodeling Magazine for 2016 enumerates the types of renovation work that has the most return on investment. Are you thinking about doing upgrades on your home, thinking that this would add value to your ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 17, 2016 in Home Improvement
Four Seller No-No's
Selling a home can be pretty exciting, as this is a phase in your life when you are getting ready to move on to bigger and better things. But don't let that excitement overwhelm you. Too much excitement and over-eagerness on your part can turn off ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 16, 2016 in Selling Your Austin Area Home
Things You Should Never Say When Buying a Home
When you're looking to buy a home, you encounter a myriad of emotions and a ton of things to do that you easily end up absent-mindedly saying things you'd later regret. While we accept that we are all human and are prone to commit mistakes, ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 15, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
Hot New Listing in Buda TX! 191 Kings Ridge Dr
Gorgeous home in ideal location. This home has soaring ceilings, endless natural light, an open floor plan and an expansive master suite. The stunning kitchen and incredible backyard are perfect for entertaining. Grand entry with an excellent ...
Posted by Karen Phan on August 13, 2016 in Austin Area Homes for Sale
Hot New Listing in Pflugerville TX! 20304 Treyburn Ln
Incredible well maintained home in ideal location. This home has soaring ceilings and endless natural light. Enjoy the grand entry, dedicated office, and spacious backyard. Master retreat has double vanity, garden tub, separate shower and walk in ...
Posted by Karen Phan on August 12, 2016 in Austin Area Homes for Sale
Tonight's a Great Idea to Enjoy Your Deck or Patio... with a Meteor Shower Show!
The Perseid meteor shower will give us its most spectacular night show as of yet, thanks to a power boost from Jupiter. Expect up to 200 meteors per hour as the Perseids light up the sky from the constellation Perseus (see image ABOVE). The ...
Posted by Ricky Cain on August 11, 2016 in Austin Area Events
What to Do When Your Mortgage Gets Declined
Of all rejections a person has to face in life, a declined mortgage is probably one of the rejections that will set you back the most. Not only will your dreams of owning a home get quashed-- you will also find yourself wondering what went ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 10, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
How Good Schools Can Add Value to Your Property
The latest 2016 Schools and Housing Report by ATTOM Data Solutions recently concluded that home values always get a boost whenever a school located nearby receives high ratings. The conclusion came from the report's observation that homes in ZIP ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 9, 2016 in Selling Your Austin Area Home
Online Searches for Homes are Becoming a Consumer Pastime-- Google
Recent research by Google reveals that Americans spend 55 minutes per online visit with real estate apps on their phones, on average. John Thornton, Google's partner in real estate business, esteems that "customers roll over in the morning and start ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 8, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
This Weekend is Sales Tax Holiday!
School is just around the corner and parents are now prepping up to get what their children need. But did you know that the best time to shop for school supplies in Texas is on a Sales Tax Holiday? Scheduled this weekend from August 5 to 7, the ...
Posted by Ricky Cain on August 5, 2016 in Austin Area Events
How to Use Delayed Financing to Buy a Home
Sellers are more inclined to accept offers from cash buyers than financing-backed buyers because cash transactions are easier and faster. Without any need to do paperwork, a seller can close on his home without worrying about finalizing the mortgage ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 4, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
Dissecting Austin's Proposed $3.7 Billion Budget
The Austin City Council will discuss the city's proposed $3.7 billion budget over the coming weeks. The proposed budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017 was presented by City Manager Mark Ott and city staff last July 27 as the council convened for the ...
Posted by Ricky Cain on August 3, 2016 in Austin Area News
Tuesday Tip: Home Maintenance Skills You SHOULD KNOW
The moment you decide to buy a home is somewhat similar to the moment when you decide to get married-- a commitment to "be there no matter what" is required. Home maintenance is an essential part of home ownership; if you don't want to drain your ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 2, 2016 in Home Improvement
3% Down Mortgage, Anyone?
The mortgage option that allows home buyers to qualify with income from non-borrower household members just got a service boost, and it was confirmed by government-sponsored Fannie Mae last Tuesday, July 26. HomeReady is Ready to present you with a ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on August 1, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips