4 Basic Preparations for a Home Showing
All homeowners need to prep up their home to be ready for viewing before it hits the market. While some owners go the extra mile and invest on remodels and home staging services, others can just stick to the basics and be as successful with selling ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 29, 2016 in Selling Your Home
Higher Mortgage Rates are Making Buyers Hesitate
Experts have observed a decline in mortgage applications, thanks to rising mortgage rates and slower demand for refinancing from home buyers. A report by the Mortgage Bankers Association indicates a 7.3% decrease in total mortgage application volume ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 27, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
The Perfect Time for Real Estate Investment
MarketWatch recently reported that now is the best time to invest in real estate. Jeff Reeves, a MarketWatch columnist, dispels the rumor that another housing crisis is looming overhead. He believes that home buyers are more responsible with ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 23, 2016 in Austin Real Estate Market Statistics
Austin Ranked #6 on a List of the Top 25 Best Cities for Jobs
Want love where you work? In a study done by Glassdoor, Austin was ranked #6 on a list of the top 25 best cities for jobs! There are currently over 45,000 jobs available in Austin, Texas. The median home value is just under $250,000 and the average ...
Posted by Allie Stone on September 23, 2016 in Austin Accolades 2016
Botched Home DIY Projects that Can Affect Your Home Value
Are you an avid DIYer? There is nothing wrong with working on basic home projects-- as long as your hard work will not compromise your safety and home value. Here are the most common DIY project fails listed by Realtor.com that can hurt your home ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 22, 2016 in Home Ideas
The Cain Team’s 6th Mega Agent Mixer Raises $40,000 for Flood Victims
The recently-concluded 6th Annual Mega Agent Mixer sponsored by Cain Realty Group has successfully raised $40,000 for KW Cares. The event held at Trinity Hall on August 10 entertained over 400 attendees, as real estate professionals gathered for a ...
Posted by Karen Phan on September 21, 2016 in Cain Realty Group News
How to Make Use of Home Buyer's Advantage
2016 is a very competitive year for home buyers as they struggle to find their perfect home at a time when there is less inventory and lenders are very stringent with qualifying loan applications. The new norm is to get preapproval prior to going ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 20, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
Cities Where You Can Buy Homes with Low Down Payments
Got not-so-good credit and insufficient bank savings to make a large down payment for your home purchase? An Urban Institute report compiled a list of metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) where down payments required for home purchases are ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 19, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
Americans are Getting Richer; More Invest in Real Estate
A recent Census Burea report indicates that incomes of Americans rose by 5.2% percen
t in 2015-- the first hike in earnings since the last one that took place in 2007. After seven years of declining or stagnant earnings, the median household ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 16, 2016 in General Real Estate Information
Austin Makes it to List of Best Cities for Prospecting
A University of Utah research team identified 10 cities in the U.S. where prospecting efforts may best pay off for business owners and professionals in need of investors, and Austin is one of them. Comparing the social interaction potential in 42 of ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 15, 2016 in Austin Accolades 2016
Travel + Leisure Ranks Austin as 9th Best City in the U.S.
Austin did it again! The latest accolade for Texas' capital is its ranking from Travel + Leisure as the "9th best city in the U.S." for T+L's World's Best Awards Readers Survey. The beloved Southern metro beat Portland (a newcomer in the list), ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 13, 2016 in Austin Accolades 2016
Colors That Make the Room Look Bigger
The end goal of every home owner is to settle in a spacious, comfortable home. However, not everyone can afford a large home at once, so we have to be smart about managing the space that we have and stay comfortable as can be. Did you know that ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 12, 2016 in Home Improvement
The Truth About Second Mortgages
A second mortgage is a loan option that home owners can look into if they find themselves suddenly in need of a large amount of cash. Second mortgages allow home owners to access the equity of their home (which is usually the difference between the ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 7, 2016 in General Real Estate Information
Home Search to-do's for Veteran Buyers
If you are qualified for a VA loan, there is absolutely no reason why you should not make use of the opportunity to buy a home for your family or invest in a property that can help you generate additional income for your family's needs. After all, ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 6, 2016 in Austin TX Home Buying Tips
Labor Day Fun Facts
Cheers to your well-earned holiday! All of us look forward to that long weekend every September when we get the chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy our well-earned break as hard workers. Aside from getting the chance to spend time with family and ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 5, 2016 in Fun Quirky Austin Facts
Labor Day Weekend Traffic And Weather Info for Austin- KXAN
From two of the most reputable news sources in Austin, Texas, get the latest weather and traffic updates as you plan your Labor Day weekend. Click on the links below:
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Posted by Karen Phan on September 4, 2016 in Cain Realty Group News
Labor Day Weekend Events for the Family
The Labor Day weekend is one of the few holidays in the U.S. that most families look forward to celebrating. The day that trade unions and labor movements once pushed for the celebration of hard work has slowly evolved into the weekend preceding the ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 3, 2016 in Austin Area News and Events
AUSTIN: Road Safety Preparations Underway for Labor Day Weekend
In an effort to keep motorists safe from the onslaught of traffic coming into the city for Labor Day weekend celebrations, Department of Public Safety Troopers will join local law enforcement in looking for drivers who disregard traffic laws. From ...
Posted by Grace Theriot on September 2, 2016 in Austin Area News and Events
SELLER Tip: How to Get Ready for an Unscheduled Home Showing
Most realtors acknowledge that home showings should ideally be scheduled and well-planned to give sellers ample time to prepare their home and set their schedules accordingly. Ample preparation can help sellers make the right impression in order to ...
Posted by Ricky Cain on September 1, 2016 in Selling Your Home