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For Buyers: Saved By The Bell


You may have heard the rumors that spring is the best time to buy a home. But if everyone is abiding by that advice, what does that mean for you? Sometimes it helps to go against the current and do things on your own timeline. Here are some compelling reasons why you may want to wait until after the school bell rings to start shopping around for a new home. Winter spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I will make sure that I find you your dream home. I look forward to working with you!

4 Reasons to Buy a Home After School Starts by Deborah Kearns. © 2016 NerdWallet, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A Note From Scott, October2016

A Note From Scott

Howdy, y’all! The peak home sales season may have passed but our little team of Real Estate professionals hasn’t slowed in the least. To the contrary, our buyers, and many of our homeowners for that matter, are busier than ever.

To me, the fall is the best time of year to consider all of your options as a homeowner or prospective homeowner. Regardless of your situation, we would love to visit with you to see if we can make your current situation even better!

  • Considering a move-up or relocation? We should build that plan today!
  • Ready to enter the marketplace as a first time home buyer? With today’s interest rates, inventory levels & first time buyer incentives, now is the time!
  • Have an interest rate over 4% on your existing loan? We should talk about that!
  • Considering purchasing an income producing property? Rents are at all time high in Central Texas so take advantage and build your retirement through real estate!

If any of these four scenarios sound familiar, I want to talk to you! Call me or email me and let’s get together. We’ll explore your options together and we can build a plan that puts money in your pocket!

– Scott

New To The Austin MLS: “CS” Listings

Coming Soon!
New to the Austin MLS:  “CS” listings
For a few years, local buyers have had countless reasons to be frustrated. The lack of inventory has made it difficult to win offers and often they’ve missed out on opportunities entirely as some homes contract without ever hitting the open market.

Realtors have tried countless ways to adapt creating numerous underground market portals that only fractions of the local Realtor community actually join. But now, a game changer from the Austin Board of Realtors (ABOR) and I think sellers and buyers will be pleased!

The Austin Board of Realtors has launched a new MLS status called Coming Soon or CS. This new status was implemented in an effort to make it easier to for buyers to see coming soon listings; a benefit for both home buyers and sellers.

If you are currently using one of our search portals to look at homes, about 30 of you right now 🙌, get ready to start seeing these “CS” listings coming direct to your inboxes starting tomorrow! If you would like to make changes to an existing search or would like to us to build one for you so you can monitor the inventory, let us know and we’ll build it immediately.

Consider This: Fall Season Is Home Buyer Season


Consider this

Fall season is buyer season! Last week we closed a first time home buyer who purchased a remodeled 3 bed, 2.5 bath home in south Austin, north of Slaughter, for only $233,500. That buyer only brought $8,000 to the table (earnest money, downpayment, inspection and appraisal) and left with a 3.5% interest rate and $1600 monthly payment.  Still think Austin isn’t affordable?


This graph shows the number of sales and the percentage of original list price sellers received by month in 2015. Consider that though the sales numbers dip in the fall, buyers very clearly have negotiation strength as sellers discount more during this time of year.

The low rates and increase in seller concessions translates to opportunity for prospective home buyers this fall. Sellers, don’t be intimidated by this message but truly, I’d be eyeballing 2017 for a listing date.

For Buyers: Fad Or Fixture


Just like with scrunchies, acid wash jeans, and neon jazzercise gear, all fads come and go. In-demand home features vary based on the year, and 2016 homebuyers have a particular expectation of what they’d like to see in their dream house. Are any of these features on your list? As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), I can help you find a home that exceeds your expectations. Please let me know if you have any questions! 

7 Features Home Buyers Want Most. Copyright © 2015 Thomson Reuters.

Texas Homestate Heroes in Rio!



Follow fellow Texans through their Rio 2016 journeys!

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For Buyers: Keeping Up With The Joneses


If you’re buying a home just because everyone else is doing it, you’re probably not ready to buy a home. If you can answer confidently why you want to buy a home, then that means that you’ve probably already done some research. You’re going to have to be prepared to answer some questions about your personal finances, and the neighborhood that you’re interested in. Most importantly, you’re going to need a team that will have your back throughout the process. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), I am your advocate and will be there every step of the way. I look forward to working with you!

8 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your First Home by Evan Bindelglass. © 2016 Vox Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Protection From The Inspection

A home inspection can really make or break a home. A house may look great on the surface, but can have a lot of issues deeper down that you may not notice during the first walk through. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), I have a thorough understanding of how a home inspection works, and can help you avoid any unwanted surprises. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Home Inspections 101: What to Look Out For by Evan Bindelglass. © 2016 Vox Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


For Buyers: House Hunting With Help

Here is a collection of .gifs that demonstrate some fun and useful tips that will come in handy for buying a home. You’ll notice that #1 on the list is “pick the right agent.” As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), I am the buyer’s advocate and I promise to help you through every step of the home buying process. Please let me know if you have any questions!

12 Realtors Share Crazy-Helpful Advice For House-Hunting. © 2016 BuzzFeed, Inc.

E-file your 2016 Property Tax Protest Today!

Property Taxes


Today is the last day to e-file your protest to your 2016 Tax Notice of Value. My advice, everyone should do this. It only takes about 5 minutes. You can still protest your notice of value by mail through the 31st.

File yours electronically, now, here!