Tag: Central Texas

H-E-B giving raise to hourly employees through April 12

As H-E-B employees work to keep up with customers flocking to its stores amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Texas grocery store chain announced March 20 the company is giving many of its hourly employees a raise. Hourly employees who work at H-E-B’s store, manufacturing, warehouse and transportation departments will receive a $2 per hour raise that is effective March…


Property Tax Protest, 2017

Taxes, Taxes & More Taxes “The thing generally raised on city land is taxes.” -Charles Dudley Warner 2017 is the year we should all be protesting our property tax assessments. While 2016 was a record breaking year for home sales in the metro area, annual home sales growth slid from 5% to 1%  and price growth from 8% to…


1Q17 Market Watch

How’s that real estate market, you ask? 1Q17 single family units sold were 0.5% higher compared to 1Q16.  This is a clear continuation of the market slowdown we noted previously, but make no mistake, we are still on pace to beat last year’s numbers. Even if it’s just by 0.5%What continues to raise my eyebrow is the interest…


Board of Realtor Stats vs MLS Data – Jan 2017

The Austin Board of Realtors (ABOR) just released their report on January home sales. As we wait for all the media to report the data, I think it’s a fun exercise to check that data. The graphic below illustrates the difference in ABOR’s data and that which you can find in Matrix (the software Realtors…


Looking Ahead To The 2017 Housing Market

Looking ahead to the 2017 Housing Market Blame it on the election cycle, the climbing interest rates or affordability, and I’ve heard it all, the central Texas housing rate of growth very clearly slowed in 2016 compared to previous years. The good news is that the Austin metro area had another record breaking year with…


For Buyers: Saved By The Bell

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…


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…


For Buyers: Fad Or Fixture

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…


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…


E-file your 2016 Property Tax Protest Today!

  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!