• Buying in Austin,  Real Estate Tips

    For Buyers: Our House Is A Very, Very, Very Fine House

    FOR BUYERS: OUR HOUSE IS A VERY, VERY, VERY FINE HOUSE Nowadays, it’s rare to see houses without some form of smart home technology. It’s popular for a reason. Be it reducing your electric bill, or sheer convenience, there’s something for everyone and for nearly every purpose. Here’s a list of top home technology trends for 2017. Do you have any of these in your home? Would you like to? 5 Top Trends for Smart Homes In 2017 by REBAC Staff. © 2016-2017 REBAC.net.

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  • More About Scott

    15 Years Of Real Estate Greatness

    It’s my 15-year anniversary as a practicing Realtor and I’m more grateful than ever for the people I’ve worked with and the friends I’ve made along the way. The road we’ve traveled together over the past 15 years is quite remarkable so bear with me a moment while I reflect on a journey that includes participation in over 1000 transactions. My real estate career began February 2001, The Outkast were on top of the music charts with their hit “Ms. Jackson”. Spy Kids was just over a month away from debuting, Intel was tapping the brakes on its 10-story chip design center and ACL-Fest was still a year away from…

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  • Buying in Austin,  Selling in Austin,  Stats

    2016 Economic Forecast

    2016 Economic Forecast Last week we attended multiple economic forecast presentations. My personal takeaway: more of the same once again for the local housing market. Sound a little familiar to the past few years? The fundamentals for our local housing market remain strong as we enter 2016. We have strong employment and population growth, we have low inventory with affordable house prices relative to the rest of the country (see chart below) and we have pent up demand in multiple buyer sectors. This year we are primed to see:  First time home buyers enter the market as rents continue to escalate Boomerang buyers reenter the market with new sense of market confidence (buyers sidelined from the market due to a…

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  • Buying in Austin,  Selling in Austin,  Stats

    ABOR’s Press Release on March Statistics

    Austin-area home prices reach all-time high, home sales set record for March 2015   Austin Board of REALTORS® releases real estate statistics for March 2015 AUSTIN, Texas – April 21, 2015 – Austin-area single-family home prices hit an all-time high, while single-family home sales volume set a record for the month of March according to the March 2015 Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Barb Cooper, 2015 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS¬®, explained, “The Austin-area housing market is the least affordable it has ever been. Solving Austin’s affordability issues is not only dependent upon generating new, affordably-priced housing stock, but also…

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  • Austin Area Causes

    Holiday Scavenger Hunt For Austin Pets Alive!

        Here at Real Estate In ATX, we are proud to support several local charities in town and this year, we’d like to launch a scavenger hunt with your help. My office, Horizon Realty, has adopted Austin Pet’s Alive as our charity for 2014-2015 and we’re kicking it off with a charity drive. Austin Pets Alive has a mission to promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals. This link will take you to their holiday wish list.  Would you mind looking it over and letting me know if you have any items you’re willing to part with? A member of our…

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  • Buying in Austin,  Selling in Austin,  Stats

    Interest rates are up, but what does that mean?

    Whether you’re in the industry, in the market to buy, or just watching the economical trends, you’re sure to know that interest rates are up over the past week, and they’re up significantly. January began around 3.25% and slowly rates crept up towards 4%.  This week rates quickly spiked above 4.5%, after the fed announced it’s intentions to scale back on stimulus programs. From Frank E. Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president, “Higher mortgage rates may dampen some housing market activity but the effect will be muted by the high level of buyer affordability, and home sales should remain strong,” That couldn’t be more true here locally where real GDP growth, population…

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