Real Estate Tips

  • Real Estate Tips

    Do I Work with Expired Listings?

    One of the worst feelings as a home owner is to list your home for sale on the MLS only to have that listing result in becoming expired. These listings occur every year for a variety of reasons and they are typically not the homeowner’s fault. Why Do Expired Listings Occur? An expired listing can happen for any reason including the fact that the home was not staged or de-cluttered before it was listed for sale, the listing agent didn’t have a good marketing plan in place to promote the home online, or the home did not attract enough attention from buyers in the area. The good news about expired…

  • Real Estate Tips

    What are the pros and cons of selling to an investor?

    Are you planning on listing your Austin Texas home for sale in 2019? If so, you most likely will receive an offer from a real estate investor. Should you accept the offer from the investor or wait for an offer from a traditional home buyer? In this article we will provide you with the pros and cons of selling your home to a real estate investor. What’s The Difference Between A Traditional Home Buyer And An Investor? Before we dig into the pros and cons of selling your home to an investor we have to break down the differences between a traditional home buyer and an investor. Traditional Home Buyer…

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  • Austin Texas Real Estate Market Update,  Real Estate Tips,  Selling in Austin

    Time again for your annual home review!

    Are you ready for 2019? This is that time of year to chat with your favorite Realtor for your annual home review. As your home is likely your biggest investment,  it’s critical to consider these 5 questions every year: What changes have occurred in your life that alter your goals for the next 5 years? What properties near you have sold, and how does this impact you today? What’s happening in your neighborhood that will impact the value of your home? What’s occurring with your current mortgage and what changes could benefit you? What new tax laws give you deductions or credits on home improvements? Message me now and let’s answer these together to make…

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  • #austin,  Home Sales Tips,  Real Estate Tips

    How to Make Your Austin Home Stand Out in A Buyers’ Market

    Are you planning on selling your Austin Texas home? If so, there’s no doubt this real estate market is different than what we had 12 months ago and it can now be classified as a “buyers’ market”. Thankfully, you can make your ATX home stand out from the competition by following the four tips listed in this article. Depersonalize Your Home Regardless if you’ve lived in your home for 6 or 60 years, it’s going to have a lot of personalization that you’ve made over the years and you don’t want those little details standing out, distracting potential buyers from having an interest in your Austin home. To get started…

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  • Real Estate Tips

    Wild Stock Market Makes Real Estate an Ideal Investment Right Now

      If you’ve been following the news over recent weeks it’s not hard to have seen at least one report about the stock market because stocks have been up and down consistently. One day the stock market will be up 400 points, the next day it’ll be down 600 points. Sadly, many investors and economic analysts have speculated that the stock market correction is only just beginning and we could see the DOW lose up to 2,500 points within the next 60 days. Are you tired of seeing losses in your stock market portfolio on a regular basis? If so, you should consider investing your money in real estate instead.…

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  • Austin Area Causes,  Culture,  More About Scott,  Real Estate Tips

    Make It A Safe Holiday Season

    In early September, I started the Austin Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy. My hopes were to learn a bit more about the folks that look after us every day and perhaps a bit more about my father; who spent his career in law enforcement. With only four classes left, I can honestly say we are so very lucky to live in Central Texas where we have such an amazing group of first responders.  Because the holiday season tends to bring an uptick in package theft and home burglaries, I want to offer a few tips shared by professionals through our weekly classes at APD. Go meet your neighbors! Specifically those directly…

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  • Buying in Austin,  Real Estate Tips


    With so many to choose from, how do you know who is the right real estate agent for you? How do you even narrow it down? You can stop your search right here, I’m a REALTOR® and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), and I would love to help you find your next home!   The Second Most Important Homebuying Decision You’ll Make: Tips for Finding the Best Agent for You by Caroline Biggs. © 1994-2017 Apartment Therapy, LLC.

  • 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

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  • Real Estate Tips,  Selling in Austin,  Stats

    FAQ: When is the best time to sell my home?

    One of the questions I receive the most is, “when is the best time to sell a home”.  There are many ways to dissect this, most notably is your own personal situation. But assuming one has no outside pressure and is simply trying to “market time” the sale, let’s see if we can shed a little light statistically. It’s no secret that the home selling season follows the school year and the bulk of recorded sales in the MLS definitely show this. May through August consistently have the highest number of closings and that of course has been the case for at least the past five years. (Click to enlarge:…

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  • Buying in Austin,  Real Estate Tips,  Selling in Austin,  Stats

    Market Quick Hits = Opportunity

    Market Quick Hits “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work” ― Thomas Edison Units closed in April 2017 decreased 3.8% compared to April 2016. Year to date we’re up 1%. The Austin MSA inventory is up 16.9%, 15.1% in Travis County and 14.6% in Austin City Limits. Year to date condo sales are up 13%. Condos currently represent 10% of the total sales in the Austin MSA and 20% of the total sales in Austin city limits. Current interest rates for a 30-year fixed are 4%; down 0.125% from the beginning of May. Builder incentives and seller concessions are on the rise once again. Percentage of sold price…

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