May Austin Real Estate Market Report Summary

May 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tweet The Austin real estate market continues to boom, and in fact, is hitting record sales. Between January and the end of April, more homes sold in 2016 than any time in Austin history.  2016 even surpassed the prior two highest years of 2006 and 2007.  For homes sales by zip code and price band, […]

A Few Home Design Trends for 2015

March 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tweet Everything is moving toward contemporary design with primitive elements. Instead of one central theme, the theme is eclectic and mixes contemporary structural design with primitive elements and industrial touches. For example, if the kitchen counter is distressed wood, the bar stools are industrial. There is a lot of mixing of textures, stones, and hardware […]

5 Steps to Staging Your Home to Sell For Top Dollar

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tweet This past week I went to a continuing education class at Chicago Title where HGTV Design Star, Abby Vasek, spoke to a small group of Realtors on the ins and outs of staging a home before putting it on the market. WOW, was it eye opening! In two hours I learned how to get […]

Real Estate Appraisal Rules Change Again

February 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tweet On January 26, 2015 new appraisal rules went into effect that will likely delay residential real estate closings. The new FNMA/FLMC required appraisal review system called “Collateral Underwriting” (CU) is an automated system where appraisers must submit their appraisals for review. For the past 5 years, lenders have had to upload the appraisals to […]

Predicting Mortgage Rates

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Tweet  What are Mortgage Rates based on? Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. The candlestick chart above shows a pattern of Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), which are the type of Bond […]

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