Relocating to Austin? We Can Help

September 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

At last count, 130 people a day are moving to Austin. Some rent and some buy homes, but all have the same concerns and needs. Top considerations are affordability, safety, good schools and commute time to work. Most are also looking for community. People want to walk or bike to parks, coffee shops, restaurants and […]

May Austin Real Estate Market Report Summary

May 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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, take […]

A Few Home Design Trends for 2015

March 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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 with […]

5 Steps to Staging Your Home to Sell For Top Dollar

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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 my […]

Real Estate Appraisal Rules Change Again

February 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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 this […]

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