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Security While You Move

Moving from one home to another can be an extremely difficult, especially if you’re moving across the country. During the whirlwind of getting everything packed, changing your address, and saying your “goodbyes” to friends and neighbors, home security may be the last thing on your mind. It shouldn’t be. With all the chaos involved in moving, you briefly […]

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Austin, Texas: A Haven for Young Job Seekers

If a high quality of life, lower taxes, good weather, great food, and culture don’t sound enticing, consider this: Forbes ranked Austin as the #1 city in America for job growth in 2013! In an economy of ambiguity and financial uncertainty, job security is no longer guaranteed. And, if you’re young and without any real […]

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Tax Credits for Homes in Austin

Last February, the National Association of Home Builders released a study that proved one of the most important building qualities a potential home buyer wants in their new property or current real estate is proof and records of energy efficiency. The study stated that as many as “nine out of ten real estate buyers would rather […]

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If you Want to Sell Your House, Make it Easy for Buyers to See It

If you Want to Sell Your House, Make it Easy for Buyers to See It

Truthfully, the title of this post is good advice by itself, but I wanted to take a minute to explain some common mistakes I’ve seen sellers make. I strive to keep my own clients from making these errors, of course. First and foremost, I always advise my clients who are selling to try to allow every single […]

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“Can I Save Money if I Don’t Have an Agent?”

“Can I Save Money if I Don’t Have an Agent?”

Some buyers and sellers wonder about whether they can save money by not using an agent for their home sale and/or purchase. I’ll do my best in this post to explain the variables for different types of transactions. IF YOU ARE SELLING A HOME, you will probably be best served to hire an agent to list it […]

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“Why Should I Bother To Get Pre-Approved Before Looking at Houses?”

This question is not typically one that I hear asked out loud, but I know it’s important to educate our clients on the importance of obtaining a pre-approval before shopping for a house. There are multiple reasons to do this: You won’t waste your time looking at properties that are too expensive. Many first-time home […]

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“How do Realtors Get Paid?”

“How do Realtors Get Paid?”

This is a relatively common question, especially for first-time buyers that we work with here in Austin. There’s a very quick answer to this, but sometimes there are underlying questions as well, so I’ll try to address this as clearly and thoroughly as I can. If you’re selling your home, you will be paying both your own […]

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“What is Earnest Money?”

“What is Earnest Money?”

In a nutshell, earnest money is a deposit that home buyers submit whenever a contract is executed, in order to show that they’re sincere about the purchase. An executed contract means that every term of the contract has been agreed upon, and all parties have initialed and signed as necessary. A typical amount for earnest money is […]

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My Favorite Part of Selling Homes

My Favorite Part of Selling Homes

I had someone ask me today what I felt was my favorite part of being a real estate broker. I hadn’t really thought about it much lately, but the question provided me with some food for thought, and when I think, I often write. My very favorite part is too easy – getting paid. (Thanks, […]

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Lake Austin Homes for Sale

Lake Austin is a constant-level lake which winds through west Austin, offering waterfront homes near downtown, which is an enviable combination. It’s tough to find a nice home on Lake Austin for less than $2 million these days, and you’re more likely to spend $3-4 million or more to find a luxury estate home there. […]

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