Amy Dower's (amydowerbroker) Blog

Real Estate Broker/Owner - Dower Real Estate, LLC. - TX Broker-526743
As an ASP (Accredited Staging Professional) I have committed myself to learning the art of staging and how crucial staging is to getting a listing sold faster and for top dollar. The ASP designation is the only nationally recognized home staging designation. Due to the staging popularity on TV, m...
There are 3 easy ways to make your existing home greener, Retrofit, Remodel and Renovate! Samples of retrofitting your home on a budget. Use Compact Florescent light bulbs instead of standard light bulbs. This will cost you around $60 and save you around$90 in energy savings so your return on inv...
Green Cleaning Solutions You Can Make At Home Recently I took the GREEN Designation course from NAR and it was great. One thing I found helpful to anyone whether you are a buyer, seller, renter or living with family everyone has to clean the house from time to time. What a better way to save mone...
I just completed the National Association of REALTORS® Green Designation course today and it was a real learning experience. Living in Austin, TX I am constantly reminded to reduce, recycle and reuse so I had a personal interest in taking this class as well as helping my clients. The National Ass...
The House today and the Senate yesterday passed legislation to extend the $8,000 home buyer tax credit to May 1, 2010, for first-time buyers and add a $6,500 tax credit for repeat buyers if they've lived in their home for five of the past eight years. Home prices are capped at $800,000. This is g...
Do you have an empty listing in desperate need of staging to help it sell faster or for top dollar? If so, consider shopping at Goodwill for your decorating items and gently used furniture. Last week while dropping off a clothing donation, I wandered into the store and was pleasantly surprised to...
Are you tired of costly printing? Do you seem to spend a small fortune on business cards, thank you notes, car door magnets, holiday cards, etc. Have you tried Vista Print? I have been using for the past 5 years and it is an excellent source for your business printing needs. Th...
There are many fun things to do in the Austin, Texas area. From parks, to lakes, to live music and wineries too. Yesterday I visited the Flat Creek Estate Winery just northwest of Austin near Marble Falls. This winery was established in 1999 by Rick and Madelyn Naber and is a great place to visit...
Prepare for Moving Day the Month Before You finally fell asleep and began to dream. In your dream, moving day had finally come. Unfortunately you had underestimated how many boxes you needed. You also ran out of tape and lost all of your permanent markers that would have allowed you to label the...
New Siding Can Boost Value When you want to sell your home, you need to improve its curb appeal. There are many ways to do this. One of the current trends is to replace older styles of siding with some of the newer materials available on the market.You are probably thinking that siding is not a g...

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