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  It’s HOT, HOT, HOT right now.  With temperatures in the triple digits, the idea of jumping into a pool sounds absolutely glorious.  But, does having a pool make your home more desirable to buyers?  If you install a pool, will you recoup your investment?  Does being able to make a splash really...
07/27/2018
  If you’re preparing to put your home on the market, you are probably staying busy cleaning, de-cluttering, and starting to pack.  You may also find time slipping away from you as you spend hours perusing Zillow searching for your dream home.  However, have you even thought about gathering thes...
07/20/2018
This month’s Active Rain contest prompts contestants to identify a niche that will provide a consistent stream of revenue. The idea is to imagine you are starting over in real estate. You have no past clients, no database, and no focus for your business. So, you must pick the niche that will brin...
07/17/2018
    Sunset Valley is a small independent city surrounded by Austin.  It is located about 15 minutes southwest of downtown Austin near the intersection of Hwy 290 and Mopac.  Sunset Valley is probably best known for its large shopping centers with a variety of big box retailers such as Home Depot...
06/29/2018
  The most recent market report for Austin area home sales was just released by the Austin Board of Realtors.   May’s market report showed continuing trends of rising prices, low supply and strong demand in the Austin market.  The median price for homes within the city limits rose to the greates...
06/22/2018
​Looking for a fun activity to spend the day with Dad this Father’s Day?  Look no further; here are 10 ideas for celebrating the day with Dad on June 17th, 2018 in Austin, Texas.  Father’s Day in the Park by Austin Symphonic Band Zilker Park- Hillside TheaterAustin, Texas 78704  Banger’s Sausage ...
06/06/2018
As I looked back at some of my older posts, I found a few re-occurring trends in my early blogging. When I first started blogging, I rarely allowed others to re-blog my posts. Similarly, I found lots of other areas for improvement in my blog settings. My early posts only had one or two tags. When...
06/05/2018
  ​If you’re looking to purchase a property in the Austin area, it’s important to consider property tax rates.  Throughout central Texas, these rates can vary drastically from just under one and half percent to over four percent in some areas.  These rates can make a big difference in your month...
06/03/2018
If you’re looking to invest in Austin, you may be considering purchasing a property to use as a short term rental.  Oftentimes, you can earn significantly more renting your property out short term than you can long term.  Unfortunately, it has become more and more difficult to find properties yo...
05/28/2018
Yesterday, I was at a closing, and my client and I decided it would be funny to track exactly how many signatures were required to officially sell the property.  I always make jokes about closing saying “you sign your life away” or “you’ll practically get carpal tunnel in the process”. But, we we...
05/17/2018
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