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With all the gyrations in world financial markets, investors have moved back to the relative safety of bonds.  What that means is that Austin, Texas mortgage rates have floated back to historic lows.  Pluck some bucks off the money tree and you'll discover 30 year fixed rates are comfortably belo...
05/18/2012
Occassionally I help folks find a home to rent in Austin. The rental market is very tight and few homes come available. Often, there is competition for Austin rental homes and landlords get multiple rental applications, especially for the more affordable and desirable homes in certain neighborhoo...
04/30/2012
Feel the influence of Spanish architecture and design in this one of a kind Austin Luxury Home for sale.  Room to spread out with 5 living areas including open kitchen/great room, formals, gameroom, media, office and separate studio for gym, office or quarters.  This Austin custom home is recentl...
02/29/2012
Austin, Texas home sales were up about 7% area wide in 2011 vs. 2010.  Some Austin neighborhoods saw even bigger sales increases.  Austin condos had a 1% sales increase. Many price segments and neighborhoods saw prices higher vs. 2010, while some remained flat.  The luxury market firmed again as ...
01/19/2012
In Austin and Texas, the Texas Forest Service says the severe drought has cost us millions of trees across the state.  Between 100 million and 500 million Texas trees have not survived record high temperatures and record low rainfall.  This is estimated to be 5-10% of the tree population in Texas...
12/20/2011
 I have written before about the new W Residence condos in Downtown Austin.  Yesterday, The W hosted a select group of 80 Austin Realtors to tour the property and enjoy a reception by the resident pool.  I really like this property!  The finish out is impeccable and the views are spectacular.  10...
10/21/2011
Having been through the marketing of Austin lots and home building sites a few times recently, it struck me how much information must be dispersed to potential buyers.  Most people have never built a home from scratch before and simply don't realize all the things that can add up to make a home s...
08/30/2011
In a 3-2 vote, Travis County commissioners did the right thing today and retained the historic property tax exemption for 2011.  Judge Biscoe and Commissioners Gomez and Huber gave a thumbs up to historic preservation tax incentives. City of Austin and AISD are still mulling over whether to chang...
06/28/2011
Tomorrow, June 28, Travis County commissioners will decide whether to continue to offer property tax exemptions to historic properties.  Right now, there is a proposal that will gut the exemption and offer a mere $350 annual property tax reduction for historic properties.  This miniscule exemptio...
06/27/2011
Not just for Austin luxury homes, but to see what's happening overall in the market, I pull my Austin MLS "hotsheet" quite often and review price changes, pending contracts, sales etc.  A few luxury sales at full price caught my eye so here is the year to date Austin luxury home sales update.   *...
06/02/2011
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