Austin, TX Real Estate News

By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Kudos to twenty three of our CB Realty NW Austin office agents who qualified for the September 2020 million dollar club! In order to qualify an agent has to write, list or close a million dollars worth of business during the month. During the pandemic our office has been busy listing, selling and closing homes with some agents excelling in all 3 categories in one month! I love working in an office where we all lift each other up and celebrate our success and encourage each other to grow. So much gratitude for this group and everyone in our CB family.Coldwell Banker Realty continues to establish best practices, pivoting as we face changes and challenges as we enter the fourth quarter of 2020. We move forward as leaders in our industry to help clients with their real estate needs.    My N...
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By Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert, Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction
(E*Rae Realty)
If you are considering selling your Austin area home, you are likely wondering what fees are involved in the sale.  In order to determine if selling your home is in your best financial interest you need to understand all of the costs associated with selling, and have a good idea of the price at which you can sell your Austin area home.  Many of the costs associated with selling your home are negotiable items in the standard Texas real estate contract; however, there are items that are typically seller expenses and other fees that you are certain to pay when you sell your Austin house.  Below is a break down of the various fees you can expect when selling your home in Austin, Texas.   REAL ESTATE BROKER COMMISSIONSIf you are going to be listing your home for sale with a real estate agent...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Buyers you'll love this elegant turnkey condo living in the gated Versante Canyon community. This stucco with red tile roof villa with European flair and a private treed backyard is sure to catch your eye.This unique "parameter" premium lot with partial scenic views are enjoyed from both lower and upper porches, love the solitude and tranquility of this setting.Who doesn't like an open, airy floor plan with high ceilings, wood floors, arches, crown molding and bank of windows bringing in natural rays of sunshine?Create memories entertaining family and friends in this modern kitchen with 42" cabinets, solid slab granite counters,  stainless steel gas cook-top, dishwasher, oven and microwave. Plenty of room for prepping for those events utilizing the over-sized center island with breakfas...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
As travel and showings are more restrictive due to COVID-19, remote property purchases are on the rise. My out-of-state buyers were referred to me by a family in Canyon Creek. Fortunately, technology makes it easier to provide virtual options for viewing and purchasing homes. Inventory is tight and looks like this trend will continue in Austin for some time.My buyers first choice was to make a purchase in Canyon Creek and we found the perfect one! It fits all their criteria for their family, is in the same community as their friends and they are thrilled.I've videoed the home for them and their friends face timed walking them through the house and they couldn't be happier. The home is under contract, past inspections and option period so they will be closing on their current home and on...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Everyone is asking what will happen this Fall in the real estate market in Canyon Creek. So many items of concern with COVID, elections, people out of work, travel down but remember we live in Austin! 70% of our residents are still working. We have 150 people a day relocating to Austin and our inventory is at record lows. In Canyon Creek we only have one active listing! Expect our market to continue the trajectory we have experienced in Third Quarter. You don’t have to wait until Spring/Summer 2021 to negotiate top dollar for your home. Canyon Creek report for Third Quarter for 2020There is only 1 Active home found on September 30, 2020 (out of 1,330+ homes) and 10 Contract Pending homes. Buyers are ready and anxiously awaiting new inventory to come on the market.Homes Sold The number o...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
It’s no surprise to see our Canyon Creek real estate market on fire! Active Listings in Canyon CreekAs of September 30, 2020, there is only 1 active resale home in Canyon Creek out of 1,330+ homes in the community (this listing is in the gated section of the Enclave.). Pending Sales in Canyon As of September 30, 2020, there are 10 homes under contract. As anticipated new listings in September were quickly gobbled up by anxious buyers waiting for new inventory. So many buyers need housing, we just cannot keep up with the demand!  Homes Sales in September 2020   September homes sales jumped by 67% from last year and sold prices were up 26%, sold price/square foot was up 9% and days on market was down 62%. Everyone wants to know what will happen this fall in the Canyon Creek real estate ma...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
3308 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78731 Your opportunity to own a flexible floorplan that is a brand new completed construction OR explore further customization options to make this the perfect home for you! Special financing is available on this home. Front Fencing and Back to be added/selected at buyers choice included. Short walk to specialty shops/businesses and Russell's Bakery! New owner to enjoy a "Coffee-A-Day" for the next year as a gift from the seller! No HOA! A MUST see!Amanda Seaman650-743-9213The Ben Kinney Team / Keller Williams
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By Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert, Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction
(E*Rae Realty)
  Purchasing a home is a big deal!  It’s a huge move (literally and figuratively) for you and your family that will have significant consequences.  If you don’t prepare and use caution in your home buying journey, you could end up in quite a pickle.  That being said, if you recognize the following common mistakes, you will be primed for success when buying your Austin home.NOT BEING FINANCIALLY PREPAREDThere’s no point in looking for homes until you know what you can afford.  One of the biggest mistakes a home buyer can make is looking at homes before you have spoken with a lender.  After all, how do you even know if you can afford to buy a home or what your budget for a home is.  Unless you are paying cash, your first step in the home buying journey should always be to speak with a mo...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Dorie is an outstanding Realtor. She knows the market, especially in Canyon Creek, better than anyone. She was our neighbor for 26 years, and we called upon her expertise when we considered remodeling projects and her advice as to what was important to buyers was helpful. When we decided to move to another city a few months ago, we naturally asked Dorie to be our real estate agent. She was wonderful! She led us through every step of the preparation for sale with excellent suggestions for all that needed to be done. We had a contract almost immediately when our house went on the market. Dorie’s help continued even after that, as she gave oversight to make sure that nothing was left undone. We highly recommend her.   Jim and Kathy Payne  
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
The buyers loved this move in ready Canyon Creek charmer located close to the prestigious Canyon Creek Elementary. They recognized the original owners meticulously maintained and updated this two story gem.They visualized walking into this amazing kitchen getting ready to serve up drinks or cooking up a storm for family and friends.What cinched the deal was the downstairs owner’s suite opening to a stunning remodeled bath with an over-sized seamless glass shower with bench, pebble shower floor, obscure glass window, marble flooring, and custom cabinets with drawers, double vanities with quartz counters, under mount rectangle sinks, custom paint, linen closet and opening to spacious walk in closet. Add the relaxing patio with magnificent trees in a private park-like back yard and they im...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Many buyers loved this Canyon Creek home with its back-yard sanctuary, perfect to escape, relax and unwind in a private park on almost ½ acre. The lovely gardens professionally designed and implemented, with magnificent trees, stone walkways, wildflowers were especially appreciated.The buyer who won the bid is thrilled to be moving into this lovely updated home that has been meticulously maintained. They are excited to wake up every morning in the  downstairs owner’s suite, overlooking the back-yard paradise! They can rest at ease with the recent mechanicals that were addressed (replacement of water heaters in 2019 and HVAC replaced in 2018). It's uncertain times right now but families need a home especially in Austin. With the historic low interest rates what a deal buyers are making. ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
   "Dorie is a great Realtor. We met her when we attended an open house twelve years ago. We bought that house! We knew that when it was time to sell our Canyon Creek home that she would be our Realtor. We put our house on the market recently and got an offer on the first day. Dorie guided us through every step of selling our home. Her recommendations and support made the process easier than we thought possible. Her knowledge and instinct of the real estate market made a valuable asset. We highly recommend Dorie!!" Neal and Pam Armstrong  Looking to capitalize on our strong market and make a move? Let's chat about your goals. I can help answer any questions you might have.
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By Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert, Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction
(E*Rae Realty)
  In the course of my day to day to activities, I oftentimes get asked about the appreciation rate in the Austin market, and my thoughts on the future of the Austin housing market.  When responding to these inquiries, it’s important that I explain the different methodologies in calculating the appreciation rate.  When you analyze the appreciation rate of anything you are simply comparing the current value to a previous value and reporting the percentage in change.  However, the observations derived from these figures can vary drastically by what metrics you are using.If you look at the appreciation rate based on the average sales price, your results will be skewed by high and low outliers.  For this reason, I prefer to use the median sales price when assessing the appreciation rate for...
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By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice Homes, LLC)
 Austin is going to be turning the Ryan Drive storage lot into more housing and parkland development. Austin Energy purchased the 5.5 acres on the edge of Crestview in 1997, where it has been using the site for operation storage. This has been an ongoing discussion for years, privately among neighborhood residents wanting something more useful, and now publicly as the city of Austin finally decided to take initiative and move forward with the restoration plan. For many who live in the surrounding communities of Brentwood and Crestview, the cluttered storage has been an eyesore. Located just west of North Lamar Boulevard, at the corner of Justin Lane and Ryan Drive, plenty of pedestrian traffic gets to see this everyday. Including the people who come off the Crestview Metro Rail and Bus ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Your home is a refection of you - your style and your spirit. An unintended consequence has transpired through all we've endured during the Covid -19 pandemic. We've experienced an awakening of what our home means to us. Our home has become where we live, work, play and even home school.We find comfort, refuge, thankfulness and security in our spaces but our current lifestyle is causing us to re-evaluate our housing needs. For some  re-configuring and remodeling our space to accommodate needs is a practical solution. We can also add a backyard fantasy to enjoy during our free time. But for many a new home, either larger or smaller is the key to maintaining sanity as we adapt to the new normal.I can help you re-imagine your home needs. I am grateful to be doing what I love and proud to h...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Kudos to twenty of our CB Realty NW Austin office agents who qualified for the August 2020 million dollar club. In order to qualify an agent has to write, list or close a million dollars worth of business during the month. Our office has been busy listing, selling and closing during this pandemic. Coldwell Banker Realty established best practices and we are moving forward as leaders in the industry to help clients who have real estate needs. Coldwell Banker provides the tools and we agents reap the rewards!So much can be done via phone, email, digital signatures and working with our strategic partnerships. We are closely monitoring the market and safely opening up as the trajectory of the Covid 19 numbers continues to go down.  My NW Austin CB family is a close knit group of seasoned pr...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I love how son John Dunham shares time, laughter and giggles with Handsome Hudson and Beautiful Beckett! They went to Lady Bird Lake to experience first hand watching the bats fly out from under Congress Avenue Bridge (I know that sounds weird but is one of Austin's iconic events). They were on a paddle board cruising and having fun as they waited for dusk to settle so they could watch the bats soar. "Teach me to sing and recite, To whistle and jingle and strum. Teach me to color and paint, To sculpt and weave and create. Teach me to sway and dance, To tap and leap and twirl. Teach me to laugh and giggle, To tickle and play and pretend. Teach me that life is beautiful.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
5509 Charles Merle DR Unit#B, Austin, TX 78747Amazing new community only 15 minutes to DT Austin! Almost new construction w/ countless upgrades. Great floorplan w/ Kit open to Liv & Din area, quartz counter tops, Washer/Dryer/Fridge included, Wood look tile floors. Master with walk in shower & dual vanities, dual closets and outside balcony. Outstanding energy features. Door off kitchen for easy access to fenced backyard & Detached 2 car Garage. Amenties include: Cluster Mailbox, Common Grounds, Jogging & Biking Path, Community Pool, Near parks, shopping, dining and more.Amanda Seaman650-743-9213The Ben Kinney Team / Keller Williams
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
August 2020 Home Sales Are In For Canyon CreekLooking at the August numbers it is no surprise to see our Canyon Creek real estate market on fire!Active Listings in Canyon CreekAs of August 31, 2020, there are only 5 active resale homes in Canyon Creek out of 1,330+ homes in the community (2 are in the gated section of the Enclave.). Inventory is anemic…....we need homes to list! Pending Sales in Canyon  As of August 31, 2020, there are 8 homes under contract. Just as expected new listings in August came on the market and were quickly gobbled up by anxious buyers waiting for new inventory. So many buyers need housing, we cannot keep up with the demand!  Homes Sales in August 2020   August number of sales were equal to last year but sold prices were up 19%, sold price/square foot was up 7...
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
6225 Clovis ST, Austin, TX 78741Location!! This beautiful single-family home boasts an open floorplan downstairs and a large fenced in backyard which is hard to find in this area! Come check out this beautiful home and little slice of heaven close to all the downtown action. Easy access to the airport, golf course, shopping, dining and parks!Amanda Seaman650-743-9213The Ben Kinney Team / Keller Williams
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