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Funny thing about Austin: If you draw a 15 minute drive time circle around downtown, your living style options are virtually limitless. You can party like a rock star in your penthouse condo or get pretty close to having no neighbors at all. Your neighbors can be college kids or aging hippies. Your local dining options could be a burger joint or a five star steak house. These neighborhoods are right next to each other, but they all have distinctly different vibes. We hope you find yours in one of them.

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Using Option Money to Make Your Offer More Appealing to Sellers

You can make adjustments to your option money to make your offer more appealing to home sellers.

  USING OPTION MONEY TO MAKE YOUR OFFER MORE APPEALING TO SELLERS Most real estate contracts include a provision for an “option period.”  The option period is a span of time in which the homebuyer has an unrestricted right to terminate the contract for any reason so long as proper and timely notice is provided…

JUST LISTED: 12406 Uttimer

just listed 12406 uttimer

Check out this single story home situated on a quiet street in a cute neighborhood. This light and bright home includes several upgrades like the fireplace with built-in bookcases, fresh designer paint, and the roomy garden tub and separate shower in master bathroom. The new stainless steel refrigerator and the universal pot rack in the kitchen…

What’s “earnest money” in Austin real estate?

Earnest money is a key negotaitiong tool in Austin real estate contracts

  Earnest money is a type of security deposit that homebuyers submit whenever a real estate contract is executed to demonstrate they are serious and sincere about completing the transaction.   Remember though, a contract is not truly “executed” until all of the terms are agreed upon and all parties have signed it.  In Austin, most…

What is an option period in Austin real estate?

Understanding the purpose of an option period in Austin real estate transactions

After you execute a real estate contract to purchase a home (meaning all of the terms are agreed upon and all parties have signed the contract), you typically begin an “option period.”  The option period is a span of time in which the homebuyer has an unrestricted right to terminate the contract for any reason…

Buying a Vacation Home

Keep these numbers in mind when considering a 2nd home.

Last month my family took a long weekend trip down to Port Aransas along the Texas Coast. For the second year in a row, we stayed at Cinnamon Shore on Mustang Island. This master-planned community features condos, cottage homes, and larger estate homes that share numerous amenities like heated swimming pools, movie night on the…

HOMESELLER TIP: Make your home easy to see

To increase the chances of selling your home, you want to make it easy for potential buyers to see.

Regardless of your home’s price, condition, or location, it won’t sell if it can’t be seen by potential buyers.  The biggest thing you can do to help sell your home is to make it easy for buyers to see.  Here are some tips: Like you, buyers have busy schedules. They will want to see your…

NEW PRICE: 5100 Ridgemoor

Just listed -- 5100 Ridgemoor

Located in the heart of the popular Highland Park West neighborhood with easy access to Mopac, this home is just minutes from downtown, the Domain, and the Arboretum with the added convenience of being in close proximity to award-winning Highland Park Elementary, Bright Leaf Park, Chez Zee, Russell’s Bakery, and the grocery store. Even though…

What Austin’s New Real Estate Developments Mean for Homeowners

Austin's changing skyline will have a very realimpact on local homeowners

Whoever said summer is supposed to be relaxing? I’ve walked in a fashion show for charity, taken the family to the beach, taxied the kids back and forth to camp and swim lessons, made innumerable forts, pitched a tent, gone to the Dino Park, visited the Wildflower Center, and fed the animals at Austin Zoo….