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Austin Real Estate: A Highly Competitive Market

Highly competitive real estate market in Austin

We love the winter holidays, but there is something refreshing about packing the decorations away and starting the year anew.   So far 2016 is definitely proving to be “anew.” Professionally we are off to an unusually fast start.  Normally we don’t see this kind of brisk activity until the end of February, sometimes even as…

Top 10 Austin Neighborhoods for Families in 2016

Austin neighborhoods for families

Families often ask me what parts of town they should live in so that their kids can go to good schools.  As a father of two, I understand the desire to give your children the best possible education.  Fortunately, we have a lot of great schools in the Austin area in a variety of neighborhoods….

Austin neighborhoods anticipated to have highest appreciation in 2016

2016 Picks high appreciation

  I am a big believer that you can increase your wealth by making sound investments in real estate.  I’m not saying you have to be a big real estate “investor.”  Even the home you choose to live in can be a vehicle to increasing your wealth, particularly if you make a wise purchase in…

Austin earns more accolades

More accolades for ATX

Granted, as a native Austinite, I’m a little biased when I say that Austin is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.  But it’s not just me.  Year after year Austin has been named to the top lists for this or that.  Recently, our great City earned some additional accolades that I want to share….

2015 Annual Real Estate Report for Austin’s Allandale Neighborhood

2015 Allandale real estate report

The Allandale neighborhood is actually composed of three parts:  (1)  Older Allandale, (2) Allandale, and (3) and Allandale North. Below I’ve identified the 2015 home sales trends for each of the three areas.  Like most parts of Central Austin, home sales in Allandale are on a steady rise.  With current market conditions I don’t expect…

JUST LISTED: 1411 Gracy Farms Lane #133

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We recently listed this upgraded condo in Gracy Farms.  Offered at $149,900, this is a great property for first-time homeowners or investors.    Conveniently located in North Austin near the Domain — which many think will become Austin’s 2nd downtown — this area is on track to see noticeable appreciation in the coming years. The 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath property…

2015 Annual Real Estate Report for Austin’s Crestview & Brentwood Neighborhoods

2015 Crestview Real Estate Report

  Looking back at the 2015 real estate sales for the Crestview and Brentwood neighborhoods revealed some interesting statistics.  Overall approximately 156 (+/-) properties sold through the year, and at the time of writing, another 14 were pending sale.   The sales price per foot was erratic.  For large fixer-uppers, three homes sold for under $200/foot, but on the small end…

How to build a real estate portfolio with minimal cash

How to build a real estate portfolio

I’ve gotten several calls lately from clients interested in building a real estate portfolio.  I think real estate is a great long-term investment, so I always get excited when folks ask me that question.  There are a couple of options to consider if you want to buy multiple properties as a part of your wealth-building strategy….

Good Homes in Great Austin School Zones by Price Range

good homes great schools

As a dad with two kids, I know how important it is to consider the quality of schools when you are looking for a family home.  I often get questions about good school zones from homebuyers, so I decided to do a search of those homes with a strong vertical line up where the elementary,…

Thankful with Big news

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Thankful for You (and some big news) I hope all of you had a really awesome Thanksgiving.  We spent ours in the country with the in-laws.  Somehow I always get roped into moving fallen logs and stuff, but my mother-in-law’s desserts are worth it. The real estate market is operating well, but not at the…