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OPEN HOUSE: 5100 Ridgemoor on June 18th

Open house at 4100 Ridgemoor on Saturday, June 18th from 2 - 4 pm

  Located in the heart of the popular Highland Park West neighborhood with easy access to Mopac, 5100 Ridgemoor will be open for viewing on Saturday, June 18th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Convenient to downtown, the Domain, and the Arboretum, this home has many features that you will want to see in person such as…

Austin is 6th best large city for jobs in the US

A recent study placed Austin as the 6th best large city for jobs in the US. The accolades keep coming.

Austin is the 6th best large city for jobs in the nation according to a study conducted by Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires. While California often dominates this list (and San Francisco did take the #1 spot), high housing costs and California’s strict regulations are prompting many employers to relocate to more affordable locations. This…

How to Save $$$ in Your Real Estate Mortgage

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If you know me at all, you know I hate to see money left on the table.   As it happens, real estate mortgages are a common place where homeowners do just that.   But… It doesn’t have to be that way.  Here are two practical options to consider: One option is to choose a shorter term…

JUST LISTED: 19316 Orts Lane

Airy & bright family home in Pflugerville is for sale

High ceilings and amazing sunlight welcome you into this bright and cozy family home in Pflugerville, Texas. The open floor plan downstairs is ideal for entertaining or relaxing with the family, and you can enjoy meals at the kitchen bar or in the formal dining room.  The arched entryways add sophistication, and the kitchen features many…

Avoid Wire Fraud in Your Real Estate Transaction

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Technology is an important part of today’s real estate transaction. We search for homes online, send contracts by email, and even sign contracts electronically.   As with most things technological, hackers have found a way to hack transactions and steal money from homebuyers. Much like a phishing scheme, the hackers have developed sneaky and sophisticated systems…

Newly constructed duplex in established south Austin neighborhood

Newly constructed duplex in an established South Austin neighborhood

Last month I was invited to attend an open house to preview a newly constructed duplex in South Austin.  The duplex was built by River City Homes and designed by Danze Davis.  I couldn’t go, so Marquette went in my place.  Here’s what she thought: I’m somewhat of a house junkie, so I was excited…

Tips for moving with children

Tips for Moving with Children

Moving with children can be a challenge, but it is do-able.  Even though you have a million things to do on your moving checklist, don’t overlook that your children may be stressed or scared about the upcoming move.  Moving creates upheaval for everyone, even more so for children because their normal routine is disrupted.  Here…

Stylish new construction homes in Central Austin

Paul previews stylish new construction homes in Central Austin. Check out his tour.

I went previewing last week for a couple of clients that both wanted new construction homes in Central Austin.  Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately depending on your viewpoint, tear downs are happening with greater frequency and paving the way for new homes with a more modern aesthetic.  I focused on homes in the 78731 and 78757…

Property Tax Protest Deadline Approaching

property tax protest

If you are dissatisfied with the appraised value of your property, the first step is to file a protest with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) in your county.  You may protest the value on your property if you think the assessed value is too high; your property is unequally appraised; the appraisal district denied a…

Remodel Your Way Into Central Austin

remodel your way into central austin

You’ve heard me say repeatedly that Austin’s market is hot, hot, hot.  If you want to get into a Central Austin home but you can’t afford new construction, there are still plenty of “diamonds in the rough” that can be modernized with some simple remodeling.  Today I want to share with you an example of…

NEW PRICE: 3103 Carlisle

New price -- 3103 Carlisle

Now offered at $649,900, this home in the popular Allandale neighborhood is easily walkable to the award-winning Gullet Elementary School and the pool, tennis courts, pond, and playscape at Northwest District Park, as well as the nearby baseball fields.  Only 1.6 miles from the restaurants and other activities along Burnet Road and Anderson Lane with easy access…

Temperatures & the Austin Housing Market are Hot

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Tonight I take my son for his first swim lesson of the year. Soon it will be warmer, and he just might be able to do a little swimming on his own. If any of you need a referral to an amazing private swim coach for children, just ask; we are happy to share.  And…

JUST LISTED: 11901 Swearingen #5

Just listed home in N Austin

This spacious 2 story, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath condo in the Reflections community features wood floors in the living room with a cozy gas fireplace, tile in the dining and kitchen areas, and carpet in the bedrooms.  The large windows and natural light coupled with the vaulted ceilings make this home seem larger than its 1,042 square feet. The…

JUST LISTED: 2520 Bluebonnet, Unit #2

Just listed 2520 bluebonnet

Walk to restaurants  — Check Views of downtown — Check Part of the hip 78704 zip — Check  This three story condo in South Austin gets top marks across the board. Not only is it within walking distance from Maria’s, Black Sheep, and ABGB, but it has its own great spaces for entertaining with three…

Annual Real Estate Report for Homeowners Living in 78703

2015 annual report 78703

  2015 was a significant year of growth and high demand for homes in all of Austin’s 78703 zip code.  This part of town consists of several micro neighborhoods, but if you look at the entire area, including all of the various micro ‘hoods combined, 217 homes were sold in 2015.  While that’s 13 fewer…