Buying a Home in Austin

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We aren’t stuffy.  We aren’t high pressure.   And we don’t take ourselves too seriously because we believe buying a home can be both easy and fun.

 

Our goal is to apply our market knowledge to help you find the right home that meets your needs and budget.  Whether you are looking for the perfect home in a great school zone, building an investment portfolio, or searching for your dream home, you can count on us to give you candid advice and practical recommendations along the way based on our broker’s 21+ years of experience in the Austin market.  We focus on giving you an unparalleled level of personal attention and responsive service so that you can focus on making the purchase decision that is right for you.

The process for buying a home can be broken down into nine basic steps:

  1. Identify the long-term goal of your purchase.  The criteria for an investment property versus a permanent dream home are different.  We will help  you identify your objective and tailor your home search to meet those needs.

  2. Search for the right home.

  3. Negotiate with the seller to get you the best deal possible on the home you select.

  4. Inspect the home to identify any underlying issues or concerns.

  5. Re-negotiate the purchase price of the home, if needed, based on the outcome of the inspection.

  6. Finalize your home loan and homeowner’s insurance.

  7. Arrange to turn on the utilities in your new home, typically to start on the day your purchase contract is “closed.”

  8. Sign the paperwork to finalize the purchase at “closing.”

  9. SMILE – you own a home.

Not only is buying easy, it’s never too early to talk with us about your thoughts.  We are happy to help you at any stage of the process.

 

As you begin your home search, take a moment to review these helpful buyer links.

 

JUST LISTED: 4700 Lasso Path

Mid-Century gem just listed for sale in South Austin's popular Western Hills neighborhood  4700-lasso-path-mls_size-012-3-kitchen-and-breakfast-001-1024x768-72dpi 4700-lasso-path-mls_size-015-13-master-001-1024x768-72dpi 4700-lasso-path-mls_size-021-11-other-bath-001-1024x768-72dpi 4700-lasso-path-mls_size-025-21-other-bonus-room-003-1024x768-72dpi 4700-lasso-path-mls_size-029-27-rear-exterior-004-1024x768-72dpi

Mid-century gem in the popular Western Trails neighborhood in South Austin has been lovingly updated while retaining classic period touches for a cool retro vibe.   Modern updates like new oak floors throughout, new light fixtures, and decorator paint strike a perfect balance with the vintage tile that was restored in the bathrooms and the functional sash windows typical of homes of this era.

 

This one-story home features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with a formal living in the front of the house, a dining room adjacent to the kitchen, and a bonus space (perfect for a man cave or second family room).  The remodeled kitchen shines with Boos block countertops, under-cabinet lighting, and classic white subway tile.  Preparing meals is a dream with new appliances, a single-basin stainless steel sink, and discreet canned lighting.

 

This home is ideally situated on a quiet cul-de-sac, but is still easily walkable to popular South Austin destinations like Strange Brew, Radio Coffee, Amy’s Ice Cream, Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Central Market, and the upcoming El Chilito.  Not in the mood to venture out?  Kick back and relax in the backyard under the large heritage pecan tree.

 

Offered for sale at $449,900 or for lease for $2,100 per month.

 

For inquiries about this home or other South Austin opportunities contact Jennifer Berbas or Paul Reddam at 512-300-2995.

JUST LISTED: 13211 Rochester Lane

just listed 13211 Rochester

From the manicured landscaping to the charming red brick, this Pflugerville home has curb appeal and more.  Not only is this two story house perfectly situated on a quiet street with sidewalks in a cute neighborhood, step inside the front door and enjoy the light and bright open floorplan of this comfortable 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath…

NEW PRICE: 1605 Nash

1605 Nash now offered for $799,000

Looking for that hip South Austin vibe? Want to be able to walk to Uchi, Odd Duck,  Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Alamo Drafthouse, and more? Look no further than 1605 Nash Avenue, in the heart of 78704. This two story family home is move-in ready with a designer paint palette, high-end finishes, and a roomy floorplan.  Downstairs…

JUST LISTED: 409 East 38th Street

Just listed 409 E 38th

              Tucked away from the street for maximum privacy and quiet, this updated Hyde Park condo features spacious rooms and an open floor plan with abundant natural light with full length windows and glass doors throughout the home.  With three separate balconies, including private balcony access in each of…

What is a “final walk through” in real estate?

Final walk thru

The Final Walk Through.  What is it?  The final walk is the homebuyer’s opportunity to walk through the property one last time before closing on the home to make sure that it is in the same or better condition than it was in when the buyer inspected the property.  Most real estate contracts say that…

COMING SOON: 409 East 38th Street

Coming soon 409 E 38th

This updated Hyde Park condo is tucked away from the street for maximum privacy and quiet. Featuring spacious rooms and an open floor plan, there is abundant natural light with full length windows and glass doors throughout the home. With three separate balconies, including private balcony access in each of the two bedrooms, the home…

JUST LISTED: 1605 Nash Avenue

just listed 1605 Nash

Looking for that hip South Austin vibe? Want to be able to walk to Uchi, Odd Duck,  Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Alamo Drafthouse, and more? Look no further than 1605 Nash Avenue, in the heart of 78704.   This two story family home is move-in ready with a designer paint palette, high-end finishes, and a roomy floorplan. …

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…