Category Archives: Just for Sellers

Posts for those thinking of selling their Central Austin Home. Focus on Crestview, Brentwood, Rosedale, Allandale, Northwest Hills, Zilker, Barton Hills & Downtown.

What you can do now to get prepared to sell in the spring

Don't wait until the busy season to start preparing your Central Austin home for sale. Here are three key steps to get you on your way.

  For those of you contemplating selling your home this spring, there are several things you should do NOW.  Not only will these three steps help you prepare and get a jump on the market, but they may also serve to boost your sales price. STEP 1:  CLEAN AND PURGE.  It’s natural to accumulate a…

The secret to pricing homes Central Austin

There is a strategy to pricing your home to sell quickly and for maximum value.

In an ideal world, your Central Austin home will sell quickly and for top dollar.  But how do you achieve this real estate nirvana?  In a word, price. Okay, it’s really five words – price, condition, location, marketing, and experience.  Each of those factors play a key role in how your home is positioned in…

Selling Your Austin Home During the Holidays

    Many Austin families are reluctant to list their homes for sale during the winter holidays.  The season can already be hectic and many people don’t want to deal with the added distraction of preparing your home for sale.  I can totally relate.  But before you eliminate the idea completely, there are some benefits…

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

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…

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…

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….

The Hard Truth for Homesellers

Despite what you might think as the homeowner, your home isn't worth what YOU think it is. The market will determine the value of your home.

As a homeowner myself,  I understand the frustration a homeowner can feel when your home isn’t selling for the price you think it should.   In the video below, Marquette breaks down the hard truth:  your home isn’t worth what YOU think it is. Despite what you paid for your home… Or how much a neighbor…

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…

Property Tax Protest Deadline Approaching

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…

Annual Real Estate Report for Homeowners Living in 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…

Austin’s Market is Hopping

  Hope all of you had a fantastic month with SXSW, Spring Break, and Easter. It’s a beautiful (and busy) time of year. Our real estate market is really hopping along!  So far this year seems to be unfolding in a manner similar to the last four years: Very few homes are available + a…

No worries about the new Austin real estate closing rules

What’s happening with all the changes in real estate closings these days? So there has been a lot of talk (hype) lately about real estate closings taking longer than expected due to new laws.   Despite the concerns you may hear, there’s no reason for a real estate transaction to take any longer to close than…

Listing Your Home During the Winter Holidays

Many families are reluctant to list their homes during the holidays.  The season can already be hectic and many people don’t want to deal with the added distraction of preparing your home for sale.  I can totally relate.  But before you eliminate the idea completely, there are some benefits to consider. Because there tend to…

Quick Guide: Overview of the Buying & Selling Process

There is nothing hard or scary about buying or selling real estate, but it is a BIG THING.  In fact, for many people real estate is one of the largest monetary transactions they will ever experience. That’s why we think it’s important that you understand the process from start to finish — before you are…

Advice for people looking to upgrade their homes

Front of Allandale home

In the last 2 days I have gone on 2 very fun (for me) home visits. Not to list homes or sell them, but to counsel homeowners on what they should be doing to maximize their home’s resale value when considering potential home improvement projects. It occurred to me that many of you might not even know…