Texas Ranch Style Homes

Updated house numbers on a ranch style home in Austin TX

Ranch Style Homes in Texas Ranch homes were popular in central Texas in the post-war era of the 1950s and 1960s. Thousands were built in Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities. Many of them are in neighborhoods where the ownership doesn’t change hands very frequently, and many are a re-modelers dream when they come on […]

Wooten: Central Austin Real Estate

Wooten neighborhood in Central Austin

Wooten: Central Austin Older Homes A surprising number of homes have sold in the Wooten neighborhood in Central Austin in the last 12 months, despite the area being fairly small: Wooten Real Estate Sales Data For the 12 months ending 8/16/14, within the area bounded by Anderson Lane on the south, Burnet Rd on the […]

Lockhart Texas – Houses with Character

A front stoop with character in Lockhart, Texas. October 2013.

Updated August 17th, 2014 Lockhart Texas – Houses with Character We first wrote about Lockhart Texas back in 2011, as part of our “shooting the town” series. A few weeks later, we wrote about Black’s BBQ. Oh my, that is some tasty tasty meat. We still go down at least once a month for fun, […]

Texas Drought – Images from Camp Pedernales

Texas drought as of August 12th, 2014.

The Texas Drought Continues These images were taken at Camp Pedernales on Old Ferry Road in Spicewood, Texas in February of 2013 and January of 2014. We decided to try out Google’s beta tour builder, which permitted images to be loaded next to an interactive map of the area. The map has historical imagery – […]

Austin Real Estate and the Government Shutdown

Will the Shutdown Hurt Austin Real Estate? Isn’t that the million dollar question? Many parts of the Federal government shutdown on October 1st, 2013 and as a result, around 800,000 federal workers are furloughed (not working) and another million are currently working without pay. Many government websites are turned off, many consumer-help phone lines aren’t […]

Too Much Stuff?

Too Much Stuff

Are You Drowning in Stuff? After appraising thousands of homes in the Austin area in the last few year, one thing we know for sure: people have a lot of stuff. Inside stuff, outside stuff, recreational stuff, baby stuff, craft stuff, car stuff. All. Sorts. Of. Stuff. Does the Appraiser care about the stuff? For […]

Canyon Creek Real Estate Market Data | Austin TX

A home in Canyon Creek in Austin Texas

  Canyon Creek Subdivision in Austin Texas Most of the homes in this area have mature trees in both the front and back yards, with brick or limestone on the exterior of the home. Sidewalks making walking easy, and Canyon Creek Elementary School (RRISD) is located within the boundaries of the subdivision (but not all […]

How to Lower the Value of Your Austin Home: 12 Easy Tips

Worried About Your Property Value? I hear about folks who are worried about what their home is worth. They want to know what they can do to improve the value of their home. This is especially true when the home is about to go on the market and the owners (sellers) are hoping to get […]

Got Junky Vehicles You Want to Park in Your Yard?

Cars parked in a front yard

You might be able to park them in your yard, or you might not. It usually depends on two things: 1. The local ordinances (code) for where vehicles can be parked and 2. Whether or not your HOA (Home Owners Association) allows it. In many areas, if you don’t have an HOA, then where you […]

Anderson Mill East Real Estate Market Data | Austin TX

A home in Anderson Mill East

Updated: September 14th, 2012 Older Homes from the 1970s and 1980s in Austin The small pocket of older homes in 78729, east of 183 and north of Anderson Mill, is commonly called Anderson Mill East. This area has small pockets of newer homes (built after 1990) mixed in with the subdivisions of Anderson Mill Village, […]

River Place – Austin TX: Real Estate Market Update April 2012

River Place Austin TX 2012

Gorgeous Hill Country Living at River Place Looking for a home with sweeping Hill Country Views in the Austin city limits? Take a drive through River Place off of 2222 near 620 and see the variety of homes and views that are on the market this Spring. Homes in this subdivision range from the low-to-mid […]

The Overpriced Home: Figuring Out The Problem

Which Home is Overpriced?

Can You Spot The Overpriced Home in a Neighborhood? Hint: it’s the one that isn’t selling. (Ooooh, imagine that – an overpriced home not getting any offers!) You know, the one that has been on the market so long no one even notices the sign any more. Sunday home-shoppers don’t even slow down (they’ve already […]