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 […]
Buying a Home with Cash? 1607 homes listed in the Austin-area MLS were purchased by cash buyers in the last 90 days. One question we hear is, “If I have the cash, and I don’t need a lender to give me a loan, why would I spend the money for an appraisal?”. The short answer […]
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 […]
Updated September 20th, 2012 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Condo Plumbing can be a bit tricky. If you own a home (or have in the past), you probably know a bit about plumbing. When you need to work on it, you can turn off the water. Easy Peasy! This is so not the case in many condos! Shared Waters Systems for Condos Condos are […]
Granite Remnants Are Often Cheaper If you’ve tried to replace a small counter with a piece of granite, you probably ran into a common problem: granite fabricators don’t want to sell a little piece, they want to sell the whole slab. Or, they want to charge you an arm and a leg for the piece […]
Austin Metal Companies Can Fabricate Stuff For Your Crazy Project Have you ever wanted to do something really cool but couldn’t find the right metal thingy at Home Depot or Lowe’s? Maybe something for your yard, like some yard art for an Austin classic funky landscaping twist, or maybe a neat cut-metal sign with the […]
HOA rules can foil your plans for making your property unique, and that may or may not be a good thing. Tell us what you think about HOA restrictions in Austin.
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A House Appraisal: Find the Value of a Home How do people find the value of a home? Meaning, what a home (usually their home) is worth? Of the most common ways to find the value of a home, a formal house appraisal is the most accurate. If you REALLY want to know what a […]