Austin Texas Real Estate Blog

Staging Tips : How To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Staging is a clever way to get your home sold faster. Encourage prospective buyers to imagine themselves living there by presenting your home in it's best light. Here are our top 5 tips for staging your home. 

1. Clear The Clutter

The most basic task when staging a home is removing clutter and getting the house clean. Remove knick-knacks and personal items from all surfaces, but don’t just put them in closets; potential buyers usually look in them, and you want yours to appear roomy. Box up spare belongings and get them out of the house.

2. Brighten...

Meet Your Greater Austin Real Estate Team: GATeam Member Susan Arant

Happy Birthday Susan! 

Susan is the epitomy of our mission: Changing Lives Through Real Estate. She makes her clients her #1 priority.

Here is what your team has to say about you, Susan!

"One of the first things you notice when you meet Susan is her incredible beauty, style, talent for design, and attention to detail. Then when you really get to know her you are amazed at her loyalty, and her immeasurable devotion to all those she loves.  The most admirable thing about Susan is her discipline and constant search for ways God can use her to love and serve others.  She is a force to be reckoned with!" - LaNeigh

"She is super HOT!! Her low filter allows you to know exactly what she is thinking...

Things To Do Around Austin | May Events

It's May in Austin! Time to open up those windows and spend some time outside! Here's what's happening this month around town!

May 4: Hot Air Balloon Festival
Festival opens Friday night early for Tethered Rides and a Hot Air Balloon Glow (weather permitting). Limited food and merchandise vendors will also be setup and open on Friday night as well. Live music and general admission areas open for all attendees. Anyone who has a pre-purchased Tethered Ride Pass or ANY pre- purchased pass for Saturday is allowed to attend for FREE on Friday. Parking passes are ALSO good for both...

Meet Your Greater Austin Real Estate Team: GATeam Member Jen Bassett

Our GATeam members are the backbone of the business who implement our vision statement: Extraordinary customer service | Build wealth | Give back.

Meet Jen, best known for her tenacity and positivity, she always finds it most impactful to be readily available and of service to her home buying clients. She understands that the hard work she puts in directly correlates to the results her clients will see and makes it her number one priority to do all she can for them. 

When she isn’t busy showing homes or negotiating contracts, Jen likes to spend time with her husband, their two sons and two dogs. After work hours, you can find Jen at a Mexican restaurant or heading to one of her son's sporting events.

Come in and meet Jen, she's ready to assist you in finding your dream home! If you are looking to buy a home anywhere in the Greater...

Things To Do Around Austin | February Events

February is here and we're ready to get things started off right! Football season is closing out with Superbowl, it's going to remain chilly throughout the month (Or is it? We live in Texas afterall.) and the housing market is still robust for sellers. Back to the local events you'll want to be a part of that includes the best to do, see and engage in in Austin and beyond this February! 

February 1-16: FronteraFest
Hyde Park Theatre
FronteraFest is five weeks of alternative, offbeat, new and off-the-wall fringe theatre. Expect the unexpected. 

February 9: ...

Top 5 Improvements to Gain You the Most Return on Your Investment

home improvement

Top 5 Improvements to gain you the most return on your investment

Front Door
While the front door may not seem like an important piece of the puzzle, it is the very first thing a prospective buyer will see when entering the property and can make a huge first impression. It can also yield up to an amazing 96.6 percent return on your investment. If replacement is not in the budget, a fresh coat of paint will work wonders.

Hardwood floors
No matter where you live, buyers want to see hardwood floors. It is one of the better investments you can make before selling your home and it will pay dividends. You don’t have to go crazy on the material either – there...

Things To Do Around Austin | January Events

Here we are in the first of the year. Everyone's set new goals to conquer and we're simply looking to make your first month in the new year brighter with cool and fun activities to do around the Greater Austin Area! Check out our top picks of what to enjoy in Austin and beyond this January! 

January 1: Barton Springs Polar Plunge
Barton Springs Pool
Although there was a brief time when we didn't know if the plunge was going to happen due to flooding in the Austin area, the polar plunge is on and set for New Year's Dday! Join the brave and jump into the water during the chilly 30-something...

One More Week - SAFE Kids Need Your Help!

This is a reminder that we are a drop-off location for the toy drive for SAFE, a merger of Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace. We can accept donations at our office through Friday, December 14!

If you would like to join us in creating a smile on local children's faces who otherwise wouldn't have a Christmas, then please drop off unwrapped, new items at our GAT office. Below is a list of gifts in high demand. 

Suzy Day of SAFE told us, "We often have a need for teen and pre-teen gifts". 

If you prefer to donate from home, please shop for items from SAFE's Amazon and ...

Things To Do Around Austin | December Events

Holiday cheer is here! Take on as much of the lights, glitter and holiday songs to your heart's content. The city of Austin is a winter wonderland waiting to be explored. Check out what fun, inexpensive and sometimes free activities are going on around town! Here’s our top picks of what to enjoy in Austin and beyond this December! 

November 17 – January 2: ...

SAFE Youth Gift Drive for the Holidays

'Tis the season to give back. As such, the Gene Arant Team would like to open our doors as a drop-off location for holiday toys. SAFE, a merger of Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace, is an Austin nonprofit with a mission to stop abuse for everyone, and they hold an annual gift drive that we are proud to support. 

If you are able and feel so inclined, please drop off unwrapped, new items at our office by end of business day Friday, December 14. Below is a list of gift suggestions that are in high demand. Suzy Day of SAFE said, "We often have a need for teen and pre-teen gifts."

Also, if you'd prefer to donate from home, you can shop for items from SAFE's Amazon  and Target  wish...