Austin Texas Real Estate Blog

This years fourth and final Blues on the Green ... Tonight!

Have you made it to Blues on the Green this summer?  If not, it is not to late!  Tonight, August 8, is the fourth and final Blues on the Green hosted by 93.3 KGSR  and will be featuring the Oh Hellos and Bidi Bidi Banda.

This beloved Austin tradion is 25 years old and takes place in the heart of the city at Zilker Park. The free concerts bring together thousands of Austinites (humans and four legged friends alike) for a few hours of fun and entertainment. Grab a picnic blanket, snacks, cold beverages and go enjoy the Live Music Capital of the country and everything it has to offer!  Blues on the Green started off as a promotional event in the Arboretum, the original intention was to increase consumer traffic; the rest is history!

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Kids are ready to learn, teachers are ready to teach... what's missing?

Has a teacher touched your life?  Has a teacher made an impact on someone you care about?  I dare to say, "ABSOLUTELY!"  As we roll into August and school is nearly back in session, there are kids ready to learn, and teachers ready to teach. But they’re often missing something… school supplies.

Families sometime struggle to get food on the table, let alone have the resources to help their kiddo get set up with school supplies. I was surprised to learn, 94 percent of teachers actually spend their own money on school supplies to help out the kids in their classroom... and we all know being a teacher is not necessarily the highest paying career.  

Having 3 kids of our own, Gene and I have always been huge educational supporters, serving on PTA's, members of education foundations, you name it.  We see this...

Why You Should Consider Selling in the Winter

Selling In Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

The season you sell your home can have an impact on how much you get for your home and how quickly it sells. The season that has the most success in selling homes is spring. This is a good time of year for families moving to new school districts and is also more convenient weather for moving. Because of this trend, most people will recommend waiting to list your home until after the winter is over. Avoiding the winter is a huge misconception in the housing industry and can cause homeowners to miss out on opportunities.

Selling in the winter can give you a few advantages. There will be fewer houses on the market since most people assume winter is a bad time to sell. This gives your...

Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

Potential homebuyers are always cautioned to be aware of mortgage lending standards and the difficulty they might face when trying to obtain a mortgage. Credit availability is expanding, making it easier to get a mortgage now than it was a year ago. The market is still tight however, and homebuyers should be prepared to shop around until they find a lender who is offering something that will meet the needs of their family.

Mortgage lending companies have high standards so it is important to make sure you and anyone else who will be included on the mortgage have their credit in check. The mortgage market is strict because lenders do not want to be put in a situation where they are forced to repurchase...

Common Things to Look Out for Before Buying Your Dream Home

Common Things to Look Out for Before Buying Your Dream Home

It is easy to become overwhelmed when you enter the home buying market. Friends, family, colleagues, and even acquaintances will give you their opinions if you are a first time home buyer. While most of them are looking out for your best interest, they are not fully aware of what is happening in the housing market.

It is important for you to be prepared and have your own questions ready. No matter what other opinions you are getting, you are the one buying the home and your comfort level will help make your final decision. Here are three important questions to ask before you purchase a home.

1. Why am I Buying a Home?

Regardless of the finances,...

Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?

Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?

There has been some discussion recently on home prices in relation to mortgage rates. Some believe if there is a rapid rise of mortgage rates, home prices should decrease. Logically it makes the most sense for the price of the house to drop when interest rates are rising, but this is not always the case.

This theory of home prices decreasing is typically discussed by future home buyers. As a buyer you would like to think if you are paying higher rates on your mortgage, you should be able to see a decrease in cost somewhere else. Unfortunately, these rates are rising because the economy is in better shape. As the economy succeeds, incomes rise, rates go up, as well as the price of the home.

A recent...

Summer Projects: Who you gonna call?

It’s a Friday morning in the beginning of August and you’re cleaning and prepping for a fun filled weekend with family and friends before the craziness of back-to-school and then it happens. You feel the temperature rise in every room; the air conditioning unit you trusted for the last few years has failed you. Now your well planned weekend has turned into a frantic search for a trusted AC repairman. Where do you start?
 
If you’ve already already started google searching, you’ll see hundreds of choices come up. Do you trust the iffy 4.2 star ratings or call everyone in your phone book in hope they’ve had an experience recently worth sharing?...

Don’t Miss The Fireworks

As homes sales decreased due to lack of inventory across the nation, Austin has stayed in it’s own bubble and proven to have its own market trends. What those trends tell us is that the next 2-3 weeks will be critical if you’ve considered selling. Although we continue to see steady action throughout the year, sales tend to slow down compared to now, at the “height of the season”. Once the fireworks sound off for 4th of July, home sales tend to quiet down.

In your favor now: there’s a prime audience of buyers. With summer breaks and out of town visitors, people are actively shopping. That window of time dwindles as everyone gets back to reality.

What you’ll want to note with the market statistics below from June-August 2016 is the fluctuation in median price for single-family homes and pending sales. A decrease in pending sales between these months shows us the slowing down of buying action. When buyers...

Austin Cost of Living

Austin is a city that people are talking about. It has made its way to the top of most “Best Of” lists in the past few years. We are environmentally friendly, well educated, and have moved from “Texas capital and college town” to a city that boasts the best of many categories – including cost of living for a city our size.

According to PayScale and its Living Calculator, Austin is a city that you can come to build a career. We are quickly becoming associated as a city that has technology, healthcare and there is even rumor that a “mini-Hollywood” is being built here.

Austin's Technology Sector

Regarding the technology sector, Austin is home to, or has campuses for, Dell, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, eBay, and Samsung. While the city boasts a low-cost of living, our median salary for IT professionals...

COACHING

KW & MAPS COACHING

MAPS Coaching is a key concept in Keller Williams Realty and a cornerstone in our cultural foundation. As the largest real estate franchise in the U.S., KW continues to grow worldwide. We believe that this growth is, in part, due to MAPS Coaching and all that it offers our agents. In fact, we are proud to say that the program is gaining ample recognition through external sources such as the Stevie Award for Sales Training & Coaching Program of the Year and was nominated for the PRISM Award for excellence in coaching. 

WHAT IS MAPS COACHING

MAPS Coaching offers real estate agents the opportunity to learn and grow their business through education and coaching. As a business owner, it is the chance to work with, speak to, and be mentored by other successful agents who have experience in the issues that we struggle with in our day-to-day business.

As an agent, there is a wide variety of opportunity from which to choose. Agents can receive private coaching sessions, attend...