Buying a Home

What's the Best way To Find a Home?

Use the Resources Available

There are many apps and websites nowadays that make finding a home very easy. All you have to do is search within a certain area and you can get homes for sale nearby with information on the property such as price and more. The app we prefer and trust is the KW app. The KW app provides listings across the United States straight from the local MLS. If you're interested you can download the app here

Work with a Trusted Agent

While apps and websites can be very helpful, a local realtor can be an incredible resource when it comes to your search. Realtors are experts in the area and processes involved with purchasing real estate. They will be able to guide you smoothly through the process and get...

How Much to Offer for a House in Austin, TX

Now that you’ve found the house of your dreams, all of the hard work is done, right? Not exactly. Before you submit an offer, you should carefully consider a few factors to be competitive in this market. The Austin market is hot right now so more care needs to be taken when making this decision. Let’s discuss some of the most important factors when it comes to determining your offer.

To be straightforward, the most important factor you will have to consider is the price. Figuring out what to offer can be difficult for home-buyers. Luckily, our team of specialists have a lot of success in helping buyers present the best offer.

To start, you can ask these 4 questions below:

1. What have similar homes in the area sold for?

The best way to start is to...

There's No Place Like Downtown Austin

I have been to seventeen UT football games, 3 Austin City Limits Festivals, and visited the State Capitol twice. I’ve paddle-boarded on Lady Bird Lake and picnicked in Zilker Park. I’ve shopped South Congress, hiked Mount Bonnell, ventured through 6th street, lunched at Franklin’s Barbeque, investigated the Driskill, and swam at Barton Springs Pool. Growing up in Lake Travis, a suburb thirty minutes from downtown Austin, I have had my whole life to explore everything this sought-after city has to offer. Well, here I am twenty years later, and I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface!

It is no wonder nearly 170 people migrate to Austin every day seeking the city’s artistic culture, steady job growth, and active lifestyle. Austin is alive with diversity, not only in its people, but in opportunity. Not just anywhere...

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...