Posted by Susan Arant on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:25 AMBy Susan Arant / January 7, 2021Comment
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...
Posted by Susan Arant on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:53 PMBy Susan Arant / February 21, 2018Comment
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...
Posted by Susan Arant on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:51 PMBy Susan Arant / February 21, 2018Comment
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.
Posted by Susan Arant on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:48 PMBy Susan Arant / February 21, 2018Comment
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...