April 2015

Found 6 blog entries for April 2015.

beat buyers in competitive real estate marketAs the real estate market heats up, so does the competition! But fear not, because we're here to help with 6 easy ways to beat buyers in a competitive real estate market. This tried and true tips will put you on your A game and help you get exactly what you want!

1. Act Quickly

This advice overflows to many aspects of the real estate purchasing process. First, you want to ensure you're viewing houses as soon as they hit the market. (Hot tip: Register with our site & sign up for email listing alerts to find out when a home is available!) But you also need to act quickly when making an offer, scheduling home inspections, and completing the contracts. Delays simply increase the likelihood something can go wrong—like being outbid!

2. Work With The

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affordable housing austinAustin’s home prices have been well on the rise for the past few years, especially from 2014-2015. A report released this week from the Austin Board of Realtors confirms that the housing market is now more expensive than it ever has been, making it increasingly difficult to pin down affordable housing for a wave of new residents drawn by the growing economy.

While the home prices skyrocket, incomes are increasing slowly, and the gap is getting difficult to close. All of that aside, homes are still selling, and fast. So if you’re looking to move to the city, how do you take advantage of the growth?

Investing in Austin real estate could be well worth the initial compromises, such as cutting back on unnecessary spending to prioritize your mortgage

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hgtv smart home contestSince 2008, HGTV has been gracing cities across the nation with the latest in home tech by way of their Smart Home series. Last year’s home was in a trendy Nashville neighborhood, but this year, their smart home is putting down roots in the well-loved community of Zilker Park, Austin.

The modern farmhouse is already built, fully furnished, and landscaped from fence to fence. This tech-savvy home is not only a showstopper for passersby but a future home for one lucky winner!

HGTV is accepting entries for the sweepstakes from April 15, 2015 to June 2, 2015. Two ballots a day will get you one step closer to being the owner of this home, not to mention the 2015 Mercedes Benz C-Class and $100,000 cash prize that come with the bundle. Altogether, it’s

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austin's tallent building locationA brand new condo skyscraper planned for downtown West 3rd Street and West Avenue will be Austin's tallest building! Named "The Independent", this exciting new condo building is anticipated to be 58 storeys and 950,000 square feet, with a massive range of condo sizes and luxury amenities.

But it wouldn't be an Austin project without a unique twist: the building has a staggered architectural design, with an appearance similar to four building blocks that aren't perfectly stacked. The striking design will create quite the impact on downtown Austin, and is a welcome addition to the eclectic skyline.

The Independent condo building will combine luxury high rise condominiums with office space, centered around a new Central Library. Naturally, the tallest

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At the beginning of January, we wrote about the sale of a 75 acre tract of land in Bull Creek. It spans from Bull Creek Road and along W 45th Street, and at the time, the new owners were tight lipped about future plans. The former Texas Department of Transportation land now has a future in mind, thanks to the bid winners, MileStone Community Builders.

the grove at shoal creek
Image courtesy of MileStone Community Builders

As is gaining traction among Austin home builders, the mixed-use development angle was one rumored to be applied to the land, and in this case the whispers were true. The Grove at Shoal Creek will be home to green spaces, single family lots, retail, office, and multi-family units. Concerns raised before the plans were launched included notes that the land

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signs your home is ready for the market1. You've amped up the curb appeal, inside and out

There's nothing like a well-organized, freshly cleaned home, and if you're planning on putting yours on the market, you'll have to get it up to speed. That means a full home staging, whether by yourself or a professional. Home staging is much more than just decorating. In fact, this could be the longest part of the preparation process, but don't get discouraged: it's well worth it.

Get started with a full house clean, from top to bottom. De-clutter and de-personalize as you go. If you've got a lot of items to hide, consider getting a storage unit. Touch up the paint, make small repairs, and make sure there isn't a dog or cat hair in sight.

2. You've had your home inspected

Most buyers will

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