The Difference Between a House and a Home

The difference between a house and a home is you.  The memories, the pictures, the furniture, even the paint color combine to create a unique blend that reflects your own personality and style.  Improvements and accessories personalize, improve and/or allow for added functionality that a house may not have had before.  Consider them enhancements when it is time to sell an Austin home because they add appeal whether monetary or simply enhance the functionality of a room. Continue reading

Navigating Downtown Austin

Central Library

Last week I spent a bit of time downtown for work and play. For work, I showed some condos in the Posada Del Rey condominium community at 505 W 7th Street. If you haven’t heard of this community, that is partially due to its small size and has units available for lease more frequently than for purchase. While searching for parking, I circumnavigated the old Extended Stay Hotel, which will be the home of the new 6 X Guadalupe tower at 400 W 6th Street. This will be a mixed-use tower comprised of office spaces, 349 residences and ground floor retail. After driving around in a circle for a bit, realizing my parking karma wasn’t with me that day – I settled on a parking garage. Continue reading

The Best Time to Sell a House

I often get asked when it is the best time to sell a house. More often than not, the answer is when the seller is ready. It’s not about a season anymore. Every season is strong in Austin. About 60 people are still moving to Travis County every day and the numbers are even higher in Williamson and Hays Counties. Yes, there are more homes on the market in Austin, in the spring, but as a seller – that also means more competition. Inventory is very low in Austin. There is a housing shortage which has existed for years.

There is no bad time to sell in Austin. Sellers are always excited by the for-sale sign being placed in the yard. It is milestone for sure, but in order to reach that point – you need to be ready. When this list is complete – it’s time to sell: Continue reading

Put Your Smart Phone to Work When Moving

Schools are back in session and traffic is back to normal which can be helpful when trying to estimate how long it takes to get from point A to point B. If you are looking for a home in a new area, I always recommend using the navigation app on your smart phone.

Real Time Data

Type the proposed area of your new home to your work address, at the time you leave for work. Reverse the search again at the end of the day. Doing this a few times will help you start tracking drive times to and from the area you are considering moving to. Continue reading

Sold 8214 Gallatin Drive Austin

8214 Gallatin Drive, Austin

Investor, remodel or just live in it as-is. No HOA. 1980’s finishes. Ceramic tile flooring throughout main living areas. HV/AC (2009). Southwest Austin home located on neighborhood street, less than 2 miles to Oak Hill shopping including HEB and eateries. Less than 4 miles to Seton, AMD and NXP. Fenced backyard. Windmill Run neighborhood park features nature trail, picnic tables and playscapes. Continue reading

Sold 5809 West Gate BLVD #A, Austin, TX 78745

5809 West Gate BLVD #A Austin, TX 78745

South Austin 78745 single-story duplex-style condo in pocket community about 1 mile from West Gate shopping & eateries and Garrison Park. Features: Hollywood style bath & walk-in closet in master. Updates include: living area carpet (2015), laminate wood floors in dining area (2015), Hot water heater (2015), dishwasher (2015) Low E double pane windows in bedrooms (2015). Detached carport enclosed on 3-sides & offers extra storage. Parking space next to carport. Patio with fenced backyard. Continue reading

2120 Williston Loop, Austin, TX 78748

2120 Williston Loop, Austin TX 78748

Single story home for sale in Bridges of Bear Creek.  Beautiful inside and out! 4-sides brick, center island kitchen w/ ext. buffet, under cab lighting & stainless steel appliances. engineered hard wood and tile floors. crown molding in all rooms, 8’ doors, 10’ ceilings, 5” baseboards, ceiling fans galore, whole house filtration system, radiant heat barrier. Continue reading