May the Chi be with You

zenTake a look at the dining room table you never use, the toys on the floor or maybe the pile of dishes in the sink. Clutter, for many people, can induce stress and is often the source when you can’t quite put a finger on what is bothering you. Understanding some basic principles of Feng Shui can help bring you and your home back into balance. A stress free home is not only important for every homeowner, but it is important to a potential buyer as well. A happy home is easier to sell.

Feng Shui Principles when Selling a Home

Chi is energy. Star Wars fans may identify more with the idea of The Force. The energy that binds the galaxy together is the chi that flows through us and our homes. When our chi is blocked, energy is zapped and we feel sad. Houses are no different than living beings when it comes to chi. When chi is constantly flowing through our homes – we feel good. That is why we often feel better after cleaning them. Clutter blocks chi, which is why we feel suffocated when it starts to build up.

Buyers pick up on positive and negative chi very quickly. When the energy is good, they immediately light up even if the house is not exactly a match. On the flip side, when the energy is bad, buyers either can’t wait to leave or start picking the house apart.

Home Selling Tips

If you are just trying to feel more at harmony with your home, sometimes a good cleaning is all you need. That cleaning also includes a certain level of decluttering. Everything on that dining room table needs to go to its proper home, papers need to be filed and everything lining the stairs needs to go to the second floor. If you are selling a home, it is time to take things to the next level. You have all seen the TV shows – it’s time to keep it, sell it, toss it or donate it. Don’t move things you don’t want and don’t shove them in the closet either.

Good Chi in Homes

When selling, living space needs to have good chi and closets do as well. Buyers want to open closets and feel like there is room. When a closet is disorganized and stuffed to the max – the buyer’s brain says “there is no room in here for my things.” Garages and cabinets need to be organized too. If you want to keep things, but know your house is overstuffed, renting self-storage space may help. You can often rent climate controlled space for just a few months until closing on a new home. You may not need a very large space and can cram things in to your heart’s content.

Giving a home space to breathe will help you do so as well. The positive chi will flow, which will not only make you feel good, but feel good to be home.

1814 Village Oak Court, Austin TX 78704

1814 Village Oak Ct-MLS_Size-001-Front yardUnder contract but accepting back-up offers, 1814 Village Oak Court in Austin’s trendy 78704 zip code offers an ideal balance of living in a suburban area while enjoying the convenience of an urban lifestyle.

SoLa district in Austin 78704

Austin’s 78704 zip code is home to hot spots like Zilker Park, the ZACH Topfer Theatre, the Long Center and Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail. 1814 Village Oak Court is located in the SoLA district of 78704, where South Lamar local favorites include The Broken Spoke, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and a variety of retail and eateries.
1814 Village Oak Ct Austin, TX 78704This South Lamar area beauty features a well-balanced floor plan, soaring ceiling in living area, 3-sided fireplace borders living and dining, bonus loft space upstairs perfect for home office, cherry wood floors, cherry cabinets, island kitchen w/ granite counters, masonry siding, 3-sided wood burning fireplace, crown molding, flagstone patio, fenced backyard and no home owner’s association.

1814 Village Oak Court Austin, TX 78704

• 3 bedrooms
• 2.5 baths
• 2,002 sq. ft (tax records)
• Year built: 2004
• 1 car attached garage
• loft/study space
• fenced backyard with flagstone patio and deck
• 2nd floor deck
• cul-de-sac street

ML# 1584727

731 Minturn Lane Open House

731 MinturnSouth Austin, single story home in the subdivision of Buckingham Estates features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with MIL  plan. 731 Minturn Lane is located Austin’s 78748 zip code near Southpark Meadows and Mary Moore Searight Park.

731 Minturn Lane For Sale in Buckingham Estates

Three sides masonry and vinyl siding. Kitchen open to family room. Updates include recent paint and tile flooring. Formal dining and spacious living area with laminate flooring. Carpet flooring is only in the bedrooms. Spa like master bath features recent tile, paint, fixtures, double vanity, garden tub and separate shower.

South Austin Open House

731 Minturn Lane is open Saturday, October 11th from 12:00 – 3:00pm

  • Number of Stories 1
    Square Footage 1,532 (tax record)
    Number of Living 1
    Number of Bedrooms 3
    Number of Bathrooms 2

Staging with a Thinking Chair

Where do you put a dining room table or large TV?   The answers may seem obvious, but for potential real estate buyers – they often are not. In Austin’s current hot sellers market, owners are often moving on prior to selling their current home. Home owners  move first because of a job transfer or owners can afford to buy without having to sell. Buying another home often leads to moving furniture, which often leads to an empty home.

Vacant homes for sale can be harder to sell

When a house for sale is vacant it is often hard for a buyer to figure out how to place furniture. It becomes more of a mental stumbling block and less of a question than one might think. When a buyer cannot figure out where a table might go or if a couch will fit somewhere, it takes them from enjoying the space to now figuring out the space – which means they aren’t even looking at the house anymore. When agent feedback starts coming back that the floor plan is odd or where did the owner put a couch, staging is often needed. Renting furniture can be expensive and there are some strategies to that can be taken before going that route.

Staging Strategies

  • Have pictures taken before the move to give buyers a visual of what the home looked like furnished. Pictures can be very helpful in dining areas and flex space. Flex rooms often confuse buyers so knowing how a seller utilized the space can be very helpful.
  • Don’t move everything at once. Yes, it is more expensive to move twice, but the alternative of keeping your house on the market or renting furniture could cost you more.
  • Floor plans that show furniture, pool tables and even pianos can be produced to show a buyer options on how to configure a space.

The Power of the Thinking chair

Often the best part about staging has nothing has nothing to do with furniture placement at all. It is about the buyers feeling at home when they are looking at a house. Sometimes a buyer just wants to sit and take in the space to envision actually living there. When there is a table and chairs or a sofa to sit on, buyers feel like they can take a breather and just take it all in. Every house for sale needs to have a thinking chair. As a seller, you want the buyer to stay and feel at home. Staging can not only make a house look like home, but feel like home too.

For Sale 213 Camperdown Elm Drive, Austin Texas 78748: Open House Saturday 11-2

213 Camperdown Elm FrontSingle story South Austin home for sale located at 213 Camperdown Elm Drive in the subdivision of Oak at Twin Creeks. Home offers direct access to neighboring Mary Moore Metropolitan Searight Park through the backyard. Features include masonry exterior, granite counter in kitchen, double ovens, island with breakfast bar and a wall of windows facing the backyard and greenbelt.

213 Camperdown Elm Drive was built in 2007 with 2,758 square feet of living space (per tax record).  The floor plan includes a formal dining and living room, family room, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and 2-car garage.

213 Camperdown Elm Area Amenities

213 Camperdown Elm, Austin Texas 78748 neighbors Mary Moore Searight Park and is conveniently located in Southwest Austin near the popular Southpark Meadows shopping area. 213 Camperdown Elm Drive is not far from major roadways including 1626 and I-35.

213 Camperdown Elm Back213 Camperdown Elm Drive Open House Saturday May 10th 11:00am – 2:00pm

Directions: from I-35 take the Slaughter exit and continue on Slaughter to South 1st Street. Go left on South 1st and right on Camperdown Elm.

1415 Laurel Glen Boulevard For Sale

White stone front single story beauty features professionally landscaped front and backyard with nice tree canopy, white stone wood burning fireplace in living, laminate and tile flooring throughout with large closets. Nice floor plan with master bedroom suite separate from secondary bedrooms. One bedroom could double as a study. Updates include: double-hung windows, tile bathtub surround, French glass back door, garage doors, kitchen counters and stainless steel sink. Large deck with storage shed in the backyard.  Close to Pleasant Hill Elementary

1415 Laurel Glen Boulevard, Leander Texas 78641

  • 1,377 square feet (per tax record)
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 baths
  • Single Story
  • 2 car garage
  • no carpet
  • Fireplace
  • Year built 1986

Oak Ridge Subdivision in Leander

1415 Laurel Glen Boulevard is located in the Oak Ridge subdivision.  Oak Ridge features a community pool, playground, tennis and sports court.

1415 Laurel Glen Blvd. is a home for sale in Leander, Texas




Time to Deck the Halls

holiday decor

‘Tis the season for shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning and maybe a little pepper spray in your eye. With all of the added things to find time for during the holidays, selling a home can seem an additional job we may not have time for. There are benefits though to selling during the holiday season and certainly things to be mindful of.

Austin Winter Real Estate Market

The holiday season is also the start of colder weather. In other parts of the country snow can really impact winter home sales. Fortunately, for the Austin real estate market snow and ice days are little and far between. Buyers can generally shop year round though it may be hard to find the time.