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Friday, September 27, 2013

Unofficial Press Release, I've been invited to help with a book!

I received an invitation from Local Einsteins Book to write a chapter on an area in Austin.  This is for their book titled "What to Know Before Buying and Selling in Austin",  Local Einsteins have already release book in others areas such as San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia,  Phoenix, Washington D.C., Sacramento, Berkeley, and more.  I am thrilled to help out. The book is supposed to be published this winter. The book will be available in, iTunes, Barnes and Noble and more. Thank you for this opportunity!!!

Here's the unofficial press release that was sent to me:

Austin—Local Einsteins has just released the essential resource for local homebuyers and home-sellers entitled, What to Know Before Buying and Selling in Austin. This guide (featured in Amazon’s Top 100 Real Estate Books) allows readers to get insider information on pricing, negotiating strategies, local weather, local schools and financing from multiple Austin expert sources.


Expert realtors featured in the book include:

Jason Heffron, Realtor, Juice Homes, LLC
Krystle Copulos McCarley, Co-Owner, Platinum Realty

Chuma Jerome, Realtor, Private Label Realty Co.

ReneƩ Giroux Nix, Realtor, Prudential Texas Realty

Kent Redding, Realtor, The Kent Redding Group

Lora Kaasch, Realtor, Good Life Team Real Estate

Terri Romere, Broker Associate, The Romere Team

Stephanie Nick, Realtor, Sotheby’s International Realty

Cheryl Crawford, Realtor, Crawford Realty, Inc.

Sandy Cary, Realtor, Sotheby’s International Realty

Pearl Jones, Broker Associate, Keller Williams Realty


With insights on every town in Austin – including Round Rock, Downtown, Avery Ranch, Bee Cave, Hudson Bend, Lakeway, Cedar Park, Leander and more, Local Einsteins Austin is guaranteed to give readers the intelligence and confidence they need before making one of the biggest financial decisions of their life.


The management team of Local Einsteins Books has collectively been in publishing for over 100 years and been a part of publishing over 1,750 books, 450 eBooks, 2,200 webinars and numerous other print and digital publications. Our CEO, Jonathan Aspatore, built one of the five largest business book-publishing houses in only a 10-year period as founder and CEO of Aspatore Books. After selling Aspatore Books, and devoting much of his time to buying and selling properties, he decided to follow his passion for real estate and start Local Einsteins as a way to provide better resources for homebuyers and home-sellers.


For More Information Contact:

Chris Beaver

(415) 419-8128 ext. 125

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Trader Joes opens tomorrow

Trader Joes in Westlake will be opening their doors for their first time, tomorrow, Friday, 9/20 at 8 am. I know alot of Austinites have been waiting for these news. Hooray for Austin. The location is on Bee Caves road just West of Mopac.

Monday, September 16, 2013

August 2013 Statistics for Austin, TX

More great news for Austin, Real Estate.  Sales in August 2013 were up 23%!  The dark line below shows the current year and look, we have surpassed sales in the past 4 years.  This is so awesome.
Finally waiting to sell?  Do you think now is the time?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

May 2013 Austin Real Estate Statistics

Another great news for Austin's real estate.  The sales have continued to rise.  Look at where we are now compared to the past 4 years!  We have surpassed our number of units sold.  I am looking forward to our peak season, June, to see where this puts us. 

Why is this happening?  As people continue to move to Austin, we have a shortage of inventory.  Not only is the sales inventory low but lease inventory is low too.

So if you are thinking of buying or selling, give me a call at (512)786-7355 to give you the 411 on our real estate. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Getting rid of Gnats

With all the rain we have been getting, I have never seen a gnat issue in our house!  I guess the soggy grass around the house is attracting them and somehow getting in the house.  Gnats, gnats every where and a fly swatter doesn't seem to work on these annoying pesty bugs.  I don't even have any fruits laying around.

I read online how to safely get rid of them.  So I took out six small bowls, put in apple cider vinegar and dish soap (I have Dawn) and in minutes, it caught 3!  About a hundred more to go!  The sweetness in the apple cider vinegar attract them and the dish soap kills them.  When I wake up tomorrow, I hope that all the gnats have drowned.  I really like this idea because it's DIY and very safe without using pesticides.

Buyers Myth regarding using Banks for Lending

At a recent team meeting, a mortgage lender brought up an issue regarding using a
bank versus a mortgage company when purchasing a property. This topic lit a light bulb, hence, today's blog.

Since I work with alot of short sales, I am asked the following two questions  often:
Who is the lienholder and will the process get quicker if I use the lienholder for my loan?  The answer to the second question is NO.  The lienholder (the bank associated with the sellers note) does not care what bank the buyer is using. As long as the buyer has the funds and has obtained a prequalification, that is all that matters to them.

Ever here of the saying, "the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing"?  Same goes with banks, their departments are separate, lending department vs short sale department, which means that these 2 departments never ever work together in harmony. 

At a past transaction where my buyer purchased a Bank of Z foreclosure (Bank of Z is a fictional name of a bank for the purpose of this blog).  My clients decided that since they bank with Bank of Z, that it would be best of their interest that they would obtain a loan with Bank of Z during the purchase.  Lo and Behold, when it was time to close, Bank of Z has not completed my client's loan approval, which meant, I had to get a closing extension from the listing agent.  The listing agent required a letter from the Bank of Z's letterhead that the loan was not ready and the reasons.  Well, since Bank of Z was such a large bank, they do not release such letters.  But it is your foreclosure department that is requiring this letter.  Are you serious?  So as you can see, it was a nightmare to try to get the extension.  Bank of Z's lending department tried to contact the foreclosure department to let them know what's going on and they could not get hold of anyone.

If you want a smooth non stressful closing, go with a lender of your choice that knows they can close the deal on time and get preapproved!  If you are really thinking of going with Bank of Z, seriously reconsider it!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pearl Jones makes it as Platinum Top 50 Realtor's Finalist

I made it to Platinum Top 50 Realtor's Finalist for 2013.  Yahoo!  To become a Platinum Top 50 Realtor, the organization uses a program who uses a point system and the more weight on the following categories, the higher the points.  25% sales production, 25% sales sides, 25% Education and industry involvement and 25% community involvement which means, a Realtor who is well rounded.  The awards occurred early December 2012 and below was my certificate.

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