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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PRESS RELEASE - New Certified Negotiation Expert in Austin, TX

Pearl Jones  Receives New

“Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®)” Designation

Professional negotiation skills are necessary for all real estate agents

 in helping home buyers and sellers, especially in the current market


Pearl Jones has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI).  The CNE is earned by real estate professionals after successfully completing formal negotiation training over two days.  Agents who receive this certification are among the top agents in the country in negotiation skills.

With professional negotiation skills, agents are able to help clients obtain better results in the sale or purchase of their home.  CNE agents have a higher skill level which enables them to 1) communicate more effectively to uncover desired information, 2) help clients understand their options, 3) work collaboratively with others, and 4) resolve deadlocks.  CNE agents have a thorough understanding of how to negotiate effectively to help achieve their client’s goals.    

The Real Estate Negotiation Institute is the leading negotiation training and coaching company in the real estate industry.  Collectively, the Real Estate Negotiation Institute’s instructors have over 300 years of real estate and negotiation experience.  Tom Hayman, the CEO and Co-Founder of the Real Estate Negotiation Institute, asserts:  “Any Buyer or Seller who hires a CNE agent can feel confident they have one of the best trained negotiators in real estate.  They should achieve superior results and have better resolution of all issues when represented by a CNE agent.”


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Enjoying Reserve at Lake Travis

My family spent the afternoon this past Sunday at the Reserve at Lake Travis. This community is located in Spicewood, has an Equestrian,  condos, multi million dollar homes, cottages for rent and most of all a lazy pool, infinity pool, slide and swim up bar. The lake views are phenomenal and it was so relaxing. Membership is required to use the facilities or a member can invite you as their guest. We had so much fun! Check it out.  

They are also hosting a Luxury Home Tour on June 13 to 14 and June 20 to 21st. This is your chance to visit this spectacular community.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Blanco Lavender Festival June 12 to 14

Next week is one of my favorite times of the year, the Blanco Lavender Festival. Its starts on Friday but Saturday is the best day as downtown Blanco has the mini markets open with lots of food vendors and lavender product vendors.  Imagine Lavender and Hill Country Lavender are 2 of the participating farms. I went today to see the lavender in full bloom. The abundance of rain has contributed to this acres of beautiful scenery on hwy 281 in Blanco. This is only a short drive from Austin. Come and see it.

Congratulations Graduates

As High School students and College Students graduate in Austin and around the country, I want to commend these graduates for a job well done. Same goes to the parents, congratulations in accomplishing such a milestone, another child completing their education.

Graduation is such an emotional ceremony, hence, I just love attending them. Kinda like weddings.  I will probably be that weirdo after my kiddos have flown from the coop, the one sitting in the back watching strangers say "I do" or getting their diplomas. Why not? If you feel bad, invite me then.

Congratulations once again. And Good luck to our future leaders, inventors,  teachers,  doctors etc etc.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Austin suffers flooding and tornado warnings over Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day for Austinites was rainy, windy, scarry and gloomy. It all started on Saturday around 6pm when the rain came. The problem was it just kept coming. Then came the wind. We received two close calls, 2 tornado watches. Our phones and tv screens beeped and our power shut down. I bolted into the closet under the stairs with the dog until the wind died down. 
My son on his way back to San Antonio got stuck in between two quickly rising low water crossings by Blanco River. He had to wait it out for 4 hours.  Wimberley was severely flooded leaving people homeless and families unfound.

Sunday gave us a break but the rain was on and off. Monday was another repeat with another 2 tornado warnings with a real close call of a funnell cloud above us. A few tornadoes touched down all around Austin but not in Austin.  Finally, our Lake Travis has increased 30 ft in the past 30 days, hurray but the damages and loss of lives are huge. It is day 2 and the City is still recovering and still getting more rain. June is going to be another wet month they say. Can we sustain more damages?
I know we need the rain but not all at once please.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Foreign Sellers Need to Know

This is important information for non United Citizens who are selling their property here in United States, or for the reason of this blog, in Texas.  Debra Holloway of Gracy Title was our guest speaker at Keller Williams Realty today.

Debra says that if the property is 300,000 or over, Gracy Title needs to withhold 10% of the sales price and send this amount to the IRS on behalf of the Seller.   The Seller needs to settle with the IRS if they owe more money or get part of this money back.  In addition, there are IRS forms that need to be completed at closing.  If the property is under 300,000, the 10% is withheld and given to the Buyer.  The Buyer is responsible for sending the money to the IRS and complete some IRS forms.  This part becomes sticky as what Buyer in their right mind would want to take responsibility of this kind of money?  An attorney needs to be involved.

If you are Foreign Seller, make sure you let your agent know and do your research before selling your property.  If you are a Buyer, make sure your agent inquires to make sure that the Seller is a US Citizen so the Buyer is not put in this similar situation.

Otherwise, Happy Selling and Happy Buying in Austin, Texas.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Keller Williams Red Day 2015 - Meet Lonnie

Every year, Keller Williams Realty celebrates RED DAY,  a day all agents in the entire country stop working and give back to the community.  This year, my office, Lake Travis, had a food drive benefitting Lake Travis Crisis Ministries; a book drive benefitting West Cypress Hill Elementary; and  Pet Items for Wags Hope and Healing Pet Rescue.  After the drive, my 2 older teens and I ventured out to Austin to find 2 recipients of $100 cash envelopes.  My eldest, Ryan, writes the following:

Today, my mom and I set out to make some acts of kindness for random people.  Meet Lonnie (top) and Will (bottom).  Both were individuals we came across in the streets of Austin.  When we approached them they told us of their troublesome living situations.  Lonnie had just finished panhandling and Will was walking home from work , his bike broke down and could not afford to repair it.  We gave them each $100 to help them make ends meet.  The way these men responded was more than what we expected.  Will kept asking “Are you serious?” and left, palms to the sky.  Lonnie dropped his belongings, stepped away and got to his knees for a silent moment and then returned with hugs for each of us.  When asked what he would do with the money, he said a portion would go to buying his friends shoes.  I couldn’t believe that despite being homeless, he still put his friends in front of himself.  Our experience with these men was so refreshing, and serves as an example of why we should make acts of kindness as much as we can in our community.  You never know how much you can turn someone’s day around until you try.

Here's the video of Lonnie's story: