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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

4BR plus study in exclusive gated community by Toll

Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder, has a great reputation nationally especially in California. The Ridge at Alta Vista community, by Toll Brothers, is located on a ridge off of FM 620 and is bordered by a bird preserve. Many homes have great hill country views. What is wonderful about this community besides the fact that it is gated, is that it has an excellent community center which includes a clubhouse, Jr. Olympic size swimming pool with water feature for the young children, tennis court, playground, basketball court, sauna and a fitness center. The community center has a great hill country view giving you a resort-like feeling instead of a rural country feeling. You'll understand what I mean once you see this neighborhood. The HOA dues is only $85 a month and you get all these perks!

Going back to my listing, this home on 303 Hensley Dr., Austin, has 3,464 sq. ft. of living space, 4 bedrooms (master on main) plus a study, 3.5 baths, an over sized game room with a technology center which includes a built-in desk, and a large storage room which can be easily converted to a media room (which is a 250 sq. ft. bonus!). The kitchen has all the luxury items: the granite counter tops, stainless steel sink, stainless steel dishwasher/oven/microwave, cook top, walk in pantry and abundance of cabinets. It has a great open floor plan. You step into the foyer and be greeted by the two story family room which has a fireplace. The backyard is large, flat, completely fenced and has plenty of room for a pool. The home is situated in a cul-de-sac which is very quiet and private.

The neighborhood is a melting pot of Austin transplants. The people are wonderful and friendly. Why do I know so much about this neighborhood? Call me and I will tell you. Come see this wonderful home offered at $449,900.

Lake Travis ISD Sales Stats for October 2007

I always run the statistics for Lake Travis ISD because so many people ask me everyday, especially on Sundays (during an Open House) how the market is. It really isn't so bad especially when a home I listed for $1.09M sold in 2 weeks! The home by Stadler Custom Homes is already in contract and we expect to close in 2 weeks. Oh BTW, the home on Emerald Falls, went in contract only after 7 days on the market and the home closed end of October.

What does this mean? There are buyers out there! Absolutely! The first week I hosted an Open House at 102 Golden Bear Cv, I had 7 groups of people come through the home. 4 out of the 7 are ready to buy now, one has to sell a home in Barton Creek, one is ready in January and the other is looking for a friend who is planning to move here. I would also have to say that these buyers are shopping in the above 600K. I hosted another Open House this past Sunday and had 7 groups of people come through. What I have to say is, many are looking at most of the inventory available within their criteria before making a decision. But when a Stadler Custom Home comes their way, especially when it is priced at the current market value, sorry, but make a decision now and stop dilly dallying. Get real, buyers!!! When a home is priced right, and you love the home, make an offer now! It just doesn't make sense to have your realtor show you 20 more homes when you've already fallen in love with the one you just saw. And then what happens when that home gets an offer and you've missed your chance? And you have to settle for a home that is your second or third choice, yikes!

Enough of that, going back to the stats, Lake Travis ISD residential home sales are down 29% from last October. So far, February 2007 marks the worse at 30% of sales down. Overall, in the entire Austin MLS, sales are down 23% from last October. Still not bad compared to the rest of the nation. Buyers are still coming from areas such as Michigan, California, Minnesota, etc. Rates are still pretty good. I heard of a mortgage company who is offering 5.875% at 30 year fixed! I really have a good feeling that December will be a good month. Many want to move in before the holidays. Let's see come January when I run the stats. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

FOR SALE: Flintrock Falls Home by Stadler Custom Homes

Owning a home built by Stadler Custom Homes is a statement of luxury living. Brent Allison builds a showcase home. His work shows in the craftmanship and his service is absolutely superior. Not only do I know this man professionally but this man is a true person. He has a great family and my children know his children.

To personally promote, advertise and market a Stadler Custom Home is like a dream come true. It's better than having Brad Pitt knocking at my front door or Tom Cruise for dinner! Brent finally gave me an opportunity to sell his 2006 Parade of Homes masterpiece located at the guarded and gated golf course community, Flintrock Falls. This home is incredible! As I write about this home, I am giggling like a little girl because I cannot contain my excitement!

First of all, this $1.09M home won "Best Street Appeal". Home has 4,773 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms plus a study, 4.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, 3 living areas, 2 dining areas and a 3 car garage. The gourmet kitchen includes a Wolf 6 burner stove with griddle, hood and 2 ovens, microwave oven, warming drawer, Subzero refrigerator, wine refrigerator, granite countertops, custom pecan cabinets. Meticulous details include travertine flooring, cast stone columns and arches, leather textured walls, judges paneling, faux painting, triple groin vaulted ceiling, Cortexa smart house system with touch screen master controller (for surround sound stereo, security, temperature and lights) and more. The covered back patio includes a fireplace, oversized hot tub and has views of the 16th green on Flintrock Falls golf course.

The pictures are an understatement! Stadler currently has 2 homes under construction in Spanish Oaks, one $1.875M and the other $2.05M; one in Seven Oaks for $2.4M. He has a Rough Hollow home currently under construction which is included in the 2008 Parade of Homes for $3.1M, which is already under contract!

Want to see more? My new dream is to own one of these homes! Don't you dare wake me up!