Monday, November 15, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
So do you think that people don't relocate to Austin during the holidays? Think of it this way, an employer is most likely to hire someone during the holidays to fill up positions before their year end. So where will that new employee live? They need to find a home right?
Here are some other reasons why you should list your home during these busy holidays:
1) The inventory is lower than that of spring. Let's face it, the spring time is the buying season, hence, it is also the selling season. Think of the abundance of inventory during that time. You may have more competition and who knows if the competition will list less than your asking price. Your competitor may also be thinking that they don't want to list during the holidays either. So take advantage of the inventory and list now.
2) Prices are most likely to be higher since there is less inventory. Oh, supply and demand. Wouldn't you want more money in your pocket?
3) If you are worried about being disturbed during family visits during the holidays, you can restrict showings during the times your family is over.
4) Some people may want to buy before the end of the year for tax purposes. Think of an investor who needs to write off some income by purchasing investments.
5) Some people feel the warmth of a home when it is decorated with holiday stuff! Oh you mean a home feels cozier? Just think of the smells of cinnamon and pine cones as you walk in a home!
6) People who will view homes during the holidays are most likely serious buyers. That means looky loos won't be looking, their more likely to be shopping. I remember a seller who got mad at me when I wanted to show their home on New Year's Day.
So next time you want to list during the holidays, please consider the above reasons.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Our carnival is ran by parents and volunteers and kudos to this year's organizer, Tara! You rock! Good luck this Saturday and we hope this carnival brings alot of smiles to our kids.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Here are a few links for your convenience.
To search for properties in Eanes School District.
To search for properties in Lake Travis School District.
To search for properties in other school districts in Austin.
Hope this helps, your comments are important to me so please post them!
So next time you've found a home that meets all or most of your criteria, don't let the western exposure of the back of the home stop you from making an offer! There is usually a solution but explore building a pergola before you give up!
Speaking of solutions, I always have a solution to an objection so if you want a great home seller come the time you list your home, call me!
Friday, October 29, 2010
It is very important that you have a buyers agent to represent you who knows how short sales work. So please give me a call when you find that awesome short sale deal online.
short sale listings, so select the link to view what other great deals are out there. If you wish to search for short sales, go to this site to see all short sale listings in the Austin area.
WHEN: Wed, 11/17 7-8 pm
WHERE: Keller Williams Real Estate office - 1921 Lohmans Crossing, Ste 100, Lakeway
RSVP: (512)786-7355 to Reserve your seat
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
In September, residential units sold in Central Texas have DECREASED a whopping 43% compared to last September. In Lake Travis ISD which includes Lakeway, Bee Caves and Spicewood, residential units sold have DECREASED only 7% compared to last September.
Now that the Attorney General released earlier this month his demand letter to the banks which resulted to a freeze in foreclosures, I wonder what October sales would look like. It seems that we have a challenge each month in the housing market but the interest rates seems to be dropping. A builder in Austin is offering 3.875% fixed rate conventional loan financing for 30 years! WOW!
So if you are still on the fence about buying, you have got to be kidding me, there are so many deals to be made. Give me a call and let's talk!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
A Texas high school, Talented and Gifted school in Dallas made it to #1. #4 is another Dallas school, Science and Engineering Magnet. Wow that is awesome!
Here are the other Austin High Schools that made the list:
Here are other statistics Alamo Title has announced:
New listings are down 8.35%.
Pendings are down 21.87%.
Sold average sales prices increased 10.42% to $261,006. For August 2009 it was $236,376.
Is it still a good time to buy? Absolutely! Our interest rates are still low and look at the sold average sales, they are up last month! If it continues to go up, hmmm do you want to buy high?
Note: The statistics above was obtained from Alamo Title of Austin. The Lake Travis statistics was obtained from Austin Board of Realtors and has not been confirmed.
Monday, August 16, 2010
In July, 2010, residential units sold in the entire Austin MLS DECREASED 42% compared to last July. In Lake Travis ISD which includes Lakeway, Spicewood and Bee Caves, residential units sold INCREASED 15% compared to last July. This information was obtained from the Austin Board of Realtors and has not been confirmed or verified. This report was ran on 8/15/2010.
A 45% decrease in sales in suppossedly one of our peak selling months (spring/summer) is not very good. Could it have been because we had a surge of buyers in April/May/June due to the tax credit when they could have been our July/August buyers? What is going to happen in August? I guess we will have to wait until September to find out.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
This is my second year advertising in the Lake Travis ISD School directory and football program. In my effort to set myself apart from the many other realtors that advertise yearly, mine is a cartoon. Here is this year's advertisement.
Same goes for my marketing flyers for every home that I sell. I never use a template flyer (except for my short sales). After all, every home is different, right? So why should I use a template flyer?
Enjoy my real estate joke regarding back to school year 2010.
Double click on the image to enlarge.
Monday, August 9, 2010
This will be my first time teaching this class. Other classes I teach regularly at my office are: Wolfnet, How to incorporate the MLS finder into your KW website and Short Sale class for Buyers Agents.
The class will be geared for real estate agents and hopefully convince them to pursue blogging once the class is finished. An outline of the class will be as follows:
What is Blogging?
Samples of good Real Estate blogging sites
Who should Blog?
Why should you Blog?
What to Blog about?
I think it will be a very informative class. If you have any suggestions or topics to cover or even good real estate blog sites that are meant showing.
Monday, August 2, 2010
He also announced the individual ratings of the schools in the Lake Travis ISD as follows:
Lake Travis ISD - Exemplary
Lake Travis High School - Exemplary
Lake Travis Middle School - Exemplary
Hudson Bend Middle School - Recognized
Bee Cave Elementary School - Exemplary
Lake Travis Elementary School - Recognized
Lake Pointe Elementary School - Exemplary
Lakeway Elementary School - Exemplary
Serene Hills Elementary School - Exemplary
I am so proud! Partly because I was a Lakeway Elementary/Lake Travis Middle School and Lake Travis High School parent this past school year and these 3 schools all earned Exemplary rating. Congratulations Lake Travis, you did it again!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
It's the middle of summer, almost the peak of the real estate season. How did we do? Lucky for me, Alamo Title of Austin provides up to date statistics of our real estate market. Here are the numbers:
Preliminary June 2010 Data:
Units for Sale: (compared to June 2009)
New listings are down 2.86%.
Pendings are down 30.61%.
Solds increased by 6.56%
In Lake Travis ISD, the residential sales are up 9% compared to last June. Not bad.
If you are from a different part of the country, please share with me how your market is doing. I would really like to know.
Thanks again to Alamo Title of Austin for providing these statistics.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Father's Day by the Numbers
It is a big day for the 66.3 million fathers in America.
Father's Day is the 4th largest card sending occasion.... Nearly 95 million Father’s Day cards were given last year in the United States.
Popular Gifts for Father's Day - Not so popular with dad anymore
Neckties lead the list of gifts and are so of the past!
Other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts include items such as hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, those items you may find in dad’s toolbox.Other traditional gifts for dad such as fishing rods and golf clubs make for a happy dad in America.
What? You bought dad a tie? It's not too late to change that gift. Check out these great ideas Ten Ways to Rock Your Austin Dad's Father's Day
After all, doesn't your dad deserve the best?
Dad also deserves the best real estate agent on his next transaction. So when dad is ready to move to Austin, sell his Austin home or buy investment, who will you refer dad to? Please give dad my contact information and I will make sure that I provide him with great real estate advice and professional service. Your referral matters to me.
HAVE A GREAT FATHER'S DAY!!!
Alamo Title of Austin reports that in May, 2010:
Units for Sale: (compared to May 2009) New listings are up 5.18%.
Pendings are down 32.10%.
Solds increased by 49.68%
Note that the chart attached has not been updated to include May.
On June 13, Alamo also reported that our Austin MLS has 13,124 ACTIVE listings! New listings continue to rise as we get into the buying/selling season.
Disclosure: The statistics in this blog have been obtained from Alamo Title of Austin. The information has not been confirmed or verified.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
There's really nothing I can do about it, well, except blog about it or joke about it. What do you think? So true? Double click on the photo to magnify.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
In addition to the tax credit, low mortgate interest rates and many lower home prices have helped our sales in 2009.
The article concludes that Austin is seeling recovery and that the housing market will see moderate gains in both sales and prices in 2010.
To read the complete article, please select this link.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Alamo Title of Austin reports the following:
Preliminary December 2009 Data:
Units for Sale: (compared to December 2008)New listings are down 6.36%.
Pendings are down 3.23%.
Solds increased by 2.45%
Can we keep the inventory down? When inventory is down, the current inventory seem to have better chances of selling. Let's ponder on that for a bit. The first time home buyer incentive is still going on (expires April 30th) and the interest rates are still low (currently 5%) THAT IS WHY NOW is a good time to SELL!
As a buyer, should you buy now? HELLO first time buyer or current home owner? Are you listening? First time home buyers may qualify for an 8,000 tax credit, current home owners of at least 5 years may qualify for a 6,500 tax credit AND the interest rates are still low. Alamo title reports that in Jan. 17 - Jan. 23, 2010, the Sold average sales prices increased 17% to $235,839. In 2009 it was $201,584 for the same week. If the SOLD average sales price on the home keeps going up and you Mr. Buyer keeps pondering about buying and NOT pulling the trigger, hmm, would you rather pay more for a home? AHA, then should you buy now?
In Lake South MLS which includes Lakeway, Bee Caves and Spicewood, the average price SOLD in 12/2009 was $519,510 (in 12/2008 was 393,057) that's a 32% increase!!!! In HH which includes Buda and Kyle had a 9.9% increase in average price SOLD. In RRE (Round Rock East) had a 29% increase in average price SOLD!!! WOW!
Here are some great listings that I have that you should consider. Visit my listings page OR better yet, give me a call at (512)786-SELL. Stop pondering and BUY NOW!