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Saturday, June 19, 2010

OMG - Oh My Guy, It's Father's Day in Austin

It's time to remember those wonderful dad's out there. Here are some Fun Facts about Father's Day (source:

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.


Austin's May real estate statistics

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

Real Estate Joke: Financing Then and Now

Remember when you could get a NO DOC loan? That is now a thing of the past. In the past couple of months, many of my deals have been delayed due to, ehem, financing. My buyers have been stressed because they've had to give notice to their landlord, moved out, or relocated to Austin and come to closing and NO loan approval yet, hence, can't close.

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.