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The Case for Being Nice

we will default to nice not only because it comes naturally but because it gets results.

Continue Reading November 17, 2009 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Home Warranty Coverage – What does it do for me?

The mystical home warranty. This blog tells more about general home warranty coverage, what it costs, and includes a few tricks of the trade you’ll need to know when reporting any problem to your warranty company!

Continue Reading August 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

What can you get for $89,000 … we saw the craziest house today

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So we saw the craziest house this week. The common thought today is that we wait and prices will go down, interest rates will get even lower and you will get this great house at a steal of a price.  So a steal house for $89,000 in a neighborhood selling around $130,000 will include your own green house, extra access to the outside, and about 10 pounds of collected dust from over the years, oh and don’t forget the cat door.

 

Walking up to this home with my buyers, we only opened the front door to satisfy our sick desire to see how bad it could be inside compared to the outside.  Well it started off not too shabby, once we got over the carpet that was beyond its last leg, then we looked up and saw that the ceiling fan had been gathering dust for who knows how long and had we turned it on it would have powdered the entire room.  The layout wasn’t bad, but when you have leaves growing in between window glass, a hole in the wall that is letting in sunlight, and bathrooms that need a complete overhaul (not to mention what might be hiding behind those bathroom walls), it can be hard to look for those “good bones” us Realtors use to validate an investment of a really awful house.  While the house might just need a good scrubbing and some paint and new flooring, with such an intense need to clean my thought always is if this is how the house was lived in, how high is the chance that any maintenance has been done to the foundation, electrical, HVAC, etc?

 

Now this is an extreme example and, to be fair, the house was in a foreclosure situation, which general comes with an “As-is” clause to any offer.  The house made my client’s short list of homes to see because of the price, but they quickly realized that a house priced at a steal of a deal, comes with many other concerns.  Something for all home buyers to consider as we move into another season of real estate for the Austin area.

 

If you see a house that appears to be a steal, call us … we’re as curious as you are. We’ll be happy to assess the damage and the potential return.

 

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January 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

The PERFECT House

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January 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

NPR Podcast: The Giant Pool of Money


Do you feel somewhat clueless as to how such enormous banks and lenders could have gotten themselves into such a sticky economic position? Kind of like seeing an otherwise intelligent kid with his head stuck between two fence pickets. Or an otherwise intelligent friend get into and stuck in a really bad relationship. Or an otherwise reliable tire shop who fails to tighten the lug nuts on your otherwise fabulous 1972 VW bug. You get the picture.

This is a podcast via Chicago Public Radio & This American Life. It’s a special program about the housing crisis produced in a special collaboration with NPR News. They explain it all to you. What does the housing crisis have to do with the turmoil on Wall Street? Why did banks make half-million dollar loans to people without jobs or income? And why is everyone talking so much about the 1930s? It all comes back to the Giant Pool of Money.

the really short promo version: http://podcast.thisamericanlife.org/promos/355.mp3

the full version: http://audio.thisamericanlife.org/player/CPRadio_player.php?podcast=http://www.thisamericanlife.org/xmlfeeds/355.xml&proxyloc=http://audio.thisamericanlife.org/player/customproxy.php

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August 6, 2008 at 9:00 pm Leave a comment

hey, ACL schedule is out!

 

 

woo hoo! ACL 2008 schedule is out. I’ve attached a .pdf (08_aclmf_grids1) or you can get your own at http://www.aclfestival.com/schedule/day2.htm.If you’re a visitor to Austin and tempted or considering buying real estate in one of the healthiest markets in the country, then click around the blog for market info and search away at www.searchAtown.com. Call us if you need professional advice and direction.

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June 4, 2008 at 1:33 am Leave a comment

driving is a lot easier


My father is following a bit too fast in his father’s footsteps. You see, Grandpa had full blown dementia at 80 and Dad, at 78, appears to be not too far behind. He often references his 20 years flying jets for the USAF in relation to his driving skills (Dodge Magnum, one of the sexier cars he has owned) … says with the same intonation every time, “driving is a lot easier.”

Why is this in a real estate blog? Well, real estate is real life and as our parents age and their needs change and increase, we find ourselves wondering how to best take care of their needs and shouldn’t we all have a guest house in the back yard or 1-story homes with an extra guest suite so we can take care of them?

Our 2-story, multi-level 70’s home with 2 steps down into the living and a steep driveway and 2 sets of steps situated somewhere from the curb to the front door and a guest room that also serves as an office. You get the picture and perhaps your set-up is similar. Oh, and I live out of state. So my sister has the same musings … too bad there isn’t a small cottage behind their house (4 acres in Des Moines) but the guest room upstairs or the old teenage room in the basement … not an arrangement for Dad.

Real estate is real life and driving is a lot easier.

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May 15, 2008 at 1:22 am Leave a comment

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