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My takeaways from KW Family Reunion 2016

Start every day being super clear what ONEthing you must do today really really well.

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Information About Brokerage Services

Buyers in Texas have a right to representation; Realtors in Texas have a legal and ethical obligation to inform you of your right to representation.

Information About Brokerage Services

September 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

Austin, TX Economic Outlook: No Longer a Secret

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Austin as we know it today

Last month I had the honor of listening to David Tandy, CEO of Gracy Title, talk about the Austin economy, the Austin real estate market outlook and where we’re going. Hold on … the Austin we know today will not be the Austin of 2023. Some of the numbers I will reference in this post include articles, posts & research from the Austin Business Journal, 2013-2014 Angelos Angelou Economic Forecast, and the Austin Chamber.

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My biggest takeaway was that the Austin growth, momentum, economic outlook numbers are quite possibly understated. The main premise here is that most of the economic forecast, growth projection numbers were researched and posted PRIOR to the F1 Circuit of Americas airing in November (which had an estimated $483M economic impact to Austin) where 600 million people worldwide heard about Austin, TX and what an amazing city we are. Austin is no longer a secret.

The Numbers

  • At a 2.9% growth rate, we are the fastest growing city in the US.
  • In 2013, there will be 60-70,000 people moving to Austin. This growth will continue.
  • For every 2.5 people, we need one housing unit (home or apartment) which equals a 28,000 demand this year. This demand will continue.
  • In 2012, we created about 12,000 housing units, demand was 28,000; we currently have a 30,000 housing deficit. This deficit will continue.
  • low supply, high demand = sellers’ market

California

Californians are moving to Texas, a lot of them. Recent headlines involve Governor Perry’s poaching tour of CA (real classy move, Gov). California’s tall state income tax, increasing sales taxes and suffering schools are fueling the 3rd coast migration. Besides #sxsw, watch for more CA license plates in TX.

Real estate tips for our new residents

First, welcome (ignore the don’t-move-here t-shirts). Second, we are still much cheaper than CA. And a few other things you should know:

  • no income tax in TX, we make up for it in property taxes (they will be much higher than you experienced in CA)
  • prices are going up
  • Multiple offers are commonplace right now and expected to continue
  • Find out about homes before they hit the market (we call this the silent market or pocket listings or, simply, coming soon). How to do this? A good Realtor has a solid network of Realtors and they exchange information all the time. You may want to consider aligning yourself with an office that has the largest market share in the area. (Shameless plug: Keller Williams Realty began in Austin, TX in 1983 … they dominate the Austin market, most listings, most sold, most luxury market, most agents.)

Summary

The growth in Austin over the next 3-10 years is going to be huge, dare I say explosive. Jobs are fine … best job growth in the country. We will continue to feel it with housing supply, multiple offers, increasing prices, affordability and traffic.

Buyers have to be very strategic and on-the-ball with making an offer. The demand & low supply is pushing prices up. There is a ton of CASH out there right now. Gracy Title says 30% of their closings right now are all cash. This translates to disadvantage for contingent and low down-payment offers.

Connect with your favorite savvy and qualified Realtor to customize your real estate strategy and successfully navigate Austin as we know it today.

© Julie Nelson and The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Realty, 2013-2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Julie Nelson and The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Realty with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Julie Nelson is a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Austin, TX.  This article and other blog postings should not be construed as legal or professional advice.  Contact your favorite Austin real estate professionals in person for actual advice.  Julie can be reached at www.thenelsonproject.com.  Searching for homes?  We think this is the coolest Austin home search tool available.

March 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm 7 comments

Affordability Factor in Austin

The affordability factor is the calculation of how much home you can afford taking in to consideration current interest rates, your loan qualification and the current market.  Affordability in the US and in Austin, TX has never been lower.  Here is an easy example: 

 

1992

2013

Interest rate

8.5%

3.75%

Loan amount

$150,000

$250,000

PI payment

$1,153

$1,157

So your payment on a $250k house today would be the same as your payment on a $150k house in 1992. 

Another way to look at affordability is the impact of increasing interest rates.  I think we all can agree that interest rates will go up (hint:  they have never been lower).  For every 1% increase in interest rate, you lose 10% of your buying power.  Here is an easy example:

Interest rate

4%

5%

Loan qualification

$400,000

$360,000

PI payment

$1,909

$1,932

This information is provided as a guide.  We recommend that you contact your mortgage specialist for a thorough personalized mortgage assessment. (Don’t you love disclaimers like this?)

 

© Julie Nelson and The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Realty, 2013-2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Julie Nelson and The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Realty with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.  Julie Nelson is a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Austin, TX.  This article and other blog postings should not be construed as legal or professional advice.  Contact your favorite Austin real estate professionals in person for actual advice.  Julie can be reached at www.thenelsonproject.com.  Searching for homes?  We think this is the coolest Austin home search tool available.

March 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm 1 comment

Things I Observed at the Cool House Tour Today

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  • A 2,000 gallon rainwater tank, galvanized, is a beautiful thing
  • Federal tax credits for energy efficiency are worthy of more research (did Congress extend the bunch that expired the end of 2011?)
  • We should look into geothermal
  • Utility bills consistently under $100 are doable
  • Take your utility savings & apply that to your mortgage premium
  • Off-the-grid as a retirement / fixed-income strategy
  • Take advantage of prevailing winds, build that in to the design
  • Carports are in
  • Carports with a garage door are brilliant; it’s like a skort, an illusion hiding some functionality   
  • Micro-manage the tree removal process; owner on-site
  • The Mini Cooper is good in a crowd

Here is the Statesman photo collection for the event:  http://galleries.statesman.com/gallery/cool-house-tour-053112/#538658

Some favs:

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June 4, 2012 at 1:46 am 1 comment

Things I look for in an inspector

I am not a licensed inspector.  I do, however, believe I have some qualifications on house in palm w key Small this topic:  13 years as a licensed Realtor, 386 closed transactions, 4 personal investment properties, a few too many foundation issues over the years, coaching & training new agents. 

So, a few things I look for in an inspector both for myself and in making recommendations to my buyers:

  • knows what he / she is talking about
  • is objective in his / her report
  • can communicate what he / she sees in a house without scaring the buyers
    reports are accurate
  • written reports provided same day or first thing the next morning
  • is available for buyer Q & A
  • recognizes that a roofing expert is more qualified on roofs and may contradict the inspector’s findings (same with AC, foundation, plumbing etc) … and does not let ego get in the way
  • also does WDI reports
  • is on time
  • is easy to schedule
  • prices are competitive

 

Julie Nelson is a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Austin, TX.  This and any of her blog postings should not be construed as legal or professional advice.  Contact your favorite professionals in person for actual advice.  Julie can be reached at www.thenelsonproject.com.  Searching for homes?  We think this is the coolest Austin home search tool available.

March 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

Get Your Legal House in Order

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.  – Don Marquis 
(This article is a follow-up to our Shacking Up / Not Married & Owning Property in TX article.  We consider this a must-read topic for 2 non-married TX peeps buying or owning property together.)

 

It has been a month since the 11th annual legal seminar, Protecting Your Partner and Your Assets. Whether you attended or not, we are following up with the promised procrastination outreach. Hopefully the topic has generated valuable conversation with your partner and friends as to how you wish to handle your affairs.  We know, such a happy topic … death and divorce. Keep this goal in mind:  executed legal documents that protect you, your partner and your assets, in place prior to needing them.  The Nelson Project

First step is a conversation with your partner; second, an appointment with an attorney.

Per lawyers.com (http://research.lawyers.com/Texas/Estate-Planning-In-Texas.html), you can write a handwritten will – called “holographic” – take note:

  • It is entirely in your own handwriting
  • There are no typewritten additions
  • You express your intent to dispose of your property at your death, such as with the words “This is my last will and testament”

It is in your best interest to make your will bullet-proof, limiting the possibility that some estranged family member would contest the will (handwritten can be risky). A lawyer who does estate planning can explain the consequences of some of the most basic choices you must make, such as how your property and assets may or may not convey to your partner upon your death.

Remember, if you and your partner own property together and you do not have a will, you may compromise your partner’s ability to maintain the home, legally and/or financially.  For that reason, it makes sense to consult with a Texas estate planning lawyer and have him or her draft your will so that you don’t make costly mistakes or accidentally not accomplish what you intended.

We will be running another seminar on the topic this fall … stay tuned.

A note on the BUDDY SYSTEM … we recommend teaming up with 2 or 3 couples, discussing these issues and holding each other accountable for making an appointment with an attorney and getting your legal houses in order. Here is a blog article to help drive the conversation: https://smartrealestate.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/shackingup/

Here’s to a well-informed and legally-sound Austin LGBT community.

(ps … As a licensed realtor, I cannot give legal advice.  Please consult your attorney on these matters.)

February 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

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