Real Estate

How 2-1 Buydowns Make Buying a Home More Affordable

As we begin 2024 it’s an even better time to buy as interest rates have decreased from the highs we experienced last year. This improves affordability, and for anyone considering purchasing a home, there is a lending product that can lower the rates even further: 2-1 buydowns. A 2-1 buydown works by putting money upfront to lower your mortgage interest rate for the first two years of your...

What Are We Anticipating for the Real Estate Market?

As we enter a new year, many of our clients and friends are asking what we are anticipating for the real estate market.  There's a record amount of uncertainty with interest rates, growing mortgage payments, loan qualifications, fluctuating home prices, and ways to get a property ready to sell. We are available to answer your questions anytime at no charge and are always happy to schedule a call...

Top 3 Things Home Inspectors Look For

This video covers the top 3 things home inspectors look for, and before you sell your property, we recommend you fix them! The first is to have the HVAC serviced and maintained; as a property owner this really should be scheduled twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. If you’re selling in the winter and had the system serviced in the fall, providing the receipt from the HVAC company is...

3 Costly Errors to Avoid When Preparing Your Home for Sale

Three things not to spend much money on or fix when preparing your house for sale.  The first is to not invest heavily in a complete beautification of your yard.  While a tasteful landscaping project does increase curb appeal, it does not increase the sales price of your house.  Instead of overspending on a landscaping project, ensure the yard is cleaned and maintained before photographing...

Turning Your Home Into a Rental

How can you maximize the value of your primary residence? You can always sell it, but there is another option that is becoming increasingly popular. Converting your home into a rental property is a fantastic way to earn passive income, take advantage of tax exemptions, and build long-term wealth. However, there are some things you should know before you decide to go this route. First, speak...

Why Californians Are Moving to Texas

Wonder why Californians are still moving to Texas?  Primarily it’s because in Texas you can get a lot more for your money.  In 2022 California had a cost index of 151.7, while Texas had a cost index of 91.5. A state’s cost index is calculated by how much it costs to cover basic expenses like groceries, transportation, housing and healthcare. In California, you’ll pay 50% more than the...

Should I Wait Until Prices Go Down to Buy a House?

Today’s video answers the question we’re asked almost daily; should I wait until prices go down to buy a house?  Everyone says they want to buy at the bottom of the market, but we won’t know we’re at the bottom of a market until it starts going back up.  Ultimately, the right time to buy a home is when it’s the right time financially and personally for you.  This said...

What’s Going On With the Austin Housing Market

This video is going to cover the reasons behind the red-hot real estate market the country experienced the past few years, what happened to it, and where we might be heading. The most common question I get from clients is what I think is happening with the housing market. As we all know, the last couple of years has been a whirlwind characterized by a lack of housing inventory, sky-high prices,...

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