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Austin, Texas Public Transportation Guide

Top Ways to Get Around Austin, Texas on Public TransportationAs the capital city of Texas, Austin offers an incredible array of fun and exciting things to do, bringing in more than 27 million visitors each year. Add that to the nearly one million people who live in and around this city, and it could equal far too many on the roadways.

Thankfully, public transportation lines run practically nonstop all day to pick up the slack and keep traffic to a minimum. But not everyone knows about these options and takes full advantage of them.

So, whether they are living near this city...

Things To Do in Cedar Park: 4 Must-See Attractions

Things To Do in Cedar ParkWhen it comes to having a great time in Texas, Cedar Park attractions offer all anyone could ever need. Although there are many fun things to do, the three following spots are a must-see for locals and tourists alike. Everyone should take a look, then start planning their itinerary to treat themselves to an awesome day out.

Cedar Park Sculpture Garden

Location: Cedar...

Insulation Options: Which Should Your Home Use?

5 Insulation Types You Should KnowIn order to keep a Georgetown home cool during hot summers and warm during cold winters, it needs reliable insulation. However, there are different types of insulation to choose from - just go down to the nearest local hardware store for confirmation. Unfortunately, there's no one type of insulation definitively as the best. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the different types of insulation and why they can be a good choice for a home.

Fiberglass Insulation

For homeowners who don't want to get fancy,...

What Documents Do You Need When Applying For a Mortgage?

What Documents Do You Need to Apply for a Mortgage?While it has gotten "easier" for Round Rock home buyers to apply for a mortgage during the past couple years, don't be misled - it's still an arduous process, as many of our clients will tell you. Thus, it truly pays to be fully prepared before seriously looking for a home, as knowing what's ahead can save a home buyer thousands of dollars long-term.

For informational purposes only....

Buying a Home? 3 Big Mistakes to Avoid Before Your Next Home Purchase

Home Buying Mistakes to AvoidIf you've been thinking about a real estate purchase, there are a number of mistakes to avoid as home buyers, which could potentially save you a lot of time, frustration and heartache.

Avoid making these common mistakes, and be fully prepared before going on the house hunt.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Decide What You Want in a Home Before...

4 Dog Friendly Businesses in Cedar Park and Leander

Landscaping Mistakes Some Homeowners MakeWhen searching neighborhoods for a new home, people often look for amenities like schools, shopping centers and area attractions for the members of their household. However, as any dog lover knows, pets have needs, too. Both Cedar Park and Leander have a few great places for dogs and their owners. Here are three of the best.

The Cedar Park Bark Park

There are dog parks, and then there is the Cedar Park Bark Park, which is almost like a resort for the dogs of ...

Home Sellers: Responding to Low Ball Offers

How to Price Your Home to SellIn real estate, we often find ourselves debating what constitutes a Low Ball offer. We don't consider any offer 10% below the asking price a low ball - however, some disagree. Assuming a home is priced reasonably close to market value, and assuming comparable homes nearby aren't "flying off the shelves" in 10 days or less in a hyper seller's market, we consider anything above 10% off the asking price to be a "starting point."

No... it's not an "ideal" offer - but it's certainly not an offer that should be dismissed.


Room-By-Room Home Lighting Guide

Personalize your home with layers modern & efficient lighting optionsGetting the light right in your home can be more challenging than at first glance. This is especially true if you aren't familiar with the amount of various lighting products available. Like most aspects of home decorating and improvement, the more you know, the more likely you are to be successful. And great lighting always helps sell a home. Here are some general tips followed by a room by room lighting guide

Forms of Lighting

There are three basic forms of lighting....

Definitive Guide to Private Mortgage Insurance

What is PMI?Homebuyers who make down payments less than 20 percent on a home often must purchase private mortgage insurance (PMI) before lenders will approve a home mortgage loan. PMI protects lenders from losing thousands of dollars if borrowers fail to make house payments and foreclose on their homes. Private Mortgage Insurance is also required if borrowers refinance mortgages that have less the 20 percent equity.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage or home loan professional...

Buying A Home For Resale Value

How to Buy a Home With Resale Value in MindIf you're preparing to search for a new home, you'll want to consider two sets of criteria. The first set of criteria defines what you want, and most of all need, for your family to be happy in the home. We've talked about creating your list of, and separating housing wants and needs in previous blog posts.

The elements that contribute to resale value make up the second set of criteria. Unless you are entering retirement and purchasing...

What You Need to Know About Making a Down Payment on a Home

Options for Coming Up With a Down PaymentA down payment on a home is money given to a mortgage or other lending company by someone wanting to purchase a Buda home. The purpose of a down payment is to reduce the amount borrowed by the home buyer from the lending company and to potentially decrease monthly mortgage payments. Down payments are always expressed as a percentage of what needs to be borrowed to buy a home.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with...

How to Use the 203k Loan to Your Advantage

What to Know About Getting a 203k Home LoanA 203k loan is a way for home buyers to both buy a home and fix it up without being subjected to outrageous interest rates. This is a specific type of FHA loan created to stimulate homeownership rates and bring attention to some of the nation's more decrepit neighborhoods. It takes a lot of gumption to buy a home in need of repairs, and the government would like to see more of that go-getter attitude. See how to use the 203k loan to your advantage, so you can end up in the home (and the block) of your dreams.


Closing Cost Guide for New Home Buyers

Everything You Need to Know About Closing CostsIf you're thinking about buying a home, one of the things that you should be aware of are the closing costs. If you haven't properly budgeted for the closing costs, or if you're not clear on what the closing costs are, you could have trouble buying a house. Knowing about closing costs, how much you can expect to pay and when they're due can help you decide if you can afford to buy a home soon.


Why Listing Descriptions Matter When Selling Your Home

Is your home already up for sale and suffering from a "lack of love" from buyers and not getting showings? It may be that some simple adjustments to your listing description and "agent only" showing instructions could make a world of difference.

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Listing Descriptions Invite More Buyers

You've seen them... listing descriptions (also known as "marketing remarks") which either make no sense, are full of abbreviations or acronyms mostly known to agents that the reader must decode, or worse - they're just plain wrong. It's a very common problem - and "yes," as a seller you should be mindful of this issue...

Buy vs. Rent: Are You Prepared to Buy a Home or Should You Rent?

Buy vs Rent for HomeownershipA lot of renters set their sights on homeownership. In fact, it's said that 80% of millennial renters in the United States plan to own a home someday. People who have always rented often have a hard time judging when it's time to buy. Purchasing property takes time, commitment and most of all, money. Knowing what's needed can help renters determine when they're ready to buy a house.


Home Downsizing In a Hurry: 4 Tips For Shrinking Your Home

How to Downsize Quickly: A Guide for Home SellersDownsizing can be a challenge, especially if you're downsizing in a hurry! When the time comes to move from a larger home and buy a smaller home, such as the popular 55 and over community of Sun City Georgetown, many homeowners have to get rid of items like extra holiday decorations, old books and extra pieces of furniture. Deciding what to get rid of, how to get rid of it, and how to do it in a hurry can be overwhelming. These tips can help.

The Benefits of Downsizing Your Home

There are many reasons to downsize! First and foremost, downsizing makes moving easier and cheaper....

Selling an Austin Home: How to Get Top Dollar for Your Property

How to Price Your Home to Get Top DollarReal estate has long been heralded as one of the best investments to make, and it's one of the largest financial assets that many people have. Home sellers in Austin don't just want to sell – they want to sell high. The goal of most real estate transactions is to earn the most significant return possible while also securing a new home that fits your needs and desires.

The current market conditions in Austin are pretty much ideal for sellers. The average listing price is around $588,000, and home values have risen steadily over the last several months. Inventory is not as low as it is in other parts of the country, but there's...

Home Buyer Mistakes: 5 Tips to Winning Offers in a Seller's Market

Are you in the market to buy a home this spring? Join the crowd! In many areas, the market is red-hot; inventory is low and buyers are plenty. In these times, hopeful home buyers must quickly educate themselves regarding the buying process and current market conditions. How can you increase the odds of winning your dream home in a seller's market, especially when competing with multiple offers? Develop a winning strategy by follwing these tips, and avoiding common home buyer mistakes.

Multiple Offers

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How to Identify a Seller's Market

A seller's market is a condition that occurs...

Landscaping Ideas for the Modern Home

Popular Ways to Rethink Home LandscapingSavvy homeowners oftentimes look for ways of increasing a home's value, earning them a greater return upon sale. Improving a home's landscaping is one way to increase its value by helping to boost overall curb appeal, as well as improve homeowner enjoyment of the property. The trick is to create a practical balance that works for the people who live in the home. These ideas help homeowners maximize the space and use of their yards.

Contrasting Landscaping and Hardscaping

Although green space is a major aspect of home landscaping, ...