Haha! “Simple”! Please know I say that tongue-in-cheek. While buying a home can be a lot of fun and excitement, it can also be challenging. However, I have narrowed down the basic steps to buying a home for you so that you can decide if this something you’d like to consider.
Everyone wants to know the magical time to buy a home…Is it like stocks? Buy low, sell high? Is it better to buy in the Spring or Winter?
I totally get it. Purchasing a home can be a great investment, but no one wants buy on the high end only to have the market swing the other way once they’re locked in. A home, like stocks, can definitely get you a great return on your investment.
Fourth of July is an exciting time in Austin and I don't want you to miss out on a thing! Check out the awesome events coming up and as always, for any questions, you can email or text me!
4th of July Celebration. Free watermelon, carnival games, face painting and more, all leading up to a fireworks display. 4 to 10:30 p.m.Friday. Free. Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5888. cedarparktexas.gov.
Here's a chance for homeowners to get the scoop on Texas property tax appraisals. As part of ABoR's partnership with Council Member Ora Houston's office in a Tax Appraisal education pilot program REALTORS® around Austin are offering free community workshops to educate homeowners on the property tax appraisal process.
Many people are by now getting their property tax appraisals from their respective districts. Some are finding these appraisals to be incorrect based on what they paid for their home, or even compared to neighbors’ homes, leaving them to ask, “What can I do about this?” You can protest! No, not like you picture typical protests with banners, marching and yelling; but you can file a protest with the district stating you think their appraisal is incorrect in the hopes of getting your appraisal lowered, and thereby lowering your taxes. You can file online; if they deny your request, you can request a formal hearing.
Congratulations! Deciding to sell, for whatever reason, is a huge deal, so you want to do everything you can to make your home MORE appealing than the others on the market. Why? So it sells. Unless you like it sitting on the market--then totally skip this whole blog; it’s not for you. However, if you ARE wanting to sell quickly, then this checklist below should prove very useful. The list of items is in order from most important; let’s say you had only a small budget to do what you could to make your home as good as possible: do the first couple of items from each subheading.
According to the Austin Board of Realtors, Williamson County home prices are rising steadily. As you can see in the infographic below, prices for February went up by 4% over last year’s prices to over $244,000. This has been the trend for the past three years, and the economic forecast shows it continuing.
This is a question I get A LOT!! The answer: it depends. You kinda knew that was coming, and here’s why. When I mention staging to clients, I usually get, “Whoa! Wait a minute, Lisa, what am I supposed to do with all my stuff?” or, “But Lisa, it costs so much!” Okay, let’s say you’ve lived in your home for over five years. You’ve accumulated a lot of items: furniture, pictures, knick-knacks, plants, etc. If this is you, chances are you will want to stage your home.
Starlight Village is a new community which combines mid-century modern architecture with 21st century floor plans and amenities to create something truly unique and exciting! The feel of a home set back in a time when you knew your neighbors, but a true lock-n-leave community. You are close to shopping, the Metro Rail, with its own walking trail, pool, dog park, and even a half-acre reserve…you have the best of every world! Contact me if you'd like to learn more!
Saturday, April 30th
Gupton Stadium, Cedar Park (Corner of Gupton Way and E. Park Street)
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bring your HOUSEHOLD hazardous waste (no commercial or business waste will be accepted)! Please know there may be a wait, so here are a few tips to help keep things moving as quickly as possible!
New to Austin? Wondering about all the traffic, closed streets and this thing callled SXSW?? South by Southwest (SXSW) is a festival-type event held every year around mid-March here in Austin which involves conferences, interactive media, film, and of course, music--it wouldn't be Austin without music!
A short sale (sometimes called a pre-foreclosure) is when you sell your home for less than the remaining balance on your mortgage. Depending on your situation, you may be required to make a financial contribution to receive a short sale. This does allow you to pay off part or all of your mortgage and avoid true foreclosure.
When you have little equity in your home, or owe as much or more on your mortgage than your home is worth, it can be difficult to find a lender willing to help you refinance. But for borrowers who have remained current on their mortgages, and have loans owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, there is hope. It’s called HARP.
Austin is projected to grow in 2016 at another 5% average annual rate, as it has since 1990. Austin is growing at such a fast rate that we’re having trouble keeping up. What does that mean for the homebuyer or even the seller? Well, it means both good and challenging things. I’ve had clients ask the following questions; let’s see if my answers can help you understand what’s to come.