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November is time for Gutters, Leaves, Lawns, Gardens amp; HVACs: Chuck Farrrsquo;s November 2019 ldquo;Talking Real Estaterdquo; eNewsletter


Happy Thanksgiving, sports fans, homeowners, tenants, prospective buyers, and real-estate investors. This monthrsquo;s homeowner task list is the same as October, but the enewsletter for November has some great new articles. Before you check the ldquo;Talking Real Estaterdquo; monthly enewsletter, Fall is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas. Here are a few items to consider during November:




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onbsp;nbsp; Plant and fertilize. Fall is a great time to lay down some good fertilizer on the la...Read more

HOMEBUYERSrsquo; ADVICE | Is It Time To Buy a Vacation Home?


You may be feeling fairly flush these days, with a bigger salary, job security, appreciating homestead and other wise investments. Now might be the right time for you to buy a vacation home.


According to thenbsp;2019 U.S. Vacation Home Counties Reportnbsp;compiled by thenbsp;National Association of REALTORS, the median price of vacation homes between 2013 and 2018 appreciated 36 compared to existing and new homes at 31.


Like many vacation home buyers, you may be thinking of a great family getaway, but you can also use a second home as an additional way to build equity. You can lease it for income, and then use the property as your p...Read more

HOMEBUYERSrsquo; ADVICE | ldquo;Flaneurrdquo; the Way To Your Next Home


Have you ever taken the time to stroll the marketplace in your neighborhood or the city simply for the pleasure of observation? Then you might be what the French call a ldquo;flaneur.rdquo; nbsp;The flaneur was first described in the writings of 19th-century poet Charles Baudelaire as one who casually wanders, watches and chronicles the street life they observe. You could try the concept to help you find your next home.


You can wander neighborhoods yoursquo;re interested in by car, bus or train, but you can do so much more effectively by foot. Start at places with lots of activities, like shopping centers, business distr...Read more

GUIDE INCLUDES: Source:nbsp; Austin Title Buyers: 6 Home-Buying Tips for the Current Market House Hunters Checklist Property Score Card Five Tips Every Aspiring Homeowner Needs to Know Tax Benefits of Home Ownership Home Design Trends Sellers: Why You Should Sell Your Home 51 Home Sale Tips Preparing Your Home For Sale Showing Your Home 9 Tips For Selling A Home When You Have Kids 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Open House For Both: Pre-Closing Checklists Post-Closing Reminders Moving Checklist Austin Title | Buyers amp; Sellers Guide

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FINANCIAL ADVICE | How to Challenge Higher Property Taxes


According to thenbsp;National Taxpayers Union, between 30 and 60 of taxable property in the United States is over-assessed, yet less than 5 of homeowners appeal their assessments.


Your2020 tax assessment will outline county, city and school taxes, as well as special assessments. Look online or call the assessorrsquo;s office for a list of factors used to evaluate properties and render assessments, including time frames. Compare them to your bill and make sure your square footage, lot size, number of bedrooms and baths are listed correctly.


If you canrsquo;t find the assessment rate on your statement, call the taxing authority and ask w...Read more




The City of Manor Strives to promote Community spirit through the preservation of our unique character and heritage while fostering a dynamic economic environment. In the past decade, the population of the city of Manor has grown more than 500 percent. Like other suburbs in Central Texas, many newcomers move there from Austin ndash; pushed out by rising housing costs.


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Living in Manor


The City of Manor is situated approximately 12 miles east of Austin on U.S. Highway 290, which links much of Central Texas to Houston. Over the next decade, Manor is poised to see explosive growth as its proximity to Austin, its affordable land, and its location at an interchange of the SH130 toll-road set ...Read more

HOMEBUYERSrsquo; ADVICE | Loving the Ranch-style Home


All housing reflects the culture and the economics of their day, and the ranch-style home of the lsquo;50s, lsquo;60s, and lsquo;70s is a symbol of post-World War II prosperity and an icon of the space age.


The mid-century saw the first real sprawl in communities away from town centers, made accessible by the increasingly affordable family car aided by President Eisenhowerrsquo;s new highways. Land was plentiful, so most of these single-story or split-level homes are situated on comparatively large lots, with kid-friendly front and back yards.


These homes were designed as machines for living, with streamlined designs of the space age. Ranc...Read more

October is time for Gutters, Leaves, Lawns, Gardens amp; HVACs: Chuck Farrrsquo;s October 2019 ldquo;Talking Real Estaterdquo; eNewsletter


Hello again, sports fans, homeowners, tenants, prospective buyers, and real-estate investors. Irsquo;m running a little late for the October issue, but here we go. Before you check the ldquo;Talking Real Estaterdquo; monthly enewsletter, Fall is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas. Here are a few items to consider during October:




nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Outdoor Tasks:




onbsp;nbsp; Plant and fertilize. Fall is a great time to lay down some good fertilizer on the lawn, plant trees, bushes, and perennials; they will thank you for...Read more




Located just three miles from downtown Austin and the Texas State Capitol and two miles from The University of Texas at Austin, Mueller is perfectly positioned to become an energetic new hub for central Austin.


A New Urban Village


The ambitious effort to redevelop Robert Mueller Municipal Airport into a mixed-use urban village in the heart of the city has helped Austin chart new directions. Mueller is envisioned as a sustainable community that is meeting extensive goals in housing and economic development. The award-winning Mueller master plan and the ambitious Master Development Agreement with Catellus Development Group and the City of Austin are the culmination of decades of community plan...Read more




Published by: Daisy Gregg





California real estate professionals were the first to introduce a concept called value-range pricing, also known as variable pricing or range pricing. Instead of one listing price, the seller can list a pricing range and deepen the pool of buyers who may be interested in the home.





The advantages are many. Some sellers are more comfortable using a price range for their home, rather than a specific price that feels too high or too low. The sellerrsquo;s home appears in a broader number of results when a real estate professional or a buyer searches for homes online. Homebuyers shop in a range because they want to see the best homes available that they can possibly aff...Read more

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It's no secret that Austin is among the most desirable cities in America. The diverse culture, balanced economy, and booming job market has led to a hot real estate market, with many new residents looking for a new home in the trendiest neighborhoods.


Of course, this high housing demand has led to the discovery—or in the case of some long-time Austin residents, the re-discovery—of many wonderful local communities. These up-and-coming Austin communities have become increasingly popular for a range of reasons, such as the quality of homes, parks, and shops, as well as proximity to the cities top amenities, affordability, and general attractiveness of the community in general.


Here ar...

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It should go without saying that buying a home is a huge step in anyone's life and it requires plenty of planning. The problem is that many first-time buyers don't know how to make sure they're ready when it comes time to buy, which could mean that you're missing out on amazing homes. This is particularly important in the hot Austin real estate market, where most homes don't stay on the market long and sellers won't wait for buyers who don't have all their ducks in a row.


But even though preparing to buy a home may seem a bit daunting to inexperienced buyers, having a clearly defined list of thing you need to do before buying your first Austin home will make things much easier. That's why we'...

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As we talked about last time, interest rates have gone up a bit. So what does that mean for the buyer? Should you wait? Well, since rates are predicted to continue to go up, the answer is no, you should not wait. As this article points out, yes, the record low rates are gone, for now at least. Who knows what the future will hold. Most economist are saying that the next five years will see an increase in rates. So certainly waiting is only going to make your house more expensive. Sure, you could wait for the rates lower than 4% to come back. But you may be waiting a long time. The odds point to us getting back to 6-8% in the next few years, long, long before we get back to the sub 4% rates ag...

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the five most expensive austin homes currently on the market


There's no question about it. Austin is booming. Aside from being consistently voted among the most livable cities in the entire country, the Austin real estate market is also on fire!


It shouldn't be a surprise either. Austin enjoys a temperate climate, a great jobs market and a justified reputation for being one of the liveliest cities in Texas! Whether it's live music that you love, a world-class, gourmet culinary scene or the city's laid-back culture that's drawn you. Austin is where it's at.


Many of the below properties may be out of the reach for the average resident, but its fun to see how the other half lives. Prepared to be a...

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