Austin Diaries


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Written by Avery Turner


Home prices often rise and fall based on market conditions. But thats only half of the story. Though you might not have the power to influence the market as an individual, you do have control over your own property mdash; and this can make all the difference. So if youre looking to make impactful changes that will allow you to negotiate for the highest possible price for your home, then start with the following steps: 1. Declutter Many property sellers understandably focus on the overall structure and design of their home. But this can be a costly mistake, because when prospective buyers view a home, one of the first things they notice is clutter. In fact...Read more

May is time for Termites, Tax Protests, Homestead amp; HVACs: Chuck Farrrsquo;snbsp; May 2020 ldquo;Talking Real Estaterdquo; eNewsletter


Hello again to all of you homeowners, tenants, investors, prospective buyers, and real-estate moguls. Before you check the ldquo;Talking Real Estaterdquo; monthly enewsletter, Spring is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas, especially for existing property owners. Here are a few items to consider during May:




nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Consider having your property inspected for termites and other wood-destroying insects if you have not done so in a year or two; perhaps set up an annual plan with a pest control pro. March and Apri...Read more

Want to know where all the new houses are being built in Austin, Texas and its surrounding areas?nbsp; Shoot me an email and Ill send you the entire list







Ben Chen, Realtor


(737) 999 - 1800


WeChat: mac692010


ben.chen@bhhstxrealty.com


texasurbanrealestate.com









Community


Price


nbsp;nbsp;Sq/Ftnbsp;


Builder


Stories


Beds


Baths


Completion


Address


City




Fairview Heights


$243,774


1,401


Ashton Woods Homes


1


3


2


NOW


6606 Routerburn St.


Austin




Addison


$264,708


1,290


Brookfield Residential


1


3


2


Spring 2020


8310 Cottage Rose Dr.


Austin




Creekside at Pioneer Crossing West


$273,658


1,601


Prominence Homes


2


3


2.5


NOW


11310 Faneuil Way


Austin




Vistas of Austin


$273,666


1,500


Pacesetter Homes


1


3


2


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10325 Forest Grove


Austin




Vistas of Austin


$275,029


1,446


MileSto...Read more












Ben Chen, Realtor


(737) 999 - 1800


WeChat: mac692010


ben.chen@bhhstxrealty.com


texasurbanrealestate.com







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There is a hidden gem in America that often gets overlooked by other coastal cities in this country.nbsp; It is a great place to raise a family, start a business, or work for a Fortune 500 Technology company.nbsp; This place that I am talking about is Austin, Texas.nbsp;


Austin is Americarsquo;s second Silicon Valley, often referred to as Silicon Hill.nbsp; Here, you can find technology companies like IBM, Apple, AMD, Samsung, Cisco, Dell, HP and many more.nbsp; It is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States for the past 5 years with over 100 people moving into the metro area every single day.nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; nbsp;


As one of Americarsquo;s top 10 safest cities to live in, Aust...Read more




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April is time for Termites, Tax Protests, Homestead amp; HVACs: Chuck Farrrsquo;snbsp;nbsp;April 2020 ldquo;Talking Real Estaterdquo; eNewsletter


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Hello again to all of you home owners, tenants, investors, prospective buyers, and real-estate moguls. Before you check thenbsp;ldquo;Talking Real Estaterdquo; monthly enewsletter, Spring is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas, especially for existing property owners. Here are a few items to consider during April:


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middot;nbsp;nbsp;Consider having your property inspected for termites and other wood-destroying insects if you have not done so in a year or two; perhaps set up an annual plan with a pest control pro...Read more




According to Kitchen and Bath Business, homeowners have higher expectations for their bathrooms than ever before. They want a luxurious, spa-like space like the wealthiest mansion-dwellers enjoy.


So, what are the secrets to achieving a luxurious bath? Consider the following:


Space: Getting ready for the day or night out is done in one large room, with adjoining closets and separate sectors for bathing, grooming and dressing.


Privacy: A master bath should be inaccessible to any other rooms besides the master bedroom. Separate ldquo;his and herrdquo; water closets, along with separate dressing areas, help keep the marital romance alive.


Serenity: Yoursquo;ll find most luxury baths in Houzz.com o...Read more




Preparing Your Home for a Virtual Tour


Technology is helpful in so many areas of life, even real estate. Twenty years ago, if someone were moving across the country, theyd have to wait to buy a house until they arrived to start their new life, or theyrsquo;d have to buy a home without seeing it in person beforehand. Both options would cause extra unwanted stress on top of moving to an unfamiliar place. Luckily, with the rise of technology, virtual tours are here to save the day


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When it comes to creating a virtual tour, dont panic. Your real estate agent will be there to guide you through the entire process. An agent may help to schedule a videographer to come to your house, or utilize s...Read more

The hottest trends in home design - bringing the outdoors in with floral themes and butterflies on everything Bright colors are in, especially GREEN And get ready for this surprise - wallpaper is making a big comeback



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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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