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Upsizing Your Home

Upsizing Your Home

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof. Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating…

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5 Criteria For Pricing A Home

5 Criteria For Pricing A Home

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales…

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Finding The Right Mattress

Finding The Right Mattress

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep. Mattress Construction The most popular mattress types are innerspring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses. Each…

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Consider This: When To Refinance

Consider This: When To Refinance

Refinancing your mortgage is something most homeowners consider at least once throughout the lifespan of their home loan. It allows you to pay off your previous loan by applying for a new one that has better financial advantages. While there are many good reasons to refinance, here are five common ones. Scoring A Lower Interest…

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5 Negotiating Tactics That Kill A Sale

5 Negotiating Tactics That Kill A Sale

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid: Lowball Offers Going far below market value…

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State Of The Market – August 2019

August 2019 Austin-Area Market Statistics

The Austin-area market continues to heat up, with a 2% increase in median single-family home prices. Despite the boom in new construction supply, it remains a clear seller’s market, with just 2.7 months of inventory. A balanced market is considered 6.5 months of inventory. New listings and active listings are down while the number of…

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Dispelling Refinancing Myths

Dispelling Refinancing Myths

“Refinancing” is a scary word for many people, but that shouldn’t be the case for you. For many homeowners, refinancing can not only lower your monthly payments and help with your monthly budget, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. You’re Not Too Late For years now, we’ve been hearing…

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Short Sale And Foreclosure: How Are They Different?

Short Sale And Foreclosure: How Are They Different?

As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options for moving on financially. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a…

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Which Down Payment Strategy Is Right For You?

Which Down Payment Strategy Is Right For You?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders. But there can actually…

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Priority Tasks For Your Move-In

Priority Tasks For Your Move In

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first. Change The Locks Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can…

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