Austin Board of REALTORS® releases May 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report

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Single-family home sales volume jumps, tops $1 billion in May 2017 AUSTIN, Texas – June 15, 2017 – Single-family home sales volume experienced strong gains across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in May, while home sales dollar volume topped $1.2 billion and set an all-time high for sales dollar volume, according to the May 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­®, commented, “Housing is the backbone of our region’s economy and the heart of our communities. Housing demand continues to be at an all-time high in and around Austin, indicated by steady growth in home sales and prices, listing activity and housing inventory. The concurrent gains in listing activity and inventory,…
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SOLD: Great Location near the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas!

SOLD: Great Location near the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas!

Austin Area, Listings, portfolio, Solds
Great location in Old Town! Charming ranch-style house is walking distance to the Historic Georgetown Square, the San Gabriel River and Blue Hole, several miles of hike-n-bike, and more. Three bedrooms, 1.5 baths with 2 living areas. Tax records reflect 1,130 square feet, but that does not include the 348 square foot converted garage that is now used as a family room.... and more! Main bathroom and kitchen have been updated and new appliance were installed. Wood-look floors cover the main areas. Low-e windows work hard to lower your energy bills! Corner 0.26-acre lot offers ample space for garden and entertaining. One of the best locations for watching fireworks on July 4th! $269,000 Details Square Footage 1,478 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1.5 Lot Size 0.26 acres
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SOLD: Great Location in Downtown Georgetown

SOLD: Great Location in Downtown Georgetown

Austin Area, Listings, portfolio, Solds
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Here's your chance to live only blocks from The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas! 1965 ranch style house on a corner lot. Metal roof, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1,144 square feet. Original single-car carport has been enclosed and is reflected on tax records. Lovely yard with shade trees. Potential investment property or update and make it your own!
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SOLD: an Oasis in West Georgetown

SOLD: an Oasis in West Georgetown

Austin Area, Listings, portfolio, Solds
103 Alyssa Drive Spacious kitchen with granite countertops and a breakfast bar. From the kitchen sink it’s easy to interact with friends or family in the living room. Stone-encased cooking nook. Space for a coffee bar. Cabinets and storage abound. Dark wood floors throughout the living and formal dining rooms are complemented by large-scale hard tile in the entry and kitchen. Recent (2016) carpet in all bedrooms is a neutral gray to complement most modern design styles. The formal dining room overlooks the front yard through a bay window. Need an office/study? Use this room for your business activities while dining in the spacious breakfast area. Sprawling front yard with a half-circle driveway for your visitors. Large windows in the master bedroom bring the outside in, as it overlooks the…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 4

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4 Ways to Avoid DIY Mistakes — From a DIYer Who’s Made Them All DIY gone wrong is your worst nightmare. Sleep better with these tips to master DIY know-how. New backsplash? You’ve done it. Upgrading a faucet? No problem. You’re a DIY master. But what about that electrical issue? Or fixing a leaky roof? Even though you (and your BFF, YouTube) have pulled off many DIY projects, you know there are projects you’ve no business trying on your own. But what about those projects that fall somewhere in between “I got this” and “I’m calling the pros”? How can you know if a project is really DIYable for you? For Lucas Hall, finding that answer has been trial and error. As a “DIY landlord” for more than two years…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 3

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7 Simple Home Remodeling Strategies for the Easily Overwhelmed A remodel should be joyful — not stressful. Which stresses you out more? The mere thought of adding a bathroom (so many contractors, so many unknowns, and you’re too busy already!) or fighting for Monday-morning mirror time for all eternity? If it feels like a toss-up, you’re not alone. Remodeling can be overwhelming. With so much going on in your life already, it just feels easier to deal with a home that’s not quite right than to get swamped with one more gargantuan thing, right? Wrong! A remodel doesn’t have to be so all-consuming. With a few stress-sparing strategies, it’s totally doable — and totally worth it. Use these tips, and you’ll never have to step on your toddler’s rubber duckies while showering again. Start By…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 2

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What Was I Thinking? DIYers Talk About Their Worst Decisions Sometimes what seems like a good idea just isn’t. Get tips from DIY projects that didn’t go so well. Finishing a DIY project feels amazing: Not only can you impress your friends, but you can spend every day walking by your masterpiece, gleaming with pride. Unless DIY becomes DI-why?, that is. Even the most practiced do-it-yourselfers sometimes find themselves in the middle of projects that aren’t going according to plan. Don’t feel badly about the organizational system that fell over in your garage or the crooked tiling in the basement. It happens to everyone. Here’s proof. Allowing a Renovation to Snowball When a small project grows bigger and bolder, it can be painful to your budget and your schedule. Blogger Tanya of “Dans…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 1

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Home Maintenance for People with Better Things to Do Owning your own home shouldn’t mean an endless list of chores. Weekends are meant for coaching a youth soccer team to victory, chopping your way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” or training for a 5K to help save the pandas — not working your way through a tedious, 30-item maintenance checklist. But then, taking care of the home you love is important, too. So how do you have your fun and keep a well-maintained home? It’s simple: Just be mindful of your home. You don’t need a rigid maintenance list. (They work best for Type A people anyway.) Instead, train your senses to warn you of these problems, and then act ASAP: Your Dryer Seems Hotter Than Usual If…
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Buy, Buy, Baby

Buy, Buy, Baby

Buying, Real Estate News
Investors are buying more student housing properties than ever before. “Last year was the biggest year ever, investment sales-wise,” says Fred Pierce, president and CEO of Pierce Educational Properties. But hang on tight–this year is likely to be even bigger given the pace of transactions so far in 2016. From the start of 2016 through mid-May, investors traded more than $3 billion in student housing properties, up from $2.1 billion over the same period in 2015, according to data from Real Capital Analytics (RCA). In comparison, in 2014, investors bought a total of $3.2 billion in student housing properties over the course of the whole year. The same trends that made last year so busy loom even larger this year. Capital from around the world is interested in finding a…
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What Boomers Want Most

What Boomers Want Most

Buying
New research from Next Adventure Home reveals key home buying insights from baby boomer buyers. Washington, DC – (August 4, 2016) – Hanley Wood and home builder Taylor Morrison have just unveiled new research on what buyers in the 55+ age group want when purchasing a new home. Research revealed includes findings gleaned from a focus group with buyers in this age group as well as a separate survey of recent home buyers age 55 and older gauging values, preferences, and attitudes. Results of both studies are driving the design and development of the NEXTAdventure Home, a model home to debut at the International Builders Show in Orlando in January 2017. Demonstrating current lifestyle and living preferences among the important 55+ buyer demographic, the home is the joint collaboration and…
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