20 Things To Do This Summer In Austin

20 Things To Do This Summer In Austin

There’s nothing like summertime in Austin! If you ask one of the locals, they already have a go-to list of activities such as diving into Barton Springs, listening to live music at Blues on the Green or catching a Round Rock Express Game.  These are “must do” activities but it …

Title Insurance FAQ

Title Insurance FAQ

Title Insurance FAQ

 

There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into purchasing a home.  One of the key players is title insurance.  First time home-buyers, especially, are not likely to be familiar with the term, much less know what it entails.  A title insurance policy …

Protesting Your Property Tax Appraisal

Protesting Your Property Tax Appraisal

Protesting Your Property Tax Appraisal

 

Home values in Austin vary widely and change yearly.  If you are one of those in shock after receiving your property appraisal notice this year, you are not alone.  Whether you hire a professional to handle the protest or you go it alone, the …

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What Makes Up A FICO Credit Score?

What Makes Up A FICO Credit Score?

 

Have you ever wondered how your credit score is calculated?  Consumers are often confused about how their credit scores are calculated and what affects their scores.  In an effort to educate, we will dive into the fundamentals of what makes up a …

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Austin Real Estate Market Report February 2017

Austin Real Estate Market Report February 2017

The Austin Board of Realtors released the latest Central Texas Housing Market Report today.   The report showed a decrease in single-family home sales growth throughout the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in February 2017, indicating the beginnings of a more stable housing …

Understanding Mortgage Insurance

Understanding Mortgage Insurance

Understanding Mortgage Insurance

 

The biggest hurdle to owning a home for most home-buyers is the down payment.  For a majority of loans, the minimum down payment is 20% of the purchase price. The down payment serves as evidence to lenders that you are financially prepared to take on mortgage …

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Austin Real Estate Market Report January 2017

Austin Real Estate Market Report January 2017

Hot off the press! The new and expanded Central Texas Housing Market Report was released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.  According to the report,  single-family home sales showed strong gains throughout the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in January 2017.  …

How to Apply for a Homestead Exemption in Texas

How to Apply for a Homestead Exemption in Texas

How to Apply for a Homestead Exemption in Texas

You can lower your home’s taxable value by filing a homestead exemption on your principal residence. School districts are required to offer $25,000 homestead exemption while other taxing units may offer additional homestead exemptions. You must own your home, use it …

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Austin Real Estate Market Report September 2016

Austin Real Estate Market Report

Single-family home sales increased across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), but declined throughout the City of Austin in September, according to the latest Central Texas Housing Market Report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

The report stated that the City of Austin …