aug2017_austinarea

Record Breaking Summer Selling Season in Central Texas

Record Breaking Summer Selling Season in Central Texas

The Austin Board of Realtors recently released the August 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report.   Central Texas had record setting numbers in single-family home sales and median price across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).  May-August 2017 was the highest-grossing …

Tips To Prevent Home Burglaries

Tips To Prevent Home Burglaries

Tips To Prevent Home Burglaries

 

According to the authorities, a home is burglarized once every 15 seconds in the United States.  Whether you are present or not when it happens, a break-in can permanently shatter your feeling of security at home.   There are a few simple precautions you can …

Tips for Relocating with Pets

Tips for Relocating with Pets

Tips for Relocating with Pets

Moving is stressful enough, but relocating with pets can be especially tough.  As a pet owner/parent, you can do some things to help the transition to a new space.  Here are some Tips for Relocating with Pets.

1. Safety First

Be prepared to get …

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 …

What makes up a fico credit score

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 …

feb2017_austinarea

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 …

Jan2017_austinarea

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 …