Monthly Archives: June 2013

Nine Must Have Home Features

Island KitchenWhat do buyers consider their Must Have home features? Whether you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future or not, its a good idea to pay attention to what home buyers rank as most important when buying a home. That way, when the time comes for you to sell, you’ll get the most return on your investment for improvements you’ve added to your home. According to a recent National Association of Realtors survey the following are nine interior features buyers ranked as “very important” when searching for a home. If you’re thinking about upgrading or remodeling your home, it might be worth investing in the following highly ranked items:

1. Central air-conditioning

2. Walk-in closet in the master bedroom

3. Ensuite master bath

4. New kitchen appliances

5. Eat-in kitchen area

6. Hardwood floors

7. Granite countertops

8. Kitchen island

9. Stainless steel appliances

Even though all these items could add value to your home and are highly desired by buyers,  contact us for a comparative market analysis before you go crazy with updates & upgrades to make sure you get a solid return on your investment. We’d love to help you come up with a strategy for selling your home for the most money in the shortest amount of time, whether it’s now, or sometime in the future!

Read the full article here: 8 Interior Home Features That Buyers Most Crave.

Guide to Central Texas Music Festivals!

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 10.01.17 AMMusic lover? Austin and the surrounding areas have some great music festivals going on all year around! Check out some of these great, upcoming music festivals here and mark your calendar to enjoy some great music! (Visit event websites for specific schedules)

F = Free!

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Why are so many people moving to Texas? 3 Reasons

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

If it seems like everyone is moving to Texas these days, there’s a reason…they are!

According to the U.S. census bureau, Texas received the most new arrivals between 2011 and 2012 (210,590 new arrivals), distantly followed by North Carolina (60,106 new arrivals) and then Virginia (40, 844 new arrivals).

But why Texas? Here are just a few reasons people are relocating and making the Lone Star State home.

1.  JOBS:

Now, you may have already guessed this but, many people are moving to the State for employment. Strong growth in the areas of energy, technology, manufacturing and business services in Texas has put the state on top in terms of job growth. In fact, according to Joel Kotkin, professor of urban development at Chapman University in Orange, California, four of the top 10 metropolitan areas for job growth in 2013 are in Texas.

2.  IT’S CHEAPER

Lower median home prices, combined with an easier process of land acquisition makes it more affordable and less complicated for would-be Texans to call the state home. Dr Ali Anari, research economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, says that a more abundant supply of land and fewer regulations make buying land/homes in Texas appealing to those looking to relocate.

3. LOW TAXES

According to Kay Bell, contributing tax editor at Bankrate, Texas is one of only 7 states in the U.S. where individuals pay no personal state income tax. And, according to Tax foundation Research, only 5 have a lower tax burden than Texas. This, combined with recent tax incentives & tax cuts to businesses, has many people and companies seriously considering a move to the Lone Star State.

Whether you were born & raised here, or just got here as quick as you could, watch out! Texas was also named the “stickiest state” by Pew researchers meaning, once you’re here, you may not be going anywhere anytime soon. But, with all that Texas has to offer, why would you want to? 🙂

See all 10 reasons why people are moving to Texas here

The May 2013 MLS Statistics are in and the Austin-Area Real Estate Market is Looking Great!

Things are looking great for the Austin & the Austin area real estate market!

Things are looking great for the Austin & the Austin area real estate market!

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