Monthly Archives: November 2012

Holiday Events in and Around Dripping Springs!

Nov. 23 – Dec. 23

“The Santaland Diaries” & “White Christmas” Zachary Scott Theater, Austin

​Nov. 24-Jan 6​

Whole Foods Market Ice Skating on the Plaza

Nov. 24 – Dec 31

Emily Ann Theater & Gardens Holiday Trail of Lights ​​​(Wimberley)

Nov. 30 – Dec. 16

Holiday Wine Trail

Dec 1

Dripping Springs YMCA “Fit for Change” 5k Holiday Run

Dec 1

Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll at the Capitol (Austin State Capitol)

Dec. 1 & 2

Dripping Springs Christmas on Mercer Street & Holiday Gift Tour​

 Dec 2

Dripping Springs H2Oasis Mustang Mare-y Christmas Barn Tour

 Dec 2 – 31

Zilker Christmas Tree Lighting & Display (Austin)

 Dec 8 – 23

Ballet Austin Presents: “The Nutcracker” (Austin)

 Dec 8

Winters Eve on the Square in Wimberley

​Dec 12 – 24

Austin Armadillo Christmas Bazaar (Arts & Crafts Show)

​Dec 15

Snow Day at the Galleria (with real snow!) – Hill Country Galleria

​Dec 16 – 23

Austin’s Trail of Lights

​Dec 20

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Cedar Park)

​Dec 31

Austin’s New Year (Auditorium Shores)

Should you Buy a Home in the Real Estate “Off Season”?

As the holidays start to approach in November and December, many people wonder if it’s still a good time to buy a home. Interest rates are low, you’ve saved up your down payment, but people may be warning you it’s a bad time to buy.  However, while there are some disadvantages to buying in the real estate “off-season” (mainly, less inventory & fewer open houses due to bad weather) there are also some distinct advantages that can work in your favor when buying a home in the “off-season”.

1) Less competition –  People tend to hold off buying a home in November and December preferring to wait until after the holidays to do their serious house hunting. What does that mean for you? Less competition, and the ability to be less aggressive with your first offer.

2) The Possibility of Larger Discounts – Less competition could end up meaning a larger discount in price depending on how quickly the seller needs to sell their home. Sellers may also be more willing to negotiate during the “off-season” if they need to sell their home quickly & are not receiving many offers during this slower time of year. Although not guaranteed, you could end up with a great deal!

Though you don’t want to just settle for something, if you see something you like, now could be the perfect time to buy! Interest rates are at an all-time low, and you may be able to get more for your money now vs. the Spring when interest rates are expected to edge up. If you have more questions about buying in the “off-season”, or would like to talk with a Realtor about your particular situation, please contact us today at 512-829-2062.

Real Estate Mobile Apps for Buyers and Sellers!

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’ve probably noticed that there are a multitude of real estate apps out there. We’ve collected a few of our favorites here that we think would be helpful (and maybe even fun!) to use when buying or selling your home.

HomeSnap, iphone, coming soon to Android – Ever drive by a home and wonder, “What is it worth? When did it last sell? For how much? Beds? Baths? Lot size? Which school would my child attend?” Just take a picture with your iphone and HomeSnap will tell you everything you want to know about the home with just one snap!

Dictionary of Real Estate Terms, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android – If you sometimes feel like your real estate agent is speaking another language, or just want to educate yourself on all the most common (and not so common) real estate terms, this app is for you!

CamScanner/Scanner Pro – Great for scanning all your real estate documents, CamScanner (Android) & Scanner Pro (iPhone & iPod touch) turns your phone into a document scanner where you can easily scan & manage reports, contracts, and more!

Crime Reports ,iPhone, iPod touch – Real-time app that allows you to search the National Crime Map for information about crimes near a specific home, school or neighborhood, sorted by incident type and customizable date range.