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Luxury Homes in Dripping Springs

I was looking at the website for a real estate agent I know in Beverly Hills.  He sells homes from $5M to $50M all year long.  As you can imagine there are quite a few homes to choose from in that price range in LA.  But what about Dripping Springs?




Luxury Real Estate sales in Dripping Springs are much different than what you would find in California.  You are more likely to find a well built home on acreage with a barn than you are to find a contemporary architects dream plan built with a helipad and a 2000 bottle wine cellar.  A quality luxury home in Dripping Springs might be $1.5M.  That same home in L.A. would be $5M.  It’s no wonder people are moving to Austin at the rate of 150 people added per day.

Selling Luxury Real Estate in Austin needs to take a different approach.  Texans tend to not be as concerned about how a property looks, as you drive up to it, as they are about the lifestyle of the property they live on.  An agent in the Hill Country needs to focus on selling the way a property will enhance your life and improve your lifestyle.

When we show our listings we don’t focus on the listing details (square footage, bedrooms, baths etc) we focus on how a property lives.  Instead of saying “This is a 600 square foot covered porch.”, I’ll say “Imagine sitting out here on a peaceful morning with a cup of coffee and the paper.”.  Or Instead of “This barn has 4 stalls.” I would say “You can keep your horses right here on the property and watch them in the pasture.”

Selling real estate in California is different and the same in many ways.  At the end of the day we all sell dreams to people.  It’s what makes this job so fun and so rewarding.


Steve Mallett

Steve has been selling real estate in Austin since 2003.  He has over 1000 transactions and can sell your home quickly.  He believes that his clients deserve top notch service and care and will go the extra mile for them.  (512) 627-7018


Real Estate Euphemisms Used in Austin

Euphemisms are a big part of our lives whether we realize it or not.  I played in the water of a beach once in Spain where the brochure advertised “Watch the ships pass through the straits!”.  The beach was covered in oil blobs from the tankers that traveled just off the coast.

I traveled on a train through Europe once that was described as “Light and Bright”.  That meant that one of the cars had a hole in the roof.

Once I looked at a motorcycle for sale that was advertised “Engine is strong and chassis needs some adjustments.”  It has a cracked frame and needed extensive welding.

Life is full of sales pitches and word play to get our interest but nowhere is that more prevalent than in the world of Real Estate.

Here are some real estate euphemisms I have seen on the MLS over the years.  It’s not a stretch to think they could be from our local market in Austin and Dripping Springs:

“Original Owner” Smells like moth balls. And cats.  And something you can’t identify but you are pretty sure it might cause you to have an early death.

“Meticulously Cared For” Never updated. Owner is insane. Also smells like moth balls.

“Rustic Charm” Unsealed wood floors. Using a blowdryer may set the electrical on fire.  Was last painted when people were still asking “What is a Hippie?”

“Vintage Charm” Ugly Wallpaper.  Even uglier appliances and carpet.

“Retro Decor” Floors are Avocado-green. The appliances are Mustard-yellow. Bathroom is Pepto-pink.

“Country Living” 5 miles from everything. Smells like cows.  Buzzards typically circle overhead.

“City Living” Used to be a warehouse.

“Loft Style” Still is a warehouse.  Ladder is considered a “FIXTURE”.

“Interesting Layout” Yes because it’s very interesting when homes don’t make any structural sense.  Must go through master closet to get into kitchen.

“Easy Access to Highway”  Highway 290 is 24 feet away.

“Family Friendly” Screaming children, barking dogs, and nosy neighbors.

“Great Nightlife” You live next to a bar. Stock up on earplugs. Or Scotch.

“Architects Dream”  Needs a full remodel to the studs.

“Galley Kitchen” A hallway with a sink.

“Efficient Kitchen” Hotplate and mini-fridge.

“Custom Cabinets” Hand painted cabinets with handles that look like rabid bunnies.

“European style cabinetry” Sellers discovered Ikea.

“Built-In Cabinetry” Previous owner nailed book shelves to the walls.images.duckduckgo.com

“Remodeled” Repainted.

“Almost New” Lived in by a family of 12 with 3 dogs and 2 cats for only 18 months.

“Sunny Lot” Nearest tree is 4 blocks away.

“Private Yard” Backs to a train track.  

“One of a Kind” No one in their right mind would design another house like this.

“Enchanting” Magic won’t cram a king-sized bed in there.  Light fixtures only work part of the time.

“Charming” Tiny. Possibly creepy.

“Quaint” Tacky.  May be condemned any day now.

“WOW” Bring a gun.  Bullets if it says “Hurry!  This one won’t last!” 

“Needs TLC” Current owners have never owned a paint brush, lawn mower or vacuum.

Needs Updating” Yes. Yes it most certainly does.

“Must See Inside” Because outside is just nasty.


“Gorgeous Landscaping” Inside is a nightmare.

“Must See to Believe” Seriously. You WON’T believe what you are seeing.

“Priced to Sell” Will sell for food.  All the furniture can be bought for 10 cents on the dollar.

“Motivated Sellers” Will settle for a hug at this point.

“Make an offer today!” Just fork over what’s in your pockets and we’ll call it a day.

What euphemisms have you seen?

8003 Siringo Pass in Legend Oaks

JUST LISTED in Legend Oaks! 8003 Siringo Pass, Austin TX

Don’t miss this great, Legend Oaks home!

8003 Siringo Pass is a nice single story home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1702 sqft, a recently remodeled kitchen & new exterior paint. Listed at $272,000.

Legend Oaks is a great, Southwest Austin community located just off US Hwy 290 at the intersection of Convict Hill Rd & Escarpment Blvd and includes over 350 homes. Some of the community amenities in Legend Oaks include a recreation center with swimming pool & cabana, covered play ground, tennis court, and a neighborhood park with picnic tables and BBQ grills. Legend Oaks is served by Austin ISD, and is only about 15 minutes from downtown Austin and the University of Texas.

Legend Oaks is in a great location with easy access to US Hwy 290 and Mopac Blvd making for an easy commute to major employers and downtown Austin. Legend Oaks is also close to Escarpment Villagewhich offers a variety of shopping and dining, a professional services. Legend Oaks is also only minutes from the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave and Barton Creek Square Mall.

With all that Legend Oaks has to offer, you may want to make this community your home! Contact Steve today to see 8003 Siringo Pass – its sure to sell fast! Want to see more homes for sale in Legend Oaks? Click here! 

Thinking about selling your Legend Oaks home? Our team of local professionals would love to help you! Contact us today, or learn more about our listing/marketing process and what we offer our clients.

So what exactly is the MLS?

The acronym “M.L.S.” is an everyday term in the real estate industry and one that’s important to know if you’re thinking about buying or selling a home. Real estate professionals may take for granted that the general population knows & understands this important term, but that may not be the case.

So what exactly is the MLS? On a basic level, the MLS is database of all of the properties available for sale and represented by a real estate agent in a given area. The MLS also creates the framework by which agents agree to cooperate and compensate one another. So what is the MLS? There is also a high level of supervision by the system administrators, which provides accuracy and professionalism, reducing fraud.

With the emergence of search sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com, the consumer has been empowered with valuable information, which is important. The key thing for home buyers and sellers to know is that these sites don’t always have the most up-to-date or accurate information. If you are thinking of selling you will get the most exposure possible by being represented by an agent, who will place your home on the MLS.So what is the MLS?

As a member of the Austin Board of Realtors and the Austin area MLS, the Mallett Integrity Team has access to all the most recent and up to date information and listings you need when buying or selling a home in the Austin area.

Want to learn more about how we can help you sell your home or find the home of your dreams? Contact us today! 512-829-2062.

What’s that Home of Yours Really Worth?

There’s only one sure-fire way to determine the value of your home: Speak to the professionals who know best.

Maybe you’re thinking of selling, maybe you’re thinking of refinancing, or maybe you’re just curious about the market. But the question is, “What is that home of yours worth?”

What's your home really worth?

What’s your home really worth?

Such a simple question should be returned with a simple answer, right? Well unfortunately, determining the value of your home–or any home for that matter–can be a tricky process. You can go online and nowadays there are endless websites that will promise you a fast answer with fancy charts and graphs. As tempting as it may be to trust this information, be wary of letting a computer program tell you what your largest investment is worth.

The trouble with these websites is that they have little to no local market information. They are not aware that a new park is being built, or that a four-lane highway is being re-routed, or that you’ve lovingly cared for and maintained your home.

The bottom line is this: If you’re serious about getting an informative valuation for your home you should contact a local real estate professional. These professionals work with the actual people who will ultimately determine the value of your home–the home buyer

Don't just guess when pricing your home, find out what it's really worth by talking to a real estate professional.

Don’t just guess when pricing your home, find out what it’s really worth by talking to a real estate professional.

themselves. This is their profession and they will be happy to sit with you and explain the current market conditions that affect your home value.

Curious to know what you’re home is worth? Contact us today at 512-829-2062


Featured SW Austin Subdivision: Friendship Ranch

Friendship Ranch is an acreage home community located in Southwest Austin near the intersection of FM-1826 and US-290W. Homes in Friendship Ranch generally have between 2-7 acres, and are about 2,000-5,000 sq ft. in size. Homeowners in this subdivision enjoy a relaxed country feel, Hill Country views, large trees, and native wild life without sacrificing access to big city amenities in Austin. Friendship Ranch is served by the highly rated Dripping Springs school district. Thinking about moving? Check out our most recent listing in Friendship Ranch below. To view more information on this listing click here.

Front view of this beautiful 3276 sq ft home close to Austin with a country feel.

Front view of this beautiful 3276 sq ft home close to Austin with a country feel.

Spacious master bathroom with walk-in shower, jetted tub, and huge walk-in closet

Austin Home For Sale: 14413 Friendswood Ln

Open Living/Dining with lots of windows for natural light

Open Living/Dining with lots of windows for natural light

Relax on the large shaded deck, or take a swim in the refreshing pool

Relax on the large shaded deck, or take a swim in the refreshing pool

Gated Entry on almost 6 acres, just minutes from downtown Austin!

Gated Entry on almost 6 acres, just minutes from downtown Austin!


Click here for more information on this beautiful home in Friendship Ranch.

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What Would Buyers Do To Get their Dream Home?

It’s no secret that, in the Austin residential real estate market, inventory is tight. Decreased inventory combined with worries about rising interest rates and prices, buyers in this competitive market may be willing to do a lot to get the home of their dreams (great news if you’re a seller!).  A recent survey conducted by Trulia in partnership with Harris Interactive shows just what buyers would do in order to get their dream home. As a buyer, would you be willing to go to these lengths to purchase a home?

What Buyers Would Do To Get Their Dream Home


What’s your home worth in June 2013?

What’s the real estate market doing in your area? What are homes in my area selling for? Is it a good time to sell my home? Is it a good time to buy a home? The Austin area MLS statistics are out for June 2013 and things are looking good! Check out all the Austin area MLS statistics below, and if you want to know more about what homes are selling for your specific area, contact us! We can help you determine what your home may be worth in this ever-changing real estate market.

Area-Wide MLS Statistics for the Austin area

Area-Wide MLS Statistics for the Austin area


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.