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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.

Have You Tried Our New App?

Looking for a home in Austin, Dripping Springs, or the Texas Hill Country? Take your search with you. Search hundreds of homes, save properties to your phone, share listings you love with others, and when you’re ready to go see a property, easily contact an agent. This app does it all, right from you smartphone!

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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.

Meet Michelle, Our Home Staging Professional!

If you’ve listed a home with us, you know the importance we place on staging your home to sell. Why? Because, simply put, when properly staged, homes sell for more money and in a shorter amount of time, which is great for everyone! Since this is such a vital part of our listing process, we thought you might want to meet the person behind the scenes that makes our beautifully staged homes a reality. So, without further adieu…meet Michelle, a wonderful addition to the Mallett Integrity Team!

Q.) Tell us a little about yourself and your experience as a home stager.

A.) Although I’ve been in the Austin area off and on since 1986, it’s only been three years that I have been able to call Dripping Springs home. I have been married for almost 20 years and I am a proud mother to three daughters. The love of decorating began in my teens. Quite often I would move furniture around and reorganize my room. Probably not typical teen behavior and no surprise to my family when I began my staging and interior restyling business, “Originally Inspired.” I’ve actually been full circle on the staging wheel. Several times I was the home seller preparing my own home for listing. I also spent 16 months as a home manager, living in three different vacant listings within that time, while

Living Area Prior to Staging

Living Area Prior to Staging

Living area after staging


keeping them staged until sold. I have also been through the process of several home builds, including custom, and the design and material selection that each entail. Now I get to do what I LOVE on a daily basis and assist clients in getting their property ready for the market.

Q) What do you like most about home staging?   

A.) What I love about home staging the most, is the transformation of the space and the confidence and satisfaction it brings the client. Even the smallest transformation can make a huge impact. That impact benefits the home seller, the agents and even helps the buyer visualize how their own furniture may arrange in the home. I get to be a part of that process and it’s rewarding to me personally and a positive experience for all involved.


Q.) Why should someone use a home stager when selling their home?

A.) Staging helps sell homes.  It’s about setting a tone in a home that is appealing to abroad, target market of potential buyers in order to get your home sold as quickly as possible and at top dollar. When getting a house ready for the market I remind the client that changes made are not about their style or decorating ability, so it’s never personal. We aren’t decorating to stay, that’s personal. We are decorating in order to move on to that

An empty dining room becomes warm & inviting.

An empty dining room becomes warm & inviting.

next space that is waiting to be decorated to your personal taste and desires. Most stagings do not require the home owner to purchase anything. Usually, the stager is able to re-merchandise existing furniture and decor. Selling your home can be a stressful time and a stager helps in minimizing the sellers stress so that time can be spent doing other projects. We come in, figure out our plan and we make it happen.

BEFORE & AFTER of a Gameroom area

BEFORE                                                                                                             AFTER

Q.) What are some easy things people can do to keep their home organized & “show ready” (whether they’re selling their home or not!)

A.) Whether you are selling a home or not, there are many things you can do to keep a home “show ready”.  Investing in bins and nice storage containers are a must.  Kids toys, magazines, personal papers and other loose items quickly become cluttering and troublesome to the eye if not contained.  Rule of thumb, less is more.  Find one, maybe two focal walls in a room (depending on how large the room is), not every wall needs to be decorated. Keep counter tops in kitchens and bathrooms at a minimum with appliances, toiletries and personal items.  Store items that aren’t used daily in a cabinet or drawer or group into a basket that can be stowed and pulled out while in use. Make it an annual must to go through the garage, cabinets, closets and de-clutter by donating, selling or throwing away.  These tips will help you stay prepared if your listing and thankful someday if you do. to.

What will 1 million buy in Dripping Springs/Driftwood??

Listed at $1.195 million, this 5860 sqft Driftwood home on 5+ acres has it all! Gameroom, Horse Facilities, Custom Pool & Fire-pit with outdoor shower and kitchen, perfect for entertaining. Enjoy the spectacular Hill Country views from 6 balconies/porches. This is true, Hill Country Elegance at it’s finest. Want to know more? Click here.

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