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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?

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


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.


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.


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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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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Home Sellers…Are You Covered?

We’re excited to announce that the Keller Williams and The Mallett Integrity Team has partnered with 2-10 Home Warranty to offer an invaluable service to our listing clients! As a listing client, 2-10 home warranty will provide coverage for your home while it is on the market. A home warranty covers major systems and appliances that malfunction or break from normal wear and tear. These expensive-to-repair items such as air conditioning and heating units, plumbing, electrical wiring, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and garage door openers age over time, and repairs are inevitable. TETRRF-00026632-001However, these repairs are the last thing you want to worry about when trying to sell your home, so we’re offering this service to give you peace of mind throughout the sale of your home. That way you can relax, and know we’ve got you covered!

To find out more about this 2-10 home warranty offer for sellers, contact Steve at 512-829-2062.