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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

 

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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

 

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.

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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Home Sellers…What’s that Smell!?

Those fresh-baked cookies sure do smell good, but will they help you sell your home? The answer may surprise you!

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Eric Spangenberg, dean of the college of business at Washington State University, and his co-authors recently conducted a study in Switzerland to determine just how much people’s spending is influenced by smell. The results? Turns out, the more complex the smell the less likely people are tend to spend money.

After studying 402 people for 18 days in a home-decor store, the researchers found that people spent, on average, 31.8% more when the store was scented with a simple orange smell vs. a complex blend of orange, basil, and green tea. Even more interesting, was that shoppers actually spent more when there was no scent present at all!

These findings fly in the face of common thought about the relationship between sales & smell especially in regards to real estate. Homeowners are often coached to create pleasing smells when potential buyers visit to encourage them to buy. However, according to Spangenberg, complex smells such as baked goods and potpourri may produce the opposite effect. Spangenberg says this has to do with the fact that even pleasant complex scents can be a distraction to buyers who subconsciously devote time and energy trying to determine what the smell is rather than focusing on the product, or in this case, the home.

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So how should you use smells to help encourage, rather than discourage the sale of your home? Spangenberg recommends using natural, simple scents such as lemon, orange, pine, or cedar, and encourages people to think about what makes sense in the environment of your home. For example, pine might work well for a mountain cabin, but would be out of place, distracting, and therefore discourage the purchase of a beach house.

So, if you’re selling your home, take a few minutes and assess the smells buyers smell when they walk through your door. Though we can’t make any promises, it may  make a difference between a casual looker, and a motivated buyer!

See the entire article here.

 

 

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

AFTER

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

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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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