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Feb. 16, 2018

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Feb. 11, 2018

(English) Lake Travis, where you can find your dream home!

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Feb. 6, 2018

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Jan. 12, 2018

Top Home Design Trends

Are you looking for a design change?  Click the link below for some inspiration!

Click here:  Aitana Properties

 

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Jan. 7, 2018

Get Organized: Take a 10-Day Simplification Challenge

Organizational expert Emily Ley helps us get a jump-start on our New Year’s clear-outs

By: Becky Harris

Emily Ley has twin toddlers and a 6-year-old, runs a business that employs five people, writes books and creates the popular organizer line Simplified Planner. To make it all work and still have time to have a life, she has simplified in as many ways as possible. 

After reading her latest book, A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional LivingI spoke with her at length about where those of us who don’t even know where to begin should start. What follows are her suggestions for 10 easy, bite-size ways to jump-start a simpler way of living. Do just one each day as a New Year’s 10-Day Challenge, or if you’re on a roll over a weekend, complete a handful of these in a row. 
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Jan. 2, 2018

Buyers Act Fast

 

Buyers Act Fast: Existing Homes Are Selling Quickly

 | Dec 20, 2017

Homes across the nation are selling at a breakneck pace—reaching levels not seen since the height of the housing boom more than a decade ago.

Sales of existing homes (which have previously been lived in) rose 5.6% last from October to November, according to the most recent National Association of Realtors® report. They were also up 3.8% year-over-year to reach a high of about 5.81 million sales. That's the fastest clip at which they've sold since December 2006.

(Realtor.com® looked only at the seasonally adjusted numbers in the report. These have been smoothed out over 12 months to account for seasonal fluctuations.)

Co-op and condo sales surged the most, vaulting 14.3% month-over-month and jumping 7.5% annually. Meanwhile, sales of single-family abodes, those classic residences that often come with a yard out back (if not a white picket fence), rose 4.5% from October and 3.2% from November 2016.

"In general, home sales are up because of the strong economy, low unemployment," says realtor.com Senior EconomistJoseph Kirchner. "There may have been a bump in sales because home buyers are anticipating an increase in mortgage interest rates and they wanted to act before the rates went up.”

But given the high number of sales, and the fewest number of homes on the market since the 1980s, he predicts "we're in a for a bumpy ride," as the high sales growth simply is not sustainable.

The uncertainty surrounding how the Republican tax plan will affect both buyers and sellers also may throw a wrench into the housing market—though it's also not clear in what way.

"They may either hold off or speed up," he says of prospective home buyers.

Median home prices to rose to hit $248,000 in November. That's up 0.8% from the previous month and 5.8% over the previous year. It's great news for sellers and not-so-good news for buyers.

The most existing homes sold in November, about 41.5%, were in the $100,000 to $250,000 price bracket. An additional 34% were in the $250,000 to $500,000 range.

Only 10.8% were under $100,000. The rest, about 13.7%, were over $500,000.

Existing homes are still significantly cheaper than newly constructed abodes—about 27.2% more so. That's because land and labor costs are so high, so new construction is skewed toward luxury and custom homes.

Newly constructed homes cost a median at $312,800 in October, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development data.

Nationally, sales of existing homes rose the most in the more-affordable Midwest, where many metros are experiencing resurgences. They jumped 8.9% from October and were up 7.2% over November 2016. The median home price was $197,500.

The region was followed by the South, with the number of sales up 7.3% month-over-month and 4.1% year-over-year. Some of that rush may be from buyers whose homes were damaged in Hurricanes Harvey or Irma and chose to buy new properties. The median home price was $220,200 in the region.

In the Northeast, sales were up 6.5% from the previous month, but were down 1.5% annually. The median price was $272,100. And in the West, where prices were the highest at $376,200, sales fell 6.3% from October. They were flat from a year ago.

"Move-up buyers with considerable down payments and those with cash made up a bulk of the sales activity last month," NAR's Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said in a statement. "The odds of closing on a home are much better at the upper end of the market, where inventory conditions continue to be markedly better.”

 
Clare Trapasso is the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor. She previously wrote for a Financial Times publication and the New York Daily News. Contact her at clare.trapasso@move.com.
 

Data provided by Realtor.com

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Dec. 22, 2017

Happy Holidays!

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Dec. 19, 2017

10 Home Trends That Will Shape the Next Year

Deeper technology integration and healthier, more connected living environments are on tap for real estate in 2018.  Prepare for what's ahead by learning about the products and services that aim to transform homes and your clients' lifestyles.  

 

Read full article:  http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2017/12/what-s-hot-trends-in-pipeline-for-2018

 

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Dec. 8, 2017

Austin Trail of Lights opens this weekend!

 

Looking for something to do this weekend!  Experience the opening weekend of the Austin Trail of Lights!!

December 9 - 23, 2017

 

 

 

The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS is Austin’s largest holiday tradition and 2nd largest event in the city. Run by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home. 

The Austin Trail of Lights is a community event that invites 400,000 people every year to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Austin, Texas during the month of December. The event showcases everything that we love about Austin—from music and food to creativity and family fun. Thanks to the Trail of Lights Foundation, we are able to keep it free for at least ½ of the nights to make sure that anyone who wants to be part of the experience has a way to do so. (Retrieved from Austin Trail of Lights website: https://austintrailoflights.org/the-event)

 

Go to https://austintrailoflights.org to obtain tickets and parking locations!

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Dec. 6, 2017

Is the time to buy now?


Austin real estate has been traveling at light speed with over 60% appreciation on residential real estate in the last ten years.  DFW has seen over 50% appreciation in the same period.  While these aren’t as robust as the ‘go go’ years of the sand states (California, Arizona, Nevada and Florida who at times pre-recession were appreciating 40%+ annually), they have led the nation in the last ten years. Since 1990, Austin has had an average residential real estate appreciation of 5.4%, Houston 4.9%, San Antonio 4.7%, and DFW 4%.

 

If the residence is below $700,000, if priced correctly, we are still seeing multiple bids in Austin and Dallas.  Sales volume has been dropping, but days-on-market has gone down. Overall, the market is clearly slowing down for the season, though it’s not painfully dull like it was in 2013 or 2014 during the fall.  This is key to understand because when we say values are “softening,” some interpret that to mean the market is really slow or crashing.  But we’re really only saying sales are slowing.

 

Austin, DFW, and San Antonio continue to be some of the most desirable markets in the nation.  Should you wait for values to drop?  Never say never, but I don’t see values softening anytime soon, barring a catastrophic economic event.  With rates and values rising, the time to buy is now.

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