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By Jason Crouch | Broker in Austin, TX
  • New Road Extension in Pflugerville to Save Time, Fuel

    Posted Under: Traffic & Public Transportation in Pflugerville  |  November 14, 2009 7:52 PM  |  1,648 views  |  No comments

    I'm glad that Pflugerville seems to finally be starting to connect to the "real world" at large.  With the new toll roads (45 and 130) and a new shopping center, we are finally starting to see some more civilization than fields and cows!

    There are also some smaller projects that will make Pflugerville more liveable and easy to travel.  The first phase connected Heatherwilde Boulevard to Howard Lane (south of Wells Branch).  This part is complete!

    The second phase entails widening Wells Branch Parkway into a 4-lane road from I-35 to Heatherwilde.  The project was bid in January and the construction should begin later this year. 

    According to the Pflugerville Community Impact newspaper, one of the city engineers thinks that the new road projects will increase the desirability of commercial projects both along Wells Branch Parkway and Dessau Road, within Pflugerville's jurisdiction.

    The $10.8 million pricetag came from a variety of sources - bond money from Travis County, and a public-private partnership in which three landowners donated the right-of-way, necessary easements, and cash. 

  • Why Should You Call Me First When Looking for an Austin, Texas Realtor?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Austin  |  November 14, 2008 1:11 PM  |  1,839 views  |  No comments

    I was thinking last night about my past experiences and how they have shaped the person that I have become today, both as a real estate broker and as a husband and father.  Back in 1996, when I was last employed by someone else, I had to keep my resume updated each time I went to look for a new job.  Somehow, in the modern era, that all seems very "last century" now. 

    Rather than developing a resume to hand out to my clients, I decided to write this post instead. 

    What makes me uniquely qualified to handle your real estate business in the Austin area?  Well, let's get a couple of things out of the way quickly:

    • I have been selling real estate full-time in this area since January 1997
    • I am a broker/owner of my own company, Austin Texas Homes, LLC
    • I've sold properties of every type and in every conceivable price range (highest home sale was $3.4 million)
    • I have trained dozens of agents on how to represent buyers and sellers
    • I have never been involved in a lawsuit or mediation, nor have any of my agents

    Okay, that part was relatively painless, right?  A bit stuffy, maybe, but painless.


    Now, let me spend a little time detailing some of my past and present experiences and how they have prepared me to help you.


    TIME IN THE LOCAL MARKET

    I have been here in Austin for just over twenty years now.  I've lived in or near Austin since 1988, when I moved here to attend Southwestern University.  As such, I am familiar with almost all the nooks and crannies of Austin.

    MANAGERIAL STUFF

    Before getting in to real estate, I was a retail and restaurant manager for several years, including working as a general manager for a restaurant.  This prepared me to handle a wide variety of personal interaction issues, especially with a diverse staff.  Real estate requires me to deal with so many different personality types that I'm happy to have had that foundation.  I have been in charge of my own company since 2004.

    PARENTING

    I am a father of three terrific children, and we are expecting our fourth baby in mid-April.  As much as it seems humorous to say this, dealing with children is good preparation for dealing with other real estate agents and petulant clients, too.  Our work involves a lot of moving parts, as it were.  I often explain to my clients that a lot of people have to do their jobs correctly in order for me to get paid - title companies, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, etc.  This is not a one-man show, so being able to "finesse" other people is a very important characteristic when you are looking for an agent or broker to represent you.

    NETWORKING

    As a member of ActiveRain, Twitter, Facebook, Trulia, and several other social networking sites, I have gained an amazing number of contacts and good friends in the real estate business, all across the country.  ActiveRain is a nationwide referral network and social networking site for our industry.  I am a prolific blogger with over 1100 subscribers to my blog as of today.  This interaction has served me well, not just for learning, but for getting more attention for my listings, too.  One of the listings that I recently posted was shown to a prospect who found it on my blog the same day, and he may make the purchase soon.

    ETHICS

    I have often said that I may be too honest for my own good.  Here's a statement that I wrote a few months ago which sums up my business philosophy very quickly:

    "I have been in Austin real estate full-time for almost 12 years now.  There are certainly others who have sold more homes than I have, but you would be hard-pressed to find an agent with more integrity than me.  I would rather talk you out of a home purchase or an offer on your home than to assist you in making a bad decision."

    PERSONAL

    I am a super-nice guy.  Really.  Ask anyone who knows me.  They will tell you.  Go ahead - I'll be here when you get back...

    I like spending time with my family and I am helping to start a new church in Georgetown currently.  I like to laugh and to make others laugh.  Real estate doesn't have to be serious business, believe me.  If you enjoy your life and you're looking for someone fun to hang out with while looking for a new place to live, give me a call at 512-796-7653 or email me - jason@austintexashomes.com.  You can read more of my stuff at www.austinscoolestblog.com. 

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