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By Theresa Bastian | Broker in Austin, TX
  • Keep Austin Weird Homes Sells Another East Austin Home

    Posted Under: General Area, Home Selling  |  May 29, 2014 11:44 AM  |  195 views  |  No comments

    Keep Austin Weird Homes Sells Another East Austin Home

     Keep Austin Weird Homes just sold another home in East Austin. Keep Austin Weird Homes is excited to get another East Austin home sold.

    Austin May 29, 2014 - Keep Austin Weird Homes

    Keep Austin Weird Homes, an Austin real estate brokerage, has sold another house in Austin. This Austin home sold for $100,000. This price reflects the value in the land, which is close to downtown Austin.

    The manufactured home is located in the Austin neighborhood of Montopolis. The home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and approximately 1,546 square feet. The property has a double lot size of .369 acres and was built in 1999. Students who live at this house attend the Austin schools of Allison, Martin and Eastside Memorial.

    This home is located in Austin's zip code of 78741. The number of active listings in this area of Austin increased in April by 25% from the previous year and the number of sales in April was 24, a 4% increase from April 2013. The median number of days active properties have been listed for sale in this area of Southwest Austin is 42 which is shorter than the national average.

    Keep Austin Weird Homes represented the seller of this property, who was happy to have had professional guidance on the sale. She had previously tried to sell by owner, but with no success and much frustration.

    Click here to view the property that get sold.


    Keep Austin Weird Homes

    Theresa Bastian and Rodney Campbell run an Austin, TX real estate brokerage established with the intention of doing good business with good people.  As Austin real estate market experts, Theresa and Rodney can help you buy, sell, lease or invest in real estate in and around Austin, TX.

     

    HOW CAN WE HELP YOU TODAY?

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    - by Theresa Bastian

  • Crestview City Homes at Crestview Station – Austin Urban Homes

    Posted Under: General Area in Austin, Parks & Recreation in Austin, Home Selling in Austin  |  May 21, 2014 9:39 AM  |  195 views  |  No comments

    Crestview City Homes at Crestview Station – Austin Urban Homes

     

    Crestview City Homes, a new home community in North Central Austin that is part of the Crestview Station development.  D.R. Horton, the only builder for Crestview City Homes, offers many desirable features such as contemporary design features, dark wood floors, and soaring ceilings. Some homes are designed with a 3rd story loft that features a peek a boo view of the city. All have attached or alley access garages. The new construction homes in Crestview City Station are priced in the $350-450k range, with 2 and 3 story homes in a wide range of sizes available. 


     Amenities for the neighborhood of Crestview City Homes include a bark park and walking trails so that your fur babies can be taken care of. You’ll love the proximity to the mixed use Midtown Commons and the Crestview Station light rail station that allows commuting downtown in just 10 minutes! This location also allows you to walk to many shops and Austin favorites such as the Black StarBrewpub.

     Although there is a sales office onsite, we encourage potential buyers to remember that those agents represent the builder, not the buyers.  You deserve representation! Any Realtor can represent a prospective home buyer at Crestview City Homes, and we’d be more than happy to take you on a tour of the area anytime.

     Students in the Crestview City Homes attend Austin Independent School District’s award winning Brentwood Elementary, Lamar Middle School and McCallum High School, the district’s award winning performing arts magnet school.

     

    IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: Although this property was available at the time of this ad creation, it is very possible that an offer has been submitted or even accepted since that time. This ad was created with the intent to sell THIS property. If you are interested in this property, Please call 512-740-6486 to check on its current availability.

     

    Search the MLS like a Realtor and never miss the newest listings or the latest price changes. Search using criteria used by Realtors and brokers with multiple photos, satellite images, FULL MLS Descriptions and more. It’s easier than the MLS!  Search Austin and the surrounding areas in Central Texas.

     

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  • Gorgeous Private Oasis in Cedar Park, TX

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Cedar Park  |  May 19, 2014 11:32 AM  |  138 views  |  No comments

    Luxury Home with a Pool for Sale in Cedar Park, TX

    512-740-6486 – http://KeepAustinWeirdHomes.com – Austin, TX Real Estate and Investment Specialists. 

    Keep Austin Weird Homes is pleased to feature our listing at 2708 Gholson Drive in Cedar Park, TX (just north of Austin). 

    Luxury in Cypress Canyon!

    Soaring ceilings, art niches and a curved staircase with gold leaf trimmed balusters give the first indication that this home is something special. The rest of this luxury home with a pool for sale in Cedar Park doesn’t disappoint!  

    The cook’s kitchen has ample cabinetry, granite counter tops, gas stove top, built in microwave, 2 ovens and walk in pantry. With 4,667 square feet, this 5 bedroom floor plan features the master retreat and a guest suite down, with an additional 3 bedrooms upstairs. You’ll love sitting on the 2nd story porch overlooking the nature preserve.

    Upstairs, you’ll also find a media room with kitchenette/wet bar, game room, and a loft with built in cabinetry for a home office or craft center. The media room features a tiered floor, lounge chairs which can convey with an acceptable offer, blackout curtains, and surround sound, and the game room is large enough for a regulation size pool table.


    The backyard is literally an oasis featuring a pool with attached spa, 2 fountains, one of which is a bronze statue of dolphins valued at over $20,000, and a covered patio with an outdoor kitchen. The concrete patio is inlaid with a Star of Texas design. Mature plantings and palm trees provide a tropical feel and privacy for this luxury home with a pool for sale in Cedar Park.

    Located on a double cul de sac lot across from the Travis Audubon Sanctuary’s 690 acre Baker Sanctuary Nature Preserve, this property allows an easy walk to schools, park and community pools and has a central location minutes from RR 620 and 183, schools, employers and shopping.

    Cypress Canyon is part of the Deer Creek Ranch HOA, which features playscapes, jogging trails, a basketball court, community center and 2 pools. This home is zoned to the following exemplary Leander ISD schools: Deer Creek Elementary, Cedar Park Jr. High and Cedar Park High.

    View FULL DETAILS and PHOTOS here:  Luxury Home with a Pool for Sale in Cedar Park, TX

     

     

    IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: Although this property was available at the time of this ad creation, it is very possible that an offer has been submitted or even accepted since that time. This ad was created with the intent to sell THIS property. If you are interested in this property, Please call 512-740-6486 to check on its current availability.

    Search the MLS like a Realtor and never miss the newest listings or the latest price changes. Search using criteria used by Realtors and brokers with multiple photos, satellite images, FULL MLS Descriptions and more. It’s easier than the MLS!  Search Austin and the surrounding areas in Central Texas.

  • Beautiful Olympics Heights Home for Sale

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Austin, Home Selling in Austin, Home Ownership in Austin  |  May 13, 2014 12:10 PM  |  234 views  |  No comments

    Olympic Heights Home for Sale

    512-740-6486 – http://KeepAustinWeirdHomes.com – Austin, TX Real Estate and Investment Specialists. 

    Keep Austin Weird Homes is pleased to feature our listing at 2202 Billy Fiske Lane. This affordable South Austin home has all of the features discriminating buyers will appreciate, and a few extras you deserve.

    You’ll find vaulted ceilings & eco-friendly Eucalyptus hardwood floors in the living room, which opens to the kitchen and dining areas.

    Speaking of the kitchen…this one will be a pleasure to cook in with stainless appliances including a gas stove, brand new granite counters - and you won’t believe the size of the pantry!

    The three generously sized bedrooms are upstairs - the master has a double vanity and walk-in closet. On the main floor there is a flex room that can be used as a playroom, office, or even a 4th bedroom.

    In the backyard, you’ll enjoy the privacy created by the bamboo screen. You’ll also find raised garden beds for organic vegetable and herb gardening, plum, fig and pomegranate trees, blackberry bushes, and a self-watering irrigation system for the garden and bamboo. The swing set will convey with the property.

    This home for sale in Olympic Heights is ideally situated off the main roads in the neighborhood and walking distance from all the amenities such as the community pool, dog park & jogging trails. 

    This South Austin neighborhood is served by Baranoff Elementary, Bailey Middle School and Akins High School.

    Located just off S. Manchaca Rd. and less than 10 minutes from IH-35 and Southpark Meadows, you can easily commute anywhere in Austin or the surrounding towns from this home for sale in Olympic Heights. 

    View FULL DETAILS and PHOTOS here:  Olympic Heights Home for Sale

    IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: Although this property was available at the time of this ad creation, it is very possible that an offer has been submitted or even accepted since that time. This ad was created with the intent to sell THIS property. If you are interested in this property, please call 512-740-6486 to check on its current availability.

    Search the MLS like a Realtor and never miss the newest listings or the latest price changes. Search using criteria used by Realtors and brokers with multiple photos, satellite images, FULL MLS Descriptions and more. It’s easier than the MLS!  Search Austin and the surrounding areas in Central Texas.

    • By Theresa Bastian
  • LGBT Real Estate in Austin, TX: Discrimination

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Downtown, Home Buying in Downtown, Home Selling in Downtown  |  February 25, 2014 9:01 AM  |  504 views  |  No comments

    LGBT Real Estate in Austin, TX: Discrimination


    The decision to buy, sell, or invest in real estate can be difficult for many couples. If you are in a LGBT relationship, there are even more factors to consider before moving forward. For example, LGBT couples can face discrimination in access to housing, even in fairly liberal cities like Austin, TX.


    Although some states do provide protection for LGBT people from real estate discrimination,  as you can see from this map of housing laws, Texas does not offer protection at the state level. The most comprehensive protection that LGBT people have is the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity, which ensures that HUD’s housing programs are open to LGBT people.


    LGBT people can face discrimination and judgement from their Realtor, property manager, lender, inspector, closer, or any party related to the real estate purchase. For example, some couples are still being told that they cannot put both partners’ names on their homeowner’s insurance policy, or they are being steered out of certain neighborhoods based on their sexual orientation.


    We believe it is important for LGBT people in Austin, TX to know they have the ability to work with real estate professionals who are LGBT-friendly, understand the specific issues for the LGBT community, and with whom they can speak honestly about their real estate goals.


    Theresa Bastian and Rodney Campbell, owners of Keep Austin Weird Homes, believe in building business and personal relationships with honesty and integrity. Our philosophy is that everyone deserves the chance to realize their dreams of homeownership, and we excel at coming up with outside the box strategies to help our clients. Our brokerage provides fair, accurate, and comprehensive real estate advice and representation to all of our clients, particularly the LGBT community.
  • What's the Hottest Area in Austin?

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Austin, Home Buying in Austin, Home Selling in Austin  |  October 22, 2013 10:36 AM  |  476 views  |  No comments

    512-740-6486 – http://KeepAustinWeirdHomes.com – Austin, TX Real Estate and Investment Specialists. 

                 

    Home sales in the Austin area continued to rise in September, with the highest number of single family homes sold since 2005.  2,391 single-family homes were sold in the Austin area, which is 34 percent more than September 2012. On average, homes spent 44 days on the market, which is a decrease of 22 days from one year prior.

     

    These numbers are even more dramatic when you review them based on geographic area.  For example, we can rate an area based on “Hottness” which is the number of pending sales as a percentage of active listings.  Based on this, the second hottest area in Austin this September was the area that is bordered by William Cannon Drive, I-35, Slaughter Lane, and MoPac.  In this area, which includes neighborhoods such as Cherry Creek, Tanglewood Forest, Parkwood and Maple Run, the estimated length of time a home will spend on the market is just 17 days! 

     

    Visit our Facebook Page and post your guess as to what the HOTTEST area in Austin was this September, based on the number of pending sales as a percentage of active listings.  The winner will receive a gift certificate to one of our favorite Austin spots!

     

    September 2013 Statistics

    • 2,391 – Single-family homes sold, 34 percent more than September 2012.
    • $223,000 – Median price for single-family homes, 13 percent more than a year ago
    • 44 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, 22 days fewer than September 2012.
    • 2,487– New single-family home listings on the market, 17 percent more than September 2012.
    • 5,965 – Active single-family home listings on the market, 12 percent fewer than September 2012.
    • 1,978 – Pending sales for single-family homes, 6 percent more than September 2012.
    • 2.7 – Months of inventory of single-family homes, 1 month less than last year
    • $688,347,381 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, 47 percent more than September 2012.

     

    Keep Austin Weird Homes

    Theresa Bastian and Rodney Campbell run an Austin, TX real estate brokerage established with the intention of doing good business with good people.  As Austin real estate market experts, Theresa and Rodney can help you buy, sell, lease or invest in real estate in and around Austin, TX.

     

    HOW CAN WE HELP YOU TODAY?

    I want to sell my Austin, TX property

    I’d like to Search for Austin Real Estate

    I’d like to speak to someone from Keep Austin Weird Homes

  • Austin Traffic: SH 45 SW – Environmental Impact Study Open House

    Posted Under: General Area in Circle C, Home Buying in Circle C, Home Selling in Circle C  |  October 9, 2013 1:55 PM  |  425 views  |  No comments

    Austin Traffic: SH 45 SW – Environmental Impact Study Open House

    As Realtors and residents of Southwest Austin, we have a vested interest in the divisive debate unfolding about whether to build SH 45 SW or Keep Mopac Local.  After all, this impacts property values, commute time, quality of life…all major factors in our line of work.  In October 2013, we attended the Open House that was hosted atBaileyMiddle School in Shady Hollow by the SH 45 SW Environmental Study group.

    The event was an open forum, with no speaker and no agenda.  If we hadn’t been studying this issue for quite some time already, we don’t know that the meeting’s information would have made a lot of sense.  For all intents and purposes it resembled a science fair, with representatives from different organizations standing awkwardly in front of large Powerpoint slides blown up to poster board size.

    Although in our experience, students displaying their science projects take their presentations more seriously than many of the adults employed by our public organizations did today (“Dan” from CAMPO and the guy you were joshing around with whose nametag we didn’t see – we’re talking about you…for starters).  There certainly wasn’t any information about an Environmental Impact Study, which seemed like the primary topic based on the title.

    At any rate, you can view all the displays and handouts that were available at the meeting here. I took the time to read the complete Draft Project Coordination Plan and noted that on page 33 it stated that the team is obligated to present viable alternatives to extending SH 45 SW, including a “no-build” alternative.  Let’s hold our public officials accountable to these alternatives and not allow a freeway to be steamrolled through the Southwest Austin neighborhoods and over our aquifer.

    Please, please take the time to submit your online comments and the proposed extension of SH 45 SW and the concerns you have about how this will impact our environment, our neighborhoods, and our community inSouthwest Austin.  The deadline for this phase of comments is October 18, 2013. 

    Keep Austin Weird Homes

    Theresa Bastian and Rodney Campbell run an Austin, TXreal estate brokerage established with the intention of doing good business with good people.  As Austinreal estate specialists, Theresa and Rodney can help you buy, sell, lease or invest in real estate in and aroundAustin,TX.

     

    HOW CAN WE HELP YOU TODAY?

    I want to sell my Austin, TX property

    I’d like to Search for Austin Real Estate

    I’d like to speak to someone from Keep Austin Weird Homes

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