Personally I feel Harris Branch is very close to the dump and that is not an "amenity" I want to live close to. Also this area has had problems with shifting soils, which can lead to foundation problems. Fixing or leveling a foundation can be the most expensive problem to fix. AND fixing it can lead to other problems, like: cracked/broken windows, ruptured plumbing pipes, electric wiring being pulled from the Junction boxes. These secondary problems happen because the house shifts slowly over time/years. When you have a company come fix it that happens in a matter of hours so it causes a lot of stress on the house.
You need to make a list of the factors that are most important to you and have a Realtor help you find a neighborhood that is a good fit for your personal needs. It does not have to be me, but you should have someone/a Realtor help you with this process. Remember the Seller pays the Buyers Agent. So whatever you do, DON'T go into a purchase without help. You won't save any money by going directly to the listing/sellers agent as the fee is negoitiated before the house is even put on the market.
I wish you luck!
Betina Foreman- Realtor, C.N.E.
Austin Home Girls Realty
I would ask the person who gave you the warning. There are lots of great areas to live in and around Austin. What you should do is come and explore those areas for yourself so you can see where you want to call home.... after all you will be the one living there.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further please let me know. I can also send you a relocation package that will be very helpful in showing you what the Austin area has to offer.
Best of luck to you.
REALTOR® | Mortgage Broker
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
It is hard to say why someone is warning you, if you value their opinion then you should ask an expert to provide the informaiton you need to make an informed decision. Some of the info you will need I have attached a link to all the Demographic data for 78754 which is the zip code for Harris Branch. The only way this data is relavent is if you compare it to other data or other zip codes you might consider living in.
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Why do you want to find a home in Harris Branch in particular? Close to work? Have friends or relatives liver there? If so, they probably have told you all there is to know about that area. If there are any concerns, why insist on moving there? There are so many other neighborhoods you could look into where there are no moving soil problems or any other problems you may have heard of. It's best to look into all areas that would suit your proximity to work or any other criteria and then make a decision. I would be glad to help you with you relocation, give you info about other possible areas and help you find your next home. Just contact me.
When are you moving? I can start sending you listings once I know more about your criteria, whether you want to lease or buy.
Resident Realty, LLC
From several years of looking at and selling homes in the Harris Branch area, I find the biggest concern to be with foundation cracking. The surrounding types of soil are made up of heavy black & yellow clay which both shrink when dry and swell dramatically when wet. Homes with foundations not built to withstand that type of movement will experience cracking. The execptionally dry summer this past year contributed to a lot foundations being overly stressed. That should be your first item of concern. The best indicator are the streets that are going through this type of soil will be the ones giving you that roller coaster ride.