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Linda, Home Seller in 05739

Help! Decisions, Decisions

Asked by Linda, 05739 Wed Jun 18, 2008

Relocating to Austin area, but having a heck of a time figuring out exactly where. There are so many beautiful spots. So many areas that offer so much. I have posted before about Webberville and decided against that.
Then my friends who live there say stay west of I35 (for various reasons). (but the land East of I35 seems to have better soil for horse's hoofs and a garden).
Then theres the quandry of... buy existing home or buy property and build? Existing homes in my price range I'd have to tear apart to make them what I like. I think i can build a small home to my liking on 4 reasonably priced acres (we are a two person family) for what i can buy an existing home for (which i'd have to tear apart and re-do)
I do have some must haves...
1. Enough acreage for two horses
2. Places to ride that I don't have to trailer to
3. Employment opportunities for a graphic designer / production manager or possibly a career change
4. property retains it's value
suggestions?

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Dear Linda,
Your dollar will go further far east or south of Austin if you want a few acres for horses. Do you plan to commute into town everyday or can you telecommute? There are some nice horse type properties far south and southwest of Austin. Some areas to look at are: Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Mountian City, Buda and Kyle.

You did not mention a specific price range or timeline for your move. If you give me some basics then I can set up a search and email you the properties as they become available. If any of them interest you let me know and we can plan time to go see them. Let me know: your price range, minimum square footage of house, max. age of home, one or two story, garage/carport or just stable, etc.

You expressed concern at retaining value in your new home. The Austin Business Journal just put out an article on the rising home vales in S/W Austin area. I can email it to you as an attachment if your interested. Give me a callor send me an email and I can set this up for you. Good luck on your move and welcome to Texas.
Sincerely,
Betina Foreman
512-771-6318
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 18, 2008
Dear Linda,
I stand behind my original answer. If you give me your email address I will send you a one time email with the current listings that fit your criteria and price range. I am not a hard sell Realtor. If your not ready or if you choose someone else I understand. I just want to help give you a clearer picture of whats out there for you. Also I have a few more questions to help narrow the field. What is the minimum square feet of this dream house? How many beds, baths? Do you have to be on city water and sewer or will you accept a property with a septic system? Do you prefer newer or older homes? One story or two?

Sincerely, Betina


"Your dollar will go further far east or south of Austin if you want a few acres for horses. Do you plan to commute into town everyday or can you telecommute? There are some nice horse type properties far south and southwest of Austin. Some areas to look at are: Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Mountian City, Buda and Kyle.

You did not mention a specific price range or timeline for your move. If you give me some basics then I can set up a search and email you the properties as they become available. If any of them interest you let me know and we can plan time to go see them. Let me know: your price range, minimum square footage of house, max. age of home, one or two story, garage/carport or just stable, etc.

You expressed concern at retaining value in your new home. The Austin Business Journal just put out an article on the rising home vales in S/W Austin area. I can email it to you as an attachment if your interested. Give me a callor send me an email and I can set this up for you. Good luck on your move and welcome to Texas. "
Sincerely,
Betina Foreman
512-771-6318
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 2, 2008
Hi Linda:

By now you may have already made a decision on where to move in the Austin area. Isn' t it wonderful to have so many choices within an easy commute of downtown? We made the move last year and have never looked back. There are so many things and places to explore I am overwhelmed and delighted. What did you decide? Enquiring minds want to know.

Carol Pease, ABR, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 2, 2008
thanks to everyone for their help. there is much to consider. my timeframe is flexible so that helps. i have time to research and take everyone's great input into consideration.

can't wait to get out of the cold!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 19, 2008
Linda,

Good to hear from you again. Your budget is going to be the determining factor. I don't need to repeat everything I mentioned before, but try as best you can to stay West of IH35 for value retention and appreciation that's considerably better than East. I would argue there are quite a lot of horses, and horse friendly property West. Just because it's hilly and rocky in general, does not mean that you don't have very good choices in property with soft soils, pastures, and open spaces to the West.

Difficulty of everyone answering your more specific questions is that you're likely to get "sold" something, instead of buying the right place, in the right part of town.

Don't forget, regardless of whether you have school age children, schools are where value is. So if you give up on buying property where the schools are good, then your property value will likely languish.

And to be fair to everyone providing answers, irrespective of who you choose to represent you, you should pick someone and use that relationship to find what you're looking for.

Since you have an issue with the animals, especially the horses, I think you'd be pretty happy with your selection of boarding locations for any interim period between the sale of your home and the purchase of one here. Again, try to avoid at all costs owning your existing home and buying another one here.

Were the job opportunities for 2 people, 1 in each profession, or for the same individual?

Good luck,

Jeffrey
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 18, 2008
I you are serious about horses, you need to be east. And for what it sound like your budget is, you should look farther, at Bastrop-Red Rock. You'll need to budget for private schools.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 18, 2008
Hi Linda, if you will email me, I can recommend an EXCELLENT Realtor to help in your search of the Austin area. He is an outstanding professional and is very knowledgeable of the area.
katlyn57@juno.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 18, 2008
By State of Texas standards for a reatlor we can't direct or steer you in a particular area. However a realtor can provide you options based on your specifications then we "plug into a formula feed MLS" your specifications also your price point on what you are qualfiied to purchase. There are many homes that have all been remodeled. However with all homes home buyer customize the property for their own personal lifestyle. SUGGESTIONS: Work with a realtor who can show you properties point out the features and benefits locate a property / area that work with all the criteria's. An Agent can eliminate alot of the time for you. Buyers and realtors we work as a team we are only as good as what the buyers provide us to locate on their behalf, then it's the talent of the realtor who complete the remaining task at hand. Austin is a great area. Welcome Texas http://www.lynn911.com
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