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In My Neighborhood in Austin : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Oct 5, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
Fri Aug 11, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
It varies. How much electricity, water etc that one family uses is not going to be the same for another family. I have a friend who likes to set the temperature in his home during summer at 72-73 degrees while another friend at 80 degrees. The efficiency and size of every home is also different. The amount of laundry you do, the size of your yard and how often you turn your sprinkler on will determine the amount of water you use.

I hope this makes sense!
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Tue Apr 4, 2017
Jessica H answered:
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Fri Jan 8, 2016
Ruthann asked:
We are listed in the WRONG neighborhood which devalues our home. In fact, our entire street is listed in "Brentwood" instead of "laurel Canyon". Tried to correct it…
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Tue Aug 11, 2015
Russell Spillers answered:
I own a 3/2 in 78758, near St. David's north. The lease is set to expire November 1st. If that time frame works for you and your budget can afford market rents then you should contact me. I can't guarantee you will be the right fit but I am willing to entertain the idea. ... more
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Tue Sep 23, 2014
vivianne dordea answered:
Hi, Casie,

6903 Chinook has not been on the market in years, so I am not sure where you saw it as available. If you are interested in buying a home in that area, I would be more than happy to help. Contact me,

Vivianne Dordea
Sierra Homes Realty
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Thu Oct 24, 2013
kyradeprez answered:
I purchased my home in 78721 more than 3 years ago. I got into the area right before the gentrification started. After some much need repairs my home as appraised at double the purchase price. 78721 is a solid investment, and it likely will have gains similar to 78702 (6 years ago you could still pick a house up for 60k in 78702)! Welcome to 78721! ... more
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Sun Sep 22, 2013
Barbara Grandolfo answered:
Hi Shannon,

I agree with Noah, each neighborhood may hold different meanings for different people. Some may enjoy the peacefulness and privacy of a wooded area with large lots while others seek a sense of community with their neighbors. Then there those who are just interested in living in a decent place.... close to their jobs.

In the end, what makes a neighborhood or home the perfect place is that indefinable feeling you get when you find simply know it's home and where you want to live.

All the best!

Barbara Grandolfo
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Sun Sep 22, 2013
Claudia Gonzalez answered:
this is a very safe neighborhood. Believe me, i had left my garage open several times gone to work and come back and everything was ok. Other times my neighbors had actually close it for me. I know it sounds crazy. But i am a mom and sometimes we do things like this.
We are selling our to go North Austin if you still looking. Claudia Gonzalez 512-288-6770

$314500 and is 4 BEDROOM HOUSE WITH 2.5 BATH, 2480 sq. ft.
FORMAL LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM, WITH GAME AND SEPARATE FAMILY ROOM. MUST SEE THIS HOUSE TO APPRECIATE,.... Please see pictures. Green belt access from back yard. Nice back yard for entertainment.
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Mon Jul 8, 2013
Don Groff answered:
Most good and bad things are based on an individual lifestyle. How close is your home to work and area entertainment. Paloma is a wonderful community with a vast array of qualify home builders. It all really depends on your wants and needs so take a good look at that.

Also, compare what you can get on the existing homefront. There may be a wonderful or newer home in Teravista or similar area that meets your needs. While building new is great and you get to make choose a lot of options you also pay a premium for those options. This can create a longer timeline to build equity. I have found that existing homes that are 2-3 years old will sell for a $20,000 discount over building new. So definitely take a look at lots of areas and home options so you know for sure you are making the right decision.

As a mortgage broker and licensed Realtor I also like to help my clients who choose to build a new home obtain the very best financing options. Builders will often try to lock you into using their own builder financing partners and those are very rarely going to get you the best financing options. To keep them honest I always provide my clients with an ultra competitive GFE to provide to the builder's lender to keep them honest so to speak. This forces them to give my clients the best possible financing options available based on competition which they often do not face.

Good luck to you with your home search!

Don Groff | REALTOR® & Mortgage Broker
Austin Real Estate Pros & 360 Lending Group
o 512.669.5599 | m 512.633.4157 |
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Mon Feb 4, 2013
Betina Foreman answered:
We have several Farmers Markets around Austin. I just went to the one in east Austin yesterday. It was a lot of fun, as they had live music and several vendors selling already prepared food and drinks in addition to the fresh produce for sale. If you want fresh eggs and meat you better go early as these items often sell out early.

Here are links to the ones I go to the most often. Have fun and eat local! (East /downtown Austin) (Downtown) (Southwest in Barton Creek MAll parking lot. This spot is also great for getting a view of downtown Austin) (open M-Thurs 8:30-4:30 and Friday 8-12) Johnson's Backyard Garden) (Cedar Park) locations around town)

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Sat Jan 19, 2013
Diane Crotchett answered:
I would ask the name of the utility companies the seller has been using, call said company and find out what they charge for kilowatts, water, and other services. Then do a google search for other competitors in the area and get their rates. It really doesn't matter what the previous owner paid for their utilities - especially if theyr'e paying too much!. If you're willing to do the homework, you can save lots of money over time. Though it's out of my scope to do so, I'm always happy to provide the names of competitors in the prospective areas so my clients can do a search. If the property is in a municiple utility district (MUD), your choices would be limited. ... more
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Mon Nov 26, 2012
Kevin Cottrell answered:
There are lots of nice golf course homes under $300K in the greater Austin area. I've provided a link below that lists what's currently for sale.
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Tue Aug 14, 2012
Betina Foreman answered:
In Austin we have many condo's that have individual garages. There are even "free-standing condos" that look and feel like single family homes, often they have 2-3 car garages. We also have multi-level condos and one story townhomes. The buildings are only limited by the individual developers and the yterrain. Real estate is a very local matter, and its very different from city to city and state to state. If you have questions about your particular property, your Realtor should be able to help you find the answers. ... more
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Thu May 24, 2012
tim sweeney answered:
Joseph is right, check the foundation before you buy, Centex Foundation has lots of foundation reports already done in that neighborhood, and many others. As always, find a buyer agent who you enjoy being with they can and will help you immensley.
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Thu May 17, 2012
s answered:

I'm sorry that no one has gotten back to you yet. Are you still looking for guidance on the purchase price of your home? I would be happy to help you.

Call or email me at anytime.

Sarabeth Peterson
Goldwasser Real Estate
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Sat Apr 14, 2012
Your question is much too vague for a proper answer, and I think you gave us the wrong square footage as well. You should ask your Realtor to help you, but since you're asking a question like that here, one can only assume you have no Realtor, which is a big mistake when buying a new or re-sale home. Feel free to contact me and I may be able to help!! Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty (512) 261-4415 ... more
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Mon Feb 27, 2012
Michael Estes answered:
There are some really great ways to get information like this, since driving the area is not an option right now for you. You can get Demographic Data from a couple different websites. Check out this link the area you referenced.
Here is another great website to check out.
Another site that might help is attached below. Finding the Right Home At the Right Price is important. If you would like to learn how to save tens of thousands of dollars throughout the home buying process click the link below to learn more.
Thank you,
Michael Estes
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Tue Dec 20, 2011
William Friedrich answered:
Hi Gualnamvumpi,

There are currently 3 properties available on the market ranging from $119K to $200K.
Give me a call or send me an email and I can go into their details with you.

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