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Tue Aug 1, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Ask your realtor to remove all marketing from the internet. Just removing it from the MLS is not enough. Realtors have the tools to delete photos from websites. If your realtor refuses, talk to the Office Manager or Broker in Charge. ... more
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Mon Jul 10, 2017
Pierce Management answered:
In the future, I may be able to assist. I manage/repair/renovate a few properties in Round Rock, TX
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Thu Feb 19, 2015
Scott Bradford Team answered:
A net sheet that has all of the costs involved including commissions pay off of current loan and all other closing costs can be provided by a licensed realtor. This should be provided to you up front and with any contract offers that you receive.

Scott Bradford
RE/MAX Capital City III
Round Rock, TX
512-769-4082
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Mon Oct 20, 2014
Ranee Bray answered:
I see this post is from awhile back. Hope you found the assistance you needed. Are you moving from Sacramento to North Austin? I grew up in the central valley.... you'll love it here!

Cheers,

Ranee Bray
www.RaneeBray.com
TCP Realty
512-270-9750
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Mon Oct 20, 2014
Ranee Bray answered:
What other limitations do you have? How big of a home, commute/location, affordability, etc.

Do your kids already attend certain schools that you'd like to stick with? Or, perhaps you just like the idea of property values remaining stabled based on the schools.

The best schools in RRISD are not in Round Rock. So this becomes a little tricky! They are actually in North Austin.

I know these school districts very well (Round Rock & Leander) and would love the opportunity to help. I see your post is from awhile back.... let me know if you still need assistance.
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Sun Sep 14, 2014
Daphne Quay answered:
Hey there,
It's hard to answer that directly. I did a search for homes that have sold through the neighborhood since 2000 and came up with 710...There may be repeats in there but I think Kaemarie was probably pretty close with 1000 :) ... more
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Tue Jul 16, 2013
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Hello Salas,


Check out my blogs as I have a lot of helpful information on there that can help you with your questions.
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Thu Jun 13, 2013
Anna Gomez answered:
I moved to Round Rock in 2003 and I have loved everything about it. Yes, even the fact that the police stop you for no reason at all. I just feel safe and that is important to me. The fact that Round Rock cares about maintaining their streets, neighborhood, and the whole community as a whole just makes it that much better. It is not inexpensive to live here, but you live in a nice town. Take a look at my home that I am selling and visit with Mike Easter for JB Goodwin to see if you can schedule a visit. You will be close to Dell Diamond, Outlets, less than 3 miles to the hospital and wonderful schools from my home. I have lived there for 10 years since I move over here in 2003 and I am finally moving on my own. Sons and Daughter are grown and the house is too big for me to maintain. For your consideration. Just to include a few facts about Round Rock, which you may already know. Whatever you decide, I wish you well.

As of 2012, Round Rock's population is 99,887 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 70.88 percent.

The median home cost in Round Rock is $175,700. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.69 percent.

Compared to the rest of the country, Round Rock's cost of living is 0.90% Higher than the U.S. average.

Round Rock public schools spend $4,240 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,691. There are about 15 students per teacher in Round Rock.


The unemployment rate in Round Rock is 6.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 8.60%). Recent job growth is Positive. Round Rock jobs have Increased by 0.93 percent.
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Wed Jun 5, 2013
Laura Rosales answered:
Hi Jennifer - I just came across your question and wanted to take a moment to respond.
Trulia (as well as all other home search sites) pulls data from the area MLS that Real Estate professionals subscribe to through their local board of Realtors. Realtors gather data from sources for the property features, descriptions, school information, neighborhood info as well as details regarding upgrades. They also add photo's that are taken of the property. All of these items have guidelines that agents must meet. I am not answering your question to ask for your business (but would welcome you contacting me if you would like) - I am responding to give advise and a few things to think about when you are wanting to sell your home:
1- How much will you ask for your home? (do you know what your home will appraise for and howthe sales price can effect someone getting a loan to buy your home)
2-How will people get in to see your home?
3-Will you know if a prospective buyer is qualified for a loan and has the ability to purchase your home?
4-Will a Realtor bring buyers to see your home - not knowing if you will pay a commission for the service they are providing to their buyer?
5-Who will write up the purchase contract? Collect the Earnest Money?
All items in a Real Estate Listing agreement are negotiable. There have been times when I have adjusted my commission agreement when I help a client sell a home because I am also helping them purchase one. Talk with a few Realtors before you spend countless hours trying to save money - You will find that most Realtors feel so passionately about helping their clients that they are willing to do what it takes make your dream a reality. Best wishes! Laura Rosales-Realtor
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Wed May 1, 2013
Scott Cunningham answered:
Jill, very good question! The Preserve at Stone Oak is a DR Horton Community with homes ranging from 1300-2300 sqft, with great schools and in a great location. There are several reasons for why you might be seeing more listings in this particular neighborhood then any other in the 78681 zip code.

1. Price Point - This neighborhood is one of the lowest price points for the 78681 zip code with homes that were built after 2000.

2. Low Availability - The Round Rock area has seen a dramitic decrease in availability over the last month or so. So when you are doing your search for homes in 78681 all of these factors are going to come into play.

Please give me a call with any questions you may have and I would be happy to help you in any way. I am from the Round Rock area and lived in Mayfield Ranch (which connects to Stone Oak) for 8 years. I know the area very well!!

Scott Cunningham, Realtor
Realty Executives, Austin - North
13740 Research Blvd., Suite D-2
Austin, Texas 78750
512-497-6116 Cell
scottc@realtyexecutives.com
www.scottcrealty.com
Follow Me @scottcrealty
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
HBHMgmt answered:
Would love to expound on all three areas (we have experience in all), but we love the Round Rock community. Just contact us for more information and for specifics about what communities within Round Rock we might think fits you best! ... more
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
HBHMgmt answered:
East Round Rock is a great area! The airport is only 30 mins away via IH-130. And the lifestyle here is fantastic! I have lived here for 12 years and love everything about it.
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Mon Nov 12, 2012
Carla Pennington answered:
As others have commented, the real estate agents only charge a commission. It typically runs in the neighborhood of 6% although that can vary. I use a rule of thumb of about 8% of the sales price to cover the Realtor's commission plus the other fees and expenses typically paid by the sellers such as the title policy, prorated taxes, survey, a home warranty, home owners association transfer fee, as well as some other small miscellaneous fees charged by the title company. It's only a ball park estimate. You or your Realtor can get more accurate estimate from a title company.

(I just noticed the date on this question, but someone might still find the answer valuable. Since I've typed it out, I'll post it anyway!)
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Fri Jul 13, 2012
Matthew Baker answered:
Realtor fees are generally 3% of the sale price for the agent representing the buyer and 3% for the agent representing the seller. These fees are usually paid by the seller (home owner). These are always negotiable, but consider you often get what you pay for. Reduced fees means less will be spent towards marketing and likely less traffic from buyer’s agents.

It’s also common to work out a package deal for a buyer/seller. For example, an agent might agree to list your house for a 2% commission if you used that same agent to purchase your new home in a re-location.

Remember, a good listing agent will be spending their own money creating a good marketing plan and putting it into motion. This includes signs, flyers, custom web pages, open houses, etc. Also take into account that most agents pay 25% to 50% of their commission to their broker, and then pay apx. 30% taxes on the remaining net income.

Hope this helps and good luck!
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Sat Jun 23, 2012
Betina Foreman answered:
If the buyer has children and that home does not have its own pool then its probably a plus. If your potential buyer does not swim or have grandkids that do it may not be worth it. Sometimes its hard to park on the street if you live by the neighborhood pool. I know the streets around the Westover Hills pool is always solid with cars during the summer. It is ultimately going to depend on what the potential buyers want. Overall I think its a value add to be close to the pool.
Sincerely,
Betina
Austin Home Girls Realty
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Wed Jun 13, 2012
Rica Greenwood answered:
I was informed by lenders that you cannot buy a home until 7-10 years after foreclosure. You can try seller financing, but you will need a hefty down payment. You can have the payments be directly deposited to the lender via third party to ensure that payments for the house is being paid. You will have to pay a fee for the third party, but it should give you a peace of mind. There are several companies that will do it. You will have to look into best company for you.

All the best.

Rica Greenwood, Broker Associate
512-762-8697
Prudential Texas Realty
ricagreenwood@hotmail.com
www.ricagreenwood.com
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Mon Jul 6, 2009
Donna Ciccarelli answered:
Keri,

I just looked up the info on your home with the tax appraisal district. Would you please email me your flyer or give me a call? I have an investor looking for property in that area who is a strong buyer and may have an interest in it depending upon the price and condition.

Thanks!
Donna Ciccarelli
GRI, ABR, CPS, CNE, EcoBroker

512-259-9154 Home office, after 6:30 pm family time (thanks!)
512-736-3124 Cell, after 6:30 pm family time (thanks!)
www.donnaciccarelli.com

Goldwasser Real Estate
500 N. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Bldg. 5, Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78746
Office: (512) 420-0300 • Fax: (800) 948-4045
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