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Wed Feb 8, 2017
Nathan asked:
My home shows up on and my listing agent Hindsite 2020, but not on your site.…
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Mon Jan 30, 2017
Elle Klein asked:
My clients created their own ad in Zillow Rental Manager for 4016 Berkman Dr Austin TX 78723 prior to hiring me. Once they hired me, they deleted their ad(s), and I created my own. However,…
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Tue Apr 14, 2015
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
Hi Manish,

We've helped a lot of Bay Area sellers save money when selling, and I'm confident we can help you out as well.

To list your home on Trulia as for sale by owner, you would have to pay for a flat fee listing service in order to get your home on here.

For sale by owner usually isn't the best idea, though. Working with a top local agent in your area will usually give you more money in hand at the end of the transaction.

We created our service,, for home sellers looking for the best value possible. You just submit a few details about your home, and multiple top listing agents will submit proposals to you for review. Since agents are competing, they bring out their best commission rates and services, ensuring you the best value possible. There's no obligation as you do not have to choose an agent that submits to you if you're not satisfied.

Good luck!
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Tue Nov 25, 2014
Susie Kay answered:
There's no average cost in adding a room as it varies greatly depending upon what you'd like to put in the room, how big of a construction/change that needs to be done, the construction company cost, the permit etc.

I would suggest calling a couple construction companies and obtain bids.

Good luck!

Susie Kay
Realtor & Certified Stager
United Real Estate
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Fri Sep 19, 2014
Cory Trevor answered:
I think that establishing detailed designs and specific requirements are the first things you should do. Then, you will want research local building ordinances and determine what permits you will need. Obviously, you will also need quotes from architects and construction contractors. Only then, will you have an accurate estimate of the remodeling costs.
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Sat Aug 24, 2013
Bryan Treat answered:
The main site for the development is but David Weekley and the other builders have their own sites. Homes that are for sale in the MLS are those that were spec homes or built by prior owners, but the oldest home you'd find there was built in 2006 or so.

I hope that helps! Let me know if I can be of any other help.

Bryan Treat
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Tue Aug 20, 2013
John Paul Porter answered:
I live in Windsor Park. I think it really depends on what the answer to parking becomes? I have seen many people convert to more living space and still provide a covered parking option... Many homes in WP don't have either carports or even garages to start. If you want comps for your area...let me know! I can pick apart which ones have parking solutions and which ones don't. ... more
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Thu Jun 13, 2013
Don Groff answered:
Hello Need Help,

There are a lot of things you can do. First is to fully understand where you are now. Looks like the foreclosure is in the rear view mirror and that is good. Each month it has less and less of an impact on your credit and would not keep you from being able to refinance today.

First, you should establish credit with and get a secured credit card if you have not already done so. I have answered many questions like yours in the past so you can go into my archives here on Trulia for a more detailed explanation. Having your cars paid off is not a bad thing but in your case you probably need some active trade lines. Establishing credit in the form of a secured credit card that reports to the credit bureaus and an installment loan would help your scores a great deal. Make sure if you open a secured credit card with a bank that it #1 reports to the credit bureaus and #2 that you never charge over 35 to 40% of your available credit in any given month. This will help you get the best jump in your credit scores. Charge over that and your credit will not improve as the percentage of your utilized credit is a major factor in your credit score.

Please note that Free Credit will not give you your actual credit scores. In fact your real scores are probably lower than what they are stating. This because they use a credit model and not the exact credit formulas the bureaus use. Your actual credit could be 30 to 60 points lower so just be aware of that fact.

You can use credit sites like, this site is run by TransUnion and you can get your TransUnion score for free on this site. It's great but also even though it is run by TransUnion the credit score is a model and not exactly what you will have when an actual credit report is pulled. CreditSesame is another similar site run by Experian and it does the same thing. So both of these sites are run by the credit bureaus so they are safe to use. To pull a free actual credit report once a year go to this site is run by all 3 bureaus. Now your free yearly credit report will not have a score unless you pay but this is a good site to check into once a year and with all 3 of these sites you can drop your other paid membership at as I think it's anything but free unless I'm mistaken.

Anyway, hope this helps. I am a mortgage broker and Realtor so if you would like to discuss your credit in further detail please let me know. I have refinanced many owner financed clients in the past and would be happy to help you.

Best of luck to you.

Don Groff | REALTOR® & Mortgage Broker
Austin Real Estate Pros & 360 Lending Group
o 512.669.5599 | m 512.633.4157 |
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Sat Apr 6, 2013
Bill Austin answered:
The market is hot for both selling & renting. If you can I'd rent it & sell later. You'll get a premium rent. I'd be happy to meet with you to discuss the options & the to speak.
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Mon Jan 7, 2013
Mandujano, with Austin growing at such a tremendous pace, there are always going to be new developments and new homes going up to compete with resale homes. However, Austin is ranked as the number one Boomtown/place to be in the United States by Forbes and many other reputable sources. We have made so many top 10 lists, I can't even keep track anymore.
This means that although there might be new homes to compete with, you will also have many buyers who cannot afford new homes, or would rather live in a more established neighborhood, or just prefer a certain location. Also, as the cost of materials keeps increasing year-by-year, brand-new homes with higher costs, stricter building codes, etc. etc., will make resale homes more affordable and desirable. Also, if you buy a house in an area that is not growing, with a more stagnant economy, or buy in an area that is less desirable, the house you buy today will not be worth as much as a house in a more desirable area in general. Therefore it is better to buy in an area that is growing and desirable versus one that is stagnant or on the decline.

However, if you are very concerned about that particular area, get in touch with me and I will be happy to discuss some other areas that might suit your needs and not have as much competition in the future. If I am your Realtor I would be happy to examine the long-term potential and pitfalls and advise you properly. Quite frankly you need to get a good Realtor to assist you and not rely on answers on a website to make such an important and large purchase. Also, not knowing you, your budget, or your long or short term goals or needs regarding a home, neighborhood, etc., it is really impossible to do much more than give you generalized information which again is not what you should be relying on to make such a big purchase decision. Feel free to contact me and I will see what I can do to help you make the right decision!!

Joe Jarusinsky Realtor/Master Instructor Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012)
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Sat Oct 25, 2008
Diana Holbrook McKee answered:

I would be happy to send you a list of homes that meet your criteria. I also have a weekly list of foreclosures and short sales in the Austin area. There is no obligation. Just let me know if you are interested.

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