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Curb Appeal in Austin : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Oct 19, 2017
Steve Rogers answered:
Most people have the common decency to not park directly in front of a house. Most renters of homes, do not realize that they rent the inside of the home and the outside is not theirs to direct orders. They are tax payers, however, they are not property tax payers. The homeowners are the ones who pay for the up keep of the city, and the renters are only paying money to rent a space. Their pay-check taxes do not pay for the right to dictate who parks in front of your home. Any home owner would respect a neighbors space and privacy. After shelling out property tax payments every year to live on a well kept property, "that is expected from the city to be kept well"; The last thing a homeowner wants is a free-loader parking in front of their house. In your case, is it legal for them to park there? Yes, it is. Should they have the common decency to not park there? Yes! they should. ... more
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Wed May 6, 2015
Clayton Reagan answered:
Give Leslie Lilly at Lonestar Natives a call! They are afforable, extremely professional, and they are local to the East Side. Check them out at or call them at 512 417 4934. Best of luck! ... more
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Sat Apr 2, 2011
Rachel Sibley answered:
You might try the 1704 West Ave is a "Brownstone type" building of just 12 units/condos, located south and west of UT by 5 blocks and west and north of the Capitol by about 7 blocks...historic "Judge's Hill" neighborhood (where the early lawyers associated with the Capitol built homes for their families) the 78701 zip code but much more affordable, quiet, and secure.....with gated reserved parking and storage units :) ... more
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Thu Jul 2, 2009
Jeffrey Schnabel answered:

It depends on what the green space is zoned for. If designated green space (owned by the HOA, or other entity that will hold it as green space in perpetuity, then yes, it adds value. Then it depends on what type of space it is. If it’s a relatively solid forest with some depth to it, or is a large field with trees that limit visibility beyond the green space, it’s valuable. If it’s more of just “space”, but you can see beyond it, it depends on what you “see” beyond it.

But more typically, the green space in outlying areas is just undeveloped land, then it depends on what it’s currently being used for, and what the likely potential future uses are. I have a brokerage client (I am also an appraiser) that bought in Liberty Hill in the Cierra Springs neighborhood. They have an Eastern rear exposure (highly desirable) and back up to a longhorn ranch. They are on a 1-acre tract and highly value the ranch land behind them, but know that it could someday be sold for other similar SFR homes. The value to them was on the order of $20K.


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