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In My Neighborhood in Austin : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Aug 15, 2011
Don Groff answered:
Hello Anna,

There really are plenty of great places and neighborhoods in and around Austin. Are you looking to purchase as an investor or a place to live? Depending on your answer that could broaden or narrow down the size of your search. Obviously it also depends on how much you are looking to spend. So as you can see there are lots of questions to be answered before any real helpful answers can be given.

As a Realtor it is against our code to push clients into specific areas. Those decisions need to be made by the client and the client alone. It is our job to educate you so you can make the best decision possible though. Let me know if I can help in any way. I would be happy to send you a relocation package including a 200 page Relocation Guide.

Best of luck to you.

Don Groff
REALTOR® | Mortgage Broker
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
o.512.669.5599 m.512.633.4157
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Sat Jun 18, 2011
Don Groff answered:
Hello Home Buyer,

You can get the information you are looking for at the Brushy Creek MUD website. You can find it here: Great site to bookmark if you plan on being a part of the area. Best of luck to you.

Don Groff
REALTOR | Mortgage Broker | Consultant
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
o.512.669.5599 m.512.633.4157
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Fri May 13, 2011
Marie Souza Team answered:
Call the local Police Department. They will have information regarding the area & crime you are looking at.
The Marie Souza Team - Top Selling on Cape Cod
Cape Cod Real Estate Services
Phone: 508-790-2000
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Wed Mar 30, 2011
Stephen McClain answered:
Hi Edith,

Travis Country is a very nice community that was created in 1998. I was part of the original development /management team that created and managed the initial marketing and sales of the new builder homes at that time. Newmark Homes and Pulte were the primary builders. Wilshire also built some. There were a few other builders who purchased limited lots within the community. The community offers very nice amenities, a great school situation, and super convenience to downtown, major shopping, Lake Travis and the IH35 corridor.

If you have need for further information or have questions please feel free to contact me. Also visit our web site at where you can search current inventory in Travis Country via several different search engines without obligation.

Happy home search,
Stephen B. McClain, Broker Owner
Cornerstone New Home Solutions
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Tue Mar 29, 2011
Stephen McClain answered:
Hi Shanoor, and Spot Crime are both great sources for crime stats and other valuable information. I use those both on a regular basis. The Parke is in Travis County but I do not believe it has been actually annexed by the City of Ausitn . Check also with the Travis County Sheriff's Department- for a good source of info as well.
The Parke is a great neighborhood. I was part of the original development team for the community. If I can be of more service please let me know.

Happy Relocatoin ,
Stephen B. McClain, Broker Owner
Cornerstone New Home Solutions
512 876-3116
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Fri Dec 31, 2010
Bill Ley answered:

This is my listing. Where are you're looking that you don't see the number of bedrooms? If you aren't using a Realtor (which is the only way to access the full MLS) the best consumer database for Austin residential property is But, full details from the MLS on this home may be seen at

Originally this was a two bedroom house. At some time before my client bought it one of the bedrooms was made a bit smaller, and the closet removed in order to make room for a third bedroom. The new bedroom and the one it was divided from have large armoires or wardrobes about half the size of the original closet. These convey with the house. Garden homes tend to be of compact design overall, but obviously these two bedrooms are smaller than most. One is really more useful as an office, but has been a child's bedroom. The owner would be willing to re-convert to two bedrooms of the original size, with or without closets, if an offer were otherwise acceptable.

Call your Realtor if you'd like to see it. Or if you aren't working with someone I will be happy to show it to you. It's a very clean, partially upgraded and otherwise very well maintained home. It seems large for the square footage because of its very open floor plan and lots of natural light.

Bill Ley (512) 817-2467
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Sat Oct 30, 2010
The Ditlow Team answered:
THere are no special assessments at the lofts. This was a complex converted from 2005 to 2006 with lending based on 99 percent investor loans. Foreclosures are the results of California investors jumping ship with the current lending situation not lending on investor dominated ownership. It is not FHA approved nor Fannie Mae approved because the banks changed the lending. ... more
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Fri Oct 8, 2010
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Grace,
One more thing. Since ACL is this weekend, you could come to the house and see what the actual noise levels are like? I f you like I could show you the house so you can see for yourself.
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Mon Oct 4, 2010
Nell Hanson answered:
My office is in 78759. We specialize in leasing properties at JB Goodwin Realtors. Call me for advice on leasing your home. Nell Hanson licensed Realtor in the State of Texas 512-426-5080. ... more
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Thu Aug 12, 2010
Anne Edwards Johnson answered:
Go to -- great site to see all utilities and contact information. I wish you well.
Anne in Austin
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Sat Aug 7, 2010
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear JZ,
People often forget there are other college campus's besides UT. There are four other universities in the Austin Area. ACC- has multiple locations, Concordia, Saint Edwards, Houston Tillitson. Allways look at the map andor Google the address to be sure the location really works for you. Good luck!
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Fri Jul 2, 2010
Windsoraustin answered:
This is a quiet neighborhood with many young children and adults who work 8-5. I hope that anyone who chooses to live in this house understands the dynamics and would respect that by not hosting loud parties that can be heard outside the home, especially between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. ... more
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Tue Jun 1, 2010
Bertina Schreiber asked:
How much does it cost for a sewer tap in Steiner Ranch and what authority?
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Wed May 19, 2010
Jared West answered:

Huge Difference!

Beautiful Appearance, newer structures, new roofs/systems in the homes, builder incentives, better insulation, less maintenance, maintained roads, maintained sidewalks, HOA, community center, golf, parks and master planned community! -Stenier Ranch

Lacking in many of the departments above- Back section

If enough people buy, remodel, flip, repair, and MAINTAIN, a 200k house could be a great investment!

Make sure you take advantage of the free buyer's agent services of a Realtor!

Jared West
Team West Real Estate

"When you want the Team West"
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Sun Jan 24, 2010
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Mr. Bubble,
If your looking for a second home another option for you might be to buy a Fractional Interest in one of the condo properties. For example there is a unit available for Fractional Interest for a mere $49,500. Read on for the details.

"STUNNING FURNISHED HOME on the exclusive Barton Creek Golf Course at a Bargain Price, How? Fractional Ownership, 27 days per year with All the privileges of being a Full Golf Member at Barton Creek when in Residence, without the $65K initiation fee. Also includes benefits at Affiliated Clubs Worldwide. Hilton Head, The Homestead, Puerto Vallarta, Bear Creek and Porta Cima. It's the Least Expensive Way to have a luxury vacation in Barton Creek with ALL the amenities."

If your interested in a home to live in full time there are presently there are 37 homes listed for sale. Each of these homes has at least 3 beds and 3 baths, the average year built is 2002. The average square footage is 5453SF and typically they average 170 Days on the Market. The list prices average $278.42PSF.

However if you look at the Sold properties over the last 3 months the numbers look like this: Average year built 1999, average price per square foot $210.25 with about 4926SF, 143 Days on the Market.

If your interested let me know.
Cheers, or should I say Fore!

Betina Foreman Realtor-Keller Williams
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Wed Dec 9, 2009
Randy Stevens answered:
OK. So obviously you have a number of agents eager to respond to your request. I, too am an agent, however I am also an investor and have several different strategies for finding homes for my clients.

Anyway, to keep this short, if you try going the traditional route of getting financing through the bank and, because of their strict guidelines, cannot get approved for financing (whether through a REALTOR or not) then we should talk. I can find homes for you in the MLS as well as through other "non-traditional" means.

See my website below for homes that I am offering, most of which you WILL NOT find on MLS. As you can see, most will offer owner financing, however if you want to go the traditional route we can do that too.
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Wed Sep 2, 2009
Donna Goode answered:
Hello Irene,

The appraisal district has used specific homes for comps which they are required to provide if you requested the tax payer packet. If not, it can be difficult to argue the appraisal numbers. However, your agent can provide information to help. One note, the appraisal district wil only consider comparable properties sold through Jan. 2009. If you do not have an agent, I'd be happy to discuss the hearing process and help with your specific situation. I have sold in the Canyon Creek area. ... more
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Mon Aug 24, 2009
Ryan Brown answered:
There was a problem in the data transfer from the listing agent of 4506 Oakmont, which caused it to be listed as 4508. The problem has been addressed and the proper information is now shown for 4508. See the attached link for further details about 4508 Oakmont.

Thank you,
Ryan Brown
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