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Wed Dec 13, 2017
Austin realty junkie answered:
It's not one of the popular neighborhoods in Austin but we like it. My husband and I could pay for a much smaller home in central Austin but really like the space we can get in this neighborhood. We moved here in 2007 and then moved down the street in the same neighborhood to a bigger home a few years later. Harris Branch has really improved and our house has already appreciated almost $100,000 in 2 years. The landfill is the main reason that people steer away from this neighborhood but it really does not bother us. They already closed one of them down and the other will be permanently closed in a few years. The foundation does shift here but we found that this was less of an issue with older homes. We had engineers check out our foundation, and they said the shifting is normal and fine. If your home is newer, you need to water the foundation. Overall, this neighborhood is diverse and a hidden affordable gem. ... more
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Mon Dec 4, 2017
Rhianon Cote answered:
Round Rock (North suburb of Austin) has some of the lowest tax rates so that could save you extra money in the monthly payments. Leander (North West Suburb) has some of the highest rated schools and much cheaper/newer than North Austin. Manor ( East Suburb) is up and coming! SO MUCH has been built out there, it much more attractive to renters.
Multi Family Properties are something to think about, think DUPLEXES.
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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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Thu Oct 5, 2017
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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 Aug 8, 2017
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Tue Apr 4, 2017
Jessica H answered:
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Tue Dec 13, 2016
Lee answered:
In Austin's city is moderately hard at 6-8 grains per gallon. But in the Austin Colony area the water is catastrophically hard at around 20 grains per gallon. If you are within that area, you will definitely need to take some preventive measures to deal with limestone issues in your property water system. I solved my problem with a German made electronic anti-scaler. Water in Round Rock TX has a hardness of 11 grains per gallon average, which is considered hard according to USGS standards. Hard water scale in pipes will surely occur in the long run, but problems with your sprinkler valves due to calcium scale are absolutely common in this area mainly because of high evaporation in the outdoor summer heat. Hard water will also cause common ice maker and dish washer related issues. I always say preventive maintenance is an owners choice. I personally dislike dealing with calcium deposits around my faucets, showers and sinks, but above all, the thing I dislike the most is the slippery feeling in your body, after taking a hard earned shower, at the end of the day with softened water. Its like washing yourself with sea water. The sodium added to the water just wont allow proper soap rinsing and you never get to feel really clean. My house came with a huge Salt Water Softener, with two big tanks that took a lot of space in my garage which is not huge. After a long research, I decided to replace our salt softener with a Vulcan-Texas Anti-Scaler from Techno Mechanical Solutions in Austin. An affordable and eco-friendly way to prevent hard water issues without using salts. I was able to do the installation myself over the old softener pipes. The Vulcan requires no maintenance, just install and forget about it. No more salt buying trips to Lowes and carrying those back breaking bags. No more slippery feeling after taking a shower. No more calcium buildup around my fixtures or sprinkler valves. Water treated with Vulcan is safe for garden irrigation, your sprinkler system may also be protected. Vulcan dismantles prior limestone accumulations. Any pipe material may be treated up to 20 inches in diameter. The maintenance free Vulcan is very compact and sits of top of your pipe, saving all garage floor space for your favorite toys. Great for eliminating water lines and improve filtration in pools and spas. German engineering with 10 year warranty. Treatment for a normal size house with up to 1 1/2 inch pipe around $1000. Vulcan-Texas is space saver, effective, simple and affordable. Forgot to mention, my morning coffee tastes better without salt. ... more
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Thu Nov 3, 2016
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Thu Aug 4, 2016
Stain_key_hensley answered:
It's so cool! One time when I was walking; I saw a pecan actually fall from a tree; bounce off of a car; a real car that used gas; wow, the pollution is so severe. It then rolled into the drain. The pecan, not the car. ... more
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Tue Aug 2, 2016
Kentshermanpetty answered:
Charlie. You're worry is validated. No tee sheet at the "oaks". Barton creek has too many members and guests. Not even a comparison. The real debate is Austin CC and live in Davenport ranch or terry town. Or live behind the gates at Spanish Oaks. That's a fair comparison. ... more
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Sat May 21, 2016
Grownuppunk answered:
A craftsman style home for under 170K in Austin? Dream on.
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Sat Apr 9, 2016
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Mon Feb 29, 2016
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Tue Feb 9, 2016
vivianne dordea answered:
Hello, Greg,

Since I work a lot with relocation clients, I can definitely help you as well. I know where you can find the home in your price range that meets all your criteria, or as closely as possible. I know it is a daunting experience for a first time homebuyer, but with an experienced agent like me, you will have all the help you need. I will answer all your questions and be at your side every step of the transaction process. Yes, I can recommend a few mortgage brokers who have helped many of my previous clients.

In your price range you can buy a new or newer home, you don't have to buy a fixer upper that requires a lot of work or deal with issues that are prevalent in older homes like lead, asbestos or mold.

Please feel free to contact me and we can talk in more detail. I can send you listings of homes in your price range (even though it is a long time till fall) to give you an idea of what your money can buy.

Vivianne Dordea, Realtor
Sierra Homes Realty
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Sun Jan 10, 2016
vivianne dordea answered:
Hello, Christine,

Austin is a great city with many wonderful neighborhoods with good schools. Of course, it depends on your budget since some areas are more expensive than others. Are you planning to rent or buy a home? I would be glad to help you whether you buy or rent. Some surrounding cities, like Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock have great schools and family oriented neighborhoods.

Where are you coming from? I moved from Europe as well 30 years ago and I love it here.

Contact me if you would like my help with finding the right home in the right area.


Vivianne Dordea, Realtor GRI
Sierra Homes Realty
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Sat Jan 9, 2016
vivianne dordea answered:

I can help with finding the right neighborhood for your family. There are many nice, family oriented areas in Austin and surroundings. It would be too early to start looking now if you move in the summer. However, if you want to get an idea of what you can get depending on budget, email me and I will send you some listings that meet your criteria to give a heads up. Whether you rent or buy, I can help.

Vivianne Dordda, Realtor
Sierra Homes Realty
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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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