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Quality of Life in Austin : Real Estate Advice

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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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Wed Sep 9, 2015
Kevin Elliott answered:
I would say Yes. If you are in a comfortable environment at home, you will be able to function much more easily in society.
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Wed Sep 10, 2014
Paul Reddam answered:
No! Buying a home backing to a RR track is not a good idea (unless it is being sold for VERY little) I don't care what runs on it. Sorry, my advice is move on and find a better choice.
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Wed Sep 10, 2014
Paul Reddam answered:
If resale is important to you, yes run the other way. When considering resale - the question you should ask is - will this run off buyers in the future? My opinion is that it will.
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Sat Oct 5, 2013
Susie Kay answered:
Austin and it's surrounding cities are a wonderful place to live with many good schools. What I think you need to consider is your budget, proximity to work, type of home, age of home, in addition to your lifestyle. I know of a really good and knowledgeable realtor serving Austin and it's surrounding cities such as Cedar Park, Round Rock, Lakeway etc. Let me know if you'd like to be connected to her.

Should you decide to look into Dallas area then I'd be happy to assist you. There are plenty of parks for biking and running in the Dallas area.

Take care,
Susie Kay, Realtor®
United Real Estate
III Lincoln Centre, 5430 LBJ Freeway #280
Dallas, TX 78240

Servicing your real estate need is my priority!
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Sun Sep 22, 2013
Claudia Gonzalez answered:
Coming from California you are going to think that everything is a great price. I am selling my house for $314500 and is 4 BEDROOM HOUSE WITH 2.5 BATH, 2480 sq. ft.
FORMAL LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM, WITH GAME AND SEPARATE FAMILY ROOM. MUST SEE THIS HOUSE TO APPRECIATE,.... Please see pictures. Green belt access from back yard. Nice back yard for entertainment.
Claudia Gonzalez 512-288-6770
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Wed May 22, 2013
Did You Knows answered:
Popcorn ceilings became a very fashionable trend soon after its introduction in the 1950s. This method of interior designing became so popular that most households had popcorn ceilings installed by the late 80s. The fact that popcorn ceilings reduced noise levels and were a good method to hide flaws in the ceilings, their popularity grew exponentially.
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Thu Apr 11, 2013
Jeffrey Schnabel answered:

Have it tested. However, in the interim, there are several manufacturers of ceiling tiles that never used asbestos, and state so in their corporate disclosures. Armstrong is one of those that comes to mind. Typically, on the back of the tile, you have the manufacturers name, and part number, although on tiles this old, the ink may be impossible to read.

You may find the link in this answer of help in doing some additional research.

For asbestos testing, you can try these local companies:

Or you can use a national firm and mail it. Testing will range from $50 to $75, local or national.

Stay safe and do not disturb the material in anyway (don't create dust from the tile) until you've had it tested.

Hope this is helpful.

Jeffrey Schnabel
Partner | Broker | Associate
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Thu Apr 11, 2013
William Friedrich answered:
Hi Reba,

While I was working for the City of Houston, I was responsible for obtaining Engineering Test Results for asbestos containing materials in city buildings. I do not recall having seen positive results for ceiling tiles. Having a tile tested for asbestos materials would best answer your question.
There are federal regulations regarding handling and disposal of asbestos containing materials (if found). Your best action at this time would be to have a tile (or several) tested by a reputable firm. Don't depend just on a Contractor.
There are slight variations of the regulations when it comes to you as the Property Owner.
As a Realtor I cannot advise you, except to advise that you obtain creditable testing results.

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Sat Apr 6, 2013
Molly Ironmonger answered:
Austin is full of fun and things to do 365 days a year. Austin is written up to be a great place for singles, but it is also a great place for families. If you are into food, the restaurant scene in Austin is growing. I love introducing people people to Austin and all it has to offer.

Molly Ironmonger
Keller Williams Realty
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Fri Jun 15, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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Fri Oct 14, 2011
Stevie Bear answered:
HI Ann,

Mueller has been a great place for many folks, across many demographics. Their are certain rules & regulations, but the lifestyle suits those that seem to be okay with the rules and regs for the most part, and their are a ton of perks and people pleasers that come with the "Mueller" package, including the "green stamp" taht so many of the buildings - resifdential AND commercial have. Truly a unique community!

Indeed, some of the homes are high in price point, though by law they are required to keep a certain number of homes for a targeted affordable home program, which has been succesful from my understanding. In fact, when you go to tour the homes, aside from the "affordable ones beings somewhat smaller ,and a bit less flashy, you would be unable to tell them form the standard homes, as they are mixed in quite well. The high end homes, well, let's just say they LOOK like high end AND seem to perform that way as well.

I have sold in Mueller, a family , and a couple of young professionals, and they seem to really like it there. There are certainly rentals in the area, and some are former owners. While prices have increased some in the area, I would imagine cash flow or no would depend on downpayment, and what type of financing you are working with, as well as hold time.

There is a new development about to be underway at Mueller - 221 new homes being built, just east of the new Town Center. I wrote about it a couple of days ago on FB & on my blog. Here is the link and If you would like numbers or any further information, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Stevie Bear @ 512-801-2327 or

Stevie Bear
Cardani Group REALTORS
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Sun Aug 7, 2011
Gina answered:
If you're looking to live near 6th street you may need to find a roommate to offset the costs. Apartments can be pretty steep downtown but if you're willing to commute, check out the Lakeline Mall/620 area. They have a lot of apartments available for your price-range if you're wanting to live alone. Hope this helps! ... more
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Sat Feb 26, 2011
Car answered:
Freeways are awful!!! Toll roads are stupid and hard to understand! Hardly anyone uses the toll roads. We were considering Texas.... then saw people driving too crazy. Prop taxes very high... People say "we are real nice here." Why do they say this? Because in reality, they do not want you there....ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE FROM CALIFORNIA. I wil say, if you are going to buy a home from one of these agents who describe Austin as "oh so good" well THEY WANT YOU.... The HEB is one of the worse grocery stores I have ever shopped in!
And, try to look for others!!! OMG. HEB has high prices and not a good variety! NO TRADER JOES, NO VONS,
NO WINCO, NO FOOD 4 LESS.... NO THANKS!!! Plus... our auto insurance was going to triple in Austin area!!
WONDER WHY??? Texas is not that much in the black like they keep announcing...... Amazon just left.
THERE ARE MANY EMPTY HOMES FOR A REASON.... HIGH TAXES, etc... High tuition at colleges as well!
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Sat Oct 2, 2010
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Charla,
You should be able to go to the Austin Police Departments website and look up crime stats by zip code. I think Lakeway is a great place to live and most people love it there. I have always felt safe in this area.
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Mon May 24, 2010
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Nomad,
I have to agree, you need a lawyer not a realtor. We are not qualified to give legal advice, only help you buy or sell a home. I wish you the best of luck!
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Sun May 23, 2010
Austinarchitect answered:
Eanes is the best school district in Austin. However, the houses tend to be really, really awful since the area wasn't significantly developed until the early 80's. There are some nice '50's houses on large lots in Rollingwood/Westlake Hills (seperate municipalities from Austin, but not really noticeable in terms of urban fabric), but they are very expensive. I really like the walkability of the area between 360 and Bee Caves around Walsh Tarleton, from these homes, all three public schools (elementary, middle, high school) are accessible by kids on foot, which is fantastic. If you shop hard, you can usually find a 2000 sf fixer-upper in this area (although rarely with a pool) for about $375K. I'm not sure if that would work for you, but the great thing about houses in this part of Eanes is that they hold their value even in bad markets, and in good ones, they appreciate faster than other areas of the city. ... more
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Thu Apr 22, 2010
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Bill,
I am not sure if your still worried about this issue, but the restrictions are now over. Thank you for being concerned about the issue and doing your part to help austin conserve water.
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Thu Aug 7, 2008
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Nancy,
I am one of the 809 Realtors with Keller Williams in the Southwest Market Center. We have a weekly sales meeting each Tuesday at 9:00am. Please call me and I can give you the details on how to sponsor one of these meetings with breakfast and speak about your services. There are usually about a hundred agents at the meeting. Also we have a monthly magazine that you can place ads in. There are 50,000 copies of magazine which go out to a number of locations throughout Travis county. I can help you with that as well. Send me an email or call me 512-771-6318 and I can send you the forms.
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