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Barton Hills : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Mar 30, 2013
Mohammad Ali Mahar, I looked at this ad and made a couple of phone calls and it seems like it is an error. According to my sources, Gehan Homes is not building this home and 78704/Barton Hills. I believe this is one of their elevations that is available in a couple of their communities, but not in Central Austin. After the Easter holiday tomorrow I would be happy to check and verify for sure on Monday, but the people I spoke to seem to believe this ad is erroneous. Unfortunately that is the case with a lot of Internet advertising.

Whether you are looking for a brand-new home like this one, or a re-sale home in the 78704 ZIP Code, or any other area for that matter, I would be more than happy to assist you in finding just the right home at just the right price! I represent buyers like you on a regular basis and do not charge anything for my extensive services! I have many, many years experience not only as a top Realtor and Negotiator, but also working with and for new home builders. I also own a new home construction company so I know the business from all angles.

If you are going to buy a brand-new home from a new home builder, remember that you really should have a Realtor representing you. The sales people on site that work for the new home builders are trying to get the best and highest price possible for their employers, not get you the lowest price, no matter how much they smile and seem to be on your side. Their job is specifically to get sell as many homes as possible for as high a price as they can, and give you as little discount and Upgrades as possible. Just like a sales person that works at a car dealership. Also, the new homebuilders typically have partnered up with a lender and their job is to get you a loan with the best interest rate and terms for them, not you. As your representative, I will fight hard to get you the lowest price on the home, the most upgrades and biggest discount as possible, and also assist you with the financing aspect of the transaction. I have saved my clients thousands and thousands of dollars in each and every case. Also, most people do not realize that the buyers agent commission is already built into the cost of the home as a marketing expense, and is not given back to a buyer who does not come in with a Realtor. That is a very common misconception by the public that if they go in alone without a Realtor, the 3+/-% will be given back to them in some way shape or form. Honestly, that is just NOT the case.

If you're not working with a Realtor and would like some excellent, free representation and assistance not only with finding the right home, but getting the best price, loan, etc., feel free to contact me and I will do all I can to assist you. I work hard seven days a week for my clients and am confident you will be very satisfied with my services!

Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012) Call 512-261-4415
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Mon Feb 4, 2013
Betina Foreman answered:
If your a tenant the owner pays your realtor/apartment locator. So it should cost you nothing but the time to go look with your Realtor. If your a landlord looking for a tenant the fees vary from Realtor to Realtor. You should call a few and simply ask what they charge. ... more
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Tue Jul 10, 2012
Apartmentninjas answered:
Yes. Commission rates change daily. The majority of apartments in/around central Austin pay low commissions as is opposed to other major Texas metro markets. As of today, apartments in the Barton Hills area of Austin are offering locators either 50% commission or a flat fee of $500 for referring renters, which isn't bad. ... more
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Sun Apr 22, 2012
Betina Foreman answered:
Please know the Barton Hills area is actually comprised of several smaller neighborhoods.
Is the property actually IN Barton HIlls, or could it be: Horseshoe Bend, Lund, Stenger A.D., West Park, Stewart Raymond, Timberline, Barton Skyline Garden, Hill HP, Barton Heights, just to name a few.
This area was initially developed in the 1940's before HOA's became so prevalent. Typically the further south you go the newer the homes are. However over the last 5-15 years developers have been buying older homes tearing them down and creating denser "infill". This means a 1950's home on a .25 acre lot could end up being two or three condo style homes on that same lot. There are a number of newer homes sprinkled into these established and well loved neighborhoods. If you need help I would be happy to assist you as 78704 AKA Austin's "hip zip" is one of my prefered areas to work as I lived here for many years. Our office is just up Lamar Blvd. at 1601 West 6th Street in Austin Texas 78703.


Betina Foreman- Realtor, C.N.E.
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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 May 5, 2008
Brenda Starr answered:
Hi Tim,

You picked a great city! Congratulations on your decision. Regarding your question about areas...78751 is a great area, close to UT, downtown and the South Austin nightlife. 78704 is the very desirable South Austin area...both being really hot and convenient, both being very good income-producing areas. I work with investors, as well as owner-occupied and am more than happy to help with your real estate acquisition. You can call my cell anytime or send me an email. I can also email you properties to check out and gather more information on the ones you like best. I look forward to hearing from you and have a great day. ... more
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