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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 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 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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Sat May 21, 2016
Grownuppunk answered:
A craftsman style home for under 170K in Austin? Dream on.
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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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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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Tue Aug 11, 2015
Russell Spillers answered:
I own a 3/2 in 78758, near St. David's north. The lease is set to expire November 1st. If that time frame works for you and your budget can afford market rents then you should contact me. I can't guarantee you will be the right fit but I am willing to entertain the idea. ... more
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Fri Aug 7, 2015
Jonathan Greenlee answered:
To be a little bit more helpful - Try RedBeacon, Yelp, Craigslist - a variety of sources.
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Fri May 29, 2015
Jackson Willis answered:
I think this really has to be something you decide for yourself. If you'll be in the house for a while there's a good chance that anything you do now won't have a huge impact on the sale when you decide to sell. I would say adding a bathroom would help you the most in a long-term sense. If you'll be there for a while and don't need another bathroom though, you can worry about that later. Really your first priority should be something that you will like and will make your life easier.
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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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Wed Apr 1, 2015
I just realized that perhaps you used Google Translate or a different translating software and your question got jumbled. What language do you speak? I can probably help as my team and I speak many languages including Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, etc. Perhaps you can email me in your native language? My email is Joe

Joe Jarusinsky, REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Call 512-261-4415 (Office) or 512-497-0105 (Cell)
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Fri Mar 27, 2015
Marilyn Glendenning answered:
I own a small property management company in Austin and would be happy to help. It's good to know that finding a quality tenant is important to you. We run full background reports on all applicants. Call me at 5125650911 to discuss. Marilyn ... more
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Tue Mar 17, 2015
Jim Morelli answered:
Report it. There is a huge problem with dishonest people stealing the photos from other sites then posting them on Trulia. Flag it before someone gets ripped off!
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