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Mon Feb 4, 2013
Kristee Leonard answered:
This is determined by months of inventory. 6 months is a balanced market. Less than 6 months is a seller's market and more than 6 months is a buyer's market. According to ABOR, November 2012 had 3 months of inventory which is indicative of a seller's market. The market also featured eight percent more new listings, 20 percent fewer active listings and 19 percent more pending sales in November 2012 compared to the prior year. On average, homes spent 67 days on the market, which is a decrease of 16 days from one year prior.

Sincerely,

Kristee Leonard, Broker
The Leaders Realty, LLC
512-695-5144 Cell
kristee@theleadersrealty.com
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Tue May 21, 2013
Ronald Cullinan answered:
Victor, the only way to answer that question is to say "it depends." It depends on what is available on the market that fits your needs, vs what you would want to build and who you chose for your builder. The range of $/per square foot price depends on the following: Builder you choose, what their "basic" charges are and upgrades you must have in the home, over and above what they present to you in their basic plans.

I have quite a bit of experience with many builders in the area, and would love to help you make the kind of informed decisions you appear to be contemplating.

Please contact me to discuss all your options, and let's see what is best for you and your lady friend.

Ron Cullinan
Avalar Austin
GRI, CRS, ABR, CLHMS, e-Pro
512-799-3239
austin_realtor@earthlink.net
www.austinonlinehomes.com
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Sat Jan 19, 2013
Alan May answered:
You can pitch the idea to any agent you like, and if they're agreeable.. then yes, you can have your decreasing commission.
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Sun Aug 23, 2015
Bill Austin answered:
Crigsby,
Yes to some degree. Right now there I a shbortage of homes and builders are not making the discounts people think thbey should get or have a friend tell them about from months or years past. I'd be happy to assist you as your Realtor.
Bill
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Wed Jan 9, 2013
Ernie Hatton answered:
Upstairs. Between bedrooms and across from loft/ living space. Enclosed with a high end finish out.
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Mon Feb 4, 2013
John Crowe answered:
Try Jay Corder. Creative guy, excellent resource.
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Sun Jan 27, 2013
Dallas Texas answered:
No professional can render any opinion UNLESS entire agreement is reviewed.

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972-699-9111
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Mon Jan 7, 2013
Bill Austin answered:
Mandujano,
It is impossible to predict the future of home prices. In Austin however there is a shortage of homes right now. I see no reason to think the home values will drop. New homes have great advantages over older homes. The energy efficiency alone can make them a good value. I just advised and helped my daughter put a contract on a new build home.

I'd be happy to assist you too. As you agent I work for you but the seller pays my fees. Free is a pretty good price for professional guidance. The "sales associate" or "sellers agent" works in the interest of the seller NOT YOU. Their job is to get the seller the most money out of you as they can, that's all. No matter how nice they are and how big they smile at you.
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Sat Feb 9, 2013
David Drayer answered:
I think you're asking where are some more Liberal areas of Austin. You should consider the S. Congress area or 78704 zip or almost anywhere south of the River.
Cheers!
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Sun Jan 6, 2013
Bill Austin answered:
Kristn,
Finding a home that you feel safe in is important. Visit the Austin Police department website for statistics. I'd be happy to help you find a great home that meets your criteria and price. Overall Austin is a great place to live.
Bill 512-709-6343
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Thu Jan 3, 2013
Anna Culina answered:
Melissa,

If you'd like information about crime in a certain area, you can check out this site http://spotcrime.com. If you'd like to get detailed information on schools, this the best site http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2011/index.html. I'd be more than happy to give you more information.

Anna Culina
REALTOR®
512.266.9022
www.AustinLakeHomeProperty.com
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Thu Jan 17, 2013
Sal Zuniga answered:
Hello Melissa,

Congratulations on your move to the great city of Austin! Central Austin is a great place to live with it's rich architectural history, great schools and the best Austin has to offer just minutes away. I have helped several clients find their dream homes in this part of town and I know the area well. I think that what you are looking for and with your budget, you should have several options. I would love the oportunity to help you and your family make the move to Austin as enjoyable and stress free as possible. Please call me or email me with your information so I can set you up on a free market watch which will allow you to see everything that is available.

Sal Zuniga
Realtor
512-698-4800
Szuniga@gretx.com
AustinHouseReport.com/SalZuniga
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Fri Jan 11, 2013
Kimberley Sherman answered:
Hi Lars,

Very exciting that you're relocating to Austin! There are many neighborhoods that are wonderful areas within a 30 minute drive to downtown. The biggest question is... what are you expecting to pay in rent? The SW area is extremely tight right now both for leases and sales. Everyone wants to live in SW Austin because of the close proximity to downtown, affordable home prices and fantastic schools. Let me know what price range you're hoping to stay in and I'll pull what's available and make recommendations.

Also, send me an email at ksherman@residentrealty.com and I'll send you my digital relocation guide that is full of great information on Austin.

Happy New Year!
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Sun Dec 30, 2012
Israel Gutierrez answered:
Joseph, The answer to your question depends on the type of job you will be looking for and the budget range you are shopping in. Lease rates are high and mortgage rates are really low, so those are two things to weigh carefully when making a decision. I'd be happy to discuss your options at your leisure. You can reach me at (512) 299-3809 or israel@austinhomeshop.com. Thank You!

Israel Gutierrez
Realtor®/Broker Associate
Realty Austin
512-299-3809
israel@austinhomeshop.com
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Sun Dec 30, 2012
Sal Zuniga answered:
Hello,

That is a great idea. Please call me so we can further discuss this. I have ample experience working with investors like yourself.

Sal Zuniga
Szuniga@gretx.com
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Tue Mar 18, 2014
Steven Nusinow answered:
The rental market in Austin is very strong. If your rental agent is working hard, you should have hardly any vacancy.

I have some ideas on the best return(depending on budget) Please feel free to contact me anytime.

Steven Nusinow
(512)922-7588
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Fri Dec 20, 2013
Michelle Adams answered:
Hi Rene,

Good question! The quick answer is yes, you would pay taxes on the tax appraised value. You can look up tax appraisals by address here http://www.traviscad.org/

Please let me know if you would like additional information about foreclosures, I have 8 years experience buying and selling foreclosed homes in and around Austin.

Thank you,
Michelle Adams,
REALTOR® GRI, CNE
Real Estate Consultant
Ultima Real Estate
512.574.2969 cell | 512.812.4412 fax | 512.22CONDO Office
www.UltimaAustin.com
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Sun Nov 16, 2014
Perry Henderson answered:
That's really hard to say. Some areas have more new homes in Austin but tend to be farther away from downtown. The downtown area has fewer new homes but tends to command a higher rent, lower vacancy and premium renters, something I would take over a home farther away from downtown. ... more
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Thu Dec 20, 2012
Ronald Cullinan answered:
Not necessarily. It would depend entirely on the severity of the foundation problem.

If it is severe, a Professional Engineer should be hired to assess the situation and recommend a proper course of treatment. If it is like most typical foundation problems around here, one only need to hire a reputable foundation repair company to assess it and a course of action to remediate the problem.
Then, armed with cost estimates, the buyer is in a position to ask for price concessions or even having it repaired prior to closing.
The advantage of having a foundation repaired, is that most companies give a gaurantee against future problems and it is usually transferrable when the party sells the house, which is a strong selling feature

.Ron Cullinan
Avalar Austin
GRI, CRS, ABR, CLHMS, e-Pro
512-799-3239
austin_realtor@earthlink.net
www.austinonlinehomes.com
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Wed Dec 5, 2012
Ashley Brinkman answered:
Read your contract (there is a Tx contract, but usually an addendum to that contract the bank has of its own), but it does usually say ON OR BEFORE.
Now, if the lenders do not have your documents ready by then--AND if they can't find someone who actually will be open/working on Christmas day, guess they won't be closing Dec 25.
I haven't ever really heard of that happening-especially on a day when title co offices and banks are closed.

Good luck!
Ashley Brinkman
www.AshleyBrinkman.com
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