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Thursday, April 1, 2021   /   by Troy Schlicker

Can I Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent?

The real estate market today is one of the fastest-moving in recent memory. With inventory at record-lows and prices at record-highs in Austin, we’re seeing multiple offers and bidding wars for homes in the most sought-after neighborhoods. This has led some home owners to question the need for an agent. After all, why spend money on a listing agent when it seems that you can stick a For Sale sign in the yard then watch the offers pour in?
Occasionally, buyers believe they’d be better off purchasing a property without an agent. They believe proceeding without a buyer’s agent may be a competitive edge and a good way to stand out from the competition. It may even score them a discount since the seller pays the buyer agent’s commission. Wouldn’t a do-it-yourself purchase sweeten the offer?
We all like to save money. However, when it comes to your largest financial asset, forgoing professional representation may not always be in your best interest. Find out ...

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Friday, March 5, 2021   /   by Troy Schlicker

Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?

Over the last year our economy has seen a lot of fluctuation in many different areas. At the same time the housing market has remained robust nationwide and especially here in Austin, TX. Can we expect the good time to continue?
In March when cities and states began pandemic related shutdowns, real estate brokers and clients took an initial pause and then scrambled to respond to the changing landscape. Record-low interest rates caused historic mortgage activity leaving some lenders to halt new underwriting, and many homeowners had to consider whether they wanted to put their home on the market. The initial days of uncertainty soon ushered in a period of unprecedented demand in the local Austin real estate market as well as nationally. We ended the year with the average home price up 11.6% to over $450,000 in Austin and the days on market cut in half.
As we approach the spring market which is typically the busiest time for housing activity, you may question whether the good times wi. ...

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Monday, February 1, 2021   /   by Troy Schlicker

5 Inspiring Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2021

We’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year. And for many of us, our homes have become our office, our classroom, our gym—and most importantly, our safe haven during times of uncertainty. So it’s no surprise to see that design trends for 2021 revolve around soothing color palettes, cozy character, and quiet retreats.
Even if you don’t have immediate plans to buy or sell your home, we advise our clients to be mindful of modern design preferences when planning a remodel or even redecorating. Over-personalized or unpopular renovations could lower your property’s value. And selecting out-of-style fixtures and finishes could cause your home to feel dated quickly.
To help inspire your design projects this year, we’ve rounded up five of the hottest trends. Keep in mind, not all of these will work well in every house. If you plan to buy, list, or renovate your property, give us a call. We can help you realize your vision and maximize the i ...

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Saturday, January 2, 2021   /   by Troy Schlicker

New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put

The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their goals, from health and career to relationships and finance. But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and a tight housing inventory, the time is right to also make some homeownership resolutions for 2021.
Home buyers, is this the year you work to improve your credit score, pay down some debt, or save for a down payment?
Home sellers, we’ve laid out plans for you to get top dollar for your property, including timing your home sale, making your property stand out from the crowd, and investing in your extra living space.
And even if you’re staying put for awhile, homeowners, you can resolve to improve your status quo by evaluating your home budget, finalizing your home maintenance schedule, or maybe investing in a second property.
So no matter your homeownership status, we’ve got some ideas and advice for you to make this year your best one yet. Read ...

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Monday, December 7, 2020   /   by Troy Schlicker

10 Ways to Give Back to Our Local Community This Holiday Season

This year has demonstrated, perhaps more than ever, the importance of our family, friends, neighbors, and community. It truly “takes a village” to keep a community functioning effectively, whether that’s by keeping our waterways clean, feeding the hungry, teaching our kids, or supporting small businesses.
With the holidays right around the corner, December offers the perfect opportunity to give back to the place we call home. You might want to focus your efforts near home, expand to our larger community, or even help support the people closest to you. Whether you’re passionate about a particular cause or just want to get more involved in general, let these 10 ways, both big and small, inspire you to do good in your town.
1. Attract local wildlife. By making your neighborhood more wildlife friendly, you’re helping to create a balanced and healthy ecosystem. Plus, many of the animals you can attract help with pest control and pollin ...

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