These are some resources that clients of mine have found helpful in the past. Please feel free to get in touch with me directly if you have questions about anything I’ve shared.
People are always asking me a) how bad these flips were when we bought them and b) what it costs to do certain types of updates and repairs. So here it is. My hope is that sharing this will be helpful to those of you who are budgeting for a flip or just wanting to update your home. I can say this: this project was a lot of fun…but a lot of hard work with a couple unpleasant suprises. Although the house had a lot of potential, it also had...read more
As Vice President of the Windsor Park Neighborhood Association, I can say with all confidence that getting involved in your local neighborhood association is not only a great way to contribute to the good of your own community, it can also be a LOT of fun! Check out the WPNA Co-Ed Synchronized Swim Team performing at the Grand Opening of the Bartholomew Pool here. What started as a joke at an executive committee meeting became something...read more
Navigating the ins and outs of the borrowing world can be seriously overwhelming for buyers–particularly if it’s your first time. My broker wrote up this amazingly helpful post for first-time home buyers, so I thought I would share it…. The only advice I would add to it would be to get pre-approved early and often (as in, don’t let months go by without checking to make sure that–once you get one–your...read more
Let’s face it. Selling a home can be stressful. You have to spiff the place up, find a good agent, decide on a price, and put up with a lot of visits, haggling, and phone calls. And, as if all of that is not exhausting enough, you then have to wait for the offers to roll in. In the mean time you have to plan for your impending move/next purchase without knowing when exactly you’ll even unload your current abode and therefore have the...read more
Commonly Asked Question: We finally found our dream home. Unfortunately, the inspection revealed that the foundation has shifted. Should we walk away? This is a question that comes up a lot around Austin, particularly on the East Side. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or whether you’re a seasoned investor, it is natural that foundation issues are going to give you pause—as well they should. (As an aside: I myself just...read more
So you’ve done it. After months of searching for that perfect home and perhaps seeing a few offers get turned down, your offer has been accepted and, at long last, you are finally under contract for the perfect home-to-be. Congratulations! This is a momentous occasion, and you certainly have something to celebrate. But you’re not quite at the closing table yet. Between now and the moment you sign on that dotted line and your agent...read more
If this is your first time buying or selling (or even it it’s not) you are inevitably going to come up against a plethora of acronyms. Whereas most agents strive for clarity when communicating with our clients, sometimes we can’t help but speak in what may seem like code. As my broker (also known as Yoda around the agency) says, “I know how people just hate the way we “market talk”…i always hated that in...read more