November 2019

Found 7 blog entries for November 2019.

November is time for Gutters, Leaves, Lawns, Gardens & HVACs: Chuck Farr’s November 2019 “Talking Real Estate” eNewsletter

Happy Thanksgiving, sports fans, homeowners, tenants, prospective buyers, and real-estate investors. This month’s homeowner task list is the same as October, but the enewsletter for November has some great new articles. Before you check the “Talking Real Estate” monthly enewsletter, Fall is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas. Here are a few items to consider during November:

  •       Outdoor Tasks:

o   Plant and fertilize. Fall is a great time to lay down some good fertilizer on the lawn, plant trees, bushes, and perennials; they will thank you for not planting them in the blaze of summer.

142 Views, 0 Comments

HOMEBUYERS’ ADVICE | Is It Time To Buy a Vacation Home?

You may be feeling fairly flush these days, with a bigger salary, job security, appreciating homestead and other wise investments. Now might be the right time for you to buy a vacation home.

According to the 2019 U.S. Vacation Home Counties Report compiled by the National Association of REALTORS, the median price of vacation homes between 2013 and 2018 appreciated 36% compared to existing and new homes at 31%.

Like many vacation home buyers, you may be thinking of a great family getaway, but you can also use a second home as an additional way to build equity. You can lease it for income, and then use the property as your primary residence upon retirement.

Banks have stiffer qualifying

67 Views, 0 Comments

HOMEBUYERS’ ADVICE | “Flaneur” the Way To Your Next Home

Have you ever taken the time to stroll the marketplace in your neighborhood or the city simply for the pleasure of observation? Then you might be what the French call a “flaneur.”  The flaneur was first described in the writings of 19th-century poet Charles Baudelaire as one who casually wanders, watches and chronicles the street life they observe. You could try the concept to help you find your next home.

You can wander neighborhoods you’re interested in by car, bus or train, but you can do so much more effectively by foot. Start at places with lots of activities, like shopping centers, business districts or city parks. Try to have no other agenda except to meander and let the sights, sounds,

53 Views, 0 Comments

GUIDE INCLUDES:

Source:  Austin Title

Buyers:

  • 6 Home-Buying Tips for the Current Market
  • House Hunters Checklist
  • Property Score Card
  • Five Tips Every Aspiring Homeowner Needs to Know
  • Tax Benefits of Home Ownership
  • Home Design Trends

Sellers:

  • Why You Should Sell Your Home
  • 51 Home Sale Tips
  • Preparing Your Home For Sale
  • Showing Your Home
  • 9 Tips For Selling A Home When You Have Kids
  • 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Open House

For Both:

  • Pre-Closing Checklists
  • Post-Closing Reminders
  • Moving Checklist

Austin Title | Buyers & Sellers Guide

125 Views, 0 Comments

FINANCIAL ADVICE | How to Challenge Higher Property Taxes

According to the National Taxpayers Union, between 30% and 60% of taxable property in the United States is over-assessed, yet less than 5% of homeowners appeal their assessments.

Your2020 tax assessment will outline county, city and school taxes, as well as special assessments. Look online or call the assessor’s office for a list of factors used to evaluate properties and render assessments, including time frames. Compare them to your bill and make sure your square footage, lot size, number of bedrooms and baths are listed correctly.

If you can’t find the assessment rate on your statement, call the taxing authority and ask what the assessment rate is for your home’s location. There should

59 Views, 0 Comments

The City of Manor Strives to promote Community spirit through the preservation of our unique character and heritage while fostering a dynamic economic environment. In the past decade, the population of the city of Manor has grown more than 500 percent. Like other suburbs in Central Texas, many newcomers move there from Austin – pushed out by rising housing costs.

 

Living in Manor

The City of Manor is situated approximately 12 miles east of Austin on U.S. Highway 290, which links much of Central Texas to Houston. Over the next decade, Manor is poised to see explosive growth as its proximity to Austin, its affordable land, and its location at an interchange of the SH130 toll-road set the stage for this growth. Many new subdivisions offer a

92 Views, 0 Comments

HOMEBUYERS’ ADVICE | Loving the Ranch-style Home

All housing reflects the culture and the economics of their day, and the ranch-style home of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s is a symbol of post-World War II prosperity and an icon of the space age.

The mid-century saw the first real sprawl in communities away from town centers, made accessible by the increasingly affordable family car aided by President Eisenhower’s new highways. Land was plentiful, so most of these single-story or split-level homes are situated on comparatively large lots, with kid-friendly front and back yards.

These homes were designed as machines for living, with streamlined designs of the space age. Ranch homes were easy and quick to build, and a snap to remodel, as most

47 Views, 0 Comments