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In The News

  

  • USDA invests over $36M for high-speed internet in rural Texas

   

  • Austin-area office rental rates increasing as vacancies decrease

   

  • Texas records nation's largest job gains in June

   

  • Texas sales tax holiday on school supplies planned for Aug. 5-7

  

 

Events This Week

Zilker Theater Productions presents Newsies, The Musical at the Zilker Hillside Theater Thursday-Sunday August 4th-7th at 8:15 pm. Based on the real- life Newsboy strike of 1899. Admission is free. Learn more: Summer 2022! – Zilker Theatre Productions

 

 

The Round Rock Public Library will be hosting a Splash Mob fountain fun event on Monday,

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Everyone recognizes that this is a difficult housing market for homebuyers. With inventory shortages and low interest rates, buyers have seen a face-paced market with strong growth in home prices. As interest rates begin to rise, the pressure for buyers to settle on a new home and lock in their rate is even stronger.

With so many buyers vying for the same property, it’s important to write the best offer right up front. Here are 5 tips to help you write a strong offer.

  1. Show Financial Strength – You already know you need a preapproval letter but ask your lender to include an explanation about how they qualified you, bank statements, tax records, underwriting review.
  2.  Include a Proof of Funds Letter – Ask your lender to include a letter which
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Buying or selling a home can be a stressful situation. When you are having issues with your agent, it can become untenable. The most common complaint from clients is that their agent does not communicate with them enough and aren’t responsive to their needs. While all relationships can have differences, how do you know if it’s time to fire your real estate agent?

If the relationship has reached the point where it’s unproductive, it’s typically better for both parties to terminate the agreement. If you find yourself dreading a conversation with your agent or if you complain about them to others, then you are wasting valuable time by trying to salvage the relationship and it may be time to move on.

Firing a real estate agent is not as simple as it

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As the seller’s market continues to thrive across the country, sellers are wondering how to choose the right offer. The frantic pace of the real estate market has resulted in multiple offers on desirable properties. While this may seem like a great problem for sellers to face, how do they know that the buyer they choose can close on the home? Many times, sellers make quick decisions and hope for the best, even as home prices continue to climb.

This is where a kick-out clause can help.

A kick-out clause allows a seller to continue to market the home for sale after accepting a buyer’s offer with contingencies. It also outlines the conditions under which a seller can cancel, or kick-out, the contract if they get a better offer

Most real

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July is Time for Yards, Watering, and HEAT Management [[+]] Austin Area Real Estate Market Begins Return to Pre-Pandemic Activity: Chuck Farr’s July 2022 “Talking Real Estate” ENewsletter

 

Hello again, homeowners, tenants, prospective buyers, and real-estate investors! In the news,the Austin Board of Realtors says that in June, “residential home sales declined 20.3% year over year to 3,441 closed sales as the median price rose 13%, setting a record of $537,475 for the month of June. Sales dollar volume dropped 9.9% to $2,301,865,479 while new listings jumped 19.6% to 6,160 listings. The number of homes on the market skyrocketed 217.8% to 7,090 active listings, causing housing inventory to jump to 2.1 months of inventory, up 1.5 months from last

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In 2020, Americans spent $420 billion remodeling their homes, according to a new report by The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI.) They remodeled to upgrade outdated worn-out surfaces, finishes and materials (30%), add features and improve livability (20%), and just enjoy a change (16%.)   While most consumers (83% of those surveyed) said they would have remodeled regardless of the pandemic, most found that they were happy with the results (57%), satisfied (39%), and felt a sense of accomplishment (69%).  

Homeowners reported that the best results from remodeling were better functionality and livability (35%), durability (22%), and beauty (14%). A whopping 84% of homeowners said

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Do you need a home inspection when you buy a condominium or a co-op? According to BrickUnderground.com, home inspections are common for single-family homes, but they’re also increasingly being requested by urban homebuyers of condos and co-ops. Condo and co-op owners share common spaces such as elevators, lobbies, parking, and grounds, but where they differ is who’s responsible for maintenance and what the inspection can cover.   

Condos are privately-owned units within a community of other privately-owned units, explains Bankrate.com. Owners share common areas, but inside their apartments, they own the air space and interior walls of their units plus the structural components of the exterior walls. Condos are managed by a homeowner’s association

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If you’re a homebuyer without a home to buy, the ongoing housing shortage is making housing to buy less affordable by the day. Certain factors should change with time, which should provide you with a better chance to buy a home in mid-to-late 2022.

One factor that helped fuel the current housing market boom was record low interest rates. According to the latest weekly Mortgage Bankers Association survey, the average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) under $647,200 was 5.20% with 0.63 points. That’s a quick rise from the record low recorded by Freddie Mac in December 2020 of 2.68% for the same FRM loan.  As a borrower you could ask your lender about a hybrid mortgage that gives you a lower adjustable rate for a fixed

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Buying a home can be a financial stretch. With soaring home values and rising interest rates, many potential first time home buyers find saving for a down payment increasingly difficult. For many people, the main source of savings is in the form of a 401k and tapping into this resource for a home purchase is one way to find the down payment necessary to finance a new home; but should you use your 401k to buy a home? Experts are conflicted.

A 401k is a retirement savings plan offered by employers which takes pre-tax earnings and deposits it into an investment account for use in retirement. The money in a 401k account can be accessed by either taking out a loan against the balance or by a straight withdrawal. A withdrawal before the age of 59.5 is

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According to EyeonHousing.com, half of owner-occupied homes were built before 1980. That could be just one of many reasons why many homebuyers and homeowners are going more “retro” in their decorating styles. Retro pieces of furniture, art, and accessories, whether antique, reproduction or derivative, can bring unique personality to any home.

TheSpruce.com explains that home décor has always mixed the old with the new. Retro is widely thought to mean Mid-century design, but it can also include nods from other eras, including Art Deco and Modernism from the 1920s to the 1940s. Both post-war, these modernistic motifs reflect large lifestyle changes, and are based in the joys of progress and optimism for the future.

Art Deco décor: The 1920s was a

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