It is Time for Termites, Property Tax Protests, & HVACs [[+]] Austin Area Continues to Set Housing Records Despite “Affordability” Growing Pains: Chuck Farr’s April 2021 “Talking Real Estate” ENewslet

Posted by Chuck Farr on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 at 3:32pm.

It is Time for Termites, Property Tax Protests, & HVACs [[+]] Austin Area Continues to Set Housing Records Despite “Affordability” Growing Pains: Chuck Farr’s April 2021 “Talking Real Estate” ENewsletter

 

Spring is here--homeowners, tenants, prospective buyers, and real-estate investors! In the news,the Austin Board of Realtors says that “as Austin experiences growing pains associated with a city transitioning into a large metropolitan area, the Austin-Round Rock MSA continues to set housing records.” (Check the [[“Talking Real Estate” Monthly Enewsletter]] for details!)

Spring Home Maintenance: Springtime has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas, especially for existing property owners. Here are a few items to consider during April:

  •       Termites are tiny subterranean critters that march just below the surface of your yard until they hit wood. Consider having your property inspected for termites if you have not done so in a year or two; perhaps set up an annual plan with a pest control pro. March and April are the annual termite swarming season.
  •       It is property tax assessed-value protest time. During the current COVID-19 situation, it is possible that deadlines will be delayed; check the paperwork from your local tax assessor for details on schedules. You may want to hire a tax-protest consultant (I can refer you to good ones). And here is another reminder that if you bought a home last year and started living there on January 1, 2021, don’t forget to file your homestead exemption at your local county tax office to save money on property taxes.
  •       Get your HVAC serviced. Consider setting up an annual Spring and Fall service contract to protect your investment in energy survival. Keep good records; just as buyers who want to know you changed the oil on your vehicle regularly, some day a buyer may pay more for your house if you have proof that you maintained the HVAC, roof, termite inspections, etc.

Here is the [[Talking Real Estate Enewsletter]] with always-on links to trends in national, regional, and Austin area real-estate market news. You will also see some handy articles about home buying & selling, home maintenance, taxes, and other topics.

In this issue:

  •       Austin Area Continues to Set Housing Records in March—Affordable from the outside looking in, but increasingly unaffordable for those who already call Austin home (latest ABOR report)
  •       Why It's Not Worth it to Pay Points
  •       Do Sellers Have to Do Repairs?
  •       Five Ways to Prevent Weeds
  •       What If There’s No Supply?

If you need more detailed information about the market in your own neighborhood or home, just let me know. I'm just a call, text, direct message, or email away and happy to give you a free comparative market analysis of your home and neighborhood.

View your current [[Talking Real Estate Enewsletter]] to see what's happening in your local market now.

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