Hello again, home owners, tenants, prospective buyers, farmers, ranchers, and real-estate moguls. Spring begins on March 20, and the 2019 Property Tax Protest season is just ahead (and I can help you get started preparing now). Here is another reminder that if you bought a home last year and started living there on January 1, 2019, don’t forget to file your homestead exemption at your local county tax office to save money on property taxes. Before you check the all-new-and-improved “Talking Real Estate” monthly enewsletter, Winter is almost over and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas, especially for existing property owners. Here are a few items to consider during Winter months (Spring checklist coming in April!):
- Outdoor Tasks:
o If you are considering doing some big jobs, like external painting or roofing repair/replacement, remember that this is the slow season for many contractors, and you may get a better price and quicker scheduling now.
o Clean gutters and downspouts if you did not in the Fall. Call your gutter company to get those gutters cleaned and inspected. Your workers should also inspect the roof for any loose or broken tiles.
- Indoor Tasks:
o Have furnace professionally inspected if you did not in the Fall; make sure they check for carbon monoxide leaks. Remember to change out your indoor HVAC filters on a regular schedule.
o Dryer vents: Clothes dryers cause 2,900 fires a year, so have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned annually by an HVAC specialist who specializes in ductwork or dryer vents.
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:
- Chuck Wins an Award!
- Organization for the Disorganized
- Poor Rain Drainage Can Drain Your Equity
- Slowing Market Good for Both Buyers and Sellers
- Three Ways to Get Your Finances in Shape
I often get asked about current market conditions, whether now is a good time to buy or sell, or “what are home prices like in my area?” These questions are best answered with statistics because the real estate market is constantly in a state of flux. If you need more detailed information about your own neighborhood or home, just let me know. I'm happy to give you a free comparative market analysis of your home and neighborhood—and I can give you some market data and tips for getting started protesting your property taxes.
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