Winter is Time for Homestead Exemptions, Big Jobs, Gutters, & HVACs [[+]] Austin Area Housing Market on Track for Record Year Despite Dip in November Sales: Chuck Farr’s December 2021 “Talking Real Es

Posted by Chuck Farr on Monday, December 20th, 2021 at 4:09pm.

Winter is Time for Homestead Exemptions, Big Jobs, Gutters, & HVACs [[+]] Austin Area Housing Market on Track for Record Year Despite Dip in November Sales: Chuck Farr’s December 2021 “Talking Real Estate” ENewsletter

Happy Holidays, homeowners, tenants, prospective buyers, and real-estate investors. If you bought a home this year and will start living there on January 1, make a note to file your homestead exemption in January 2022 (also check on disability and over 65 exemptions if applicable) at your local county tax office to save money on property taxes.

Also in the news: “Majority of homes sold between $250,000-$500,000 in November, indicating accessibility in housing market” headed into 2022 (check the [[“Talking Real Estate” Monthly Enewsletter]] for details!).

Winter is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas, especially for existing property owners. Here are a few items to consider during December:

  •       Outdoor Tasks:

o   We had a late bloom on leaves in Nov/Dec. (I’m still raking mine!) Rake leaves and shred to use as mulch or dispose of them based on local guidelines.

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.

o   Don’t forget to protect your pipes, plants, and pets when freezes come to town.

  •       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, with many fires happening in the Fall and Winter, according to the United States Fire Administration. Lint is a major culprit, 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:

  •       Austin-Area Real Estate Market on Track for Record Year Despite Dip In November Home Sales (latest ABOR report)
  •       Always-On Links to Real Estate Market Data
  •       Slowing Sales Create Opportunity
  •       Ways Your Monthly Payments Can Change
  •       How to Spot Termite Damage
  •       How Much Paint Should You Buy?

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, 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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