Building community is at the heart of what we do at Let's Move Austin, whether it's connecting with our neighbors or finding the perfect place for our clients so they can build community too. When the opportunity came up to be the Music Stage sponsor at Hello Circle C Night, how could we pass that up? In Austin, there are fews things that get people out and mingling with one another more than listening and dancing to some of Austin's top local bands. Hello Circle C Night is an opportunity for neighbors to come together to try out several food truck options, support local business, and relax on a Friday evening with their friends and neighbors. With an extensive kid zone, it's the perfect place for kids to get their wiggles out (you've seen nothing until they all join in on the dance floor!). So, bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to Circle C Community Center, 7817 La Crosse Ave from 5:00 to 8:00 on April 15th, May 12th, September 15th, and ending with an October 30th community Halloween celebration. Be sure to stop by our Let's Move Austin booth to say hello!
Does the function of my home still work for our lifestyle? What color did that article say is all the rage now? When it's time to sell, what will buyers think of my home? If I renovate, how am I going to pay for it? How will I cart all this stuff out once the process starts? These questions and more were on the minds of our guests at the second Value Your Home seminar focusing on home design trends and renovation ideas.
Design team Debbie Campsmith and Tara Rainey of Loop One Design, and Megan Finchert of Eyedeator gave our guests insights into the latest design trends and working with your existing decor to give it a modern update. Our own Brandi Summers of Let's Move Austin shared some conditions that turn buyers off, like odors and mismatched flooring. She also revealed what buyers are excited to see in a new home, like calming colors and plants to give a space life. Chad Mullenix of CMG Home Loans provided some options to help homeowners finance renovations costs. Lastly, Taylor James and Barett Kernon of Dumpster Dogs let our guests know there are dumpsters available to rent for the small jobs all the way up to whole house renovations. Once again, our guests left armed with information they need to make informed decisions regarding what the next steps are for their home.
The first of our Value Your Home Series focused on System Upgrades and Home Maintenance. A packed room listened to experts in roofing, HVAC, pest control, and home inspections. Our guests learned from Cuatro Hollen of TTH Roofing the steps to take with an insurance claim on a damaged roof. Tim Hostetter of Temperature Pro's best advice for home owners is to change your filters and flush your system on a regular schedule to keep your HVAC system in tip top shape. Waterloo Pest Management's owner, Earnest Vasquez' take away was to routinely check and treat your home for areas insects like to nest, like in the air compressor. Rounding out the evening, Randy Barfield of Barfield Home Inspections detailed many of the issues that can come up during a home inspection, with ideas of what to do to correct them. Guests had an opportunity to ask questions on specific topics. We can't wait for the next in the series - Design Trends and Renovation Idea to Add Value to Your Home.
As a service to our clients, we’re providing the 2017 Homestead Exemption Forms for Travis, Williamson and Hays Counties. Just click the link to access the form you need for your property, complete the form, and return to the appraisal district before the deadline (April 30).
Travis County – includes Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, Manor, and Pflugerville
Williamson County – includes Cedar Park, Georgetown, and Round Rock
*Note – Williamson County now offers online submission instead of paper filing
Feel free to contact Theresa at 512-297-3442 if you have any questions.
Tip #1 – Implement a ‘Coming Soon’ Strategy
Data suggests that marketing properties as ‘Coming Soon’ before listing them in the MLS can reduce their time on market. And for most sellers, this is a welcome reduction in the disruption of daily life that lengthy time on the market can cause. In Austin, there is even an MLS status to denote Coming Soon listings and there are several real estate websites that allow properties to be marketed as Coming Soon.
To expand on this concept and make it even more effective for my clients, I offer an additional 5 Step Coming Soon strategy that you can elect to use to sell your Austin area home quickly and for top dollar. The strategy includes:
· Placing a Coming Soon Sign in the front yard
· Sending “Sneak Peek” email to my database of potential buyers
· Marketing extensively to my network of other Realtors and neighborhood groups
· Displaying Coming Soon ads to targeted Facebook users
· Offering an invitation only Sneak Peek Open House to neighbors and potential
Timing is a question that often comes up at this point. Many times, you’re working through a laundry list of items to prepare your home for the market and for professional photos. The good news is that in order to implement the Coming Soon Strategy, your property doesn’t have to be completely market-ready. If you are still decluttering, or waiting for minor repairs to be completed, or touching up paint in a room, we can still get started with the Coming Soon Strategy to create buzz about your property and maximize market attention. You should, however, be prepared to accommodate showings, if we receive requests from seriously interested buyers.
Let's meet in person to discuss each one of these options in person to determine which of these strategies would be effective and desirable to implement in your specific situation. No strings attached.
Tip #2 – Declutter Without Depersonalizing
Tip #3 – Create a Plan for Handling Multiple Offers
Will a seller disclosing information about one buyer’s offer make a second buyer more likely to make a full price offer? Or will that second buyer decide to pursue a different property?
If you tell several buyers that each of them is being given the chance to make their ‘best offer’, will this result in spirited competition for your property? Or will it result in the buyers deciding not to make an offer after all?
Knowledgeable buyers and sellers realize there are rarely simple answers to complex situations. But some fundamental principles can make negotiating multiple offers in the hot Austin real estate market a little simpler. And discussing the pros and cons of these scenarios before receiving an offer on your property is the very best way to proceed.
As a seller, you have several ways to deal with multiple offers.
Purchase offers do not have to be confidential. Many times, our clients instruct us to make all potential buyers aware that an offer is in hand, or even disclose details about one offer to another buyer in hopes of encouraging that buyer to make a “better” offer.
One tool I created for my clients’ benefit is my Multiple Offer Comparison Spreadsheet. If you’d like to download an example, click here – I’m happy to share it.
Discussing the options ahead of time is the most successful way to create a plan for handling multiple offers. I have the experience and patience to handle these situations sensitively, with the goal of selling your home at top dollar always as my highest priority.
A former teacher, Theresa Bastian now owns Let's Move Austin, an intentionally small real estate brokerage that builds business and personal relationships with honesty and integrity. She is passionate about public education and volunteers extensively in the schools.
The team at Let’s Move Austin can help you buy, sell, lease, or invest in real estate throughout Austin and Central Texas. Call 512-297-3442 and we can get started right away.
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512-297- 3442 – www.LetsMoveAustin.com – Austin, TX real estate and investment specialists.
Let's Move Austin sells another one! We closed on this home in Elgin last Friday. This transaction was a VA loan and we are especially pleased to assist a Veteran in purchasing this great starter home!
Great starter home in the Westwind Subdivision in Elgin! You’ll love the natural light that pours in the big windows in the living room. The kitchen is open to the dining room, with plenty of counter space and a raised breakfast bar to eat at. All kitchen appliances included in sale. The spacious master, which features a walk-in closet, double vanity, and garden tub, is separate from the other two good sized bedrooms. Fenced backyard. From the cul de sac this home is on, it’s an easy walk to the community park, which features a playset and sport court.
Only minutes to North Austin from Hwy 290 and easy access to the airport too!
It doesn’t make sense to rent when you can own a home like this in a growing area and start building equity now! Contact us to get connected to a lender and see how low your mortgage payment could be!
Westwind is a small neighborhood conveniently located just off Hwy 290 in Elgin, TX. Westwind features a picnic pavilion, sport court and a children’s playground which are all maintained by the Homeowner’s Association.
Shops near Westwind in Elgin include an H.E.B. and a Wal-Mart, but there are many local business and artists as well, as indicated in this local business directory. And of course, Elgin has long been famous for it’s BBQ!
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: Although this property was available at the time of this ad creation, it is very possible that an offer has been submitted or even accepted since that time. This ad was created with the intent to sell THIS property. If you are interested in this property, Please call Theresa Bastian 512-297- 3442 to check on its current availability.
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Theresa Bastian of Let’s Move Austin has set a sales price record in Huntland Heights!
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Let’s Move Austin, an Austin real estate brokerage, has sold another home in Central Austin. This mid-century rambler in Huntland Heights sold for $320,000. This sets a record for the highest price per square foot of any home to ever sell in the North Central neighborhood of Huntland Heights.
The 1 story home at 7013 Miranda Drive is located in the North Central neighborhood of Huntland Heights. The home is 1,105 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The property has a lot size of .17 acres and was built in 1962. This house is zoned to the Austin schools of Reilly Elementary, Webb Middle School and McCallum High School. It featured hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen, and a large fenced private backyard.
Let’s Move Austin represented the sellers of this property, who were enthusiastic at selling their home for top dollar. Let’s Move Austin’s VIP Sellers Program, which includes staging, professional photography, and extensive pre-MLS marketing, assisted in creating buyer demand for the property. Due to her extensive knowledge of the Austin market, Theresa Bastian was able to negotiate aggressively on her clients’ behalf throughout the transaction, saving them thousands on inspections and appraisal concessions.
A former teacher, Theresa Bastian is passionate about public education. She owns the boutique brokerage Let's Move Austin and is ready to help you buy, sell, lease, or invest in real estate throughout Austin and Central Texas. Call 512-297-3442 to get started today.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU TODAY?