Republic of Texas Biker Rally – June 13-16th 2013

June 14th, 2013

The Republic of Texas Biker Rally (ROT Biker Rally) is here this weekend, June 13th – 16th in the Texas State Capital.  This yearly event is the biggest motorcycle rally in Texas and long of the largest motorcycle events in the. U.S.   The Rally has a variety of entertainment that includes a Biker Parade, live music, local vendors, food and more!   For a complete list of events you can visit the ROT Rally website.  Here in Austin, we love our festival and events.   Many people that come to visit, become permanent residences.   If you would like to find out more information on local real estate please feel free to contact me.

ROT Rally 2013

ROT Rally 2013

New Residential Listing 4 Miles from F1 Circuit of the America’s

June 6th, 2013

With so few homes near the new F1 Circuit of the America’s, this is a prime residential listing you must see!  There are few residential homes in the area and 6809 Creedmoor Dr is only 4 miles away from the race track.  A creative homeowner or investor can see the possibility of a popular Austinite  trend which is short term leases.  There are many homeowners that lease their homes on a short term bases for ACL or SXSW.  This is an simular opportunity as well for investors or homeowner.    There is tremendous growth in this area of Austin and don’t miss the boat!  Please feel free to contact me about this listing @ cyndi_bell@kw.com or call 512-368-3910

F1 Circuit of the America

F1 Circuit of the America

Austin’s New Area Code – 737!

May 14th, 2013

Austin is officially getting too big for its britches; a new area code is coming to the Austin area. Soon you will be getting phone calls from 737. As of June 2013, everyone in the Austin area will be required to dial the full 10 digits. Austin’s area code of 512 dates back over 60 years. The 737 area code will be overlaid to the same geographic boundaries covered by 512 that include all or part of 19 counties.

Three utility commissioners will convene a meeting on May 17th @ 9:30 am to hear public moments and answer questions.  Meeting will be held at the  Travis State Office Building 1701 N Congress, 7th floor.

Central Texas is growing and we can feel it in our business & housing economy, traffic and now phone numbers!

If you want to find out more about purchasing a home in the Austin or just curious about what your home is worth, contact me or call me @ 512-364-8637

 

New 737 Area Code

New 737 Area Code

Real Estate Edges Out Gold as Top Investment

May 2nd, 2013

Gallup_2013_Long Term Investment_Gold_Real EstateIn a recent Gallup Poll, Americans’ were questioned about what they thought is the best long-term investment [Bonds, Real Estate, Savings Accounts/CD, Stocks/Mutual Funds or Gold]?   The result of the poll in 2012 & 2011, gold is the clear winner.    This year, gold has lost some of its previous luster and has been edged out by Real Estate @ 25% of respondents felt real estate is a good long-term investment.   One can read a lot in to a single poll, but what is happening in the Central Texas market, there is a clear and strong demand to purchase real estate.   Comparing Q12012 & Q12013, our market has seen a median sale price increase of almost 10% and available houses to purchase are down by 40% .  If you have questions about what your home is worth or if you want to purchase your first/next home, please feel free to contact me or call me @ 512-368-3910

Real Estate Growth in Williamson County – Home Prices Rise

April 29th, 2013

Williamson County is in the myst of real growth in real estate, home sale prices on on the rise. In March 2013 it hit a 5 year high of $200,000; almost a $20,000 increase from the prior year at this same time.  For most of the Central Texas area, most areas are in a solid sellers’ market; meaning buyers are fighting for the short supply of available listings for sale.  What this means, if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the bottom to hit, you’ve missed it.   For both home sellers & home buyers, now is the time to make that transitional move or purchase your first home.  Don’t get priced out of a market because of delay, please feel free to contact me or call me to discuss any of your questions @ 512-368-3910

Median Sales Price March 2013

Median Sales Price of Homes Sold in Williamson County TX – March 2013

Determine if Your Tax Appraisal is a Fair Assessment

April 19th, 2013

Texans are wondering what is difference between Tax Appraisal Value and Market Value because County Appraisal Districts began mailing property valuations to property owners April 15th.  Across  Central Texas we have seen median sold sale price for single family homes increase, which can affect your Tax Appraisal Value.

ACTRIS is reflecting a 9.1% increase in sales price in March 2013 when compared to March 2012.  The increase in median sales price indicate increasing compensation among buyers.   However, Tax Appraisal Value does not always equal Market Value.  To determine your Market Value you can contact a local realtor to obtain sold information or collect from your neighbors.  You should appeal, your Market Value of the home is lower than the Tax Appraisal Value.   For more information on how to appeal your property valuation you can use this link: 2013 Tax Appraisal Information

If you would like information on your home valuation you can contact me or call me @ 512-368-3910

Too Many Buyers…Too Few Sellers

April 17th, 2013

Williamson County Monthly StatisticsThe Cedar Park/Austin area has flipped.  The not too long ago, we had too much inventory and too few buyers; in its current market it has flipped.  Too few homes available on the market to purchase and too many buyers bidding on the same same home.

It is almost a given, that if a seller has a property in the right condition, priced right in a good location it will sell in a manner of hours.  With this kind of shifts it presents challenges and opportunities for both sellers and buyers.  If you or some one you know has been on the fence, not sure if it is the right time to make that move up or their first purchase….now is the time.   Home prices are appreciating and interest rates are still at an all time low.   If you have any questions, please contact me.

Cedar Park New Community Engagement – Imagine Cedar Park – What’s Next

April 9th, 2013

The City of Cedar Park residents are being asked to provide their thoughts and ideas on the future of the city via a new website .  The site will allow residents to provide feedback to the city on parks, transportation, future land use and economic development.   The site is developed simularly to other social media sights to allow for residents to engage and foster new ideas.  With rapid growth of the Williamson County area, gaining insight from residents is key for the city to address issues of growth now to hopefully advert growth problems in the future.

The Imagine Cedar Park – What’s Next campaign is led by a group of citizen volunteers on the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee that meets monthly to develop a blueprint for future development.

The city of Cedar Park values input from it residents.  If you have any questions about homes for sale or would like information about your home.  Please feel free to contact me or call me 512-368-3910

February 2013 Market Performance

April 1st, 2013

In the Austin-Central Texas MLS, market performance continues on a upward trajectory.
New listings are up 2.44%.
Pendings are up 15.37%.
Solds increased by 24.12%.
The number of sold units continues to improve over the previous years sales and February continues to show positive data.

As for Average Prices:
The “New Listings” average list price is up 5.88% to $346,231. In February 2012 the average list price was $326,993.
Sold average sales prices increased 4.89% to $263,410. For February 2012 it was $251,134.

If you have questions about buying or selling in the Cedar Park/Austin area contact me or call me @ 512-368-3910

 

Open House – Rancho Siena

March 7th, 2013

This weekend on Sunday 3/10/2013, from 1-5 pm, an Open House Tour  is open to the public at Rancho Siena.   This  Georgetown community is one of D.R. Horton newest master planned community.  The community features wooded and hill country view homesites.

With almost 20 home plans to choose from you will find your next home, here at Rancho Siena.

The home tour includes 6 complete homes along with the model home located at 109 Adorno Lane, Georgetown TX 78628.   Take Ronald Reagan Blvd. (Parmer Lane) North approximately 2.5 miles past RR 2243.  Make a right on Via de Sienna Blvd.  Make a left on Adorno Lane.  Model homes are on the left.

See you there!