southwest austin real estate: Remember all things are possible for those who believe - 11/04/13 09:35 AM
 "Keep your dreams alive.  Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.  Remember all things are possible for those who believe."
-Gail Devers
 
 
Crystal Kilpatrick
Realty Austin
512-680-5835
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southwest austin real estate: 6 Steps to Successfully Stage Your Home - 12/13/10 04:14 AM
6 Steps to Successfully Stage Your Home
1. Staging forces you to think like a buyer - When you are working to stage your client's home to be put on the market, you'll be looking at the home as if you were a buyer. Gaining this perspective will help you in many ways when preparing a home to be listed. 2. Staging forces you to organize and de-clutter - Clearing shelves, closets and cabinets is a big part of the home staging process. It also helps with the moving process because sellers can pack items away as they are getting … (6 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Unclaimed Property in Texas - 07/07/10 10:59 PM
After discovering some "lost" assets, I've been on a mission to find all the places we leave valuable stuff and forget about it. An old 401(k) from a past job, a savings bond from graduation, a checking account from college - it really adds up.So here's what's really interesting - I had everyone in my office consult the official unclaimed property website for Texas. I had always thought the site was just for lost state assets, but my assumption was incorrect. In minutes we found the following forgotten assets:
$209.22 from a bank account left behind after moving cities $310.50 from … (5 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Why Smart Homeowners Are Moving Up at the Start of a Real Estate Recovery Cycle! - 06/04/10 12:46 AM
Why Smart Homeowners Are Moving Up at the Start of a Real Estate Recovery Cycle!
Most signs and economic indicators point to a recovery cycle in the real estate market with price stabilization. Previous perceptions of a flood of foreclosure properties are not materializing, and in fact, foreclosure filings are down. Nationally, 7.5 million homes are at least 90 days late on their mortgage. Banks are moving more aggressively toward "short sale" solutions versus foreclosing and taking an immediate loss on their books.  
· The Fed has stopped its tax credit program, which resulted in new home sales up 15% … (1 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Planning for Retirement - 06/03/10 05:55 PM
I was recently exposed to some great resources on planning for retirement.
Here are my favorites you'll want to know for anything and everything to do with retirement.
How long are you going to live?    http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality What are you going to get from Social Security?    http://www.ssa.gov/planners/benefitcalculators.htm How much do you need to save?    http://www.choosetosave.org/ballpark How long will my money last?    http://www.flexibleretirementplanner.com  
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southwest austin real estate: Protesting Property Tax Appraisals - 05/20/10 07:35 PM
Protesting Property Tax Appraisals If you haven't already received your Notice of Appraised Value from your local Appraisal District you will soon.  If you want to protest the appraised value there are certain guidelines and timelines you should adhere to.  The deadline on when your last protest date is depends on when the Notice is sent out.  Typically they go out in batches with sliding deadline dates.  The Notice will have your specific deadline noted on it.  It is generally 30 days from the date of the Notice (not from the date you received it).The designated value is required to indicate the … (1 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Thought for the Day - 04/28/10 07:32 PM
"Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way."
Eileen CaddyAuthor
 
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Homes ATX
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southwest austin real estate: Austin real estate sales volume surges, prices remain stable - 04/27/10 04:00 PM
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southwest austin real estate: 6 Tips to Successfully Stage Your Home - 04/27/10 12:20 AM
1. Staging forces you to think like a buyer - When you are working to stage your client's home to be put on the market, you'll be looking at the home as if you were a buyer. Gaining this perspective will help you in many ways when preparing a home to be listed. 2. Staging forces you to organize and de-clutter - Clearing shelves, closets and cabinets is a big part of the home staging process. It also helps with the moving process because sellers can pack items away as they are getting rid of the clutter. 3. Staging increases the … (4 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Austin Ranks 5th Among Top 10 Places to Retire - 04/22/10 02:17 PM
Austin Ranks 5th Among Top 10 Places to Retire Austin, Texas: According to TopRetirements.com, Austin is one of the top 10 cities attracted to those nearing retirement. Two thirds of the 100 top positions were located in Sun Belt states with warmer climates. The list was compiled by calculating which towns had the most online visits on TopRetirements.com which reflects the cities that the site's retired user community is most interested in. College towns and warm climates dominate the list, meaning that areas with abundance of intellectual and outdoor activities are popular among the retired community.
Top 10 Most Popular Cities … (4 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Where the New Jobs Come From? (Austin, TX) - 04/19/10 11:56 PM
The Workforce: Where will the New Jobs Come From? By Barbara Kiviat, published in TIME Magazine.
"The good news is the perception as well as the reality is improving in some areas of the country. Just 12 out of 384 metropolitan areas ended 2009 with more jobs than they had at the beginning of the year, but more recently, the numbers have been looking better. Over the past six months (through January), 72 cities gained jobs, according to a Moody's Economy.com analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That may seem like a slow start, but it's a … (7 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Austin Real Estate Market - 04/15/10 03:34 PM
The Austin Real Estate Market  is hotter than I've seen it in more than two years. Buyers are out in force, anxious to find a deal and sellers are enjoying heavy buyer traffic, sometimes getting multiple offers.
The number of homes sold in Austin last month rose 24% compared to March 2009 and the number of homes under contract is up 47% which indicates we'll have an even stronger April. The average price of homes sold in March rose almost 2% from $227,559 to $231,904 while the average time it took a home to sell dropped from 83 days to 69 days. … (2 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Prepping for a Last-Minute Showing - 04/12/10 12:43 AM
Prepping For a Last-Minute Showing
It's nearly impossible to keep your home in a "show-ready" state day in and day out. In many cases you may find that your home will be shown to a prospective buyer with very little advance notice.
Even if you're keeping things as clutter-free as possible, a little preparation for the actual showing is probably in order. Here are some short-term ways to get your home looking and feeling its best.
Step 1: Cleaning Frenzy

Scrub tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. Thoroughly clean hardwood floors. Vacuum carpets. If time permits, rent a steam … (4 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Re-Painting? Know the Essentials - 04/12/10 12:40 AM
Re-Painting? Know the Essentials
Painting interior walls is relatively easy and cheap way to transform the rooms of your home while protecting overall resale value. Aside from adding personality and drama, re-painting protects the surface from moisture and fading. Here are a few things to know before you start planning your DIY masterpiece.

Sheen/Luster - A paint's "sheen" classifies its degree of shine. Flat paint is the dullest of the sheens and is best uses in low activity areas such as hallways and dining rooms, or on ceilings. Eggshell (sometimes "low-luster") has more shine that flat and is easier … (1 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Energy Star Rebate Program Launching - 04/07/10 01:53 PM
ENERGY STAR REBATE PROGRAM LAUNCHING TEXAS(Austin Business Journal) - Texans can begin applying for rebates on energy-efficient appliances Monday, April 5th. That's when the Texas Trade Up Appliance Rebate Program will start distributing rebate forms on select Energy Star appliances.Forms will be available online at www.TexasPowerfulSmart.org or by calling 877-780-3039.Consumers will be limited to two appliance rebates per household. They can earn rebates of:* $240 on an Energy Star-rated refrigerator;* $180 on a freezer;* $110 or $140 on a dishwasher;* $600, $800 or $1,000 on a central air conditioner;* $1,200 to $1,600 on an air-source heat pump;* $190 to $640 on … (2 comments)

southwest austin real estate: 6 Steps to Successfully Stage Your Home - 04/07/10 01:43 PM
1. Staging forces you to think like a buyer - When you are working to stage your client's home to be put on the market, you'll be looking at the home as if you were a buyer. Gaining this perspective will help you in many ways when preparing a home to be listed. 2. Staging forces you to organize and de-clutter - Clearing shelves, closets and cabinets is a big part of the home staging process. It also helps with the moving process because sellers can pack items away as they are getting rid of the clutter. 3. Staging increases the … (2 comments)

southwest austin real estate: 6 Steps to Successfully Stage Your Home - 04/07/10 01:25 PM
1. Staging forces you to think like a buyer - When you are working to stage your client's home to be put on the market, you'll be looking at the home as if you were a buyer. Gaining this perspective will help you in many ways when preparing a home to be listed. 2. Staging forces you to organize and de-clutter - Clearing shelves, closets and cabinets is a big part of the home staging process. It also helps with the moving process because sellers can pack items away as they are getting rid of the clutter. 3. Staging increases the … (1 comments)

southwest austin real estate: 6 Steps to Successfully Stage Your Home - 04/07/10 01:25 PM
1. Staging forces you to think like a buyer - When you are working to stage your client's home to be put on the market, you'll be looking at the home as if you were a buyer. Gaining this perspective will help you in many ways when preparing a home to be listed. 2. Staging forces you to organize and de-clutter - Clearing shelves, closets and cabinets is a big part of the home staging process. It also helps with the moving process because sellers can pack items away as they are getting rid of the clutter. 3. Staging increases the … (0 comments)

southwest austin real estate: Federal High Efficiency Appliance Rebates - Starting Tomorrow - 04/06/10 04:23 PM
Federal High Efficiency Appliance Rebates - Starting TomorrowApril, 6 2010~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Similar to the "Cash for Clunkers" program for automobiles the federal government is now launching a short term rebate program to encourage upgrading old in-efficient home appliances with more energy efficient versions. If you purchase  a high efficiency appliance this April 16 through 25th  the savings could be significant. If you wish to participate you will need to act fast. Rebate funding is limited and is expected to run out quickly.
 
Included in the program are high efficiency Energy Star appliances:
·         Refrigerators
·         Freezers
·         Air Conditioners
·         Clothes … (2 comments)

southwest austin real estate: What to do when the seller won't release earnest money (Texas) - 04/03/10 05:48 PM
What to do when the seller won't release earnest moneyMy client is a buyer who has given the seller a timely, written notice that he is terminating his contract to purchase the seller's home under the termination option of the contract (Paragraph 23). The seller is upset and will not sign the appropriate form releasing the earnest money to the buyer. What can the buyer do to get his earnest money?
The buyer could make a written demand under the provisions of Paragraph 18 of the TREC contract. That paragraph provides that the escrow agent will be released from liability … (3 comments)

 
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