Austin Texas Real Estate Blog

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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Affinity Properties, Inc - 509937
A blog all about Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Lakeway, and Pflugerville Real Estate.

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2009 

As people age, often physical mobility can become impaired or restricted. For those who experience unwelcome changes in their physical abilities, the prospect of moving to a retirement community can be unpleasant and even frightening. Luckily, there are a number of modifications that can be made ...
09/16/2009
The benefits of performing a home inspection before purchasing a new home are well known and documented, but you may not have considered the advantages a home inspection report can provide even if your home is not for sale. In fact, there are a number of inspections and tests available for Austin...
09/16/2009
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recommends that home buyers arrange for a home inspection from a qualified inspector before finalizing the purchase of a new home. Although home inspections are not usually required in order to obtain mortgage financing, they are a worthwhile i...
09/16/2009
More and more home buyers in Austin are following the advice of the Federal Housing Administration and obtaining home inspections before closing on a new home. However, it’s not always clear how to proceed when the inspection reveals problems or areas of concern. As a prospective buyer, you may n...
09/16/2009
Texas holds the distinction of being the first state in the U.S. to require its real estate inspectors be licensed. The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) oversees home inspector qualifications and licensing, offering licenses for three grades of inspectors: apprentice inspector, real estate ins...
09/16/2009
Most people are aware of the importance of a qualified home inspection when buying a home, but the advantages of a pre-inspection for the seller may not be immediately obvious. Several arguments are frequently made against pre-inspections. Skeptics note that buyers usually will perform a home ins...
09/16/2009
Taking advantage of Austin Energy’s incentives for energy efficient homes and businesses makes good financial sense. Rebates and loans are available to help Austin residents make environmentally friendly choices. In some cases, low and moderate income customers of Austin Energy can even receive f...
09/16/2009
A properly maintained home provides worry-free living and protects the value of your property. Many homeowners find it difficult to remember to perform these basic tasks, however. A checklist can be helpful in ensuring that your home receives the attention it needs to function at its best.Every m...
09/16/2009
In March 2008, a joint agreement was announced between the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Freddie Mac, and Andrew Cuomo, the New York Attorney General, to institute the Home Valuation Code of Conduct, or HVCC. This code was intended to curb some of the worst excesses of appraisers acting on beha...
09/11/2009
Recent controversy about granite countertops may finally be put to rest, thanks to two new independent studies published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. Critics have alleged that granite countertops contained dangerous levels of radioactive material that could a...
09/11/2009
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