Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 1:41 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 29, 2018Comment
Here are three tips you can use to prepare your home to show to prospective buyers.
Spring is almost here. All winter, you’ve been talking about getting the house ready to put it on the market, but now you’re asking yourself what you need to do in order actually be ready. Today, let’s take some time to talk about what you can do to ensure that you’re prepared.
1. Declutter. Everyday life in the home is different from life while showing a home. Get everything off the counters, and remove the random items that tend to accumulate. Let folks see the beauty of the house.
2. Fresh paint. As it gets to be time to put your home on the market, try painting your home...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / March 23, 2018Comment
When you’ve found your dream home and you’re ready to give everything to call it your own, it’s time to slow down and be cautious of things that could kill the deal. By being aware of these things, you’ll keep your expectations at a realistic place and save the celebrating for closing day.
It’s great to fall in love with a home and work hard to make it yours, but it’s equally as important to stay realistic about things that do happen, such as a home inspection problem or altering your mortgage preapproval. Take a closer look at the top home buying deal killers to be aware of.
Altering the mortgage preapproval
One area that you can control is your mortgage preapproval’s consistency. Many people don’t realize that just because they...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / March 21, 2018Comment
Throughout Austin, there are several great festivals held every year. The months of November and December are no different as some of the best holiday events are held this time of year. We've already covers all the other months in previous posts. Let's finish off this series by looking at the festivals in Austin for November and December 2018.
The Wurstfest gets things started and it's certainly not the worst, by any means. It will be held in Austin from November 2nd to 11th with plenty of fun in New Braunfels. This ten-day festival includes all kinds of German and Bavarian culture with great...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / March 19, 2018Comment
Austin is filled with great festivals held every year. We've already look at March & April, along with May, June & July. Let's move on and look at the great festivals coming up throughout the city for August, September and October this year.
The Bat Fest is the highlight as it’s one of the most popular attractions in ...
The month of May starts with one of the biggest music events of the year. The iHeartCountry Festival will be held on May 5th with some of the biggest names in country music performing. This year will include a great lineup with Luke Bryan, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Cole Swindell and many others. It will be held at the Frank Erwin Center...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 9:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / March 15, 2018Comment
Found in the middle of Texas Hill Country, Boerne is a fast-growing, small-town with plenty of appeal. It's the perfect spot for the right home buyer looking to be close to great restaurants and breweries. Boerne, Texas is known for the great downtown shopping and The Hill County Mile, which is filled with dining options and more.
If you're looking to move to the San Antonio area, Boerne should be high on your list. Here are a few of the top reasons to consider Boerne as your next home.
Nearby Country Living
With San Antonio just 40 minutes away, Boerne is the perfect country living choice just outside the city. While it's a true small town, the close...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / March 13, 2018Comment
While 2018 is well underway and you may have missed a few festivals, there are still plenty to enjoy this year. This is just the first in a series of blog posts covering the many great festivals in Austin this year. Let's start by looking at the events for March and April.
Several great festivals will be held in March with something for everybody. Those looking for independent films, great music and more will enjoy this SXSW Festival held from March 9th to 17th.
Of course, the highlight of March in Austin is Rodeo Austin. It will run from March 10th to 24th and will provide plenty of great family-friendly fun. There will be more than...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 9:25 AMBy Shawn Culhane / March 1, 2018Comment
How can working with a Realtor help you buy a new construction home or resale property?
As we head into spring, more and more people start to think about buying a new home in 2018. One of the main decisions buyers have to make is whether to buy a new construction property or a resale home.
If you do decide to purchase a new home, you should still hire a Realtor. A Realtor could save you a ton of time and money no matter what kind of home you decide to buy, and there are three main reasons why:
Searches: Nowadays, a lot of buyers can search for homes on sites like Realtor.com or Trulia. However, there are certain nuances to the searches that we Realtors can set up for you in the MLS to save you some time and find more specific results to get you to your goal a whole lot quicker...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / February 16, 2018Comment
While it's easy to scour the internet for articles on what to expect when buying a home, the advice will be generic. It may be the same things to expect if you're buying in Florida compared to Arizona, but when it comes to Austin, Texas, things are rather different.
If you're planning to buy a home in 2018, you should have a good idea of what to expect in Austin. Here's a look at the top five things every home buyer should expect when searching for a home in Austin.
Prices are Only Going Up
Austin is what is referred to as a boom market. It's one of the few in the United States right now showing stead gains month over month for the past couple of years. There are...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / February 15, 2018Comment
Shopping for a home can be quite exciting. However, you may start to see letters grouped together as acronyms and become rather confused.
The real estate world uses plenty of acronyms that you may not be familiar with, if you're not a part of the industry. Here's a quick look at some of the most important real estate acronyms you want to understand.
HOA - Homeowners Association
You probably already know this one because it's rather widely used, but it's important to understand what an HOA is, anyway. If you buy a home in a community with a Homeowners Association (HOA) you will likely pay a fee or dues to the HOA. They will, in turn, take are of maintaining common areas and amenities...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / February 13, 2018Comment
If you're shopping for a home in Austin and you prefer a walkable neighborhood, it's important to know where to look. Several great neighborhoods throughout the city offer a high walk score and plenty of attractions close by.
Maybe you're moving from a large city to Austin or you're sick of living in the suburbs. Whether you prefer a home or a condo, you can find plenty of great urban neighborhoods to choose from throughout Austin, Texas. Here's a quick look at a few of the most walkable neighborhood options in Austin.
Located between South Congress and South 1st, Bouldin Creek is the most walkable option found...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 8:31 AMBy Shawn Culhane / February 5, 2018Comment
With so many great places for vegans and vegetarians to enjoy a meal in Austin, we had to split this post into two parts. If you missed the first part, you can find it here. Continuing the list, in no particular order, here are a few more of the top choices for vegan and vegetarian food in Austin.
Conscious Cravings - 1311 South 1st Street, Austin AND 4209 Airport Boulevard, Austin
A great place for both vegans and vegetarians with two locations found in the Austin area, Conscious Cravings offers salads and meatless wraps. They serve up modern plant-based cuisine with plenty of great options on the menu....
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:26 AMBy Shawn Culhane / February 2, 2018Comment
There are so many great vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Austin, TX; we had to split this blog into two parts. Austin is a great place for those practicing a no meat diet because of the many great places to go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here's the first look at the many wonderful vegan and vegetarian restaurants throughout Austin.
Bouldin Creek Cafe - 1900 South 1st Street, Austin
This cafe may be the most popular spot for vegetarians and it's a good spot for vegans, too. Bouldin Creek Cafe is a unique spot offering a great vibe and plenty of wonderful vegetarian options. Most of the options on the menu can also be made...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 5:40 PMBy Shawn Culhane / February 1, 2018Comment
February brings a great month for families and everybody looking to enjoy some free events in San Antonio. There are several events going on you can enjoy. Here's a look at some of the best free things to do throughout San Antonio this February.
Free Home Depot Workshops
On Saturday, February 3rd, the Home Depot locations throughout San Antonio will offer free workshops for children ages 5 to 12. This month's will be a Valentine Bean Bag Toss, which the children will learn to create.
Cibolo Nature Center - CNC: Little Explorers!
On Tuesday, February 6th, if you're looking for something for your children to do, head to Boerne, Texas to the ...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 2:54 PMBy Shawn Culhane / January 19, 2018Comment
Winter is here. Have you filled out the paperwork for your homestead exemption on your property taxes, yet?
It’s that time of year again. The time of year when people bring out their jackets and coats, because cold weather has arrived—and that means winter’s here, too. But, there’s something other than ways to stay warm you should be thinking about at this time of year. It’s time for you to start filling out the paperwork for your homestead exemption on your property taxes. You can find more information below, or by visiting my website at www.CulhaneProperties.com. To hear my full message, watch this short video.
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:10 AMBy Shawn Culhane / January 15, 2018Comment
Are you a sports fan in Boerne looking for a great spot to catch the games each week? You’re in luck because Boerne has some fantastic spots to catch the game while enjoying some delicious grub.
Whether you like fried food with your game, a large selection of beer and wine, or somewhere you can bring the family with you, we’ve got you covered in the Boerne area. Take a look at where you need to be on Sundays during football season for the best watching experience in the area!
Sauced Wing Bar – 215 West Bandera Rd. Suite 101, Boerne
Go to the best place in town for wings slathered in your favorite sauce. Sauced Wing Bar makes fresh chicken wings in a ton of flavor options for your...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:06 AMBy Shawn Culhane / January 13, 2018Comment
Sometimes when buying a home whether it’s for the first time or it’s time to upgrade, buyers can make mistakes that hold them back from scoring their dream home. Sometimes you find a home that feels the dream home and you end up in a situation that only serves the seller because you became too attached to the property.
Other times you think you can handle the process without an agent on your side and you end up in sticky situations without experience. Take a look at the common home buying mistakes like these and how to avoid making them when you buy a home this year in San Antonio.
Overspending out of budget
One of the most common home buying mistakes families make is overpaying for...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:49 AMBy Shawn Culhane / January 11, 2018Comment
When you’re ready to buy a home in Austin this year but you’ve learned you are working with a seller’s market, it can feel intimidating as the buyer. Austin always seems to have a competitive real estate market and it may make buyers feel defeated before they even get the process started.
Fortunately you can survive the competitive market by going in prepared and making yourself a great candidate for buying, through strategies like getting pre-approved and making the right offer. Take a look at these tips that you may not have thought of that will help you stay ahead of the competition during Austin’s...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:20 AMBy Shawn Culhane / January 9, 2018Comment
When it's time to buy a home, you will likely get caught up on a few specific metrics. Square footage is one of those metrics and it can be one that throws you off a bit. Whenever you're buying a home in Austin, it's important to understand what you're really getting. The square footage is simply a number.
Many buyers actually take the time to decide on a minimum amount of square footage they think they need for living comfortably. While this is fine, it's certainly not the only way or the best way to determine the size of home you need. Here are some of the reasons you shouldn't get too hung up on square footage when searching for a new home in Austin, Texas...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / January 5, 2018Comment
It may not come up much with the strong real estate market in Austin, Texas, but low ball offers do happen. Many properties for sale in Austin are receiving multiple offers and some are selling for above asking. However, it's also possible to get a low ball offer as a seller and you should be prepared for this situation.
You should respond to all offers, as it's just polite, but that doesn't mean you have to accept or even consider a low ball offer. Here are a few things you should consider when faced with this type of situation as a home seller in Austin.