Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8:22 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 30, 2017Comment
Emotions often get in the way when searching for a home in San Antonio, Texas. When you let your feelings get away from you, it could lead to paying too much or buying a home that really doesn't fit with your needs or your budget. Here are a few great ways to make sure you remain objective while searching for a San Antonio home.
Start with a Pre-Approval
There will be no questioning what you can or cannot afford if you start with a pre-approval. Getting pre-approved will allow you to submit an offer with an edge over other buyers. It will...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2:06 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 30, 2017Comment
April is a big month for events throughout Austin, Texas. With the spring in full force, flowers blooming and the weather still providing great temperatures, there are several outdoor events on the schedule. Here's a look at the events going on throughout Austin in April 2017.
Texas VegFest 2017 - April 1st
A great event with plenty to offer, Texas VegFest 2017 will be happening at Fiesta Gardens in Austin. This event will celebrate the environment, health and welfare of animals, along with the benefits of living a plant-based lifestyle.
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:54 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 29, 2017Comment
Have lake property values gone up now that Lake Travis is back to full pool? We’ll break down the numbers today.
Thank you for sending us your questions. Today, we’ll answer Rebecca, who asked, “Have lake property values accelerated now that Lake Travis is full?” Lake Travis dropped to its lowest point in 2011 thanks to the drought. In...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 8:20 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 24, 2017Comment
The neglected Lone Star Brewery found in San Antonio will become something new very soon. It's found between Steves Avenue and Lone Star Boulevard in the southern section of the city. The brewery hasn't been operational since 1996.
In September of 2016, the plans for a revitalization project for this section of the city were announced. It's being headed by Aqualand Development, along with CBL & Associated Properties. These two developers look to turn the relics of the brewery into a mixed-used development with condominiums, shopping, restaurants, entertainment and more.
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3:59 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 23, 2017Comment
A community full of great amenities and wide streets, Canyon Creek is one of the top neighborhoods near Austin, TX. The neighborhood location provides something many desire and it's also a very scenic area in the Texas Hill Country.
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 8:39 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 20, 2017Comment
You may have heard the term, "Pocket Listing" as you start searching for a new home in Austin, TX. If you've heard this term and you're confused about what it means, you've come to the right place. Below, we will take a look at what a pocket listing is and who benefits from it.
What is a Pocket Listing?
The term, "Pocket Listing" revers to an active listing not put into the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) database. This is known as the ACTRIS or Austin Central Texas Realty Information Service in Austin.
Instead of adding the listing to the MLS, the listing agent will market the property to the public, usually through word of mouth or an online avenue, such as social media...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8:37 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 17, 2017Comment
Austin, Texas has become known as one of the top places for many things, such as tech, real estate and more. It has won many awards over the past few years and 2016 was no different. Here's a quick look at three of the new accolades Austin received last year.
Top Place to Invest in Real Estate
A report prepared by the Urban Land Institute and PwC looked at the opinions and ranking of 1,500 professionals throughout the real estate industry. This report is one of the most read by those in the real estate industry and it ranked Austin as the top market for 2017.
Austin was ranked at the top of this list for the first...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 8:18 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 16, 2017Comment
The South Side area of San Antonio has been known for industry and blue-collar workers in the past. It's always been known as one of the few areas of San Antonio with cheap real estate. Living on the fringes of the city used to be for those looking for something they could afford to buy.
However, living this far out comes with many downsides, such as grocery stores not super convenient, lack of good school districts and two of the three sewage treatment plans in the city found nearby. The clean, rural air doesn't exactly have the same clean odor with these treatment facilities.
All of this is changing on the South Side of San Antonio....
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 8:35 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 15, 2017Comment
When you start thinking about relocating and you're open to new areas, you may want to consider Austin, Texas. Of course, you may not have much choice if you've landed a job in the city or have family you want to be close to. However, if you're looking at different cities and you're not sure where to buy your next home, check out these top reasons to buy a home in Austin this year.
Top City in Many Categories
Austin, Texas has been known as a top city for growth over the past years and it's expected to continue to grow. It was also...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 3:35 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 9, 2017Comment
Whenever a client asks me how the market is doing or where it’s headed, I usually have one answer for them: it depends on where you look.
Today I’d like to answer a question that I get frequently from many of our clients: where is the market going? My answer to this question is usually, “It depends on where you look.” We’ve put together some specific market stats that help us align where different price points...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 4:06 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 6, 2017Comment
You've probably heard that old real estate myth that when you sell your house, you should price it above market value to 'leave room for negotiation.' I have two examples today that show why that's a terrible idea.
When homeowners sell their house, one of the most common questions they have for real estate agents is how to price it properly to sell. I think many people believe the myth that in order to sell something, you need to elevate the price to 'leave room for negotiation.' It sounds logical on the...