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Austin-area home sales remain high

Austin-area single-family home sales increased year-over-year for the fifth consecutive month in October 2015, according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR). Austin-area single-family home sales increased by two percent year-over-year to 2,378 home sales and median price increased five percent by the same measure to […]

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Mortgage refinance savings calculator

I just received a mailer from one of the big mortgage companies offering to refinance my mortgage at a rate of 3.875%. It goes on to say “THIS LOWER RATE COULD REDUCE YOUR MONTHLY PAYMENT TO $971.63!” Is this a good deal? Let’s take a look. My current mortgage rate is 4.25% and the principle […]

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Austin Home Prices Continue to Rise

Some signs of moderation, but Austin is still in demand. For September of 2015 unit sales for Austin single family homes* were unchanged from the same period in 2014 while prices increased by 6%. With the exception of January, year on year price increases were lower than we experienced in 2014 while the number of […]

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What is the monthly cost of owning a home?

Whether you’re a home owner, investor or renting, understanding cost of owning a home can provide valuable insight into your financial decision making. Homeowners and tenants can compare the cost of ownership with renting or explore the cost of up or down sizing, and investors need to compare costs with income to calculate their Return […]

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What is a Buyer’s Agent?

We all know the feeling. As you approach the new car showroom you can see the salespeople lurking at the front door and you’d do anything to avoid their ‘help’. You just want to look at the cars in peace. And when you’re ready to buy it gets worse. How do you know what’s a […]

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5th Occasional Robillard Open

Come Join Us for the 5th Occasional Robillard Open Time: 7:00PM, October 29th 2015 Place: Peter Pan Mini Golf Once again it’s time for the Robillard Open Golf tournament held at Peter Pan Mini Golf. This is a just for fun event and open to anyone who wants to join in. We’ll cover the entrance […]

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Austin-area home prices reach all-time high

Austin-area single-family home prices hit an all-time high, while single-family home sales volume set a record for the month of March according to the March 2015 Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Here’s a summary of the March 2015 statistics… 2,440 – Single-family homes sold, 13 percent more […]

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Fourth Quarter 2014 Austin Real Estate Market Trends

For the fourth quarter of 2014 unit sales were up slightly over the same period in 2013 while prices increased by 10% continuing a return to levels experienced in 2013. The year on year price increases in Q3 and Q4 are due to the lack of a decline in prices that we normally experience during […]

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