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Monday, January 23, 2017   /   by Jason Huval

Q: Austin, why sell your home? | A: Seller's market

             Are you a home owner in the greater Austin area? If so, you’re probably aware of the current market & the increase in value in your home due to the tremendous growth our city has experienced only the past couple of years. Home prices have skyrocketed due to the influx of tech & large corporations alongside the culture Austin provides to its residents, making it a destination sought after. We are in the middle of the greatest real estate bull market Austin has experienced since it was founded & there has never been a greater time to sell your home.
Did you know that over just the last year alone, the average home value in Austin has risen by 7%? Now, we would all like to think things would keep continue progressing that way, but as is with everything, nothing lasts forever. We are all very aware of the crisis of 2008, and while things aren’t close to that, it serves as a reminder that no market is 100% stable. T ...

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Monday, January 16, 2017   /   by Jason Huval

Some quick and (almost) painless ways to prepare your home in the event you’d like to sell!

Selling a home isn’t as easy as listing it and fishing for offers. There is preparation that must take place if you plan on getting the offers you expect on your property. Buyers can be finicky and in a market like Austin’s there isn’t a shortage of options available to them. Applying these tips and suggestions to your property can help maximize the offers on your house!


    - Improve the Exterior of Your Home – Nothing says home like the feeling someone gets when pulling up to a house. First impressions are crucial and if your house lacks in that department this can be detrimental to the chances of them deciding on your home. Keep in mind that Buyers are making one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives so their attention to detail should be high. Be sure to clean up the landscaping around your house and trim any bushes you may that are overgrown. A good idea is power washing the sides of your home and driveway as this can re ...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017   /   by Jason Huval

Some Quick Suggestions to Keep in Mind When Deciding to Buy a Home

Buying a home can be the single greatest purchase an individual makes in their lifetime. Here are a few suggestions on things to keep in mind when you do make that choice!



Get your finances in your order! You can start by getting an idea of where your credit stands. In today's world, credit is king and anyone with a firm grasp on their financial situation will have an easier time as a buyer of real estate. Depending on what your report reveals, be sure to correct any issues you find as this can help you in the long run when it comes to financing and the rate you'll pay on a mortgage. Finding a reputable lender and getting pre-approved is your next step. Central Metro Realty works closely a variety of lenders across Greater Austin and it is best to shop around to get a rate you're satisfied with! These essential financing steps can improve your experience as a buyer drastically and will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you find the house you're looking fo ...

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Thursday, January 05, 2017   /   by Jason Huval

Relocating to Greater Austin, Texas from Out of State

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city, such as Austin, can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible. 

Research Before Your Move to Texas
It's important to understand the culture you're joining. To begin, do your due diligence and research online to learn about Texas school system, neighborhoods in the specific areas of Austin you're looking for, available parking in that area, local weather (probably hot!), what the public transportation available is, check out Ride Austin, and laws native to that area. It's always wise to visit your targeted area before you decide to move to get a feel for the area. 

Have a Plan for the Move
Before you even begin to think about packing the moving truck there are things to address. Arrangements for living are most important. Whether that be a friends couch to sleep on, an apartment or a month-to-month agreement somewhere, or a new home you always want to have ...

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Monday, January 02, 2017   /   by Grant Williams

Changing Real Estate Brokers in the State of Texas

Making a switch to a new Broker is not always an easy decision, but the process doesn’t have to be that difficult if you know what you are doing.  The four basic step are:


1.      Requesting sponsorship from your new Broker on TREC’s website


2.      Contacting your local board or association of Realtors


3.      Letting your current Broker know that you are leaving per your contractor agreement with her or him.


4.      Signing an agreement with your new Broker.


Leaving Your Current Brokerage


First, you don’t have to close all your deals before making a move to a new Broker.  This is the most asked question I get from agents that are looking to make a switch in Brokerages.  Most Brokers are great people and understand that your circumstances and life changes.  Although we have had a few agents retire with us ...

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