Erika Albert's Blog Posts

Erika Albert's Blog Posts

Austin Area Holiday Events And Attractions
If you’re looking to embrace the holiday spirit in Austin, there are a plethora of events and attractions sure to get you in the mood.  Take a look at this list of...

Five Fixer Uppers In Austin Ripe For Renovations
If you’re like me, a steady marathon of Chip and Jo’s Fixer Upper, leaves me yearning for a flip of my own.  Tear down some walls, add some shiplap and large b...

7 Things Buyers Hate About Your Home
1. Popcorn Ceilings I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who liked popcorn ceiling.  I mean really, who invented this in the...

7 Steps To Selling Your Austin Area Property
STEP 1: CONSULTATIONThe first step in selling your home is to meet face to face with your dedicated real estate agent. Together, we will discuss your exact needs and timeline ...

Prioritizing Upgrades When Preparing To Sell Your Home
If you’re thinking about selling your home, you may be thinking about all the things you need to do before actually putting your...

What Happens When A Property Appraisal Comes In Below The Contract Price In Texas
In a Texas real estate transaction involving third party financing, ie. a loan, lender approval is required for the deal to close.  That approval is broken down into two parts...

The Story Of The Bats Under The South Congress Bridge In Austin
If you have driven across Austin’s South Congress street bridge recently you may wonder why there are hundreds of people gathered along the eastern side of the bridge.  A li...

What Zillow Does Not Tell You
If you are considering buying a home, it’s highly likely that you are looking at homes on Zillow.  Zillow spends exorbitant amounts on advertising, and their platform is inc...

Austin Neighborhoods In The 78704 Zipcode
I was recently chatting with a friend and she mentioned how it was odd that Austinites often refer to their neighborhood by zip code.  This is often the case when talking abou...

Why Now May Be A Great Time To Buy In Austin
As you may recall, in my previous blog post titled, When’s The Best Time to List My Property, I mentioned how most families prefer to move during the summer.  This has ...

Austin Area Neighborhood Spotlight The Homestead In Bee Cave
The Homestead neighborhood is located in the City of Bee Cave, approximately 20 minutes west of Austin.  As you drive into the neighborhood you are greeted with serene scenes ...

Lake Living In Austin
Are you thinking about moving to Austin?  Did you hear that our summers are HOT, and realize a waterfront home or a house with a pool might be the way to go? Well, s...

Houses For Sale In Westlake
Are you considering buying a home in Westlake?  If you are looking at houses for sale in Westlake, it is important to understand the Westlake housing market.  Most people...

Who Pays For What In A Texas Real Estate Transaction
My Austin clients frequently have questions about who pays for what in a real estate transaction.  In Texas, almost everything is negotiable; however, there are certainly norm...

Houses Feeding To Eanes Elementary School
Are you looking for a house feeding to Eanes Elementary School?  Houses feeding to Eanes Elementary School offer convenient access to downtown Austin and the benefit of being ...

Renting Vs Buying In Austin Texas
As Austin home values continue to rise, I’m often asked by prospective buyers if they should wait till the market turns to buy. Truthfully, no one can predict what the market w...

Top 7 Reasons Your Home Is Still On The Market
Your property is priced too high.If I had to guess, I would say that 99% of homes that sit on the market do so because they are not priced properly.  Even if your home has a...

What Can One Do On This Property Considering Land Characteristics Zoning And Restrictions
Are you considering the best use for a piece of property you own, or wondering if you can build 100 condos on a lot you're considering purchasing?  Well, there are a variety o...

Austin Area Day Camps Sure To Entertain The Little Ones In Your Life
The Austin area boasts literally dozens of options for day camps to keep your little ones entertained during their summer break. Below are just a few of the options that caught my ...

Navigating The Accessory Dwelling Unit Process In Austin
In an effort to increase the current housing stock, the City of Austin has passed a number of initiatives in recent years to ease the process of adding an accessory dwelling uni...

Austin Real Estate Market Update
Austin Real Estate Market Update 4/17/2017 0 Comments As you might expect, April is already off to a ...

What You Need To Know When Purchasing A Condo In Austin Texas
Oftentimes, I’m working with one of my Austin clients, and we are discussing the various options that are best for their needs.&...

Thinking About Future Resale Value
Everyone knows that having a remodeled kitchen or a large backyard will affect the resale value of your home; however, did you know that being closer ...

Understanding Option Money Vs Earnest Money In An Austin Texas Transaction
My clients in the Austin area often ask me about the difference between option money and earnest money.  In Texas, the buyer must provide two che...

The Best Time To List Your Austin Area Property
Often times my Austin clients ask me when is the best time to list their property.  This is a complex question with no one size fits all answer. ...

Understanding Short Term Rental Rules In Austin
With the rise of popular sites such as Airbnb and Homeaway, a growing number of Austin residents are considering renting their properties out as short term rentals. Renting your ...

Your Guide To The Austin Greenbelt
The greenbelt, as Austinites commonly refer to it, is actually the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It contains a little more than 12.5 miles of fantastic trai...

Property Tax Rates In Austin
Property tax rates vary significantly across Austin and the many communities that make up Austin and surround Austin.  When y...

Determining Property Value When Buying Or Selling
The term comps refers to comparable properties.  Whether you are buying or selling, you will want to know the sales price for similar p...

Agrarian Community Sprouts Roots In Austin Suburb
An innovative community is breaking ground in central Texas.  Located about thirty minutes from Austin, a little less than one mile away fr...


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