Erika Albert's Blog Posts

Prepping Your Home Now To Net The Most Money On Your Austin Home Sale

In the past, I’ve discussed cosmetic strategies for preparing your home to sell for the most money.  Articles such as 9 Tips to Increase Your Home’s Worth and Prioritizing

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Filing Your Homestead Exemption In Greater Austin

It’s that time of year again!  If you purchased a primary residence in 2017, make sure to file your homestead exemption with the county to save some money on your property taxes! You must

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Buying Your First Home In Austin Texas

If you’ve been renting for a while, I’m sure you’ve at one time considered the idea of buying a home.  Yearning for a place where I could rip the carpet out, paint the walls whatever

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Why Now Is The Best Time Of Year To Get A Killer Deal On An Austin Home

If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a house in Austin, now is the time to take the plunge and start looking at homes.  According to data from the Austin Board of REALTORS, the lowest

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The Wild West Two West Austin Communities Where Anything Goes

Are you the type of person that thinks if you own your property you should be able to do whatever you please with it?  If you want to build a fence, paint your door pink, or park an RV on your

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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 Austin area

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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 beams, tear out the

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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 first place?;

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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 and develop a

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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 home on the.

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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 buyer

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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 little before,

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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 incredibly user

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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 about Austin’s 78704

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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 resulted in

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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 of the hill.

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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, spending some time

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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 refer to Westlake

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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 norms and the

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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 in the acclaimed

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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 will do. 

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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 crumbling

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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 of considerations

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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 eye for this!

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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 unit (ADU) to your.

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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 good start for the

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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.  I’ll be

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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 to a Starbucks

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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 checks once under

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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.  First, it

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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 home out during

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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 trails.  Year

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Property Tax Rates In Austin

Property tax rates vary significantly across Austin and the many communities that make up Austin and surround Austin.  When you are purchasing

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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 properties. It's

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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 from Elgin’s Main

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