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Low-ball offer?

Good advice on making a low-ball offer for a home: Six Lowball Offer Mistakes Buyers Often Make I have had this conversation with many of my clients and know that this my approach avoids these problems and offers the best chance for success.

Austin’s economy just doing OK

I’ve been writing for a long time about the contrasts between the Austin/Central Texas economy and what we read and see and hear in the national press.  Here’s an article on the subject from the Austin American-Statesman: Austin’s economy just doing OK.

Remembering, and moving forward …

Today is an occasion to pray for those who were lost on 9/11/11, to thank those here and abroad who have sacrificed so much since then, and to look forward calmly and resolutely to the many bright days ahead. Continue reading

A quick comparison

The Austin Board Of Realtors® reported yesterday that “Sales of single-family homes in the Austin area were 14 percent higher in January 2011 than January 2010.” (See Austin Business Journal article.) Since that data differs from my Austin Market Dashboard update yesterday, I just want to point out …
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Pricing to sell — the real world

Price your house right the first time. Why spend more time on the market just to sell for less? Continue reading

Housing Bubble? Austin compared to Case-Shiller cities

I decided to assemble a more complete comparison of home prices in the Austin area and in the Case-Shiller indices (10-city and 20-city composites). The result? Here’s what a housing bubble looks like. Continue reading

What a place — Austin grows jobs!

There is an entrepreneurial ethic in Austin that you don’t find everywhere. Continue reading

2010: in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health Continue reading

Negative equity declines

Fewer homeowners nationwide were upside down in 3Q ’10 compared to 2Q ’10. That’s good. What it means is less certain. Continue reading

A new program to help avoid foreclosure

There is a new program available for homeowners in financial distress — HAFA. Continue reading