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Taxes: Homestead Exemption

Posted on March 14, 2019  /  in Blog, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

What You Need to Know About the Homestead Exemption Saving money is at the top of every homeowner’s list, especially during tax season. With all the available credits and deductions available to owners, one important tax break not to miss is the Residence Homestead Exemption that can help save money on property taxes. What is […]

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If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need […]

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As we begin another year, everyone wants to know: “Where is the housing market headed in 2019?” It’s not only buyers, sellers, and homeowners who are impacted. The real estate market plays an integral role in the overall U.S. economy.  Fortunately, key indicators point toward a stable housing market in 2019 with signs of modest […]

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DIY Moving Tips

Posted on January 17, 2017  /  in Articles, Blog, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

When it comes time to move in Austin, here are some tips that will help get you by. Moving can be a stressful time. You are excited about moving into your new place, but you may not be apprehensive about the move itself. Organization becomes your best friend if you are considering a DIY move. […]

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Home Wiring

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

The type of wiring in residential homes generally depends on when the home was built, where it was built and if it has been updated. In the older homes, knob and tube type wiring was the norm, replaced later by encased plastic-sheathed wiring. In most cases the newer plastic-sheathed wiring is copper, insulated with plastic […]

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Energy Efficient Windows

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

Single pane, double pane, thermo pane, triple pane windows, plain glass, leaded glass, low “e” glass, wired glass, and tempered glass, too. WOW – There’s a lot to know! Some children have been known to shatter a window or two. Tempered glass can prevent this. Fogged thermal pane windows might need to be replaced if […]

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Thinking Of Stucco?

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

Many newer homes are now being sided with artificial stucco siding, or EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems). This is essentially polystyrene foam with a base coat, reinforcement mesh, then another base coat and then a finishing coat of stucco over the top. This is a terrific product, as it adds insulation value to the home, […]

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Lap Siding

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

When you are checking out homes, there are several items in our market you need to be aware of – including man-made siding. A lot has been said about L.P.( Louisiana Pacific) OSB (Oriented Strand Board) products, and they have borne most of the bad press. But did you know that there can be issues […]

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Plumbing Alert

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

You will spot several different types of plumbing systems in any housing market, including our own. Copper, galvanized, rigid plastic, polybutylene, and soft plastic are but a few. Certain systems are more prone to having certain problems. Galvanized water pipe is most prone to rusting on the horizontal surfaces (such as under a floor) versus […]

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Lead Paint

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

All sellers with homes built prior to 1978 are required to fill out a lead-based paint disclosure form and provide you, the buyer, with a lead-based paint educational booklet in any sale. Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause […]

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