Austin Real Estate Market Update

 

May 17, 2017

7 Ways to Invest in Yourself

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” - Aristotle

One of the best investments you can make is the investment in yourself.  Personal development is more popular than ever as more people strive to achieve higher levels of success.

This month, I’m sharing information that outlines seven ways to invest in yourself through a commitment to personal growth. From taking seminars and reading more books to listening to podcasts and finding a mentor or coach, the list includes options for even the busiest person. The piece also includes the benefits of adopting a growth mindset and committing to lifelong learning and personal development.

Achieve more success in all areas of your life with these helpful tips. Share this information with your family and friends to help them achieve their goals as well.

Sincerely,

Lori Wakefield, REALTOR

Keller Williams Realty, Austin TX

 

Oh, by the way®… if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and business number. I’ll be happy to follow up and take great care of them.

7 Ways to Invest in Yourself | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | www.AustinRealEstateGroup.com

7 Ways to Invest in Yourself | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | www.AustinRealEstateGroup.com

 Interested in learning more?  Check out our article:  5 Steps for Personal Development

April 12, 2017

7 Features that May Sell Your Home Faster

Are you thinking of listing your home this spring? You may be wondering what you can do to make your home more attractive and allow it to stand out from other similar homes in your market.

This month, I’m sending information about the seven features that may help your home sell faster. From energy-efficient windows and appliances to hardwood floors, these are the most popular features buyers look for when searching for homes. The second page outlines other features that help your home stand out, from updated kitchens and bathrooms to home offices.

If your home has these features, we’ll be sure to highlight them if you decide to list. If not, and you want to renovate to add them, give me a call and I’ll connect you with a great contractor in my network. Also, if you’re thinking of listing your home in the coming months, I’d love to discuss the market with you. Give me a call and I’ll give you a comparative market analysis of your home and answer any questions you may have.

 

Sincerely,

Lori Wakefield, REALTOR
512.657.4455

 

Oh, by the way®… if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and business number. I’ll be happy to follow up and take great care of them.

 

 7 Features that May Sell Your Home Faster | www.AustinRealEstateGroup.com

7 Features that May Sell Your Home Faster | www.AustinRealEstateGroup.com

March 15, 2017

Are you thinking of buying a home this year?

Are you thinking of buying a home this year? The decision is a big one for many people. Below are several questions to ask to help you decide whether or not now is a good time for you to buy. It also includes three signs you’re ready to buy or sell a home.

Three signs you're ready to buy or sell a home

 

Oh, by the way®... if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and business number. I’ll be happy to follow up and take great care of them. 

Feb. 25, 2017

What's in Store for the Real Estate Market in 2017

 3 Reasons to Take Housing Predictions with a Grain of Salt

At the beginning of the year, it’s common to see articles in magazines, in newspapers and online that offer predictions about the national housing market. These forecasts may provide insight to real estate professionals and interested investors; however, to the average person who’s thinking of buying or selling, the predictions often don’t make a difference in their final decision.

Here’s why:

1. All real estate is local.

What’s going on in the national market may not be an accurate reflection of what’s going on in our market. If you want to know about our local market and what your home is worth, I’m happy to answer all of your real estate questions.

2. The future is uncertain.

Experts estimate future market trends based on current statistics and historical trends. In other words, they use past and current data to find clues as to what might happen next. However, national and global events can have an unforeseen impact on the economy, including the housing market. While experts may predict one thing now, the reality could turn out to be very different.

3. Buying and selling is a personal choice.

If you’re ready to buy or sell a home, your decision may rely on factors other than the state of the market. For example, family changes and job relocations are two of the most common reasons people move.

While it’s smart to consider the state of the market when you’re thinking of buying or selling, in the end, if you think it’s a good time, then it’s a good time.

Why buy?

1. It is part of your financial plan.

You are financially ready and now have the freedom to make the property your home.

2. Circumstances are right.

Whether you’ve relocated for a job or just sold your home, circumstances may have forced your hand to buy.

3. There are lots of homes for sale in your desired market.

If your desired home is in a buyer’s market, now is a great time to buy if you’ve been on the fence.

Why sell?

1. You’ve outgrown your home.

If your family is growing or your parents or adult children have moved in, it may be time to sell in favor of a larger home.

2. You want to live closer to family or friends.

If you want to spend more time with your loved ones, it may be time to sell and move closer to them. 3. You’re relocating for a job. Whether you’re transferring within your company or you’ve found your dream job, a change in work circumstances may cause you to list your home

Feb. 21, 2017

NEW PRICE! 14715 Wildrye Austin TX

Beautiful finish out!  Open floorplan!  Office!  Gameroom!  AND Media/Bonus room!  Hill country views!  Gorgeous treed backyard!  

4122sqft | 5 bedroom | 3 car garage | Offered at $543,000

Looking for a family friendly neighborhood? Rocky Creek features 300 acres of natural open space with approximately 5 miles of natural hike and bike trails, and an amenity center, including a resort pool and playground

Looking for great schools? Lake Travis ISD ranks nationally as one of the best in the US - Want to be close to area shopping? Rocky Creek is just 4.5 miles off Hwy 71 with easy access to grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, and the Hill Country Galleria.  

17512 Wildrye Dr Austin TX 78738 | Homes for Sale Lake Travis  
Listing Presented by Lori Wakefield, Austin Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Lake Travis, Austin Texas 
512.657.4455 or visit www.AustinRealEstateGroup.com

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17512 Wildrye Dr Austin TX 78738 - Best Value in Rocky Creek!
4122 sqft
5 Bedrooms
4 1/2 Baths
.3 acre lot
Wood tile throughout the main living areas
Kitchen open to Living area
Cover porch 

Austin TX
Travis County
Lake Travis ISD
Serene Hills Elementary
Hudson Bend Middle School
Lake Travis High School
Easy Commute to downtown Austin

If you would like to schedule a private tour of 17512 Wildrye Dr Austin TX - Please contact listing agent Lori Wakefield at 512.657.4455

Also, if you would like to see other homes for sale in Rocky Creek or the Lake Traivs area or are interested in real estate investing in Austin, contact Lori Wakefield from Keller Williams Realty at 512-657-4455

Thinking of selling your home in Rocky Creek? Lori Wakefield from Keller Williams Realty will give you a Home Value Assessment and Seller's Guide 
You will also get a custom home value of your Rocky Creek Real Estate.

There are many 5 bedroom homes in Rocky Creek and 4 bedroom homes as well - Search Here 

17512 Wildrye Dr Austin TX 78738

 

 

Feb. 9, 2017

Best High Schools in Austin Texas

According to USAInner.com, the Austin area boasts 5 of the Top High Schools in the State of Texas.  Pretty impressive considering there are 3,709 High Schools in the State!

Congratulations to Lake Travis High School, Lake Travis High School, Westwood High School, Liberal Arts & Science Academy and Westlake High School for making the list of Top High Schools in the State of Texas.

Check out the entire report here - Best High Schools in Texas

Why are Good Schools Important When Buying a Home?

Even if you do not have school age children, buying a home within a good school district is a smart decision because those areas are typically in high demand which is great for appreciation and resale.

Search for Homes in Austin's Best School Districts

Lake Travis ISD

The Lake Travis school district is located in the Southwest portion of Travis county and serves approximately 8,200 students.  Not only does Lake Travis High School rank as one of the Top High Schools in both Texas and the US, it also boasts some of the States top performing sports, music and art programs as well as clubs.

Search Homes for Sale by School

Lake Travis High School
Lake Travis Middle School 
Hudson Bend Middle School
Lake Travis Elementary
Lakeway Elementary
Lake Point Elementary
Bee Cave Elementary
Serene Hills Elementary
West Cypress Hills Elementary

Dripping Springs ISD

The Dripping Springs school district is located in the Northwest portion of Hays county and serves approximately 5,400 students.  Not only is Dripping Springs High School ranked in the Top 20 Best High Schools in Texas, it is also ranked in Top 100 Nationally.

Search Homes for Sale by School

Dripping Springs High School
Dripping Springs Middle School
Dripping Springs Elementary 
Rooster Springs Elementary
Walnut Springs Elementary

Eanes ISD

The Eanes school district is located in Travis County and centrally located with easy access to downtown Austin.  It serves approximately 7,700 students.  Westlake High School consistently ranks as one of the Top High Schools in the US.

Search Homes for Sale by School

Westlake High School
Hill Country Middle School
West Ridge Middle School
Barton Creek Elementary
Bridge Point Elementary
Cedar Creek Elementary
Eanes Elementary
Forest Trail Elementary
Valley View Elementary

Round Rock ISD

While the Round Rock school district is head quartered in the city of Round Rock, the district also encompasses northwestern portions of the City of Austin, southeastern of Cedar Park, and unincorporated portions of both Williamson and Travis Counties.  It is a very large school district serving 46,500 students.  Of the 5 high schools in the district, Westwood ranks as one of the top in both the State of Texas as well as the US.

Westwood High School Homes for Sale

 

Looking to buy or sell real estate in Austin Texas?  Call us first!  512.657.4455

 

Feb. 3, 2017

NEW PRICE! 708 Bermuda Dr, Lakeway TX | Lakeway Home for Sale

Waterfront cove frontage on a quiet Lakeway street, this home is nestled in a serene forest like setting. Enjoy beautiful sunsets on the back deck, walk down to the lake or take in the beautiful nature & wildlife! The main level of the home features the Master Bedroom, Living Room, Dining, & outdoor access to the Patio, Deck, Pool and Boat Dock. Upstairs 2 Bedrooms and large shared Bath.  Offered at $599,000

708 Bermuda Lakeway TX 78734 | Homes for Sale Lakeway  
Listing Presented by Lori Wakefield, Austin Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Lake Travis, Austin Texas 
512.657.4455 or visit www.AustinRealEstateGroup.com

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708 Bermuda, Lakeway TX 78734 - One of the best homes for sale in Lakeway!
2581 sqft
3 Bedrooms
2 1/2 Baths
.38 acre lot
Travertine tile throughout the first floor
Kitchen open to Living area
Cover porch and deck
Pool
Waterfront
Lake access
Private boat dock
Austin TX
Travis County
Lake Travis ISD
Serene Hills Elementary
Hudson Bend Middle School
Lake Travis High School
Commute to downtown Austin

If you would like to schedule a private tour of 708 Bermuda, Lakeway TX - Please contact listing agent Lori Wakefield at 512.657.4455

Also, if you would like to see other homes for sale in Lakeway or are interested in real estate investing in Lakeway, contact Lori Wakefield from Keller Williams Realty at 512-657-4455

Thinking of selling your home in Lakeway? Lori Wakefield from Keller Williams Realty will give you a Home Value Assessment and Seller's Guide 
You will also get a custom home value of your Lakeway Real Estate.

There are many 3 bedroom homes in Lakeway and 4 bedroom homes as well - Search Here 

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Feb. 2, 2017

Does Your Property Have a Lot of Shade? Here's How to Landscape

Too much shade can make a home seem dark and uninviting to home buyers. Luckily, there are things that can be done to make a shady property more desirable before it goes on the market. The following landscaping tips will help make a shady property look more appealing to prospective buyers.

Prune Trees and Tall Shrubs

Overgrown trees and tall shrubs can create deep shadows around a home. To cut back on the gloom, prune plants just enough to let in light. The “sun dappled” look is much more cheerful than full shade. As a bonus, a little sun on the lawn will help you grow a wider range of plants on your property.

Turn to Shade Tolerant Plants and Shrubs

Improving the landscaping before putting a house on the market can make a home more attractive to buyers. However, don’t forget that many plants need a lot of sun to grow properly. When landscaping on a shady property, be careful to buy shade tolerant plants like fuscia, hostas, hydrangeas and lily of the valley.

Install Beds Where Grass Won't Grow

Even shade tolerant grass will sometimes grow poorly in deep shade, which means that a shady lawn may have some bare patches. If this is the case, installing flower beds in the area can help you spruce up the space and keep your lawn looking beautiful. Fill your flower beds with shade tolerant varieties like the ones described above, or make install low-maintenance rock beds.

Cut Back Overhanging Branches

Cut away any overhanging branches that reach over the roof. Large branches pose a threat to your home should they ever fall and could make buyers wary of your property when they take a closer look. Even small overhanging branches can be problematic as well because they provide a way in to your attic for small animals and vermin.

Tidy Up Leaves and Twigs

Trees have a way of dropping leaves and twigs all over the property, which can make the entire yard look unkempt. To make your yard seem neat and tidy, do what you can to pick up leaves and twigs before putting your house on the market. This is especially important if selling in fall, when leaves can coat the entire lawn.

Making a regular yard pick-up routine can help your home look its best every day. If you live on a large lot, you may want to divide duties up into sections of the yard for different days of the week.

Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Any property can be a challenge to sell if not properly presented to buyers. Working with an experienced agent will help you avoid any pitfalls and can help you sell your home quickly. Contact a professional early in the process to find out which strategies will help make your property more appealing to buyers.

Jan. 21, 2017

PRICE REDUCED 17512 Wildrye Dr, Austin TX 78738

[PRICE REDUCED] Beautiful finish out - Open floorplan - Office - Gameroom and Media/Bonus room - Hill country views

Looking for a family friendly neighborhood? Rocky Creek features 300 acres of natural open space with approximately 5 miles of natural hike and bike trails, and an amenity center, including a resort pool and playground - Looking for great schools? Lake Travis ISD ranks nationally as one of the best in the US - Want to be close to area shopping? Rocky Creek is just 4.5 miles off Hwy 71 with easy access to grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, and the Hill Country Galleria

17512 Wildrye Dr., Austin TX 78738 
http://www.austinrealestategroup.com/property/5093065/?view

Call me for a private tour 512.657.4455

 

17512 Wildrye Dr, Austin TX 78738 foyer | Austin Real Estate Agent Lori Wakefield

17512 Wildrye Dr Austin TX 78738 kitchen | Austin Texas Real Estate Agent Lori Wakefield

17512 Wildrye Dr Austin TX 78738 living room | Austin Texas Real Estate Agent Lori Wakefield

17512 Wildrye Dr Austin TX 78738 front porch | Austin Texas Real Estate Agent Lori Wakefield

17512 Wildrye Dr Austin TX 78738 front | Austin Texas Real Estate Agent Lori Wakefield

Jan. 10, 2017

Do unanswered emails and texts keep you awake at night?

Although technology allows us to be more connected than ever, the urge to stay in touch with the world, regardless of the hour, can impair our physical and mental health.

This month I’m sending information to help you take the stress out of your technology. The information examines the five common issues that people experience with their technology, and offers solutions to alleviate them. Smartphones and tablets are great tools that allow you to connect with work, family and friends from anywhere in the world; however, it’s also important to take an occasional break from your gadgets—your mind and body will thank you.

Pass this information on to family and friends to encourage them to minimize their technology stress as well.

Sincerely,

 

Oh, by the way®… if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and business number. I’ll be happy to follow up and take great care of them.