Thinking About Having a New Home Built? We Can Help!

If you are considering having a home built in one of Austin’s newest neighborhoods, there could be a deal out there waiting for you! If you walk in and talk to a salesperson at a new community, it’s important to realize that they are solely representing the builder and not you. Most builders have a separate fund they pay commission from, so you can get representation at no charge to you! And representation when buying a new-build is very different (but still very important) as having representation when buying a resale property. If you have been considering looking at new homes, either to have one built from scratch or look at inventory of already-built new homes, let us know what area you’re looking in and we’ll show you the available communities!

Here are some advantages to new-builds:

-Price

There are several builders in the Austin-area looking to sell their current inventory. If customization isn’t as important to you as the floor plan or neighborhood location, this could be the time to snag a deal.

-Newness

Major items of concern, such as the roof or a/c, are all newly installed and often under warranty.

-Customization, or not

Maybe there are things you want in a home that can’t find in a resale, such as an open concept floor plan or a master bath with a double vanity. Most builders have homes in different stages of the building process, and often those that are complete or with very few customizations left are the best deals. But if you’d like to customize every detail, there are still often deals to be had regarding lot premiums, financing, and upgrades.

-How we can help you

There are still negotiations that can be made, even on fully completed spec homes. We can look at comps to see what similar houses have sold for in the development in order to negotiate on price. We may be able to negotiate on the appliance suite, flooring, etc. If the house isn’t in a fully completed state, we stay on top of the construction process for you. The process isn’t always as smooth as we’d like it to be; we’ve found bedrooms without windows, mistakes with materials, and other issues with our clients who are having a home built. Those things can be corrected, but they have to be caught! It’s our job to hold the builder responsible to what you were promised and the final product must meet your needs and wants before you get to closing day.

Good As Sold! Why you should list with us

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 If you are considering selling your house or condo this year, now is the time to start planning. The MLS is getting new listings every day, and that number will only grow as we move toward the beginning of spring. In a seller’s market like Austin, it may seem that very little prep is necessary to get a house sold. While that is the case for some properties, there are many things to consider when you are getting ready to list and each is important to ensure a smooth listing and selling process. Our goal is to make our clients’ lives easier, and we go the extra mile with consultations, marketing tools, and the latest technology.

                The first step in deciding if or when to sell your house is getting an idea of the market value. We provide every seller a complimentary in-home CMA, or comparative market analysis, which shows past sales and current trends. Seeing the property gives us an even better grasp on value because we can take into account any recent upgrades or potentially negative issues, and factor those into the estimation of worth. Once a house is listed, we continue to watch the area every day for any changes, and keep our clients updated with real-time information.

                Presentation is extremely important! The in-home consult includes a staging analysis and plan of action. We all have hectic lives with work, kids, and pets, which means that we all have stuff. If the home is occupied by sellers or tenants, there are ways to make the space more inviting for potential buyers. Vacant houses face their own set of challenges. Some properties are going to need to be staged, and that can range from one room to the entire house. For vacant homes we provide staging materials at no extra cost to our clients. That includes moving the furnishings in prior to professional photos, and out prior to closing. We have a variety of items we choose from to make each space look unique and feel inviting. Unlike working with an outside company that will charge by the week or month for use of their materials, all staging costs are included in our listing fee!

                Professional photos are an integral part of a solid listing. More than ever, buyers are turning to the internet to seek out homes that they want to see in person, so the listing photos are going to be what puts your house on a buyer’s ‘must see’ list. In the last year or so, technology has gone one step further with 3D tours (check some of them out here!). Virtual tour technology is more than simply a slideshow of the professional photos in the listing; now you can see the entire floor plan of a house from a bird’s eye view and virtually walk through every room before ever seeing it in person. Buyers love this, and so do we! This makes it very likely that when a buyer schedules an appointment to view the property, we are already on their short list. Not many brokerages are using this technology yet, but we see it as an important tool in marketing listings. That’s why we include the cost of photography and the virtual tour in our listing fee.

                We harness the power of the internet in every way we can. Each listing gets a dedicated blog post, which we then share across multiple social media platforms. On sites like Facebook and Instagram, we use the post in ads for even further reach. While online marketing is the best way to advertise, even in a saturated market it doesn’t hurt to go a step further. So to cover all our bases we go a little old school and snail-mail postcards to the target area of your property to announce that the listing has hit the market.

                There are enough difficult and tedious things in the world, and we think that selling your house shouldn’t be one of them. Fill out this form with basic information about your property, and we'll schedule your no-obligation, complimentary CMA and consult today!

**SOLD** 2215 Smith Branch Blvd: Updated Four-Bedroom House Close to Downtown Georgetown!

Check out this four-bedroom home in Georgetown, listed for $169,000!

The Google-street-view-like walkthrough and some pictures are below; click here for the full listing page with all the pictures and details. If you're not working with an agent, contact us today to set up a private showing!

May 10, from 6-8: Summer-ize Your Home Event!

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There’s a truth we all share as Texans: the summers feel like we’re living on the face of the sun! Hot doesn’t even begin to cover it. While it’s easy to remember to break out the shorts and crank up the a/c, there are things you should do for your home to make sure it gets through the summer as unscathed as you. If you recently purchased a home or are looking to purchase soon, we’ve designed this seminar with you in mind!

-Annie Goforth, Goosehead insurance: maintaining your home starts with having a great insurance policy.

-Austin Auditors, energy efficiency: there’s more to keeping you home efficient than making sure the windows are closed and the weather stripping under the door is in good shape.

-Julie & Jan team, mortgages and repair/building loans: prices are continuing to rise in the Austin area, and some buyers are finding that the homes in their price range are ones that need a little TLC.

-Integro, roofing: your roof is what keeps the sun from burning you like toast as you sit in your home.

-The Foundation Guru, foundation inspection and repair: find out what warning signs to watch for, as well as how the process works when a home does need to be leveled. 

RSVP to info@makeATXhome.com or at this Facebook event.

Thinking About Having a New Home Built? We Can Help!

Thinking About Having a New Home Built? We Can Help!

If you are considering having a home built in one of Austin’s newest neighborhoods, there could be a deal out there waiting for you! If you walk in and talk to a salesperson at a new community, it’s important to realize that they are solely representing the builder and not you. Most builders have a separate fund they pay commission from, so you can get representation at no charge to you! And representation when buying a new-build is very different (but still very important) as having representation when buying a resale property. If you have been considering looking at new homes, either to have one built from scratch or look at inventory of already-built new homes, let us know what area you’re looking in and we’ll show you the available communities!