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In the year 2020 we all spent a LOT of time at home. There was plenty of time to analyze every nook and cranny of your home and determine what updates you might like to make (if any). According to recent trends, the most common room that people want to renovate is… the bathroom! In the past year, bathroom remodels have become very popular and there are a handful of new trends out there that consumers are loving. Let’s take a deeper look at some easy updates you can make...


  1. Add a new mirror or replace an old one: Mirrors add light to your space and make the room feel larger. Easy to remove an old one and install a new one, changing out the mirror is a quick way to revitalize your bathroom! Pro tip: If you place the mirror on a wall opposite a

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The year is 2021 and the future looks bright! Especially as it relates to the Austin real estate market. Within the last 12 months, you likely know someone who moved to Austin, had a new neighbor move in, or moved to Austin yourself! Needless to say, Austin is trending right now. But what does that mean for the housing market? For one, more homes are being sold and at record breaking prices. In Travis and Williamson counties, year-over-year, single family homes sold increased 4.2% and the median price increased 9.2% to $362,000. What does this do to the inventory? With a drastic uptick in demand, we saw a 36% decrease in listing inventory. Pickings are slim here in Austin, and when you do find a home you love, odds are it’s going to sell fast!  Average…
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If you’ve lived in Texas for at least one winter season, you know the weather can be quite unpredictable. One day it’s 70 degrees and sunny and the next it’s nearing freezing temperatures and there’s a chance of snow. Luckily, Texas winters can be mild for the most part but those intense bouts of cold and ice can do a number on your home if you’re not properly prepared! As we head into the colder months, we wanted to share some pointers to keep your home in tip-top shape…

  1. Inspect your home’s heating and AC system.
     According to HVAC professionals, getting your system inspected before the drastic temperature changes happen can alleviate potential problems down the line and in turn save you a lot of money. Ensuring that your furnace is functioning…
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Who doesn’t love a good sale!? Aside from the feasts and family time, Thanksgiving brings around crazy good deals for customers both in stores and online. Check out some of our favorite home stores offering tempting holiday specials in the upcoming weeks. Some are exclusively offered online, some both in-stores and online, but at all of these retailers you will be sure to find a great deal on the next purchase for your home!

Furniture

  • Ashley Homestore 
  • Star Furniture
  • Bassett Furniture
  • Rooms To Go
  • Living Spaces

Kitchen

  • Sur La Table 
  • Williams Sonoma
  • Made In

Mattresses & Bedding

  • Casper
  • Mattress Firm
  • Birch
  • Plush Beds

Home Improvement

  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s

Electronics

  • Best Buy
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I'm constantly asked, "How's the Austin market?" "Do you think the market is slowing down?" The short answers to those questions is "great" and "nope"!

Thanks to Mark Sprague, Director of Information Capital at Independence Title, who gave an informative presentation at the Residential Real Estate Council's luncheon yesterday. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Austin's employment growth is forecasted to be between 1 to 2% through 2019/2020 (primarily in technology, healthcare, and business & professional services).
  • Real estate sales will continue to be strong; tight inventory in Austin and Dallas. Texas in general continues to see the longest expansive price growth run! Home and commercial values will continue to improve.
  • A prime indicator of
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Here are 10 simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life!

  1.  
    • Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
    • Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
    • Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use.
    • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
    • Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used
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  By HomeAdvisor

The sun is shining, birds are singing and it’s time for your garden to come back from the winter weather. Your garden needs some help getting back in shape, though, so it’s time to get the supplies from the home improvement store, pull out the tools from the shed and get to work. 

Here are some tips for your getting your spring garden green and beautiful by the time the season reaches its peak: 

1. Clean out the garden.

It’s time to clean your garden and remove all the debris (leaves, leftover snow, etc.) Get rid of weeds, making sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back. This is also a good time to sharpen your garden tools, if needed, because you’re going to

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Posted in Home Sales Statistics, Sales Tips & Techniques, Staging, Staging Tips, by Blog Contributor on June 22, 2015 980  

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource

Sometimes it can be a challenge convincing the home seller to use a certified staging professional so I created some visuals using the latest, 2014-2015 statistics to assist agents in getting the point across to their clients. Professional home staging is not only for homes that are a “mess” but it also makes a huge difference in the selling price for homes that are “typical”.

 

In fact, statistics show that it doesn’t matter whether the home is vacant, occupied, a fixer or a beauty — when a certified staging professional gets a hold of it, an average 10 percent

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Bartlett Real Estate Group Coordinates 8th Annual Blood Drive

Four Points, February 17, 2018:  Each year, The Bartlett Real Estate Group of Keller Williams Realty coordinates and hosts a community blood drive in the Four Points area. This year marked the 8th year for the event and the outpouring of support from the Four Points community made the blood drive another huge success. As little as 3 teaspoons can save a baby’s life and this year the Bartlett Real Estate Group was able to collect enough donations to save over 350 baby’s lives.

 

Shannon Kramer, Realtor at Bartlett Real Estate Group, has been coordinating the blood drive for more than 8 years and says, “I am always so thankful to be part of such a generous community. We have so many

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If spring is in the air, don't let a musty house spoil it. Here are seven tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves  
  1. The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
  2. The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
  3. Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.
  4. Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a
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