Austin Condo For Lease

Gorgeous Austin Downtown condo recently remodeled 2-bed, 1-bath condo with stainless steel appliances, frig, walk-in shower, Nest thermo, walking distance to Town Lake Boardwalk, DT, UT or St. Eds campus or South Congress Ave. Quiet community with swimming pool in courtyard surrounded by beautiful historic live oaks trees. Ideal location for professionals or students working in or around the downtown area or college student attending UT, St Ed’s or ACC. Condo near Capital Metro and UT shuttle. Complex Pet friendly complex

7301 S. Glenn St. Austin, TX Colorado Crossing

 

Home For Sale

Home For Sale

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to purchase this large 2,209 SF +/- 5-bedroom, 2.5 bath home located in the Colorado Crossing. This home priced at only $225,000 can be found in south east Austin near McKinney Roughs located only a short distance from Bergstrom International Airport and only 15 minuted from the world famous downtown Austin.  And don’t forget you have easy access to the toll road for quick trips to north or south Austin.

 

 

You won’t find many 5-bedroom homes built in 2011 that are priced at $225,000 so call David Board now to schedule your private tour. The master bedroom with master bath is located downstairs and the other 4 rooms are located upstairs. This home has very tall ceilings, recessed lights, new carpets installed August 2015 and a fresh coat of paint throughout, large private backyard for family fun and entertainment and located directly across the street from the kiddy park.   If you are looking for a move in ready home this is the home for you and if you are worried about financing don’t worry I have several preferred lenders that I work closely with and they are ready to get you pre qualified today.

Marketing Strategy at the Austin Boardwalk Opening Ceremony Hampered

Mayor Lee Leffingwell This mornings ceremonies of the Austin Boardwalk was held under the blistering heat but that certainly didn’t persuade the thousands of Hike & Bike users, supporter and many other Austinites from attending this special occasion. As a frequent walker and runner of the trail I was glad to see it finally open after what seemed like years to build. But I didn’t attend the ceremony for the sheer pleasure either. Needless to say I had ulterior motives.  In my infamous wisdom I attempted to capitalize on this unique opportunity to market my Austin real estate business to the thousand or so attendees by wearing my Keller Williams Realty walking billboard sign.  Unfortunately my efforts we short lived when I was approached before the opening ceremonies by a very nice and polite park ranger who informed me that I was free to stay by my David Board Properties Billboard had to GO.  I politely asked if there was a city ordinance that prohibited by billboard and at first the park ranger seemed a little puzzled but said she was told by an official that since it was a city sponsored event and unregistered advertising was not allowed Council Member Chris Riley    Although a little disappointed I thanked the ranger and placed my walking billboard in my car, changed into some shorts and a tank top, grabbed my awesome real estate 35mm Cannon camera and started talking pictures and video of the entire event. I even got a few pictures of the mayor and a few city council members.  There were other local vendors at the event but they were giving away free tee shirts, coffee, water and what I thought was the crowds favorite, ice cream on a stick.Billboard Picture  Even tho my primary intention was to promote the David Board Properties and the Austin side of my real estate business, I had a great time and I think most of the pictures reflect that Austinities did too.

The opening event took place at the Lakeshore Trailhead at the eastern end of the Boardwalk, located at 1928 South Lakeshore Boulevard (78741). Guest speakers included the Honorable Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Mayor Pro Tem; Sheryl Cole, City Council Member’s Chris Riley and Mike Martinez along with many other city officials and local dignitaries.   There was a ribbon cutting ceremony,  live music by the SoundWaves, a festive march across the Boardwalk led by the Eastside Panther Drumline, and an aerial dance performance under I-35 by Blue Lapis Light  presented by The Trail Foundation and underwritten by Silicon Labs.    The Boardwalk will close a 1.3-mile gap along the southeast portion of the 10-mile Butler Trail. The Trail came to life during the 1970s thanks to a unique public-private civic effort led by the Citizen’s Committee for a More Beautiful Town Lake and its Honorary Chairwoman, Lady Bird Johnson. Today, the Butler Trail remains a key part of Austin’s quality of life, with 3,000 to 15,000 people using it every day of the year. 

Summertime 2014 in Austin Should Be Prime Open House Season

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Short & Sweet—Austin and Bastrop Open House Checklist

Estimates so far indicate that summertime 2014 is likely to be a better than usual season for Austin home sales. The past winter threw a wet blanket over all kinds of business activity, creating a perfect scenario for a sales bounce back—and that’s exactly what is beginning to show up in the stats. As Bloomberg News reported last week, sales of homes “climbed in April for the first time in three months…the biggest in six months…”

If you will be taking advantage of the uptick by listing your property for this summer’s market, having an open house in Austin, Tx is a prime way to attract prospective buyers. With a little focus and energy, getting your home in shape can be easier than you might imagine.

The checklist is short:

Landscaping

The place to begin is with the Summertime Open House starts with the landscaping—it frames the picture that’s the first thing buyers see when they pull up during the warm months. If you don’t have summer flowers planted, that’s okay—improvise! Purchase a few hanging baskets and potted plants. Place them along pathways, the entrance, and other places that could use a little bit of color. Hose the exterior, but if the years have been too tough, you may need a refresher coat of paint or trim. Perk up the lawn with an easy-to-apply lawn food spray; edge where needed; then mow and admire!

Get a Fresh Outlook

Give your windows a good cleaning (outside first)—it’s surprising the amount of sparkle that simple job can add to your Austin open house. Air the house thoroughly as you do a deep clean where it’s needed: usually a shampoo of carpets and rugs will accomplish the lion’s share of the work. Add some summer color to your rooms with fresh throw pillows, and as your open house draws near, see where a few well-placed floral arrangements would add bright color to draw the eye.

Last Checks

Before the day of your open house, there are a few more quick checks to be made. Walk around the house. Are the air conditioner units clean? Are the gutters and rain spouts in good shape? Outdoor spaces are great selling points to make your home more attractive to buyers, and a summertime Austin open house creates the perfect opportunity to show them off. There are always a few little things you’ve been meaning to attend to…now is the time!

Looking for more open house tips? Call me today if you’re thinking of listing your {Your Region} home for sale. We can discuss a marketing plan to get your home S-O-L-D this

 

Easter Bluebonnets in Bastrop

 

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I mentioned in one of my recent  blogs that its not  illegal to pick bluebonnets.  However,  I strongly recommend against it and since we are talking about Bluebonnets let me share with you where you can find this official  treasured Texas flower.  One of the largest patches of Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paint Brushes that I have seen in a number of years are located just a short drive from Austin or Bastrop. If you live in Austin take the enjoyable drive out Highway 71 towards Bastrop and about nine miles from the airport you will find one of the largest most beautiful fields of colorful Bluebonnets mixed with the native Indian Paint Brushes you have ever seen.  If you live in Bastrop or somewhere between Bastrop and Houston take Highway 71 towards Austin and just look for the cars lined up on the shoulder of the roadway and be careful when pulling off the roadway because there are lots of small children eager to make their way to the Bluebonnet fields.

 

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Its really great to see the excitement of many families on this Easter Sunday taking some memorable photographs of their children and grandchildren and I’m no exception.   And don’t be surprised if you’re asked to take a few pictures for the single parents with their children because it happened to me several times and I was glad to help. I can see these family pictures hitting Facebook before they even drive away.  These Bluebonnets and Indian Paint Brushes make awesome backdrops and can only be found in Texas.   So if you’re traveling for the Easter Holiday’s take my advice and visit this little bluebonnet treasure between Austin and Bastrop and drop me a line, post your favorite family picture and share your thoughts.

The Value of being Pre-Approved

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David Board’s Pre-Approval Video

Pre qualification for a home loan is a lenders best guess at what you can afford but it’s not a guarantee.  Pre-Approval on the other hand is a firm commitment from your lender based on your actual finances. If you know what you want Pre Approval can insure you get the home that you want.  If you are thinking about purchasing a home in the Austin or Bastrop, TX areas and you don’t have the cash in the bank to out right purchase the home, then we need to get you Pre- Approved.  If you don’t have a  lender that’s ok too because I have several very reputable lenders that I work with extensively with that can help you get approved usually over the phone by asking a few questions about your current income and employment status. Its a very quick and painless process  that can be done over the phone and without  you ever having to take time off work to drive to their office.  If you want to know more about the Pre- Approval process or about purchasing your next home be sure to give me a call.

Keller Williams Realty- Family Reunion-Phoeniz, AZ

My name is David Board and I’m a real estate agent representing clients in Bastrop and Austin, TX.  I just returned from the Keller Williams Realty Family Reunion in Phoenix, AZ.  This conference is one of the largest real estate conferences in the world and I heard from some of the best in the business.  Keller Williams gathered over 10,000 of its top real estate agent professionals to share the best strategies and technology for helping buy or sell your home.  If your thinking of moving please contact me today at 512-629-6107

KEYE TV Interview-What should Home Owners Disclose?

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KEYE TV INTERVIEW W/Alex Boyer

As a real estate professional specializing in residential sales in the Austin and Bastrop communities I had the pleasure of doing an interview with KEYE News Reporter Alex Boyer about when should a home owner who’s selling a home disclose a death to potential buyers. Texas Property code requires that sellers of a home disclose a death that occurred on property other than a death caused by: natural causes, suicide, or accident unrelated to the Property’s condition. Section 5.008 of the Texas Property code is available here. So basically what the code is saying  is that if a murder or a death caused by the property condition occurs on the property, the home owner is bound by law to disclose that information to any potential buyer. Surprising the are some exceptions to this law that applies to foreclosures, bank owned homes, homes that are under the control of a trustee or rental properties. These individuals do not have to disclose murders that occurred on the property in fact they are exempt for disclosing anything.

Let me ask you this. Would you purchase a home knowing a murder occurred on the property?

I actually represented some awesome client’s several months ago that were looking to purchase a nice two story home in the Del Valle area and the property owner as required by law disclosed that a murder/suicide occurred in the home.  My client’s didn’t want to know the details of the murder but decided to move forward with the purchase anyways.   Unfortunately the home was appraised way below the market value and the seller refused to negotiate with my client’s on the sale price and the deal fell through. But the good new I found them another home in Del Valle, TX and they are some happy clients.

If you would like additional information about what you are required to disclose as a home owner or if your looking to purchase a home and want to know what should be disclosed give me a call. I would love to earn your real estate business.

Northeast Austin Home For Sale $189,000

img_0026This 3-bedroon, 2-bath, 1,68 +/- SF home is a great buy in the up and coming area of North East Austin is by far the best deal in the neighborhood an is offered at on;y $195,000. This Austin home has a beautiful private backyard with outdoor shop (man cave) fully functioning above ground hot tube, playscape for the kids, BBQ patio and large trees offering plenty of shade. If your a first time home buyer or looking for a home with easy access to downtown Austin, UT campus,  Bergstrom International airport,  Formula One or the Mueller Community this is the perfect home for you. The owner will convey refrigerator, wash, dyer and backyard swings.  Hurry this home will not last long.