Austin Condo For Sale

Downtown Condo For Sale

Do you want to own a downtown Austin Condo?

Have you ever considered downtown condo living in the music capital of the world?  Well now is your opportunity to own this absolutely stunning penthouse condo located on the 13th floor of the Milago in the heart of Austin with a partial Lady Bird Lake view.

This awesome 2-bedroom, 2-bath 1164 SF (+/-) condo comes with two reserved parking spaces (213 & 214). This condo is located in the Rainy St. District with lots of entertainment, food and music with access to Town Lake Hike and Bike trail. Not suitable for short term rental, 12-month minimum with HOA rental requirements.

If you want to take a preview of this condo or any other Austin condo please give me a call, I would love to earn your business.

 

903 West Village Ln Austin, TX

You wont find a 1,246 SF (+/-) 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath condo in Austin at a better price. This condo comes with a one car garage, 1-reserved parking spot, private back patio, community pool, hot tub, tennis courts, dog park and huge oak trees providing an abundance of shade throughout the community. Perfect for home owner or investor. Owner is a real estate agent. Request showing through CCS.

118 Saddle Court Bastrop, TX

Horse Property

If you are a horse enthusiast, animal lover or just prefer country living with plenty green space between you and the neighbors this will be the perfect home for you and the family. This very large 2,761 SF +/- SF, 5-bedroom 3-bath home is located on approx 6.2 acres, fully fenced and comes with a large horse barn and tack room and an in-ground swimming pool. The concrete slab from the old home will make the perfect garage or covered pavilion.

 

101 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Sale

101 Ways To Prepare Your House For Sale

 

A great first impression is a key to selling your house or condo. Prospective buyers want to see your home in “showplace” condition. Most buyers select their home based on emotion and then justify the decision with facts, so it’s important to make the house look great. Remember, you have just a few seconds to create a winning first impression. Here are 101 ways to prepare your house for sale to help boost your bottom line and sell your home quickly.

 

Start with the outside

The first impression people have of your home is what it looks like from the outside. Believe it or not, some buyers make a decision to keep on driving to the next property just by looking at the outside of the house. Here are some tips to make them want to come inside:

  • Spruce up the lawn by cutting, trimming, weeding and removing all yard clutter. A great-looking lawn makes a great first impression.
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds – it gives a fresh and maintained look for a low cost.
  • Trim your trees and bushes.
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
  • Power wash home’s exterior, driveway, walkway, patio and deck.
  • Consider painting if the house needs it, or if the color is “dated” – a fresh coat of paint on the outside can make the house look completely updated.
  • Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
  • Paint the front door.
  • Buy a new welcome mat.
  • Place potted flowers near the front door.
  • Plant some bright flowers in places that could use some brightening.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Clean windows inside and out – make them sparkle.
  • Make sure your house numbers are easy to see, and consider getting new ones if it would improve the look from the street.

 

Now let’s go inside

The way you live in a home and the way you sell a home are two different things. Once your home is on the market it’s in competition with other properties – it needs to always look like a model home. Even if you aren’t Mr. or Ms. Perfect, your home needs to look like you are. Here are tips on keeping the inside of your home looking its best.

The entryway sets the stage:

  • Replace the entrance light bulbs to brighten up the entry, and make sure the light is on if people are coming at dusk or after dark.
  • Make sure the doorbell works.
  • Make sure the door is in perfect working order. No squeaking, jamming or sticking locks. Make it effortless to get in the house.
  • Once inside, make sure the entryway is free of clutter: shoes, coats, umbrellas and anything that takes up space.
  • If you have an entry table or shelves keep them clutter free.
  • Make the front closet look spacious and uncluttered by removing any extra coats, shoes, hats, gloves, etc.

 

Tips for every room in the house:

  • Go through your home room by room and pack up 30% of your stuff. You want it as clutter free as possible.
  • Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site.
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings. Use a neutral color. You don’t want buyers to remember your home as “the house with the purple bedroom.”
  • If carpeting is in good condition and neutral in color, have it cleaned. If not, replace it. Off-white carpet is best; this makes the rooms look larger and cleaner.
  • If replacing the carpet pad, select a very thick one then install just a modest grade of carpeting. The feel will be plush and expensive, but it’s not.
  • Clean or refinish wood floors.
  • Pack everything from all closets that you don’t need. You want to create the perception of roominess.
  • Remove everything but a week’s worth of linens from the linen closet. Fold them neatly and color-coordinate them. I’m not kidding.
  • Remove out-of-season clothes from clothes closets.
  • During the day, have all your curtains and blinds open. If the day is cloudy, turn on all lights as well.
  • Make sure blinds, shades and window coverings hang level.
  • Brighter is better. Upgrade all your light bulbs to at least 100 watts to make your house appear bigger more inviting.
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs.
  • Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
  • Remove any family photos you have displayed. Too much of your personality in evidence does not allow for the potential buyer to “mentally” move in.
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
  • Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
  • Replace worn door knobs.
  • Fix or replace discolored grout.
  • Replace broken tiles.
  • If you have pets, get rid of pet odors.

 

Make the most of your kitchen and dining room:

  • Make your kitchen look more spacious by removing everything from the counter like the coffeemaker, toaster, flour container, etc.
  • Your eat-in kitchen and dining room should have a table and chairs in it to showcase the rooms’ purpose.
  • Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room look larger.
  • Set the dinner table or counter bar to help buyers envision the room.
  • Make sure the inside of your cabinets are organized and clean. Store non-essential items elsewhere to make the cabinets look more spacious.
  • If your cabinets show wear and tear, you might want to paint them. A simple trick to update the look of your cabinet doors is to replace your current knobs with new ones.
  • Make sure that your counter is spotless and shiny.
  • Remove notes, pictures and coupons from the refrigerator door.
  • Keep garbage and recycling bins out of sight.
  • Keep the exotic spices and fish to a minimum when cooking the night before a showing. Work towards achieving a “clean” smell.
  • Get rid of kitchen odors by pouring hot salt water down the drain twice a week. Also, grind some lemon rind in the disposal.

 

Help buyers see themselves in the living room:

  • Take down personal photographs and family items that create the sense that this is your home. You don’t want the buyer wondering, “Who lives here?” You want the buyer to see themselves living there.
  • If you have a favorite “old” chair that doesn’t go with the rest of the furniture, remove it. Big furniture can weigh down a space.
  • Clean your fireplace.
  • During “showings” turn on all lights and lamps.
  • If your furniture shows the effect of raising kids or if pets have ruined the rugs and upholstery, think about storing or removing your existing furniture. Buy, borrow or rent what you need.
  • Have your DVD collection, CDs and video games out of sight.
  • Open the drapes and blinds. Nothing is more depressing than walking into a home where shades, curtains and drapes are closed.
  • Remove all knick-knacks under 10 inches tall.

 

Make the bathrooms sparkle:

  • Put the trash can under the vanity to clear floor space to make the bathroom appear as big as possible. Always empty bathroom trash cans before showings.
  • A new shower curtain is a great investment – very little money for a big impact.
  • Things like toilet cleaners, plungers, and hampers add clutter; put them away while you’re selling your house.
  • Keep all reading material out of sight in the bathroom.
  • Place personal items (such as hairdryers, makeup kits, and hairbrushes) in cupboards or drawers.
  • Hang matching new towels; go for the best-looking towels you can. Like shower curtains, they add a nice impact.
  • Remove everything from the countertop, except pretty soap sets, candles or fresh flowers.
  • Check the faucets for leaks, drips or disrepair. Repair or buy new faucets if they are leaky or worn out.
  • New silicone beading can do wonders for your shower, tub and sink area…especially if the caulking is stained or cracking.
  • Shine your faucets and knobs and use cleaner to prevent water spots.
  • Keep your shower and tub spotless. Buyers will often look behind the curtain. Keep shampoos and soaps to a minimum.
  • Scrub tiles and bleach – or replace – the grout so it all sparkles.
  • Replace or paint the vanity if it shows excessive wear and tear. Replacing knobs can give an updated look to an older vanity.

Make the bedrooms look big:

  • Remember that buyers love to snoop and are likely to look in your closets. Make sure the closets are as spacious looking as they can be. Remove all the clothes, shoes, and items that you won’t be using right away.
  • Candles and fresh flowers are excellent accessories on bedroom furniture.
  • New bedspreads or quilts make a bedroom look inviting.
  • Make your bed look pretty and make sure the bedspread or quilt fits the bed properly and hangs low enough to cover the view under the bed. Buyers won’t look under the bed, so you can store other non-essential items there.
  • Put away the stacks of reading material on night stands and leave room for one good book.
  • In kids’ rooms, posters, photos, drawings and awards are all personal items that should be taken down for showing the house. You want the buyers to imagine the rooms as their own.
  • Put away all items that are hanging off the backs of doors. Cluttered and clanking doors often make the room feel smaller – especially if they don’t allow the door to open all the way.
  • Hang your clothes by category: all blouses together, all shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
  • In kids’ bedrooms, be sure to put the toys in boxes or bins, and slide them under the bed.
  • Items that you don’t need should be taken out of the closet to make them more spacious. If you need to, get a storage space for them.
  • Coordinate your clothing in your closets and line shoes up neatly so it looks as organized as possible.

 

Create a clutter-free home office:

  • Store all the files and paperwork you don’t need for everyday function.
  • Remove big, bulky filing cabinets that take up a lot of space and store them somewhere else to make the office look bigger.
  • Clean everything off the desk surface, leaving only your computer and desk lamp. A neat desktop makes the work space look more functional.
  • Store all personal and confidential or client information out of sight. Set up a password protected screensaver on your desktop.
  • Weed out the postings on bulletin boards or wall organizers. A few things are okay to make the office look organized and functional, but an overcrowded bulletin board looks crowded.
  • If your office is a part of another room, make sure it doesn’t overpower the main function of the room. If it’s in the dining room, consider setting up temporary space elsewhere.

 

Make the most of the basement/laundry spaces:

  • Tidy up and organize your basement. Discard, donate or recycle items you can give away.
  • If you have unfinished concrete floors, paint the concrete to give it a cleaner look.
  • Be sure to clean and polish the washer and dryer to give them a bright and shiny look.
  • Put all detergents, laundry items and irons out of sight. Remove any residue that may have accumulated in the laundry sink.
  • A bright throw rug in front of the washer and dryer will often help cheer up unfinished laundry rooms.

 

Finally, tackle the garage

The garage is usually the catch-all area where everything goes that has no other place to go, so it’s usually a mess. If your garage isn’t neat, no buyer would surmise that you take good care of the whole house. You’re going to say I’m going to extremes but believe me, this works every time.

 

  • Empty everything out of the garage. Hose down the floor, and if there are stains remaining, paint it porch gray.
  • Paint the garage walls off-white using a flat latex paint.
  • After the paint is dry – put everything back in the garage piece by piece and throw out what you won’t be taking with you. Then organize what’s left.
  • If you have a storage shed, organize it the same way and if it needs a coat of paint or stain, do it.
  • Use an open bag of charcoal to absorb moisture in the storage shed.
  • If you have too much “stuff,” rent a storage unit and store it there.

 

Want to know more about getting ready to sell your home? Give me a call.

 

David L. Board, Realtor

512-629-6107

 

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.

Why is Bastrop Growing so Much?

 

Main Street

Main Street

 

 

The city of Bastrop has experienced significant growth over the past few years. Long-term residents may remember what it was like without the Best Buy, while bargain hunters may cringe at the memory of living without the Goodwill thrift store.

 

In the 2010 census, the city of Bastrop was credited with 7, 218 full time residents. However, it should be pointed out that those numbers do not reflect people living outside the city, so the rural population adds significantly to both the economy and use of the city.

 

In 2012, the city of Bastrop was estimated by the United States Census Bureau to have experienced a 2.4% growth in the preceding two years. Its new estimated population was 7, 394.

 

Why Does Bastrop Attract New Residents?

 

Bastrop is an area that values education and employment, both of which are reflected when considering the primary sources of income for the community. Wal-mart, the school district and government offices are the primary employers. . Some of the new residents or recent high school graduates have accessed the night and continuing education classes given by Austin Community College within the city of Bastrop.

 

One less fun, but equally important aspect of Bastrop is their domestic violence shelter. Many victims of domestic violence have found a new life as the result of the services offered by the Crisis Center and the shelter itself.

 

There are other, more practical reasons for people to move to Bastrop. Only about 30 minutes from Austin and all that it offers, Bastrop provides the small-town appeal that so many families need. Without huge campuses and multiple high schools, it is easier to keep track of teenagers and their activities.

 

In fact, the opening of a theater, bowling alley and arcade in Bastrop not that long ago has provided entertainment options for residents of all ages. With safe children, affordable housing and steady employment, Bastrop will surely continue to grow in years to come.

The Value of being Pre-Approved

Pre Approval Picture

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.

Halloween Time in Bastrop, Texas

If you lived in Bastrop, Texas right now you might be enjoying the much cooler weather that the rains brought to us last week. That feeling of the Fall season when leaves crunch under your feet and rustle in the winds. When the pecans start to fall and it’s time to rake. You might be decorating your Bastrop yard with scarecrows, cornstalks and Halloween decorations like your neighbors and businesses around town. On October 31, the Bastrop, Texas Downtown Business Alliance transforms the downtown area for their annual Halloween Fest into a spooktacular family fun filled evening for people of all ages.

If you lived in the Historic Bastrop downtown area you could walk the tree-lined streets, see historic Victorian, older or modern homes decked out in Fall finery. Or drive to designated parking areas and take a shuttle bus to the festivities. If you lived here you would see your neighbors in costumes volunteering at the game booths, as street crossing guards, vendors and manning the lost & found booth. You might see your County Judges in their robes with the Mayor at the viewing and judging stand for the best costume contest. You might see your City Council Members hard at work judging the Lip–Syncing contest. The ghosts, goblins, monsters and creatures you might see will truly amaze you. Bastrop, TX has a very vibrant arts community with many talented artists in residence and you never know what they will come up with. The Haunted House gets better and spookier each year as more people volunteer their talents. The Fire Department runs a wonderful hay ride. This is just one of the festivals that Bastrop, TX puts on each year. The sense of family, camaraderie and commitment to the residents of Bastrop County by the residents of the county is what makes Bastrop a special place to live.

If you or maybe someone you know are looking to purchase a home I have the resources to guide you through the entire process to ensure a smooth process. I will work with you to sell your property and to find the perfect home for you and your family that meets your work/life balance needs and your budget. Give me a call today to discuss what options are available and to schedule an appointment to see what I can do for you. I look forward to earning your business.