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Realty Texas Blog

Whether you’re looking to learn the best practices for staging your house to sell or the trendiest places for brunch in your town, the Realty Texas blog has something for everyone! We regularly bring our readers valuable content they can use in every aspect of their life.

Why Austin, TX is so popular

Austin, TX is a popular place to live for many reasons! First and foremost, it has an incredibly vibrant culture that includes some of the country's best music, art, and food. It's also known for...

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By Dustin Meyer

What Experts Are Saying About the 2023 Housing Market

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you probably want to know what you can expect from the housing market this year. In 2022, the market underwent a major shift as economic...

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By Shaye Ervin

MEGA Master Salesperson Academy. Make millions in Real Estate in 2023.

Realty Texas's Master Salesperson Academy begins January 4th and comes with 84 hours of Texas Real Estate License Renewal. This course is designed to power start your business in 2023 and free to all Realty...

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By Jack Stapleton, Broker

6 Documents Needed For Mortgage Pre-Approval

Are you ready to complete your first mortgage application or has it been a while since the last time you completed an application and everything has changed from what you remember? This article talks about...

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By Candyss Bryant

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By Candyss Bryant

Should You Buy A House Now?

Is it just too risky to buy a house now?  Rising mortgage rates and consumer price index.

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By Candyss Bryant

7 High-Value Renovation Projects to do Before Selling Your House

Getting the most equity out of your home is always the goal when selling. These seven projects can help you get more value for your home when you put it on the market.

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By Erin O'Brien

How to Improve Credit to Buy a House

Whether you are in the market to buy now or you are saving to buy later, it is important to know how credit works on your behalf or against you. Why? One word...INTEREST.

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By Candyss Bryant

BAH Military Increases

Today we have great news! Just last week (September 2022) the Secretary of Defense announced immediate and long-term actions to strengthen the economic security and stability of our service members.

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By Candyss Bryant

Best Suburbs in Austin Texas [ Where is Pflugerville Texas ]

Which suburbs are the best suburbs in Austin Texas? Today we take a look at one of the best cities near Austin and do a deeper dive into one of the premier subdivisions

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By Jeff Miller

Don't Skip Your Home Inspection

Most of the time as a mil spouse or relocation homebuyer you are moving from out of state and may not be aware of certain local environmental concerns in a new geographic area.

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By Candyss Bryant

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By Candyss Bryant

The Results Are In...

We are proud to announce Realty Texas has been voted Best Real Estate Company in Austin by the Austin American Statesman!

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By Erin O'Brien

No, Henny Penny, The Sky Isn't Falling...

Do you know the character, Henny Penny?  This children’s fable would run about claiming the “sky is falling! the sky is falling!” because the character has a mistaken belief that disaster is imminent. So, in...

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By Cyndi Bell

Austin Housing News July 2022

I love understanding the market and even more, I love sharing the information with you. In July we saw the trend toward a more traditional and sustainable Austin area housing market.

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By Candyss Bryant

Answers to Your Questions About Home Inspections

If you're not familiar with home inspections, then you might have a lot of questions about what gets inspected, how thorough the inspections are, why you need one, and what you can expect if you're...

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By Gary Pollard

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By Candyss Bryant

5 Common mistakes first-time homebuyers make

Buying a home is always an anxiety-ridden process, and that goes triple for anyone who's embarking on homeownership for the very first time. There's so much to do and so much you don't know that...

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By Gary Pollard

FTC Fines Opendoor $62 Million

This just in. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will fine Opendoor $62 million for "misleading" home sellers.

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By Diane Bilke

Great News for Home Buyers!

Great news is that inventory is the highest it's been since before the pandemic. Yes, interest rates have returned to a more normal level which after the last couple years is a tough pill to...

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By Jeff Miller

Top 5 reasons to live in Round Rock Texas

People have been moving to Austin Texas in great numbers. The city has grown dramatically! However, when it comes to living in Austin there are better choices. There are many cities just outside Austin like...

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By Jeff Miller

Who Knows Your House is For Sale?

As a home seller how do you know your home is being seen by All Potential Buyers? Only 19% of home buyers begin their search with a real estate agent by their side...

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By Diane Bilke

Austin Brewery Bucket List

The temperature may keep going up, but the brews stay ice cold! Check out this list of fantastic breweries native to the Austin area for your next outing!

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By Erin O'Brien

What is Your Home Buying Power?

Lenders, pre-qualify, and PROOF! These are all important factors in your buying process. They make up the process of understanding your buying power. Let's dig in a bit deeper.

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By Candyss Bryant

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By Beverly Suzanne Pouncy Goodrich

Is that rental…to good to be true?

Rental scams are real and can cost you a lot of money.  If you encounter any of the following you should stop and think before going any further. Don’t get swindled!

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By Cyndi Bell

Austin Housing News May 2022

Everything in the world seems to be a little topsy turvy right now. This month we look at our April numbers. Is Austin still the place to go? As we tip toe into the summer...

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By Candyss Bryant

Preparing Your Home To Sell

Let's talk about something near and dear to your heart, or perhaps intimidating, for anyone thinking about selling your home.  The art of preparing your home to sell.

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By Candyss Bryant

How Important is Promotion for Selling Your Home?

One of the most important aspects of selling your home is promotion. You want the largest group of potential buyers to see your online presence. The real estate industry is changing at a rapid pace. ...

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By Candyss Bryant

How To Increase Property Value

A clean, neutral, and streamlined look help buyers imagine what life would be like in your home. Superficial changes can make a bigger on buyers than more intensive renovations.  The action points below will help...

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By Candyss Bryant

Four Strategies For Getting Your Home Sold

The real estate market is constantly evolving.  The constant evolution can make it confusing for homeowners and buyers to understand what to expect.  Here are four strategies for working with your agent and getting your...

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By Candyss Bryant

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By Cyndi Bell

7 Free or Low-Cost Tips for Prepping Your House to Sell

When you make the decision to sell your house, your to-do list instantly gets long and convoluted. Here are a 7 easy ways to get started with the prepping process. Bonus *FREE* downloadable checklist!

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By Diane Bilke

Three Home Pricing Strategies

The Austin area Real Estate market has resembled the wild, wild west in many ways. We have recently seen a cooling-off period and an ever-so-slight shift starting to favor the buyer compared to last Spring....

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By Candyss Bryant

PROPOSITION 2

Congratulations!!!  This was an important vote by roughly 85% of our voting Texas homeowners on May 7, 2022.  We took the opportunity to vote yes for Proposition 2.  This result is a constitutional change that...

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By Candyss Bryant

Sellers Market Going Cold? Avoid These 5 Seller Pitfalls to Keep that Hot Market Feeling!

Are you considering selling your house over the coming year? As inflationary pressures and interest rates rise, keep that hot market vibe going by avoiding these 5 common seller mistakes!

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By Diane Bilke

Can I Buy or Sell Without a Real Estate Agent?

Buying or selling a home is complicated. Selling a home yourself is referred to as “for sale by owner” or FSBO. That sounds like a great way to save thousands of dollars... right?

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By Dustin Meyer

Worst Time to Buy a Home?

"Is now a bad time to buy a house?" ~ or ~ "Prices have gotten so high, and with interest rates at *gasp* 5%, I think I will just continue renting and wait for the...

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By Diane Bilke

10 Ways to Prepare Your House for Sale

The better your home is presented to buyers, the more money you will net from the sale. Here are 10 ways to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

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By Leisa Ormsbee

Cyndi Bell, REALTOR® | Realty Texas

Cyndi hates losing more than she loves winning, which gives her the best competitive edge when dealing with any real estate transaction.

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By Cyndi Bell

Plant Nurseries in Austin

It's Spring planting season! Skip the big box stores and visit a local plant nursery, where you will find vast selections of plants that will thrive in the Texas environment as well as be able...

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By Erin O'Brien

9 Reasons to Hire a REALTOR®

Did you know that hiring a REALTOR® goes beyond the surface-level of just picking out a home? REALTORS® help their clients navigate through every situation, and strive to give clients the highest satisfaction all while...

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By Erin O'Brien

6 Fun Day Trips From Austin

The sun is shining and temperatures are heating up! What better time of year to take a day trip in Texas?! Every place on this list is within a day's drive there and back, and...

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By Erin O'Brien

Five Ideas To Increase Home Value

Increasing your home value is a hot topic and is beneficial for many reasons. Increasing your home's value may allow you to complete a cash-out refinance to give you access to cash for college or...

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By Candyss Bryant

Top Real Estate Agent Skills

A good real estate agent is similar in nature to a football quarterback, coordinating the different players and checking down on options to make a successful transaction a reality.  There are a specific group of...

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By Candyss Bryant

Skills, Self-Confidence, and Inspiration: The MEGA Combination

MEGA is just the beginning of your real estate success story. Unlike any other real estate education and training out there, MEGA teaches agents how to be the best in the business.

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By Erin O'Brien

Top Places to Get Crawfish in Austin

Craving crawfish? Here's where you can get the best mudbugs in and around the Austin, Texas area!

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By Erin O'Brien