March 22, 2012
Adorable Home for Sale in Bauerle Ranch
3112 Lynnbrook Drive, Austin, TX, 78748
Bauerle Ranch, Southwest Austin amenities include 300 acres of green space, community pool and playground and much more. The drive is only 20 minutes to downtown Austin.
3112 Lynnbrook Drive
This recently listed home in Bauerle Ranch has excellent natural light & spacious rooms. It’s a charming one story home with ceramic tile, separate study with french doors, upgraded carpet & hardware. This Bauerle Ranch home has a spacious kitchen with 42″cabinets, tile backsplash & upgraded applicances. There is a covered patio, beautifully landscaped yard with large pecan tree and a community pool in this home for sale in Bauerle Ranch.
Contact The Gentry Group today for more information on this home for sale in Bauerle Ranch or other homes for sale in Austin.
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February 11, 2012
Top 5 Home Staging Tips to Sell Your House Faster
At The Gentry Group, we are well known for selling our clients homes faster and for more money than other agents. Sure, we have experience pricing homes competitively, but our biggest secret is staging homes effectively. The homeowners have to be on board with the idea, but when we sit down and explain exactly how much more they can sell their home for if they follow our steps, they are usually more than willing to put in the extra effort.
The top 5 home staging tips to sell your austin house faster are simple, but you have to commit to do them.
If you follow those tips in every room of your home, the home will show larger, lighter and brighter giving the home a more spacious feeling to potential buyers.
Below are a few general tips, but feel free to contact us if you would like our 7 page detailed pamphlet “Suggestions for Staging”.
EXTERIOR: Experts say most buyers make their decision at first sight, and at that point, decide whether to even look at the interior of a home. Prospective buyers will react well to signs that your home has been meticulously maintained.
1. Manicure your landscaping. Mow, edge, weed, prune and fertilize
2. Repair loose or damaged roof shingles
3. Repair peeling paint or loose caulking
4. Thoroughly sweep down all exterior sides of house and eaves to clean out cobwebs and wasp nests.
INTERIOR: Once inside, experts say most buyers are reaffirming their curbside decision. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
1. Clean & Declutter every room in the house
2. Consider placing furniture from crowded rooms in storage.
3. Clean and wipe down all stained woodwork including doors, trim and cabinets with Howard’s Restore a Finish.
4. Clean all tubs, toilets & sinks. Then wax sinks with lemon or vegetable oil. Polish all hardware to a shine.
5. Keep all flat surfaces cleared off as much as possible. Kitchen and bathroom counters should have very little on them to show there is plenty of available workspace.
6. De-Personalize your home by storing personal photos or collectables so that potential buyers may visualize their personal items in the home.
7. Repaint dingy or stongly colored walls with light neutral shades.
Most importantly, don’t forget that the extra work you put into staging your home will be rewarded in the form of a much higher selling price than you would realize if you tried to sell your home as-is. Remember: de-clutter, clean, repair, de-personalize and neutralize.
January 24, 2012
LEGEND OAKS NEIGHBORHOOD
Legend Oaks Neighborhood is a great area to buy a home in Austin, Texas right now. Over the past 10 years the Legend Oaks Neighborhood has developed from a suburb in Southwest Austin to a great neighborhood in a desirable location with value and amenities galore. What has made this neighborhood what it is today? Well, for starters, the growth of Austin has made a big difference. What was once considered far Southwest Austin, is now considered a very close drive to downtown Austin thanks to the highway expansions. With the opening of access from Legend Oaks Neighborhood to Davis Lane, the neighborhood amenities and easy access have vastly increased.
Nearby Dick Nichols Park is a wonderful asset to the Legend Oaks Neighborhood. There is a large outdoor swimming pool, playground & jogging path which make a wonderful place for families to spend a Saturday afternoon. Gorzycki Middle School and Mills Elementary School are right down the street. Both schools received “recognized” rating in the 2010-2011 Public School Accountability Ratings.
Legend Oaks Neighborhood also boasts a small neighborhood pool and park on the corner of Escarpment Blvd and Convict Hill Road. Great shopping can be found on William Cannon at the entrance to the neighborhood. Just south of Davis Lane on Slaughter is Escarpment Village, another nice shopping center. Access to Loop 1 and all of the other great Austin amenities is quick and easy.
Call The Gentry Group at 512-794-6630 for more information about Legend Oaks Neighborhood. The Gentry Group is your Southwest Austin Expert. You can also begin searching homes in the Legend Oaks Neighborhood or Southwest Austin by clicking here: http://www.gentrygrouprealtors.com/properties/index.htm
2011 Legend Oaks Neighborhood Statistics (courtesy of MLS):
Average Sales Price: $255,850
Average Days on Market: 39
Average Square Footage: 2349
Contact The Gentry Group for more statistics on the Legend Oaks Neighborhood.
January 18, 2012
Southwest Austin homes are beginning to rank right up there in popularity with homes in Central Austin. If you’ve searched for homes in Austin lately, you know that it’s hard to find the right house in the right location. There are lots of people who would like to live in the heart of downtown Austin, but the reality is, you have to give up a lot of “home” for that amazing location. If you are in house searching mode, you may have looked far east or north to see how much more space you can get for your money. You probably discovered larger homes and bigger yards, but what often comes right along with all those amenities is a hefty commute.
At The Gentry Group realtors, what we have noticed over the past few years is that buyers are finding the best of both worlds in Southwest Austin Homes. Beautiful new homes, large mature & landscaped lots and proximity to downtown Austin are all at your fingertips if you choose to buy Southwest Austin Homes. And believe it or not, housing is still affordable here. This put us into research mode at The Gentry Group…. trying to figure out what the catch is. Why can these Southwest Austin homes still be bought affordably in such an amazing location? So we went back into the MLS statistics a few years and this is what we found.
Southwest Austin homes are still priced well, but the trend is that they are increasing in value. It’s just a matter of time, before the prices catch up to the value of these Southwest Austin homes. Statistically speaking, it’s easy to see that Southwest Austin homes are a great investment right now. We went back through the MLS data for the past 3 years, from December 2008-November 2009, December 2009-November 2010 and December 2010 to November 2011. We looked at the average sold price of homes in MLS area SWW during each 12 month period. The average price of homes sold in Southwest Austin in the 2008-2009 period was $285,468. For the 2009-2010 period it was 291,362 and for the last 12 months it had risen to 292,665. This steady increase despite the distressed economy shows that Southwest Austin homes are not only holding their value during this difficult time, but are actually increasing in value. So the truth is, there is no catch. You can buy a beautiful Southwest Austin home at an affordable price right now, but as Austin continues to grow, this opportunity may not last.
If you are considering buying a house in Austin right now, be sure to explore Southwest Austin homes. Southwest Austin homes are a great place to live, and a great place to invest. Nicely sized homes and yards, exceptional schools and proximity to downtown make buying a new house a great choice in Southwest Austin.
There are more statistics where those came from, so don’t hesitate to contact The Gentry Group if you do want additional details about why Southwest Austin Homes are a great option. You can also start searching for homes in Southwest Austin by clicking here. We would love to help you discover all of the great Southwest Austin homes.