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Tax appraisals are here! Now what?

If you own real property in Texas, you have probably received your 2017 Notice of Appraised Value.  If you haven’t, it won’t be long. Question:  What does that Notice tell you? Answer:  The appraisal district’s estimate of the market value of your property as of January 1, 2017.  If you have exemptions, it will also … Continue reading

More about interest rates — what can you buy?

Assuming reasonably healthy economic conditions in the U.S. and internationally, mortgage rates will eventually rise. Sellers will continue to sell, and buyers will continue to buy, in virtually any interest rate environment, and rate changes will impact both. It is worth understanding and planning for, though. Continue reading

All the talk about interest rates …

Last week the Federal Reserve raised the “Federal Funds Rate” after years of rumors that they would do so. The media got very busy discussing what that means for the economy, and for other interest rates that are important to consumers — including mortgage loans, but whether and when mortgage rate changes might happen has very little to do with the Federal Reserve Board. Continue reading

From RE/MAX … Are you “Fit to Sell”?

Videos and advice from REMAX.com … and more at BuyOrSellAustin.com.

Water funds proposition gets a vigorous yes from voters as…

Now the work on real water projects begins … Continue reading

Yes, it rained … but we still need Proposition 6!

… this week’s weather did almost nothing to help the water supply for most of Austin and Travis County. Continue reading

Support Water — Vote FOR Proposition 6

Some of you know that I have invested time over the past two years with ABoR Government Affairs, aimed at getting the Texas Water Plan funded. The time has come, and I am writing to encourage your vote FOR Proposition 6 on the November 5, 2013 ballot. (Or sooner … early voting begins on 10/21.) Continue reading

Investing in Austin real estate?

If you’re in the market for investment properties in Austin/Central Texas, where should you concentrate? One approach is to go where most of the leasing activity is already happening. With that in mine, here is a quick look at the 20 MLS areas where the most new leases were signed in the past year. Continue reading

You won’t enjoy much of this post …

More than 99% of Texas is experiencing some level of drought, and about 90% of the state is in Extreme or Exceptional drought. The drought in all of Central Texas is rated Severe or Extreme. There is hope, though! This year the Texas legislature will finally fund the State Water Plan! Continue reading

Could the Court vacate 18 months of financial regulations? Should it?

Hundreds of new mortgage-industry rules in recent years have undoubtedly slowed the housing recovery. Now it appears that all of that regulatory effort could be undone. Should it? Continue reading