Archives for June 2013

Passing the torch in Georgetown Texas

Editor’s Comment: This has been re-posted from our company blog at to make sure all of our readers and clients know what is happening in our business.  Since the time of this writing, Autumn now has a work-at-home position and I will be re-building my real estate business in Northern Virginia.  We are very excited!


2012 ended with a great 10-year anniversary celebration for my wife and I on our first real vacation to Hawaii.  Personally, we felt refreshed and blessed that we could get away and celebrate what God has been doing in our lives since moving to Texas and starting our family back in 2003 when I was stationed at Ft. Hood as an Army MI Officer.  So much has changed since then.

Getting the Call

As we were making preparations for our vacation, we also received a call from a long-time friend of ours from college, Pastor Tom.  Over 10 years ago, we felt led to help Pastor Tom start a church when he was ready to transition away from leading Agape Christian Fellowship (ACF), a Christian student group at the University of Rochester in New York.  This is the same group that Autumn and I attended in college and how we first met.  ACF and Pastor Tom both have a very special place in our hearts.  Pastor Tom essentially told us that he was ready to plant a church and it would be located in Northern Virginia.  Specifically in Ashburn, VA, a town in Loudoun County.

Over the next few weeks, Autumn and I had to do some self-reflection and praying to make sure this is still something we felt led to participate in.  And if so, timing was also another consideration.

Making a Decision

To help us with our decision, we looked back over the years to see how God has been preparing us for this eventual move.  Over recent years, we have been developing goals in various areas of our lives to help us confirm the timing of this move and almost every one of those prayers have been answered!

We had financial goals that will be met next month.  We also had personal goals and relational goals that we witnessed God’s faithfulness in recent years.  Some of our goals are still unmet, such as securing a job in Virginia or developing a business idea before we move down.  However, we know God will continue to provide for us as we trust Him and make decisions by faith.

Finally, we also had goals for our brokerage, Mars Hill Realty Group, and my personal business of buying/selling real estate.   My goal was to transition away from my buying/selling business and eventually sell it.  Over two years ago I asked my brother, Edwin, and his wife, Candice, to join me in Texas, move from California and partner with me in my business as an initial step.  After a successful two year transition, Edwin has fully taken over my buying/selling business and I have been focusing on building up the property management division for Mars Hill Realty Group.  All this was done in preparation for an ineveitable move back east for church planting.

As Autumn and I look back at these goals, we know they could never have been accomplished on our own.  For God to have his hand so clearly in these plans, we knew that moving to Virginia to be a part of this church plant had to be God’s direction for us.

Preparing for Change

So, as of January 1, 2013, your favorite HOMEboy has passed the torch to another HOMEboy named Ed Lui.  To make it easier for our clients, we also exchanged phone numbers so that 512-554-9594 will now be answered by Edwin.  My new number is Edwin’s old number, 512-761-6476.  I will continue to serve as the broker for Mars Hill Realty Group and our property management team will continue to seek Investors to work with and manage investment property.

In case you’re wondering whether this change will affect the service you will receive, you can take comfort in knowing that, unofficially, Edwin had already been leading the buying and selling side for the past 12 months.  And for the past 2 months, Valerie, our VP of Operations, has been doing an excellent job running the Property Management division so that I could focus soley on new client development and sales.  During my extended vacation in December, I was able to “field test” for the first time how Mars Hill would operate without my physical presence and everybody passed with flying colors.

I’m so thankful for all of my clients and friends who have supported my family by trusting in me to help them buy, sell, invest and manage real estate over the years.  Your continued trust and referrals will continued to be handled with the same care and professionalism that you have experienced with me personally.  The Mars Hill Property Management team and my brother Edwin, have been personally trained by me to continue to serve your real estate needs in the areas of buying selling, investing and property management and are eager to help.

As my family and I prepare our move to Virginia this coming summer, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.  We are certainly excited for this adventure, but also sad to leave such great friends, clients and a close, loving community that we’ve raised our family in.  Mars Hill Realty is expanding to Virginia and we’ll keep you updated on our progress through this blog as well as our Facebook page:  Please send us any questions you have, and comment on our Facebook page.  We would love to hear your thoughts!

Your Favorite HOMEboy,



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1022 Janae – Great Starter Home

Great curb appeal and very affordable home.

1022 Janae is a great starter home or downsize opportunity.  It has three good bedrooms, two full baths, an open floor plan, and a sliding glass door that walks you right out to the huge back yard.  It also includes a washer, dryer, and refrigerator to the next owner.  This is a no frills, move-in ready home for someone looking for a quiet street on a cul-de-sac, privacy in the back yard, and the option to make this home your own.

High ceilings and open floor plan in spacious living room.

The floor plan is perfect for wanting a bit of separation between the master and secondary bedrooms.  The master has its own walk-in bathroom and is situated away from the other bedrooms for more privacy.  The living room, dining area, and kitchen are the focal points of this home.  There are no walls or beams in the middle of the rooms so it is completely open.  Although the 1,144 sf seems low, the floor plan design feels much bigger and entertaining guests is a breeze.  Enjoy it the way it is, or add a couple upgrades to really make this shine.

Make this your very own retreat.

The back yard has a small concrete slab being used as a patio, but it sure does have room for more.  An extended covered patio, wood deck, and in-ground pool are all within reach.  Of course, you can leave it as it is if you enjoy the feel of thick St. Augustine grass underneath your toes.  It’s hard to find this type of yard in any home in Georgetown, let alone one that is priced so well at $125,000.

More info and photos:

1022 Janae – Upgrades
1022 Janae – Sellers Disclosure
1022 Janae – Survey

1018 Janae – Cute, Affordable 2/2

Are you trying to downsize?  Nothing says downsize quite like a 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom home, complete with kitchen, living, utility room, and dining area.  Do you like saving money?  Reduce your mortgage, utility bills, and taxes by purchasing a home that fits your lifestyle’s needs. Do you like to spend just as much time, if not more, outside than you do inside?  The huge back yard will allow you endless possibilities.  Are you tired of cars zooming by your front door and windows late at night? Say hello to your fellow cul-de-sac neighbors walking their dogs.

Beautiful wood laminate and ceramic tile are newly installed.

1018 Janae can be just the right town home for you.  It has been well-maintained for several years by the original owner.  Wood laminate and ceramic tile floors have been recently installed to replace carpet.  The walls have been freshly painted in every room.  The kitchen has added very recent and high-end stainless steel appliances, including upgraded kitchen sink hardware.  The storm door to the back yard is also very recent and does a great job letting in fresh light and air without the bugs.  The home was never a rental home and it shows by the condition of the exterior and interior.

Imagine the possibilities with a yard like this.

The backyard is enormous and can be used for anything.  Leave it alone and you have a park-like setting, except with healthier grass.  This prime location is seated near the end of a cul-de-sac and offers zero through traffic and plenty of privacy.  Priced at $118,000, it’s one of the lowest priced homes (if not the lowest) in all of Georgetown that needs nothing upon move-in.  This is completely ready to go for the next owner.

More info and pics below:

1018 Janae – Upgrades
1018 Janae – Sellers Disclosure
1018 Janae – Survey

144 Hickory – Space to Entertain, Inside and Out

Beautifully maintained home in excellent Georgetown Village neighborhood.

The charming home at 144 Hickory is located on a quiet street with a cute front porch and a huge yet inviting back yard. You never want to judge a book by its cover, but in this case the immaculate landscaping and condition of the exterior is exactly the type of pride and joy you will see on the interior. For you college die hards, the only thing that may turn you away is the Aggie symbols, but those can be easily replaced.

Hardwood floors - the most expensive upgrade has already been done for you.

Bamboo hardwood and tile floors greet you on the first floor. They have been professionally installed and well-maintained – meaning no scratches, cracks, or dents – and ready to be enjoyed by its next owner. The kitchen does not have stainless steel appliances or granite counter tops – two things most owners love to hand-pick themselves – but it as clean as a whistle.  It does have a nice free-flowing and open floor plan that will work for almost everyone.  Check out the video below to get a better idea of the floor plan.

For those who don't like to squeeze into their master bedrooms.

At 1,972 sf, this home gives you a large master bedroom with private walk-in bathroom, a formal dining room (or easily turn it into an at-home office), two large bedrooms on the second floor, and a nice loft area to read, watch tv, or work on kids’ projects. The home is a stone’s throw from the second largest park in the neighborhood and a 5-minute walk to the city pool and largest park in the neighborhood. It’s also conveniently located near Village Elementary School, one of the highest rated schools in Georgetown.  Priced at $194,000, this home is ready to be sold.

Pictures, info, and video below:

144 Hickory – Upgrades
144 Hickory – Floor plan
144 Hickory – Sellers Disclosure
144 Hickory – Survey


113 Silverstone – For Those Who Enjoy the Finer Things in Life

Custom home built by your imagination.

Imagine a home that has everything you ever wanted – the right floor plan, the right ceiling height, the right floor options, the right kitchen upgrades, the right curb appeal, the right colors, the right size. Everything is exactly the way you want it, where you want it, and how you want it. What do you call a home you move into and never want to move out of because the grass is greener on your side of the fence? Some refer to this as a dream home. Among real estate agents, we call this a custom home. 113 Silverstone is one such home.

How many upgrades do you see here? You'd be right if you said over 15.

113 Silverstone is a custom-built dream home located in the fantastic neighborhood of Westlake of the Woods in Georgetown, Texas. Its 3,600+ square feet leave plenty of space in each of the 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2 living spaces, 2 dining areas, kitchen, and study. The single story floor plan feels like your favorite vacation retreat. The master suite is hidden in the rear of the home with a picturesque 8-ft wide x 6-ft high view of the gorgeous back yard. Beautiful, warm wood floors guide you to the master bathroom with a walk-in shower with dual shower heads, jetted tub, his and hers vanities and walk-in closets. Three secondary bedrooms share a large living space perfect for a game room, study area, or media/entertainment center. Guest accommodations include a 5th bedroom and full bathroom on the eastern wing of the home with a fully upgraded kitchen (stainless steel appliances, double oven, granite counters, tumbled travertine tiles, cherry wood cabinets, rock grotto, prep sink, etc.) serving as the central glue to the home.

Centralized flex room has lots of storage with two closets and built-in shelf.

Does a gourmet kitchen make food taste better?

Outdoor living space is well-accounted for with a large covered patio lined with tumbled travertine beneath and wood ceilings above. Relax next to the aurally soothing waterfall or allow the radiant heat from the bonfire-worthy fire pit surrounded by stone seating caress your face. Raised garden beds, 42″ rock wall, and additional outdoor entertaining area complete this spa-meets-nature environment. Masseuse not included.

A 3rd dining area in a peaceful outdoor setting.

Fire lovers and safety chiefs unite.

With an asking price of $565,000 ($155/sf), this is one of the best values in the neighborhood. Its direct competitors are either inventory (or “spec”) homes, or priced over $165/sf. Why? Most sellers are trying to capitalize on the buying frenzy and low inventory. The reasonable owners of 113 Silverstone have taken brilliant care of the home, feel it’s time to move on and believe this could be an amazing opportunity for the next owners to enjoy a wonderful home full of exquisite, luxury touches.

Pictures, video, and more information:

113 Silverstone – Floor Plan
113 Silverstone – Upgrades
113 Silverstone – Sellers Disclosure
113 Silverstone – On Site Septic


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