2923 Bluffstone – Gateway to Paloma Lake

a - Exterior Front

The most affordable home in Paloma Lake is the envy of its neighbors.

Welcome to your new home – 2923 Bluffstone Drive. Built in 2012, this home is a must-see for anyone looking into the superb neighborhood of Paloma Lake in Round Rock. Lightly lived in, the owner has invested a significant amount of money in the form of spectacular upgrades for the next owner.  The best part is that it’s priced better than any new construction in the neighborhood giving the next owner instant equity and, overall, a tremendous value in a desirable and friendly community.

b - Kitchen

All that’s missing in this kitchen is Rachel Ray and her colorful utensils.

c - Kitchen

I’m drooling and there isn’t any food!

The kitchen space is amazing.  It’s open to the living and dining making it easy to show off your cooking skills.  If you don’t have any, at least you can show off the upgraded granite counters.  Granite like this is normally reserved for custom or high-end homes. The enormous bar can seat taste testers or host an intimate dinner for two. Wood floors flow from the front door to the back door through all the common areas.  Carpet gives off a cozy feeling everyone expects in the privacy of the office and bedrooms.

d - Living

Windows and natural light accentuate the wood floors. Extra living or den is great for a work/play environment regardless of age.

j - Master Bath

The beautiful granite is carried over into all of the bathrooms.

Listed at $250,000, this price indicates the entry point into Paloma Lake. Enjoy fishing at the lake, highly rated Herrington Elementary School, proximity to the toll road, Dell, Round Rock, and Georgetown, and other fabulous community amenities at a fraction of the price your neighbors are paying. Call or email me for a private showing.

2923 Bluffstone – Upgrades

2923 Bluffstone – Sellers Disclosure

 

509 Shale – No Frills Home with Colorful Landscaping

01 Front

Previous owners loved to plant trees and flowers.

509 Shale Drive is, at its core, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home.  The master is separate from the two secondary bedrooms, and the living is open to the kitchen and dining.  You’ll find many homes in Sonterra that fit that exact description. It does have some nice extras like a fire place to cozy next to in the winter and a covered patio that shields from the Texas sun.  One more thing it has is a lush garden in the back both colorful and fruitful. The  owners took great care in this home and loved to plant shade trees, fruit trees, and colorful flowers and plants.

28 Landscape

Wouldn’t you love to walk home to this everyday?

The home is priced at $145,000 and is move-in ready with no major maintenance needed. As stated above, the secondary rooms are separated from the master to give the right amount of privacy. Bedrooms are roomy with sufficient closet space.  The master bedroom has a private master bathroom with dual vanities, a separate tub and shower, and of course its own walk-in closet.

09 Master Bed

For a starter home, they sure make you feel like a king in the master bedroom.

12 Master Bath

Dual vanities – share the space, own the sink.

13 Master Bath

Do you need to get in and get out, or is it a great night to soak and relax?

The entire home is light and bright with perfectly placed windows.  The high ceilings allow the light to travel across the rooms and the open feel in the living room makes the home seem much larger than 1,476 sf. At last, we arrive at the back patio where fruit trees, black berries, and other goodies await.  Not drought resistant, but certainly mouth-watering, and enough space back here to add your own delectable edibles.

17 Rear

Fruit trees are ready to go for next owner!

20 Landscape

Photo of these pretty flowers were taken by owner. Time to take your own!

22 Landscape

Garden is alive and well and waiting for new harvest.

If you’d like a private showing, please contact me.  More photos and info below.

509 Shale – Features

509 Shale – Floor Plan

509 Shale – Sellers Disclosure

802 Fairmont – Great Value in Desirable Neighborhood

02 Front

This vacant home deserves for someone to move in quickly. Will it be you?

802 Fairmont Drive is a 4-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home located in the highly sought after neighborhood of Georgetown Village. This home is perfectly suited for small and large families with its great open floor plan downstairs, enormous back yard and patio outside, and space-saving nooks upstairs. The floors have been upgraded to wood, and the kitchen now includes Silestone counters, detailed back splash, an extra large porcelain sink, new fixture, and more storage.  The best part of this home may be the fact that it is vacant and move-in ready.  The dry wall has been repaired and textured, the carpets have been shampooed, most of the walls have seen a fresh coat of paint or touch up, and the home has been professionally cleaned.

03 Kitchen

Not enough storage space in this kitchen? Wide pull out drawers located behind breakfast bar.

05 Living

Seamless transition between kitchen and living. The french doors to the patio are near the breakfast bar.

This floor plan is great for entertaining.  The kitchen is large enough for one chef and several helpers. Those who are less gifted in the kitchen can hang out at the bar or in the living room and not feel left out of the conversation. A simple step through the french doors opens up even more possibility with the enormous patio and back yard. If you can imagine a grill, a patio set, and a fire pit, you’ve got yourself one amazing outdoor entertaining center.

07 Patio and Yard

The concrete patio is as wide as the home; the yard is as deep as the ocean. Just kidding about the yard.

19 Porch

Home faces south west, which means this beautiful porch is nothing compared to the gorgeous sunset it competes against. Can you really blame the porch?

The home is listed at 2,342 sf according to the tax records and structural improvements. This includes a large master bedroom, three secondary bedrooms, and a second floor landing area with nook areas that can easily hold two desks for school work, arts and crafts activities, or even a place to pay the bills.  If you need more privacy, the dining room up front is placed far enough away from the living and kitchen to double as a private office in the late evening.  All of this can be yours for $230,000. If you’d like a private showing, contact me today!  More photos and information are below.

802 Fairmont – Sellers Disclosure

802 Fairmont – Upgrades

 

Bluebonnet Season in Texas

Taking pictures in among the bluebonnets has become a fun Texas tradition. Here are some ways to get the most out of your photo sessions:

The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom is to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.   -Jack Maguire

  1. Be safe! So many people pull over on the sides of busy highways to photograph their children and pets. Instead, scout out a location that is in a safer location. Also keep in mind that ants love bluebonnet fields and you never know when a snake might decide to show up so definitely check out the area where you plan to have your children pose.
  2. Keep the bluebonnets safe. You may have heard that it is illegal to pick our state flower but that is only a myth. However, we need bluebonnets to make seeds for next year so it is a good idea not to pick them. Also look for areas that are already crushed and use that spot to take your pictures. There’s no reason to smash more flowers.
  3. Know the law. People get so excited when they spot a beautiful field of bluebonnets that they sometimes completely ignore the law. Make sure you’re not trespassing onto someone’s property to get to the flowers. Also it’s illegal to damage anyone’s property – that includes making ruts in the grass or causing any type of damage to the landscape. And be sure you’re not blocking traffic with your vehicle when you stop to photograph the flowers.
  4. Take your pictures now. April is the prime month for bluebonnets!
  5. The best time of day to take outdoor pictures is before 10 am or after 4 pm. Avoid the middle part of the day to decrease squinting and shadows.
  6. Use your flash. This will also help eliminate shadows. You don’t need to worry about red-eye because you’ll be outside and your subject’s pupils are already dilated.
  7. Bring the camera down to your subject’s eye level and zoom in. Sure, the bluebonnets are beautiful but your kids’ smiling faces are the best part.
  8. Wear long pants or bring a blanket. The grass can be itchy so it’s best to cover up bare legs. Also solid colors tend to look best in bluebonnet pictures. The bluebonnets create a lot of pattern so solid colored clothing creates a more balanced picture.
  9. Pay attention to the background. Signs, cars, other people, and telephone poles – they can all ruin an otherwise great bluebonnet picture.
  10. Bring a tripod. You need to be in the pictures too!

If you come across a beautiful bluebonnet field please comment below! Texas-bluebonnets-field

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The 2015 Top Reasons Why Austin is a Great Place to Live

Everyone seems to be talking about Austin!  With our thriving economy, vibrant music scene, and eclectic culture, it is no surprise that we are America’s fastest growing city.  Below is a listing of recent acknowledgements and accolades that Austin has received from the online news sites, print media, recent studies, and public opinion polls at a national level.

ECONOMY

  • Number one of the 6 most affordable, Fast-growing US Cities – Urban living without breaking the bank (Cheapism.com, February 2014)
  • Number one of America’s 20 Fastest-Growing Cities (Forbes.com, February 2014)
  • Number two of 16 U.S. Cities Where Women Actually Earn More Than Men (Nerdwallet, July 2014)
  • Austin ranks fourth on Forbes’ List of America’s Most Creative Cities in 2014 (Forbes, July 2014)
  • Austin ranks 45th among 2014’s Most & Least Recession-Recovered Cities (Wallet Hub, July 2014)
  • According to a Nerdwallet study, Austin ranks number seven among the 10 best cities to launch a start-up (CNN Money, July 2014)
  • Austin, Round Rock, and San Marcos are grouped at number six among Best Places for STEM Graduates (Nerdwallet, July 2014)
  • CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists rank Austin as number five among the Top Ten Metros with the Highest Gains in Share of U.S. Jobs for our data processing and hosting, computer system design, management, scientific and technical consulting services, and semiconductor manufacturing. (CareerBuilder.com, July 2014)
  • Austin ranks number three among Cities Stealing Jobs from Wallstreet (NewGeography.com, June 2014)
  • According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Austin will be the fastest growing U.S. metro economy through 2020 (U.S. Conference of Mayors Online, June 2014)
  • Austin is one of the top five most small business-friendly cities in the nation (Thumbtack, June 2014)
  • Austin ranks number two in the Best Cities for Women in the workforce (Nerdwallet, June 2014)
  • Austin is the third best city for starting an online business (HighSpeedInternet.com, May 2014)
  • Austin ranked number three on Forbes’ Top Large Cities for Jobs list (Forbes, April 2014)
  • Austin is the third Best City for College Grads (Livability.com, April 2014)
  • Austin’s economic performance from the recession through the recovery ranks number one in the nation (Brookings’ Metro Monitor, April 2014)
  • Austin is the third Best City for Job Seekers (Nerdwallet, January 2014)
  • Austin is number two in the Top 5 Fastest Growing Cities for Renters in the U.S. (Rent.com, May 2014)
  • Austin ranks number one for 2012-2013 population growth among the 100 largest U.S. metros (U.S. Census Bureau, March 2014)
  • For the fourth year in a row, Austin ranks number one on Forbes’ annual list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities (February 2014)

EDUCATION

  • Austin makes the list of Best Cities for Service-Oriented Students (BestColleges.com, July 2014)
  • University of Texas at Austin named the 28th best university in the world (Times Higher Education, October 2014)
  • Austin tops ranking of U.S. metros for net migration of adults with college degrees (NewGeography.com, August 2014)
  • The University of Texas ranks 5th worldwide for U.S. patents granted to universities in 2013 (National Academy of Inventors, June 2014)
  • According to data culled by ZipRealty Inc., the Eanes school district of the Austin area is one of the country’s top 10 Best Places for Families to Live (Ziprealty, July 2014

FOOD/ENTERTAINMENT

  • Texas ranks number two on the list of U.S. states by food/drink (Thrillist, July 2014)
  • Austin is one of the 10 Best Cities to Dine with Your Valentine (Trulia, February 2014)
  • Austin’s District Kitchen and Cocktails is included in the Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restauraunts in America (OpenTable Inc., June 2014
  • USA Swimming’s top 50 swimming cities in the country ranks Austin as number eight (USA Swimming, July 2014)
  • The Guardian’s top 40 international holiday hotspots lists Austin as number three for 2014 (The Guardian, January 2014)
  • Hamilton Pool of Dripping Springs, Texas was ranked #18 among “America’s Best Swimming Holes” (Weather.com, August 2014)
  • Jacob’s Well: Wimberley Valley, Texas was ranked #3 among “America’s Best Swimming Holes” (Weather.com, August 2014)

LIFESTYLE/ENVIRONMENT

  • Two Austin neighborhoods (Mueller and Gallindo) made the list of Top 10 Neighborhoods for Green Homes (Redfin, April 2014)
  • Austin is in the top 10 affordable purchase markets for aspiring millennial homebuyers (RISMedia, July 2014)
  • Austin ranks 16th in the nation for solar power by Total Installed Solar PV Capacity (EnvironmentTexas.com, April 2014)
  • Named among the top 10 budget-friendly retirement spots for having a lot of retirement-friendly attributes, including low taxes (CNBC Online, June 2014)
  • Austin was ranked among the “Top 20 Coolest Cities in America” (Forbes Magazine, August 2014)
  • Austin is the No. 3 City in the U.S. to Educate, Entertain, and Exhaust Your Kids (Macaroni Kid, September 2014)
  • Austin is one of the Ten Best Cities for Coffee Snobs (Redfin, September 2014)
  • Austin ranked 40 of 100 among the most recreation-friendly cities for park quality, weather conditions, entertainment and rec. facilities (WalletHub.com, July 2014)
  • Austin is number one on the list of top ten cities in the U.S. for group fitness (MyFitnessPal, July 2014)
  • Austin made the list of the Five Best Cities for Pet-Friendly Vacations (SheKnows.com, July 2014)
  • Austin is rated the number three most patriotic city in the U.S. (MyLife.com, July 2014)
  • Austin is rated the second best city for millennials (Niche.com, April 2014)
  • U-Haul names Austin the sixth U.S. Destination City in 2013 (April 2014)
  • Austin and San Antonio are the two Best Places for Veterans overall. Austin ranks in the top five for veterans starting out, mid-career, and military retirement (United Services Automobile Association, October, 2014)
  • Austin ranks number seven on the list of the world’s most dynamic cities (Jones Lang LaSalle, January, 2014)

If you or someone you know is interested in taking advantage of the hot Austin real estate market, give me a call. 

2014 Austin Area Housing Statistics

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For the fourth year in a row, annual home sales have increased in the Austin area. According to a report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS, the Austin area set a record for single-family home sales in December (2,283 homes), along with a record for annual home sales in 2014 (27,768 homes).

With its growing economy and below-average cost of living, Austin is the third-fastest growing big city in America. This population growth combined with low housing inventory is driving up home prices.

Townhouse and condominium sales also increased in 2014. December 2014 sales were up 6% compared to December 2013. In the same time period, the median price for condos was $229,750, which is 5% more than the same month of the prior year.

If you are thinking about selling in this incredibly strong market, call Edwin today!

December 2014 Statistics

  • 2,283 – Single-family homes sold, 14 percent more than December 2013.
  • $246,530 – Median price for single-family homes, 10 percent more than December 2013.
  • $311,082 – Average price for single-family homes, six percent more than December 2013.
  • 55 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, three days more than December 2013.
  • 1,546 – New single-family home listings on the market, 10 percent more than December 2013.
  • 5,077 – Active single-family home listings on the market, 12 percent more than December 2013.
  • 1,623 – Pending sales for single-family homes, 18 percent more than December 2013.
  • 2.2 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.2 month more than December 2013.
  • $710,200,206 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, 21 percent more than December 2013.

2014 Year-End Totals

  • 27,768 – Single-family homes sold, two percent more than 2013.
  • $242,500 – Median price for single-family homes, eight percent more than 2013.
  • $309,975 – Average price for single-family homes, seven percent more than 2013.
  • 47 – Average number of days that single-family homes spent on the market, three days fewer than 2013.
  • 35,423 – New single-family home listings on the market, four percent more than 2013.
  • 5,734 – Active single-family home listings on the market, four percent more than 2013.
  • 28,325 – Pending sales for single-family homes, one percent more than 2013.
  • $8,607,385,376 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, nine percent more than 2013.

Source: https://www.abor.com/news_media/press_releases/2014/p16_14.cfm

How to Make Your Savings Goals Stick

In our last post we discussed ways to begin taking control of your finances. This week we’ll go over some ways to make those savings goals stick.

1. Do it automatically.

You can set up an automatic transfer with your bank so that each pay period a certain amount of money will be transferred to your savings account. This way you don’t have to think about it, which makes it much more likely to happen!

2. Make it fun.

Challenge a friend or family member to see who can save the most over a period of time. Just make sure the prize is FREE! Maybe the loser has to cook the winner a meal or wash their car. Make saving money a family affair by creating a savings thermometer. Draw a giant thermometer with your savings goal at the top. Once you reach your goal have a party to celebrate.

3. Reward yourself.

You have been pinching pennies and your savings account is growing! Periodically rewarding yourself with a small bonus will motivate you to keep going.

Taking Control of Your Finances in 2015

If you’re like most people, the New Year often prompts you to set goals for yourself. Maybe this year you have decided to reduce your debt or save more money. Here are some great tips to get you started:

1. Identify your goal.

Do you want to start an emergency fund? Save for a home? Get out of debt? Identifying your financial goal will help you develop a plan and stick to it.

2. Review your finances.

Most people underestimate how much money they spend. Print out 12 months of statements from your bank and credit card accounts. Highlight your fixed (mortgage/rent, utilities), irregular (car and home maintenance, taxes, etc), and discretionary expenses (shopping, restaurants, entertainment, etc.)

3. Create a budget.

This gives you control over your money. 55% of millionaires keep a budget!

4. Track your expenses.

Tracking your spending habits will show you exactly where your money is going.

5. Eliminate debt.

Eliminating debt can seem intimidating. Remember to tackle one debt at a time. For credit card debt, start with the card that has the highest interest rate. Make larger payments on that one while making the minimum payment on any others.

6. Review your credit report.

It’s smart to check your credit report annually to confirm that all your information is correct as well as to alert you in case there has been any fraudulent activity.

7. Start an emergency fund.

Having 3-6 months of living expenses stashed away will give you peace of mind and protect you in the event of an emergency.

8. Invest

By making smart investments you can have your money work for you!

How to Spot a Lie

A Cornell University study reveals there are seven magic words that help reveal a lie.

 According to this video summary of the research, most people lie when speaking via telephone vs. communicating through email.

Also, according to the study, 14% of people will lie in email, 21% in a text message, 27% face-to-face, and 37% over the phone.

Because people are less likely to lie “on paper”, Richard Wiseman suggests the best thing to do is to say these 7 words, “Can you just email me about that?”

That doesn’t always translate in real estate negotiations since over 80% of communication is non-verbal so it certainly helps to have both.  If you’re looking for a Realtor who is not afraid to tell you the truth (to your face or in an email), contact Edwin Lui today!

1900 Little Elm Trail #43 – Centrally Located and Maintenance Free Living

Raise your hand if you look forward to doing the following tasks once you’ve purchased your new home:

  • Paint the exterior trim
  • Repair and/or paint the fence
  • Replace the roof
  • Maintain the foundation and exterior walls
  • Landscape the front yard

If you’d rather someone else think about and take care of the above items, then Cypress Creek Townhomes might be the neighborhood for you.  It’s located within minutes of many stores and restaurants in Cedar Park with easy access to toll roads for a quick commute to Austin.  Additionally, the HOA fee also includes all of your water costs, trash and sewer fees, and access to the community swimming pool.  So what makes unit #43 so special?

Exterior Front 01

Fully maintained townhouse in a great Cedar Park neighborhood.

Unit #43 is one of the largest units in the community at 2,050 sf.  If you want larger rooms and closets, this is the unit that will draw your attention.  The home features many of the standard items you will find in the other units like silestone counters and undermounted sink, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, gutters, and brick exterior.  This one comes with a few extras like a second floor loft, hard surface floors throughout the home with carpet in the bedrooms, and no neighbors behind you.  A small bonus is that the refrigerator, washer, and dryer convey with the purchase.

Family Living 03

The only thing missing is your furniture.

Last but not least is the price.  At $178,000, or $86.83/sf, this unit is very affordable for any type of buyer – singles, married with no children, married with small children, investors, young professionals, etc.

For a private showing or more information, feel free to contact me here.

1900 Little Elm #43 – Sellers Disclosure

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