Not For Sale By Owner

In today’s economy, people are pinching pennies any chance they get. In my line of business, that means more and more sellers trying to sell their home without the expertise or skill of a real estate agent. Central Texas has been home (no pun intended) to the most stable real estate market despite the crash the rest of the nation has experienced, yet I still see plenty of For Sale By Owner signs on yards across Georgetown, Round Rock, and Austin. No community is immune to the temptation of saving money.

Not only is the owner potentially saving thousands of dollars from paying the agent’s commission, with the internet at our fingertips, there are great websites like ForSaleByOwner.com that help owners sell on their own. So it must be pretty easy and money-wise to sell without a licensed real estate agent. Or is it?

The founder of a popular for sale by owner Web site used a real estate broker to help sell his 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom New York apartment after it lingered on the market for six months. Colby Sambrotto, the founder and former chief operating officer of ForSalebyOwner.com, tried to sell the property himself by listing it online and through classified ads, but after six months of it sitting on the market, he sought the help of a real estate broker. The condo soon attracted multiple offers and ended up closing recently for $150,000 more than the original asking price.

It’s like Dieter Zetsche (CEO of Mercedes-Benz) buying one of these for his daughter:

In other words, he got a much better product and paid less.

Contrary to popular (and unsubstantiated) belief, real estate agents can save you time and earn you more money than you realize. Contact your local REALTOR today if you are thinking about selling your home and if you don’t have one, contact your favorite HOMEboys!

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Bank Said No? This Home Says No Problem!

This is a prime opportunity to purchase real estate in Georgetown, Texas.  115 Village Park Drive is located in Georgetown Village, one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Georgetown.  Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Walking distance to exemplary-rated Village Elementary School;
  2. Miles of kid- and pet-friendly trails available for hiking, jogging, or walking;
  3. Numerous, luscious parks, including the one right in front of this home.

But what sets 115 Village Park apart from the other homes for sale in Georgetown Village is your ability to finance easily and securely without the headaches of dealing with lenders and underwriters.  Even if you aren’t approved for a loan, you can purchase this home through owner financing.

  • Owner financing – 20% down payment preferred
  • High resale value – homes on this street has had the highest $/SF sold numbers for any resale in Georgetown Village over the past couple of years
  • Efficient floor plan includes 3 bedrooms, 1 office/study, formal dining, large kitchen and living, indoor utility
  • Village Park, Pool, and Playscape located right outside your front door
  • Located on one-way horseshoe street
  • Black walnut wood laminate floors
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Fireplace to keep you warm
  • Brick construction on all sides

 

For those of you not able to secure a loan, owner will consider an owner finance:  20% down payment desired, will look at other offers with a minimum of 10% down.  Buyer pays all closing costs.  For more information, contact Edward @ 512-761-6474

Affordable Luxury – 7717 Pebble Creek

Do you want to know what an interior designer’s dream home would look like?  Then look no further than 7717 Pebble Creek located in Georgetown, TX.  Formerly a model home in the Villages of Berry Creek, this makes other move-in ready homes look Plain Jane.  Custom tile work is visible on the entry way floors, kitchen back splash, living room and fireplace, and master bathroom.  Designer wallpaper clothe this home in modern style.  Secondary bedrooms have been treated like a true artist’s canvas with imagination and style.  Beautiful artwork and decor throughout!  Priced at $239,000, this home has over $100,000 in options and upgrades that were implemented with the eye and style of someone that could very well be from HGTV!  This is a genuine move-in ready home that needs nothing, except a new owner.

Custom tile work greets you when you walk in, and constantly says hello throughout the home.

Custom tile work greets you when you walk in, and constantly says hello throughout the home.

No expense was spared in this home.  The main floor contains a formal dining room perfect for dinner parties.  The kitchen is upgraded with every option possible – granite counters, over-sized sink, stainless steel appliances, bright, recessed lighting, ambient lighting under cabinets, extended granite counter for bar, custom tile back splash and flooring, and completely open to the living room and breakfast nook.  The kitchen is upgraded well enough for a chef, and contained in a size that is very easy to maintain.  The master bedroom is tucked away from the secondary bedrooms for absolute privacy.  Snuggle up by the bay window on a rainy day, or enjoy the custom tile work in the master bath as you relax in the shower or separate tub in complete silence.

Upgraded kitchen with lots of options!  Can you name them all?

Upgraded kitchen with lots of options!  Can you name them all?

Touch, feel, and admire the cold wrought iron as you make your way to the second floor.  There is a huge game room and 4 bedrooms waiting to fill your needs.  One of the bedrooms is currently used as a media room or home theater with surround sound and dimmed lighting.  It seats 4 extremely more comfortably than City Lights so pop in a BluRay or sign up for a Netflix account – you will be in this room a lot and your family and friends will love just as much!

This home theater is more comfortable than City Lights Theaters! Separate nursery down the hall for crying babies!

This home theater is more comfortable than City Lights Theaters! Separate nursery down the hall for crying babies!

See below for more pictures, videos, and information or contact us today!

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7717 Pebble Creek – Deficiencies Addressed

Country Living in the City – 101 Rio Bravo

Custom-built by Jack Hunnicutt on 2.5+ acres in the City of Georgetown.

Custom-built by Jack Hunnicutt on 2.5+ acres in the City of Georgetown.

Whether you were born in the city and a cowboy at heart, or born in the country and a city slicker at heart, 101 Rio Bravo is the best of both worlds. This Jack Hunicutt custom-built home sits perfectly on a parcel of land just under 3 acres and under 5 minutes to Wolf Ranch in the City of Georgetown! The convenience of this unique and rare property allows you to visit shops, restaurants, and retailers in the day, then come home in the early evening and enjoy the trees and the breeze on your back patio.

 

Longleaf pine wood floors from 100-year old reclaimed wood throughout.

Longleaf pine wood floors from 100-year old reclaimed wood throughout.

The flagstone walkway leads you to your home and the first thing you notice is the longleaf pine wood floors. Not only is it modern and refinished, it has a bit of history as well. The source for these longleaf pine wood floors comes from 100-year old reclaimed wood beams. You’ll be able to admire and admonish this historic wood in the entry, executive office, great room, dining room, and kitchen.

 

Bobby Flay would be proud of this kitchen.

Bobby Flay would be proud of this kitchen.

As you walk past the stone fireplace and hand-hewn wood mantle floating above it, you enter a kitchen that could double as a studio on Food Network: built-in sub-zero refrigerator and freezer, double convection ovens, gas cook top, prep sink and disposal on the island with double sink, disposal and trash compactor behind, walk-in pantry, and enough custom cabinets and pull-out drawers to make Giada jealous! This type of kitchen wouldn’t be complete without granite counter tops and a breakfast bar the length of a saloon in an old western – yeehaw! By the way, if there’s a shootout in this western, be sure to head for the walk-in pantry where the walls and ceiling are reinforced with concrete and wooden door reinforced with steel! This pantry could keep you safe through a tornado, seriously.

2,500 sf Stand-alone Workshop

2,500 sf Stand-alone Workshop

If the ~3,700 sf home isn’t enough for your belongings, head to the rear of the property where a 2,500 sf workshop awaits. This metal building has a double garage door and a 14-ft tall door to accommodate your RV or boat. You can fit 6 cars, power lawn equipment, an RV, a boat, or even a Jiffy Lube franchise! Need more space? This workshop has close to 700 sf of heated and cooled office space, a separate storage closet, and floored attic storage! This workshop gives other so-called man caves claustrophobia.

For floor plans, square footage, and other information on this home (like 24-hour fitness room, second floor suite, koi pond, 3 backyard patios, wired 7.1 surround sound, and plantation shutter window treatment) check out the pictures, video, and attachments below:

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101 Rio Bravo – Sellers Disclosure
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101 Rio Bravo – Septic Disclosure

Park View in the Village – 428 Hanover Court in Georgetown Village

428 Hanover:  Park view and a Texas-sized backyard with 4th bedroom option

01-frontEveryone loves a good park, and even more so when it’s right outside your front door! 428 Hanover is located right across the street from a park in the very desirable neighborhood of Georgetown Village in Georgetown, Texas. It’s so convenient you can pack your lunch for spur of the moment picnics and just walk across the street! The park has comfy seat benches, trees for ample shade, and beautiful green grass to run around without shoes.

Warning: The purchase of this home may induce a love for the outdoors.  The covered front porch gives you a gorgeous view of the park while sipping on your favorite cold drink in the shade. Grab a book or your laptop and lose time in the comfort of a warm Texas breeze.  The covered back patio gives you incomparable privacy and freedom. Just a few paces from the master bedroom, you will be enjoying fresh air while listening to God’s iPod – birds singing, trees rustling, and the cool afternoon breeze whistling.

The interior has a great floor plan, boasting three bedrooms with a 4th bedroom/dedicated office, a formal dining room, an open kitchen with breakfast area, a fireplace in the extra large living room.  The master bedroom is tucked in the back of the home (yes, near the amazing and private backyard). It gets the best of both worlds: nature’s finest in the backyard, and the amenities of a spa in the master bathroom. The bathroom is complete with walk in closet, double vanity, tub, separate shower, and plenty of storage for all your needs. Easily light up the money-saving gas fireplace in the living room to warm the home during the winter. Entertain your guests in the formal dining room with the park view. In case you were looking for additional views to the park, the office is situated perfectly in front of a big window while you file taxes, pay bills, or catch up on office work. It’s almost as if the builder new exactly what you were thinking!

Other features: extra large driveway, attic fan, irrigation system, mature “mulberry” tree, garage overhead storage, upgraded carpet and pad, recent paint (2009), recent washer, dryer, and refrigerator (2008), recent garbage disposal.

Contact Edward or Edwin to check out the rest of this beautiful home in the Village. See below for pictures, videos, and attachments.

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Elegant and Affordable in the Pinnacle of Georgetown

This cozy, 1-story home will make you want to take your shoes off when you walk through the door! Welcome to 215 Avalanche located in the Pinnacle neighborhood of Georgetown, TX! Come in and enjoy the look and feel of wood beneath your feet as you step into your home office to finish off some work and pay your bills. Close the french doors for complete silence from the excitement of the kids and dog. When you’re done, trade in your briefcase and laptop for some cars and dolls until it’s time for dinner.

Preparing dinner in the spacious and well-equipped kitchen is a breeze with the large center island. The kids are playing in plain sight to ease your worries. You’ll need them to help set the table soon and that will be easy since the dining room is smartly placed next to the kitchen.

After dinner, the kids can get ready for bed in their own side of the home while you retreat to the master suite in the peaceful rear of the home. Let your wife soak in her private tub, put on her bathrobe, and then head toward the library. The young night gives her a chance to catch up on her favorite book and enjoy a tasty glass of wine. Or spend your night together in the family room recovering in front of the warm fire watching your favorite sitcom or romantic comedy.

When the weekend comes, be sure to have a cookout on the back patio and watch the kids roam in the grass. Enjoy the privacy from the wood fence and get lost in the clear, blue skies above. You can also take the family out and take advantage of all the community amenities – swimming pool, basketball courts, playscape, and disc golf course!

The floor plan in this home flows elegantly and efficiently. With 3 bedrooms, a private office, formal dining, and a library, you’ll never believe this home is under 2,000 sf! Enjoy nice but subtle hardware upgrades throughout including doorknobs, light fixtures, and energy-efficient dimmers. Lastly, this home comes with the reputation of the Georgetown ISD and a young, budding neighborhood free of charge! For $80/sf, this may be the best value in all of Georgetown.

For video, pictures, and more information, please see below.

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Perfect Blank Canvas in Villages of Berry Creek

This house is the perfect blank canvas for anyone who wants their new home to “feel” like home. Combine the freedom and creativity of customizing a brand, new home with the value of a resale home and 7746 Squirrel Hollow becomes the perfect choice! The neutral floor and paint allows you to pick your own colors and the open floor plan allows you to lay out your furniture anyway you want. This home has all the “bones” you want in a home – open floor plan, mother-in-law plan, 4 total bedrooms, and a formal dining that isn’t located in the corner of the house. Plus, the backyard is spacious enough for your dogs to run around in as is, and add your dream deck by the time summer rolls around for you and your friends. You can’t ask for a better home to decorate and shape into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Best of all, you’ll never outgrow your dream home with 4 bedrooms and great schools in the Georgetown ISD for the kids! Walk in and watch the kids run to their rooms and yell, “This is my room!” Make lasting memories when you paint the walls to their favorite colors and hang up their favorite pop star posters together. This is your chance to get into a great family-friendly neighborhood at starter home value!

Lastly, you will love the location of this home. The Villages of Berry Creek is close enough to the I-35 for commuting parents, yet tucked away from noisy, speeding cars. It is a great launching pad to Fort Hood, Killeen, Harker Heights, and Belton up north, and it’s also a straight shot to the I-35 or 130 toll road if you need to head south to Austin. And if you love to golf on the weekends, you won’t need to drive very far. The Villages of Berry Creek is a neighbor to Berry Creek Country Club and it is a simple process to obtain a sponsor and membership.

See below for video, pictures, and more information.

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Golf, Cul-de-sac, Great Floor Plan in Villages of Berry Creek for just $215,000

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Say hello to the best value in a home for sale in Georgetown, Texas.  30003 Bumble Bee is located in the Villages of Berry Creek where you can have the benefits of a golf course community at Berry Creek Country Club without paying the high HOA fees.  The Berry Creek Golf course is just down the street from the Villages and it’s easy to rub some shoulders to get sponsored by a current member to play golf there.  Avoid the high monthly fees and make some new friends!  What better way to get welcomed into your new neighborhood!

If that’s not enough, your house will be one of a few on the end of a cul-de-sac.  While your neighbors have cars commuting back and forth in front of their homes, you’ll have little kids riding bikes in front of yours.  Be careful – they’re friendly and just might ring your doorbell to ask if you and your kids want to play with them!

Lastly, and certainly not least, open the front door to your new home and experience one of the most open floor plans you’ve ever been in.  The entrance hallway leads you right into the middle of all the action in the living room.  Entertain your exclusive cul-de-sac neighbors and have the freedom of not wishing your house was just a bit bigger.  The living room is open to the kitchen with plenty of space for a large informal dining table.  Don’t forget about the seamless transition from the living room to the covered back patio with a huge back yard for the kids and dogs to run around in.

The feeling of freedom does not end there.  This large 2500-plus square foot home has 4 large bedrooms and a large community game room in the center for all the late night games and movies you’ll experience with your family.  And if you’re worn out from the games, don’t worry about cleaning up the same night.  It’s all on the second floor and none of your distinguished cul-de-sac neighbors will ever see the mess!

~ Edwin

Pre-inspections = Stress-free option periods – Chuck and Fran Testimonial

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Back after popular demand:  Another “Favorite HOMEboy Testimonial”

Okay, I confess, I’m not sure how popular these are and what the demand is, but many of my recent clients have been rather “video-shy” so I’m glad that Chuck and Fran decided to be such good sports.
They live on my street and are some cool neighbors and I wish them the best in their future as “beach bums.”  The home that was sold was on 133 Village Park Drive in Georgetown Village.

One of the things I always recommend to my clients is to do a pre-inspection.  This is another revolutionary method that my brokerage, Mars Hill Realty Group, integrates into our house marketing strategy.  Here are the top 3 reasons we do this:

1.  Eliminates potential deal-killers

2.  Reduces negotiation leverage of buyer during option period

3.  Attracts the highest offer from the buyer by positioning your home as fixed and well cared for.

Check out the testimonial below and call me to get the same great results on your home!



248 Whitney Woods – Preserve at Lake Georgetown – Hill Country Views

248 Whitney Woods Circle – The Preserve at Lake Georgetown

There are lots of homes in the $500k – $1 Million price range on the west side of Georgetown, Texas.  However, every once in awhile, a home comes on the market that offers something truly unique. If you were to put together a wish list of features for a home of this caliber, it could look something like this:

  • Lot location – Professionally landscaped; Guaranteed to be no neighbors behind you; A premium view that can’t be duplicated.

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This Tuscan-styled estate home was personally designed by the builder, Steve Klein.  He hand-picked the best lot in the neighborhood to capture this coveted view of Lake Georgetown and the Texas Hill Country.  If you have a teenager, keep them away from the sunset views, the views are liable to make them fall in love.  If you’re married, it will be like therapy.  These views convey with the home.

  • Neighborhood location – convenient to outdoor recreation, shopping, and the best schools; exclusive community

  • View Preserve at Lake Georgetown in a larger map

    The blue marker with the black dot in the middle of it represents the location for this neighborhood (click the map icons to show what they represent). It’s hard to believe that you could be in such a beautiful neighborhood on acreage, yet within a 5 mile radius of almost everything you need to survive:  Exemplary Ford elementary school, HEB Grocery shopping, Scott and White Medical, and a host of other restaurants, retail and banks. What’s really unique is that the proximity to Lake Georgetown and Russell Park is only 2 miles away!  You can read more about this unique neighborhood in my recent article on the Preserve at Lake Georgetown.

    • Home size – large enough to raise a family in without moving again, multiple living areas for various needs; luxurious in a subtle way, doesn’t make the guests feel uncomfortable.

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    Many homes in this price range have 4 bedrooms and 4 baths.  But in addition to that, this home also has a formal living area, dedicated formal dining room, upstairs Gameroom, private hobby room or playroom, separate air-conditioned storage space (Texas Basement), private home office and a workstation flex space between the kitchen and utility room that is perfect for doing homework or paying the bills.  All of the bedrooms are spacious and have private access to the bathrooms.  In fact, most of the rooms in this house share the same premium view of the Texas Hill Country out the back windows.  One of the guest bathrooms downstairs has access from the garage and also the outdoors to be used as a future pool bath.

    If you’re still reading this, and are a serious buyer in this market, stop what you are doing and see this home.  There simply isn’t a home on the market with a premium view on almost 2 acres, proximity to Lake Georgetown, and over 4800 SF of luxurious living in this price range.  In fact, the last lot in Georgetown with a similar view was just purchased a month ago and construction has already began.  They will be your next door neighbors.  The home is competitively priced at $864,900.

    See below for a gallery of the home and click the pictures to enlarge:

    Whitney Woods Inspection Report – All repairs completed

    Whitney Woods Property and Septic Disclosure

    Whitney Woods Survey

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