HomeCity Real Estate Blog

It’s that time of year again, the time of pumpkin spice lattes, hot apple cider, and warm fireplaces. Even in Texas where the changing of the seasons is less obvious, decorating your home for the occasion can be fun and add an inviting ambiance to any space. It can feel like summer until mid to late October here, so many people are hesitant to spend a fortune on fresh seasonal decorations. Good news… you don’t have to! We scoured Pinterest for the most creative and cost efficient fall décor ideas and we’re going to share them with you!

1. Decorate for cheap by updating things you already own! Decorating your home for fall doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest that we absolutely loved. One of our favorites was this

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Pricing your home is a delicate situation, one that is best navigated by a real estate professional. A house is one of the largest sales you will likely make in your lifetime, and also one of the most emotional sales you are likely to make.  You’ll want to make the most you can off of your sale, however, you and your agent must be wary of the pitfalls involved in pricing your home too high. What many people don’t realize is that pricing your home too high initially may end up getting you less for the house than if you would have priced it appropriately in the first place!

We interviewed Pippa Lambert, Real Estate Expert at HomeCity Real Estate, who tells us that, “It’s very common to receive multiple offers – often above list price – on an

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Dallas Market Update  

As we near the end of September, we can take a look at the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) and Real Estate Center (RECenter) market data for August. Dallas showed continued growth in August increasing 11% percent to 6,676 single family home sales, as compared to August 2014. The median price for DFW homes increased 10.8% year-over-year to $210,000, which is $5,000 higher than the 2015 average. We're continuing to see the number of days on market drop rapidly, dropping from 50 days on market this time last year to 38 days this August.

With 9,917 in total closed sales in August, the market is remained relatively consistent when compared to August 2014, showing an increase just below 2%. Pending sales however are showing a

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We’re nearing the end of September, and the Austin Board of Realtors (ABOR) has recently released August’s market statistics. August showed continued growth in Austin increasing eight percent to 2,943 home sales, as compared to August 2014. The median price for Austin-area homes increased 8% year-over-year to $265,000, which is a record for the month of August! The average price jumped 6% to $329,620. As homes in Austin continue to increase in value, certain parts of the city are becoming inaccessible to people with lower incomes. 

ABoR recently cited data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which shows that “approximately 65 percent of Austin-area professionals made less than $50,000 in 2014. Additionally, the City of Austin’s 2014

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The real estate market in Texas is hot, hot, hot right now which means multiple offer situations are becoming commonplace. Multiple offers occur when several people like, and want to buy, the same house. Many times this will happen during the first few days the house goes on the market, and the listing agent will wait, collect several offers, and then the sellers will choose the one that appeals to them the most.

Sellers have a few different ways of dealing with multiple offers.  Sellers can accept the most attractive offer right off the bat (usually above-asking price, or with extra perks thrown in). They could also inform all potential buyers that there are multiple offers, and hold out for an even better offer. They could ‘counter’ one offer while

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In 2014, LinkedIn introduced its long-form posting platform, which allows its users to blog to their spheres. Previously only available to 500 high-profile CEO’s, influencers and celebrities who published thousands of posts, the platform is now available to everyone to use. While researching this tool, I couldn’t help but notice that the feature is absolutely perfect for real estate agents. It allows you to increase your visibility, demonstrate your thought leadership, and remain top of mind with your network, while simultaneously expanding your network. With a network of 330 million professionals on LinkedIn, there are endless possibilities for growth in your business. 

Why is this platform so perfect for real estate agents?

It’s extremely

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LinkedIn is a valuable tool that many people aren’t utilizing to the fullest extent. I understand it can seem daunting to learn the ins-and-outs of another social network – especially one with a much different focus than the others. On LinkedIn, you are speaking to not only friends, family, and potential clients but also influencers, clients, competition, and potential business partners. 

Putting your best face forward on LinkedIn is just as important as the other social networks, and if used correctly, can help you grow your business! The first step, which should go without saying, is to fill out your profile completely. Each section should have a significant amount of information, and if possible it’s helpful to ask for endorsements or reviews from

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Choosing a home to purchase can be an exciting and scary experience for new homeowners and seasoned homebuyers alike. Most times this will be your home
the next decade, maybe more, and you will want to ensure you make the right decision. The National Association of Realtors states that the typical home buyer searched for ten weeks and viewed ten homes in 2014 — this is two weeks shorter than the previous year’s report. In extremely hot markets like ours, this time is often much shorter. The trick here is to make sure you know what you want before you even begin viewing homes with a real estate agent. Consider what you need in a home, why you are buying, and where you would like to live.

“You want to be educated upfront, because when you are ready to

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We held a Branding and Social Media class last week and had several requests for a social media ‘basics’ class for folks who are completely new to social media. This got us thinking that there are those out there who could probably benefit from a quick-and-dirty, just-the-basics, social media overview.

Social media marketing is all about developing relationships with your followers while adding value to the conversations relevant to your industry. You want to become known as an expert in your field who should be referenced whenever questions arise, or a consumer is looking to purchase your product. Here are a few terms to get you started.

Hashtag: Ah, the infamous hashtag. A source of confusion for many new social media participants. A hashtag

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School is back in session, and there are tons of fun events coming up as the weather cools down (see the bottom of this post for exact details)! In the real estate world, Austin’s summer selling season has been extremely active. Austin continues to see rising home sales while home sales volumes set a record for the month of July.

The Austin Board of Realtors recently released their real estate market statistics, which show July 2015 home sales price increasing. The median price for Austin-area homes increased 8% year-over-year to $269,500. The average price rose 6% to $338,452. Affordability continues to be a concern with less than 30% of homes sold in the Austin area priced below $200,000.

“As more people move to the Austin area, demand is

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