All Blog Entries by Karli Jaenike

There are currently 247 blog entries published by Karli Jaenike.

September 2017 DFW Housing Market Upate Infographic

August tends to mark the waning of housing activity ahead of the school year. Not all buyers and sellers have children, but there are enough parents that do not want to uproot their children during the school year to historically create a natural market cool down before any actual temperature change. However, in the DFW area competition is expected to remain fierce for available listings. Savvy sellers and buyers know that deals can be made well into the school months, as household formations take on many shapes and sizes.

According to the report recently released by the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, new listings were up in the North Texas region 7.4 percent to 13,612. Pending sales decreased 9.1 percent to 9,083. While the market is

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september 2017 Austin housing market statistics

The 2017 Central Texas summer selling season was the strongest on record in terms of single-family home sales and median price across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). This is according to the Austin Board of Realtor's recently released market stats. Single-family home sales volume jumped in the city of Austin in August, while median price held steady according to the August 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­®, commented: “The Central Texas housing market just experienced the strongest summer selling season on record. The Austin-Round Rock MSA saw record-breaking growth, during which median price topped

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home buyers checklist

Buying a home (whether it’s your first home, you’re moving up, or you’re downsizing) can be an exciting yet complex experience. No matter how many times you’ve gone through the process, it’s handy to refresh your memory regarding the steps and best practices involved. 

Hiring an experienced agent can help guide you through the process fairly seamlessly, but it’s always best to be prepared. From figuring out your budget and down payment options, to choosing the perfect neighborhood, the home buying experience can be fun as long as you have a game plan. Follow these steps for an ideal home buying experience.


How much house can you afford?

This is a crucial first step in figuring out your housing situation. After all, you wouldn’t want to

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Dallas Fort Worth market Statistics August 2017

How long can the residential real estate market go on like this? We are about two years into a national trend of dropping housing supply and increasing median sales prices. There are some regional variations to the story, but the shift to a predominantly seller's market is mostly complete. Multiple-offer situations over asking price are commonplace in many communities, and good homes are routinely off the market after a single day. It is evident that a favorable economy keeps hungry buyers in the chase.

According to a report recently released by North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, new Listings were up in the North Texas region 2.9 percent to 14,245. Pending Sales decreased 6.6 percent to 9,533. Inventory grew 5.2 percent to 27,969 units.

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August 2017 Housting Market Statistics

Single-family home sales volume held steady across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in July, while housing inventory levels posted strong gains, according to the July 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released recently by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

"In years past, the high demand of the summer selling season has further constrained inventory levels and further pushed up home prices," commented Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­®. "This year has been different, with steady gains in sales volume as well as listings and inventory throughout the summer. During a month when housing inventory should reach its lowest point of the year, housing inventory across the Central Texas region is at

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learning a secret early

If you’re interested in real estate, you may have heard the term ‘Coming Soon’ Listing or ‘Pocket Listing.' These listings are sort of like a presale for those in the listing agent’s circle. Having access to a Coming Soon listing gives those in the agent’s circle exclusive access to a home before it’s technically on the market.


It’s important for home buyers and sellers to have an understanding of how important these early listings are, and how they can help clients achieve their goals faster while providing a competitive advantage. We asked our agents to share their opinions and stories about how Coming Soon listings have played to their advantage.


“Marketing a listing as Coming Soon helps generate buzz about the property before going

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Deep in the heart of Texas, the stars at night are big and bright. Unfortunately, Texas is also the place where rent prices are big and bright. How do we know this? No, not from a country song. RENTCafé created a top of the priciest ZIP codes for renters in Texas. According to the study, renters in Austin pay the most for an apartment, followed by those in Dallas and Houston.

Here’s how much rent costs in the top 10 most expensive ZIP codes in Texas: 

 Most expensive zip codes in texas



The average rent in each of the 50 priciest ZIP codes in the state is above the national average, which hovers right above $1,300/month, but rent growth is slowing down. Compared to last year, rent rose in less than half of the 50 ZIP codes that were analyzed. As a matter of fact, prices

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downsizing your home or apartment

Let’s face it – our society values an accumulation of ‘stuff.' We’re taught from a young age that a house full of hard-earned items is equivalent with success. This can make it stressful to downsize, even when it’s desperately needed.

Downsizing and de-cluttering your space can feel refreshing and liberating! Whether you’re moving to a smaller home, or just simply looking to de-clutter, taking the plunge to throw away your earthly possessions is sometimes necessary. Sometimes there are clothes you’ve never worn or gifts that were never used, or simply something you just haven’t looked at in a few months! Whatever it may be – it has to go.

We caught up with Mary from Creating Mary’s Home, a professional organizer, and de-cluttering expert. She

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July 2017 Housing Market Statistics Dallas Fort Worth

There has been a general slowdown in sales across the country, and this cannot be blamed on negative economic news. Unemployment remains low and wage growth, though nothing to overly celebrate, has held steady or increased for several years in a row. There is strong demand for home buying, emphasized by higher prices and multiple offers on homes for sale in many submarkets. As has been the case for month after month – and now year after year – low inventory is the primary culprit for any sales malaise rather than lack of offers.

According to North Texas Real Estate Information System's monthly report, New Listings were up in the North Texas region 10.3 percent to 15,542, which can only help the current price situation. Pending Sales decreased 5.6

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July 2017 Austin housing market statistics

Central Texas single-family home sales growth slowed in the first half of 2017 while home prices continued to grow at a steady pace, according to the Mid-Year 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

“The Central Texas housing market continued to show signs of normalization in the first half of the year, with positive but more moderate gains in sales activity,” said Brandy Guthrie, President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®. “Homes are spending more time on the market, and housing inventory levels have slowly increased throughout the year. While it could take years for the region’s housing market to achieve balance between homebuying and selling activity, these trends indicate that the Central Texas

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