All Blog Entries by Karli Jaenike

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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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exchanging money for a house

There is a lot more to buying and selling a home than many people realize. No matter which side of the transaction you are on, it’s imperative that you have an ally by your side to guide you through the process. That ally is your real estate agent!

These professionals have been through the process many times and can help you understand what you want and how to get it. Agents not only know how to correctly price a home and prepare it for sale, but they often know a lot of information about the school districts and neighborhoods clients are hoping to buy in. They can be an invaluable source of information, and save their clients hours of work and tons of stress throughout the home buying or selling process.

Traditionally, a home seller pays agent

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It’s no secret that rents are going up around the Austin area, with one bedroom apartments often renting for over $1,000 a month. Particularly in the more desirable neighborhoods near Downtown or South Austin. With over 2,056,405 residents, Austin continues to grow as an average of 159 people flock here per day.

Austin’s healthy job market, booming economy, and plethora of activities make it the perfect place to settle down – if you can afford it. Planning to live in a neighborhood that is not only desirable but falls within budget can be tricky. Rents can vary widely, depending on where you look, depending on amenities and area of town.

Our friends at accessed rental data that displayed the median rent for a one-bedroom

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June 2017 housing market statistics DFW

Home prices across the U.S. are reaching all-time highs, prompting worry over another boom-and-bust scenario like we experienced roughly ten years ago. Yet, as we glance across the state of residential real estate, what is clear compared to the last extended run of price increases is that lending standards are now much stronger than they were before. Incomes must be verified, a reasonable amount of money must be paid toward the home prior to purchase, and a more stringent loan approval process is in place to prevent a repeat performance of the Great Recession.

Unfortunately for DFW area millennials, the Dallas Morning News reports that “the average millennial in Dallas would have to save for 10.4 years in order to to afford a down payment on a

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Austin area housing market statistics May 2017

Single-family home sales volume experienced strong gains across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in May, while home sales dollar volume topped $1.2 billion and set an all-time high for sales dollar volume, according to the May 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released recently by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­®, commented, “Housing is the backbone of our region’s economy and the heart of our communities. Housing demand continues to be at an all-time high in and around Austin, indicated by steady growth in home sales and prices, listing activity and housing inventory. The concurrent gains in listing activity and inventory, in particular, are a positive

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When inspecting a prospective new home, it’s important to keep an eye out for warning signs that the house has irreparable issues. While there are common warning signs of a bad deal, there are also a variety of ‘sneaky issues’ that can fly relatively under the radar.

We asked our agents what they tell their clients to look out for when searching for a new property. What they came back with was advice on not only physical issues in a home but also common things to avoid during the home buying process.

Your agent should be educating you on the following pitfalls, but just in case they aren’t, here are our top 10 things to avoid when purchasing a home.


1. Don’t compromise because of a time

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mowing the lawn

Texas Summers can get downright miserable, upwards of 100 degrees and humid. It’s not uncommon to see lawns suffering in the dead of summer, especially during times of drought. While we’ve been pretty lucky with the amount of rain received lately, it’s never a bad idea to begin preparing your lawn early for the harsh summer ahead. We caught up with lawn care expert Jake Hill from LawnStarter Lawn Care, who shared his tips and best practices for keeping a healthy lawn all year round. 


Summer lawn care begins in the spring. Jake advises that about once every other year, homeowners should aerate their lawn to alleviate soil compaction and thus allow their lawn to breathe. “Just like a person – grass needs air, food, and water to survive (and the

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