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Because we work with so many home sellers it gives us the ability to provide our clients who are buying a home great advice about how to structure an offer that a seller will accept. Here are a few mistakes we have seen buyers make when submitting offers on our listings.

Assuming the seller will negotiate with you.  One of the most common mistakes we see is a buyer who loves a house but just can’t get out of their own way to make a good first offer. They try to submit a low-ball offer. When we get another offer many times the seller decides to negotiate only with the 2nd offer and never gives the buyer who made the low-ball offer a chance to make a Best & Final offer. There’s a saying “Do you want to buy the house or try to buy the house?” Buyers who

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For years people have been asking me if the real estate market is going to “crash.”

One of the misconceptions about the real estate market is it is binary. In other words the market is either super hot or crashing. The truth is a normal real estate market is more balanced than we have seen in 10 years.

Nationally we are seeing statistics that indicate that real estate is shifting towards a more balanced market that may not favor buyers or sellers as much as we have seen in a long time. This doesn’t mean a crash but it will mean changes and those changes will create challenges in the market.

The best analogy I can come up with is imagine you have been driving 100 MPH and then you slow down to 50 MPH. You will still be moving forward but it will

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I can appreciate someone wanting to save money. If you’re like me what you’ve often experienced is when cutting corners things don’t turn out as expected. I know in my experience when I have tried to hire the cheapest option I’ve often had to hire someone else later to clean up the mess for you.

At Kopa Real Estate, our business is based on specialization. What often happens is a home seller thinks the decision of which Realtor to hire doesn’t make a difference. When their home doesn’t sell quickly they start asking questions and searching for answers. Because the discount agent they hired doesn’t specialize in our neighborhood they don’t have any answers. Many times those home sellers call me. They are confused about the real estate market, confused

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One of the best things about being the owner of our company is I get to make the rules. One of the rules that’s important to me is offering an Easy Exit Listing Agreement where if a home seller isn’t happy with our performance the listing can be cancelled while in Active status. Despite no clients taking me up on the offer it is important for you to know we are accountable to you when you hire Kopa Real Estate to sell your home.

Because 25% of the homes we sell were previously listed with another agent we often hear stories of consumers who were frustrated with the other agent. Often the other agent tried to hold their feet to the fire with a listing agreement that can’t be cancelled or large cancellation fees you would have to pay. I wouldn’t want

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Strong home buying activity throughout the summer led to double-digit home sales growth in July, according to the July 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. The five-county Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) experienced the highest volume of home sales since July 2011, and the highest median home price on record for any month.

“Strong pending sales activity in June contributed to a big uptick in home sales growth last month, and pending sales growth was strong again in July, too,” Steve Crorey, 2018 president of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, said. “This means we could see another uptick in home sales growth in August to end the summer selling season on a high note.”

In the city of Austin,

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In August I was contacted by an unusually large number of investors who are considering selling their investment property. Some of the investors think the market is nearing a top while others have decided being a landlord isn’t for them. If you are thinking about selling your investment property here are a few things to think about.

Do you want to be a landlord? I believe successful investors enjoy owning investment properties and they run their investment properties like a business. If you don’t enjoy some of the negative aspects of owning rental properties such as dealing with tenants or having to lease a home then being a real estate investor may not be right for you.

What is your actual Return on Investment? When calculating a ROI many

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At Kopa Real Estate we believe “Everyone Needs A Home.” We have a longstanding relationship with the Texas Humane Heroes through sponsoring their Adopt a Kennel Program and 5K Race.

This year we are stepping up our commitment to the community and have pledged $500 of every home we sell to build a micro-home at the Mobile Loaves and Fishes Community First! Village. Each micro-home sponsorship is a commitment of $25,000.

Community First! Village is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.

A development of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, this transformative residential program exists to love and serve our neighbors who have been

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Sarah hadn’t visited her condo in over 10 years. The lease for her tenant was going to expire and the home needed a total makeover because the current tenant had trashed the property.

Sarah decided it would be a good time to sell her condo since the unit needed to have an extensive make ready to sell or rent and the expected rental rates were less than her previous tenant was paying.

After reading how other investors trust Kopa Real Estate with our vacant home listing system Sarah called us. The first thing we did was arrange a time to meet the tenant and bring a painter, handyman and carpet vendor at the same time. That way those contractors could provide estimates and be ready to begin their work the day after the tenant moved out. Because Kopa

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The next Bulk Collection in Avery Ranch begins on August 27. Check out the postcard to see what items can be picked up.

Client Testimonial

“Kopa Real Estate did an amazing job of marketing my home in Avery Ranch. If you are thinking about buying or selling in Avery, don't spend anymore time looking--call Eric. Unlike some other realtors I've worked with in the past, they understand how to market a house. While other homes are still for sale that were put up before mine, mine sold in days with 5 offers. They know how to create demand. HIGHLY recommend Kopa Real Estate. ” - Paul

 

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Rumor has it one of my favorite restaurants in Austin will be opening another location in Avery Ranch. The speculation is they will be moving into the old Z Tejas building at the corner of Avery Ranch Blvd and Parmer Ln.

We would be very excited if this turns out to be true as their Sunday brunch is the best in Austin in my opinion.

When we asked Moonshine if they are opening a location they would not confirm they are but it sounded like they are working on making something happen.

Stay tuned for more details.

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