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Most of our friends and clients are pretty savvy and can sniff out when something sounds too good to be true. When a friend saw another Realtor’s advertisement guaranteeing multiple offers, he asked me how someone can do that and what’s the catch?

When you hear someone say they will get you multiple offers you probably imagine that means your home will sell for over asking price. What would you think if it really means you will get multiple low-ball offers below market value? I can’t tell what you would think, but when I explained what is really going to happen my friend felt like the advertising is misleading.

Guaranteeing multiple offers is pretty easy. In fact, any Realtor can guarantee you multiple offers.

Here’s how it works…

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In April, we saw the number of sales decline by 90 from last year. That’s about what we’d expect to see during a pandemic. With 123 homes pending as of 5/1 things should start looking better going forward. 123 homes pending with only 88 homes active means we still have a strong seller’s market. However, we are seeing homes that are not selling. Although we are optimistic, we have definitely entered a more professional market and who you hire to sell your home does matter. In April the lowest priced home was in Cedar Park Town Center and the highest priced home was a 5,451 SF home on 4 acres located between Vista Ridge and 183A.

As always, we're always ready to work for you and your family. Whenever you are ready to talk about your home

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In mid-March the entire market freaked out. Buyers cancelled contracts and lenders changed underwriting guidelines. We recommended several of our owner-occupied listings take their houses off the market temporarily. I had been tracking the rolling 7-day average of homes going under contract to gauge the direction of the market. To give you an idea of how bad a shock we went through and how fast it happened here are the number of homes that went under contract in the entire Austin MLS the previous 7 days…

That was a huge drop and we’ve almost recovered. We are still off from this time last year by but transactions happen every day and things are heating up.

Despite the overall number of houses selling being down, we are not

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When you hire a real estate agent to sell your home you have every right to expect the brokerage the agent works for has your best interests in mind at all times. How will you feel when you find out that might not be true? 

It’s basic Economics 101 that you will receive the best price for your home by advertising it with the widest net. You want to advertise your home to all the real estate agents in your area and as many buyers as possible who are in the market for a home like yours.

What if I told you we are hearing about more and more real estate brokerages that are trying to sell their listings by only advertising them to the agents that work for that specific office?

Why would they do that?

In some instances, it’s because a

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Should you buy or sell a home in today's market? Realtors sometimes have a bad habit of always saying it's a great time to buy or sell. The truth is it depends on your particular situation, the house you are buying or selling, the sub-market of the house and the buyer profile for the house.

As always if you have a question call/text Eric at 512-791-7473  or email eric@koparealestate.com.

 

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Many homeowners will be facing a financial burden due to Coronavirus and if it is affecting your ability to pay your mortgage you may have more options than you think. As of the writing of this message there has not been any uniform relief among all lenders. There are several proposals but none have been agreed to. Information is coming out quickly and things are changing every day. 

#1 Things You Should Do

The most important thing you should do is not bury your head in the sand, don’t run and hide and don’t ignore calls and letters from your mortgage company.

Do You Need To Be Behind On Payments?

Even if you haven’t missed a mortgage payment yet the best thing you can do is pick up the phone or go online to your mortgage

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In Williamson County, real estate is still an essential business and many sellers have chosen to continue showing their homes. As you might expect we have seen the number of in person showings dramatically decrease over the past few weeks.

My expectation is once the shelter in place ordinance has been lifted, we will see showings increase but likely not to the same level as pre-Coronavirus. The reason I say that is I expect buyers will be choosier about taking a perceived risk to enter your home. Previously our goal for our listings was to make it into the top 5 homes a buyer would want to visit. Going forward I anticipate buyers will reduce the number of homes they visit in person from 5 to 3. What that means for you if you are selling a home is

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Everyone is asking me “How’s the real estate market?” Here’s what we are seeing.

Transactions are still happening. As of today, March 30th, in the Austin MLS on average over 100 homes are going under contract every day. Things are slowing down but people are still selling and people are still buying.

Here's what we are seeing with our business. Some of our sellers and buyers are telling me they are going to hold off for now and I’m supporting them in that decision while I continue to keep them aware of what’s happening.

Some of our clients need to sell now and some need to buy now, and we’re doing that with all the appropriate precautions.

All of this is day by day and in some cases hour by hour. Things may be different by the

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When it’s time to move you might think about renting your home. Because we sell so many homes that were turned into rental properties, we’ve gathered insight into some of the things homeowners don’t think about before converting an owner occupied home into a rental property. Here are 5 things you should think when deciding between renting or selling your home.

Do You Want To Be A Landlord

I’m always willing to help anyone look at the rent vs sell figures so you can make the best decision for yourself. But before we get that far I will ask you if you really want to be a landlord and if you didn’t own the home would you buy it as an investment property.

I will also ask if you like working with people? What will you do when the rent is

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Have you ever walked into a model home? It’s amazing, isn’t it? It’s one of my favorite things to do. That feeling you get isn’t by accident. Homebuilders spend time and money researching what causes an emotional attraction when you step into a model. To get the highest price for your home and sell in the shortest amount of time you will want to follow some tips we can learn from how builders stage their model homes.

Create Your Buyer Profile

The model home for a $200,000 home neighborhood will be staged differently from the model home in a $1,000,000 home neighborhood. Before even developing a neighborhood builders will create the buyer profile. Where are the buyers coming from, what is their income level, what features are

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