August 2014

There are 4 blog entries for August 2014.

After a double-digit surge in home sales last month, Austin-area home sales dipped three percent to 2,944 single-family home sales in July 2014, according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR). This is the first decrease in home sales since May 2011. At the same time, monthly housing inventory increased on a year-over-year basis for the first time in three years as more listings entered the market.

Michele Turnquist, Owner of Turnquist Partners Realtors, Inc. explained, “With July breaking the all-time record home sales record we knew the trend would be hard to continue.  But not surprisingly as the average home prices continue to grow the increase in housing inventory should continue into

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The open kitchen trend continues to gain steam, while the trends toward smaller homes and bigger outdoor spaces are reversing. A first-floor master bedroom and the living room continue to be controversial among buyers. Here's a look at 10 trends in home building that may change the way we see the future of our homes.

1. Energy efficiency is not a fad!

While going green may no longer be the buzz phrase it once was in popular culture, energy efficiency consistently ranks among the most sought-after qualities in a home. The most valuable on that list are Energy Star-rated appliances, programmable thermostats and Energy-Star rated windows.

The reason for such consistent desirability is pretty simple: Comfort and energy savings. The average homeowner

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Desire an easy, low-cost face-lift for your home? Check out these six do-it-yourself projects that won’t break the bank.

1. Paint anything and everything

While it may seem minor, painting can drastically change the appearance of a room. Neutral colors are the go-to for staging homes, but fun patterns add aesthetic interest for everyday living.  “I think that my favorite and obviously my most successful DIY was my decision to paint horizontal stripes around my walls,” said Kathy Wall, owner of the home boutique Vignettes.

Paint doesn’t have to be limited to walls, either. Try adding fresh shades to overlooked accent areas.  “I thought that painting the baseboards and doors would be more aesthetically pleasing, but I didn’t realize how much lighter

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The booming demand for ranch land is a byproduct of the booming Texas economy, particularly the energy business. Longtime ranch brokers have observed their fortunes rise and fall with the oil and gas industry. Investors are also attracted by low mortgage rates and the paltry returns now offered by bonds and certificates of deposit.

With low interest rates and the potential for inflation, a lot of people are looking at large rural tracts really more as a hedge against inflation, a tangible asset to put wealth in.  Land typically does not go down in value, because it s a great investment, you can see it, touch it, enjoy it.

Michele Turnquist, Turnquist Partners Realtors, Inc. CEO said, "The main drive now in the ranch market is for recreational

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