Central Texas Real Estate Blog

With the Austin real estate market favoring sellers, it's important for buyers to understand what they are getting into. Buying in a seller's market isn't easy and it's much different than buying in an even market or a buyer's market.

As a home buyer, you have to be prepared. It can be difficult to land your dream home if you don't know how to compete in a seller's market. Since you may be up against all cash offers and involved in bidding wars, you need to do your homework. Here are a few things to help you with buying in a seller's market.

What to Expect

Before getting into the ways you can compete when you find the right home, it's important to understand what to expect in Austin. Homes in the best school districts don't last long because

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Buying a condo is special. It provides many of the same benefits as renting without the maintenance of owning a home. Even though it's a condo, it's still an investment and you're still a home owner.

It's possible to buy the wrong condo in Austin, Texas. Many are available and you don't want to get stuck with a property full of red flags. Here are some of the warning signs to look for when shopping for an Austin condo.

Too Low or Too High HOA Fees

When HOA fees are very low, it could mean the condominium building isn't covering the necessary expenses and maintenance. They may not have enough in the capital reserve fund, which can cause a special assessment. This can cost thousands of dollars and become due in just a few weeks.

If the HOA

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When you enter into the home search phase, there are many things you can do and you might regret them later. Making some of these mistakes could be a big problem and you don't want to go down that road. Whether you've already made these mistakes or you just want to avoid them, it's a good idea to be aware of what most home buyers regret during a home search.

Getting Mortgage Rates Online

It's useless to shop for mortgage rates before you have a contract to purchase a home. They can change at any moment and you will likely not get the same rate you're quoted today if you buy two weeks from now. The only way to secure your rate, after the loan application has been processed is to submit all documentation and have a contract to purchase a home.

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With Austin becoming a hot bed for growth and new residents, many master-planned communities have become a part of the area. These are some of the best communities for home buyers seeking a suburban feel with plenty of community amenities. Many feature new construction homes, as well.

Austin has many master-planned communities to choose from. Here's a look at some of the best you will find throughout the city.

Northwest Austin Master-Planned Communities

If you want to live in the northwestern area of Austin, Steiner Ranch is one of the best choices. This master-planned community will offer plenty for those seeking amenities and beautiful homes. With three amenity centers, three swimming pools, playgrounds, sports fields and more, you can't go

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When you're shopping for the right home in Austin, the neighborhood you choose make a huge difference. If you have school aged children, you're probably looking for a home in the right school district. While most of the schools in Cedar Park are good choices, some are better than others.

It can be overwhelming to figure out where to call home when you want the best schools for your children. Here's a look at some of the most affordable neighborhoods in Cedar Park with great schools for your kids.

Quest Village

Found in the Leander ISD, this neighborhood is one of the best you will find for great value in Cedar Park. The homes were built in the 1990s and early 2000s with open floor plans and plenty of space. The neighborhood is located just a

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Located in Northwest Austin, the 78730 zip code is an ideal choice for those looking for a home in the hills. There are several great neighborhoods sharing this zip code with views of Lake Austin and a great location.

The 78730 zip code is found about 20 minutes from Downtown Austin and includes a removed suburb type of feel with plenty of access to big city amenities. Here's a look at some of the top neighborhoods found in the 78730 zip code.

Oak Shores on Lake Austin

Found on the shores of Lake Austin, Oaks Shores on Lake Austin provides a great location with plenty to offer.  The homes here were built from about 1977 through 2009 with a mixture of older and newer choices. Lots range from one-quarter acre to over one acre in size and homes

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If you're ready to start shopping for a home and your budget is lower than $300K, you're in luck. Even with the median home price in Austin flirting with the $300K mark, there are still some great options available throughout the city for under $300K. Here are some of the best homes available right now for less than $300K in Austin, Texas.

11432 BRISTLE OAK TRL, AUSTIN - $300K

A four-bedroom property with two full bathrooms and over 1,700 square feet of living space, this home provides a great choice for $300K. It's found in the Anderson Mills neighborhood in Northwest Austin.

The home features walk-in closets, cathedral ceilings, a fire place, a two car garage and more. It's located in the Round Rock ISD and served by Purple Sage

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School is going to be out very soon and the kids will be home for the summer. You may not know what to do to keep them busy when you're at work or just need a break. There are several great summer camps in all different categories throughout Austin. Here's a look at some of the best summer camps you can get your children involved in this year.

Art Camps

If your children love to paint, draw, sculpt or work with any other type of art, let them enjoy one of the art summer camps in Austin. Some of the top choices include:

  • The Art Garage Summer Art Camps - 11190 Circle Drive Suite 202, Austin
  • Digital Media Academy - University of Texas Campus
  • ID Tech - University of Texas Campus
  • The Dirty Easel - 1514 Dandridge Drive, Cedar Park
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Farm-to-table restaurants have become very popular all over the country. Austin, Texas offers many great choices and with gardens starting to produce soon, it's a great time to enjoy farm-to-table dining in Austin.

Whether you're interested in eating organically or you want to support the local economy, choosing an Austin restaurant sourcing ingredients locally is a great option. Here are some of the top farm-to-table restaurants you can find throughout the area.

Eden East - 755 Springdale Road

Eden East is found on Springdale Farm and provides a real farm-to-table dining experience. The menu is prix fixe and changes monthly. All of the ingredients used are the freshest and come from local farms and ranches. The restaurant features community

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With the population of Austin growing, traffic for commuters continues to get worse. Maybe you're considering moving close to work. MoPac may be a great choice if you want to avoid the slow commute. It's also a community with some good schools and plenty of other things to offer.

There are several great neighborhood choices near MoPac and Slaughter. Here's a look at a few of the top choices.

Deer Haven

With just 60 homes, Deer Haven is a great choice if you prefer a smaller community. It was built in 2003 and 2004 by David Weekley, but there aren't many listings for sale here often. The HOA is mandatory and the homes start in the low $300s. Many of the homes here are located on the greenbelt.

Village at Western Oaks

One of the first

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