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November 2016

Found 6 blog entries for November 2016.

Everyone knows that you can build wealth by investing in real estate. However, most everyone thinks that there is no opportunity for them to get on this train. Its’s easy to see that it works wonderfully well for some; all you need to do is listen to billionaires speak, or read your history book about how most fortunes were made by early Americans. I would like to offer you some insights I have learned over the past 63 years since I bought my first investment property, that make acquiring real estate investments workable and profitable for one with an ordinary income level, and those who weren’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

Most first time investors with limited assets and an income that would preclude saving at least 5% above all

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Oh, Texas! How gardeners love the easy way we can garden year round! Fall and winter gardens are some of the best of the year, because of the many days of pleasant weather we have, and the absence of heat and bugs in the garden! There is less watering required, because the plants use less, and less evaporates in the heat. You will be hooked once you try it!

We’re going to focus on herbs and vegetables in this article, because there is the same opportunity to feel proud and gratified when you cut broccoli or kale from your own garden as with any juicy red tomato you grow during the summer months. Eating closer to the source of your food is good for your health and the environment, and Central Texas is big on “farm to table” and supporting our local

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Our world is full of risk at every turn—from perilous jobs too dangerous driving conditions. That’s why we all love to get back to our homes and not worry about everyday safety hazards. It’s great to feel comfortable and safe at home, but is it as safe as it can be?

Your home should be your haven: the place where you will be protected from harm. It should be a top priority, and yet every year 1200 people or more visit the emergency room during the holiday months due to accidents and unintended injuries sustained from hidden dangers around the home.

With a sharp eye and preventive action, you can reduce the chances of lurking safety dangers for everyone who visits your home.

The Top 12 Home Safety Tips

  1. GOOD LIGHTING— Adequate lighting
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Texans have a robust appreciation for the cooler temperatures that come at the end of summer and beginning of fall!  Unfortunately, as the temperatures cool, our seasonal slowdowns mean the buyer market is cooling as well.  Therein lies the challenge if you are thinking about selling your home!

However, just because there is a challenge doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t sell your home in the fall. Every challenge is also an opportunity, and you should make the most of the advantages of selling in Autumn! The good news is plentiful.  Sellers of competing properties often pull their homes off the market because of guests or travel over the holidays, or because they need a break after having the home on the market over the summer.  This reduces the

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Hey there, We keep hearing what an excellent market it is for investing in real estate. I sat down with my lender Kelly Ollendorff to talk about what first-timers need to know in order to purchase a home. Kelly works with a lot of first timers and has great feedback on what you need to do to prepare yourself for the housing market.

Down Payment Assistance Options

  • One common misunderstanding seems to be that you need 20% for a down payment. A lot of people have parents that put 20% down on their first home but the market has changed since they were buying homes. Those large down payments just aren’t the norm anymore.
  • Down Payments for first time home buyers are now commonly in the 0%-5%range. The terms and rates may not be quite as
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Home sales dip in Austin, increase across Central Texas in September 2016

Single-family home sales increased across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), but declined throughout the City of Austin in September, according to the September 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Aaron Farmer, 2016 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­® said, “Housing is at the center of all economic development. Nowhere is this more evident than at the intersection of housing affordability and mobility. As more and more homebuyers look outside of Austin’s city limits to find an affordable home, our region’s infrastructure is increasingly strained and the overall costs of homeownership rise

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