Three Easy Ways to Freshen Up Your Bathroom

Whether you are planning on selling your Austin area home or it just needs a face-lift, updating your bathroom can be an easy way to get a fresh look without spending too much time or money. Bathrooms are also one of the rooms that can really stand out in pictures and tours when you have buyers seeing your home if it is decorated and designed well. Here are a few small ways to make a big difference in your home!

1. Paint
Painting the walls with a fresh coat in a neutral color can probably make the most difference of any change you can make. Paint can cover up old wall paper or a bold, out-dated color and completely change the look of that room. I always recommend sticking to neutral colors and letting the decorations add the flair!

2. Curtains & Towels
Adding a new curtain with a bold pattern and color along with some matching hand and bath towels can give the room a great *POP* and really tie the style of room together. If you decided to go with a bolder color for painting the walls, using a more neutral curtain and towels will help to pull the design together.

3. Fixtures
The fixtures in a bathroom might not be very noticeable in a picture, but can make a significant difference when you see it in person. Light fixtures, shower heads, towel bars, drawer knobs and faucets can all be changed for minimal costs but can really add quality and style of the room.

There are plenty of other ways you can update your bathroom without the time or expense of a complete remodel that still make a difference in the style and value of your home!

Interested in buying a home still this year? Drop me a note and I’d be happy to help! Thinking of selling still this year and taking advantage of this record breaking market? Click Here to receive your FREE copy of my Strategic Guide for the Savvy Home Seller – Timing the Market in 2014.

By Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e: KylePfaffe@kw.com m: 512-636-9707 w: AustinHomes4You.com

The Kyle Pfaffe Real Estate Team

Part 5: Common Mistakes of First-Time Home Buyers

Looking for a Home Like Their Parents

It is very important for first-time homebuyers to remember that most people do not buy their dream home right out of the gate. Your parents or other family members and friends likely started out by purchasing a smaller house in the Greater Austin area. As they balanced what they wanted with what they could afford, their finances played a large role in determining what they purchased. As time went on, they paid down their mortgage and gained more equity in their home through appreciation. Only then did they trade up to a larger, nicer home in the Austin area. With that home, they had to worry less about how much the home cost and could focus more on finding what they really wanted.

As a first-time homebuyer, it may be very difficult to lower your expectations a bit. Do not let those expectations keep you from missing out on a great first home and keep you from taking advantage of the still very low interest rates available! When you have built your finances and some equity in your home, you will then have the perfect opportunity to move up to your dream home!

Buying a home for the first time is a very exciting time – do not let unrealistic expectations kill that joy! If you are considering purchasing a home or would like to learn about your options drop me a note. You can also check out my other blog post – What You NEED to Know Before You Buy a Home.

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by Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®      e: KylePfaffe@kw.com      m: 512-636-9707      w: AustinHomes4You.com

    

Knowing WHEN to Sell in 2014 – FREE Guide

Strategic Guide for Savvy Home Sellers

Home sellers who are considering selling their home in 2014 will have to make a few very important decisions. These decisions can affect how much money they will make, how easy or difficult the experience is and how quickly their new plans can become a reality. Arguably the most important and impactful decision sellers will make will be which agent they will chose to sell their home, but deciding when to put the home on the home on the market is a close second. My Strategic Guide for Savvy Home Sellers – Timing the Market looks specifically at when is the best time for savvy sellers to put their home up for sale. To make this decision, savvy sellers will look at supply and demand, pricing trends and buyer trends. With interest rates, buyer demand and the number of homes available for sale in 2014 all projecting to be very close to the levels of 2013, savvy sellers will lean heavily on how the market performed last year to come up with the best strategy. Click HERE for my FREE Guide…

Here are some of the questions answered:

  • When will homes sell the fastest?
  • When do home owners receive offers closest to their asking price?
  • When is the least or most competition for buyers?

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by Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®      e: KylePfaffe@kw.com      m: 512-636-9707      w: AustinHomes4You.com
   

Record Breaking Year for Milwood in 2013!

The real estate market in Milwood has seen consecutive years of growth in 2011, 2012 and 2013, but 2013 was more than just a good year, it was a record breaking year in two key areas! Home prices have been recovering since seeing their peak in 2008 and subsequent slide, but 2013 marks the first year we are breaking pre-recession levels and the highest average sales price in Milwood EVER! The housing market in Milwood saw improvement in more than just average sales prices – here is a break down of each of the key numbers…

Historic Avg Sales Price Trend

Like noted before, the average sales price in Milwood in 2013 was higher than in 2009 ($187,945) and the highest ever. The 2009 record was actually shattered, with the average sales price for a home in Milwood coming in at $214,285, 12.4% higher than 2009 and 17.9% higher than 2012! The number of homes sold in Milwood also increased to 264, a 15.2% increase over 2012 when 229 homes sold.

The average price per square foot of homes sold usually gives us a better overall idea of appreciation/depreciation in an area that the average sales price. In 2013, the average price per square foot of a home sold in Milwood was $115.23, an increase of 9.1% over 2012 when that number was only $105.59.

The other record broken in 2013 was the average number of days each home took to sell (average DOM) in Milwood. The previous record was in 2007 when the average DOM was 30 days. That number had climbed to 58 days in 2011 and came down a lot in 2012 to 38 days. In 2013, the record set in 2007 was broken with an average DOM of only 18 days, 12 days quick than 2007 and 20 days quicker than last year!

If you would like information more specific to your home, drop me a note and I would be happy to get that for you. Thinking of selling this year and taking advantage of this record breaking market? To receive your copy of my Strategic Guide for Savvy Home Sellers – Timing the Market in 2014 fill our the form below…

by Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®      e: KylePfaffe@kw.com      m: 512-636-9707      w: AustinHomes4You.com