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Looking for Fall Fun in Austin?!

30 Sep

I love our Falls in Austin, TX!  Don’t you?!

As the weather cools down, put on your long-sleeved T-Shirts and shorts and go enjoy one of these fun events in Austin!

Festivals and Events

9/30 – 10/2
Oktoberfest
Downtown, Fredericksburg
http://www.oktoberfestinfbg.com

10/6, 3 – 7 pm
2011 North Hays County Community Expo &
Resume Drop-off

Business to Business Networking from 2-3 pm
Hays CISD Performing Arts Center, Kyle
http://www.kylechamber.org/EventCalendar
Item.php?Events_ID=398

10/7, 7:30 pm
Movies in the Park
Hoodwinked Too

Elizabeth Milburn Park, Cedar Park
http://www.cedarparktx.us/cp/pr_events_movies.aspx

10/7-8, 6 pm to midnight
Mediterranean Festival
408 E. 11th St, Austin
http://www.mediterraneanfestival.org

10/7-9
Texas Mesquite Art Festival
Marktplatz DT, Fredericksburg
http://www.texasmesquiteassn.org

10/7-8
32nd Annual Wimberley Gospel Music Festival
See Website for schedule
8400 FM 32, Fischer
http://www.wimberleygospelmusic.com

10/13, 6 – 9 pm
22nd Annual La Dolce Vita
food and wine festival

AMOA–Laguna Gloria, Austin
http://www.amoa.org

10/13-16
Kyle Fair & Music Festival
Thunderhill Raceway, Kyle
http://www.kylechamber.org/EventCalendar.php

10/15, beginning at 10 am
Kyle Founders’ Parade
Center Street, Kyle.
http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation
/kyle-founders-parade

10/20-27
Austin Film Festival
Paramount Theater and various locations
http://www.austinfilmfestival.com

10/22, 7 – 9 pm
Concert in the Park
Don’t Tell Debbie Band

Elizabeth Milburn Park, Cedar Park
http://www.cedarparktx.us/cp/pr_events_movies.aspx

10/22-23
Buda Fine Arts Festival
On the greenbelt in Historic Downtown Buda
Visit website for schedule
http://www.budafineartsfestival.com

10/22-23
Austin Record Convention
Crockett Center, Austin
http://www.austinrecords.com

10/22, noon – 7 pm
Food & Wine Fest
Marktplatz DT, Fredericksburg
http://www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com

10/22, 2 -10 pm
Dia de los Muertos
5th Street, Austin
http://www.mexic-artemuseum.org

10/27, 6 – 8 pm
9th Annual Boo-da Halloween
Buda Public Library
http://ci.buda.tx.us/buda-events/

10/30, 12 – 4 pm
Halloween Carnival
City Square Park, Kyle
http://www.cityofkyle.com/parks/Halloween.htm

10/31
Halloween on E. 6th St.

Art and Culture

9/9 – 10/1, Fri. & Sat, 8:15 pm
The Tempest
Shakespeare
Emily Ann Theatre, Wimberley
http://www.emilyann.org

9/30 – 10/1, 8 pm – 10/2, 3 pm
The Mozart Project
Choreography by Stephen Mills
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Long Center, Austin
http://www.balletaustin.org/atb/mozartproject.php

10/2, 12 pm
John Philip Sousa
Wooldridge Square Park, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

10/6, 7:30 – 9 pm
Mother Falcon
Laguna Gloria Amphitheater, Austin
http://www.amoa.org

10/14-15, 8 pm
Holst’s “The Planets”
Conspirare Women’s Chorus +
Narration and images provided by NASA
Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

10/13, 8 pm
AN DA UNION
Mongolian music
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/18, 8 pm
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/21, 8 pm
Tiempo Libre
Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series

Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

9/23-10/16
Fri. and Sat. Evenings @ 8:00 pm
Sun. Matinees @ 2:30 pm
Arsenic & Old Lace
by Joseph Kesserling

Wimberley Playhouse, Wimberley
http://www.wimberleyplayers.org

9/23-10/23
Fri. & Sat. @ 7:30 pm and Sun. @ 2:00 pm
BEEHIVE, The 60’s Musical Sensation
The Georgetown Palace Theatre
Georgetown
http://www.georgetownpalace.com

10/23, 2 pm
Halloween Children’s Concert
Austin Symphony’s
Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

Music

10/01, 6:30 pm
Austin Pictures w/ Peter Bay
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/06, 6:30 pm
George Jones w/ Robert Ellis
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/6, Doors @ 8 pm / Show @ 9 pm
Jason Boland and The Stragglers
Antone’s, Austin
http://www.antones.net

10/7, 8 pm
Buckethead
La Zona Rosa, Austin
http://www.lazonarosa.com

10/08, Doors @ 8 pm / Show @ 9 pm
David Allan Coe
Antone’s, Austin
http://www.antones.net

10/9, 8 pm
B.B. King & Leon Russell
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/11, 7 pm
Joe Walsh
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/14, 6 pm
Dark Star Orchestra
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/17, 6:30 pm
Sara Evans w/ Gloriana
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/18, 6:30 pm
Peter Frampton
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/19, 7:30 pm
Adele
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/21, 8 pm
Ne-Yo
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/22, 9 pm
Slim Thug
Emo’s, East Austin
http://www.emosaustin.com

10/23, 6:00 pm
Mary Chapin Carpenter
w/ Loudon Wainwright III

ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/24, 6:30 pm
St. Vincent w/ Cate Le Bon
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/24, Doors @ 8 pm / Show @ 9 pm
Alexi Murdoch w/ Kishi Bashi
Antone’s, Austin
http://www.antones.net

10/25, Doors @ 7 pm
Mastodon w/Black Tusk & Ancient Wisdom
La Zona Rosa, Austin
http://www.lazonarosa.com

10/26, 7 pm
Taylor Swift
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/26, 8 pm
Dream Theater
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/29, 7:30 pm
Zombie Ball
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/29, 7 pm
Anthrax and Testament
Emo’s, East Austin
http://www.emosaustin.com

10/30, 6:00 pm
David Cook and Gavin DeGraw
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

Sports

Roller Derby, doors @ 6 pm
10/1
Playoffs
10/15
Calvello Cup Championship
Austin Convention Center
http://www.txrd.com/schedule.ph

10/2
IBM Uptown Classic, 5K & 10K
Austin
http://www.uptownclassic.com

10/22
Frankenthon Monster Marathon
Cedar Park
http://www.frankenthon.com

10/22, 6:45 am – 12 pm
Scholarship Bass Fishing Tournament
Lake Kyle
http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/
scholarship-bass-fishing-tournament

10/24, 7:15 pm
Monday Night RAW
Rey Mysterio, John Morrison,
The Miz, WWE Divas
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/29
Chosen: Marathon for Adoption
New Braunfels
http://www.marathonforadoption.com

10/30
Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water 10-Miler,
5K and Kids K

Austin
http://gazellefoundation.com/runforthewater2011

Longhorn Football
Visit web site for schedule
http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com

For Running Events Calendar visit:
http://www.gracytitle.com/e-flyer/8×8/AustinRunners2011/AustinRunners2011.pdf

For Cycling Events Calendar visit:
http://www.gracytitle.com/e-flyer/8×8/AustinRoadCycling/AustinRoadCycling
_2011.pdf

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Price Your Lakeway, TX Home Right, and Get it Sold!

19 Aug

Lakeway, TX Home Priced to SellPrice is KING…period. 

Even though Austin, TX real estate and its surrounding real estate markets have stayed quite strong compared to the national averages, it is still overall a buyer’s market.  Now there are pockets, where that is not the case, so you need to ask your Realtor to be certain; however, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of pricing your home to sell!

Let’s take a look at this recent Lakeway listing of mine:

 

This home is pristine, clean, staged well, and ready to sell, right?!  And believe me, it knocks its competition out of the water in the looks department!

So that should mean we can put an over-inflated price tag on the house since it so special, right?

Wrong…Big Mistake!

Instead of tickling the Seller’s ears and telling him what he ‘wants’ to hear,  a good Realtor helps the Seller analyze recent sales of comparable homes as well as the market trends for that specific area, and then price the home according to where it will SELL not just get SHOWN…see the difference?

We want offers, not people messing up our carpet!

Instead of having a few showings, eventually lowering the price, and leaving even more money on the table once a listing is stale, a better strategy is to look great and price right day 1.

In doing so,  a mini-market is created, and I don’t mean Wag-A-Bag.  That is, you have so many showings that everyone is in a frenzy and puts forth their best offer the second week its on the market.

Let’s just say we’re set to close early September on this home, and I have seen this strategy work time and time again!

Using Zillow to Price Your Home or Develop an Offer Price

10 Aug

The internet is a great tool and provides folks in the real estate market with a myriad of resources which were not available even just a decade ago.

As a Realtor in Austin, TX, my clients regularly share with me, ‘So I was looking on Zillow….’

While  I find that Zillow is a useful tool that Buyers and Sellers may use when they are early in the process or researching and getting a ‘ballpark’ feel for pricing in neighborhoods, it is not a good substitute for a good Real Estate Agent and a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA).

Why is a Realtor with a CMA Better than Relying on Zillow?

The main reason that you need a Real Estate Professional when determining the sales price of your home or developing an offer price on a particular home as opposed to relying solely on Zillow is because Zillow and the Real Estate Market use two different sets of data.

That is, using Zillow to develop your list price or offer price is like studying from your Geometry Book to prepare for your Calculus Final; while there might be some mathematical overlap, it’s just not going to give you the most efficient and accurate way to prepare for your sale or purchase.

So How Do Zillow and Market Data Differ?

Zillow uses public information, like tax records, while Realtors use Market Data.  Public information can be quite different from Market Data, and I’ll explain more  later.

For now, know that using Market Data allows your Realtor to see exactly the prices at which homes have been selling similar to the one you’re considering selling or purchasing, which gives you the best chance of marketing your home properly and getting it sold or offering a price that is going to get you that home!

Can You Help Me Price or Develop an Offer Price on My Austin, TX Property?

Yes!…And just like Carl’s Jr. touts their chicken is made by people and not robots, all of my Comparative Market Analysis work is performed by me and not a system. Pricing homes is largely science and part art, and you need a human to process the information, take into consideration unique aspects of the home and current market trends, as well as interpret the market’s response to the home.

If you would like me to work a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) for your home in the Austin Real Estate Market and surrounding areas, please contact me, today!