Guide to Austin Residential Styles

Austin Residential Styles

Every house has a style. Sometimes it has two or more, because of eclectic architectural mixes or renovations. Fitting a home into one specific category can be daunting, but let this be your overarching guide to Austin residential styles.

The architecture of Texas through the ages has certainly traced the cultural history of the state. From the missions built by Spanish settlers to the log cabins constructed by Anglo-American pioneers, the Spanish Colonial/ Mexican style era helped form an identity that is still uniquely Texan.

Austin homes reflect the area’s climate and eclectic style. A strong relationship to the outdoors is evident in these houses — a response to the relatively warm year-round temperatures. It’s distinctive landscape, alternatively lush and dry, calls for architecture that optimizes shading and ventilation in a variety of ways.

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3 Ways Good Realtors Protect Your ASSets

Realtors protect your assets

For every hour an agent spends in your presence, he or she will spend an average of nine hours behind the scenes working on your behalf and to protect your assets. Why? Because agents don’t get paid if they don’t close the deal for you! Unlike lawyers who bill by the hour, agents won’t receive a penny until– or unless– a sale comes to fruition. It’s all a gamble, in which they could come away with bupkis. Here are the top ways Realtors protect your assets:

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Good Realtors Don’t Let Their Clients Drive Drunk

Shopping for a home before getting pre-approved for a mortgage is like driving buzzed… you know you have the desire to drive home, but not the wherewithal to get there effectively. You’re seeing things through rose-colored shot glasses.

Getting fully pre-approved for a home loan averts the sobering bummer of having your lofty dream home vision collide with what you can really afford. In fact, good Buyer’s Agents won’t even drive you around to go house shopping if you’re not pre-approved first.

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6 Ways to the Inside Scoop on Neighborhoods from Afar

6 ways inside scoop neighborhoods afar

“So what’s the neighborhood really like?” is the invariable secret sauce sought by home shoppers in areas they’re unfamiliar with. And though your local real estate agent is your best resource, it pays to do some research to narrow your search for a home purchase.

If you’re relocating from outside of Austin, or anywhere else, and not able to skulk around the streets in person for intel—subject to dubious looks or worse—there are some far easier ways to get a feel for what living in a neighborhood is really like. Best of all, you can even do them remotely. For starters, you can get local information on various neighborhoods on’s site. Then for more juicy details, dip into the resources below.
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