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    What Happens If a Home Doesn’t Meet Appraisal?

    What happens if a home doesn’t meet appraisal? Before we get into those scenarios, you need to understand that if a home does not meet appraisal, then the lender will ONLY loan money on the value of the home. The value is determined by the appraiser, who is hired by the bank (the lender). When the appraiser is hired, he will look at homes in the area similar to the home that is being purchased. He will look at the size of the home, if it’s one or two stories, the year it was built, how many bedrooms and bathrooms, etc. He will also go and view the home in…

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    Just Listed: 1904 Discovery Blvd. – Cedar Park

    Do you want to be near all the conveniences in Cedar Park? Tired of driving everywhere to do a little shopping or dining, or attend a concert? Don’t want to drive to downtown Austin? Well, we have the home for you at 1904 Discovery Blvd. in Cedar Park. This 3 bedrooms and 2 bath home is located on Discovery Blvd in Cedar Park. It boasts 2389 square feet home with granite countertops in the kitchen, stainless appliances, and laminate floors from the entry through the dining area. The master bedroom is separate from the other two bedrooms and  Let’s talk convenience. This beautiful home is close to local dining,…

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    Stage Your Kitchen to Sell

    If you’re considering listing your home, the most important room is the kitchen. Therefore, you need to stage your kitchen to sell. Come on – be honest. How many of you search for the kitchen photos first when looking at home photos? If the kitchen isn’t updated, or too small, or has outdated appliances, do you pass on the house? So, let’s take a look at how you can attract buyers to your home. Perhaps all you need is a little staging to entice that “on the fence” buyer to purchase your home over someone else’s. Here’s a few tips and suggestions to stage your kitchen to sell Declutter  and…

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    New Listing! 1704 Highland Ridge – SOLD!

    Our team’s new listing at 1704 Highland Ridge is located in the Oaks at San Gabriel subdivision right off Highway 29. This beautiful home is only a year old and features many upgrades, including amazing and beautiful landscaping. Check out the images below. Contact us if you’d like to view the home. [fpotour emt=”embeded” bgc=”000000″ ftc=”FFFFFF” bnm=”1″ tbs=”11100111″ swi=”0″ oid=”243090″ mtp=”0.80″ uid=”338PXK6C” wid=”700″ hid=”530″]

  • How do Eco Friendly Features Impact Sales?

    Do eco friendly features impact sales? If so, how? Check out the infographic below for details and info. As you can see in the infographic above, there are a few eco friendly things you can do that will impact your sales, including rain catchment systems, energy efficient windows, ceiling fans, and rain/freezer sensors. It appears that some items may not impact your sales as you would initially believe: solar/wind, energy efficient doors, energy star appliances, and mechanical fresh air (seems like you could open a window for a very economical price (like free) instead of having mechanical fresh air. So, if you are considering adding any eco friendly features to…

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    Welcome Hannah Tate!

    The John Duke Team is growing! Join us in welcoming our newest teammate, Hannah Tate! She comes to the team with a background in elementary education (some of you might recognize her if your children have been in Georgetown ISD). An Aggie through and through, Hannah has a passion for real estate and a heart for helping people. She’s lived in several areas throughout Central Texas, but is considered our Taylor and Georgetown expert – as her roots go deep in both cities. If you want to sell or buy a home in Taylor or Georgetown, you can reach out to her via email or call her. Hannah Tate hannah@johnduketeam.net 512-529-6048…


    Price Your Home Correctly

    To price your home correctly means to draw more buyers to your listing. I like to show my clients the following chart. By listing high, you are reaching only 10% of the market. If you price your home at market value, you’ll grab the attention of 60% of the market. But what happens if you price your home at 10% below market value? I know. It sounds crazy. But, by pricing it below market value, you are actually attracting 75% of the buyers. What does this mean to you? Let’s keep this simple…just for the sake of simplicity. Let’s say we put your home on the market with the price…

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    Boost Curb Appeal During a Drought

    Need great curb appeal?  Drought got you down? Boost curb appeal during a drought while your neighbors’ lawns turn crunchy. Many parts of the country have been in and out of drought over the past few years. A good way to prepare for future droughts is to plan ahead. Check out these tips on how to boost curb appeal during a drought: Xeriscape. What in the world is xeriscape? It’s a term that means to plant vegetation that is drought tolerant and therefore doesn’t need a lot of water on a regular basis. Plants and trees great for xeriscaped yards include Texas sage, cactus, redbud trees, crepe myrtles, mountain laurel,…

  • 2014 Property Tax Rates

    Do you know what your property tax rate is? Independence Title has just released their 2014 Property Tax Rates brochure. Click on the image below to read the 8-page packet to find the tax rate for your home or investment properties.  

  • If You Were Selling Today …

    If You Were Selling Today, Would You Have the Home That Buyers Want? Knowing what appeals to today’s homebuyers, and considering those trends when you remodel, can pay off years from now when you sell your home. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2014 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®