Monday, December 15, 2008

NORTHWEST AUSTIN REAL ESTATE: Featured Property- 12702 Wittmer Dr Austin, TX 78729


Northwest Austin Real Estate: Featured Property- 12702 Wittmer Dr Austin, TX 78729
This beautiful home is situated on a quiet street in the much sought after subdivision of Milwood Northwest Austin.
This is a property that I have listed currently and it has a NEW REDUCED PRICE!!! This property has been PRE-INSPECTED! Fresh Paint! PERGO floors! New black matching appliances! Oak cabinets with adjustable 2-way under cabinet lighting. This home is close to area park, playground, hike and bike trail, and pool. Excellent local schools. Round Rock ISD. Huge trees in front and back that have been professionally cared for. Storage shed in backyard. Make this Northwest Austin house your home!
If you are interested in making an appointment to view this property or any property currently listed with any broker, please contact me.

Posted by Brian W Martin is a REALTOR for The Pinnacle Group of Keller Williams that enjoys working with home sellers locally in Northwest Austin.

Friday, December 12, 2008

NORTHWEST AUSTIN HOMES: Hunters Chase and Milwood Subdivisions- What can you get for the money?

Northwest Austin Real Estate: When people are looking to purchase a home in Northwest Austin, there is definitely a selection of homes in a range of prices. If you are looking in 78759 around Balcones Woods, prices can range from about $230,000 to well over $350,000 whereas if you travel north on Highway 183 about 2 miles to the subdivisions of Hunters Chase and Milwood in 78729 comparable homes sell anywhere from $170,000 to $270,000.

Hunters Chase and Milwood are similar in location and home values. The area generally referred to as Milwood or Hunters Chase has boundaries of Anderson Mill to the North, Parmer to the East, Highway 183 (Research) to the West and McNeil Dr. to the South. Older sections of Milwood extend south of McNeil and West of Parmer. Hunters Chase is part of a POA (Property Owners Association) and Milwood is not part of a POA or HOA. Otherwise, to most people they are generally seen as the same in terms of value, house types, schools, age, and amenities.
I live in Hunters Chase and work with numerous buyers and sellers in the area. Both subdivisions have area pools, parks, playgrounds, soccer fields, tennis courts and there are various hike and bike trails. The amenities for Hunters Chase are paid through POA quarterly installments. Rattan Creek park has great amenities including a larger pool that homeowners can purchase memberships for use.
Another big draw for buyers of Northwest Austin Homes is the central location for those working in Round Rock, Cedar Park, North Austin, and even Central and Downtown Austin. It is very close to area mega corporations such as; Freescale, IBM, Apple, and Dell.
Hunters Chase and Milwood are great areas for families because the schools are a part of Round Rock ISD (RRISD) and the schools have an exemplary rating. Most of the homes in this area were built around 15-25 years ago. Many of the homes have been updated to some degree. You get a great value for what you pay. For around $240,000 you can find a large 1 or 2 story about 2300-2700 sq. ft. that has been recently updated. If you don't mind doing a little updating yourself, you could find a similar home that might need minor updating around 200,000 to 235,000. Currently, I have a listing in on a quiet street in Milwood Austin. Check out http://www.milwood.info/ for more details. There is a good selection of other homes in the NW Austin area, Click HERE to search for other homes that are currently available.
In Hunters Chase I have a listing that is currently under contract. http://www.flashpancove.com/ It was placed under contract in only 54 days! If you are thinking of selling, contact me to find out how we got it SOLD!
Posted by Brian W Martin REALTOR for The Pinnacle Group of Keller Williams enjoys working local and Assisting Buyers and Sellers of homes in Hunters Chase and Milwood in Northwest Austin, TX

Friday, December 5, 2008

NORTHWEST AUSTIN REAL ESTATE: You sold your house...now what??


NORTHWEST AUSTIN REAL ESTATE is bucking the national trend right now. Historically slow time in other parts of the country gives us a lot of national news that makes buyers and sellers weary of doing anything real estate related. Well, in Austin, Sellers are still selling and buyers are still buying. This brought up an idea for a blog post. We focus so much on how to sell your house or how to get the best price selling your house but, what happens when your prospective house is under contract?? Time to move...

I personally have a good amount of moving experience. It is definitly a task. I often get asked for recommendations when it comes to movers but recently was asked by the owners of one of my listings for any resources for boxes. I understand this question all too well. Of course he wasn't asking where the boxes are, anyone can spend a ton of money buying boxes from uhaul or a "box place". He wanted to know how to save some money and still safely pack their belongings. I started by telling him that I had a personal stash of boxes, wardrobe boxes, moving blankets and even a furniture dolly in my attic. I offered these to him to borrow and he gladly accepted. Later in the day, he stopped by and I helped him load the supplies in his car. There are some good resources if you dont know someone with their own stash.


-Watch the free section on craigslist.org search "boxes" they go quick so you may miss out if you are casually looking. Some people also sell gently used boxes on craigslist. Thats cool if you dont mind going to someones house in the hopes that the boxes are actually "good" boxes.

-I was told there are decent deals at Home Depot.

-I have had some sucess by calling the local market or even supermarket and asking to speak to the manager. It is best to speak to the overnight/morning manager. Let them know your situation and see if they can keep some boxes for you. If you dont call they will bale all of the boxes they have from re-stocking before you wake up. The main thing with this idea is to not wait until the day you want to pack. Start early!

-Today I came across www.ecobox.com They not only have new boxes but used boxes, box kits and free next day delivery in Austin for orders over $95. Otherwise you can pick up in Round Rock near Mopac and 35 or in Del Valle.


I really like the idea of used boxes because boxes can be used numerous times and it is a good way to prevent waste and save a bunch of money. The boxes that I stash in my attic have been used a few times and they have plenty of life left. I will gladly loan them out again. If you have a chance to check out ecobox or have other ideas, let me know.


Posted by Brian W Martin REALTOR for The Pinnacle Group of Keller Williams truly enjoys Assisting home owners to sell a house in Northwest Austin, TX