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Bob’s Tip: Make Your Home Smart

Posted on January 19, 2020

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Category: Home Tips
I keep telling Cathy that making our home "smart" is a good investment. This lets me get away with buying and playing with cool new technology which l love to do. But it really is a smart thing to do that will cut down on utility bills, allow us to manage our home from afar, keep it safer and ultimately add value to our home when the day comes that we take Cathy's advice and
As we honor Earth’s revolution around the sun, we create new resolutions, set new goals, and of course, seek out new trends. While our personal lives may need a bit of refreshing, our homes deserve the same kind of attention too. Infusing your spaces with what’s au courant can be tricky, but Elle Decor has got you covered with this list of home trends projected to be in and out in 2020, from color palettes

DOWNSIZING: Can I get what I want for my home?

Posted on January 19, 2020

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Category: Downsizing
Q. We have a number in mind that we want to sell our house for but want to know how realistic we are about our expectations? A. Whether it's personal attachment, what a neighbor's house sold for or some number on a popular third party real estate site, people often have their own idea of what they want for their property.  But is that price realistic? The only way to get an idea is to

Bob’s Tip: Add Fencing

Posted on December 2, 2019

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Category: Cathy's News
One of the ways you can really improve the value of your home is with an attractive fence. It not only defines your property but also improves security. I built a "hog wire" fence at our rental house. I chose the open wire design to retain the open view of the yard and house but it still separates the property from the street and neighbor. And it's affordable. The project cost around $1000 for the
Thinking of downsizing can be stressful. Better Homes & Gardens recently published and article featuring several realtors who specialize in helping homeowners make the transition to a smaller home. I was excited to be one of those who shared their thoughts. Here's what Itold them. Giving yourself more time can also help you make more informed decisions. You can check out new neighborhoods, states, and even countries. "I recommend to my clients that perhaps they

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on December 2, 2019

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Ho, ho, ho! Playing Santa this year and struggling to think of the perfect gifts for family and friends? Not to fear... Architectural Digest has rounded up their favorite ideas for everyone, from jet setters to fitness buffs and beyond. Check out their full list here. Goof luck finding the perfects gift that you are looking for.
Austin Trail of Lights

Local Events: Holiday Fun for All

Posted on December 2, 2019

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Category: Austin Texas
  Austin is well-know for its many unique events and activities throughout the year. December is no exception. Trail of Lights and Fun Run Jingle, jog & jive your way through the iconic Austin Trail of Lights in your best holiday costume, then stick around for the ultimate after party celebration – the Finish Line Festival – located in the heart of Zilker Park. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is a 12-day fine

Austin Real Estate in the News

Posted on December 2, 2019

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Category: Austin Texas
Here’s What $1.495 M Buys Around Austin Now This article contains houses/condos listed around $1.4M in 5 different Austin neighborhoods. Which would you pick? I would love to get your comments on these properties. Check out the full article written by Cindy Widner at Curbed Austin here.