Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Same, Yet Different

Okay, this post (my first post in a little while) is going to be house heavy and analysis heavy.  I will be presenting to you 3 townhomes from the same community.  Let's compare!

1742 Timberwood Drive
Square Feet: 1531
Listed at: $129,500
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Living rooms: 2

This is a view of the living room.  In the top right corner, you can just barely see the railing on the walkway/balcony that looks down from the second story into the room below.


1731 Timberwood Drive
Square Feet: 1531
Listed at: $128,000
Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2
Living rooms: 2

This picture highlights the feature that is hinted at in the previous listing.  The railing and ceiling height are showcased.


1731 Timber Ridge Drive  (I suspect this is actually Timberwood.)
Square Feet: 1566
Listed at: $138,900
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Living Rooms: 1

This picture is of the same space.  I believe this is the best picture of this space - it shows the architectural features well and emphasizes the size of the room. 

However, these three images highlight the importance of making a personal visit.  Because an agent's poor photography choices can be the buyer's gain.  The townhomes featured here have vastly different listed prices, but are mostly the same.  Only with a personal inspection would one be able to determine whether the differences are worth the price increase. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

When life gives you lemons...

Make orange juice and have everyone wondering how you did it!  (I always keep a can of Orange Juice Concentrate in my freezer for just such an emergency).

My lemons have, as is the nature of lemons, been both sweet and sour - I'm thoroughly enjoying my time with The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) - but it's leaving me with a lot less time during the week to do other things I'd like to be doing.  On the other hand, the drama that came two weeks ago is still here, still creating baby dramas of its own.  Bwah.

So here's a pretty picture of a pretty house, just to make you (and me) feel a little better.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A quick poll

What price range should I concentrate on for the next few houses I feature? 

A) Under 100K
B) 100K to 150K
C) 150K to 200K
D) 200K to 350K
E) 450K and Up
$) Millionaire properties only, please!

Same cute little place - lower price

Doing a quick search on the properties I've featured so far, most have held their asking price, with two exceptions:

The property on 917 East 51st Street, listed at $188,000, has been withdrawn from the market.

The property on 307 West 45th Street, listed at $189,000, has had the price lowered to $165,000!

Looking back at my post, I realized that I failed to give this property's address (oops!) so, just for your memory's sake, here's a picture (worth a thousand words, right?).

I'll always try to keep you updated when things change on the listings I post.  My goal with this blog is to help you develop a broad picture of the Austin Real Estate market, educating you in the ways I wish I was educated prior to buying my first home.  As such,  I'll do my best to offer facts as facts and opinions as opinions.  Please feel free to let me know what information you're finding useful/interesting and I'll be sure to feature that type of info more often!