Is buying a home one of your resolutions for 2012?

18 Jan

Interest rates are still low, home prices are still affordable, and rent prices are rising. These are all reasons to buy a home in Austin. Although it can be overwhelming, you are not alone. We have a team of professionals to ensure a smooth transaction and answer all of your questions.   The most important step is getting all your financials in place and choosing which loan program is best for you.

Also, there is a new program out there to help education professionals,  paid Firefighter, Emergency Medical Services Personnel, Peace Officer, Corrections Officer, Juvenile Corrections Officer, County Jailer, or a Public Security Officer working in the State of Texas.  This program offers  down payment & closing costs assistance. To see if you qualify, check out the website, here

For more information, check out our video below.


Here are some other resources:

Basic Tips and Ideas for First Time Home Buyers

Austin Home Search


Texas As An Economic Powerhouse

10 Nov

We’d like to share with you a fantastic video about the Texaplex and its impact on Austin real estate.

Austin Film Festival

17 Oct

Do you love movies? Documentaries? Short Films?  Are you like me and always dreamed of attending the Cannes or Sundance film Festival?  Well, it’s not quite Park City or France, but Austin is hosting its 18th Annual Film Festival next weekend- starting Thursday October 20th until the 27th.

Most of the films will be screened all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday with matinee and evening showings Monday thru Thursday.  You always have the option to buy a single ticket for $10 OR a better deal is to buy the ‘Film Pass’ for $50, which  allows you the opportunity to see over 190 films in 8 days and grants you priority in line over single pass tickets.  Lastly, you can buy one of the few different  ‘Film Badge(s)’  ($110 and up) which gives you access to all the films plus access to four days of panel at the conference and to some of the parties and meet and greets offered by the festival.

The films, which include Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Narrative Student Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short and Animated short will be showcased throughout the various downtown theaters and the surrounding area including, but not limited to, The Paramount, Alamo Drafthouse, The Arbor, Dobie, The Long Center, The Hideout Theater and The Bob Bullock Theater.

Crucial to understanding how the festival works is that Badge holders and Film Pass holders MUST be in line no later than 25 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Priority admission is given to all Badge holders. Film Pass holders will be seated after all Badge holders have entered the theater.Once General Admission tickets have gone on sale, Badge holders and Film Pass holders will no longer have priority admittance. Neither Badge holders nor Film Pass holders are guaranteed a seat in a particular theater, only admission up to capacity. General Admission tickets will go on sale 25 minutes prior to each screening. Badge holders and Film Pass holders arriving AFTER the 25 minute mark must go to the back of the General Admission line.

Want more information? Check out the official website at

I’m looking forward to attending for the first time ever. This festival somehow seems more approachable than SXSW!

Let us know if you have attended before and can share any advice….. or share your thoughts if you are planning on going this year!

Gypsy Picnic

17 Oct

I’m a huge fan of supporting local businesses and hitting up the  trailers in my 78704 neighborhood. There are always so many options to choose from and it can be overwhelming. However, I’m lookingforward to ordering the sampler from many of the trailers that I’ve never tried. But I have to say, I’m really excitedto try the Tango Mango pulled pork taco from Surf and Turf.

A great FREE event on Saturday, October 22nd, the Gypsy Picnic Food

Trailer Festival is rolling back down to Auditorium Shores from 11am

to 8pm! The festival includes  live music, food and fun for the entire

family and benefits The Sustainable Food Center.

Admission is free. Kids and dogs are welcomed. You can bring your own

bottled water and soft coolers. Beer will be sold. Prices at the

trailers will vary, however each will have one Sampler Menu for $3 or


Tastes will include Texas Czech and Asian Fusion to Mexican, Southern,

Turkish and everything in between. You’ll find crowd-pleasers from

last year like Torchy’s Tacos, Gordough’s Big. Fat. Donuts., Short Bus

Subs, as well as new additions like Hey Cupcake!,

Kebabalicious,Tenderland, Spartan Pizza, MamboBerry and many, many


Click here to see the list of trailers:

Leasing in Austin

28 Sep

Austin’s Rental Climate- It’s still HOT out there

28 Sep

It may be Fall, and temperatures may start to drop, but the leasing market is still on fire and HOT!

With more and more people relocating from around the country to Austin, demand for rental property is still soaring.  You probably keep seeing Austin on almost every list, “Best Places for Young Professionals, Top City for Business Owners, and the lists go on.  Also, Austin has been recently in the news for the amount of new jobs created.  This year alone, over 18,800 new jobs have been created, adding 66,000 more to our population. Most “ready to buy” buyers no longer can qualify for loans due to heavy restrictions on loan requirements. Also, many residents like the flexibility and may be reluctant to buy. What does that mean? They are choosing to rent, causing rental supply to dwindle to a -32% and prices increasing almost 10%.

For investors, this is the absolute best time to purchase rental properties. Interest rates are still low, and the demand for rental properties is expected to continue to rise. Currently, tenants are having to scramble and act quick to ensure they get their first pick in housing. It’s not uncommon for renters to compete with other applications. Plus, landlords are getting pickier than ever.   There is even a shortage of apartments. The number of apartments in 2011 that were added to the inventory was a mere 1,000, much lower than in 2009 where it was almost 7500. This is causing a severe increase in rent.

What can you do to ensure a smooth process? Make sure you have all the information ready to go, so that when you decide on moving forward on a property, you have all the paperwork already filled out. Plus, be honest with your agent. Make sure they are aware if you have anything they may need to negotiate out.  Have your funds readily accessible too. You will often need an application fee and deposit  to submit.  Bottom line, if you can afford to buy, you probably should. It’s much cheaper than renting and plus, being a homeowner has many more benefits that a tenant.

Do you have any crazy stories from leasing? Please share!


Why Pulse of Austin?

1 Sep


Here’s a quick video on why we’ve decide to do this blog. Hope you enjoy-