Just Listed ~ 103 Loyola Dr Pflugerville, TX 78660

10.19.16

One of my favorite things about 103 Loyola Dr, aside from the close proximity to Pecan St in old downtown Pflugerville or near by park, is the curb appeal.  I’ve always enjoyed the look of a swing entry garage, and the traditional red brick exterior make this home a top pick.  With a swing garage, the door is no longer the dominate feature from the street, and kids have added space to play basketball (hoop already installed here) or ride their bike on the driveway.The current owners have completed a long list of updates during their ownership, many projects have just wrapped up and are ready for new owners to appreciate.  With a replaced hvac system (heating / cooling) installed this Summer and roof shingles replaced around 2012, the major mechanics of this home should not be a worry any time soon.  With all the rain this year, they have not been able to utilize the recent sprinkler system as much, but it’s there next year if El Niño tapers off!Those are expensive and worthy mechanical updates, but the jaw dropping kitchen / baths is what will grab your attention once inside!  As the central focal point of the home, the kitchen was a big selling feature for the current owners. It’s wrap around bar-top with views into the family room, center island and endless counter space were a big plus.  Additional there is an abundance of natural light from the skylight above.  Today the kitchen sports quartz counters, accented by modern glass subway tile back-splash and updated vent hood over the cooktop. The cabinets were lightened with a soft gray paint and ORB (oil rubbed bronze) hardware added to the doors.The sellers also appreciated the private master retreat tucked away at the rear of the home.  With ample space for their furniture and views to the backyard, they turned their attention to the bath. The his/her separate vanities replicate the same kitchen quartz counters, updated mirrors / lights and plumbing fixtures.  There is a separate soaker tub and shower, private water closet and walk-in closet that does not disappoint.Located on the other side of the home are 2 guest rooms and a fully updated bathroom.  The tub surround was replaced with classic white subway tile + mosaic glass tile banner (the shower head was raised as well for those tall guest).  Same quartz counters but now there is a double vanity, updated mirror and light fixture.  The 4th bedroom is currently used as a home office at the front of the home.  Glass French doors, built in cabinets and closet make this a great professional setting for those working remotely, or could easily be used as a dedicate bedroom. Now we are entering the cooler months, new residents can enjoy the relaxing covered patio out back.  Even during Summer months this has been a frequent gathering spot for the sellers.  As always, this is best appreciated in person, but you can find additional photos and a virtual tour HERE.

A Simple Thank You Note & The Clubhouse Celebration

10.04.16

Katie Ledecky, a name you might have heard amongst all the Michael Phelps chatter during the 2012 Olympic games in London.  She won gold as a 15year old in the 800 meter freestyle.  Four years later she dominated the pool in Rio taking home 4 gold medals and a silver, plus a couple of world records.  She turned down her professional status and millions of endorsement dollars to swim at Stanford University.  Through one simple act this Summer Katie reminds us simple gestures still matter.In August Katie took the mound and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at The Nats – Orioles game, and proved to be as competitive on land as she is in the water.  Meanwhile, Nats outfield sensation Bryce Harper stood by her side holding a boat load of Olympic Medals as Ledecky hung one low and to the outside.  He took a backseat to the swimming sensation, on a field where he’s use to being the hero, and let her own the stage.  Katie responded after wards with one simple gesture to show her gratitude and appreciation for the experience.  She wrote Bryce a thank you note.  Not an email.  Not a text.  Not a shout out via Twitter or Instagram.  A handwritten note with one of her swim caps.  Sharing mutual respect for one another, Harper saved that cap and wore it during a clubhouse celebration after clinching the NL – East Division, and a spot in the playoffs.  Ditching the snow goggles and typical celebratory gear to protect themselves from free flowing celebratory adult beverages and flying corks, Harper pays tribute to Ledecky in amazing fashion.A swimmer myself, I dedicated endless hours in the pool through college, in a sport that can reek of monotony at times.  Swimming taught me life lessons I carry into real estate and life today.  Little tweaks to a turn, or your underwater kicks can make all the difference vs just going through the motions.  Just like a thank you note to a friend or client who advocates your services to others.  It’s the simple things that end up making the all difference and separating you from the masses.  I’d say Ledecky and Harper have figured out how to stand above the rest!

A Simple Thank You Note & The Clubhouse Celebration

10.04.16

Katie Ledecky, a name you might have heard amongst all the Michael Phelps chatter during the 2012 Olympic games in London.  She won gold as a 15year old in the 800 meter freestyle.  Four years later she dominated the pool in Rio taking home 4 gold medals and a silver, plus a couple of world records.  She turned down her professional status and millions of endorsement dollars to swim at Stanford University.  Through one simple act this Summer Katie reminds us simple gestures still matter.In August Katie took the mound and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at The Nats – Orioles game, and proved to be as competitive on land as she is in the water.  Meanwhile, Nats outfield sensation Bryce Harper stood by her side holding a boat load of Olympic Medals as Ledecky hung one low and to the outside.  He took a backseat to the swimming sensation, on a field where he’s use to being the hero, and let her own the stage.  Katie responded after wards with one simple gesture to show her gratitude and appreciation for the experience.  She wrote Bryce a thank you note.  Not an email.  Not a text.  Not a shout out via Twitter or Instagram.  A handwritten note with one of her swim caps.  Sharing mutual respect for one another, Harper saved that cap and wore it during a clubhouse celebration after clinching the NL – East Division, and a spot in the playoffs.  Ditching the snow goggles and typical celebratory gear to protect themselves from free flowing celebratory adult beverages and flying corks, Harper pays tribute to Ledecky in amazing fashion.A swimmer myself, I dedicated endless hours in the pool through college, in a sport that can reek of monotony at times.  Swimming taught me life lessons I carry into real estate and life today.  Little tweaks to a turn, or your underwater kicks can make all the difference vs just going through the motions.  Just like a thank you note to a friend or client who advocates your services to others.  It’s the simple things that end up making the all difference and separating you from the masses.  I’d say Ledecky and Harper have figured out how to stand above the rest!

A Simple Thank You Note & The Clubhouse Celebration

10.04.16

Katie Ledecky, a name you might have heard amongst all the Michael Phelps chatter during the 2012 Olympic games in London.  She won gold as a 15year old in the 800 meter freestyle.  Four years later she dominated the pool in Rio taking home 4 gold medals and a silver, plus a couple of world records.  She turned down her professional status and millions of endorsement dollars to swim at Stanford University.  Through one simple act this Summer Katie reminds us simple gestures still matter.In August Katie took the mound and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at The Nats – Orioles game, and proved to be as competitive on land as she is in the water.  Meanwhile, Nats outfield sensation Bryce Harper stood by her side holding a boat load of Olympic Medals as Ledecky hung one low and to the outside.  He took a backseat to the swimming sensation, on a field where he’s use to being the hero, and let her own the stage.  Katie responded after wards with one simple gesture to show her gratitude and appreciation for the experience.  She wrote Bryce a thank you note.  Not an email.  Not a text.  Not a shout out via Twitter or Instagram.  A handwritten note with one of her swim caps.  Sharing mutual respect for one another, Harper saved that cap and wore it during a clubhouse celebration after clinching the NL – East Division, and a spot in the playoffs.  Ditching the snow goggles and typical celebratory gear to protect themselves from free flowing celebratory adult beverages and flying corks, Harper pays tribute to Ledecky in amazing fashion.A swimmer myself, I dedicated endless hours in the pool through college, in a sport that can reek of monotony at times.  Swimming taught me life lessons I carry into real estate and life today.  Little tweaks to a turn, or your underwater kicks can make all the difference vs just going through the motions.  Just like a thank you note to a friend or client who advocates your services to others.  It’s the simple things that end up making the all difference and separating you from the masses.  I’d say Ledecky and Harper have figured out how to stand above the rest!

August Stats 2016 ~ Brentwood / Crestview (Austin, TX 78757)

09.19.16

Fall is around the corner (at least I hope cooler temperatures are on the way) and another Summer real estate season is in the books.  The monthly numbers for August are below and I take a few things away heading into Q4 that impact the level of inventory and days on market.  – A number of builders found themselves coming online at the same time and probably took a bit longer than anticipated to complete their projects adding to new construction available.- I see a few investors who missed the mark, and their flips are sitting with some less than desirable finishes or quirky layouts (if the only way to the backyard is through the master bedroom that’s going to be an issue!).- Some sellers have become a little over confident with pricing and condition.  Yes it is a hot market in Austin, but there is still a level of sanity.  Spend time addressing those repairs / touch-ups you’ve been meaning to do before hitting the open market.  Visit current / pending homes on the market now to see how you stack up….yes, we do this with sellers!Don’t fret, the market is still moving at a healthy clip.  In fact, I was caught up in a multiple offers situation this weekend on a Crestview home.  Call me and we can discuss how to maximize your homes value and reduce the level of stress in selling.  Brentwood              Crestview

August Stats 2016 ~ Brentwood / Crestview (Austin, TX 78757)

09.19.16

Fall is around the corner (at least I hope cooler temperatures are on the way) and another Summer real estate season is in the books.  The monthly numbers for August are below and I take a few things away heading into Q4 that impact the level of inventory and days on market.  – A number of builders found themselves coming online at the same time and probably took a bit longer than anticipated to complete their projects adding to new construction available.- I see a few investors who missed the mark, and their flips are sitting with some less than desirable finishes or quirky layouts (if the only way to the backyard is through the master bedroom that’s going to be an issue!).- Some sellers have become a little over confident with pricing and condition.  Yes it is a hot market in Austin, but there is still a level of sanity.  Spend time addressing those repairs / touch-ups you’ve been meaning to do before hitting the open market.  Visit current / pending homes on the market now to see how you stack up….yes, we do this with sellers!Don’t fret, the market is still moving at a healthy clip.  In fact, I was caught up in a multiple offers situation this weekend on a Crestview home.  Call me and we can discuss how to maximize your homes value and reduce the level of stress in selling.  Brentwood                Crestview

August Stats 2016 ~ Brentwood / Crestview (Austin, TX 78757)

09.19.16

Fall is around the corner (at least I hope cooler temperatures are on the way) and another Summer real estate season is in the books.  The monthly numbers for August are below and I take a few things away heading into Q4 that impact the level of inventory and days on market.  – A number of builders found themselves coming online at the same time and probably took a bit longer than anticipated to complete their projects adding to new construction available.- I see a few investors who missed the mark, and their flips are sitting with some less than desirable finishes or quirky layouts (if the only way to the backyard is through the master bedroom that’s going to be an issue!).- Some sellers have become a little over confident with pricing and condition.  Yes it is a hot market in Austin, but there is still a level of sanity.  Spend time addressing those repairs / touch-ups you’ve been meaning to do before hitting the open market.  Visit current / pending homes on the market now to see how you stack up….yes, we do this with sellers!Don’t fret, the market is still moving at a healthy clip.  In fact, I was caught up in a multiple offers situation this weekend on a Crestview home.  Call me and we can discuss how to maximize your homes value and reduce the level of stress in selling.  Brentwood                Crestview

Austin’s Great Debate ~ Living North or South of the River

09.15.16

When my family moved here in Fall of ’81 we landed in North Austin.  Not just North Austin, but at the time Anderson Mill Rd and 183 was faaarrrr North Austin. There was no Arboretum or Domain, Lakeline did not exist and there certainly was no upper / lower deck of 183!For our family there was no reason to travel South of the River (aka Lady Bird Lake or Colorado River).  During my youth I traveled A LOT to the UT Swim Center for practice, but grew up a North Austinite.  When I moved back after college I dipped my toe in South Austin renting a place by Barton Creek Mall, then quickly moved back North. I bought my first home in Brentwood and have lived here since the early 2000’s.  It’s home-base for my wife and kids today, even though real estate takes me to all parts of Austin.  And I’ve found it to be true for many in Austin, once you land in your comfort zone, there isn’t a lot of switching sides.  Friends who grew up South, or clients that landed in South Austin tend to stay South.  I dated a girl who initially moved to South Austin when she relocated here.  It was sort of an underlying joke, neither of us was very willing to leave our part of town.As fierce as some locals are about tacos in town, Austin Monthly attempts to lay to rest the long lasting debate over North vs South in their lead September story.  The authors break down several categories, many which produced ‘ties’ vs any clear winner, in the following segments: history, schools, traffic, food (Burnet Rd receives a strong shout out), parks and outdoors, shopping, curb appeal, entertainment, and weirdness factor.While there are some passionate advocates for each side of The River, at the end of the day, everyone truly wins because we each get to call Austin home!  My wife and I enjoy exploring all areas of town when given the opportunity (sometimes with kids and other times without…..a meal not cutting up someone else’s food every now and again is nice!).  We are thankful our Midtown location offers us easy access further North, quickly South of the River and all things East Side.  Forced to pick a side, well, everyone knows North side is where it’s at!

Austin’s Great Debate ~ Living North or South of the River

09.15.16

When my family moved here in Fall of ’81 we landed in North Austin.  Not just North Austin, but at the time Anderson Mill Rd and 183 was faaarrrr North Austin. There was no Arboretum or Domain, Lakeline did not exist and there certainly was no upper / lower deck of 183!For our family there was no reason to travel South of the River (aka Lady Bird Lake or Colorado River).  During my youth I traveled A LOT to the UT Swim Center for practice, but grew up a North Austinite.  When I moved back after college I dipped my toe in South Austin renting a place by Barton Creek Mall, then quickly moved back North. I bought my first home in Brentwood and have lived here since the early 2000’s.  It’s home-base for my wife and kids today, even though real estate takes me to all parts of Austin.  And I’ve found it to be true for many in Austin, once you land in your comfort zone, there isn’t a lot of switching sides.  Friends who grew up South, or clients that landed in South Austin tend to stay South.  I dated a girl who initially moved to South Austin when she relocated here.  It was sort of an underlying joke, neither of us was very willing to leave our part of town.As fierce as some locals are about tacos in town, Austin Monthly attempts to lay to rest the long lasting debate over North vs South in their lead September story.  The authors break down several categories, many which produced ‘ties’ vs any clear winner, in the following segments: history, schools, traffic, food (Burnet Rd receives a strong shout out), parks and outdoors, shopping, curb appeal, entertainment, and weirdness factor.While there are some passionate advocates for each side of The River, at the end of the day, everyone truly wins because we each get to call Austin home!  My wife and I enjoy exploring all areas of town when given the opportunity (sometimes with kids and other times without…..a meal not cutting up someone else’s food every now and again is nice!).  We are thankful our Midtown location offers us easy access further North, quickly South of the River and all things East Side.  Forced to pick a side, well, everyone knows North side is where it’s at!

Austin’s Great Debate ~ Living North or South of the River

09.15.16

When my family moved here in Fall of ’81 we landed in North Austin.  Not just North Austin, but at the time Anderson Mill Rd and 183 was faaarrrr North Austin. There was no Arboretum or Domain, Lakeline did not exist and there certainly was no upper / lower deck of 183!For our family there was no reason to travel South of the River (aka Lady Bird Lake or Colorado River).  During my youth I traveled A LOT to the UT Swim Center for practice, but grew up a North Austinite.  When I moved back after college I dipped my toe in South Austin renting a place by Barton Creek Mall, then quickly moved back North. I bought my first home in Brentwood and have lived here since the early 2000’s.  It’s home-base for my wife and kids today, even though real estate takes me to all parts of Austin.  And I’ve found it to be true for many in Austin, once you land in your comfort zone, there isn’t a lot of switching sides.  Friends who grew up South, or clients that landed in South Austin tend to stay South.  I dated a girl who initially moved to South Austin when she relocated here.  It was sort of an underlying joke, neither of us was very willing to leave our part of town.As fierce as some locals are about tacos in town, Austin Monthly attempts to lay to rest the long lasting debate over North vs South in their lead September story.  The authors break down several categories, many which produced ‘ties’ vs any clear winner, in the following segments: history, schools, traffic, food (Burnet Rd receives a strong shout out), parks and outdoors, shopping, curb appeal, entertainment, and weirdness factor.While there are some passionate advocates for each side of The River, at the end of the day, everyone truly wins because we each get to call Austin home!  My wife and I enjoy exploring all areas of town when given the opportunity (sometimes with kids and other times without…..a meal not cutting up someone else’s food every now and again is nice!).  We are thankful our Midtown location offers us easy access further North, quickly South of the River and all things East Side.  Forced to pick a side, well, everyone knows North side is where it’s at!