Archive for July, 2009

Federal Reserve says housing market is improving

Friday, July 31st, 2009

While residential real estate remains weak overall, many local markets are showing signs of improvement, according to the Federal Reserve’s Commentary on Current Economic Conditions, also known as the Beige Book. Sales volume is up, especially in the Fed’s Minneapolis and San Francisco districts, and with the exception of the St. Louis district, sales declines […]

Healthiest Housing Markets in the Country

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

With most economists and builders expecting a national market decline this year, this may not seem like the best time to be selecting the “healthiest” markets in the country. Virtually every market was down last year. But a close look at the numbers reveals that some markets have way outperformed others during the last four […]

Neighborhood Profile: Steiner Ranch

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

For homeowners in Steiner Ranch, living is a SNAP Saturday, July 25, 2009 Steiner Ranch has long been known as a successful neighborhood, but many home buyers do not know the extent of what the area offers and what makes it distinctive. When you think of the best features of Steiner Ranch, just remember that […]

Austin named one of America’s fittest cities.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

A new report looks at 30 different measures to determine which cities’ residents are healthiest. When it comes to healthy living, Washington, D.C., is seldom mentioned in the same breath as cities like San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and Seattle, all of which are known for their active, health-conscious residents. But according to a new report, […]

Fed moves to curb housing abuses

Monday, July 27th, 2009

The U.S. central bank recommends new rules to limit compensation for mortgage brokers and clarify risks for borrowers. July 23, 2009: 11:36 AM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Federal Reserve Board Thursday recommended new disclosure rules for homeowners and compensation guidelines for mortgage brokers to correct some abuses of the recent runaway housing market. Prospective […]

Austin, Texas — One of the best cities for the outdoors

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Best Cities For The Outdoors From Forbes.com San Franciscans are known to brag about their exceptional quality of life–especially when it comes to the outdoors. As it turns out, they’re not exaggerating. The bayside city enjoys sunshine for two-thirds of the year, and the balmy summers turn to mild winters. But it’s not just pleasant […]

Nation’s Home Sales Seeing Increase

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Existing-Home Sales Up Again Washington, July 23, 2009 Existing-home sales rose for the third consecutive month with inventory easing and home prices declining less sharply in June, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – increased 3.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of 4.89 […]

Which cities will and won’t recover fastest — Austin at the top, AGAIN!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

WASHINGTON – The three most important things in real estate: location, location, location. It’s true for recovery from a real estate bubble too. Overall, many economists expect the national economy to return to growth later in 2009, perhaps as soon as this summer. But that won’t be the case everywhere. While some cities are poised […]

Austin home sales hit highest level in a year

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

By Claudia GrisalesAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Austin-area sales of existing homes hit the highest level in a year last month, according to figures Monday from the Austin Board of Realtors. Last month, 2,135 single-family homes were sold in the area, down 4 percent from a year earlier. That was the smallest decline since […]

How To Fight Your Property Taxes! I did it and so can you…

Monday, July 20th, 2009

My husband and I own a lovely home in the city of Lakeway, Texas. Every April I pay an enormous amount of money in property taxes. This year I decided to fight my taxes because I had noticed some discrepancies in my charges and finally decided that this was the year to do it. This […]