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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019   /   by Miranda Klaproth

    New Year, New Home - 7 Things You Must Know Before Starting a Home Search

    Written by The Bucher Group

    Once you've decided a new home is in your future, it is only natural to jump online and check out the listings. However, this can be a mistake - emotionally and financially. So, before you inevitably hit the internet, please take a moment to do these seven things:



    Get your credit in order

    Your credit score is essential to qualifying for a home loan. Before you even visit a mortgage lender, be sure your credit is in order.


    Get pre-approved

    Visit a lender to get pre-approved for a loan. Not only does this letter show you how much house you can afford, but it is also appealing to a seller. It shows them you are good for the money!


    Make a list of your must-haves

    Sit down and make a list of what you want in a home. Open layout? How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Pool? Etc. This list will come in handy when the time comes to begin searching for homes.


    Review a residential purchase agreement

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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019   /   by Miranda Klaproth

    2019 National Housing Market Forecast

    Written by The Bucher Group

    As we transition from one year to the next, we peek inside the crystal ball to predict what the future may hold. What can you expect from the national housing market in 2019? According to Realtor.com, here’s a look at the national housing market forecast every current and future homeowner should know:



    2019 National Housing Market Forecast

    Home price growth will continue to slow, with a forecasted increase of 2.2 percent
    Inventory increases will remain moderate with less than a 7 percent increase
    High-priced markets will buck the trend, with double-digit inventory gains
    Millennials will account for 45 percent of mortgages in 2019 vs. 17 percent for Boomers
    New tax plan will be good for renters, mixed for homeowners
    Mortgage rates will average 5.3 percent throughout the year and reach 5.5 percent by year end
    Single-family home housing starts will increase by around 8 percent

    Buyer forecast
    With higher interest rates and hom ...

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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019   /   by Miranda Klaproth

    The Most Talked About Austin Restaurants of 2018

    Written by The Bucher Group

    Austin’s restaurant scene is constantly evolving. With restaurants opening and closing on nearly a daily basis, it is often hard to keep up. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the most talked about Austin restaurants of 2018:



    Anthem
    Location: 91 Rainey Street, Austin
    Hours: Open every day from 11 a.m. to close

    The Brewer’s Table
    Location: 4715 E. 5th Street, Austin
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Suerte
    Location: 1800 E. 6th Street, Austin
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.

    Better Half Coffee + Cocktails
    Location: 406 Walsh Street, Austin

    She’s Not Here
    Location: 440 W. 2nd Street, Austin
    Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum
    Location: 1203 W. 6th Street, Austin
    Hours:

    Sunday
    Dim Sum Brunch: 11 a.m. ...

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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019   /   by Miranda Klaproth

    5 Tips to Improve the Chances of Selling Your Home During the Winter

    Written by The Bucher Group

    Spring and summer are known as the best months to sell your home. However, it isn’t always possible to wait. Sometimes you may find that you have to move quickly. With that in mind, here are some tips to improve the chances of selling your home during the winter:



    Make sure your home is winter-ready
    Texas winters are usually more temperate than the rest of the United States. But, even though we won't get tons of snow (if any), it is still essential to ensure your home is ready. First, hire a professional to inspect your HVAC system and ensure it is in good working order – contact us if you need recommendations. Also, make sure the air filter is new and the humidifier has a new pad. Other important items include winterizing exterior hose bibs, cleaning out the gutters, inspecting the roof and caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows. Click here for a complete list to prepare your home for the winter.

    Ensure your landscaping looks great
    E ...

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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019   /   by Miranda Klaproth

    Holiday Events + Road Trips Around Austin

    Written by The Bucher Group

    The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year! Do you have plans to enjoy the season to the fullest with your family? From day trips and weekend getaways to holiday events around Austin, here is a look at some fun and festive activities for a merry and bright Christmas with your loved ones:

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    Elgin
    Distance: 25.6 miles
    Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Austin is Elgin, home to one of the best Christmas tree farms in the area! Grab your family and head out to pick your annual Christmas tree, enjoy the petting zoo and sip on hot cocoa. The Elgin Christmas Tree Farm is open for sales beginning November 23.

    Galveston
    Distance: 215 miles
    While Galveston is a bit too far for a day trip, it does make for a great holiday weekend getaway! Experience the 45th annual Dickens on the Strand, ice skating at Moody Gardens, dazzling downtown ...

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