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Wednesday, February 6, 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

Take a look at a sample ...

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Wednesday, February 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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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The Bucher Group | Austin Portfolio Real Estate
Kathleen Bucher
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Austin, TX 78746
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Based on information from the Austin Board of REALTORS (alternatively, from ACTRIS) for the period through 2019.® IDX information is provided exclusively for consumers' personal, non-commercial use. It may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. The Austin Board of REALTORS®, ACTRIS and their affiliates provide the MLS and all content therein "AS IS" and without any warranty, express or implied. Data last updated: June 19, 2019 Texas law requires all real estate licensees to provide this link to Information About Brokerage Services:www.trec.state.tx.us/pdf/contracts/op-k.pdf