Equifax Data Breach- How Do You Prepare?

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  I have been over run with phone calls and emails from past and current clients regarding the Equifax data breech. The breach is unquestionably serious. It exposed crucial pieces of personal data that criminals could use to commit identity theft, from Social Security numbers and birth dates to address histories and legal names. low are… [Read More]

5 Steps to Master Communications

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In business and in life we have to deliver bad news. It’s not fun but part of the process. It’s hard to tell a client they don’t qualify for their dream home, or that first time buyer they must have a co-signer. I have learned in the last 25 years of being a mortgage broker… [Read More]

Surviving Weather Threats

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It’s been a hell of a month when it comes to natural disasters, not only in the U.S but around the world. We’ve seen devastating hurricanes this year and miles-wide fires destroying everything in their paths and we’re likely to see worse in the coming months and years. Devastating natural disasters are happening on and… [Read More]

Austin Area Home Starts Up 32% in 2nd Quarter

New home construction in Central Texas continued to rise in the spring as builders began construction on 2,650 homes, a 32 percent increase year-over-year, figures released today show. The increase bumped the annual starts tally to 9,027 homes in the 12 months that ended in June, a 38 percent increase from the previous 12 months,… [Read More]

Austin: America’s Boom Town

“Austin envy” is what Forbes Magazine dubs it — the hip atmosphere that makes America’s fastest-growing city a “national epicenter of aspiration.” “People are moving to Austin in record numbers,” says Shannon Schmitz, a top Austin realtor and luxury home specialist. “Our current sales reflect the surge in demand: we’re getting multiple offers for new home… [Read More]

Austin’s Hottest Neighborhoods

Location, location, location — that's often what sells a home and it’s more so than ever right now in Austin. Downtown Austin where median prices have increased 14 percent in the last year to $370,000 dollars leads the way in real estate demand. Central Austin just north of West Campus — median prices are about… [Read More]

Austin Real Estate Agents Make Wall Street Journal Top Trends List

The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends Inc. published its annual list Friday of the top 1,000 real estate agents in the country in four categories: top individual agent based on number of transaction sides, top individual based on volume, top team based on transaction sides and top team based on volume. Some Austin-area agents… [Read More]

US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 4.29%

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week after last week's surge. The declines could prompt homebuyers to act quickly before rates rise further. Freddie Mac announced today that the average on the 30-year loan dropped to 4.29 percent. That's down from 4.46 percent last week, the highest in two years and a full point… [Read More]

Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey Promotes the Texas Veterans Land Board

The Texas Veterans Land Board has launched a new educational advertising campaign with Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey. “The VLB has low-interest home loans, land loans, and home improvement loans, veterans homes and cemeteries, too!” shouts the legendary U.S. Marine drill instructor in a new, multi-media public service announcement being deployed across the state by… [Read More]