Ten Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

When preparing to sell your home, you’ll probably need to do some decluttering and cleaning out.  If you’re using the Sell-Donate-Trash approach, you’ll likely end up needing to host a garage sale.  Enter my fantastic friend and Garage Sale Queen Jillan.  If  garage sale-ing was an Olympic sport, she would take the gold.  She attends […]

Register Your Pet’s Microchip When Moving

Moving involves a gazillion peripheral tasks.  Change of address forms, updating records with every financial institution on the planet, etc.  Working through the list, it’s easy to forget about some of the seemingly less urgent matters.  When we moved last month, we didn’t even think about updating our pet records until we’d already been in […]

Austin Real Estate 101: Option Fee

What is the option fee? The Option fee (also called the termination option fee, or option money) is money paid by the buyer directly to the seller in order to have an option period.   The option period is a specific number of days (usually 5-10) given to the buyer in order to perform all […]

Austin Real Estate 101: Earnest Money

What is earnest money? Earnest money is money paid upfront by the buyer as a show of good faith in their intention to buy the home.  When a buyer submits an offer on a house, they will designate an amount of earnest money in the contract — usually 1% of the purchase price.  (Ex: $2500 […]

Financing 101: Choose a Lender and Get Pre-Qualified

When buying a house, most folks use a common financing strategy:  downpayment + mortgage loan, and then pay a monthly note for the next 15-30 years.  A good lender will help you determine what you can afford, as well as the best financing options available to you.  To get started, you’ll need to do two things — choose […]