Category: Lake Travis

“You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”

First impressions mean everything!

That statement that rings true in real estate! Buyers are quick to jump to conclusions about a home as soon as they glance at it. That’s why more sellers are turning toward professional home stagers to prepare for a sale.
A lot of what staging accomplishes occurs on a subconscious level—creating a positive link between your house and the prospective buyer. It’s easy enough to repaint after moving in, but first impressions are difficult to undo.

With the vast majority of buyers searching first on the Internet for homes, photos and virtual tours are extremely important in the selection process. Home staging will give sellers key advantages.

A professional stager will:

Help eliminate clutter: That means taking down personal items that add to the unnecessary clutter such as diplomas, pictures, trophies, and other knick-knacks. Removing a bulky piece of furniture may be necessary to widen a walk area or make a room feel spacious.

Unstaged overly crowded room gives the impression that the house is too small!

 

Consider buyer demographics and buying psychology:   Home stagers use design elements in planning out the rooms, space and lighting. They understand traffic patterns to highlight positive attributes of a home while downplaying its negative features. They know not to overwhelm potential buyers with wild colors and furniture, even if you think it makes your home “special.”

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Professional staged kitchen – no clutter, only essential pieces.

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Staged bedroom with no clutter on dresser.  Extra chair removed from room.

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Professionally staged backyard – opens up the space to focus more on the view.

Remember, making your home look like a model rather than lived-in can make all the difference in selling a home. That’s why I offer seller’s a free home staging consultation to sellers who list their home with me.  I have an experienced stager / designer on my team that shapes up your home before it’s photographed. We will both roll up our sleeves that day and move furniture, carry boxes, clean up, and whatever else needs to be done. The value of having a professional with an eye for design is golden!  Every little detail makes a huge difference!

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If you are looking for a contemporary home with a Hill Country view, take a tour of the Canopy at Hudson Bend.  This boutique neighborhood features homes by CastleRock Communities.

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Floor plans start at $479,990 and go up to $529,990, which means you can have a nicely upgraded home in the mid 500’s to low 600’s.  Currently, there are 3 floor plans to choose from:  2434 sq. ft., 2800 sq. ft, and 3200 sq. ft.  Once completed, the community will have a total of 38 homes.

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All homes are guaranteed an amazing view from multiple balconies and porches.  Each floor plan is 3 stories high with the option of an outdoor porch and kitchen on the top floor.

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The exterior of each home can be customized with metal, brick, stone, and stucco so that you will have a one-of-a-kind design.  The HOA also maintains the front yard, so your home will always have curb appeal!

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The interiors are also beautifully upgraded with contemporary designs in the bathrooms and kitchen.  The sales agent and builder will work with you to customize any floor plan to meet your needs.  If you would like a tour of this beautiful community, just ask!

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If you are looking for a luxury home with a Hill Country view, be sure to visit the model home of Vintage Estate Homes. This custom builder is currently designing homes on one-acre lots in West Cypress Hills in Spicewood, and Vistancia in Dripping Springs.  The model is located between those communities in Spicewood at 5200 Evidence Cove. There are only a handful of lots available in each community, so don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of the finest custom builders in town!

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Vintage Estates Homes offers buyers a variety of floor plans ranging from 2694 sq.ft to 4241 sq.ft.  Each floor plan is completely customizable to meet your needs and vision.  Current base prices range from about $450,000 to $585,000.  That means you can have a beautifully upgraded home as low as the mid-500’s!
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One of the great features of this builder is the customer service!  The company has a very small, close-knit team in Austin who develop a personal relationship with each individual client.   One sales counselor will support buyers through the entire building process, holding their hand (so to speak) so that the process isn’t overwhelming, but enjoyable. The goal of Vintage Estates Homes is to involve clients as much as possible in the design process so that the home is what the clients envision.  They also hold high standards for themselves to build it right the first time!IMG_7894

Designing a custom home can be an exciting project, and Vintage Estates Homes desires to make it as stress-free and fulfilling as possible.  If you would like to view the model home or explore West Cypress Hills & Vistancia, just ask me for a tour!

If you are searching for an amazing deal on a home in Sweetwater, then don’t miss the Perry Homes model located in the Stonecreek neighborhood.  Perry Homes is a Houston-based company who has been in business for 49 years and who won Builder of the Year award recently in 2015.  In Sweetwater, Perry Homes offers smaller sized houses ranging from 1653 sq. ft. to 3190 sq. ft. Current prices start at $336,900 and go to up $436,900.

Although the floor plans are smaller than other homes in Sweetwater, they are smartly designed to make the best use of space.  Single story homes come standard with high ceilings and oversized windows to allow more natural light into the rooms.  It is surprising how spacious the rooms feel!

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The baseline floor plans also include many high-end features that other builders typically consider “upgrades.”  For example, French doors are standard on an office, mud set tile is standard in the shower, and beautiful wood tile floors are one of many standard flooring options.

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The entire model home only has about $25,000 in upgrades!  This means that as a buyer, you can expect to spend less than 10% at the design center to have a beautifully upgraded home!

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If you haven’t stopped by Perry Homes in Sweetwater, ask me for a tour! Click here to search for available homes within Sweetwater.

If you are selling your home in the Lake Travis area, it is important to follow these 5 steps in order to sell your home quickly!  Unlike areas near downtown Austin, you will have to compete with a much larger inventory of resale and new construction homes.  How attractive your home is to buyers is up to you. Here are five ways to help your agent attract buyers to your home.

  1. Verify market prices with your agent. Price your home for today’s market reality.
  2. Stage your home to best advantage. Declutter, depersonalize, clean it, paint it, and enhance curb appeal with fresh landscaping.
  3. Fix everything that’s a problem. No leaks, stains, or smells. Buyers want move-in ready condition. Don’t give buyers room to argue price due to condition.
  4. Do something extra for your home. Some updating, fresh paint, new appliances, or new countertops can work wonders.
  5. Be a serious seller. Just as a serious buyer is ready to buy, show you’re ready to sell by offering your home at an attractive price, being flexible about moving dates and other terms, and making your home available for viewing with their agents.

Terra Colinas is a beautiful new home community in Bee Cave, TX.  It is conveniently located off Hwy 71, just a few miles away from the Hill Country Galleria.  Upon completion, this neighborhood will have about 150 homes along with a community center and pool.

Terra Colinas currently has three home builders with prices to meet everyone’s needs.  Grand Haven Homes and David Weekley Homes are building houses on 50′ lots with prices starting in the low 300’s.

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Even the smallest floor plans are smartly designed to give every room an open spacious feel. Both builders offer some of the lowest prices for new homes in this area!

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If you are looking for more space, M/I Homes is building on 70′ lots.  Prices start in the upper 400’s to mid 500’s.  When you tour the model home, you will see that it is loaded with high-quality finishing touches, many of which are standard.  This means that buyers do not need to spend an extraordinary amount of money in the design center.  The basic floor plans come well-equipped!

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Another unique feature of the Terra Colinas community is its abundance of full grown trees, which are rare in new construction areas.  Also, this community has natural gas instead of community propane tanks.  This will mean a great deal of savings each month on gas bills, especially when gasoline prices are high!  If you haven’t had a chance to tour Terra Colinas, you should definitely stop by each model home and see what the builders have to offer.

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I recently had the pleasure of touring Vistancia, a new community located off Hamilton Pool Rd. featuring homes by Ashton Woods and Vintage Estates Home.  Every home is built on a one acre lot, giving homeowners a beautiful living space and a lot of privacy.  From the outside, the Ashton Woods model home is attractive, but you haven’t seen anything until you step inside.  It has a surprisingly modern twist with stunning details.

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One of the things that makes this home stand out is its modern design elements, such as this floating staircase.Modern floating staircase. www.askshan.com #askshan #vistancia

Every room has high-end luxury details, but the base prices for floor plans only start in the upper-400’s.

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The master suite features an award-winning and highly-photographed luxury spa retreat.
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The house is designed for entertaining guests both inside and out.  The backyard patio and swimming pool are a hill country oasis!

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Buyers also have the option to add a casita to their home, which is a rare feature in new homes.  This small living space adds tremendous resale value!  It features a living area with kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom.  This is ideal for anyone who has an elderly relative, an adult son or daughter living at home, or out-of-town relatives who need a space when visiting.  It can also be used as a home office or studio where clients can visit without entering your private home.Casita - www.askshan.com #askshan

If you are looking to upgrade your current home, I highly recommend you tour Vistancia! Please call me at 512-897-4349 or email me below for a personal guided tour.

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Do you want to add some Spring curb appeal to your home?  Here are a few ways to give your home a Spring makeover, without breaking the bank.Affordable Ways to Give your Home a Spring Makeover www.askshan.com #askshan

  • Paint the front door.  Any bright color will do – red, turquoise, green, yellow, your choice! 
  • De-winterize the yard.  Remove dead branches, weeds, fallen leaves and other signs of winter.
  • Add some flowers.  Choose any brightly colored annual flowers for instant curb appeal.  Fresh mulch also makes a home look like it is well maintained.
  • Clean up the concrete.  Has winter weather made your entryway look dingy?  Pressure wash or scrub away dirt for a clean look.
  • Get a new doormat.  If your doormat is looking worn out, time for a fresh update!  A new doormat is an affordable way to make your front porch welcoming. 

For more ideas, follow my Pinterest Board.  What is on your home improvement list this Spring?