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Hot New Listing! 15430 Ecorio Dr

North Austin Home for Sale Round Rock Home for SaleGorgeous remodeled property w/ fantastic features include spacious rooms, beautiful wood and tile flooring, recently replaced roof, cozy fireplace, energy efficient windows and shades, updated fixtures, detailed paint work on interior/exterior, and elegant light fixtures. Relaxing backyard enhanced with landscaping work featuring stone walkway and fountain! Over $50K in upgrades. Conveniently located in RRISD mins to roadways, schools & shopping centers!

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Hot New Listing! 605 Boca Chica Dr

Cedar Park TX Home for Sale 605 Boca Chica DrBeautiful contemporary home in enclosed neighborhood. Property features include handsome front porch, high ceilings, graceful arches, beautifully finished flooring and paintwork, updated fixtures throughout, open concept kitchen/dining area, max natural lighting, cozy backyard with fanned patio. Spacious bedrooms, pantries and closets! Conveniently located down the street from neighborhood park, Whole Foods, Starbucks and shopping!

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Hot New Listing! 817 Cactus Dr

Round Rock Home for Sale 817 Cactus DrLovely Round Rock Residence in convenient location ready to move in! Amazing features include a fantastic floor plan, timeless stone fireplace in family room, spacious master suite, elegant light fixtures, thoughtful finishes in every bed and bath, updated painting work, and beautiful wood flooring throughout. French doors opens to spacious backyard perfect for entertaining. Minutes from roadways, local elementary school and shopping centers!

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Hot New Listing! 7004 Greenock St

Southwest Austin Home for Sale The Cain Team Austin Homes for Sale

Stunning property on lot backing to greenbelt in beautiful established SW Austin neighborhood, no neighbors to right side of property. Unique features include a great floor plan, enchanting stone fireplace in family room, elegant light fixtures in dining area and bathrooms, vintage wood and cast iron detailing throughout, and custom built-in BBQ on backyard patio. Amazing potential for customization and upgrades, minutes from shopping centers and 15 min from Downtown!

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Housing Shortage Will Make Homes More Expensive this 2017

Housing Shortage Fuel Increase in Home PricesA growing concern among real estate analysts is that young buyers might be getting shut out of the market as home prices rise to an all-time high in nearly two decades due to a severe shortage in homes available for sale.

In a recent report compiled by the National Association of Realtors, it was found that there is an 89% increase in the median sales price of existing single-family homes in key metropolitan cities in the U.S. in the 4th quarter (as compared to last year's data). The previous quarter before that showed an 87% increase compared to last...

5 Things Homeowners Should Know about Their Homes

As a homeowner, you are required to know the most intimate details about your home (even the parts that guests don't usually access or see at your house), because you and your home have a special kind of relatioship-- knowing every nook and cranny of the house is needed in order for you to live comfortably in it. 

If you are not the Home DIY-er type and have the tendency to call the pros whenever something goes wrong, that's alright. Some home projects are best entrusted to the professionals. BUT, these five things are just non-negotiable and should be known by every decent man (or woman!) of the house. Here are the five things every homeowner should know about:

1. Location of the main water shut-off valve

2. Location of the circuit box and learning its labels

3. Facts about the thermocouple (yes, you have a thing like that in your home)

4. Location and management of ALL filters

5. Sump Pump location and maintenance

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2016 The Cain Team MLS-wide Stats and Performance

2016 MLS Data The Cain Team stats and performanceThe 2016 data from the Austin Board of Realtors' MLS are indicative of The Cain Team's stellar performance in the past year. Market analysis conducted for data in the Austin-Round Rock area indicates the following findings:

Customer Satisfaction Like No Other

Our clients are not just happy working with us. Actual MLS data show that the clients we work with aren't just impressed with our professionalism and accommodating manners. These are six actual accomplishments we helped our clients gain:

For Single Family Homes

1. Sellers who worked with The Cain Team got 3.9% more than the average agent within the Austin Board.

2. Based on...

Hot New Listing! 175 Silver Maple Dr

Kyle Home for Sale Austin Home for Sale 175 Silver Maple Dr

Amazing new-build w/ endless features including open concept floor plan, high ceilings, ample natural lighting, gorgeous front porch, unique breakfast area, and modern concept designs throughout. Beautiful master suite, large kitchen with beautiful cabinetry, center island and stainless steel appliances. Property boats maximum storage space, and is conveniently located near community's jogging, biking paths and play ground.

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Hot New Listing! 110 Mollie Dr

Hutto Home for Sale Austin Home for Sale 110 Mollie Dr

Great residence on safe cul-de-sac street. Home features include fantastic open floor plan, beautiful wood floors, high ceilings, unique design features throughout, and ample natural lighting from plentiful windows. Gorgeous master suite with sitting area and upgraded bathroom. Spectacular kitchen open to family room creates a warm and inviting atmosphere! Large backyard open to spacious fields.

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Hot New Listing! 165 Archipelago Trl

Round Rock Home for Sale 165 Archipelago Trl

Stunning property backing to greenbelt with endless upgrades, state of the art materials from luxury custom home builder & kept in pristine condition by owner. Flawless attention to detail in open-floor plan interior throughout. Uniquely featuring media room, fully-equipped backyard with pool, BBQ, LED lights in hot tub, professional landscaping and over $40K of new solar panel systems. Fantastic community amenities in GREAT location.

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Promising New Austin Residential Developments are Seeking Affordable Housing Tax Credits in Exchange for Offering Affordable New Homes

New Real Estate Development in AustinReal estate developers are hoping that the Austin City Council will approve their move to support state affordable housing tax credits in the hopes of offsetting the building costs of nine new developments in the city.

The highly competitive 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program allows developers to offset a portion of their federal tax liability in exchange for creating affordable housing.

The program offers investors a chance to buy tax credits to offset other taxes by investing in multi-family rental development projects in exchange for making a certain percentage...

REALTOR's Top Real Estate Forecasts for 2017

2017 Real Estate ForecastThis year's housing forecast by Realtor® presents some interesting insights on what buyers can expect in this year's housing market. Here are the top real estate trends as brought to you by the experts for 2017:

1. Home prices are expected to increase to 3.9% this year.

2. There will be 1.9% more homes sold this year than in 2016.

3. The millennial and boomer sectors will dominate this year's market as they experience major life events that lead to the purchase of a home: marriage, having children, retirement, and down-sizing as "nests become empty" and children leave...

Hot New Listing! 480 Sad Willow Pass

Austin Home for Sale Driftwood Home for Sale 480 Sad Willow Pass

Gorgeous two-story custom quality home with plenty of land and negotiable furniture pieces, window treatments, and accessories. Special features include amazing floor plan, spacious bedrooms, floor-length sliding doors to outside, large kitchen, over-sized 3-car garage, built-in home entertainment, surround sound and security systems! Covered open deck and built-in BBQ with opportunity for customization for any lifestyle.

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Austin Invests in Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety Devices in AustinThe Austin City Council recently approved the execution of a pedestrian safety project worth $1.9 million in an effort to install safety devices all around Austin. As traffic congestion worsens in the city due to its rapid development, citizens have become more reliant on public transportation. With safety devices installed in key locations around Austin, the safety of these public commuters can further be safeguarded.

The grant from TxDOT is specifically intended for the installation of three kinds of safety devices: countdown timers, pedestrian signals, and pedestrian hybrid beacons.  At least 500 intersections will have new countdown timers that feature visual and audible countdown indicators for pedestrians. The timers, according to city documents,...

2016 is Best Year for Existing Home Sales in a Decade

December 2016 Housing Snapshot2016 is a year of frustrations as a shortage of available homes on the market gave buyers a tough time. However, a recent report compiled by the National Association of Realtors® indicates that 2016 is, in fact, the best year for existing home sales in a decade.

Over 5.45 million homes were purchased in 2016-- the highest since  2006 when 6.48 million homes were purchased. The data has been pre-adjusted to account for seasonal fluctuations over a 12-month period, so Realtor®'s recent report has been verified.

Joe Kirchner, a senior economist at Realtor.com®, says that the recovery from the U.S. housing bust is still ongoing. And with incomes getting higher, people are becoming...

Austin Makes it to List of Top U.S. Cities that are Gentrifying the Fastest

Austin Makes it to List of Cities that are Gentrifying the FastestOne of the current issues in U.S. urban housing is the g-word-- "gentrification". While experts are divided on whether it has a positive or negative impact on the community, it cannot be denied that it is an ongoing trend that all cities are familiar with.

The positive side to gentrification is that it brings in "new blood" and "new life" to a community, thereby broadening the opportunities available in an area that was once quaint-- even lacking-- opportunities that people need to sustain a certain standard of living. However, gentrification also causes the divide between the rich and the poor to broaden, and locals are (allegedly) forced to give up their homes because the higher standard of living brought...

Hot New Listing! 1402 Mesa Park Dr

Round Rock Home for Sale Mesa Park Dr

Fantastic residence in Round Rock with recent tasteful updates including contemporary remodeling improvements to tile back-splash, interior painting, fixtures, kitchen and laundry room beautiful dark-wood cabinets, fixtures, new carpet in bedrooms and wood floors in the living room adjacent to modern, cozy fireplace. Potential for amazing interior design, large backyard, great location nearby local schools and close access to main road.

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Today is 'The Worst Day of the Year to Buy a Home': Find Out Why

Today is the Worst Day to Buy a Home

Congratulations, dear home buyer! Now that the "Worst Day to Buy a Home" (January 19) has passed, you can now proceed with closing on your largest investment.

Wait-- is there really such a day?!

A 2015 study by ATTOM Data Solutions (formerly RealtyTrac) revealed that buyers who closed on January 19 paid, on average, 9.6% above the estimated market price. And in case you're thinking that we're just sweet-talking you to finally close on that home deal, the results are backed by data of 32 million home sales compiled from the years 2000 to 2015. Researchers compared premiums paid over estimated market price and found today to be the worst day (and the best to be October 8, in case you're curious).

For the record,...

Things You Need to Know about Mortgage Rate Locks and Cheap Home Loans

Mortgage Rate Locks and Cheap Home LoansSafety and security are two things that we value in all aspects of life. And safety and security also apply when it comes to getting home loans, too. This article is about mortgage rate locks and why you need to know about them when buying a home.

What is a mortgage rate lock?

A mortgage rate lock is a commitment by a lender to give you a home loan at a specific interest rate, provided you close on your home in a certain period of time (which is typically 30 days from when you’re approved for your loan). This rate...

Hot New Listing! 1215 Woodhollow Cv

Cedar Park TX Home for Sale

Beautifully finished residence on coveted cul de sac lot. Uniquely featuring upstairs bonus room, huge bedrooms and space for any lifestyle, 3-car garage, &extended driveway. Backyard w/ ample space next to pool, hot tub, porch & deck perfect for year-round entertainment! Upgrades include exterior painting, new solar screens, & interior fixtures. Fantastic floor plan, open concept kitchen opens to grand family room This property lacks for nothing!

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