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November New Home Tour in Lakeway and Spicewood

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Thank you to the incredible group of Lake Travis Real Estate Professionals who joined us this week on the New Home Tour!

We were proud to feature two top-notch builders in the Lake Travis Area.

We toured Grand Haven Homes in Rough Hollow and Highland Homes in West Cypress Hills.

The talented John Bishop from ForeFront Foto joined us as well and took some fabulous shots! We will share more information about the tour and all the photos, so stay tuned!

Mark your calendars for the next New Home Tour on Wednesday December 17th.

THANK YOU to the following Real Estate Professionals:

Jogee Comegys from Sotheby’s International Realty

Bill Dippo from Austin West Properties

Michelle Star from Magnolia Homes

Stephen Pivach from Builder Boost

David Treto from Keller Williams Lake Travis

Keith Falcone from RE/MAX Lake Travis

Kim Guley from Builder Boost

Lisa Altamirano from Gracy Title

Kierstin McBride from Gracy Title

Shannon Ensor from Ensor REALTORS

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Learn More About Heritage- Austin’s newest 55+ Community By Taylor Morrison

Did you know? The first 55+ community in Austin from Taylor Morrison will debut this winter with the opening of Heritage at Vizcaya, the homebuilder’s new master-planned community in Round Rock.

The community will open for sales beginning in January 2015.

There is an information night this Thursday, November 20th at 4PM. This will be a GREAT event for Austin Realtors to learn more! The event is open to the public too!

Heritage Information Night. 4PM-7PM. Thursday, November 20th, 2014.

Click here for details and to RSVP directly to Taylor Morrison. 

There is a Facebook page to stay informed!

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Mary Lynne Gibbs tells us why autumn is a great time to sell your home

Mary Lynne Gibbs is a true gem in the Austin Real Estate Industry! We often call on her for market stats, to ask her opinion, or to seek guidance on a Real Estate topic. Not only does Mary Lynne really know the market but she is always happy to help and share her wisdom.

Today she shares some great insights on how selling in the holiday months can be a huge advantage!

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Who says autumn isn’t a great time to sell a home? Certainly, not I.

Spring and summer may seem the most logical times to sell real estate due to the weather, school schedule and travel ease, but those seasons are far from being the only and best time to sell real estate…especially in our fabulous Austin market!

Having successfully worked in the real estate industry since 2002 – several years as a top-selling agent and seven years as the Keller Williams Lake Travis Market Center Team Leader –I’ve seen time after time that the fall and holiday months are many agents’ most profitable!

As I have jumped back into selling real estate, I appreciate my long-standing relationships in the Lakeway and Bee Cave communities and my extensive experience in the real estate industry that give me insight to why this season is a perfect time sell properties.

The top three reasons I have found that makes autumn a spectacular time to sell are (1) more motivation behind the reason to sell, (2) less competition in the market because of significantly fewer listings usually at this time of year, and (3) the need and benefits of tax deductions before year end.

It is important to note that a competitively priced home will always peak a buyer’s interest in any season and in any market! If buyers see value…a home will sell.

For example, my listing at 111 Bisset Court in the Bluffs at Rough Hollow built by Wes Peoples did not sell during the summer months, but is currently set to close on or before December 10, 2014.

It is a perfect illustration of how effective the autumn season can be in the sellers’ favor when they have an agent that takes professional photos, has a great marketing system and they implement staging ideas.

This luxurious home in the Bluffs at Rough Hollow was built on spec and has caught the eye of some lucky buyers who will enjoy this custom designed home that blends into the Texas Hill Country. 111 Bisset Court offers state-of-the-art amenities, allows for resort-like living and provides residents exclusive amenities.

Although I did not procure the buyer for this property, I am thrilled that these buyers will get to enjoy such an extraordinary neighborhood with Yacht Club & Marina, an outdoor amphitheater, a restaurant, a water center with lazy river, an adult pool with swim-up bar, a fitness center with two gyms and much, much more!

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please contact Mary Lynne Gibbs with Keller Williams Lake Travis Market Center at 512.431.2403 or austinluxurybroker@gmail.com. It would be an honor to earn your business!

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Sarah Taylor Knows Austin!

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Sarah Taylor is one of those very rare individuals….are you ready for it?

She is a true native Austinite!

Not only does Sarah make a great tour guide for the capital city and the surrounding hill country, but she truly knows the Austin market.

Sarah’s insider status helps her buyers understand what the best neighborhoods are now, and what places will emerge as hotspots. She is knowledgeable of current and future development and how it will affect everything from traffic to schools.

Sarah specializes in upscale areas of the city including Westlake, Riverplace, Lakeway, Northwest Hills, Tarrytown, Spicewood and Bee Cave. She is also familiar with the different neighborhoods that comprise central Austin and has a good grasp on housing trends and current events happening within the city.

Sarah can also recommend builders who specialize in luxury, green building and specific areas.

Sarah Taylor

Keller Williams Realty

Contact her today at (512) 689-1177 or SarahSellsAustin@gmail.com

1. Who inspires you right now?

My grandmother

2. What is the best thing you’ve read this year?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

3. Best thing you have done this year?

Family vacation in Tahoe for my cousins wedding. And closed a bunch of deals.

4. What do you like most about Real Estate?

Helping people to change their lives and achieve their dreams.

5. If you were headed to the beach for a week and could only take 3 things in your backpack what would they be?

Sunscreen, bathing suit, sunglasses. Does that go without saying?

6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

“Try to be nice and friendly, because that is the kind of person that people want to be around”

7. What lights you up?

Good friends and family.

8. What habit have you developed that has changed your life?

Healthy eating

9. What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say. Think more than I speak and notice more than you realize”

10. Who has influenced you most in life?

My mom

11. If you were going out to dinner tonight- where would you go and why?

Hudson’s on the Bend. Cozy and classic with great food and service.

12. If you had a family coming in from Austin to check it out, what would you advice them to see and do?

Stand up paddle boarding or kayaking on town lake.

Thanks Sarah! We enjoyed getting to know you better! 

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Meet Dori Conway- New Home Sales Consultant for Grand Haven Homes!

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Last week we toured new homes in Rough Hollow with a group of fabulous Austin Realtors. One of the highlights of the tour was getting to meet Dori Conway, onsite New Home Sales Consultant for Grand Haven Homes. Dori greeted us at her stunning model home with a huge smile and a wealth of information about Grand Haven Homes and the Rough Hollow Community of West Rim. Her enthusiasm for what she does truly shines through! She loves helping people find the perfect new home and meeting Austin Realtors.

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If you are in the Lakeway area looking for new homes or you are an Austin Realtor looking to increase your knowledge- stop in and say hello!  (Be sure to also visit the other Grand Haven Homes Communities in Rough Hollow while you are there: The Summit, Highland Terrace, Cypress Ridge, and The Woodlands)

Here are a few questions we asked to get to know Dori better:

1. Where are you from originally and what brought you to Austin?

Originally from Minnesota – grew up in northern Minnesota – Grand Rapids, MN and moved to the Mpls/St. Paul area in High School. My children (2 boys) are grown and moved away so I decided to move to Austin to be close to my Mother and Sister.

2. What is the best thing about working with Grand Haven Homes?

Grand Haven Homes is a first class organization and builds one of the best, quality homes in the Austin area.

3. Who inspires you most?

My sister, Amy. She is a very successful business owner, wife and mother of 2 beautiful girls. She is a hard-working, caring person that always finds time to give of herself selflessly to her family, friends, church and community.

4. What is your favorite lunch spot in Lakeway?

The Grille at Rough Hollow – amazing food, comfortable ambiance and great views of Lake Travis.

5. What is your favorite Grand Haven floor plan in your community and why?

We have so many great floor plans to choose from but I really like the model floor plan (7810). This plan has a large open kitchen, dining room and living room – great for entertaining. It also includes a private casita for guest and the second floor includes a media room and bonus room.

Whether you’re looking to move into a new home in 90 days or nine months, Grand Haven Homes has something for you. Browse their community map to see available homes under construction, and contact a New Homes Sales Counselor for that community if you would like more information about a particular home.

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