Mar 7, 2008

HUD has rolled out their new FHA loan maximums. It’s not as high as we had hoped, but the increases will help us out. Locally, we saw an increase of roughly $80k for single family residences. The new limits for the Austin/RR MSA are as follows: Single Family = $288,750…

Feb 24, 2008

Lake Austin is filled back up (they drain it every year in January to control the hydrilla) and the weather was awesome today so we went out for the first day of wakeboarding/wakesurfing. It was a little bit chilly, but not too bad at all. Everyone gave me a hard…

Feb 23, 2008

Popular Science just published a study naming the Top 50 Greenest Cities in the United States . Congratulations Austin Texas; that is an accomplishment to be very proud of. I think Texans should all be very proud because of the top 50 Greenest Cities, Texas has four, including Austin at…

Feb 21, 2008

I saw this on a thread at REW and was pretty amazed/shocked. A local Austin real estate agent, Mohammed “Mike” Gharbi just had his license renewed by TREC (last month) with the following record: *Arrested by the FBI *Convicted of 5 counts in a $15m loan fraud scheme *Sentenced to…

Feb 21, 2008

In the real estate world innovative real estate agents and penny pinching sellers are always looking for ways to make a buck or save a buck. One of those ways is the fairly new buzz word “Flat Fee MLS”. MLS Flat Fee simply means paying a small lump sum of…

Feb 19, 2008

The conforming loan limit increase included in the recently passed economic stimulus package unfortunately doesn’t mean any change for Austin. The conforming loan limit can increase to as much as $729k for some counties, but the loan limit can only increase to 125% of a county’s median priced home. Travis…

Feb 13, 2008

Well….ABoR didn’t like I was trying to help by putting the forum together – a place where all of the Austin brokers/agents could go to discuss what’s going on in the market, in our business, and with the local board of Realtors. Right now, a lot of brokers/agents are…

Feb 12, 2008

I’m throwing my hat into the ring for this one! I came up with the idea, but Morgan Carey from REW has the clout to make it happen. Take a look at the rules for the Greatest Real Estate Agent in the World contest. I’m planning on using a combination…

Feb 11, 2008

Hey guys – we’ve put together a forum to discuss MLXChange, as well as any other issues that can come up in the future. It’s not skinned (pretty) yet, but it’s fully functional. Check it out ****Update & Edit**** In their infinite wisdom, the ABoR decided to spend our…

Feb 8, 2008

Two real estate agents in Victoria, Australia have filed suit against Google. Mark Forytarz & Paul Castran claim defamation due to articles painting them in a negative light that can be found on the search engine. So…they’re filing suit for links. Here are Mark Forytarz’ search results. The articles, found…

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