Dear Monty column: Nine steps to take when pricing your home for sale – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.




Reader Question: We are planning to sell our home. In researching the subject, the standard advice is to call a real estate agent. We get that, but from a potential seller’s point of view, that is very simplistic advice. How do you suggest someone selling their home go about it?

Monty’s Answer: You are asking about what is likely your largest single investment. We take time to shop at the grocery store to save pennies on items that cost very little money when compared to your home. Still, many people do not want to invest any time determining how to protect the equity in their homes when the time comes to move on. “Call a real estate agent” is standard advice, and many home sellers do

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World Class foreclosure sales canceled after Paxton legal opinion – News – Austin American-Statesman

Austin real estate investor Nate Paul faced foreclosure on properties in Austin, Plano and San Antonio this summer from lenders seeking to collect a combined $20.5 million in delinquent debt.

But foreclosure sales of the properties scheduled for Aug. 4 didn’t take place after a rushed written legal opinion — ordered by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton under unusual circumstances and dated Aug. 1 — rendered such sales more difficult to hold.

The American-Statesman first reported Thursday on Paxton’s Aug. 1 opinion and a scheduled Aug. 4 foreclosure sale of a Paul-controlled real estate entity based in Austin that subsequently was called off.

Paxton’s opinion came at a time potentially more opportune for Paul and his company, World Class Property Co., than previously known, however.

A second Paul-controlled real estate entity based in Austin was slated for an Aug. 4 foreclosure sale, according to court documents, as were an entity

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Austin’s Nate Paul, tied to Paxton complaint, known for real estate empire, legal entanglements – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Austin businessman Nate Paul and his company, World Class Property, have generated headlines for years, first for a meteoric rise in the real estate industry but more recently for a spate of bankruptcies, legal skirmishes and a search of Paul’s downtown headquarters by federal agents in August 2019.

Paul, who is still in his early 30s, has amassed a portfolio of high-profile holdings in the Austin area and elsewhere since founding World Class in 2007, growing the company into one of the nation’s largest privately owned real estate firms.

Now, Paul’s alleged relationship with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sparked a major legal and political whirlwind in the top echelons of Texas government. Seven senior Paxton aides have filed a criminal complaint against the attorney general that they say stems from his dealings with Paul. They asked federal agents to investigate their boss for potential crimes that include bribery

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Maria’s Taco Xpress Sells to Investment Company, Sign Up for Sale: Iconic South Austin restaurant has been operating since 1997 – Food

Maria Corbalan, owner and namesake of the South Austin institution Maria’s Taco Xpress, announced today via press release that her business has been sold after 24 years in operation.

Maria Corbalan of Maria’s Taco Xpress in March 2014 (Photo by John Anderson)

Maria’s Taco Xpress started as a food truck in 1997 and expanded to its current full-size brick and mortar in 2006. In 1998 the Chronicle awarded the spot, a favorite among local musicians, a Best of Austin Critics Pick for Most Necessary Restaurant Expansion: “Her funky little taco trailer on South Lamar proved to be such a success that she had to expand into the Sugar & Spice General Store to stay ahead of the demand for her delicious tacos and other homestyle Mexican delights.”

In addition to serving food through the end of the year, Corbalan will also be selling all of the restaurant’s decorations and fixtures

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Austin realtors report an uptick in out-of-town home buyers

Austin realtor Heather Brown said many of those out-of-town home buyers are working from home permanently and can live anywhere.

AUSTIN, Texas — Since June, some local realtors have reported seeing an uptick in out-of-state buyers in Austin, in a market already saturated with buyers but a low home inventory. 

“We pretty much moved just for the job,” said new resident Alec Ryan.”I found a good opportunity with a great company, LandCare.”

With the opportunity to work in landscaping year-round, Ryan moved his family of six from the snowy mountains of Colorado to the grassy green hills of Austin.

“It seems similar to kind of that Colorado lifestyle, you know, very outdoorsy, lots of good music and lots of good food,” said Ryan.

Even though some of that has been devastated by COVID-19, Ryan’s realtor, Heather Brown with Remax Austin Skyline, said that’s not stopping out-of-towners from moving to the

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LGI Homes Announces New Community Near Austin

The spacious Travis plan is now available at Homestead Estates in Elgin, Texas.

The stunning Travis plan offers an incredible amount of space with five bedrooms, a spacious family room and a large, upstairs game room.
The stunning Travis plan offers an incredible amount of space with five bedrooms, a spacious family room and a large, upstairs game room.
The stunning Travis plan offers an incredible amount of space with five bedrooms, a spacious family room and a large, upstairs game room.

ELGIN, Texas, Sept. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LGI Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: LGIH) today announced the opening of its newest community in the Austin market, Homestead Estates, offering an astounding line up of superior-quality homes with home prices starting in the $210s.

Ideally located in Elgin, Texas, Homestead Estates is situated less than five minutes from Highway 290, allowing residents to get anywhere quickly. This premier location places homeowners in great proximity to downtown Austin, several local attractions, great shopping, dining and a host of major employers. Inside the

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’That house’ on Lake Travis now for sale after Austin Weird Homes Tour – Entertainment & Life – Austin 360

It’s been called the Mushroom House, the Nautilus House and the Sand Dollar House. Some have described it as being otherworldly.

Now the Lakeway house that was featured on the Austin Weird Homes Tour earlier this month is on the market for $2.2 million.

“It just seemed like the right time to move onto the next chapter and allow some other lucky individual to have an opportunity to call the Sand Dollar House home,” said owner Liz Bradford.

She had dreamed about owning this home since she was a college student at the University of Texas and saw the house from a boat on Lake Travis.

The three bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom, 2,240-square-foot home at 819 Mariner is being listed by Todd Grossman and Michelle Jones, of Grossman & Jones Group at Compass. You can

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