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Spring is a Great Time to Buy a Home in Lake Travis

by Rebecca Shahan

Reasons to buy a homenow in Austin and Lake travisAre you thinking about whether Spring is the right time to buy a new home in Lake Travis, Austin, or the surrounding areas? If so, here's some great reasons why now is a good time to buy a home instead of waiting.

Prices Will Continue to Rise

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports, home prices have continued to increase by 6.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.3% over the next year.

The bottom in home prices in Austin has come to pass. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting to buy a home in Texas just doesn't make sense.

Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage hovered close to 4.0% in 2017. And according to experts, that rate will continue to rise. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors all agree that rates will increase by nearly a full percentage point by this time next year.

Higher mortgage rates means higher mortgage payments. You likely want to avoid that from happening.

Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage

Many renters are afraid to take on a mortgage. The thing to remember is that you are paying a mortgage when you rent, it's just someone else's.  

Having a mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to have equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. when you rent, it's your landlord is the person with that equity.

It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

There are two things that determine the cost of a home: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. Both of those factors are rising. Would you still wait if they weren't?

Examine the real reasons you want to wait. Are you doing fine where you are living now?  Or do you need to have a better place for your children? Maybe safety is a concern.  Maybe now is the right time to buy.

Rebecca Shahan has been helping people buy their homes in Lake Travis and Austin for years. She can help you make the right choice in a home if you do decide it's time to move. Call today at 512-657-4467. Or search for a home online with our convenient home search tool.

Golf Course Communites Offer the Ultimate in Luxury Living

by Rebecca Shahan

Whether or not you're an avid golfer, if you're looking for a luxury community that offers amazing homes and world-class amenities, you can't go wrong with the golf course communities in Lakeway, Bee Cave, and Lake Travis.

Spanish Oaks is one of these outstanding golf course communities. Located in the gorgeous Texas Hills in Bee Cave, it features the #3 golf course as rated by Golf Digest.  In addition to the amazingly designed homes, you can enjoy amenities such as  The Pool Pavilion, Fish Camp, 7 parks, trails and more!

Flintrock Falls is a community that benefits by being near the shores of Lake Travis.  Only select builders were allowed to build the homes of this stunning community.  Four Jack Nicklaus courses set the scene in Flintrock Falls, in addition to the World of Tennis Sports Complex featuring 16 outdoor tennis courts and a full-service spa.

If you want to learn more about the extraordinary golf communities of Lakeway, Bee Cave, and Lake Travis, then visit our Golf Course Communities page, where you can also search for the perfect luxury home.

Our Top Featured Properties in The Hills

by Rebecca Shahan

Our top featured homes located in the prestigious community of The Hills offer elegance and custom features that will make living by the golf course everything you imagined it would be.  Take a look at all these fabulous homes have to offer!

35 Stillmeadow Dr, The Hills

This elegant home in The Hills was built for entertaining! The formal dining room and living room opens to a wall of windows overlooking the deck and golf course. Cook for your family and guests in the huge open kitchen with center island. Spectacular master bed and bath, curved staircase, and a host of luxury details complete this amazing home.

Visit the property detail page for more information and photos!

54 Tiburon Dr, The Hills

This gorgeous custom home is located on the #1 fairway of The Hills course, which you get a full view of through the large bank of windows that open to a large deck.  In addition to the master bed you get 3 additional bedrooms, with one being large enough to be a 2nd master.

Visit the property detail page for more information and photos!

Top Restaurants in the Austin Area

by Rebecca Shahan

There are many great reasons to buy a home in Austin Texas and the surrounding communities, such as Lakeway, Costa Bella, Flint Rock, Spanish Oaks, Lake Pointe, Falconhead, The Hills, Arbolago, and Vineyard Bay.  Austin is one of the best cities in America to live.  And one of those reasons is the amazing food!  Every year, comes out with their list of top restaurants in Austin.  Out of over 3000 places to eat in Austin, here are the top 3.

#1. Truluck's Seafood - Austin Downtown

Truluck’s is certainly a fine dining experience, featuring fresh seafood and prime steak, along with wine by the bottle or glass. The prices may be higher than average, but so is the food, service, and atmosphere. The full service bar is noted for its happy hour and piano bar.

#2. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

According to Eddie, “Man cannot live by music, wine, and fine dining alone. But it’s worth exploring.”  And you’ll certainly explore some of the best food and drink in Austin at Eddies. Reviewers comment on the comfortable elegance and the amazing service, not to mention the delicious food and drinks, and of course happy hour.

#3. Uchi

Hands down the best Japanese cuisine in Austin.  Featuring a daily menu, Uchi serves up Japanese dishes such as kinkan kanpachi (amberjack, kumquat, negi), and wagyu no daikon (ribeye, daikon, curry). All of this comes complete with valet parking and a knowledgeable and attentive wait staff.

Want more great reasons to buy a home in the Austin area?  Check back on our blog every week for more great places to eat and things to do here!

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