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Tips on Selling Your Home to Younger Buyers

by Rebecca Shahan

More and more these days, younger home buyers are hitting the market.  Young professionals and families are finding more options for helping them buy a home.  As such, when you sell your home, you need to keep this younger audience in mind.  It's highly likely that when you sell your home, it will be to someone younger than 40. How can you make your home appeal to this growing market?  Here's a few tips.

Using Neutral Colors

The younger crowd is no longer into the gold or pink walls you painted 10 years ago.  Paint the walls a more neutral color.  This will allow potential buyers to envision their own accent colors and furniture to make it their own.

White Cabinets

White or off-white cabinets appeal more to buyers under 40.  They don't want to be reminded of the dark cabinets of yesteryear.  You might try Benjamin Moore's Advance paint, as it requires little prep work.

Stainless Steel Appliances

Old appliances can be a big turnoff for younger buyers.  Many love stainless steel appliances, and for good reason.  If you have it in your budget, consider updating your appliances if they look dated.

Updated Countertops

Young buyers really love granite and stone countertops.  But keep it simple.  Don;t go with busy designs.  Black countertops or designs that are simple are the best.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

by Rebecca Shahan

Thanksgiving Day is the time when we can all show thanks for the important things in life.  We can also make it a time when we can give others a reason to be thankful as well.  Do you have some time to help others who don't have as much to have a better Thanksgiving holiday next week?  If you do, there's a number of ways you can help. Here's a few organizations in Austin dedicated to helping those in need.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

 

Discover the RIch History of Texas

by Rebecca Shahan

One of the many things that makes Austin Texas such a great city is its rich history.  And there’s no better place to discover the history of Texas and the rest of the world than at one of the many fine museums in Austin. From presidential history to art and military history, there’s something for everyone.  Here’s a few of the best museums in Austin to start you on a voyage of discovery.

LBJ Presidential Library

Learn all about the life and times of Texas native President Lyndon Baines Johnson in this visually stunning presidential library. Exhibits from his historic presidency include The Legacy Gallery, November 22, 1963, The Vietnam Conflict, Social Justice Gallery, The Presidential Limousine, Oval Office, The White House Years, and Humor and the Presidency.

Bullock Texas State History Museum

You’ll learn all about every aspect of Texas history at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. With one of the largest IMAX screens in Texas, you can thrill at feature Hollywood films and special IMAX presentations. The feature an ever-changing display of artifacts, documents, and photos that reveal the rich history of Texas, so you can keep coming back and learning even more each time.

Brigadier General John C. L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum

Discover the exciting history of Texas’ military from 1823 to 1903 when the National Guard was created. You’ll see a wide range of tanks, self-propelled guns, armored personnel carriers, jeeps, helicopters, jet fighters, trucks, and much more.

Weekend Getaways in Austin, Texas

by Rebecca Shahan

​Sometimes you just need to get away! Work has been crazy, you can’t get the sleep you need, the city’s hustle and bustle are overwhelming, and the kids are making you crazy! What you need is a weekend getaway.

Looking for Romantic. Maybe feeling a little disconnected from your partner? Give the Olivia Mansion a try. This 120-year-old historical beauty has been turned into a Bed & Breakfast. It features many of it’s original features, such as original stained-glass windows, amazing fireplaces and spectacular chandeliers. It is also antique, time-period furnishings, but with all modern amenities available. This beautiful and historical Bed & Breakfast is only and hour outside Austin, Texas.

Looking for Quiet and Serene. Maybe you’re just looking for a change of pace, and some quite surroundings. Then Mt. Gainor Inn is the place for you. This tranquil Texan getaway is a quiet retreat with acres of hilltop scenarios is the perfect place to get away from the crazy of a big city.

Family Getaway. Sure. The kids can get on your nerves, but they may just need a break too. The Prow’d House would be perfect for the family with its welcoming and warm Inn quality. This place has everything to help you and your family dialed down. They offer comfortable accommodations, from standard guest rooms with queen-sized beds, private bathrooms, TV, mini fridges and sheltered patios with swinging chairs. Included is a communal room with a grand stone fireplace, an ornate cathedral ceiling and a sunny dining area where a completely home- cooked breakfast is available every morning. If the kids are still feeling restless, the Inn is within walking distance of popular attractions such as Wimberley Shopping on the Square and more.

For more romantic, quiet and kid friendly weekend getaways, check out this link. Get away and relax in the beautiful Texas countryside. You know you need it.

Have a Successful Move With Children

by Rebecca Shahan

You've found that perfect house, and now it time to get packing! But what about the kids? No matter where you move, it can be upsetting for the kids. So how can you make the ordeal go smoother?

Have a Family Meeting. Treat the kids to a favorite meal and casually talk about the move. This will give them the opportunity to address their concerns in a relaxed environment.

Involve Them in the Process. If you make your children part of the process, it will go a long way to smooth the transition. You can go through the house and get rid of all the unnecessary junk that has accumulated over the years. Get the kids to help you decide what can be trashed, donated or sold.

Help Your Children Learn About Where They’re Moving. Kids usually love to learn and use the internet.  take advantage of that to help them learn about their new community. They can check out the local schools and school district. A website with pictures of their new school would be helpful and help them get a sense of where they’ll be attending school.

These are just a few suggestions on how to make moving with children easier. You can find more tips here.

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