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Zillow Reviewers Love Us - And So Will You!

by Rebecca Shahan

Rebecca Shahan has been helping people buy homes in the area that she has loved and lived in since 1999 - Lake Travis. Her goal is to share her knowledge of the area with people looking to buy their dream home in the Lake Travis area.  And because of fulfilling that goal, she has received an overall review score of 5/5 on Zillow!  Here's what people are saying:

"Rebecca is very knowledgeable, and very experienced. Everything has been terrific with them and I am always kept up to date about all new listings. I would recommend them to friends and family." 
- Bruceward221

"She and her team are just terrific, and I think very highly of her. She's helped me out a ton over the last few years for a variety of different things, and everything has always gone smoothly with no problems at all. Thank you so much Rebecca.​"
- shawnabyran122​

"She kept [me] constantly informed about the marketplace and always let me know about any comparable listings to what I was looking for. She also created extremely useful monthly reports for me that gave me a lot of detailed information. Overall, she was just very on top of everything and always updated me when necessary​."
- Larry T

"Rebecca was a fantastic agent to work with. She knew the market like the back of her hand, and constantly recommended listings based on our wants. She gave us very detailed reports and took us to many homes we really liked. Thanks so much Rebecca!"
- shawncleary313

Will you be the next satisfied client?

Tips For First Time Buyers

by Rebecca Shahan

Are you ready to buy your first home?  It's certainly an exciting, yet sometimes terrifying, time. It's one of the biggest decisions you can make, and the process can intimidating. But there are a number of things you can do to make the process more pleasant, and as the same time save money.

Here's a few tips for those who are just starting out on the journey of buying their first home.

  1. Start saving early.  You can put down as little as 3% on a loan, but that may mean you pay more for private mortgage insurance.  Keep in mind that even a small down payment can be hefty. Try this mortgage calculator to find out how much a down payment might be based on the price range of home you're looking for.
     
  2. How much can you afford? Of course you need to know what price range is within reach.  You can use a home affordability calculator to find out.
     
  3. Check your credit. Your credit score means a lot when getting a mortgage and how much you can borrow.  Make sure your credit record is clean of any problems or incorrect items that may affect it.

These are just a few tips to get you started.  If you're seriously thinking about buying your first home, please feel free to give us a call.  We'll be happy to help you start your journey to home-ownership.

Eat Great Food For Less in Lakeway

by Rebecca Shahan

Looking to save a few dollars while you enjoy your time on the lake?  There's no need to break the banks to eat great food in Lakeway.  TripAdvisor.com has reviewed the best places to eat in Lakeway on a budget. Here's some of the top picks from the list.

Cafe Lago

Not only does Cafe Lago have the best breakfast in town, it's one of the most affordable.  This coffee house / diner is the perfect hometown place to get your morning started, or for a delicious lunch.

P. Terry's Burger Stand

Inspired by the burger stands of old, but with a focus on fresh, all natural ingredients, making this a burger stand like no other in town. Along with the amazing view and retro dining room, classic shakes and huge orders of fries, you can't go wrong with this burger experience.

Mod Pizza

Who doesn't want an artisan pizza made their way right in front of them? That's how Mod Pizza does it. And there's only one price, no matter how many toppings!

The Best Food is Found in Bee Cave

by Rebecca Shahan

If you plan on buying a home in or around Bee Cave, you certainly won't have to worry about going far to find great places to eat.  Bee Cave is filled with great restaurants just waiting for you to explore. Here's a few of the top places to eat in Bee Cave that you just have to try!

Cafe Blue

The best seafood in town, this is the place.  With dishes like crawfish omelettes and lobster eggs benedict, you're sure to find it to be a unique take on seafood. The classy cool atmosphere and presentation will set the mood for a delightful night out.

Meridian 98

This stunning restaurant not only offers locally sources food, but amazing views of the countryside and a gorgeous dining area fashioned after an authentic London club. ​Executive Chef Patrick Newman creates specialty plate concepts that are sure to delight the pallet.

Mimi's Cafe

Casual dining at it's best! You'll find unique dishes like Meyer Lemon Mussels & Frites, Mushroom & Brie Burgers, and French dishes such as Quiche Lorraine. Their tasty selection of dishes covers both the American and French side of the culinary spectrum.  

Home Buying Myths Slayed

by Rebecca Shahan

There are plenty of myths when it comes to buying a home.  Here's a graphic that shows how these myths don't hold water. It's important to keep up with the housing market to make sure you're informed so that you can make the best decision when buying a home.

Some things to take away from this graphic:

  • Interest rates are still below historic numbers.
  • 88% of property managers raised their rent in the last 12 months!
  • The credit score requirements for mortgage approval continue to fall.

Build Your Dream Home in Lakeway on These Prime Lots

by Rebecca Shahan

Looking for the ideal place to build your dream home?  Lakeway is the place!  These two prime lots offer close proximity to Lake Travis and so much more.  Take a look at these great opportunities!

1020 CHALLENGER, Lakeway

This lot is located in the most desirable locations in Lakeway. Many homes in the area are worth over $1m.  The seller is extremely motivated, so bring your best offer!  The gentle slopes will make it an easy build.

Check out the details and photos!

 

601 Eagle, Lakeway​

You won't be able to resist the amazing Hill Country views from your two-story home on this lot (with complete architectural plans available).  Whatever you plan to build here, you'll enjoy the mature oaks that are original to the property, with large spaced out neighboring lots for added privacy.

Check out the details and photos!

 

Looking for something else?  Find more great featured listings on our Features Listings page.

Have a Happy 4th of July!

by Rebecca Shahan

It's time to celebrate our nation's freedom this 4th of July! And there's no better way to enjoy the holiday than on Lake Travis.  Here's what's coming up this 4th of July.\

Celebrating the 4th of July

Join Texas Sailing on Monday for a spectacular fireworks show on the lake.  They will also have Captained Private Charters available.

Lakeway Independence Day Celebration

The city of Lakeway is hosting an all day 4th of July event with a parade,  Pageantry of Flags program and patriotic music by The Wildflowers and the 36th Infantry Band.​

Have a fun and happy 4th of July!

Find the Luxury Life in Costa Bella

by Rebecca Shahan

Your search for the ideal lakeside luxury community has just ended! Costa Bella has just about everything you could ask for in a lakeside luxury community.  The estates of Costa Bella offer extraordinary amenities, with negative edge pools, lavish landscaping, outdoor kitchens, all along beautiful Lake Travis. Need to park your yacht? Not an issue with the private yacht club slips.  The 9000 sq ft clubhouse and swimming pool will also keep you entertained and relaxed.

And don't worry about being too far away from all that Lake Travis has to offer.  You'll have easy access to fine shopping options such as The Hill Country Galleria and The Shops at The Galleria. Dine at great restaurants like the amazing Oasis on Lake Travis, along with other favorites such as Briarcliff Bistro & Bacon Bar, and Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza.

Want to learn more about this extraordinary community? Visit our Costa Bella Real Estate And Community Information page for more details and to search for your dream home.

Here are the top estates available now in Costa Bella.

Thanks Dad!

by Rebecca Shahan

It's time this Sunday to say thanks to the man that made all the difference in our lives growing up, and to all those great dads who continue to shape the lives of their children.

One way you can treat dear old dad with a car show! The Fathers Day Car Show is free on Sunday and will feature more than 400 cars!

Have a fun and happy Father's Day!

Summer Home Selling Tips

by Rebecca Shahan

Are you getting ready to put your home on the market in Lake Travis or the surrounding areas this summer?  The way you present your home is critical in getting the most money from the sale.  There's also things you can do depending on the season that will help as well.  Here's a few tips for selling your home in the summer that will help maximize your return.

Spruce Up Your Surroundings

What do they say about first impressions? It goes without saying that what a buyer sees first stays with them.  Make sure you clean your siding, sidewalks, porches, etc.  If you don't have a backyard deck, arrange some outdoor furniture to create the illusion of an outdoor space. Make needed repairs and paint if needed.

Show Off the Pool

If you have a pool, then flaunt it! It gets hot here in Texas, and buyers want to stay cool.  So make sure you keep it clean and add seating near it.

Turn Up the Air

If you have AC, make sure you set it to be comfortable.  Buyers want to know that they're not moving into an oven. But don't make it feel like a freeze either.

 

 

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Rebecca Shahan
Keller Williams Realty, Austin
1921 Lohmans Crossing, #100
Austin TX 78734
512-261-4422
Fax: (512) 263-0109