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The basics of homeowners insurance

Buying a home will likely be the biggest investment you’ll ever make in your life. With that said, it’s important to keep your investment safe in case an unfortunate event occurs. Although you can legally own a home without homeowners insurance, chances are your mortgage lender will require you to purchase a policy. Below is […]

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New changes to Austin’s energy efficiency ordinance

In June 2009, the Austin City Council approved the Energy Conservation Audit Disclosure (ECAD) Ordinance. The aim of this ordinance was to make Austin homes more energy efficient, and it required some homeowners serviced by Austin Energy to have an energy audit performed on their home prior to selling. To date, more than 4,000 energy audits have […]

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REALTORS® rally at Capitol to protect homeowners’ interests

On April 12th, over 2,000 Texas REALTORS® convened at the state Capitol to participate in the 2011 Texas Legislative Hill Visits. REALTORS® met with State Representatives Donna Howard and Paul Workman, staff members for Representatives Dawnna Dukes, Elliott Naishtat, Eddie Rodriguez and Mark Strama, as well as Senator Kirk Watson, to discuss bills supporting real estate professionals and homeowners alike. Below, we have summarized three […]

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Foreclosure freeze: What’s going on?

You may have heard about—or even been affected by—the recent foreclosure freeze and be wondering exactly what led to this situation and what it means for home buyers and sellers. If so, the following information may help share shed some light on the issue. Earlier this month, Bank of America froze home foreclosure sales in […]

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Mortgage loans: Which one’s right for you?

When it comes to buying a home in Austin, there is a world of financing options to choose from. Descriptions of some of the most popular loans are listed below. Conventional Mortgages — Mortgages not insured by the federal government are called conventional loans. Conventional loans are either kept in the lender’s investment portfolio or sold […]

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