We are pleased to announce that the Austin Business Journal has named JBGoodwin Realtors® as the number one place to work in Austin. The honor was announced at the Austin Business Journal's annual awards luncheon on June 24th, with JBGoodwin taking home the number one ranking for large companies with over 250 employees.

JBGoodwin REALTORS® was given the top ranking thanks to our commitment to ensuring that all of those who work for us are consistently rewarded and recognized for their outstanding efforts. Our goal is to make sure each and every one of our staff and clients are made to feel like family. We believe work should feel less like a job and more like home, and we're thrilled to be recognized with this tremendous accomplishment.

The Austin…

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A view of the real estate hotspot AustinFor those looking to buy or sell their home, the process can be overwhelming. From not knowing how to set a price, to not knowing whether or not they’re receiving a good deal on their home of choice, a large amount of stress is added to the entire process. Working with a JBGoodwin REALTOR is a surefire way to make the process of buying or selling your home in Austin easier and enhance the experience.

A Wealth of Resources

Throughout the Austin real estate area, JBGoodwin REALTORS® have access to assets otherwise unavailable to those who want to handle the process alone. One of the biggest advantages is allowing the REALTOR® to use their own resources for you. As an example, it is possible that information on new housing about to hit the market can…

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LeadingRE is the world at your fingertips, a network of local expert REALTORs® on a global scale. From at home in Texas cities to our northern neighbors in Vancouver to our friends across the pond, affiliated companies span far and wide. JBGoodwin REALTORs® is a proud member of this partnership, and we take pride in being an ambassador for life in Austin.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is an international buying and selling heavyweight, measuring in at over 50 countries and 120,000 agents. It’s an invitation-only network, meaning that your agent at home or abroad is of the highest caliber. Customer experience is number one—no holds barred.

I'm Local I'm Global JBGoodwin REALTORSWhether you’re relocating to Austin or heading off abroad, it’s this network that will give you…

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new apartments in austinAs we enter a brand new year, it comes as little surprise that Austin area rents are expected to continue to rise throughout 2016.

The rental prices of apartments in particular are expected to increase, where demand continues to outweigh supply.

Recent market reports by Capitol Market Research indicate that apartments of all sizes have an average rental cost of $1,190 per month, which is the highest figure our region has ever seen. This is an increase of 7.5% when compared to 2014's rental average of $1,107.

A total of 9,554 units were built in the Austin area last year, while 9,346 new apartments were leased. Having such a small gap between new units and new leases indicates a healthy market, with very strong interest and competition.

What…

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homestead exemption familyWelcome to the New Year! Filling out forms probably wasn't part of your New Years resolutions, but the time has come to file your Homestead Exemption forms.

The homestead exemption lowers your property taxes, by subtracting a portion of your property value from the taxation. These amounts vary based on circumstance and county taxes, but can add up to as much as $25,000.

However, there are a few conditions:

  • You must be a surviving spouse
  • You must own and occupy the property
  • The home must have been purchased prior to January 1
  • Applications must be filed between Jan. 1 - Apr. 30 of the tax year

If you meet the above requirements, we strongly encourage you to apply. For those who qualify, it's a great perk of owning a homestead and…

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buddy schillingByron "Buddy" Schilling, president of JBGoodwin REALTORS®, was featured in the Statesman giving his approval for the new home closing procedures.

The initial changes were met with concern for many agents throughout the industry, but JBGoodwin saw the opportunity for what it was: good for the people.

A big difference in the new process, which launched October 3, is an improved closing disclosure form.

“The closing disclosure goes through, in great detail and in simple English, what it is that the buyer and seller are actually closing, and what the buyer is getting in terms of a loan,” Schilling said, to the Statesman. “It's a beautiful thing due to the simplicity of it.”

This simplicity is exactly the intention behind the changes, which seek to…

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JBGoodwin REALTORS® is pleased to to publicly thank a few of our fantastic agents who took time to give back to the community this Thanksgiving.

Our Thanksgiving team got together at the Salvation Army's downtown shelter and social service center on Wednesday, and served over 550 meals! This was our 20th year in a row participating in the event, and the largest turn out of diners to date.

 

This year's volunteers included:

  • Buddy Schilling
  • Dorothy Palmore
  • DeAnn Lewis
  • Missy Shelton
  • Christine Kohloff
  • Chuck Jenner
  • Laurie Kriegel
  • Jeanmarie Theine
  • Del Womack

If you'd like to help us give back to the community, Like us on Facebook or bookmark our blog. We'll be announcing details of our 19th annual Coats For Kids drive next week!

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With Apple’s El Capitan update out now. The question becomes, what has changed and what hasn’t.  We all work with new software updates to understand all the changes that come about but are not always sure of how to get things done, well easily at least.  Lets discuss your email signature.

Email signatures can save you time when sending and replying to emails. Creating a signature email in Apple Mail is pretty easy and with a few additional add-ons you can make sure self stand out from the rest. How do I set up my email signatures with a little pizzaz and great links to my social media accounts.

There’s one thing that every email you originate should contain, and thats your email signature. Think of your signature as the last chance to grab someone’s…

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