real estate resolutionsThe start of a new year is the perfect time to start fresh and make plans for the months above. Whether you're looking to sell, or simply want to maintain your home to its best potential, you'll want to check out our 6 real estate resolutions for 2016!

6. Skip Money Sucking Renovations

Here's an easy resolution to start off with, because it requires no effort: don't renovate your home (with bad investments.) The truth is that most renovations will never recover their full value, which means you're actually losing money on them. Unless it's for your own personal happiness, skip these classic money sinks: swimming pools, stainless steel appliances, brand new carpets, elaborate landscaping and luxury fixtures or upgrades. Buyers certainly may…

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CalAtlantic homesAre you ready to build your dream home in Austin or San Antonio but you're not sure which builder to choose? If you're looking for an experienced builder that will really listen to you and not go over your budget, you should consider CalAtlantic Homes.

A recent merger between Ryland and Standard Pacific has brought over 100 years of combined experience to create CalAtlantic Homes. The new company uses their shared expertise to build properties in 17 different states. Innovation, unwavering commitment and quality homes are only some of the ideals that CalAtlantic prides itself on when taking on a project. Providing the highest personalized service, CalAtlantic enjoys getting to know their clients and delivering what is important to them.

Don't just…

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Investing in Real Estate

rent or flip houseSpend money to make money. If you find yourself with some extra money in the bank, you might be wondering what the best course of action is: should I save it or invest? Purchasing real estate has long been considered one of the best ways to not only own more assets but to also return a profit from them too. Flipping houses or purchasing homes for renting are the two primary ways to return a profit from real estate. Here’s some important things to consider to help you choose which path is best for your home:

Buy The Right House

It’s critical that you buy a house that's both daffordable for you and in a desirable location for the future renter or owner. Watch out for homes that are exceptionally cheap as they may just be…

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austin buildersBuilding a home in Austin, TX? Once the lot has been purchased, the next step is finding a builder. With so many Austin custom builders to choose from, it's one of the toughest decisions. You may not know who to trust or if they'll really give you what you want. It's a lot of money that you're investing, so you'll want to make sure it's done right, and that you're really getting what you want. It can be difficult finding a builder that you trust and that will listen to your every request, no matter how trivial they think it is. With KB Home, you don't have to worry about not being heard. After all, it's a lot of time and money going into the project, and KB Home understands this more than anyone.

With offices all over the country, KB Home is a premier…

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steps to building new home

Congratulations! You've found the perfect property in Austin, it's all financed and you're ready to build your dream home. This is an exciting time for you and you'll want to make sure all of your bases are covered before starting such a large project. Where should you even begin with building your own home? Read this step-by-step guide for everything you need to know about building a house.

1. Choosing A Builder

A key piece of advice when choosing a builder is to shop around. This is as important as choosing a property for your home. For a list of well-respected builders, take a look at our Austin Builders Directory or San Antonio Builders Directory. Ask important questions, such as whether the company a member of the Home Builders Association…

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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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Looking for FHA approved condos in San Antonio? We've got you covered. There are currently 16 condo projects with active FHA approval in our fine city, and we're here to help you connect with all of them.

Current Condos With FHA Approval

fha approved condosAs of October 20, the following condos each have FHA approval:

  • Bent Oak Townhouses
  • Brighton Square Condominiums
  • Canyon Creek Village Condo
  • Capistrano Condos
  • Casa Blanca Lofts & Condos
  • Country Hollow Condominiums
  • Edgecliff Northwest
  • Kensington Row Condominiums
  • LaFayette Place
  • Post Oak Condominiums
  • South End Lofts & Condos
  • Turtle Creek Village
  • Vidorra Condominiums
  • Villa Dijon Condominium
  • Villa Tanglewood Condominiums

If you would like to learn more about FHA…

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jb goodwin logoIn celebration of our prosperous history and to welcome our flourishing future, JB Goodwin REALTORS® is pleased to share our new logo and branding!

Our previous logo has been in use since the inception of J.B. Goodwin's real estate career, which began when he was only 22 years old. 43 years later, JB Goodwin REALTORS® remains a leader in the Texas real estate industry, with a well respected brand that revolves around helping people. It's in this spirit that we redefined our brand to respect our past while embracing the fresh, modern company we have come to be.

Starting At Square 1

Square one. That's the best place to begin when you're buying real estate. The yellow square behind our new logo represents this same concept, optically encompassing…

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brand new home benefitsLast week, we shared 5 perks of buying a brand new home. But we only scraped the surface of reasons why people are choosing new houses over existing models. Without further ado, here are 5 more benefits of buying a brand new home!

5. Move-In Ready

Forget renovations or improvements—your new home is already in perfect condition! That means you're free to move in and enjoy it, without any muss, fuss or hassle.

4. Less Maintenance

Without any worn out systems, there is much less maintenance in a new home than in an existing one. You shouldn't have to worry about repairs to heating, plumbing, air or appliances for at least a few years. Even better, most roofs last at least 20 years. This means less hassle and a much smaller impact on your savings…

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Trying to fix the sink before listing his home in the San Antonio real estate market.

There are so many things homeowners can do to add value back into their homes, but some might not realize the finer details, if missed over time, can often become a much bigger headache further down the road. Small things like chipping paint and dirty grout might not seem like a big problem now, but waiting until you decide to sell to clean things up could result have expensive and time-consuming repercussions. Here are 5 common mistakes to avoid while living in your home that will save you time and money in the long run, especially when you decide to sell.

1. Neglecting Hot Water Heater and Air Conditioning Units

A good rule of thumb is if you pay more up front, you’re likely to save yourself money in the long term. Don’t cheap out when…

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