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Austin real estate featuring market stats, news and information about beautiful Austin TX and our real estate market brough to you by the Crossland Team at Keller Williams Realty.

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The Growing Acceptance of Real Estate Value Inaccuracy

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:24:49 +0000

What is your Austin home worth, right now? When considering a sale, it’s generally worth “market value”, defined loosely as the highest price a buyer would pay, and that a seller will accept in an open, competitive market. This assumes neither buyer nor seller are under any undue stress or duress external to the transaction […]

Your Austin Real Estate Investment and Wealth Building

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 23:52:56 +0000

What effect does "negative cash flow" real estate have on the growth of your Net Worth over time?

The Austin MLS Now Has a ‘Coming Soon’ Status

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:55:37 +0000

Austin Realtors can now enter For Sale listings into the Austin Central Texas MLS before the listing is ready for showing. For up to 14 days prior to the “Active” date. And, therefore, buyer agents and buyers can get a “heads up” on listings that are (supposedly) about to come onto the market live in […]

Is Live Answer Worth the Investment for Businesses?

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:01:24 +0000

As the owner of a business where 100% live answer is not possible or cost effective, I do receive my fair share of angry voicemails from people wanting to talk to a human right now. It’s kind of interesting actually. I received this one just recently. Many would just delete it, as I usually do […]

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Be Cautious in Picking your Austin Realtor

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:28:06 +0000

New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan recently wrote about this DJ posing as a financial advisor. It was one of those setups like you see on TV. They removed his dreadlocks and body piercings, put him in a suit, taught him some basic scripts like “a 401K is the way to go“, and had him […]

Should You Attend an Austin Real Estate Investing Seminar? Probably Not

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:09:17 +0000

Should you enroll in a Real Estate investment seminar in Austin or your home town? Be very careful if you do. Understand the risks and what you are paying.

The Crossland Team is Back at Keller Williams Realty Austin SW Market Center

Thu, 19 May 2016 14:41:27 +0000

And the real estate journey continues … Sylvia and I started Crossland Real Estate in Jan 1993, and remained independent until we sold our property management portfolio in 2004 and “retired” for a year. We didn’t actually formally retire … more of a sabbatical … as we were still in our 40s with kids 9 […]

Should you keep your Austin rental home or sell?

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:48:07 +0000

It’s the start of 2016 and already I’ve received a few inquiries from my investor clients wondering whether they should hold on to their rental property, or sell this year. It’s a conversation I have multiple times with multiple clients each year, and it’s a question Sylvia and I sometimes ask ourselves about our own […]

Austin Affordability: The High Cost of Living Apart

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:41:20 +0000

In an increasingly “unaffordable” Austin, it occurs to me that many of us could live way cheaper if we could just get along and live in extended family groups or roommate groups. I’ll use my own family as an example to explore this CRAZY idea for curing Austin’s affordability problem. Sylvia and I live in a […]

New Agent Beta Profiles now Live in Austin

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 15:52:36 +0000

I attended the Presentation in Austin this week announcing the Beta rollout of’s new Agent Profiles. Austin is the only city in the US with this live, though it will soon also be turned on in the state of Rhode Island. Though not fully baked, I’ve set up my profile. The “Sold Listing are […]

Some Perspective on Rental Property Cash Flow Disruption

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:21:15 +0000

About a year ago, Sept 2014, during a violent Austin thunder storm, a rental property I personally own in SW Austin was struck by lightening and caught fire in the attic. As the thunderous flash of light, noise and immediate smoke jolted the tenant out of bed at 2:30AM, he quickly realized that he was […]

Texas Buyer Inspection Deadline to Move to 5PM Instead of Midnight

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:18:45 +0000

One of the more vexing and frustrating aspects of managing a Texas real estate transaction is what we agents call “clearing the Option Period”. The Option/Inspection Period is the agreed upon number of days during which a Buyer can unilaterally terminate the purchase contract. It’s usually 5-10 days. The buyer doesn’t need a reason. It’s […]

Leasing a Home in Austin TX – Then and Now

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 16:38:29 +0000

When Sylvia and I started leasing and managing rentals in Austin in the early 1990s, the business operation was phone-based. I had a phone, answering machine, and spiral pad on a desk in our kitchen nook. All business happened there. I also had a Windows PC, a 386 with a dot matrix printer which ran […]

Zillow and Trulia Remain Irrelevant in Austin Real Estate Market

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:42:13 +0000

Both and could vanish tomorrow, completely – websites crash and stay down forever –  and it would make ZERO difference, at all, in the successful sale of any home in Austin TX, or elsewhere in the U.S. Period. There is no hardship or selling disadvantage created for sellers or their listing agents if […]

Austin Real Estate Predictions for 2015

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 16:54:30 +0000

What will the real estate market in Austin do for 2015? Most likely, more of the same. More of what we saw in 2013 and 2014 Spring/Summer selling seasons, which was strong price increases caused by limited supply and increasing demand. Especially in the central core areas of Austin but not limited to just those […]

And just like that, we’re moving again

Fri, 23 May 2014 21:25:42 +0000

Have you ever woken up on a Friday morning with no intention of moving and by 5PM that day have submitted an offer on a home? That’s what Sylvia and I recently did, and it’s not the first time. We really thought our current place in Westlake would be our “forever” retirement home. We’ve slowly […]

Every Austin Real Estate Offer is an Emergency Now

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:24:57 +0000

Life as an Austin Realtor requires a varied set of skills. Add to those now the ability to operate under constant Red Alert conditions if you hope to be an effective Buyer’s Agent. Here is the latest example. Sylvia had buyers in from out of town last Saturday. Both houses they liked already had multiple […]

Enjoying the Quiet Uncrowded Austin

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:38:14 +0000

I often experience something many Austinites will never know. A quiet uncrowded Austin. No traffic. No noise. No crowds. Just peaceful serenity and bliss. There is no turning back – no solution – for Austin’s traffic problems, congestion, growth, commercial encroachment into central neighborhoods, and myriad other small and big annoyances caused by Austin’s economic […]

Austin City vs Metro Home Prices 2013

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:06:07 +0000

When you read a news article about Austin real estate that reports average and median home prices, the values quoted are often those from total Austin MLS sales. Those sales figures are compiled from the entire Austin MLS service area, including suburbs, nearby cities as well as some far flung areas. The “Austin MLS” might […]

Do Austin Production Builders Differ in Quality?

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:10:14 +0000

Buyers will sometimes ask “is Builder X a good builder?” My answer is that your builder’s brand name doesn’t matter enough to make it a decision point in your new home purchase decision. In other words, if a hypothetical buyer is torn between two similar to-be-built home options in the same neighborhood, I will tell that […]