Protesting Property Taxes

Ooohh Wheee! Property Taxes have you faintin’ on the floor???! The unfortunate part about property values increasing, living in the hottest market in the Nation and the equity building is typically your property taxes also increase. Most of you with a homestead exemption probably saw the 10% cap and those of you with investment properties… Continue Reading

Brinkman’s Remodel Tips (Part 2)

Remodel Talk. (Again). Let’s go. It’s a hot topic right now with the Nation being in a seller’s market and either buying, staying put and making their home what they want or potentially even remodeling to sell (but that’s a diff topic). – When our clients want to purchase a home + often times it… Continue Reading

Brinkman’s Remodeling Tips-Part 1

Given my own remodel finished up (well almost, anyway) and our next quarterly educational event (May 11-save the date via Zoom) we’ll be covering equity, re-financing and home renovations that get you a return (and how to finance them)…I thought I would keep the content coming in the remodeling department, so here goes. – If… Continue Reading

How To Refer Us To Family and Friends

As most of you, I have been in this industry for over 12 years now, therefore MOST of my business is from referrals and word of mouth. Shout out to all my wonderful fans and referrers- I appreciate YOU! – Each month we have a referral contest on the 1st and the referrer gets a little… Continue Reading

Market Update February 2021

  State of The ATX Real Estate Market  When we look at greater Austin (Travis, Hays and Williamson counties) from January 2021 to January 2020: -Average sales price is up 24% to $470k (median $372,500) -Average units sold up 10% to 2,150 homes closed -Average price per square foot up 23% $235 /sq ft (median $193) The… Continue Reading

Brinkman Team is Hiring!

Job Description: Brinkman Team Buyer Agent We’re hiring a Buyer Specialist to work directly for our Top Producing Team at Realty Austin (voted best places to work multiple years in a row). This person would be responsible for supporting the team in managing and guiding our buyer clients. As a position within our team, this… Continue Reading

Brinkman’s Tips to Protest Your Property Taxes

It’s that time of year again. Time to protest your property taxes! If you live in Travis County, only 150,000 homes were sent their updated tax appraisal. If you didn’t receive an updated appraisal, your home will stay what it was in 2019. Are you looking at the appraised value of your home? Does it… Continue Reading

Pre-Approval: A Homebuyer’s First Step

Hi again! Thanks for reading. Many times my clients reach out to me with homes they want to see in the next few days— Well first things, first–let’s make sure you can afford and are comfortable with the payments and taxes that come along with your dream home, amIright? Below is a few tips on… Continue Reading

Should I Buy a Fully Updated Home? Or a “Fixer Upper”?

Hi again, Thanks for reading, as always. I recently polled some of my Instagram (@ihearttheatx) followers and thought I’d respond to this frequently asked question: “Should I spend more for a fully updated house or should I spend a little less and do the updates myself?” Fully loaded question – huh? Well, to put it… Continue Reading

Seller’s Paperwork Checklist

Hey sellers! Let’s talk about something everyone loves…paperwork! I know – it’s not fun or exciting. But, it is a necessary step in the home selling process. Lucky for you, I’ve done this a couple of times and know exactly what you need. Here’s a look at the paperwork you’re going to need to have… Continue Reading