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

Interviewing A Listing Agent | The 4 P’s

As a seller, nothing is more important than finding the right REALTOR® to list, market, and ultimately sell your property. After all, you want nothing but the best! But how do you find the right listing agent? First, do some online research to find some potential “great fits” and, while you’re at it, tackle the… Continue Reading

Brinkman’s Refinancing 101: First Steps to Refinance Your Home

Hey there! I hope you’re staying safe (and healthy!) and enjoying time at home with your family. While there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, one thing is absolutely certain – interest rates are crazy low! They are so low I decided to take advantage and refinance another one of my properties and,… Continue Reading

The Austin Real Estate Market during COVID-19

Hey there! Ashley here! I know you are probably tired of hearing all the different mass emails and “reassurances” that companies are now sending out about the Coronavirus… And I am here to do the same, only this topic is pertaining to the Austin real estate market and current changes during COVID-19. I’m here to… Continue Reading

Brinkman’s Brags of 2019

I realize we are almost 90 days into 2020 (and we are not off to a bad start at all) but as the numbers were processed and the award ceremony happend-I am finally catching up. We had a pretty awesome 2019 and I wanted to take a little moment to say my Thank You’s and… Continue Reading

Why You Need To Write A Back-Up Offer

Today I wanted to briefly write about Back Up Offers in this Austin Real Estate Market. Well, it is another year/month/day of me writing about the crazy Austin Real Estate market. It is March 2020. Rates are low. Inventory is low and that means when a home is priced right, we are typically seeing multiple… Continue Reading

Brinkman’s Favorite Business Reads of 2019

Every year I swear I am going to get better about blogging on a more regular basis. I think of topics and ideas all the time, but creative flow and actually having the time to write don’t seem to coincide as much as I would like. So I am kicking off January2020 (the last day… Continue Reading

Brinkman’s Tips on How to be a Successful Real Estate Agent

Ashley here! I often have people connect me with friends or family members who want to get into Real Estate. I am always happy to chat about this topic and if you don’t know me–well, I am a straight shooter and “keep it real.” First things first–the title of this blog. “How to be a… Continue Reading

Brinkman’s Landlord Tips

As a Broker, Realtor and home owner, I thought I would share a few quick tips about my experience on being a landlord. I will say, it certainly helps that I am in real estate, and started my career by doing leasing, but I try and educate all my clients on how to manage their… Continue Reading