Realty ONE Group Prosper Blog

We are located in the heart of Hays County, right in downtown Buda, Texas. This blog offers tips, facts & solutions for homeowners as well as potential buyers and sellers.

Sept. 2, 2019

Realty ONE Group Prosper ONE-Year Anniversary

Realty ONE Group Prosper celebrated our ONE year anniversary on September 1st! We’ve grown from 25 to 80 agents in one year and are excited to expand into the Austin market. If you or anyone you know is looking to join an exciting #UNbrokerage with 100% Commission, send them our way for a chat. We even have a new agent mentor program so you can start your new career off on the right foot.

Some of our agents in 2018

More of our agents at Austin Grand Opening 2019

Posted in News
Aug. 19, 2019

Industrial Interior Design Becoming More and More Popular

Known for exposed brick and unfinished floors, the industrial style has been given top honors for popularity across the country, according to a report from furniture company Joybird.  The report used the most-searched-for interior design trends in each state.  The industrial aesthetic was king in 12 states which was double the next closest competitor, vintage.

As you may expect, tastes vary around the country.  The South, Northeast, and Midwest all had different favorites.  Here’s how everything panned out:

Posted in News
Aug. 5, 2019

Lack of Affordable Housing in Dripping Springs Brings Cause for Concern

We often hear people say they want to move to Hays County to escape the high cost of living in Austin. However, in the city of Dripping Springs, the median home price as of May was over $500,000 while Austin boasted of a median of $407,400.

Dripping Springs is experiencing unprecedented growth, and as a direct result the size of Dripping Springs ISD has quickly inflated.  However, the high cost of living is making it difficult for the school district to hire what they deem as “auxiliary” positions like janitorial staff and bus drivers because candidates for those jobs can not afford to live in the area.

The community currently on has one option, Springs Apartments, for those with Section 8 Housing Vouchers.  Another housing project is currently underway, and one more has been approved by the City of Dripping Springs.  According to the developer, funding approval is still being sought for the yet to be developed project.

The new developments would offer both regularly priced apartments as well as units with a reduced price for those that qualify based on their income level.  However, qualification is determined in relation to median income rates in the area meaning the school’s auxiliary staff may still be priced out of town.

Posted in News
July 10, 2019

6 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Today’s Housing Market

Ever feel like you just can’t get a grip on the ebbs and flows of the housing market? Don’t worry! You are not alone. As we are witnessing in our own backyard, new builds are helping to quell a nationwide housing shortage. While that has increased competition, it has also driven up home prices. Here are a few talking points to familiarize yourself with so you can have confidence when having these conversations with your neighbors:

1. Homeownership is rising again across the country
Homeownership has been on the rise for two straight years. In fact, because of the influx of younger buyers, ownership rates are now back to the rates experienced between 1985 and 1995 despite record-high prices and rising interest rates. In 2012, the nationwide monthly average home payment was $1,176. By 2018, that number soared to $1,775, but homeownership has still increased. This is may be viewed as a direct reflection of how important the value of homeownership has become.

2. Fewer people are renting
This makes total sense, right? If more people are buying their homes, less people are renting. The number of rented households dropped by over 100,000 from 2017 through 2018. This is quite the opposite of the prior 12 years when the number of renters nationwide increased each year. Another fun fact: renters now appear to be wealthier as about 25% of household incomes over $75,000 rented in 2018. Also, because of the increasing cost of rent, many renters with household incomes of $45,000-$75,000 are spending a much higher percentage of their income on rent than in years past.

3. Homes are getting bigger and less affordable
Most first-time home buyers tend to stay away from larger homes because they either don’t want them or cannot afford them. Unfortunately, just 22% of single-family homes measured in at less than 1,800 square feet. That number is down from 32% between 1999 and 2011. The reason for that shift? Simply put, it’s more profitable for home builders to put up bigger homes to sell for higher prices.

It’s important to familiarize yourself with the statistics of our local market, as well, so please invest time into learning about the areas most important to you. Remember to always ask questions of our agents as they are ready to help and are a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Posted in News
July 1, 2019

Want To Know More About 217 Railroad St?

Just down the street from our Buda Office, 217 Railroad St. is located in the historical district in Old Town Buda. It is in the center of commercial growth and approximately 1.5 miles from IH 35. Corner, level lot, zoned F4H mixed-use, permitting residential or commercial, allowed impervious coverage is 65%. Only 500 feet from the Buda Drug Store & Soda Fountain, and a short walk to Main St., a haven for community and visitors alike where popular restaurants, shops, local vendors line the tree-filled street. City water, sewer on site.

Public Amenities:

  • Buda Mill & Grain complex along Main Street.
  • New City Park at north end of Main Street.
  • Historic Stagecoach Park, a 51 acre master planned nature park.
  • New City Hall and library complex.
  • City of Buda is a "full-service" community with police, fire, parks, public works, and other City services.
  • Three new major medical centers: Baylor Scott & White Hospital, Ascension Seton Health Center, and St. David's HealthCare 24/7 emergency clinic.
  • Hays CISD and new high school opening Fall 2019

Click on the link below to see inside this wonderful historic property. 

https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/217-Railroad-St-Buda-TX/16476303

Posted in News
June 17, 2019

Glamping: Closer Than You Think!

Love the great outdoors but also love the convenience and comfort of your own home?  Do you want to experience nature but roughing it is not your idea of a good time?  It sounds like glamping, or camping with glamour, is right up your alley, and it’s closer than you think!  There are glamping opportunities as close as Dripping Springs, Driftwood, and Wimberley!  Here are a few options for you to check out:

The Cabins at Onion Creek

  • 6 cabins along Onion Creek and close to breweries, wineries, and distilleries
  • $149/night and up
  • King beds and coffee bar
  • 18992 RM 150, Driftwood, 888-622-4228, thecabinsatonioncreek.com

Camp Lucy

  • 275 acre property overlooking Onion Creek
  • Frequently used as a wedding venue with a chapel and vineyard
  • Stay in a cottage or book a room in the lodge
  • Hang out with Camp Lucy’s alpacas!
  • $259-$699/night
  • 3509 Creek Road, Dripping Springs, 512-894-4400, camplucy.com

Collective Hill Country

  • Specializes in luxury tent glamping experiences, including suites for families and honeymooners
  • Horseback riding, culinary classes, massages available
  • On-site restaurant and bar, complimentary breakfast
  • $299-$550/night
  • 7431 Fulton Ranch Road, Wimberley, 970-445-2033, collectiveretreats.com/retreat/collective-hill-country

The Liney Moon

  • Choose between a group stay at The Stellar House lodge or one of 13 quirky cottages
  • Also hosts weddings, birthday parties, wine tour groups
  • $149-$995/night
  • 5401 W. Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs, 512-954-8534, thelineymoon.com

Living Waters on Lake Travis

  • From a safari tent to eco-cabins, the site offers a range of glamping experiences
  • On-site massage therapy, yoga classes
  • $125-$395/night
  • 24315 Pedernales Drive, Spicewood, 512-843-5253, livingwatersonlaketravis.com
Posted in News
June 3, 2019

3 Nonlazy Reasons to Skip Remodeling Before You Sell

Are you fretting over the condition of your home as you get ready to put it on the market?  Smooth out those concerns by playing it cool and give yourself the following advice:

  1. You can’t read your buyers’ minds! Never assume you know what can drive a potential sale!  Think twice before splurging!
  2. Cheap renovations equal a cheap look. If you throw something together that’s not high-quality, potential buyers will notice.  Also, seldomly does a renovation increase the value of the property enough to offset the costs. In fact, it could be a negative to a buyer that may view it as another project to be redone.
  3. Slippery slope of projects: First it’s the floor. Then the counter tops.  Then the cabinets.  Then the light fixtures. And then the sink.  It can go on and on.  Buyers may negotiate to have things fixed, but it’s better than spending a week before listing your home doing all the projects you meant to do for the last 5 years.  This can also lead to things being done cheaply and quickly.
Posted in Home Selling Tips
May 20, 2019

Why the 2019 Housing Market Could Be Stronger Than Predicted

Mortgage rates have remained lower than realtor.com® economists predicted at the end of last year and that’s leading many to expect a more robust market this year despite a slowdown around the nation. Rates of around 5.5% were anticipated but so far this year they’ve stayed close to 4%. 

While a 1% difference may not seem like a lot, it can be more than $100 difference in the monthly payment on an average-priced home. Which can add up to tens of thousands of dollars savings over the life of the loan.

Despite this, Chief Economist Danielle Hale of realtor.com says "it's still going to be a lukewarm year for the housing market.” 

The market has slowed down due in part to sellers anticipating a downturn in prices and rushing to put their homes on the market in the last few years. Unfortunately, this happened at the same time many buyers became wary of those same high prices. The abundance of supply led to lower price growth and fewer home sales.

The upside for sellers, but downside for buyers, is that this is set to continue. Prices are expected to rise more than Hale's team originally thought, around 2.9%, in 2019. Since many buyers are currently motivated by low mortgage rates, demand should continue to increase prices.

"We're going to see higher prices and slightly higher home sales than we expected. But sales are still going to decline slightly as a result of the housing slowdown. There's a gap between what sellers are looking for and buyers are hoping to pay," said Hale. Though the market will always vary based on local conditions. "In some markets there’s still not enough housing available, so buyers are likely to find a competitive market," she says. "But in some markets prices are so high that buyers are choosing to be patient and sit on the sidelines."

Posted in News
May 6, 2019

Sustainable Landscape Ideas from Design Pros

Planning on renovating your lawn or garden? Check out these tips from landscape professionals that will help you make your space more Earth-friendly.

  • If you are adding plants, try and incorporate some that are pollinator friendly. In Texas we have many native flower, tree and shrub varieties to choose from. A quick trip to your local nursery and you can get all the help you need in selecting and cultivating a garden that blooms throughout the year for our bees and butterflies.
  • On that same note, try and reduce or eliminate your use of pesticides. Though they can be a quick fix, they a very harmful to beneficial insects and your pets. Plus, there are a lot of all-natural remedies to explore instead.
  • When choosing hardscape materials for walkways and patios use permeable options as often as possible. This helps to keeps rainwater on-site, allowing your soil to soak it up. This leads to healthier gardens that require less watering.
  • Harvesting rainwater can also help you save money on your watering bill. Though before you go out and buy a rain barrel and connect it to your gutter system remember to check your local laws regarding them. Your county, city and/or homeowner’s association may have restrictions in place that limit or forbid their use.
  • Setting up a compost bin is a great way to put your clippings and food scraps to work for your garden. Fully broken-down compost contains vital nutrients for your soil and helps plants to stay healthy and strong without the use of synthetic supplements.
  • Remember; healthy soil = healthy gardens.
  • If you’d like a more hands-off approach to the upkeep, consider leaving a section to grow wild. This is great for a more naturalistic landscape but can also serve as a wildlife corridor for animals to eat, rest and find shelter as they move throughout urban areas. You can also reclaim part of your lawn by adding native plants, grasses and rocks and allowing them to grow wild from there.

No matter how you choose to cultivate your outdoor space we hope you will support local nurseries and help out our native species. Try and be mindful and wherever possible use local and reusable materials.

 

Posted in Garden Tips
April 15, 2019

Make Sure You Read This Before Buying New Plants

Are you or your clients thinking about adding plant life to your home and yard but you’re not quite sure how to go about it? Here are a few tips that can help make the neighbors green with envy:

First, have a plan before you buy your new plants. Where you choose to plant your new greenery is as important as anything. Will the plant get full sun, partial sun, or mostly shade? Plants that face the west usually get the hottest, fullest amount of sunlight. Eastern facing plants get that milder morning sun with afternoon shade while southern facing plants usually receive an even amount of sun all day. It is also very important to know how much room your plants will have to grow and the type of soil you have. Plants are often choosy about all these variables.

Having a plan leads to my next point: read the label of the plants you want to buy. The label will usually give you all the information you need including the plant name, how much space it needs, when it will bloom, how much sun it needs, and how often you will need to water it. If not, do a quick online search to see if the plant is compatible with your home.

Staying away from impulse buys is also important. The first pretty plant you walk by in the store is often not the one that’s best for your home. Do your research and stick to your plan to ensure you’re buying the best plant for you. Also, choose buds over blossoms. Buying flowers that have fully bloomed during their stay at the nursery will minimize the amount of bloom season you get to enjoy at home!

Lastly, knowing the signs of an unhealthy plant can help prevent disappointing results. Always do your best to leave the nursery with the best quality plants possible. Warning signs include:

  • Yellowing leaves
  • Plants that have become root-bound in their containers
  • Pests or disease (check for normal indicators like spots or blotches on leaves)
  • Weeds (just pull them out before planting)
  • Wilting leaves (usually from a lack of water)

Adding flowers and other plants to your yard can give your home a brand-new feel. If you decide you are ready to spruce up your yard, following these tips can help you have the prettiest yard on the block. Good luck!

Posted in Garden Tips