The answer somewhat depends on how much you want the house plus market factors. Is this a property you cannot live without? If a lender is involved the top price may be influenced by the appraisal.... more
Have you made it out to Austin yet? I have a friend who lives here who is from New York. She says the traffic is nothing here in comparison. It's all relative!
There are many nice homes for still $400,000. You can search for homes with pictures on my site. I have a spatial match on the front page that lets you circle areas, choose by lifestyle desires, etc.
Taxes vary here based on location. Anywhere from 2 to 3% of what the county appraises your property for. There are exemptions to reduce taxes, such as homestead, seniors, disabled, etc. In the end, it will vary greatly based on location and owner. Keep in mine we have no income taxes here.
Homeowners can be high. This varies based on your credit and insurance history. I've found online insurance providers who are very competitive. The hail damage from storms can be covered by your home insurance deductible under many occasions. This minimizes your costs to get a new roof. I have lived here since 2005 and haven't had to pay for a roof yet.... so have to take with a grain of salt.
Sorry you had such a bad experience with your buyers agent. I find that if agents feel you may fire them they may work harder! I frequently hear people say they hired a Realtor and then they never saw them again. That just frustrates me as an agent... so I can imagine how angry that must make a buyer or seller.
I would ask for details on the plan to get the home sold. Not what marketing the agent does for themself - what will they be doing to sell YOUR home!
I would attempt to understand if the pricing of the homes makes sense to you. Your a homeowner, potential buyer in the market, consumer. Does the price seem ridiculously high or low? Be careful with this one - pricing homes are hard. A generic price per square foot does not work.
What is their plan of communication with you. How frequently should you look at your competitiveness and what data do they use to advise you.
Most importantly, you must TRUST the person you hire. Not blind trust. But trust. If you don't feel you can trust their judgment then you aren't going to obtain the best representation.
Best of luck. I am an agent who specializes in North West Austin, Cedar Park, Leander and Round Rock. I know great agents all over Central Texas though, and frequently refer clients who know other area's better. Local market knowledge is important!... more
You may add value to the house, but make sure the cost of improvements are not more than the increased value. Contact your local Realtor for a market analysis to know for sure. Sometimes it is better to sell As Is at a lower price than spend money to break even. Know what I mean?... more