Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 3

Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 3

I got back last night from another trip to Austin.  I really feel for the buyers who have to buy a home from out of town.  It's a brain-fry!  There is so much to do and so little time.  Here's a picture of our lot.  Look at all the trees... many will be chopped down, but the back trees will remain as a buffer. 

We were supposed to have our design meeting on Monday morning from 8:30-11:30.  We were there until 4:30 and then went back on Tuesday morning.  We thought Tuesday morning would be "fast and easy", but we were there until after 1pm.  They're supposed to charge if you take more than 4 hours, but they were very accommodating with the extra time.

We had to drive some neighborhoods to find brick colors that we liked, as the samples they keep are so tiny, it's ridiculous, but since I always tell my buyers to drive around and write down addresses in a builders' known community, that's what we did. 

First, I went to the brick website to start narrowing down.  I also asked the design person for addresses of darker red and brown bricks.  We got that list, and didn't like a single one she sent us to.  So, we continued through the neighborhood and wrote down not just two or three addresses to check on, but 12 addresses.  Out of 12 addresses, there had to be something available... umm, no... Every single address had a brick color that was discontinued, and we're looking in "new" communities.  How is this right?  We did the same thing on Tuesday, but we finally found a brick that we think might work.  It's such a new brick color, there were only three houses the brick rep could send us to look at it, one in Round Rock, one in Cedar Park, and one in Leander... you would think they would be closer in proximity than they were, but nope.  AND, the design person had no clue how to get to the Cedar Park or Leander ones and the streets were so new, they weren't on Mapquest or Google Maps, so it was fun trying to find them.  We gave up on the Leander one, and decided it was an ok brick just from seeing the other two homes, though it looked completely different on both houses.  We're taking a risk.

Anyway, we're one step closer to getting things completed on our selections.  We did decide to add the Balcony.  We're the first ones to add a Balcony to this floorplan, and this is also a brand new floorplan for Austin, as you remember we drove to Houston just to see the plan... Well, they're making several changes to it from what we saw in Houston, so once again, I'm a guinea pig!  I always seem to do things the hard way and people get to test things out on me.  Hopefully, everything will turn out just fine, even with all the changes made.

Relocating is NOT fun, and I feel for all the people who have to relocate to new and different places, and feel even more for those who have to do it every couple of years!

Here is a picture of the view from the neighbor's house.  Being right next door, our view should be about the same, though we're a little higher, so the view should be better. Oh, and here's a cactus in the backyard that will probably stay.  I've never had a cactus before.  I've seem them grow to be ridiculous sizes... how much maintenance will be needed to keep this cactus trimmed down?  And will Oscar and Alyssa make us get rid of it all together if they are temped to touch it?  We'll see.  More Relocation stories to come...

Comment balloon 18 commentsDonna Harris • August 27 2008 09:10AM

Comments

Donna - From the sound of this post you are moving from Dallas to Austin.  Is this associated with a Corporate Relocation or a voluntary relo?

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) about 10 years ago

Tony, Yes, you're behind in the news!! ;)

My husband is being relocated.  It first came up several months ago, and we made several trips to Austin to see if it was an option.  We told them no.  A couple of weeks ago, things changed within his company, and they're offering him a little better scenerio, so he had to say yes.  We contracted a house earlier this month, but won't be moving until February or March time frame in order to get the house built.  Fun stuff...  I've been writing all about my experience and also how I'm transitioning my business.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna - I'll check out your previous posts for the full scoop.  Do you know where you're going to hang your license in Austin?  I hear thats the HQ for a large franchise! :-)

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) about 10 years ago

Tony, You're still funny!!  I haven't totally made my decision yet, but that large company doesn't have the greatest reputation in the area.  From my research, that's where most of the "part-timers" go and they have created a hard time for helping that company keep a good reputation.  I don't want to be involved in that and have to defend my work ethics when I tell people what Broker I work with.  Large and HQ doesn't necessarily mean "good" like I thought it might.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Wow - I'm suprised by the reputation aspect given that Gary Keller is based there - but - whatever works for YOU is what's important.  All the best!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) about 10 years ago

Tony, Yes, I was a little surprised too.  THank you.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Gary Keller?? Is that the same company that want's 18 grand from you every single year regardless of your production & growth not to mention the added exposure your signs give the office?  Hmm. Surely that's not the same company that wants you to help become a "recruiter" so the "team leader" can make more money and promise you residuals... I doubt it is. Maybe you guys are confused.

Yes Donna, buying new is exciting and certainly eventful. I'm jealous.

 

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Greg - Nope - it's a different company.  The one that wants fixed fees regardless of production sports a balloon.  I know - I used to be there! 

Unless Austin is different than our area (and I don't think it is), the annual cap is paid at a 70/30 split until the cap is reached.  So - 18K would be paid for the first 60K GCI - then the rest of the anniversary year is 100%.  If you do 30K a year, you would pay 9K, etc.

Also - the Market Center Team Leader doesn't benefit at all from any "residuals" unless the Team Leader is in the sponsorship line of the recruited agent.  In fact, one of our Buyer's Agents is not in our downline!  For us, making the move to KW was not about the profit sharing, it was about the pay as you earn vs. fixed monthly fee structure, and far better pricing for Teams.

However - we shouldn't hijack Donna's relo post for this dialogue.  Feel free to call or email if you want the "facts" about KW.  :-)

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) about 10 years ago

Now now, gentlemen, this is not the place to discuss this.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Realtors love to move and keep things rolling and Austin, other than the Triangle, has been touted as the best place to live. Other than starting over I think you are in a good place.

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) about 10 years ago

of course it isn't.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Tracy, Thanks.  The problem is my husband is from Austin and has already noticed the changes (for the not-so-good) of the CA people moving to town, along with everyone else who has heard it's a great place.  I hope he doesn't regret talking me into this in a couple of years.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

So I guess it's official... Congrats ( I guess? ) although I love Austin. It has such a different pace from Dallas. I can't wait to hear how it unfolds, and pictures of the house!

I can't believe you drove to Houston to see the floorplan (could you be any more Type A)?!?!?

Posted by Leigh Bates, The Trinity Group (Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Leigh, Yep, it's official.  I'm not sure about a "congrats" either.  When the house is complete, it'll feel more "real" and until then, I've still got work to do here!  Had a listing appt just this morning.  And yes, I'm Type A and married to a Type A Engineer!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna - I'm once again getting active on AR and I've really been enjoying your posts about your move to Austin.  A few months ago, Brett found out that he might be transferring to Austin in 12 months or so.

We haven't visited yet, but we are planning a couple of trips this fall/winter.  I'm definitely open to someplace with more sunshine.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Tracie Mason, Holton, Coach & Virtual Assistant (Agent Assistant Network) about 10 years ago

Tracie, Well, you know a good Realtor who can help you out!! ;) *wink wink*.  I know that place almost forward and backward already as we drove all over the place before deciding where to settle.  Is it definitely that you'll be in Austin or just talk at this point?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna, let me know next time you're in town and maybe we can have lunch? 

Welcome to Austin!  As for that cactus, I can point you to someone who will tell you all you need to know about any kind of plant (cactus or otherwise) in this area.

 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) about 10 years ago

Tricia, I'll try to let you know.  The problem is, most times are last minute, and then they're only a couple of days with so much to do...  The next time I'll be there will be for the builder meeting, probably 4-6 weeks, but I'll let you know.  We have been coming down during the week and not the weekend so traffic is better.  I'll bring Alyssa!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Participate