Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 12

Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 12

As many people know, I'm in the process of moving to Austin. Before that can happen, we need to sell our current house.  To prepare for selling, we did many things around the house to get it in top showing condition.  It looks very nice, if I do say so myself.

One of the things we decided to do was spread down some Rye seed as Rye likes to grow in the Winter.  This will make for a green lawn and will have better appeal to people instead of the dingy looking yellowish brown, dead looking lawn as bermuda grass goes dormant in the Winter.

Well, we have found a design flaw in Rye grass... it doesn't like anything but "water" being used on it.  Oscar thinks he's doing the right thing by helping water the lawn, but he's actually making it worse.  We don't have any other choice unless we ban him from the yard and only allow him to water the mailbox, so we live with crop circles in the backyard.

Hopefully, buyers will understand and not look at it as a diseased yard.

Comment balloon 13 commentsDonna Harris • January 04 2009 12:36PM

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that's very funny!  good luck selling the house.  You are changing your area for business as well I guess.  It's hard, wish you a lot of luck.

Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS, New Orleans and Surrounding Suburbs Real Estate (New Orleans Property Lady, LLC) over 9 years ago

We dye our grass here in the winter. Not so much in the maountains but when I lived further south in Georgia. Folks would dye to e bermuda or zoysia in the winter. It proves to be "water"  proof

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) over 9 years ago

Ha Ha Poor Oscar - he was just trying to earn some extra Snausages !

... very best of luck with the move !

Cheers !

Sheldon

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 9 years ago

Miriam, Yea, I'm making a complete change.  I'm starting to get used to the idea, but definitely not 100% about it yet.  I am competetive and like the challenge of climbing a new office's ranks of agents.  They'll be like, "who is that person kicking my butt on the top producer list?"  and I'll be, Who me?

Charlie, How, exactly, do you dye grass?  I know some people spray paint their grass, but how do you dye it?  You can't water it with dyed water because the grass just doesn't grow in Winter so the water would do no good... are you talking about spray paint?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Donna - I didn't know that rye grass was finicky.  I'm interested in Charlie's comment...How do you dye grass?   :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 9 years ago

Donna- Maybe you could get OSCAR to spell out a message, like "Buy Me"  ;-)

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 9 years ago

Sheldon, Yes, but he doesn't need any extra.  He has gained 10 pounds since I was pregnant. I had to stop walking him because the mosquiots were eating me up, and I tried walking him with the stroller but he walks in front of it or darts back and forth and that's annoying, so I stopped walking him... oh, and he eats everything Alyssa throws on the ground that she doesn't eat.  He's HUGE!

Debi, I didn't know either.  The blades are very thick and green, I thought they would hold up to anything.

Marilyn, Now that's a fabulous idea!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

My parents had friends back in the 60s who didn't like yard work.  They cemented over their front yard and spray painted it green.  They loved it.  The neighbors, needless to say, didn't.

Posted by Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate (United Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Lorrie, Dang, they could have at least done some kind of rock-scape, but cement with paint?  I can image that looked ugly.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Donna - Oscar needs to get on board with the real estate train : )

I'm laughing, poor little guy... he's probably wondering why there are all those spots too.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 9 years ago

Debbie, I know!!  He also needs to learn to pick up after himself.  He's been on the surgery pitty wagon too long!! ;)

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna,

Its been a while since I've read your blog and I just saw you are in process of relocating to Austin!  We should get together for lunch sometime!  Look me up and we can bring our kiddo's to lunch too!

Posted by Jeannette Morrison, Central Texas Real Estate, NW Austin, Round Rock (Cedar Park,Leander,Georgetown & Lake Travis Areas.) over 9 years ago

Jeannette, That sounds great, thanks for the invite.  Not sure when we'll be there permantant yet as things keep getting slowed down.  My husband has money on April, though I'm still thinking mid-March... but it was supposed to be Feb 23!  Big difference between Feb and March!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

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