“Preparation Nurtures Success”

One of my high school English teachers used to frequent the phrase, “Preparation nurtures success.” At the time I never gave that phrase much credence. Now I see it as a phrase applying to all aspects of life; and that I hold in very high regard. Not only do I try my best to implement this phrase into daily life but, I also see it as imperative to buyers and sellers in today’s competitive real estate market.

For buyers, success can simply mean purchasing the home of your dreams. As one can expect it’s not as simple as telling your agent you want “X” home and its’ yours. Preparing for this “success” means working with your agent before your actual buying process begins. This allows them to educate you on what to expect throughout the process, and asking any questions a long the way. Preparation means, making sure all of your ducks are in a row from a financial standpoint, this is to ensure you’re in line for a strong pre-approval from a mortgage lender. Even if you are many months away from beginning your home buying search there are many things you can work on to get yourself prepared, and ready for success!

For sellers, success typically means selling your home for top dollar, in the least amount of time as possible. Preparing your home to sell is imperative for reaching this goal. Buyers begin judging your home the moment they see pictures on-line, or when driving by your home. Presenting a clean, manicured home that is free of clutter and well maintained, will go a long way in attracting buyers to your home. Preparation also means working with an agent to maximize its exposure in our ever-evolving digital world to attract as many qualified buyers as possible. This will set you well on your way to a successful sale!

“Live Music Capital of the World”

A few weeks ago, my wife and I, along with 4 of our best friends visited the “Live Music Capital of the World”; also known as Austin, Texas. All I can say is woah…what a city! There really is something in this city for everyone. For our trip, we enjoyed live music on well known 6th Street, including a VIP concert experience with budding country music superstars, Jordan Davis and Jillian Jacqueline. We fell in love with Rainey Street. It is a street with a plethora of older homes that have been turned into bars, of which many have great outdoor patios hosting a variety of themes. Beyond our bar hopping on 6th and Rainey Street, we took time to enjoy the many food truck dining options and mouth-watering Texas BBQ.

 

Austin also provides numerous other ways to enjoy your time outdoors. We hiked to the top of Mount Bonnell, the highest point in Austin, which overlooks the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River. We spent time wading in the Barton Springs Pool, venturing around Zilker Park, and even rented bikes so we could explore the city on two wheels.

All in all it was a wonderful trip, spent with great people. I’d go again in a heartbeat, and would recommend this destination to anyone looking for a fun, music oriented, trip to make!