Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NEW on Market! Hutto GEM Almost 3,300 sqft Backing Greenspace and Woods!

Best Deal in Hutto! ALMOST 3300 sqft for UNDER 175k!? CURRENTLY MOST INEXPENSIVE HOME IN HUTTO OVER 3,000 SQFT by over $20,000! The BEST lot in the Creek Bend neighborhood! VIEWS OF GREENSPACE PARK with jogging trails and WOODS on 2 SIDES! Almost a 1/3 acre! Gorgeous PERGOLA w/ stone path! Spacious VERY Fuctional Floorplan! Durable Corian counters! 2nd LOWEST PPSQFT Active in ALL of Hutto!

Very Popular neighborhood for new homes at an affordable price! Motivated Seller! Functional, gorgeous floorplan with spacious rooms full of character! 4 BEDROOMS and an office! HUGE Game Room AND Living Room! Curb Appeal! Cul-De-Sac LOT! Community pool, playground, jogging trails, and basketball court!

Check the video tour here:

As usual you can see MORE PHOTOS AND INFO on this property and EVERY property for sale at: http://www.I-Am-Real-Estate.comThis truly is a homeowner's paradise. 

Contact Chris Matthews at the numbers below if you'd like a NO PRESSURE showing and are not currently working with an agent. Thanks for looking! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

1. Get at least 3 written estimates.

2. Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed.

3. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.

4. Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.

5. Make as small of a down payment as possible so you won't lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.

6. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.

7. Check that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn't. Also, remember that in many instances you can cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.

8. Ask if the contractor's workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will be involved too.

9. Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.

10. Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage. In addition, make sure any potential demo work is also included.

11. Guarantee that the materials that will be used meet your specifications.

12. NEVER make the final payment until you're satisfied with the work, it's completely finished, and every little detail is wrapped up.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

336 Navigator Drive: A Highland Horizon Masterpiece

336 Navigator Dr. Austin, TX 78717
Absolutely gorgeous STUNNER in MEGA-Desirable Highland Horizon! This is the pinnacle of luxury! SPACIOUS 4,477 sqft!! 3 car garage! TOP NOTCH UPGRADES incl pro-garden with gate & arbor entrance, INSANE COOL, MODERN DECK w/ PERGOLA/BENCH SURROUND & built in lighting, & plantation shutters! GOURMET KITCHEN W/ THREE ovens, 36" GE Monogram Stove, HUGE island, & beautiful rich, dark wood cabinetry! Mother-in-law plan w/full bath. 2 beds down 3 up! GAME ROOM & MEDIA ROOM! Wood, Enlarged Tile, Soaring Ceilings! NEW, DESIRABLE Elsa England Elementary School! Great schools all-around! Why be 1 of 2,000 in Ranch at Brushy Creek and Avery Ranch? Be exclusive in Highland Horizon! Don't spend every day in traffic on Parmer, get direct access home on 45 toll road to Highland Horizon!! YOU CANNOT BUILD THIS HOME FOR A LOWER PRICE IN HIGHLAND HORIZON!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New Listings on!

$136,950 Amazing stunner in Hutto for a value price! Wood laminate throughout, no carpet! Never vacuum stairs again! Expansive patios! Upgraded Appliances! Granite sink! Zero Down USDA Loan Eligible! Click for more Info!
$99,750 Extremely well maintained Round Rock Condo that's cheaper than rent! Wood laminate! Built-in bookcases, cabinets, and desks! Vaulted Master Ceiling! 2006 Trane HVAC and 2007 Water Heater! Laundry in Unit! Click for more info!
$179,750 Unbelievable size for the price! Under $70/sqft in Springbrook! One of best values currently available OR sold! New upgraded carpet throughout! Upgraded enlarged hard tile! Expensive window treatments! Click for more info!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

10 Tips to Keep Your Utility Bills Low in the Summer!

1. Keep your thermostat as high as you comfortably can. The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the less energy you are using.

2. Do not set your thermostat lower than normal when turning it on; it will not cool your house any faster, but it will run up your cooling bill.

3. Make good use of ceiling fans; they allow you to raise the thermostat up to 4 degrees while maintaining the same cool comfort.

4. Keep lamps and TVs away from your AC thermostat. The heat created by these appliances will mislead thermostat sensors and force your cooling system to run longer than necessary.

5. Be sure that registers are cleared of dust regularly. Any buildup can cause it to run inefficiently.

6. Avoid using your oven as much as possible during the summer months - grill outdoors or use the stove and microwave as alternatives.

7. Efficient lighting will keep your house cooler. Up to 90% of the electricity that powers incandescent lights is turned into unwanted heat in your home.

8. Make sure your water heater is set to warm (120 degrees) instead of hot. This will avoid scalding and save on energy bills.

9. During times of the day when the sun is hottest, pull window treatments closed to block out warm rays and your AC unit won't have to work as hard.

10. Have a professional come out to inspect your AC unit before you need it, and maintain it by replacing intake filters every month and pouring a 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of bleach mixture down the condensate line to keep it flowing smooth.

Monday, May 6, 2013


I sold this beautiful home in HIGHLAND HORIZON Neighborhood in 1 day with 
5 offers all over list price, with two of the five ALL CASH! 
Sold for $17,000 higher than the same floorplan that was 3 years newer. 
Austin city limits with RR ISD! 3 bedroom w/office 2 bath. LEGIT shows like a model. List of upgrades is HUGE! Dark rich wood cabinetry, upgraded tile, wood floors, granite on all counters, switch activated gas fireplace, stainless steel appliances, upgraded toilets, fans in all rooms, professionally done upgraded paint, corner lot, stone masonry, curb appeal to the MAX! No stone left unturned! 
If you'd like me to show you what I can do for you, buying or selling, 
give me a call (512) 703-7416.

Was Your Home Built Before 1978?

If you live in an older Austin home and have children or grandchildren age 5 or younger who live with you or visit often, it is important to get you home inspected for hazardous lead. Lead can be found in paint, tile, flooring, walls, mini blinds, window areas, and yards. The City of Austin, through its LeadSmart program, will inspect income-qualified homes for lead (often found in homes built prior to 1978) and will remove it at no cost to you, at a value up to $30,000.

Lead is a poison that can cause damage to the brain, nervous system, blood and vital organs such as kidneys. Lead poisoning is especially harmful to young children and babies; it often shows no symptoms or is mistaken for other problems -- even people who appear healthy can have lead poisoning.

The LeadSmart program is provided by the City of Austin Neighboring Housing and Community Development Office. Visit for details about free home repair and financial empowerment programs, or call (512) 974-3100.

From Austin Energy

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Quick Low Cost Tips: Cabinet Fronts

Home owners should consider updating tired looking kitchen cabinets. Reconditioning is the least expensive move for under $1,000. If the wood is starting to look shabby from use or contaminants in the air, you can take out nicks and scratches, recondition it with oil, and put new hardware on. For $1,500 to $4,000, owners can replace the cabinet doors and drawer fronts, and for $4,000 to $10,000, they can have all the cabinets refaced, all depending on the style and decor the owner chooses.

This is far cheaper than replacing old cabinets with a completely new set which can cost $15,000 to $20,000 and up depending on the size kitchen, style cabinet, and quality. With refacing, owners can change the color of the cabinets by replacing the door and having a new skin put on the boxes. If you have oak cabinets today, you can have cherry the next day!