Refinancing? Dispelling Common Myths

“Refinancing” is a scary word for many people, but that shouldn’t be the case for you. For many homeowners, refinancing can not only lower your monthly payments and help with your monthly budget, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. YOU’RE NOT TOO LATE. For years now, we’ve been hearing… Read More >>

Investment Property Stats

As someone who lists rental properties for lease and owns investment property in Steiner Ranch, I like to keep an eye on some key metrics in the rental market. I will keep them current here on this page on a monthly basis. If you own a rental property in Steiner Ranch, I recommend bookmarking the… Read More >>

2019 Property Tax Rates & Values

2019 Property Tax Rates & Values are out. If you haven’t received yours yet, you will soon or you can visit the TCAD website here and look up your address. ****If you bought/moved into your home in 2018, you have until April 30 (not end of May) to file for your homestead exemption, however, according… Read More >>

How to Choose a Buyer’s Agent

Last time I checked, there were over 11,000 real estate agents in just the Austin area.  Most people know dozens of agents and it can be hard to know who to choose.  Social media helps new and non-producing agents look like mega agents, creative language can trick people into thinking new agents are veterans and… Read More >>

Steiner Ranch HOA Transfer Fees

The Steiner Ranch HOA recently went under new management and they changed the structure of fees associated with selling a home in Steiner Ranch.  These are all addressed in  the HOA addendum of the purchase contract.  Please note that these fees are accurate today (3/12/19) and that I will update as I learn of changes,… Read More >>

Earnest Money & Option Money

If you know me, you know that I am frequently frustrated with the lack of understanding of the real estate contract by other real estate agents.  Since it is literally THE FOUNDATION of what we do, it’s important to understand every paragraph yet most don’t.  I recently had a transaction where the buyer’s agent didn’t… Read More >>

Vandegrift Band Mulch Fundraiser

It’s that time again!  The easiest possible way to get mulch – order it from the Vandegrift Band and have it delivered to your door!  Click here to order.  Deliveries will be made the weekend of 4/5.  Orders due by March 8. 

Common Misconception about the Seller Lease Back

When a seller needs to stay in the home their selling beyond the close date, a “Seller’s Residential Temporary Lease” form is used (more commonly referred to as a “Lease Back” allowing them to lease the property from the new owners for a period of time.  A frequent misunderstanding about this form is who maintains… Read More >>

The Risks of a Contingent Contract to Buyer & Seller

A contingency contract is when a buyer needs to sell their home in order to buy a new one.  This contingency allows them to cancel the purchase without a loss of earnest money if their current home doesn’t sell or doesn’t close.  There are a lot of risks to BOTH sides of a contingency contract… Read More >>

Steiner Ranch Realtor Elicia Michaud

Hundreds of Steiner homes successfully sold.

View All