Williamson County is the Place to Be
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Written By: Shavonne Martin

The weather is not the only thing hot in Williamson County right now. We’ve seen such explosive growth in both the real estate and commercial industries, we’re living in a hot bed of growth, and I am so excited that my job is to help folks move here and see why I love calling Williamson County my home!

Over the past eighteen months, we have seen the population surpass half-a-million residents, and the county is making the necessary changes to help all the new residents move across the county!

The city of Round Rock is making a huge change to their business residents. In case you missed the memo, Kalahari Resorts has chosen Round Rock as the location of its fourth family resort and convention center. This new resort is scheduled to open in 2020, and will offer over 1,000 guest rooms, a convention center, and an indoor/outdoor water park! Keep your eyes open for the construction to begin in the next nine to twelve months, across from the Dell Diamond! In addition to Kalahari, the Downtown area is currently undergoing some major changes; take a stroll down the New Main Street and experience the numerous restaurants, bars, and even a candy shop; not to mention an exciting and upbeat nightlife.

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The Birth of the New Williamson County
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Written By: Shavonne Martin

20 Years. 7,307 days (do not forget the leap days). Things have changed so much in Williamson County over the past 20 years. How many of you have lived in Williamson County since 1996? That is one of the first indications of changes within the WC.  According to the US Census Bureau’s population estimates, if you get a group of 10 friends (or clients) together, less than four have lived in Williamson County twenty years or longer. Of those six that have not, approximately two of them have been here less than 5 years. 

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Negotiating Tips for Agents
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Written By: Shavonne Martin

“Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus”- Gary Keller

Since 2014 Williamson County REALTORS’ have been experiencing a multiple offer market. One of the main factors in securing an executed contract is the ability to effectively negotiate on behalf of their client. It is important to have clear expectations on what each parties want before negotiation begins.

For example; when a listing agent calls to get feedback after a showing appointment, they may ask if the buyer has a home to sell. A buyer’s agent may call prior to showing a home to find out if the seller needs a lease back. Knowing these pertinent facts upfront could be a strong point of negotiation if handled correctly. In some cases, a seller may consider an acceptable sales price if they need a lease back option over a higher offer with no option to lease back. Always listen to understand, ask more questions to determine everyone’s BIG WHY.

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Is it Really Worth Hiring a CPA?
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Written By: Shavonne Martin

It’s every REALTOR’s most beloved topic… taxes!!! Many real estate professionals had a great 2015, whether brand new to real estate and especially seasoned agents. And yet, this time of the year when many agents are busy gearing up their production the last thing they want to focus on is organizing their business receipts and preparing their taxes. Most agents prepare budgets at the end of the year to allocate business expenses in an effort to stay financially responsible. However, somewhere between multiple offers and closings it becomes obvious that it is really worth it to hire a CPA.

Hiring a CPA can serve as a great resource and in most cases will provide systems and tools that will help track your spending. Additionally a CPA should be able to help you find deductions and tax saving solutions that you may not be aware of.  If your business purchases properties or does property management a CPA can provide reports which include development expenses, operational cost, and profit reports. A CPA can also develop cash-basis reports, income statements, lease abstracts and other finance-related items. CPA’s provide real estate investors realistic and effective financial and investment strategies.

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Setting the Stage for Affordable Housing
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Written By: Shavonne Martin

For many listing agents, staging is an integral part of their marketing plan to get a home sold. According to the most recent Profile of Homes Staging, released by the National Association of REALTORS®, 47% of buyers are positively affected by home staging. Among listing agents, NAR reports that 34% stage all their homes, 13% stage homes that are difficult to sell, and only four percent stage “high-priced” homes.

Why do agents stage homes? 81% of agents interviewed believe that it helps potential buyers visualize the property as “their home”; 28% believe that it helps buyers overlook property faults. According to the same report however, 19% of agents who work with buyers, and 10% of agents who work with sellers believe that staging has no effect on the price of a home.

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What Does 2016 Have in Store for the WC?
Monday, February 01, 2016
Written By: Shavonne Martin

Williamson County is a hotbed of growth; anyone who has lived here, even if for a short period of time,  can testify that new housing communities pop up daily, there is roadwork on major throughways, and slightly longer commute times are a reality for Williamson County residents and are indications of a booming economy. The Texas State Data Center marked 2015 as the year that Williamson County surpassed 500,000 residents; showing a 16.8% increase in population from the 2010 census. This means that Williamson County now accounts for more than 25% of all population in the metro area. 

How does this growth affect real estate? From 2010 – 2015, the average of the monthly median home prices increased 31.5% (see chart to the right) and the number of homes sold nearly doubled (5,694 in 2010 and 9,621 in 2015).

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Your Association of the Future
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Written By: Shavonne Martin

Happy New Year from the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®!

We are excited about the work we are doing at the Association for our members and are confident that the “Best is Yet to Come.” WCREALTORS is currently working on a complete redesign of the WCLIFE website. WCLIFE - Life in Williamson County is your guide to selling, buying, and relocating to Williamson County. We are excited for a number of reasons:

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Changing of the Guard
Friday, December 04, 2015
Written By: Jack Stapleton

The great honor of leading this Association in 2015 has been mine, and I am profoundly grateful and thankful for the opportunity. This year has been an unbelievable experience of learning and growth for myself, leading an association of hundreds means there are a lot of people that need to be heard, many people with strong opinions, some will voice them with thunder while others with a whisper. It is important that leaders listen to those who speak with thunder, and listen even closer to those who whisper. In a member driven Association, every voice counts, and every voice matters.

The year is quickly coming to a close. December has arrived and has done so in the blink of an eye. December symbolizes the changing of the guard and the process begins of handing over the torch. Although, we still have much work to do, this has been a year of great accomplishments in which I am very proud and humbled.

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It’s About Time
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Written By: Jack Stapleton

U.S. House speaker, Paul Ryan, gavel in hand, stepped into his new office to discover it was stained with a heavy odor of cigarette smoke. His predecessor, John Boehner, was a heavy smoker and had regularly smoked in the office for years.

The topic of health is personal to Ryan and is known for being fitness-conscious and for good reason. His father died at age 55 of heart disease. Heart disease runs in Ryan’s family and both his father and grandfather died in their fifty’s. Ryan was sixteen years old when his father died and has since been practiced regular intense cross-training fitness programs so he can maximize his longevity and time.

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The Benefits of Membership
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Written By: Jack Stapleton

2015 has been an exciting year for WCREALTORS. Our Association has been hard at work this year tackling tough issues, supporting our local communities, and offering the finest educational opportunities possible. Membership is up over 18%, and WCREALTORS has surpassed the 1600 member mark.

Market conditions have seen the same increase across Williamson County, with the median sales price increasing from $175,000 to $245,000 over the past four years. In addition to an increase in sales prices, transaction numbers are steadily increasing. Williamson County is home to a plethora of economic development, new construction, new restaurants, and retail stores which are breaking ground all over the region, and we have a strong and steady buyer demand.

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