Custom Build in Austin

12 December

Austin Modern Home Tour

Posted by Tom Bates

 

Every year we help dozens of people with different levels of production and custom home building in the greater Austin area.  By truly understanding what our client’s needs and architectural aesthetics are we help them through the process of custom home building.  Several of our clients are also builders, and so we spend an absurd amount of time hunting for good lots to build modern homes on!  But lot selection is only part of the equation, to build a custom home you need to assemble the right team first: an architect, a builder, a designer and a good Realtor to start with.  It’s a team effort and we are proud to be a part of that team for many Austin area home owners and building clients.  One of our recent clients who built this year is having her home featured on the Austin Modern Home Tour coming up on February 2, 2013 and I invite you all to come check it out.  (Ours is 212 W. Live Oak in 78704.) And if you or someone you know is interested in building a custom home in the Austin area come find me or one of our other Austin Modern Living Realtors and let’s talk. (Oh, and happy 12/12/12 day!)Austin-modern-home-tour-212-w-live-oak-78704-front

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15 February

Austin modern home spec building making a comeback this year?

Posted by Tom Bates

 

OK OK, so it’s not a full comeback, but it’s a start. There still are very few Austin modern homes being built as spec houses this year compared to the salad days, but we are absolutely seeing a pick up this year compared to the last 4 years.  Still too few for our buyers to have a huge selection, but it’s a good start!  Most of the activity is in smoking hot Austin areas like south Austin’s 78704 and in further out affordable areas.  Green homes are also HUGE this year, but beware, just because the marketing says it’s a green house doesn’t necessarily mean a lot…you and your agent really need to look under the hood and see what’s really green and what’s just marketing, more on that huge subject another time! (here’s an example of a real green house, and it’s for sale!)

Of course, our office continues to be busy helping people build custom modern homes in Austin and I figure that will continue for many more years until spec home building comes back for real.  If you are looking for an Austin modern home for sale, a good place to start is our Austin modern homes list.  We try to update it once a month or so.  The best way is to work with an agent who specializes in architectural and modern homes and speaks with and knows a lot of builders and keeps a list of their modern spec homes they are working on.  Of course, our agents are the cat’s meow but there are dozens of great modern focused agents out there.  Good luck with you search!

 
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17 January

Seller Needed: Eanes ISD, +4000sf, Modern, Under $4 million

Posted by Tom Bates

 

We have a buyer who needs an already built or already under construction modern home in Eanes ISD with at least 4000 sf.  House must be modern. Cash buyer.  Nothing that is currently on the MLS fits this buyer’s particular needs. Let me know if you have a modern home in Eanes ISD that we can look at and make an offer on.  Thanks.  (Builders, if you have a lot with already spec’d and bid out plans we might consider that.)

 
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20 March

Build this modern house in Austin – $900k

Posted by Tom Bates

 

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There are so few quality modern homes for sale in Austin right now.  There are some (check out my list of Austin modern homes for sale) but not many….so let’s build yours and get EXACTLY what you want for less than most of the resales out there.  A lot of my clients are building and I can help you build this (pic above) in Austin, on a killer lot with views for around $800k to 900k depending on selections.  Call me 512-413-0870.

 
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18 January

Great Modern Home Sites in Austin

Posted by Tom Bates

 

I spent most of the last 5 days in my car looking for the best lots to build on in west Austin, Eanes ISD, and some in the southwest corridor out past Circle C.  There are some really nice building sites out there right now.  I also spoke with at least a dozen different Austin modern home builders in the last few days.  Not much in the way of spec homes right now, sadly…though there are a few here and there…nothing like a few years back, even last year.  There are some surpising new (cheaper) ways to build I’m finding.  Also caught up with a couple Austin construction lenders…money is still tight but there are programs for one-time close and conventional lot+construction financing.  Looks like this year I’ll be spending half my time at construction sites, looking at dirt and going over architect plans and drawings…should be a fun year!  (As a side note, I will be previewing a non-listed Travis Heights modern remodel tomorrow…it might be coming on the market for lease maybe around $3200/month and maybe for sale around $500k….more details after I see it tomorrow.)

 
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