Jeff Clawson's Blog Posts

Is It a Good Time to Sell Your Investment Property?

Last year, many investors thought twice about selling their properties due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, investors are beginning to regain their confidence when it comes to

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Are There Going to Be More Homes to Buy This Year?

If you’re looking for a home to purchase right now and having trouble finding one, you’re not alone. At a time like this when there are so few houses for sale, it’s

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Where Have All the Houses Gone?

In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for sale. When many homeowners

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Home Mortgage Rates by Decade

Some HighlightsMortgage interest rates have dropped considerably over the past year, and compared to what we’ve seen in recent decades, it’s a great time to buy a home.Locking in a low

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The Reason Mortgage Rates Are Projected to Increase and What It Means for You

We’re currently experiencing historically low mortgage rates. Over the last fifty years, the average on a Freddie Mac 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been 7.76%. Today, that rate is

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Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue through 2021?

With mortgage interest rates hitting record lows so many times recently, some are wondering if we’ll see low rates continue throughout 2021, or if they’ll start to rise.

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3 Ways Home Equity Can Have a Major Impact on Your Life

There have been a lot of headlines reporting on how homeowner equity (the difference between the current market value of your home and the amount you owe on your mortgage) has dramatically increased

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Millennials: Is It Time to Buy a Bigger Home?

In today’s housing market, all eyes are on millennials. Not only are millennials the largest generation, but they’re also currently between 25 and 40 years old. These are often

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3 Ways You’ll Win When You Buy a Home This Year

There are so many great reasons to purchase a home, and over the past year, we’ve realized more of them than we ever thought possible. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, having a home of

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47% of New Buyers Surprised by How Affordable Homes Are Today

Headlines matter. Right now, it’s hard to read about real estate without seeing a headline that suggests homes have become unaffordable for most Americans. In reality, there’s hard

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Why It’s Easy to Fall in Love with Homeownership

Some HighlightsHomeownership provides comfort, stability, and security, and it makes you feel more connected to your community.Your home is something to be proud of and is uniquely yours, so you can

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3 Reasons We’re Definitely Not in a Housing Bubble

Home values appreciated by about ten percent in 2020, and they’re forecast to appreciate by about five percent this year. This has some voicing concern that we may be in another housing bubble

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6 Foundational Benefits of Homeownership Today

Over the past year, our homes have become an integral part of our lives more than ever. They’re much more than the houses we live in. They’re our workplaces, virtual schools, and safe

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Thinking about Building a New Home? Your Agent Is Critical.

Some HighlightsA real estate professional is an expert who can advocate on your behalf throughout the process when building a home.Agents help you understand key steps, like choosing upgrades and

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Why Owning a Home Is a Powerful Financial Decision

In today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, the chance to build your net worth, and appreciating home values, just to

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Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home in Austin?

Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates, but the thought of needing a

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Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.

Want to Build Wealth? Buy a Home This Year.Every year, households across the country make the decision to rent for another year or take the leap into homeownership. They look at their earnings and

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Checking Landlord References While Screening Austin Tenants

Checking landlord references is an important part of any screening process. When you’re reviewing a tenant’s application, you will likely conduct the credit check and the

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What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?

What’s the Difference between an Appraisal and a Home Inspection?If you’re planning to buy a home, an appraisal is an important step in the process. It’s a

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What Record-Low Austin Housing Inventory Means for You

What Record-Low Austin Housing Inventory Means for YouThe Austin real estate market is expected to do very well in 2021, with mortgage rates that are hovering at historic lows and

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What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans?

What Happens When Homeowners Leave Their Forbearance Plans?According to the latest report from Black Knight, Inc., a well-respected provider of data and analytics for mortgage

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Tenant Screening How-To | Austin, TX Property Management Education

Knowing how to screen a tenant properly is something you need to understand as a landlord, especially if you don’t have the benefit of working with a professional property management

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3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House in Austin This Year

3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House in Austin This YearIt’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces. However, despite the anticipation

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Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move to Austin

Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move to AustinThe housing market recovery coming into the new year has been nothing short of remarkable. Many experts agree the turnaround from the nation;

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The Importance of Home Equity in Building Wealth

The Importance of Home Equity in Building WealthHomeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder leading to household wealth. As Freddie Mac recently posted:&ldquo

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Is This the Year to Sell Your House?

Is This the Year to Sell Your House?If one of the questions you’re asking yourself is, “Should I sell my house this year?” consumer sentiment about selling today should

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Reasons to Hire AustinVestors

Reasons to Hire AustinVestors as Your Real Estate ProfessionalSome HighlightsChoosing the right real estate professional to work with is one of the most important decisions you can make in your

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Four Expert Views on the 2021 Austin Housing Market

Four Expert Views on the 2021 Austin Housing MarketThe Austin housing market was a shining star in 2020, fueling the economic turnaround throughout the country. As we look forward to 2021, can we

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