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It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint!

Posted by on 2-02-24 in Lake LBJ Real Estate, waterfront property on Lake LBJ | Comments Off on It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint!

Buying waterfront property on Lake LBJ is a marathon and not a sprint.  In my opinion you should invest in what I like to call “Keepers”; properties that you will be happy to own for many years and even pass along from generation to generation.  Flip properties are few and far between and this strategy can be very risky when it comes to Lake LBJ Real Estate.  Sure there are opportunities that present themselves but in my opinion a buy and hold strategy is much safer.  Below are a few things to consider when investing in Lake LBJ Real Estate:

-Buy great waterfront. If you take this advice you will thank me later and more importantly will have something that you will enjoy owning and that others will want to buy from you. 

-Look for properties with unique qualities that make an asset unique. Things like beautiful trees, big views, granite-bottom under the lake, flat, etc. are always a plus.

– Don’t buy just to buy. If you cannot afford what you want to buy then wait.  

-Work with an experienced broker that specializes in the specific market you are searching in.  This should give you access to special deals and opportunities that may not be listed in the open market. 

-Set an accurate and realistic budget so you can afford to and be comfortable with holding the property for a long time.

If you are in the market for waterfront property on Lake LBJ give me a call.  I know the lake and understand the local market.  I have access to off-market deals and opportunities and can assist you in finding your dream lake home that will also be a solid investment.

 

The “Transition” on Lake LBJ

Posted by on 2-02-24 in Kingsland, Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on The “Transition” on Lake LBJ

One of my favorite parts of Lake LBJ is a stretch of water that I like to call “The Transition” which is the portion of the lake in between the main body and the confluence of the Colorado River and the Llano River.  Here you will find a very low density of development with large swaths of ranch land lining both sides of the lake.  The natural shoreline on both sides almost eats the waves making for much more calm and ideal for water sports.  Because of the lack of development you will also find abundant wildlife here which is always nice.  I have been told by a reputable source that prior to the formation of the Highland Lakes system there was a natural waterfall on the Colorado River in this area which was a major crossing point for native inhabitants.  This is likely the reason why you will find the Nightengale Archealogical Center owned by the LCRA which is where they have found artifacts dating back as early as 10,000 years ago.

When searching for your dream piece of Lake LBJ Real Estate its critical to understand the differences in areas. As your trusted advisor on Lake LBJ I know how to steer you in the right direction.  Give me a call when you are ready to discuss buying and owning Lake LBJ Real Estate. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Just Listed in Sunrise Beach

Posted by on 2-02-24 in Lake LBJ Real Estate, Luxury Real Estate on Lake LBJ, Sunrise Beach | Comments Off on Just Listed in Sunrise Beach

If you like a good investment opportunity on Lake LBJ I have one for you!  280 E Lakeshore is a very interesting offering with 2 separately platted lots totalling 100 waterfront feet.  There is an existing 2 bedroom cabin with a lower level basement and additional bath, that is in great, livable condition and a newly built, steel constructed boat dock with two boat slips ready for your toys. This southwest facing lot is tree-studded with gorgeous oaks of various varieties and lots of grass to spread out and play. My favorite feature of this one-of-a-kind property is the crushed granite bottom lake bottom just below the water without any muck or slime; ideal for family and friends to play in the lake.  It is very hard to subdivide property on Lake LBJ so having two lots is extremely valuable.  Build across both or use just one and sell one off, lots of options here! This incredible piece of waterfront property on Lake LBJ is listed at $1,950,000. Qualified buyers reach out to learn more!

Two Boat Slips are Better than One

Posted by on 2-02-24 in Buyer Representation, Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on Two Boat Slips are Better than One

When buying a property on Lake LBJ it is very important to consider the waterfront improvements, specifically the boat dock, which often times gets overlooked.  A new dock can cost anywhere between 75k to $200k plus but I have had clients spend more than $1 million construct a dock on Lake LBJ.  Because boat docks are not cheap, it is very important to consider the existing dock, if one does exist, and what it would need to accommodate modern day boats.  Personally I like to see boat docks with two boat slips and here is why:

1) Everyone likes toys and room for additional toys.   Having two slips gives you the flexibility to add a boat in the future and often times I see clients convert existing boat slips into waverunner or even kayak / canoe storage.

2) If you plan to rent your property out its always nice to have a place to store your boat while leaving a slip open for your tenants. Properties that have a boat slip for guests will rent at a premium over those that do not and this will also increase occupancy rates.

3) Guest parking – do you have friends with a house on Lake LBJ?  Having a spot for your friends and guests to pull up by boat enhances Lake Life tremendously. Tying boats up on the side of the dock can be problematic and damaging to the boat, specifically on busy lake days.

4) Rental income – how about the idea of renting out a free space to a friend?  Boat slips are in extremely high demand and even the marinas are full.  Having an available boat slip on Lake LBJ could be a valuable cash flow to help offset some of your holding costs.

5) Resale value – When it comes time to sell your waterfront home on Lake LBJ, a second boat slip will help you stand out.  For the reasons I posted above buyers like extra space and parking for toys.  Just like a bigger home, a bigger dock is more valuable in the open market, especially if it is built right and well maintained.

 

If you are in the market for waterfront property on Lake LBJ I highly encourage you to engage a local expert that knows the lake, understands the market and that will work hard to help you find the right spot. There are so many ins and outs to lakefront ownership, and you need someone to help you navigate through the process.  If I can help you buy, sell or own waterfront property on Lake LBJ please reach out at (512) 786-1515.  Thanks for reading!

Fish in the Highland Lakes

Posted by on 2-02-24 in Lake LBJ Real Estate, Market Update | Comments Off on Fish in the Highland Lakes

What Kind of Fish can I expect to catch in the Highland Lakes?  With various bodies of water and various habitats within each, it comes as no surprise that fishing the Highland Lakes can be quite rewarding.  Depending on the time of year and location you are fishing you can expect to catch the following species in the area:

-Large Mouth Bass

-Guadalupe Bass

-Striped Bass

-White Bass

-Crappie

-Sunfish

-Carp

You can go at it alone or you can hire one of the various fishing guides that service this area. Of course they know all the honey holes and can usually put you in the right place at the right time for a successful trip.  If you need recommendations, have any questions or need assistance buying, selling or owning Lake LBJ Real Estate please reach at (512) 786-1515.   We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Just Listed: Rental Ready on the Colorado Arm

Posted by on 2-02-24 in Kingsland Real Estate, Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on Just Listed: Rental Ready on the Colorado Arm

We are super excited about our newest listing on Lake LBJ at 2028 Williams Lakeshore.  This 4 bed, 3.5 bath, single-story home was completely renovated from the ground up with no expense spared to create the ideal getaway / lakefront rental on LBJ. The southern-facing lot is long with a gentle slope, lots of green grass and a lake-fed pond.  A newly built two-stall boat dock with oversized slips and ample tower clearance was just completed.  Did I mention the pool?  Just completed this mini swimming pool is the perfect amenity to boost occupancy rates and provide a nice place to cool off in the hot summer months.  This exceptional piece of Lake LBJ Real Estate is being offered fully furnished for a turn-key experience and so that the new buyer can put this one right into the rental pool.  No one wants to buy a project and neither do you.  Contact me today at (512) 786-1515 to schedule your walk through. The Lake Life on Lake LBJ awaits you!

 

 

 

The Market is Heating Up……AGAIN!

Posted by on 2-02-24 in Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on The Market is Heating Up……AGAIN!

 

That didn’t take long and we aren’t surprised!  The market for Lake LBJ Real Estate is really starting to heat up quickly and homes are selling.  Now that interest rates have plateaued and people have become more comfortable with the new normal in terms of stock portfolio levels, etc. there are many buyers out searching for waterfront real estate.  Homes on GREAT water are selling quickly and close to asking price.  We have also experienced some multiple offers on our listings.

The biggest difference I am seeing today vs 2022 is that listing agents are having to be more strategic with their list price and the days of just picking a price out of thin air are gone. Remember they aren’t making any more waterfront property on Lake LBJ and there isn’t very much to begin with.  The cities in Texas around the lake like Austin, Dallas, Houston, Midland, San Antonio, you name it are all growing and thriving.  There are plenty of people with money that can afford these properties and we don’t expect a slowdown any time soon.

If you have considered purchasing waterfront real estate on Lake LBJ I highly suggest you give us a call.  We are experienced with the local market conditions and help our clients buy and sell right.  I would love to start a conversation with you so please reach out at (512) 786-1515

 

 

Coming Soon on Lake LBJ

Posted by on 1-01-24 in Kingsland Real Estate, Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on Coming Soon on Lake LBJ

Have I got a good one for you!  Welcome to 130 Hidden Oaks in Kingsland, Texas on Lake LBJ.  This single-story home sits on one of the most precious lots on Lake LBJ with approximately 80 feet of wide-open waterfront, located on what I like to call the “Transition” and staring out to undeveloped ranch land for miles.  Incredible views of Packsaddle Mountain (Home of the last cowboy and indian fight in Texas) from the kitchen and back porch.  This one-level home has been impeccably maintained and offers plenty of room for your family, friends and guests.  The double-decker, steel-constructed boat dock with roof-top deck is a true asset to this waterfront getaway and there is a touchless cover for your boat as an added bonus. This house has no steps and is located in a private, gated community that restricts against short-term rentals making the ideal location for a second home or primary residence.  This property is being aggressively priced at $1.9m and we don’t think you can find one better that compares.  This prime piece of Kingsland Real Estate has not yet been listed in MLS but will be soon.  We figured you would want a FIRST LOOK! Qualified buyers reach out at (512) 786-1515 to schedule your tour.

 

Why I am Buying Real Estate Right Now

Posted by on 1-01-24 in Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on Why I am Buying Real Estate Right Now

 

We don’t just sell Lake LBJ real estate but we are also actively investing in real estate ourselves.  You know there is a famous quote from Warren Buffet that says ” Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful”.  I am personally on the hunt right now for some quality real estate because I believe there is a lot of opportunity out there right now in the marketplace.  Here are a few reasons why why:

 

-Higher interest rates means there are less buyers shopping in the local real estate market

-The off-season (cold weather) typically brings about Great Deals as less buyers are out looking and properties aren’t as fun to own when the weather stinks 

-Personally I’d rather have a tangible piece of real estate with real utility, that has a chance to appreciate, over “dollars” sitting in some digital bank account.  

-Real Estate is an excellent hedge against inflation

-I have always done well investing in real estate and I believe in real estate as a long-term investment

 

If you want to learn more about deals and opportunities that may be available on Lake LBJ give me a call.  Opportunity knocks.

Rebuilt Waterfront Cabin with POOL

Posted by on 12-12-23 in Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on Rebuilt Waterfront Cabin with POOL

Man I am I excited about our newest waterfront listing on Lake LBJ.  Talk about a Luxurious Lakefront Getaway in Sunrise Beach! Check out this freshly remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath plus office which was taken down to the studs and completely rebuilt from the foundation up. The home is all single-story, with a very open floor plan and up-to-date finishes including a gorgeous kitchen with gas cook top, double oven and large eat-at center island with beautiful views out to the back yard and pool. Cozy living room with fireplace plus 3 spacious bedrooms, a large office / flex space and two bathrooms including the beautiful master en-suite with double vanity and walk-in shower. Step outside to the covered back porch out to the outdoor living room with fireplace and TV overlooking the newly built swimming pool. Firepits set the tone at night and provide the perfect ambiance for lake life! Don’t miss the full outdoor kitchen on the side of the home where you will enjoy grilling out with friends and family all year around. Steel-constructed boat dock with huge tack room, oversized boat slip plus potential for a second boat slip or use as-is for wave runners. Lots of outdoor seating area space on the dock as well. This east-facing lot is set back in a very desirable, large cove to protect against rough boat traffic and provide the ideal spot to fish, paddleboard and swim. This builder-owned Lake House has everything you could want or need and is move-in ready for the discerning buyer. If you are in the market for a fine piece of Lake LBJ Real Estate this is one to think about. Qualified prospects reach out to learn more or to schedule your private tour today