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Granite Bottom Swimming, Single Story Living -#PreMLS

Posted by on 4-04-13 in Granite Shoals, Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on Granite Bottom Swimming, Single Story Living -#PreMLS

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2504 Belaire East is screaming with opportunity and ready for the right waterfront buyer. With 2130 sq. ft. and 60 feet of cove waterfront this is a huge value and a great lake house or retirement property.

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The home was built by the current owner who went above and beyond making this property 5 star energy rated for efficiency. The one story layout offers 3 beds, 2.5 baths with a huge living area and master suite, both with open water views. The home has high ceilings and expansive windows making for the perfect waterfront retreat. The home also has a large, fully heated and cooled garage perfect for a workshop or additional living.

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If you are interested in purchasing Lake LBJ real estate or if you would like a private viewing of 2504 Belaire East in Granite Shoals, contact me at (512) 786-1515

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Need More Inventory

Posted by on 4-04-13 in Lake LBJ Real Estate, Market Update | Comments Off on Need More Inventory

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There is a lot of pent up demand for Lake LBJ real estate and with inventory levels down buyers are ready to pay top dollar for good waterfront property on Lake LBJ. Our site has been getting great traffic in the last few months as many buyers are ready to capitalize on low interest rates and rising values. There also seems to be a good amount of cash floating around and since that cash is not earning much in the bank, buyers want Lake LBJ real estate.

Eric Carvajal is constantly scouting property on Lake LBJ and has a list of active buyers in which he funnels those listings to so they can be the first to know. Because these deals go quickly he has to keep a constant eye on the market at all times. He also has access to Austin and San Antonio MLS systems to broaden his reach.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell Lake LBJ real estate, Eric Carvajal is your answer. He is active and works harder than any other broker on Lake LBJ. He is passionate about selling Lake LBJ real estate and he is ready to share that passion with you! Call him today at (512) 786-1515 and let him help with all your Lake LBJ real estate needs.

Investment Opportunity on Lake LBJ – New Price

Posted by on 4-04-13 in Granite Shoals, Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on Investment Opportunity on Lake LBJ – New Price

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If you are looking for a good investment opportunity in Lake LBJ real estate, here it is! This one is oozing with potential.

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2826 Lakeview is one of the finest pieces of open waterfront property on Lake LBJ. This property has 171 feet of big waterfront facing directly at Applehead Island. The property is approximately 1/2 acre in size and has beautiful green grass, a fishing pier and a 2 stall boat dock ready for your summer enjoyment.

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The property has a small 3 bed, 2 bath cottage that has been updated and is being offered fully furnished. The home sits on the second level above a two car garage. The home has a wonderful porch area with big views and then a third level “crow’s nest” offering 360 degree panoramic views of Lake LBJ.

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The property was previously listed by another real estate professional at $725k at which price it did not sell. More than anything the property needed a fresh photo shoot and some energy and passion behind it. At $620k this property is priced aggressively and ready for a wise buyer willing to buy a property that has huge upside.

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One of the biggest challenges facing this lot is that it has granite covering about 1/3 of the property. Most people are turned off by the way it looks but many dont know that it is very easy to lay dirt on top and plant grass that will significantly increase the value of the property. The cost is minimal but you have to have a slight vision or a good waterfront broker on Lake LBJ to show you the end result.

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There is not a better lot available on the lake and this amount of waterfront makes this a great place to build a dream home. So much potential and opportunity here for the right buyer. I expect this property to sell very quickly!

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If you would like to schedule a viewing on this listing or for more information about Lake LBJ real estate, contact me today at (512) 786-1515.

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Fresh Signs!

Posted by on 3-03-13 in Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on Fresh Signs!

We are very happy to showcase our brand new sign design for Lake LBJ real estate.  We decided to take a different approach and go with something that best represents our listing and marketing strategy for Lake LBJ real estate.  These new real estate signs are very bright and vibrant with a very simple design.  As you know, our waterfront listings at Lake LBJ sell very quickly so the odds of seeing one of these when you are out is slim but if you do see one you should call immediately because every piece of Lake LBJ real estate we list is an incredible opportunity.  We only sell properties we can get passionate about!  If you are interested in purchasing or selling Lake LBJ real estate, call me!  I am the best for the job!

Your Waterfront Address.  Our Passion!

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Marble Falls Bridge Demolished

Posted by on 3-03-13 in Lake LBJ Real Estate, Marble Falls | Comments Off on Marble Falls Bridge Demolished

I am sure Lake LBJ real estate owners have heard about the bridge that was demolished in an effort to build a new bridge for US 281.  The explosion happened on March 17th at approximately 9:48am.  The explosion caused some minor damage to verizon phone lines and some of the sewer lines in Marble Falls.  By 7pm of that night phone service was restored and all repairs to sewer lines were repaired.  The project should improve traffic in and out of Marble Falls for Lake LBJ real estate owners.

If you would like more information about this project or for information on purchasing Lake LBJ real estate, contact me at (512) 786-1515.

Who is marketing your LBJ Real Estate?

Posted by on 3-03-13 in Everything Else, Lake LBJ Real Estate, Resources | Comments Off on Who is marketing your LBJ Real Estate?

Too often I see bad real estate professionals mis-market real estate at the expense of the seller.  These poorly marketed properties sit on the market for a long time and end up selling below market value.  Today’s waterfront buyers scour the internet in search of good properties and if your property is not being marketed in a way that attracts buyers you will never get showings. (more…)

Lake LBJ’s Top Broker, Here’s Why!

Posted by on 3-03-13 in Lake LBJ Real Estate, Resources | Comments Off on Lake LBJ’s Top Broker, Here’s Why!

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Eric Carvajal has established himself in Lake LBJ real estate as the lake’s top broker for many reasons.  When purchasing a waterfront home on Lake LBJ, you should expect a higher level of service and work with someone that has real market knowledge. You are making a large investment decision and you should expect more from your Lake LBJ real estate professional.

  • We have created and developed the #1 Lake LBJ real estate search site that far surpasses anything that our competition is offering allowing our buyer’s to have the most accurate and up-to-date web experience possible.  If you google “Lake LBJ real estate” or “LBJ real estate” you will see who comes up.  This is not by chance!

 

  • Different than most agents, Eric Carvajal lives and breaths Lake LBJ Real Estate.  Eric Carvajal does not just sell property at Lake LBJ; He owns waterfront home and is out on the water living and breathing the waterfront Lifestyle.  His experience, which began at a very young age, has allowed him valuable insight as to the ins and outs of owning waterfront property.  His clients leverage his experience and knowledge to minimize risk when purchasing Lake LBJ real estate.

 

  • Eric Carvajal has access to off-market and pocket listings on Lake LBJ.  If you are looking for a unique property Eric Carvajal will hunt it down to help you buy your dream home on Lake LBJ.  We do not just see what is available in MLS but rather we know the owners on the water and can get you access to properties that other agents cannot.

 

  • Eric Carvajal previews all listings on the lake so he has a good understanding of what is out there and available.  You won’t get bombarded by him with irrelevant listings that aren’t worth seeing but when he does send an email it is because he has found a good opportunity.  Be sure to check out his “Top Picks”.

 

If you are looking to purchase Lake LBJ real estate and want to work with Lake LBJ’s Top Broker, contact me today at (512) 786-1515

Battle for water

Posted by on 2-02-13 in Lake LBJ Real Estate | Comments Off on Battle for water

There is a current battle taking place between rice farmers in Matagorda county and the LCRA who controls water flow from the Colorado River.  In recent years, the LCRA has ensured plenty of water necessary to grow and produce rice for these farmers however the recent drought has changed their position.  For the second year in a row the LCRA has voted to not send water downstream to these farmers due to current drought conditions.

Farmers are arguing that the lack of water is really hurting the economy in these farm towns.  The LCRA argues that low lake levels reduces spending from recreation.  In an article posted on Statesman.com it was said that over one growing season, this rice requires, per acre the same amount of water used by 18 single family homes in Austin and only produces 1500 lbs. of rice, enough to feed family’s of four in each of those 18 homes for two years, eating rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This is good news for owners of Lake LBJ real estate as it shows the commitment to the lakes water levels over agriculture.  To read more, check out the article on Statesman.com.

 

If you would like more information on Lake LBJ real estate, contact me at (512) 786-1515.

Correct Square Footage?

Posted by on 2-02-13 in Granite Shoals, Lake LBJ Real Estate, Sunrise Beach | Comments Off on Correct Square Footage?

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When buying a waterfront home on Lake LBJ it is critical that your Lake LBJ real estate professional ensures your square footage is what is being represented by the seller. It is not the real estate agent’s responsibility to actually measure as this is outside the scope of their work but your real estate appraiser should take measurements and compare it against what the taxing jurisdiction has listed.

I recently encountered an issue in which we discovered that my client’s home was 200 sq. ft. smaller than he believed and than was represented when he purchased the home. In this particular case the difference in value was approximately $30,000. This can be a significant difference and can materially affect the value of the property you are buying.

In areas such as Granite Shoals or Sunrise Beach where older homes exist there are often times added square footage that needs to be properly accounted for. When people make additions the square footage calculations can be off due to the fact that there is limited oversight and regulations governing construction in these areas. Many times you will see Lake LBJ waterfront homes built on stilts and the owner will close in the space below, nearly doubling the living square footage. However, be careful because depending on how this is done, the height of the ceilings and the quality of construction this may not be true square footage. Your Lake LBJ real estate professional can assist you in making this determination.

If you would like more information on square footage verification or Lake LBJ real estate, contact me today at (512) 786-1515

Property Tax Rates on Lake LBJ

Posted by on 2-02-13 in Granite Shoals, Highland Haven, Lake LBJ Real Estate, Sunrise Beach | Comments Off on Property Tax Rates on Lake LBJ

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When purchasing a waterfront home on Lake LBJ it is very important to understand your property tax rates as this can seriously affect the holding cost of your Lake LBJ real estate. The tax rate varies significantly from area to area and these variations can be a good amount of money:
Below are the tax rates for the major areas on the lake:
Granite Shoals: 2.13%
Sunrise Beach: 1.64
Highland Haven: 1.76%
Horseshoe Bay : 1.75%
When buying Lake LBJ real estate it is also important o consider the differences in new construction vs. older homes. New construction is typically taxed at a much higher tax basis in comparison to an older home of the same sq. footage. It could be advantageous to remodel an older structure to keep your tax basis down. There are some very good opportunities with Granite Shoals real estate and Sunrise Beach real estate to buy older homes with very nice waterfront. Remember the scarce resource is the waterfront and the land so the house can always be modified, or even rebuilt down the road.
If you have any questions about this information or for assistance with your Lake LBJ home search, contact me today at (512) 786-1515