I like this piece on Houzz about saying goodbye to the old house and hello to the new.
I think one can transfer the feeling of "home" more easily by doing some the the things suggested. Going away and housewarming parties make great events. A scrapbook or set of photos from the old place helps say goodbye. Making your mark on the new home - even as simple as painting a wall - can make it feel like home faster.
Have a look at the article here.
Ever daydream about living on Lake Austin?
As of this posting there are 14 homes for sale with Lake Austin waterfront. The homes range from 1,200 to almost 10,000 sqft. Prices from about $450 to $1,400 per sqft. I am ignoring the almost $4,000 per sqft teardown, but it makes a nice shock-value. Prices from $775K to 13.5M.
Location is important - relative to town and part of the lake. Linear feet of waterfront is also a big factor. As is the build quality of the home. And of course how it all comes together.
As of a few minutes ago (2:30 PM Thursday Jan8, 2015) these are the statistics for zip code 78759 single-family homes except for one very expensive home on acreage, which I left out because it skewed the averages drastically.
#Bd / #FBth / #HBth / #Liv / #Gar YB Acres SqFt $/SqFt List Price Sold Price (if sold) DOM
Available Homes: LISTINGS: 44 Average: 4/3/1/2/2 1989 0.418 2,642 $220.13 $607,551 83
Pending (out of option): LISTINGS: 5 AVG: 3/2/2/2/1 1976 0.244 2,319 $174.88 $397,120 60
Pending Backup (in option): LISTINGS: 17 AVG: 4/2/1/2/4 1981 0.300 2,374 $200.38 $478,453 38
Sold in past 90 days: LISTINGS: 52 AVG: 4/2/1/2/2 1984 0.313 2,505 $189.07 $463,220 $185.99 $454,885 42
Of course, these are only averages. You can't price a home on averages any more than value a sculpture by the pound. What I notice is a bit under 90 days of inventory and that exactly half of the inventory is under contract. So homes kept selling during the Thanksgiving to New Year's timeframe. Sounds a lot like the general Austin market - very very healthy demand - even in a "slower" month.
If you own or would like to own a home in 78759 and would like to talk, please give me a call, email, or text.
Williamson County Online Filing: http://www.wcad.org/eservices/online-hs Note that you will need to search your own property address to reach the HS icon link, then proceed as instructed.
Travis County PDF Application:
You can file your own Homestead form and save on certain property taxes. No need to pay a service to file for you - these are scams. Finding the link / form is 90% of the service they provide you - at a cost of $75-150! Got it here free. (Seriously, just a few click to find if you know what you are looking for...)