FINDING A HOME IN AUSTIN
Finding a Realtor and becoming educated
about the Austin area and the amenities
offered in the different neighborhoods
being considered, will go a long way
toward making the house-hunting
experience an enjoyable one.
Get Realtor recommendations from the
Austin Relocation Guide or by contacting
the local Board of Realtors to find a real
estate professional in the area. Real estate
agents know the neighborhoods, the
schools, the extracurricular activities, and
the tax bases of different school districts.
Location is important, too – and a lot has
changed around the city in just the last few
years. For example, SH- 130 is the new
49-mile toll road located east of I- 35 that
runs through Williamson and Travis
counties, and extends from I- 35 north of
Georgetown to U.S. 183 southeast of
Austin. SH- 45 is approximately 13 miles
long, and extends from Ridgeline
Boulevard west of U.S. 183 eastward to
SH- 130. SH- 45 is a four to six lane
divided roadway, with major interchanges
at U.S. 183, Loop 1, I- 35 and SH- 130,
and includes limited frontage roads.
AUSTIN HOMES FOR SALE,
The housing market in Austin, Texas is
thriving and is an excellent investment
opportunity for homeowners. Most Austin,
Texas homes for sale are single-family
homes, garden homes, condominiums and
zero-lot line homes built on individual lots
with surveyed and plotted boundaries.
Depending on the development, these
homes may be subject to certain legal rules
and restrictions regarding the physical
specifications of the home, including later
housing alterations made to the home.
Like single-family homes, garden homes
and zero-lot line homes are built on
individual lots, but have little or no yard
and therefore, no yard maintenance.
Instead, these homes offer their owners
small terraced areas or patios they can
choose to landscape. Two attached single-
family homes on one lot are considered a
duplex, and give residents options for
Townhomes are one- or two-story homes
constructed in rows that share side walls,
with unobstructed front and back entries
and small lawns or patios. Townhomes
may be one-story structures, depending on
the lot size, but generally are constructed
as two-story homes to avoid that ‘bowling
alley’ feeling in the design.
Condominiums and lofts offer a
homeowner even less outdoor upkeep.
While the homeowner is responsible for
indoor maintenance, the exterior is
largely the responsibility of a
management company appointed by the
homeowner’s association of the
condominium complex. The Austin market
has become flush with high-rise lofts
downtown and in the University of Texas
campus area, making them good
investments for students, young
professionals and empty-nesters.
Buyers want more options, and Austin
homebuilders have responded by building
more townhomes, garden homes and
condos to accommodate those desires.
Find garden homes, zero-lot line homes
and condominiums in heavily populated
areas like Round Rock, Cedar Park,
downtown and south Austin. Find duplexes
throughout the city, usually sprinkled
throughout a development to maximize
development versus higher property costs.
The inner city loft and condo developments
have become also more popular as the
Warehouse District has rejuvenated
downtown, especially for those who have
relocated from larger cities like Chicago
and New York, where they live in the same
building they office out of, or don’t care
about a yard or living in an isolated
format. Lofts in the downtown and West
Campus areas have also become viable
options for students attending the University
of Texas at Austin.
LAWS IN TEXAS
Before settling on the home of your dreams,
it’s important for future homeowners to
understand a few basics about Texas real
estate laws. A homestead is defined in
Texas as the place of residence for a family
or individual and is secure from forced sale
by general creditors.
The Texas Constitution guarantees the only
way a person can lose his or her
homestead rights is by death,
abandonment, sale of property, or
foreclosure of a lien against the homestead.
Texas has two types of homesteads: urban
AUSTIN HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOODS