Austin, Texas Neighborhood Profile: Cat Mountain

Cat Mountain is located in the hill country of northwest Austin, Texas and it is one of northwest Austin’s premier residential neighborhoods. With steep forested hills and picturesque views of both Lake Austin and the Colorado River, it’s easy to see why.    Cat Mountain, Then and Now   Originally developed in the 1970s, the… Continue reading Austin, Texas Neighborhood Profile: Cat Mountain

Austin’s Spring Housing Market: Predictions and Trends

Austin’s spring housing market is on track for another record-breaking season. Even with the predicted rise in mortgage rates, experts agree that it’s still a great time for home buyers and investors to jump into Austin’s spring housing market.    “For Austin’s 2022 spring housing market, I’m anticipating similar inventory, price, and overall trends as… Continue reading Austin’s Spring Housing Market: Predictions and Trends

How to Finance Your Energy Efficient Upgrades

Energy efficient home improvements can save you 5-30% on your energy bills annually, and while most upgrades will pay for themselves over time, some come with a steep upfront cost.    The starting cost for a 6-kW solar panel system in Illinois is $16,740 according to Consumer Affairs. Weatherizing your home can cost thousands of… Continue reading How to Finance Your Energy Efficient Upgrades

5 Tips for Moving From Chicago to Austin

Illinoisians are flocking to Austin. Whether it’s for Austin’s growing technology job market, the city’s diverse neighborhoods, or its endless beautiful weather, Chicagoans relocating to Austin helped the city secure the title of “Number One Growth State in America in 2021.”    As a real estate group with agents in both Chicago and Austin, the… Continue reading 5 Tips for Moving From Chicago to Austin

Three Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Energy Efficient Home Upgrades

Want to save the planet and money? Energy efficient home upgrades can help you do both.    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s notes that energy efficient upgrades can save you 5-30% on your energy bills or $103-$618 per year based on estimates that the average American household spends $2,060 per year on energy costs.    Not… Continue reading Three Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Energy Efficient Home Upgrades

Zimmerman Group’s 2022 Housing Market Predictions

At the onset of the pandemic, many experts predicted a backslide in home prices and overall sales. Instead, we got a market boom with home prices and sales soaring to record highs.    So what can we expect for 2022’s housing market? The details are debatable but one thing seems certain: the real estate market… Continue reading Zimmerman Group’s 2022 Housing Market Predictions

4 Ways to Cut Energy Bills this Winter

Winter in Chicago is no joke. Less daylight and freezing cold temperatures mean many of us will be spending more time in our homes. That means higher energy bills.    Additionally, a recent report released by the Energy Information Administration predicts that home heating costs this winter will rise by nearly 30% for households using… Continue reading 4 Ways to Cut Energy Bills this Winter

5 Ways to Winterize Your Home Right Now

You can’t stop Chicago’s winters from coming. But you can take steps to protect your home against subfreezing temperatures and piles of heavy snow.   Don’t wait for something to go wrong, instead, take action now. Learn five ways to winterize your home right now.    1. Protect your pipes.   All indoor pipes are… Continue reading 5 Ways to Winterize Your Home Right Now

When to Refinance Your Home Loan and When to Think Twice

Refinancing seems to be on everyone’s mind. In 2020, eight million mortgage refinances took place, according to Freddie Mac.    Check out what our experienced agents have to say about identifying when it’s the right time to refinance your home loan and when you should think twice.    The Right Time to Refinance Your Home… Continue reading When to Refinance Your Home Loan and When to Think Twice

Best Smart Home Upgrades

From robot vacuums to fully integrated smart home hubs your home can be as smart as you want it to be. Each year, the list of smart home upgrades grows as does the percentage of homeowners integrating these devices into their houses.    According to MediaPost, in 2021, 69% of households in the U.S. have… Continue reading Best Smart Home Upgrades